RuneWars

Fantasy Flight Games has already started expanding the Runewars Miniature Game with Guardians of the Deepwood. Though the base has just barely hit stores already the Latari Eleves Army is already getting armed and ready for battle. Speedy and ferocious, one of the most powerful of the Terrinoth forces join an ever expanding battle. Fantasy Flight is expecting the Latari Eleves Army Expansion to hit retailers 3rd quarter (Q3) of 2017.

The Latari Elves call the Amyhelin Forest home. The largest forest in Mennara, the massive trees of Amyhelin stretch from Terrinoth in the North and west of the Ru all the way to the southern ocean. While the elves have built cities and palaces in and around the trunks of the Deepwood, the return of an old foe has pulled them into the battle for Terrinoth once again.

The Latari Elves enter the battle with four new units and eight new figure sculpts which is enough new content to field a full army in one of the battles of Terrinoth.

The Deepwood Archers

Are there any other archers with the mobility and range of the infamous Deepwood Archers? For years these archers have protected the Aymhelin Forest, now they join you in battle using shift actions to match enemy movements to position themselves perfectly for attach. With three different shift options they will be efficient and speedy in the battlefield, always in the perfect position to strike.

The Leonx Riders

Another new unit is the Leonx Riders. Passionate and rough, these riders will operate alone or in small family groups. Turning the tide of any battle, the Leonx Riders will serve as the calvary for your Latari Elves army. When making a melee attack the riders can use two surgeries to add a hit. Unique Surges is a new mechanic in the game, and can only be used once per combat, adding a mortal strike to a melee attack up to once per combat. Moving rapidly with three march options, a shift, and five blue modifiers, nobody will be safe.

Ariana of Summersong

Champion on the Leonix Riders will be Ariana of Summersong. Ariana will be commanding riders into battle with a Moonblade and Mount Wildcat. Ariana will be adding a mortal strike to all melee attacks, in addition to her Impact 2 keyword which will strike two panic tokens into the heart of her enemies. Ariana will whip around the battlefield with three march options and give white modifier options along with a green shift modifier allowing for a 4 speed march.

The Aymhelin Scions

The final new unit joining you in battle will be the Aymhelin Scions. While Aliana represents speed, the Scions represent the power of the Latari Elves. Living trees, the Scions are “the will of the forest made manifest.” The command dial of the Scions features both ranged and melee attacks, making them a threat from all angles. A shield icon modifier adds to defensive actions while the red hit modifier will add to offensive strikes. Two charge options allow the Scions to throw immobilizer tokens onto anything the Scions collide with… or that collide into it. A stun token added using two surges during melee or ranged attacks makes the Scions that much more dangerous.

Tactical Advantage

In addition to new units, new keywords and mechanics are also being added with this expansion. Latari elves will take advantage of the Overgrow keyword when overgrowth tokens are placed on environment pieces on the map. The Lethal keyword, as the name suggests, adds additional hit points to a damage pool. On the defensive side Protect keyword will remove damage from the pool before being assigned.

With plenty of new tactics and units to explore, Fantasy Flight Games looks to be expanding the Runewars Miniature Game universe rapidly.

GenCon has passed, and with it big announcements were made, and Fantasy Flight Games didn’t skimp on theirs.  First on the list is the game RuneWars, a two player head to head tactical minis game based in the world of Terrinoth.  This game will feature gameplay similar to FFG’s other tactical miniatures games, like X-wing, but will be different in key aspects like what you program each turn and unit grouping.  An example of unit grouping is that while giant characters will take up only a single block, a basic unit can be grouped in sets of 4, 8, or 12 where they move and attack as a unit.  The system looks amazing and you can check out the preview on the FFG site while we are waiting for it’s release in Q1 of 2017.

wave 5 armada

Next is wave five for Star Wars Aramada which will consist of 4 new expansion packs.  First is the Phoenix Home Expansion Pack which includes the mini and cards for the large Pelta-class frigate called the Phoenix Home.  Next is the Imperial Light Cruiser Expansion Pack, this one is an addition from the Star Wars Rebels tv show and is a smaller and lighter compared to a Star Destroyer, but it still has many uses.  First of the two smaller ship expansions is the Rebel Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack which includes several smaller ships and fighter squadrons.  Included are two Z-95 Headhunter Squadrons, two E-wing Squadrons, as well as two each of the Shadow Caster and the Ghost.  Last, and certainly not least, is the Imperial Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack, also featuring several smaller ships to add to your fleet.  Like the rebel version this pack includes two copies of the Lambda-class Shuttle, the VT-49 Decimator, TIE Defender Squadrons, and TIE Phantom Squadrons.  Check out the preview of FFG’s site to read all about the ship sets and look forward to their release in the 4th quarter of 2016.

x wing quad

Not to be outdone, FFG is also releasing wave 10 for the Star Wars X-Wing game which includes three new ships.  First is another addition from the Star Wars Rebels show with Sabine’s custom painted TIE fighter.  The other two ships come straight from The Force Awakens with the Upsilon-class Shuttle and the Quadjumper.  Both ships were featured in the movie but I imagine people will remember the shuttle more as it is what Kylo Ren made his entrance on.  You can read more in the FFG preview, and look for this on store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2016.

jabba

Next are expansions for the Star Wars Imperial Assault game with Jabba’ Realm and 4 new hero/villain packs to go with it.  In Jabba’s Realm you will have a new full-length campaign to go through which will take you out to the desert planet Tatooine.  Players will still have to be careful because even though the empire is barely there, you have to contend with Jabba the Hut and his minions.  In addition to this box of awesome there are 4 new figure packs in the form of the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack, the Alliance Rangers Ally Pack, a Captain Terro Villain Pack, and a Jabba the Hutt Villain Pack.  Each pack comes with the figures and cards you need to play with them.  You can check out the expansion here, and the figure packs here, and look forward to their release in the 4th quarter of this year.

evolution

Last is an expansion to the stress inducing game XCOM, called XCOM Evolution.  This expansion brings new things to the game on both sides with the EXALT infiltrators working against you, and the discovery of MELD to help you.  With EXALT being a group of humans trying to take advantage of the chaos, they will be working from within, causing new challenges and problems.  But with the discovery of MELD, you will have access to new avenues of research which can result in the ability to deploy the powerful MEC Troopers.  Look for this expansion in the 4th quarter of this year, and you can read more on FFG’s preview.