“These expansions put devastating new options for your starfighter squadrons at your fingertips, letting you conduct deadly electronic warfare and unleash barrages of powerful turbolaser or ion cannon fire as you bring the full weight of the largest X-Wing ship class to bear against your opponents. ”
Star Wars fans
rejoice, for Fantasy
Flight Games has announced
more support for those incredible, huge ships that players of Star
Wars: X-Wing were never quite sure what to do with. The company has just announced
Ship Conversion Kit for X-Wing
second edition, allowing players more options for their gorgeous 2014 Tantive
IV model, likely sitting on pristine display since Second
Edition X-Wing launched in 2018. The new kit comes with tons of updated
components, including ship cards, tokens, and maneuver dials. The Tantive can now
be flown by either the Rebels or the Alliance, while the other supported huge
likewise are allied with 2 of the 7 factions each. The Huge Ship Kit also
includes a special Maneuver Tool, Range Ruler, Resource Trackers and Damage
Deck, all scaled up for these giant models.
And fear not if you are new to the X-Wing miniatures world, because those glorious, giant models will once again be reprinted, already packed with second edition goodness. The new Tantive IV Expansion Pack and C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack contain not only their impressive foot-long models, but also all the above components needed to integrate them into many a space battle.
“The chaos of battle surrounds you as enemy fighters dart between massive warships. It will take more than just fancy flying to lead your squadron to victory in battles like this. Step up to the largest X-Wing battles yet with the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion! ”
A perfect match for those gigantic cruisers, Fantasy Flight has also announced the Epic Battles Multiplayer Expansion for X-Wing Second Edition. Epic Battles allows massive 2-8 player conflicts, invoking the largest, craziest space battles from the movies. This expansion adds 11 cinematic scenarios, including a chaotic 8-player free for all, and team based intel collection. New Wings add squad based mechanics, allowing players to move formations of 3-6 fighters with a single maneuver dial, and under one leader. Finally, it goes without saying that the new Epic modes will allow the construction of enormous 500-point or 20-threat armies.
The TIE Advanced X1 may look similar to the TIE/IN Fighter, but it has many advantages over it. Deflector Shields give the ship more defense and the Advanced Targeting Computer gives it offensive advantages. With pilots like Maarek Stele, Zertik Strom, Ved Foslo and the Empire’s own Darth Vader you have a crippling attack force and many options and abilities open to you. Extra attack dice and more maneuverability can change the course of a battle. Boost your advantage even higher with upgrades like Fire-Control Systems for your Cluster Missiles. TIE Advanced X1 Fighters are a necessary addition to your fleet, and hey- Darth Vader needs something to fly!
FFG continues to add to the initial line-up for the launch of X-Wing Second Edition, and the iconic ship of fans’ favorite bounty hunter has been added, the Slave 1. The Firespray-class patrol craft offers a lot of versatility with it’s capacity for additional upgrades and weapons, allowing it to operate pretty much on it’s own. Fans of the original Slave 1 expansion will be happy to know all their favorite upgrades will be included in the second edition along with some new ones, and some new pilots. With it you will be able to liter the battle field with proximity mines, possibly get two attacks in with a veteran tail gunner, or do some area effect damage with concussion missiles. Needless to say any player of the scum and villainy faction will want to get their hands on this ship. Check out FFG’s preview page for more information, and look forward to the launch of the second edition in September.
With the second edition of X-Wing coming in September, Fantasy Flight Games is making sure that you can get more than just the base game at launch. Thus one of the ships being released alongside the new base game is the BTL-A4 Y-Wing, with cards that conform to second edition, plus a couple new items to throw in the mix. The Y-wing itself is a durable and versatile fighter, and depending on how you load it up it can do many different jobs. In this expansion you will get cards for pilots like “Dutch” Vander or Horton Salm, as well as upgrade cards like ion cannon turrets or the new proton bombs and seismic charges. Proton bombs deal a critical damage when a ship gets too close, and the seismic charges will destroy a 1 range obstacle, and then shower any fighters within 1 of that obstacle with debris, causing damage. So if you are looking for a tough and variable work house for your squadron, look for the new BTL-A4 Y-Wing when it hits stores in September.
Hot on the heels of the new Han Solo movie, Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new expansion for Star Wars: X-Wing (Second Edition): Lando’s Millennium Falcon. This beautiful ship is a pristine customized YT-1300 Light Freighter in its original configuration owned by the smuggling duo, Lando Calrissian and Han Solo. Lando’s Millennium Falcon is different from the Solo version we all know and love. Lando’s Millennium Falcon sports a double turret arc providing effective protective fires, and it is equipped with the L3-37 escape craft that gives Lando’s Millennium Falcon the distinctive look that differs from Han Solo’s. The L3-37 fits snugly into the main model but can be detached and flown separately. Both Lando Calrissian and Han Solo are capable pilots, each providing different capabilities to the Millennium Falcon. Han is also a capable gunner who can focus his shots when in the gunner position. Chewbacca is here, too, as are numerous upgrades for the ship. The Millennium Falcon is truly a gambler’s ship with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Learn more about Lando’s Millennium Falcon at Fantasy Flight Games. Look for Lando’s Millennium Falcon blasting out of spaceports on September 13th.
Fantasy Flight Games has announced the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set which will be released in August at GenCon and then generally released in September 2018. Veteran players of the existing edition of the game can check a new FAQ they’ve added to answer all of your questions regarding what will happen to your current collection.
“While the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set provides everything you need to get started with your first space battles in the new edition, it isn’t all that will be on offer. You can bring your full collection of first edition ships into the new edition with Conversion Kits for the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, and Scum and Villainy. What’s more, a full hangar bay of expansions will launch alongside the Core Set, giving you plenty of options for creating your squadrons and customizing your X-Wing Second Edition experience.”[source]
So why have they released a second edition? If you’ve been playing the game up until this point you’ll have noticed that the constant errata of cards and ships has created a convoluted mess and made the competitive scene a challenging, unfriendly place for new players. It’s also put a lot of strain on needing judges at competitive events to keep everyone above board which slows the game. A lot of the older ships are also lagging in their ability to compete with newer ships and Fantasy Flight have listened to a very vocal community and looked to rectify the situation by cleaning things up and hopefully injecting new life into the game.
“Since 2012 and the release of the game, X-Wing Miniatures Game has grown and expanded to become a massive bestseller. Fourteen waves and fifty-eight distinct starships provided a massive library of ships and tactical possibilities, giving you the chance to field hundreds of unique squadrons in their space battles across the Star Wars saga. Despite the massive success of the game’s first edition, we believe that by advancing the game to a second edition, X-Wing can offer an even better experience!” [source]
Highlights of some of the changes include:
The addition of force powers to the game in a more streamlined and versatile manner in the form of a new force icon on pilots.
The Resistance faction has been separated from the Rebel faction and the First Order faction has been separated from the the Galactic Empire faction which should add more tactical variety.
An official X-Wing App will make building squads easier and will be necessary to build freeform squads.