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I don't think this game needs regular skirmish-only releases - it just needs a starter box for skirmish with the bare necessities and nothing more. 

As for the comparison between the support Legion and IA is getting. Is it so surprising? Legion is all new and needs to be pushed, no different from when IA came out, with the possible difference that FFG has grown exponentially since then and the franchise has been kicked back to life on the big screen, changing the scopes naturally.

 

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10 hours ago, totalnoob said:

Honestly they are too far gone to go back and make any sweeping changes to IA without just relaunching it as a new product. It seems like if anything they are very comfortable with the mixed modes contained in a single box since now there is a THIRD game included if you take the app campaign as another “mode”.

I do agree releasing a skirmish box as an additional “update” would be a nice bone to throw to new skirmish folks. It’s silly to have to buy a large expansion (or multiple!) to use one one card , one figure,etc.

Yes! Exactly! Splitting would be optimal but if they don't want to split they could at least give us a skirmish core box. That would avoid new players to catch up with out of print stuff and many years of disposed content. It would also avoid the disappointing feeling of the current core set when you approach skirmish for the very first time.

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Does anyone have any idea when this will actually hit the shelves? Everything I see is just "in July" which is already half wrong. I suppose should know better than to expect FFG to stick to a schedule but I keep hoping.

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3 minutes ago, McTavish said:

Does anyone have any idea when this will actually hit the shelves? Everything I see is just "in July" which is already half wrong. I suppose should know better than to expect FFG to stick to a schedule but I keep hoping.

I assume you're talking about the Lothal expansion?  Unfortunately the answer is "no".  Retailers tend to put a date on their sites, but they're guessing just as much as we are.  I've seen some speculation that it may be available for early purchase at Gencon, but again this is just guesswork and hope.

It's kind of a thing with FFG - they don't usually issue release dates beyond a vague "sometime in Q4", and even that isn't something they really stick to.  In fact, guessing when things will be released is kind of a game-within-itself, as seen in this thread which tracks every release and article to try to make sense of it all.

 

 

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For the record, all of my skirmish stuff is off in a box that I only open to add more skirmish stuff in it and never take anythign out. I much prefer playing the Imperial in a story-based evolving campaign with 4 other players than playing a 1v1 game that includes an evolving *meta* (ugh) that almost by definition obsoletes older content (seriosuly, show me a game that successfully avoided power creep and early content is as competitive as the latest releases. That is why I think this sort of genre is flawed). Not that I don't buy all the stuff already, but I want to use units because they're *cool*, not because they're vastly more efficient.

And while I would appreciate some deeper story in the campaigns, the heroes are mostly good as-is. They are blank slates the players can identify with, and this is important (would be even more if the campaign was more story oriented, too). Playing AS Luke or Chewie would be less immersing - they're well-defined chartacters with personality and skills that wouldn't make much sense to further grow.

All that said, I appreciate skirmish being there, if I ever meet someone who also likes the game as much as I do and wants to try something else, and I'd probably be sad if it was split after all this time.

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