RR #110: Crew Reassignment
Plays on table. Your personnel may staff ships as . Also, each of your personnel with a special staffing icon may report to your ship with same icon. (Captain's Order.)
Rule hint for this card
This card has an clarification:
The ship to which a personnel may report using this event must have the icon as one of its staffing icons. For example, personnel without an icon may not report to Starship Enterprise using Crew Reassignment. See ship staffing.Taken form Glossary - Version 1.9.2.
This Card-Review was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Dec 16th, 2000.
This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:
- Previous "Romulan Review" (# 109): "RR #109: Downloading Update (Part 2)".
- Next "Romulan Review" (# 111): "RR #111: Emblem of the Alliance".
Aefvadh! Back in premiere, there were only two staffing icons, stars called "Command ability" and "Staff ability." Alternate Universe introduced a few ships that used the icon as a staffing icon also. First Contact gave us the Borg subcommmand icons (with a variety of uses in addition to ship staffing), plus a new icon that replaced the normal Command or Staff star on certain of the bridge crew: the "Enterprise-E" icon required for staffing that ship. Despite persistent lobbying by players wanting more versatility from their crew, the rules did not allow substitution of an icon for either a or a icon. Finally, with the release of The Dominion, we got a card-based way to use those icons, plus another function that has seen expanding possibilities with almost every set since then...
The first function turns out to be the most limited. Only a handful of First Contact personnel have icons, and they can only use them in place of a star (not ). And of course, only the Federation can use it. But if you really need the First Contact version of some of the bridge crew (Deanna and Beverly in particular are much improved in their FC versions, and the others have some useful special downloads that may be important to your deck), this gets you a little more use from them when you aren't using the Enterprise-E.
It's the ostensibly secondary function that makes this much, much more than a limited "Federation special." If your ship has a so-called "special staffing icon" as part of its staffing requirements, then your personnel with that icon can report directly aboard that ship. No returning to your outpost, no worries about being in your home quadrant - just "Worf (Prem), reporting for duty!" right to the Enterprise-E, off roaming the Gamma Quadrant.
So what's a special staffing icon? To start with, it's not a or icon, or a Borg subcommand icon (, , ) - those are considered "regular" staffing icons. It's also not an affiliation icon, used on the Zalkonian Vessel () or on Borg cubes (). But any other icon used as a staffing icon is "special." As of The Dominion expansion, that was still of pretty limited use for anyone but the Federation; the icon was Federation-only; the "Enterprise" and "Excelsior" icons hadn't yet appeared on a ship (Excelsior still hasn't; and the icon is found on one personnel (Zefram Cochrane) and one ship (Phoenix). That left only the icon, and aside from a few Federation ships (most notably the Future Enterprise and Enterprise-C), the Romulans had the Decius, the Klingons I.K.C. Chang and I.K.C. Feh'lhr, and Non-Aligneds the Edo Vessel. Not a vast selection for non-Feds.
That began to change with The Trouble With Tribbles. Not only did the "Enterprise" icon metamorphose into the "Original Series" icon, used for staffing the Starship Enterprise (TMP) and the generic U.S.S. Constitution, but the first Dominion ship to use the ketracel-white icon for staffing, the massive Dominion Battleship, appeared on the scene. Suddenly Dominion players had a convenient way to drop Gamma Jem'Hadar into the Alpha Quadrant. And with every mirror universe ship except Mirror Ferengi Shuttle using the Terran Empire or Klingon/Cardassian Alliance icons for staffing, Crew Reassignment literally turns your mirror ships into roving outposts for reporting every mirror personnel except Fontaine. That gives us the following current "special staffing icon" list:
- Alternate Universe
- Excelsior (not yet in use by any ship)
- Klingon/Cardassian Alliance
- Optical Compact Disk
- Original Series
- Terran Empire
While it isn't seedable, Crew Reassignment is a Captain's Order, so you can download it with Ready Room Door and protect it as well - important for an event that isn't immune to Kevin Uxbridge - or download it with Commander’s Office if you're using a Nor.
Look for complete lists of ships and personnel with special staffing icons on my website in the Tal Shiar Databases.
The Major's Combos:
- Crew Reassignment + Decius or Gal Gath’thong: Report Major Rakal, Ambassador Tomalak, Keras, The Centurion, Commander Charvanek and others aboard, wherever your ship may be.
- Crew Reassignment + Dominion Battleship + Spacedoor + Neutral Outpost: Spacedoor universal Battleships to the Alpha Quadrant and staff them with Jemmies "reassigned" from the Gamma Quadrant. As soon as you have an ENGINEER, build a Remote Supply Depot to reset your Ketracel-White.
- Crew Reassignment + any ship + The Traveler + Youth: Only trouble with using The Traveler's nifty "zip to the other end of the spaceline" skill is getting back home - because he "phases out" back to your hand. But that's no problem when you can just report him straight back to the same ship next turn.
- Crew Reassignment + Assign Support Personnel: Don't leave home without these two cards, and you may never have to go back home.