News: Android Netrunner Data and Destiny Deluxe Expansion!

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Breaking news: Big Orbit Games learnt today at the UK Game Expo that Fantasy Flight Games’ next, and last, deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner will be called Data and Destiny and that it comes with a nice surprise!

The set will feature the NBN corporation doing what they do, controlling the media and news in their usual style. But as anyone who plays Netrunner knows, there are four Corporation factions but only three Runners. So, who would herald the fourth deluxe expansion? The answer is none of them! Read on…

Data and Destiny will feature 3 Runner identities and each of them will be their own mini-faction! Not much was revealed about how they will work or what their abilities are, unfortunately, but we do know that one of the identities is not a person but rather a sentient virus program. This is a wonderful twist for the game’s last deluxe expansion and hopefully it will bring a whole new aspect to the game.

Sadly we were unable to get any photographs from the presentation, but look out for more information in the following weeks from FFG themselves.

Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing announce partnership

Bolt ActionHere’s a press release we’ve had from Warlord Games:

Warlord Games and Osprey Publishing are teaming up to create Bolt Action: World War II Wargames Rules. Written by veteran game designers Alessio Cavatore and Rick Priestley, Bolt Action is a fast, fun 28mm wargame that rewards tactical play, but doesn’t get bogged down with excessive tables and charts. The main rulebook is scheduled for a July 2012 release, followed by a series of books covering the armies of the major and minor powers of World War II.

John Stallard, Managing Director of Warlord Games, had this to say: “Osprey has been putting out fantastic books for wargamers for as long as I can remember, and having a chance to work with them on Bolt Action was too good an opportunity to miss. With their commitment to high production values, I know the book is going to be something special.

Richard Sullivan, from Osprey Publishing, added: ‘You would be hard pressed to find a wargaming company with more combined industry experience than Warlord Games. We are excited to work with these guys on a game that is supported by such a high quality, extensive, and continuously expanding miniatures line.

Warlord Games have previously published the popular Black Powder and Hail Caesar rules, and Osprey has released hundreds of World War II titles over the years, making Bolt Action a dream collaboration between the two companies.

Bolt Action: World War II Wargames Rules will be released in a full-colour hardback edition in July 2012.

Looking to get started with WWII wargaming, or wanting to add some Bolt Action to an exisiting collection, you can pick up a wide range on our online store: Bolt Action

Mantic Games Announces Sci-fi Range – Warpath

Mantic has announced that they are launching their first sci-fi miniatures range and game later this year, this new range is released under the name of Warpath.

A range of plastic kits will be available as well as a brand new ruleset written by Warhammer 40,000 author Alessio Cavatore.

More details on Warpath and the new Mantic Miniatures will be made available later on in the year.

Dystopian Wars: Armoured Clash announced

The good people at Spartan Games have announced that they are releasing a set of mass combat fast-play rules for their new Dystopian Wars land units, released tomorrow (1st June), and what’s more they will be available to download free from their website.

Here’s Spartan’s announcement:

Spartan Games is pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Armoured Clash, our first set of community rules that we are making free to download from our web site at www.spartangames.co.uk. During the development of the Armoured Battle Group boxed sets it became clear that not only do we LOVE to play large games, but we believe our customers do as well!

This is where Armoured Clash steps in. Centred in the world of Dystopian Wars, the rules are designed for large scale land combat with commanders pushing numerous units around a battlefield, the command and control of which is key to their success. So if playing with one Armoured Battle Group excites you – think what 2-3 boxes, plus support models, will do to your blood pressure!

Early on in the development of the rules it was decided that the game had to be very simple, easy to set up and quick to play. It was also a perfect opportunity to develop the Dystopian Wars background by providing detail on the land armies of the first four main Imperial powers involved in the conflict!

One of the great strengths of Dystopian Wars is the way it blends air, land and sea units into a single game system. These free rules are not intended in any way to replace or amend the core Dystopian Wars rule book. They are a totally separate set of rules using unique mechanisms designed to provide players with an opportunity for fun, fast games that focus on the mechanised land units of each Imperial power.

The rules needed to play a game of Armoured Clash, Background and Army List for each of the four main
Imperial powers and a basic scenario are all provided in the first PDF we will make available on our web site –
www.spartangames.co.uk.

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