August 18th, 2012 by jawajames · No Comments
Fantasy Flight Games, which picked up the license for Star Wars role-playing, card, and miniatures games last year has introduced a beta version of their upcoming Star Wars Role Playing Game at this weekend’s Gen Con in Indianapolis. They’ve also finally released their X-Wing Miniatures Game.
The role-playing game will be beta tested in three installments, and the first, entitled Edge of the Empire, is available (the 224 page rulebook is $30) at GenCon, online, and some select retailers. The game introduces the use of unique, custom dice as part of the gameplay, and includes sticker sheets to customize your own dice. Edge of the Empire focuses on characters at the fringes of society: those in the Outer Rim, and assorted scum and villainy. An Obligation game mechanic will help provide narrative for why the characters are out on the Rim, and what are they running from.
The upcoming beta installments, Age of Rebellion, will focus on being part of the Rebel Alliance, and bringing the fight to the Empire, while Force and Destiny introduces the powers of the Jedi… and being wanted by the Empire. Ben at Word of the Nerd has been gathering some of the buzz at Gen Con about the game, and wonders if it can top the popularity of the last RPG. 30 bucks to beta test a role playing game? I can understand the printing costs…. but… if you end up testing all 3 installments, you might be out close to a Benjamin, for something that is not the final version of the game. (Who they will make their money on: Wookiepedians!)
At Gen Con 2011, Fantasy Flight Games demoed versions of their co-op card game and X-Wing minis game. This year, the X-Wing Miniatures Game has launched, and is available at Gen Con (until it sells out), and Fantasy Flight has put the core rules up online and held a tournament for the game on Friday.
FFG will be at Celebration VI (booth 739) and has announced they will be selling (and demoing) X-Wing. I’m sure that they will also be pushing the Edge of the Empire RPG installment.
Will we also see the card game at some point? It was supposed to come out in the spring, but it was pushed back as they kept tweaking it to make it more epic (and perhaps less akin to their existing Living Card Games).
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Tagged: fantasy flight games · gencon · miniatures · roleplaying games
August 13th, 2011 by jawajames · 2 Comments
After announcing last week that Fantasy Flight Games had obtained the licensing rights for Star Wars-themed RPG, card and miniatures games, it seemed pretty natural for them to be demoing their upcoming titles at Gencon this past weekend. Beasts Of War interviewed Fantasy Flight Games on the two upcoming titles demoed the gaming convention: X-Wing, the miniatures game, and Star Wars: The Card Game. io9 enjoyed their chance to try out a demo version of the starfighter combat minis.
Buzz on Board Game Geek for the card game seems to be positive, especially from the fans of FFG’s other cooperative Living Card Games. But a few CCG gaming friends tried it out and weren’t as positive – was it a poor demo experience (not being told that it was cooperative and not competitive)? Several players remarked on the game having some bad artwork. Hopefully the look and feel will get more polished as they finish it up for its 2012 release. But as a co-op game with all players being the Rebels against the Empire, players seeking to play on the Dark Side of the Force will be left unhappy.
TheHopelessGamer has some pictures of both Star Wars: The Card Game, and X-Wing.
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Tagged: card games · fantasy flight games · gencon · licensees · miniatures · roleplaying games
July 10th, 2009 by Dunc · 1 Comment
The Indianapolis Fan Force chapter is throwing a fundraising breakfast for our pal Aaron Allston Saturday, August 15th – that’s during GenCon – at The Ram restaurant, not far from the convention center. Cost is $40 per ticket, with $20 coming back to the purchaser as a Ram gift certificate.
If you can’t make it and still want to help, don’t forget about the Aaron Allston Donation Fund.
Tagged: aaron allston · gencon
January 14th, 2009 by jawajames · No Comments
According to a GenCon press release, the bankruptcy court has agreed to let GenCon reorganize itself, and not be subject to a hostile takeover bid (by the GenCon Acquisition Group). The company plans to eventually pay off all its creditors and continue to operate.
January 8th, 2009 by jawajames · No Comments
A revised offer to get GenCon through bankrupcy has been made by the GAG. No – not Jacen Solo’s door-kicking secret police in black (Galactic Alliance Guard), but the GenCon Acquisition Group. GenCon had refused GAG’s previous offer, but this new offer has amendments to not contest the Lucasfilm claim against GenCon. For more information on this GAG offer, check out ICv2.com’s article.
August 21st, 2007 by Dunc · Comments Off
Now, we sometimes forget this in our pursuit of booze and parties, but GenCon is actually a gaming convention. Over at the TOS blogs, Sterling Hershey has the reports on the Star Wars and general RPG announcements.
For the EU fans, looks like WOTC will be making Legacy of the Force, Knights of the Old Republic, and The Force Unleashed minis.
Filed: conventions · expanded universe · gaming
Tagged: gencon · miniatures · rpgs · sterling hershey · wotc
August 8th, 2006 by Dunc · Comments Off
With gaming expo E3 closing the ranks, GenCon plans to expand in 2007. They’re staying in Indianapolis (phew) and only adding space to the existing con floor and hotels. The California version, however, will be moving from Anaheim to the Los Angeles Convention Center (location of C4) next year.
Will Jaders have to start driving in on Tuesday to get parking? Will the video gamers be any better at bathing than their RPG counterparts? Will there be more free stuff? Only time will tell…
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April 19th, 2006 by Dunc · Comments Off
According to an interview RebelScum did with Amanda Burns of Gentle Giant, the Mara Jade mini-bust is a convention exclusive for this year’s GenCon, aka the traditional site of CJ’s annual gathering. How did they know we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year?
Filed: club jade · conventions · expanded universe
Tagged: gencon · gentle giant · mara jade · merchandise