Fantasy Flight Games has just released a map for Star Wars: Imperial Assault that gives players a new secret facility to battle through. This 26″ by 26″ map depicts the secret facility of the Tarkin Initiative- this secret group of nefarious Imperialists that designed the Death Star battle stations and other horrors to inflict on the Empire throughout the galaxy. Work your way around and through the Tarkin Initiative Labs Skirmish Map and have epic battles while at the same time keeping all your cards and game components organized on this slip resistant mat. The map also comes with two new skirmish cards to add to your game play. Players battle to stop a rogue AI or explore the facility and collect the advanced weaponry abandoned there. The Tarkin Initiative has been hidden for decades and now its secrets are available for you to discover.
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.
Imperial Assault is not lacking content, but Star Wars is an ever-expanding property that allows for growth in equal measure among the products utilize it. Fans can soon expect Star Wars Rebels to soon join the party as a small box expansion and four ally/villain packs introduce the crew of the Ghost and their adversaries to the campaign or skirmish matches. The Tyrants of Lothal small box expansion includes new characters and enemies which bring stories from the Lothal sector to the table, while the Spectres, the mercenary Hondo, and Grand Admiral Thrawn himself are all available separately to aid in combat or participate in unique scenarios. As described on it’s product page:
“Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Tyrants of Lothal, a new expansion for Imperial Assault, available for pre-order now from your local retailer! Tyrants of Lothal is not releasing alone either, so be sure to also pre-order the Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus Ally Pack, the Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios Ally Pack, the Thrawn Villain Pack, and the Hondo Ohnaka Villain Pack to upgrade your Imperial Assault experience!”
It’s very nice to see this show earn such an earnest inclusion to an already good game, and mechanically speaking there’s a lot to offer the competitive scene as well. Beyond the inclusion of powerful new characters, both allies and villains, there’s also more cards, abilities, and death troopers that will make skirmishes more interesting or the Imperial player more daunting, depending on the mode of play. Furthermore,since Rebels is canon and it has done a lot to bridge characters between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there’s a lot of fun scenarios that could be made using other available characters, such as Darth Maul and Obi Wan for example, along with the Spectres. If you are interested in these expansions or future content for Imperial Assault, be sure to check out their product pages and the Fantasy Flight Games website for future announcements.
“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope
Fantasy Flight Games has released the Mos Eisley Back Alleys Skirmish Map for Imperial Assault. Players will have a chance to explore the seedy underworld of the back alleys while the rubber backed playmat provides a quick setup for Mos Eisley the included missions. The playmat is available for retail purchase now.
Included with playmat purchase are two mission cards related to the skirmish map, adding new objectives with a focus on the valuable crates that can be found in Mos Eisley. In the first scenario, players are vying for crate control while doors become unlocked. In the second scenario players attempt to retrieve crates and haul them back tho their personal stash.
Seven previous Imperial Assault Skirmish Maps have taken players to a variety of locations including;
About Imperial Assault
Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategy board game featuring tactical combat and missions set in the Star Wars universe for two to five players.
The game features two distinct games. The first is a campaign game that takes players through long-form tales set in the Star Wars universe with players taking on the roles of Rebels battling either an Imperial overlord or an app controlled overlord. Through a multi-mission campaign both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes will have the opportunity to gain new experience and skills.
The other game, a single play skirmish game, allows players to build a team of Rebel or Imperial characters and battle head-to-head.
While everything 2-5 players need is in the base box, dozens of character packs as well as campaign expansions have been released for those who want to explore further into the Star Wars universe.
The Death Star has been destroyed—but as fragments of wreckage rain down on Yavin 4, the war is not over. The time for heroes has not passed. If anything, the Rebellion needs heroes more now than ever before. The Galactic Civil War is raging on, and it’s time for you and your friends to come together and journey side by side into a galaxy filled with more peril, excitement, and adventure than you had ever imagined.
Fantasy Flight Games has just released details on their upcoming Legends of the Alliance app that will support Cooperative and Solo play for Imperial Assault. In both the 2016 and 2017 GenCon In-Flight reports Fantasy Flight Games announced work on the app was continuing, but did share details beyond that. Gamers should not have long to wait based on the report from Fantasy Flight Games that the app is “coming soon.”
