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From Mage Knight to Star Trek: Frontiers with WizKids Games

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
Space adventure is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Vlaada Chvátil's Mage Knight Board Game, but WizKids Games is willing to bet that it can change your mind about that with Star Trek: Frontiers, a game from Star Trek: Attack Wing co-designer Andrew Parks that takes the core of Mage Knight and shoots it at warp speed into the Star Trek universe.

Here's an overview of the setting and game play:

A contested region of space accessible through a known wormhole has drawn the attention of powerful forces throughout the galaxy. Both the Federation and the Klingon Empire, who share a delicate alliance at this time, have recently built outposts in the region — but now news of grave troubles brewing in the region has prompted both the Klingons and the Federation to investigate immediately.

Command your ship, recruit new crew members, earn experience points, and use your skills to confront the challenges of the Star Trek universe. Explore and face a variety of challenges on a randomly built space map using the venture tile system first introduced in the award-winning game Mage Knight.

Star Trek: Frontiers is designed for 1 to 4 players with multiple competitive, cooperative and solo scenarios. Work together to defeat hostile ships or compete to explore and uncover hidden mysteries. Players need to overcome obstacles to expand their knowledge and use their leadership as they adventure in order to be victorious in their exploration!
Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers

In a WizKids press release announcing Star Trek: Frontiers, here's what the two designers involved had to say:

"Like the Mage Knight board game, Star Trek: Frontiers allows players to explore areas that are new and different each time they play. I can't wait for Star Trek fans to start commanding their Federation and Klingon ships as they encounter Romulan Warbirds, send carefully chosen away teams down to unknown planets, and challenge the might of the Borg," said Frontiers game designer, Andrew Parks.

"The Star Trek universe opens up a huge variety of thematic options for a designer, and I specifically hope fans of Star Trek will enjoy the work that Andrew has done to bring the system to the world of Star Trek," said Vlaada Chvátil, creator of the original Mage Knight.
Star Trek: Frontiers is due out February 2016 with an $80 MSRP.
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