That’s the only way I can describe the fall of the Empire once again to the Rebellion.
Rise of the Empire adds new leaders, new missions, new units, new dice, and new tactic cards. All on the whole inspired/themed around the movie Rogue One.
The new tactic cards are normal size and replace totally the old ones. Plus they are used now in a more streamlined “cinematic” combat system.
Both Diego and I both liked the new “cinematic” combat system more than the original one. You still have tactic cards for both space and ground battles but each deck is treated as your hand of cards when it comes to do a battle in that arena of conflict. At the start of each round of the battle you choose one tactic card from your hand, then simultaneously both players reveal their selected card, and resolve (the card is then discarded). Then you roll the dice, do damage etc. Except this time the crossed swords symbol is used to prevent dice. And the figures on your leader that were used to draw tactic dice now determine how many dice you can reroll in that arena of conflict. So obviously if you have played A Game of Thrones the boardgame you will be used to that selecting a card and revealing element. It’s the same mechanic. But it’s a nice way of doing this, and it forces you to make some tough decisions about when to play cards. I think after reading a thread when I got home we may have had a misplay on the sword dice. But hey ho.
The new characters, actions and missions were fun, and changed things up. Plus add a little variety to the game.
It’s a nice expansion that I don’t think I’d play the game without out.
In our game yesterday we had some great moments. But the game came down to a final battle, that if I’d destroyed Diego’s fighters instead of going for his big ships first, I’d have won next round. Instead he was able to attempt to blow my Death Star up, and succeed getting him the final two points he needed. To add salt to the wound he also killed Palpatine that round.
A great afternoon gaming with a tactical genius. I will beat you one day Diego 😉