Star Trek Attack Wing – Pure builds and who are the main factions?
Players ask “Which faction do you collect?” and I retort “Which don’t I collect?”. This is an important point for many collectible games. In Star Trek Attack Wing, you can mix up your fleet with different ships and cards unless the organiser says otherwise. This allows you to look into options beyond a single faction and in many ways quadruples (at the moment) the card pool. Variation is the spice of life and Star Trek delivers.
So you don’t like someone using Picard on a Romulan ship? Just pretend it’s Shinzon. Or, well, Picard on a Romulan ship. Whichever way you look at it, the source material is full of examples of mixed packages. Kirk, Picard, Worf, Dukat, and many others all piloted ships from other factions in their respective TV series and films). To back this up, we’ve now got 3 versions of Worf, across 2 different factions. I’m sure we can expect Borg Picard later on!
There seems to be quite a division between players on the concept of ‘pure’ fleet builds. I’m not sure where this stance came from considering the source material and the fact that it is legal to mix them up in the rules. Sure, it can be fun to stay pure, but if everyone thought that way, we wouldn’t have the cosmopolitan selection in Star Trek’s Federation. Klingons, Ferengi, Andorians, and other classic ‘enemy’ species are all represented in Star Fleet. Also, as the current events are based on the Dominion War, there was a lot of alliances and cross-ship activity shown in Deep Space Nine.
What’s wrong with alliances? Mixing up ships from different factions is such a major aspect of Star Trek, it’s featured in every series. So why not in game? If anything, I feel the factions are too restricted, but I understand the reason. There’s not a huge range of ships for each faction outside the Federation, so it would be difficult to produce a range of models for every alien species.
It would have been nice to see the Cardassians have their own faction, especially as the Ferengi and Bajoran have their own, with far fewer ship classes. However, the Breen, Dominion and Cardassians combined only just meet the other major factions in quantity. As the first event has placed us in the thick of the Dominion war, these 3 are already aligned in the time period.
Who are the major players?
The big four are obviously:
Wave 4, and I assume the second event, features:
- Species 8472
This would bring us up to 7 major factions. The Federation simply have enough ships to go on for years and it makes sense to feature them in every event, as they are the focus of Star Trek.
So we can assume the big 7 are:
- Species 8472
Looking at the initiative page in the rulebook, you can see the remaining factions:
- Mirror Universe
So far, we have seen 3 of these. The Ferengi were the Op1 prize ship. We may see a regular release of the Marauder later, but they don’t have any other ships, so are unlikely to ever be more than tie-in ships. Bajorans are pretty much limited to the Dominion War. We’ll see a ship in Op6, plus we have Deep Space Nine and Kira. It’s unlikely we’ll see anything more from them as their fleet status is pretty negligible. Independents currently include Khan and his cronies, plus the generic DS9/Terrok Nor station. They’ll continue to be the miscellaneous group for unique antagonist characters or one offs. The Mirror Universe is yet to be seen, but could be very promising if fleshed out as an alternative evil Federation!