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    So much hyperbole in this thread. You can still buy online, so can we stop with all the doomsaying about how FFG is trying to tell you what you're allowed to do or claiming that this is some kind of personal attack? 

     

    It could be clearer, sure. But so far it looks like they're trying to prevent online retailers from being able to sell at crazy low costs on a somewhat regular basis. As someone who works an entry level job, you can afford to pay what I've been paying at my local store. Hell, I've been buying X-Wing, Armada, computer parts, paint supplies, videogames, and bullets all year without any serious financial hiccups or missed payments on things like bills or rent. All despite the fact that I'm bad at math and worse at keeping track of my money. If someone as financially incompetent as I am can handle these prices then so can you. 

     

    No, you probably won't see Imperial Veterans selling for $10 or Epic ships going for $40 anymore. But you won't be forced to quit the game due to a lack of nearby game stores, either. You'll just have to pay what I've been paying. Well, adjusted for region and all. Like I said before, I've been paying LGS prices this entire time and the only time I've gone broke since starting this game was because I impulse bought a rifle after forgetting I owed like $300 on my credit card. Even then I found money for the Outrider and Decimator

     

    You aren't being deprived of access to X-Wing. You aren't being discriminated against. You're used to getting crazy deals from a business model that runs very low costs and now that you're probably not getting "barely profiting" prices it just feels like you're being screwed.

    You, and Asmodee, have a misunderstanding of how free markets work. If the demand is at lower prices, what do you think will happen if you increase prices and supply remains the same? Yup, demand will fall. This is a hard lesson other companies had to learn, eg Games Workshop and Mayfair.

    You can act noble all you want for stupidly over-paying for the same product but that's sadly not how businesses survive. Consumers LOVE saving money, or at least appearing to save money (JCPenny). If one store charges more but offers nothing in return, they'll have a hard time staying in business, regardless what they sell.

    In the end, this is just another widget sold by retailers, and we as conaumers will vote with our wallet, intentionally or not.

     

    I'm not acting noble. I'm basically saying "suck it up, I have no sympathy." For starters, after exchange rates are applied and shipping rates happen I'm usually paying the same to order online as I would to go to my LGS and buy there, except now I have to wait for it to arrive. So, no I actually haven't been paying a lot more since I'm willing to pay the usual price instead of waiting for sales. Patience isn't one of my strengths. I'm aware that people like saving money, I simply don't care when those people aren't me. Thirdly, the owner of my LGS has stated on multiple occasions that he considers buying our stuff at his store to be our "table fee" and has contemplated charging known online buyers to use his tables. Fourth, many of the new players in town only know the game even exists because they saw our Saturday group playing in the back and asked about it. Others have bought the game largely because they could see how much we were enjoying it. Local stores can serve a marketing purpose because they want the game to be popular as much as FFG does. 

     

    It's also worth noting that I consider the owner of my LGS a friend, so I have a degree of loyalty that is completely absent when dealing other businesses. If I were to move to another city I would compare the cost of buying locally against buying online...and probably end up buying locally for reasons I mentioned above. Hate waiting for things to arrive in the mail. 

     

    I think I could have worded my original post better, though. The message I want to send is simple. 

    1) Stop ranting about how you can't buy X-Wing online. They explicitly said that you'll still be able to. You just won't see as many of those big sales that various sites used to do and it seems likely that the cost will go up in general. That is not the same as forcing you to drive to a city X distance away to buy the game, though the cost per miniature might be very close. 

     

    2) Stop treating this like a personal attack ("it's like they're saying we're scum for buying online" -Vulf; Tokyogriz accused them of "declaring war on the fans" in another thread, this topic compares them to Big Brother despite that not making any sense). FFG, Asmodee, whoever made this decision isn't doing this out of some kind of malice aimed at you. At worst they don't care how it will impact you compared to how it will effect me.

     

    So, yeah. I'm not sure why you think I'm even trying to talk about how free market economics work. Was it the bit about how people can still afford it? I was saying that specifically to make it clear that yes, they can still afford it. Maybe not as much, maybe not as easily, but seriously if I can build the collection I have with the wage I make then so can most everyone on this site. I'm not saying they have to be happy about it, I'm just not allowed to swear at the people that are acting like this just immediately became as expensive as Warhammer is*. 

