Happy Star Wars Day everyone!
May 4th is typically a day that I don’t “celebrate”, per se. I love Star Wars, don’t get me wrong, but as each new edition of the original trilogy alters and edits things further, typically with a negative impact, it diminishes my desire to watch a bastardization of my favorite childhood film series. C’est la vie.
Instead of sitting in front of my television and weeping for six and a half hours, I decided it would be fun to play some Star Wars tabletop games instead, notably Star Wars Epic Duels and X-wing Miniatures. Epic Duels is one of those games that sounds ridiculous and dumb on the surface; it was published by Milton Bradley in the early 00’s and features a mix of both prequel and original trilogy characters. However, the gameplay is a fun hybridization of miniatures and cards that can provide some fairly entertaining and, well, epic duels. Movement around the small game board is based on a die roll, and your characters’ attack and defense values is determined by secretly selecting cards from your hand. The downside is that your opponent also gets to choose a card to defend with in secret, meaning that a well-planned attack can immediately backfire if the enemy player has a powerful defense card that redirects your attack.
It’s not a terribly deep game, but there’s just enough randomness and strategy to make it worth bringing to the table once in awhile.
News Bits from the Week
The first consumer protection lawsuit against a Kickstarter campaign was filed last week over the successful funding but failed delivery of horror-inspired playing cards called Asylum. It was only a matter of time until something of this nature occurred, and in my opinion, it’s long overdue.
- It’s always comforting and refreshing to see a successful Kickstarter campaign roll along exactly as the designer and publisher promised. Cheapass Games’ Pairs is one of those titles, and this update from the publisher gives fans an update on the current status of the game.
- Chaos is getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming card game, Brave the Elements. The project is scheduled to go live on Wednesday, May 7th.
Evil Hat Productions
- If you’re not excited yet for the upcoming Atomic Robo RPG, you really should be. This blog post detailed how multi-era roleplaying works within the game’s setting should be enough to get that blood pumping.
Fantasy Flight Games
- The Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game launched last week and FFG has released a free supplemental adventure that continues right where the included scenario leaves off.
And that’s it for this week!