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The Vintage Tempest’s First Days with Star Wars: Legion

11 Apr

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasy Flight Games has a new miniature battle game for Star Wars fans to enjoy. Legion is different from Armada such that players are commanding soldiers than spaceships. The rules are the same; the dice are different coloured and length of time to play better than the space-faring cousin. It’s possible to play short skirmishes. I went to a demo at my nearby game store to get my Jedi on and instead went Sith!

I am impressed with the plastic figures which come in the base set. Vader and Luke command their respective forces, and the bits include barriers for the Stormtroopers or Rebel Forces to hide behind. With no surprise, since laser blasts are guided by the roll of an eight-sided dice, neither can hit the broad side of a barn. The rules are nice and simple. Those who have played Armada know how this game works. Combat moves fast.

As for how much larger these battles can get will depend on expansion products offered. Prop packs to recreate battles on other planets exist, and for the adventurous modeler, Mos Eisley can be recreated.

With only two major factions offered in the main box, the enjoyability comes in how many times can Vader lay the smack down on Luke. I normally side with the forces of good, but to know how powerful Vader is requires looking at this character translates into gaming. The abilities are by no means unique. For Vader, he has “Master of the Force,” which means one of the upgrade cards can be ready for use. Luke has “Jump.” Since both are Force users, they have “Immune: Pierce” to sidestep certain attacks and “Deflect” since they have lightsabers to bounce laser blasts.

This game is no different from the augmented reality cousin, “Trials of Leadership” in Star Wars: Jedi Challenge. The electronic version has you pointing your wand (lightsaber) to direct forces to strategic points to defeat the opponent. The miniatures have a lot of rules to consider and it is more turn-based to decide the outcome of the game. I enjoy this physical version more for the simple reason that calibration for the said stick is always fickle and the click from this stick feels off when compared to using measuring sticks to find out how far a team can go in the battlefield.

This game has potential when expansions come out. I’m looking forward to Hoth (Empire Strikes Back) and seeing AT-ATs enter the field. In the items offered now, the smaller AT-ST and RTs are available.

In what is available now, it’s possible to simulate the land fight from the Battle of Endor. No Ewoks are available yet, and as for whether Fantasy Flight Games will include them, fans will have to wait and see. Inevitable sets will include the Separatist Droid army commanded by Dooku, the Clone Troopers with Yoda and the First Order with either Kylo Ren; General Hux; Captain Phasma in command. The latter can be fun and perhaps this time, Phasma will not get her butt kicked. She is an embarrassment in the films.

For diehards, I can imagine a multi-table setup where players move from infantry battles to get to a waiting cruiser, and whoever captures that, moves on to a space-based fight in Armada. To play this sequence can be epic. However, to have all the miniatures needed to recreate it is a pricey investment. I’m sure the rules can be adapted so fans of LEGO Star Wars (the scale is almost the same) can use minifigs. It may be cheaper than buying Fantasy Flight’s products, and at least for me, it can be more fun than playing another TT Games licensed product.

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Remembering TRON the Movie, LEGO News & On Reboot

24 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ever since the movie TRON graced the big screen, it’s become a cult phenomenon and there are no signs of it dying. On Brickset.com, confirmed is the release of the TRON Legacy Lightcycle! If it lights up, I’m going to be on it faster than a … those bikes fighting each other for control on the Grid! This recent news had me feeling nostalgic for the film, and this weekend, I will be watching both works again and having thought experiments in what the third film could have been if only …

In some ways, the upcoming Reboot: The Guardian Code offers a glimpse of what may have been. This series is set to debut on Netflix on March 30th, worldwide (except Canada). YTV has exclusive rights for this country up North and will broadcast in June of 2018. Instead of outright slamming this show by saying it’s ruining my childhood, I will watch it and decide afterward if it is even worthy of the Reboot name, much less take an opposite approach of how TRON: Legacy ended when Quorra escaped the Grid.

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A Wrinkle In Time and Not Enough Space to Explain it All

10 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s young adult novel, A Wrinkle in Time is going to fall by the wayside like Tommorowland. The premise of the book is great. The big screen execution is muddled. Changes will always happen when making a movie from a book and the star power behind the three Fatimas – Mrs Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs Which (Oprah Winfrey) cannot carry the film. They are not the stars of this piece. Their etheric portrayal suggests their presence is important to guide Meg Murry (Storm Reid) on her journey of self-realization. This tween lost her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) to some in-between realm and since then has been living in a haze.

When considering much of the story is told in Meg’s perspective, any extra bits of explanation is saved for later. Her adoptive younger brother, Charles Wallace, is the only person who stays positive. When he finally invites Mrs Whatsit into the Murry household, the adventure is about to begin.

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Impressions One Year Later with Star Trek: Deviations and Beyond

2 Mar

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IDW Publishing

Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Josh Hood
Colors: Jason Lewis
Letters: AndWorld Design
Production Design: Neil Uyetake
Editors: Sarah Gaydos and Chris Cerasi
Publisher: Ted Adams

Star Trek is created by Gene Roddenberry.

By James Shaw
(The Wind Up Geek)

The Story: This Star Trek one-shot takes place in the Star Trek: The Next Generation timeline where sometime in the past, instead of the Vulcans making first contact with Zefram Cochrane human race after the defeat of the Borg by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, it is the Romulans. It is this point human history deviates from the TNG storyline. Humans are enslaved and mankind never reaches the stars outside their own galaxy. The story starts in an altered TNG timeline with familiar faces (William Riker, Deanna Troi, Worf, Geordi LaForge, and Data) escaping from their Romulan captors.

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