The Star Wars X-wing Miniature Game from Fantasy Flight Games is a non-collectible pre-painted miniature game designed to be played by two sides. The core game set gives you enough to play a simple game with one X-Wing facing off against two TIE Fighters. More ships can be picked up to expand gameplay.
The movement round is the real meat of this game. Each ship has a maneuver disc that lists all of the possible moves the ship can make on it. Players simultaneously use their discs to select a move for each of their ships. After each maneuver made with a ship the controller of the ship gets to do one action. These actions are based on what ship you have and include target lock, focusing, barrel rolls and more. The combination of effective maneuvering, predicting your opponents moves and appropriate use of actions forms the core of the strategy in this game..
All of this moving about and using actions is done to set yourself up for blowing your target out of the sky. Attack and defense resolution is handled with unique eight sided dice. Red for attack and green for defense. The number of dice rolled is determined by range and by the stats for each ship. Evasion rolls on the defense dice cancel out hits on the attack dice. Various cards and actions can modify these rolls. Damage is tracked by damage cards with critical hits causing one of these cards to be flipped over and giving some additional effect. Shields reduce damage for ships that have them. When a ship has taken more damage than it’s hull rating it is destroyed and removed from the game. For a regular game the winner is the player with the last ship standing. The core game also includes three different missions the players can try with different victory conditions.
X-Wing really hits it’s sweet spot when you’ve picked up a few expansion ships and start to build your own forces. The standard game has players spending 100pts each to build their force. Points are spent buying ships, pilots and upgrades.
Overall: X-wing is a very solid tactical miniature game. It has amazingly painted and detailed pieces that are tied to a rule set that is just as elegant. The hidden movement system is completely brilliant and really helps to recreate a dog-fight feel that is perfect for Star Wars. Different movement dials for each ship combined with different actions, a variety of pilots and a selection of upgrade options means that each ship feels very distinct, each with it’s own strengths and weaknesses. This variety combined with solid tactical gameplay means you will keep coming back to X-Wing again and again.