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    Earthworm got a reaction from MysteriousRacerX in X Wing Vassal League - Season 6 Announcment   
    Bump!
    We're already over 100 players signed up, but last season we had 380- let's get everybody in!
     
    We've got players from all over the world, including podcast hosts, big names on Vassal and a certain three-time World Champion...
     
    We would be honored if you'd join us.
     
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Mattman7306 in X Wing Vassal League - Season 6 Announcment   
    Bump!
    We're already over 100 players signed up, but last season we had 380- let's get everybody in!
     
    We've got players from all over the world, including podcast hosts, big names on Vassal and a certain three-time World Champion...
     
    We would be honored if you'd join us.
     
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Mu0n729 in X Wing Vassal League - Season 6 Announcment   
    Bump!
    We're already over 100 players signed up, but last season we had 380- let's get everybody in!
     
    We've got players from all over the world, including podcast hosts, big names on Vassal and a certain three-time World Champion...
     
    We would be honored if you'd join us.
     
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    Earthworm got a reaction from MysteriousRacerX in X-Wing Vassal League season 5 LAUNCHED (signups till Sept 20th)   
    That is correct.  If it's in the module, its legal.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from MajorJuggler in Coming Soon! X-Wing Vassal League Season 5!   
    After a nice summer break, we're excited to announce that we'll soon start signups for the newest season of the X-Wing Vassal League, bringing together nearly 300 players frim around the world. 
    This season, we have new sponsors and lots of new technology. Signups will start soon, but check out our new info page at:
    http://xwvassal.info/
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Gersun in Coming Soon! X-Wing Vassal League Season 5!   
    After a nice summer break, we're excited to announce that we'll soon start signups for the newest season of the X-Wing Vassal League, bringing together nearly 300 players frim around the world. 
    This season, we have new sponsors and lots of new technology. Signups will start soon, but check out our new info page at:
    http://xwvassal.info/
  7. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from blade_mercurial in Coming Soon! X-Wing Vassal League Season 5!   
    After a nice summer break, we're excited to announce that we'll soon start signups for the newest season of the X-Wing Vassal League, bringing together nearly 300 players frim around the world. 
    This season, we have new sponsors and lots of new technology. Signups will start soon, but check out our new info page at:
    http://xwvassal.info/
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    Earthworm got a reaction from The Imperial Rebel in Sign up for Season 4 of the Vassal League, sponsored by The Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’re now accepting signups for next season of The X-Wing Vassal League.
     
    TL:DR for veterans (NEW PLAYERS PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH):
    Signup link at bottom
    Signups Closes Sunday, Jan 29
    Play Starts Wednesday, Feb.1
    Communications will move to Slack or Discord (tbd.) This will be Mandatory.
    What is the League?
    The Vassal League is a pyramid-shaped stack of 9-player round-robin divisions, sorted by skill and by geography or preferred play time. There are 5 tiers of divisions, from the single Coruscant division at the top, to the twelve Unknown Reaches divisions at the bottom. New players start in one of these bottom divisions, and at the end of the season, the top players in each division are promoted to the next tier (inward toward the core of the Star Wars galaxy) and the bottom players are demoted, much in the manner of Association Football.
    The league is currently hosted at reddit.com/r/xwingonline, and you can look around to find info on the recent season, as well as our periodic newsletters.
     
    What is Vassal?
    Vassal is a Java-based boardgame client originally designed for live and PBEM play of Advanced Squad Leader. There are now hundreds of game modules to play online. The module for X-Wing is quite sophisticated and is now the most popular game on Vassal. Vassal does not present complete game information and is not a substitute for physically owning X-wing materials- you must have access to all of the cards and rules separately.
    One advantage of Vassal is that newly spoiled cards and ships are available to play as soon as complete information is known about them. This is a great opportunity to plan your future purchases: You’ll remember how hard it was to get a Jumpmaster right after they became available, and that everyone seemed to buy them in threes….
    All the info you need about getting started with X-wing on Vassal can be found at Mu0n's excellent tutorual.
     
