German Settlers of Catan publisher Kosmos has announced they will be releasing a Star Trek-licensed version of the popular game in March, retailing for €37. The game's entry appeared on BoardGameGeek.com this morning, breaking the news of its existence. From the official description:
Star Trek Catan takes two well-known media properties and merges them into, well, into something that is 95% The Settlers of Catan glossed with Trek tropes and spiced with new special powers related to Trek personalities.
In Star Trek Catan, players start the game with two small space stations at the intersection of three planets, with each planet supplying resources based on the result of a dice roll. Players collect and trade these resources – Dilithium, Tritanium, food, oxygen and water – in order to build spaceships that connect regions in the galaxy, establish small and large space stations at new intersection points in order to increase resource acquisition, and acquire development cards that provide victory points (VPs) or special abilities.
On a dice roll of 7, a Klingon ship swoops in to prevent resource production on one planet, while taxing spacegoers who hold too many resources.
The one new element in Star Trek Catan compared to the Settlers version is a set of character cards, each featuring one of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand or Sarek. Each character card has two special powers that the holder can use on his turn, such as a forced trade.
While the launch of Star Trek Catan in Germany is fast approaching, it's unclear if and when this game will see an American release. Mayfair Games is the American publisher for Catan games, and has a history of not rushing their German imports, so don't look for it on shelves anytime soon. Further complicating the issue is that WizKids/NECA is currently publishing Star Trek board games and miniatures games, while Bandai is publishing the Star Trek deckbuilding card game. When licenses get this tangled, it's best to not even speculate. The only certainty is that with such a close resemblance to the original Catan, the hardest of hardcore trekkers will have no problem playing the German version should they need to import it themselves.
This isn't the first time that Catan has been taken into space, though. Mayfair Games released Starfarers of Catan back in 1999, and has since allowed the game to go out of print. Unfortunately for fans of this hard-to-find title, Star Trek Catan doesn't pay any homage to the Starfarers series.
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