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Dave is joined by guest Scott McNulty of the Random Trek podcast to discuss some of the fictional games that appear in Star Trek. From the original series to Voyager, we’ve got you covered.

Honorary mention goes to Anbo-jyutsu, the space martial art that was invented just so Will Riker could beat up his dad with a Q-Tip.

The Original Series

1. Fizzbin. Captain Kirk invents this fully weaponized card game on the spot.

2. Three-dimensional chess. The classic Star Trek game, and a favorite of Mr. Spock.

Deep Space Nine

1. Dabo. Yeah, you can’t trust those Ferengi and their crazy space roulette wheels.

2. Tongo. The Dabo wheel not complex enough for you? Toss in some cards for added “fun.”

The Next Generation

1. Dom-jot. “Play Dom-jot, hu-man!” Space billiards is just the ticket for anyone who wants to get stabbed in the chest.

2. Strategema. A tw0-player game in which players wear sensors on their fingers which they must manipulate to make a display turn a solid color.


1. Kadis-kot. This colorful board game for two or more players was a favorite of Seven of Nine.

2. Kal-Toh. A Vulcan game of great complexity.

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Matt and Dave are back with more games your should buy or play during the holiday. In part two (part one is here), we list two classic games and contemporary alternatives, plus Dave and Matt have four more games to consider when sitting down with friends.

Classics and contemporaries

  1. Dave lists Monopoly as a classic game, and Matt suggests Ticket to Ride as a contemporary alternative. Also, Matt gives Dave a hard time for disparaging the thimble piece.
  2. Dave lists Sorry as a classic game, and Matt suggests I’m The Boss! as a contemporary alternative, with an honorable mention going to Diplomacy.

Games to play or buy this holiday

  1. Legend of Drizzt, with a caveat: WizKids have announced that it’ll be publishing future D&D board games. If having the latest and greatest is important to you, maybe hold off on that purchase (though we have no idea what WizKids’ release schedule is). Otherwise, buy Drizzt. It’s a fine game that you’ll enjoy for a long time.
  2. Morphology. This great little family game divides players into two teams. One person in each team must get her teammates to say a secret word by using the included pieces to make something that will tip them off. It’s hilarious and fun.
  3. The Adventurers. Both Pyramid of Horus and Temple of Chac are great, though Horus is a little easier to understand.

A question from Twitter

We got a question from Matt Smith on Twitter: “Any recommendations for fantasy card games with appropriate themes for 7-9 yr olds?” Why yes, we do have some.

  1. Fluxx, the card game that’s as simple as “draw a card, play a card.” There are several iterations available, including at least one with a fantasy theme.
  2. Munchkin. Talk about “several iterations.” Basic Munchkin has a fantasy theme and is fun. Just note there’s a “take that” component that some young ones might not like (unless they’re on the giving end, not the receiving).
  3. Finally, it’s not fantasy, but Sushi Go! is excellent for this age group. Here’s our full review.
wil wheaton

Wil Wheaton, host of Geek & Sundry’s Tabletop and unofficial King of Nerds has published his list of five games you ought to play. Writing for Esquire, Will shares some of my personal favorites, like Takenoko and Lords of Waterdeep. What are Wil’s other three suggestions? You’ll have to head over to Esquire to find out. Read more.


This week Matt and Dave list several games that you should consider buying and playing with family and friends this holiday season. Plus ,Dave suggests some classic board games that the family might enjoy, and Matt schools him on contemporary alternatives.

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Clue is a classic game Dave enjoys, and Matt suggests Clue FX.

Scrabble is a classic favorite, and Matt suggests Quirkle. Also, “Wall Scrabble” is very cool.

Dave’s contemporary suggestions 

Matt’s contemporary suggestions

There have been many expansions for Survive, including the Giant Mini Squid and Dolphins and Dive Dice. Meanwhile, Dave is hung up on Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe and Cards As Weapons has the best cover art ever.