Star Wars Imperial Assault

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.

From Fantasy Flight Games comes the Jabba’s Realm digital campaign for the companion app for Imperial Assault, Legends of the Alliance. It will be a free download available Aug. 8.

The campaign will be a digital retelling of the physical campaign. The Legends of the Alliance app is also free, and allows players to play Imperial Assault with an Imperial player, allowing for a team up with three other plays in campaigns on the app.

In the game, players will be Rebel operatives that are trying to get refugees to the Outer Rim, when they crash land on Tatooine, the domain of the infamous Jabba the Hutt. Will players be able to survive?

The Legends of the Alliance app is available on several platforms, including Apple, Google Play, Steam and more.

Even Imperial Stormtroopers need a bit of R&R now then, even if it is in a dark and seedy part of town. And maybe that’s all for the better for some new battles. Fantasy Flight Games is taking Imperial Assault to the Uscru Entertainment District with a new Skirmish Map.

The slip-resistant map takes the game’s skirmishes to the underworld of Coruscant where all kinds of badness will happen. There’s plenty of obstacles and tight corridors for battles to happen in the infamous Uscru Entertainment District, where fugitives can disappear – maybe for good and the clubs and bars offer an escape that could be deadly.

More information is available at Fantasy Flight’s website.

IDW Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for Nickelodeon Splat Attack, an all out food fight board game for 2-4 players, designed by Jonathan Ying (Doom: The Board Game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault). Players control a team of 4 characters from one of Nick’s well known shows, including Hey Arnold!, Invader ZIM, Spongebob Squarepants and Rugrats. Each team has 4 beautifully detailed miniatures, which move around the arena collecting food to throw. Characters get two actions, defined on their player card, and attacking involves rolling a number of dice equal to the character’s aim rating plus the food’s splat value. When a character is hit with food, they must draw a pentomino (think Tetris) “Splatter Tile”, and fit it on the grid on that character’s player board. If the piece doesn’t fit or the board fills up, that character is out, and the attacker gains a SUPER COOL point. Players gain and lose cool points by achieving objectives or getting hit, and the most cool points at the end of the game, when all the SUPER COOL points are gone, wins. As of this writing, Splat Attack contains 5 character teams (including a special TMNT team), 40 food cards, 4 player boards, 45 splatter tiles, dice and tokens. A special 5-8 player version is also available as its own pledge level.

The Kickstarter Campaign for Nickelodeon Splat Attack continues through June 7, and the game should hit backers’ doorsteps by November 2018.

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games has released the Mos Eisley Back Alleys Skirmish Map for Imperial Assault. Players will have a chance to explore the seedy underworld of the back alleys while the rubber backed playmat provides a quick setup for Mos Eisley the included missions. The playmat  is available for retail purchase now.

Included with playmat purchase are two mission cards related to the skirmish map, adding new objectives with a focus on the valuable crates that can be found in Mos Eisley. In the first scenario, players are vying for crate control while doors become unlocked. In the second scenario players attempt to retrieve crates and haul them back tho their personal stash.

Seven previous Imperial Assault Skirmish Maps have taken players to a variety of locations including;

About Imperial Assault

Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a strategy board game featuring tactical combat and missions set in the Star Wars universe for two to five players.

The game features two distinct games. The first is a campaign game that takes players through long-form tales set in the Star Wars universe with players taking on the roles of Rebels battling either an Imperial overlord or an app controlled overlord. Through a multi-mission campaign both the Imperial player and the Rebel heroes will have the opportunity to gain new experience and skills.

The other game, a single play skirmish game, allows players to build a team of Rebel or Imperial characters and battle head-to-head.

While everything 2-5 players need is in the base box, dozens of character packs as well as campaign expansions have been released for those who want to explore further into the Star Wars universe.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the next campaign expansion box for Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Heart of the Empire. This new campaign takes place on the galactic capital, the giant city-planet of Coruscant. The campaign involves famous characters Maul, Ahsoka Tano and even the Emperor himself. Included are 3 new heroes and 13 miniatures, including the AT-DP, Riot Troopers and Sentry Droids. Also included are dozens of new map tiles, over 130 cards, and new skirmish upgrades, including a 4-player skirmish mode. “Companion” support characters and Power Tokens return in this expansion, this time handed out by the Rebel Quartermaster Ko-Tun Feralo.

