“These expansions put devastating new options for your starfighter squadrons at your fingertips, letting you conduct deadly electronic warfare and unleash barrages of powerful turbolaser or ion cannon fire as you bring the full weight of the largest X-Wing ship class to bear against your opponents. ”
Star Wars fans
rejoice, for Fantasy
Flight Games has announced
more support for those incredible, huge ships that players of Star
Wars: X-Wing were never quite sure what to do with. The company has just announced
Ship Conversion Kit for X-Wing
second edition, allowing players more options for their gorgeous 2014 Tantive
IV model, likely sitting on pristine display since Second
Edition X-Wing launched in 2018. The new kit comes with tons of updated
components, including ship cards, tokens, and maneuver dials. The Tantive can now
be flown by either the Rebels or the Alliance, while the other supported huge
likewise are allied with 2 of the 7 factions each. The Huge Ship Kit also
includes a special Maneuver Tool, Range Ruler, Resource Trackers and Damage
Deck, all scaled up for these giant models.
And fear not if you are new to the X-Wing miniatures world, because those glorious, giant models will once again be reprinted, already packed with second edition goodness. The new Tantive IV Expansion Pack and C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack contain not only their impressive foot-long models, but also all the above components needed to integrate them into many a space battle.
“The chaos of battle surrounds you as enemy fighters dart between massive warships. It will take more than just fancy flying to lead your squadron to victory in battles like this. Step up to the largest X-Wing battles yet with the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion! ”
A perfect match for those gigantic cruisers, Fantasy Flight has also announced the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion for X-Wing Second Edition. Epic Battles allows massive 2-8 player conflicts, invoking the largest, craziest space battles from the movies. This expansion adds 11 cinematic scenarios, including a chaotic 8-player free for all, and team based intel collection. New Wings add squad based mechanics, allowing players to move formations of 3-6 fighters with a single maneuver dial, and under one leader. Finally, it goes without saying that the new Epic modes will allow the construction of enormous 500-point or 20-threat armies.
a new hybrid miniatures board game set in the popular Iron Kingdoms Universe, Riot
Quest. In Riot Quest, the battle for the Iron Kingdoms has gone very…
badly. You see, “humanity in the Iron Kingdoms was never really supposed to
have access to magic. Humans aren’t the most careful or responsible creatures.”
So things went the way they often do, and the world has been destroyed.
Luckily, some scrappy survivors remain to battle in this apocalypse, collect
bounties, and loot the spoils of war. “You’ll need a crackerjack crew, gobs of
gear, and lots of love for the chaos of battle if you’re going to score the
best leftover loot in the land.”
The Riot Quest Starter Box comes
with board, tokens, 15 custom dice, 32 cards, and 5 hobby miniatures with stat
cards to start the fight. Balthazar Bamfist is appropriately named for him job.
Gubbin, the demolitions expert may be just a little too crazy to carry all that
explosives. Sir Dreyfuss is a powerful, technological knight, while Dez is the
token big guy with a bazooka. Finally, Eiryss Fortune Hunter of Ios is a dark,
mysterious rogue with powers untold.
Quest, players take their gang of scavengers into the ruins, fighting and
looting. Bounty Cards dictate specific conditions in the arena, as well as how
to claim the cards for points. A constant market of refilling cards ensures a
unique, varied game each time. Game play revolves around a set of custom dice,
the stats of the characters, and whatever gear the players can steal and equip.
Look for the Riot Quest Starter Box at your FLGS in August 2019, as well as the
extra miniature, Riot Quest: J.A.I.M.s (Jacobsen’s Amazing Iron Maiden) Guard.
For more information, keep an eye on the Privateer
Great news for all – Ares Games will be bringing Ludus Magnus Studio’s games to worldwide distribution with English language support. This partnership will begin with the retail edition of the huge Kickstarter success, Black Rose Wars. This mage vs mage battle royale for 2 to 4 players, designed by Marco Montanaro, features some of the highest quality miniatures in the market and is just the sort of excellent product to be paired with Ares Games’ outreach. While this new version of Black Rose Wars will be different from the one backers received, mostly to fit a better price point, it’s gameplay will remain intact.
