With isolation and limited ability to go outside the home, I find myself in a position (along with the rest of you) of nervousness and boredom. One can only watch so much Netflix before you develop bedsores and a stiff neck! So, I’ve set myself a challenge to play at least one board game a day during this time and if possible pair it with a good beer, wine, or cocktail. Why not! Feel free to play along. Just so my readers know, I’m not actually in quarantine yet–I’m a pediatrician and am still going into work on my regular work days. So while I’m not technically stuck at home, I am in a high-stress work environment these days and really need game playing as an outlet when I get home.

Day 26 was another game of Clank! with help from Sarajo and the cats. I didn’t write that one up!

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Star Wars Imperial Assault

Look at all those cards and tokens!

Imperial Assault is a large miniatures board game by Fantasy Flight Games (located in Roseville, MN). This game would be called “Ameritrash” by seasoned gamers, which basically means “too many tokens, fiddly bits, rules, and expansions.” But, hey, Star Wars! And miniatures to paint!

For those who read my game session for Descent: Journeys Into the Dark, this game is basically a reskinning of that fantasy based game into a futuristic Star Wars setting. There have been some advances in the rules and new things added, but the bones are the same.

The base game is set to play 2-5 players, with one being the overlord controlling the Imperial forces and 1-4 other players each taking the part of one hero. These heroes are not the famous characters from the movies, they show up later as allies that can help you for a mission or two before going on their way.

With the addition of an app, you can convert the game to fully cooperative play with the app taking on the part of the Imperials–I like this gameplay better! We played this version, continuing a Hoth-based campaign we started about a year ago.

Lots of dice rolling meant Lemon (our mighty dice hunter) had to be locked in the basement for the duration of this game. She was most upset about it.

This game is the first that got me into painting miniatures…

The particular scenario we played included an interesting mini-game of avoiding imperial patrols on a master map, then infiltrating small areas with specific goals for our characters. Once in those smaller map areas the app populated them with plenty of baddies to fight! We only got busted by one patrol, which promptly threw us into an extra skirmish with Imperial forces. I played as Vinto the Rodian gunslinger, and Sj played as Diala Passil the Jedi exile. We also managed to score Chopper (C1-10P) from Star Wars Rebels for the mission.

Take that Imperial scum!

We did succeed in our mission, but lost Chopper and both got injured (flipping our character card and getting reduction in our skills) along the way. We limped to the finish but made it back to our ship!

To pair with this foray into fighting the Dark Side, we opened Confluence Blend 4 from Creature Comforts Brewing in Athens, GA. This blended barrel age Russian Imperial stout was a perfect compliment to fighting the forces of the Imperials!

I like this game a lot, but it does have a lot of moving parts. Maps, miniatures, dice, condition cards, enemy cards, tokens up the wazoo, etc. It also takes a long time to play (average 2-3 hours for us.) But Star Wars! I give it a 8.5/10.

And what post would be complete without Poirot lolling around?