Constitution's day (and a holiday) in Spain, we decided to have a father-son afternoon, attending a X-Wing exhibiton game in my son's local games and cards shop. A good opportunity also to try distracting the little rascal from his Magic addiction... we'll see if the attempt succeed.
Being a long time fan of the StarWars film saga (I still remember the thrill I felt watching the first film in 1977!!), I've been taking a close look to the game and the very positive reviews in different blogs I follow over the past few months. But today it was the first opportunity to actually "touch" and "feel" the game... and I have to admitt that it's a very nice and engaging product indeed.
Apparently based on the famous Wings of War (which I've never played), you command either a Rebel Alliance or an Imperial spaceship wing. Each spacecraft and pilot have different features, but generally speaking the Rebel ships are stronger and better armed, an advantage which is offset by a larger number of Imperal ships on the table.
The turn sequence is easy: decide your movement orders (put in a covered marker), move (watch out those asteroids!!) , decide other actions (fix on a target, concentrate fire) that have influence in combat and fire (all simultaneously). Movement is resolved with some ad-hoc rulers (to calculate turns, forward movements and rolls). Combat is resolved with some 8-side dice; the number of dice rolled depends upon the type of weapons (laser, proton guns, other...) and distance to target.
With a good mastery of the rules, a game can be played in around 60-90 minutes...
Overall I came out of the game with very good impressions and looks like a strong candidate for a Christmas present. My son (13 years old in 5 weeks) also was delighted. My only 'but' remains the price: the basic box is €40 and each expansion kit (one ship with new features and pilots) has a €16 tag. I still have a few days to decide but my will is weaker each hour... the allure of the dark side of the Force is to strong to resist