Attack and defence dice exist in the usual D8 fashion for FFG. Movement and ranges are checked by a range/movement ruler designed for the game which is even textured like some sort of Star Wars device.
Movement is streamlined and simple. A unit/squadron leader for example is moved and then the rest of his squad is simply placed within range of that model. No need to move lots of miniatures into precise positions as the majority of ranges are measured from the unit leader. This is a innovative change from the norm and immediately speeds up game play, but alone is a fantastic way to clear up any need to measure ranges from each model as well.
Shooting once again follows the same mechanic above - simplicity. Grab dice, throw them, opponent rolls defence dice. Shields block out hits for example. The rules for cover are amazingly simple. It allows the defending player to remove a hit from the attack roll. Immediately I feel like this isn't going to be one of those games where an opponent is simply rolling dice, and his buddy is then removing models but of course, it's early days.
Staying true to other FFG titles as well, Legion has its own mechanic for gaining initiative. With order systems to ensure you can activate your units at the correct moment will go a long way to ensuring you are victorious and it is another element of design that will be intriguing to play with and attempt to outsmart your opponent.
Of course this game can scratch another hobby itch. That is it comes with unassembled and unpainted miniatures allowing a player to customise their fighting force. This is somewhat new ground for FFG within the Star Wars license, so it is going to be interesting to see how it works. Coming from a Warhammer background myself, I'm more than happy to crack out the paints, but painting white certainly doesn't excite me in the slightest!
Already expansions have been announced, so all there is to do is pre-order it and wait for it to arrive.
What element are you most impressed by with Legion?
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