Star Trek Panic Board Game Overview
If you ask most people whether they prefer Star Wars or Star Trek, you’ll get some very opinionated answers. Rare are the few that are true fans of both. The rest believe theirs is the best and the other is just fiction. And I have to admit, even with the popularity of the Star Wars world right now, I am a Trekkie at heart.
Actually both of us are. Nicole and I watched every episode of ST:TNG well before the invention of DVRs. We never missed an episode of DS9 either. I mean, who could not love to hate Quark?! Voyager is where things started falling apart for us since DirecTV didn’t carry it. To date I don’t think we’ve seen every episode. And it was many years after the fact that we finally caught up on Enterprise. We hear rumors of a new series in the works, and are anxiously awaiting its release!
To top it off, we even attended the very first “Meeting of the Four Captains” event in Pasadena, CA. It was a typical Star Trek convention, but the first time the first four captains (Kirk, Picard, Sisko and Janeway) would appear on the same stage together. It was standing room only and the applause must have lasted at least 10 minutes. We’re so glad to not have missed that opportunity.
So when I spotted a copy of Star Trek Panic at Gen Con this past summer, I knew it was a game we had to have in our collection. It certainly was a bonus that it was re-theme of one of our favorite cooperative games, Castle Panic. We’ve featured a number of great games from both USAopoly and Fireside Games in the past, so the marriage of these two powerhouses could only mean one thing – a great game.
If you’ve played Castle Panic in the past, then you have the basic idea of how Star Trek Panic operates. Instead of non-stop monsters trying to invade your castle, you are fending off Klingon, Romulan and Tholian attack ships. Centered around the original series (ST:TOS for us Trekkies), each team member gets to take on the role of one of the original casts members. These can be selected or assigned randomly and each character has a unique special ability that may be used during that person’s turn.
In Castle Panic you goal was to simply survive the onslaught of monsters and an occasional boulder. Star Trek Panic requires the same, but adds in missions to complete. The base game includes 18 mission cards, each with its own set of objectives (and of course, rewards). Also in the original you sat safely inside of your castle, firing at any region denoted by the cards you play. Not so in Star Trek Panic – the orientation of the Enterprise is critical. Some cards allow you to fire to the front only, or to the rear or maybe even the sides. Once per turn the current player will have the opportunity to maneuver the Enterprise to make best use of their cards.
The Enterprise is protected by shields and the hull, both of which are fired upon by the encroaching enemies. Shield or hull damage indicators are placed upon the 3D ship to signify their destruction. Certain cards will allow for repair, but if you do not do so quickly enough, you stand the chance of being boarded.
Once the enemy is on board, they begin doing damage to your ship by removing cards permanently from your deck. This can be mitigated by using your Security Team, but the real warning is…don’t let the aliens on board!
Star Trek Panic is such a ramp-up from the original Castle Panic that it is an excellent choice after you have mastered the original. The addition of the above, plus tractor beams, force fields, cloaking and starbases stick to the theme nicely and add a new level of difficulty needed for the seasoned gamer.
We’re amazed that you can find copies of Star Trek Panic for around $26 on Amazon. For those keeping track, that is a few dollars cheaper than the original Castle Panic, a surprise for a more complex title and one based upon such a popular intellectual property.
USAopoly is known for applying great licenses to popular games as seen by what they’ve done with Munchkin and Yahtzee. If they continue to expand on the Castle Panic license and introduce new mechanics and features, I’ll be first in line for a copy. Yes, even if it is Star Wars… So follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find if that will ever happen!
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20 thoughts on “Star Trek Panic Board Game Overview”
I didn’t know that they had a Star Trek board game. Now I know what to get my hubby for father’s day as he loves to play board games.
This is a great game for Star Trek fans! I love the Star Trek movies and use to watch the show as a kid. Looks like fun! I think my boys would enjoy it!
Oooo what a fun game!! Totally something I can see my hubby loving! I will definitely be getting this for the fam!
My husband and I both love Star Trek so much, I am going to have to get this game for him for his birthday. I’m sure that he would love it. I know that I would.
I love your posts and always wait ti see what unusual game you are going to show us next. This one was no exception. What a fun game.
This looks like an awesome game and since I’m a huge Star Trek fan, this is something I’m going to put some serious thought into getting.
i love indoor games and this looks so cool. will check this out
I love themed games! Especially themed after pop-culture! Live ling and prosper!
I am totally unaware of this Start War game. I need to check it out on Amazone. It will be fun to play it with my daughter at home.
This sounds perfect for any Star Trek fan … I might have to look into it for my parents! Thanks!
My mom and stepdad frequently have game nights at their house. Any time there is a family gathering, they will also pull out at least one game. She loved the original Star Trek, and I think this game might be one she would enjoy.
I am not a big fan of this type of games and series like that but this looks great and funny! thans for sharing
I need to get this game. Seriously! My husband and I have been on an intense board game kick lately, and he LOVES Star Trek. Thanks for sharing about this game!!! 🙂
Fellow Trekkie here 🙂 My birthday is next week, and I am SO going to ask my husband to get me this… it will be so much fun on game night.
PS: I am incredibly jealous that you got to see all four captains at once! That must have been incredible 🙂
I have my eye on this game. Will scoop it out when I see it next. We don’t okay cooperative well but being Trekies o think will be enough to bring us together lol.