Star Wars: Destiny

“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.

 

 

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) award the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair each June. Nominees are picked in March and the academy votes on the games in the different categories based on excellence in game design. Well, the winners for the 2018 Origins Awards have been announced! Let’s see who they are!

Congratulations to Cephalofair Games as Best Board Game, Fan Favorite and Game of the Year goes to Gloomhaven! As Best Card Game and Fan Favorite we have both Renegade Game Studios’ Ex Libris and Hero Realms by White Wizard Games.  For Best Miniatures Game and Fan Favorite we have WarHammer 40,000 (8th edition) by Games Workshop. Best Collectible Game and Fan Favorite goes to Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games. As for Best Family Game and Fan Favorite we have Azul by Plan B GamesThe Best Role-Playing Game Supplement and Fan Favorite is Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Dungeons and Dragons. As for Best Role-Playing Game we have Adventures in Middle Earth – Cubicle 7,  and finally, we have the Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game winner:  Starfinder– by Paizo.

Congratulations to these amazing game designers and the hard work they have put into making the games that have become staples in our homes and board game cafes around the world!

 

 

Fantasy Flight Games have announced three new Dice Binders in which to store your Star Wars: Destiny collection. You will be able to choose from Jyn Erso, Luke Skywalker, or Captain Phasma themed binders which all cater for 44 dice and 44 sleeved cards. These binders are pretty nifty as the plastic trays display each individual die in rows which makes it easy to find the ones you want when playing a card during the game.

Star Wars: Destiny is a collectible card and dice game where you choose a team of iconic characters from the Star Wars universe, build a deck around them, then pitch them in battle against your opponent’s team. The game is for two players, aged 10+, and lasts about 30 minutes.

The Dice Binders are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2018.

Tired of carrying your Star Wars Destiny dice in old Crown Royal bags? Fantasy Flight games has just released three themed binders to hold the dice and cards necessary to play Star Wars: Destiny. The Princess Leia Dice Binder, the Boba Fett Dice Binder, and the Darth Vader Dice Binder have been released to retail this week.

“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
   –Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

The spacious binder has room for up to fourty-four dice and fourty-four cards. the binder design allows for each of the die to be individually displayed, allowing for a much faster retrieval when adding new upgrade and support carts to your characters.

The binder is compatible with all current and future dice and cards released for the game.

About Star Wars Destiny
Star Wars: Destiny is a collectible dice and card game from Fantasy Flight games that allows players to create battles between iconic heroes and villains with various locations and themes from the Star Wars universe.

In each game two players take part in a fast-paced duel in an attempt to be the first to eliminate the other player’s characters. The combines dice-driven combat with card based hand management. Players can create decks that include characters from any faction and or era, just as long as heroes and villains are on opposite sides of the fight, not on the same team.

Each player will construct a thirty-card deck with appropriate events, upgrades, and supports as well as the appropriate dice. Once play begins players alternate actions; activating die, playing cards, and attacking. Whoever has characters still standing at the end of the game wins.

 

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new booster set as well as two new starter sets coming out in 2018 for its popular dice game, Star Wars: Destiny. Even better, limited quantities of these will be available prior to general release to whet the whistle for those lucky enough to get them.

The two new starter sets are the Luke Skywalker set (Luke Skywalker and Han Solo) and the Boba Fett set (Boba Fett and a Veteran Stormtrooper), both with powerful cards and iconic Star Wars characters that will get you off to a great start.

In addition to those sets, the Legacies booster set adds 160 cards with all new characters.

“The Star Wars universe is a galaxy of change. Fans have watched regimes rise and fall as the legacy of their favorite characters shifts with the dramatic twists of the generation-spanning saga.

Now, you can experience those iconic moments with Legacies, a new 160-card booster set for Star Wars: Destiny! Legacies expands on the themes found in the first three sets with new mechanics, card types, and symbols!”

All of these had been previously announced, but the biggest news is that some gamers will not have to wait until the regular release date to get their hands on these packs.

On December 15, these packs will be available to those customers in the European market in limited quantities.

On January 11, they will be available to North American customers, also in limited quantities.

“Celebrate the holiday season with brand-new Star Wars: Destiny products. While this special Holiday Preview Wave offers a sneak preview at our upcoming Star Wars: Destiny products, it is important to note that none of these cards will be legal for tournament play until the wide release of these products early in the first quarter of 2018, alongside the official Legacies launch kit.”

Want to see what some of these cards might be? Check out the FFG post.

 

 

The Star Wars: Destiny Rivals Draft Set adds a new play format to the wildly popular Star Wars: Destiny game.

For over a year, Star Wars™: Destiny has put players in the middle of epic duels from the Star Wars galaxy. From Rey and Jyn Erso teaming up to fight Count Dooku to Han Solo facing down Jango Fett, Star Wars: Destiny has allowed players to live out any battle they could imagine from a galaxy far, far away.

Now, Star Wars: Destiny invites you to relive the epic showdowns of Star Wars in a brand-new way with the Rivals Draft Set. Team up with five other players and participate in a card draft before creating decks and proving yourself as the ultimate Star Wars: Destiny player!

