The "learn-as-you-go" system is genius and intuitive. If not for this beginner's kit, I never would have taken a chance on this system. As a very busy person with busy friends, I found that the rules were very intuitive and extremely simple, and it was great being able to get straight into the adventure. I can't wait to pick up more Edge of Empire stuff and start designing my own adventures.
I've DM'd various D&D systems, Cyberpunk2020, Trail of Cthulhu, Call of Cthulhu, and various homebrew systems. I love tabletop roleplaying games, but the truth is that I find it difficult to find space for them in my life as an adult. The problem with investing in a new system as an adult is that you're spending a lot of time and a lot of time learning and teaching unfamiliar rules. You can be lucky to get as far as 20 hours into a campaign before those books go on a shelf never to be opened again.
This box's tutorial adventure is essentially a prelude to a free adventure you can download on the company's website. I love how the designers essentially set you up with everything you need to explore a system for 20 hours before reaching that point where you need to buy the core rulebook and other merchandise. This approach really resonates with me and earns the developers a lot of legitimacy in my eyes.
The adventure in this kit lasted my players (all very experienced role-players) about 2 hours and we suspected that it would probably take total new-comers 2 sessions to get through. 2 hours of gameplay that teaches the rule system is great considering that going over rules and creating characters in D&D can easily take up a whole night.
My biggest doubt going in was the space battles. I've never seen good vehicular combat in a table-top rpg. As simple as the mechanics are for space battle in this game, we all started laughing half-way through the space battle because we couldn't believe how cool it was. Really the key for the DM is being creative (maybe a disadvantage for a gunner was the gun over-heating, etc) and hitting the players hard.
If you're not a DM but know somebody who is, buy this for them! This is a real treat for the players.
Gather your friends and prepare for adventure in the Star Wars galaxy! Whether you're new to roleplaying games or just new to Edge of the Empire, the Beginner Game is the perfect starting point. The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game features a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure. Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at the your fingertips, while custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll into a story. Detailed rules provide for hours of entertainment as you create your own adventures and tell your own tales of a galaxy far, far away!