Tuesday, January 6, 2009

CE alien survey #4: WARRIOR

First appearance: Eon expansion set #3

Plain-English power: Gain points for fighting.

Loved by: People who like being juggernauts; fans of giant lizards with Beamswords.

Loathed by: Those who want an actual power right away; people who don't see the value in defeat.

Three ways to win as Warrior:
  1. Lose early (and maybe play an N to stuff your hand while you're at it). Warrior earns twice as much experience for losing than for winning, so get some losses out of the way to become unstoppable later.
  2. Be a loner. By the time people will want to ally with Warrior, he should have so much experience that he shouldn't be asking for help anyway. (Also, don't ally with others with too many ships; you get no experience for putting them at risk).
  3. Don't be afraid of low cards. Once experience starts building up, the actual number on the card becomes less relevant.
Three ways to win against Warrior:
  1. Zaps, especially late in the game. With all that experience built up, chances are he'll have no allies and have played a less-than-stellar card.
  2. Consider letting Warrior win a few early challenges. He might get ahead (so this is arguably best when Warrior's on defense), but he'll have less experience.
  3. Play an anti-Warrior power. Powers that trump high numbers (Anti-Matter, Loser) are an obvious benefit, and Warrior actually gets worse against them as the game goes on. Traditional powerhouses such as Virus are less effective, but can still trump even a strong Warrior.
At CE Online? Yes. Also, Warrior gets double experience (2 for winning; 4 for losing) at CE Online.

Anything else? An alien named "Warrior" ... that gains "experience points" ... and appears at the height of the Dungeons & Dragons craze ... interesting timing, no? Discuss.

— Submitted by Toomai Glittershine

14 comments:

Adam said...

Not a comment on this alien particularly, but just to be nit picky... is it necessary to point out "zaps" as a strategy against each alien?

Lou said...
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Lou said...

Don't zap Humans! They mutate into some weird superhero thingy temporarily.
Some aliens powers are simply not worth zapping. It's obvious which they are, but nice if guides pointed either exceptions out or just went ahead and said which aliens zaps would be effective against. :)
A general statemment of zap offensive powers and non-combat powers might also be useful.

TheDukester said...

I'm okay with mentioning zaps, although it's more useful if the author adds some specifics ("zap late in the game" is better than "zap.")

Plus, it won't be mentioned every time. Of the four submissions in the queue, two don't mention zaps at all and another mentions specifics.

Adam said...

That makes sense. Word.

David Montgomery said...

I think what we've seen so far are powers that you want to save your zaps for. Others aren't worth zapping at all, or you have to be very careful with when you zap. Point being that zap isn't always a strategy, but the powers so far lend themselves to it.

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