core set

xwing force awakens

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce that The Force Awakens™ Core Set has now arrived for X-Wing!

On Friday, September 4, 2015, Fantasy Flight Games released The Force Awakens Core Set for the popular X-Wing Miniatures Game in select retail stores, some stores even opening in the wee hours of the morning to sell this new core set along with lots of other Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.

The Force Awakens Core Set includes a similar assortment of basic components needed to get your X-Wing collection started and to the table right away.  However, this new core set includes the following additions to the game:

  • New Resistance pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Rebellion fleets
  • New First Order pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Imperial fleets
  • Includes 1 Resistance T-70 X-Wing with new pilots and upgrades, such as the Weapons Guidance tech upgrade
  • Includes 2 First Order TIE/fo Fighters with new pilots and upgrades

xwing force awakens stuff

 All the components needed for a full game of X-Wing including:

  • 3 Plastic Ship Bases
  • 6 Plastic Pegs
  • 8 Ship Tokens
  • 3 Maneuver Dials
  • 11 Maneuver Templates
  • 1 Initiative Token
  • 4 Evade Tokens
  • 4 Focus Tokens
  • 6 Target Lock Tokens
  • 7 Shield Tokens
  • 3 Stress Tokens
  • 6 Asteroid Tokens
  • 5 Satellite Tokens
  • 6 Mine Tokens
  • 34 Assorted Tokens
  • 13 Ship Cards
  • BB-8
  • R5-X3
  • Proton Torpedoes
  • Weapons Guidance
  • Wired
  • 1 Poe Dameron
  • 1 Blue Ace
  • 1 Red Squadron Veteran
  • 1 Blue Squadron Novice
  • 1 Omega Ace
  • 1 Epsilon Leader
  • 1 Zeta Ace
  • 2 Omega Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Zeta Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Epsilon Squadron Pilot
  • 1 Range Ruler
  • 3 Red Attack Dice
  • 3 Green Defense Dice
  • 1 Learn to Play
  • 1 Rules Reference
  • 1 Mission Guide

Fantasy Flight Games will be publishing a series of articles over the next several days that will “more closely examine the Resistance’s signature T-70 X-wing, the First Order’s TIE/fo fighter, and what The Force Awakens Core Set means for the future of X-Wing Organized Play.”  Keep watching for these articles as Dice Tower News brings them to your attention, and on FFG’s website.

While this new core set is currently only available at select Force Friday locations, it is now shipping for wider release, and should be available later this month at your favorite local game store.  For more information on this new release, visit FFG’s website here.



mage wards academy

Arcane Wonders announces a new addition to their successful Mage Wars family, Mage Wars Academy.  As a standalone game system, this new version of Mage Wars will be fully compatible with all other members of the Mage Wars game family.

Academy is designed with both new and existing players in mind.  New players will find it the perfect “jumping on point” to the rich and vibrant Mage Wars® universe.  Experienced players will be excited to find new spells that are all compatible with Mage Wars® Arena, offering them new options in their battles.  In addition, both player types will find Academy fast paced, strategic, and portable to take their duels wherever they want!

mage wars academy setup

The Academy Core Set is for 2 players ages 14 and up and plays in about 30 minutes.  Each Core set includes:

  • Two 4-Pocket Portfolio Spellbooks
  • 2 Status Trackers for life and mana tracking
  • 1 Initiative Marker
  • 2 mages (the Beastmaster and Wizard)
  • 2 Mage Ability Cards
  • 131 new Spell Cards
  • 2 Quickcast Markers
  • 6 Attack Dice
  • 1 Twelve Sided Effect Die
  • Condition Markers, Damage Counters, Guard Markers, and Tokens

Mage Wars Academy will be available in limited quantities at GenCon 2015, and plans for a full release in late September or early October.  For more information on this new set, visit the full product description here.

heirs of blood


The kingdom of Saradyn lies in peril. After centuries without a ruler, an heir to the kingdom has arisen, but he is not the only one to lay claim to the throne. Lady Eliza Farrow, an immortal vampire and the wife of a renowned necromancer, has claimed Saradyn as her own. She is more than willing to slay anyone who may stand between her and the hidden kingdom. Only you and your fellow heroes can protect the true heir from a horrid death at Eliza’s hands.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the first official campaign book for the hit strategy dungeon-crawl board game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition.  With thirty-two completely new encounters interwoven within two acts, Heirs of Blood allows Descent players to embark on a whole new major campaign using the Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition core set.

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This new content alone will likely be great news for Descent 2.0 fans.  The more exciting news, however, is that this campaign is fully playable with just the core set, relieving any requirement for those who have not purchased the myriad of Descent 2.0 expansions and additional content to be able to purchase and play the game.  The logical question that follows is whether the new campaign will scale well for those players who do own expansions and wish to add in all the various combinations of heroes, monsters, rules additions and tiles.

Much like previous campaigns in the Descent 2.0 realm of Terrinoth, the outcome of each encounter in Heirs of Blood has consequences for the entire campaign.  Fantasy Flight’s website outlines the campaign plot summarily:

In the first act, you and your fellow heroes must foil Eliza’s initial incursions into the hidden kingdom. You may battle goblins to retrieve treasure from a hidden cavern, or attempt to keep Eliza Farrow from completing an unclean ritual. When the second act begins, Saradyn is launched into open war against the dark forces and machinations of the Farrows. You may battle a rival army amid a graveyard filled with undead or seek to infiltrate the haunted dungeon of Khinn! The Heirs of Blood campaign concludes with an unprecedented, three-encounter finale that brings Saradyn’s two claimants together in a magical showdown that will determine the fate of the kingdom. Your heroes are all that stand between the rightful heir and a grisly demise.

The scheduled release for the Heirs of Blood campaign book is the first quarter of 2015.  For more information about Heirs of Blood or of the Descent 2.0 system, visit the Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition pages on Fantasy Flight’s website HERE.