    I just started playing, or just started playing online. Should I join?
    The vassal interface takes a little getting used to. Most players are fairly comfortable with it after their third game or so, and highly proficient after about ten games. The vassal community is a very welcoming one, and you can freely spectate games to get a sense of how we communicate, and you can often find an opponent who is willing to walk you through your first game.
    If you’re new to X-wing in general, please understand that this is a competitive league, and while there are multiple levels of play represented here, it is important that you have a solid grasp of the game. It’s a big game, and there are lots of combinations- you don’t have to understand all of them, but be prepared to review your opponents list before you play, as some of the more popular card interactions are difficult to explain over chat. If you’ve played more than a few 100 point games or competed in even one local tournament, you’re more than ready.
     
    What is the time commitment?
    Players will play each of the other members of their division once during the season. This works out to 8 games in about ten weeks. You are free to play these games in whatever order and at whatever time you and your opponents find mutually convenient. This means that you could be gone for a week or two and still have no trouble keeping up on your games, freeing you from the one-game-per-week schedule of most online tournaments. You’ll be grouped with players who want to schedule games at the same time of day as you.
     
    Do I have to decide on a list?
    No! You can play a different list in every matchup you have, or play the same one for the whole season. We use an Escrow feature built into Sozin’s ListJuggler to handle lists. Once you and your opponent have agreed on a time for your game, you enter your list onto the escrow and it is held, invisible, until your opponent enters their list. Then, both lists are visible and locked. This gives you time to consider your strategy in advance, and prevents your opponent from knowing your list in advance and choosing a hard counter.
    This process gets more interesting as the season continues and you have access to the logfiles of each other’s games. Can you bring a list that counters their play style? Do you switch up your list to keep them guessing?
     
    What’s in it for me?
    Beyond the joy of playing competitive games online and the challenge of climbing up the ladder, we have prizes! Our Prize Sponsor is Team Covenant, and they’ve created some awesome league-custom Range rulers for us. Division winners at every level, top players and selected other players who are active participants receive these. Your first ruler will be a Range 1 ruler. If you win a second ruler during your career, you’ll win a similar Range 2 ruler.
    Additionally, the folks at Scum and Villainy support some more prizes, including alt-art cards for the top two players in the league as well as a template set that is randomly drawn from among all the players who keep up with their assigned games, regardless whether they have a winning or losing record.
     
    How do I sign up?
    You’ll need to have an account with Challonge.com (free), which we use to manage our pairings and match reporting. This in hand, you can sign up on our Google Form. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive an invitation into a Challonge.com tournament. YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THIS INVITE. We use this to validate your information and continued interest. (Note that this is not the actual tournament or your game assignments- it’s just an administrative hack to put all Challonge accounts in one spot.
     
    Registration closes on Sunday, January, 29th, and play will begin on Wednesday, February 1st.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from AlexW in Sign up for Season 4 of the Vassal League, sponsored by The Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    Just a bump with a little news.
     
    One of the things we're going to be doing this season is rearranging division schedules to account for dropped players.  Everybody who remains committed will be able to play a full 8-game schedule.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from MajorJuggler in Sign up for Season 4 of the Vassal League, sponsored by The Scum and Villainy Podcast   
    We’re now accepting signups for next season of The X-Wing Vassal League.
     
    TL:DR for veterans (NEW PLAYERS PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH):
    Signup link at bottom
    Signups Closes Sunday, Jan 29
    Play Starts Wednesday, Feb.1
    Communications will move to Slack or Discord (tbd.) This will be Mandatory.
    What is the League?
    The Vassal League is a pyramid-shaped stack of 9-player round-robin divisions, sorted by skill and by geography or preferred play time. There are 5 tiers of divisions, from the single Coruscant division at the top, to the twelve Unknown Reaches divisions at the bottom. New players start in one of these bottom divisions, and at the end of the season, the top players in each division are promoted to the next tier (inward toward the core of the Star Wars galaxy) and the bottom players are demoted, much in the manner of Association Football.
    The league is currently hosted at reddit.com/r/xwingonline, and you can look around to find info on the recent season, as well as our periodic newsletters.
     
    What is Vassal?
    Vassal is a Java-based boardgame client originally designed for live and PBEM play of Advanced Squad Leader. There are now hundreds of game modules to play online. The module for X-Wing is quite sophisticated and is now the most popular game on Vassal. Vassal does not present complete game information and is not a substitute for physically owning X-wing materials- you must have access to all of the cards and rules separately.
    One advantage of Vassal is that newly spoiled cards and ships are available to play as soon as complete information is known about them. This is a great opportunity to plan your future purchases: You’ll remember how hard it was to get a Jumpmaster right after they became available, and that everyone seemed to buy them in threes….
    All the info you need about getting started with X-wing on Vassal can be found at Mu0n's excellent tutorual.
     
    I just started playing, or just started playing online. Should I join?
    The vassal interface takes a little getting used to. Most players are fairly comfortable with it after their third game or so, and highly proficient after about ten games. The vassal community is a very welcoming one, and you can freely spectate games to get a sense of how we communicate, and you can often find an opponent who is willing to walk you through your first game.
    If you’re new to X-wing in general, please understand that this is a competitive league, and while there are multiple levels of play represented here, it is important that you have a solid grasp of the game. It’s a big game, and there are lots of combinations- you don’t have to understand all of them, but be prepared to review your opponents list before you play, as some of the more popular card interactions are difficult to explain over chat. If you’ve played more than a few 100 point games or competed in even one local tournament, you’re more than ready.
     
    What is the time commitment?
    Players will play each of the other members of their division once during the season. This works out to 8 games in about ten weeks. You are free to play these games in whatever order and at whatever time you and your opponents find mutually convenient. This means that you could be gone for a week or two and still have no trouble keeping up on your games, freeing you from the one-game-per-week schedule of most online tournaments. You’ll be grouped with players who want to schedule games at the same time of day as you.
     
    Do I have to decide on a list?
    No! You can play a different list in every matchup you have, or play the same one for the whole season. We use an Escrow feature built into Sozin’s ListJuggler to handle lists. Once you and your opponent have agreed on a time for your game, you enter your list onto the escrow and it is held, invisible, until your opponent enters their list. Then, both lists are visible and locked. This gives you time to consider your strategy in advance, and prevents your opponent from knowing your list in advance and choosing a hard counter.
    This process gets more interesting as the season continues and you have access to the logfiles of each other’s games. Can you bring a list that counters their play style? Do you switch up your list to keep them guessing?
     
    What’s in it for me?
    Beyond the joy of playing competitive games online and the challenge of climbing up the ladder, we have prizes! Our Prize Sponsor is Team Covenant, and they’ve created some awesome league-custom Range rulers for us. Division winners at every level, top players and selected other players who are active participants receive these. Your first ruler will be a Range 1 ruler. If you win a second ruler during your career, you’ll win a similar Range 2 ruler.
    Additionally, the folks at Scum and Villainy support some more prizes, including alt-art cards for the top two players in the league as well as a template set that is randomly drawn from among all the players who keep up with their assigned games, regardless whether they have a winning or losing record.
     
    How do I sign up?
    You’ll need to have an account with Challonge.com (free), which we use to manage our pairings and match reporting. This in hand, you can sign up on our Google Form. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive an invitation into a Challonge.com tournament. YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THIS INVITE. We use this to validate your information and continued interest. (Note that this is not the actual tournament or your game assignments- it’s just an administrative hack to put all Challonge accounts in one spot.
     
    Registration closes on Sunday, January, 29th, and play will begin on Wednesday, February 1st.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Zorprime in Seattle/Puget Sound/Western Washington Organized Play Master List   
    Big news!  There's now a live calendar for all events in the Evergreen Squadron area.
     
    Check it out!
     
    https://sites.google.com/site/evergreensquadronevents/
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    Earthworm got a reaction from dewbie420 in Seattle/Puget Sound/Western Washington Organized Play Master List   
    Below is a living list of the game nights and store-based tournaments in Western Washington. I update this whenever something new is available, so post comments if you know of a new event or recurring game session. Also, please encourage your home LGS to be diligent about keeping their Facebook events page, wall or website calendar updated, and let them know that they can post here for free promotional space for their events!
     
    New!  Master Calendar!
    We're now populating a calendar page for all X-wing events in the Evergreen Squadron area.
    Check it out!
    https://sites.google.com/site/evergreensquadronevents/
    (Below is an image, not live, but you get the idea....)

     
     
     
    Upcoming Events
    Start times are either the beginning of registration or the actual start of Round 1.  Your responsibility to find out which and to show up early enough.
     
    January
    6th-8th:  Washington Regionals hosted by Uncle's (Redmond)  Seattle Center, Details TBD
    21st (Saturday), Card Kingdom (Ballard)  Super Smash Wing skirmish.  1:00, $5
     
    February
    18th (Saturday):  BC Regionals at Westcoast GT, Vancouver (Burnaby), BC.  Details TBD
     
    March
    3rd-5th:  Endor System OPEN at ECCC, Seattle.  http://www.cascadegames.com/star-wars.html
     
    Snohomish, Island, Whatcom and Skagit Counties and Other Points North:
    Lynden - Heroes' Resource (Facebook)
    Sundays at 1:00
    Players' group
     
    Bellingham – Dark Tower Games (Facebook)
    Tuesdays at 6:00 (6-10 players)
    Bellingham Warhamsters: Local Minis Gaming Group with strong X-Wing interest
     
     
    Bellingham - The Comics Place (Facebook)
    Currently no regular play, but runs occasional tournaments.
     
    Bellingham - Cosmic Comics (Facebook)
    Currently no regular play, but runs tournaments every other month.
     
    Oak Harbor - Battle Den Games and Hobbies (Facebook)
    Game Nights, Thursdays at 6:00, (X-Wing mentioned occasionally)

    Marysville – Wandering Havoc Games (Facebook)
    Every other Saturday at 1 (4 or so regular players)
    Minis wargaming group, including X-wing
     
    Lake Stevens - MOB Games (Facebook)
    Thursdays, 4:00-10:00 (8 players)
     
    Everett – Game Shire (Facebook)
    Friday evenings. ("At least a few people")
    (Occasional alternative format tournaments)


    Everett – The AFK Tavern (Facebook)
    Wednesdays at 6:00 (~4 players, often involves HotAC)
     
    Everett - MuGu Games (Facebook)
    Sundays, Noon-Close (4-8 players)
    100 Point Tournaments, every 2nd Sunday
     
    Lynnwood – Round the Table Game Pub (Facebook)
    Thursdays at 7:00 (X-wing and Armada open play) (10-16 players)
     
     
    West Sound/Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam Counties
    Port Angeles - Dragonrail (Facebook)
    Monday night minis, includes X-wing: Mondays 4:00-8:00pm
     
    Port Angeles- Anime Kat (Facebook)
    Saturdays at 1:00  (2-4 players, up to 12 players during league)
    Player meetup Facebook group
     
    Silverdale- Avalon Comics (Facebook)
    Star Wars Tabletop Wednesday Evenings (incl. Armada, IA and X-Wing)
    Facebook Group:  Second Order

    Silverdale - Dragon’s Horde (Facebook)
    Tournament:  First Saturday of each month, 3:30-Close (8+ players)
    Summer Kit Tournament, Saturday September 10, 3:30.  $5
     
    Facebook Group: Kitsap X-wing
     
    Bremerton – The Game Wizard and Blue Sky Hobbies (Facebook)
    Mondays at 6 (10-20 players)
    Silver Squadron (Facebook Group)
    100 point Tournaments every 2nd Sunday of the month, generous store credit prizes, 11:00, $10
     
    Bremerton – Discordia Games (Facebook)
    Every other Friday, 6:00
    First Friday of each month, 100pt Tournament with Game Kit support, $5  (6-10 Players)
     
     
    Bremerton - The Comics Keep (Facebook)
    Not much info online, but apparently has 4-6 X-wing players on Fridays or Saturdays


    Seattle:
    Seattle (Greenwood) – Game Gurus (Facebook)


    Seattle (Ballard) Card Kingdom/Café Mox (Facebook)
    Thursdays at 6:30 (12 or more regular players)
     
    Seattle (Capitol Hill) Gamma Ray Games/Raygun Lounge (Facebook)
    No more regular play due to lack of space.

    Seattle (Capitol Hill) Phoenix Comics and Games (Facebook)
    Sundays at 1:00 (3-5 regular players)
    Monthly Tournaments, 3rd Sundays, 1:00, $5
     
    Seattle (West Seattle) Meeples Games (Facebook)
    Wednesdays at 6:30 (5-10 people) (Includes informal league)
    (also Saturdays at 8)
    Monthly Tournament: Last Sunday of each month, 12:00 (3-4 swiss rounds, 100pts, 60min)  $10.
    Facebook Group: Sons of Ackbar West Seattle
     
    Eastside:
    Bothell – Zulu's Board Game Cafe (Facebook)
    Thursdays at 7 (4-8 people)
    League Night, open to all: Tuesdays, 8:30
     
    Redmond – Games and Gizmos (Facebook)
    Mondays (Casual Gaming includes X-wing and Armada) (4-8 regular players)
    Tournaments, 3rd Saturdays of each month. Noon, $10

    Redmond - Uncle's Games (Facebook)
    Wednesdays at 5:00 (X-wing and Armada)
    X-wing League

    Bellevue – Mox Boarding House (Facebook)
    Thursdays at 5:00
    Thursday Night Scramble (3 rounds Swiss, 8 player cap) 

    Bellevue - Uncle's Games (Facebook)
    Any regular play here?
     
    Issaquah - Heroic Knight Games (Facebook)
    Tuesdays at 5:00 (6-7 regular players)

    South Sound (South King-Pierce-Thurston Counties):
    Kent – Blind Dragon Hobbies (Facebook)
    X-Wing and Armada Open League, Fridays at 6:30
    Miniatures Free Play, Sundays at Noon

    Federal Way – Fantasium Comics and Games (Facebook)
    Sundays at 3:30
     
    Tacoma - Terracrux Games (Facebook)
    League Night (open), Thursdays at 6:00  (6-14 players)
    Facebook players group
    Tournaments Second Saturday of each Month, 12:00, $5


    Tacoma – Tacoma Games (Facebook)
    Saturdays at 2:00
    ELO-style League (Closed Facebook group)

    Tacoma – Uncles Games (Facebook)
    Tuesdays at 5:00
    Wave 9 Celebration Tournament, Sunday Oct 9, 11:15 signups, $10 (max players 12, preregistration available)  Summer Kit Prizes.
     
    Tacoma – Northwest Sportscards Game Center (Facebook)
    Fridays at 4:00
     
    Tacoma (Lakewood) – The Game Matrix (Facebook)
    Fridays at 7:00 (~8 regular players)
    Game Night Kit (Summer Kit?) Tournament. 3 rounds.  Sunday, September 18.  12:00, $5 
     
    Tacoma (Spanaway) – Roadside Hobbies Games Unlimited (Facebook)


    Puyallup (South Hill) - Game On! (Facebook)


    Olympia (Lacey) – Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics (Facebook)
    X-wing Open Play, Tuesdays at 6:00 (10-24 players)
    Tuesday Draft League: Draft Day Sept. 13, Season Sept 20- Oct 24
    Hangar Bay Tournament with Wave 9 Prizes, Saturday Sept 17, 12:00, $15
    Facebook Group: Olympia X-wing
     
    Olympia - Forever Knights Gaming (Facebook) (New Facebook Page)
    Thursdays at 6


    Online Groups

    Evergreen Squadron on Facebook (Main Facebook Group for Western Washington
    Pacific Northwest X-Wing Gamers on Facebook (Regional group centered around Snohomish County Play)
     
    X-Wing miniatures – Emerald City Squad (more Seattle specific group

    Greater Seattle X-Wing Google Group
     
     
    Podcasts
     
    Evergreen Squadron Radio  (Facebook) (Soundcloud) (iTunes):  Monthly hour-long local program, featuring a local store each episode, as well as tournament reports, etc.
     
  13. Like
    Earthworm reacted to Jo Jo in Jan 7th and 8th - Seattle, WA X-Wing Regionals   
    Font is a bit hard to read. 
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    Earthworm got a reaction from dewbie420 in Seattle/Puget Sound/Western Washington Organized Play Master List   
    Added those three stores, though information is still sparse.  
     
    Added NW Sportscards' monthly tournaments in Tacoma
     
    I put Zulu's in the 'Eastside' category, though Bothell is fairly far north (did you know that Bothell is unique in that it is in BOTH King and Snohomish County?  I didn't even think that was possible.  Must be a jurisdictional nightmare for planning and revenue purposes)
  15. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from Zorprime in Seattle/Puget Sound/Western Washington Organized Play Master List   
    Sort of updated, but stores don't make it easy to find their info....
  16. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from KCDodger in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    Last year, I ran a list including a B-Wing with Tactician.  I decided to make an extended cockpit mod for one of my models, and the rear cockpit windows seemed reminiscent of the A-5 Vigilante naval Strike/Reconnisance plane from the 60's-early 70's:
     
    I've long enjoyed the Gull Grey/White color schemes of naval aircraft from the late 50's through the mid 80's (lots of variety and visual interest, compared to carriers today, where everything is a boring grey Hornet variant)
     
    So I decided to do a late 60's themed US Navy B-Wing/E2:


     
    The Cockpit extension is just plastruct tubing with some small strips along the side to help it blend.  It rotates on an axle running through the hub to the back end of the pod (not an efficient way of doing this, though it's cool to have the front and back pods rotate together.  I've since switched to magnets for rotation)  Ship rotation is through a pair of ring magnets.
     
    The decals are actually from Attack Squadron 35 which operated Intruders off of Nimitz (Carrier Air Wing 8: "AJ") from the mid 70's through mid 80's. Decals from Starfighter Decals, which has a great selection of small-scale decals for your 1/350 aircraft carrier planes, as well as some nice custom decals for Star Fleet Battles minis.  Nice decals, but very shiny- may even need another coat of Dullcote....
     
    Our gaming group meets next to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and we have a bunch of current and former sailors, so it's dedicated to them and their service.
  17. Like
    Earthworm reacted to Mu0n729 in Vassal vs TTS - which one and why?   
    I want to point out, before I'm wrongfully accused about this, that I don't advise people *not* to try out or *not* adopt TTS. Do what you must. I will myself jump ships if TTS becomes the dominant place where it's significantly easier to find games rather than vassal. I will learn to overcome any hurdle about the user interface if I have to, because the place I'm coming from is:
    I'm a x-wing player first and foremost. I don't care about advertising vassal x-wing beyond getting access to a large pool of players. That's my sole motivation. I don't want TTS to fail, i don't want to badmouth it, it's currently indirectly useful to me as a backup platform (in a hypothetical remote future) for my own games to be played on.
    I didn't care about Sega vs Ninentdo either back in the day but it seems like some people in this thread did (or would have).
  18. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from bmf in Vassal vs TTS - which one and why?   
    Is TTS prettier?  Yes.  
    I also envy the collision capabilities, and I absolutely commend the people who have put the work into the TTS module for X-wing.
     
    Nevertheless, in the past month, 1,333 unique players were on VASSAL for X-wing, and 2,814 games were played.  I don't know if that kind of data is even available for TTS, but I doubt it can post those numbers, and I don't know how many top players play TTS.  Go to any region and show us ten top players, and we can probably list 6 or 7 Vassal handles.
     
    Yes, I understand the irony of favoring a legacy platform, just because that's where all the users are, but that's how life works.  Besides, it's not a zero sum game.  Vassal is free, and TTS isn't all that expensive.  If you and your old buddy want ot play games across country and you like TTS, go for it, and if you want to meet new people or test lists against top people, you can use Vassal for that too.  They're both easy enough to learn if you practice for three or four games.
     
    Besides, just because Vassal is older and simpler doesn't mean it is less useful for getting better.  Though TTS looks nicer, and Vassal is essentially late 90's technology, I think that trying to actually simulate the table view is more of a distraction.  I'm already on a different perspective with my screen, I don't need another layer of forced perspective on top of that.  Actually, Vassal has helped me learn ship moves in a much less subjective manner, in terms of base lengths and as fractions of the table size, something I would not have picked up in a forced isometric view.)
     
    Bottom line:  If you want to always be able to go on and get a game, Vassal is for you.  Everything else is detail around the edges.
  19. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from acidReign in Vassal vs TTS - which one and why?   
    Is TTS prettier?  Yes.  
    I also envy the collision capabilities, and I absolutely commend the people who have put the work into the TTS module for X-wing.
     
    Nevertheless, in the past month, 1,333 unique players were on VASSAL for X-wing, and 2,814 games were played.  I don't know if that kind of data is even available for TTS, but I doubt it can post those numbers, and I don't know how many top players play TTS.  Go to any region and show us ten top players, and we can probably list 6 or 7 Vassal handles.
     
    Yes, I understand the irony of favoring a legacy platform, just because that's where all the users are, but that's how life works.  Besides, it's not a zero sum game.  Vassal is free, and TTS isn't all that expensive.  If you and your old buddy want ot play games across country and you like TTS, go for it, and if you want to meet new people or test lists against top people, you can use Vassal for that too.  They're both easy enough to learn if you practice for three or four games.
     
    Besides, just because Vassal is older and simpler doesn't mean it is less useful for getting better.  Though TTS looks nicer, and Vassal is essentially late 90's technology, I think that trying to actually simulate the table view is more of a distraction.  I'm already on a different perspective with my screen, I don't need another layer of forced perspective on top of that.  Actually, Vassal has helped me learn ship moves in a much less subjective manner, in terms of base lengths and as fractions of the table size, something I would not have picked up in a forced isometric view.)
     
    Bottom line:  If you want to always be able to go on and get a game, Vassal is for you.  Everything else is detail around the edges.
  20. Like
    Earthworm got a reaction from ThalanirIII in Vassal vs TTS - which one and why?   
    Is TTS prettier?  Yes.  
    I also envy the collision capabilities, and I absolutely commend the people who have put the work into the TTS module for X-wing.
     
    Nevertheless, in the past month, 1,333 unique players were on VASSAL for X-wing, and 2,814 games were played.  I don't know if that kind of data is even available for TTS, but I doubt it can post those numbers, and I don't know how many top players play TTS.  Go to any region and show us ten top players, and we can probably list 6 or 7 Vassal handles.
     
    Yes, I understand the irony of favoring a legacy platform, just because that's where all the users are, but that's how life works.  Besides, it's not a zero sum game.  Vassal is free, and TTS isn't all that expensive.  If you and your old buddy want ot play games across country and you like TTS, go for it, and if you want to meet new people or test lists against top people, you can use Vassal for that too.  They're both easy enough to learn if you practice for three or four games.
     
    Besides, just because Vassal is older and simpler doesn't mean it is less useful for getting better.  Though TTS looks nicer, and Vassal is essentially late 90's technology, I think that trying to actually simulate the table view is more of a distraction.  I'm already on a different perspective with my screen, I don't need another layer of forced perspective on top of that.  Actually, Vassal has helped me learn ship moves in a much less subjective manner, in terms of base lengths and as fractions of the table size, something I would not have picked up in a forced isometric view.)
     
    Bottom line:  If you want to always be able to go on and get a game, Vassal is for you.  Everything else is detail around the edges.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from Mu0n729 in Vassal vs TTS - which one and why?   
    Is TTS prettier?  Yes.  
    I also envy the collision capabilities, and I absolutely commend the people who have put the work into the TTS module for X-wing.
     
    Nevertheless, in the past month, 1,333 unique players were on VASSAL for X-wing, and 2,814 games were played.  I don't know if that kind of data is even available for TTS, but I doubt it can post those numbers, and I don't know how many top players play TTS.  Go to any region and show us ten top players, and we can probably list 6 or 7 Vassal handles.
     
    Yes, I understand the irony of favoring a legacy platform, just because that's where all the users are, but that's how life works.  Besides, it's not a zero sum game.  Vassal is free, and TTS isn't all that expensive.  If you and your old buddy want ot play games across country and you like TTS, go for it, and if you want to meet new people or test lists against top people, you can use Vassal for that too.  They're both easy enough to learn if you practice for three or four games.
     
    Besides, just because Vassal is older and simpler doesn't mean it is less useful for getting better.  Though TTS looks nicer, and Vassal is essentially late 90's technology, I think that trying to actually simulate the table view is more of a distraction.  I'm already on a different perspective with my screen, I don't need another layer of forced perspective on top of that.  Actually, Vassal has helped me learn ship moves in a much less subjective manner, in terms of base lengths and as fractions of the table size, something I would not have picked up in a forced isometric view.)
     
    Bottom line:  If you want to always be able to go on and get a game, Vassal is for you.  Everything else is detail around the edges.
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    Earthworm got a reaction from FlyingAnchors in REPAINTS, CONVERSIONS & SCRATCH BUILD THREAD   
    Last year, I ran a list including a B-Wing with Tactician.  I decided to make an extended cockpit mod for one of my models, and the rear cockpit windows seemed reminiscent of the A-5 Vigilante naval Strike/Reconnisance plane from the 60's-early 70's:
     
    I've long enjoyed the Gull Grey/White color schemes of naval aircraft from the late 50's through the mid 80's (lots of variety and visual interest, compared to carriers today, where everything is a boring grey Hornet variant)
     
    So I decided to do a late 60's themed US Navy B-Wing/E2:


     
    The Cockpit extension is just plastruct tubing with some small strips along the side to help it blend.  It rotates on an axle running through the hub to the back end of the pod (not an efficient way of doing this, though it's cool to have the front and back pods rotate together.  I've since switched to magnets for rotation)  Ship rotation is through a pair of ring magnets.
     
    The decals are actually from Attack Squadron 35 which operated Intruders off of Nimitz (Carrier Air Wing 8: "AJ") from the mid 70's through mid 80's. Decals from Starfighter Decals, which has a great selection of small-scale decals for your 1/350 aircraft carrier planes, as well as some nice custom decals for Star Fleet Battles minis.  Nice decals, but very shiny- may even need another coat of Dullcote....
     
    Our gaming group meets next to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and we have a bunch of current and former sailors, so it's dedicated to them and their service.
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    Earthworm reacted to Cesamasec in Why the Jumpmaster nerf is bad for x-wing (hear me out)   
    Ok, the OP made a thought out post and asked for thoughts. Yes you gave your thoughts, but blanket statements like that do not contribute and honestly are pretty d*ckish
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    Earthworm reacted to Velvetelvis in Drive safe ....drive turtled.Palpatine is my co-pilot   
    The road is a dangerous place. Keep your wits about you and take tokens.

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    Earthworm reacted to Darth Meanie in Feeling a Bit Jipped   
    True, fair enough, and no offense meant.  Given my Bohemian background, I am probably even slurring myself.  And, unlike some others, I do care, since there are any number of other words I could have used to express my sentiment.  No way to redact a title in this forum, in any event.
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