Fantasy Flight Games releases are beginning again in the United States! You can view our upcoming page now to see what’s currently shipping to retailers near you.
Bringing the world’s best tabletop games to you, our fans, is extremely important for Fantasy Flight Games, and nothing brings us more joy than to see all of you tearing into the latest game on release day. However, our single most important goal is the safety and well-being of our employees, retailers, and fans. Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, shelter-in-place orders, and the closure of non-essential businesses in many states, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all new releases in the United States, effective immediately through the end of April 2020.
This will have a cascading effect, moving all announced products back at least one month. We are currently reevaluating our release schedule, and we’ll be posting updates and adjusting the Upcoming page as we know more.
As we all practice social distancing, we understand that tabletop games can be an essential part of that experience. However, if we continued with new releases through this tumultuous time, we would be doing a grave disservice to our retailers, many of whom have closed their doors for the duration of this pandemic, as well as our fans who may be unable to receive newly released products in many parts of the country. These changes are going into effect for the United States. However, due to the nature of this situation, different countries are taking different approaches. In other territories, please talk to your local retailers and distributors to learn about their plans for upcoming FFG product releases.
Although we are pausing the release of new products, we continue to offer a full catalog of existing games that offer hours upon hours of entertainment. We are monitoring the situation as it continues to develop, and while we hope to return to regular releases in the first week of May, we will adjust these plans as necessary to support the financial well-being of our retailers and in accordance with current safety recommendations and protocols. In the meantime, we hope that you’re able to take advantage of these weeks to try some games that may have slipped past you.
From all of us at Fantasy Flight Games, we wish you and your families the very best during this unprecedented time!
LJ Peña has some updates for us:
Dewback Rider Unit Expansion
The Empire often uses local creatures for its patrols, and in desert environments, Imperial troopers rely on dewbacks, mighty reptilian creatures that can survive extreme temperatures. Between the Sandtrooper rider’s array of weapons and the powerful claws of their mount, this duo is a force to be reckoned with.
Within this expansion, you’ll find an unpainted, beautifully-detailed Dewback miniature featuring a Sandtrooper rider with four distinct customization options: your Dewback Rider can be built carrying their standard shock prod, or you can equip them with three different weapons. On top of the ability to customize the look of your Dewback Rider, this Unit Expansion gives you plenty of ways to tweak how this unit operates in the thick of battle. Six upgrade cards accompany the miniature, letting you modify its armament, training, or the comms systems it carries into battle. Rounding out this expansion are a unit card and all the tokens you need to deploy it as a support unit for your Imperial armies. Continue reading →
LJ Peña shared some info that he received from a candid conversation with FFG.
“Hey peeps – I wanted to share the details of a conversation I had with Evan Johnson, the Marketing Manager from Fantasy Flight Games. Evan reached out to me a couple of days ago, with the intent of increasing the communication between FFG and the Legion Community. I focused my questions down to 5 specific areas – which I will copy here for you to read! Hopefully you enjoy what you see!
#1 – Updates on Delays: Alright, so this is one that Matt has been addressing but could still use some improvement. For example, the community still has no idea when Dewbacks (who had to be repacked due to incorrect base sizes) will be released, other than “soon”. The problem was identified in August and their release was delayed, but an update would be great. The mystical paint set to match that you partnered with Army Painter to produce is another good example. The same thing goes for releases that happen early, like Rex and Count Dooku which were announced for Q1 2020, but are now coming out on the 15th of this month. Any reason why they were pushed up? We would love to know that kind of stuff too!
Answer: Dewback Riders have actually just finished the repack, and the Dewback Rider Unit Expansion is shipping out from our warehouse now. Once products ship out from our warehouse, the release dates are pretty solid, so we’re looking at having the Dewback Riders wide release on November 22. Paint set with Army Painter is still happening, and I have it on good authority that it should release on Black Friday, November 29. This is not yet locked in, as it has not yet shipped from our warehouse, but we’re close and we should know for certain early next week. Regarding Count Dooku and Rex, the distribution and sales unit simply saw an opportunity to move these releases up. Sorry I can’t get too much into that one, it really just comes down to “business reasons.”
#2 – General transparency on release dates: So this one is sort of addressed above, but we would like to see an increase in hard date announcements from FFG. The only time we get a hard date is from the Spanish website – the upcoming page on the English website is largely noted as useless, with the only good warning being “shipping now”. Getting hard dates from FFG, rather than random store owners online (which can get real messy) would be awesome.
Answer: For sure. We’ve historically been hesitant to give release dates since products commonly move around quite a bit. However, I can give you an expected release month for every announced product, with the caveat that these things can change. So don’t place money on any of these or anything like that!
– Count Dooku / Rex – November 15
– Dewback Rider – November 22
– Legion Paints – November 29 (tentative)
– Upgrade Expansions, Luke Skywalker / Darth Vader Operatives, Imperial Bunker, Crashed Escape Pod – December
– Phase II Clones, B2 Super Battle Droids, AAT, TX-130 – February
#3 – Continued spotlight on the Development team: I mentioned this in discord, but please please continue to get Luke, Alex, and the rest of the team out there whenever possible. One of my favorite parts of this past worlds was getting to talk to Derrick about sculpting, and I think a focus on the unsung heros of this game would certainly get a positive reception. I know the podcasters would love to set up interviews, but something that comes straight from FFG would also be well received.
Answer: Yeah, I’m happy to help set up interviews, and we’ll get them in the channel mentioned below in #4.
#4 – Some sort of bi-weekly engagement between FFG reps and the discord community would also be very well received. We set up an “FFG relations” channel between the admins and the reps with an FFG tag (Matt, Luke, Derrick). I think this avenue might be a great one to get questions answered quickly and efficiently between you and the wider community. More important, if you want to put something out early, you can hand that over to an admin and we can announce for you.
Answer: I love this idea, and I think I’m going to suggest that we do something similar with the other Discord channels that I’m reaching out to. This would really help facilitate future communication. In the future, I would love if I can just post information like I’m sharing in #1 and #2 and get it out to all the admins simultaneously for further dissemination.
(Note – this conversation was had with Discord in mind. There is no reason why we wouldn’t share anything with the Facebook / Reddit / FFG Forum community as well!
#5 – The opposite of #3: Can we put some focus back on the players, creative minds, and leaders of the community that help make Legion an exciting group to be a part of? I believe interviews and other spot light type articles have happened before, and more in this vein would be an awesome way to acknowledge people that put so much love into this game.
Answer: This would be great to do! The only reason we haven’t really done this is a lack of knowledge on who to reach out to. Happy to work with doing interviews of prominent players / tournament winners, spotlights on interesting lists, well-painted armies, etc.
I had permission from Evan to share everything above with this community. Please feel free to disseminate far and wide – and be on the lookout for more as we continue to develop this relationship with FFG! And thanks again to everyone for being great!
“Uh oh. Blast ‘em!”
–OOM-series Battle Droid, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Whether their armies consist of droids programmed for battle or clones with combat imprinted on their DNA, it’s clear that both sides of the Clone Wars value the benefits of rigidly standardized armies. But this uniformity isn’t absolute. Both battle droids and clone troopers carry different weapons and gear into battle, allowing them to shake up their approach to each engagement.
More than just increasing a unit’s firepower, these upgrades also augment the ways they can use their unique abilities. Soon, you can add even more diversity to your Clone Wars-era armies with the B1 Battle Droids Upgrade Expansion and the Phase I Clone Troopers Upgrade Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion! Continue reading →