After months of flirting—accumulating game pieces, reading rulebooks after dinner, playing walkthroughs against myself—I’m about ready to dive in to the X-Wing Miniatures game. It seems like the kind of tabletop game that I’d enjoy: a thoroughly play-tested rule set, spaceship models, diverse playing styles… all without the intense social interaction that comes with other role-playing games. If I didn’t have the stamina to be “in character” in a retail work setting, it’s unlikely that I would be able to spend eight hours dungeon crawling on a Sunday afternoon.
Light socializing during 45-minute rounds of turn-based play is much more my speed. Plus—did I mention spaceships?
I never got the fully operational X-Wing that I wanted when I was eight years old, and I don’t have $7,000 to buy a sit-down 1983 Star Wars environmental cockpit arcade game (which I still think is the best X-Wing flight simulator), so my thanks to Fantasy Flight Games for this engaging workaround.