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The State of Star Wars Tabletop Gaming

Written by Bald Mike

As a long time gamer, I’ve seen tabletop Star Wars games come and I’ve seen tabletop Star Wars games go. Yes, I have tried most of them at one time or another. Growing up in the late 70s and 80s, how could you not get sucked into anything Star Wars years later as an adult?

Now I’m not talking about the mass market games like Star Wars Monopoly, we’re talking a deeper level nerd then that. I’m talking about games like Decipher’s Star Wars CCG, Fantasy Flight Game’s X-wing Miniatures game and more (although I proudly admit to owning Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Just after two play throughs, it was tough to find family or friends who still wanted to play against me).

Many great Star Wars games have become one with The Force now. The previously mentioned Star Wars CCG from Decipher, Wizards of the Coast Star Wars TCG, FFG’s Star Wars LCG, and FFG’s Star Wars: Destiny, are all “dead games” now. Like a Force ghost though, some of these games aren’t truly dead to many fans. Lots of players still collect, when they can, and play all of these games. I myself still have my Star Wars: Destiny collection and I play a game or two on occasion with my son. Just don’t ask what my record against him is. Some rares, foils and sealed product for Decipher’s CCG still fetch a hefty price. So while not still officially being made any more, many of these Star Wars card games aren’t truly dead. It all depends on a certain point of view. I just keep my fingers crossed for a new Star Wars card game in the very near future. I for one would love to see an LCG model similar to FFG’s Marvel Champions, where you pick a hero to play and face an encounter deck made up of Stormtroopers or some of Jabba’s henchmen. FFG are you reading this…..

Now looking at Star Wars miniatures games, that looks like a brighter picture. For games that are still actively being produced and supported, you have not one, not two, but THREE to choose from. Star Wars X-wing Miniatures game is one I have enjoyed since its launch in 2012. Who wouldn’t love maneuvering small plastic ships (that we fans recognize in an instant) around the table making pew pew noises? X-wing is alive and well in its second edition, recently adding the Republic and Separatists factions to the fight.

Now on a bigger scale of space ship battles, you have Star Wars Armada. My least favorite, sorry Armada fans. In this version of space combat you control the larger capital ships of your chose faction. Again the Clone Wars era factions are just releasing for Armada as well. While I would love to be Admiral Ackbar on the bridge of Home One yelling “It’s a trap”, I preferer the smaller scale combat of X-wing.

Now if you want to get on the ground and fight with the troops, then Star Wars Legion is for you. You control a small army of soldiers of your chosen faction, yes of course Clone Wars era armies are a choice, and choose some of the most iconic Star Wars characters to lead them to fight over various objectives. While Star Wars Legion focuses on ground combat, there are no space ships here, there are some iconic Star Wars vehicles. From the towering Imperial AT-ST to the Rebel’s T-47 Air Speeder. The one thing that may not appeal to some for Legion is that you have to assemble the models and paint them as opposed to the space based games being preassembled and prepainted.

While I consider this last one to be a mix of a miniatures game and a board game, Star Wars Imperial Assault is probably my favorite Star Wars game to date. It’s been over a year now since we last got new releases for this game (its believed its due to licensing issues since its classified as a board game), but it still is bringing in new players and a ton of fun to play. Thanks to its companion app there are 3 campaigns and 2 different raid scenarios you can play. Great for when your only gaming option is solo play (thanks a lot Covid-19). While the minis are preassembled they are not prepainted, we all know painted figures roll better dice. While technically a “dead game”, IA is in sort of limbo. At this past summers virtual GenCon In-Flight report it was said that “Imperial Assault’s story isn’t done yet…..” I’.m keeping my fingers crossed for more before too long. I would be happy with just new campaigns added to the app. My son and I have played two of the campaigns so far on my YouTube channel and look forward to more in the near future.

So while it seems the Star Wars miniatures games are doing better than the card games, none of them are truly dead. There are many ways for gamers to dive into a galaxy far, far away.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am Bald Mike from G3GeeksandGamingGurus. Check out our YouTube channel for various games and follow us on Facebook. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy and keep on gaming.

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