Stardate not given: A group of Gamma Quadrant aliens led by Falow makes first contact with the station, an event which Sisko intends to treat with the utmost seriousness and ceremony. Sisko is surprised, however, when Falow and his fellow travelers seem to be interested only in games. After Sisko leaves the proceedings out of boredom and mild disappointment, Quark cheats Falow in his casino, and Falow means to get even by introducing Quark to a game from the Gamma Quadrant. At the same time, Sisko, Dax, Major Kira and Dr. Bashir vanish from the station without a trace, finding themselves in a surreal maze occupied by images of Falow and others. As they try to work out the puzzle and help each other survive, Quark continues to play the game, only gradually becoming aware of who his pawns are.
teleplay by Frederick Rappaport, Lisa Rich and Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci
story by Michael Piller
directed by David Carson
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Joel Brooks (Falow), James Lashly (Lt. Primmin), Clara Bryant (Chandra)
LogBook entry by Earl Green