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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:25 AM

It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.
    –The Empire Strikes Back

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of A Dark Time, the third Force Pack from The Hoth Cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game!

The Battle of Hoth heats up in A Dark Time! Rebel forces prepare for evacuation as Imperial walkers advance and open heavy fire. The sixty cards in A Dark Time reinforce the Hoth trait even as light and dark side forces prepare to clash for control of the desolate ice planet. New Characters, Fighters, and Locations populate the battlefield and encourage strategies built around assaulting damaged objectives and winning the Force struggle.

A Dark Time draws inspiration from the early scenes of The Empire Strikes Back while relating the ongoing tale of the light side’s desperate stand on Hoth, but its cards also do more. They simultaneously expand the game’s exploration of Hoth and of the Star Wars universe beyond the characters, vehicles, and events captured in the classic films.

Star Wars: The Card Game allows you to recreate you favorite moments from the movies. It also invites you to invent new stories in the Star Wars universe, and the cards from A Dark Time suggest new scenes. It hints at hidden Sith schemes and traces the efforts made to ready the Cloud City carbonite chamber for activation. It draws attention to the black ops work of the Renegade Squadron and to the Gotal survivors of the Clone Wars who hid from Imperial detection amid the wilds of the Outer Rim. A Dark Time presents the challenges facing those besieged Rebels fighting on Hoth, but it also paints a larger picture of galactic conflict between the light and dark sides of the Force throughout multiple star systems.

Assassins from Anzat

Long-lived and ruthless, the Anzati are tentacled predators, nearly indistinguishable from humans when their tentacles are withdrawn into their cheeks. Anzati have telepathic powers that grow in strength as they age, and they are frequently sought as highly paid assassins and mercenaries. In standard practice, they stun their prey with a telepathic blast and then feed on their victim’s life essence.

Anzati aren’t naturally evil, but their need to feed on the life essence of other, often sentient, races makes them susceptible to the lures of the dark side, as does the hunger that grows as they age. In Star Wars: The Card Game, the Anzati Elite (A Dark Time, 239) appears as a sleek and stealthy four-cost dark side Character. The Sith excel at manipulating their opponents by making tactical strikes, and the Anzati Elite fits right in with her two  icons and Force Sensitive trait.

Part of the Sith affiliation’s Serve the Emperor objective set, Anzati Elite costs just as much as such iconic light side units as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, though it has considerably less damage capacity. Nonetheless, the  icon is an incredibly versatile combat icon, both on attack and defense, and the fact that the Anzati Elite has two, neither of which is edge-dependent, means she’ll likely feature prominently in future Sith decks.

The Expanded Universe

Anzati Elite and the other new units and cards from A Dark Time expand the Star Wars universe even as they intensify the Battle of Hoth. The Force Pack’s five new objective sets permit players to tighten the focus of existing decks or to explore all-new strategies based around characters and vehicles from outside the classic films.

Look for A Dark Time to arrive at retailers everywhere early in the second quarter of 2013!

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