Not necessarily to coincide with the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two masterful Star Wars tabletop games have cracked the list of Awesome Board Games You Should Play. Want to experience the thrills of ground-based battles with blasters and lightsabers? Play Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Want to dogfight with the slickest space ships in the galaxy? Play Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures. Star Wars fans should pick up both, as they’re some of the best tabletop games on the market, period.
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a game designed to capture the essence of ground-based combat in the Star Wars universe. Heroes with blasters and lightsabers take on the Imperial army, which features Stormtroopers, Probe Droids and even AT-STs. Heck, even the likes of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader make cameo appearances here. Is this the Star Wars board game you’re looking for?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been gradually getting acclimated to Star Wars: Imperial Assault. In my first post, I covered my time with the tutorial. Next, I wrote about my experience playing Skirmish matches. Today, I’ll cover the little bit I’ve experienced with the Campaign. For players curious about diving deep into the lore and ground-based combat of Star Wars, maybe these impressions will sway you on a purchase of this game.
Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away, our minds think of extraterrestrial worlds, space ships and out-of-this-world weapons. Board games are generally a playground for medieval fare, though I’m much more interested in games are grounded in the world of science fiction. Why mess with horses and swords when you can play with the Starship Enterprise and lightsabers? This month, let’s go to infinity and beyond with a sci-fi themed board game night!
In a previous post, I covered the tutorial for Star Wars: Imperial Assault. To summarize, I thought that the core aspects of the game’s mechanics, as portrayed in the tutorial, already made for a thrilling tactical combat experience. Now it’s time to ratchet up the complexity with the Skirmish mode, which is one of the two main ways to play.
Years ago, the thought of me playing a game like Star Wars: Imperial Assault was unfathomable. Despite my love for the franchise, I had no interest in playing anything approaching Dungeons & Dragons or Warhammer levels of complexity was far too geeky for my taste. It’s taken some time and a lot of practice with simpler games, but I’ve finally made it.
Due to the size and scope of Imperial Assault, don’t expect a full review of this with insights on the campaign any time soon. Instead, I’ll share my thoughts on my limited time with the tutorial.
With video games in North America, we get to see how well the top 10 video games each month are selling thanks to the NPD reports. Board games don’t get that level of tracking, at least publicly. Thanks to Cool Stuff Inc. and the Dice Tower though, Cool Stuff Inc. has released their list of the top 20 selling games of 2014. Sure, there are a few caveats to consider when analyzing this data, such as the fact that the consumer base is primarily of the hardcore board gamer variety, but it’s still a great glimpse into how well certain games are selling. Definitely watch the video above, and check out my thoughts on the games in the top 20 below!