I'm looking to get away from pocketmodels and move toward more durable playthings - has anyone had any experience with Star Wars Miniatures or perhaps (more importantly to me..) Starship Battles?
I got into SW Minis about a year ago and am just starting to get back into it. It's a great board game! Simple enough to keep you from getting toooo bogged down with details (like RPGs), but complex enough to have very strategic battles. The best part of SW Minis is the overwhelming number of characters you can use to assemble your squads - nearly every freaking character in the movie can be played, and there are a number of non-uniques specifically designed for army-building to be led by uniques. Plus there are large creatures and huge creatures (from the Rancor and Bantha to super large vehicles like the ATAT). It's a more tactical game, with just a bit more complexity than Heroscape, but not too much more. Battles can be short (under an hour) or long (over 2 hours!) depending on team sizes. And you can get or make different maps to use. It's a great game if you like board games with lots of strategy.
Never got into Starship Battles (trying to build up my armies for SW Minis battles is expensive enough!). Starship Battles looks cool, but again, I'm on a budget and need to pick and choose which games I'm gonna spend money on. I just purchased on Ebay a number of classic heroes to add to my arsenal (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia). Can't wait to get them!
A bit of a warning though - some of the Very Rare minis can be quite costly on Ebay. One of the Boba Fett minis for instance, was selling on Ebay for $75.00 to $100.00!!!! Who in the heck would toss that kind of money for a little plastic (though beautiful sculpt!) Boba Fett and a stat card???
For demo of SW minis, check this out at Wizards of the Coast website:
Post by superflytnt on Jun 14, 2008 17:57:58 GMT -5
Yes. The way I play with the munchkin is that only the 4 major stats count, no powers, no combined fire, none of that. Cover works so that you can't fire from behind it or be shot through it. You have to be in the open to get shot at or shoot. No effects, force powers, or anything - only the Melee power works to determine if you have to be adjacent or not.