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It's funny to me that STAR TREK and hobby gaming sort of grew up together- they got started in the 60s, grew popular in the 70s, and hit a peak in the 80s. And both wound up being exiled to parents' basesments by the mainstream by the 1990s. Both had become insular, nitpicky, and beloved by tubby weirdoes the world over. With the new movie out and hugely successful, I think there's a lot that board games could learn from the new TREK in terms of making a formerly fringe, nerd-dominated subculture popular and accessible again. Board games need more Beastie Boys and less "Row Row Row Your Boat". More sex appeal and less beards. More color and excitement and a lot less beige and bullshit "intellectualism".

Anyway, at this week I'm looking at the three best TREK games out there, at least that I've played. I've not played the WEG STAR TREK III game but it looks pretty cool. Nor have I played any kind of STAR TREK trivia game, but I doubt I'd do well at one. It's high time somebody come up with the incredible STAR TREK game that I know is out there in the ether somewhere.

Oh, and Steve Weeks- I haven't forgotten about your idea for a column- we'll do that in two weeks. Next week is E3 so I don't anticipate doing a column since it's all going to be about that over there. Maybe I'll do a report from E3 if Bill Abner suddenly decides to give me his tickets.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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