Announcing the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion for Star Wars Legion

“We’re doomed.”
   –
C-3PO, Star Wars: A New Hope

Sometimes, an escape pod crash-landing on a desolate desert planet is all it takes to alter the fate of the galaxy. R2-D2 and C-3PO set the classic Star Wars trilogy in motion when they launched themselves from the Tantive IV to the scorching hot surface of Tatooine, and soon, you can play out the early stages of their desperate mission to restore hope to the galaxy. Fantasy Flight Games is happy to announce the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

More than just a terrain piece or objectives, the unpainted, hard plastic crashed escape pod miniature and hard plastic R2-D2 and C-3PO miniatures you’ll find in this expansion are an invitation to join two of the Star Wars saga’s most iconic droids on their adventures across the galaxy. These miniatures can play a central role in two distinct scenarios outlined by six new battle cards. Alternatively, four unit cards give you the chance to add both R2-D2 and C-3PO to your Rebel or Republic armies.

Read on for more information on the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion!

The Droids You’re Looking For

Escape pods are a standard feature on warships across the galaxy and when opposing troops abandon ship, it’s not uncommon for a battle to spill over to a planet’s surface. Whether your troops are investigating the wreckage or using it for cover, the escape pod miniature is this expansion is sure to enhance any battlefield, adding even more thematic flair to your Star Wars: Legion battles.

But escape pods can carry more than just ground troops. They’re also a good way to get sensitive information off a ship before it falls into the wrong hands. During these occasions, both sides are likely to do whatever they can to recover this data, including deploying troops to the crash site. As a result, the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion also contains six battle cards that make the escape pod the focal point of two different scenarios.

In the first scenario, the escape pod makes a crash-landing on a planet’s surface at the end of Round 1, and the droids it carries become the prime objective of both armies. In the second, two droids carrying vital intel find themselves hopelessly lost in the unforgiving wilderness and both sides start a desperate search. Whoever finds and extracts the droids could well turn the tide of the war.

No matter which scenario you choose to play, the C-3PO and R2-D2 miniatures included in this Battlefield Expansion make a perfect alternative to the objective tokens found in both the Star Wars: Legion Core Set and the Clone Wars Core Set. This may help bring these iconic droids to life as objectives on your battlefields, but it is far from their only use.

C-3PO and R2-D2 formed an unbreakable bond that carried them through the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War, and this Battlefield Expansion allows you to help them carry out their secret missions as part of the Galactic Republic or the Rebel Alliance. In addition to four unit cards that invite you to add these iconic droids to your armies, three Operative command cards help R2-D2 unlock a wide variety of devices hidden within his casing.

We’ll take a closer look at everything included in the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion—including R2-D2, C-3PO, and both scenarios—in a future preview!

On a Secret Mission

A single escape pod crashing to the surface of Tatooine set off a chain of events that changed the Star Wars galaxy forever. When the Crashed Escape Pod Battlefield Expansion is released in the first quarter of 2020, it can be the springboard for your own Star Wars: Legion stories!

Add a crashed escape pod to your battlefields, available now for pre-order from your local retailer or online through our website with free shipping in the continental United States!

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Preview the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.”

   —Yoda, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The path of a Jedi is difficult. One must sacrifice much if they hope to become a master of the Force and fully commit themself to peace and tranquility if they are to resist the sway of the dark side. This is especially true of Luke Skywalker, who not only endeavored to become a Jedi during an era when the order had been all but exterminated, but who also had to confront the legacy of evil granted by his father, the infamous Darth Vader. 

Despite these obstacles, Skywalker became one of the most renowned Jedi Knights in the galaxy, using the Force at pivotal moments throughout the Galactic Civil War to secure crucial victories for the Rebel Alliance. After using the Force in battles from Hoth to Endor, Luke Skywalker is ready to lend his power to your Rebel armies with the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

This expansion contains one unpainted, finely detailed soft plastic Luke Skywalker miniature wielding his iconic lightsaber along with a unit card and all the tokens you need to deploy him into battle. Already a highly skilled combatant, three command cards that can be used interchangeably with Luke Skywalker’s command cards from the Star Wars: Legion Core Set allow Luke Skywalker to augment his prodigious abilities, giving you even more options for using him in the midst of a heated battle.

Finally, four upgrade cards invite you to unlock Luke Skywalker’s full potential, giving you access to even more Force powers and training. Read on for a closer look at everything included in the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion!

