|2-6 Players||1-2 hours|
Travel to planets in the
galaxy while answering Star Trek trivia questions.
Players select a colored
game piece, and are given a status console (plastic holder) with the
icons of their ship (warp engines, shields, etc.). Players place their
piece at the center of the board -- Starfleet command. Players roll the
die to decide who goes first.
Players must move their
piece around the board to visit each planet -- the planets are in each
corner of the board (one corner has two planets, and you must visit
both) . After successfully visiting each planet, players return to
Starfleet command and dock to win. The planets may be
visited in any order.
On a turn, a player rolls
the die to determine how far they may move. After they move, they
must answer a trivia question. The difficulty of the question
depends upon how many planets you have successfully visited. If the
trivia question is answered correctly, the player rolls again and
answers another trivia question. (The rules state that it is
possible for one player to win without ever relinquishing the
turn.) If the trivia question is answered incorrectly, then the
Arrival at planets is
by exact count. After answering the trivia question for the planet, a
citation card is given to the player to note that they were
successful. With each planet visited, the
difficulty of the questions changes by one level.
There are five levels of
difficulty: Warp 1 consists of simpler trivia that
most people who have seen Star Trek can answer; Warp 2 questions
almost uniformly require players to know episode names; Warp 3
questions require specific knowledge of individual missions from
specific episodes; Warp 4 questions typically ask the names of the
planets visited in each episode; Docking questions require a recap
of a mission or event from the first three Star Trek movies.
As you move around the board
are several obstacles. Gravitational wells (triangular arrows) force a
ship to move in a particular direction. Time Portals allow a ship
to move quickly from one end to another (thus speeding the travel
process along). There are some special spaces on the board that the
rules refer to as Attack spaces -- These stop your movement and cause
components of your ship to be damaged (e.g. Lose phasers).
Contact with other ships is
not allowed. No ship may come within 1 space around any other.
This can be used to force opponents into some of the board obstacles.
used to like the original Star Trek television series a lot. I
had many friends who did as well. This game was nice to play with
them about 10 years ago. Now, since I haven't been watching the
television show as regularly, these trivia questions are quite
difficult. This game is basically a trivia game with a small
attempt at making the players feel like they are running their own star
The mechanics of most of the
board obstacles are almost entirely avoidable. Rarely have I seen
any ship actually get damaged or get into trouble on the board.
The board is too big to force most players into these situations.
Aside from racing to get the trivia answered correctly, there isn't
much strategy required, unless you have multiple players who actively
want you to lose and will waste their turns getting in your path.
The trivia questions range
from incredibly simple to insanely difficult. Usually this is at
an appropriate time. We found that the Warp 4 level is by far the
most difficult of the game, and often required a question concerning
planet Earth to get past. The trivia covers the Original Series
and the first three movies -- no animated series, and no Next
Generation subject matter.
The game is enjoyable for
nostalgia. The board movement can be a little competitive if
players actually want to struggle with each other. We liked it
enough to bring it out again another time. This is good for fans
of the original Star Trek as long as you keep in mind that its emphasis
is trivia questions not space combat.
Where to buy:
This game is out of
print. Check ebay and Star Trek collectors for a copy of this
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