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  1. And thus you fell into my incomplete-code trap! I guess writers of Spanish feel the same way about how the most people write questions and exclamations.
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    To Christmas Tree - a data analysis query

    I'm a bit confused by the bracket ranges. They are 6, 9, and 11 across respectively, aside from the tails. I see that they were chosen to be evenly sized in the ALLxALL, but I don't think that makes epistemological sense. Could you explain your rationale for doing so?
  3. The (effective) end of Runewars. Didn't see that coming... ...at all. [/sarcasm]
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    Regionals Dates and Locations

    I'd offer you a place to stay, but I'm not exactly around the corner from Arlanda either.
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    Any new waves/material???

    I agree, but I think that as rules for vehicles and vehicle combat go - especially at the time when this game was published - this was pretty much as simple as it got for non-fantasy RPGs.
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    Any new waves/material???

    Honestly, just for personal reasons, I'm kind of content that Armada is a little comatose at the moment. There's so much change in my life that I would not be able to keep up. I'm also giving X-Wing (1st ed) another look because I have much of the stuff (though few of the expansions from the past 2 years), and it's a good gateway drug for some of the locals who are still enslaved to GW. Furthermore, in my household there are more of the RPG-ing sort of people, with whom I can use the X-Wing (and maybe Armada) stuff to flesh out our WEG D6 RPG experience. I even wrote some rules to have X-Wing provide the visual and tactile gaming aids. But, I think you're all quite right that Armada's comatoseness is like strangulation for the Armada-playing community.
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    Regionals Dates and Locations

    Hm, I think Uppsala might be do-able for me. Östersund, is a bit far of a drive, but if I get my host hooked at an upcoming little tournament in Karlskoga, and then Uppsala, who knows. Taking the train on my own seems like a bit of an ordeal.
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    Any new waves/material???

    Nope, it's not irrational. It's just rational from a "relative-gains" (political) perspective, rather than "absolute-gains" (economic) perspective. As social beings, we're actually wired to think in relative-gains terms, because we know that there is only so much stuff to go around the group, and we need to maintain our share. Unfortunately, FFG can disregard us in their own relative-gains struggle against Games Workshop, because we don't eat into GW's pie, while Legion does. Because with nothing to fill the gaping hole in your desires, you Rebels may succumb to the lure of the Dark Side and give in to your addiction.
  9. IA and Armada are going places? That's certainly news. Hush!! None of that.
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    Live Action Cassian Andor Rogue One Prequel Series Announced

    "Arguably"? Arguably according to whom? A whole bunch of books whose canonicity was tossed in the trash a couple of years ago? Maybe it's also part of the SJW-ness of Disney to suggest that if a world becomes an industrial center for starship-building that this may have a bad influence on its environment and socio-economic conditions. But anyway, this thread is about an upcoming live-action program, and not bellyaching about how much previous films have disappointed us. I'm pretty psyched about it, and think that a show centered on Cassian Andor could be pretty awesome, but also pretty gritty. And they've just gotta have K2-SO with Alan Tudyk.
  11. This isn't the points value you're looking for. This isn't the points value I'm looking for.
  12. Mikael Hasselstein

    Regionals Dates and Locations

    WHAT?? I call bias! The TO is saying that the Galactic Empire should not win - which is the reverse of how it ought to be. The Empire should always win.
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    Regionals Dates and Locations

    I agree with the first part - which was my point - teach the fellow to fish, rather than snark at him over the forum. That's not teaching a man to fish. That's like being the guy who throws the empty beer can at the kid having a tough time casting his line. ? Also, the guy is new to the store, and - as I understand it - a bit Facebook shy. When you say 'all the others', which ones are you referring to? I used to do all the events for Red Castle, but I left. Either @Admiral Theia or I ran the events for the Portland Game Store. Neither of us are employees. Guardian... ... no events to speak of. Dice Age is @shmitty, who is not an employee either. Oregon City also has a community member running things for them. When they first got started, they shang-hai'd me to do their events too, 'till it was all just getting too much. I don't even think Rainy Day Games even invites non-regulars to their events anymore, provided they actually still have events. In sum, I think it's a good thing that Red Castle is getting a staffer to run Armada, and it's worth throwing them a bone for it.
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    Regionals Dates and Locations

    Well, since you're one of the moderators of that group, why not lend the man a helping hand? Since he's not been an active participant in the Armada community outside of his little core group, perhaps he needs a helping hand.