In this installment, going to focus on a particular decklist. No, this wasn’t a playtest deck that defined the metagame. This was a hastily thrown together additional demo deck to display the flexibility of deck construction after building more focused demo decks.
: Beowulf Free Trader
The Scout already had a demo deck focused around and . The Beowulf has a decent number of slots for all of those Unsavory , and the cost reduction ability makes the primary – Class X, Startown Bar – cheaper.
2x Calibrated Electronics Delivery // Larger than in the Photo
1x Charted Psionic Research // Back Taxes
2x Corporate Contraband // Friends from Before
2x Employee Relocation // Makeshift Accomodations
2x Flex Ticket // A Favor Returned
2x Foreign Luxuries // Squabbling Crew
2x Home One Last Time // Inoperative Amenities
2x Rhal’Kais Commission // Luxury Tax
2x Showing the Flag // Buccaneer
2x TAS Inspection // Old Debts
1x Zhodani Science Expedition // Unexpected Booking
Avoided , except for TAS Inspection – an otherwise good fit for the deck, which in the initial metagame would have advantaged a Scout opponent. Included one , Showing the Flag, which lacks synergy with the rest of the deck and would not normally be included. In here, it was to show how important getting the LSP Multi-Phased Array could be to having a deck produce additional capability tokens.
In terms of , Friends from Before should routinely give you a second option for resolution, while A Favor Returned could be resolved by giving up a Class X, Startown Bar late in a game or when you have another copy to play that will be free with the Beowulf discount.
1x Aunt Crow, Bartender
2x Class X, Startown Bar
2x Sophont Worker’s Union
Aunt Crow already has a zero cost so not cost savings from the , but I expect it to be a popular choice in many decks for its ability to filter your Captain’s Deck without speeding your way to bankruptcy.
Class X – only two copies? Well, it was what was on hand when we were in the middle of doing demos with the other decks. Obviously, a more tuned deck would run three.
Sophont Worker’s Union both synergized with the ability and with running various non-humans that we wanted people to see and/or were additional Unsavory .
1x Aminah Darzi, M.D.
1x Aokhyuh, Discreet Scholar
1x Deshaun Jasso
2x Dezihdhodhunde Mehro
2x Fatimah Noori
1x Imlaii Ergarsuu
1x Liach, T’zen and Giiar
1x Mahmoud Czenik
1x Prof. Isaacs, Cyberneticist
2x Siobhan El-Amin
1x Wabapawap, Speaker of the Tree
High density. Because of the search ability, it’s easier to get a particular Unsavory into play. Decent number of non-humans to go with Sophont. Wabapawap is interesting in this deck for bouncing your own Unsavory who may have value being replayed later.
A lot of .
2x Anonymous Insertion
1x Crash Course
1x Glancing Shot
2x Inhuman Persistence
1x Predatory Tactics
1x Strategic Serenity
1x Targeted Removal
Anonymous Insertion has a bit of extra value in this deck. While you can’t search for it with Class X during the resolution phase after are revealed, you could search a copy out early in the game and either hold it or use it for the 2 . If you do get stymied by a Transport , you can search it out the next round to make sure the goes away.
Is card drawing that good in Traveller? This is a question that has come up several times in our discussions, though I pretty much always like having Unearth in hand. Not only do I think it’s a solid card (and far less powerful than similar effects would be in other card games), it’s possibly my favorite piece of art. The full image shows even more background. If you look close, you can see a lot of detailed work.
3x Alien Pathogen
1x Babel, TL-11 Translator
2x Honor Blade
2x Neural Gun
1x Panacea Autojector
2x Realms of Rampage
Another theme in this deck is Hindrances. Then, also showing more exotic weapons. A skilled medic on an opponent’s board may be able to clear the Hindrances quickly, but the Neural Gun will require other tactics to deal with.
1x Diverse Dynamics
2x Lost and Found
2x Psychic Theft
2x Snickers and Slanders
Unsavory? Check. Should be pretty easy to have the requirements for these ? Check. is intentionally rare in the game, currently, but this deck has a reasonable ability to get a into play.
1x LSP Multi-Phased Array
1x Luxury Suite
1x Smuggling Hold
1x Specialized Habitat
These are kind of random, as they were what I had handy when building the deck. Smuggling Hold shouldn’t be that useful given the large amount of in the deck. LSP Multi-Phased Array is worth additional copies for when facing (currently) a Scout deck or (in the planned future) oriented decks.
If I were building a better version of this deck, I would definitely run more and more ways to gain additional capability tokens – in addition to the difficulty generating , a Subsidized Merchant deck is likely to run contracts that require more , , or tokens than the Beowulf can natively generate.
I hope this article helps give an idea of what it’s like to build a Traveller deck, both in terms of what might be effective and what might be ineffective. Unsavory has gotten a lot of attention in the initial card pool, but our hopes is we can keep publishing more content that adds more depth to more traits.