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    aadh got a reaction from impspy in VT-49 repaints   
    I was never a fan of the VT-49 Decimator look, but its depiction in Star Wars Commander changed my mind and inspired the following scheme:
     

     

     

     

     

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    aadh got a reaction from Arttemis in Kenner Blockade Runner - re-paint   
    That'll look great once it's painted. Or, you know, whatever.
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    aadh got a reaction from Aweber5 in VT-49 repaints   
    I was never a fan of the VT-49 Decimator look, but its depiction in Star Wars Commander changed my mind and inspired the following scheme:
     

     

     

     

     

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    aadh got a reaction from Budgernaut in Am I the only one to find the speciel dice ugly?   
    Whoa, I actually like those.
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    aadh reacted to ShakeZoola72 in Empire at War Ships: Will we see them in X-Wing?   
    The TIE scout was around waaaay before EAW fyi....I still have a few tie scouts from the old decipher ccg
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    aadh got a reaction from Green Knight in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    Norra "died" in a TIE fighter twice, actually. That makes it 200% more annoying.
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    aadh got a reaction from Green Knight in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    I could say the same regarding religous beliefs and perspectives on homosexuality.
     
    There were actually three gay characters in the book. Objectively, they weren't written poorly and there was not much emphasis on any kind of sexual activity other than the bounty hunter's proposition (which was fairly PG in itself). 
     
    None of that bothered me. It is my opinion that the author's inclusion of multiple gay characters was pretty forced and is more of a real-life social commentary than a workable sci-fi narrative. But still this is not a book that I would caution my religious peers against on merit of those characters' sexual identity. If anything, I just thought it was poorly-written.
     
    The book has some merit (I will admit that I enjoyed some of the interludes) and I tend to be very forgiving; I am a prequel fan, an OT fan, and a sequel fan. But still I believe this book proves that not-EU can be just as awful as old-EU.
     
    Edit: brevity
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    aadh got a reaction from Green Knight in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    I hated it. It's paced like he wrote it in a chat window. Approximately half of the book is incomplete sentences that read like this:
     
    The TIE jukes left.
    And right.
    And left again.
    Then out of nowhere: an explosion.
    And stuff.
     
    It also did nothing to separate itself from the super-cheese of the EU or the most cartoony bits of Clone Wars and Rebels. 
     
    Edit: Half-ninja'd
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    aadh reacted to Captain Lackwit in YOUR Ship IN STAR WARS... for real.   
    Maaan that was the stupidest subplot ever.
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    aadh got a reaction from Crabbok in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    Norra "died" in a TIE fighter twice, actually. That makes it 200% more annoying.
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    aadh got a reaction from RedSam in How bout them bases, eh?   
    Why in the world would they do this and not have a black or smoke option? I am totally mystified.
     
    Oh well, I guess I could use some more clear pieces.
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    aadh got a reaction from xXWarsmithXx in How bout them bases, eh?   
    Why in the world would they do this and not have a black or smoke option? I am totally mystified.
     
    Oh well, I guess I could use some more clear pieces.
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    aadh got a reaction from UnfairBanana in How bout them bases, eh?   
    Why in the world would they do this and not have a black or smoke option? I am totally mystified.
     
    Oh well, I guess I could use some more clear pieces.
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    aadh got a reaction from R2ShihTzu in How bout them bases, eh?   
    Why in the world would they do this and not have a black or smoke option? I am totally mystified.
     
    Oh well, I guess I could use some more clear pieces.
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    aadh reacted to Forgottenlore in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    I disagree about the interludes. I am rather enjoying those.
    Actually, I would rather read more about some of those stories than the actual plot of the book.
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    aadh reacted to Crabbok in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    Just finished the book today.   I woudl have finished it sooner but the writing style made it difficult for me to stick with.  I often had to put it down after only a few pages, due to frustration.  Once I hit the halfway mark though I was able to finish the rest of the book in 2 days. 
     
      I'll say this.   It's the worst book I've ever read.   Granted I have only started reading seriously the last few months, and have read amazing books like the Martian and Ready Player One.  So it being the "worst" might not mean all that much. 
     
