What was Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit action battle game?

Photo: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace provided fans with backstories, betrayals, and battles. One of which was the inspiration for the board game The Queen’s Gambit.

Whether the Star Wars prequels are poor representations of the lore or ahead of their time, these films were full of information about what happened before Episode 4: A New Hope.

In Episode 1: The Phantom Menace we are thrust into Naboo’s turmoil against The Trade Federation on the planet Naboo. The Jedi, specifically Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, get involved.

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This leads to the discovery of not only a resurgence of the Sith but for the boy who would one day become Darth Vader: Anakin Skywalker.

At the climax of the film, four battles are taking place at the same time. These battles are the focus of Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit Board Game.

The board game was released in 2000 under Avalon Hill Games Inc. (now a subsidiary of Hasbro).

Information about the game is scarce but BoardGameGeek.com provided the following information: “the battle on the plain between the Gungan forces and the droid army; the attempt by Naboo forces, led by Queen Amidala, to storm the palace and capture the Trade Federation viceroys; the fight between Darth Maul and the two Jedi Knights; and the space battle in which Anakin’s starfighter destroyed the Droid Control Ship.”

For ages 12 and up the game consists of using 155 plastic miniatures, two decks of cards and dice. Between 2 to 4 players can play on three boards including one three-level palace.

“Each turn, each side simultaneously chooses four action cards from a hand of ten, and places them in order. The actions are then carried out one at a time, alternating sides. Combat is resolved using special attack and defense dice.”

This game of strategy and luck can last over an hour.

Want to learn more about the game? You can watch several live stream videos on YouTube with over an hour of gameplay.

Interesting in purchasing the game for yourself or your Star Wars friends?

After doing a quick search online the game currently runs between $240-$1,500 on ebay.com. The game runs for $949.95 on Amazon.com.

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