     

    EDIT: I live in Canada so I should mention that unless people are mistaken this doesn't really do anything to me anyway? A number of people have specifically said "in the United States" when talking about this whole thing. Also Andy1909 inspired me to check Amazon.ca and while some things were even or slightly cheaper a lot of stuff was more expensive. Biggest savings would be the Falcon at almost $10 cheaper (Amazon Prime only, otherwise I'd have to pay shipping which would probably be around $10). The T-70 and TIE/FO were actually more expensive, costing $5.33 more than I paid for each of mine at the local place. 

     

    *Yes, I know GW did something like this at some point. The difference is that this is at worst the third time FFG has done anything that could be considered an intentional **** move against their customers (the first two being putting awesome upgrades in Epic ships, which I thought was perfectly above board but some would disagree). Games Workshop has an established history of pulling a truly impressive array of tricks to make customers spend more on their game. This one parallel is not grounds for all the Warhammer refugees to have flashbacks. If we see a couple more shifts I'll consider joining the pani but it's way too early to start that now.


  2. Auxiliary arc for sure. The wings are way too tall to fire over them and as far as I could tell the gun could face forward or backward but didn't do much if pointed in any other direction. I mean, it could swivel but I don't recall him ever firing straight up or down.  

     

    I thinking it gets the auxiliary arc by default and maybe there's a crew member that does something cool with it. Not sure how to word a crewmember that lets you equip an HLC and fire it backwards but something crazy like that as a TIE/SF only crew upgrade. 


  3. I'm not great at figuring out the exact way that triggers and timing in this game work. When Hobbie Klivian does a K-turn with Targeting Astromech equipped, does he acquire a target lock before or after he gets the stress for the red maneuver? Does "after you execute a red maneuver" mean after I move the ship or during the clean up step, which happens after I get my stress token?  


  4. I'm so sick of hearing that we have to stick up for our FLGS' and basically hand them extra money. If the business model sucks and doesn't work, the business model sucks. We the consumer shouldn't throw more money at it to prop it up. Let it fail if it is going to fail and if there is a demand for something they provided (such as gaming space), something will pop up to fill the void (such as gaming cafés, game stores that rent play space or something else entirely). If the demand isn't there, then it isn't a business.

    Only viable in larger cities. The city I live in is large enough for an LGS to do well, but I doubt very much that it would survive as a gaming cafe. Until the concept of gaming cafes has taken a stronger hold, we're still going to need LGS' to exist to prevent a lot of these games from dying out. I only know that X-Wing even exists because I noticed it on the shelf back when I played Magic. 

     

    An LGS serves more purposes than just being a place to buy the game. Online retailers can do that specific thing better, but they are completely unable to fulfill a lot of other functions that an LGS can serve.


  5. So much hyperbole in this thread. You can still buy online, so can we stop with all the doomsaying about how FFG is trying to tell you what you're allowed to do or claiming that this is some kind of personal attack? 

     

    It could be clearer, sure. But so far it looks like they're trying to prevent online retailers from being able to sell at crazy low costs on a somewhat regular basis. As someone who works an entry level job, you can afford to pay what I've been paying at my local store. Hell, I've been buying X-Wing, Armada, computer parts, paint supplies, videogames, and bullets all year without any serious financial hiccups or missed payments on things like bills or rent. All despite the fact that I'm bad at math and worse at keeping track of my money. If someone as financially incompetent as I am can handle these prices then so can you. 

     

    No, you probably won't see Imperial Veterans selling for $10 or Epic ships going for $40 anymore. But you won't be forced to quit the game due to a lack of nearby game stores, either. You'll just have to pay what I've been paying. Well, adjusted for region and all. Like I said before, I've been paying LGS prices this entire time and the only time I've gone broke since starting this game was because I impulse bought a rifle after forgetting I owed like $300 on my credit card. Even then I found money for the Outrider and Decimator

     

    You aren't being deprived of access to X-Wing. You aren't being discriminated against. You're used to getting crazy deals from a business model that runs very low costs and now that you're probably not getting "barely profiting" prices it just feels like you're being screwed. 


  6. Might be off topic, but this would be awesome (in my opionion)

     

    The Heros are fleeing from the FO, and General Hux Is talling to a Tie Pilot.

     

    "Take the 181st and HUNT THEM DOWN!"

     

    "Yes Sir! I won't let you down."

     

    "Let's hope not, you have a name to uphold, Lieutenant Fel."

    I was kind of hoping we'd get a brief cameo of Wedge saying something about how Poe was an excellent student. Would have been cool to see the classic Ultimate Ace pass the torch on to the new one. I don't feel that we really lost anything by not having this happen but it still would have been cool. I'm just happy I can point at something and say "that's what Wedge was like. THAT's why Wedge was called 'the best pilot in the galaxy'".


