Friday, November 13, 2015

Star Wars Risk - Black Series

First things first - this is NOT risk! I think Hasbro put it on as a marketing thing but definitely not risk and a very good game!

In this game you are playing out the end of Return of the Jedi. It's for 2-4 players and the rebels are trying to destroy the shield generators so they can destroy the Death Star and also having Luke fight Vader. The Imperial is trying to wipe out the Rebel fleet. The battle between Luke and Vader s not game deciding but if one side wins they get a good advantage at that time.

Oh and the board is shaped like a tie fighter!

There are plenty of game reviews out there - this is a look at the Black Series edition of the game. Suffice to say I have a lot of fun with this - it's not going to win any awards but its a great game that any Star Wars fan will enjoy. And NOT Risk! Don't let that put you off!

The game hit stores in September 2015 with the regular edition priced at £35. The Black Series is the same game but upgraded components and cost £50. The components and box do step up a notch but for £50 it is a bit pricey. For big Star Wars fans or those with a spare £15 who will get the play from this I would say it is well worth it. Here is a quick list of the differences:

  • Pewter Death Star, Executor and Falcon rather than card
  • Improved card stock and printing
  • Massively improved box and storage
  • Plastic figures for Stormtroopers
  • Dice are translucent red rather than plain red ;)

Anyway enough blabbing - on to the pics! The box first front and back - It opens like a jaw rather than the the regular version:

Here is the inside - the board is mounted in a foam layer with the board wings beneath the main board section. In the regular version the central board piece folds twice rather than the once here but they are otherwise identical:

Beneath the foam layer are the components with some nice box organization.

The rule book - well laid out and 18 pages long.

The board all assembled!

Close up of the Endor battle for the shield generator. The rebels need to advance all the way up and the imperials can slow them by putting Stormtroopers in the way but the Rebels will keep advancing....

The other wing tracks the health of the Falcon and Executor and the battle between Luke and Vader.

The dice! Not much more to add....

The Death Star - a cardboard token in the regular version.

Executor - also cardboard in regular version:

Falcon - you guessed it. Cardboard in the regular version:

X-wnigs, B-wings and Y-wings - theres loads of these.

Ties and Stormtroopers. The troopers are a card token in the regular version. Ties are the same and lots of them!

A few tokens for tracking health and Rebel progress on Endor:

The cards - same layout in both game versions but there is gloss finish in the Black series. Top are the Imperial cards and bottom Rebel. Basically when flipped the player chooses which one of the printed actions they are going to take.

The board laid out and ready to start!

Space battle in progress!

Rebels pushing for the generators!

I have no regrets on picking up the Black series, but it does cost more for the same great game. Black or standard edition I would recommend getting this!


  1. That looks like a great game, both in concept and visual.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention ;-).

    1. I like helping people spend money on games! I would have not looked at this had I not heard a Podcast discussing it. There was a game called Queens Gambit that played the last three scenes of Episode 1 in a similar fashion. I never tried it and it is out of print but worth a lot now I think. The only reason I think this got the Risk label is purely marketing.