In 2016 Fantasy Flight Games released the Road to Legend app for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition. That app allowed for solo and fully cooperative play without one person having to play as overlord. Road to Legend has been supported with additional campaign releases, and allows players to select what physical content they have purchased and then integrates that content into the game. Legends of the Alliance for Imperial Assault appears to include similar support, including the ability to play the game fully cooperatively.
Cooperating to Save the Galaxy
Legends of the Alliance is will release as a free companion app for Imperial Assault that allows up to four players to join the Alliance and fight the Galactic Empire together with the app taking full control of the Empire over the course of a single game or over a campaign.
Designed exclusively to allow for cooperative play, the app does not replace a traditional campaign that includes an overlord or the skirmish game. Those modes of play will continue to exist separately and will continue to be supported by Fantasy Flight Games.
Getting Set Up
Similar to the Descent App, Legends of the Alliance requires players to select what physical content will be available. Whether you have just the core set or every single expansion, the play experience will be tailored based on what physical content is available. Players will only need to select what content they have once, and can change those selections at any time. On release the app will only support Imperial and Mercenary forces from the Core Set, but planned future updates will add foes and allies from all of the additional box expansions, Ally Packs, and Villain Packs.
Replacing the Imperial player, Legends of the Alliance will provide introductions to each quest and will instruct players how to set up the map. The map will include map tile details, placement of Imperial forces, supply crate locations, and objective tokens for the mission.
App based play allows for truly hidden information. While the app provides instructions on how to set up what is visible to players, tiles beyond doors won’t be placed until doors open. Maybe the hallway beyond that door is empty. Maybe it contains a room full of stormtroopers eating their galacticaly delicious lunches? As soon as you open a door the app will pause for you to add indicated map tiles and any Imperial forces or other traps you can now see.
Once installed, players will have the chance to play through a tutorial that will to teach them the game and the primary differences between the new fully cooperative campaign and the traditional game. Players will then be invited to take on a brand new five scenario mission: Death Star above Yavin 4. This campaign requires only the Imperial Assault Core Set.
After each mission players will have the chance to resupply and upgrade their heroes. Following a mission, whether victorious or defeated, players will be taken to a map of the galaxy from which they can learn skills from class cards or upgrade their weapons and equipment in the armory. The app tracks back class cards and item purchased, allowing for quick setup in future plays.
Imperial Assault…ing you
Legends of the Alliance isn’t just creating a map full of characters for you to shoot down. These figurines fight back. At the end of each Hero activation, the app will select an Imperial unit to activate and provide orders for it. Smart technology allows the app to isolate heroes and pick off the weak. Each Imperial activation provides special abilities and powers, as well as a list of actions for you to carry out on behalf of the app.
These aren’t your friendly neighborhood stormtroopers. Darth Vader will enter battle, cutting your allies down with melee weapons. Stormtroopers will fire and duck back under cover. Each unit in the game will have behavior reflective of their character, and will be up to you and your friends to work together to develop strategies to defeat them.
Fantasy Flight Games has only announced that the app will be “available for download soon.” Fantasy Flight Games does not traditionally make announcements too far in advance, so it’s likely rebel scum won’t have long to wait to begin their assault.
Descent’s Road to Legend app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and via Steam. It is likely that the Imperial Assault app will also eventually be available on all the devices those platforms support.
Fantasy Flight Games is releasing a new skirmish map for Imperial Assault, The Nal Hutta Swamps Skirmish Map . Taking place on the homeworld of the Hutts, this new map will be available as a tournament skirmish, and comes on a 26×26 beautiful neoprene playmat. The Nal Hutta Swamps Skirmish Map should be available now, and you can read the press release here.
In a report of current projects, Czech Games Edition has listed That’s a Question!, the new party game from Codenames developer extraordinaire, Vlaada Chvátil. That’s a Question! has 3-6 players use color coded cards and interrogation to try and predict how someone will answer. All players bet on which answer will come up, tallying their progress on a scoring board. Look for That’s a Question! in September 2017.
Hawk Wargames has announced the second edition of their highly regarded 27th century wargame Dropzone Commander. Hawk Wargames has stated the update is intended to bring more balance, and allow every unit to be playable. Expect Dropzone Commander second edition in Q4 2017.
Steve Jackson Games has given some more details about the upcoming digital version of their classic wargame Ogre, being designed by Auroch Digital. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this futuristic tank battle classic, the early screenshots look true to the original. You can read the press release about Ogre digital here.
