Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced a new partnership with theOP to bring new officially licensed factions to Smash Up. This is the first time that the two California companies have worked together, and Smash Up is a perfect forum for bringing in well known properties in interesting ways.
Smash Up (2012) is, of course, the phenomenally popular card game from Paul Peterson, in which players combine two factions decks together (“shufflebuilding”) to create a unique monster force. This new hybrid deck is then used to take over Base Cards for points. Of course, factions would be nothing without special abilities and powers, which can throw all the rules out the window. Previous factions have included Pirates, Zombies, Dinosaurs, Aliens and many others. In fact, with the many expansions already released, Smash Up now has nearly 70 factions.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be releasing faction-specific damage decks for Star Wars: X-Wing. These decks have the same in-game content as the standard damage decks in the core set, however the new releases have two cosmetic upgrades. First, there is a unique damage deck available for each of the game’s seven factions. Each deck has a faction-specific cardback and faction-specific artwork illustrating where the ship has taken damage. For example, the damage cards for the Resistance show an X-Wing and the damage cards for the Galactic Empire show a TIE Interceptor. Second, all of the faction-specific damage decks are larger than the damage decks in the core set. They are FFG LCG size cards, instead of the mini cards in the core set.
There has been a disturbance in the Force as a rare, non-FFG Star Wars-themed game has been announced today. USAopoly (who also goes by the name ‘The OP’) and Disney Consumer Products UK have publicized the pending release of Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game that is set during the events immediately prior to and during Star Wars: A New Hope. The game is designed for 2-4 players for ages 10 and up and has an estimated game time of 45 minutes.
In this light strategy game, each player will lead their own Rebel cell, led by their starting Team Leader (either Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker or Hera Syndulla), as they work together to recruit other iconic characters (such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Admiral Raddus) and prevent the construction of the original Death Star to thwart the Empire’s overall plans for domination of the galaxy. A custom-sculpted 3D Darth Vader bust is featured on the game board that commands the Imperial forces trying to either wipe out the Rebels or make the Death Star operational. The Rebels win by defeating enough Imperial agents before the Empire is able to either successful bring the Death Star online or eliminates too many of the Rebellion’s assets.
The game will be released in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions in the fall. It is unclear from the announcement whether this game will be exclusive to the EMEA regions or will receive a North American release at a later date. However, The OP has stated that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising was designed specifically for EMEA.
Admittedly, the look of the game from the images released and the described game-play sounds very similar to The OP’s earlier board game Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War. The shared use of the term ‘Rising’ in both titles also suggests that Star Wars: Dark Side Rising may be the latest entry in a unofficial board game series begun with Thanos Rising.
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising will also be showcased at the UK Games Expo as well as DISTOY 2019 in London.
More information about this release is available here.
Fantasy Flight Games have announced a 160-card expansion for Star Wars: Destiny, the 2-player, collectible card game. In the game, players field a team of characters who each have unique abilities on their cards and an assortment of dice. The team is also supplemented by a constructed 30-card deck which has events, upgrades, and support characters. Players engage in combat by alternating actions such as activating dice, playing cards, attacking enemies, or claiming the battlefield.
“Even in the darkest of times, the spark of hope can be found in the Star Wars galaxy, lit by those who dream of a better life. In the era of the Clone Wars, Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi fought against the darkness of the Separatist army. Later, charismatic leaders like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker led a tiny band of Rebels against a Galactic Empire, and when the First Order rose to power, the Resistance stood up as the spark of hope that would burn it down.”[source]
The Star Wars: Destiny – Spark of Hope expansion continues themes introduced in the Convergence expansion, with an emphasis on sub types, downgrades, and new plots which affect deck construction. There are Red villain cards (such as Grand Admiral Thrawn) which deplete an opponent’s hand of cards, a new set of moves, new bounty hunters for Yellow villains, and masteries for Blue heroes (including Rey, and Kylo Ren). New, diceless characters (such as the Ewoks) are also introduced in this set.
Fantasy Flight Games has just announced a new Star Wars board game from acclaimed designer-jedi Corey Konieczka (Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Star Wars: Rebellion) and Tony Fanchi, Star Wars: Outer Rim. In this grand adventure for 1-4, players take on the role of budding bounty hunters in the no mans land of the infamous outer rim. Players win by gathering 10 fame smuggling cargo, fulfilling missions, or completing personal goals. To achieve this end, heroes need resources for good ships, such as a modified YT-1300 light freighter (some type of “falcon“) and worthy crew, such as Lando Calrissian or Han Solo. Pilots need to avoid investigation from nuisances such as the Hutts, the Imperials or even the Rebels as they jump across hyperspace. Outer Rim looks like another epic “star wars in a box” adventure game, this time focusing on the seedier side of becoming the most (in)famous outlaw in the galaxy. Look for Outer Rim in Q2 2019, and read more about it in the official press release here.
