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Michael Jordal
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Even though I think George Lucas has raped my childhood with almost every decision he has made from the 90s on and this includes the disappointing prequels, especially Episode 1, I still am a sucker for Star Wars and I really liked this game. When I saw it set up at Gen Con with the many bits glistening under the showroom lights, I was already hooked. Gameplay? What is that?

Gameplay- Luckily I was pleasantly surprised to find that this game has great gameplay to match the bits.

One player takes the side of the Trade Federation and one takes the side of the defenders of Naboo. The game can also be played with 4 players in two teams. The goal of the Trade Federation is to destroy all but two of the Naboo player’s characters in the palace. This will ensure that with the two viceroys (which are not able to be destroyed) that the Naboo player will be unable to have a majority in the throne room, which is the requirement for the Naboo player to win.

Play involves drawing a hand of 10 total battle cards, five cards from two decks and choosing four to play each turn. Each card allows you to move and attack with a certain piece or pieces. Some cards also have some other special effect on the game which is stated on them. The four cards you choose are placed in order face down with the card you want to play first on top. Players then go back and forth revealing their battle cards and performing the required action.

The game actually is a loose simulation, as the title predicts, of the Queen’s Gambit, which is her plan that culminates at the end of Episode 1 in the four battles of Naboo. Each battle is important in it’s own right, but the winner will be the player that balances their forces the best and pays attention to the proper battles at the proper times.

There is the battle on the plains between the Gungan forces and the Trade Federation army. Just like in the movie. This battle is mostly a distraction for both players, but you can not completely ignore it, because victories on the plains allow you to draw bonus battle cards for use in your next turn. This can give a player a huge advantage.

The battle of Theed Palace entails trying to get your palace guards, Captain Panaka and the red and purple queen to the throne room while destroying all the battle droids and destroyer droids that stand in your way. One of the queen’s health markers is marked with a symbol of the queen. At the start of the game the Naboo player places that marker on either the red or purple queen’s vitality track, so only the Naboo player knows which queen is the real queen. I tend to neglect this area when I play as Naboo. The Trade Federation player can get a bonus card by killing Panaka, and can halve the palace guard movement by destroying the queen.

In the core the best part of the movie took place. It is also a very exciting part of the game. The epic ligtsaber duel between Maul, Obi and Qui Gon is a very fun and exciting part of the game. I have seen this duel go both ways, but the good guys usually win with one Jedi surviving. The Trade Federation can earn 3 bonus cards for each Jedi destroyed, while Naboo can get 5 cards for destroying Maul. The other bonus when one player achieves victory here is that they are able to then take their Jedi of Sith fighter out of the core and into the palace to help the effort there. This is especially good considering the Jedi and Sith have the ability to split their move and attack in order to engage and dispatch multiple units. They also have a chance to destroy opposing figures when they are defending.

The fourth and final battle is the one that takes place in space above the planet. The Naboo player attempts to destroy the droid control ship by moving Anakin past the droid star fighters. The Trade Federation is trying to prevent this, because if this occurs all droids drop to the ground like scrap metal. This makes it very hard for the Trade Federation player to win, unless Maul has defeated the Jedi. Each time Anakin is activated, he can attempt to pass one star fighter grid.

It seems to me that the forces of good have an advantage, but I have seen the game go both ways. It is vital to get Anakin to the droid control ship as quick as possible to ensure this advantage.

The game allows for a lot of player interaction and decision making. In the end, it does come down to rolling dice, so luck is a major factor. But, a player can influence their luck by choosing the right battles at the right time.

I feel that the gameplay deserves 8 out of 10 lightsabers.

Look and Feel- The look and feel of this game is all sorts of cool. Star Wars theme regardless of which crappy movie it is based on is still cool. The board is massive and the bits are nice and numerous.

The board can be a bit of a pain. The center part is a little tricky to put together, and anytime I try to move units in the palace, my orcish hands about bring the whole thing crumbling down.

The art on the box and board is good as well. All of the sculpts look realistic enough and are made from the rubbery plastic, which I kind of like.

The look and feel of this game earns Queen’s Gambit an 8 out of 10 lightsabers.

Overall Score- 8 lightsabers out of 10

Final word- If you like the Star Wars, or you can at least deal with the theme, you should check this one out. I think it could be enjoyed by people that are not fans of the franchise as well, but I have not gotten the chance to play it with anyone that is not.
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Well done. I would also add that the game works well for either 2 or 4 players, with 4 players working in teams of 2 each side. Also, you can avoid knocking over the palace levels by using the force to move your pieces around. Concentrate...
 
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I would definitely like to try it with 4, but I think it has just been hard for me to get that many people together that would be interested in Queen's Gambit. Also, when I have four players, there are tons of good games to play.


I will have to remember to use the force next time
 
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Luckily I was pleasantly surprised to find that this game has great gameplay to match the bits.


Yep. The game is actually much more fun than the movie was. This is why it demands such high prices these days.
 
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I just paid a pretty penny for it, but I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl this weekend.
 
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What is Queen's Gambit going for these days?
 
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I guess all I had to do was look at the Ebay page at the bottom of the Queen's Gambit page! Wow, one is at 62 pounds - is that over $100?
 
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I am glad I grabbed mine when I did.
 
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