Please Fix the Teleporter Game Overview

Please Fix the Teleporter Game Overview

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We’ve always professed our preference for Star Trek over Star Wars. Even though we both saw the original Star Wars in theaters in 1977, it’s probably the fact that Star Trek has had numerous television series over the years that made it our favorite. Not the “Original Series”, but everything from The Next Generation through Voyager became a topic of conversation. This love of all things Trek has certainly flooded over into our board game hobby. It’s not uncommon to see our game night bag filled with a version a Star Trek Fluxx, Galactic Enterprises or even Star Trek Panic!

At times, our discussions about Star Trek revolve around the teleporter. It’s been a fixture of almost every series, with the exception of ST:Enterprise which took place before its invention. A number of episodes featured a plot line involving some sort of teleporter malfunction. On Star Trek: Voyager, security chief Tuvok and head chef Neelix are transported from an alien planet with some plant samples. The plant causes the transporter to fuse Tuvok and Neelix into a single being. The new lifeform, called Tuvix, is accepted by the crew until a process is discovered to separate Tuvok and Neelix, essentially destroying Tuvix.

In TOS episode “The Enemy Within,” a transporter accident creates two Kirks. The problem starts when Kirk is among an away team on a distant planet’s mining colony. He beams back to the ship with some magnetic dust on him. The dust creates two copies of anything sent through the teleporter, including an alien dog. The Enterprise finds itself with one “good” Kirk who’s incapable of making decisions, and one “evil” Kirk with vicious intent. The crew struggles to find a way to reunite the two in time to rescue an away team on the planet’s surface.

On the “Drone” episode of Star Trek Voyager, Seven of Nine and the holographic Doctor unwittingly create a new lifeform, and it could destroy the Galaxy. During a transport, Seven’s nanoprobes fuse with the Doctor’s holo-emitter, creating a Borg Drone with advanced technology. If the Borg drone isn’t destroyed, it could overwhelm the universe.

These are but a couple of the dozen+ examples of teleporter-related catastrophes from the Star Trek world. The common thread is the merger of one or more items being transported. That’s the theme behind the brand new card game by Gravitation Games, Please Fix the Teleporter!

If you don't unscramble the transmission, you'll be responsible for the mixup. See how quick you are in Please Fix the Teleporter by Gravitation Games! - SahmReviews.com

In this speed-based card game, you and up to three other players are teleportation specialists trying to unscramble a teleportation beam containing Captian Gerf and his arch-nemesis, Emperor Korlax. If you can align your transporter to match their scrambled signal, you will prevent their undesirable merger, much like what Neelix and Tuvok went through! (Gerflax?)

If you don't unscramble the transmission, you'll be responsible for the mixup. See how quick you are in Please Fix the Teleporter by Gravitation Games! - SahmReviews.com

Included in the Please Fix the Teleporter box are 24 cards and 16 tiles (four double-side tiles per player color). Each player takes one set of tiles while the cards are shuffled and placed face-down in the middle of the play area. The oversized square cards depict a scrambled image made up of parts of your Captain and his enemy in various positions and configurations. Your job is to use your tiles to quickly match the signal and before any of the other players do the same.

If you don't unscramble the transmission, you'll be responsible for the mixup. See how quick you are in Please Fix the Teleporter by Gravitation Games! - SahmReviews.com

One card is flipped face-up to start the round. Everyone races to arrange their tiles to match the pattern shown on the card. When you believe you have recreated the pattern correctly, slap your hand onto the face-up card. This ends the round and your tiles are examined for correctness. If you matched the signal exactly, take the card into your own personal pile. If you made even one slight mistake, the card is retuned to the bottom of the deck and you must sit out the next round.

If you don't unscramble the transmission, you'll be responsible for the mixup. See how quick you are in Please Fix the Teleporter by Gravitation Games! - SahmReviews.com

Additional rounds are played in the exact same manner until someone claims their fifth card. That person is the overall winner of Please Fix the Teleporter! There are also solo rules where you will set a digital timer to see how quickly you can complete six cards and receive a rating based upon how quickly you finished!

If you don't unscramble the transmission, you'll be responsible for the mixup. See how quick you are in Please Fix the Teleporter by Gravitation Games! - SahmReviews.com

Please Fix the Teleporter can be pre-ordered directly from Gravitation Games on their website or on Amazon with Prime delivery once it releases in early 2021. Gravitation Games is a brand new publisher, with this title being their first product. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to find out which game will be their second!

Which do you prefer, Star Wars or Star Trek? And why was it Star Trek?

Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

21 comments on «Please Fix the Teleporter Game Overview»

  1. Kristin Troska says:

    I love them both, don’t make me choose! Star Trek is amazing for its diversity, stories, characters, accessibility.

  2. Pavlos says:

    I’d go with Star Wars because i haven’t watched much Star Trek. Can anyone tell me what’s a good entry point to the story? I’ve only watched the 2 latest -i think- movies (starring Pine) and I liked them.

  3. Mia Rose says:

    i prefer Star Wars since I really enjoyed all the characters and special effects.

  4. Sue E says:

    I’m a sucker for the original shows. I would go with Star Trek! The show did the best it could with the special effects and stories! The show did not have the technology that is out there now!

  5. Thanay Binford says:

    star trek for sure, more stories and diversity of characters

  6. Kelly VanAuken says:

    I prefer Star Wars.

  7. Nicole Lawson says:

    Im gna go with star trek because i used to watch it everyday with my mom!

  8. Michael Shea says:

    Star Trek – The future I like the most.

  9. Jessica Peeling says:

    Star Wars, just the one I grew up with more

  10. Pete Donegan says:

    Lol, Star Trek, of course. Star Wars never evolved past the initial idea, while Star Trek told relatable stories of real conflict

  11. Jordan Binkerd says:

    I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, but had some great memories of watching TNG with my dad when I was a youngun. Now that streaming is a thing, we’re watching the entire Trek series….

  12. Kristy Reid says:

    I love Star Wars more than Star Trek but Star Trek had tribbles and they were adorable.

  13. KT says:

    I used to prefer Star Wars, but as I matured, I realized Star Trek was more interesting/intelligent
    (not counting the awful in-name-only last 2 movies by that hack JJ Abrams.).

    I like the philosophical questions that Star Trek raises (esp ST: TNG).

    Also once Disney bought SW and just turned it into a cash cow, it was over for me. I now only watch Star Trek shows & movies.

  14. Darren Green says:

    Star Wars!!!

  15. Elena says:

    It’s Star Wars for me!

  16. Syrae says:

    It’s the same for me, don’t have a preference

  17. Frankie Pinnix says:

    Totally Star Wars for me!

  18. Ed says:

    Star Wars for me, but my wife is a trekkie!

  19. StrPap says:

    Star wars for me

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