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Excelsior Cadets [Excelsior 1.1]

by Bronwyn Paulo

Welcome to Excelsior Season 1, Act 2! This deck puts you in command of the cadets of Nova (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Red Squadrons (Deep Space Nine) as well as some supporting stars from those two shows.

Cadets are young starfleet officers in training. This is demonstrated in the game by their low cost and lack of skills. They do gain skills while facing dilemmas (suprising resourcefulness of youth!).

So while they may not be the skills you need when solving missions (hold that thought), they\'re well worth the price for the rest of the attempt. Even without skills, they\'re still good for providing the attributes you need when solving.

Also important to note: if you\'re solving your mission Practice Orbital Maneuvers, the cadets get to use their \"dilemma skills\" for the whole mission attempt, so they essentially become normal personnel.

If you\'re interested in seeing the cadets in action, you should check out the TNG episode \"The First Duty\", and DS9\'s \"Valiant\".

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Decklist

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Missions
Headquarters
1S161•Earth, Cradle of the Federation
Planet
39V7•Ba'ku Planet, Safeguard Civilization
7U50•Obtain Vaccine
Space
3U85•Clash at Chin'toka
8U59•Practice Orbital Maneuvers


Draw Deck (35)
Equipment
1U711x Starfleet Type-2 Phaser
41V91x •Universal Translator
Event
35V71x •New Life
0VP871x •Surprise Party
Interrupt
1R1272x Escape
Personnel
Federation
1U2531x •Andrea Brand, Academy Superintendent
8C721x •Boothby, Groundskeeper
4C1361x •Dorian Collins, Acting Chief Petty Officer
7C651x •Dr. Leah Brahms, Holographic Representation
1S2621x •Elizabeth Shelby, Formidable Presence
35V231x •Homn, Lurching Valet
8C731x •Jean Hejar, Nova Squadron Navigator
1R2672x •Jean-Luc Picard, Argo Pilot
4C1421x •Karen Farris, Rigorous Leader
2R1281x •Miles O'Brien, Transporter Chief
8U741x •Nicholas Locarno, Nova Squadron Leader
1R2791x •Nog, Eager Cadet
3U1781x •Norah Satie, Starfleet Investigator
4C1461x •Seth Matthews, Red Squad Cadet
8C751x •Sito Jaxa, Nova Squadron Pilot
27V111x •Tasha Yar, Weapons Specialist
4U1481x •Tim Watters, Valiant Captain
8R761x •Wesley Crusher, Nova Squadron Pilot
4R1492x •William T. Riker, First Officer
Non-Aligned
17V731x Delvok
0VP261x •Kamala, The Perfect Mate
34V401x Nimira
2R1571x •Roga Danar, Decorated Subhadar
Ship
Federation
1S3953x U.S.S. Nebula
4U1791x •U.S.S. Valiant, Red Squad Training Ship
Dilemma Pile (20)
Dual
22V82x Pitching In
15V71x Show Trial
0VP1682x Temptation
29V131x The Needs of the Many
31V121x Unconventional Consideration
Planet
3C31x Close Call
2U101x Flim-Flam Artist
17V81x Miner Revolt
0VP101x Miner Revolt
12R131x Neural Parasites
28V51x Standing Trial
Space
2C61x Disruptor Accident
1R231x Drumhead
29V71x Inquest
33V41x Mutinous Guests
8R131x Outclassed
29V121x The Needs of the Few
15V101x What Lies Beneath

Draw Deck Strategy

Most of your personnel are cheap. Play lots of personnel and attempt missions fast :).

In every game you'll want to solve Practice Orbital Maneuvers, your cadet mission where your unskilled cadets come into their own. Watch out for the requirement of 3 cadets, your opponent will try and target the cadets if they realise you only have a small number at the mission.

If you're not solving POM, Obtain Vaccine should be your next priority. This has a low 30 cunning attribute total so it is easy to solve with a small number of personnel. Note that if you're low on Diplomacy personnel, the Universal Translator equipment gives Diplomacy to all of your Officer personnel.

Cards to watch out for:

Cadets - Dorian Collins, Jean Hejar, Karen Farris, Nicholas Locarno, Nog, Seth Matthews, Sito Jaxa, Tim Watters, Wesley Crusher

Boothby makes your cadets better while facing dilemmas.

Sneaky good cards: Kamala, The Perfect Mate; William T. Riker, First Officer; Universal Translator; New Life; Escape

Dilemma Pile Strategy

There's no major theme to the dilemma pile, this is just about stopping as many people as possible with as few dilemmas as possible. Try and keep track of whether your opponent is playing cheap personnel ... some of your dilemmas are better against low cost personnel e.g. Pitching In, Miner Revolt, Inquest.

 
Dilemma Deck
Total Dilemmas20
Space7 (35%)
Cost 21
Cost 36
Planet6 (30%)
Cost 23
Cost 33
Dual7 (35%)
Cost 22
Cost 32
Cost 43
Draw Deck
Total Draw Deck35
Equipment2 (6%)
Cost 12
Event2 (6%)
Cost 11
Cost 21
Interrupt2 (6%)
Personnel25 (71%)
Cost 01
Cost 16
Cost 210
Cost 35
Cost 43
Ship4 (11%)
Cost 53
Cost 71
Skills Count
Skill# Missions# Personnel
1x2x3xTotal
Acquisition011
Anthropology0516
Archaeology044
Astrometrics133
Biology022
Diplomacy244
Engineer144
Exobiology022
Geology011
Honor299
Intelligence011
Law033
Leadership3718
Medical022
Navigation288
Officer177
Physics033
Programming033
Science00
Security255
Telepathy022
Transporters0112
Treachery00
Icons Count
Icon# Personnel% Personnel
Staffing Icons
Command Star1040.00 %
Staff Star1144.00 %
Faction Icons
Earth1248.00 %
Next Generation936.00 %
Temporal Icons
Past14.00 %
Keyword Count
Keyword# Cards
Admiral2
Cadet9
Commander: U.S.S. Enterprise-E2
Commander: U.S.S. Valiant1
Dissident1
Genetically Enhanced1
Hand Weapon1
Region: Briar Patch1
Region: Sector 0012