“Decide you must how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could. But you would destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.”
–Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
As Imperial walkers deploy to Hoth, the battles on the frozen planet build toward a white-hot intensity. A Dark Time , the third Force Pack in The Hoth Cycle for Star Wars ™: The Card Game , is now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore !
A Dark Time continues the ongoing tale of the light side’s desperate stand on Hoth. As light and dark side forces prepare to clash for control of the desolate ice planet, its sixty cards reinforce the Hoth trait with new Characters , Fighters , and Locations . But even as its five new objective sets draw inspiration from the early scenes of The Empire Strikes Back , they also expand the game’s exploration of the Star Wars universe beyond the classic films.
Several of the new objective sets in A Dark Time encourage players to forge their own stories within the Star Wars universe. They hint at hidden Sith schemes and trace the efforts made to ready the Cloud City carbonite chamber for activation. They explore the unsung heroics of Renegade Squadron, and they draw attention to discontented survivors of the Clone Wars who fled to the wilds of the Outer Rim to hide from Imperial detection.
The Struggles for Self-Preservation
After the execution of Order 66, belief in the Force nearly became extinct. The vast majority of the Jedi were hunted down and destroyed by the Emperor and his minions. Those who survived were forced to flee to the farthest edges of the galaxy, and the Galactic Empire decreed that the use of the Force was a crime punishable by the harshest measures. In the span of a few short decades, with nearly all evidence of the Jedi destroyed, most of the galaxy forgot the order and dismissed the Force as an ancient religion.
One of the objective sets in A Dark Time , Self-Preservation ( A Dark Time , 228), imagines the struggles of some of those rare Force users who managed to survive the Great Jedi Purge. And if its cards are any indication, those few rare survivors, despite their exile to the farthest edges of the galaxy, may prove instrumental in turning the balance of the Force back in favor of the light side…
While strikes with your Gotal Outcast can lead toward the quick elimination of a dark side objective, they also illustrate one of the underlying principles of Star Wars : The Card Game. This is a game of choices. More than most games, Star Wars rewards players who make wise, forward-thinking choices about which cards to play from their hand, and when. It rewards sound decisions made to hold cards for future edge battles. It rewards feints and bluffs. And it pushes players to make hard decisions between striking with a unit or committing it to the Force struggle.
To paraphrase Yoda, “Decide you must how best your cards may serve you.”
The Force Is My Ally
The Force is a powerful ally, and the Galactic Empire has reason to be concerned by the existence of any Force users who might resist it. How much of an impact can the few remaining Gotal Outcasts and their allies make upon the outcome of the Galactic Civil War? That’s a matter that remains to be seen as you and your friends explore new battles in the expanded Star Wars galaxy.
Battle for the ice planet of Hoth, or expand your galaxy. Pick up your copy of A Dark Time today at your local retailer or online from our webstore !
The characters, starships, and situations of the original Star Wars trilogy come to life in Star Wars : The Card Game , a head-to-head Living Card Game ® of tactical combat and strategic planning that allows two players to wage cinematic combats between the light and dark sides of the Force.