Prominent tabletop gaming outfit Fantasy Flight Games has announced a number of new projects. The company's 2020 "In-Flight Report" took place yesterday and featured, in studio head Chris Gerber's words, "brand new games, new editions of older games, and expansions to existing games". These included a new Marvel game called X-Men Mutant Insurrection and a major expansion for strategy game Twilight Imperium.
Fantasy Flight Games - X-Men Mutant Insurrection
One of the major projects announced during the In-Flight Report was X-Men Mutant Insurrection. Gerber describes it as a "co-operative dice-driven game" supporting up to 6 players. You must assemble a team of X-Men to complete missions around the world and thwart major X-Men supervillains. Heroes can form bonds with one another, and those bonds can become strained, complicating play in various ways. There will be a large variety of characters to choose from including fan favorites Gambit, Wolverine, and Storm, among others.
X-Men Mutant Insurrection will offer 8 different "plots", each of which will revolve around an iconic X-Men villain. These plots include infiltrating the Hellfire Club, investigating the island of Krakoa, and taking on Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. You'll be able to get your hands on this game sometime in Q1 2021. It'll retail for $54.95, so if you love X-Men, start saving your pennies. You should also keep your eye on the official Fantasy Flight YouTube channel, where the team will be livestreaming some X-Men Mutant Insurrection gameplay this coming Sunday.
Twilight Imperium: Prophecy of Kings
The new Twilight Imperium expansion adds new content to the fourth edition of Fantasy Flight's seminal strategy classic. Seven new factions are coming, each of which has its own playstyle and strategic approach. Gerber showed off two of these factions in the stream: the Mahact Gene-Sorcerers and the Argent Flight. Leading up to the release of Prophecy of Kings, you can expect more information regarding the remaining five factions, with details on two of them on the way in the coming days.
In addition to the new factions, Prophecy of Kings will also add 40 new system and hyperlane tiles to the game. Gerber says these new expansion tiles will be needed, because the player count for Twilight Imperium will increase to 8. Each faction is also getting three new leaders which will add a new layer of strategy. All of this will come alongside new planets, promissory notes, relics, and plenty more content for the game. Prophecy of Kings will launch in November 2020 and will set you back $99.95.
Fantasy Flight announced a brand new set of decks for Keyforge titled Dark Tidings during its live stream. Dark Tidings brings over 250 brand-new cards to the game and introduces the Unfathomable, a new House that controls the board through exhaustion and places penalties on opponents. The Unfathomable replaces House Dis and features similar elements of control to that departing House. Dark Tidings launches with a two-player starter set, a deluxe deck, and a standard Archon deck. They're all coming in February 2021.
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
This fall, the Arkham Horror line will incorporate the classic Lovecraftian town of Innsmouth. During the stream, Gerber announced six Mythos Packs which will complete the cycle for upcoming Arkham Horror: The Card Game expansion The Innsmouth Conspiracy. These six scenarios will weave a new narrative that follows on from the base Innsmouth Conspiracy story. Each pack contains new player cards with brand-new Bless and Curse tokens that will influence skill checks, and a few will contain Vehicles, which will add new conditions to play. A new pack will release each month starting from November.
Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth
Two more products are coming to Journeys in Middle-Earth that will build on the release of Shadowed Paths earlier this year. First up, "Haunting of Dale" is an all-new full-length digital campaign which sees heroes investigating the Shade in Dale. Second up is the Dwellers in Darkness figure pack, which adds new miniatures to the game that represent Shadowed Paths and "Haunting of Dale" villains. Both of these new additions are planned for launch in October this year. Gerber also says that next year, "Middle-Earth is going to war", teasing a new expansion.
Legend of the Five Rings
Six new packs are coming to the Legend of the Five Rings card game. Collectively called the "Temptations Cycle", this collection introduces new clan mechanics and narrative elements to the game and will include effects that could either benefit or hinder both players. As with Arkham Horror, the Legend of the Five Rings packs will begin to launch in November, with a new one coming every month after that. Each pack will set you back $14.95.
In addition to these new packs, two new books are coming to the Legend of the Five Rings RPG system. Fields of Victory is a guide to warfare in Rokugan which introduces new mechanics for warfare and combat. Blood of the Lioness is an adventure which sees players resolving a dispute over the ownership of a diamond mine. Both of these expansions will launch in March 2021, but they will be the last RPG products for Legend of the Five Rings from Fantasy Flight.
In the months following the launch of the upcoming The Once and Future Kang scenario pack, Fantasy Flight is releasing four Hero Packs for Marvel Champions. These packs will feature Ant-Man, The Wasp, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. The Ant-Man and The Wasp decks will feature cards that synergize with one another, as will the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver decks, to mirror the iconic pairings these decks represent.
Fantasy Flight also announced the next Marvel Champions campaign expansion. Galaxy's Most Wanted will feature a brand new galactic campaign consisting of five new scenarios. It'll star Rocket Raccoon and Groot, along with villains like the Collector, Ronan the Accuser, and more. The new Hero Packs will launch monthly starting from November, while the major Galaxy's Most Wanted expansion is coming in February 2021.
Fantasy Flight's head of miniatures, John Shaffer, was on hand during the In-Flight Report to show off the company's upcoming range of minis. Star Wars X-Wing and Star Wars: Legion are getting a bunch of new minis including iconic ships and characters from across the Star Wars saga. Those minis are poised to release in November 2020 for both Legion and X-Wing.
In addition, Star Wars Armada is getting a new Galactic Republic Fleet Starter, which is being positioned as the ideal entry point for new players. New squadron expansions and upgrade card collections are also coming to Armada. Goodies for Armada are scheduled to launch in December this year. To see all the upcoming miniatures releases for Fantasy Flight's Star Wars games, check out the company's official recap of the stream.
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