starter set

“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.

 

 

Ares games has announced a series of changes to their popular World War 2 game Wings of Glory, including a new Starter Set and a new format of airplane releases: Squadron Packs.

Battle of Britain Star Set

The Battle of Britain Starter Set will be a new entry point for the Wings of Glory game. The set will include four pre-painted ready-to-play models, rulebook, scenario book, counter, rulers and console boards. Axis and Allies will square off with the four planes included in the set: two versions of the Supekrmarine Spitfire MK.I and two versions of the Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter.

WW2 Squadron Packs

Along with a new starter set comes a new way to expand the game. WW2 Squadron Packs will each feature one ready-to-play pre-painted model and a decal sheet to mark the plane from any of a series of famous squadrons. Each pack will also include a base with game stats, altitude stands and a deck of game cards.

The first wave of Squadron Packs will be:

The new Wings of Glory Starter Set and Squadron Packs are expected to release in the second quarter this year (Q2 2017).

About Wings of Glory

The Wings of Glory system allows gamers to recreate aerial combat during World War I and II. Players use both card decks and miniatures to recreate famous flight battles. Controlling one or more airplanes, players will take to the sky in aerial duels or to accomplish missions such as recon, bombing runs or escort other planes.

numenera

Monte Cook Games, the creator of the Numenera RPG, has announced they will be releasing a starter box for the Numenera RPG game.  This box will include everything you need to get into the game with all the rules, five pre-generated characters, dice, a map, and any cards you might need.  Their hope is that with a self-contained starter set, and low cost of entry, they will be able to stir more interest in the brand.  Look for it on stores shelves come November of 2016 and give it a try for yourself.  You can read the announcement on the Numenera Facebook page.

battle for vendros figures

Games Workshop would like to announce the imminent release of a new starter set for the vast Warhammer: 40,000 universe entitled Battle for Vendros.  Below is the official press release from Games Workshop that discusses the new starter set in detail:

The world of Vedros lies in peril; darkening skies had heralded the arrival of planetary invasion, as the Orks mass migration across the war torn galaxy arrived at this rich world.
Overwhelmed the Imperial defenders prepared for a glorious but futile last stand when the firmament was crisscrossed by the streaking trials of drop ships; humanities finest warriors, the Space Marines of the Ultramarines Chapter had arrived. The battle lines are drawn, and the fate of an entire planet rests in your hands.’

Offering all the fun and mayhem that miniatures gaming provides, Battle for Vedros the newest, simplest and easiest way to enter into Games Workshop’s massive Warhammer 40,000 universe, the world’s leading miniatures game.
Battle for Vedros offers you the chance to play exciting games set in the crucial conflicts raging on this war torn world, but also offers so much more. You can not only choose how to fight, but where and with what – a host of options are available to you the commander. The unique appeal of miniatures gaming is that you craft the warrior playing pieces yourself. The appeal of building and painting is universal, and you may find crafting the highly detailed models is everything you want from this fully engaging game.

But you’ll want to take part in everything on offer however, with a Starter Set focused on getting you into the action straight away, and the 6 expansions already available enhance your forces from day 1. Battle for Vedros is easy to get into.

The game pits 2 sides (2 players or teams) against each other (in under an hour), maneuvering your pieces for advantage before unleashing your sides firepower or going in with blade and axe. The Starter Set  includes 2 forces, complete with heroes and differing engines of destruction on each side. The add ons available allow you to enhance your opinions with more troops, aliens and combat vehicles.

For those familiar with Warhammer 40,000, Battle for Vedros offers tremendous value for the money including Space Marines, Orks, a Dreadnought and Defkopta.

Taking the very best of Warhammer 40,000, the Battle for Vedros is ideal if you want to see what miniatures gaming is all about the easy way, specifically designed with you in mind. Set up your forces and prepare the dice, the fate of an entire planet rests on you.

Battle for Vendros is set for release on June 6, 2016.  For more information, visit Games Workshop’s site.