Star Wars Destiny: The Next Big Thing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you know that the Star Wars franchise has been rejuvenated with the addition of new stories in the form of a new trilogy and plenty of spin-off movies in the works over the course of the next several years. Of course, this means that now is the perfect time to cash in on the series’ newfound popularity (not that Star Wars has ever not been popular, mind you). That means new merchandise—and lots of it. There are new tee-shirts, posters, toys, LEGO sets, and, most importantly from our perspective, games. There of course have been new Star Wars themed Monopoly’s and Life’s and plenty of video games, but a game that we have seen become a huge hit in our café is Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars Destiny.

Star Wars Destiny was first released not long after Thanksgiving and almost immediately we ran out of booster packs. There was a seemingly long period of time between that and our next shipment of booster packs in which many of our customers (and even some employees) waited in agony. We got frequent calls wondering if we’d finally gotten more boosters in and even some people wanting to reserve a whole box. We even investigated other gaming stores in the area, but it was the same story everywhere we went: sold out. Finally, just before Christmas, we got the shipment in and once again, the boosters were gone in a few days.

The highly sought-after booster box

So what is this new game? Star Wars Destiny is a collectible card game similar to Magic: The Gathering in which you build a deck consisting of characters, weapons, vehicles, and abilities and use it to battle your opponent. In addition, there is a dice component to the game in the same vein of Dice Masters. Certain cards come with a die that you must use with the card in order to attack your opponent.

Why is this game so popular? Well, first of all, it’s new. As with most “new” things, there is a bit of hype surrounding it. People are curious and gamers especially have a desire to check out the newest games. Secondly, as I’ve talked about before in regards to Dice Masters, people are attracted to collectible card games because of the excitement they feel from collecting new cards and building new decks. But perhaps most importantly, it is a new Star Wars game. Star Wars is one of the biggest, most beloved stories to ever grace the big screen. Players enjoy opening booster packs and looking for their favorite Star Wars characters to add to their teams. And, as with Dice Masters, trying out different combinations of characters is part of the fun. Do you want Darth Vader to team up with Kylo Ren against Han Solo and Boba Fett? Star Wars Destiny will let you do that.

The first booster opened in our cafe contained the one and only Darth Vader

Although this game has only been out for a little more than a month, it already seems to me that it is a big hit. Only time will tell if it continues to grow in popularity or eventually dies out. Plenty of other collectible card games have come out in the past, all trying to emulate the success of Magic: The Gathering. Few have succeeded, but it seems that, at least for now, Star Wars Destiny just might.

Finding Just The Right Game To Give.

By Raelle Richard (Game Guru, Barista and Geeky Blogger)

Gifting Games

It’s that time of year again! You know what I’m talking about: the season of shopping. Most of us have a list as long as Santa’s with names of our family and friends that we intend to buy gifts for. If you are still in need of some ideas then don’t worry because we have got you covered! This Christmas, give the gift of fun with a board game. Board games are the perfect gift for anyone and with hundreds of games to choose from, there is bound to be something for everyone on your list. We have a few suggestions to get you started!

Kids

In my opinion, the best games for kids are games that adults can enjoy as well because how many of us actually like playing Candyland after a certain age? Qwirkle is a great game that kids can play with their parents. Qwirkle is a game that we have described as Scrabble but with shapes and colors. Adults can enjoy Qwirkle because there is a decent amount of strategy involved while young kids can play it almost like a matching game.

Qwirkle: A Great Game for Kids and Adults

College Students

Party games are great gifts for college students to take back to school with them and play with their friends after break. One of the games my friend group played frequently during my college days was The Resistance. The Resistance is a bluffing game in which everyone is working together to take down an oppressive government. However, there are a certain number of players who are secretly spies trying to stop this from happening. The fun of this game is trying to figure out which of your friends are on your side and which are not.

Bluffing – Intrigue – Fun for all!

Geeky Friends

We all know at least one person who loves superheroes and, chances are, you’ve bought them one too many shirts with Batman on it. One of our favorite games, perfect for any superhero-lover, is Marvel Legendary, a cooperative deck-building game staring some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. In it, players work together to defeat the villain by building up their decks with hero characters then using them to attack the villain and his henchmen and rescue civilians. This game is cooperative so either everyone wins together or everyone loses together, but the bad guys you fight also give you victory points if you are a competitive group and need to know who has the most points.

Great Card Drafting Game. Full of Geeky Goodness.

Couples

We have plenty of two-player games that would be a perfect gift for any couples in your life, but one of our favorites is Patchwork. Patchwork is a game in which players are competing to create a “quilt” in a Tetris-like fashion. We like Patchwork because it is easy for anyone to learn despite the surprising amount of strategy involved in the game. Patchwork is perfect for any age whether the couple you have in mind has been together for many years or they’re younger or recently married. This game is also a great idea for your own significant other if you are looking for games you can play together.

Couples Love to Play Patchwork at The Cafe

Families

Whether the family in question is your own or not, we have plenty of great games that any type of family will enjoy playing together. One of my personal favorites is Ticket to Ride, a game that I even managed to teach my own non-gaming family. If my family can not only understand and play Ticket to Ride, but also have fun while playing it, then any family can. Trust me on this one. In Ticket to Ride, players are trying to place trains on a map of the United States in order to connect two cities and finish their routes. Another great thing about Ticket to Ride is that there are many different maps to choose from so if your family is already familiar with Ticket to Ride, try picking up one of the other boards for something new.

Ticket to Ride is a must for families.

All of these games and more can be purchased at The Game Table Café. Here you can find a game for anyone on your list, no matter who they are or what they like. And from all of us here at The Game Table Café, have a wonderfully merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Merry Christmas from The Game Table Cafe