FFG Loses Star Wars Miniatures! Atomic Mass Games Taking Over!

In a shocking announcement on Nov 16th, 2020, Atomic Mass Games announced via social media that they would be taking over Production and Development of 3 Star Wars Miniatures games previously done by Fantasy Flight Games; X-Wing, Legion, and Armada.

This comes as a huge surprise to virtually all of us. Atomic Mass Games was only recently introduced to the world during 2019’s In Flight Report, a special event at Gen-Con in which FFG announces all of it’s big games and expansions for the year. Later that year, we got the release of Marvel Crisis Protocol, which has been hailed as a huge success, in the ease and quality of it’s gameplay, and in both it’s art and miniatures. Some had predicted that AMG would eventually be taking on more miniatures games at some point, but I doubt anyone predicted it would have happened this fast, with Marvel Crisis Protocol only being out for one year.

Making the transition from Minnesota (FFG) over to AMG’s Seattle based offices is Simone Elliott, who will take over as the Head of Studio for Atomic Mass Games. Simone has been heavily involved with licensing for all of the Star Wars games that FFG has made for several years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at a few convenstions over the years and I’ll say that I feel it’s a smart move and we’re in good hands. Will Shick will be assuming the role of Head of Product Development. While this might seem like a step down from previously being Head of Studio, it’s still very nearly at the top and it seems like with triple the games suddenly thrown on them, it’s probably also a smart move to divide up responsibilities among upper management.

So What does this all mean for us, the players?

In short – Hopefully not much. While it’s too early to tell exactly what impacts will be felt, there are a few bits of information we do have currently.

The Good : AMG is a miniatures-focused studio. Hopefully this change will allow growth of these games to be more refined, and possibly even allow them to Embark on new ideas that were potentially too difficult for FFG. Additionally, both FFG and AMG are still under Asmodee, so most aspects shouldn’t change in terms of purchasing and distribution. There are also likely some new miniatures games in the pipe, indicated by another press release on the 17th. Games are also open to changes, (Which could be good or bad, I suppose we’ll have to wait and see on that front).

The Bad : Moving these games away from FFG could mean a potential loss in depth. Many of the teams for various games all were able to work together. One of the things that made these games great was the cross collaboration with individuals who were explicitly board-game developers, and NOT miniatures gamers. This gave some of the developers perspective and allowed these games to appeal to a MUCH wider audience than typical mini-wargamers. Plus change in itself inevitably inspired fear and doubt. In an already difficult year, this has alot of people worried.

The Ugly : Unfortunately alot of people, many of which I’m friends with, did not retain employment during this transition. This just outright sucks and while I’m not going to name names… they are in my thoughts.

The Hope: That’s right I added a 4th “Bold” section! The hope here is that this new studio will remain faithful to what we love about these games. We as a community have been reaching out to Atomic Mass Games in large numbers, and they have at least in the past, been very receptive to their community. That is a GOOD thing! Hopefully it continues! Simone is also a huge Star Wars fan and has been a part of these games forever! I feel like if these games had to go ANYWHERE, this was the best place possible. It’s ok to be worried, but don’t lose faith! This could quite possibly be the best thing to ever happen to these games!

There are plenty more questions to be asked and hopefully answered. What about Future Products already in production? What about things still in development? What about Playtesting? Will we see a change in production materials? Same Plastic? Who are the development teams going to be? Will they give us an introduction?

I’ll admit I was starting to worry about how I was going to divide my time between Atomic Mass Games and FFG at the next Gen Con, but for now it seems like all of my favorite miniatures games are now under the same studio and that makes things simpler for now at least!

Stay tuned for more info as soon as I get it!

The X-Men have Arrived!

Me smiling happily right after the X-Men preorder finally showis up!

This is a return to my childhood! The X-Men have arrived! They have clearly been the most anticipated and most request team to show up since Marvel Crisis Protocol was first announced!

I preordered the whole set from Asmodee directly just to make 100% sure I didn’t miss any of them and they just showed up! Here is the first of many unboxings!

Wolverine and Sabertooth!

The Future of Armada! An Interview with Michael Gernes!

I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with FFG’s Michael Gernes, Lead Developer for Star Wars Armada!

We talked about everything ranging from The Clone Wars, to Wave 2, to future support for Rebels and the Empire!

Some highlights from the interview include:

  • Pass Tokens – Pass Tokens will be assigned at the beginning of the game, are partially influenced by the composition of your fleet (Large Ships will likely give you more), and also are influenced by weather you are 1st Player or 2nd.
  • Faction Identities – We talked about the new faction, and Michael spoiled a new separatist card that upgrades a token’s effect to a full dial effect!
  • Konstantine! – Everyone’s least favorite commander, Konstantine, is getting refined to be more playable and to work with Huge Ship! Konstantine SSD here we go!
  • The Future! Armada will continue to support Empire and Rebel fleets – players just need to be patient!
  • So much more!

Here’s the full video!

40,000!

We did it! Thanks to all of you the channel has crossed over the 40,000 subscriber mark! Thank you all so much! To each of you who has been a part of the first 40 K, and to all of you who will be part of the next 40K – you have enriched my life and I am so grateful!

So what now?

