Sunday, December 21, 2014

Imperial Assault by Fantasy Flight Games - A brisk review

Have you SEEN the New Fantasy Flight Games Imperial Assault? It is an amazing game on all fronts - having played a few rounds of the game at GenCon 2014, I can tell you first hand, this game is very fun and going to be extremely popular among the gaming crowd!

Pit yourself and your friends against the Imperials (the gamemaster) and run through LIMITLESS scenarios with the 100% modular gameboard pieces. I mean, you can play the same scenario 10 times and it will be different each time just by moving the game board pieces around.

It also comes complete with 34 figures (complete list below). Imperials in gray and the Rebellion in khaki. The number of Imperials outweighs that of the Rebels, primarily because it gives the gamemaster options when setting up the scenario. Among the Imperials includes Darth Vader (of course), Bossk, the Imperial Probe Droid, a slew of Stormtroopers and a complete freaking AT-ST walker!

Did I mention the pieces are exquisite? If you thought the detail in the X-Wing Miniatures game was good - wait until you see the time and effort put into these pieces! None of the pieces come painted, but there are already a bunch of fan-paints out there that are spectacular.

Credit Ronald Brannon - Nova Squadron // Facebook

Seriously. Get this game. It's good for family time, it's good for hard-core gamers, it's good for date night. The playability is very high right out of the box, but (as FFG is wont to do), it's also expandable with immediate expansions available for Han Solo, Chewbacca, several rebel troopers, elite Royal Guards, and IG-88. That's only the beginning, I promise you.

Below the video is a complete account of what comes in the box. If you have about 30 minutes to sit through it, check out Comlink's unboxing - it's a pretty good look at the game.


The Fate of the Galaxy Hangs in the Balance...

The Galactic Civil War rages on. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's power is threatened. Stormtrooper legions surge across the galaxy in an effort to reassert their dominance, while elite Rebel operatives battle them at every turn. Against impossible odds, they engage Imperial forces in the struggle for galactic freedom.

Imperial Assault is an epic adventure board game in the Star Wars universe for 2-5 players. The mighty Imperial army and a cadre of deadly bounty hunters face off against daring Rebel heroes in a series of tactical combat missions. Iconic characters like Darth Vader and Han Solo raise the stakes in the epic campaign. Each battle escalates towards a climactic final showdown between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.

In addition, special head-to-head rules allow players to build armies and compete in standalone skirmish missions, recreating epic confrontations from the Star Wars saga or creating all-new battles!

With 34 plastic figures, over 200 cards, over 50 modular map tiles and much more, Imperial Assault is your chance to change the fate of a galaxy far, far away.

34 Plastic Figures
11 Dice
6 Hero Sheets
1 Round/Threat Dial
39 Deployment Cards
10 Story Mission Cards
14 Side Mission Cards
18 Agenda Cards
5 Reference Cards
2 Skirmish Mission Cards
81 Class Cards
36 Item Cards
18 Reward Cards
12 Condition Cards
42 Command Cards
12 Supply Cards
60 ID Stickers
59 Map Tiles
45 Damage Tokens
35 Strain Tokens
12 Ally Tokens
4 Door Tokens
8 Crate Tokens
8 Terminal Tokens
20 ID Tokens
20 Mission Tokens
15 Condition Tokens
1 Entrance Token
1 Initiative Token
4 Activation Tokens
4 Plastic Stands
1 Learn to Play Guide
1 Rules Reference Guide
1 Campaign Guide
1 Skirmish Guide
1 Luke Skywalker Ally Pack
1 Darth Vader Villain Pack

Ages: 14+
Players: 2-5
Game Length: 60-120 minutes
Price: $99.00 MSRP (most gaming websites have it betwee $65 and $80)

K-BOX Art Design Ideas for the CNC machine!

The  K-Box Kickstarter Campaign is in full swing! Over $100 on the first full day! Tonight was spent working on some idea for the initial release of the K-BOX after the Kickstarter campaign finishes (January 17th, by the way!!)

 Simple Celtic knots and braids would look FANTASTIC on the side of this box.

With a print resolution of 0.03mm, even elaborate images will be possible. Check out this #PathfinderRPG dragon!

Or maybe Fantasy RPG's aren't your thing? How about some good ol' StarWars sci-fi? Almost anything we want to print onto the box can be accomplished. We're only limited by your imagination!

If you're liking what you're seeing here, please check out our K-Box Kickstarter Campaign!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

K-Box Lego Rescue: The Droids rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan

Dabbling a little bit in Photoshop today in order to do a little marketing for the K-Box Kickstarter Campaign

This was a quick set-up using a custom Anakin Skywalker and the original Obi-Wan, R2-D2, and C-3P0.

The Stormtroopers are the rare "open-visor" suits sold in various kits several years ago. Blaster and lightsaber effects done in Photoshop CS.

The Hanging Tree - Indi film: Father teaches Catniss to hunt and sing

I just found a gem of a video on YouTube posted by MainStayPro. It's an independent account of how Catniss learned how to hunt, learned about freedom and the oppression of the Capital, and, more to the point, learned "all the words to all the songs we can't sing inside the fence" (i.e. The Hanging Tree and others..)

Check out this video - it's a good one!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Imperial Raider - First pilot and upgrade cards revealed!

 The first couple of upgrade and pilot cards for the Imperial Raider have been revealed. Fantasy Flight Games released a couple of the cards themselves, but at least ONE card has been uncovered from their website. Check out these cards. Pretty awesome stuff!

First up is the elite pilot for the TIE Advanced included with the Raider. He gets a free Target Lock on any ship within a range of 1. Pretty great card by itself. Get in close with the enemy and get both a focus AND a free target lock. He's good on his own, but when you consider the combo with the Adv. Targeting Computer (see below), it's downright fantastic.

