Star Trek: Attack Wing is a collectible, prepainted miniatures game, published by WizKids and using the Flight Path rules under license from Fantasy Flight Games. And if that sounds like a mouthful, it’s basically FFG’s Star Wars: X-Wing game, but with plastic spaceships from Star Trek instead.
(Despite being published by WizKids and having Heroclix branding on the package, Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures don’t have “clicky” bases, and the game is completely different from all the other Star Trek games WizKids has put out. It really is a Star Trek version of X-Wing, with only slight rules changes to capture the feel properly.)
Surprisingly, the boxed set has pretty much all you need to start playing. You don’t need to buy a second one, like with X-Wing; it comes with five attack dice and five defense dice, compared to X-Wing’s three of each kind. And unlike with games like Warmachine, you don’t need a separate ruler, or template sheet, or anything like a laser pointer to determine line of sight.
Is there anything you need that doesn’t come in the box, then? Let’s start with the obvious:
A place to play
You can play Star Trek: Attack Wing on any flat 3′ by 3′ surface. The boxed set even comes with “terrain” you can use, like a large planet token (about twice as big as the spaceships) and “objective” tokens that double as objects and scenery.
If you want a more thematic game, you can create a playmat to cover your playing surface, and give it a cool space background. Certain kinds of materials, like felt, also help keep your spaceships from sliding around when you bump them. You can either make your own mat (using a tutorial like this one), or have a print shop make you a vinyl mat with some NASA photography on it for about $30.
If you’d like to find people to play with, try asking at your local tabletop games store. The Star Trek: Attack Wing website has a store locator, which can also help you find places to play their special event tournaments.
Some more plastic spaceships
The boxed set comes with one spaceship for each of three factions: Federation, Romulan, and Klingon. That’s about a third to a half of what you need to field a full 100-point tournament force for each of the three. If you’d like to play in an event, or just bring more ships to the table, look for individually packaged expansions.
They may seem expensive, at about $15 each. But they don’t just come with a single spaceship; they also include new cards and characters you can use with your other ships, plus special scenario cards you can use to play out scenes from the movies and TV shows. Buying expansions is also the only way to get started playing a faction that’s not included in the starter box, like the Borg, the Dominion, and Species 8472.
Finally, you can check eBay for the prizes and free giveaways from earlier tournament events, like the fighter squadrons and elite attack dice that were part of the Dominion War event.
However you choose to get started, good luck and have fun with your games!