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Star Wars: Legion the miniatures game of interstellar combat by Fantasy Flight Games already contains some pretty exceptional characters and now you can boost the arsenal of the Galactic Empire and strengthen your Imperial army with the Emperor Palpatine Commander Expansion. Emperor Palpatine packs a pretty serious punch as his Force Lightning outmatches even an AT-ST, and his command of the Dark Side rivals that of Darth Vader. He does move slowly though- so players will need to strategize to overcome that obstacle.  The Expansion comes with the Emperor Palpatine miniature and all the cards and components you need to add his power and mastery to your game.

Releasing with Emperor Palpatine is his Royal Guard. The Imperial Royal Guards Unit Expansion comes with 4 Royal Guard miniatures and everything necessary to incorporate into your game.  These are fierce combatants who excel in close or one-on-one combat and they are most formidable when protecting a commander. Their Force Pike melee weapon is devastating and the EC-17 Hold-Out Blaster they each carry is a great weapon albeit with a short range.

When these 2 new expansions are put together they truly are a force to be reckoned with.  FFG says these expansions will be released together in the 4th quarter of 2018.

FFG continues to add to the initial line-up for the launch of X-Wing Second Edition, and the iconic ship of fans’ favorite bounty hunter has been added, the Slave 1.  The Firespray-class patrol craft offers a lot of versatility with it’s capacity for additional upgrades and weapons, allowing it to operate pretty much on it’s own.  Fans of the original Slave 1 expansion will be happy to know all their favorite upgrades will be included in the second edition along with some new ones, and some new pilots.  With it you will be able to liter the battle field with proximity mines, possibly get two attacks in with a veteran tail gunner, or do some area effect damage with concussion missiles.  Needless to say any player of the scum and villainy faction will want to get their hands on this ship.  Check out FFG’s preview page for more information, and look forward to the launch of the second edition in September.

HeroClix is currently the most purchased, collectible miniatures game on the market with over 750,000,000 figures. Not resting on their laurels, WizKids are releasing a new strategy game based on the successful HeroClix system. In Marvel Strike Teams, 2-5 players face off in a campaign game of good against evil where the heroes take on the villains. One player is the villainous Mastermind while the rest of the players each take up a hero, in the form of a HeroClix figure, to thwart the Mastermind’s dastardly plans.

The Mastermind can guide the direction of each encounter while the heroes work together using their various powers and abilities to complete objectives, such as infiltrating an enemy warehouse or rescuing hostages. Each hero has unique play styles and the base game includes Captain America, Iron Man, Agent May, and Quake. The villains include Baron Strucker, Winter Soldier, Radioactive Man, and Hydra Soldiers. The environment also plays a part in the game acting as obstacles or weapons at the players’ disposal. While there is a campaign to play through, where players can upgrade their heroes over time, there are also standalone missions available.

Marvel Strike Teams: Avengers Initiative, the first expansion for the game, will also be released at the same time and expands the hero roster with Vision, Black Widow, Falcon, and Agent Phil Coulson from S.H.I.E.L.D. The villains will be bolstered by Loki, Ultron, Absorbing Man, and Agent Ward.

Marvel Strike Teams and Marvel Strike Teams: Avengers Initiative are both designed by Andrew Parks (known for Assault of the Giants and Core Worlds), plays in 60-120 minutes, and is expected to released October 1st, 2018.

With the second edition of X-Wing coming in September, Fantasy Flight Games is making sure that you can get more than just the base game at launch.  Thus one of the ships being released alongside the new base game is the BTL-A4 Y-Wing, with cards that conform to second edition, plus a couple new items to throw in the mix.  The Y-wing itself is a durable and versatile fighter, and depending on how you load it up it can do many different jobs.  In this expansion you will get cards for pilots like “Dutch” Vander or Horton Salm, as well as upgrade cards like ion cannon turrets or the new proton bombs and seismic charges.  Proton bombs deal a critical damage when a ship gets too close, and the seismic charges will destroy a 1 range obstacle, and then shower any fighters within 1 of that obstacle with debris, causing damage.  So if you are looking for a tough and variable work house for your squadron, look for the new BTL-A4 Y-Wing when it hits stores in September.

