Star Wars Villainous board game revealed. Which bad guy will you play?
Disney Villainous, the award-winning board game series published by Ravensburger, is finally getting the expansion fans have been waiting for. star Wars Villain: Power of the dark side releases this August and will feature Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Asajj Ventress, General Grievous, and Moff Gideon as playable characters.
Polygon sat down with the Ravensburger production team to discuss the franchise’s history and the bold move it’s taking in a galaxy far, far away.
The Worst Takes
First introduced in 2018, Disney Villain: The Worst Takes All turned the script in the world of board games by allowing players to take on the roles of infamous villains from classic Disney animated films. This original game was developed by Prospero Hall (now part of Funko Games). And included Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Ursula (Mermaid), Jafar (Aladdin), Prince John (Robin the Hood), Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), and Captain Hook (Peter Pan). There’s something for every fan of classic Disney animation, including addictive card-based gameplay and a hefty dose of hell-neighbor-style competition. the villain the series is now developed in-house and published internationally by Ravensburger.
The franchise has become a staple of the modern retail gaming catalog, featuring prominently at Walmart. And Target as well as appearing on shelves at friendly local stores. The company says it has sold almost three million copies worldwide so far, and accessibility has always been part of the secret to its success.
Each of the games in the series is suitable for the whole family, although not without violence. (“We don’t use the K-word,” chimes international marketing manager Cassidy Werner.) The iconography is large and easy to interpret, and the graphic design is clean and modern. Most importantly, each villain has their own cheat sheet, a guide to villains that details how they can be played to win.
Star wars villain
IN star wars villain players will maintain a pool of ambition that they will use to fuel their various table activities. Which, along with Destiny, will give them all the tools they need to achieve their goals. Darth Vader is naturally trying to convert Luke Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. Grievous collects lightsabers, and Asajj Ventress must complete three of the five randomly selected missions. Moff Gideon is also there, trying to capture Grog and perform nefarious experiments on him.
To slow each other down, players will have access to vehicles. A first for the franchise. The vehicles introduced to the game with Ambition will provide villains with new and powerful moves that they can perform on their turn. Meanwhile, the vehicles introduced to the game with Fate will be driven by fantasy heroes bent on taking down the bad guys.
The final product will include many images from the films and cartoons of the Star Wars saga. Ravensburger project manager Jenny Webb said working with Lucasfilm was the highlight of the entire experience. She says she was constantly amazed by the breadth of the company’s knowledge of the space franchise.
“We’re working on small art sketches for the maps,” Webb said, “and of course it won’t come as a surprise, but at some point we’ll have R2-D2. As well as [our Lucasfilm contact] looked at it and he was like, “No. No, this, this Episode 4 R2 and you need Episode VI R2 for this card to work. […] The reason I encourage you to do this is because you will have an ardent Star Wars fan and they will criticize you if you are wrong.” So I really felt like we had a strong partnership with Lucasfilm.”
One of the most striking elements of the Villainous series of games are the pawns of the players. Which the Ravensburger team calls moving. They represent where each enemy is in the universe and indicate which abilities have been used in previous rounds and which powers are available for use in the future. For the first time in franchise history, each box star wars villain will contain slightly different propellers. Each will have a slightly randomized look and feel created by a unique new manufacturing process.
“From a technical point of view,” Webb said, “they use a powder of a certain color, which is poured into the main color, and then mixed. Then they bloom a bit and we get a very cool galactic feel.” Like other pawns in the Villainous franchise, all moves in this new game will be translucent and will cast colored light onto the table as they play. But when you hold them up to the light, they will shimmer with a “universe effect,” Webb said.
“Sometimes this blooming will carry the color to the edge of the surface,” Webb said, “so you will see this really sharp color appear on the surface, and then it will recede as it enters.”
The result should be a set of huge sculpted game elements that seem to be part of the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars Villains: The Force of the Dark Side will sell for $39.99. The final game can be played by 2 to 4 players and the game time is approximately 20 minutes per villain. Expect to see it online, at major retailers and in local hobby shops starting this summer.