... are we talking about the shields that are on the crewmen in my personal display?
That seems to make sense, because I can't see another way. But it doesn't make sense to me that we're referring to them as victory points, when it's clearly stated elsewhere that in co-op the victory points come from the victory pile.
Would be great to get confirmation from @AlexP on this...
Victory Points = shields which are the same as in the base game. Victory Pile is the cards that are set aside in the co-op game. Each card in the victory pile is called a point, but these are not victory points.