Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I haven’t been shy about my love for Fantasy Flight Games‘ line of Star Wars board games, which take one of the world’s most popular movie franchises and brings them to the table in unique, compelling, and generally beautiful ways. I have heartily recommended the X-Wing Miniatures Game, Star Wars: Armada, and Star Wars: Imperial Assault in the past. More recently, I reviewed Star Wars: Rebellion, which is easily the greatest Star Wars board game ever designed.
Straight from Gen Con (North America’s largest tabletop gaming convention), FFG has announced the latest additions to their Star Wars game library and your wallet may very well start to cry.
Star Wars: Destiny
Let’s start with Star Wars: Destiny, a collectible dice game that was technically announced before GenCon got started but is included here for completeness’ sake. This looks very similar to Marvel Dice Masters, the WizKids-produced game of superhero conflict where your line-up of characters determined the dice you rolled in combat against other players. Destiny finds you building teams of Star Wars characters from across the saga’s history (continuity be damned!) and using dice and unique abilities to outwit your opponent. Here’s a more in-depth description from FFG:
Count Dooku and Kylo Ren against Leia Organa and Han Solo. Luke Skywalker and Qui-Gon Jinn against Jango Fett and Jabba the Hutt. The entire Star Wars saga is open for you to explore and experience in the fast-paced, epic battles of Star Wars: Destiny. Now, you can choose a team of unique, famous characters from across the Star Wars universe and battle your opponent with large, full-color, premium dice, a deck of cards, and your characters’ unique, defining abilities. The last player with characters left standing wins the game!
With an array of characters that spans the saga from The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Destiny gives you freedom to play out any battle you can imagine. Innovative gameplay blends dice and cards as you strategize exactly how to defeat your opponent’s characters. Finally, the game’s collectible model invites you to enter the game at whatever pace you choose, tweaking your decks with the addition of new cards and dice from booster packs.
Star Wars: Destiny looks cool, but the presence of booster packs is a red flag for me. I tend to prefer FFG’s “living card game” system, where nothing you buy is ever a mystery. Still, this looks slickly produced and fun, even though I’ll probably stick to the pile of other Star Wars games I’m already playing.
X-Wing Miniatures Game
Just when you think the massively popular X-Wing Miniatures Game is running out ships, a new wave is announced, and you get to go “Oh, I forgot about that one!” The latest batch of ships at your disposal reaches across the Star Wars timeline, offering Sabine’s personalized TIE Fighter from Star Wars Rebels, Kylo Ren’s Upsilon-class shuttle from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Quadjumper (AKA, the ship Finn and Rey almost steal during their big escape from Jakku before settling on the Millennium Falcon). While he Quadjumper looks like a versatile ship for “Scum and Villainy” players, the other two are admittedly more exciting. How cool is it that Rebel players will be able to field a TIE Fighter? And how cool is it that the Upsilon can use the dark side of the Force to influence other ships as long as Kylo Ren is at the helm? For all of the details, follow this link.
Star Wars: Armada
Much like the new wave of ships introduced for X-Wing, Star Wars: Armada (my personal favorite of FFG’s expandable Star Wars games) is reaching across the entire saga to fill out your fleet. First up is the Pelta-class frigate, which will be instantly recognizable to Star Wars Rebels fans as Jun Sato’s Phoenix Home. It doesn’t hit as hard as the competition, but its support abilities will buff your fleet and give you more options. However, it will have competition from the Imperial Light Cruiser (also introduced in Star Wars Rebels), a small ship that is as fast as it is deadly. Two new squadron packs are on the way as well, offering players the chance to field more fighters than ever before (including Hera’s Ghost and a Lambda-class shuttle). You can find more details right over here.