The inevitable sequel loomed. Teddy Power against the might of the mechanised imperials.
Having just destroyed the Rebel base on Hoth with a decisive attack using massed Walkers (an episode notable for a lowly rebel trooper firing one shot at close range at a Walker and causing it to explode instantly), it was time to see if Human, Wookie and Ewok strategy could outwit the powerful but programmed and strategically limited imperial force guarding the shield generator on the forest moon of Endor.
As this solo game uses a very similar system to Assault on Hoth it seemed like a good chance to play on the same side as my firstborn and try and restore the balance in the force. The game starts with the heroes and rebel soldiers surrounded outside the locked and sealed imperial base by an imposing force of stormtroopers, speeder-bikes, AT-STs and security forces. Surrounding them in turn is a large force of Ewoks armed with primitive weapons but capable of combining against a single opponent.
The game board, part way through.
The first few turns looked bad for the goodies. Several Ewoks met their maker at the hands of imperial blasters and all return fire was ineffective. The only bright spot was that Han Solo had managed to make a start on opening the blast doors before realising that running away was a better option as this would lure the defending forces away from the entrance and make it easier for the heroes to return.
Heroic Ewoks were massacred in the first few turns.
Large numbers on both sides were eliminated over the next few turns, including an AT-ST in a sneak attack, before some timely reinforcements helped the rebels gain the upper hand. Although wounded Han and Leia managed to open the blast doors fully and stumble inside. Sadly Chewbacca’s attempt to board an AT-ST failed and his Ewok helpers were gunned down instantly.
With many casualties on both sides the board becomes much less congested.
The defenders inside the complex were swiftly eliminated only for more stormtroopers to come in with all the heroes taking wounds. Nobly sacrificing themselves to stop further troops going in after Han and the gang, the remaining Ewoks parked themselves outside the blast doors, jumping up and down and shouting ‘Shoot me!' The imperials duly obliged but this bought enough time for their mates inside the building to be blown away and the charges set.
The heroes storm the bunker!
The complex blew up, enabling the attack on the partially completed Death Star to go ahead before a single rebel cruiser had been destroyed. Forgetting that they had lost the cream of their clan, the few remaining Ewoks held a party that night with their new friends, little knowing that their heroic efforts would be shortly rewarded by the complete destruction of their planet.
All in all, quite a fun session, with a reasonable ‘programmed’ opponent and a satisfying cinematic feel to the game.