Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing: The Force Awakens Core Set

Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing: The Force Awakens Core Set

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Take command of a Resistance X-wing or two First Order TIE fighters with The Force Awakens™ Core Set for the X-Wing™ Miniatures Game! In this two-player game of dramatic, high-speed dogfights, you and your opponent battle head-to-head for the fate of the galaxy. Secretly plot your maneuvers, fly at your enemies, take aim, and fire. It takes just minutes to learn the rules, but the game’s expansions and rules for squad building ensure there’s plenty of Star Wars action that you can explore and enjoy for years to come!

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X-wing.......A First Look
So the parcel arrives from Chaos Cards, I open it up and remove the generous packaging and there before me, my pristine cop0y of X-Wing, along with a few other goodies.
I went for the Force Awakens variant, mainly because it was a pound cheaper than the almost identical original core, with just variations on the colour scheme and slightly different customise cards, but at its heart the two sets seem the same.
First glance inside the box shows the usual high standard of components you’d expect from a Fantasy Flight game. Nice chunky tokens to pop out of a card sheet well printed cards, and the ships. The highlight of the show.
The core set comes with 3 highly detailed ships, the titled X-Wing and 2 tie fighters, in this case the First Order paint scheme. And they are painted to perfection, capturing the feel of the ships to the delight of fans everywhere. One of the danger points to this game is that the ships are so nice; it could be tempting to forget the game altogether, and just buy the ship expansions for display.
The core set provides enough to play the game out of the box, with two on one battles of the empire and the rebellion through the night sky. The only thing you need in addition to the contents is a 3 foot square play area, and any table top will do. You don’t need a fancy play mat or gaming board, however there is something that little bit nicer to buy or build a purpose made space scene for you dogfights. More on that another time.
So is it really complete?
Game play is easy to pick up, and this set contains the essentials for the game, including the genius movement templates and dice. There is a host of various tokens, which can look bewildering when piled up, but most are there ‘when needed’ and quickly become seamless in play. Appealing to both start Wars and Miniature fans, the quick paced nature of dog fighting is well thought out and, most importantly, fun. And yes, you do have everything in the box to play. Unlike some table top miniature games, you don’t require hundreds of pounds of miniature purchases along with a weeklong painting session to play. You may well end up spending 100’s of pounds, but you don’t have to. Cards included in the set allow you to customise pilots and ships, making significant differences to how a fighter performs on the field of battle.
Like most FF Games, this is called a core set for a reason. It’s the building block to a much larger game. Once you’ve mastered the agility of the TIE, the firepower of the X-Wing, where do you go next. Unlike FFG’s living card games, the norm of having three core sets to get anywhere is not required here. Instead a boggling arrays of different ships have been released, for you to build you fleet. Standard game play squads are made up of you customised ships to total a 100 points, to do battle across the stars. And while the temptation is to collect everything that flies, the reality is that you only need to buy the ships you want for your fleet.....ish.
There is a slight need when building your perfect force to buy ships you aren’t overly interests in to get the customise cards in that particular set for use on another vessel. A prime example is the Firefly, Bobba Fetts iconic ‘Slave-1’ ship from the films. This is listed as an Imperial ship to buy, but can be happily used in a Scam & Villainy squad (the 3rd faction, not included in the core). However to field this as a villainy ship, and why wouldn’t you, you need to buy the ‘Most Wanted’ set to get the required cards to play it as such. Some people can find this frustrating, although in the main you get more out of the deal than you think, as in this example if you are fielding a S&V fleet, you would be mad not to have the ‘Most wanted’ set already. There are plenty of other examples of ‘buy this to use this’ in the unit lists, but in the end it is all down to your personnel choice.
So is it worth it?
Definitely. With a strong community following, your local gaming store will have a growing list of players ready to fight for the future of the Empire, and with fast paced gaming you can get none players interested to have a go. With a key understanding of the ships, you don’t have to worry about how much someone else has spent to win, you need to play the game and learn the weaknesses of other vessels, rather than buying the latest model. The core set alone is enough to play, and keep playing, though most people will want to start to add new ships and variations to the game, and there are choices out there to do just that.
If you haven’t tried it yet, then you can take the plunge, which you won’t regret, or pop along, to your local gaming store for a demo of the game. Patriot Games in Sheffield will always someone ready to do battle and your local gaming store will be just the same.

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This is a great game to start to play. Simple rules quick to pick up and endless options. This set is almost identical to the standard Xwing core set but comes with 3 new models (2xTie 1xXwing) and new damage deck (which is needed if you play in some tournaments) . But even if you already have the original set I would still recommend buying this. Not only do you get the 3 ship but you will get spare movement rulers, extra tokens, extra dice, etc. So for the price its a bargain.