Saturday, May 5, 2018


We enjoyed a fun family game night on May the Fourth playing the STAR WARS DESTINY dice and card game from Fantasy Flight.  This is an exciting fast-paced two player game that lets you imagine some of your favorite Star Wars characters dueling against one another for control of an iconic Star Wars location.  Each player controls a team of two characters of the same persuasion from the Star Wars movies (Light Side  / Dark Side / Neutral) who fight using blasters, lightsabers, and other weapons that are represented by dice which are rolled to inflict damage on their opponents.  To win the game you need to wipe out both characters from the other players team by depleting their hit points. Last one standing wins!

This game is more than just rolling dice though.  Each player also has a deck of support cards that can be utilized to provide benefits such as using the force, upgrading a weapon, boosting damage in an attack, restoring lost hit points, or shielding a character.  These support cards add suspense, strategy and skill as elements of the game so that winning at STAR WARS DESTINY is based upon both how your dice fall and how you utilize the cards in your hand.

We played the STAR WARS DESTINY starter kit during our May the Fourth family game night.  It comes with everything you need to play a match which pits Rey and Poe Dameron (Resistance) versus Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma (First Order).  Each of these four main characters has a description card that lists various attributes such as their unique hit points and exclusive special abilities.  These description cards also come with a corresponding die that is the device used in conducting each character's primary attack versus opponents.  Both teams also have a deck of 20 support cards that they can access during the game to assist their characters.

Plus there are additional dice within the starter kit that are attached to some of the support cards.  For example, Poe Dameron's blaster upgrade support card when activated provides that character a second die that can be rolled along with his first during attacks that increases the damage that can be inflicted.  Kylo Ren has a lightsaber upgrade card that also allows for a second die to be rolled during attacks. Of course having double dice doesn't mean you are going to hit your target ... every die in addition to having sides that indicate causing damage to your enemy's health also has a side that designates you missed in your weapon's swing or shot allowing your opponent to getaway with zero damage to their hit points. Doah!

A nice aspect of this game is that the average game only takes about twenty to thirty minutes to play.  We played three games in an hour and a half.  First my son and daughter matched up. I played the winner of that game ... my daughter. Then I played a bout versus my son.  Have to admit not taking it easy on them as A Geek Daddy is currently undefeated at STAR WARS DESTINY.

STAR WARS DESTINY does have a bit of a learning curve when it comes to getting a grasp on the rules and a comfort level with the game play.  Once you've delved into it though it is easy to catch on how to play the game.  It reminds me of another game my family really enjoys playing, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle from USAopoly. This was our first time playing the game and we enjoyed it from the get go. 

We really had a fantastic time playing this game.  STAR WARS DESTINY has earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval for combining cards and dice into the gameplay, its incorporation of elements from the sci-fi space opera that provide a vibe of being transported to a galaxy far, far away, and the impressive artwork displayed upon the game's character and support cards.  Bravo Fantasy Flight!

While the starter kit only allows you to play Rey and Poe versus Kylo and Phasma, Fantasy Flight has included a collectible deck building component to this game similar to Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering.  Fans of the game can purchase expansion pack that allows them to play as another team complete with their own set of unique support cards and dice.  Expansion packs include Luke Skywalker + Han Solo, Boba Fett + Imperial Stormtrooper, Rey + Finn, and Kylo + First Order Stormtrooper.

There are also booster packs based upon different themes from the various Star Wars movies that can be collected. The themes are Awakenings, Spirit of Rebellion, Empire at War, Legacies, and Ways of the Force. Each theme consists of 36 blind bag booster packs to discover that cost approximately $3 each. Every booster pack includes five randomized cards and one premium die, broken down into three common cards, one uncommon card, and one rare or legendary card with a corresponding die. In booster packs you can find new primary characters to play as (like Mace Windu, General Grievous, Ezra Bridger, and Admiral Thrawn) support cards and dice to help players to enhance their Star Wars game playing experience.

We bought our starter kit at Best Buy and it is available at a number of other major retailers.  Expansion and booster packs are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart and specialty comic book, gaming and hobby shops as well as directly from the Fantasy Flight website.  For more information about STAR WARS DESTINY head over to 

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