  7. Does anyone know what exactly happened at the end of the Rey/Kylo fight? Does she cut his hand off or destroy his saber? Couldn't really tell...

    Pretty sure she slashed his face. Don't think his saber took a hit, but on my second viewing I was watching carefully and he seems to have a facial injury. Probably have some scars in Episode VIII.


  8. I don't count Maul getting cut in half as losing a limb. I count it as being cut in half, which is a lot more fatal than losing an arm or a leg. If the cut had gone lower and sent both of his legs spinning off separately then maybe, but the cut was almost under his chest. Forgot about that guy that was harassing Luke in the cantina, though. 


  9. I don't buy into the Ep IV repeat criticism. Not close enough at all for me to follow that thinking. Definitely some similarities but not enough to say that. Good callbacks to all the original films, though.

     

    The Kylo-Rey fight is easy to explain and I'm not the only one saying it.

    1. Bowcaster to the gut

    2. Already tired out from one lightsaber fight while also bleeding out (while the fight itself may not have tired him much, the wound will tire with any amount of physical activity)

    3. Rey did have ability in martial arts before force grabbing the saber (staff fighting) and had latent force talents, she was also already shown to be a quick study with the mind trick (even if it was a bit Mary Sue, it was in the story and supports her ability to pick up force ability quickly)

     

    Actually, my only issue with the entire film is that it's the first saga film in which someone did not have a limb removed (unless I missed it, pretty sure no one did, though).

    Not the first. No limbs lost in ANH or Phantom Menace. So far the trend is actually that the second and third parts of the trilogy feature severed limbs, so we may be able to make a full tradition of this yet. 

     

     

    Episode IV was designed as a trilogy...or so I thought. 

     

    Still, I think they could've given us more info than what they did.  I think it was a detriment to the outcome of the movie.  I think it would've been GREAT if they spaced the scenes out a little bit and gave us a tad bit more information.

     

    Instead, it was GOOD.

     

    Star Wars was not originally going to be a trilogy, but they were hoping for it. Apparently Vader was originally going to die when Han ambushes him during the trench run, but they changed it because he was the only villain they had left at that point. They went into the writers room for ESB knowing they were making a trilogy out of it, which is why those two have a better sense of continuity. Especially in the completely unedited versions there are some small inconsistencies between ANH and the other two, because ANH wasn't made to be part of a trilogy from day one like the others were.


  10. Completely, unabashedly, unashamedly 5! 

     

    The first part of the movie had me giddy with, "I'm watching Star Wars in the theater again!"

     

    About halfway through the movie I took a second to reflect and realized that the movie was basically perfect. I don't mean perfect as in unable to be improved upon, but I mean that I had seen nothing that made me feel disappointed. There are all these inconsistencies that people like to point out, but we've seen that all before. How about, "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise," way back in 1977. Now it's a gag, but that's seriously a huge problem with the first film. You don't even fear the stormtroopers. But I've seen that kind of stuff in all parts of Star Wars and frankly, it doesn't bother anymore. Why didn't the Star Destroyer intercept the Falcon when it was above Jakku?* I don't know, but who cares?! It was an engaging movie and I didn't feel let down by it at all.

     

    Also, let me add that I'm a huge prequel fan, but it took me several viewings to warm up to Episode I. This time, with The Force Awakens, I didn't have to search for connections to make it feel like Star Wars. It was easy to sit back and just enjoy it for what it was. I wholeheartedly welcome it to my collection of the 6 Star Wars films.

     

    *This was pointed out to me by my wife after the movie.

    This guy gets it. Many of the mistakes in the OT were later explained away in the EU, but they were still mistakes. Most of them we came to embrace. The cornier bits of the classics are very popular in their own way and it's kind of unfair to demand that this movie somehow capture the feel of the OT without a bit of silliness. In particular I'm somewhat expecting "But no damage!" to become a thing, probably because that was the only time the movie made me laugh without trying to. 

     

    In all fairness to the 1977 Stormtroopers, they were shooting well while boarding the Tantive IV and were fearless every time we saw them. They weren't supposed to kill any of the heroes because Vader had plans that required them to escape. But it does severely hurt their image either way, I'll give you that. 

     

    I'm the opposite when it comes to the prequels. I still enjoy them, but since I was like eight when Phantom Menace came out and the prequels were all done before I ever tried applying critical thought to a movie I actually began to notice flaws on followup viewings where before I hadn't seen them. I do think the hate directed at the CGI is completely excessive. It was pretty obvious at times but it wasn't as bad as people say it was. In newer movies I tend to just ignore people who complain about CGI effects entirely--watch Fury Road's storm scene and remember that not only is the storm CGI, so is Furiosa's metal arm. Forgot Charlize Theron has both her arms until someone mentioned her name. Anyway, Star Wars.

