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Fantasy Flight's Announcements from Gen Con Online 2020: Twilight Imperium: Prophecy of Kings, KeyForge: Dark Tidings, X-Men: Mutant Insurrection, and More Colonized Titles

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Despite Gen Con 2020 being an online event that required me to travel only to the recording studio on the top floor of my house, my schedule for this event took up even more time than for Gen Cons past, leaving me no time to post about any of the many game announcements prior to and during the show.

The biggest reveal each year at Gen Con is the Fantasy Flight Games In-Flight report. Due to technical issues, FFG could not go live with the report as planned on Wednesday evening, instead publishing a recording of the report on Twitch and YouTube. Aside from gobs of new figures and ships for Star Wars: Legion (Clone Wars-era expansions summarized here), Star Wars: X-Wing (six expansions detailed here), and Star Wars: Armada (summary posts here, here, and here), FFG has a couple of big boxes on the way, such as Dane Beltrami's Prophecy of Kings expansion for Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition), which is due out in November 2020, bears a $100 MSRP, and has this description:
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The Prophecy of Kings expansion is packed with new content for Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition). The galaxy has grown far larger as seven never-before-seen factions enter the game, each boasting its own unique strengths and weaknesses, from the gene-altering powers of the Mahact to the watchful guard of the Argent Flight, to the mysterious and ancient Empyrean. And new factions aren't the only way the galaxy grows bigger! Forty new system and hyperlane tiles add new planets and obstacles to the map, and with two new colors of player components included in the box, you can play Twilight Imperium with up to eight players.

Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition): Prophecy of Kings

But that's only a fraction of what you'll find in this expansion! Adding even more flavor to your chosen species, a wealth of unique leader cards arrive to support every faction in the game, giving you powers to unlock during the game. Lumbering mechs stomp onto the battlefield as powerful new ground forces with unique special abilities for every faction. As you venture into the unknown regions of space, brand-new exploration decks seed new planets and the void of space with new discoveries, including fragments you can combine to create awe-inspiring relics. On top of this, Prophecy of Kings includes new action cards, agenda cards, objectives, technologies, promissory notes, legendary planets, and more.
The fourth series of Richard Garfield's "unique deck game" KeyForgeMass Mutation — debuted in July 2020, and during the In-Flight report FFG was already looking ahead to the fifth series: Dark Tidings, which will debut in February 2021. Some details on this series:
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As always, each deck in the line contains cards from three of the seven houses included in the line, but for Dark Tidings the Dis house will be replaced with the Unfathomable, which specializes in controlling their foes by exhausting enemy creatures. Some cards keep your opponent's creatures down, making it difficult for them to muster a fighting force or reap enough æmber. Once your enemies are exhausted, you can keep them out of commission with other cards or even wipe away their board.

Board Game: KeyForge: Dark Tidings

Each Dark Tidings deck also includes a high/low tide card. The card starts the game out of play, but eventually one player will bring it into play, especially since some cards in Dark Tidings can carry out their effects — or have a massively larger effect — when the high tide is on that player's side. Many effects can raise the tide, but if they're not available, the player with low tide can always suffer three chains to turn the tide in their favor.

Dark Tidings also features the debut of "evil twin decks", a new type of deck. For example, you may open a deck that's entitled "Speaker Domitia's Evil Twin". This deck is an exact copy of "Speaker Domitia", a real deck that has been printed and can be found by another player out in the world. The crucial difference is that in an evil twin deck, many of your creatures look a little different. Specifically, in Dark Tidings, many creatures have evil twin variants, and if you find an evil twin deck, every creature with an evil twin variant appears in that form. These evil twin creatures feature new artwork, graphic design, and abilities, making them a significant departure from the original creature.
Marvel Champions: The Card Game will continue to see new monthly releases into Q1 2021, with the Ant-Man Hero Pack debuting in November 2020, followed by Hero Packs for Wasp, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch, with both the first two and last two packs synergizing when combined, given the close relationships of those heroes. These will be followed in February 2021 by Galaxy's Most Wanted, the second campaign pack for Marvel Champions following the September 2020 release of The Rise of Red Skull.

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Aside from these expansion, FFG will release the standalone game X-Men: Mutant Insurrection from designers Richard Launius and Brandon Perdue in Q1 2021. An overview:
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Though the world may despise them, the team of heroic mutants known as X-Men fight tirelessly to protect humanity from the sinister machinations of evildoers. Leap into the action with X-Men: Mutant Insurrection, a fast-paced, co-operative, dice-driven card game for one to six players! You'll build a team of iconic heroes such as Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, and Jubilee from the sixteen heroes included, embark on dangerous missions around the world, and accelerate toward a thrilling showdown with a villain such as Dark Phoenix, Magneto, or the Hellfire Club.

Board Game: X-Men: Mutant Insurrection

X-Men: Mutant Insurrection invites you to travel the globe on death-defying missions to recruit new mutants, capture criminals, protect innocent lives, and battle some of the most memorable X-Men supervillains. Eight distinct scenarios await you and your X-Men, each with their own challenges and each leading to a no-holds-barred showdown against the villain. The Blackbird is ready to launch — join your team and fight for the future!
FFG posted a long overview of the game, detailing how heroes can work together to overcome a villain's objectives and how the ties between heroes can break over time.

The final big item from FFG's In-Flight report was a last-second tease of Descent: Legends of the Dark, a title that was inadvertently leaked in early July 2020. This title from in-house developers Kara Centell-Dunk and Nathan Hajek — who have worked on many expansions for Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) — carries an "Act 1" logo in the lower-right corner and comes packaged in what appears to be a cube-sized box that's about twelve inches on each side. Now that's how you leave an audience wanting more!

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