As I covered in my GenCon Update part 3, Fantasy Flight Games revealed the new X-Wing ships they have planned for a 2014 release.
The core of X-Wing remains firmly rooted in its fast-paced skirmishes between rival starfighters, attendees at Gen Con Indy 2013 received a sneak peek at prototype models for two of the game’s upcoming starships, the Tantive IV and Rebel transport. Along with rules for “Cinematic Play” campaigns and a new Epic tournament format.
A Question of Scale
The Tantive IV and Rebel Transport will be the first X-Wing starships released outside of the game’s 1/270 scale. Simply too big to function in the game at that scale, they left FFG with two options. They could change their scale, or they could leave them out of the game. In the end, and rightly so, they decided these ships were simply too iconic and exciting to ignore, and invented a new “relative” scale, carefully balancing each ship’s playability against its presence on the table. This means players will have even more options for their games. They can continue to focus on dogfights and Standard tournament play at 1/270 scale, and they gain the option to play these huge ships in “Cinematic Play” and the new Epic tournament format.
The first classic starship
The Tantive IV is perhaps the most famous of all CR90 corvettes. Not only that, assuming you’re as nerdy as me, it is the first starship to appear in the classic Star Wars trilogy. We see it fly across the screen, racing from right to left across the bright surface of Tatooine, firing its rear lasers, until the shape of its hull is nearly lost behind the glow of its eleven ion turbine engines. <sigh> oh how I love you nostalgia.
Now fast forward to X-Wing of today, the Tantive IV Expansion Pack allows you to command the starship that first hooked us into the greatest space opera of all time!
Designed for use in Cinematic Play and the new Epic tournament format, the Tantive IV miniature doesn’t match the 1/270 scale shared by those starships legal within the game’s standard tournament format. Instead, this carefully detailed and pre-painted miniature is sculpted at a relative scale that feels good on the tabletop, alongside the game’s starfighters and other huge ships. In addition to the miniature, the expansion features new missions that promote deeply thematic play experiences, whether played individually or linked into a larger campaign, and Imperial players will have their chance to try to capture this notorious Rebel blockade runner. The Tantive IV won’t be legal for standard tournaments, but you’ll be able to bring it to battle in both the Cinematic Play and Epic tournament format. Furthermore, you’ll gain the opportunity to crew it with the indomitable Rebel hero, Leia Organa!
AT-ATs incoming! It’s time to leave Hoth!
With new rules, one Rebel transport miniature, one X-wing miniature with an alternate paint scheme, and a wealth of new ship cards, upgrades, and missions, the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack allows you to recreate the drama of the Rebellion’s desperate escape from Hoth.
Like the Tantive IV, the Rebel transport is too large for standard tournament play. Smaller than the CR90 corvette, the GR-75 medium transport is nonetheless large enough to dwarf its starfighter escorts. Even though the Rebel transport is depicted at a scale that allows you to maneuver it in battle, it is still so large that it comes with multiple new damage decks to track hits against different sections of its hull.
While the Rebel transport is only legal in the game’s Cinematic Play and Epic tournament formats, the rest of the expansion is likely to make its impact upon the standard game with five different upgrade options, a new X-wing miniature, and four new X-wing pilots, including Jek Porkins and Rebel ace Wes Janson.
A new hope, a new way to play
The Rebel transport and Tantive IV are too big for the standard tournament format, so FFG are launching an all-new tournament format sized to include them!
The Epic tournament format allows players to field ships of all sizes in massive battles. In the game’s Epic format, the Rebel transport can support the efforts of a player’s X-wings with its frequency jammers, and the Tantive IV can fire its powerful lasers against an opponent’s TIEs.
While the standard tournament format at the heart of X-Wing will continue to focus on quick, deadly skirmishes between opposing squadrons, the addition of the Epic format means that players will gain unprecedented squad-building flexibility. Not only does the Epic format mean that players will be able to build truly intimidating fleets, it means they can look forward to launching those fleets against opponents in fantastic space combats of truly epic proportions!
Three Modes of X-Wing Play:
- The Standard tournament format features 100-point squads of starships, all at 1/270 scale.
- The Epic tournament format features larger squads, which can include huge ships.
- The missions of Cinematic Play all come with their own guidelines and will indicate when huge ships are legal.
I’ll bring you more information about the Epic tournament format as we approach the release of the Rebel Transport Expansion Pack.
The Next Wave?
Because of FFG’s past X-Wing expansions have all fit a model of four simultaneous releases, many players and retailers may wonder whether or not the Tantive IV and Rebel Transport Expansion Pack are part of a fourth wave of expansion ships. They are not. These are all special additions to the X-Wing line and will not supplant or disrupt the next wave of X-wing expansions. Details of which I will announce once FFG tells us.
These expansions are not a stand alone game. They require the Star Wars: X-wing Miniatures Game Core Set to play the game. See below.
Tantive IV and Rebel Transport
Time: 20+ minuters
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE Fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates Star Wars’ exciting space battles. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!
Time: 20+ minuters