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WizKids has announced the first Star Trek flicking dexterity game to the market with Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone. Conflick, by designer Mike Elliott (Thunderstone Quest, Star Trek: Fleet Captains) has 2-4 players taking control of Federation or Klingon vessels, represented by disks. The disks are flicked to both collect abundant resources, and attack other ships in the eponymous neutral zone. Resources are gathered by flicking a collector ship within range, winning energy and/or command points. Players can expand their fleet by using resources to buy more ships. The first player to 10 command points wins the game. Expect Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone in Summer 2019, and for more details read the official announcement from WizKids here.

Zendo, the rule guessing abstract game is finally getting an update and reprint.  Zendo is an easy game to play, the active player will come up with a rule, like two pyramids must touch at the tip, and then the other players start building layouts tying to guess the rule.  As the go along the rule maker will answer questions and let you know if you built something that satisfies the rule.  Once someone figures out the rule they win.

When the Pyramid Arcade was announced and Kickstarted, everyone was clamoring for the game Zendo to be added to the list of games in the box.  However, Looney Labs kept saying no, and then we found out that this was because they would reprint the game separately.  And now we have a date to go with that, so look for the game to be back on store shelves in December of this year.

Wizkids has announced a new expansion to the Star Trek: Frontiers game, a re-theme and update to Mage Knight, called The Return of Khan.  This expansion adds a whole new scenario to the game where Khan has returned and is looking to rule the galaxy with power he can steal from the Borg.  It’s up to captains from across the Star Trek series, Picard, Kirk, Sisko, and more, to work together and stop him before he can complete his plans.  This expansion you will give you all the tokens, tiles, and cards needed for this new scenario, as well as rules and tokens to be able to add a 5th player to the game.  You can find this game on store shelves in November of this year, and you can head over to Wizkids’ website to read more about it.

Last from WizKids as well is the colorful euro style building game, Favelas.  In this game you are building your own Favelas, a multi-level house painted all sorts of colors in order to beautify and rejuvenate the town.  However there is a catch, the council over seeing this effort, and the one determining the point values, is notoriously fickle and will change their minds each year, changing the value of each color.  So over three years in the game you will build up your town with colors that get you the most points before the council’s mood changes.  The person with the most points at the end is the winner. Favelas looks like an interesting and colorful game, and it should arrive on store shelves in October of this year.  Until then you can read more on Wizkids’ website.

Wizkids is going to start offering unpainted versions of the Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures. This is a continuation of their “Deep Cuts” line of primed but unpainted miniatures, adding to those from Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons, which became available last quarter. Wave 1 will include 10 unpainted versions of popular ships and will become available in August. For more details and a list of planned ships, click here.

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Designed by Aaron Dill, John Kovaleski, and Sean Sweigart, Star Trek: Ascendancy is a 4X game based in the Star Trek Universe where each player takes on the role of a major faction all vying for position and power within the galaxy.  Coming off of their release of Star Trek Ascendancy at GenCon, Gale Force 9 has announced they will be adding both the Cardassian and Ferengi factions as player expansions this fall.

 “A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place.  To force them to acknowledge your greatness.” – Gul Dukat

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The Cardassian Union is the first expansion to be released for Star Trek: Ascendancy, complementing The Federation, the Klingons, and the Romulans that come in the base game.  If brutalizing and dominating the other races in the galaxy is your thing, the Cardassians is a must have!

“Millions of new worlds at our very doorstep.  The potential for Ferengi business expansion is staggering!” – Grand Nagus Zek

The Ferengi Alliance is the second expansion to be released for Star Trek: Ascendancy, complementing the previously mentioned races.  If domination through commerce and military utilizing the Rules of Acquisition is your style, the Ferengi is for you.

Both Cardassian and Ferengi expansions contain everything needed to add both races to your game, from player cards, ships, fleets, homeworld, and all necessary tokens required to play.  Each expansion also increases maximum player count to 5, and each player adds about 1 hour to game play.  Both expansions are scheduled to release this fall.

For more info on the base game and each expansion, please click here.

