Star Wars Board Game Imperial Assault Mixes Star Wars With Ravenloft, Descent

By Luca Saitta , Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:17 AM EDT

The latest Star Wars board game Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games pits one player against up to four others in a post Episode IV setting, right after the destruction of the Death Star.

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The classic Star Wars text crawl for Imperial Assault reads: Victory! By destroying the Death Star, the Rebellion has given hope to a galaxy living in fear. The Empire races to recover from their crushing defeat and the loss of their ultimate weapon as the Rebel Alliance works to solidify their advantage. When an Imperial distress beacon begins to broadcast from an [sic] remote outpost on Yavin 4, a small team of elite Rebel operatives is dispatched. Their mission: to silence the signal at all costs...

One player is the Empire and up to four other players are the Rebels in this tactical board game. To put it bluntly, the Imperial player is a killer game master who has knowledge of all the secrets and traps of the board, and the Rebels have to survive long enough to make the objectives stated for each scenario.

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The game can be played in a campaign mode with up to 30 narratively driven missions, or in skirmish mode in which you go head-to-head with a single other friend, playing Rebels, Imperials or Mercenaries. In this mode, both players are equal in terms of board information.

Fantasy Flight is planning to release Ally and Villain packs separately at later dates, which will add extra canon Star Wars characters to your game experience. The base game will come with a Luke Skywalker Ally and Darth Vader villain pack (including their miniatures).

Imperial Assault is set to release early 2015.

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