Rebel and Imperial fleets fight for the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars™: Armada, the two-player miniatures game of epic Star Wars space battles!
Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wings and TIEs. Engineering teams race to route additional power to failing shields. Laser blasts and explosions flare across the battlefield. Even a single ship can change the tide of battle.
In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. It’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.
However, battles between capital ships are fought on a massive scale all their own; the more powerful your ships, the harder it is to adjust their actions on the fly. Capital ships can’t easily vary their speeds or execute hairpin turns like the starfighters that buzz around them, so successful admirals must learn to master every aspect of the ships in their fleet and learn how best to implement their strategies well in advance of the initial engagement.
The Armada Core Set contains ten unpainted squadrons, three pre-painted capital ships, nine custom dice, dozens of tokens, nearly one hundred cards, and an innovative maneuver tool that adds a unique feel to the way your capital ships must accommodate for inertia as they maneuver throughout the battlefield!
At the game’s heart are its capital ships—massive war machines that can exceed a kilometer in length and whose crew can number in the thousands. These ships are sophisticated and complex. Their defences, armaments, and engines all run from separate systems. You and your opponent must balance all these systems throughout your battles. Accordingly, emerging victorious will require more than just raw firepower. It requires a keen tactical mind.
Armada balances the awesome scale of the Star Wars galaxy’s ships and space warfare with intuitive ship designs and accessible rules for issuing commands and resolving combat that make for rich, engaging, and highly tactical play experiences.
Each pre-painted capital ship is divided into four sections: front, rear, left, and right. While a ship has a single hull value, which indicates how many hits it can take before it’s destroyed, it has separate shield values for each of its sections, and each of these sections also comes with its own firing arc and attack value, indicated by a number of dice.
Meanwhile, each of your capital ships features multiple layers of defences. The first is its reinforced hull. The next is its shields, which vary in strength from section to section. Finally, each ship comes with a number of defence tokens. You can spend these each round to trigger their associated effects. For example, you can angle your deflector shields so that a shot fired against your front section might be absorbed, instead, by your left section. Some tokens even allow you to take evasive maneuvers to avoid attacks fired at long range.
As Rebel and Imperial fleets collide, thousands of crew will heroically perform their duties, thousands more will die, but you are the one whose decisions will determine the course of the battle and help decide the fate of the galaxy. Command your fleet, win the battle, and play your part in the Galactic Civil War!
|Average Rating (2 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 | Mark
You can't play the game without this set. Comes with everything you need to get started. In reality you need a lot more though to make the most of it. You can collect further expansions overtime, the more the merrier. Rules are quite complicated but that stops it getting boring fast.
Beware! Some sites (amazon for me) sell foreign language items but with English adverts. Darkstars were all the real deal and in English.
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Tuesday, 4 June 2019 | Fiona
Great game and the game pieces are really detailed, playing with my children was fun.
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