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RR #11: Romulan Ambush

    Romulan Ambush

    In 2367, Geordi La Forge was captured by a Romulan ship while piloting a shuttle to Risa. He was brainwashed into an assassination plot against Klingon Governor Vagh.

    Interrupt Interrupt

    Destroys opponent's ship with SHIELDS < 6 present with your D'deridex-class ship. Crew killed, except one personnel (your choice) is made captive.

    Characteristics: Capture.
    Requires: D'deridex Class.

    Rule hint for this card

    This card has an clarification:

    The captive that you take with this interrupt is selected and relocated to your ship before the ship is destroyed. If the crew is saved with a card that plays during the destruction (such as Escape Pod), the captive is not saved. See battle - non-battle cards.

    Taken form Glossary - Version 1.9.5.

    Card logging info: Logged by openCards team at May 1st, 2009.

    Romulan Ambush

    This Card-Review article was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Feb 23rd, 1997.

    This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:

    Aefvadh! Working with Mot on our joint "Useless" review made me think, for some reason, of Romulan Ambush. Well, Mot said even he couldn't come up with a way to make this card useful. You know what? Neither can I.


    When I first saw this card, I thought, "Great! The Romulans finally have a 'special' card like all the Klingon 'specials'. About time. Destroy a ship, get a captive, do it on your opponent's turn, and your ship won't even be stopped. You can even destroy another Romulan without Tal Shiar around. What more could you want?" Mmm, how about a target?

    The D'deridex-class ship is no problem. It includes all the warbirds, including the universal, of course, which Romulans generally have no trouble staffing with so many command stars available. So, just find an opponent playing a ship with SHIELDS < 6.


    No one plays with a Shuttlecraft, unless they're playing Engage Shuttle Operationsimage. In other words, no one plays with a Shuttlecraft. Why bother? The Runabout is 7-5-5 to the Shuttlecraft's 6-2-2, with the same no-staff-star requirement. No one plays with the Miranda, either; it's worse than a Runabout (6-5-5) and requires a staff star to boot.

    That leaves the Runabout. Occasionally used as a red-shirt vessel for space missions; not much of a loss to a Borg Shipimage, and temporarily expendable for a 15-point Cytheriansimage trip with Mot the Barberimage (sorry, Mot!). Which means it also won't be much of a loss to your Ambush. And its single crewmember won't give you much "choice" of captive; almost certainly useless for Brainwash, and not likely to be redeemed for 10 Interrogationimage points, though he could garner you a few single points.


    No one plays with a Scout Vessel, either generic (9-3-3) or the Scout-class Pi (9-4-4). Use a Science Vessel (8-5-6) instead. No staff stars need apply.


    • None. That's right. Every K'Vort is at least 6.


    No one plays with an Yridian Shuttle, unless they're playing Engage... haven't we been here before? I suppose a Klingon might use a Zibalian Transport if he was desperate for a no-staff ship.

    Well, that was exhilarating. Two vague possibilities for actual use, and either can be immunized against the Ambush with a simple Plasmadyne Relayimage. And there are currently no cards that drain SHIELDS. To top it off, four of the D'deridexes can destroy with a direct hit any of these ships except the Runabout and the Miranda (though you get no captive, must do it on your own turn, and will be stopped).

    So your possible targets are:

    1. Beginning players who own almost no ships.
    2. Players of Engage Shuttle Operations.
    3. Fed space mission redshirters.

    Oh, and the concept isn't even true to the show; Geordi was taken captive, but his shuttle wasn't destroyed.


    The Major's Combo:

    • I think it's a pretty neat picture of the warbird, don't you?