Imperial Assault: Twin Shadows and New Ally/Villain Packs

“If there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”
–Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Twin Shadows, a new expansion for Imperial Assault!

The Galactic Civil War touches every planet eventually, even those on the galaxy’s Outer Rim. Now, the war has come to the desert planet of Tatooine. Long dominated by the galaxy’s Scum and Villainy, a growing Imperial presence on Tatooine has prompted the Rebellion to send Han Solo with R2-D2 and C-3PO to investigate. But communications with Han Solo have been cut off, and your elite team of Rebel operatives is dispatched to uncover the truth.

Twin Shadows is a new expansion for Imperial Assault, offering plenty of new content for both the campaign and skirmish games. Danger lurks around every corner in this expansion: Twin Shadows boasts six new missions that can be played as side missions for a larger campaign. These missions can also be strung together as a fully formed mini-campaign chronicling your efforts to rescue Han Solo and survive the danger that waits on Tatooine. In addition, this expansion offers two new skirmish missions, offering new opportunities for you to battle a friend in thrilling tactical battles.

As the shadows grow on Tatooine, two new heroes from the Rebel Alliance prepare for battle against new threats like Heavy Stormtroopers and Tusken Raiders. With new Command cards, Agenda cards, Condition cards, Class cards, and Supply cards, your games of Imperial Assault change forever with Twin Shadows. In addition, twelve new double-sided map tiles draw you deeper into the Star Wars™ universe. You may find yourself on the bridge of an Imperial Star Destroyer or engaged in a firefight in a Mos Eisley cantina.

What’s more, three new Ally Packs and Villain Packs offer detailed plastic figures to replace tokens included in Twin Shadows. With these expansions, you can provide figures for the iconic heroes and villains introduced in this expansion: the loyal Droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, or the Stormtrooper commander, Kayn Somos. These figure packs contain even more new missions and cards for your Imperial Assaultgames, and you can learn more about these expansion in their announcement article. We’ll also explore R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, and Kayn Somos later in a series of in-depth previews!

New Recruits for the Rebel Alliance

An elite team of Rebel operatives is dispatched to Tatooine in order to uncover the reasons behind Han Solo’s lack of communication. Two new heroes of the Rebel Alliance join this elite team, offering their unique skills and services. The first new hero is Biv Bodhrik, a hard-bitten fighter and a capable guerrilla warrior. In your Imperial Assaultmissions, Biv’s competence with any weapon makes him deadly to enemy warriors, whether he attacks from long range or engages in close combat. You may find yourself desperately trying to escape to the Millennium Falcon, and with Biv as a soldier in your strike team, his powerful attacks and deadly precision can mow down any hostile figure that stands in your way.

Biv is joined in Twin Shadows by Saska Teft, a brilliant engineer whose battlefield inventions can easily save the lives of those she works alongside. During a campaign, Saska can construct  unique devices to help herself or her fellow heroes. You may use these devices to increase the power of your attacks, to give your attribute tests a better chance of success, or to accomplish any number of other tasks. What’s more, Saska Teft was born on Tatooine, and her knowledge of her homeward may give you an edge as you struggle to defeat the Imperial occupation. However you use Saska and her inventions, she’s happy to continue modifying gear and crafting new devices to aid the Rebellion.

Of course, it’s not just new heroes that arrive to aid the Rebellion in this expansion. Tatooine has plenty of unique items to offer your heroes, and by taking advantage of them, you may be able to gain an edge over the Imperial player and survive longer in the planet’s seedy underworld. Many of these new items, such as the Gaffi Stick , take advantage of the new Weakened  condition introduced in Twin Shadows. While a character is Weakened, he subtracts a surge and an evade from his attack and defense results until the end of his turn. By inflicting the Weakened condition on your opponent’s figures, you can keep them from achieving their full potential, and eliminate them much more easily.

Shadowy Foes

The Empire will not allow the Rebel Alliance to continue their investigations on Tatooine unchecked. With two new figure groups and an entirely new set of Imperial Class cards, you can make the Rebel’s inquests very difficult. InTwin Shadows, the Empire gains access to Heavy Stormtroopers for the first time. Better armored and equipped than normal Stormtroopers, the Heavy Stormtroopers’ increased weaponry can deal significant damage to a group of heroes. With the Heavy Stormtroopers as part of your forces, you can punish any hero that dares to oppose the might of the Empire or set a formidable guard on vital Imperial sites.

he Galactic Empire is not the only faction that gains a new figure group inTwin Shadows. Many of the galaxy’s Scum and Villainy make their home on Tatooine, and they are joined by one of the planet’s most fearsome species: the Tusken Raiders. Although the Tusken Raiders are loath to leave their desert homes, within this environment they know every trick for gaining the upper hand on their opponents. During a mission, Tusken Raiders usually begin their  raid with a volley from their Tusken Cycler rifles before closing to melee combat. When you convince the Tusken Raiders to battle alongside your forces, your enemy will soon learn to fear their unbridled ferocity.

In the Galactic Civil War, the Empire must rely upon more than just its armies to achieve victory. Exceptional leadership is key if the Rebel Alliance is ever to be crushed. This expansion introduces the Inspiring Leadershipclass, which allows your figures to benefit from your superior battlefield tactics. For instance, you may use Strategic Planning  to ready an exhausted Deployment card and grant additional movement to figures across the battlefield, allowing you to take up a superior position. Alternatively, you may use Press On  to heal damage from a regular Imperial group, keeping the heroes from destroying them as easily as they might hope. With this new class at your disposal, you’ll have the tactical tools to outmaneuver the Rebels in any campaign.

