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Constitution class original recreation

Recreation room 6, on deck 3

Sisko and Dax play checkers

A recreation room on deck 5

The recreation room (often abbreviated "rec room") was an area of a starship where crewmembers could go to enjoy games and other activities when off duty. They typically contained food synthesizers.

Constitution-class starships, such as the USS Enterprise, had several recreation rooms. Recreation rooms 3 and 6 were located on deck three. Another recreation room 3 was located on deck five. (TOS: "Charlie X", "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")

In 2266, a bored Kevin Riley called the rec room in search of someone to talk to. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

A recreation room on deck five was also the place where Captain Kirk came to eat a chicken sandwich and drink coffee, in 2268, only to discover tribbles had also gotten into the food delivery machinery. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles", DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

At least one type of recreation room was capable of holographic projection. By 2270, the Enterprise was outfitted with such a room in area 39 of the ship. This rec room was capable of creating pre-programmed illusions using holographic scenes, simulated weather including wind and temperature, and sounds played from audio tapes. The scenes it created included an 18th century European hedge maze, forests, blizzards, and a beach with seagulls. Even though the scenery extended beyond the room, one would still be able to walk up to and touch the walls during a simulation. (TAS: "The Practical Joker") These types of rec rooms aboard starships were not considered to be actual holodecks. (VOY: "Flashback")

In TOS: "The Naked Time", the recreation room which appears in that episode was represented with a set on Desilu Stage 9.
In TOS: "Charlie X", there is an off-screen area where some laughing crewmembers stand, their silhouettes cast on a nearby wall that is shown in the episode. The episode's final draft script made it clear that the off-screen area was recreation room 6.
In the final draft script of ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II", a scene description stipulated that the "rec deck" aboard the USS Defiant was to be "a redress of the briefing room."

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