It is a pe­riod of civil war…

SFX - - Reviews - Steve Jar­ratt

re­leased OUT NOW! Two- four play­ers Pub­lisher Fan­tasy Flight Games

With the massed forces of the Em­pire scour­ing the galaxy, it’s surely just a mat­ter of time be­fore the Rebel base is dis­cov­ered and de­stroyed… But with each pass­ing cy­cle, the Rebel cause grows, turn­ing en­tire sys­tems against the Em­pire and weak­en­ing its al­ready ten­u­ous grip. Who will emerge vic­to­ri­ous?

Star Wars: Re­bel­lion is the boardgame die- hard fans have been wait­ing for. Play pro­gresses by al­lo­cat­ing Lead­ers ( heroes of the Star Wars uni­verse) to a se­ries of se­cret mis­sions. So, for ex­am­ple, the Rebels might send Princess Leia on a diplo­matic mis­sion to bol­ster sup­port, while Grand Moff Tarkin swoops in to in­ter­ro­gate a cap­tured free­dom fighter.

Dice rolls de­ter­mine the out­come, but you can stack the odds in your favour with ad­di­tional Lead­ers and Ac­tion Cards, while avail­able op­po­si­tion Lead­ers can be used to thwart the at­tempt. The cut and thrust of mis­sions is en­gag­ing, although it’s a shame it’s re­liant on the luck of the dice; it’d be prefer­able if suc­cess was purely down to plan­ning and strat­egy.

Com­bat is the weak­est part of the game, us­ing a slightly con­vo­luted sys­tem of colour- coded dice and Tac­tic Cards to de­ter­mine the out­come of bat­tles. It’s not a deal- breaker, but it feels un­der­de­vel­oped, and can get fid­dly when you have a mul­ti­tude of pieces vy­ing for space around one planet.

Still, Re­bel­lion is beau­ti­fully pre­sented and man­ages to cap­ture the scale of the saga while stay­ing true to spe­cific events: plan­ets get blown up, Im­pe­rial out­posts are hit by Rebel strike teams, char­ac­ters turn to the Dark Side and so on. It takes a while to get go­ing, but pro­vides a tense bat­tle of wits as the clock in­ex­orably ticks down.

The game comes with 153 minia­tures, in­clud­ing Star De­stroy­ers, TIE Fight­ers, X- and Y- Wings, and Corel­lian Corvettes.

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