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  1. cleardave

    Worlds Waitlist

    Reading this, it sounds like it's not so much a wait list as a general sale on March 4th.
  2. cleardave

    Worlds Waitlist

    While I see the value in making Worlds an invite-only event for something like X-Wing, I don't see how it helps IA to copy that formula. Surely if they opened it up to 100 seats they could get around 70 bodies in there, if you could just buy a ticket at will? The FFG Winter Sale barometer for game health sadly could not be used to check on IA, since they can't sell it directly, but they sure did liquidate Runewars... EDIT: To make a monkey out of me for this post, apparently (though they needed little help), FFG posted that only X-Wing and Legion will be invite-only, and that Runewars is essentially dead now, by way of OP support being cutoff. They didn't say no new product would be released for the game, so I guess it's whatever they've basically got in the pipeline and that's it. So for IA doom-and-gloom, at least we didn't get that article? Of course it would be silly to announce the end of the game this far out from Worlds? Maybe they'll do a much needed map rotation, then do Worlds, then let as all down gently with an article of our own?🤷‍♂️
  3. cleardave

    Farewell post from FFG founder

    @FrogTrigger Respectfully, I think @a1bert was just pointing out that CP's departure was announced quite some time ago. He was also absent from the last InFlight and I believe at the GenCon 2017 InFlight he did the torch-passing to Navarro. I don't think anyone is trying to jump up anyone's behind here with a "gotcha". All that is to say that his departure is not exactly breaking news to the public and I'm sure the transition has been working itself out for a while. Having met the man in person and talked about his journey, I can say that his OG designer-Boardgame presence will be missed in the field, assuming he doesn't appear in the next year at the helm of a Kickstarter for some passion projects he's been back burning for a while. The real shocker is that this wasn't brought up in the Extended vs Hyperspace dumpster fire that is currently roaring over on the X-Wing boards, because it would make excellent kindling.
  4. ...so let's pour over this semi-related one until the next one rolls around; https://twitter.com/FFGOP/status/1079818878090391553 ...and the ironic follow-up tweet, complete with it's own dumpster fire. Shout-out to @Masterchiefspiff for roasting FFGOP's chestnuts on an open fire. I enjoyed the read.
  5. cleardave

    Regional Meta

    Yes, I too, would like some more details on common lists we're likely to see at the top table at upcoming Regionals for IA. I'm, uh...asking for a friend...
  6. Unrealistic expectations, I'd imagine 😛
  7. cleardave

    Please give. We can use all we can get...

    @NeverBetTheFett I thought you'd have plenty of salt left over from that time I used C-3P0 to hide my HK so I could jump out and melt your Boba Fett with the God-Hand of Element/Assassinate/Tools. There was never more traction on the Toronto streets that winter...
  8. cleardave

    Other good gaming companies?

    @FrogTrigger I played OG Warhammer Quest, but not the modern version that GW is putting out. If you like that style of game but want a broader experience with an in-print title, then check out the Shadows of Brimstone line. It's a great open-ended sandbox of an RPG where the Old West meets Cthulhu. It's only 2 major flaws are that the minis while sculpted well are just of a lower quality than a GW-tier kit so if that's your standard, SoB might not appeal, but if you're not too picky that way, you'll love it. The other problem is that as far as I know, it doesn't have an "end game" mission, so as a player group you may want to agree on using one of the major boss monster missions as The Finale so you have somewhere logical to stop. Unless you like to just keep going on and on with all the various expansions using the same character, but you can make it worth either way. Haven't physically played Sword and Sorcery but the short version to me looks like a more involved Descent/IA campaign in terms of complexity, so that's both good and bad depending on how your group likes bulkier combat options.
  9. cleardave

    Other good gaming companies?

