Is There A New STAR TREK RPG Coming?
  • Is There A New STAR TREK RPG Coming?


    It sounds like CBS is going to be doing a lot of licensing of Star Trek merchandise in the next year or so, to coincide with the show's 50th anniversary, and it's looking like Gale Force Nine might be launching a some kind of hobby game. Liz Kalodner of CBS Consumer Products reports that "in toys and games, Gale Force Nine will launch a new Star Trek hobby game title, Spin Master will launch RC vehicles and USAopoly will develop new Star Trek themed board games." That's not all they're doing, of course - there's lots of watches and toys and novels and 3D chess sets and the like coming, too, but it's the hobby game which interests us here on EN World! Thanks to Sentinel Marshall for the scoop.


    Here's what else is coming (non-RPG stuff):
    • Spin Master remote controlled vehicles
    • Wooden Expressions 3D chess set
    • Cross Cult novels for the German market
    • National Geographic Star Trek Guide To Our Universe hardcover
    • Accutime Star Trek themed watches
    • Brainstorm running apparel
    • Somerbond sleepwear
    • Treadless t-shirts and socks
    • Items from Build-A-Bear Workshop, Mezco, Roads Innovation, Titan and Wish Factory
    • Gale Force Nine Star Trek "hobby game"
    • USAopoly Star Trek boardgame

    Of course, that list only says "hobby game", and GF9 is more known for cards and accessories, so there's a strong chance this is a collectible card game or something similar. It's not a board game, though, as that's being handled by USAopoly. Hobby games traditionally include CCGs, boardgames, RPGs, and miniature games. My bet is on a card game, but a new Star Trek RPG would certainly be fun.
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    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      I hope so. Or at least the opportunity is there. Does GF9 sublicense? Does CBS allow that?
    1. Stan Shinn's Avatar
      Stan Shinn -
      If GF9 does a card game, then could be that Margaret Weis productions would be a strong contender to license a Star Trek RPG (see for example Firefly RPG and other licensed properties they've done). If so, they'd no doubt do a Cortex Plus version of the game.

      Fate or WEG/d6 would also be great rules systems for a new Star Trek RPG :-)
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Personally I think that WOIN is very suited to Trek. Not that that was one of the design goals or anything...
    1. ccs's Avatar
      ccs -
      I'll bet the GF9 "hobby game" will look very similar to their Sparticus & Firefly games, especially Firefly, not an RPG at all.

      For those of you familiar with their Firefly game, can you imagine how much more GF9 will be able to milk a ST license?
      And I shudder to think how much space such a game will take up table-wise as the expansions roll out....
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      There was a game that was a precursor to the Tales of the Arabian Nights board game called Star Trek the Adventure board game from west end games and Greg Costikyan. It's only two player. I'd love an updated version of that game with multiple players! You hear that GF9? Do that and consider it bought.


      http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-The-.../dp/0874310296

      https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/...arabian-nights
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by darjr View Post
      There was a game that was a precursor to the Tales of the Arabian Nights board game called Star Trek the Adventure board game from west end games and Greg Costikyan. It's only two player. I'd love an updated version of that game with multiple players! You hear that GF9? Do that and consider it bought.


      http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-The-.../dp/0874310296

      https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/...arabian-nights
      The board game license is going to a different company.
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      OK. Never mind.

      Actually to USAopoly then...

      In my defence I can't read the ENWorld article in tapatalk.
    1. Xavian Starsider's Avatar
      Xavian Starsider -
      I have little hope for the 50th anniversary blitz. The new movie has space elves and is directed by the Fast and the Furious guy (At best, a strange choice), and the new tv series is months late for the hype and will be pay-to-watch. The anniversary feels rushed (eager to capitalize on the success of the Star Wars revival), centered around mainstream content that won't satisfy. A hastily produced RPG would not be a good thing. Take 2 or 3 years and do it right.

      At the moment Star Trek may be living long, but it will not be it's year to prosper.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by darjr View Post
      OK. Never mind.

      Actually to USAopoly then...

      In my defence I can't read the ENWorld article in tapatalk.
      Click on the link and it opens in the mobile skin for you.
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      That doesn't work. It takes me to a random thread post. In this case it takes me to one about hybrid classes.
    1. Dire Bare's Avatar
      Dire Bare -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      The board game license is going to a different company.
      We don't know if the USAopoly board game license is exclusive. And that company tends to put out "special flavor" editions of things like Clue and Monopoly. So, I expect them to put out Star Trek Clue and or Star Trek Monopoly, or something like that.

