Fantasy Flight has a pretty good track record with its Star Wars tabletop games, with two of them—X-Wing and Imperial Assault—in my crew’s regular rotation. They might soon be joined by a third.

Star Wars: Rebellion is a new game just announced by the company, and while the name and basic look may remind of a forgotten video game classic, this is trying to do its own thing.

Rebellion is a big ol’ strategy game of a different kind, combining...well, a bit of everything. There are heroes (who perform missions, like freeing Han from carbonite), political stuff, space battles, ground battles and 150 cool little plastic units to wage war with.

What’s intriguing me, though, is the complete asymmetrical nature of the game design. The Empire and Rebellion are not equally-matched: the Imperials have all the guns, so the Rebels have to race around the galaxy inspiring planets to rise up and staying alive, while trying to make quick, decisive strikes against the Empire.


Which is just like the movies, yes, but it’s great for game design, especially since this supports up to four players. It’ll be out Q1 2016.