Monday, April 30, 2012

Time for another doubleplusgood round-up of upcoming releases from Fantasy Flight Games, many of which have already been covered on BGGN and all of which – or at least most of which – have been announced on FFG's own website. The big ticket for July 2012 is the $40 core set for Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, along with five expansions due out the same month: -----• X-Wing Expansion Pack -----• Y-Wing Expansion Pack -----• TIE Fighter Expansion Pack -----• TIE Advanced Expansion Pack -----• Dice Pack Also due out in July are Ugg-Tect (a party game in which cavemen get their partners to build things through grunts, crude motions, and konks on the head), Battles of Westeros: House Baratheon Army Expansion (a $70 expansion that highlights why you're unlikely to ever see BattleLore reprinted outside of an Ogre-like Kickstarter project that bears a $150-200 MSRP), and a quartet of expansions for FFG's Living Card Game series: -----• A Game of Thrones: The Card Game - A Harsh Mistress -----• Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game - Touched by the Abyss -----• The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill -----• Warhammer: Invasion - Portent of Doom Fantasy Flight's August 2012 release line-up has a lot more going on, which isn't surprising given that FFG likes to show off lots of new stuff at the annual Gen Con game convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is taking place August 16-19 in 2012. The flashiest new release, in both its looks and the attention garnered from gamers, is Android: Netrunner, a new version of Richard Garfield's Netrunner collectible card game in which Garfield is not actively involved and the game has been repackaged as a Living Card Game. (BGGN coverage here) Also for August 2012 comes a revised edition of Cadwallon: City of Thieves, with nothing changed in terms of artwork and game play, but with "a clarified rulebook and improved clarity on cards and reference sheets", as well as an expansion for that game: Cadwallon: City of Thieves - The King of Ashes. Other expansions due out that month are: -----• Rune Age: Oath and Anvil -----• Tannhäuser: Edison -----• A Game of Thrones: The Card Game - The House of Black and White -----• Warhammer: Invasion - Shield of the Gods Finally in August come two games produced by German publisher Heidelberger Spieleverlag: Dungeon Fighter (released in partnership with Italian publisher Cranio Creations) and Sewer Pirats. Both games were released in Europe in late 2011, and now FFG will distribute English-language editions of these games in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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