Star Wars™: Shatterpoint is a tabletop miniatures game that takes players to a galaxy far, far away. In this article, we’ll delve into some general gameplay concepts that make Shatterpoint a unique and exciting experience.
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One of the defining features of Shatterpoint is the use of range tools to measure abilities and attacks. There are four range tools numbered 2-5, as well as a shove tool. Movement is also measured using two movement tools, a long movement tool for advances and a short movement tool for dashing, jumping, and climbing. These tools make measuring distances fast and easy, allowing players to focus on the action.
Two types of dice
Like most tabletop games, Shatterpoint uses dice to determine the outcome of various actions. There are two types of dice in Shatterpoint: the eight-sided Attack Dice and the six-sided Defense Dice. Players use these dice to determine the success of attacks and defenses during combat.
Shatterpoint’s gameplay is structured around alternating player turns, rather than the traditional Rounds format. Each player gets to activate one of their Units during their turn, and each Unit can take up to two actions. The basic actions include move, focus, combat, ability, recover, and take cover. Some characters have unique abilities that players can use during gameplay.
Unit activation in Shatterpoint is different from other games in the genre. Each Unit has its Order Card, and players create an Order Deck by shuffling their Unit Order Cards and a special Shatterpoint Order Card. At the start of a player’s turn, they draw the top card from their Order Deck, which determines the Unit they can activate that turn. If a player chooses to place their drawn Order Card in reserve, they immediately draw the next Order Card from the top of their deck and must activate that Unit instead. On future turns, a player with a card in reserve may choose to activate that Unit instead of drawing the top card of their Order Deck.
Players also have a powerful Shatterpoint card that can be used to activate any Unit, even one that has already been activated with its Order Card. This wildcard adds an element of unpredictability to the game, as players can use it to turn the tide of a battle.
The Force plays a significant role in Shatterpoint, as it does in the Star Wars universe. Players can use Force abilities to gain an advantage on the battlefield, such as moving objects or influencing their opponents. The Force is a powerful tool that can help players achieve victory.
Fast-paced tabletop miniatures game
Star Wars™: Shatterpoint is a fast-paced tabletop miniatures game that breaks from the traditional Rounds format. The use of range tools and unique Unit activation mechanics make the game exciting and unpredictable, while the power of the Force adds another layer of strategy to gameplay. Whether you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe or a tabletop gaming enthusiast, Shatterpoint is a game that is worth exploring.