Despite how much an absolute nerd I am, I've yet to review anything from my major passion. I am an unapologetic table top gamer. I play multiple miniatures games, board games, I've backed Kick-Starters for new games... I am a gamer.
It's high time I review a game. So lets start with a very popular and very entertaining one. Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing Miniatures Game.
|The base box. A solid starter set.|
|4.5 out of 5 stars|
The game has several extremely strong points in its favor, and very few negative aspects to it. That of course is how it should be. No game should ever truly be perfect... then what could the nerds complain about? And in truth, no game will ever be perfect because all manner of players will be drawn to any specific game. Each player will bring their desires and perceptions, and since games try to encompass as many as possible, some things just end up being as good as possible and not perfect.
That's a good thing. I think I've already said that.
Ok. What are the strong points of X-Wing Miniatures game?
|The Y-Wing expansion set. You can see the ship's stats.|
Of course, you could end up like a few of my friends and become totally addicted. I know a guy who owns 3 or more Lamda Class Shuttles. If you go crazy, it can be expensive. Then again... so can about anything.
|An example of a movement guide, movement dial, and more.|
|TIE-In and all its various accoutrements.|
- Great Universe: It is starfighter battles in the Star Wars universe. What more could you ask for? You want to recreate the Death Star Trench Run? You can. You can fly the Millennium Falcon against a swarm of TIE Fighters, or you can take down X-Wings with Darth Vader in his TIE Advanced.
|Images from a tournament.|
Are there any real negatives?
- Fragile Miniatures: Some of the miniatures, most notably the X-Wing, have tiny tiny weapons that could break if you are not careful. They are plastic, so take care. Some minis like the A-Wing are simply robust.
- Storage: The game has lots of components, everything from tokens, to minis, to large cards and small cards, movement guides, and movement dials. There are all kinds of storage solutions, some can be expensive others are cheap but require work on your part. It is nothing new for a table top gamer, but it is something to take note of.
- Addictive: It can be addictive, plain and simple. Many games are. You just need to be aware of this. If you play TCG's you know that you can lay out hundreds of dollars every time and expansion comes around. This game is no different. The expansions are a bit slower, but they can be just as addictive.
|More images from another tournament.|
In summary, X-Wing Miniatures Game is great game. There are little foibles, but nothing serious. It's loads of fun, the ships are excellent, and you get to fly star fighters in the Star Wars universe. What more could you ask for?
How about one of these?
|Coming soon. Corellian Corvettes and more huge ships.|
Many of the images came from Fantasy Flight Games, please visit their site and take a look at the game. Other images came from tournaments organized by Zia Games. Please visit their sites.