Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game boxed set announced

Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG from Fantasy Flight GamesStar Wars: Edge of the Empire has been written about pretty extensively since the release of the beta back at GenCon this year, on this site no less. Now, Fantasy Flight Games has shared at least some of their plans for the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG with the announcement of the Beginner Game. Reminiscent of the old D&D Red box (and other similar products that have become popular in recent years), the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game is a box set meant to provide an introductory experience to the roleplaying game while still giving you everything you need to play. The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game includes a 32-page adventur5e, 48 pages of rules, four character folios (pregens, although more detailed that the characters that term is usually used for, since these include eight pages of information), 14 of the oh-so-controversial custom dice, a double-sided map, and some tokens. I could not find a price at the time that this was written. The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game is a “complete, standalone product” according to this announcement, but it does contain a simplified version fot he rule set found in the full game and does not include rules on character creation, fewer talent, and cutting other ‘character development options.’

I’m actually generally for products like the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game, especially for a licensed game that is probably going to attract a lot of people that aren’t familiar with roleplaying as a general rule. What it lacks in versatility, it – hopefully – will add in ease of use, at least that is the idea. Obviously, I’ve already shelled out for the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beta, so this product isn’t aimed at me, but I imagine it will attract some attention, with its nice shiny box and included dice and full color tokens, on the shelves of the mainstream stores that I’m sure it will inhabit. If the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game brings new people into the hobby, I’m all for it.

If you’re done taking a look at the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the announcement, as well as your thoughts on ‘beginner products’ down in the comments. If you’ve wrapped up your business here, why don’t you take a look at the Related Posts found below, the Recent Posts in the sidebar, or go to random post on Futile Position.

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19. September 2012 by Michael
Categories: RPGs | Tags: , , , | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Any idea when the finished Edge of the Empire Core Rule Book will be released?

    For now, I think I’ll grab the box set just to get the dice and all the other added stuff. Plus a playthrough with some pre-generated characters might be some fun as well.

    However, my play group and I are waiting to get our hands on the real rule book.

  2. I’m GM’ing a beginner box game with a group ranging from little RPG experience (1 on 1 in a marvel setting) to none. I tried getting a star wars saga game running, but there was alot to keep track of, and I’m a noob GM who’s only observed a couple robotech sessions, and that was ages ago.

    The beginner box is exactly what we needed. Character creation should be easier once everyone’s had a taste of rp’ing, the included folio’s help new people to jump into the game without having to learn a bunch of rules before they even play.

    Setting difficulties as a GM feels more natural adding negative dice then setting a number to beat. The 2-axis die results (success or fail, and advantage or threat) help when throwing in plot twists or livening things up. (Success: the bridge is now extending. Threat: The blaring alarm has summoned a regiment of guards to the other end of the bridge)

    The whole “learn as you” go setup really helps with noob GMs like me because it gives an outline for how to setup and GM a game as well.

    • Yeah, I really love the whole two axis dice thing. It makes keeping the narrative interesting and unpredictable a little easier. That’s something I still struggle with and I’ve been running games off-and-on for what is now nearing two decades (cringe). I’m glad to hear that your experience with the Beginner’s Box went well. Honestly, everything I’ve heard about it has been positive aside from the people who are annoyed with how the whole thing is being put out, anyway. Despite people pushing D&D as a good place for non RPers to start, I really think that a branded product that has a setting they are already familiar with is the better way to go and Star Wars has such near-universal cache that it is hard to beat from that angle. I mean, most people at least knows the stuff from the original trilogy. Oh, and I really appreciate all of your comments. It’s rad to hear from you!

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