On the Spartan blog, Derek Sinclair (aka Spartan Derek) has outlined the roadmap for the third edition of Firestorm Armada, due out in August. In the article he also talks about design decisions that are being made for 3.0, including changes to some core mechanisms of the game.
One of the most significant changes away from the game itself is that Spartan now has community and design teams for Firestorm. It might not look like a big change, but it’s one that should have a far-reaching and positive effect on the game.
Derek also opened a thread on the Spartan Forums to invite a conversation with the community, and several of his posts there have gone into more detail about 3.0 in response to some great posts from community members.
One of the most frequent criticisms of Spartan Games is that long periods of time go by without new information about the future of their games. Well, in a lengthy blog post on the Spartan Games website, Spartan Neil has laid out the plan for the Firestorm Galaxy in 2017.
The post mentions key dates for releases this year, the most important of which are new editions of both Firestorm Armada and Planetfall in August. There’s also talk of a “common development language” between the two systems. This doesn’t mean both games will share the same rules (that would be silly), but it’ll be easier to go from one to the other.
Of course, some people will inevitably point out that Spartan has made statements like this before and not delivered on them. However, 2017 is a make-or-break year for Firestorm. The best advice would be to simply watch and see how the rest of 2017 unfolds. If the plans are stuck to, it’s going to be an insanely cool year for both games.
In a separate post, Spartan also revealed a new Overseers ship called the Deliverance Engine, as part of their Easter offers. No information is yet available on if or when it’ll be available separately at a later date.
Spartan Games has revealed the April 2017 slate of sci-fi releases, and there’s certainly a lot of it! The slate includes ships for Firestorm Armada and Halo Fleet Battles, as well as scenery that’s compatible with Planetfall and Halo Ground Command.
First up, Spartan is answering a long-held request to supply Firestorm Armada marauder models for stats that didn’t have any. The STL Traders will get some new models, and the OSO Corsairs, Firestorm’s pirate faction, will get a number of different ship models including the new Privateer-class gunships.
OSO Corsairs Privateer-class gunships. Image credit: Spartan Games.
Interestingly, Spartan is going back to blisters with these releases, and the newsletter mentions that Firestorm Armada 3.0 is due in August 2017.
Turning to Halo Fleet Battles, the Covenant will add the Carrack Merchant Cruiser to their forces, and the UNSC will get the long-awaited Autumn-class Heavy Cruiser.
UNSC Autumn -class Heavy Cruiser for Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Spartan Games.
Lastly, Spartan will release some terrain for 10mm and 15mm sci-fi gaming, made up of fortified positions and ruined buildings.
Ruined Industrial Buildings by Spartan Scenics. Image credit: Spartan Games.
All of these new shinies should be available by the end of the month and can be found on the Spartan Games store.
Exploding Dice Radio has kicked off with episode 1 of the podcast, which is available now for your listening pleasure. The podcast covers all things Spartan Games, including the Firestorm, Halo and Dystopian franchises, and will be released on a monthly schedule.
In the first episode, your hosts Andy “Ruckdog” Rucker and Josh “SeerK” Linde go over what they’ve been up to lately, before delving into recent releases and some background on their gaming adventures. Later, they dive into an overview of Spartan’s games now and into the near future.
Exploding Dice Radio is the name of a new monthly podcast from the minds of Josh from The WayGate and Andy from Man Battlestations. The ‘cast will cover all things Spartan Games, and will be distributed on the Freebooters Podcast Network.
The first episode is currently being prepared and should be out soon. Keep an eye on The WayGate, Man BattleStations and, indeed, here at Fleet Signal for more updates.
Not so long ago, tickets went on sale for the Firestorm Armada tournament at Warfare 2017 in Reading, England. The event is basically the UK national championship in all but name, and is one of the largest FSA tournaments around.
After strong showings in the previous three years, this year’s capacity has been increased yet again to 30 players. Tickets have been selling at a steady pace, and there are still some available for sale. A ticket costs £20 for both days of the tournament and includes general entry to the Warfare show.
The event will take place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of November, 2017. Check out the forum thread for details and the link to book your tickets if you want to take part.
Spartan Games announced on the official forums that applications are now being taken for the beta test groups for Firestorm Armada and Firestorm Planetfall. The new editions aren’t ready for beta testing just yet, but the groups are being assembled now in preparation.
Bear in mind this isn’t for those who just want to play the games early. You’ll need to commit some time and effort, and really want to help shape the Firestorm games into something awesome. The reward will be seeing the new editions in print (or as a PDF) and being able to say you helped to make them!
If you’re interested in becoming a Firestorm beta tester, have a look at the forum thread where you’ll find the application link. (It’s good for both Armada and Planetfall applications.) Good luck!
Spartan Games has announced the February 2017 slate of releases, covering Firestorm Armada and Halo Ground Command (along with Dystopian Wars).
Firestorm Armada will see the introduction of the Daedalus Space Station, which ties into the Flashpoint Amber campaign published late last year. The station comes complete with three Fold Space Beacons which have previously featured in the Firestorm narrative.
There’s also news of new ships coming down the pipe later in the year for Halo Fleet Battles, including the Autumn-class cruiser, and the Blockade Runner corvette seen in Halo 5. In addition, new stuff for the Firestorm games is due to be shown at Adepticon in late March.
All of the new February shinies are currently on pre-order, and although a release date isn’t explicitly mentioned, Spartan Games products usually ship on the last Wednesday of the month, so Feb 22nd is a good bet.
In the run-up to Adepticon 2017, Beasts of War has posted a chat with Josh Linde (aka Spartan Linde), Spartan Games’ representative at the convention. Topics include which games will be run at Adepticon, how the events will be run, and prize support.
Speaking of prize support, Josh posted this photo of the Halo event prizes on Instagram the other day. That’s a lot of stuff!
Adepticon will run from March 23rd to 26th in Schaumburg, Illinois. Places are still available for the Spartan Games events.
This week’s official weekly dose of Halo lore that is Canon Fodder contains a recap of the December 2016 wave of models for Halo Ground Command, including the UNSC Recon Team and the Covenant Command Pack. If these recent HGC releases passed you by, this is a nice way to catch up (with pretty photos to boot!). Of course, being Canon Fodder, the unit descriptions are all about the fluff.
The update also features some insanely cool card art from the Blitz game mode in the upcoming Halo Wars 2, as well as some community lore spotlights.