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There was a time when people thought that board games were a dead industry. That couldn't br further from the truth! In recent years, board game sales have steadily climbed, rivaling those of the golden age of this tabletop pastime. Back in the '70s and '80s, adding games to your franchise was a surefire way to get people pumped about it, especially during the holiday season, and Star Trek took full advantage.
With over two dozen board games under the franchise's belt, we narrowed down some of the most popular and beloved ones. Did you ever wake up on Christmas morning with one of these games under the tree?
‘Star Trek Game’ (1974)
This Star Trek board game had similar designs as the Animated Series. It boasts "action and adventure in outer space" which obviously sounds like a real party. You use a spinner to navigate around the board, getting boosts by landing on spots that say things like "Destroy Moon Beam, Go Ahead One Space," and getting sent backwards by landing on spots like, "Scotty Cannot Stay Awake, Go Back 5 Spaces."
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‘Star Trek Game’ (1979)
The aptly titled second Star Trek Game was released along with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Each player is given four mission cards, consisting of tasks like fighting aliens or visiting other planets. The first person to complete three of their four missions wins. It’s not so easy, though. Unexpected alien attacks can really put a wrench in your plans.
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‘Star Trek: The Role Playing Game’ (1982)
Who among us hasn’t wanted to work on the Enterprise? Well, this is the closest any of us are ever going to get. This game allows you to be a human, Vulcan, Tellarite, Andorian, Orion, Klingon, Roman, Caitians or Edosian. It's like D&D in the Federation. In order to determine your strengths as a character, you roll a dice to get strength, endurance, dexterity, intellect, luck, charisma and psionic potential.
‘Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator’ (1983)
According to Board Game Geek, this game gives you a fast-paced and detailed experience of space combat, which is really all we’ve ever wanted. Choose to control the Federation, Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire, Gorn Alliance or Orion Pirate Raider. There’s a similar game too, that coincides with Star Trek II.
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‘Star Trek: The Game’ (1992)
There was Star Trek Game, and then there was Star Trek: The Game. Rather than exploring the planets, though, players had to escape four different planets by answering trivia questions. You’re not trying to win the game in vain, though. The winner is appointed Starfleet Admiral!
‘Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game’ (1993)
There was a time in the '80s and '90s when games that came with a VHS were the hottest commodity. This quick game takes just an hour to play and it’s like watching an episode of TNG. You and the other players are the only people on board after Captain Jean-Luc Picard grants shore leave — however, this is when Kapok hijacks the Enterprise-D and veers it off-course, back to Qo’noS, and its up to you to stop him!
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‘Star Trek: The Next Generation - Game of the Galaxies’ (1993)
This board game was like two games in one — one level designed for younger players, and one designed for older ones. The objective of the game was for players to collect treaties and commendations as they traveled throughout the galaxies, establishing peace throughout space. What an idealistic game!