For as long as I can remember, I have wanted nothing more than to jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing fighter, blasting off into space to lead an attack run on the Death Star, dodging and maneuvering Imperial TIE fighters and blasting them into space dust, all before launching a proton torpedo into the Death Star’s exhaust port and saving the day.
Until someone makes a real X-Wing — I’m looking at you Elon Musk — I can compensate with Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing Miniatures Game: Second Edition.
X-Wing is a tabletop miniatures game for two players with an approximate play time of 30 to 45 minutes.
In a match, both players take turns maneuvering and flying with their squadron of ships.
First you must decide which pilots you want to enlist in your squadron. There is a plethora of options, from Rebel rookie pilots to Luke Skywalker himself. Each pilot has their own unique abilities that help you achieve victory.
Clear off a table for a space to play, throw down your ships and you can begin.
Each ship has a navigation dial with all of its options for manoeuvers. Both players secretly choose a manoeuvre for each ship, which adds a deep level of strategy. Not only do you need to make sure your own ships don’t crash into asteroids or each other, you also must consider what manoeuvers your opponent is going to make.
After movement, each ship has an opportunity to attack. To do so, each ship rolls a number of attack or defence dice that represent their offensive or defensive capabilities.
When ships take damage equal to their hull value they are destroyed and removed from play. Whichever player eliminates all of their opponent’s ships is declared the winner.
The best way to start playing X-Wing is with the game’s second edition starter set. The box contains one X-Wing miniature and two TIE fighter miniatures (which come assembled and prepainted) as well as manoeuvre templates, attack and defence dice, a deck of damage cards, an immense number of tokens, and a QuickStart guide to get you flying on your kitchen table as soon as possible.
To expand your collection, there are more than 30 ship expansions spanning from Han Solo’s iconic Millennium Falcon to Boba Fett’s Slave I and even Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi star fighter.
Each ship can also be upgraded. You can outfit Wedge Antilles’ X-Wing fighter with R2-D2, who can repair the ship to stay in combat longer, or install cluster missiles on Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced, allowing him to attack two ships at once.
With the seven available factions (Rebels, Empire, Scum, Resistance, First Order, Republic and Separatist) there is unlimited customization for building the squadron you want to play.
X-Wing is a must-have game for Star Wars enthusiasts, or any gamer looking for a great tabletop game.
The tabletop game will have you planning your strategy, manoeuvring your ships, and destroying your opponent. It provides deep tactical gameplay that encourages critical thinking and strategy, and with the vast customization available no match you play will ever be the same.
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