(Introduced in Premiere)
by Adam Nelson
Open your binder and take a glimpse at the Premiere device Vaporator. It should have something like this as its game text:
Use 1 Force to deploy on any Tatooine site. Cannot be moved. Protects all characters at same site, or an adjacent site, from Gravel Storm.
Useless, huh. After all, who plays Gravel Storm?? Its real strength is in the six cards that it can support, not its own game text. Here is an analysis of each of these card when used in combination with the Vaporator.
Ardon "Vapor" Crell helps you a lot when you have a Vaporator at the same site, providing immunity and enhancing your Force drains. Although he is a Moisture Farmer, he can't be used as a representative for Agents in the Court.
The next cards, Moisture Farmer and Farm, simply allow you to pull Vaporators from the Reserve deck.
Owen Lars, in his solo version, gets a power enhancement of two from having a Vaporator at the same location. In a Harvest based deck, he could be a big boost if you don't have the combo version of he and Beru. He is also helpful forfeit fodder to use during your opponent's turn, since Luke gets a power boost for one turn.
When you have a Hydroponics Station and Vaporator on the table, you can draw the first two cards you activate into your hand.
The final enhancement card is Tatooine: Jundland Wastes. With it, you simply can get an additional drain of one for having the Vaporator there.
A good combo would be to have Ardon at the Jundland Wastes with Owen, a few other characters for support, and a Vaporator. That allows you to have a drain of at least four and several characters with immunity to attrition of less than 3.
Vaporator is a waste of space in most decks, but can be quite helpful in certain situations where you can capitalize on a huge drain.