Posts Tagged ‘X-Wing’

Wil Wheaton Talks Star Wars Board Games

Bryan Young | March 31, 2014
The X-wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games

The X-wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games…

Last year, Wil Wheaton started a little thing called “International TableTop Day.” It’s his goal that we all play more board games and it’s an ideal many of us in the world of Star Wars fandom share. And even though Wheaton is inherently linked to his role on Star Trek, we know he’s really a Star Wars guy at heart. (He even talked to us about it last year.)

With “TableTop Day” coming back this week for 2014, I got a chance to talk to Wheaton about what Star Wars board games he’d recommend we check out. And maybe I had a recommendation for him, too.


Creating Star Wars RPGs, from Dice to Starships

Jay Little | June 20, 2013


One of the high points in my career must have been last summer at Gen Con 2012, when two of our big releases were not only games I designed, but Star Wars games. There are two things that have been constants in my life: gaming and Star Wars. To be able to design games using a license that has been so influential to me is a dream come true. I think what I am most proud of with both games are the stories I hear about how they’ve gotten people into gaming that normally don’t play, or have been used to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to a hobby and setting their parents have loved for decades.

I’ve seen a number of posts and have received letters and e-mails from people telling me that both the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG and X-wing Miniatures Game helped them get their old college gaming group back together, or got a reluctant spouse to play for the first time. It is especially rewarding to hear someone say that the Edge of the Empire Beginner Game was their children’s introduction to role-playing or X-wing their introduction to miniatures gaming.

The journey to Gen Con 2012 was paved with design challenges, however. Fortunately, one of my favorite parts of game design is coming up with creative ways to face those challenges.


Wired Explores the Working X-Wing Team | November 27, 2007

(photo by Embry Rucker)

As previously reported, rocket enthusiast Andy Woerner and friends launched a 21-foot solid-fuel X-wing rocket on October 10 in California. The X-wing features a 19-foot wingspan and S-foils that actually lock into attack position after launch!

More than a month after the exciting event, Wired magazine takes a closer look at this fan’s mission to make the ultimate working model.

…Seconds after liftoff the fighter pitched wildly and blew up – just like Red 10. And Red Leader. And Biggs (poor Biggs). The wings, built to the proportions of the model, just couldn’t take the force. “We were afraid the wing panels would fold up,” Woerner admits. On the bright side, prior to its flight to oblivion, young Rebels got to clamber around the cockpit. “We do this for the kids,” Woerner says. Because, you know, it’s not like these guys are geeks or anything. By the way, the club’s next project: a Klingon D7 Battle cruiser. And if this one blows up, well, that’s how the Klingons like to go out, anyway. K’plah!

Read the story here:
Star Wars-Obsessed Rocket Geeks Build and Launch an X-Wing Fighter

X-wing Rocket Launches… Sort of

| October 7, 2007


As previously reported here, a nearly life-size X-wing model was scheduled to launch somewhere in California this week – actually, that launch has already occurred, with some rather unfortunate results.

Admittedly, the launch was pretty spectacular, if only short-lived. You got to hand it to the creators for almost pulling it off. Check out the video here.

Here’s the same scene captured from a different angle courtesy of Eyespot’s Kevin Baird.

21-foot X-wing Rocket to Launch Next Week Team | October 2, 2007


Yes, you heard right. According to, rocket enthusiast Andy Woerner and friends will be launching a 21-foot solid-fuel X-wing rocket on October 10 somewhere in California. It features a 19-foot wingspan and S-foils that actually lock into attack position after launch! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

They used an electric motor from a RC helicopter, reducing its 40,000 revolutions per minute to generate enough torque to move those massive wings. Still, the wings will take 35 seconds to travel from open to closed. Hopefully, they will be able to change before the flight ends, so they can get the full effect in the air.

Read the original post here, and more news about its construction here.

The Empire is certain to be watching their lift-off with great interest.