A draft requires each player to have their own Rivals Draft Set as well as six booster packs taken from any Star Wars: Destiny set. The Fantasy Flight website has a full example of the draft process.

Limited quantities will be released on Friday, December 15th 2017 to celebrate the holiday season. It’s important to note that the cards released for the holiday season will not be tournament legal until the official release. The full, official release will be in the first quarter of 2018. There will be a special release promotion with more information soon.

In the competitive card game sphere there are two styles of play that reward skill and deck construction more than just having the best cards, draft play and sealed play.  These types of matches have been going on for a long time with Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic, and EPIC the Card Game, so having a collectible style game without it just feels incomplete.  Well now Star Wars Destiny will get that format now with the latest announced set, Rivals, which includes 20 cards that straddle the line between good and evil.

With this set and a handful of booster packs, you will be able play in either style format and be able to construct some solid decks of cards and dice.  Some of the set’s highlights include Anakin Skywalker, Conflicted Apprentice, whose ability differs based on if you discard a hero or villain card, and  Ketsu Onyo, Black Sun Operative, who allows you to save a weapon before it gets discarded.  These and many other cards will not only allow you to play in these new styles, but will bolster your decks in regular play as well.  Look for Rivals to hit shelves in 2018, and you can read more about it on the FFG website.

FFG continues to expand and support Star Wars Destiny by announcing a new set, simply called Legacies.  The name suits this set well as the majority of the new characters and items you will be getting have a foot firmly planted in the Star Wars movies of the past.  The two starter sets available will be Boba Fett with a veteran Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker with the heroic smuggler Han Solo.  These starters are pretty standard and include enough in the box to field an army with just what is there, but what is really interesting is all the new mechanics that this set will be adding to the game.

First on that list is indirect damage, this type of damage is usually coming in higher numbers than other types of damage, but because it is indirect, the player receiving the damage chooses where it goes.  So while you can dish out more damage than ever, it’s not going to be hitting what you want.  Another new mechanic are Power Actions, these are powerful actions you can take, but come with the limitation of only being usable once per turn.  So Wedge Antilles’ ability to flip a ship die to whatever side you want can devastating at the right time, just know you won’t be using it more than once a round.  And finally we have a new card type called plot cards, this are cards costing only a couple points, helping up bump that 27 or 29 point army up to a full 30.  These plot cards give you an extra leg up by giving you extra starting resources are forcing other players to discard cards.  Overall if you are a fan of Star Wars Destiny, this set will open up all sorts of new possibilities.  You can find out more on Fantasy Flight’s website, and then patiently wait for it’s release.

The International Gamers Awards have been going on since the year 2000, celebrating and recognizing gaming a truly global scale by having a committee of judges from all around the world. Each year they vote for the best game within the General Strategy category, which is split into two sub-categories: Multiplayer and 2-Player. 2017’s finalists have been announced and it’s immediately noticeable that this year’s competition is fierce. So without further ado, the nominees are:

General Strategy Games – Multiplayer nominees

A Feast for Odin
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Feuerland Spiele

Century: Spice Road
Designer: Emerson Matsuuchi
Publisher: Plan B Games

First Class
Designers: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans im Glück

Gloomhaven
Designer: Isaac Childress
Publisher: Cephalofair Games

Great Western Trail
Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publishers: eggertspiele

Key to the City: London
Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

Lorenzo il Magnifico
Designers: Flaminia Brasini and Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani
Publisher: Cranio Creations

Magic Maze
Designer: Kasper Lapp
Publisher: Sit Down!

Scythe
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Stonemaier Games

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Terraforming Mars
Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: Fryx Games / Stonemaier Games

The Colonists
Designer Tim Puls
Publisher: Lookout Games

Ulm
Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: HUCH!

Yokohama
Designer: Hisashi Hayashi
Publisher: OZAKU Brand

General Strategy Games – 2-Player nominees

 

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Designers: Nate French and Matthew Newman
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games

 

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
Designer: Diego Ibanez
Publisher: Devir

Santorini
Designer: Gordon Hamilton
Publisher: Roxley

Star Wars: Destiny
Designers: Corey Konieczka and Lukas Litzsinger
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

Force Friday 2 has come and gone, and with it the release of a new Star Wars game from FFG, a two player boxed set of Star Wars Destiny.  Fantasy Flight Games was rather hush about this release and wouldn’t even let brick-and-mortar stores about what exactly was going to be released that Friday (stores had to blindly go in on knowing they were releasing some sort of a Star Wars game that day).

Star Wars Destiny is the collectible dice game being put out by FFG as a competitor to Dice Masters.  In the game you will build a deck based on a set amount of points and dice, and then take your band of characters and equipment into battle against someone else.  Drawing and rolling dice on your turn in order to activate the many abilities of the cards you have.  In this new box set you will get enough cards, tokens, and dice to play the game right out of the box.  Plus, for those who are veterans to the game, this new box also features unique characters that haven’t been released like new versions of Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, Rey, and Poe Dameron.  So whether you are just getting into the game or have been around for a while, this new boxed set is worth a look.

You can find out my information on FFG website, or go to your FLGS and pick it up today!