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Already pre-order the Tyrants of Lothal expansion for Imperial Assault?  Now you can get a Lothal-themed skirmish map too.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the Lothal Wastes skirmish map.  This is a 26” by 26” rubber mat, similar to the previously released skirmish maps, which can be used in skirmish battles.  Additional details on the new Imperial Assault skirmish map can be found here.

Due to the upcoming expiration of their current licensing term, Fantasy Flight Games has announced that starting October 22, 2018, they will no longer offer any Android: Netrunner The Card Game products for sale, including playmats and card sleeves.

However, before the end, there is one more expansion being released: Reign and Reverie deluxe expansion. This expansion will include cards for every faction and celebrates all things Android: Netrunner. With the end of Android: Netrunner The Card Game, Organized Play will also be drawing to a close and more information for Organized Play and the final Android: Netrunner World Championship can be found here.

Fantasy Flight Games launched Android: Netrunner The Card Game in 2012 and has given players a total of two core sets, a campaign expansion, five deluxe expansions, and eight cycles of Data Packs. Not all is lost for the worlds of Android, as Fantasy Flight Games stated that those worlds will continue to be explored in future products. To read more, including thoughts from Lead Developer Michael Boggs and Head of Studio Andrew Navaro, click here.

 

The Arkham investigators, from Arkham Horror: The Card Game, face a new horror at Gen Con 2018 as something ancient stirs beneath the sands of Egypt. They must gather to uncover the cause of this mystery in The Eternal Slumber scenario.

“Something strange is happening in Cairo, Egypt. Seemingly random victims all throughout the city have fallen into comas, leaving doctors baffled. When Jessie Burke comes to you desperate for help, you find yourself obligated to assist, despite the risk that you may never again wake from a night of sleep. Your team of investigators must search throughout Cairo and the ruins of ancient Egypt to find a way to lift this curse… and in the process, unveil a sinister machination between two forces far beyond our comprehension.” [source]

At Gen Con 2018, Fantasy Flight Games will be running a special event which utilizes this unique scenario which can be played by 1-4 players as a standalone scenario or integrated into any campaign as a side story. The scenario will also be made available and sent out to participating retail stores in Invocation Kits this fall, before Arkham Nights 2018. Each copy, both at Gen Con and the Invocation Kits, will include a promotional, extended art card.

A second scenario, The Night’s Usurper, will also be released as a standalone scenario and continues the story of The Eternal Slumber scenario. It will also come with a promotional, extended art card but this will only be available at Arkham Nights 2018.

The results of the playthroughs will be recorded and affect the Arkham Horror: The Card Game community at Arkham Nights 2018. Depending on the result at Arkham Nights, one of three different basic weaknesses will be included in a future product, with a nod to the events in The Night’s Usurper.

The Gen Con event has already sold out so if you can’t make it to either Gen Con 2018 or Arkham Nights 2018, both scenarios will be released as a single retail package titled Guardians of the Abyss later in the year.

Every year Fantasy Flight Games creates a special event for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, and this year is no different. At Gen Con 2018 you’ll be able to create your own adventure though iconic locations in The Wizard’s Quest special event. You’ll build your own custom scenario as you journey through Mirkwood and encounter familiar cards with new and unexpected abilities.

You can register ($20 charge) for The Wizard’s Quest at Gen Con 2018 but you need to hurry as 2 of the 3 sessions are already sold out and seats are limited.

Caleb Grace, developer of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game:

“Have you ever thought about creating your own custom scenario for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game? If you have, then you’re in luck because this year’s Gen Con special event, The Wizard’s Quest, is a build-your-own-adventure kit for fans of the game! It comes with everything you need to create your own quest deck and encounter deck.

Each copy of The Wizard’s Quest comes with seven quest cards: one Stage 1, three different Stage 2 options, and three different stage 3 cards. Each player builds their own quest deck by choosing one Stage 2 and one Stage 3 to go with Stage 1. The quest stages that a player chooses will shape the narrative of their entire adventure and help them choose which encounter cards to include in their encounter deck.” [source]

The Wizard’s Quest includes seventy encounter cards split into fourteen different encounter sets of five cards each. There’s a mix of treachery, enemies, and location cards in each encounter set so by combining seven sets you can create your own encounter deck of thirty-five cards. There’s also a cost to each encounter card so once you’ve created your encounter deck you would check that the total cost is not more than twenty-one points … unless you enjoy beat-downs from your enemies.

In a competitive environment, players can create encounter decks to challenge other players and see who can finish each other’s deck first. Many of the encounter cards were created to support this race format.

