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"Escape from the Clinging Dags" was a board game printed within the comic omnibus Star Trek Annual 1979 by World Distributors. It contained a brief, in-universe adventure of the USS Enterprise.


After beaming down onto the planet Razlak, Captain Kirk and his men are attacked by the deadly clinging Dags, a hairy horde of deadly parasites who attach themselves to alien visitors and sap the lifeblood from their veins...


During the Enterprise's exploration of Razlak, a flock of flying dags lash onto the landing party's bodies and start sapping their strength. Spock suggests the parasites could be removed safely by exposing them to extreme variations in temperature on the surface. The nearby River Niezia has freezing currents, and caverns under the erupting Klaak volcano provide sweltering heat. Leonard McCoy believes it will work as long as the people aren't exposed too long. During the trip, they dodge more flocks of dags and avoid a native, non-humanoid culture while combatting fatigue.



James T. KirkLeonard McCoySpock


Razlak (River NeziaKlaak)

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Starfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division)

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Other references

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Related media


  • The endpaper illustration in the Annual featured a green, non-humanoid entity who shared some similarities with the beings labeled as Razlak mutants in the game.
  • This game and "Space Chase" were printed in between "A Bomb in Time" and "Furlough to Fury" in the Annual, suggesting a placement in 2266 between those two adventures.



Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Games "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"


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