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Got Darth Vader finished... but now I'm so deep in projects, I can't FIND him... oh, wait, there he is in a death duel with Santa Dwarf...

Left to right: IG-88, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Vader's faithful companion, Darth Crapontherug, who the guy at the comic shop totally swore was gon

I wouldn't recommend trying it.  

I got my box last night. Oh the joy. The JOY!!!

 

I got all of the counters and tiles punched out and sorted into their storage case, with the minis sorted and stored next to them. I started to read through the campaign book, but decided that I didn't want to read too far ahead. So I re-read the Skirmish rules for a refresher, and then started reading through the cards. Man are there a ton of cards! I'll pick up a deck box and some different colored sleeves this weekend for the normal sized cards, but I'm not sure how to sort/store the smaller ones. Guess I'll need to print out my own mini-deck boxes for those.

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A few guys from my X-Wing group are getting together tonight to give Skirmish mode a try. I'll let you all know how it goes. ::):

 

PS - for anyone who buys this, when you go to assemble the AT-ST, be sure to clean any flash from the sides of the nose gun, and most importantly, from the inside of the mounting hole. Once they're clean, the gun will snap into place with a bit of brute force. No need to soften the parts using hot water like a lot of people are doing.

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Yeah, the nose gun gave me a bit of trouble (yeah, yeah, you guys convinced me, it wasn't a far journey anyway).

Going to be interesting to see what expansions they do for THIS one beyond the hero and villain packs...

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I would imagine that they'll follow the same template they have for Descent, although due to IA's Skirmish mode, the Monster and Lt. packs from Descent don't fit. Those will be covered by the Hero/Villain sets. So there's 3 Descent product categories out right now that I'd expect to see for IA too:

  • Expansion packs - these are released in 2 alternating "sizes" for Descent with 3-4 months between releases. The smaller ones costs $35 and the larger ones $60. (I'm guessing that the Star Wars versions will run $40 and $70.) The small ones are simply add-ons for the base set that add 2 new heroes, some new monsters, a smaller sized campaign, and a few new tiles to add onto the ones you already have. The larger expansions just have more of the same, but I think the tiles have been like totally new types of terrain, not just more of what was in the core.
  • Campaign book - they've only just announced this; it hasn't been released yet. It appears to just be a standalone book that you run using the stuff you already own. It's hefty - 32 new quests, plus I'm sure it's got some new rules and twists to existing ones.
  • Co-op Adventures - these are their newest and most popular expansions, but I think they're mis-named. They should be called Solo Adventures b/c that's how most people seem to be playing them. They are a small box consisting of a couple of decks of cards that you use to replace the Overlord. So they call it co-op b/c you and your friends all play together against an AI, which just coincidentally means that 1 person can play it solo. I own the first one, but I haven't taken the time to play thru it yet. From everything I've seen it's pretty fun though. It's also pretty short - it's designed to be playable in a single evening (once you understand everything that's going on) and there's a random factor to it to make it re-playable.
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