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Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit
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Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 120 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Craig Van Ness

Publisher(s): Hasbro, Avalon Hill

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Product Description

This game recreates the ending of the Phantom Menace with four different battles taking place on four different boards. Planning, resource management and tactical positioning are key. Concentrate on the battlefield? The Jedi? Anakin? The Palace? This over-the-top production comes with two large game boards, one three-dimensional three-level cardboard and plastic Palace and over 130 plastic figures. Sure, its an incredible toy box, but the game mechanism rocks, too.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001

Product Information


  • 155 Star Wars figures
  • 1 Go First marker
  • 1 3-dimensional Theed Palace
  • 2 Gameboards
  • 4 Reference charts
  • 90 Battlefield cards
  • 90 Palace cards
  • 8 Starfighter cards
  • 16 Dice
  • 18 Life markers
  • Instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 11 reviews

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Forget the Movie, Skip Straight to the Game.
March 11, 2004

I'm always looking for good two player games. Games that interest both my wife and I are particularly hard to find. Most are too abstract for our taste or simply too lame. Enter 'The Queen's Gambit'. As a disclaimer, I hesitate to buy any game that is based on a movie or TV show, or aimed at the mass market.

'Star Wars:Episode One' was a huge disappointment for me, I went to see it at the theater once and haven't seen it since. So? You ask. The point is, I am not a person who is enamored with all things related to Star Wars. 'Star Wars:The Queens Gambit' is nicely themed, and fun to play. With four different conflicts occurring simultaneously, all intertwined to some degree, and almost 140 units on the board, one might be inclined to think there is too much to keep track of to truly enjoy the game. Not so. Play is smooth, fast, and the different aspects of the game are easy to follow.

Game pieces are of the finest quality plastic I have encountered in a game, they are basically unbreakable. Extras are included if any are lost. The rule book is to the point and very well written.

Game play is adequately described in other reviews on this site, let me only reiterate that there is lots of dice rolling. I have found the game to be balanced despite lots of dice. If lots (and lots) of dice rolling turns you off, approach with caution. Strategy can be limited by the cards you hold, but each card has two possible actions, so you still have lots of options. Even with lots of options this is not a brain-burner by any stretch of the imagination, play is more fun than it is challenging.

'Star Wars:Queen's Gambit' is good, despite the blatant attempt to appeal to the American mass market. It has quality bits, a well written rule book, a strong theme, is lots of fun, is tense, has lots of action, and is well balanced. On the downside: not a lot of thought is required (a person tossing out random cards will do O.K.), in fact many 'bonus cards' that come into the game are random. Lots of dice rolling is used to determine the outcome, and strategy is limited by the cards you are holding.

Bottom line:Play before buying if you are a game snob (such as myself). It is much better than I expected, but its strength is in fun and tension caused by the dice rolls, not strategy, nor the satisfaction of a well laid plan coming together.

Like Being in the Movie
February 19, 2004

I have no experience with comparable games to compare this to. I bought it because it's 'Star Wars'. I wasn't disappointed. Not only is it faithful to the movie--and playing it is like being in the movie--it's a fun game.

The instructions and the sheer scope of the game were daunting, but once I and my sons (one of whom can't even read, yet) sat down with it, we were able to figure it out. The first time we played, set-up and playing took about 3 hours total. Now, we can set it up and play a full game in under an hour.

All of the games have been close, but so far we have not been able to make the bad guys win. This has become a challenge and when we play now there's almost an argument over who gets to be the bad guys, because that's where the challenge seems to be.

I hated the film, but what a game!
December 03, 2002

I am not a big Star Wars fan. Never was. I think the first trilogy is ok, I hated Episode I and thought Episode II was a little better...but not much. I bought this game because I am a game addict and I buy every game Avalon Hill puts out. The componants looked so nice that I just had to try the game. I played one game with one of my friends and the rest is history, as they say.

We had so much fun you wouldn't believe it. We played in a store (my friend is the owner) and soon after we had begun, a lot of onlookers gathered and were amazed at the looks of the game. You have to see this one set up to appreciate what I am saying here. Anyways, we just had a blast. Yes it is luck driven and strategy is limited but that is not the point. This is a FUN, and TENSE game. Period. I can't get enough of it.

And guess what? It promted me to rent Episode I and watch it again. Now I did pass over most of the first 2/3 of the movie but was amazed at how the game closely lets you relive the end of the movie.

Get this under the Christmas tree for yourself or someone else. You will not regret it.

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