Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce that it has entered a comprehensive licensing partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. for the worldwide rights to publish card, roleplaying, and miniatures games set in the popular Star Wars™ universe!

”Being able to publish gaming products in the Star Wars universe is quite simply a hobby-game company’s dream come true,” said Christian T Petersen, CEO of Fantasy Flight Games. “I’m confident that both Star Wars fans as well as FFG’s regular customers will be blown away by the game experiences we have planned for this legendary IP.”

“As a leader in hobby gaming, we’re excited to be partnering with Fantasy Flight Games,” said Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing. “Fun and adventure are hallmarks of the Star Wars saga, and FFG perfectly captures this in their games.”

FFG’s first two Star Wars game lines will be the X-Wing miniatures game and Star Wars: The Card Game, both scheduled to launch in early 2012.

Just the beginning...

X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful Rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE fighters, pitted against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space combat throughout its several included scenarios. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!

Star Wars: The Card Game is a cooperative card game that puts 1-4 players in command of the Rebel strike force and mission team. Players will launch fleets of starships and direct some of the most famous heroes in the Star Wars galaxy as they confront the might of the Empire. By working together, players can fend off Imperial assaults and complete their mission, winning the game! With a wealth of characters, starships, missions, and enemies, Star Wars: The Card Game immerses players in gripping galactic conflict.

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RedBrick LLC has issued a statement announcing their licensing deal with FASA Corporation and Ral Partha Europe Ltd for the Demonworld and Empires game properties.
James Sutton, Managing Director, RedBrick said “We are looking forward to continuing our established relationship with FASA Corporation and to working with the talented team at Ral Partha Europe Ltd. While Ral Partha Europe focuses on producing superb miniatures, RedBrick will be producing a new edition of the rules, along with supplements and games based on Demonworld and Empires.”

While RedBrick has announced that rulebooks and supplements will be available in PDF format and that their customers will be serviced by their online store, they have yet to disclose any plans to release this line thorugh traditional retail chains.
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The Bella Sara Company, LLC, a new U.S. company owned by Bella Sara creator Gitte Braendgaard and her husband Henrik Heindorf, will get global rights to the property and begin producing game products.  Former licensee Hidden City Games, founded by WotC founder Peter Adkison, is going out of business.  “It wasn’t sold or acquired, it’s simply closing up shop,” a company spokesperson told industry reporters.  

Adkison will consult with Conceptcard, the Danish company founded by Braendgaard, during the transition; and 10 of 12 Hidden City employees will move to the new company.  The Bella Sara Company will be led by George Stetar, who was Senior Vice President of International Businesss and Licensing at Hidden City, as Global Rights Manager.
The first two products released by Bella Sara, both planned by Hidden City, will be Bella Sara Chibis late this summer and Winter Festival, a new TCG release, this fall.
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Looney Labs has posted a lengthy explanation of the delay of its IceDice/Looney Pyramids game, which was slated to ship to retail in June.  The delay is due to testing procedures for the European Union, and as it stands right now, the game may not be sold in the EU.  The product initially passed inspection in its prototype stage, but the second time after 10,000 games had been manufactured and were awaiting shipment, the inspectors decided that it was in non-compliance with a “dangerous protruding parts” rule.
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EflinWerks and the new game company Arcane Wonders are joining forces at this year’s Origins Game Fair, to present a preview of their upcoming joint project Mage Wars.
 
Mage Wars is a card-driven tactical board game that pits mages in mystic duels within a magical arena. Preview copies of the game will be available at the ElfinWerks/Arcane Wonders booth where demonstrations will be held during all Exhibit Hall hours.
 
ElfinWerks and Arcane Wonders are also sponsors of the Origins After Dark programs: representatives from the two companies will present Mage Wars demoes to those who aren't to visit the exhibitor booth during hall hours.