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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
 
Star Wars Miniatures

I recently bought a starter pack and a booster of Star Wars Miniatures. This is a miniatures tabletop game in which you buy the miniatures very much like you buy cards for a trading card game. A booster costs $15 and contains 7 random miniatures, with no way to see what you'll get in advance. The starter set has a rulebook for a simple tabletop game, doing squad-sized battles between various factions in the Star Wars universe. I just ordered 5 more boosters to get more miniatures. Only I don't plan to use them for their original purpose.

The reason I'm buying is that me and my friends recently finished a Dungeons & Dragons campaign that had lasted for years. And now we are going to try a campaign of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game (The d6 version from West End Games, not the d20 version from WotC). And whatever system we are playing, we are usually using 25-mm metal miniatures to indicate who stands where in combat. But with all previous campaigns having been fantasy-based, we got lots of figurines for elves, orcs, fighters and mages, but none that would be suitable for a Star Wars game. Thus the Star Wars Miniatures. They are plastic, not metal, but they come already painted, and at $2 apiece are comparatively cheap.

Now I would just need to find a game shop or game convention in Belgium where people actually play and trade the Star Wars Miniatures game. Then I could trade those of my rares that aren't useful for role-playing against a larger number of commons you'd expect to turn up often in the RPG, like stormtroopers for example.
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Collecting Star wars figurines now Tobold? I think it is time you took the nerdometer test.
 
Good choice to go with the old d6 version, that system is a lot of fun!
 
Collecting Star wars figurines now Tobold? I think it is time you took the nerdometer test.

Already did last weekend, and had the same "Cool Nerd King" general score you have. Although I must say the score is slightly skewed because the test makes several references to US nerd stuff. A European nerd doesn't necessarily read the same comics or watch the same TV series as an American nerd.
 
The West End version is definitely superior to WotC's version. It does, however cause lots of problems with min-maxers. Get 6d in dodge and even with limited weapon skills, you are an unkillable machine.
 
Now I would just need to find a game shop or game convention in Belgium
One word my European friend: ebay

also, i hear the new version of WotC's Star Wars rpg is actually pretty good at capturing the feel of the WEG d6 version, with more structure and stuff.

I dunno, I don't play it (yet)
 
Although I must say the score is slightly skewed because the test makes several references to US nerd stuff. A European nerd doesn't necessarily read the same comics or watch the same TV series as an American nerd.

Lol Tobold. The very fact that you noticed that is worth an extra few pointson the nerd scale!
 
I can't speak for whether or not the Saga Edition (the newest version from WotC) is close to the WEG d6 version since I never played it, but I do have the Saga Edition book and I really like it. While it's similar to the d20 system the old books had, it made a lot of logical changes which make it a much smoother overall play.

Not saying you need to get it right now, but if you can get your hands on it it's not a bad move. :)
 
Heh, this miniatures game reminds me of a game I played way back when called Mage Knight Rebellion. A company liked warhammer but felt that looking up stats in books and keeping track of them separately got annoying, so they made a miniatures game with a clickable base on the bottom that represented health (Each turn of the base was 1 damage) with stats printed along the base and a small window allowing you to view them. Taking damage, and thus turning the base clockwise, revealed new stats so units started stronger and bled power and abilities as time wore on (Well, more or less)

It was a fun game while it lasted, but it couldn't sustain it's base and, last I checked, fell away into obscurity.
 
Tinil, the game you're referring to lives on as Hero Clix, and I've seen many different variations from High Fantasy, to Superheroes, to squadrons of planes, and so on.
 
Hehe, I have a small box full of Mage Knight figurines somewhere, which I picked up at some games convention in London. Nice idea, I just never had anyone to play against. So when I heard that "Mage Knight Apocalypse" was coming out for the PC, I thought it would be a computerized version of the Mage Knight tabletop game. But it turned out to be a rather bad Diablo clone. *Sigh*

Oh, and I picked up the Saga Edition rulebook for the WotC Star Wars RPG yesterday for comparison. But I guess we'll stick to the d6 version for this campaign.
 
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