On the Burning Sands

The presence of Imperial forces of Tatooine bodes ill for the Rebellion. The outcome of this struggle may well have consequences that reach far beyond the heat and dust of Tatooine. With Twin Shadows, your options for exploring the Star Wars™ galaxy are nearly limitless. You can fight alongside Han Solo with the heroes of the Rebel Alliance, skulk in the shadows with Boba Fett and the Tusken Raiders, or lead the troopers of the Galactic Empire into battle. Whether you engage in a cinematic narrative with the campaign game, or skirmish against a friend in a Mos Eisley cantina, you’ll find brand new adventures in Twin Shadows.

Look for the Twin Shadows expansion for Imperial Assault at The Wandering Dragon in the second quarter of 2015!

“I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart, R2-D2.”
–C-3PO, Star Wars: A New Hope

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce three new Ally Packs and Villain Packs for Imperial Assault:

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack
  • Boba Fett Villain Pack
  • Kayn Somos Villain Pack

As you descend upon the desert planet of Tatooine with the Twin Shadows expansion, these new Ally Packs and Villain Packs bring Star Wars™ heroes and villains to life. Like previous Ally Packs and Villain Packs, such as the Luke Skywalker Ally Pack and the Darth Vader Villain Pack included in the Core Set, these expansions feature sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens found in the Twin Shadows expansion and supplement your campaigns and skirmishes with new cards and missions. Journey to Tatooine and engage in fast-paced skirmishes with these new Twin Shadowsfigure packs!

R2-D2 and C-3PO Ally Pack

R2-D2 and C-3PO are two of the Rebellion’s most storied Droids. Over the years, these Droids have participated in countless adventures and dangerous missions alongside Jedi, smugglers, and heroes of the Rebel Alliance. Now, you can bring them both to your games of Imperial Assault

During your Imperial Assault missions, both R2-D2 and C-3PO have useful tasks to fulfill. R2-D2’s mastery of computers is unparalleled, allowing him to hack and hardwire his way past enemy defenses. C-3PO, on the other hand, can give your troops the crucial information they need, even while distracting your opponent’s figures. In your campaigns, these Droids offer a key advantage in the new Open to Interpretation side mission, which challenges you to steal Imperial data from a heavily defended base.

C-3PO and R2-D2 are worthy allies in your skirmish games as well, distracting enemy figures, allowing you to draw more Command cards, and focusing your own figures. You may even use the Single Purpose Command card to make R2-D2 or C-3PO’s special actions twice as effective. The new Wasteland Outpost skirmish map offers two brand-new missions, but wherever you battle in the Star Wars galaxy, these two Droids are sure to prove useful. 

Boba Fett Villain Pack

Many bounty hunters ply their trade throughout the galaxy, chasing down and capturing their quarries. These men and women are well known as hard fighters and relentless pursuers, but even among the bounty hunters, there is one who has forged a reputation for his brutality and skill. Now, you can hire Boba Fett – the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy – for any  Imperial Assault mission you may undertake. 

Boba Fett is a valuable asset for any servant of the dark side. Whether you hire him for a campaign or a skirmish mission, his formidable abilities and explosive armaments make him a deadly opponent. In addition to Boba Fett’s own talents, you can also use the Soldiers for Hire agenda set to harry the heroes between missions. You can ground and attack a Rebel supply convoy on Yavin 4 in a new side mission and you can use any means necessary to take down a targeted hero during a mission. 

In your skirmish games, the new skirmish upgrade and Command cards included in the Boba Fett Villain Pack can provide a crucial advantage over your opponent. With Jump Jets , for instance, you can fly across the battlefield, cutting off your target’s escape or quickly bypassing any obstacles that stand between you and a mission objective. Whether you battle through the new Imperial Space Station map or engage in another skirmish mission, this figure pack has plenty to offer to every player.

Kayn Somos Villain Pack

Legions of Stormtroopers are the fist of the Galactic Empire, smashing down on  dissension and rebellion wherever they appear. These troopers are highly trained warriors, and a cunning leader only makes them more dangerous. In this figure pack, you gain access to Kayn Somos, a trooper commander renowned for his ruthless tactics. 

Kayn Somos is a dangerous combatant in his own right, but he truly shines in his ability to command other Troopersin battle. He can focus his comrades, grant them more attacks, or harness a Com

mand card like Rank and File to boost the movement of his Troopers. No matter where he goes on the battlefield, Kayn Somos is an inspiring presence, bringing increased firepower and keen battlefield tactics to the Empire’s troops. This Villain Pack also includes the Stormtrooper Support agenda set. With this set, you can challenge the Rebels to attack a Stormtrooper training facility and you can draw upon your endless reinforcements to overwhelm the heroes and extinguish the flame of Rebellion. 

You’ll also find two new missions for the Imperial Assault skirmish game. You can lead Kayn Somos and his endless squads of Troopers into the Tython Meditation Fields or any other skirmish map, sweeping all opponents before the might of the Empire. Whatever your battlefield, Kayn Somos’s sound tactics and commanding presence help to tip the odds in the favor of the Galactic Empire. 

Gather Your Strike Team

Three new Ally Packs and Villain Packs are coming soon for Imperial Assault. You may begin a daring Rebel mission with R2-D2 and C-3PO, hunt down your mark with Boba Fett, or command battalions of Stormtroopers with Kayn Somos. Whether you use these figure packs to travel to Tatooine in conjunction with the Twin Shadows expansion or in your other Imperial Assault skirmishes, you’ll find thrilling new missions and the cards you need in these figure packs. 

Look for the Twin Shadows and new Ally/Villains Expansions for Imperial Assault at The Wandering Dragon in the second quarter of 2015!