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  1. Pictured above is an Armada player waiting hopefully on the porch three hours after the time their deadbeat dad said they'd come by to pick them up and take them fishing "for real this time, sorry about all those other times I didn't come through and show up, but this time will be different." Look, at this point it's the Armada players' faults. I can recall more instances in the past three years of FFG failing to deliver Armada news than I can of them actually delivering. The most recent example above, sure, but let's not forget the Worlds Hyperspace Report debacle that was all and only X-Wing 2.0 after being billed as Star Wars gaming news, or the Gencon In-Flight report where after a loooong wait FFG said only "Something big is coming!' (cue more than another year of waiting to get it), or when they teased Clone Wars after having already teased Clone Wars at an earlier event. It's a real testament to the game of Armada, I suppose, that there is any community left.
  2. Very true, but there are some reasons to want Lore Aragorn as a starting hero. For instance, you might want a quick Sentinel with Burning Brand, in which case Loragorn is the best contender. He's also good if you want to exploit back-to-back Pillars of Kings: play Pillars, draw 4 cards, use Aragorn to go back to starting threat, play Pillars again for another 4 cards. Hard to argue with a +6 card swing early in the game. He can also be great as a Gray Wanderer (or paired with Smeagol and MotK-Ioreth/Gleowine/etc) if you want to exploit a bunch of Doomed early in the game (e.g. Deep Knowledge, Seeing-Stone, etc.), but then want to go return back to starting Threat for exploiting Secrecy cards.
  3. In X-Wing, the Republic bases get blue firing arcs and arc lines and the Separatists get brown. I imagine they'd keep this convention.
  4. Whisper has deserved a ban since June 26th, 2014. I assume the only reason Fel wasn't banned is because the organizers didn't want Imps to be the only faction with three banned pilots.
  5. This may be the most ridiculous thing I've seen, not just in this thread, but on these boards. And I've seen people post lists that non-ironically equip Targeting Computer to ships with Target Lock on their action bar. The point of human societies are to constrain freedoms, ideally in ways that are as just and fair as possible, in order to produce the most freedom. Otherwise, as Hobbes notes, your stuck in a state of nature that is "red and tooth and claw" and no one has any rights and fear, terror, and force keep most people from having any meaningful freedom, despite that they are not constrained by any rules of society. If you think Mad Max is preferable to having to obey traffic laws...well we're clearly at an impasse. Humans have recognized for centuries that if you want to have any chance of a meaningful pursuit of liberty and opportunity, you have to recognize that an individual's freedoms are always restrained in all sorts of ways by the negative rights of others to not be harmed, ie "The freedom to swing one's fist ends at the next person's nose."
  6. Does it work for anything in this day and age? We live in a thoroughly complex, interconnected, global society defined by specializations in labor and international markets and supply chains and looming universal existential threats like ubiquitous microplastic contamination (seriously, they've found microplastic toxins in stool samples from every group of people tested, no matter how remote, and they've found microplastics in deep sea marine creatures that live at the bottom of the Mariana trench), climate change, and ecological cataclysmic collapse. But people think owning some guns, having a prepper stash, and being provided with zero social safety nets or protections by their government is gonna somehow let them be immune to these sorts of issues. ****, I'm pretty sure if the global grid went down, even the best preppers and survivalists out there will perish when many if not most of the 450 Nuclear Reactors across the planet start melting down since the requisite active cooling mechanisms would fail.
