Unpacking the new Star Wars Beginner’s Role Playing Game box

Posted on December 20, 2012 by

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I received the new Star Wars Edge of the Empire Beginner’s game in the mail yesterday, and thought I’d share with you the contents of the box. I can’t speak yet to the actual playing experience, that won’t happen for another week or so, but I can comment on the contents of the game.  It’s worth noting that I also own the Beta book put out by Fantasy Flight Games.  This box is an extremely stripped down version of that game, using the same mechanics and framework.

Here are the contents of the box:

  • Adventure book
  • 48 page rulebook
  • Introduction sheet
  • Double sided poster map
  • 4 Character Folios
  • 14 Custom Dice
  • 8 destiny Tokens
  • 35 Character Tokens
  • 5 Vehicle Tokens

It’s important to note that while yes the game includes maps and tokens, this is not a game that relies on them for combat.  They are there to help new players get a visual idea of what they are looking at. This is not a tactical game like for example, 4e D&D.

Upon first glance, I am really happy with the production value of this game. Fantasy Flight Games has created a nice intro box set that I think may actually draw new players in, if they position it correctly.  Star Wars is one of those licenses that has the power to draw people in, all you have to do is walk the aisles at Target or Walmart to see the amount of stuff available with the license. If this game were to sit on a mass market shelf, it may get some traction, who knows. I saw the XWing miniature game for sale at Target, so it’s not too far-fetched to see this box there as well.

The books are softcover, but the rule book has a stronger backing than the adventure book.  The paper is glossy, and of high quality.  There is new artwork, and gorgeous one at that, throughout the game.  They didn’t just lift art from Lucasfilm, they commissioned artwork.  One thing that I don’t like is the box itself.  It’s a flimsy box with a flap opening, and an insert to hold it in place. It is not a sturdy box by any means.

The included adventure in the game does a great job of introducing you step by step to the mechanics of the special dice, which drive every aspect of the game.  The way the intro adventure is laid out, it teaches you the mechanics of the game, and the character folios are fully created characters, allowing the players to join the action right away.  So no, there are no rules for character creation, although character advancement is possible.

I am really excited about this game, and can’t wait to try it out.  I took a few pictures of the stuff in the box, click on each pic for a hi-res version…

The front of the box.

The front of the box.

The back of the box.

The back of the box.

The "what is roleplaying" explanation we are all familiar with by now...

The “what is roleplaying” explanation we are all familiar with by now…

The back of the rulebook explains skills and dice symbols.

The back of the rulebook explains skills and dice symbols.

Cardboard tokens.

Cardboard tokens.

A cantina, city, and spaceport control map.

A cantina, city, and spaceport control map.

A YT1300 floorplan.

A YT1300 floorplan.

The back of each character folio has backstory.

The back of each character folio has backstory.

Open character folio.

Open character folio.

More new artwork examples...

More new artwork examples…

48 page rulebook.

48 page rulebook.

New artwork is used throughout the game.

New artwork is used throughout the game.

The adventure teaches the rules as it goes along...

The adventure teaches the rules as it goes along…

Maps and minis are not required...

Maps and minis are not required…

I plan to write about my experiences with the game as soon as I can run it after the holidays, but I’m liking what I’m seeing.

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