Collectible Dice Game

“Hello there” begins the iconic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous.  With the new starter sets for Star Wars: Destiny, players can recreate this famous duel.  The Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Set features an elite version of Obi-Wan Kenobi with two die sides of melee damaged that can be boosted by his Power Action.  Teaming up with Obi-Wan is Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, who allows a reroll of a dice.  This starter set is full of blue and yellow cards to boost melee damage and upgrade and equip Jedi characters.

The General Grievous Starter Set brings two powerful Commando Droids to the aid of General Grevious.  The synergy amongst the droids can be terrifying.  General Grievous reduces the cost of activating droids as well as allowing any number of the droid dice to be rerolled.  The Commando Droids allow the player to activate other droids when the Commando dice are rolled. This is a set built to overwhelming the enemy, even a Jedi.

Then there are the Convergence booster packs. While booster packs have always been a way to add new upgrades (as well as new characters) to a deck, Convergence introduces a new type of card to the game: downgrades, cards that you attach to your opponents.  Just like it sounds, downgrades harm your opponents, but they can also confer a bonus when the attached character is defeated.  For example, Yellow contains a host of bounties that reward a player with additional resources or cards when they defeated a character with a bounty on it.  Of course, there are plenty of synergies to be found in the Convergence booster packs also, but catering to the type of character being played, not just its type and color.  For example, Captain Phasma not only enables troopers to inflict melee damage, but she also always has First Order Stormtroopers with her to deploy.  On the Jedi side, Mace Windu has the ability draw from the deck and play upgrades. If that upgrade is emplaced on a Jedi, then he also gives the Jedi a shield.  One of upgrades available in Convergence is Mace Windu’s Lightsaber, one of the most powerful weapons in the game.

While no official release date has been announced from Fantasy Flight Games, these are available for pre-order. Keep a lookout for them in your friendly local gaming store soon.

 

 

In the competitive card game sphere there are two styles of play that reward skill and deck construction more than just having the best cards, draft play and sealed play.  These types of matches have been going on for a long time with Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, and EPIC the Card Game, so having a collectible style game without it just feels incomplete.  Well now Star Wars Destiny will get that format now with the latest announced set, Rivals, which includes 20 cards that straddle the line between good and evil.

With this set and a handful of booster packs, you will be able play in either style format and be able to construct some solid decks of cards and dice.  Some of the set’s highlights include Anakin Skywalker, Conflicted Apprentice, whose ability differs based on if you discard a hero or villain card, and  Ketsu Onyo, Black Sun Operative, who allows you to save a weapon before it gets discarded.  These and many other cards will not only allow you to play in these new styles, but will bolster your decks in regular play as well.  Look for Rivals to hit shelves in 2018, and you can read more about it on the FFG website.

FFG continues to expand and support Star Wars Destiny by announcing a new set, simply called Legacies.  The name suits this set well as the majority of the new characters and items you will be getting have a foot firmly planted in the Star Wars movies of the past.  The two starter sets available will be Boba Fett with a veteran Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker with the heroic smuggler Han Solo.  These starters are pretty standard and include enough in the box to field an army with just what is there, but what is really interesting is all the new mechanics that this set will be adding to the game.

First on that list is indirect damage, this type of damage is usually coming in higher numbers than other types of damage, but because it is indirect, the player receiving the damage chooses where it goes.  So while you can dish out more damage than ever, it’s not going to be hitting what you want.  Another new mechanic are Power Actions, these are powerful actions you can take, but come with the limitation of only being usable once per turn.  So Wedge Antilles’ ability to flip a ship die to whatever side you want can devastating at the right time, just know you won’t be using it more than once a round.  And finally we have a new card type called plot cards, this are cards costing only a couple points, helping up bump that 27 or 29 point army up to a full 30.  These plot cards give you an extra leg up by giving you extra starting resources are forcing other players to discard cards.  Overall if you are a fan of Star Wars Destiny, this set will open up all sorts of new possibilities.  You can find out more on Fantasy Flight’s website, and then patiently wait for it’s release.

Force Friday 2 has come and gone, and with it the release of a new Star Wars game from FFG, a two player boxed set of Star Wars Destiny.  Fantasy Flight Games was rather hush about this release and wouldn’t even let brick-and-mortar stores about what exactly was going to be released that Friday (stores had to blindly go in on knowing they were releasing some sort of a Star Wars game that day).

Star Wars Destiny is the collectible dice game being put out by FFG as a competitor to Dice Masters.  In the game you will build a deck based on a set amount of points and dice, and then take your band of characters and equipment into battle against someone else.  Drawing and rolling dice on your turn in order to activate the many abilities of the cards you have.  In this new box set you will get enough cards, tokens, and dice to play the game right out of the box.  Plus, for those who are veterans to the game, this new box also features unique characters that haven’t been released like new versions of Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, Rey, and Poe Dameron.  So whether you are just getting into the game or have been around for a while, this new boxed set is worth a look.

You can find out my information on FFG website, or go to your FLGS and pick it up today!

Hot on the heels of the announcement for the Tomb of Annihilation setting for Dungeons and Dragons, Wizkids have announced a new game and expansion.  The new game was the rumored Adventure System game from before, and now we know it’s Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Adventure System Board Game.  This game will be released later this summer and will feature cooperative campaign play like in the previous games and will focus itself on the new setting.  The biggest change though has nothing to do with gameplay though, but the minis, and that is the addition of a deluxe version of the game.  So like with the Assault of the Giants game, you can purchase a standard game with unpainted minis, or the deluxe game for fully painted minis.  Either way I am looking forward to this new game in the Adventure System line.

The expansion that was announced is the next set for the Dice Masters game, Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Tomb of Annihilation.  This will expand the Dungeons and Dragons section of the game will more heroes, monsters, gear, and spells from the new setting.  Best of all there is also a new basic action card you can get that will change gameplay significantly.  You can look for this set to release this fall, and you can head over to the Wizkids site to read more about everything being released.

Zen Bins has made a name for itself as an inexpensive and yet effective storage solution for collectible dice games like Dice Masters and the newly released Destiny.  Both have a need to be able to not only store some cards, but also a good number of dice to field with those cards. In Destiny’s case, tokens as well.  So Zen Bins is Kickstarting an update to their previous system with spots for tokens to be stored along with the cards and dice.  An interesting add-on that they have to offer this time around is the blinder, this allows you to keep your dice hidden so that they aren’t visible to your opponent until the game starts.

Having used their previous model to store my Dice Masters I can say that they are very good quality for the money and do exactly what they set out to do.  So Destiny players should check out their Kickstarter page and pledge for a set.

For those of you who love to chuck dice or pretend to be ninja, you will be green with happiness to know that WizKids and designers Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang just brought us the next iteration of the collectible dice building game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters.

Expanding on the original game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes In A Half Shell Box Set introduces 8 new characters.  The new set also contains game play scenarios supporting 2 to 4 players.

Play as new versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello or Michelangelo or as allies or villains and each throw of the dice from this new box set will be sure to capture the imagination of Dice Masters rookies and veterans alike.

Dice Masters continues to grow and so Wizkids has to continue to find more heroes and villains to add to the series, so now they’ve brought in the X-Men from their early days.  X-Men First Class will have 30 new characters in total, some will be from Professor X’s first team he put together to What If? characters and stories from the comic books.  This set will be a booster only set so you will only be able to get these characters in the two cards boosters and not in any form of starter set.  Planned release for this set is April of 2017, so look forward to expanding your collection yet again.