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[Return to Grace] Return to Grace (RtG)

    Regular expansion of 54 virtual cards published by The Continuing Committee (2014-03-14).

    Overview card types:
       Overview rarities:

    UCT-IDNamesort descendingRarityTypeAffiliation
    ST2E 30 V 1VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 2
    Chula: The Gameimage (errata / first print)
    ST2E 30 V 3VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 4VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 5VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 6VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 7VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 8VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 9VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 10VirtualDilemma
    ST2E 30 V 11VirtualEquipment
    ST2E 30 V 12VirtualEquipment
    ST2E 30 V 13VirtualEquipment
    ST2E 30 V 14VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 15VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 16VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 17VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 18VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 19VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 20VirtualEvent
    ST2E 30 V 21VirtualInterrupt
    ST2E 30 V 22VirtualInterrupt
    ST2E 30 V 23VirtualInterrupt
    ST2E 30 V 24VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 25VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 26VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 27VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 28VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 29VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 30VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 31VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 32VirtualMission
    ST2E 30 V 33VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 34VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 35VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 36VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 37
    •Opaka, Healerimage (first print)
    VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 38VirtualPersonnelBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 39VirtualPersonnelBorg icon
    ST2E 30 V 40VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 41VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 42VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 43VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 44VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 45VirtualPersonnelCardassian icon
    ST2E 30 V 46VirtualPersonnelFederation icon
    ST2E 30 V 47VirtualPersonnelFederation icon
    ST2E 30 V 48VirtualPersonnelFederation icon
    ST2E 30 V 49VirtualPersonnelFederation icon
    ST2E 30 V 50VirtualPersonnelFederation icon
    ST2E 30 V 51VirtualPersonnelFerengi icon
    ST2E 30 V 52VirtualPersonnelKlingon icon
    ST2E 30 V 53VirtualShipBajoran icon
    ST2E 30 V 54VirtualShipCardassian icon

    It's been a long time coming, but today we are proud to announce the imminent arrival of Return to Grace, the 30th Second Edition expansion! Return to Grace will be released online and free at on Friday, March 14th, 2014. This expansion is all about "rebirth" and aims to place the Bajorans and the Cardassians firmly on the scene this competitive season. In addition, Return to Grace is a launching point for a new era of design philosophies and principles we have been calling "Phase II."

    What is Phase II?
    Return to Grace is the first expansion of what we've been calling "Phase II" of Second Edition design. From a design point of view, "Phase II" is a shift in philosophy that manifests in three key areas:

    1. Create new and powerful cards. In the past, especially in the past few years, design has been reluctant to push the power level of new cards. Instead, we have just added new "teams", created new tools for existing strategies, or made weapons against powerful strategies. We will still do all of those things moving forward, but we are no longer going to be afraid to make good cards, especially for affiliations that aren't performing well at a competitive level (Accession). This philosophy applies to dilemma design as well, with dilemmas made to encourage deck strategies and innovative piles that are both fun and competitive, such as Chula: The Game.

    2. Make affiliations matter. Over the past few expansions, there has been less and less affiliation definition. Likely due to the smaller virtual expansion size (at least in part), designers have made more "toolbox" cards like Tacking Into the Wind, i.e. cards that work in any deck. While these types of cards have a place in the game, each time one is made, it makes the affiliations and sub-affiliations a little less distinct. Phase II originated as part of a desire to return to the "old days," where each affiliation played and felt differently. We want all of the affiliations and sub-affiliations to have a distinct feel, with different implementations of mechanics. One of our mantras was that, even if you were playing a small, tight, solver deck, those decks would play and feel differently.

    3. Dial back game speed. For the past several years, as we have made more and more cards to enable interaction decks, game length has increased. Specifically, the number of timed games has gone up, on average, as interactive decks became more and more viable. This isn't an inherently bad thing, as interaction is key and vital to the game, and it's something design wants to see. Imagine the game speed as a pendulum, with Second Edition-only speed decks on one end, and Maquis-disruption style chess match decks on the other. Right now, the pendulum is more on the side of the slower decks, and this point is simply to pull it a little bit closer to the middle. One of the ways we can enable this is with clean, simple cards that make solvers work, and you'll see several in Return to Grace.

    by Charlie Plaine, Return to Grace Lead Designer

    21st February 2014