The expansion for Star Wars: Outer Rim is coming - the only thing unclear so far is when “Unfinished Business” will appear. The German title is well known: Asmodee Deutschland is bringing out the extension in this country with the title addition Open Bills. Otherwise there is hardly any information - based on the cover, at least a rough forecast of the expected content can be made.
It's been around a year and a half since Star Wars: Outer Rim, a board game about bounty hunters, mercenaries and smugglers, came onto the market. In the run-up to the release, the hopes for a terrific Star Wars board game were high - the celebrated release is followed by disillusionment, at least for some players.
The black sun?
Star Wars: Outer Rim turned out to be comparatively simple bring-and-buy board game, but with a surprisingly successful story component. The story is driven by narrative cards, players are repeatedly confronted on their adventure with events and characters from George Lucas' sci-fantasy epic. The shallow gameplay was not to everyone's taste, but the board game is one of the better representatives among the licensed games. There was a fair amount of “Star Warsyness” with solid gameplay.
The fact that many players struck and bought the board game is due to the fact that Fantasy Flight Games titles are now looking to the future. Star Wars: Rebellion also made a huge leap in quality with the expansion “Rise of the Empire” - fans are hoping for the same thing from the first expansion for Star Wars: Outer Rim. At first there was just Rumors of possible expansion content. Fantasy Flight Games hinted at an add-on - in the end, the vague predictions should be confirmed. In mid-September 2021, the creators unveiled Unfinished Business, the expansion that fans of Star Wars: Outer Rim had been hoping for. It stayed that way.
So far - apart from the information about the localized version as “open bills” - there is no news. Nothing is known about the contents of Star Wars: Outer Rim, nor about a possible release date. The board game turns two in the summer.
Based on the cover, some conclusions can be drawn to classify unfinished business thematically. Star Wars: Outer Rim adheres to the official Star Wars canon, and this will probably also apply to the expansion. The box illustration, which has already been revealed, first shows the bounty hunter Dengar, who can be seen in “The Empire Strikes Back” and briefly in “The Return of the Jedi Knights”. Obviously, the character plays a role in the expansion for Star Wars: Outer Rim that is big enough to at least celebrate the appearance as a cover star. This leads to the conclusion that you will be able to play the bounty hunter Dengar as one of the new characters, then including his “Punishing One”, a scout ship of the JumpMaster 5000 type. Besides his blaster rifle, it is mainly HE shells that Dengar is known for .
Next to the bounty hunter, a trap can be seen on the cover, a human alien race with features of reptiles. Her green skin and her black hair tied in a braid are striking. That fits thematically to the board game: Xizor is a criminal king who led the organization Die Schwarze Sonne. There is also a strong historical connection between Dengar and the Black Sun - most recently the bounty hunter himself was targeted by the criminals.
Unconfirmed, but it is possible that the fall on the pack of the outer rim extension is about Prince Xizor himself, the elegant appearance including the robe speaks for it, but the short pigtail clearly speaks against it - at least based on the previously known illustrations of the former prince. Whoever it is, the Black Sun should be set as a faction, after all it operates in the Outer Rim and thus literally imposes itself as a potential content.
Overall, the makers of the expansion of Star Wars: Outer Rim are in the area of a surprise with the design of the box, because the characters or alien races shown belong to the second guard of the franchise, albeit combined with some story highlights, especially from the Fictional world. The appearance of the Black Sun would probably also be associated with some of its spaceships, such as the Braha'tok class or the CR90 Corellian Corvette.
Because Dengar and the Black Sun appear together, the expansion will take place in the era of the Galactic Empire. Large leaps in time were not to be expected due to the characters already available - and still usable - (e.g. Boba Fett or Han Solo). This would also involve a few other playable characters, such as Ketsu Onyo, who are known from the Clone Wars series.
Incidentally, there are enough approaches for improvements in Star Wars: Outer Rim for the expansion: Secret goals could be one of them, or more profound consequences from individual game actions that result in reputation or loss of reputation. One or the other bluff mechanic could also do the process good, also a tightening of the playing time overall - this could be achieved, among other things, by more options to trigger a rating.
When Star Wars: Outer Rim will be released is still unclear.
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