“Luck is good, Skill is better” – Wedge Antilles
I don’t recall the first time I saw the Stars Wars movies, I am just young enough that I missed the original theatrical release. Even though I cannot pinpoint my first experience with a certain galaxy far, far away, I know it must have happened prior to second grade. Some of my fondest memories of the time were drawing, X-Wings, TIE fighters, and the Death Star battling for space superiority on any piece of paper I could get my hands on. Imagine my delight then, nearly 30 years later when I discovered that I could be reenacting these space battles in 3D on the kitchen table with the X-Wings Miniatures game.
Star Wars: X-Wing is a miniature tabletop wargame produced by Fantasy Flight Games. Game pieces are pre-painted, highly detailed, and require no assembly. Players control various spaceships, starfighters, and pilots from the Star Wars universe and engage in thrilling ship-to-ship dogfighting. The game is easy to learn and fairly quick to play, a typical game can range from between 15 and 60 minutes.
But why tho?
X-wing is my first experience with tabletop games, the game was released in 2012, and my family and I didn’t start playing it until late 2015. Growing up I collected comics like most kids in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I would ride my bike to the Card shop to buy the latest comics. In the back of the shop, the huge and beautifully detailed Warhammer battlegrounds and figures would always catch my attention. The game looked absolutely fun and amazing. However, the thought of painting and assembling all of those landscapes and pieces was, frankly, intimidating. None of my friends were tabletop gamers, and wargaming seemed exclusive to the hardcore gamer elite. Most of my friends at the time were more into video games, and debating the merits of the Sega Genesis VS. Nintendo’s Super Nintendo; I never found an opportunity to get into tabletop gaming.
Fast-forward two decades and tabletop gaming is becoming mainstream and extremely popular. The “stereotypical gamer” -hardcore hobbyist- are being replaced by more casual gamers; young families and couples looking to meet up with friends and sit around a table for a few hours of fun. It is actually for this reason that my family started playing X-Wing; I was looking for an activity that my whole family could enjoy together. We had an opportunity to demo the game at our local comic shop and we were immediately hooked.
X-Wing is a fantastic game for non-gamers and Star Wars fans to start playing tabletop games. X-Wing wonderfully channels the joy I had in the 80’s and 90’s flying my toy ships and playing PC games. Newer fans to the franchise will enjoy using the latest characters and ships from the newest movies. I hope you will visit your local game shop to demo X-Wing and experience it first hand. Let me know about your experience, and keep an eye out for follow up blog posts about Star Wars gaming.