|Death Angel | Published 11 March 2011|
Print on Demand (POD) from Fantasy Flight Games is a remarkable new offering that combines the latest digital printing and shipping technologies. FFG can now produce and ship micro-expansions on-demand that would not otherwise be commercially viable.
The foundation of this new product line is the manufacturing process. Although we have long considered POD, it hasn't been until now that we have found a professional print service that can produce high-quality cards on demand. Our first POD products are a pair of micro-expansions for Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game, adding new Missions, Locations, Combat Teams, and Genestealer adversaries in two small decks of cards. Check back next week for more information about Print on Demand, and how we're planning to take advantage of this exciting new development.
Both Mission Pack 1 and Space Marine Pack 1 Print on Demand expansions can be ordered directly from our webstore. If you are a retailer or distributor interested in carrying our Print on Demand products, you’ll find all the information you need to begin stocking these items on our Professional Zone website.
These new Print on Demand expansions are unique, and come in two different types: Mission Packs and Space Marine Packs; each adds to the base game in a different way. Mission Packs provide new Location and Terrain cards, while introducing new challenges for the players. Space Marine Packs expand your pool of available space marines, letting you take on the deadly Genestealers in new ways.
The Space Marine Pack 1 expansion adds two all-new Combat Teams to the fold. Brother Kaphael adds mobility to the team, while Brother Adron’s Cyclone Missile Launcher will be sure to add a new level of devastation to your team. Brother Metraen’s alertness will ensure that both sides stay covered while Chaplain Raziel channels his pious faith into paralysing attacks.
Each new Combat Team comes with their appropriate Action cards (three for each Combat Team). In addition, the Space Marine Pack 1 also includes eight Combat Team cards to replace the original six Combat Team markers in Death Angel.
While you may have survived the harrowing challenges of Death Angel, the mission is far from over. The Mission Pack 1 expansion brings twelve new Location cards to provide alternate missions for players. These cards are seamlessly incorporated into your Death Angel game - simply choose which deck of Location cards you wish to use (either the base game deck or the one found in Mission Pack 1) and build your mission as normal.
But beware! New terrors have emerged in the form of Adrenal Genestealers: deathly agile and relentless. These dangerous new foes will pop out from every dark corner, unleashing attack after attack.
Also included in Mission Pack 1 is an all-new Terrain card, that will threaten to thrust unfortunate space marines out into the cold embrace of space.
Call in the reinforcements and prepare for the next mission. The alien threat will not purge itself.
Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game is a cooperative card game for 1-6 players. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, players take on the roles of Space Marines pitted against the increasing hordes of Genestealers.
I love that PODs are finally being accepted in the industry, and I am especially glad that FFG has chosen to do this for SH:DAit really is the best way to expand any small game. I believe that everyone can expect to see their favorite small games follow suit!
@tiborvadovan Thank you for the information, that sounds very good!
Can't wait to order them :)
If the SH:DA cards are 12 for $4.99, I'm not sure how much cheaper it would be to go POD on the one-sies from the core sets (especailly Call of Cthulhu, where all the cards were one up). If this is the ration, it would be 96 cards for $39.91. That might be right for W:I, but there are still cards that only came 2 to a set, and with Game of Thrones, there were certainly more than 96 single copy cards.
If they decided to break the core sets into smaller PODs, I'm sure that the micro-packs that contained the "reset" cards (like Troll Vomit) and other power cards would sell pretty well.
For those wondering,
Ordering both expansions to Europe costs 15.99 USD, including shippings.
retokiefer: Good question about the shipping. I would like to know that, too.
@JerusalemJones cool idea
how about PoD card sets for LCG games with cards from starters and/or sets that were in only 1-2 copies, so you don't have to buy (for example) 3 W:I starter sets ?
What would be cool would be the ability to POD the errata'd cards for the LCGs. I bet many of us would get them, depending on how they were printed (as a group vs. individual cards).
I think what was meant by "shuffling into their respective piles" is regarding to the pile's I - 4 for the locations, and not meaning shuffling with existing cards.
This is terrific, and as others have said, I hope this will provide the opportunity for small expansions for other games (e.g. Middle Earth Quest, Android, etc.).
Christian, one thing that there is some confusion about is when you say "The SH:DA card integrate perfectly with the core SH:DA game, as no shuffle/mix integration is needed" but the description above says "These cards are seamlessly incorporated into your Death Angel game - simply shuffle the Location cards into their appropriate decks and build your mission as normal". Can you please clarify?
I am wondering how to buy these products from Europe / Germany. Shipping is far to high for such products. And POD facilities in Europe seem unlikely.
But anyway a great idea!
Awesome. Let's see some expansions that introduce Genestealer hybrids and the Patriarch in homage to the old Space Hulk Genestealer expansion please.
OMFG.... so..... this could mean....
...POD Android card expansions??!?? POD Android card replacements????!?
....please, you totally got to consider that....