Wesley's STCCG card of the day #298

Hi, folks,

two more issues before we make it through the barrier... But first, let's add another classic touch:



Personnel, Federation, rare.
Integrity 8
Cunning 7
Strength 7
OFFICER, Diplomacy, Leadership, Navigation, Honor, Music, Command Star (*).
"Commander William T. Riker is the executive officer of U.S.S. Enterprise. Imzadi to Deanna Troi. Gourmet cook. Jazz musician."
A card that surprisingly often stays at home when I send my Enterprise on yet another mission to explore strange new spacelines, seek out new missions and new dilemmas and boldly score what no one has scored before...(TM).

Why? First: Because I own Picard. Simple enough. What does Riker have that Picard doesn't? Answer: Strength 7. Yep, Picard has only 6. And in any other respect, Riker is the poor guy's Picard. He loses one Diplomacy, one Archaeology, one Cunning and one Integrity. And he cannot captain the Stargazer for the Captain's Log benefit. Now why for *'s sake (insert any expletive you see fit for the *) does that guy have the same rarity and almost the same price tag? Yes, granted, five skills look good, but then, three of them are the stale old "Diphole" (Diplomacy, Honor, Leadership), meaning they don't count much more than 2 "real" skills.

Leaves us with Navigation (I know better Navigators) and Music. About a McKnight, 50 cents. And that's it when it comes to William Riker. A McKnight and a Diphole. Plus a stare into the camera as if that guy's brain has just gone flying off and he's watching it disappear. Oh, don't forget the beard - it might become a real use for Barbering someday. No. Really. If you plan on shelling out money for Bridge crew, put it on something really useful. Data, Wesley, Picard, Geordi, Beverly. (Not necessarily in this order.) If you still got money left, maybe a Worf or even a Troi (though I don't think much of her either, at least Empathy does now have a few uses).

One exception though: If you have a pure Fed Diphole deck (yeah, it's feasible though not that effective), you might want to have Riker as a Picard replacement just in case old baldly oversleeps his turn at the very bottom of your deck. But otherwise these skills might make a good $5 card, but not a $25 card. Sorry.

Favorite combo(s):
Ratings for : WILLIAM RIKER

Wesley's rating:                5.49 (can't give this guy "average" ;-))
Allen's rating:                 ---
Cole's rating:                  6.7
Data's rating:                  8.7
Drew's rating:                  1.6
Hal's rating:                   5.0
Jack's rating:                  8.5
Mot's rating:                   7.0
Nanite's rating:                3.0
Nouwa's rating:                 7.0
Picarde's rating:               9.0
Q's rating:                     8.0
Ranger's rating:                8.1
Rothspar's rating:              7.8
Tania's rating:                 9.0
Tony's rating:                  9.5
AVERAGE RATING:                 6.9

Um, one of the largest spans we had lately. And again the "expensive cool card" syndrome...

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