You can check out the FFG preview article for more information.

Have you ever wanted to bring your iPad into a massive, dark dungeon? Well, now you can. CMON has launched an app that lets you leave your physical Hero Dashboard in the box.

The Massive Darkness Companion App keeps track of each character’s inventory, experience, and skills. Choose any of the Hero characters, including promos, and the app does all your paperwork for you. As you reach higher levels, new skill options are displayed and the app incorporates pertinent new game effects.

Beyond character tracking, the app offers some extra features as well.

• A virtual deck of equipment cards allows you to control your heroes’ inventory.
• An Action Bar that keeps track of each action as you take it.
• Networking capabilities that allow each player to use their own device and synchs them to create a common game-state.
• Virtual control of the Monster, Equipment, Door and Event decks.

The Massive Darkness Companion App is currently available for the iPad and iPhone via the iTunes App Store (requires iOS 7.0 or later) as well as Google Play for Android users (requires Android 5.1 and up).

More details on Massive Darkness are available here. Take a look at Sam Healey’s review of the Massive Darkness Core Box here.

Fantasy Flight keeps rolling out expansions to grow armies for Star Wars: Legion.  Earlier this spring, Fantasy Flight announced the release of fan favorite Han Solo along with a squad of Rebel Commandos.  It was only a matter of time before Han’s arch nemesis, Boba Fett would be released into the fray.

The Boba Fett Operative Expansion introduces a new unit type to the game: the operative.  Each army can have up to two operatives which are paired with one or two unit commanders.  Commanders not only have command of Boba Fett but they also have access to an assortment of armaments carried by the resourceful bounty hunter. Armed with both an E-3 Carbine and wrist rockets, Boba Fett has plenty of gadgets up his sleeve, such as spiked boots and his Whipcord Launcher that not only pins the enemy down but also grants him an opportunity to quickly move across the battlefield.  Boba Fett is a dangerous and highly mobile force on the battlefield and can quickly expose weaknesses in the Rebel forces.

The Imperial Force’s elite unit, the Scout Troopers, adds even more versatility to the Empire.   The Scout Troopers Unit Expansion provides the Imperial Force seven Scout Troopers that can be deployed in two-man strike teams or as a standard squad armed with specialized weapons.  Mobile and stealthy, the Scout Troopers carry a lethal mix of firepower.

Both the Scout Troopers Unit Expansion and the Boba Fett Operative Expansion are expected to be released in third quarter of 2018.  Rebel Forces have only until then before the Empire’s elite units arrive on the battlefield.  Visit Fantasy Flight’s website to learn more about these expansions and future Star Wars: Legion announcements.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar was released three years ago to the pleasure of some, and disdain of others, but has been going strong as THE fantasy skirmish game set in the Warhammer universe.  Now three years later the game has grown and changed, and so to clean things up Games Workshop is going to be doing a new edition of Age of Sigmar Core Rulebook.  In this new edition will be an expanded narrative and lore, cramming lots of new background and history to the many places and times you have heard about in the game.  Also they have managed to add in one thing players have been asking for, maps, lots and lots of maps of all the different locales you can take your armies.  Plus they have refined the rules of the game to play faster and cleaner while somehow making it more fun to play.  They have even teamed up with tournament organizers and champions to create some of the best competition rules for the game to date.  So whether you are a veteran or a new comer, this new core book will be everything you need to drive headline into the Age of Sigmar universe.

You can find out more information on the Warhammer Community website, and look for this jam packed core book on store shelves in June of this year.