  7. So you're arguing that we should do what they did back in 1918, when 50 Million People (or roughly 3% of the world's total population) died*? Given that the global population back then was only about 1.7 billion, that means 3% of the global population died during that epidemic. If 3% of the world's 7.8 billion people currently alive died, we'd be looking at 234 Million Deaths (or more than 3x the total deaths (combat, genocide, displacement, starvation, etc.) that resulted from WWII). Of course, it's an open question as to whether or not Covid-19 is "more deadly" than the Influenza epidemic of 1918, and it'll take years to sort out all the data. But we know some places are experiencing death rates around 9%, and rough estimates put the 1918 Influenza epidemic at about 10%. Now before anyone counters that Covid-19 mortality rates around 10% are inflated because of insufficient testing, I assure you that the flu testing back in 1918 was less rigorous. But it's not even about mortality rates. Almost daily researchers are identifying weird lingering effects and complications in Covid-19 patients, even those that were believed to have recovered. Strokes, Covid-Toe, permanent lung scarring/damage, etc etc etc ... * of course, just because you saw one picture of people at a stadium in masks, it's worth noting that the actual response to the 1918 Pandemic greatly varied by areas. In the US, some cities went about business as usual whereas others locked down and isolated in far more extreme measures than we are doing now (e.g. look at how the pandemic's toll differed widely between places like Pittsburgh--which went on conducting parades and the like--versus places like Kansas City.)
  8. Valour of the North is in a weird spot. Most decks would rather use attachments for permanent combat stat boosts or events to straight up cancel attacks. As a response to attacking/defending (which means, defensively, it's only useful if you already know that the enemy's attack is going to exceed the defender's defense before shadow cards are revealed). Tactics Bilbo might be a good hero for the card, since he already synergizes well with enemies that have attachments and provides the Tactics sphere-match for this card. He'd also allow the player to run Sting. LORE - Damrod LORE - (MotK) Anborn TACTICS - Bilbo Now you can run, arguably, some of the best Guarded Guards (Stone of Etchilion, Necklace of Girion, Glamdring, Sting) and Traps. The Lore from Damrod/Anborn also means Bilbo can get Fast Hitches to help him Quest and use Sting. As an added "perk," since Anborn, Damrod, and Bilbo all have middling stats for combat, you might actually need the +3/+3 to stats to help take care of enemies (whereas decks with more dedicated attackers/defenders probably just prefer to use attachments to build-up their combantant). As extra toys, given Tactics Bilbo a Spear of the Citadel and Sting would mean he could help kill attackers that were already damaged by his questing (in ideal situations, Sting+Spear+FastHitch Bilbo could quest, deal 2 Damage to an Enemy, and then Defend that enemy and deal 2 more Damage. This outright kills 4HP enemies (5HP if you want to work in Thalin, who could also benefit from Thror's Ring as another great Guarded card). Then maybe Valour of the North just covers early-game combat and then picks up slack when enemies can't be killed by direct damage tricks accessible to the Lore/Tactics spread (Arrows from the Woods, Infighting, Expecting Mischief, Thror's Axe, etc.).
  9. That's some quality "well ackshhuaaally" mansplaining, right there, but if you're going to get linguistically and historicall nitpicky, at least don't be so wrong: "Eugenics" may have initially meant "human husbandry" way back when, but even by the early 1900s under Galton's movement in the UK/US it was a lot more overtly insidious. It wasn't "just" about selectively breeding people, but was also very much about who shouldn't get to breed at all--grounded in a desire to deny basic human rights to groups and individuals deemed unfit or unworthy (e.g. see the classic "Eugenics Tree" image from the 1921 International Eugenics Conference, which has roots dedicated to things for mental screening and surgical sterilization of undesirables). Even initially, it identified traits (and the peoples or groups that possessed those traits) as unfit and undesirable, and sought to create a humanity without "those kind of people" (which imported all sorts of biases from its proponents, who believed firmly that some people are superior to others). Then let's not forget that whole Nazis thing where Nazism took up the term and very much made it about the extermination of particular groups from humanity. And yet you want to play semantics in defending a term that has, for over 100 years, had a common usage that includes things like genocide, forced sterilization, and ethnic cleansing as one ingredient for a human-directed genepool? That's the thing to really want to fixate on and fight for? The initial meaning of words change and evolve. That's how language works. "Awesome" originally meant that humbling, ineffable feeling that one felt while in the sublime presence of a god. "Awesome" hasn't meant that for a long time. Where is your linguistic outrage when Ninja Turtles use "awesome" to describe pizza and skate board tricks?
  10. Or a Tactics Thranduil/Celeborn and a Spirit Cirdan. While they weren't explicitly on the Council, it's pretty reasonable to assume Elven Royalty would be members, if anyone else was a member. They are also big characters without existing ally versions. Even if they aren't Council Members, they'd make strong contenders as allies that send distant aide from their haven, which is sort of what I take Elrond and Galadriel to represent.
