Games From the Basement - Star Trek: The Adventure Game
Yes, Star Trek: The Adventure Game. This gem was put out by West End Games. The best art was the cover, but it uses Star Trek: The Movie (or one of the movies) for the uniforms. The back cover shows a shot from Star Trek: The Original Series (with Kirk wearing a green shirt, which wasn't that common. or was it?)
Anyhow, I picked this up for a few reasons back in the day.
First, this sucker was Star Trek. Star Trek rocked, and was always more my kind of Sci-Fi than Star Wars ever was (not saying Star Wars was bad - it was pretty awesome, but Star Trek is the Sci-Fi I wanted to live).
Second, although it says it's for 2 players, it also prominently stats on the back of the box that it's suitable for solo play. As a role-player, I never had trouble getting a group together, but getting together for 1 on 1 play was rare to non existent. What few war games I had I rarely had someone to play with. A game that billed itself playable by one player sounded awesome.
Alas, few things work out as well as planned, and this was one of them. The rules were fairly intricate - this was not a sit down and play game, but a sit down, grab a drink and start studying these damn rules. Fairly heavy rules for something that had a whole book of solo adventure type paragraphs. Study I did. Look at the box. Look at the counters. Everything was punched out. I tried, I really tried. But a s a solo game this sucked. It was boring. It was hard to get invested in it. The counters were less exciting to look at than those of the war games I wasn't playing.
I still think of this game from time to time. Wondering if it was me. Was I somehow defective and not the game? Would it have played better as a two player game (probably, but than again, probably not enough better to justify the experience)?
Ah well, this one is definitely destined to go to storage. Interesting more as a curiosity to me and little more. It's a shame, really.
But hey, here's Spock for your Hobbit enjoyment ;)
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*Requirements:* Minimum STR 9, Minimum CON 9
*Prime Requisite:* STR and CON
*Hit Dice:* 1d10
*Maximum Level:* 8
*Armor:* Leather, including shield...