Star Wars Epic Duels

Milton Bradley (Hasbro), 2002, 2-6 players, ages 8 and up. Wow, this game really susprised me. I thought for sure it was going to be one of those "lets play with our toys" games for the kiddies that was just going to be insanely boring for adults. Not so, this game is a blast. Each player selects a character from one of the Star Wars movies (Han, Luke, Vader, Yoda, Maul, et al) to play. Each main character has one or more subsidiary characters associated with it (Han gets Chewie, Luke gets Leia, Vader gets a couple of storm troopers, etc). Each of the characters is then represented by a very nicely rendered and painted figure on the playing field (basically a rectangular grid with a few obstacles scattered around to making things more interesting). There are four different battle "scenarios" (IE, playing fields) to choose from. You place your characters on pre-determined starting positions and then start whaling on each other.

The rules are short, easy to understand and the game is dead simple to get started playing. A turn consists of rolling a die for movement whereby you can move one or all of your characters up to 5 spaces on the playing field. Then you get two actions which consist of either drawing or playing cards from your character's special deck. These cards allow you to perform attacks and defend yourself against attacks (among other things). It's all very simple and all very entertaining. There are 12 different main characters to choose from, each with its own unique set of abilities, all of which are nicely unique and pretty well balanced. Games go really fast (with 3 players we played 4 games in a little over an hour). Definitely on the lighter end of the spectrum, but if you like games like HeroQuest and Space Crusade, you'll like this one too.

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