    My main complaints follow:  There may be SPOILERS
    1: Writing Style - Wedge tells Ackbar, Mon Monthma: "We have to do X,Y, Z"  Things like that annoy me.  The author uses a TON of colons and incomplete sentences.   At one part there are two paragraphs contains entirely in parentesis.  Consecutive paragraphs.   And they were about the same topic.  I don't see why they needed to be two separate paragraphs, nor why each of them needed to be completely enclosed in parentesis.  Things like that distract me from the story and make me think about the grammar and syntax way too much.
     
    2: Hollow Story - There is virtually no motivation for the people to do the things that they are doing.  The only real motivation is money, a bounty hunter is going to share her bounty with everyone if they all team up and kill all the imperial bad guys....  It isn't "Believable".  A Mother who's only motivation in the world is to be with her son and save him, abandon's her son at the drop of a hat and disregards her entire motivation multiple times in the story.  The "Gay" character isn't gay until a single line in the last few chapters, and there's no reason for him to be gay, other than out of NOWHERE one of the female characters is like "Hey, do you want to have sex after this mission is complete?" and he says no.   Hell he might not even BE gay, he might have been trying to let her down gently.   Anyhow, it had NOTHING to do with ANYTHING and I would have rather him have a husband or something so that there was some reason to mention his orientation other than the sake of diversity. 
     
    3: Main Character X Dies.   Next page you find out the author lied.  - Author does this like 4 or 5 times in the book and it gets old quick. Explosion - and he lay there, dead.    Next page :"Well I thought I was dead, but turns out I've just got a bump on the head".  It it happened once I'd think it was clever.   It happens TOO much.   And when peopel DO die, it isn't even mentioned until MUCH later, "Oh yeah this person died 4 days ago BTW". 
     
    4: Doesn't feel at ALL like Star Wars.-   Insert this story into any other setting and it's still a lame story that "works" anywhere.   Nothing about it has much to do with "Star Wars" unless you consider people's backstory, which doesn't really matter. 
     
    5: Interludes - These blasted interludes are TOO MUCH.   Almost every chapter ends with an Interlude after it.   It is frustrating to feel like I have to read an entirely new story every 6 or 7 pages.  And while one or two of the interludes are interesting, I found many of them to be forgettable or otherwise uninteresting.  It would have been better to have maybe 2 or 3 interludes tops, instead of like thirty.  (Don't have an exact count but it feels like thirty of them). 
     
    6: Lack of Legacy EU Tie-Ins - I was expecting at least one character from the EU to show up, or for them to name-drop someone.   I know this is a weak gripe, but it's my last one.
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    aadh reacted to Sergovan in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    The sexual orientation comes up only as a clarification and then it doesn't appear again. Having a gay male character simply state that he is gay is the least offensive part of this novel.  
     
    @ Vor Tex: very similar to my way of thinking on homosexuality. I call it "the eggplant" approach.
     
    I can't stand eggplant as a food. Will make me vomit if I try to eat it. But I won't begrudge someone else who likes it and if that is what they want to eat then they are free to do so. I won't be upset that that is their choice and I have better things to be upset about. To each his own.
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    aadh reacted to Vor Trex in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    A source book would be a good idea.I'll wait for that definitely.
    Sorry I didn't reply sooner. You kinda got lost among all the discussion about the author.
    On that topic.
    I'm a heterosexual with religious beliefs who finds homosexuality disgusting. You notice I said homosexuality not homosexuals. They're people too and deserve to be treat with dignity and respect. So if I was reading a book and there was a gay character I'd keep reading so long as there were no graphic love scenes. But I'd close a book if it had graphic loves scenes between a man and a woman too so again that makes little difference.
    ALL the reviews and hate I've read, and I've read about twenty, have all criticized the bad writing, poor plot etc. Not one of them ever mentioned the one gay character. Probably because those reviewers are real people who live in the real world and don't see that as an issue. Like me. If most of the reviews berated him in a homophobic tirade, I'd believe this was biased by prejudice and get the book believing those people were blinded by their hate.
    Can we please keep this topic about the book.
    Whether the author is a cool guy or a jerk is not the point. I know someone who doesn't listen to Johnny Cash because "he wasn't a nice person" in their opinion. Might be true, I don't know, but I just enjoy the music. Same person enjoyed Elton John music, but "went off his music" when they found out he was gay. Why? The music didn't change. Please don't be "that person" who refuses to even consider a book because there's a gay character or the author is a moron.
    Personally, I'm not getting the book because more are saying how terrible the writing and plot are. I don't want to spend money on a book that even Star Wars fans hate, and hate for valid reasons.
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    aadh got a reaction from Crabbok in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    I hated it. It's paced like he wrote it in a chat window. Approximately half of the book is incomplete sentences that read like this:
     