“We love what Ludus Magnus Studio is doing– their games have amazing gameplay value and beautiful components. This young and energetic studio was very successful on Kickstarter, but their creations deserve to reach an even wider audience, and we will work together to make this possible,” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games.
Ares Games will also be distributing the retail version of Ludus Magnus’ current Kickstarter project, Dungeonology. Designed by Diego Fonseca and Danilo Guidi, this game flips dungeon crawling on it’s head by posing players as scholars who are studying the dungeon and it’s inhabitants rather than ransacking it. As of writing this, it has already been funded six times over proving that it’s novel concept is worth the look. If you’d like to learn more about Ludus Magnus Studio’s games, or more about this partnership, check out bothcompanies websites for all current projects, details, and updates.
Coreball: The Zero Gravity Sport is a new miniatures game for 2-4 players currently on Kickstarter from Burning Games, and designers Helio de Grado, Carlos G. Q., and Mauricio Gomez. In Coreball, players take control of a team, each focused on a certain play style, from the aggressive SpaceSharks to the control oriented BullBugs. There are even Mercenary figures that can be hired for a job beyond your team. Team characters take actions, attacking each other, grappling for control, stealing the ball, or even hacking each other’s suits, depriving the opponent of abilities. The game takes place on a clear board, into which is slotted a tile detailing hazards, obstacles and momentum boosts. This tile changes every round, reflecting the ever shifting conditions in space. Be careful, momentum in Coreball is conserved, so it is easy for players to knock others out of the arena, or fly off the edge on their own. Coreball comes with 6 circuit tiles for the floating board, more than 100 tokens, 4 dials, and gorgeous miniatures for 2 teams plus Mercs in the base set. Expansions add another 2 teams, the advanced TechnoTicks, and the team oriented and hyperlinked Preachers. The Kickstarter Campaign for Coreball continues through May 16, and the game is expected to deliver in February 2020. For more details, check out Burning Games‘ webpage on Coreball here.
Corvus Belli and Vallejo Hobby Colors have entered an agreement to produce specialty paint packs for the popular future miniatures game, Infinity. Vallejo is already well known in the hobby world for making high quality paints and accessories, so the 8 new paint sets should make followers of the Infinity Game system very happy. These new sets also include an exclusive miniature, as well as a step by step guide for painting each faction.
The first paint packs for Panoceania and Nomads factions will be available in June. Throughout 2019 four more paint sets will be released. All sets will be available through distributors, specialized retail stores and Corvus Belli online store.
Look for the first new set this June, which should include Panoceania and Nomads factions, followed by 4 more sets in 2019.
At the recent GAMA trade show, I had the great pleasure of sitting down with “Az” Drummond, the Communications and Community Manager for Mythic Games. Az is an incredibly charismatic sort, and the love of Mythic’s games just screams from his very pores, making conversation easy. The next time I am in Ireland, this is a man I need to visit.
The first game we discussed was Solomon Kane, by designer Jake Thornton, successfully Kickstarted in July 2018. Solomon Kane is a story driven game, starring the well known character from Robert E. Howard‘s short stories, a 16th century puritan looking to vanquish evil. Players each take control of one aspect of Kane, playing either his Courage, Temperance, Justice or Prudence, influencing Solomon as he makes choices in his adventures. Games are organized into scenario “Chapters”, 8-10 of which comprise a story arc, known as an Act. The game includes an immense 35 Acts in 14 Adventures. The word count alone on Solomon Kane exceeds 250,000, which comprises the original short stories and new material, including settings in the United States. The game will be a powerhouse of miniatures, with 107 unique sculpts in the 178 miniatures included in the game. The titular Kane alone will have multiple unique figures showing his various trials and tribulations as he progresses through the stories. Mythic Games holds regular “What’s Up Wednesdays” to publicly discuss their games in development, and Solomon Kane in particular has benefited from these. Az states that when Kane delivers it will be easily twice as deep and rich as it was in the Kickstarter, with more stories, more content and more options.