“Hello there” begins the iconic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous. With the new starter sets for Star Wars: Destiny, players can recreate this famous duel. The Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Set features an elite version of Obi-Wan Kenobi with two die sides of melee damaged that can be boosted by his Power Action. Teaming up with Obi-Wan is Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, who allows a reroll of a dice. This starter set is full of blue and yellow cards to boost melee damage and upgrade and equip Jedi characters.
The General Grievous Starter Set brings two powerful Commando Droids to the aid of General Grevious. The synergy amongst the droids can be terrifying. General Grievous reduces the cost of activating droids as well as allowing any number of the droid dice to be rerolled. The Commando Droids allow the player to activate other droids when the Commando dice are rolled. This is a set built to overwhelming the enemy, even a Jedi.
Then there are the Convergence booster packs. While booster packs have always been a way to add new upgrades (as well as new characters) to a deck, Convergence introduces a new type of card to the game: downgrades, cards that you attach to your opponents. Just like it sounds, downgrades harm your opponents, but they can also confer a bonus when the attached character is defeated. For example, Yellow contains a host of bounties that reward a player with additional resources or cards when they defeated a character with a bounty on it. Of course, there are plenty of synergies to be found in the Convergence booster packs also, but catering to the type of character being played, not just its type and color. For example, Captain Phasma not only enables troopers to inflict melee damage, but she also always has First Order Stormtroopers with her to deploy. On the Jedi side, Mace Windu has the ability draw from the deck and play upgrades. If that upgrade is emplaced on a Jedi, then he also gives the Jedi a shield. One of upgrades available in Convergence is Mace Windu’s Lightsaber, one of the most powerful weapons in the game.
While no official release date has been announced from Fantasy Flight Games, these are available for pre-order. Keep a lookout for them in your friendly local gaming store soon.
“Every great achievement requires just as much ambition, and there are few as ambitious as Director Orson Krennic. As the head of the Empire’s Advanced Weapons Research division, he oversaw the creation of the dreaded Death Star, and he employs the same ambition on the battlefields of Star Wars: Legion. Ruthless and cunning, Krennic can manipulate friends and foes alike to achieve his goals in battle.”[source]
Krennic’s position as Director entitles him to his own entourage of Imperial Death Troopers, which leaves room for other special units to be added to the army. The Director Krennic Commander Expansion comes with a finely detailed model, 3 signature command cards, and 3 general command cards.
The Imperial Death Troopers Unit Expansion includes 6 models for units from the elite, Tarkin Initiative. They are cruel, tough, and rumored to be physically augmented through classified medical procedures.
“Death trooper candidates are hand-selected from the Stormtrooper Corps by Imperial Intelligence itself and, as such, these elite troops display skills beyond those seen in other Imperial troops. Unfazed by enemy fire, death troopers wade into battle, firing with unmatched precision. They display so much discipline, in fact, that they can remove a suppression token when they are issued an order, keeping them pressing the attack no matter how much adversity they face.”[source]
The expansion also includes a unit card, an assortment of tokens, and upgrade cards to give the Death Troopers improved weapons.
For players looking to play on the Light Side of the Force, they need look no further than Chewbacca.
“Entering Star Wars: Legion as the Rebellion’s first operative, Chewbacca creates new opportunities for your army not seen in your other units. His Wookiee physiology makes him capable of feats unheard of in other species, and for 110 points you can find out exactly what it means to team up with a Wookiee.”[source]
Chewbacca is an absolute tank on the battlefield who is able to soak up damage, rip apart units at close quarters, or heavily fire upon the enemy at a distance using his bowcaster. He also has 3 signature command cards which allow him to pair up with Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo. The Chewbacca Operative Expansion adds a finely detailed model of the Wookie, and additional cards and tokens.
Featuring characters straight out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantasy Flight Games has announced two new Rebel soldier expansions for their ever expanding miniatures game, Star Wars: Legion.
First up, is a single character expansion featuring the fearless Rebel commander, Jyn Erso.
The Jyn Erso Commander Expansion includes one finely sculpted, easily assembled Jyn Erso miniature to lead your Rebel army into battle, complete with three new command cards to field in battle. Along with Jyn Erso, you’ll find the associated unit card and four upgrade cards for you to enhance Jyn Erso and your other units.
Jyn will need a commando squad to lead so Star Wars: Legion is also launching the Rebel Pathfinders expansion featuring some of the brave soldiers who volunteered to fight at the Battle of Scarif.
The Rebel Pathfinders Unit Expansion features six finely sculpted Rebel Pathfinder miniatures, enough for one special forces unit. This expansion also includes the unit card and an assortment of upgrade cards, inviting you to outfit your Rebel Pathfinders for any operation.
You can learn more about these two upcoming expansions over on the Fantasy Flight website.
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.