Re: [B5CCG] LL's Articles #35, Level the Playing Field
- Incidentally, one possible alternative to LTPF is this
"class" of card ("All players may use X to support or
oppose a Y conflict"):
Fleets on the Border
Cut Supply Lines
A Good Bluff
And the Psi-based equivalents are OK, but more limited
(only 1/2 Psi, and only usable to oppose):
Say What They Want
These cards can really turn a conflict on its head in
a way LTPF usually can't. The problem, of course, is
that there's also more possible ways for it to
backfire on you, since all players can now jump in
with the second ability.
But if you're pretty dominant in the selected ability,
these cards can be really nice. Particularly in
Military decks, I've found - the typical heavy
military deck can often just run away with someone
else's Prey on the Weak conflict using Special Ops,
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- Cryptic Kosh wrote:
<< Sorry to bash so many people, but... I think a number
of you are missing the point of the card. >>
Nope--I don't think anyone is missing the point of the card.
>>The way I most often use it, and quite possibly thebest way is as follows. I'm the Centauri and initiate
a Diplomacy conflict targeting the Minbari, almost
suicide, they manage to provide just enough opposition
for the conflict to fail, but it took everything they
had to do it.>>
A) Why are you initiating a Diplomacy conflict against the Minbari when you
are the Centauri, when they clearly have superior Diplomacy on the table (an
assumed point of the formentioned situation), and may also have a Level in
B) How likely is it, in reality, for the margin of difference in Diplomacy to
be so close that having that Level will save the day?
C) How unlikely is it that if you have a Level to use on Durano for the win
that the Minbari will have a Level to use on the Homeworld Fleet and make you
Yes--under some circumstances, when the wind is blowing correctly, Level can
save the day and you come out looking a champion. Most of the time, however,
it tends to be too little, too late or is countered by an opponents Level.
I'd usually rather have a card that I know will make my deck work better.
>>Gee, let's see, I think I'll LTPF Minister Durano, andhave him rotate to support with 9 Intrigue. The
Minbari used everything they had, and I win.>>
Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes they Level the Homeworld Fleet over Durano, and
you lose anyway. Sometimes they have twice the Diplomacy you do in the first
>>This card is very useful, and there should be at least 1 in every deck. >>No one is saying it isn't useful--it is clearly a good card, but it has a
fairly high opportunity cost: how often will it actually be useful in your
deck, to the point that it is worth including in the place of other cards
that you *know* will always be useful. There are lots of good, utilitarian
cards in the game. If you include 3 of each of them in every deck you build,
you don't have room for the cards you need to make your deck go.
If you have the space to spare, or have some noticable weaknessess that Level
will regularly fill in for and cover up, use them. If not, you are probably
better off leaving them out in the name of a leaner, well tuned deck.