Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition is the latest version of the popular Monopoly series. If you’ve never played a themed version of the game, then you should be prepared to learn several new rules before you play. So lets dive in and learn how to play the new Mandalorian edition of Monopoly.
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Object of Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition
Though Monopoly: The Mandalorian Edition bears the name of the classic franchise, the object of the game is actually quite different than the traditional game. Based on the hit television show, the object of he Mandalorian Edition is actually to defeat the forces of the Empire and to protect The Child while going around a version of the typical Monopoly board.
The traditional Monopoly mechanics come into play here because the final winner of the game is determined by which player currently has the highest bank total including property values. Traveling around the board collecting money while having to protect the child creates a pretty unique experience.
What’s in the Box?
Monopoly: The Mandalorian Edition includes the following pieces in the box:
- Four Hero Tokens (The Mandalorian, IG-11, Kuill, and Cara Dunne)
- Three Enemy Tokens (Moff Gideon, Death Trooper, and Incinerator Trooper)
- One The Child Token
- Four Character Ability Cards
- One The Child Card
- Nine Imperial Enemy Cards
- Sixteen Hideout Cards
- Twenty Signet Cards
- Seventy-Five Imperial Credits
- Two Dice
- Game Board
- Game Guide
Setting Up the Game
Setting up the game is fairly straightforward, even more so than one would expect from a traditional Monopoly game. The board clearly labels where you should put pieces like the Signet cards and the Hideout cards.
You’ll place the Child token on the Just Visiting Space, then distribute 70 Imperial Credits (one fifty credit piece and two ten credit pieces) to each player. Players will place their Tokens on the ‘GO’ square, while the remainder of the game pieces will come into play later.
How to Play Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition
The great news is that learning how to play Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition is fairly straightforward, as all of the game rules that are not part of traditional Monopoly are clearly laid out on cards. With that said, it’s a good idea to keep a few other things in mind.
Number of Players and Play Time
This game can be played by up to four people, with a minimum of two players needed to play the game. Each game varies in length depending on the cards pulled and how the dice is rolled. Games can be as short as ten minutes long or they can run well over an hour.
The game’s progression is actually fairly unique, even if it does have the Monopoly branding. The goal of the game is to keep The Child protected as you go around the board, buy hideouts, and fight against Imperials. While players will still trade properties and pay rents, it’s the last factor that plays the biggest role in game-play.
You have the same goal as the main character in The Mandalorian which is to protect the Child from Imperials. As players pass the Just Visiting space, they’ll take charge of The Child and have to protect him as they travel the board. This is complicated by the existence of Imperial tokens on the board, which the player will fight through specific types of dice roll checks.
The major player interactions in this game are similar to what one would see in a typical game of Monopoly. When players pass a held property (Hideout), they’ll still pay rent to the player who holds that property. Likewise, players can buy and sell their properties, interact with one another using Signet cards, and participate in battles against the Imperials.
Scoring and Winning
One of the most unique parts of the Mandalorian Edition is how it is won. To win the game, players must successfully defeat Moff Gideon without allowing The Child to be captured. It is only after completing that particular challenge that the game can end.
It should be noted that the player who defeats Gideon is not the player who wins the game. Instead, it’s the player who has the highest number of credits (including property values) at the end of the game once Moff Gideon is defeated. This can put players in a unique position to try and keep the game from ending until they have enough credits to secure the win.
Tips and Tricks
The most important thing that players need to pay attention to in the game are the Signet Cards. Though this can play a lot like traditional Monopoly in many ways, Signet cards can totally upset the balance of the game. These cards allow players to do everything from rolling dice to stealing from other players, so they can have a huge impact on the endgame.
The other big thing to keep in mind is how The Child can impact the game. Though The Child does give players assistance in several aspects of combat, he comes with the downside of slowing down movement. As such, there are definite times in the game where it might be advantageous to avoid getting anywhere near this piece.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Difference between this game and The Child Monopoly?
One of the most confusing things about this game is that there’s already a Monopoly game out there based on the same property. The latter game, usually called The Child Monopoly, is just a themed version of the regular game. The Mandalorian Edition is a unique twist on Monopoly, while the other game is virtually identical to the original game.
Do Credits Really Matter?
Yes, credits definitely matter in this game. While you won’t see as many of them, they definitely determine who wins the game. As such, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on how many credits you are accruing during the game even while you are trying to fight off Imperials.
What Does The Child Do?
The Child is one of the most important pieces on the board. While he isn’t a player character, the game does end if he gets captured. The Child also plays a role in combat, as players who are currently holding him can use his abilities in the game.