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Star Wars: Legion is a miniatures based war game, published by Fantasy Flight Games, where 2 players battle as the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. The new core set takes place during the earlier period of the conflict where the Separatist Alliance, composed mostly of armies of droids, seeks to wipe out the Galactic Republic, made up largely of elite, cloned troopers who are led by the noble order of Jedi Knights. The Clone Wars Core Set is not a new version of the game and you don’t need the original Star Wars: Legion Core Set to play the game, but all the products are fully compatible with one another.

For the Separatists, The Clone Wars Core Set comes with 18 B1 Battle Droids, which is enough for 2 corps units. There are also 4 Droideka in both standard and wheel forms. General Grievous is included as the commander of the droid units. The Galactic Republic is represented by 14 Phase 1 Clone Troopers, enough for 2 corps units, and a BARC Speeder, which can be assembled with, or without, its sidecar. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi takes command of the Clone Troopers. The new Core Set also comes with various dice, upgrade cards, battle cards, command cards, barricades, movement tools, a four-part range ruler, and various tokens.

Star Wars: Legion is designed by Alex Davy with art by Henning Ludvigsen. Expect The Clones Wars Core Set to be released in Q3 of 2019.

It’s been out of print and hard to find for years, but game design studio, Albe Pavo, has launched the 2nd edition of Carnival Zombie on Kickstarter.

Carnival Zombie is a cooperative board game for 1 to 6 players. Each player takes the roll of a character as they work together to flee a sinking city overrun by zombies. Players control this party of heroes as they fight their way to one of the possible escape routes out of the city. During the night, players face restless hordes of zombies, while during the day they recover, move or search for useful items and other survivors. The party can only survive until dawn with close cooperation. If they’re attacked, they accumulate stress until becoming terrified! If just one character becomes too stressed… it’s game over (man)!

The second edition includes new scenarios that will allow you to face completely new challenges: a tutorial scenario, shorter scenarios, harder games, traitor mechanics, competitive game, more dexterity game and night-only scenarios!

Carnival Zombie was originally released by ALBE PAVO in 2013 and sold out in just 3 months. The 1st edition received acclaim from reviewers and players alike. In fact it received the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence and a super cool quote by Tom Vasel:

“One of the best cooperative games I’ve ever played, probably the best zombie game I’ve ever played.”

Watch some Dice Tower coverage of Carnival Zombie (1st edition).

Carnival Zombie is for 1-6 players ages 12+. Depending on the type of game played – scenarios or story mode – the estimated time to play is 90-240 minutes. The game is scheduled to arrive in backers’ hands in November 2019.

Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down is known for its asymmetrical strategy, deep game play, and immersive story.  Set in its own unique world where the moon has crashed into the Earth, causing chaos, devastating mankind, and mutating several species, the game features almost unlimited variability – no two games will play the same. Five diverse factions, each with their own special powers and capabilities, coupled with a terrain tile set to change the game board, and the different game modes like the mission oriented two-player mode and the six-players battle royale with the expansion are a recipe for high replayability.  The highly thematic game was well received by gamers and reviewers alike when it was published last year, but something seemed missing. Minis!  The original game used standees with full color thematic artwork for all the factions and types of figures. 

The new Kickstarter campaign will feature over 140 miniatures, including a few Kickstarter exclusives, such as the Legendary Oni.

The expansion, Tsukuyumi: After the Moonfall, is also receiving new miniatures, but it will include an all new faction: The Jade Sentinel (pandas!).

The Kickstarter campaign features a handful of special items, includes two new factions: The Fireborn (dragons) and Lords of the Lost Sea (blue wales).

If you already have the game, the Kickstarter campaign does have an option to back an upgrade, providing owners with all the miniatures for their game and ALL expansions.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through April 12 with an expected delivery of January 2020.  To learn more, check out their Kickstarter campaign.

Games Workshop made a number of announcements at the 2019 GAMA Trade Show.

First up is Warcry, a new skirmish game designed by the same team who created Warhammer 40K: Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. However, this isn’t just an Age of Sigmar reskin of any of their existing games. Warcry features new game mechanisms, and features character driven campaigns where warbands of Chaos grow and develop through their own journey. All models for the game are brand new and highlights the diversity in the Chaos faction who make their dark pilgrimage to the Varanspire.

The Games Workshop and Steve Jackson Games mashup continues as they’ve announced Warhammer Age of Sigmar Munchkin. Now players can kick down doors and fight the forces of Chaos with a dollop of good humor splashed in.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress will also get a Traitor Command adventure pack which sends players into darkness to crush a growing Chaos threat. New hostiles include the Traitor Commissar and Chaos Ogryn. Traitor Command can be tackled as a standalone expedition or added to the main quest.

