What a Card: Joachim

Being a look back at cards from the Star Trek CCG, and what I thought of them back when they were fresh and new... in EPISODE order. While Kirk explores the Genesis cave, Reliant is making repairs. That's when we get this shot of Khan's Number One...

EXPANSION: The Motion Pictures

PICTURE: The color saturation is a bit heavy in this pic, but it's otherwise a good midriff shot. Here, Joachim's collar and necklace look like a leash - a subtle cue as to his relationship with Khan? Anyway, interesting enough for a 3.3.

LORE: Though other story elements seep in, this basically describes his relationship with Khan, though the bit about two decades does make us wonder how he can look so young (it's true a very different-looking Joachim was in Space Seed). Maybe that was part of his genetic enhancements (but not part of Khan's). The focus is on the right thing - he wasn't much more than that. A 3.3.

TREK SENSE: Khan's crew might once have been soldiers (Security), but for now, they are independent Civilians. Still, they observe a strict regimen, can staff a CF-era ship thanks to their superior intellects, and certainly hold to a power structure. The Command icon testifies to this. Joachim seemed instrumental in taking over the Reliant, and this shows up in a number of ways. The most obvious is the special skill, which boosts that ship's Weapons, if you ever wondered how it could ever be the match of the Enterprise in battle. That tactical goodness is also represented by the Security skill. We also saw him pilot the ship, so Navigation is in order. And since he was the only one advising against going into the nebula, he might have been relying on knowledge of Astrophysics and Physics. His loyalty to Khan puts him on the side of the devils, so I guess Treachery's ok, but I don't necessarily like to see it on a loyal character, even if it's a loyalty to the wrong side. The Integrity does compromise between the two aspects though. Cunning and Strength, for their part, are definitely genetically enhanced. A bit much on the Strength perhaps, seeing as we didn't see any real feats of Strength from him. Overall, I'd say he was well done, though there's some reaching in places. A 3.9 should do.

STOCKABILITY: One of the personnel that can report for free aboard the USS Reliant thanks to Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold, Joachim would be immediately put to use boosting the ship's WEAPONS from 6 to 9 (add Khan and Captain's Log for a 12). RIADBSC downloads Reliant early, and Joachim's boost will come in handy if Revenge is used for its round-the-corner strategy. You need to protect the ship from players trying to stop you from getting those 15-30 points each turn! If personnel battle becomes an issue, all of Khan's followers have high STRENGTH, and Joachim has the highest of all. In fact, he's not a bad pick for any old assault team, as long as you don't mind the AU icon. His relatively large pool of skills is also useful, with SECURITY bettering CIVILIAN, and some good skills and attributes when dealing with dilemmas. Instrumental to Khan decks, he's not bad elsewhere either. A good 4.2.

TOTAL: 14.7 (73.5%) These guys are "augmented", after all.