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  1. Care to name names? I'd like to know which one to skip.
  2. Pop Psychology metaphors aside, I think the pattern for all of these competitive games has been to have something in the pipe by way of an announcement while the newest release is about to come to us. This is how you basically communicate to your OP players that their competitive game isn't dead yet, and thus you maintain that base level of interest in people that drives the community along its road. Personally, I prefer if they spoiled less, because with the amount of time generally from announcement, preview articles and then the inevitable release, the die hard among us have already proxied and tested everything to death, so they're left wanting more on Day 1 of the new product. Keep some mystery in the relationship. In any case, X-Wing always lets you know what's next. Legion has a cascading amount of stuff in the pipeline in terms of previews, at all times. Armada went quit for awhile but now they have the SSD coming soonish, as well as a campaign box to look forward to. Their players that want to keep playing have verifiable proof that their game hasn't been mothballed...yet. For us, it's been too quiet for too long, and the subtle clues like the lack of card design as a Worlds prize seems to speak volumes. We have another OP card pack announced, but the subtle focus on "campaign" play as a qualifier tells me that we're moving towards that final box. People just want to know, at the end of the day, if their competitive game is still worth investing in, or if they should dump it all if they're not going to get much use out of it posthumously, but while they could still get some cash for it. Of course if you play campaign games at all, which is even easier with the app, there's no reason to write the game off, and it will always have a permanent place on my shelf for that reason. But really, the PR that needs to be managed is probably more to do with stockists than players. If FFG said right now that there's one more box coming (which we inferred from the Ewok on the skirmish mat), and then it's digital only app updates from now on, as a game store, other than doing orders for specific players, why would you want to stock Imperial Assault's entire 40+ SKU product line if most of those SKU's are for a skirmish game that nobody is going to be getting into to play? Especially after retailers got burnt on Runewars, which never really took off broadly, but for some dedicated fans here and there, I think if you have limited shelf space, you're going to stock X-Wing for sure, probably Legion, then call it a day on Star Wars games from FFG while you put another company's offerings in the next space, and so on. We can talk about campaign being alive for as long as we care, but I think when we say the game is dead, we're speaking a common language that we really mean the Skirmish component is dead, in that it's busted elements will remain so because no new product is coming to balance it, nor will we likely see a final errata FAQ to rebalance the entire game, knowing it's the end, which would actually be a cool parting gift.
  3. I'm with @TauntaunScout on this one. I'm working on one last unit of Stormtroopers before I tackle these guys but broadly my plan is this; 1)Prime everything thoroughly in black 2)For the actual armour plates/helmet, do some grey highlights and slightly brighten them in some key focal areas like the helmet 3)For the under-suit and the various pouches/straps, I would start by painting in a darker grey on them (like Vallego's German Grey) and highlight that up a step or two on the edges. You should be able to tell from a distance that those parts aren't as "black" as the armour. 4)Paint the guns with some dark metal. Look at some reference pics online to see what parts are "black" and what parts are "metallic" 5)Nuln Oil the whole thing, which should shade the German Grey parts and keep the black parts nice and black 6)Paint the green lights on their helmet, and if you really want to be "correct", do some more pronounced dark green eye lenses for the DT-F16 model, since they depict her(?) as having more green lenses in Rebels. 7)Touch up anything you think might need some love. Maybe get the red markings on the guns, then base, seal with some kind of Matte varnish, then go back and paint on some gloss varnish onto only the armour plates/helmet. Leave the under-suit, pouches, straps, gun, etc in the matte finish.
  4. It's called "filler". That's why you need to have Wookieepedia open in a browser tab while you unbox your ships, so you know if you're supposed to care or not that the "Thane" X-Wing pilot is actually Ya Boi Thane or just a series of consonants and vowels strung together to vaguely spell a name you can pronounce, maybe.
  5. I think in terms of fun, you can't miss with a Rancor in Skirmish. Just make sure you bring your Weiss token to use in place of the model for half the game when nothing fits on the board. As @NeverBetTheFett once roasted me for on a Regionals stream, it's the only way you'll ever see Weiss at an event.
  6. I wouldn't say it confirms a box per se but it's definitely alluding to some ewoks in some form or another coming down the line. We got the same thing for Not-Rex when they showed it on the skirmish mat on the Worlds prize support preview, as well as the Lothal cover art. Hopefully this Ewok content makes it in before the inevitable conclusion of the IA physical product line.
  7. The Event Center can easily hold 100 players (50 tables) of IA and another 50 players (25 tables) of Armada in one day. It held more than that for X-Wing worlds when they filled the back event room and all the tables out in the main store area. Will it be cramped? I don't know, maybe? By the time the third round ends and players start dropping, I expect plenty of elbow room to present itself. Also, when did they stop selling Surly in there? I've had it on tap every time I've been there. They pour it in the store, the hotel, the surrounding restaurants, and if that's not good enough for you, you can go for a short drive and get it straight from the source. Honestly the only reason I could see them not packing their Event Center is some perceived (or actual) loss of sales for that week while customers and casual players go elsewhere. That said, I don't think the store is closed to outsiders coming in for purchases, they just can't stay and play. It's there to be done if they wanted to, which they clearly don't.
