Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be releasing faction-specific damage decks for Star Wars: X-Wing. These decks have the same in-game content as the standard damage decks in the core set, however the new releases have two cosmetic upgrades. First, there is a unique damage deck available for each of the game’s seven factions. Each deck has a faction-specific cardback and faction-specific artwork illustrating where the ship has taken damage. For example, the damage cards for the Resistance show an X-Wing and the damage cards for the Galactic Empire show a TIE Interceptor. Second, all of the faction-specific damage decks are larger than the damage decks in the core set. They are FFG LCG size cards, instead of the mini cards in the core set.

You can check out each faction’s look in the FFG press release.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that Marvel Champions: The Card Game is getting an expansion! The Green Goblin Scenario Pack introduces two new scenarios that players can take on that focuses around Norman Osborn and his alter-ego, the Green Goblin.

This scenario pack includes 78 cards centered around taking down businessman, Norman Osborn, the long-standing arch-nemesis of Spiderman. This pack will also come with four modular encounter sets to mix into the scenario included.

Players will work together to bring down Osborn’s Criminal Enterprise attempting to not let him manage to obtain a Hostile Takeover, but if Osborn grabs hold of the new Stark tech through a Corporate Acquisition, then all is lost for our heroes.

For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games site here.

A brand new installment into the Arkham Horror universe is upon us. Arkham Horror: Final Hour is a cooperative game for 1-4 players designed by Carlo A. Rossi that can be played in an hour!

It is an hour until midnight and the fate of the world is in your hands as an endless swarm of monsters plague the Miskatonic University Campus. Players will have 8 rounds to gather clues and piece together how to reverse the ritual the cult is using to summon the Ancient One. There are 6 investigators to choose from with each of their own set of skills and a unique deck of action cards.

This game will focus more on combat than other Arkham Horror Files titles and there will be a limit placed on players’ communication with each other. All you will have are priority cards that allow you to express to your team how important which actions are to be resolved. As time is running out, players will need to fight back the monsters while discovering the necessary components to reverse the ritual and ultimately banish the Ancient One!

Pre-orders are available now. For more information, check out Fantasy Flight Games’ site here.

Fantasy Flight announces a new living card game: Marvel Champions. Marvel Champions is a cooperative game for 1-4 players. Each player takes the roles of an iconic hero from the Marvel universe.  Each hero has their own customizable deck of 40-50 cards representing their powers, tools, and allies. The players team their heroes up to defeat the villain, who is not controlled by any of the other players.  Each villain has their own deck of cards also, complete with evil schemes and encounter cards that represents their powers, tools, minions and more. The villain activates once for each hero in play.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set will give players everything they need to jump into the living card game.  The core set includes five hero decks: Iron Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider Man.  It also includes three villain decks: Ultron, Klaw, and Rhino. New Marvel Champions expansions are expected every month. Unlike a collectible game, there’s no chase for rare cards—you’ll find a full playset of each card in every expansion, and every expansion is labeled so you will know exactly what you are getting inside.  This will allow you to customize how you expand your collection with new heroes, scenarios, and more. Every core box of Marvel Champions includes every card available in the core set.  You will have everything you need to customize the hero decks provided.

One of the interesting aspects of each hero deck is the double-sided identity cards: one side for the hero, and one side for the alter-ego. Some abilities are only available while the hero identity is face up. Heroes with their alter-ego face up will not be able to attack villains directly, but heroes can heal and access unique abilities in their alter-ego form.  To bolster a hero’s abilities, players can play ally, upgrade, event, and support cards from their hands. Allies can thwart and attack the villain on their own terms, events are powerful one-time effects, while supports and upgrades stay on the field to assist heroes in battle! Each hero also has an obligation card.  These cards are shuffled into the villains encounter deck, and risk occurring at the most inopportune time, forcing the hero to turn their attention away from the villain and take actions to address their obligation.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game Core Set includes over 350 cards, 100 tokens, five hit point trackers, and more, and is available for pre-order now.  Visit the Fantasy Flight website to learn more about Marvel Champions.

Fantasy Flight has announced a new booster for Star Wars: Destiny, Covert Missions. This 160-card booster pack builds on one of the booster packs published earlier this year, Star Wars: Destiny – Convergence.

In Star Wars: Destiny – Covert Missions, the The Rebel side is tasked with destroying the Death Star, while the Empire side has to collect the resources needed to build the Death Star. This set introduces a new keyword to the game and features some iconic characters including Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett.

This booster pack is available for pre-order through the Fantasy Flight web store. For more information on this booster pack, check here.

“These expansions put devastating new options for your starfighter squadrons at your fingertips, letting you conduct deadly electronic warfare and unleash barrages of powerful turbolaser or ion cannon fire as you bring the full weight of the largest X-Wing ship class to bear against your opponents. ”

Star Wars fans rejoice, for Fantasy Flight Games has announced more support for those incredible, huge ships that players of Star Wars: X-Wing were never quite sure what to do with. The company has just announced the Huge Ship Conversion Kit for X-Wing second edition, allowing players more options for their gorgeous 2014 Tantive IV model, likely sitting on pristine display since Second Edition X-Wing launched in 2018. The new kit comes with tons of updated components, including ship cards, tokens, and maneuver dials. The Tantive can now be flown by either the Rebels or the Alliance, while the other supported huge ships (Raider, C-ROC, and Gozanti), likewise are allied with 2 of the 7 factions each. The Huge Ship Kit also includes a special Maneuver Tool, Range Ruler, Resource Trackers and Damage Deck, all scaled up for these giant models.

