Wesley's STCCG card of the day #42

Hi, folks,

yesterday's trekdinner was a bit long, so you had to wait a day longer for the answer to life...

the universe...

and the burning question...

What is the WORST card in Star Trek: CCG?

Well, the answer is:


Interrupt, common.
Must have at least four of your ships in play to use. Play on any cloaked ship to detect its presence. Ship is forced to de-cloak for rest of turn.
"Network of active tachyon beams between many ships. Devised by Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in 2368 to detect cloaked vessels."
Ho-Hum. So where do I start analyzing here? Obviously this card has two fa- cets worth reviewing. A prerequisite and an effect. Let's ignore the prerequi- site for a moment and look at the effect: One ship is forced to de-cloak for rest of turn. What can I do with it? Yep, I can attack that ship, provided neither of the player plays Feds (If I do, I cannot attack, if he does, what cloaked ship?). Also, at least one of us must be a Klingon player, as Rommies cannot attack other Rommies. So to get a chance of using this, we must have one out of the K/K, R/K or K/R combinations. Even if all nine affiliation combinations had the same probability, this would work out to a 67% chance of the card having NO EFFECT AT ALL! (Actually, it's worse - Most people play Federation).

So let's think of not attacking but playing an interrupt (or event) that can not affect cloaked ships:

So isn't there anything we could do? Sorry? What did you suggest here?

So let me summarize: We have a card that allows us to use a Plasma Fire on a cloaked ship. Great.

Now let's take a look at the cost: We need four ships in play. So that means we need five or six in the deck to get them out. Six ships? Anybody playing with more than four? Doh. Add a card slot in your deck that could be used for something sensible (like a Temporal Rift, if you don't have any better ideas) and you're stuck with four useless cards (2 ships + the Grid + the Plasma Fire).

But I won't discourage anybody from using it, as long as he plays against me :-)

Favorite combo(s):

Wesley's rating:               -9.999 (Sorry, 1.0 of course) 
Jon's rating:                   4.1
Allen Castaban's rating:        2.0
Tim Kwong's rating:             1.0
Habib's rating:                 1.0
Bryan's rating:                 ---
Jeff's rating:                  0.3 (Guess we should say 1.0 here, too)
Holt Kernodle's rating:         ---	
Simon's rating:                 ---
Data's Rating:                  6.7 (Huh?)
Jason's Rating:                 1.5
AVERAGE RATING:                 2.3

Please direct all email concerning card of the day to: blohmer@pips11.informatik.uni-mannheim.de

Wesley Crusher, the new STCCG Lord

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