Fantasy Flight Games
|Fantasy Flight Games|
|Notable Games||Twilight Imperium|
While the rest of the world laughs at our pathetic Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers crapfest boardgames, one American company is actually making decent and respectable games. This company is Fantasy Flight Games. Incorporated in 1995 as Fantasy Flight Publishing, they started out printing graphic novels in a tiny operation. They almost went under a couple of times, until the book publisher decided to wing out a game called Twilight Imperium. Floodgates opened, and the company continually puts out quality materials and Board Games.
Another thing FFG is known for is destroying rainforests, because practically everything they produce that isn't a straight-up RPG makes extensive use of cardboard tokens and counters for as many gameplay mechanics as possible. They also have a fondness for non-standard specialist dice which are only useful in the game they came with, by virtue of using a limited set of unevenly distributed symbols instead of numbers.
As of 14th November 2014, FFG has been bought out by Asmodee (Source: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/138631-Fantasy-Flight-Games-Acquired-by-European-Asmodee-in-Board-Game-Merger)
As of February 2017, FF's license to GW IPs expired, and all of the current games will cease to be sold. Depending on who you ask, this is either because Games Workshop wants to whore out their RPG license to everyone the same way they do for video games, or because FFG has the Star Wars license and anything GW makes is peanuts compared to what the Mouse is giving them. That, or GW is jealous that X-Wing dethroned 40K as the best-selling miniatures game in North America. Or maybe because Asmodee is a direct competitor to GW, and having your opponents make money off your licensed products is an incredibly stupid idea. Except it's not, because GW can't make Asmodee go away and having Asmodee sell GW IPs would basically be GW making its competitors promote and introduce people to GW's IPs.
They also are known for not proofreading their RPG materials beyond running them through spellcheck. Seriously, these things make English teachers queasy.
In Summer 2017 they announced a reprint of the original Star Wars RPG will be made in 2018, because of course reprinting 30 year old rulebooks gets Neckbeards salivating. At the same time the generic Genesys RPG was published, which is based on the Star Wars Roleplaying Game mechanics.
In January of 2020 their entire RPG development team was dismissed, followed by the cancellation of some minor events for their RPGs. As far as anyone knows, they will exclusively be a maker of miniatures and the associated games.
This list is not necessary complete and exhaustive, and shouldn't be treated as such. Expansions to a core game are sublisted to the main entry.
- Arkham Horror
- Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror
- Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror
- Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror
- Arkham Horror: Black Goat of the Woods
- Arkham Horror: Curse of the Dark Pharaoh
- Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow
- Arkham Horror: The Lurker at the Threshold
- Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror
- Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
- Blood Bowl: Team Manager
- Chaos in the Old World
- Descent: Journeys in the Dark
- Descent: Well of Darkness
- Descent: The Altar of Despair
- Descent: Road to Legend
- Dust: Tactics
- Dust: Warfare
- Fallout: The Board Game
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- A Storm of Swords
- Horus Heresy
- Star Wars: Rebellion
- The Adventurers
- The Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus
- The Adventurers: Temple of Chac
- Twilight Imperium
- Shattered Empire
- Shards of the Throne
- Rex: Final Days of an Empire
- Warrior Knights
- War of the Ring
- Call of Cthulhu (LCG)
- Cold War
- Android: Netrunner
- A Game of Thrones LCG
- Space Hulk: Death Angel
- The Lord of The Rings LCG
- Star Wars: Destiny CCG
- Star Wars LCG
- Warhammer: Invasion LCG
- Legend of the Five Rings LCG
- The Kingdom Hearts Trading Card Game (Published)
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
- Dawnforge (d20)
- Dragonstar (d20)
- Midnight (d20)
- Star Wars Roleplaying Game
- Edge of the Empire
- Age of Rebellion
- Force and Destiny
- Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay
- Genesys rpg system [Book]
- Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying, with an amalgamation of Star Wars/Genesys narative dice and AEG's 'Roll and Keep' system.