And fear not if you are new to the X-Wing miniatures world, because those glorious, giant models will once again be reprinted, already packed with second edition goodness. The new Tantive IV Expansion Pack and C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack contain not only their impressive foot-long models, but also all the above components needed to integrate them into many a space battle.  

“The chaos of battle surrounds you as enemy fighters dart between massive warships. It will take more than just fancy flying to lead your squadron to victory in battles like this. Step up to the largest X-Wing battles yet with the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion! ”

A perfect match for those gigantic cruisers, Fantasy Flight has also announced the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion for X-Wing Second Edition. Epic Battles allows massive 2-8 player conflicts, invoking the largest, craziest space battles from the movies. This expansion adds 11 cinematic scenarios, including a chaotic 8-player free for all, and team based intel collection. New Wings add squad based mechanics, allowing players to move formations of 3-6 fighters with a single maneuver dial, and under one leader. Finally, it goes without saying that the new Epic modes will allow the construction of enormous 500-point or 20-threat armies.

The Huge Ship Conversion Kit, Tantive IV Expansion Pack and C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack, as well as the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion should be available for purchase at your FLGS during 4th quarter 2019. For more details, check out Fantasy Flight’s official press releases for Huge Ships and Epic Battles.

The Vengeance of Mordor cycle in The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game started with the deluxe expansion A Shadow in the East. Now the cycle continues with the cycle’s first adventure pack, Wrath and Ruin.

The Vengeance of Mordor story began in A Shadow in the East with your heroes (1) traveling the River Running, (2) investigating a series of abductions in Dorwinion, and (3) entering an ancient temple to save the kidnapped from a cult of Sauron. Now back in Dorwinion, Wrath and Ruin continues the story with the city under attack. An army of Easterlings led by Thane Ulchor has invaded Dorwinion, and mechanically it is up to you to control contested locations to support the city guard and repel the invaders!

To aid you in your plight, you might be able to call upon the mercurial Tom Bombadil for assistance. However, he does not start in your deck. He begins the scenario out of play, and you must play a specific event card to shuffle him into the encounter deck for a chance of gaining his help (more details here).

Wrath and Ruin comes to Dorwinion in the third quarter of 2019.

Fantasy Flight has announced a new expansion for Mansions of Madness, Path of the Serpent. In this expansion, the players are in the jungles of the Amazon, fighting for their lives as they face serpent creatures, explore the jungle and its many ruins and battle a serpent’s curse.

This expansion features 3 new scenarios as well as 4 new investigators. You can pre-order the expansion now or wait for it to appear on your FLGS shelves some time in the 4th quarter of 2019.

More information regarding the new expansion can be found here.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the 8th deluxe expansion for Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. A Shadow in the East brings you the normal three scenarios for expansions to the game, along with hobbits and The One Ring. The scenarios have your heroes (1) traveling the River Running, (2) investigating a series of abductions in Dorwinion, and (3) entering an ancient temple to save the kidnapped from a cult of Sauron. A Shadow in the East is the beginning of the Vengeance of Mordor cycle. However, with this many expansions you want to know what is new. A Shadow in the East introduces master cards, contracts, and the first double-sided hero.

In A Shadow in the East, The One Ring card is an attachment you can bestow upon any hero able to hold it. When The One Ring enters play, you may search your deck for a master card and add it to your hand. They provide a powerful effect at the price of increasing your threat (more details here).

“[C]ontracts are never included in a player’s deck and do not count towards a player’s minimum deck size. Instead, each player may choose one contract to put into play along with their heroes at the beginning of the game with its “A” side face up. When certain conditions are met, a contract is then flipped to unlock special abilities.”

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The first double-sided hero card in the game is Smeagol. When played you shuffle two cards into your deck that when drawn will flip Smeagol to his Gollum side and cause him to attack you.

A Shadow in the East releases in the third quarter of 2019. For anyone curious about Dorwinion’s place in LOTR lore, it is an agrarian region famous for wine. In the Hobbit, the escape of Bilbo and the Dwarves from the Elvenking is aided when the king’s butler and chief of the guards fall asleep after drinking Dorwinion wine.

Fantasy Flight has announced a new expansion for the third edition of Arkham Horror, Dead of Night. According to Fantasy Flight’s website, this expansion features “two all-new scenarios, new encounters for every location in Arkham, new monsters and anomalies, a new monster deck holder, and four new investigators to face these fresh horrors, armed with new spells, items, and allies.”

In the first of the new scenarios, Shots in the Dark, the investigators are tasked with trying to bring peace to Arkham by getting the O’Bannion and Sheldon gangs to cease firing at each other and all the while investigate the underpinnings of why the gangs are at each other’s throats again.

The second of the new scenarios, On the Lam, concentrates on the character of Skids O’Toole, a down on his luck ex-con who has vowed to make his mother proud by finding ways to keep Arkham safe and protect it from the unknown.

More information on the new expansion is available here.