Thursday, May 7, 2015

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

Hi there! I'm Atticus Levy, and I am now one of the Editors on Pile of Games! I hope you enjoy the things that I have to say!

There is a certain Movie series known as "Star Wars," that has been gaining popularity in the Nerd world. You should check it out, I think the series MAY be going places.

Anyway, when I saw this game, it caught my attention (as any Star Wars related merchandise does) and  so, of course, I got it, and I love it! From the picture I have at the top, the game may not look that complex or big, but believe me, you do not want to judge this game by it's cover. This game is one of those games that are built to be played with expansion packs. When you first buy X-Wing, You start out with Two TIE fighters and one X-wing. One player plays as the X-Wing, and the other plays as the TIE fighters. That is how the game will always work; Rebels VS Imperial. Your Miniature figure will have statistics on how many back-up shields your ship has, and how many lives it has once shields are down completely. The object of the game is to destroy all enemy ships.

Game play is quite simple. First, you need to choose where your ship is going to go on the board with a small dial showing the limitations of your ship(s) movement. Once you do that, The player of choice moves their ships using small strips showing the distance in which you move your ship. After all ships have been moved, The players attack! Taking turns, the players attack enemy ships if they are in range. The player being attacked rolls a certain number of green defense dice, while the attacker rolls a certain number of red attack dice. The attacked player removes the necessary amount of shields and/or lives from his or her ship, and this cycle continues until One team is left.

This game is normally played with 2 players. You can play with 4 players (two on each team), but a game with 2 players is recommended. My friend and I play it occasionally. We are very familiar with the rules, and we even have our own ships! Some expansion ships I have include the Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett's Slave I, a rebel B-Wing, TIE Interceptor Aces, TIE Advanced (Darth Vader's ship), and a rebel A-Wing. I had to retire from the original box, an bought my own case for everything. There is even a playable Tantive IV, which appears to be the largest ship in the series.

This game is truly recommended for all Star Wars fans, and for anyone who is a fan of Board Games of any sort! I rate this game 4 and a half X-Wings out of 5.

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