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

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
Re: Tabletop Trek Games?

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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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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Re: Tabletop Trek Games?

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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