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Old September 29 2014, 05:22 AM   #1
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Tabletop Trek Games?

Does anyone have experience with tabletop Trek games? Like Decipher, FASA, etc. Are they fun to play, and can you capture the feel of Trek with them?

Would love to hear about experiences.
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Old September 29 2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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Re: Tabletop Trek Games?

Do you mean RPGs? I would associate 'Tabletop' more with board games.

I've never played a Star Trek RPG (although I'd love to) but I have a few Trek board games.

'Star Trek: Expeditions' is good for one play but kind of lame after that.
'Star Trek: Fleet Captains' is a lot of fun and very replayable.
'Star Trek: Attack Wing' is a tabletop spaceship fighting game and is a lot of fun.
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Old September 29 2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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As a concept, a Star Trek pen&paper RPG sounds pretty cool*.

*I use that term very loosely.
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Old September 29 2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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Yeah the board games seemed like they could be fun, but very complex. I've heard they were well represented by computer games like Starfleet Command. I didn't think there was ever a computer RPG that really captured the feel of Star trek, though. And these free form sims on the internet usually don't stay active, or aren't very 'realistic'. So I've been considering using a simple tabletop RPG system like FATE to do a good old game of exploration and seeking out new lifeforms. Not sure if I could find anyone in person to play, but I think there are internet systems out there. Even if its just skype or a chat room. I just didn't know if there were good systems out there and if anyone had any interest in that kind of thing.
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Old September 30 2014, 07:15 AM   #5
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Re: Tabletop Trek Games?

Star Trek Catan is fun. A good variation on the original game. The character cards are a great addition to the game formula.

I've very much enjoyed playing Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and would love for Trek to get its own game in that vain. Given the character element of that game, it would be quite interesting to have it span the 5 series, you could have the crew categories: Command, Sciences, Operations, Auxiliary and Enemy Leaders. It won't happen, but it would be amazing.
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Old October 1 2014, 05:05 PM   #6
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If you get into playing or designing scenarios, Attack Wings can be a lot of fun. As an almost straight adaptation of the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game, it can seem like things are a little disconnected. However, you can do a lot by planning objectives or playing different factions against one another. The earlier models weren't great in terms of quality, but newer ships are looking very good.

You should avoid the two Star Trek deckbuilding games. Cryptozoic basic rethemes the same game over and over, and it doesn't always work.
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Old October 7 2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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Yeah the deckbuilding games aren't great and they have horrible rule books. Fleet Captains is awesome, can't get enough of that game. Wish I was able to play it more.
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Old October 7 2014, 06:04 PM   #8
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We played Fleet Captains a couple of times, I really liked it, took a bit of getting into it for SWMBO though.

Then baby came along. In the last 28 months we've managed to play a grand total of 2 games of ticket to ride nordic, and 3 games of dominion
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Old October 7 2014, 07:15 PM   #9
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Federation Commander is one of the easiest, fastest, and funnest games of its type. The only problems are that it doesn't have the license post-TAS, so no TNG era ships, Dominion, etc. The number of modules is also a problem, but it isn't necessary to get them at all. You could play with the five main nations or against various sci fi monsters/alien ships forever and never have the same game twice. Each nation's main ship types use very different tactics from one another. There are sub-types as well, so you can pretty easily outfit a Klingon ship to use torpedoes and cloak like in TNG, if you want to.
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I would like to play Federation and Empire, which is the strategic version of the game. It truly is epic in scope: It is basically a twenty year war between the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, minor allies, and later unknown powers. There are lots of variables and literally hundreds of ships across the Alpha Octant. (it's Octant in this universe, not Quadrant)
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Old October 8 2014, 12:54 AM   #10
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Fleet Captains is neat, but it seldom gets played around here. Star Trek needs a short, light game rather than a complex, multi-objective, multi-hour game that is heavy and expensive, like FC or Expeditions. Unfortunately, Cryptozoic likely holds the rights to all card games. However, WizKids might be able to produce a Star Trek game in the Dice Masters style, perhaps focusing on ship to ship combat.
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Old October 8 2014, 01:35 AM   #11
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I taught a kid to play Federation Commander in ten minutes and completed the game in fifteen. It really is easy. It has a lot of movement. It isn't probably best if you're looking for more of a ship management type game.
Starfleet Battles is the one that melts everybody's face with its rules and book-keeping.
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Old October 8 2014, 03:39 AM   #12
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One more vote for Fleet Captains. I think its a wonderful game!
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Old October 9 2014, 03:27 AM   #13
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Star Fleet Battles is the king of the category
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Old October 17 2014, 07:52 AM   #14
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Fleet Commander is definitely a really great game, and you have to love how cheap hex and counter games are. ADB's Star Fleet Universe is also a really fun wargame based off of Star Trek.

Anyway, back to pen and paper RPG's, you have a couple of options as OP mentioned. The best option in my opinion is definitely the Decipher version. It was published in 2002 so it covers every series except for ENT. The PDF version of the Player and Narrator Guides are very easy to find on the internet and Decipher decided in 2007 to drop the project and not release anything new for the system, but it still works incredibly well with the original 7 books/guide/supplementals. There is also the far older FASA system as well. Lastly the universal RPG systems of GURPs released GURPs: Federation and GURPs: Prime Directive. Out of all the choices I would suggest Decipher's the most.

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