Fantasy Flight Games has announced the upcoming release of Star Wars™: Rebellion, the board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players!
Experience the Galactic Civil War like never before. In Rebellion, you control the entire Galactic Empire or the fledgling Rebel Alliance. You must command starships, account for troop movements, and rally systems to your cause. Featuring more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that account for thirty-two of the Star Warsgalaxy’s most notable systems, Rebellion features a scope that is as large and sweeping as the Star Wars universe deserves.
Simultaneously, it is intensely personal, cinematic, and heroic. Your forces are led by iconic heroes or villains. Including such characters as Leia Organa™, Mon Mothma™, Grand Moff Tarkin™, and Emperor Palpatine™, these leaders and their individual talents drive everything you do. As civil war spreads throughout the galaxy, these leaders are invaluable to your efforts, and the secret missions they attempt will evoke many of the most inspiring moments from the classic trilogy. You might send Luke Skywalker™ to receive Jedi training on Dagobah™ or have Darth Vader™ spring a trap that freezes Han Solo™ in carbonite!
Ultimately, your games will span multiple star systems. Many fighters will be lost. Many troopers will fall. Planets will join the Rebellion before they are overrun by the Empire and subjugated. Imperial officers may capture Rebel spies and interrogate them for valuable information. A hotshot Rebel pilot may land a one-in-a-million shot against the Death Star™ and destroy it. In Rebellion, you and your friends decide the final fate of the galaxy. Will it remain under tyrannical rule, or will a select few manage to liberate it?
It Is a Period of Civil War
Rebellion packs an astonishing amount of the classic Star Wars trilogy into a relatively compact ruleset. Each game round encompasses just three phases, yet as you play through those phases, you will encounter massive fleet battles, desperate attempts at espionage, Jedi training, political maneuverings, and even the possibility to lure important Rebel heroes to the dark side of the Force.
One of the most important ways that Rebellion evokes the original trilogy is through its asymmetry. The Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance are vastly different forces, and they come with different play styles and win conditions.
While the focus of Rebellion is often on the iconic characters serving as your leaders, they are certainly not the only characters involved. In fact, your games are bound to affect the lives of billions of individuals spread throughout the galaxy. After all, it is the fate of the galaxy that is at stake in Rebellion, and that galaxy has a very real presence on your table.
Rebellion is played over two game boards that you place next to each other to form one play surface with thirty-two systems divided into eight regions. In your games, you will battle over these systems with capital ships, starfighters, troops, speeders, and walkers. You will attempt to win their people to your cause, and if you do, they will share their resources, allowing you to recruit more troops and build more vehicles and starships.
Battles are inevitable. The Rebel Alliance cannot hide forever. At some point, it will need to win a military action in order to rally the galaxy’s citizens, or the Imperial forces will simply locate its base and close in from all sides before beginning their bombardment. Whenever Rebel and Imperial forces both occupy the same system, they must fight, and while these battles seldom decide the war outright, they always have a tremendous impact.
Your military forces in Rebellion are represented by more than 150 detailed plastic miniatures, including Stormtroopers, Rebel troopers, X-wings, Y-wings, TIE fighters, AT-AT walkers, Star Destroyers, and more. There is even a Death Star and a partially constructed Death Star for you to place on the map should you begin construction on a second technological terror. All these forces have their combat statistics – attack dice and hit points – listed clearly on your faction sheet.
During engagements, these forces clash over multiple steps, using custom dice to resolve their attacks. If both players have starships in a system, they engage in a space battle before opposing troops engage in a subsequent ground battle. In both cases, any leader you have in the system may allow you to draw tactics cards, which you can use to deal more damage, block damage, or surprise your opponent in other ways.
After you have fought both the space and ground battles, you then have the opportunity to retreat, provided you have a leader in the system who can coordinate the effort. However, if neither side retreats, your engagement continues through additional space battles and ground battles until one side has eliminated the other’s forces.
In the end, combat in Rebellion ultimately serves to reinforce the game’s asymmetry, its themes, and the characters of its two factions. As the Rebel player, you simply cannot conquer the galaxy by brute force; you need to choose your military actions carefully and execute them for maximum impact. As the Imperial player, though, your superior military might is a powerful asset and one that you will need to use to your advantage as often as possible.
The Ultimate Power in the Universe
From the tallest buildings on Coruscant™ to the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim, Star Wars: Rebellion presents you a chance to reenact the conflicts of the Galactic Civil War that is unmatched in its scope and cinematic grandeur. Rich with personality, replete with strategy, Rebellion is a massive, epic game and one that fully captures the spirit of the classic Star Wars trilogy.
Look for your chance to decide the fate of the galaxy when Star Wars: Rebellion arrives at retailers in the first quarter of 2016!