Top 5 Star Trek Board Games
A while ago we gave some love to “a galaxy far, far away” with 10 Great Options for Star Wars Gaming. While this wasn’t an exclusive board game list for Star Wars, tabletop games did comprise the majority.
Well the conflict between the Empire and the Rebellion isn’t the only “star” universe out there. So with that in mind, we are going to dive into our Top 5 Star Trek Board Games. Why Top 5 and not Top 10? To be honest, there really aren’t 10 great (or even good) Star Trek Board Games. Once you get out of the Top 5, there is a lot of filler games like Star Trek
Trivia or Star Trek: Risk. We’ll spare you those and just give you the best and brightest.
Top 5 Star Trek Board Games
Honorable Mention: Star Trek Fleet Captains
Star Trek: Fleet Captains is a game for 2 or 4 players (and only 2 or 4 exactly) set in the “Prime Universe” of Star Trek. Each player takes on the role of a faction or race from Star Trek and will be exploring, completing missions, and competing with other players in various forms. Published by WizKids Games, Star Trek: Fleet Captains uses “Clix” dials made famous in their other line of products, such as Heroclix.
5. Star Trek: Attack Wing
Star Trek: Attack Wing borrows its mechanics from the much more popular Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game. Using the FlightPath system, Star Trek: Attack Wing is a more combat focused games. Players will build out a fleet of ships from their faction (with upgrades, crew members, and other goodies), and duke it out with other race’s ships. This is Star Trek combat at its finest.
4. Star Trek: Catan
The Settlers of Catan is one of the oldest euro games still being played. With Star Trek: Catan, this classic game gets a scifi spin on it. Star Trek: Catan is more than just a cheap retheme of this euro game, as it not only uses the familiar mechanics from Catan, but it adds its own twist. Now players can recruit members of the Star Trek universe to give them a unique special power. Once used, players will then switch their character to a new one letting different Enterprise crew members assist them throughout the game.
3. Star Trek: Frontiers
Star Trek: Frontiers, designed by veteran game designers Vlaada Chvátil and Andrew Parks, is actually based on the older deck building game Mage Knight. Set in the Next Generation era (and later), Star Trek: Frontiers has players taking control of their own star ship (2 Federation and 2 Klingon). During the game, players will be expanding their starter deck through exploration and fighting, with one of the main goals being to stop the encroaching Borg. Star Trek: Frontiers is a fairly heavy game, but still a lot of fun once you get the rules down.
2. Star Trek: Panic
Star Trek: Panic puts players in the role of crew members of the Enterprise as it attempts to complete its five year mission. In this cooperative game, the player’s main goal is to try and keep their ship alive as they compete missions and fight off attacking ships. Winning the game isn’t always easy as the threats are constant and fierce. Star Trek: Panic has some really great components and is easy the best of the *Panic line of games.
1. Star Trek: Ascendency
Despite being limited to exactly 3 players only (unless you get an upcoming expansion), Star Trek: Ascendency is easily the most epic and amazing Star Trek game out there. Each player controls an iconic Star Trek faction (Federation, Romulan, or Klingon) as they fight for supremacy in the galaxy. Players will be exploring new planets, colonizing, and, of course, waging war with other players. There is no game board in Star Trek: Ascendancy, you actually build out this modular galaxy as you play the game. This is Star Trek gaming at its finest.