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This Card-Review article was written by Paddy Tye and was published first on "The Continuing Committee (trekcc.org)" at Mar 24th, 2017.
”You are in contempt of this tribunal. Since you have such admiration for the prisoner, you will join him on Rura Penthe for a period of one year. Remove them both.”
It had already been teased on Operate Dilithium Gulag, and now we have a personnel with “Prisoner” in the title. Prisoner Archer isn’t the first “off-color” personnel we’ve seen over the years – and he’s in good company with two other Starfleet captains (so far) also appearing as Klingon affiliation. Many of these off-color affiliated personnel have caused debates over the years – was Data ever affiliated enough to the Collective to warrant a “Data of Borg” being made? Is it justified by 0.68 seconds of temptation? I’m sure the preview card of Centurion Kirk has no doubt caused similar debate (am I allowed to talk about that yet? Oh well, too late!). In the case of Prisoner Archer, his “affiliation” to the Klingons was represented by the honorable, high integrity actions with which Kolos defended him at his trial (saving Klaang for example) as well as his brief stint as a laborer at Rura Penthe.
The main benefit of this version of Archer, other than adding “star power” to the 22nd century Klingons (they already have a Klingon Phlox after all), is to kick-start the draw mechanic on Operate Dilithium Gulag. While you can spend the game acquiring captives for point based bonuses, either getting to an opponent to grab a captive or waiting for an opponent to hit a capture dilemma before getting a capture-based draw engine running is just too slow a tactic in the modern game, and would likely see a capture-based deck massively outpaced by a speed solver. Prisoner Archer is designed to bridge this gap.
Today’s other new cards, Skalaar (with his download of Captured - plus a SECURITY-downloadable Captain for anyone looking to make use of Taking Charge) and Prosecutor Orak (with his download of Internment) are designed to further complement the Klingon capture strategy, so you can pick up additional captives and send them to Rura Penthe.
With these last pieces of the puzzle in place, we provide below an example 22nd century Klingon deck – feel free to add more personnel as they get revealed!
by Prisoner Paddy, Broken Bow designer and In Contempt