If you’re unable to participate in the special event at Gen Con you’ll be able to obtain The Wizard’s Quest, along with the Fellowship 2018 scenario, when it’s released at a later date.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set which will be released in August at GenCon and then generally released in September 2018. Veteran players of the existing edition of the game can check a new FAQ they’ve added to answer all of your questions regarding what will happen to your current collection.

“While the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set provides everything you need to get started with your first space battles in the new edition, it isn’t all that will be on offer. You can bring your full collection of first edition ships into the new edition with Conversion Kits for the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, and Scum and Villainy. What’s more, a full hangar bay of expansions will launch alongside the Core Set, giving you plenty of options for creating your squadrons and customizing your X-Wing Second Edition experience.” [source]

So why have they released a second edition? If you’ve been playing the game up until this point you’ll have noticed that the constant errata of cards and ships has created a convoluted mess and made the competitive scene a challenging, unfriendly place for new players. It’s also put a lot of strain on needing judges at competitive events to keep everyone above board which slows the game. A lot of the older ships are also lagging in their ability to compete with newer ships and Fantasy Flight have listened to a very vocal community and looked to rectify the situation by cleaning things up and hopefully injecting new life into the game.

“Since 2012 and the release of the game, X-Wing Miniatures Game has grown and expanded to become a massive bestseller. Fourteen waves and fifty-eight distinct starships provided a massive library of ships and tactical possibilities, giving you the chance to field hundreds of unique squadrons in their space battles across the Star Wars saga. Despite the massive success of the game’s first edition, we believe that by advancing the game to a second edition, X-Wing can offer an even better experience!” [source]

Highlights of some of the changes include:

  • The addition of force powers to the game in a more streamlined and versatile manner in the form of a new force icon on pilots.
  • The Resistance faction has been separated from the Rebel faction and the First Order faction has been separated from the the Galactic Empire faction which should add more tactical variety.
  • An official X-Wing App will make building squads easier and will be necessary to build freeform squads.
  • A revamped and redesigned damage deck.

For more details regarding the changes affecting the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, or Scum and Villainy factions you can read their own articles on the Fantasy Flight Games website. Also check how these changes will affect the organized play community.

Asmodee Digital have announced their first, self-developed, third-person digital game inspired by Fantasy Flight Games’ board game, Mansions of Madness.

“The year is 1926. In a once sleepy town, evil is stirring. The town is plagued by murders, disappearances, and impossible claims of creatures spotted in the shadows that defy explanation. You are one of Arkham’s leading investigators, tasked with getting to the bottom of these strange occurrences by exploring the desolate halls and dark alleyways. And now, a new doorway to the mythos has opened before you. Do you dare to enter?” [source]

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace is developed by LuckyHammers (who are also developing the Terraforming Mars digital game) and published by Asmodee Digital. Players will be able to play as a team of investigators which include Jenny Barnes, Roland Banks, and Harvey Walters. The investigators will explore the mansion and uncover its dark secrets while also battling eldritch forces, traps, and horrors which threaten the sanity, and lives, of the team.

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace is expected to release on Steam in the first Quarter of 2019 and will only be available for the PC. For more information check out the Steam and Fantasy Flight websites.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced three new Dice Binders in which to store your Star Wars: Destiny collection. You will be able to choose from Jyn Erso, Luke Skywalker, or Captain Phasma themed binders which all cater for 44 dice and 44 sleeved cards. These binders are pretty nifty as the plastic trays display each individual die in rows which makes it easy to find the ones you want when playing a card during the game.

Star Wars: Destiny is a collectible card and dice game where you choose a team of iconic characters from the Star Wars universe, build a deck around them, then pitch them in battle against your opponent’s team. The game is for two players, aged 10+, and lasts about 30 minutes.

The Dice Binders are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2018.

There have been a number of product updates from Fantasy Flight Games with some new cycles on the way for their Living Card Games and expansions for their big box games.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game (new, fixed content is released each month) for 1-4 players in which players are investigators in a world inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. The game has cycles (story arcs) where players create a deck for an investigator which they upgrade through the course of the cycle based on experience which they earn.

The Forgotten Age is the next cycle in which players may choose from five new investigators including Ursula Downs, Leo Anderson, Finn Edwards, and Calvin Wright. The latest article on the Fantasy Flight Games website spotlights Calvin Wright.

Designer, Matt Newman:

“Calvin made his original debut as a promotional investigator for a special Arkham Horror event many years ago. Most players never got the chance to play with Calvin, so we wanted to add him to the official roster of investigators across all of our Arkham Horror Files games. We decided to take this opportunity to expand Calvin’s backstory and themes of sacrifice and altruism that make Calvin unique among other investigators.” [source]

For more details about The Forgotten Age and Calvin Wright read Matt Newman’s article on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition: Sanctum of Twilight Expansion

In Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, players are investigators in a world based on H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. The game takes place in various environments which are represented by tiles. Investigators are represented by miniatures which move across the tiles to encounter horrors and look for clues. The game is assisted by a digital application which adds ambiance and controls the flow of the story.

