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  1. Nice to see a grown up post on this. You seem like a very level-headed and reasonable guy. Thanks for taking the time to post.
  2. It's the second. I'll get my coat ...
  3. 1 point (but should be 0) Ability - open to any and all suggestions
  4. Given that they operated as a cartel, the only fitting punishment for the Roanoke 8 is to make them fly cartel spacers and only cartel spacers. Forever!
  5. This is the crux of it. Wouldn't be surprised if someone's being yelled at at HQ this morning. I wouldn't be entirely surprised to find out that the change was motivated by issues with certain LCGs (i.e. the asymmetric ones) and applied to X-Wing as part of an unthinking 'one size fits all' approach.
  6. Look at it fromt he other side. You're pheaver's opponent and offer him an ID. The other 3 tables all took draws and guaranteed their place in the cut. Pheaver looks at you and says "Sorry man, you're bad luck to be matched against the 3-time world champion. We gotta play it out so I don't look bad". And now you just got screwed because you're matched with the 3 time world champion and have to play the game out (with a decent chance of losing, though obviously not guaranteed since he didn't end up in first). So if you lose that game and miss the cut as a result, how do you feel now? I don't support the ID rule, but as long as it's there, I absolutely don't blame or hold any anger for any of the players who take advantage of it. I just said that my subjective opinion is that I would have preferred it if he hadn't taken the ID, but that I objectively recognise that he was under no obligation to do so. I would not have wanted him to posture to look good; I would have wanted to him to lead a challenge against something that is clearly going to be controversial and bad for the health of the game. It doesn't matter who is right or wrong about this: enough people are upset that it is already a problem. The two World Champions are at daggers drawn and I'm sure other key community members will get sucked into it and all because of a short-sighted decision by FFG to solve a problem that wasn't really a problem. The tournament rules docs that introduced the ID rule to all of FFG's competitive games were absolute messes that were filled with cut and paste errors and clearly didn't recognise or cater for the specifics of individual games. This was an accident waiting to happen. The only surprise is that it happened so quickly. Side note: there have already been issues at two AGOT LCG regionals, although not on this scale.
  7. It will be interesting to see if/how the main podcasts react to this débâcle. Both Nova Squadron and Scum and Villainy were represented in that top 8 (pheaver and antigrapist respectively). I have to say I've come around to the following position: 1. The 8 players (probably*) did nothing wrong and don't deserve to be vilified. The fault lies with FFG OP implementing a controversial policy without sufficient thought. (*I'm not sure if there was collusion between the four tables or not) 2. I would have preferred it if pheaver had rejected the chance to ID and taken a lead on behalf of the community, but I recognise that he is under no obligation to do so. 3. I think Hothie has been really great for this community and we all owe him a debt of gratitude but the unfriending etc is not a particularly edifying way to express disagreement with others' actions. Like I said, as far as I can see, none of the 8 cheated. I don't like what they did and I wouldn't do it myself but it's an entirely subjective matter. I hope someone can mediate between Hothie and pheaver as 'civil war' is not what the community needs. 4. FFG need to shape up. This was completely foreseeable. It was a question of 'when' not 'if'.
  8. Why leave a rule that serves no beneficial purpose? You never want to make a draw a mutually desirable outcome for both players as it incentivises collusion. Intentional drawing only serves to play to that. Can someone with more time than I see if this rule was added across the board to all FFG competitive games or just to X-Wing? It may be another case of Organized Play coming up with an idea and applying it to everything without actually thinking about the nature of that game. Remember when they ruled that we had to sleeve promo pilot cards so that people couldn't identify your pilot cards from the backs when hidden card information isn't part of the game? It's been added to all games and I believe that all of the other games' communities have an issue with it.
  9. I haven't been keeping up with X-Wing news that much lately as I've been played the Game of Thrones LCG (another community up in arms about the ID rule) but I'm under the impression that Hothie no longer plays X-Wing. I'd really like to here his take on this and whether or not it fits with the 'Fly Casual' spirit he established.
  10. Hi Paul Thanks for coming on here to respond to the criticism that the top 8's actions have received. Your post implies that the top 8 acted collectively rather than each pairing reaching the decision to ID independently. Was this is the case or have I misunderstood?
  11. So does that mean that I can sacrifice Bran to stop the poison token killing my character?
  12. Hi everyone I'm supplying all of the IA stuff for a group. We've been campaign only up until now but 2 of us tried skirmish last night and really enjoyed it. My question is: I have a core set and Twin Shadows and one copy of each figure pack. Which combinations of skirmish maps can I make at the same time so that we can run multiple skirmish games? If no-one has the answer, I'll put together a spreadsheet and share it. I'm hoping to avoid the effort though ...
  13. I received my core set last night. When I was taking a look through the cards, I noticed that some refer to tokens that are not included in the box, e.g. Tears of Lys refers to poison tokens, Jorah Mormont refers to betrayal tokens. Does this mean that the mechanics won't become active until a later boxed expansion or can I proxy the tokens in the meantime?
  14. Buy from Book Depository. They have stock and postage is free to anywhere in the world.
  15. Hong Kong. Thursday nights in Kowloon Tong if anyone is interested.
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