Regeneration

❖ Four of Fifty

Identification: Harvest Drone
Task: Identify targets in Sector 001.
Engage. Biological Distinctiveness: Humanoid.

Borg Borg icon  Personnel Personnel
Gender is irrelevant. Species: Humanoid.
Command & Staffing abilitys: Alternate Universe Borg Defense 22nd Century
Icons (other): Delta Quadrant
Classification: none
Skills:  • SECURITY  • ENGINEER  • Exobiology  • May download One with the Borg in place of a card draw. Special Download Orbital Bombardment OR Establish Tractor Lock
INTEGRITY: 5  CUNNING: 5  STRENGTH: 7

Characteristics: Affiliation Borg affiliation, 22nd Century 22nd Century, Drone, Humaniod species.
Requires: Affiliation Borg affiliation.

Rule hint for this card

OTF-Conversion-Rules:
If you play OTF this card replaces the backward compatible 2E card Harvest Drone from The Undiscovered Country - ST1E compatible The Undiscovered Country - ST1E compatible (the 2E card is no longer valide in OTF).

Card logging info: First edited by Telak at Apr 2nd, 2017. Please support openCards and validate game text of this card!
 

This Card-Review was written by Niall Matthew and was published first on "The Continuing Committee (trekcc.org)" at Mar 27th, 2017.

We crammed everything but the kitchen sink into this set. And naturally, because I'm involved, it would feel wrong if there wasn't any Borg love. So behold the latest spoiler: Four of Fifty. A conversion from the Second Edition set The Undiscovered Country, this Drone wields all the regular skills of the original version, be it in a slightly different order. That Backward Compatible icon is now transformed into a lovely Defense subcommand icon, which makes him good in a fight. So far so good, now onto the more interesting stuff....

Being frozen at the time of Captain Archer gives Four of Fifty some icons which you normally wouldn't see from his affiliation. For starters, he bears the 22nd century icon 22nd Century, leaving the door open for a potential Enterprise era faction in some far off expansion. Most importantly, he retains his Alternate Universe icon Alternate Universe, so all you First Edition purists now have a new weapon against dilemmas like Quantum Incursions. Don't forget though that he has a Delta Quadrant icon Delta Quadrant, so normal reporting is still required.

Let's move on to the special skills. He possesses two types of download options. The first is the ability to download One with the Borg in place of a card draw. Not only can you download it into play, you also have the option of downloading it to hand (since it is in place of a card draw). As you can see, that card has not surfaced yet. Place your bets on how it will work.

The final line of gametext is a special download, with the choice of two cards; Orbital Bombardment or Establish Tractor Lock. These two cards are Objectives which do not have the Borg Only icon and can currently be downloaded with A Change of Plans. I say currently because A Change of Plans is on the watchlist. Perhaps there is a reason why these two Objectives should end up on a Drone which can be downloaded into play easily with cards such as the Borg Queen or We Are The Borg.

Overall, Four of Fifty is a powerful addition to any Borg deck, be it a solver or a straight on interactive assimilator. The combination of icons, essential skills, and powerful downloads will help in your mission to assimilate the galaxy. I know I'll be using him from now on. Are there any more cybernetic surprises to come? Find out when Broken Bow is released on Friday.

by Niall Matthew, Broken Bow intern designer and the inserter of tubules