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#2478-D'deridex, Ship, Romulan, Cost: 5
-D'deridex Class [1 Command, 3 Staff] Cloaking Device
"For reasons known only to themselves, the Romulans went into isolation after the Tomed Incident in 2311. Over 50 years later, they returned as a major force in the quadrant with a fleet of these massive, heavily-armed warbirds."
-RANGE: 7, WEAPONS: 9, SHIELDS: 9
PICTURE: This warbird has a couple of technical problems, mainly that its bright middle burns the camera lense, and that the rest of it seems to merge with the starfield. It's not cloaking, that's not how the effect works. So a little dirty at 2.7.
LORE: Not a quote, but a reasonably good write-up that gives us a couple of historical details and highlights the differences between the TOS and TNG Romulan ships. A sound 3.4.
TREK SENSE: The Romulan equivalent of Galaxy-class starship, its stats can easily be compared to that style of vessel. The Cost is the same (probably more warranted since the D'deridex isn't as rare as the Galaxy - in fact, it's almost all the Romulans have). The Staffing is the same (though more massive, there's a lot of uninhabited space in the hind section, no doubt where they keep the quantum singularity). The ship adds a Cloaking Device, of course. The Galaxy's attributes are 8-8-9, so they've respected the comment in "Tin Man" that Romulan ships are slower than the Galaxy. More warlike, they throw 1 more point in Weapons. Both ships are equally tough. There's nothing special about the design, but when you compare it to the baseline ship of the series, you can't find anything wrong with it either. A 4.
STOCKABILITY: The Romulan Scout Vessel is smaller and cheaper, but for 1 counter more, you can get a D'deridex with much higher attributes. This is a ship that can hold its own against other affiliations' vessels. They're slower than the Galaxy-class and the Vor'Cha, but more toothy than the former and cheaper than the latter. Tougher than Marauders and better than anything the Bajorans have. Galors are more efficient and the Dominion is a real powerhouse, but otherwise, the Romulans do well with this design. Let's not forget the Cloaking Device either. But is the non-unique version really worth it compared to the many uniques? Cretak's ability works on the uniques just as well. A matter of Cost, really, and in a fast weenie deck (the Romulans tend to lack speed), this may well be a consideration. Well, if you see no use for any of the uniques' Commanders or special abilities... It also suffers competition from the Advanced version, which is easier to staff, but also dependent on Intelligence personnel to keep up its attributes (which include an extra point in Range). A good 3.5, but doesn't quite rise to the occasion.
TOTAL: 13.6 (68%) The workhorse of the Romulan fleet, it's probably not your primary ship.
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