Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 09 - Trek Gaming

So you think of youself as a gamer? Well here for your entertainment is the fifth Twelve Trek Days of Christmas "Compendium of Fan-Made Games"! For more games, organised along much the same lines, see the previous compendiums from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.


There are very few fictional sports unique to Star Trek, The only three I can pin down are the phaser firing range and...

Martial arts

The fictional martial arts that are listed on Memory Alpha are Anbo-jitsu, The Vulcan Nerve Pinch, Tsunkatse and ...

Tabletop games

Wikipedia defines these as, "any game where the elements of play are confined to a small area and which require little physical exertion, usually simply placing, picking up and moving game pieces."
  • Dexterity/coordination games
  • Board games -
    • Card games
    • Dice games
    • Domino and tile games - kal-toh has been mentioned as a desirable mini-game for STO.
    • Casino games -
      • Dabo was introduced as a STO minigame in season two and I know of a certain fan who, for their legendary party had a functioning Dabo table!
    • Pencil and paper games -

    • Guessing games

    Computer games

    Strangely enough, there seem to have been virtually no computer-based games in the 24th century! The only one that comes close is "The Game", the addictive holographic game from TNG.
    • Computer Games, Text-based 
    • Computer Games, 2D Games 
    • Computer Games, 3D Games
    • The Mods
      • This is when fans mod (modify) an existing, commercial game. In contrast to other parts of the entertainment industry, game manufacturers, the owners of the license from Paramount, not only allow but encourage their fans to mod their products - STO in particular has been pro-active in this respect right from the start. There are far too many Mods for me to list here, I've simply picked one Mod from each gaming engine to feature here.
        • For Doom: 
        • For Escape Velocity Nova: 
        • For Elite Force II: 
        • For ST Bridge Commander: 
        • For ST Starfleet Command: 
        • For Crysis 2: The team from ST Enterprise - Temporal Cold War are still going strong on their mod ST: Enterprise - MACO - latest update: Aug. 26: Engineering screenshots and a new member to the team!

    Role-playing games

    If you prefer your gaming to be face to face and your fate decided by your game-master and the roll of a many-sided dice then the older games are still being played.
    • Last Unicorn Games or LUG (1998-2000)
      • If you own an old copy of one of the Last Unicorn Games RPGs it's not a dead end, Memory ICON's Fan Produced netbooks available for free download are still a massive resource.
    • Decipher or CODA (2002-2007)
      • After Decipher stopped making their high quality RPG manuals in 2007, a number of fans started adding their own material to the mix. Similarly, Patrick Goodman is still working on Beyond The Final Frontier where you'll find archived CODA gaming material covering every series.
    • Amarillo Design Bureau is still commercially, very active with their Prime Directive RPG extension of the long-running Star Fleet Battles wargaming series for the GURPs and D20 systems, two strong and popular gaming systems.
    • With the release of the D20 Modern RPG rules, a number of gamers have tested the boundaries on this new frontier! 


    To me the term "simulation" is very close to roleplaying (which in fact are sometimes called 'sims') but the Wiki article specifically mentions war games and this would seem to fit the strategy games best.
    • UFP Starfleet Academy is a Facebook Play-By-Post [?] slightly non-canon simulation of the year 2375 (the 2nd year of the Dominion War) at the San Fran Cisco campus of Starfleet Academy.
    • Star Trek: Asteroid Base is an RPG-X SRP (Serial Role Play) at The Last Outpost, a small RPG community who use a modification of Raven Software game, Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force to create Star Trek scenarios.
    • Edgeworth: Raspberry Crystal has produced a "virtual hike" of this Inworldz, fan made, Star Trek role playing sim.

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