RR #96: "any"
This Strategy-Note was written by Kathy McCracken (aka Major Rakal) and was published first on "Decipher's Website (decipher.com)" at Feb 12th, 2000.
This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:
- Previous "Romulan Review" (# 95): "RR #95: Cargo Bay".
- Next "Romulan Review" (# 97): "RR #97: Hate Crime".
Aefvadh! Generally, my reviews cover a single card, or a concept such as using facilities or timing. This time I'm going to do something a little different, and review a word. This is one of those words that we see on cards all the time, and mostly don't think twice about what it means, but in a few instances it's not as straightforward as it may seem. I could say this review isn't about "just any word", but rather it's about just the word...
In most cases, there's no question about what "any" means. "Any player who has a personnel here... may 'wager'..." means that regardless of who controls DS9 or who played the Dabo card, either player may play dabo at Quark's. "Plays on any ship" means you can play a card on your own or your opponent's ship; "plays on any planet mission" means "ownership" of the mission doesn't matter, and so on.
Getting a little more specific, sometimes "any" is used with a class of equipment. It's still usually clear what it means. Bat’leth Tournament requires "any bat'leth" for completion; that would include any Equipment card (or card used as Equipment) identified in its title or lore as a bat'leth, including the Sword of Kahless. "Any PADD" (Paul Porter's special download) is any Equipment card so identified in its title (highly unlikely that lore would be necessary), such as a Romulan PADD or Medical PADD. The most popular "any" equipment is "any tricorder," required by Verify Evidence and Ferengi Bug, among others, and the same principle applies: you can use a Tricorder, Medical Tricorder or Engineering Tricorder any time a card says "any tricorder."
Only one ship name is referenced with "any," and that is "any Enterprise." Guinan, Wall of Ships and Admiral Riker all refer to "any Enterprise," which logically includes any ship with Enterprise in its name, from U.S.S. Enterprise (and the ones with the bloody C and E) to Future Enterprise.
Where "any" gets sticky is when it refers to personnel cards by character names. "Any Scotty," "any Garak," "any Miles," "any Quark"... just who do these designations include? I used to think it meant any card with the name as part of the card title... and then we got Elim, who logically should be included under "any Garak." Back to the drawing board! Turns out the intention of the designers is that this kind of specification should include any "representation" of the Star Trek character named. That includes Alternate Universe, holographic and illusory representations, but not impersonators. Note that this definition is quite different from the persona definition.
Let's look at some specific examples, using existing "any" requirements. More than half a dozen cards refer to "any Quark." There are only two Quarks so far, Quark (from Rules of Acquisition) and Quark Son of Keldar (from The Dominion). Neither is an impersonator, and they are certainly representations of the well-known proprietor of Quark’s Bar. So Grilka (in theory) gets an attribute boost if she is present with either version. Of course, Klingon Grilka can't be present with Ferengi-affiliation Quark without a treaty or other card making them compatible (and there aren't any Ferengi treaties). But if you Memory Wipe them or put them aboard a Ferengi Trading Post where affiliations can mix, then Grilka's attributes go up.
How about "Pup", which can be nullified with "any Miles." Anyone who's at all familiar with Star Trek knows this means Miles O’Brien (BoG). So who can nullify "Pup"? To start with, either Miles O'Brien (Fajo or Blaze of Glory) will do. It seems highly likely that we'll see a "Smiley" O'Brien in the Mirror, Mirror set, as he played a prominent role in the DS9 Mirror Universe episodes. Smiley is definitely a representation of the Miles O'Brien character (from another universe, but he would certainly consider himself Miles O'Brien), so eventually we should be able to nullify "Pup" with Smiley. And most unusually, it can also be nullified by a Romulan personnel: Chief O’Brien, the holographic re-creation of Miles. O’Brien Founder, on the other hand, is an impersonator, and does not count as "any Miles."
Caution! The only time you can use various versions of a character to satisfy a dilemma or mission requirement, to act as a matching commander, or for any other purpose, is when the card calls for "any XXX." If the word "any" does not qualify the requirement, then only the personnel with the exact card title will do.
For example, Keiko O’Brien is "Attributes all +2 if with Miles O'Brien" and Misguided Activist only "stops" (instead of killing) a personnel if "Miles O'Brien present." For these cards, you can't use Chief O'Brien (even with a treaty for Keiko) or the hypothetical Smiley. You must have a card named Miles O'Brien, either the Fajo or BoG version. Likewise, the Office of the Proconsul allows Tomalak to report for free. That means only the premiere card named Tomalak. Commander Tomalak and Ambassador Tomalak can't take advantage of free reporting, because it doesn't say "any Tomalak." And while a card that called for "any Jean-Luc Picard (Prem)" (there are none as yet) could include a host of different cards, including Lt. (j.g.) Picard, Galen and Locutus of Borg, the only cards that can be the matching commander for the U.S.S. Stargazer are the two named Jean-Luc Picard, from premiere and First Contact, because that is the name in the Stargazer's lore.
On my website you'll find a short list of the Ship, Equipment and Personnel cards that can satisfy all the "any" requirements that currently exist, plus the cards that can't satisfy those requirements (impersonators).
The Major's Combo:
- Chief O'Brien + opponent's "Pup": It might be hard to rustle up 4 Computer Skill to nullify this dilemma, but the Romulans have an alternative that no one else but the Federation has - their very own "any Miles."