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I'd love to hear everyone's views on the overlap of these games:

i) Star Trek: Attack Wing*
ii) Star Trek HeroClix: Tactics
iii) Star Trek: Fleet Captains
iv) Star Trek Red Alert

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If you can only own one game:
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Star Trek: HeroClix: Tactics
Star Trek: Fleet Captains
Star Trek: Red Alert
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If you should own more than one, comment what order and why.

(edit: *Inferring play from x-wing attack wing as Star Trek isn't out yet)
 
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I'd love to get into Attack Wing, but I just traded/bought a bunch of X-Wing, and I have a hard time supporting WizKid.
 
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I don't really think Fleet Captains fits in with the other three. It's a strategic level game, where combat can play little or no role in a victory. The other three are tactical exercises of various depth. There are also several generic tactical space games out there, so I voted for Fleet Captains since nothing else quite does the same job (that I know of).

I haven't tried HeroClix Tactics: the HeroClix mechanics didn't feel right, and there was no local demo or booster to generate interest. The other two feel fairly similar, just separated in time by over a decade. I would play either, given enough of a collection and opponents who are similarly inclined. Given that Red Alert is very out of print, though, while Attack Wing is new and has waves of expansions already in the pipeline... I would probably pick Attack Wing.
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At one point I had a complete set of Star Trek Red Alert. I used to work for a company that did Trek computer games and Paramount would send us boxes of random licensed Trek goodies. I found a shrinkwrapped complete set of the game in the box. At some point I got rid of it at a local con flea market. Man, I kick myself for that! soblue
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I'm keeping all my HC tactics ships in hopes of converting them to Attack Wing.
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Hard to judge. I've played X-Wing and wasn't as taken with it as everyone else. It addresses all of my issues with Wings of War but also removed my favorite part (planning multiple moves ahead) so while it was a better game, it felt kind of sterile. I'm hoping for more from Atrack Wing.

I got a good deal on Red Alert, so I picked up a handful of starters. Didn't like that one at all. Just didn't play well IMHO.

Fleet captains is a whole different class of game. Combat is very abstract and there's more focus on exploration and other aspects.

Never played tactics, but I have played Hero Clix. It's fun and simple but the fact that they didn't even bother to change the powers felt lazy. No interest in it.

If you can only have one Trek game, I'd make it Federation Commander: Klingon Border. There's a lot of meat on those bones. It plays quickly (60-120 minutes most of the time), scales well for multiple players, has a ton of scenarios ranging from one-on-one to large fleet actions. It has an inexpensive buy-in to get started but plenty of expansions to keep you interested for years.
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You should also not forget A Call to Arms: Star Fleet. Terrific Star Trek system.


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I prefer a bit more game in my game:
I vote for the Starmada ports Klingon Armada and Romulan Armada.
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dc0nklin wrote:
I'm keeping all my HC tactics ships in hopes of converting them to Attack Wing.


That's my plan too. I've never even played the tactics version but hear it sucks so never bothered trying. I've tried the other Heroclix games and find them way too simple and not very exciting.

I've played Star Fleet Battles years ago so I've been wanting to play Federation Commander for a long time now

I've also tried A Call to Arms which wasn't too bad, but I think I might like Federation Commander better, but still a decent game.

I have X-wing, so don't know if I'd play Attack Wing. Seems like for large ship combat, that game system doesn't work as well. But like I said earlier, maybe I'll get the starter set and try converting my existing tactics ships to try it out.
 
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Oh, if we're adding new options, I'll throw in Squadron Strike. Because if there's any franchise that should be embarassed to be stuck with two-dimensional thinking, it's Star Trek.
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You're definitely getting your money's worth with Fleet Captains. The miniatures might not be painted but the experience is vast and incredibly re-playable.

For Attack Wing I expect it to be as re-playable as X-Wing's Core set. You get a few good ships to start with but you'll be craving more to have a more filling experience.
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