The Sanctum of Twilight expansion adds the Silver Twilight Lodge which is run by the most influential citizens of Arkham. They gather there to do business, plan parades, and lobby politicians … but also to enact secret rituals. The expansion adds two new investigators, Charlie Kane and Lily Chen, as well new spells, items, mechanics, and a new monster. Read the full preview on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

A new Rookery variant has been added to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game which encourages a new style of game play. The “Rookery” is a set of twelve cards which players can bring to their game and use to swap with cards in their draw and plot decks. Players can do this after seeing their opponent’s faction and agenda but before they draw their opening hand. In order to celebrate this new Rookery variant a Great Hall event has been added to the 2018 Organized Calendar which will happen after the Regional Championships have begun and will have prize support.

Eight intro decks have also been added to the game representing:

  • House Stark
  • House Lannister
  • House Greyjoy
  • House Baratheon
  • House Tyrell
  • House Martell
  • House Targaryen
  • Night’s Watch

These decks are designed to introduce new players to the game and highlight the unique features of each faction. Each pre-constructed deck contains 69 cards which is broken down into a 60 card deck, a faction card, an agenda card, and 7 plot cards.

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Read a new piece of fiction set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings called “Repentance Does Not Come First” by Robert Denton III. The story focuses on the Phoenix Clan who bear the soul of Rokugan and try to do so without losing their own. Earth Scion Isawa Tadaka senses an approaching darkness and has a plan to stop it but at what cost? You can read the short fiction on their website.

This also ties into the Elemental Cycle, the next cycle for the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game. This cycle will be released as 6 packs over the course of 6 weeks and emphasizes the five elemental rings of Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Void. For more details you can check out their press release.

Fantasy Flight Games have announced the release of the Reign and Reverie expansion, the new deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner. It will be a 156-card expansion (three copies each of 49 new cards and 9 unique, single-copy cards), featuring new cards for all 10 factions and set in the new landscape of ChiLo, a megalopolis in the Midwest.

Fused through hard labor and organized crime, the Midwest metropolis of ChiLo teeters between dream and nightmare. As a megalopolis, ChiLo represents infinite opportunities for the souls wandering its streets. But they must always be careful who they cross. Nearly every district of the city is ruled by a different kingpin, each deciding on the laws and liberties provided to his or her loyal servants. [source]

 

Fantasy Flight Games are touting this as the perfect companion to the new, 2nd edition version of Android: Netrunner as it features cards for all 10 factions, a new console for every major runner faction, a new identity for all seven major factions, and a new agenda for every corp.

One of the featured cards is DJ Fenris which allows runners to gain the text of a g-mod identity that does not match the identity of your runner. This single card opens up a range of new deck-building opportunities.

For more card previews and additional information about the new deluxe expansion check the Fantasy Flight Games news release. No release date details have been mentioned.

Fantasy Flight Games provided a small preview to their new expansion to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game last year when they first announced Sands of Dorne. While every faction is supported in The Sands of Dorne expansion, House Martell receives special attention to become contenders with the other factions. The powerful Doran Martell card was previewed in the release announcement. The latest preview focuses on the new Red Viper card and his ability to become more powerful with each challenge won with a Bastard character. Even Ellaria Sand, the Red Viper’s paramour, is a deadly force who can wear down opponent defenses.  And with the No Use For Grief event card, House Martell will never be at a loss for Sand Snakes or The Red Viper himself.  Read the preview to learn more about how to maximize the Sand Snakes and Bastards in a strategy to win with House Martell.

Sanctum of Twilight, the new expansion for the Mansions of Madness, brings us the esteemed societal Order of the Silver Twilight, investigators Lily Chen and Charlie Kane, new tiles, a new monster, a new type of token in the form of Restraints.  The Sanctum of Twilight expansion unlocks two new digital adventures for you to continue your adventures in Arkham.  The latest preview explores the scenario The Twilight Diadem. In the Twilight Diadem, the Silver Twilight Lodge hosts the annual Twilight Fair, a weeklong event that concludes with the crowning of the Queen of Love and Beauty at the lavish Twilight Ball.  Last year’s Queen mysteriously disappeared.  The scenario introduces a new map element in the form of parade floats that move throughout the scenario and overlap other map tiles. The parade will become crowded and distinguishing friend and foe will become harder.  If investigators find themselves surrounded, a new magical implement in the form of the Binding spell, which allows players to place a Restraint token in a space within range, may aid in their escape.  Will your investigators bring an end to the plots of the Order of the Silver Twilight? Read the preview to learn more about The Twilight Diadem scenario.