-Captain, things have changed here at Starfleet Command. We’re no longer going to commission officers to ships. Instead we’re switching to a pro-sports style draft. Don’t worry, there’s no salary cap though..
-Ha, good one Admiral. When can I put in for repairs and upgrades on my crappy Constellation class ship?
-Well, out there on your exploration mission, you’ll encounter many things. Sometimes you’ll even encounter other ships. Enemy vessels and Federation ones. You may have to defend yourself, or you can always Diplomacy them.
-Er, uh, Diplomacy them? You mean engage in Diplomatic relations?
-Whoa there Captain, there’s no engaging in any sort of relations while on duty. And no, I mean you DIPLOMACY them. Hard. That’s how you acquire a new ship. Even if it’s Federation. Just take it from them and dump that heap that we issued you.
-Copy that sir. I will jettison redshirts and draft brand-namers in the name of peace throughout the galaxy.
-You’ve got a plan, I like that. Good luck out there Captain, and watch out for typos.
Ed. note: I totally butchered the rules for the Kobayashi Maru test, but I still got a good idea of gameplay.
I go back and forth on whether or not I even enjoy solo gaming. For me, the draw of board games is getting a group together and interacting with each other. Solo board gaming is so tedious that it offsets the rewarding challenge of the game itself. I’ve played Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations, Gears of War: The Board Game and Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game solo and they were all fun, but it was tiring for me checking and re-checking that I wasn’t breaking any rules. That’s not to say I’ll never play another solo game, because I have Thunderbolt Apache Leader standing by and one of these days I’m going to play Gears of War again.
Now I didn’t WANT to play this trivia game right after the TOS trivia game. My wife recommended it. And I’ve got to say I’m glad she did, because now it’s done and out of the way and I never have to open either of these up again.
To keep things light and interesting here at the beginning, I start with the Star Trek game with quite possibly the longest title ever:
“Star Trek: The Next Generation: Interactive VCR Board Game: A Klingon Challenge in Patience”
Okay maybe that last part isn’t actually part of the title but it fits. I’m not even going to try and be impartial here. I’d rather have my arms gnawed off by a Gorn than play this game again, and my wife agrees.
Star Trek and I have a checkered past. I’m fully aware that to the non-nerd variety Star Trek is a campy, niche Sci-Fi franchise whose entertainment value varies greatly depending on which series or movie you’re watching. I can’t disagree with that. But I grew up watching TNG, then later fell in love with DS9 and for all it’s faults I still feel some sort of responsibility to the franchise. You know, like Riker feels a responsibility to visit all female guests aboard the Enterprise.