     

    Also I like the speech before they use the Starkiller. The delivery was appropriately hammy and the whole thing gave off a Nuremberg Rally feel to me. The Empire was based on the Nazis so it was good to see Abrams run with that.  


  11. I really liked Kylo Ren. He isn't very intimidating with his mask off, but that's something I have liked before. Palpatine may have looked as evil as he was, but a lot of truly horrible people are perfectly normal in looks. It also fits if they decide to have him join the Light Side later on, although I'd love to see a good guy that looks like evil incarnate. Seriously, imagine Palpatine hamming it up like he always does while telling a charity that he just bought them a building they can use as an office or something. Kylo Ren actually looking like just another guy under his helmet also fits with his internal struggle--he's not cartoonishly evil like Palpatine or larger than life like psychic mass murdering cyborg Vader, he's a guy who took a step towards evil and then decided to keep going. 

     

    I like the twist of Kylo Ren being a villain that feels a pull towards being a good guy. It's an interesting inversion of prequel Anakin. Some people didn't like his tantrums but I have to disagree. The Dark Side has always been about channeling your anger and hatred. Vader may have been a lot quieter and calmer about it but he still had a habit of casual murdering people that annoyed him, and Palpatine shows a pretty big sadistic streak whenever he gets the chance. Kylo is younger than both and more conflicted about the path he's taken, so for him to lose control of his temper makes sense. I also like how he's actually more practical in some ways than our Imperial Sith were. Note that he never teamkills despite suffering setbacks caused by other people. Unlike Vader he's apparently willing to let people learn from their mistakes, which is a better long term strategy and encourages people to admit their mistakes so that plans can be adjusted. 

     

    Wasn't expecting Poe to be such a nice guy, but I like it. From the trailer I thought he was going to have a hostile attitude towards Finn, maybe suspect him of actually being a spy. Since Finn and Rey both had difficulty stepping into their hero roles it was good to see one that had already managed it. 

     

    Humour was done much more gracefully than in the prequels. I mostly enjoyed the prequels despite their flaws but I do find that they have a terrible habit of making comic relief characters that are too important to the plot or fail to actually be funny (Jar Jar is of course both). A few times the prequels also seem to basically grind to a halt so the comic relief can step out and see if George Lucas can be funny (sometimes but usually not). This one was much better about using quick jokes that don't distract from the plot (BB-8's "thumbs up" with the lighter) or just being really funny (the nurse that kept telling Chewie how brave he was). 

     

    Poe is also very much Wedge Antilles for a new generation, so that's good. Wedge has a cooler name but that won't stop me from looking forward to watching Black Leader tearing through TIE/FOs in the next movie. 


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    I actually made the spoiler the subject specifically so that the only way to avoid it would be to ignore the PM completely. If you've never gotten a PM, it puts a red 1 next to that little envelope just like the one that goes by that other symbol when someone likes one of your posts. He'd have to have ignored that in order to avoid the spoiler completely. Sent you a non-spoiler PM to demonstrate.

    Everyone's got a talent. Yours appears to be your ability to be a dickhead. So, congratulations I guess?

     

    One of my talents, yes. 


  13. T-70 or TIE/FO. Punishers can be fun but usually you won't want multiples in a list. They start expensive and require upgrading. With T-70s you can throw Crack Shot and a cheap Astromech on Red Squad Veteran and move on with your life, or you can build Ello up to do some crazy things. TIE/FO has some awesome pilots in it and comes with Juke.


  14. Is it that bad though? Compared to pretty much every other board I frequent, this one seems pretty civilized. Which threads in particular are you complaining about?

    All of ColonelGeneralVatutin's threads and possibly my response to them. Going farther back there were the inclusiveness threads, although in the mods' defence those things were literally the entire first two pages of topics at one point so actually curbing it would be difficult. 


  15. Don't klick links unless you are prepared for the consequences. Everybody who has been to a certain lemon related site will tell you that...

     

    Also: Vader is Luke's father :)

    I actually made the spoiler the subject specifically so that the only way to avoid it would be to ignore the PM completely. If you've never gotten a PM, it puts a red 1 next to that little envelope just like the one that goes by that other symbol when someone likes one of your posts. He'd have to have ignored that in order to avoid the spoiler completely. Sent you a non-spoiler PM to demonstrate.


