Every Christmas, my husband and I look for a new game that we can play together. We love games: card, board, and video games alike. This year turned into a game extravaganza, between gifts to each other and from family and friends. I’m sure I’ll talk about at least one other one (the Oregon Trail now has a card game version, so there are new ways to die of dysentery!), but there’s one I can’t resist writing about: Star Trek Panic.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like such a geek while playing a game. But it also is a lot of fun.
The object of the game is to complete missions (most of them based on Original Series episodes) and keep the Enterprise intact the whole time.
Cards tell you what to do and when to do it, the missions add pressure (especially because there’s a turn limit before you have to restart the mission), and enemies can start piling up quickly. They also are very true to the show: Tholian ships will create a web around you to keep you from moving, ships that can cloak in the show will do so every other turn, and the introduction of Klingon captains like Kang can cause serious trouble.
Unlike most games, this one is completely cooperative. All of the cards stay face up for easy strategizing and you can trade cards with your teammates (which is sometimes essential to winning/not dying).
If you’re a Trekkie, it’s definitely worth checking out. And if you’re not and a Trekkie friend invites you to play, don’t worry. You don’t have to know that much about the show to know what’s going on.
Have you played any form of Panic before? What kinds of games do you like to play?