Fantasy Flight Games announces several new games and expansions
August 14, 2016 - 10:35am
GenCon has passed, and with it big announcements were made, and Fantasy Flight Games didn't skimp on theirs. First on the list is the game RuneWars, a two player head to head tactical minis game based in the world of Terrinoth. This game will feature gameplay similar to FFG's other tactical miniatures games, like X-wing, but will be different in key aspects like what you program each turn and unit grouping. An example of unit grouping is that while giant characters will take up only a single block, a basic unit can be grouped in sets of 4, 8, or 12 where they move and attack as a unit. The system looks amazing and you can check out the preview on the FFG site while we are waiting for it's release in Q1 of 2017. Next is wave five for Star Wars Aramada which will consist of 4 new expansion packs. First is the Phoenix Home Expansion Pack which includes the mini and cards for the large Pelta-class frigate called the Phoenix Home. Next is the Imperial Light Cruiser Expansion Pack, this one is an addition from the Star Wars Rebels tv show and is a smaller and lighter compared to a Star Destroyer, but it still has many uses. First of the two smaller ship expansions is the Rebel Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack which includes several smaller ships and fighter squadrons. Included are two Z-95 Headhunter Squadrons, two E-wing Squadrons, as well as two each of the Shadow Caster and the Ghost. Last, and certainly not least, is the Imperial Fighter Squadrons II Expansion Pack, also featuring several smaller ships to add to your fleet. Like the rebel version this pack includes two copies of the Lambda-class Shuttle, the VT-49 Decimator, TIE Defender Squadrons, and TIE Phantom Squadrons. Check out the preview of FFG's site to read all about the ship sets and look forward to their release in the 4th quarter of 2016. Not to be outdone, FFG is also releasing wave 10 for the Star Wars X-Wing game which includes three new ships. First is another addition from the Star Wars Rebels show with Sabine's custom painted TIE fighter. The other two ships come straight from The Force Awakens with the Upsilon-class Shuttle and the Quadjumper. Both ships were featured in the movie but I imagine people will remember the shuttle more as it is what Kylo Ren made his entrance on. You can read more in the FFG preview, and look for this on store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2016. Next are expansions for the Star Wars Imperial Assault game with Jabba' Realm and 4 new hero/villain packs to go with it. In Jabba's Realm you will have a new full-length campaign to go through which will take you out to the desert planet Tatooine. Players will still have to be careful because even though the empire is barely there, you have to contend with Jabba the Hut and his minions. In addition to this box of awesome there are 4 new figure packs in the form of the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack, the Alliance Rangers Ally Pack, a Captain Terro Villain Pack, and a Jabba the Hutt Villain Pack. Each pack comes with the figures and cards you need to play with them. You can check out the expansion here, and the figure packs here, and look forward to their release in the 4th quarter of this year. Last is an expansion to the stress inducing game XCOM, called XCOM Evolution. This expansion brings new things to the game on both sides with the EXALT infiltrators working against you, and the discovery of MELD to help you. With EXALT being a group of humans trying to take advantage of the chaos, they will be working from within, causing new challenges and problems. But with the discovery of MELD, you will have access to new avenues of research which can result in the ability to deploy the powerful MEC Troopers. Look for this expansion in the 4th quarter of this year, and you can read more on FFG's preview.