The Force Is with Me

Aggressive Negotiations Is Now Available for Star Wars: The Card Game

“I am one with the Force.”
  
–Chirrut Îmwe, Rogue One

Across the Star Wars saga, the alliances and friendships between characters have formed some of the most memorable pieces of the story—just as much as the epic conflicts between adversaries like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. When you can rely on your friends, there’s no limit to what you might accomplish. Now, those alliances become more important than ever before. Aggressive Negotiations, the second Force Pack in the Alliances cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game, is now available at your local United States retailer!

The Aggressive Negotiations Force Pack continues the major themes of the Alliances cycle, bringing the ways that affiliations can work together to the forefront of your attention. With ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets), you’ll find new ways to use many decks, whether you’re focused on capturing your opponent’s cards or unleashing the power of the Wookiees. With recognizable characters such as 0-0-0, BT-1, and Chirrut Îmwe and two new fate cards entering the game for the first time, there are plenty of new alliances that could give you the edge as you play out your conflicts in the Star Wars universe.

Trust in the Force

Within the new Jedi objective set included in Aggressive Negotiations, you’ll find Chirrut Îmwe, a warrior-monk dedicated to the Force. Though Chirrut is sworn to be a guardian and a protector, he possesses undeniable skills in combat. He is a character balanced between defense and offense—a character of quiet insight and explosive attacks. Fittingly, this objective set mirrors that dichotomy, with three defensive cards and three offensive cards.

Chirrut Îmwe (Aggressive Negotiations, 2096) is a powerful character, who’s perfectly capable of hitting hard in a fight, taking down enemy units and objectives alike. Still, though his combat icons are balanced, his ability is more defensive in nature—when an enemy card effect or combat icon would place focus tokens on Chirrut, you can prevent the placement of one of those tokens. Combined with the elite keyword, this ability helps ensure that Chirrut won’t be tied down or distracted by your opponent. He’ll always be where you—and the Force—need him to be.

Chirrut is joined in this objective set by a Mirialan Mystic (Aggressive Negotiations, 2097). Although this unit has no unique abilities, her combat icons make her naturally suited to defense, using her tactics icon to neutralize your opponent’s most dangerous unit. And if the Mirialan Mystic or Chirrut Îmwe should fall in battle, Trust in the Force (Aggressive Negotiations, 2095) gives you a way to recover from your losses. Whenever a Jedi Character unit leaves play, Trust in the Force lets you put a non-Jedi unit with equal or lower cost into play, maintaining your board position, even in the face of losses. Of course, you’ll need to forge alliances with other affiliations to make the most of Trust in the Force, but with the other rewards offered by this cycle, that’s hardly a problem.

While the first three cards of this objective set are more defensive in nature, the other three cards take a decidedly more aggressive bent, starting with a copy of Heat of Battle (Aggressive Negotiations, 65). By dealing a damage to any unit participating in the conflict, Heat of Battle is perfect for eliminating weakened units or softening them up before your attack.

If a unit is too tough to be destroyed by Heat of Battle, the Handcrafted Light Bow (Aggressive Negotiations, 2098) is the perfect enhancement to spread more damage around. This enhancement can be given to any Character unit, raising its damage capacity and granting it more unit damage. Of course, the Handcrafted Light Bow is much more dangerous in the hands of a master like Chirrut Îmwe. While the Handcrafted Light Bow is attached to Chirrut Îmwe, he can deal one damage to every participating enemy unit after he strikes—spreading a swath of damage across every unit that opposes you.

Of course, some units are simply too strong to be taken down by a few points of damage—and you may desperately need to stop those units before they strike. If you don’t have a way to focus a unit with a tactics icon, then Stunning Blow (Aggressive Negotiations, 2099) could be just what you need. This zero-cost event has a simple, but effective Reaction: “After a target unit takes 1 or more damage, place 1 focus token on that unit.” By focusing a unit that you damage, you can ensure that even if you don’t destroy that unit, it won’t be able to strike back and disrupt your well-laid plans.

I Fear Nothing

Balance in all things is the way of the Force—and with Chirrut Îmwe at your side, it can be your path as well.

Head to your local United States retailer and pick up your copy of Aggressive Negotiations (SWC38) today!

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