Dear TI 3rd edition friends,
I'm a sincere fan of this wonderful game!! In my opinion it's the best board game of all times, I'm a bit sad becuase many friends consider the time playing of TI too long, so I manage to play here in my city in Italy (Vicenza) just time to time. Any case yesterday we played a game and the following problems arised...I've carrefully read the rules and the FAQs and also your forum, but It seems to me that my dubts haven't been discussed yet...so I hope some of you much more fond of me in this game may help me!!! this doubts are quite specific so please let answer just expert players! thanks a lot for your cooperation!! the doubts:
1)special race combat's habilities (like +1 during any combat roll granted to Sardak N'Orr) and technologies which grant higher firepower (like Hilar V assult laser) and the action card (hereinfater the AC) Morale Boost (+1 firepower for 1 combat round) do they sum their firepower values?? ex.:
1a)if the Sardak N'Orr ows the Hilar V assult Tec. and the actin card Morale boost, if he plays during the 1st round of a space combat the Morale boost AC, it means that during the 1st round of the space battle its firepowers is increased by 2 (+2)?: +1 race hability +1 Morale boost AC and +3 only for cruisers and destroyers (+1 Hilar V assult Tec.only for cruisers and destroyers)?
1b)if Mentak Coalition ows Hilar V assult laser Tec. and Morale boost AC and he uses the Morale boost AC during the pre-combat action's special hability about the one shot by its up to 2 cruisers or destroyers, it means that the firepower of its cruisers and destroyers are increased by 3 (+3) during this pre-combat phase?
1c)Univ. of Jol-Nar ows Hilar V assult laser Tec. and Morale boost AC, before the begin of a space he declares the use of his Morale boost AC during the 1st combat round, does it means that during the 1st combat round his firepower is 0?: -1 his hability and +1 Morale boost AC, but it's +1 only regarding cruisers and destroyers +1 Hilar V assult Tec.only for cruisers and destroyers)?
2) if 1 or 2 destroyers which belong to Mentak Coalition during the pre-combat phase participate to the Mentak hability's action can they also participate to the Destroyer anti-fighter barrage during the same pre-combat phase?
3)during the action phase a player has run out his Command Counters (hereinafter CC) and ha has also already executed his strategy card, so he declares that he passes. After it another player executes his Logistic strategy card and the player who passed executes the 2nd hability of the logistic card, and he puts the CC that he has just recevied on its command pool area. Is this player allowed to use this new CC as tactical or transfer actions during the same action phase?? or he has to keep these CC till the new game round phase?
4)a player land his ground forces (GF) in a hostile planet which contains only an enemy PDS (and a space dock)but not ground defender forces, are the invaders ground forces subjected to the PDS fire or not??
a similar case: a dreadnought elimiate (by bombardment) the only 1 defender GF in a planet which also contains a PDS, are the attacker GF landed on the planet subjeted to the PDS defender fire??
5)during a retreat/withdrawal after a space battle, PDS belonging to the not retreating palyer, that are in range of firing on the system which receives the retreating fleet, are they allowed to open fire even during a retreat??
6)during a tranfer action both activated systems are within the fire range of an enemy PDS, can the PDS open fire on both systems or it may fire just on 1 sole system??
7)if the attacker plays the AC Local Unrest in a enemy planet where there are only 1 PDS (and 1 space dock) but no GF, what is going to become the planet's status?? just exhausted or it reverts into neutral (provoquing the destruction of the PDS and of the space dock)??
8) the official FAQ about the 2nd Combat question (page 3) says:
Q: If a Dreadnought is damaged by a pre-combat ability, can it be destroyed by a Direct Hit card?
A: Yes, because pre-combat abilities happen during the Space Battle step of an activation. Ships that are damaged by PDS fire (or by space mines in SHATTERED EMPIRE) may not be targeted by “Direct Hit,” since PDS fire does not occur in the Space Battle step.
In my opinion this explanation need to be clarified better...becuase it's said that a Dreadnought cannot be targeted by “Direct Hit" during any pre-combat phase (like PDS fire), becuase the Direct Hit AC is allowed to be played just during the Space Battle sequence (so after the pre-combat sequence). Providing this explanation, I consider that a Dreadnought which has been damaged by a pre-combat ability, it can be destroyed by a Direct Hit card played just during the space combat squence and not during the earlier step of the pre-combat sequence. Is it correct??
THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR HELP!!