Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game - A Klingon Challenge is a video board game created by Decipher, Inc.. The game is set in the Star Trek universe, specifically on the USS Enterprise-D. It utilizes a video tape that runs constantly while users play the board game portion. Events on the video tape combine with board game play to determine whether users win or lose the game. The video itself was directed by Les Landau and contains original footage filmed on the actual Star Trek: The Next Generation sets at Paramount Studios.

The character Kavok is played by actor Robert O'Reilly, who is famous for his role on the series as Gowron, chancellor of the Klingon High Council. Jonathan Frakes contributes to the game by reprising his role as William Riker and narrating the beginning of the videotape via log entry. This log entry sets the stage for the game play and subsequent events.

The game was originally released in 1993 with "limited edition" white box packaging but later releases had "general edition" black box packaging with updated graphics and flavor text.


The USS Enterprise-D has docked at Starbase 74 to undergo repairs to a damaged computer core that has been causing low-level malfunctions. The ship is practically empty, because Captain Jean-Luc Picard has granted shore leave to all personnel. The only people on the ship are the Starbase engineering team (the players) assigned to repairs.

Before the repairs are complete, Kavok, a Klingon who believes the Federation-Klingon alliance has made the Empire weak, hijacks the Enterprise and sets a course for the Klingon homeworld (Qo'noS), where he plans on using the Enterprise to start a war between the two space-faring powers.

The objective of the game is to regain control of the Enterprise and stop Kavok's plan. To do so, players will need to secure access to five levels of the main computer, obtain a phaser from Security, and successfully crawl down a Jeffries tube to access the Bridge, all within the 60 minutes before the ship reaches the Klingon home world.

There are multiple events in the videotape which affect game play, and once the countdown clock hits 00:00 the ship reaches Qo'noS and opens fire on the Klingon ships stationed there who return fire, blowing up the Enterprise and igniting a war.

Box Contents and Flavor Text[edit]

Game box contents[edit]

1 60-minute VHS tape, 1 game board, 6 Tricorders, 6 phasers, 56 Computer Access cards, 12 Holodeck cards, 12 Klingon bIj cards, 6 male playing pieces, 6 female playing pieces, 6 plastic stands, 30 Isolinear chips, 6 Federation rank tokens, 4 Bridge tokens, 2 stasis fields, 1 die, 1 plastic spinner with base, 1 sticker sheet with 18 communicators, 36 Federation rank pins, 1 spinner sticker, and 4 Medals of Valor.

Game box rear flavor text[edit]

The Game For Every Star Trek Fan! More than just a board game... this interactive adventure actually lets you board the USS Enterprise and 'star' in a special Star Trek: The Next Generation episode! The game is enhanced by a 60-minute VHS videotape that contains original footage shot on location at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California. The production uses authentic sets, costumes, special video effects and sound effects from the television show.

Can you play more than once? Absolutely, YES! This innovative VCR format allows you to play again and again - and the game plays differently each time! Each adventure is randomized by the game elements and by the unique interaction and dialogue directly between the 'players' and their video opponent. When the USS Enterprise is hijacked by a renegade Klingon warrior, you will see, hear, and feel the power of Klingon wrath! Your mission: safeguard the Starship Enterprise and preserve the delicate alliance between the Federation and Klingon Empire! For everyone, it's a race against the clock!

Go ahead. Take a Klingon challenge and explore a new and exciting frontier in home entertainment with... Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game.

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