Which Star Wars board game is perfect for me and my wife?

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The time has come. Well, not really. I'm not planning on buying anything until 2021 but I do want to hear your thoughts.

First, what brought this up?

My wife and I watched the first hour of the latest Star Wars movie last night and we'll be watching the rest tonight. There are parts that made me go "hmmm interesting" and it's a sequel that makes me miss some of the elements of the older movies but overall, it's great entertainment. Anyway, my wife has never watched any of the originals or the prequels, so I got to introduce her to the world first through Rogue One, then the sequels 7 and 8, and now 9. And once again, I was surprised by her level of curiosity when it comes to learning about the Star Wars lore. I'd answer her questions about Kylo Ren's family background, mention things related to Darth Vader and his plunge into the Dark Side, Palpatine's manipulation, and other plot points with my limited knowledge. This made me wonder if I should get a Star Wars game in the future.

What I am looking for/our typical preferences:

  • 2-2.5 hours max gameplay time. 2.5 Hours is our absolute limit
  • We like midweight euros with thematic connections in the mechanics. If it's not too thematic, we're okay if the mechanics of the game has a strong hook. We're not too interested in lighter games and we also don't prefer games that are way too complex and have too much rules overhead
  • We like player interaction and feeling of progression throughout gameplay. Because of this, a game with a common board/map tends to go well for us
  • It'd be great if it has a solo mode because my wife and I don't game together very often. We used to, but nowadays we'll have a 2p session maybe once a month, or sometimes once in two months
  • I'm looking for a game that is rich with Star Wars theme, one that actually makes you immersed in the lore

Thanks in advance for the help :)

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Supporter2 months ago

FYI. My wife and I watched the rest of the last movie tonight. I think she had a blast watching it. I had fun too, but boy... I honestly felt three things that made this movie my least favorite within the new trilogy:

1. Way too many convenient plot devices

2. It felt the least like a Star Wars film. It wears the clothes, but it's a bit shallow

3. Ever since the new trilogy started, I continuously find myself missing the old school Jedi action. Lightsaber battles don't have that signature fancy work anymore, and it's a lot of just taking wide swings at each other. It also feels like the Force is used only for acrobatics lol

So why am I talking about this here? Just wanted to rant a bit I guess. And also because it takes away some of the enthusiasm I had toward wanting to find a good Star Wars game for me and my wife.

Supporter2 months ago

Yes Phil, the sequel trilogy overall was disappointing. I really enjoyed parts of it and some of the new characters but man the last movie could've easily been 2 movies. It was so rushed and crammed that it was hard to appreciate everything. That said, all the board games are focused on the good movies so don't worry about that!

Supporter2 months ago

It's because they were trying to undo the second movie in the sequel trilogy and then complete the entire 9 story arc.  The sequel trilogy to me is a prime example of wasted potential.  They could have done so much more with it but turned it in to a mess.

 

Supporter2 months ago

I was so confused by the way they handled Snoke after how they introduced him in the first movie xD

Supporter2 months ago

I'm no insider but it seems pretty obvious they had no actual story written for all 3 movies.  They were going one movie at a time and the second director really "subverted expectations" right off a cliff.  

Supporter2 months ago

Personally I would just ignore the sequel trilogy.  It's a lot of wasted potential there.  Add on the fact that it made much of the original trilogy seem pointless and it's another reason to just forget them.  

I'm not a hater per se as I don't get that worked up about things but I definitely dislike how the last three movies play in to the overall star wars story.  

The funny thing is I could have been on board if they had really subverted expectations.  When Kylo Ren asked Rey to join him I was thinking, "Yes!  Now they will move us forward in a new direction!"  Instead we got a series of, well acted, directed, shot, etc movies that, for me, really killed the entire 9 movie arc.

Supporter2 months ago

Phil the game you are describing is#Star Wars: Outer Rim. Like it almost exactly fits your description.  It's really fun at 2-3 players and even has a fantastic solo mode. You can look up my first impression review for more details but it checks ALL the boxes you mentioned in your list. 

100% nails the sense of progression and player interaction. You'll be moving around the outer rim competing with eachother for bounties or missions. You'll be acquiring new crew and equipment and also buying new ships. Very rich with Star Wars theme. So many cool characters. Not too long. If I didn't know any better you just described #Star Wars: Outer Rim.

2 months ago

I second this, of the star wars games I have played that is probably the one that fits your requests the best. However, I never really warmed to outer rim while playing it, for me it didn't feel particularly 'Star wars-y' but I appear to be in the minority. That said it is not a poorly designed game and was a fun puzzle.

2 months ago

If you're ever open to playing a longer game in multiple sessions spread out, I so so highly reccommend #Star Wars: Rebellion. It's just absolutely brilliant.

In the meantime, #Star Wars: Outer Rim will do.

