Saturday, 12 January 2013

X-Wing

I had a mess around with my Star Wars game last night and took a few photos so that you can see how it works.

You get 2 TIE Fighters and an X-Wing Fighter, flown by Luke Skywalker of course!


The initial set up, with the ships facing each other.


At the start of each turn, you use your dial control panel to select what move your fighter will make.  Speed varies from 1 to 4 or 5 and you can go straight, bank left or right 45 degrees, turn left or right 90 degrees or do a sort of hand-break turn where you end up facing the opposite direction.  Some combinations of speed and turn are not allowed to all fighters, giving each one different handling characteristics.  Very clever.


Each move has a card template that you use to measure the fighters move on the table.


When you have an enemy fighter within your arc of fire (marked on the fighter's stand) you can shoot at it.  The measuring stick tells you if you are in range and whether it is long, medium or short range.  The shooting fighter rolls red attack dice, the target rolls green defense dice, and the results tell you if any damage has been caused.  Each fighter can take a certain amount of damage before being destroyed, but some hits are called Critical Hits which have special effects, e.g. temporarily blinding the pilot!



The game quickly becomes a swirling dogfight...



In the end, despite causing damage to both TIE Fighters, Luke's X-Wing takes too much damage and is wrecked.


Of course, Luke cannot die and will just drift in his crippled ship until someone picks him up...

I hope you enjoyed this - if you know anyone who likes Star Wars, I really recommend this as a surprise gift...

7 comments:

ShadowRun300 said...

When I was younger, and Star Wars first came out, my brother got some Star Wars toys to play with... some electronic, some not. These pics remind me of that time. I played with him, but even back then I wasn't "into" Star Wars much. I did think Luke was quite cute though. And I loved R2D2 and CP30. Thanks for the memories... and glad you love your game! :)

wReggie said...

Does red wine pair with this?

terri said...

So this seems similar to your soldier/war games, the difference being that now you're fighting battles light years into the future!

Very cool! I've never been a Star Wars fanatic, but have always enjoyed the movies, the early ones more so than the more recent ones.

agg79 said...

Love the game. You give an excellent explanation of how it works. We used to play a lot of D&D back in college and if this had been out back then, I might not have graduated. Great game for a serious Star Wars fanatic.

CiCi said...

The photos and description are easy to understand, so thanks for the post. I do know some die hard Star Wars fans as a matter of fact.

Riot Kitty said...

I think you have achieved total geekdom here, my friend ;) That's a good thing!

Rock Chef said...

ShadowRun300 - R2D2 is the best character in the whole series...

wReggie - Hm, I tried so hard to keep the glass out of shot...

Terri - It seems that which set of movies you like best is determined by your age. Youngsters tend to prefer the newer ones.

Agg79 - D&D ruined so many students. I knew an entire house full that played too much and all failed their 1st year exams!

CiCi - Tell your friends about this game!

Riot Kitty - I will die happy with that knowledge :-)