      GF9 is not known for RPG games, or card games, but they have branched out into board games for the "tabletop" market (us!). Having a GF9 Star Trek board game similar to their existing titles makes sense to me also.

      But, of course, we won't know until we know!
    1. Pauper's Avatar
      Pauper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      The board game license is going to a different company.
      Check out the release for the Doctor Who game GF9 is producing.

      That game is referred to as a 'hobby board game'.

      I'd expect a Star Trek licensed game to follow in the same vein. In fact, if you go to doctorwho.gf9games.com, you can sign up for a 'receive updates on our games' e-mail, and Star Trek is included in the list of games you can be updated about.

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      Pauper
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Eeerrrr I'm holding my breath! See Star Trek licensors? I'm. holding. My. Breath.
    1. Sentinel_Marshall's Avatar
      Sentinel_Marshall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Personally I think that WOIN is very suited to Trek. Not that that was one of the design goals or anything...
      I have looked over what there is, and it fits like a glove!
    1. Doctor Futurity -
      White Star + Five Year Mission has me covered. But if a real Trek RPG showed up again I would definitely be there. My time with the LUG Next Generation edition was some of the best gaming I did in the late 90's.
    1. pming's Avatar
      pming -
      Hiya!

      As long as it's done "FASA style" and not, well "any other ST RPG style", I'll be happy. The FASA STRPG is, IMHO, easily the best at giving that Star Trek feel...especially the whole "space combat / energy fold out / chit's" thing! We had a campaign where we set up a room in a friends basement like the bridge of the original Enterprise (that was the era we were playing in)...we even had one of those little viewfinder thingies with the blue light in it that Spok would look into (the player of Jesus T. Kalikez, the hair-net wearing hispanic engineer, had made with cardboard and a blue christmas light). Ahhh...some of the best gaming I've ever had!

      I hope to the gawds that they stay away from the whole "The PC's are all special-ops federation space marines!" craptastic thing some company put out at one time. I want to see odd coloured moon princesses, bumpy headed aliens in bad fur suits, glittery Styrofoam rocks and space-gods from earths past...and I want to have my engineer yell at me for trying to push the ship past warp 8. ... But I'd be cool with a Next Generation vibe too...just keep it "space exploration and role-play heavy" and not "combat heavy". If I want heavy space combat type games I'll play Star Wars or Shatterzone. Star Trek, to me, is mostly about diplomacy and archaeological discovery.

      PS: Needs to be %-age based, skill based, and non-class-level based.

      ^_^

      Paul L. Ming
    1. aramis erak's Avatar
      aramis erak -
      Quote Originally Posted by ccs View Post
      I'll bet the GF9 "hobby game" will look very similar to their Sparticus & Firefly games, especially Firefly, not an RPG at all.

      For those of you familiar with their Firefly game, can you imagine how much more GF9 will be able to milk a ST license?
      And I shudder to think how much space such a game will take up table-wise as the expansions roll out....
      I'll say this for their Firefly game: it's a substantial game, lots of meaningful decisions per hour, and plenty of push your luck, without being unable to stack the odds.

      It's also VERY pretty.

      And, while not an RPG, it can be very useful for the Firefly RPG in coming up with plots and complications.
    1. nerfherder's Avatar
      nerfherder -
      Quote Originally Posted by darjr View Post
      That doesn't work. It takes me to a random thread post. In this case it takes me to one about hybrid classes.
      Same here. Same thread, so not random, I guess.
    1. Christopher Helton's Avatar
      Christopher Helton -
      Also, USAopoly does the licensed Munchkin games. They did Nightmare Before Christmas Munchkin, and they will be putting out the Marvel Munchkin.
    1. Brodie's Avatar
      Brodie -
      An RPG would be great. And GF9 has at least dabbled in the RPG market by putting out the first official D&D 5E adventure/base rules book a while back (before 5E launched). Hopefully GF9 would take a page from the Doctor Who RPG and have multiple yet compatible rulebooks for each version of Trek. TOS, the original movies, TNG, DS9, Voyager, and (bleh bleh bleh) NuTrek. I would like a system that puts more emphasis on actual role playing vs. roll playing. TNG was all about diplomacy and social conflict.

      That being said, I'm pretty positive I would enjoy anything GF9 puts out for Star Trek; they put out quality stuff. As long as an RPG isn't just a reskin of another game, I'll be happy. Cortex is not the greatest system and while I love Fate, Fate isn't meaty enough for the times combat does happen.
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