    The TIE jukes left.
    And right.
    And left again.
    Then out of nowhere: an explosion.
    And stuff.
     
    It also did nothing to separate itself from the super-cheese of the EU or the most cartoony bits of Clone Wars and Rebels. 
     
    Edit: Half-ninja'd
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    aadh reacted to Tipperary in [prequels] The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly   
    (pictured: probably just the last two)
     
    This is a thing I've been working on for (yikes!) almost three months now, despite which it's really not anywhere near complete, but I thought I'd attempt to get some design feedback here.

    It's not designed to be balanced vs. OT+ ships, if parts of it are that's nothing but a happy accident. Hopefully I've managed to make it more or less balanced vs. itself, but hey, minimal testing.

    I was originally going to have a semi-complex reload/delayed fire system for missiles and torpedoes, but it proved a bit clunky. There might still be references to it on some cards that haven't been updated, but there's only one real rules tweak, which I adopted to smooth out some elements and hopefully sidestep an OT+ pitfall.

    "When attacking with a TURRET PRIMARY WEAPON or an AUXILIARY FIRING ARC, if you are targeting a ship outside your primary firing arc, reduce your Primary Weapon Value by 1."
     
    This has a useful effect on several ships. It provides the proper rear-arc firepower for the ARC-170, prevents the Havoc from being a nasty PWT while running away, and makes the Firespray's rear arc less broken. Doesn't really affect the Nantex one way or the other since the thing is a dervish.
     
    Anyway, enough preamble that hasn't actually defined the scope of this project: this is an unfinished but fairly comprehensive set of ships, pilots, and upgrades for ships from the ~30-20BBY era.
     
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    TO DO:
     


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    aadh reacted to Forgottenlore in Is Aftermath worth buying......   
    The writing style comes across to me like an 8 year old who is just learning how to construct sentances.
    See wedge.
    See wedge fly.
    Fly wedge fly.
    Also, rolled my eyes pretty hard at the guy playing "settlers of catan in space" with a droid.
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    aadh reacted to Vorpal Sword in An uneasy truth underlying Force Friday   
    I agree in principle. However:
    (1) Disney and FFG haven't released any public information about FFG's "Star Wars stuff". A substantial amount of information about it exists anyway.
    (2) I'm a happy owner of every other product in FFG's X-wing line except the Death Star playmat. By induction, FFG's "Star Wars stuff" is likely to make me happy, too, so I don't object to a blind buy here the way I might otherwise.
    (3) The stakes are pretty low. I'm not buying a $1500 TV or a $30,000 car on impulse with no research or clear idea what I'm getting--I'm planning on spending $40 on toys (and maybe a new pair of PJs for my toddler, who can already say "Vader" and "Wookiee"). Even if it's a total write-off, I can make it up by packing a lunch instead of going out a couple of times next week.
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    aadh reacted to Slugrage in Could there be a midnight ffg news article?   
    No, because they probably already used up all their O/T budget paying someone last month to sit online and delete all the threads about the new core set. 
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    aadh reacted to GrimmyV in The problem with the Scyk: it wasn't the V-wing   
    Porax-38 for scum with Cad Bane, please.
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    aadh reacted to Tipperary in The problem with the Scyk: it wasn't the V-wing   
    Pfft, give me Tri-fighters, Nantex, and the Sith Infiltrator and I'll gladly fly seps.
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