Sunday, January 11, 2009

CE alien survey #7: MACRON

First appearance: Eon base set.

Plain-English power: Ships are worth 4, but you can only send one.

Loved by: BIG people; defensive "turtling" players; guys with deep voices.

Loathed by: The meek — that's everyone else, relative to the M-Dog himself.

Three ways to win as Macron:
  1. Your ships are precious. Avoid Anti-Matter, Loser, Spiff, and Vacuum whenever possible. Be ready to Card Zap any Cosmic Zaps headed in your direction.
  2. Yours is a defensive power at heart. Keep your home colonies as evenly defended as possible. You might even want to lose a home colony (or two!) just to further reinforce the others.
  3. Offensive alliance invitations will be plentiful — accept them unless it puts someone else much closer to winning. Pick which defensive ally invitations you accept carefully (see Anything Else).
Three ways to beat Macron:
  1. Invite Mac to ally, then bait and switch (play to lose, or Negotiate).
  2. Plague him constantly. Resist the temptation to play Mobius Tubes if Macron's heavily in the warp, as the benefits are four-fold.
  3. Unless you're one of his feared enemies (see above), avoid attacking Macron where he's heavily invested (or at all, if you can).
At CE Online? Yes (free, too).

Anything else? The Fantasy Flight Games edition is an upgrade for Macron: ships count as 2 (instead of 1) for purposes of defensive rewards and compensation. This gives him more reason to ally on defense and to play Negotiates to drain cards, especially on defense.

— Submitted by Zach Gaskins

11 comments:

Rob Burns said...

Macron has a definite nemesis, though -- Shadow (aka Assassin). When all you can bring to the cone is one ship, having Shadow pull your Destiny and kick you off your hard-won external colony really hurts.

Adam said...

A lot of players have whined and sniveled about Macron's power for a long time and I always thought it was just that -- whining and sniveling -- until I played Assassin. Even in a game that embraces the unfair and chaotic, that is just unacceptable. There really should be a "Do not play with Shadow" text on Macron. You are entirely reliant on Shadow losing power because unless you're playing with a ton of players or a poorly shuffled deck, you just can't gain enough colonies quickly enough and it makes the game pointless for Big Mac.

The Warp said...

This was ultimately what led me to create my own revision of Macron (and in my set there's a few more ways single ships can easily get picked off). I changed Macron to read "No matter how many ships you have in an encounter, their total value equals four". This lets Macron get more compensation, rewards, and ships on external bases. The trade-off is that he's less powerful at home (though he generally stays more powerful than every one else at home). Macron is the most-revised alien of all time.

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