Sorry - no excuses but this is a quick run through of the games we have played in the past month.
First is the game..... Star War - Imperial Assault
For 2-5 players, ages 14+, playing time around 90 minutes.
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategy board game of tactical combat and missions for two to five players, offering two distinct games of battle and adventure in the Star Wars universe!
Imperial Assault puts you in the midst of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire after the destruction of the Death Star over Yavin 4. In this game, you and your friends can participate in two separate games. The campaign game pits the limitless troops and resources of the Galactic Empire against a crack team of elite Rebel operatives as they strive to break the Empire’s hold on the galaxy, while the skirmish game invites you and a friend to muster strike teams and battle head-to-head over conflicting objectives.
In the campaign game, Imperial Assault invites you to play through a cinematic tale set in the Star Wars universe. One player commands the seemingly limitless armies of the Galactic Empire, threatening to extinguish the flame of the Rebellion forever. Up to four other players become heroes of the Rebel Alliance, engaging in covert operations to undermine the Empire’s schemes. Over the course of the campaign, both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes gain new experience and skills, allowing characters to evolve as the story unfolds.
Imperial Assault offers a different game experience in the skirmish game. In skirmish missions, you and a friend compete in head-to-head, tactical combat. You’ll gather your own strike force of Imperials, Rebels, and Mercenaries and build a deck of command cards to gain an unexpected advantage in the heat of battle. Whether you recover lost holocrons or battle to defeat a raiding party, you’ll find danger and tactical choices in every skirmish.
As an additional benefit, the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack are included within the Imperial Assault Core Set. These figure packs offer sculpted plastic figures alongside additional campaign and skirmish missions that highlight both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader within Imperial Assault. With these Imperial Assault Figure Packs, you'll find even more missions that allow your heroes to fight alongside these iconic characters from the Star Wars saga.
Wow - lots of blurb and to be honest lots of stuff. The box is very heavy and the contents are of very high quality. The fact that it follows the Descent system makes it easy to learn and the tweak of allowing the empire to activate a squad after each player has a turn actually balances out (surprisingly).
We only played the initial game which is very balanced towards the players. Though we actually had a rocky first turn where we got a bit chewed up (mainly due to Sir Nick's awesome rolling), we soon had them on the ropes and the wookie doing mass close damage and the rest picking out the rest it was over rather quicker than we hoped......
I look forward to getting this back the table and I think the campaign will be fun. However as we fluctuate with attendance every week, i will have to trust the force....