Star Wars: X-Wing is a miniatures game produced by Fantasy Flight Games, centered around star-ship combat in the Star Wars universe. The ships themselves are small scale replicas which you will recognize from the movies and other Star Wars media. Each ship has many different informative ship playing cards that detail the abilities and statistics of the ship. The main game retails for $40, and includes one X-Wing Fighter and two Tie Fighters. After playing it, you will immediately want more ship expansions which range from $15 to $100. In order to prepare a tournament-ready fleet, the player would have to spend around $100. Although the entry price is no joke, you don’t have to buy it all at one time. Just the $40 core set can provide around 12 hours of fun by itself.
Although the rules are too complicated for me to explain, the rule-book does this very well. The rules are simple to learn, but very difficult to master. Because you mix and match different ships and cards, hours can be spent just thinking about the best combination of cards to use against your opponent. In a standard (or tournament) game, each player usually starts with 100 points to spend on their fleet. Each ship costs anywhere from 15 to around 70 points, depending on the ship. Some players prefer an expensive ship to several little ones. Upgrade cards cost anywhere from 1 to 10 points, but they can greatly enhance the attributes of the ships. This sounds extremely difficult, but I learned most of the rules by simply watching a 13 minute long video made by Fantasy Flight Games themselves. Click here to view it! After glancing over the rule-book when I purchased the game, I was ready to play.
As of the writing of this post, around 24 individual ships have been released for the game, and many special packs contain different versions of these ships. More ships are being announced, and the game is still growing.
Overall, Star Wars: X-Wing is one of my (if not my #1) favorite board games of all time. I rate it a 9.4/10. The only downside is the price and some design flaws on the pieces.
You can try this game out at our local game store: Gamer’s Gambit located on Newtown Road in Danbury. They host tournaments and other game nights there as well. It is a great store and I highly recommend that you make a trip there to see their fantastic selection of games.