Boba Fett is flying in to greet you.
- Expansion for Imperial Assault includes six new side missions, two new skirmish missions.
- Takes place on Tatooine and features Boba Fett (mini not included), C-3PO, and R2-D2.
- A dozen new interlocking, double-sided map tiles included.
- New status condition, Weakened, removed one surge and one evade result during combat.
- Three Ally and Villain packs also coming: R2-D2 with C3PO, Boba Fett, and Kayn Somos.
- Available by the end of June.
Star Wars fans love Boba Fett. And you can have him (somewhat) with the first expansion to Star Wars: Imperial Assault, titled Twin Shadows. The new boxed set includes Mr. Fett’s deployment card and a token to represent him, but not a miniature. To get the mini, you will need to pick up the Boba Fett Villain pack. Which is weird and dumb and sort of fumbles what should be totally thrilling news. This is the Star Wars equivalent of Lucy yanking the football just as Charlie Brown’s about to boot it. Argh!
But let’s focus on the good. And this expansion does sound quite good.
Twin Shadows takes place on Tatooine. (Two suns. Two shadows. Got it?). Han Solo, C-3PO, and R2-D2 have gone missing. So you’ve come to the desert planet to find them. Your adventure will take you through six new missions, which can be played as side mission for the Imperial Assault main campaign or as its own mini-campaign. All of the regular Heroes from Imperial Assault are ready to go, as are two new Heroes included for this expansion.
New to Imperial Assault are Biv Bodhrik, a weapons-focused character that should help out if you’re feeling underpowered against the Imperials, and Saska Teft, an engineer. Saska sounds interesting, as she can create inventions on the fly to boost the stats of her allies.
Of course, the Imperial player won’t be left without some new characters of his own. Heavy Stormtroopers and Tusken Raiders join the fray with miniatures and deployment cards. And, yes, there is still Boba Fett minus mini to play as well. But maybe more interesting for Imperial players is the addition of the Inspiring Leadership class, which focuses on battlefield tactics. The Strategic Planning skill allows you to ready an exhausted deployment card (a potentially powerful aid) while Press On heals your troops.
A dozen new map tiles are included, which will include pieces to construct Mos Eisley and the bridge of an Imperial Star Destroyer.
And if you were hoping for a bit more choices with combat, there’s a new combat condition. Weakened characters subtract one surge or evade from her attack/defense results that turn. Of course, there will be new weapons to take advantage of this condition.
If spending about $40 on this box set weren’t enough – like, you were thinking, “Take all my money!!” – you’re in luck. There are also new Ally and Villain packs. I’ve had a chance to play with the just released first wave of these and I have to say, they are pretty great. You get a mini, new skirmish maps, a new side mission, and additional cards for use in the game. Twin Shadows includes three new Ally/Villain packs. R2-D2 and C-3PO come in a pack together, because you can’t separate a good thing. Boba Fett has his own pack and there is also a Stormtrooper commander named Kayn Somos.
All-in-all, this is pretty fantastic news for Imperial Assault fans. Star Wars: Twin Shadows will be available this spring.