RogerBW's Blog

Boardgames at Home, December 2018 20 December 2018

A boardgaming evening at home; too long since I did one of these.

We started with Flamme Rouge, the first time I'd played with my own copy (bought at Essen). We used a basic course (no cobbles or refreshment zones), plus the Méteo expansion, which gave us a tailwind area and a wet one.

The pack stayed together well all the way through, and I saw rather fewer exhaustion cards than I've met in previous games. I still managed to pull off a clear victory, though.

We went on to Risk: Star Wars Edition, which is apparently a simplified version of Queen's Gambit (and nothing at all to do with Risk apart from the branding). It's set during Return of the Jedi, and each side must try to keep three balls in the air: the space battle on the central board (preserving enough forces to blow up the Death Star at the end), the assault on the shield generator on one side board (which must be completed before the Death Star is attacked), and the fight between Luke and Vader on the other side. (Queen's Gambit happens during The Phantom Menace, and has a four-way split between big space battle, big land battle, assault on the palace, and lightsabre duel.)

Each side has to draw and play command cards, which have several options on them; but you may well find that a particular action simply isn't available at the relevant time. I was glad to see that the B-Wing, a unit I've always felt is underappreciated, is the toughest fighter in the game, and the Rebels clumped them together and used them to reap the TIE fleets, eventually taking out the Star Destroyer too (though not before it had deployed most of its TIEs).

On the other hand, we lost Luke, which meant that his action icons were no longer useful; and it wasn't too long before all the X-Wings were wiped out too.

Then the shield assault went home, and the remaining starfighter forces were able to mob the Death Star and eventually blow it up… eventually being the term, having five dice and needing to roll at least one 6, which I reckon at just under a 60% chance, and it still took us three tries.

It's not at all Risk-like, and it doesn't have the exploitative feel that I associate with Star Wars tie-ins, but there's a solid basic wargame hiding under all the little plastic starships, as well as the primary game of action selection. I'm not likely to buy it, but I'd certainly be happy to play it again.

[Buy Flamme Rouge at Amazon] [Buy Risk: Star Wars Edition at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech aviation base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime crystal cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2021 hugo 2022 hugo 2023 hugo 2024 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1