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
Gamelyn Games, the undisputed master of all things Tiny and many things Epic, have started a new Kickstarter Campaign for Tiny Epic Tactics by designer Scott Almes (Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Tiny Epic Everything). In Tactics, 1-4 players each control 4 heroes on a multilevel 3D world map comprised of a Map Scroll and 6 Map Boxes of varying sizes. A players’ team has 1 each of a Beast, a Wizard, a Fighter and a Rogue, all of which come from a pool of unique characters. Players get 3 actions on their turn, chosen from Melee, Ranged or Magic attacks, as well as Movement.
The combat has nice added details, such as high ground benefiting ranged attacks, the possibility of knock-back with melee attacks, and allowing attacked units to immediately counter-attack out of turn. The 3 actions in a turn can be split among 3 units, or given to only 2, with one of the 2 units receiving 2 actions. Be careful, because units which gain 2 actions will become weakened, and cannot act next round, nor counter-attack.
The board has multiple spaces which increase or decrease attack range, heal players of their ammo or health, give or remove defense, as well as portals which allow increased movement across the world. The goal is to reduce enemy players’ units to 0 health, allowing capture, as well as maintaining control of the 3 key positions on the board. At the end of the game, players gain points for their surviving units, captured opponent units, and control of key map points.
The game also contains rules for 2 vs. 2 team play, solo play and a 2 player cooperative mode. Solo and Coop play uses the inside of the Map Boxes for exploration and treasure collection. The Kickstarter Campaign for Tiny Epic Tactics continues through March 6, and the game is expected to deliver in November 2019.
Dice Throne is an excellent skirmish dice-chucking game for 2 to 6 players. While it looks very similar to Yahtzee-style monster-mashup King of Tokyo, it has a surprising amount of strategic depth thanks to it’s Magic the Gathering-style phase structure and keywords. It’s a game that I have infamously played 14 times in one week due to how fast, fun, and refreshingly different it is. Now that it’s second season Kickstarter is in production, the first half of the new characters will be hitting retail soon so you and your friends can get in on the fun. According to ACD Distrubution, the first two versus packs, Gunslinger vs Samurai and Tactician vs Huntress, will be dropping this October with the remaining two character packs arriving not long after.
These versus packs are a great and inexpensive way to try the game for the first time, as they are a neatly packed 2-player game on their own. However, if you find yourself a fan of the game or if you already own Season 1, buying all of the packs allows for broader selection and more players as well! Each class plays very differently and presents interesting match-ups against or teamed with others. The game plays well with experienced and new gamers alike, as each character is graded in difficulty and so to are each versus pack, and works just as well head-to-head as it does in teams or free-for-all. If you are interested in learning more about the characters coming to Dice Throne, check out the Season 2 Kickstarter page here for previews and updates, and see your favorite retailer for copies soon.
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.
TheBoba Fett Operative Expansionintroduces 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 Expansionprovides 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.
Imperial Assault is not lacking content, but Star Wars is an ever-expanding property that allows for growth in equal measure among the products utilize it. Fans can soon expect Star Wars Rebels to soon join the party as a small box expansion and four ally/villain packs introduce the crew of the Ghost and their adversaries to the campaign or skirmish matches. The Tyrants of Lothal small box expansion includes new characters and enemies which bring stories from the Lothal sector to the table, while the Spectres, the mercenary Hondo, and Grand Admiral Thrawn himself are all available separately to aid in combat or participate in unique scenarios. As described on it’s product page:
“Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Tyrants of Lothal, a new expansion for Imperial Assault, available for pre-order now from your local retailer! Tyrants of Lothal is not releasing alone either, so be sure to also pre-order the Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus Ally Pack, the Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios Ally Pack, the Thrawn Villain Pack, and the Hondo Ohnaka Villain Pack to upgrade your Imperial Assault experience!”
It’s very nice to see this show earn such an earnest inclusion to an already good game, and mechanically speaking there’s a lot to offer the competitive scene as well. Beyond the inclusion of powerful new characters, both allies and villains, there’s also more cards, abilities, and death troopers that will make skirmishes more interesting or the Imperial player more daunting, depending on the mode of play. Furthermore,since Rebels is canon and it has done a lot to bridge characters between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there’s a lot of fun scenarios that could be made using other available characters, such as Darth Maul and Obi Wan for example, along with the Spectres. If you are interested in these expansions or future content for Imperial Assault, be sure to check out theirproduct pages and the Fantasy Flight Games website for future announcements.
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 respectiveproduct 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 theseexpansions, or future Star Wars: Legion content, be sure to check out Fantasy Flight’s website for these and future announcements.
Agents of Mayhem, the latest game in the Saints Row series, was released in 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It continued the franchise’s trademarks of high-octane first-person action, wild story missions, and absurdist humor. Now in the midst of the first quarter of 2018 the series is making it’s first leap into the board game scene bringing all of those qualities to the tabletop world. Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon is on Kickstarter now and brings the game to life with a 3D board. As described on the campaign page:
“Agents of Mayhem – Pride of Babylon is a team vs. team skirmish boardgame for 2 to 4 players. The game is played on a modular 3D board that is fully destructible. You and your opponents will play through a radiant story where every choice you make will have effects that ripple throughout the campaign.”
However, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I see as it does appear to be a thoughtfully made skirmish game with excellent looking miniatures and a tempting campaign structure, and with it being (as of writing this) over 300% funded it appears the public agrees with me! The 3D terrain really works as an attention-getter, and it seems like they’ll be getting the best use in this game than any of the few other games to have such a feature. If you are interested in Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon, check out this link to it’s Kickstarter page to learn more.
Games Workshop has announced the rebirth of the classic miniatures game Necromunda after more than a decade. Necromunda takes place in the seedy underworld of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the Underhive, featuring individuals genetically modified and cybernetically altered for battle. The game focuses on individuals in Hive Gangs rather than units or armies, and GW is bringing back two classic gangs for the re-release. House Escher features fast and deadly women, lightly armored and deadly in melee or at range. House Goliath, in contrast, are genetically modified slabs of muscle and brawn, armed and armored with scavenged industrial gear.
You can read the full article and see pictures of the spectacular new models here.
Imperial Assault continues to expand and is bringing in more and more iconic characters, this time they are adding figures for Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Grand Inquisitor, and Greedo. The Obi-Wan being added is the iconic movie version from the original trilogy so the character will benefit from his years of training and experience. He will be a formidable force user and also comes with a special lightsaber that could turn the tide of battle if used correctly.
Next is the Grand Inquisitor, this character made it’s screen debut on the small screen in the Star Wars: Rebels TV show, this character adds to the dark side a formidable force user as well. He is tough with a high health, high speed, strong attack dice, and the ability to throw his lightsaber for a ranged attack. But the big twist with this character is that he can spend surges on his attack rolls to ignore dodges, this is something no other character has and makes him very dangerous.
Last is Greedo, and while he is slow on the draw, he can provide that extra oomph you need when the time is right. He has a very low cost to deploy and by himself he won’t be much of a threat, but put him in a group of other low cost characters and you have something that can serve as a distraction, while also still maintaining the ability to due serious damage if not dealt with. You can read more on all the packs on the FFG site and look forward to their release in the third quarter of 2016.