Wizkids has just announced Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone, a new disc flicking game set in the Trek verse. Designed by Mike Elliott, players vie for control in a section of the Neutral Zone full of planets rich with Dilithium crystals, racing to be the first fleet with the highest score.
Players collect command points and Dilithium crystals by flicking discs representing ships from the franchise onto the board, and can knock other players’ discs out of the way (or off the board) to gain better positioning, collect more points, and generally mess with their opposing captains. They can also spend resources to upgrade their fleet with more ships and place asteroids on the board to protect their ships. The first player to ten command points wins.
Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone runs (according to the box art) in ten to thirty minutes for two to four players. Mike Elliott is at the helm designing this for Wizkids, and the veteran game designer’s previous credits include the revolutionary dice-building game Quarriors!, Thunderstone, and Star Trek: Fleet Captains, among many others.
Keep an eye out for Star Trek: Conflick in the Neutral Zone Summer 2019, with an MSRP of $39.99.
I’m a big fan of flicking games, having spent many a happy hour plumbing the depths of Catacombs, so I’m hoping this delivers a similar mix of simplicity (to win, you flick discs) and interactive game design (it seems there will be cards you can use to enhance your fleet and pull off special maneuvers). Mike Elliott is one of the best designers working in the light-to-middle-weight board game space, so it’ll be exciting to see what he comes up with for this game. His pedigree on Quarriors! alone is enough to get me really amped for this simple flicker. My one reservation is the name: ConFLICKin the Neutral Zone? That’s a dad-joke level pun.