Advanced Targeting Computer - now we're talking! Combine the Commander Alozen with this card and you're getting a free crit if you're within range 1 of a target. It'll be difficult to stay that close to a target, but in those instances a pilot can make it happen - boom!

 Then there's the TIE/x1. Pretty straightforward, and a big upgrade for the TIE Advanced too. In addition to not costing anything to add, you get a free slot AND if you add something in that category, it costs 4 less than it would normally.

Obviously this was intended to provide some space for the Advanced Targeting Computer for a cost of 1, but there are several other options available that would also make this a great upgrade for the TIE/A. (Fire-Control System or Enhanced Scopes, for example).

It's a good card combo. It will be interesting to see if this improves the playability of the TIE/A in the minds of many players.

Here's the first card I've seen for the Imperial Raider - and it's a good one! 2 Energy, 4 dice and the target automatically suffers a crit AND receives an ion token. A fighter getting in too close to the Raider is going to be toast!

Imperial Raider - Fantasy Flight Games announces new Corvette Class ship for Epic play


 The Imperial Raider has been announced!

 The Raider is the Imperial answer to the Corellian Corvette (the Tantive available to the Rebels). This ship was specifically designed for the X-Wing miniatures game as well, as indicated by the interview:

“The impetus behind the Raider-class corvette came from a desire to produce an Imperial ship for X-Wing that was comparable in size and role to the Rebel corvette.

“Before we even announced the Tantive IV™ Expansion Pack, we knew Imperial players would need a comparable ship to lead their fleets in the game’s Epic Play battles. But none of the ships within the established IP and extended universe quite fit the bill. As we looked at ships that were larger than the VT-49 Decimator, the next possibility was the Lancer-class frigate at 250m; however, that was larger than we wanted for the scope of the game. Moreover, it didn’t quite fit the desired role, so we worked with Lucasfilm Ltd. and drew upon existing materials to create a new starship that fit seamlessly into the aesthetics and background of the Star Wars universe.

“The result was a cross between a Star Destroyer and a single-pilot fighter, something fast and aggressive.

“The Raider is a starship made specifically for anti-fighter warfare. Its six dual heavy laser cannons proved more accurate against snubfighters than the turbolaser batteries of its Star Destroyer cousins, and the disruptive effects of its ion cannon emplacements, along with the efficiency of its localized command, make it a powerful addition to small strike forces.

“It’s also a ship that’s particularly well-suited to fighting alongside a number of TIE Advanced. Both the Raider-class corvette and TIE Advanced are well-suited to quick assault missions. They are both equipped with hyperdrives and enough defenses to stand up to a wide range of threats. They can jump into a sector, launch a quick assault, and then jump away. Then, they can leave after the mission is complete. This makes them ideal vessels for use in the Outer Rim, and this is an idea that you’ll be able to explore even further within the context of the expansion’s campaign.”

    –Andrew Navaro, Frank Brooks, and Steve Kimball

None of the cards are available just yet (that I can see, anyway) - what do you think will be included? Take it to the discussion forum and let us know what you think!

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The K-Box Kickstarter is LIVE!

UPDATE! I've added a new $50 reward option! Check out the new Mobile GM KBOX! $50 reward for up to 10 special people!

The Kickstarter campaign for the K-Box is live! Please help support this project and Kobold Company by spreading the word!

Funding this project means Kobold Company will get the tools needed to create this product professionally - the demo box (pictured here) was cut and put together by hand, but funding here would mean automating the process to a certain extent, and making a more professional, finalized product.

In addition, each K-Box is customizable by YOU to include your name, picture, art, or other feature you might come up with. With the CNC machine (funded by this project), we can add just about anything you want to the exterior of the box!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Deductionist - a detective base class for the Pathfinder RPG


There are some who take on the mantle of adventurer for the gold and the glory. Others have the dubious title thrust upon them through circumstance or fate. Then there are some who seek out the adventurous life for the sheer sake of knowledge and discovery of the unknown. Enter the Deductionist.

Want to add a little steampunk flavor to your Pathfinder campaign? The deductionist has that too! From the Aerification Tube to the Luminiferous Memory Transanimator, this book brings several very flavorful steampunk-style elements to your game play! The Deductionist is an original base class which will find a niche in almost any adventuring group. Highly skilled, and incredibly perceptive, the Deductionist overcomes his adversaries with brilliance, rather than brawn. The Deductionist is a fun class which possesses a wide array of abilities and talents. Their main attribute, "Reason" grants them a preternatural ability to defeat his foes.

Each Deductionist is a master of a chosen discipline of knowledge, with almost sage-like ability. With almost 40 deductive abilities to overcome their foes, no single Deductionist will ever be the same. Confound your opponents with your knowledge, avoid their clumsy swings with danger sense, exploit their weaknesses and even learn mystic abilities, This sourcebook also includes 17 new feats, 13 new pieces of equipment and three new archetypes.

The Operative, a stealthy infiltrator who uses charm and charisma to accomplish her objectives. The Eldritch Inspector, a magician who uses spells and tricks to solve his mysteries. Finally, the Shadowed Avenger takes to the streets as an investigator-turned-vigilante.

The Deductionist - base class was written by KC Rift of Kobold Company in 2012-13 and originally published by Total Party Kill Games.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tactics Mats - Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Trek: Attack Wing playmat!

The KickStarter for Tactics Mats should be starting very soon!

The manufacturer sent this pic of the production piece and it looks AWESOME!

 The final product is going to be a massive 48"x 36" neoprene playmat designed specifically for Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Trek: Attack Wing miniatures games.

 Be sure to support out kickstarter and get a HUGE discount on the first mats to roll out!