Imperial Assault: The Bespin Gambit
Imperial Assault: The Bespin Gambit
“You truly belong here with us, among the clouds.”
–Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce The Bespin Gambit, a new expansion for Imperial Assault!
The effects of the Galactic Civil War can be felt on every planet of the Star Wars™ galaxy. On industrialized planets, the inhabitants may be forced to work in brutal conditions, slaves to the construction of the Imperial war machine. Other worlds may be torn by war as legions of Stormtroopers and massive assault walkers squelch any dissension against the Empire’s rule.
On other planets, however, the war is fought in secret, in the shadows of dark alleys, disused conference rooms, and secret meetings. Information is exchanged between faceless Rebel spies, even as the terrifying Imperial Security Bureau searches for their undercover foes. Now, The Bespin Gambit brings this shadow war to your games ofImperial Assault.
In The Bespin Gambit, you’ll find a wealth of new content to take your campaigns and skirmishes into the ritzy hotels and industrial underworks of Cloud City. Iconic characters like Bossk and Lando Calrissian join the game for the first time, gorgeous new map tiles portray some of the most memorable Cloud City locations, while new companions and a new condition change the flow every game. With two new Rebel heroes, one new Imperial class, new items, a new mini-campaign, and a new focus on your Spy characters, The Bespin Gambit offers an indispensable bonus to everyImperial Assault player.
The Bespin Gambit is also joined by four new figure packs that introduce new missions, cards, and detailed, sculpted figures of their subjects. You can learn more about the Lando Calrissian Ally Pack, the Bossk Villain Pack, the Agent Blaise Villain Pack, and the ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack in their announcement article here.
Among the Clouds
You’ve outwitted the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters among the tangled streets of Tatooine’s spaceports in theTwin Shadows expansion. You’ve walked through icy fields of snow and fled from the Empire’s oncoming walkers with Return to Hoth. Now, The Bespin Gambit takes you to another iconic location from the Star Wars universe: Cloud City. Under the control of Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian, Cloud City has become a prosperous center of industry and tourism—and a center for the undercover conflict between Rebel spies and ISB agents.
With the unique figures and tiles included in this expansion, you can recreate Cloud City as you first saw it in The Empire Strikes Back. From luxurious guest quarters and balconies, to narrow gantries stretching over an endless void, to the dramatic atmosphere of the carbon freezing chamber, a familiar environment greets you everywhere you look, even as you experience an entirely new story.
The Bespin Gambit’s contributions to the campaign game center on an entirely new mini-campaign. On Cloud City, an agent working under the command of Lando Calrissian has infiltrated the Imperial Security Bureau and secured a number of top-secret military codes. Unfortunately, contact with the agent was lost immediately afterwards. The stage is set for a shadow war—the Alliance has dispatched a few covert operatives to find the missing agent, even as the ISB races to recover its missing codes.
You’ll also find an entirely new skirmish map in The Bespin Gambit that takes full advantage of the stunning new tiles included here. With two distinct missions, this skirmish map challenges you to control the Carbon-freezing Chamber, whether you’re freezing your opponent’s figures in carbonite or fighting for control of precious tibanna gas reserves.
I’m with the Alliance
For Rebels across the galaxy, The Bespin Gambit offers the chance to add two new heroes into your strike teams, whether you’re traveling to Cloud City for the new mini-campaign or skirmishing against an enemy strike team. One of the new heroes is Davith Elso, a Force user and a master of stealthy operations. In battle, Davith Elso is fast and elusive, using the power of the Force to hide his attacks from his enemies until it’s too late.
Davith also offers you an opportunity to explore the new condition introduced in The Bespin Gambit: Hidden . As long as Davith Elso is wielding a melee weapon, he can spend a surge in combat to Hide—while Hidden, you reduce the accuracy of any attack targeting you, increasing the chance that ranged attacks will miss. What’s more, you gain an automatic surge to your first attack as you use the element of surprise to gain the upper hand. After your attack, you lose your Hidden condition, but if you prefer to wait and strike at the opportune moment, Hidden can keep your figures alive until they attack.
