I have a few questions to make sure I am playing this right.
The Hand symbol on the cards has nothing to do with Interaction itself, but is just an idicator that this card gives diplomacy?
Whether or not I can play the card or use the skill depends solely on its text?
So, during an away mission I could:
a) use Federation Officer to get 2 Diplomacy (part of away team)
b) use N'Vek to get 4 Diplomacy (part of away team)
c) can use Picard if he is part of the team
d) can not use the Blackmail skill as the text says that it is only usable during interaction
The Vulcan salute (hand symbol) on the top left of the card signifies that it's a diplomacy card. Whether or not you can play it during an away mission depends on what is written in the text (or if you have a skill that gives diplomacy, it'll have a small planet symbol next to it to signify it's use during away missions.)
Your captain card and his skills can only be used if the captain has been declared as being part of the away mission before going down to the planet.
2) Long Range Attack
Can I use any type of Long Range Attack during an Away Mission? I was under the impression that I can only use plain Long Range Attack (which represents Phasers) and not Long Range Photon Pulse Attack or the like. Am I wrong? Can I use any type?
If it says "long range" you can use it in the range phase. If the card only said "photon torpedo attack" then you couldn't use it, for example, but "long range whatever" is good.