  8. I'm not going myself, but I was thinking about this scenario happening, and whether they would leave you holding the bag on your con badge, which I imagine they would be.
  9. I feel pretty confidant that based on the sizes of the player bases, they could easily do Swiss for both IA and Armada on the same day, with the cut the day after. Part of the logistics problem with Worlds in general is that many players play multiple games and would like to jump in the pool for all of them, for all the swag and community engagement, never mind even really attempting to win the thing. So they could easily devote a day to get both IA and Armada Swiss done, and on Day 2, with at most a Top 16 for IA and a Top 8 for Armada, have 16 "3x3" game spaces occupied at the start, shrinking by half each round until a winner is declared. You get the Armada or IA final streaming in the cordoned off area with whichever starts first, giving the other players the break between rounds while it resolves for their final. Meanwhile on that same day, you get a Swiss going for something else that's not as big as X-Wing (which used up the entire Event Center last time I was there), like Legion and run that Swiss during IA/Armada cuts, then run X-Wing Swiss the day after where Legion's Top 8 isn't taking up too much room, then do the same for Destiny after. It would take all week, and the only people caught between two games would be those in cuts and Swiss pools overlapping, which would be a very small percentage of players. They wouldn't even need to dip into the Raddy's space and incur that cost if they proceed with this invitation-only scheme, as they can control the attendance, which itself makes it easier to not worry about that player overlap as you'd be talking about a really small percentage, again. But since I'm an insane man yelling into the void of the Internet, nothing matters.
  10. Perhaps, but it's a shame that all of those opponents that worked hard to build and train their 200pt lists found out that they didn't need to invest any time and money towards their results when they could take one pilot, provided complimentarily by FFG, and achieve a 72-way tie for "champion" at their local Regional. It's a tough call, for sure.
  11. She would actually more thematically redistribute the damage cards every turn, whether you could be bothered to line up an attack or not. At the end of the match, both players redistribute points destroyed to ensure an equal outcome. Something like that. Maybe provide tournament points to your significant other if they are also playing in the same tournament?
  12. I definitely did not read the comics, and no disrespect was taken. I was just going for a layup on AOC
  13. That didn't take long for another one. And here I was ordering the new map thinking it was to have it well ahead of a rotation for a change.
  14. Probably the connection between AOC and the "Great Destroyer" subtitle of the pilot. Good luck down there, folks.
  15. You're almost there; You're awarded half the maximum victory points (rounding up) as a GI Joe player if you can best your opponent in a series of questions designed to test your knowledge of the rules. If not in a mirror match, at the start of the tournament round, a judge will give you a tricky rules scenario. If you correctly rule on it (showing your work, of course), you get your points. In a JOE vs JOE match, it's a sudden death pedantic test of knowledge. This will of course create a special Strength of Schedule tie-breaker so that the knowingest of JOE's advances to the cut. Naturally, this will lead to excessively long tournament days, but that's the game we all signed up for...
  16. I mean, it was a Yoda reference... FIFY Also, this is the real testament to IA's worth; the powers that be are doing everything in their power to essentially make the game fail, and yet here we are. It's like the "Major League" of tabletop games. For you millennials and younger on here, Major League is what we used to call "a movie".
  17. That almost reads like a doom-and-gloom commentary on the always precarious state of our little Skirmish game in this corner of the gaming galaxy.
  18. I can't see this going into a second edition the same way X-Wing did, as far as playing Skirmish goes. Beyond rebalancing the deployment cards, they'd have to release figure packs and expansion boxes at a pretty aggressive pace to pull that off. In terms of a "second edition" for the campaign side, Imperial Assault is basically the fourth edition of Doom (2004), so it would lead one to wonder what major improvements would be made to the campaign side to warrant a whole new edition that would get people to buy in rather than play with what they already have. The app is the stop-gap there I think, providing the developers with easy ways to tweak deployment groups to be more in-line with whatever the scenario requires. Much less overhead than releasing all these physical components all over again to a probably underwhelming response in a crowded market of dungeon crawlers. It sounds like you are looking at playing the campaign, and potentially solo, so pick up the core and either Jabba's Realm or Hoth as your budget allows, play through the first campaign, then start doing the other 2 campaigns that align with the expansion boxes. By the time you've played through all of that, you'll have had many 10's of hours of fun game play. Get a couple of friends together and try running the Core campaign and the Hoth/Jabba campaigns and you'll have doubled your entertainment value without spending an extra cent. From there, pick up boxes as you see fit if you have a play group (it only really takes one other person to play the opposite side), and if FFG adds another campaign, make that your next box purchase for sure. As for the skirmish side's long term viability from current year, always in motion the future is. Let's see what they say after Worlds in March. Maybe when they do their Hyperspace Report this year, it'll actually be about all the Star Wars games and not just an X-Wing ****-off like last year, and we'll hear more.
  19. Reading this, it sounds like it's not so much a wait list as a general sale on March 4th.
  20. 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?🤷‍♂️
  21. @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.
  22. ...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.
  23. 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...
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