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RR #3: Mandarin Bailiff

Mandarin Bailiff

Criminal! How plead you?

Q-Card Q-Card - Dilemma
Opponent takes one personnel present (random selection) into custody (as a captive) unless you "post bail" by transfering X points to opponent, where X = the number of Red Dot icons in that personnel's skill box.
Point-Box on card: +X/-X bonus points (you score points, when you play or use this card).

Characteristics: Q-related dilemma, Capture, bonus points.

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Zu dem Kartentext dieser Karte gibt es eine zusätzliche Erläuterung:

You may “post bail” for this Q-icon dilemma by transferring points to your opponent even if your score is zero or less. This will give you a negative score. “Transferring points” means that you lose points, while your opponent gains points.

Taken form Glossary - Version 1.9.2.

"Logging" Info: Erfasst vom openCards Team (Telak am 01.05.2009).
 

Mandarin Bailiff

Dieses Karten-Review wurde von Kathy McCracken verfasst und zunächst auf "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" am 02.12.1996 veröffentlicht.

Dieser Artikel ist Teil der Artikel-Serie "Romulan Review" des Autors "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Siehe auch:

Aefvadh! How about something for your Q-Continuum?

MANDARIN BAILIFF

It's easy to think of dilemmas, events, and interrupts as affiliation-neutral as long as they don't say "If a Romulan ship is present..." or "Plays on a Klingon...". But the differences are often more subtle than that. Just how many of those little red dots can you expect to find on a random personnel card?

 

Number of dots Number of Personnel      
  Federation Klingon Romulan Non-Aligned

1

25

16

 


 

6

2

24

14

15

14

3

20

4

9

8

4

6

8

2

11

5

5

2

1

1

6

1

0

0

1

total

81

44

34

41

average

2,3

2,2

2,3

2,8

 

Hmmm. Aside from revealing the glaring discrepancies in numbers of available personnel, what does this tell us? That on average, a random affiliated personnel will have the same number of red dots regardless of affiliation. So much for statistics. The fact is, there's nothing random about the personnel you have in your deck (well, I hope that's not the way you chose them). Let's take a slightly different tack.

The Feds have tons of personnel with 3 dots or less. This doesn't make it more likely that the Bailiff will pick one from a Fed Away Team, for the simple reason that most Fed decks above beginner level will be using no commons (except maybe Scotty) and few, if any, uncommons-bridge crew is the name of the game. And the high-dot Fed cards are concentrated in the rares. How many personnel with more than 3 dots does each affiliation have?
Fed - 12 Kli - 10 Rom - 3
Add in the non-aligned personnel that are most likely to find use in each kind of deck (Fed, 6; Kli, 11; Rom, 10; my subjective evaluations and no, I'm not going to list them!) and you have totals of:
Fed - 18 Kli - 21 Rom - 13
Note that no one would be using all of the "likely" high-dot non-aligneds for their affiliations; this is simply the maximum that they have to choose from.

Conclusions:

  1. The odds are much higher for a Romulan deck that the selected personnel will have 3 or fewer dots. First, the other affiliations simply have a lot more that they are likely to use. Second, with so many multi-skilled personnel, Feds can make a much "tighter" crew, less likely to be diluted with 2's and 3's (or even 1's) to cover needed skills as the Romulans and Klingons must do.
  2.  A Fed personnel is more likely to be a 5 or 6 (6 available, Klingons have 4, Romulans 3).
  3. The more skills (usually, dots) each personnel has, the fewer personnel you are likely to have, the harder it will be to let one go as a captive, and the more likely that you will risk the points to bail them out. If you have a lot of personnel with only 2 skills, losing one isn't so critical.
  4. Most likely point differential resulting from posting bail:
    • Federation 8-12 points (4, 5, or 6 dots)
    • Klingon 6-8 points (3 or 4 dots)
    • Romulan 4-6 points (2 or 3 dots)

Advantage: Romulan. Depending on who gets picked, it might not even be worth posting bail. Is there anyone who wouldn't post 12 points to get back Jean-Luc?

The Major's Combos:

  • Mandarin Bailiff + Interrogation in Q’s Tent: If they won't post bail, get some points anyway.
  • Mandarin Bailiff + Major Rakal: 3 Romulan skills, only 2 dots. :)