Davith Elso isn’t the only new hero the Rebels gain in this expansion. They also receive the aid of Murne Rin, an Ithorian intelligence master who excels at passing false information to the enemy and keeping your own heroes out the enemy’s firing lines. With entirely new decks of Class cards, both new heroes offer never-before-seen playstyles. When you combine the Rebel heroes’ Class decks with new Item cards and Supply cards, you’ll be able to customize your character to create whatever hero you want to play.
We’ll take a closer look at the Rebel heroes and explore their role in the skirmish game in a future preview!
Lawlessness and Vice
The Mercenaries of the Star Wars galaxy also receive reinforcements with the upcoming release of The Bespin Gambit. Two new figure groups enter the game in this expansion—the renowned Cloud City Wing Guard and the Ugnaught Tinkerers who work and live in the depths of the floating city. Both new figure groups owe their allegiance to the Mercenaries faction, rather than the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance, though the Imperial player can still take full advantage of these figures during a campaign game.
One of these figure groups, the Ugnaught Tinkerer , introduces brand-new rules to the game by using their junk droids as warriors. As an action, an Ugnaught Tinkerer can place the Junk Droid companion in an adjacent space. Companions function like normal figures, but their abilities and activation are tied to the card that brought them into play. In this case, the Junk Droid can ready at the start of the Ugnaught Tinkerer’s activation. Then, it activates as if it were part of the Ugnaught’s group, even using the Ugnaught’s surge abilities for its attacks. Rebel operatives and ISB agents alike should be wary of the Ugnaught Tinkerers when they’re surrounded by Junk Droids.
New figures aren’t the only ways to expand your power as the Imperial player in The Bespin Gambit, of course. You’ll also find two new Agenda sets, including cards like Contingency Plan , which you can use to become Hidden without warning. You’ll also find an entirely new Imperial class—Imperial Black Ops. By hiding and striking from cover with cards like Surprise Attack , the Imperial Black Ops class may be your key to winning the war of subterfuge and sneak attacks in Cloud City.
You’ll be able to get a closer look at these new Mercenaries figures, as well as the new Agenda and Imperial Class cards in upcoming previews!
Altering the Deal
From the finest hotels and casinos to dingy, dangerous industrial passages, Cloud City is yours to explore. Lead your spies onto the battlefield of the Galactic Civil War, and look for The Bespin Gambit at The Wandering Dragon in the second quarter of 2016!
“He’s a card player, gambler, scoundrel. You’d like him.”
–Han Solo, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce four new Ally Packs and Villain Packs for Imperial Assault!
- Lando Calrissian Ally Pack
- ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack
- Agent Blaise Villain Pack
- Bossk Villain Pack
As we explored in its announcement article, The Bespin Gambit invites you and your fellow players to take part in a shadow war between Imperial agents and undercover Rebel operatives among the luxurious hotels and seedy underside of Cloud City. Outside of The Bespin Gambit, you can also take advantage of the four new figure packs whether you’re playing a new mini-campaign or preparing for a skirmish tournament at your local retailer.
Powerful new figures join the Rebel Alliance, the Galactic Empire, and the Mercenaries of the galaxy with these Ally Packs and Villain Packs! Each expansion offers detailed, sculpted plastic figures to replace the tokens included in The Bespin Gambit, and they also expand your games with new Agenda cards, Deployment cards, Command cards, and missions for campaigns and skirmishes.
Lando Calrissian Ally Pack
As the Baron Administrator of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian has access to considerable resources and influence. Despite his recent rise to respectability, Lando is still a smuggler, a gambler, and an outlaw at heart, and he now chooses to exercise his influence in the aid of the Rebel Alliance by helping their operatives elude the Imperial Security Bureau agents.
Your Imperial Assault campaigns can certainly benefit from having a charismatic scoundrel like Lando Calrissian by your side. A new campaign side mission introduced in this figure pack invites you to investigate missing shipments of supplies and help Lando root out corruption, but no matter where you employ the help of Lando Calrissian, his resourceful nature and cheerful disregard for the rules are certainly useful assets to your heroes.
