X-Wing number one minature game in US

X-Wing Force awakens set
X-Wing Force Awakens set

According to ICv2, Star Wars X-Wing miniature game has beat out Warhammer 40K for the top spot in sales in the US for the Fall season. The category of “Non-collectible minature game” was held by Games Workshop mega game Warhammer 40K.  The numbers used to determine the top spot weas gathered by interviewing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Two of the top three spots are held by Star Wars based games and are both made by Fantasy Flight games. The top three games in the US are as follows:

  1. Star Wars X-Wing
  2. Warhammer 40K
  3. Star Wars Armada

Have you played X-Wing? Do you like the game?

I played it and I liked it! Its got an interesting system that from my understanding isn’t new…but it’s the first time I’ve encountered it. Players plan their moves in secret. Then they are revealed based on the pilot skill. With different pilot cards, add ons, and plenty of ships to choose from, Star Wars: X-Wing is a game for StarWars fans as well as all types of gaming fans.

Before I heard of X-Wing taking the top spot in its category, I  was planning to do a YouTube video and a X-wing Core set giveaway.  Well I caught a bug and lost my voice, so YouTube will have to wait. However, the show must go on so I will still have a drawing for a free X-Wing Core Force Awakens set. Check here for details.

 

Pros & Cons: Marvel Miniature Game by Knight Models

Avengers starter
Avengers starter

This week Knight Models released its first run of Marvel Universe Miniature Game. As this game involves superheroes, I rushed to check it out. Actually, as a nerd dad, I had to ask my wife’s permission to get it. After a lengthy bargaining process, I rushed out to get the game. Because I’m a nerd dad, I plan to play the game in a day or so as the models that come in the started are not painted and need to be assembled. I did however read the rule book and look over the figures and their associated cards. Here are my first impressions for Knight Models’ Marvel game from those observations.

PROS

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    • The figure sculpts are well done and are free of the unnecessary flash you see on inferior models. Details like the individual plates of Thor’s armor or the disks in Black Widow’s belt confirm the quality of the models is impressive.

 

    • The rulebook looked to be well edited and concise. I liked the format of the rulebook.

 

    • As far as the rules go, the use of colors, symbols, keywords as well as numbered stats allow for thought-provoking ways to bring a superhero to life.

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    • The folding character cards hold a lot of information and give an interesting take on keeping track of your character.

 

    • The price-point of $55 – $60 dollars is acceptable for 4 figures, 4 character stat cards, and a rulebook.

 

    • You can customize your battlefield scenery with ready-made objects or make your own.

CONS



    • 20160404_222314It’s nice to have a miniature rulebook with a miniature game, but the small print made it hard to read. There were several times I had to read a section twice.







    • cap cardThe character card uses a color scheme that might be hard to read.
    • I was planning to purchase a DEADPOOL and a BLACK PANTHER figure along with the Avengers starter, but the $25 price tag for a single figure made me reconsider.  

 

    • This first run only included hero figures. There aren’t any villains to purchase.20160403_163814

 

    • Scenery is an added expense.




 

The game seems similar to Warhammer or Hordes. What are your thoughts? Are you enthusiastic about a new tabletop version of superhero warfare? Leave a comment. Watch for my upcoming full review of the game.