Tomorrow sees the release of the new Star Wars movie, and yes I'm going to see it.
We in the “hobby” gaming world are a bit luckier than those that get their games from mainstream outlets. How? Well we have been over the last three or more years been lucky enough to have some really great Star Wars games to play.
Fantasy Flight Games have done a really great job of releasing great games, that look amazing, and give a really enjoyable experience.
Capture the feel of dogfights between squadrons of rebel and imperial ships from the Star Wars universe. The base set gives you the two fan favourites of an X-Wing and two Tie Fighters to battle it out. The base set gives you everything for two players to fight it out. Currently there are two versions of the base set. The newest version gives you versions of the X-Wing and Tie Fighter based on the new movie.
There are a lot of expansions for this game, that give you more ships from the Star Wars universe like Tie Bombers, Y-Wings, A-Wings, the Millenium Falcon, Slave 1 to name a few.
I will warn you this game is like crack, once you play you get hooked and start buying more and more ships.
The models look stunning in this game, and when played on a playmat (usually of some awesome star field/space image on) this game takes your breathe away.
Based on the Descent system, Imperial Assault moves its mechanics to the Star Wars universe.
The amazing thing about this game is that you get two games in one! You have the campaign mode, where one player plays as the Empire while the other players play as the rebels. Plus you also get a two player skirmish mode, where two players go head to head with their teams fighting it out.
The miniatures are super amazing in this game. But then so do all the components for the game.
There are expansions for this game, introducing fan favourite characters like Han and Chewy.
So they are the two I have played. I still have the Carcassonne Star Wars edition to get to the table. But I'm a fan of Carcassonne so I'm hoping this is a match up that works.
Also from FFG you can get the following Star Wars games, which I don't own and haven't played. So I'll apologise now for the rubbish coverage of them. However these have had some good reviews. And if I had the budget I'd definitely be buying Armada.
- Star Wars Armada – this is gives you the big ships from the Star Wars universe like the Imperial Star Destroyer and allows you to recreate epic space battles between the Empire and Rebels.
- Star Wars LCG – a two player card game using the FFG living card game model.
- Star Wars rpg – if you like Star Wars and role playing games, nuff said.
From the mainstream market there is the new Star Wars Risk, which apparently not being as good as the fabled expensive out of print Queens Gambit, is still from reviews I've seen a decent game, that is similar to Queens Gambit and not actually Risk.
So I hope that's given you some ideas for games to play with the Star Wars fan in your life. Or even buy (although some of these are not cheap) for that special Star Wars fan.