Star Wars: Armada

August 20, 2014

The fate of a galaxy far far away is in your hands with the newest game coming from Fantasy Flight, Star Wars: Armada. Making the leap from the smaller scale dogfights of the hugely popular X-Wing Miniatures game, Armada lets you control fleets of capital ships and their fighter escorts. Again, players can choose to be either Imperial or Rebel as they take the fight across the stars.

The fate of a galaxy far far away is in your hands with the newest game coming from Fantasy Flight, Star Wars: Armada. Making the leap from the smaller scale dogfights of the hugely popular X-Wing Miniatures game, Armada lets you control fleets of capital ships and their fighter escorts. Again, players can choose to be either Imperial or Rebel as they take the fight across the stars.

The complexity is definitely a step up from X-Wing, which makes sense as managing a fleet is more difficult than a handful of ships. Much like it’s smaller scale cousin, Armada has stat cards for each ship or squadron, detailing what their capabilities are. The capital ships, like the Star destroyer use a rather unique flexible plotting guide for gauging movement. The larger ships move slowly, plodding through the battle, while the squadrons of fighters whiz about, firing at any exposed weakness.

The complexity is definitely a step up from X-Wing, which makes sense as managing a fleet is more difficult than a handful of ships. Much like it’s smaller scale cousin, Armada has stat cards for each ship or squadron, detailing what their capabilities are. The capital ships, like the Star destroyer use a rather unique flexible plotting guide for gauging movement. The larger ships move slowly, plodding through the battle, while the squadrons of fighters whiz about, firing at any exposed weakness.

Currently the ships available are those present in the original three Star Wars films, such as the Star Destroyer, X-Wings, and Tie Fighters. If the X-Wing game is any indicator, there will be many more ships to come and join the fray. Fantasy Flight Games is getting the most they can from their Star Wars license, and more Star Wars is a good thing for the rest of us. As we have come to expect from Fantasy Flight, the models themselves are absolutely stunning.

Currently the ships available are those present in the original three Star Wars films, such as the Star Destroyer, X-Wings, and Tie Fighters. If the X-Wing game is any indicator, there will be many more ships to come and join the fray. Fantasy Flight Games is getting the most they can from their Star Wars license, and more Star Wars is a good thing for the rest of us. As we have come to expect from Fantasy Flight, the models themselves are absolutely stunning.

Glenn B.

Glenn B. is the Mayfair store manager and the King of Awesome. Outside of the Board Game Barrister, Glenn is an amateur film maker and game designer. He has three short films under his belt and one game as well. He's currently working on a new card game, Apocalypse How. Glenn has been to Ireland 8 times and speaks a little Irish Gaelic. His favorite games are Malifaux, Eldritch Horror, Scoville, and Colt Express.

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