Legacy of the Force

Over the course of the Star Wars saga, Luke Skywalker has evolved from a farmboy on the backwater planet of Tatooine to hero of the Rebellion and, finally, powerful Jedi Knight. As he has made this progression, he has also transitioned from field commander leading Rebel attacks to a solitary figured focused on developing his skills with the Force. It should be no surprise, then, that the more experienced Luke Skywalker found in this Operative Expansion takes a different approach to combat than the plucky blossoming Force user found in the Star Wars: Legion Core Set.

Once wielding both his father’s lightsaber and his own DL-44 blaster pistol, the new version of Luke Skywalker now focuses solely on melee combat with a lightsaber. But Skywalker has honed his skills with this weapon, becoming a true force to be reckoned with. Not only has he shown his worthiness of the title of Jedi Knight by constructing his own lightsaber, this version of Luke Skywalker is also more proficient with the weapon and has even greater potential for dealing damage.

A lightsaber is a powerful weapon capable of dealing devastating damage to almost any target, but a true Jedi only uses their skills to defend themselves from agressive foes. As a result, the Operative version of Luke Skywalker continues to be able to use their blade to deflect incoming blaster fire that would otherwise pierce through his defenses. But a trained Jedi also knows when to break off a fight and Luke Skywalker can now disengage from a single enemy unit that may be stalling his progress or blocking his escape. 

Beyond its obvious benefits in combat, Skywalker’s deepening understanding of the Force has not only broadened the potential ways he can use the Force during a battle, it also means that he can use these abilities more frequently. Far from simply enhancing himself, Luke Skywalker can call upon the power of the Force to aid the entire Rebel army. If he lets the Force flow through him into his fellow troops, he can help  guide  the actions of others, even those who do not share his Force sensitivity.

This isn’t the only way that Luke Skywalker can contribute to your overall strategy, of course. In addition to growing more powerful in the Force, the rigors of Jedi training have toughened him and made him all the more courageous. When they meet on the battlefield, then, enemies often find that Skywalker is  Full of Surprises  and can escape seemingly impossible situations. 

At the same time, a Jed Knight like Luke Skywalker can use the Force to influence the weak-minded, bending them to his will. While this power can be used on Skywalker’s fellow Rebels to grant them extra moves and attacks, he can also use it to give the enemy army a new master to serve,  potentially convincing them to attack members of their own army. Similarly, a Jedi must learn to control their aggression, and if Luke Skywalker resists the urge to give into ange r, he can prevent nearby enemy troopers from attacking as well.

Use the Force

As the first Jedi Knight in a generation, Luke Skywalker has brought hope to countless beings who yearn for the return of peace and justice to galaxy. With the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion, you can deploy him to your Star Wars: Legion battles at the height of his powers.

Look for the Luke Skywalker Operative Expansion (SWL56) at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!  

Developer Alex Davy on the Star Wars: Legion Rules Reference Update

“We have hope. Hope that things can get better. And they will.”

   –Hera Syndulla, Star Wars: Rebels

An updated version of the Rules Reference for Star Wars™: Legion is now available! Of particular note in this update are point value changes for a number of units, which should encourage the use of more diversified armies at competitive events. This Rules Reference will formally go into effect on September 12th. Today, Star Wars: Legion developer Alex Davy goes in depth about these changes and how they could shape the coming battles of the Galactic Civil War. 

Developer Alex Davy on the Rules Reference Update

Greetings Legion players!

What a ride it’s been for Star Wars: Legion! One of the greatest pleasures of my career has been watching this game explode out of the gate and bearing witness to all of the passion and creativity the community has poured into it from the day it was announced. It’s also been fascinating to see the many different armies players brought to events, and observe the ones that have had the most success.

When it comes to balance, every new competitive game has its unintended peaks and unanticipated valleys. After a little over a year of tournament play, we’ve taken stock of the state of the game. Over the course of this study, we identified a few major trends, analyzed what is and isn’t working, and formulated a plan for some careful course corrections.

Before diving into specifics, I’d like to outline our overall philosophy. First and foremost, it’s important to acknowledge that Legion is a hobby game, and players put hard work and passion into their armies. We want to ensure that players continue to feel that the time and effort they put into building and painting their forces is a valuable investment. With this in mind, we plan to keep these changes minimal, infrequent, and carefully targeted. To that end, we will be issuing points adjustments approximately once a year, prioritizing point decreases over increases and we feel that keeping errata to the bare minimum is necessary for the health of the game. It is our hope that this will allow players to field a much wider variety of units in a competitive setting and give them renewed interest in the lesser-used miniatures in their collections.

