The Romulans are coming!

Romulan

Over the last month I have really gotten into playing the board game, Star Trek: Fleet Captains, especially with the introduction of the Romulan expansion. For those of you that are into board games and into Star Trek, this game truly captures the feel of Star Trek more than any other game I’ve played.

My wife and I love playing board games, it’s a wonderful way to spend time with one another as well as to indulge a bit of our creativity and problem-solving abilities. With Star Trek she always plays the Federation and (up until the Romulan expansion), I’ve always played the Klingons. The Federation, for those not in the know, is a peaceful organization dedicated to scientific and social progress, while the Klingons are an aggressive warrior species bent on galactic conquest.

I have discovered that in trying to play the Klingons as written in Trek lore, aggressive and expansionistic, I invariably lose 3/4 of the time against my pacifistic, science-focused Federation-playing wife. I’ve found that more often than not, when I do win at the board game, it’s usually because I have undertaken missions that do not rely on combat for success, but instead involve non-violent methods. That is why this board game successfully captures the feel of Trek; it shows us that violent conflict is not the best route to victory, and that’s a lesson that would do our world so much good if we all took that a bit more to heart when we interact with the people we share it with.

So below I have created some additional ships for the board game, enjoy!

New Ship Cards v2

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3 responses to “The Romulans are coming!

  1. Ethan Pasternak is a good guy. I’m glad the game is gaining popularity. One thing that represents a barrier to playing is the price tag (~$100) combined with the requirement of either two or four players. At least, that’s the way it was introduced at GenCon a couple of years ago.

  2. Do you know if there are plans for any further expoansions?

    • As of right now, the Fleet Captains game appears to be on the back burner as WizKids focuses on its Star Trek Tactics minis game. On the plus side, the minis from the Tactics game are the exact same type as the Fleet Captains game, so when they do get back to Fleet Captains they’ll have lots of ready-made molds for a Dominion (including Cardassian and Breen) faction!

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