Category Archives: Board Games

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Review

X-Wing Minis

Once upon a time there was a tabletop skirmish game called Wings of War X-Wing Miniatures. Ha! Only joking, but I bet that’s what you were thinking!

X-Wing Miniatures has superficial similarities to the much-loved Wings of War – you have a little craft and you fly it around the table. And that’s where the similarity ends. If you’re familiar with WoW, some of the key differences are:

  • The pilot you pair with your ship makes a huge difference to what that ship is capable of
  • Combat is made more complex with various upgrades and options
  • Moves are planned one turn at a time, and templates are used to execute the moves
  • Squads are built on point values, and planning your squad can take quite some time

It’s easy to play a quick skirmish that takes less than 15 minutes, but there is a lot of inbuilt flexibility that will allow the game to scale upwards as more miniatures are released.

2013-03-09 17.43.04 copy

As for all the bits in the box? Well, Fantasy Flight, so excellent quality. Cardboard is rugged and thick, dice are included, the rule booklet is nicely written and illustrated, and the miniatures are awfully cute.

2013-03-09 17.46.46 copy

When later reviews come, they will have more models, and less of the shed and television. Hopefully.

2013-03-09 17.50.51 copy

Verdict: 7/10.

This could be my new go-to filler game. We’ll need more minis available before it becomes something you can spend 2-3 hours at, though.

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Zombies! Leg it! Last Night on Earth – Review.

Last Night on Earth

I haven’t bought a boardgame in a while, so the other week I had a chat with our FLGS and walked away with this: Forty bob of zombie fun. That’s pretty damn reasonably priced for boardgames these days, so I gathered some willing victims and we set about fighting the undead hordes.

I was impressed on opening the box. Flying Frog have put a lot of thought and effort into this game, but they also aren’t scrimping on the physicals. Regular (hero and zombie) cards are thick and laminated, plastic pieces are nicely modeled and moulded, the board is wonderfully detailed, and the Scenario and Character cards are hefty pieces of dense card which won’t bend easily. Plus this game comes with its own soundtrack CD. Yes, while running around desperately trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, you can listen to some very good, atmospheric music which neither intrudes on nor makes the game any more serious than it intends to be. Everything in this box contributes in some positive way to the game overall. All art is shot using models who’ve gotten brilliantly in-character for each piece, and overworked in a painterly style. Even the art for various card abilities features the characters who are in the game itself.

It was easy to set up, easy to learn, and easy to play. We ran through the basic starter scenario, “Die, Zombies, Die!” which is weighted in the townsfolk’s favour, with two players handling two Heroes apiece and two handling Zombies. The heroes we randomly pulled out – Nurse Betty, Father Joseph, Billy, and Sheriff Anderson – complemented each other very well, and we clumped together in a small building so that we could be exchanging items and healing each other without too much effort. Betty got herself a shotgun and turned into some kind of ninja, Sheriff Anderson kept throwing away empty pistols then picking them up again the next turn (he really did have the shittiest rolls I’ve ever seen), and Father Joseph was being quiet and mild-mannered until he picked up a baseball bat, at which point he flipped out and started playing whack-a-mole with Zombie heads.

All in all our first game lasted around three hours with four players, and was awesome good fun. It’s really well thought-out, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and players aren’t left sitting in the lurch while others take their turns because cards in your hand might be usable in all kinds of situations. The other hero player saved Betty’s arse with a First Aid kit during my turn, and the Zombies were frequently enhancing each others’ zombies with their own cards.

You get several scenarios in the box, as well as advanced cards for both Heroes and Zombies, giving this game some serious replayability. Flying Frog then also have additional downloadable scenarios on their website, totally free. You can go buy expansions, but I’m thinking the core box plus the website freebies are enough to keep this game going for several plays before even needing one.

Verdict: 10/10. Highly Recommended.

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