Skirmish games can also reap the benefits of Lando Calrissian’s support. An entirely new skirmish map invites you to travel to a Lothal Safehouse, where you’ll struggle to recover artifacts or hidden shipments of weapons before your opponent. You may also take advantage of new Command cards like Tough Luck . Any figure can play this Command card after your opponent rerolls a die in order to remove that die instead! Between Tough Luck and the other cards in this Ally Pack, Lando Calrissian’s unconventional tactics can quickly turn a battle in your favor.
ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack
Across the galaxy, few Imperial institutions command more fear than the Imperial Security Bureau. Your neighbor or your family member may secretly serve the ISB. The man you pass on your way to work or the talkative woman in the cantina could be an informer. You can’t trust anyone, and in this atmosphere of stifling fear, few dare to speak of rebellion. Now, you can enforce the status quo and punish sedition in your games of Imperial Assault with the help of the ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack.
If the heroes are unlucky enough to encounter them on a mission, the ISB Infiltrators prove to be dangerous combatants, using the new Hidden condition to reduce enemy accuracy and gaining surges to deal more damage and increase accuracy. More than that, each ISB Infiltrator benefits from the Coordinated Raid ability, which allows another figure in the group to interrupt and perform an attack. Obviously, more attacks can significantly increase your damage output over the course of the game.
Whether you’re using their unique talents in a campaign or a skirmish, this Villain Pack offers additional cards and missions to supplement your adventures in the Star Wars™ galaxy. A new Agenda set, Command cards, Reward cards, and a skirmish upgrade offer you additional tools for any mission, from the ISB’s vaunted training grounds to an Imperial facility on Bespin.
Agent Blaise Villain Pack
ISB agents in Cloud City are led by none other than Agent Blaise, a methodical warrior and an expert interrogator. With the Agent Blaise Villain Pack, you can bring this Imperial warrior’s menace and precision into any game ofImperial Assault.
Whether you’re stalking the halls of Cloud City or engaged in another campaign across the galaxy, Agent Blaise can be a menacing opponent for the Rebel heroes. First, this figure pack contains a brand-new Agenda set, Imperial Intelligence. This Agenda set invites you to take advantage of your espionage and observation of the Rebel heroes—for instance, Under Surveillance allows you to record a hero’s favored attack methods and unleash your knowledge when the heroes least suspect it.
You may also add Agent Blaise to your skirmish strike team to cut off support from the Rebel forces. Two new skirmish missions bring you into the terrifying depths of ISB Headquarters, and new Command cards offer tricks and unexpected tactics for any strike team. In addition to his reputation as a warrior, Agent Blaise offers several opportunities to interrogate your foes and discard their Command cards, ensuring that you always hold the upper hand.
Bossk Villain Pack
Finally, you can take up the hunt with Bossk, a deadly Trandoshan bounty hunter! Bossk was one of the bounty hunters searching for the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back, and with this figure pack, you can harness his unbridled ferocity. Whether you’re taking contracts for the Mercenaries faction in a skirmish or working for the Imperial player in a campaign, Bossk will quickly prove himself a dangerous hunter.
During your campaigns, the Bossk Villain Pack offers new challenges and thrills with an additional Agenda set to supplement your other cards. You can use these Agenda cards to brutally hunt down the Rebels or smuggle guns through the Toydarian wilderness, but no matter how you use them in the game, Bossk is sure to endanger the heroes with his wild attacks and regenerative talents.
You may also include Bossk in your strike team for a skirmish game. Two new skirmish missions introduced in this figure pack challenge you to navigate the dangers of a Wasskah Hunting Ground, and an assortment of new Command cards introduce unexpected and unpredictable maneuvers. For instance, you may play Wild Attack when you declare an attack to immediately add one red die to your attack pool! In exchange, however, you must add a white die to the defending figure’s dice pool. If you need to destroy a powerful figure in a single attack or suffer the consequences, Wild Attack might give you the edge you need.
Travel to Cloud City
Four new Ally Packs and Villain Packs will soon arrive to swell your Imperial Assault armies and transport you to a city among the clouds. Look for this expansion and the corresponding figure packs at The Wandering Dragon in the second quarter of 2016:
- Lando Calrissian Ally Pack
- ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack
- Agent Blaise Villain Pack
- Bossk Villain Pack