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RR #5: Shaka, When the Walls Fell

Shaka, When the Walls Fell

Shaka, when the walls fell, means inability to understand. The incomprehensible Tamarians spoke entirely in metaphors.

Dilemma Dilemma - Dual dilemma Dual
Must have 2 Diplomacy and CUNNING > 30 to communicate and proceed.

Characteristics: Tamarian-related dilemma.

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Shaka, When the Walls Fell

This Card-Review was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Dec 20th, 1996.

This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:

Aefvadh! Last time, I said my personal favorite wall dilemma was Shaka, When The Walls Fell. Let's take a look at why.


First, it's both Planet and Space. You'll always have a place to use it, and it works well in combination with a number of followup killers.

Second, it virtually guarantees your opponent will have to bring in a minimum of 4 personnel to meet the CUNNING requirement. For Klingons, it's more likely to take 5 or 6. Romulans will have the easiest time with this with their high Cunning. Feds fall in between.

Third, and most important, two of those personnel will have Diplomacy. Why is that so crucial? Because NO common, universal personnel, and NO holographic personnel, have Diplomacy. So with rare exceptions, you'll always get two uncommon or rare, unique personnel laying their lives on the line. Not only can this dilemma stall your opponent, he may just abandon the mission attempt rather than risk valuable personnel.

The exceptions: Jean-Luc Picard (Prem), Dathon, Sarek, Riva, Pardek, and Ves Alkar each have Diplomacy x2. It's doubtful that you'll encounter Riva; Ves Alkar has to have at least one female Empath with him to have the Diplomacy x2, so you automatically have a second valuable personnel at risk; and the rest, especially Jean-Luc, would all be worthwhile kills. Dathon is a special case: because he nullifies Tamarian-related dilemmas, your opponent could pass this with Dathon alone. But then he'd be a sitting duck for the next dilemma, so he probably won't be alone.

Now that you've got them there, what next? I recommend a minimum of two killers/disablers to follow. Remember that two of the personnel will be diplomats, who won't contribute much in the way of classifications or skills to overcoming other dilemmas; but your opponent will probably supply a minimum of one each MEDICAL, SECURITY, and SCIENCE to make up the required CUNNING > 30. Notes on a few of the more useful dilemmas:

The Major's Combos: (dilemmas should be encountered in the listed order)