The vast majority of our adjustments are aimed at improving under-utilized units so that they can compete at the same level as many of the army-building staples players reach for time and time again. Vehicles, particularly from early waves, are seldom taken in competitive lists, and this update delivers large discounts to both vehicles and some of their key upgrade cards. A plethora of other updates are targeted at things like increasing the diversity of commanders that see play, deepening the pool of useful upgrade cards, and steering players toward lists that don’t rely as heavily on a full compliment of Corps units. As a rule, these changes will impact players collections in a purely positive way, allowing for much more diversity in army creation.

That said, it is sometimes necessary to take a sober look at the effect a unit is having on the game and take action accordingly. Rebel Commando and Scout Trooper Strike Teams equipped with sniper rifles are just such a unit, dominating competitive play and pushing a lot of fun Special Forces-rank units aside. Almost every top-level competitive list includes at least two sniper-equipped Strike Teams, and their utility in both list building and on the tabletop is undeniable.

Through extensive playtesting and analysis, it became clear that Strike Team snipers would need more than a simple points increase. Reliable, defense-penetrating attacks from infinite range, combined with the ability to protect the squad from nearly all danger through careful placement, make them a frustrating unit to face, and ensure that there is little opportunity for counter play. These tests, combined with the development of new content for future waves and the need for more granularity, led to a novel solution: the introduction of a new range band, range 5.

This range band will be retroactively applied to three units: The DLT-19x Sniper (Scout Troopers Unit Expansion), the DH-447 Sniper (Rebel Commandos Unit Expansion), and the 1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team (1.4 FD Laser Cannon Team Unit Expansion). In the case of the snipers, this greatly-reduced range band, in tandem with a slight points increase to the tremendously effective Strike Team units, brings these units down to a proper power level. In the case of the Laser Cannon Team, Range 5 allows this stationary unit much more board presence and utility, making it much harder for its opponents to simply avoid.

Moving forward, this addition to the game provides the Legion developers access to a new range band that, while powerful, still requires units to get closer to danger, opening up much more counter-play. Infinite range will also remain an option but can be reserved for particularly special weapons.

Finally, a brief note on the implementation of these changes: The printed points values on the cards will remain unchanged and will not be altered when these cards are reprinted or issued in future products. These original points values are designed to be used by new players and by casual players who prefer an unchanging game mode that they don’t have to keep track of. Official tournaments will be conducted utilizing the adjusted competitive play points values. Errata (such as changes to weapon ranges) applies to both modes of play, since in many cases errata is necessary for the rules to function correctly. 

At this time, we do not intend to create an app to track and manage these changes, as it is our hope that they will be kept to a very manageable in number and frequency. 

I hope you’re excited about these changes—and the bright future of Star Wars: Legion—as I am. Now go play with those T-47 Airspeeders!

Announcing Two New Operative Expansions for Star Wars: Legion

“The Force is strong in my family.”
   –Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Order your own copy of these Star Wars: Legion Operative Expansions at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental U.S.—today!

The Force binds the Star Wars galaxy together, connecting all living things and granting those sensitive to its presence extraordinary abilities. Sometimes, this mysterious energy field flows from one generation to the next, bestowing its gifts on multiple members of the same family. Soon, two Force users sharing this legacy can join the battles that will determine the fate of the galaxy. Continue reading →

Preview the Tauntaun Riders Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“And I thought they smelled bad on the outside.”
   
–Han Solo, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

On an icy planet like Hoth, even the most advanced technology can’t save you from the subzero temperatures. The Rebel Alliance learned this lesson well when they had difficulty operating their repulsorlift speeders on the frigid planet. In their place, the Rebels turned to creatures naturally suited to roaming the windswept plains of Hoth: Tauntauns.

These sure-footed snow lizards can swiftly navigate the treacherous environments common to the backwater planets where the Alliance hides its bases, making Tauntauns perfect for patrol duty around Echo Base and beyond. Soon, you’ll be able to make your Rebel armies even more mobile with the Tauntaun Riders Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion! Continue reading →

FFG: Preview the Rebel Veterans Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

“Okay, everybody to your stations, let’s go!”
   
–Major Bren Derlin, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Nothing is certain for the Rebel Alliance. Constantly on the run from the watchful eye of the Empire, the Rebellion moves from planet to planet, with only the hope of someday seeing the galaxy freed from the tyranny of the Empire to keep them going. Nonetheless, those who have served the Rebellion the longest remain ready to fight for the cause on any world.

Pre-order your own copy of the Rebel Veterans Unit Expansion at your local retailer or online through our website with free shipping in the continental US today!

These dedicated veterans are the heart and soul of the Rebellion, standing up to the might of the Empire in spite of the overwhelming odds they face in every battle. Soon, you’ll be able to bring these grizzled troops to your Rebel armies with the Rebel Veterans Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion! Continue reading →