  16. Looked at it up to the TIE Interceptor breakdown, will likely read some more later on. Most of the guide is very clear and easy to follow, and I like how you include a wide variety of upgrades beyond the "best" options. That will help new players develop a style that suits them, and keep them from feeling locked into specific upgrades every time they use a ship. 

     

    I do feel you overvalue PTL a bit, though. It's a very strong EPT but TIE Advanced with Predator and ATC is brutal. I would also argue that the only systems upgrades the Advanced should ever take are Accuracy Corrector or ATC. In particular I have to disagree with you on FCS being a good choice against targets with 3+ agility. ATC is much better against the dodgy targets.


  17. I think the decision for and the execution of punishment against a member must never be done by another member but a moderator of the board only.

    If members take over that task it opens doors for arbitrary lynching, which is dangerous for the health of discussion culture, especially if it's done only for the reason that someone doesn't like the opinion or attitude of his discussion-partner.

    (I also read his stuff. It's containing lots of words. And they usually stay behind the screen if you switch it off once in a while...!]

    ;)

    Yeah, the moderators have done such a great job handling it so far. Really cracked down on EmperorPalpatine 3 here. 


  18.  

    While I think the PM you got was childish and spiteful, this is a great community filled with (for the most part) likeminded and friendly people.

    For someone to do this to you means you should examine your Trollish behavior. Your own actions over the last few days brought this on, not some "character flaw"'of the community.

    So long as you don't go counter to the circlejerk, this community is great. If you dare to be different, then the pack quickly turns on you. It's like people on here don't know how to disagree with someone without calling them names and insulting them.

     

    Hardly. I dislike a few people here for various reasons, but I can still interact civilly with them. I can't remembre if it's ParaGoomba or ficklegreendice that's always complaining about "Acewing," but as much as I want them to just shut up about it already I've never said so much as an unkind word about it until just now. Vatutin is blatantly a troll and being the bigger man isn't going to make him admit that. He won't respond to guilt trips or rational arguments, so I'm not going to try those.


  19.  

    red maneuvers only; not stress

     

    if you get hit by any of that, no K-turns because you can't red when stresed

     

    Bren is comparable though with a potential White 5-k. He's not picking up a target lock from it though.

     

     

    thing with Bren is he can go infinite crackshot instead of reducing himself to a gimmick

     

    It's the best use, for sure, but mobility abilities are waaaay more fun.

     

    I usually agree with that sentiment, but Bren doesn't really have enough extra mobility when using Adrenaline Rush to really become all that fun to fly. I'll stick with Pyscho Tycho for suboptimal builds that are excessively entertaining.


  20. I would drop Luke. He's very expensive and doesn't really do much to justify costing two more points than Gunner. I would also switch Veteran Instincts for either Stay On Target or Push the Limit to keep Keyan stressed. I'm not entirely sold on the Ion Cannon, but I rarely use them so I might be underestimating how useful it is. I always use HLC or go without a cannon when I use B-Wings, but that's just me. 

     

    On Tycho I would drop Shield Upgrade and use Test Pilot to give him Expert Handling or Daredevil. 


  21. Star Wars has always run on a certain degree of nonsense. Part of why I tend to call it a fantasy story dressed like science fiction. Starkiller base is...implausible to say the least but a weapon that can destroy entire solar systems should be massive and require a huge power source. A missile that can blow up stars already puts my suspension of disbelief on the ropes, but launching it from a nigh-invincible starfighter? No. Not having it. I do agree that the less they explain how it works the better, though. So naturally there will be a ton of demand for an explanation as to how it works. 


  22. Maybe the OP is trying to tap into the dark side. Anyone see any suspicious bolts of lightning while using the forum?

    That was a significant part of my motive, yes. I allowed the hate to flow through me and gave in to my anger. My journey to the Dark Side is now complete. Still getting the hang of that Force Lightning, though. Very tricky.

     

    Also, apologies to anyone that may have seen that spoiler as a result of Vatutin reposting it but I'll be honest. I'm not sorry I sent it to him. He's an obnoxious whiner and I have no sympathy for him. 

     

    Vatutin, don't compare this to ****. First off that's incredibly out of proportion and disrespectful to people who have actually suffered trauma like that. Secondly, don't make insist that you aren't equating me with a rapist right after you blatantly did just that (and right before you continue to act like deliberately spoiling a movie is evidence that I'm secretly the devil). 

     

    Also, if you would stop talking about leaving and actually just left the forum you wouldn't have this problem. If you're leaving, then leave. I think it's safe to say none of us will miss you.

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