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Wizkids has just announced plans to release Doppleganger in 2018, an adventuring-party card game with a traitor mechanic. Wizkids has been on announcing a pile of new games, and Doppleganger can now get added to that last. Doppleganger is scheduled for a May 2018 release. Players aged 14+ will spend 30 minutes figuring out which of the 4-8 players in the game are traitors.

In Doppleganger players are working together to find three Artifacts of Light. Things are never easy for an adventuring party, and in this case one or more of the players are hidden-traitor dopplegangers, trying to stop the party from finding three artifacts.

Wizkids has described the game as having mechanics similar to ResistanceBattlestar Galactica, and Dark Moon. While adventuring in Doppleganger players are invited to join an adventure and secretly throw cards into the pool. Players will also be required to choose which dice to use in the battles they encounter. Cards in the pool will help the adventuring part succeed (a weapon) or fail (who threw in the poison potion?!).

 

Content of the game will include:

  • 107 Cards (Heroes, Items, Quests, Loyalty, Reference)
  • 5 Dice
  • 1 Rule book
  • 1 Dice bag
  • Tokens
  • Damage counters
  • Exhaustion tokens

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Over on Kickstarter is the tongue-in-cheek social deduction game Secret Hitler which has nearly tripled it’s funding goal with 28 days remaining. The game takes it’s cues from modern favourites such as Resistance, Avalon and Werewolf and plays 5-10 players.  Set in 1930s Germany, players are split into teams of either Fascists or Liberals.  The Liberals must find the Secret Hitler and the Fascists must pass fascist policies and install Hitler as their leader.  The game has a similar start to Resistance and Avalon with everyone closing their eyes and the Fascists knowing each other and the identity of Secret Hitler but Secret Hitler doesn’t know the fascists or liberals and the liberals don’t know who anyone is.  Each round players elect a President and Chancellor.  The President chooses 3 policies from a random deck, discards one and then the Chancellor must decide which one to pass.  In order for the Fascists to win they must pass 6 fascist policies or pass 3 and then elect Secret Hitler as Chancellor. Each fascist policy passed includes a power that the President can then use such as assassinating a player or choosing the next President.  It looks to be an interesting spin on the likes of the Resistance and has a lot of positive buzz.  There don’t seem to be any stretch goals at present and two tiers, one of which includes a foil pack of Cards against humanity fascist cards (as one of the designers also designed Cards against Humanity).  There are more details including gameplay videos, pdfs of rules and many testimonials from celebrities and games designers over on the Kickstarter site.

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Revealed on Force Friday, the new X-Wing Force Awakens core set contains exciting new Resistance and First Order ships.  This latest article at Fantasy Flight.com gives a closer look at the Tie/fo fighters.

Designed to take advantage of swarm tactics and numerical superiority, the TIE/fo fighter is an extremely agile, mass-production fighter designed for swarm tactics. However, it’s not quite as fragile as the TIE fighters that were flown during the Galactic Civil War. Instead, its hull and shields were reinforced to improve survivability. The result is a more durable First Order fighter with two attack, three agility, three hull, and a point of shields.

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The ship features a number of manoeuvring options, including a speed “1” turn that the X-Wing can’t match and a fully loaded action bar.  As well as the Koiogran turn the Tie/fo can also execute Segnor’s loops with both manoeuvres giving a stress token.

The TIE/fo fighter is always a fast, slippery ship, no matter who’s sitting in its cockpit. Still, there are definitely a number of veteran pilots within the First Order who are simply able to get more from the ship than their colleagues.

The Force Awakens Core Set comes with nine different TIE/fo fighter ship cards, including three unique veterans. Identified by their call signs, these First Order pilots are able to handle their TIEs in ways that less experienced pilots simply can’t.

Featuring full compatibility with other ships in the series, set course for that galaxy far, far away in your very own Tie/fo fighter soon.

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Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce that The Force Awakens™ Core Set has now arrived for X-Wing!

On Friday, September 4, 2015, Fantasy Flight Games released The Force Awakens Core Set for the popular X-Wing Miniatures Game in select retail stores, some stores even opening in the wee hours of the morning to sell this new core set along with lots of other Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise.

The Force Awakens Core Set includes a similar assortment of basic components needed to get your X-Wing collection started and to the table right away.  However, this new core set includes the following additions to the game:

  • New Resistance pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Rebellion fleets
  • New First Order pilots and starships that can be combined with pre-existing Imperial fleets
  • Includes 1 Resistance T-70 X-Wing with new pilots and upgrades, such as the Weapons Guidance tech upgrade
  • Includes 2 First Order TIE/fo Fighters with new pilots and upgrades

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 All the components needed for a full game of X-Wing including:

  • 3 Plastic Ship Bases
  • 6 Plastic Pegs
  • 8 Ship Tokens
  • 3 Maneuver Dials
  • 11 Maneuver Templates
  • 1 Initiative Token
  • 4 Evade Tokens
  • 4 Focus Tokens
  • 6 Target Lock Tokens
  • 7 Shield Tokens
  • 3 Stress Tokens
  • 6 Asteroid Tokens
  • 5 Satellite Tokens
  • 6 Mine Tokens
  • 34 Assorted Tokens
  • 13 Ship Cards
  • BB-8
  • R5-X3
  • Proton Torpedoes
  • Weapons Guidance
  • Wired
  • 1 Poe Dameron
  • 1 Blue Ace
  • 1 Red Squadron Veteran
  • 1 Blue Squadron Novice
  • 1 Omega Ace
  • 1 Epsilon Leader
  • 1 Zeta Ace
  • 2 Omega Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Zeta Squadron Pilot
  • 2 Epsilon Squadron Pilot
  • 1 Range Ruler
  • 3 Red Attack Dice
  • 3 Green Defense Dice
  • 1 Learn to Play
  • 1 Rules Reference
  • 1 Mission Guide

Fantasy Flight Games will be publishing a series of articles over the next several days that will “more closely examine the Resistance’s signature T-70 X-wing, the First Order’s TIE/fo fighter, and what The Force Awakens Core Set means for the future of X-Wing Organized Play.”  Keep watching for these articles as Dice Tower News brings them to your attention, and on FFG’s website.

While this new core set is currently only available at select Force Friday locations, it is now shipping for wider release, and should be available later this month at your favorite local game store.  For more information on this new release, visit FFG’s website here.

 

 

wil wheaton

Just last week, Will Wheaton, host of the popular Internet program Tabletop, took a few moments with Jason Guerrasio of Esquire magazine to discuss his “top five tabletop games of all time.”

Wheaton eventually settled on five games that were hot for him at the present moment:

The Resistance: Avalon

Takenoko

Legendary: A Marvel Deck-Building Game

Lords of Waterdeep

Kingdom Builder

In this article, Wheaton briefly discusses each of these games, outlining their basic concepts as well as what he likes about each.  However, he made no attempt to rank these in any significant order:

“I can’t rank these and I’ll tell you why,” positioning himself in his chair like he’s discussing a pressing bureaucratic issue. “When I sit down to play a game like Love Letter, I’m expecting a different experience than when I sit down to play Lords of Lockleep [Waterdeep]. And when I play Cards Against Humanity I want a different experience than when I play Apples to Apples. We play different games for different reasons.”

To read the full article, visit the article at this link: Will Wheaton: 5 Board Games You Should Be Playing.