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RR #24: Thomas Paris & Nick Locarno

    Nick LocarnoThomas Paris

    Nick Locarno

    Natural leader kicked out of Starfleet Academy after the Nova Squadron accident and cover-up of 2368.

    Non-aligned Non-Aligned icon  Personnel Personnel
    Gender: male. Species: Human.
    Command & Staffing abilitys: Command
    Classification: CIVILIAN
    Restriction-Box: Does not work with Affiliation Federation affiliation.
    Red Dot Navigation x2   Red Dot Computer Skill   Red Dot Leadership  
    Red Dot Youth   Red Dot Transporter Skill  

    Characteristics: "Continuing Mission"-related cards, Affiliation Non-Aligned "affiliation", Human species.

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

    Thomas Paris

    Convicted traitor. Maquis sympathizer. Best pilot Harry Kim has ever seen. In an alternate reality, a bar fight cost Tom Paris his future aboard the U.S.S. Voyager.

    Non-aligned Non-Aligned icon  Personnel Personnel
    Gender: male. Species: Human.
    Command & Staffing abilitys: Staff Alternate Universe
    Classification: CIVILIAN
    Red Dot Navigation x2   Red Dot Transporter Skill   Red Dot SECURITY  
    Red Dot Treachery (May convert to Honor for rest of game.)

    Characteristics: Affiliation Non-Aligned "affiliation", Pilot, Human species.

    Card logging info: First edited by Telak at Mar 1st, 2014. Please support openCards and validate game text of this card!

    This Card-Review article was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Jun 4th, 1997.

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

    Aefvadh! Although the good Dr. R'Mor is the only truly green-bordered preview card in the Anthology, there a couple more with definite green tinges. We've already looked at Garakimage; here's the other one, with a unique skill that was just made for the Rommies; and for comparison, I also present his unusual "twin" from the Q Continuum set, which somehow seems appropriate...


    Similarities first. Both non-aligned, but only Tom is universally usable, as Nick doesn't play well with Feds. Both CIVILIANS, good for Colonyimage decks or Kurlan Naiskosimage, especially needed by Romulans and Klingons.

    They are the only personnel providing a compact Navigation x2 for red or green decks, very important especially to Romulans, who have no universal and only 5 unique personnel with Navigation, while Klingons have 2 universals and 6 uniques. (The Feds have Gibsonimage, who is universal to boot, plus lots of personnel with single Navigation.) Why is Navigation so important? Well, there are dilemmas that require it, and FGC-47 Researchimage is tedious to get past without the span reduction provided by Navigation; and they act as protection against Anti-Matter Podimage damage; Nav x3 is heavy requirement to meet without a Nav x2 aboard. Of course, they also both have Transporter Skill, which can nullify the Pod entirely, but you may want to just keep from getting damaged yourself, while leaving the Pod in place to menace your opponent. Sonya Gomezimage can suspend the Pod's effect for Feds.

    Transporter Skill has other uses, too, helping you past beaming obstructions. Again, this is of less value to the Feds, who have Lefler and Scotty with Transporter Skill.

    Now let's look at their differences. Nick, who can't work with Feds, has Computer Skill (useful to Klingons, Romulans have plenty), Youth (same situation), and Leadership (both affiliations have plenty). He's not AU, so while he doesn't require that open Alternate Universe Doorimage to come into play, he also can't be stuffed in a Cryosatelliteimage or used to provide AU icon staffing or mission requirements.

    Tom, however, has much more potential, even for Feds. His SECURITY skill makes him highly useful to both Klingons and Romulans who are short on that classification. And Treachery works for everyone - the Feds have very few at all; the Klingons have J’Ddan and the Duras family, all with very low Integrity (2-4), where Tom's is just passable at 5; and while the Romulans have lots of Treachery, the more the merrier in a green "Treachery" deck. Or, if your Romulans actually need Honor (Khitomer Research, anyone?), switch him to Honorable mode. That trick isn't very useful to Klingons, however, who are brimming over with Honor already, but aren't known for "Honor" decks. Although his stats are lower than Nick's, they're still usable, and he can go in a Cryosatelliteimage.

    To rank them on comparative usability, we find:

    • Thomas Parisimage: Best for Romulans, good for Klingons, OK for Feds.
    • Nick Locarno: Good for Klingons (though not up to Tom's level), so-so for Romulans, unusable by Feds.

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