The next game we discussed was the Kickstarter powerhouseTime of Legends: Joan of Arc, which earned almost $2.2 million, and funded in 3 minutes. Kickstarter backers will be excited to hear that wave 1 is shipping this May, with wave 2 following later in the summer. Joan is a story intense game, with multiple scenarios that use strong narrative to emphasize the RPG elements of this miniatures heavy game. Mythic had samples of the miniatures available to see, and before people ask – the dragon was breathtaking. This particular sculpt went through 6 versions before the final was selected, a massively detailed beast with a 54mm wingspan. The scale is so impressive, one can place a standard human mini fully within the dragon’s mouth, and yes, I did just that. Joan is also playable in a skirmish mode, with 2 players selecting armies by point value in order to play a more traditional miniatures game.
Joan of Arc will be also be having a retail release in November. This core set is for 2 players, includes 5 scenarios newly made for retail, and a hand picked 73 miniatures. Az was sure to emphasize that Kickstarter exclusives will remain just that – exclusive, and that Kickstarter backers are guaranteed to receive their games before retail.
The newest game from Mythic shown at GAMA was Super Fantasy Brawl, by designer Jochen Eisenhuth. The rumor is that Jochen presented his game to Mythic in such a complete state that very little had to be refined, other than the final art, and Mythic signed him on the spot. Super Fantasy Brawl (SFB) is a card based miniatures arena combat game, with more than a dozen champions coming in the core game. Players pick 3 champions and shuffle their specific card decks together, creating a team to fight in the arena. Obstacles and arena elements can influence battle, such as pillars of magic which add abilities. SFB uses a beautiful cartoon fantasy style of art, made popular by games such as World of Warcraft. The included characters span all genres of fantasy, and include pirates, samurai, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and more. I even saw an early sketch of an Aztec warrior wielding a blow gun astride a raptor mount, and it looked fantastic. The plan is to bring Super Fantasy Brawl to Kickstarter this summer, followed by retail release, then monthly champion packs starting Q1 2020, each with one miniature and its own deck of 6 cards. For more details, check out Mythic Games’ website on Brawl here.
Valhalla has multiple viking character types for players, who travel back to the Targa Plateau from the City of the Ancients Core set to battle new creatures and search of elusive dark stone. The Valley of the Serpent King features Spanish Conquistador characters, and has portals to the Swamps of Jargono from the Swamps of Death Core set. Both games feature numerous high quality miniatures, including oversized elite monsters, dungeon tiles, cards, tokens and all you would expect from a Shadows of Brimstone game. The new Shadows Adventures are fully compatible with all previous versions, but can be played on their own.
The Kickstarter Campaign continues through March 9, and the games are expected to deliver in September of 2020.
There are several new space ship expansions available for the Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles Game from Ares Games.
In the game, players control Colonial and Cylon spaceships and use maneuver cards for each spaceship, as well as two devices—the control panel, which is included in the Starter Set, and the rotating miniature base in each Spaceship Pack. Each ship is a ready-to-play.
New ships coming out in January include Viper MK, Starbuck’s Viper, Cylon Raider, Starbuck’s Cylon Raider and Scar’s Cylon Raider.
A set of additional control panels is also coming out in January.
Your Rebel squads just got cooler with the new T-65 X-Wing expansion pack for X-Wing Second Edition.
Fantasy Flight Games’ website says, “No starfighter is as ubiquitous in Rebel squadrons as the T-65 X-wing. With its astromech droid finely balancing its firepower, shielding, and maneuverability, the T-65 is capable of taking part in almost any Rebel operation. As a result, the ship is a fixture in the space battles of the Galactic Civil War, becoming an indelible symbol of the Rebellion itself.”
The expansion will come with an assembled and painted miniature with movable S-foils so it can be in closed or attack position. The expansion comes with tokens, cards and a maneuver dial needed to incorporate another T-65 X-wing into your squadron.
Current players can bring first edition T-65 X-wings and other ships into the second edition with the new tokens, cards and maneuver dials in the launch’s conversion kits. New players can grow their collection with six ship expansions launching.
For more about the second edition and changes to the ship, visit Fantasy Flight Games’ website here