Heart of the Empuire is due for release in Q3 2017, and you can read the full press release here.

Fantasy Flight Games continues to expand it’s Imperial Assault line with three new figure additions, Maul, Emperor Palpatine, and Ahsoka Tano.  Lets first talk about Maul, who is not in his prime anymore like in episode 1, he has been cast aside by the Sith and so no longer bears the Darth name.  So now you have a rogue force user who is out for revenge and fueled by rage, which is reflected in his abilities.  He is a formidable fighter and hard to deal with, plus with his falling out with the Sith he can be played as either with the Empire or with the mercenary faction.  Either way you better watch out for him.

Next is Emperor Palpatine, the powerful Sith master who orchestrated an entire war in order for him to seize power.  With his presence he is able to command others to attack, and he is able to tempt the heroes and cause them to falter.  But the biggest thing is that he brings with him his signature attack, Force Lighting.  This move will hit one figure for 3, weaken them, and hit anything adjacent to them for 1, making this a deadly attack.  I bet Empire players will be drooling over this figure.

Last is Ahsoka Tano, a fan favorite character and certainly well equipped to join this game.  The name of her game is maneuverability, having a speed of 4, the ability to gain extra movement points when she activates, and an ability that launches her 6 spaces away.  But if she jumps into a fight she still has some moves as her twin sabers allow her to re-roll her attack dice, or the defender’s defense dice.

You can read more about each pack on FFG’s website, then look for them on store shelves in the third quarter of 2017.

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As a fan of games like Descent and Level 7 Omega Protocol, I am keenly aware of the large amount of down time between games as you tear down the current map and then build the next one.  Fantasy Flight Games recognizes this as well and have therefore released three skirmish mode playmats to be used with Imperial Assault so as to reduce said setup time considerably.  The three maps they have are Training Ground, Nelvaanian War Zone, and Coruscant Landfill.  These mats are awesome in that they have the entire map printed in full scale, so you don’t need to get out any of the tiles at all.  It also has a convenient list of all the tokens you will need, as well as great art indicating which side of the map belongs to which faction.

Are these mats necessary to play the game?  Not at all, but if you play skirmish mode a lot they might be worth the investment for the savings in time.  You can head on over to the FFG website to check them out, or head to you favorite game store to buy them.

Origins in now over, and with that we now have official winners for the Origins Awards for board games, and they are as follows:

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Game of the Year:
Codenames (Czech Games Edition) Designed by Vlaada Chvatil
Origins Award Winners:

Board Games
Star Wars: Imperial Assault (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying

Card Games
7 Wonders Duel (Repos Productions) Designed by Antoine Bauza , Bruno Cathala

Collectible Games
DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light (WizKids) Designed by Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang

Family Games
Codenames (Czech Games Edition) Designed by Vlaada Chvatil

Game Accessories
Terrain Tiles (Lost Battalion Games) Designed by Becky Siebe

Miniatures Games
Star Wars Armada (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by James Kniffen Christian T. Petersen

Role-Playing Games
Star Wars: Force and Destiny (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by Jay Little

FAN FAVORITE WINNERS:

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Board Games
Star Wars: Imperial Assault (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by Justin Kemppainen, Corey Konieczka, Jonathan Ying

Card Games
7 Wonders Duel (Repos Productions) Designed by Antoine Bauza , Bruno Cathala

Miniature Games
Star Wars Armada (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by James Kniffen Christian T. Petersen

Collectible Games
DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light (WizKids) Designed by Mike Elliott, Eric M. Lang

Family Games
Codenames (Czech Games Edition) Designed by Vlaada Chvatil

Game Accessories
Castle Panic: The Dark Titan (Fireside Games) Designed by Justin De Witt

RolePlaying Games
Star Wars: Force and Destiny (Fantasy Flight Games) Designed by Jay Little

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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.