Pirates and buried treasure will be evergreen themes forever and it’s easy to see why – They’re really cool! The Robert Louis Stevenson ones are, anyway.  Those pirates embody romanticized adventurism, individuality, and freedom, albeit fueled by debauchery and greed, and their intrigue makes them charming. It shows in how many prominent board games exist with the theme, but one game, Skull Tales, stood out in trying to capture every inch of it back in 2015. Now there is a second edition of the game on Kickstarter, and after having shown off it’s fantastic new miniatures and rules updates it has blown far past it’s funding goal in less than a day! As described on the campaign page:

“Skull Tales, created by David Illescas, is a semi-cooperative game for 1-5 players aged 14 and up. The approximate playing time in Campaign Mode is between 60-90 minutes for one scenario and about 150 minutes for a complete chapter (Voyage, Adventure and Port). The game also includes 52 miniatures – not counting stretch goals!  Set sail on the Southern Lady and explore the beautiful Caribbean sea, ripe with fearsome enemies and amazing treasures. Fame and fortune await you!”

It’s exciting to see Skull Tales: Full Sail! funded with such enthusiasm so quickly and it really speaks to how satisfyingly thorough the game seeks to be. You really do have the opportunity to adventure like a pirate of fiction, embarking on voyages to abandoned islands, following a story of treasure and fame, fighting other ships, braving supernatural horrors, and unloading your ill-gotten gains at the nearest port. The game has also certainly come a long way from it’s first edition as well, and the backers of the original have certainly taken notice and their support for this project after 3 years speaks volumes. If you are interested in learning more about Skull Tales: Full Sail!, check out the Kickstarter page and the publisher’s website for gameplay videos, rules, community feedback and reviews!

Ares Games has announced that they will be publishing Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles a combat miniatures game set in Battlestar Galactica universe.

The Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles will be based on the TV series and will include both the “Classical” and “Reimagined” settings. The licensing agreement covers both the classic series created by Glen Larson in the 1970s as well as the more recent series developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick which ran until 2010.
The new game has been designed by Andrea Angiolino and Andrea Mainini, designers of both Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory. The game will features miniatures that come fully assembled and already painted. Miniatures will be built into special bases supporting unique game mechanics.
In the game players will take control of one or more Colonial or Cylon ships and face off in both one-on-one dogfights as well as battle through a variety of missions.
The game will be available for preview at GenCon 2018 (August 2-5, 2018) with no firm on-sale release date.

Star Wars: Legion hit retail just a week ago, and the buzz has been good to the newest miniatures game from Fantasy Flight. As Luke and Darth Vader hit the table in fresh skirmish combat, fans are bound to anticipate the rest of the stable of characters to join the fray. The Fantasy Flight Games machine is on top of it, having already announced that the Han Solo commander expansion and the Rebel Commandos Unit expansion are expected to arrive during the third quarter of 2018. As described on their respective product pages:

“Within the Han Solo Commander Expansion, Rebel leaders will find everything they need to add Han Solo as a commander to their Star Wars: Legion armies. A single unpainted, easily assembled miniature features Han Solo with his DL-44 heavy blaster pistol drawn and ready to fire. […] Within the Rebel Commandos Unit Expansion, you’ll find a squad of seven unpainted, easily assembled Rebel Commando miniatures. […] These two expansions let you create your own battles on Endor or any other planet from the Star Wars galaxy.”

The addition of Han Solo is no surprise really as it was just a matter of time, especially since Leia was already announced and the game wouldn’t be doing the IP justice without everyone’s favorite smuggler. That’s not the least of which to say that Fantasy Flight aren’t already the masters of tantalizing expansions and Legion is a ripe new product line for which to add a lot more content for years to come. It’s a very good thing, then, that we see a lot of cool new features being introduced in these new expansions that shake up the game’s scenarios – I’m particularly a fan of the sniper rifles the Rebel Commandos can wield! If you’re interested in reading more about these expansions, or future Star Wars: Legion content, be sure to check out Fantasy Flight’s website for these and future announcements.