Fantasy Flight Games
Fantasy Flight Games have announced a new board game, based on tales from The Lord of the Rings, called Journeys in Middle-Earth. It’s a fully cooperative, app-supported board game for 1-5 players, aged 14+. Players take on the roles of Middle-Earth’s heroes such as Gimli the dwarf, and Frodo the hobbit, as they embark across Middle-Earth on grand adventures and fight against Sauron’s oppression.
“Shadows creep through the lands of Middle-earth, as whispers of new evils in Mirkwood and Mordor spread among the Free Peoples of Elves, Dwarves, and Men. As the shadow rises with festering evil and corruption, new heroes are needed to protect Middle-earth.” [source]
Individual games, which last roughly an hour, serve as standalone adventures in an overarching campaign across the wilderness. Players choose from 6 different heroes who have their own abilities and use special skill cards (instead of dice) while exploring, encountering threats, attacking enemies, and interacting with the people of Middle-earth. In addition to hero specific skill cards, there are also role specific skill cards which can be added to the deck. So, if Frodo takes on the role of a Pathfinder in one adventure, he could take on the role of a Hunter in another adventure and play very differently because of the cards in his deck.
As players travel across the map, tiles and encounters are revealed through the companion app, and matching tokens are placed on the physical tiles which represent the board. While many adventures take place on the bigger map, some scenarios will lead to combat situations which use a smaller board to represent an Orc camp or a musty cave. All enemies, represented by 25 miniatures, are controlled by the companion app. The campaign also features branching narratives and side quests to unlock so each play-through provides a different experience.
The Lord of the Rings: Journeys In Middle-Earth is designed by Nathan Hajek (known for Fallout, and Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Ed – Road to Legend), and Grace Holdinghaus (known for the Mansions of Madness 2nd Ed: Streets of Arkham expansion). It will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2019, and Fantasy Flight Games are already taking pre-orders which includes deluxe player mats.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced For The Greater Good, the next card set for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. This will be the third Mythos Pack in The Circle Undone expansion.
“Following the disappearance of four Arkham citizens from a charity event hosted by the Silver Twilight Lodge, you began your investigation into the city’s dark past, looking for anything that may explain what became of the missing and, perhaps, lead to their recovery.”
As this is a Mythos Pack, both the core set of the Arkham Horror LCG and The Circle Undone expansion will be required to play. For The Greater Good is expected to release in the second quarter of 2019.
You can find out more information on the cards and game play of this Mythos Pack in Fantasy Flight’s press release.
“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.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new free expansion for their companion app to Descent: Journeys in the Dark (2005), Road to Legend. Road to Legend allows up to 4 players to play this miniatures-laden grand-daddy of all dungeon crawls completely cooperatively, with the app placing monsters, showing the map, and making eventful decisions. Embers of Dread is the new expansion for Road to Legend, and it adds a mad cult conspiracy, trying to awaken an ancient dragon lord. Embers also includes the “morally nebulous” city of Riverwatch, whose members would be happy to pad your coffers at the cost of sacrificing your fame. Embers of Dread requires the Descent Core box to play, as well as the physical expansions Lair of the Wyrm and Labyrinth of Ruin. Embers of Dread is available now for iOS, Android and Steam, and for more information check out the press release from Fantasy Flight here.
Fantasy Flight Games previously announced Kings of the Isles, a new expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. This expansion features House Greyjoy; however, it does include cards for the other factions. Fantasy Flight has released additional details on some of the other cards included.
Each faction will get two new non-loyal cards. In their recent blog post, Fantasy Flight provides an overview of some Lannister and Targaryen cards. Gunthor Son of Gurn is a Clansman ally coming to House Lannister, and Cohollo, a Dothraki card Bloodrider, will be able to join House Targaryen. Some additional event cards are also mentioned in the overview.
Fantasy Flight Games‘ Star Wars: Legion sees 3 new expansions added as Director Orson Krennic, Death Troopers, and Chewbacca stand ready to join the battle.
