Good board games are challenging and entertaining. Great games have flexibility and replayability. But the best games are the ones that let you and your friends enjoy the action as well as each other, an excuse to laugh while defending yourselves against certain doom.
They keep getting better, too. Monopoly and other static games with fixed boards have been old and busted for two decades. The not-so-new hotness: games with multiple character choices, flexible winning conditions, flexible difficulty levels and boards that change each time you play them -- not to mention living storylines, sequel "episodes" and refereed tournaments.
Because it's Star Trek month here at Blastr, I found eight post-modern board Star Trek games, plus two classics that have withstood the test of time. I hope you relish them as much as I.