Wesley's STCCG card of the day #380



Is this thing on? :)

Well, if you haven't guessed already, it's Allen, not Wesley. (and if you hadn't guessed by this point, you've really got to get out more). (Of course, those on the newsgroup probably have no clue who I am. But that's OK - as long as you know it isn't Wes, you're OK. Puff is bouncing these messages to the group for me, since my access is FUBARed.)

Anyways, to the point. Wesley is off on his well-earned vacation, but he drive-by emailed me some COTDs to keep us busy. And since I get to mail them, I also get to do the new openings, and fiddle here :-) (Wes, hope you don't mind - you did say I could finish them :) If you're a COTD purist, just ignore my notes - they'll be in []s..

But on with the show: <activating the Emergency Wesley Hologram>

Hi, folks,

I might be gone but my image is still around to cause COTDs and similar trouble like:

Internet Expansion IV, 7th place, by Stephen Hopkins


Personnel, non-aligned, IE4
Integrity 4
Cunning 10
Strength 5
ENGINEER, Treachery x2, Computer Skill, Greed. May espionage any Federation mission, Staff Star (+).
"Ensign Seska, a physically altered Cardassian, infiltrated the Maquis and later betrayed the crew of the USS Voyager."
Oh yeah, a non-aligned treacherous Engineer. Great stuff. Or so you might say. Well, Seska's skills are nothing to write home about but she is a living Espionage card and this of course helps you a lot.

First, use her in an Espionage deck. You don't need to stock two or three Espionage vs. Fed cards, instead one Seska will do the trick everywhere. And as you're playing Espionage, you won't have to worry much about Dilemmas, after all you should know what you seeded.

But there's an even better idea. Don't just throw her into an Espionage deck, no, play the best missions of two affiliations with just a single affiliation in your crew. The only catch is you cannot use Federation as your crew affiliation. Which is a small fact I really like as the Feds have the best skills and the enhanced mission selection options with Seska give the other affiliations a slightly easier time thus balancing the affiliations another bit more.

I really like her for her balancing effects and for the much simpler way to espionage against people (although Mot can confirm it's already easy to be espionaged against ;-) ). But the real power of Seska lies in the fact that she's a two to three card advantage in an Espionage deck. And you know the importance of card advantage ;-)

Favorite combo(s): [Here's a stray thought - to attempt a mission, you must have one personnel of the correct affiliation. Espionage cards allow you to use a different affiliation. But here's a non-aligned personnel that lets you espionage Fed missions. Which to my mind means that there's no need for an aligned personnel. One step closer to the mythic Non-Aligned deck?]
Ratings for :

Wesley's rating:                6.5
Allen's rating:                 6.0
Cpt. Targ's rating:             *
Data's rating:                  *
Dr. R'Mor's rating:             *     
EHCCGPP's rating:               *
Hal's rating:                   *
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a's rtg.:  *
John's rating:                  9.0
Jon Walker's rating:            7.0
Jono's rating:                  6.0
Locutus' rating:                8.5
Mot's rating:                   9.0
Nanite's rating:                7.0
Picarde's rating:               5.0
Ranger's rating:                5.0
Rothspar's rating:              6.6
Sirna's rating:                 5.0
Tebok's rating:                 7.0
Tony's rating:                  7.9
Worf's rating:                  7.0
AVERAGE RATING:                 6.8

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Wesley Crusher
Temporarily immortal STCCG Lord (on vacation)

"A couple of lightyears can't keep good friends apart"


Allen Gould
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