“Every great achievement requires just as much ambition, and there are few as ambitious as Director Orson Krennic. As the head of the Empire’s Advanced Weapons Research division, he oversaw the creation of the dreaded Death Star, and he employs the same ambition on the battlefields of Star Wars: Legion. Ruthless and cunning, Krennic can manipulate friends and foes alike to achieve his goals in battle.” [source]
Krennic’s position as Director entitles him to his own entourage of Imperial Death Troopers, which leaves room for other special units to be added to the army. The Director Krennic Commander Expansion comes with a finely detailed model, 3 signature command cards, and 3 general command cards.
The Imperial Death Troopers Unit Expansion includes 6 models for units from the elite, Tarkin Initiative. They are cruel, tough, and rumored to be physically augmented through classified medical procedures.
“Death trooper candidates are hand-selected from the Stormtrooper Corps by Imperial Intelligence itself and, as such, these elite troops display skills beyond those seen in other Imperial troops. Unfazed by enemy fire, death troopers wade into battle, firing with unmatched precision. They display so much discipline, in fact, that they can remove a suppression token when they are issued an order, keeping them pressing the attack no matter how much adversity they face.” [source]
The expansion also includes a unit card, an assortment of tokens, and upgrade cards to give the Death Troopers improved weapons.
For players looking to play on the Light Side of the Force, they need look no further than Chewbacca.
“Entering Star Wars: Legion as the Rebellion’s first operative, Chewbacca creates new opportunities for your army not seen in your other units. His Wookiee physiology makes him capable of feats unheard of in other species, and for 110 points you can find out exactly what it means to team up with a Wookiee.” [source]
Chewbacca is an absolute tank on the battlefield who is able to soak up damage, rip apart units at close quarters, or heavily fire upon the enemy at a distance using his bowcaster. He also has 3 signature command cards which allow him to pair up with Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo. The Chewbacca Operative Expansion adds a finely detailed model of the Wookie, and additional cards and tokens.
Related: The Dice Tower plays through and reviews Star Wars: Legion
Keyforge: Call of the Archons, the deckbuilding game where every deck available for purchase is completely unique, just had a massively successful launch with tons of buzz and decks seemingly flying off the shelves.
Hoping to capitalize on the excitement, Fantasy Flight Games has for sale a total of 8 playmats to enhance your deckbuilding battles.
Available now is the larger, two-player gamemat:
The Architect’s Vault Two-Player Gamemat features a 26” x 26” play surface to keep your cards organized and protected during your clashes for control of the Architects’ Vaults. With marked sections for your keys, deck, Archon card, archive, and discard pile, this mat keeps the focus on your games as you match wits with your opponent without worrying about the safety of your unique deck.
Also available are seven unique, beautiful playmats featuring characters from the seven different houses in the game. To give just one example,
The Mighty Tiger Playmat features a battle between two of the powerful creatures of House Untamed. This House is tended by the mechanical faeries the Architects built ages ago and while they have kept balance in the wilds, they have made no effort to keep the wildlife separate. As such, new deadly species of flora and fauna have evolved, and some have even learned to use Æmber to bend the natural world to their will. The Crucible may be inhabitable to all creatures, but it certainly is not safe.
Also available are the Brute Force, Into the Underworld, Positron Bolt, Martian Madness, Raiding Knight, and the Finishing Blow Playmats.
Pickup your Keyforge: Call of the Archons playmats at your local retailer today or online through the Fantasy Flight website.
Featuring characters straight out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantasy Flight Games has announced two new Rebel soldier expansions for their ever expanding miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion.
First up, is a single character expansion featuring the fearless Rebel commander, Jyn Erso.
The Jyn Erso Commander Expansion includes one finely sculpted, easily assembled Jyn Erso miniature to lead your Rebel army into battle, complete with three new command cards to field in battle. Along with Jyn Erso, you’ll find the associated unit card and four upgrade cards for you to enhance Jyn Erso and your other units.
