Fantasy Flight Games just celebrated its 20th anniversary! To mark the occasion, we thought we’d compile a list of our favorite FFG games and why we love them so much. Here’s our list of games we’ve played over and over from this remarkable publisher.
1. STAR WARS X-WING
Star Wars X-Wing is the epitome of what a Fantasy Flight Games does well: great rules, beautiful components, and a respect for the licensed franchise and its fans. The game boasts some of the nicest pre-painted miniatures out of the box as well as thoughtful artwork on the cards and components. The rules offer solid balance and replayability. The game itself is both a fun casual game as well as a deep competitive game. And finally, there isn’t a Star Wars fan who hasn’t loved how the universe has been interpreted into this tabletop game.
If you need one more reason to check this game out, check out the X-Wing episode of Tabletop, where Wil, Seth Green, Clare Grant, and Mike Lamond play the starter set.
2. TWILIGHT IMPERIUM
There are two kinds of people when it comes to Twilight Imperium: those who LOVE the game, and those who don’t have time for it. If you’ve never played Twilight Imperium, be forewarned, this game can easily take six hours or more (not to mention time needed to set up and take down).
Published a mere 3 years into Fantasy Flight’s existence back in 1998, Twilight Imperium is an unapologetic gamer’s game. Tactics and strategy are the backbone of this game, fleshed out using complex and intricate mechanics which give the game the depth that makes it a fulfilling and chewy experience. You can definitely see the influence of both classic games and Euro-style games in Twilight Imperium and the era from which the game originated.
Players control a specific race, which has its own benefits as well as a secret objective card. The conquest mechanic is built on a random map, empire building includes trade agreements between races, and additional rules are voted in by players as laws hence the political element in the game. The game promises galactic conquest, politics and trade. If you’re a die-hard gamer who enjoys complex strategy, Twilight Imperium will not leave you wanting.
3. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
If you’ve ever thought Werewolf might be fun if it included spaceships, robot enemies, and the possible extinction of the human race; Battlestar Galactica is the game for you. This is yet another game whose deep mechanics balanced against a rich licensed universe, the most recent Battlestar Galactica revival.
Players play as their favorite (or least favorite) character from the show, with choices including President Roslin, Commander Adama, Starbuck, Boomer, Apollo, and Dr. Gaius Baltar. While the game’s mechanics include being relentlessly pursued by the Cylons to eliminate the human race, you also have a toaster (or two) in your midst, working against the non-Cylon players to escape their impending doom.
If you were a fan of the show, or you’re a fan of cooperative or semi-cooperative games with some fun inter-player dynamics, Battlestar Galactica offers a seriously rich playing experience.
4. ELDER SIGN
If you’re looking for a quick-playing, cooperative, and accessible game, Elder Sign may well be the one for you. Set in the Lovecraftian-inspired Arkham Horror universe, players are tasked with trying to prevent the awakening of an Ancient One.
Players control an investigator, each of which has a unique set of abilities. They explore random rooms, where they must complete tasks or face slowly being drained physically and psychologically by the horrors they are forced to confront. It’s a fun way to explore the world of Arkham Horror in the time it takes to simply set up a game of Arkham Horror.
5. ROGUE TRADER
Wil Wheaton once described the universe of Warhammer 40,000 as one of the richest science-fiction universes out there. My five minute video trying to describe this vast universe only scratched the surface, capturing but a fraction of the depth the universe. That is why the Warhammer 40,000 universe is a perfect role-playing setting.
In Rogue Trader, you get to play an Imperial citizen roaming the universe along with your crew. If the idea of playing a pirate in the 40K universe is an any way appealing to you, Rogue Trader is just up your warp rift.
What do you think of this list? What are your top Fantasy Flight games? Let us know in the comments!
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