Sunday, January 4, 2009

CE alien survey #1: TRADER

First appearance: Eon base set.

Plain-English power: Trade your entire hand with someone else's entire hand.

Loved by: Players who can't get enough of "take that!" moments; fans of dancing crabs.

Loathed by: Those who dislike chaos; players who become too attached to their pieces.

Three ways to win as Trader:
  1. Subtle is bad. Plow through your good cards and artifacts right away, then start thinking about trading.
  2. Pay attention! The more trades you make, the more you should have a general idea of who has what cards.
  3. Watch those aliens, too. Don't let inattention result in a trade of Ns to Pacifist, low cards to Anti-Matter, or high cards to Virus. Know the other aliens and how their powers work.
Three ways to win against Trader:
  1. Play one of the aliens in #3 above.
  2. Zaps are your best friends. Trader often counts on trading to win; ruining that plan is just good, clean fun.
  3. Be careful with alliance invitations. Remember that Trader can go from weak to unstoppable with one trade; do you really need his help on offense to win?
At CE Online? Yes. (Playable for free, too, as part of a six-alien introductory package.)

— Submitted by Duke Ritenhouse

11 comments:

Adam said...

Do you have a list of which aliens you plan to do, or have already been claimed by others?

TheDukester said...

I'm typing it up now. It will be a "living document" that I'll just update and keep near the top of the page.

Lou said...

Loved that bit about a dancing crab! :)

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