Jyn will need a commando squad to lead so Star Wars: Legion is also launching the Rebel Pathfinders expansion featuring some of the brave soldiers who volunteered to fight at the Battle of Scarif.
The Rebel Pathfinders Unit Expansion features six finely sculpted Rebel Pathfinder miniatures, enough for one special forces unit. This expansion also includes the unit card and an assortment of upgrade cards, inviting you to outfit your Rebel Pathfinders for any operation.
You can learn more about these two upcoming expansions over on the Fantasy Flight website.
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, by Fantasy Flight Games, is a cooperative, card game where teams of heroes from The Lord of the Rings lore take on the Dark Lord and his influences, represented by encounter cards. The goal of the game is to complete all of the stages in a scenario before players lose all their heroes or the threat becomes too great.
“In The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, you have taken part in adventures spanning across Middle-earth, from the scorching deserts of Harad to the seaport of the Grey Havens, from the streets of Minas Tirith to the wilds of Rhovanion, and along the way you have battled all manner of monsters, and even the host of Mordor itself. But now, for the first time, the power is in your hands to create your own story and define your own journey.” [source]
Unlike the other adventure packs, which provide a linear quest, The Wizard’s Quest and The Woodland Realm custom scenarios allow players to craft their own adventures. These sets are also compatible with each other and can be combined for more options or played on their own. Each Custom Scenario Kit comes with seven quest cards which can be used to shape the narrative of the adventure, and guide which encounter cards fit the story. Once the quests are setup, players can choose between a Quick-build (allowing adventure construction in minutes), or Advanced-build (which allows greater customization).
In a 2-player game, players can play against each other’s scenarios in a competitive, solo challenge called Race Against the Shadow. Alternatively, you can do the same challenge in a 4-player game in teams of two.
The scenarios were originally available at the Gen Con 2018 and Fellowship 2018 events but will soon be available at retail.
Related: The Dice Tower videos featuring The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Children of the Empire, Fantasy Flight’s latest expansion for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, is a massive expansion featuring 234 cards (three copies of each of 76 cards and one copy of six cards). Unlike previous expansions that focused on a single clan or a cycle of events, this expansion does not begin any new cycle nor cater to any one clan, making this expansion the perfect compliment to the core set. Instead, this expansion focuses on new mechanics and themes.
The first new mechanic is Composure. Composure is considered to be maintained as long as your honor bid is lower than your opponent. Each clan has new cards that have different effects that can be activated only if they have maintained their composure. For the Scorpion Clan, who rely on high-honor bids, maintaining composure will be difficult, but their Courtier can switch honor dials with their opponent to regain composure and causing your opponent to lose his.
This expansion places a heavy emphasis on duels. Every clan will have a new character type called a duelist to add to their ranks. Each duelist makes use of the rewritten template “Initiate a duel” which provides clearer language than that previously provided on cards like Policy Debate. Each clan’s duelist is unique and reflects the values and strengths of their clan. Moreover, some events will trigger a duel, and some attachments are more powerful when used in a duel.
Children of the Empire does a good job reflecting the living aspect of a living card game. Several event cards in this expansion reflects the events that have been described in short stories and novels set in Rokugan. For example, “In Defense of Rokugan” recreates the sacrifice made by Tomonatsu describe in the short story “Dark Hands of Heaven” by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda.
Lastly, Children of the Empire includes multiple neutral cards, including a new version of Akodo Toturi, who was originally a Lion Clan Champion seen in the core set. In this expansion, he serves the emperor and can activate special powers as long as he maintains Imperial Favor. In addition to this champion, the Imperial ranks include courtiers, magistrates, and even duelists.
Children of the Empire is certainly worthy of being called a premium expansion. Go to Fantasy Flight Games to learn more about Children of the Empire.
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