Starfighter

galactic ambitions cards

Fantasy Flight Games’ latest preview article concerning Star Wars: The Card Game shows us a glimpse of the Rebel Alliance Objective Set from the Galactic Ambitions expansion.

In the war against the galaxy-spanning Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance is unquestionably outgunned. Their resources, fleets, and recruitment all dwindle in comparison to the might of the Imperial military machine. Yet against all odds, the Rebellion has won victories—by striking quickly and fading away, by sabotaging Imperial emplacements, and by following the commands of some of the galaxy’s greatest tacticians.

The new Galactic Ambitions expansion offers five new objective sets for both the Sith Lords and the Rebel Alliance and offer plenty of new strategies.  The other four affiliations in the game each receive a single new objective set to supplement their own decks.  The article Rogue Squadron, Reporting In posted on FFG’s website offers a detailed look at one of the Rebel objective sets from this new expansion.

The Alliance’s Elite is the objective set for this expansion, and is centered around the elite Rebel starfighter team Rogue Squadron and its pilots.  Cards such as Rogue SquadronAlliance X-Wing, and Corellian Slip present new abilities and tactics focused on these types of cards from the game.

For more details on this new expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, read the full preview article on FFG’s website.

imperial vets comp

Plot your bombing runs, unleash torrential volleys of cannon fire, and rule the skies with Imperial might… Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack for X-Wing!  Fans of the TIE bomber and TIE defender, take heart! Your Imperial veterans will soon burn their paths through the skies in starfighters of truly fearsome design…

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the latest expansion pack for the X-Wing Miniatures Game, the Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack.  This new expansion features eight of the best fighter pilots in the Imperial fleet, leading squadrons of TIE Bombers and TIE Defenders in two unique ships, one of each type, sporting brand new paint-schemes.  Players will be able to fly the new mission, Disable the Relays, and equip thirteen new upgrades that will “dramatically reshape the possible roles that the TIE bomber and TIE defender can play within your fleet.”

The TIE Defender comes with two new Title cards, the TIE/x7 and TIE/D.  The TIE/x7 offers a squadron point value deduction and turns your Defender into a straight dogfighter.   The TIE/D title allows you to link your ship’s primary weapons to a cannon upgrade of three or fewer squad points.

The Imperial Veterans Expansion Pack will hit retailers in the first quarter of 2016.  For more information about this new expansion, visit the release article on FFG’s website here.

starfighter

Ystari Games has officially announced that their new game, Starfighter, will be in stores on June 27th. Starfighter is a quick (30 minutes) 2-player card game of space combat.

Take part in the Third Solar War: groups with divergent interests face each other for supremacy in space, or for a mineral-rich hunk of rock.

In 2115, war is a show. Gigantic cruisers fight through interposed fighters whose pilots are true super-media-exposed heroes. These are the Starfighters!

starfighter cards

In the game, each player is trying to damage the enemy’s Cruiser and cause its surrender. The game is played over a series of rounds with three phases: Reinforcements (draw Squadron cards), Deployment (play cards onto your Cruiser board), and Combat. The Squadron cards have upper and lower sections – the upper sections get covered up as other cards are played over them, but only visible sections of the cards can be used for combat. Cards also have effects when they’re played, such as movement, pivoting (switching upper and lower sections of the card), and destroying cards. During combat, players can move their entire Cruiser board, and it shifts relative to the other player’s board, so Squadron cards are constantly fighting against different sectors!

There are three different modes of play: Training, Skirmish, and Total War. Check out the rules on the game page at Ystari’s website to learn more about the gameplay.

Starfighter sounds pretty unique – the movement of the entire player board and the double sided cards sound like it will add a lot of strategy to a simple-to-learn game. See the announcement for the release here.