“Matters more urgent caused our absence.... Yes, we have indeed been negligent, Captain, but no more." – Tebok, ‘The Neutral Zone’.
Welcome to my latest article on my Trek through Star Trek Customizable Card Game First Edition as I develop and test a solo version. This week, as I finish off my first ‘season’ of topics, I’m taking a D’deridex cruiser to Romulus as I discuss all things The Next Generation Romulan, from the Affiliation in general, to base Missions and other important cards.
Romulan Affiliation: Romulans have existed in almost all the various incarnations of Star Trek, appearing first in The Original Series with ‘Balance of Terror’ where the Romulan Commander was played by Mark ‘Sarek’ Lenard. They are most prevalent in The Next Generation and then Deep Space 9, and are hugely popular. This is especially true after they were re-imagined for TNG and evolved into a culture that is all about subterfuge and manipulation.
In the CCG they are represented with Personnel that have fairly high STRENGTH, very low INTEGRITY but very high CUNNING. They have a good range of skills and Classifications, especially OFFICER and Treachery, although like Klingons, can be short on MEDICAL. The Romulan Affiliation has standard attack restrictions to other Affiliations so can be aggressive when they wish.
Romulan Personnel: A massive selection, from the unique Personnel that have Treachery, such as
Romulan Ships: The The Next Generation standard is the
Romulan Base Missions: To maximise the commonly available Romulan skills of OFFICER and Treachery, I often use
Romulan Incidents & Objectives: There are 2 great ‘warp core’ cards in
Romulan Events and Interrupts: Some great choices that provide theme to Romulan decks and make you enjoy you subterfuge and manipulations, such as all the various Romulan Espionage cards that can play on virtually any Affiliation, but also
Playing Romulans: It’s very easy to play Romulans thematically by playing either:
If playing a traditional Romulan Opponent deck (Dissidents are not really ‘Opponent’ deck material), Romulans are the least reasonable Affiliation, particularly against the Klingons who (unless you’re playing those duplicitous Romulan conspirators
Next time, I’m embarking on a new ‘season’ of slightly longer articles, my versions of the Season 2 The Next Generation Bridge Crew and a discussion all about the Youth skill in the CCG...
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