This particular Star Wars X-Wing Miniature game (The Force Awakens) is a great fandom themed board game, released perfectly in time for the new Star Wars movie this December. There was a previous version too, based on the older movies and that has been out for a while. X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of Rebel and Imperial ships, facing them against each other in space combat.
While I didn’t personally play the game myself, I watched my partner Chris and our mutual friend Jon, play the game together. The game itself isn’t played with a board, but instead on open table space. There are rulers to measure how far a move takes you and you use it from your ship in the direction you wish to travel, to see if you have enough moves to go the distance you want.
While there are a lot of instructions, game play isn’t that difficult once you’ve wrapped your head around it. Each player is allowed a certain amount of hits before they are destroyed but there are ways to use shield and protect yourself, so it isn’t as straight forward as three strikes and you’re out. You need at least 2 players to play, but you can have more – whereby you play in 2 teams. There are also three ships with this base game (2 vs 1) but you can buy extra ships, many of which come with additional cards and changes to the game.