What movement looks like in Star Wars: Legion

December 21, 2017 - 8:54am
The upcoming miniatures game from Fantasy Flight based in the Star Wars by box art alone is enough to get fans of the property and they're games excited. For more scrutinizing gamers, though, it would take a thorough glance at the mechanics of the game to really draw interest. That's what Esdevium Games has done with this preview of how movement works in Star Wars: Legion and boy-oh-boy is it fascinating stuff. Between streamlined rules for troop movement and very cool, intuitive, and clever rules for turning vehicles, there's a lot of good ideas going into this new line of games that are definitely worth a look. You can of course read the write-up of it here, but here's a bit of a taster for those curious about the content: "Movement in Star Wars: Legion is fast and organic as you use the game’s jointed movement tools to quickly send your squads sprinting across the battlefield. [...] Moving an entire squad of troopers can be accomplished in a matter of seconds. First, you align your unit’s movement tool with any point on the base of the unit leader, adjusting the direction of the movement tool however you choose. [...] After the unit leader has been moved, however, you don’t need to go through a tedious process of measuring movement for every miniature in the unit. Instead, you simply pick up your other miniatures and place them in cohesion with the unit leader!" While the jointed movement tool isn't a new development itself, it's a welcomed component that isn't being abused as much as it's being expanded upon in Legion. From the example of vehicle movement, the vehicle bases have notches where the jointed movement tool must be placed, which effectively reduces the arc by which the vehicle can turn which emulates the limitation that high momentum has on changing direction. It's well-thought out and works well to instill a lot of confidence in the design behind something that could otherwise be just another Star Wars game. If you're interested in hearing more about Star Wars: Legion, be sure to visit Esdevium Games website for more previews like this and be on the lookout for when the game releases early 2018.

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