The Star Trek Sporting Life

In space, no one can hear you scream. But can they hear you heckle?

The Star Trek universe has a long history of creating their own fictional contests of athleticism and/or chance. With today’s premiere of J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek reboot/re-envisioning/re-something, we can let our dorky side out of hibernation for a bit and highlight a few of these sporting events.

Tri-Dimensional Chess

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The most popular game from the Star Trek universe, Tri-Dimensional Chess is the 3-D version of , which makes it even more of a mind-fuck than usual. While rules were never created for the series – any moves the actors were making were all basically bullshit – some young entrepreneurs have devised their own rules for how to play this fictional game.


A game made popular in the Deep Space Nine part of the Star Trek spectrum, this was the roulette-like “game of chance” that was popular in Quark’s Bar. According to the Wikipedia entry “during various betting hands (similar to poker) each player either ‘buys’ or ‘sells’ or ‘converts’ their gold-pressed latinum (money) in preparation for the next spin of the wheel.” Whatever that means.

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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.