RR #24: Thomas Paris & Nick Locarno
This Card-Review was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Jun 4th, 1997.
This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:
- Previous "Romulan Review" (# 23): "RR #23: Orb Of Prophecy And Change".
- Next "Romulan Review" (# 25): "RR #25: Q Continuum Side Decks".
Aefvadh! Although the good Dr. R'Mor is the only truly green-bordered preview card in the Anthology, there a couple more with definite green tinges. We've already looked at Garak; here's the other one, with a unique skill that was just made for the Rommies; and for comparison, I also present his unusual "twin" from the Q Continuum set, which somehow seems appropriate...
THOMAS PARIS & NICK LOCARNO
Similarities first. Both non-aligned, but only Tom is universally usable, as Nick doesn't play well with Feds. Both CIVILIANS, good for Colony decks or Kurlan Naiskos, especially needed by Romulans and Klingons.
They are the only personnel providing a compact Navigation x2 for red or green decks, very important especially to Romulans, who have no universal and only 5 unique personnel with Navigation, while Klingons have 2 universals and 6 uniques. (The Feds have Gibson, who is universal to boot, plus lots of personnel with single Navigation.) Why is Navigation so important? Well, there are dilemmas that require it, and FGC-47 Research is tedious to get past without the span reduction provided by Navigation; and they act as protection against Anti-Matter Pod damage; Nav x3 is heavy requirement to meet without a Nav x2 aboard. Of course, they also both have Transporter Skill, which can nullify the Pod entirely, but you may want to just keep from getting damaged yourself, while leaving the Pod in place to menace your opponent. Sonya Gomez can suspend the Pod's effect for Feds.
Transporter Skill has other uses, too, helping you past beaming obstructions. Again, this is of less value to the Feds, who have Lefler and Scotty with Transporter Skill.
Now let's look at their differences. Nick, who can't work with Feds, has Computer Skill (useful to Klingons, Romulans have plenty), Youth (same situation), and Leadership (both affiliations have plenty). He's not AU, so while he doesn't require that open Alternate Universe Door to come into play, he also can't be stuffed in a Cryosatellite or used to provide AU icon staffing or mission requirements.
Tom, however, has much more potential, even for Feds. His SECURITY skill makes him highly useful to both Klingons and Romulans who are short on that classification. And Treachery works for everyone - the Feds have very few at all; the Klingons have J’Ddan and the Duras family, all with very low Integrity (2-4), where Tom's is just passable at 5; and while the Romulans have lots of Treachery, the more the merrier in a green "Treachery" deck. Or, if your Romulans actually need Honor (Khitomer Research, anyone?), switch him to Honorable mode. That trick isn't very useful to Klingons, however, who are brimming over with Honor already, but aren't known for "Honor" decks. Although his stats are lower than Nick's, they're still usable, and he can go in a Cryosatellite.
To rank them on comparative usability, we find:
- Thomas Paris: Best for Romulans, good for Klingons, OK for Feds.
- Nick Locarno: Good for Klingons (though not up to Tom's level), so-so for Romulans, unusable by Feds.
The Major's Combo: