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  1. cleardave

    A joy to bring to the table

    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.
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    New map announced.. Ewoks?!

    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.
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    Worlds Waitlist

    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.
  4. cleardave

    Worlds Waitlist

    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.
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    Worlds Waitlist

    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.
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    Man, that Jess Pava HST Alt Art is...

    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.
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    Man, that Jess Pava HST Alt Art is...

    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?
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    Man, that Jess Pava HST Alt Art is...

    I definitely did not read the comics, and no disrespect was taken. I was just going for a layup on AOC
  9. 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.
  10. cleardave

    Man, that Jess Pava HST Alt Art is...

    Probably the connection between AOC and the "Great Destroyer" subtitle of the pilot. Good luck down there, folks.
  11. cleardave

    I've got an idea for a summer project..

    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...
  12. 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".
  13. cleardave

    Beating the S(C)-Tier

    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.
  14. 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.
  15. ...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.
  16. cleardave

    Worlds Waitlist

    Reading this, it sounds like it's not so much a wait list as a general sale on March 4th.
  17. 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?🤷‍♂️
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. Unrealistic expectations, I'd imagine 😛
  21. 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...
  22. 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.
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    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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.