I’ve got some new giveaways planned! In addition to announcing that I’m doing my ARC Trooper giveaway, (See the Giveaways section), I’m also going to be doing 12 Days of Life Day again this December – more giveaways for subscribers! Lots of them!

And more games! In addition to Blood and Plunder I’ll be covering Oak and Iron, and naturally, this was also a great time to begin my journey into Warhammer 40,000! I know very little about 40K but I figured this was a good time! Here’s my first Warhammer 40K video!

Exclusive Crabbok Token!

Luxury Playstyle has worked with me to create a new Exclusive “Crabbok” token!

Featuring Lightsaber Nunchucks, and a C on the front, with a 5 on the back, this new token can work in any of your games!

X-Wing – Mark a Critical Hit

Armada – Mark you Flagship or where you Commander is.

Legion – Mark you Commander.

Star Wars RPG – Help invite some random choices! Light Side vs Dark Side, or use as an alternate destiny point!

More! Any games that count Damage – Use the C’s as 1 Damage and the 5 side as a 5 Damage marker!

The 5 Side on the back changes things to the Dark Side – With Force Lightning coming out of the Lightsaber Nunchucks!

How do I get one?

Any order placed at www.luxuryplaystyle.com using my discount Code CRABBOKVIP that totals $35 or more will automatically grant you one free token while supplies last!

Additionally – Patrons at the X-Wing level or higher, who have been a patron for 3 months or longer will get one in December as a Holiday gift. I’ll also be offering some of these coins in occasionally giveaways, so stay alert!

Here’s a video showing them in more detail!

Darth Maul and Anakin Skywalker talk with Legion Developer Luke Eddy!

Luke Eddy sat down with me to discuss all the new stuff announced for Star Wars Legion! We focused alot of the time on Maul and Anakin – but there is also talk of the specialists packs, and points changes and all things Legion!

Interview with Luke Eddy

In addition to learning that Maul doesn’t actually have a flaw card – (We thought he did but it was actually a printing error), we also learn some details about the Sith Probe droids – including their unit type is actually Special Forces – which may force some CIS players to make some tough choices with BX droids coming out soon.

Huge thanks to FFG and to Luke for taking the time and making this possible!

X-Wing Wave 7 and 8 Interview with Max Brooke from FFG!

I had the good fortune to be able to sit down with Max Brooke , X-Wing Developer from Fantasy Flight Games, and discuss X-Wing’s new expansions, Wave 7, 7.1, and Wave 8! We also discussed some of the new things that were recently changed during the most recent points update, as well as some changes that are coming in the fall!

For those unable to watch at the moment, here is a brief summary –

– Overview and comments on each ship, from Wave 7 to Wave 8.

– Some clarification on Side-Sloop – Max explains the angles and that you cannot slide backward.

– Some talk about the new points update and changes to the format, including the Extended column – turns out there are no current plans to remove ships from extended.

– New Keywords! Such as Light Side and Dark Side – In the next point supdate they talk about how these will be hooks that other cards and list-building stuff will reference. They won’t have innate abilities however. Some new KeyWords are related to ship types, others are related to pilots. Some examples are “TIE”, “X-Wing”, “A-Wing”, “Droid” etc.

– New Keywords allow them to adjust certain things – like for example if Mandalorian Seas 2 shows a main character to secretly have been a Droid all along, they can go back and give him/her the “Droid” keyword retroactively. Which also strongly suggests Mandalorian content coming (Although not directly confirmed).

There is a whole lot more in the video! I encourage you to watch!

Gen Con 2020 – The Digital Version!

Gen Con has come and gone – and with it tons of new information! Some of it I was able to Live Stream – and other parts I’ll still be breaking down over the coming weeks and even months!. Lets talk about some highlights!

X-Wing!

X-Wing had a few spoilers from Wave 7, but also the official reveal of Wave 7.1, which consists of 2 more expansions – the TIE/rb Brute, and the Heralds of Hope Aces pack, which contains 2 T-70 X-Wings and an RZ-2 A-Wing for the Resistance. Additionally we saw a preview of Wave 8, which is all Clone Wars oriented. Jango Fett’s Slave-1, the Tri Fighter, along with the Eta-2 and V-Wing! Plus we know there are more Aces packs planned for the future!

Legion!

Legion didn’t see as much as many had hoped, but it wasn’t without news. The reveal of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul showcased some great sculpts and some new mechanics! And the Clone Wars factions also got their Specialists expansions previewed! This is great news for Clone Wars players! Best of all, there was a confirmation that the next 4 expansions are all Empire and Rebels!

Armada!

The Clone Wars has begun! We’ve learned that the new single faction starters will be $99 but will also come with 1 medium and 2 small ships, along with everything else you need to get started included 4 squadrons. We got some previews of upgrades, ship cards, squadrons, and also the other packs. The Upgrade Card Collection will have every card in the game, re-sized, and updated – to include both points adjustments and errata. The dial expansion exists mostly because future ship expansions won’t come with command dials or speed dials anymore.

More Games!

X-Men were big this year! Both in Atomic Mass Games’ Marvel Crisis protocol, and with Mutant Insurrection from FFG. Twilight Imperium 4th Edition had a new Expansion announced too!

Stay tuned for more news!