“All right, boys, keep tight now.”
   –Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Few moments in movie history better capture the desperate plight of an overmatched military than those early scenes from The Empire Strikes Back in which Rebel pilots first launch their snowspeeders against the Empire’s hulking AT-AT walkers.

Before the AT-ATs even come into firing range, their footsteps rattle Hoth’s icy plains and shake ice and snow from the walls of the Rebels’ outer trenches. Then, the AT-ATs begin firing their cannons. Even those Rebel defenders who survive the blasts are showered in explosions of snow. Rebel snowspeeders fly to the rescue, racing across the barren, white battlefield to counter the walkers, but their shots prove ineffectual. Even a direct hit against an AT-AT’s viewport dissipates harmlessly off its shielding, and we get a shot of the inside of an AT-AT’s cockpit. In the heat of battle, the AT-AT’s interior is frighteningly calm and quiet.

Then everything changes. Commander Luke Skywalker realizes the futility of the Rebellion’s strategy and tells his squad mates to stop trying to blast the walkers, but focus instead on tripping them with their speeders’ harpoons and tow cables. In the face of terrible adversity, the hero’s ingenuity provides a glimmer of hope.

Attack Pattern Delta

Soon, players will be able to recreate these dramatic scenes in their games of Star Wars ™: The Card Game . The upcoming Force Pack, The Battle for Hoth , not only introduces the game’s first AT-AT, it allows players to field Rogue Leader ( The Battle for Hoth , 280) and pursue new strategies based around fielding whole squads of Speeders .

In fact, Rogue Leader is part of an entire objective set built around Speeder synergies.

Prepare for Battle

The Empire’s AT-ATs are on the march. Their thunderous steps rattle Hoth’s frozen tundra. Their cannon fire rains across the battlefield in lethal volleys.

Will Rogue Squadron’s efforts be able to slow the unstoppable advance long enough for the light side to find their way to victory? You’ll soon have your chance to find out. The Battle for Hoth is coming!

Keep your eyes open for more information about this action-packed Force Pack, including a look at the Imperial Navy’s Walkers .

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.

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