Modiphius Entertainment, publisher of games like Thunderbirds and the Mutant Chronicles RPG, are making good on using the Star Trek license by releasing a new RPG based in the universe.  At the start you will only be able to play Starfleet characters, but you will have access to the whole of Star Trek lore from the original series to Enterprise and all the movies.  This new RPG will also use the same 2d20 system that Modiphius’ other RPGs use and will be designed by Jason Little, one of the designers behind the X-Wing Miniatures game.  And speaking of miniatures, the RPG will also include the launching of a new line of Star Trek miniature figures.  This is of importance because no miniature line for Star Trek has been produced in 17 years, and now you will be able to obtain iconic characters like Sisko, Picard, Kirk, and Spock.  All of this is slated for release in the summer of 2017.  You can sign up for playtesting at major conventions, or sign up for alerts through Modiphius’ website.  Until then, live long and prosper.

star trek risk board

To celebrate Star Trek’s upcoming 50th anniversary, USAopoly has released a new version of Risk containing more than 600 pieces. In this wargame, up to five military fleets battle for control of a board that features both the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, including the Breen Confederacy, Cardassian Union, Ferengi Alliance, Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire and the United Federation of Planets. Worm holes are link planets for speedy travel. Players choose between Captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer who are in an all-out holodeck battle for galactic dominance (thanks to our friend Q).

Each Captain has their own unique power to be used in completing the three quests necessary to win the game. Also to help with these quests are crew members that give advantages when used in an away team. Lastly, beware of Q and his ever changing mood, for he will act, but whether to help or harm you is yet to be known.

Contents:

  • 225 Ship Pieces
  • Game Board
  • 5 Captains Logs
  • 30 Crew Cards
  • 50 Q-Vent Cards
  • 14 Q’s Quests
  • 72 Alien Lifeform tokens
  • 5 Manhunt Markers
  • 2 Wormholes
  • 107 Command Credits
  • 50 Tribbles
  • 5 Dice
  • Game Guide

Read the full release announcement here.

star trek panic

June saw the release of Star Trek Panic from USAopoly and Fireside Games. This game continues the cooperative tower defense style play seen in Castle Panic and Dead Panic, both from Fireside Games. In this version, each player takes on the role of one of the members of the bridge crew from Star Trek: The Original Series. Enemy ships will advance and fire on the Enterprise each turn. Players will have to mitigate these threats by firing back and repairing damage, while committing cards to successfully complete five missions before being destroyed.

Contents:

  • 31 Threat Tokens
  • 62 Enterprise Cards
  • 18 Mission Cards
  • 7 Character Cards
  • 1 Enterprise Model (Assembly Required)
  • 6 Shields
  • Damage/Destroyed Indicators
  • Custom Game Board

Fans of the Panic series of game and fans of Star Trek should check out this game. Read full product detail on USAopoly’s site here.

borg attack wing

Two years ago we saw the release of the giant Borg Cube for Star Trek Attack Wing, it is an imposing figure on the table with the cube taking up most of it. It is even considered the most ridiculous game component by Dice Tower’s Sam Healy.  So why not make another one?

WizKids is doing just that, but they aren’t just re-releasing the same cube, this one has a difference in that it includes a docking port for a Borg Sphere.  So now, not only do you get the raw might of the cube, but you also get the tactical advantage of being able to deploy a smaller ship that has the same firepower while only being marginally weaker in hull and shields.

This also marks the first appearance of support ships in Star Trek Attack Wing and so there could be some new possibilities on the horizon with these smaller ships aiding the bigger ones.  As usual there are also included all the tokens and cards needed to use these figures and additional Borg cards to bolster the other ships, look for this to hit store shelves this month.  In the mean time you can check out the preview of the new figures on the Star Trek site.

ascendency

Boldly go where no one has gone before. In Star Trek™: Ascendancy, you control the great civilizations of the Galaxy, striking out from your home worlds to expand your influence and grow your civilization.  Will you journey for peace and exploration or will you travel the path of conquest and exploitation?  Command starships, establish space lanes, construct starbases, and bring other systems under your banner. With more than 200 plastic miniatures and 30 star systems representing some of the Star Trek™ Galaxy’s most notable planets and locations, Star Trek™: Ascendancy puts the fate of the Galaxy in your hands.

ascendency pieces

Gale Force Nine proudly announces the upcoming summer release of Star Trek: Ascendancy, a “strategy board game of exploration, expansion and conflict between the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire.”  The game draws its thematic material from the vast 50-year history of Star Trek, and will featured a modular board to explore that will provide the game with a great deal of variability.

The game is set to release this summer, with two expansion sets, Cardassian Union and Ferengi Alliance, planned for later this year.  Gale Force Nine will be releasing informative articles on the game over the coming weeks.  For more information about the game, visit its page on Gale Force Nine’s website.