2 months ago

If you're ever open to playing a longer game in multiple sessions spread out, I so so highly reccommend #Star Wars: Rebellion. It's just absolutely brilliant.

In the meantime, #Star Wars: Outer Rim will do.

Supporter2 months ago

My other answer is ALL OF THEM. But that's not as helpful as my real answer. Unless it actually is. 

Supporter2 months ago

I agree with others, #Star Wars: Outer Rim is probably the one as it is a thematic yet compact game. I have not played it myself though. can expand on this but I would consider #Star Wars Imperial Assault since I think its super fun and a bit different in mechanics as the rest (and the most potential for solo play). There's a bunch of other star wars games that I own like #Star Wars Armada or #Star Wars: Legion that are probably way to involved and long. 

As for #Star Wars: Rebellion, I don't think it will fit in your time slot even if you master the rule set and take out the time set up from the equation. It is very long and very demanding. It is the ultimate Star wars board game expirience though.

Supporter2 months ago

I weighed in above!

2 months ago

This is a complaint I have about the use of the Star Wars license in board games. Pretty much everything is either a miniatures game (not interested) or some collectible game (also not interested). The only recent ones that aren't are Rebellion, which is arguably a miniatures game, not to mention being quite expensive, and Outer Rim, which seems fun but nothing special. I'd love to see a few more games come out that were not focused on selling mini expansions or whatever you want to call them.

2 months ago

I have been trying to wrap my mind around why Star Wars games havent piqued my interest at all, I think you nailed it. They just do not fit into my prefrences. If they made a Star Wars game with Euro-mechanics, I would be allllll about it lol. 

2 months ago

Yep, same. I doubt they'll do that any time soon, though, as I'm sure they want to have games with as many fancy minis as possible since people buy them. The minis are awesome, to be fair. I'm just not interested in buying them.

Supporter2 months ago

Part of the reason is that FFG only has the rights to Star Wars as miniatures games only. Normal board game rights are held by Hasbro.  So all the games they make with the license need to have all kinds of miniatures in order to fulfill their obligations to the license.

2 months ago

Did not know that! Well then let's go Hasbro! Let's see some Euro mechanics! Ah who am I kidding. It's Hasbro. That's not their thing.

2 months ago

I mean, I would be fine with a couple Mini's but having a good resource management or workerplacemnt game around Star Wars would be cool! I just see them going more for theme and what sells than mechanics!

2 months ago

Yep, it's all theme, which is ok for some games, but I love Star Wars and want it in a game I actually like!

2 months ago

Amen! Well if Fantasy Flight has their IP we will have to wait lol. 

Supporter2 months ago

Also#Star Wars: Outer Rim is definitely several steps above nothing special. It's a tremendously thematic game with excellent mechanics.

2 months ago

I don't doubt that it's thematic and fun, but I just haven't seen anything about it that wowed me. Looks like a solid game but that's about it to my eyes. I'd love to play it, and it's on my wishlist for sure due to the Star Wars factor, haha.

Supporter2 months ago

Even though I partake in buying some of those mini expansions I agree with all your points. The problem is probably to do with there only being 1 publisher able to use the license. They found a money making formula and are hard press to move away from it. 

2 months ago

Yep. Oh well. Maybe one day.

2 months ago

it takes tào long but it you want to recreate the lore but different, #Star Wars: Rebellion is the absolute top. 2-player only, no solo mode, very long sessions, especially in the beginning but boy is it immersive.

The cardgame #Star Wars: Destiny is end-of-life but there are a lot of cards+dice to be found on the web. it is a 2 player game, head to head, simple but interesting mechanic. Not so heavy on lore but short games and fun to work on your deck before a game.

Haven't played #Star Wars: Outer Rim yet. It builds less of the lore of the movies per se but it's more mechanical than rebellion.

#Star Wars Imperial Assault isn't lore heavy either but this can be done co-op versus an app or solo versus app. It's not so much connected to the theme as Rebellion or Outer Rim but the game itself could be real fun to think and play together; bonding time ;)

 

Supporter2 months ago

I'm answering based on what I wish I could play with my wife, but my vote is #Star Wars: Rebellion.

Supporter2 months ago

I can't argue with you about#Star Wars: Rebellion. It's the best game ever but it's not for Phil and his wife. At least not at this point in their lives. 

Supporter2 months ago

Maybe they could play it like I used to play chess at my previous place of employement. I would walk by and see that somebody had moved black, so I would move white...... A game of chess usually took days, but it was sort of fun.

2 months ago

Sounds like #Star Wars: Outer Rim is the one for you, except it doesn't feature any Force-using characters, to my knowledge. Not sure how it plays at 2p, though.

#Star Wars: Rebellion is the big boy in the bunch, but I think that takes quite a while. It will do a pretty good job of teaching about characters and lore though, I think.