|Between the Shadows
Announcing an Upcoming Deluxe Expansion for STAR WARS (TM): The Card Game
|Star Wars: The Card Game | Published 05 June 2014|
“Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars, A New Hope
Across the galaxy, there are always those who are most comfortable while unnoticed, under the cover of shadows. In this upcoming expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, you’re invited to slip into the shadows to meet with those who hide within.
Secrets in the Shadows
Some of those you will find in the shadows stay there to escape persecution and execution. The Jedi were supposedly exterminated when the Empire was created, but their fire has not yet been extinguished from the galaxy. In the desert wastelands of Tatooine, or in the swamps and bogs of Dagobah, the remaining Jedi bide their time, devoting themselves to the study of the Force. Although they work in secrecy, the Force is strong with them, and soon, the Jedi will emerge to once more play a hand in the fate of the galaxy.
Others who make the shadows their home have far less savory occupations. For the Scum and Villainy of the galaxy, back-alley deals, covert operations, and stealthy assassinations are a way of life. You may not see them on the well-lit streets, but a multitude of bounty hunters, mercenaries, brawlers, and collectors wait for the unwary in the shadows. They may work for honor, for credits, or for the massive criminal organization known as Black Sun, but whenever these professionals work, the wise know enough to stay out of their way.
In this deluxe expansion, you’ll find twenty-six new objective sets, giving you two copies each of twelve distinct sets and one copy apiece of two “Limit 1 per objective deck” sets. Although the expansion is focused on the Jedi and Scum and Villainy affiliations, every affiliation will find cards to use in this expansion. Two brand-new fate cards bring new tension to every edge battle, while new versions of iconic characters like Luke Skywalker join the fight alongside new heroes and villains, such as Prince Xizor and Talon Karrde.
Today, however, we’ll step into the shadows to join the most feared Bounty Hunter in the galaxy: Boba Fett.
Fearless and Inventive
When you work with the best in the bounty hunting world, you always get what you pay for. If you pay for sabotage, you’ll get flaming rubble and shattered duracrete. If you pay for a hit, you know the damage goes where it’s supposed to. Boba Fett has built a reputation around ruthless efficiency, so it follows that the objective of his set makes your units more reliable. The objective is “No Disintegrations,” (Between the Shadows, 665) and its text reads, “Combat damage dealt by a Bounty Hunter or Mercenary unit you control cannot be reassigned by the protect keyword.” While this objective is in play, your opponent will no longer be able to evade damage with protector units. The damage you assign sticks, and since Bounty Hunter and Mercenary are two of the most common traits for Scum and Villainy, you can be sure your opponent will think twice before attacking your objectives.
Another card in the set is both a Bounty Hunter and a Mercenary, ensuring that she receives the benefits from “No Disintegrations,” as well as from objectives like Lucrative Contract (Assault on Echo Base, 271). This card is the Freelance Hunter (Between the Shadows, 667). Naturally suited for attack, the Freelance Hunter is an excellent choice for deactivating objectives that are only active while undamaged. The objective set continues with a copy of Prized Possession (Between the Shadows, 378), giving you the resources you need to hire the best Bounty Hunters in the business.
Even the best hunters can be surprised once in a while. At times like that, it’s best to have a trick ready. This set includes the free event Entangled (Between the Shadows, 669). When your opponent chooses a unit to strike, you can play Entangled to force your opponent to strike with a different eligible unit instead. In an engagement involving multiple units, there is nearly always one unit that your opponent wants to strike first. If you can upset that order with Entangled, the engagement is tipped in your favor, even if you lost the edge. As an added bonus, you draw a card after playing Entangled, filling your hand with more tricks and traps.
For other jobs, all you need to rout your enemies is a little extra firepower. You can find what you’re looking for in the Flamethrower (Between the Shadows, 668). This card can enhance any friendly Character or Droid unit, instantly turning them into a one-man army. Whenever a unit enhanced with a Flamethrower is focused to strike, you deal one additional damage to each participating enemy unit. If your opponent doesn't deal with the Flamethrower's incendiary effects, he'll soon find his units nearly exterminated. Of course, any Character or Droid can use the Flamethrower, but there’s only one Bounty Hunter who’s a true master of this Weapon…
Many Bounty Hunters achieve fame: Bossk, Dengar, IG-88, and Zuckuss are just a few examples. But one man has forged a reputation as the utter professional. Boba Fett (Between the Shadows, 666) features a spread of combat icons that makes him equally suited for attack or defense – whatever the job requires. The Elite keyword and three Force icons make him excellent for holding the Force, but it’s Boba Fett’s Reaction that makes him the best at what he does. After Boba Fett resolves a strike, you may immediately remove all focus tokens from him! Essentially able to strike twice in any engagement, Boba Fett could easily finish nearly any opposing unit, or destroy an objective single-handedly with the edge. If you enhance him with a Flamethrower as well, he’ll be able to trigger it whenever he strikes, dealing unparalleled amounts of damage to any light side units that stand in his way.
The criminals of the Scum and Villainy are dangerous in the extreme, but the last of the Jedi stand ready to oppose them. In Between the Shadows, every affiliation finds powerful new cards to aid them. For more information on this deluxe expansion, visit the Between the Shadows about page, and prepare to enter the shadows of Star Wars in the third quarter of 2014!
The characters, starships, and situations of the original Star Wars trilogy come to life in Star Wars: The Card Game, a head-to-head Living Card Game® of tactical combat and strategic planning that allows two players to wage cinematic combats between the light and dark sides of the Force.