When I was a younger man, I really loved Star Wars. I partook of it in its many forms: books, comics, video games, TV shows. But, as I started actually thinking about Star Wars and the many times it let me down, I began to lose my love. Let’s face it; most of the novels are terrible. The comics are okay, but nothing I’ve ever gone out of my way to buy. The TV shows (I’m specifically talking about both Clone Wars cartoons) are pretty good, but I kind of hate the Clone Wars era. And the video games have gotten progressively worse.
You know, I’ve even been having a hard time even caring that there is a new Star Wars film releasing next year. That has slowly begun to change, though. And my excitement has to do with two things: The Edge of the Empire Roleplaying Game and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game.
I had my eye on X-Wing a long time before buying. At Gen Con 2013, I took the plunge and have been loving it ever since.
I won’t go over the basics here; I linked my original article above. But this game has me speculating about what ships will be included in the game next, so I’ve been searching Wookiepedia and learning all about the Star Wars stuff I’ve missed over the last 12 years or so.
Edge of the Empire
It’s been a long time since I played a Star Wars-based role-playing game. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with Wizards of the Coast’s d20 version of the game. Edge of the Empire, by Fantasy Flight Games, really hits all the right notes for me. The game is cinematic in playstyle. It’s more cooperative. (There is very much a de-emphasis on player vs. GM.)
I’m not going to do a full review here, but suffice it to say that it’s a great game that has me excited for creating my own Star Wars stories with the game.
Maybe my love Star Wars is going in cycles. While I’m not excited for the “official” movies that are coming out, I am very much excited for the stuff that is currently being made by fans of the original movies. We’ll see if that translates into excitement for JJ Abrams’ films.