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Rating: 8.5 Excellent
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 180-240 minutes

Official Site: Star Wars: Rebellion product page

Created by: Corey Konieczka

Published by: Asterion Press, Edge Entertainment, Fantasy Flight Games

Alternate Names: Star Wars : Rébellion, Star Wars: Rebelia


Star Wars: Rebellion is a board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players!

Experience the Galactic Civil War like never before. In Rebellion, you control the entire Galactic Empire or the fledgling Rebel Alliance. You must command starships, account for troop movements, and rally systems to your cause. Given the differences between the Empire and Rebel Alliance, each side has different win conditions, and you'll need to adjust your play style depending on who you represent:

  • As the Imperial player, you can command legions of Stormtroopers, swarms of TIEs, Star Destroyers, and even the Death Star. You rule the galaxy by fear, relying on the power of your massive military to enforce your will. To win the game, you need to snuff out the budding Rebel Alliance by finding its base and obliterating it. Along the way, you can subjugate worlds or even destroy them.
  • As the Rebel player, you can command dozens of troopers, T-47 airspeeders, Corellian corvettes, and fighter squadrons. However, these forces are no match for the Imperial military. In terms of raw strength, you'll find yourself clearly overmatched from the very outset, so you'll need to rally the planets to join your cause and execute targeted military strikes to sabotage Imperial build yards and steal valuable intelligence. To win the Galactic Civil War, you'll need to sway the galaxy's citizens to your cause. If you survive long enough and strengthen your reputation, you inspire the galaxy to a full-scale revolt, and you win.

Featuring more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that account for thirty-two of the Star Wars galaxy's most notable systems, Rebellion features a scope that is as large and sweeping as any Star Wars game before it.

Yet for all its grandiosity, Rebellion remains intensely personal, cinematic, and heroic. As much as your success depends upon the strength of your starships, vehicles, and troops, it depends upon the individual efforts of such notable characters as Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Emperor Palpatine. As civil war spreads throughout the galaxy, these leaders are invaluable to your efforts, and the secret missions they attempt will evoke many of the most inspiring moments from the classic trilogy. You might send Luke Skywalker to receive Jedi training on Dagobah or have Darth Vader spring a trap that freezes Han Solo in carbonite!

Retail Price:$85
UK Games Expo Best Boardgame with Miniatures Winner 2016
International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Two-players Nominee 2016

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It is a period of civil war. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away, and the Empire rules the galaxy by fear. Its newly constructed battle station, the Death Star, is powerful enough to destroy any opposition.

Yet, there is a new hope. A brave few have chosen to stand against the Empire. From their secret base, these Rebels are making plans to deal the Empire a crushing blow and restore freedom to the galaxy.

Star Wars: Rebellion lets players reenact the epic struggle between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Players take control of iconic characters from the Star Wars saga, sending them on secret missions and leading troops in combat across the galaxy. …


When a player moves units to a system that contains his opponent's units, a combat is resolved. Players resolve a combat by following these steps:

  1. Add Leader: If a player does not have a leader with tactic values in the system, he may take one leader from his leader pool and place it in the system.

  2. Draw Tactic Cards: Each player draws tactic cards based on his leader in the system (if any). The player draws space tactic cards equal to his leader's space tactic value (blue), and ground tactic cards equal to his leader's ground tactic value (orange). …

Star Wars: Rebellion can be even more fun with three or four players. Up to two players can play on each team, collectively controlling either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance. Each player has certain responsibilities and controls half of his faction's leaders.

All rules in this booklet broadly apply to the team game with the following exceptions:

Choose Roles

When choosing factions during setup, each player chooses to play as either the Admiral or General for his team.

The Admiral and General each control different leaders and have some slightly different responsibilities as explained later. A player makes all decisions for his leaders and rolls dice for them when resolving a mission. …

After players have played their first game, they should use the rules explained in this section, which includes variable setup rules and thematic action card abilities for each leader.

Advanced Setup

When setting up the game, players can start with loyalty in different systems and choose where to place their units.

When resolving step 8 of setup, follow these steps instead of using the "First Game Setup".

  1. Shuffle the probe deck and reveal cards from the top of the deck until three Rebel systems and five Imperial systems have been revealed. …

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