An expansion to Mayfair Games‘ Spiel winning tile building game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King has appeared in some distributor’s pre-order lists, and confirmation has come from the designers. Isle of Skye: Journeyman Expansion adds mighty warriors, cunning merchants, and swift heralds. Players can turn agents, flip cards and fulfill missions, while trying to avoid being thwarted by their opponents. Isle of Skye: Journeyman is expected in stores November 2017. A brief description is available on Alliance Distribution’s web page.
Fantasy Flight Games continues to expand it’s Imperial Assault line with three new figure additions, Maul, Emperor Palpatine, and Ahsoka Tano. Lets first talk about Maul, who is not in his prime anymore like in episode 1, he has been cast aside by the Sith and so no longer bears the Darth name. So now you have a rogue force user who is out for revenge and fueled by rage, which is reflected in his abilities. He is a formidable fighter and hard to deal with, plus with his falling out with the Sith he can be played as either with the Empire or with the mercenary faction. Either way you better watch out for him.
Next is Emperor Palpatine, the powerful Sith master who orchestrated an entire war in order for him to seize power. With his presence he is able to command others to attack, and he is able to tempt the heroes and cause them to falter. But the biggest thing is that he brings with him his signature attack, Force Lighting. This move will hit one figure for 3, weaken them, and hit anything adjacent to them for 1, making this a deadly attack. I bet Empire players will be drooling over this figure.
Last is Ahsoka Tano, a fan favorite character and certainly well equipped to join this game. The name of her game is maneuverability, having a speed of 4, the ability to gain extra movement points when she activates, and an ability that launches her 6 spaces away. But if she jumps into a fight she still has some moves as her twin sabers allow her to re-roll her attack dice, or the defender’s defense dice.
You can read more about each pack on FFG’s website, then look for them on store shelves in the third quarter of 2017.
Fantasy Flight Games has just announced Anchorhead Cantina, a new skirmish map for Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Available as a 26×26 inch neoprene playmap, Anchorhead Cantina enters the tournament rotation. Perfect for the Imperial Assault World Championships in May 2017, Anchorhead Cantina includes tangles hallways, an outdoor junkyard, and evocative artwork of Greedo and Obi-Wan Kenobi, two Tatooine “natives”.
Fantasy Flight Games has already released a number of additional characters, both iconic and lesser-known, for the hit campaign game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault. The three new figure packs announced by Fantasy Flight this January are specifically focused on the robotic assistants of the Star Wars universe. Per the company’s website description:
The BT-1 and 0-0-0 Villain Pack, the Jawa Scavenger Villain Pack, and the Hera Syndulla and C1-10P Ally Pack aren’t directly connected to any other Imperial Assault products, meaning that these characters enter the game for the first time in these expansions. Like previous Ally Packs and Villain Packs, however, these expansions offer detailed, sculpted plastic figures and new missions for your campaign and skirmish games. Finally, you’ll find an array of Deployment cards, Command cards, and Agenda cards designed to expand your options and increase the power of your droids!
The BT-1 and 0-0-0 Villian Pack introduces two droids ready to serve the Empire and a new campaign mission involving a prison rescue, as well as five new Command cards to make the droids even stronger.
Next, the Jawa Scavenger Villian Pack contributes a Jawa Scavenger and its Deployment cards, including a new campaign mission to Tatooine for a salvage operation. The Jawa Pack further allows droids from other factions to be included in a strike team and a new skirmish map of Mos Eisley.
Lastly, to combat all of these additions to Imperial forces, the Hera Syndulla and C1-10P Ally Pack includes two valuable members of the Rebel Alliance. This pack includes a new campaign mission to Tatooine (popular place) and a new skirmish map of the Chopper Base with two unique missions.
Look for these packs in the second quarter of 2017. In the meantime, more information can be found on the publisher’s website here.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced three new droid related figure packs for the popular Descent-like Star Wars Imperial Assault, including the popular droid C1-10P (Chopper).
Like previous expansions, these figure packs are not directly connected to other Imperial Assault products, but add detailed sculpted figures and new missions for campaign and skirmish games. Each new pack adds very different figures, but each one helps to enhance the droids of its faction. The new droid figure packs are expected second quarter 2017.
For more information about these expansions, visit the Fantasy Flight page here.