The immensely popular Warhammer 40K: Kill Team also gets an expansion in Kill Team: Elites which brings the deadliest troops to skirmish combat in the 41st Millennium. Players will be able to add Terminators and Crisis Battlesuits, including the Vanguard Space Marines from Shadowspear, Mandrakes, and Striking Scorpions. A new faction, the Adeptus Custodes, the most elite Kill Team in the game, also make their debut. Players can also expect a host of boxed expansions with themed, ready-to-go warriors to be added to the game.

For more information on these games and a number of other announcements for their miniatures products, you can check the coverage on Games Workshop’s website for more information.

Games Workshop revealed a number of new tabletop games at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.

Combat Arena is a miniatures combat game which features quick bouts of tactical action set on an Imperial vessel. Players pick a hero, represented by a brand-new Games Workshop model, then test their mettle against each other with their heroes’ distinct fighting styles and abilities. Champions such as the Crusader, Primaris Psyker, and Rogue Trader are only a few of the available heroes to choose from. The game also serves as a prequel to the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress board game.

In StormVault, 2-5 players embark on cooperative adventures in the Mortal Realms. Players select from distinct, fantasy heroes who possess unique abilities. There are hidden treasures to find and monsters in need of slaying. StormVault features optional difficulty levels and random events.

Warhammer Underworlds: Dreadfane is designed to introduce beginners to the competitive, miniatures game, Warhammer Underworlds. It’s a streamlined version of the game and features hazards such as falling meteors, beams of magical energy, and other events which disrupt the combat actions. Both included warbands will initially be exclusive to the set, but they will be available separately in the future.

For more details on these games you can check the Games Workshop announcement.

For fans of Munchkin, Dungeon or both is a new game on Kickstarter!

Munchkin Dungeon, from CMON and designed by Andrea Chiarvesio and Eric M. Lang for 2-5 players, is a press-your-luck game where players explore the dungeons’ various rooms, fight monsters and overcomes their friend’s tricks to get the best treasure.

The base game, for ages 14 and up with a playtime of 60-90 minutes, comes with 7 Munchkin miniatures, 5 level 2 monster miniatures, 5 level 3 monster miniatures, 2 boss miniatures, hero dashboards, counter bases, dice and 152 game cards. The Kickstarter exclusive also includes 5 other Munchkin characters, 5 other monsters and plastic fame markers.

An advanced pledge gets an expansion, 4 more Munchkin figures, 3 more level 2 monster figures and 3 more level 3 monster figures, as well as extra player dashboards, more game cards and tokens and more.

There are also optional buys with Munchkin Dungeon Cthulhu (because why not?) and extra dice.

Find out more about the Kickstarter here.

Marvel HeroClix is a tabletop combat game, published by WizKids, where players pick a team of characters from collectible, miniature figures of heroes and villains from the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel HeroClix: Earth-X is the latest expansion for the game and features characters from a dystopian vision of the Marvel Universe where everyone had super powers.

Completely new characters to be included in the game include Spiders-Man, Venom (May Parker), Fancy Dan, The Skull, King Britain, Stegron, Clea , Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin), and Mister Negative. Earth-X incarnations of existing, better known characters are also to be found.

To get players started, they can buy a Starter Set which includes 3 heroes and 3 villains, the Earth-X Wakanda and Stark Tower location maps, tokens, and dice. To expand their collection, players can purchase Marvel HeroClix booster sets. This expansion is expected to release on February 6th, 2019. For more information, visit the Marvel HeroClix Earth-X product page.

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

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.

 

Monolith Board Games is bringing us Claustrophibia 1643! This is a new and improved reintroduction of Claustrophobia from 2009.  This is a 2 player game where Player 1 is the team of Westerners fighting to survive player 2 who is playing a demonic horde thriving in the underbelly of New Jerusalem. As you explore this dark, terrifying place you come upon any number of creatures and situations you have to survive or escape! The miniatures in this game would just be really fun to paint, I think!! They have amazing detail and the game dynamics work really well.  Game play is also asymmetrical which makes the game even more story like working through a campaign- even though the game is very much about survival!

Check out Dice Tower’s own review on Boardgame Corner

There is a LIMITED number of these being made. Only 10,000 are being offered worldwide on Kickstarter.  And watch which pledge you choose because the pledges are location specific! Pick the location for where your game is to be shipped!  You have until November 21, 2018 to make your pledge and get your copy of Claustrophobia 1643!