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X-Wing: Millennium Falcon

I am going to spend a little time here discussing an expansion for the X-Wing miniatures game from the perspective of a casual player. I am not a full-on devotee to the x-wing system, just a board game fan and a Star Wars fan who thought this would be a good fit for me.

The problem with this is that X-Wing is a game that doesn’t really just work on its own: you need expansions to make the experience worthwhile. But since there are approximately 3,720 expansions for this game, what is a casual player to do?

Where I’ve decided to begin and end my x-wing collecting habits is to restrict myself to only ships that feature in the original trilogy of films. I think this is a good rule to follow to prevent going overboard with spending. But no matter what your own personal rule is, there is one expansion all X-Wing players must have: the iconic Millennium Falcon.

Additions

1 Millennium Falcon model – This is one of the first two larger expansions for X-Wing, and it looks incredible! This is a fantastic model of everyone’s favourite ship, fully coloured and detailed. I cannot say enough about how awesome this looks.
As far as how the ship plays, this thing is a tank. Its very hard to take down, and its 270 degree firing range makes it very formidable. In fact, it may be a little too overpowered for the rebels, depending on what the Imperial side is like.

2 New cards – Thematically, this expansion includes Han, Chewie, and Lando as new pilots. That’s pretty huge. It also includes co-pilot cards to add (including Luke, Nien Nunb, and Chewie again) as a new type of upgrade card.
There are also some new types of upgrades like concussion and assault missiles. These are decent and can be nice additions to use on your Falcon, though the Falcon already costs a lot of points in the first place.

Critique

Best Feature: The ship model. I mean, look at it!

What type: This is an extension/collection expansion.

When to use: This could be used any time when playing. The pilots do cost a lot of points (ex. Han Solo is 46 points, almost half of the allotted total), as the ship is quite powerful, so the Rebel player may not always want to use it if they want a larger fleet.

Does it fit?: No. The base box is way to small. The cards can fit with the original game cards, but the ship has to be housed separate.

Overall:
If you are planning on getting into X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon is a must have. But lets face it, if you are any level of Star Wars fan, of course you are going to get the Falcon to add on. Its probably the best of the original ships I’ve played with. Its quite a pain in the ass to take down as the Empire though.

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