Imperial Assault

Updated: Nov 24, 2020


Back in the heady days of 2010 I was enamoured with #Descent 1st Edition and began to wonder what a space version of that might look like, specifically what a Star Wars version might be. I started writing some rules, I even bought a second hand set of Space Hulk 3rd Edition tiles and some resin crates and barrels. Of course, like all of my design projects I eventually abandoned it, little did I know that my idea would eventually appear fully formed, with the license and all.


Back then we dreamed of Star Wars games that weren’t just a retheming of Monopoly, but no one ever thought it would be a reality. Then in 2014 #FantasyFlightGames got the Star Wars licence and we all cheered. In 2020 though we’re all a little Star Wars’ed out. The licence has been milked to death honestly. Not only have we seen a collectible card game and a collectible dice game that have both now run their course, but we have several board games and four different miniatures games, one of which has already gotten a second edition and all of this within just 6 years.


So, with all that said I’m reviewing Imperial Assault a little late to the party. The game is done, with no further content coming for it and likely no chance of a second edition due to complications with the licence as well as directly competing for a market share with it’s own little brother Legion. Still as one of my most played games of all time and my most played campaign style game I feel like I owe it to the game to at least commit some words to pixels. Just know that this review comes from a more jaded place than if I had written it six years ago…


A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away…


The Galactic Empire rules over the galaxy with an iron fist. There is a darkness residing within, a rotten core that our heroes must seek to extract and destroy through acts of heroism in the service of the Rebellion. Each joined the Rebellion for their own ends, perhaps to free their loved ones from slavery, or avenge a family cruelly ripped asunder by the oppressive empirical regime. Regardless of their motivation though they were bonded through their singular focus, to win at all costs.