Wesley's STCCG card of the day #281
Classics time again:
Classic COTD #14
KURLAN NAI... no, not another title SNAFU ;-)
TIME TRAVEL POD
Place in hand until played once as an Interrupt card on any ship. That
ship travels into the future (disappears for up to 5 turns). Pre-announce
the return time.
"Craft from the future, stolen in the past by Berlingoff Rasmussen for
his own gain."
The basic function of this Artifact is that of a glorified Temporal Rift.
Instead of just sending a ship two turns away you can select any number
from 1 to 5 turns. And as you can announce the exact return time, you can
even be a bit more selective like returning a ship "next turn, after I
finish my card play phase" or "At the end of your turn, right after you
move the Borg Ship". Of course you can only select events that must
happen, i.e. the start or end of a phase or a turn.
But even this half-flexibility gives you a variety of options.
Unfortunately most of them are not that strong or require extra cards to
work. Let's see what we have:
- The basic BIG Temporal Rift. Deny your opponent the use of his best
ship for five turns instead of two. Of course this 150% gain in delay
does not mean a 150% efficiency gain as in many cases two turns are
already sufficient for a good deck to gain a decisive lead.
- Borg Ship or Anti-Time Anomaly Evasion. Why waste two turns in an
escape attempt if you can do with half a turn? In this case the
announcing effect really comes into play. Your ship can leave the table
at the end of your opponent's turn and come back right after the card
play of your turn. Just enough to avoid some really nasty effect that
might occur in the meantime.
- Borg Feeding. Why restrict yourself to evading? After all, Borg also
want to have fun! So slap a Pod on your opponent's ship and with a quick
count, you announce a return time of (1/2 turn for each location
Borg Ship is away from target), "right before the Borg ship moves". Ship
disappears and reappears just to disappear again. But more permanently
this time ;-)
- Shifting of attack balances. But you could do this as well with the
basic Temporal Rift. Although the extra time might help if your opponent
is waiting for the last ship necessary to destroy your outpost. You might
have far less need for an outpost after the three extra turns.
And that's about it here. Not too much and the extra power over the basic
Temporal Rift is just too specialized to make this card really useful for
the much higher effort required to get it into play.
Wait, there's one more ability not mentioned on the card but on a
different one: Investigate Time Continuum. You can use the Pod to solve
that mission. And you can even make a really fast concept out of this.
Try the following:
- ) Excavation with Time Travel Pod underneath.
- ) Investigate Time Continuum with Interphase Generator underneath
- ) Pegasus Search with Cryosatellite containing Rachel Garrett
- ) Restore Errant Moon
You don't even care what crew you have in your draw deck as long as it's
good enough to solve most Dilemmas! Each mission done solves the next
one. (Actually, the Restore Errant Moon is only present to allow for a
The Higher... or a similar nasty). Add any ship and a number of Transwarp
Conduits and you might actually get the fastest deck ever seen. But
careful, your opponent can use the engine himself and you'll be in deep
trouble if you can't get there first. So you might want to seed a few
Dilemmas yourself at Excavation just in case..., after all, you know what
you put there ;-)
- See above, faster than Blue Lightning and if your opponent doesn't know
it, maybe even more surprising than Wrath of Wesley.
Ratings for : TIME TRAVEL POD
Wesley's rating: 6.0
Allen's rating: 7.6
Cole's rating: 6.825
Data's rating: 8.5
Drew's rating: 7.6
Gowron's rating: 7.8
Hal's rating: 5.0
Jack's rating: 7.4
Lakanta's rating: 7.5
Nanite's rating: 8.0
Nouwa's rating: 7.0
Picarde's rating: 6.0
Q's rating: 6.5
Ranger's rating: 7.0
Ray's rating: 8.8
Tania's rating: 6.5
Tony's rating: 9.5
Wa'Qah's rating: 8.0
AVERAGE RATING: 7.3
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