    @FrogTrigger If you like board games with lots of miniatures, I think CMON is your most comparable outfit. They tend to launch all their new products out through Kickstarters so to me that would be the best place to purchase anything they make going forward, as the value on content is always better that way versus trying to get it at retail, assuming you're realistic to know you're probably going to be an "all-in" or close to it kind of player. If you're into IA or other FFG titles with lots of expansions, I'm sure you know if that describes you or not. Be warned with Kickstarter and other crowd-funded games; fulfillment always ends up going longer than planned. Some companies do it better than others. New games from relatively untested designers/publishers on there can be a crap-shoot, so do your homework and ask a lot of questions on Boardgamegeek. One company I have a soft spot for that isn't mentioned here is Flying Frog Productions, which are often erroneously abbreviated to FFG to much confusion. Last Night on Earth, A Touch of Evil, and Shadows of Brimstone are all lines they have that I've enjoyed, though they have other series of games as well.
  10. cleardave

    IA production schedule

    We recently got a new campaign for the app and the front page showed off the latest map to be in the queue for Skirmish rotation. I know a lot of people on here want their big Skirmish release news, but things are still happening, albeit slowly. I'm sure all the FFG resources are concentrated on that X-Wing/Legion Clone Wars production that's going on behind the scenes. I can't remember (or care) if Armada is getting in on that but either way, it's a lot to get worked through. If only FFG had more capital while paradoxically producing and maintaining only their Star Wars IP lines and leaving all other brands on the back burner...?‍♂️ But seriously, this is where having another engrossing game-like substance to get into pays off. It makes for a handy distraction while your "main" interest has to take the long way through our timeline and get to that future point where more news is revealed.
  11. cleardave

    Other good gaming companies?

    They don't really make them themselves, so much as they license out Marvel IP's to other companies to make games out of. Upper Deck's Legendary series of deck building games is pretty fun. I didn't go down the expansion rabbit hole and stopped after the first few, being more than happy with the line-up. The Legendary engine overall I think works better in the "Encounters" spin off line with Aliens, Predator, etc, but you could theoretically drop Marvel characters into any Encounters game and have Spider-Man team and Deadpool team up with Ripley and Hicks to fight off the xenomorph invasion.
  12. cleardave

    Imperial assault artwork

    I think that's a confirmed crime against humanity. Besides, if Black Star Warrior could get away with it, surely you can get a shirt made?
  13. cleardave

    Imperial assault artwork

    Advice from someone who at one time may or may not have been involved in that industry; "Legally Distinct" should become a new phrase in your vocabulary.
  14. cleardave

    Spray coating maneuver dials

    100% I did my dials and ship tokens. Probably not a bad idea to do your templates as well if you're going to stick with the cardboard and not get some pimped out acrylic ones. You can get a cheap can of Krylon brand spray from a Wal-Mart for like $5 and have enough in there to pretty much do all your cardboard. Even with the new dials, your greasy oily thumbs are going to be wearing that new dial down for another 5-6 years of play on your favourite ship. Ultimately it's not hurting you to do it and takes pretty much no time out of your day other than the dry time. Just get a wire rack or something to put them on, like a cheap dollar store desk organizer or something, spray them somewhere away from humidity (like not outside on a sticky summer day), like a garage, where you can keep it overnight to dry. If you don't put a thin washer between the two halves, they might stick initially from the spray coat, but you can easily break them in again by giving them a good spin.
  15. cleardave

    What is “Dark Side”

    How about something simpler; It's fake suspense. You're sitting in the theatre knowing full well that Carrie Fisher is dead in real life and you're thinking "is this how they write her out?" It's like Paul Walker in whichever Fast and Furious movie was his last. Also, it's ultimately pointless to the story. You could have achieved the same narrative goal; Leia is wounded in the battle and incapacitated, thereby requiring a less likeable character to take charge and cause tension in the ranks, by just having the command bridge get hit by the TIE's and have her maimed in the wreckage without being sucked out into space and going through all that. So, some quick editing of the final movie and you've got the story carrying on exactly the same but without taking people out of the movie with that whole bit. I think that's kind of the idea of trimming the fat in the editing process, no? Now, if her surviving the cold vacuum of space paid off later in the movie somehow, then sure, throw it in there, but it doesn't, so we're back to cutting it out.