  11. I mean, god knows on these forums people drag each other into all kind of pointless arguments over insignificant opinions (Last Jedi, anyone?). But as a society we are far too quick to play the "That's just like... your opinion, man" card as a get out of jail free card in the course of a discourse. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion" or "all opinions are equal (or, at least, not resolvable)" has to do with non-moral, or aesthetic, judgments. Bob thinks Aces are the hardest lists to fly. Phil thinks Aces are X-Wing on easy mode. Great, who cares? Live and let play. But beliefs about moral/political issues are not just mere opinions. They are expressing stances about the courses of action that should be taken--they are expressing normative attitudes for how we should value (or not value) elements of our world, including among so many other things, the actual lives of others. Equivocating the two sorts of disagreements, as so many do so often, has been one of the absolute greatest failings of American discourse. Star Trek vs Star Wars is one thing. There isn't anything at stake in settling that, and we have no need to settle it. Let people prefer what they prefer. But a moral-political debate is another beast entirely. We have to settle it in the best way we can, because there are practical considerations, implications, and consequences for societies and their members, and there are very real stakes on the line.
  12. The guy's been working with Disney-Canon for five years now and has had to oversee the continuity of the Sequel Trilogy for god's sake. At this point, I'm sure he realizes that no matter how much you polish turds, you're still left with slightly shinier turds. I think the bar is basically now just checking to make sure no author/writer/director confuses Han Solo for Luke's father. Space geography is way too low on the list, and besides you can travel anywhere in the Galaxy now in about 12 minutes, so what two points aren't "close by"?
  13. To be fair, I think those rules are pretty dated and I believe they exist from before the Set-Up Stage of the game was explicitly broken into 7 steps. At this point, I *think* they only really exist to tackle the Boon cards of the Saga Campaign (I don't think any other player cards with Set-Up existed at that time). Caleb's ruling does, however, contradict much more recent Set-Up rulings that have been put into place in alignment with the creation of the 7 Steps of Staging, such as Thurindir Hero (from the Harad Cycle) and The Master Ring which is from the most recent Deluxe of the current contract-containing cycle. For what it's worth, it sounds like Caleb has been pondering this after discussions with @Alonewolf87, who posted here Which, given the caveat about Guarded attachments pulling stuff out before Quest Set-Up, sounds to me like Caleb is leaning towards returning all "Set-Up" effects to their proper place (generally, Step 2 of Set-Up), but is waiting until he gets back into the office to double-check everything and make an official ruling. For what it's worth, my group has returned to resolving Contract Set-Ups, Thurindir, and the Master Ring back at Step 2 for now.
  14. Maybe not, but there's two sort of risks with any hiatus period: (1) Some players do move on to other games. Right now, I'm sure lots of table-toppers are (re)turning to video games, family games, solo games, or digital boardgame sites or apps for virtual game nights with friends/families/strangers. While virtual options for X-Wing do exist (TTS/Vassal) they aren't quite as new-user friendly or as easy to find opponents. Also, when you start playing X-Wing without the beautiful miniatures, you're sort of left with nothing but the very repetitive game play. (2) A forced hiatus is sometimes all a person needs to realize their love of an activity has waned over time and they really don't miss it that much. I'm sure lots of X-Wing players are realizing they don't miss X-Wing all that much as they fill that would-have-been-X-Wing time with other hobbies, family time, home projects, and the like, which can make their interest in returning to X-Wing much lower whenever the in-person scene finally returns. I think this happened with the conversion to Second Edition and the portion of regular First-Ed'ers that were lost. These were people who were probably already lukewarm or burning out on the game, but grabbing a few new expansions each year was easy enough to keep up with and hang in there. Then there's this transitional period where now, in order to "keep up," you had to invest a fair amount more time and energy into converting over...and that little bit higher bar of activation energy was enough for those folks to realize that there were, in fact, okay with hanging up the pilot helmet. I suspect this Covid-19 era will have a similar effect on another portion of the community.
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