Players collect and trade these resources - Dilithium, Tritanium, food, oxygen and water - in order to build Starships that connect regions in the galaxy, establish more Outposts and Starbases (upgraded Outposts) at new intersection points in order to increase resource acquisition, and acquire Development Cards that provide Victory Points (VPs) or special abilities. On a dice roll of 7, a Klingon ship swoops in to prevent resource production on one planet, while taxing spacegoers who hold too many resources. The one new element in Star Trek: Catan compared to the Settlers version is a set of character cards, each featuring one of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand or Sarek. Each character card has two special powers that the holder can use on his turn, such as a forced trade.
We are huge fans of Catan so when we saw Star Trek Catan we had to get it! The game is great, and we honestly prefer this way more than the original Catan! Honestly, it is hard to go back to bartering for wood and sheep when you have Dilithium and Tritanium!This set also comes with "Helper Cards" featuring characters from the original series, that each have their own special abilities. Players can use them twice before turning them back into the bank and picking another one..