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Upper Deck Previews The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion

Upper Deck is now showing off it’s upcoming The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion. Upper Deck should be known to Alien and Predator fans are the publishers of the fantastic Legendary Encounters card games. They’re also responsible for the Vs. Systems 2 Player Card Game (2PCG) and the possibility of an Alien expansion of that system was talked about earlier 2015.

And it looks like the expansion, now titled The Alien Battles, is due for release next month. Upper Deck are now giving us our first glimpses at The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion:

“When compared side by side, Xenomorphs are better at fighting than humans. They are faster, usually bigger, and come standard with metal teeth and acid blood. The one constant that have allowed the Humans to stay competitive in a battle is their equipment. Vs System®: The Alien™ Battles introduces a new card type: Equipment.

Players can play Equipment during their Recruit Step by paying its cost and putting it onto a face-up character on their side. It doesn’t matter if the character is Main or Supporting, ready or exhausted.

The Equipment gives the character new powers and will stay with it until that character gets stunned or leaves play. At that point, the Equipment gets KO’d. A character can have only one Equipment at a time. If a new one is played on a character, any older Equipment on it gets KO’d.”

Upper Deck previews The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion due August . Upper Deck Previews The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion

Upper Deck previews The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion due August .

They have released two previews so far. The first is a brief overview of some of the core elements of the game and the second is a look a new card types to the Vs. System, Equipment and Creature cards. If you’re curious to learn more about the system, there are various tutorials on YouTube that can give you an insight into how the game might play. The expansion is standalone and doesn’t require a core game to play.

12072016_02 Upper Deck Previews The Alien Battles Vs. System Expansion

If you haven’t already tried them out, the Legendary Encounter games are fantastic. The next expansion (focused on Aliens) is also due out in August and I do recommend giving the Alien and Predator versions a try. You can also check out our Legendary Encounters – An Alien Deck Building Game Review.

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Comments: 25
  1. Corporal Hicks
    I was asking Upper Deck about any future expansions and apparently the Predator expansion is currently slated for release August.

    QuoteVs System 2PCG: Predator is scheduled to release at this year's Gen Con in August.
  2. Machiko Naguchi
    I got it over Thanksgiving weekend as an early Christmas present since my parents were visiting. I haven't had a chance to open it or play yet but I look forward to it.

    Glad to hear you liked the game Hicks. I was kind of wondering about deck construction and if there were pre-made decks or a recommended list type of thing. I will have to see what kind of cards there are and think how I would build a deck once I get a chance to go through it.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    Finally gave this game a go last night. Played 2 games as the marine, my buddy playing the Aliens. You know what, it was a surprisingly well put together game that did require some well made plays and thinking. I'm quite eager to play some more actually and build my own deck (used the recommended decklist in the rulebook). I do feel that you might need 2 lots of the box to really make sure of it though.

    I think you're going to be building around the main characters and to do that effectively you need more of certain things (like the Queen wants a deck made of lots of swarm characters that are all the same character name, the Alien Ripley wants just about all Locations that give Humanity, etc).
  4. Corporal Hicks
    GenCon is in full swing and they're running some VS. touries. They've posted some pictures of some cool playmats.
    QuoteThis card has a typo. The 'You Want Some Of This' should require a Skill Location to activate.

    I've not checked YouTube yet but I imagine we'll be seeing some demo vidoes soon.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Grierworld on Aug 01, 2016, 02:04:19 PM

    New spoiler!!!

    Awesome, thanks!

    Can you remind me what the Lethal keyword does?

    Couple more cards posted by the Facebook page.
  6. Corporal Hicks
    Legendary Encounters is a completely different game. The box with a Queen on it for an expansion for that game. You can find out more here:

    The VS System is an another game engine that is getting an Aliens themed update. 

    Quote from: Nostromo on Jul 29, 2016, 09:49:44 PM
    And these are just cards, nothing to do with the game correct?

    Those are just a chase set for the Alien Anthology trading cards with artwork from the Legendary Encounters game.

    Quote from: Grierworld on Jul 29, 2016, 05:30:00 PM
    Monday I'm going to have another spoiler

    Cool! Looking forward to it.

    GenCon this weekend so hopefully we'll see some gameplay videos and more info.
  7. Nostromo
    Can you guys give me some info on how this card game work? Is it playable for 1 person?

    This looks like some badassery:

    What is this? an Expansion?

    And these are just cards, nothing to do with the game correct?
  8. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Grierworld on Jul 28, 2016, 08:19:36 PM
    Don't you know the word egg is taboo😂

    Apparently!  :P Pretty sure they were eggs in Legendary Encounters. Just a strange change to make.

    New preview! We get a glimpse at the Queen!
  9. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Grierworld on Jul 22, 2016, 03:20:09 PM
    Exclusive spoiler

    Thanks for sharing!

    There's another up on Pauper Tim:

    And another from Upper Deck:

    Not sure why they didn't simply call it an egg though. lol
  10. Corporal Hicks
    New preview on the Upper Deck blog:

    Probably not the route I would have taken for the chestburst plot twist.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Thanks for the link, Grier. I can't wait to finally get my hands on it!

    New preview is up: It's about synthetics with spoilers for Call and Ash.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    New preview is up:
  13. UTron
    Never heard of this CCG, though I've played Magic for many years now. Wonder what similarities there are between the two. But, it's has Aliens so I may try it anyway.  ;D
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