They had spent months traveling at a cruising speed of Warp 4. Even with the newer engines, that was the bulky colony ship’s best speed. It contained seeds, farming equipment, pre-fab housing, and medical supplies; everything it’s 20,000 inhabitants would need to start a new life on a new world. And now they were finally there. The massive colony ship set down, sinking deep into the ground. It would never move again. In time, the colonists would dismantle it for materials and heavy equipment. The heavy loading door creaked slowly open for the first time since the ship was launched.
In the doorway stood the Colony Survey Team, awestruck by an alien sunrise, their first view of their new home. The colony outpost, already dropped in orbit for more efficient transport of resources off-world hung in the sky. In time, if the colony proved valuable enough, it would be replaced by a Starbase and the world would become a major trade hub in the region, guaranteeing prosperity to the colonists for generations. But that was a concern for a later time.
The colony ship’s Captain held a hand up to his eyes, shielding them from the sun and looked into the distance, “Wilson, why is the sky that shade of orange and red? I’ve never seen anything like it.”
After an interrogatory series of beeps from his tricorder, the younger man frowned and looked over at the older man, “I… I don’t know, Sir.”
Instead of the frustration he was expecting however, the Captain greeted Wilson with a smile, “Perfect. Let’s go find out, shall we?”
SPACE… The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the brave men and women of the Federation. Their ongoing mission, to settle strange new worlds; to coexist with new life and form new civilizations. To boldly brave life on the Federation frontier.
The idea of colonizing new lands goes back to the beginning of human history. Envisioning lands over the horizon or across the world, lost islands in misty seas, or worlds floating in the blackness of space. While the classic Settlers of Catan stokes some of those fires, Star Trek Catan allows players to live this dream in their imaginations, settling a starmap composed of a random arrangement of planets on a hexagonal grid. By building outposts and starbases on this map, players gather resources and expand their holdings, until one reaches 10 Victory Points and is crowned the winner. Aiding them in their mission are 10 support cards, representing the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the 1966 television series and subsequent feature films.
The first expansion for the game, Star Trek Federation Space takes an actual artifact from the Star Trek universe, a map of the “Explored Galaxy” displayed on the wall of Captain Kirk’s office on the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-A in the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It is thus, from the standpoint of the original 1966 series, which served as the basis for Star Trek Catan, the most up-to-date map of the Federation and the powers surrounding it. The Federation Space map expansion takes this map and turns it into two beautiful Catan maps, each map balanced for interesting and challenging games. Players must adapt their strategies to these maps as they follow in the footsteps of Captain Kirk and his fellow explorers who mapped the Federation, paving the way for the brave settlers who followed them out into the unknown.
Star Trek Catan and Star Trek Federation Space will be available to hobby stores this holiday season. Star Trek Catan retails for $50.00 and the Federation Space map expansion retails for $30.00. So boldly go to your local hobby store and pick them up before they warp away into the undiscovered country!
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Early next year, stores everywhere will be your gateway to the 31st Century as WizKids Games/NECA releases their latest expansion for DC HeroClix, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes! Spotlighting the Legion as never before, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes features over 60 new HeroClix figures to add to your collection, with many characters appearing for the first time ever!
While DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes certainly focuses on the Legion of Super-Heroes, there is plenty of room left over for a wide array of other characters like one-time allies Takion and Jack Knight-the Star Man! The Legion themselves are represented in full force with the inclusion of many key and fan-favorite members, as well as the Legion Espionage Squad and the Legion Lost!
Some of the Legion’s most fearsome foes are represented as well; villains such as the Mordru, Universo, and the Blight are all on-hand to bring the fight to the Legion!
Even more villainous, DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes will also focus on the Legion of Doom in both the five-figure booster release and a titular Fast Forces pack! That’s right; HeroClix fans will have two great ways to collect some of the most deadly super-villains, the Legion of Doom! Legion of Doom mainstays like Lex Luthor, Black Manta, and the Riddler will be joined by the evil Giganta (last seen in 2005’s DC HeroClix: Giants collectors set) and the terrible Toyman, as they wreak mayhem across HeroClix tabletops everywhere!
Of particular interest will be the Toyman’s wonderful toys, represented as special characters in DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Similar to the Flock of Bats characters in 2012’s DC HeroClix: Batman release, the Toyman’s toys can operate independently in your HeroClix games, or attach to his base for special bonuses! Found in both the five-figure boosters and the DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Organized Play Kit, the Toyman’s toys are just as deadly as they are delightful! Watch out, that Teddy Bear may not be all that it appears!
Another exciting sub-theme found in DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes is DC Comics’ New Gods! Highfather, Orion, Lightray and more are on-hand to bring the Fourth World into HeroClix!
DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes will be available in bricks of ten standard five-figure boosters, the Legion of Doom Fast Forces Pack, and a 10-figure microset available in a 24-count gravity feed display, as well as an Organized Play Kit capable of supporting several weeks of in-store play!
Time travel to the future and choose your HeroClix force, because Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes is speeding into stores everywhere for February 2014!