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Fantasy Flight Games, the Darth Vader to Asmodee’s Palpatine, is getting ready for the launch of the Second Edition of their supremely popular Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game line on September 13. On their website, Fantasy Flight has given a list of retailers that will be having launch parties for the release, with 3 short fast paced events, prizes and more. These Launch Parties are just the beginning for a community supporting Organized Play events. In another article, Fantasy Flight talks further about the Scum and Villainy faction in X-Wing, the neutral third party alongside the Rebellion and the Empire. Lando’s Millenium Falcon, Slave I, and the Fang Fighter will all be available at launch, as well as the Scum and Villainy Conversion Kit for 1st edition miniatures. This article also focuses on the abilities of droid pilots IG-88, Guri and 4-LOM. Check out Fantasy Flight’s articles about the Second Edition Launch and the Scum And Villainy Additions on their website.

The cult-favorite barbarian, Conan, is going to receive more tabletop-gaming love over the next year or so. Shinobi 7, a publisher who specializes in pop-culture IPs, announced that they required the rights to Conan for two upcoming games. The first of which, a miniatures game, will hit Kickstarter in early 2019 while the second, a competitive card game, will head straight to retail at an unspecified time that same year.  As quoted from the press release:

As a lifetime fan of Conan, I am honored to take part in the ongoing legacy of Robert E. Howard’s phenomenal body of work,” says Jason DeAngelis, publisher of Shinobi 7. “Our team of game industry veterans is developing a line of games that’s sure to delight and surprise fans of Conan and Robert E. Howard.

It’s an interesting time to be a fan of Conan, especially after the well-received Monolith-produced miniatures adventure game and it’s expansion. I’m very curious how Shinobi 7 will differentiate their miniatures game from it’s already well-known predecessor. I’m also curious if the competitive card game will capture the same sort of pulp adventure that is synonymous with the brand, given that it’s described as involving characters within that world fighting for glory. Unfortunately, details beyond that are scarce, so only time will tell. If you are interested in learning more about either Conan-related releases, be sure to keep an eye on Shinobi 7’s website as they say that further details, components, and release dates will be on their way.

For those fans of the Star Wars: X-Wing game who were concerned that Fantasy Flight Games might run out of ships to model their miniatures on, your concerns should be allayed by the recently announced addition of two factions from the Prequel movies and Clone Wars era. Now players can try their hand at the Old Republic and Separatist factions who each have their own, unique play styles.

With the addition of the “Force” mechanism to the 2nd edition of the game, the Old Republic’s Jedi Knights should provide for some interesting tactics and abilities to fully utilize it. Of course, if the Jedi are more prevalent then so are the Sith. The addition of Darth Maul and his Sith Inflitrator is sure to provide a foil to the new Jedi Starfighters. The resurrection of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated show should also help flesh out new content for the game, along with the yearly Star Wars movies currently in the pipeline.

It appears that the redesign of the game has arrived in time to make full use of the expanded lore on the way.

“It’s immersing you even deeper in the lore. If you want to play a more straightforward, more straight-up version of the game, that’s very easy to do now. If you really want to dive into it and really go deep, there’s a clear path for that now, as well.” – Steve Horvath, Chief marketing officer of Fantasy Flight Games [source]

Fantasy Flight Games have spent 18 months of research, design, and testing in creating Star Wars: X-Wing Second Edition and with the glut of new content on the way, fans of the game, and even those seeking to collect just the excellent miniatures, are in for a treat.

See the original article on the Star Wars website for more information.

Play as your favorite ninja warrior and team up to win in Power Rangers: Heroes Of The Grid- a cooperative miniatures board game. Defeat villains Rita Repulsa, Madame Woe and more in the core game. Grab the expansion Shattered Grid to add new locations and Lord Drakkon with his deadly army to the mix! Also, add to your team new allies from other times and dimensions to create a Power Rangers Hyperforce. Work together and use your mighty morphin martial arts skills, weapons and zords to conquer the enemy and defend Angel Grove. Meant for 2-5 players ages 14 and up Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid and the Shattered Grid Expansion will be available on Kickstarter on August 14th 2018.

Renegade Games will also have playable copies of the game available at Power Morphicon in Anaheim August 17th-19th.

Mantic Games is poised to expand the universe of the The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game with the new Here’s Negan! expansion with a scheduled release in November of 2018.

Reputation is everything as you experience the untold story of how Negan and the Saviors cleared the Sanctuary.

Here’s Negan is a will be a co-operative expansion to the board game with a competitive element for up to five players. Each of the 12 included scenarios will help tell the story of how Negan originally cleared the ‘Sanctuary’ and become the tyrannical leader of the group known as the Saviors.

Mantic Games CEO Ronnie Renton pointed to the success of the original game when announcing plans to release this follow up expansion.

The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game is our most successful retail product ever and we’re delighted to be working with Skybound Entertainment to explore this untold chapter of Negan’s history. Here’s Negan is a totally unique game that sees players working together but also gives them the opportunity to screw over their teammates to impress Negan. It’s co-operative and competitive so you’ll need to watch your back!

In the new expansion, each player will take on there persona of one of Negan’s lieutenants, either Sherry, Dwight, Laura, John or Tara. In order to win Negan’s favor the players must clear the Sanctuary of all of the threats, including some that might not be Walkers. Successful players will impress Negan and reap rewards. Those who fail will face the wrath of Lucille.

In addition to the scenarios and rules, the expansion will come with:

  • 19 detailed, pre-assembled plastic miniatures
  • 16 double-sided game tiles
  • All the dice and tokens required to play.

The Walking Dead: All Out War

Published in 2016, The Walking Dead: All Out War base game was a tactical head-to-head miniatures board game set in the Georgia countryside and is based on The Walking Dead comic series. Groups will be pitted against each other in a fight for both supplies and survival as walkers roam the countryside. There’s nothing in the game that might not want you dead.

Playable 2 player or solo, each player will control a group of survivors made up of the characters from The Walking Dead storyline, such as Rick, Shane, Michonne and more. Each upgradeable survivor is represented by a miniature as well as a character card. Using a measuring stick survivors will wander the board attempting to sneak up on other survivors, raid camps, and get supplies. A game controlled AI system will send walkers your way whether you are playing against another player or solo.

The original base game includes campaign rules as well as guidelines to build your own survivor characters.

The original game was nominated for the 2018 Origins award for best miniatures game.

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.