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  1. IndyPendant

    New tournament kits?

    Just an fyi for everyone: I talked with my FLGS, and they emailed the person that they order the actual kits from (who may or may not be directly affiliated with OP). They got a response: the new kits should be ready to order this week. So the window hasn't passed, apparently, but FFG OP usually sends an official email to say they will be ready for pre-order, and the store never got that. Again: this is Canada in case that makes a difference.
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    New tournament kits?

    Hey all, I've been checking with our local FLGS, and they say they haven't heard anything about ordering the new kits announced a while back. Since it's not even worth the waste of time contacting FFG OP would inevitably be, I'm asking here instead. Anyone know if any other stores have been able to order the new kits yet? Edit: I'm in Canada, if that makes a difference. : )
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    Points! Not today - January 28!

    The next day? I'll give it about 10 minutes. If that.
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    Your History with IA

    Heh. These are great stories! Love the nostalgia. I wrote a post -two years- ago, in October 2016; it was titled "My Path to Worlds", and included how I'd followed a rather convoluted path to get into Imperial Assault. Definitely relevant here! I ended up placing 4th out of 96th there in the Swiss during the November 2016 Worlds, and only lost my top-16 game to a single 50/50 die roll in the end: if the black die had rolled two or three block, my figure lives and I win; if not, my figure dies and I lose. I lost; no salt though! I had a real blast there...and I still have my dice! Fun fact: the only game I lost in Swiss was when I played against some new guy named "Daniel Taylor" or something. ; ) I'm now the organizer for our local small-but-dedicated Imperial Assault community here. We have -three- young girls that play the game here, twins that were 8 when they started (9 now), and another girl who started at 7 and is now 8. Some of them tend to do well in the tournaments, as well! Anyway, here's my original post, from two years ago:
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    Merry Christmas!

    Uh, guys? It's buckero0. He's been around for years. He knows. ; ) Also: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, whichever you prefer!
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    Looking for some help making lists

    Honestly, if you're looking to create reasonably balanced lists as an introduction to IA, and need to make six lists: I would recommend -weakening- some of the current standard lists. Break up Spectre Cell (and don't use the card), leave out the broken game-changers like SoS and On the Lam, and/or spread out the best deployment and command cards among the various lists. Spitballing, can be improved: Rebel 1: Wookies! (Chewbacca, Drokatta, at least one Wookie Warriors, fill with support.) Rebel 2: Jedi! (Some combo of Luke--no SoS!, Kanan, Ezra, Ahsoka, Diala, Davith, fill with support.) Scum 1: Jabba! (Jabba, eGammorrans, eWeequay, proxy extra eDeployment cards as needed, don't give them all the best hunter/smuggler cards, fill with some of the uniques.) Scum 2: Creatures! (Rancor, because -of course- the Rancor! eNexus, eLolcats, Beast Tamer, and maybe some Hired Guns to open doors and reduce the strain on the inquisitive kitties.) Imperial 1: Control! (Palpatine, Thrawn, Blaise, AT-DP, eJets, fill with Command card shenanigans.) Imperial 2: Troopers! (eRiots, eSentries, maybe Vader, proxy extra eDeployment cards as needed.) These are just off-the-cuff ideas; they can almost certainly be mixed around and improved upon. The point is, don't try to make six lists that are competitive in the current meta. Make six lists that have different flavours, and are competitive with each other! : )
  7. With the 2.0 conversion kits, FFG made some idiotic decisions, that created imbalances and shortages so that while -technically- true, the ability to fly xx ships after any one type was blatantly and baldly misleading. See my original post: https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/282713-list-of-conversion-kit-annoyances As a result, I've refused to preorder the Resistance and First Order kits, waiting to see if FFG pulled the same bullcrap shenanigans. So, my question to those of you that have the kits: do we actually have the promised numbers of each generic ship token and card, and do they actually match each other?
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    Skirmish Map ratings

    I've played every map in the 'Good' category for sure, except for a few of the most recent. I played Nal Hutta dozens of times, for its entire tourney run. I love melee, and I've played it with melee centric lists. I never have agreed with the hatred the majority (or perhaps, vocal minority?) seem to have for this map. I've enjoyed its run; I don't consider it particularly strongly imbalanced, either in starting position or against melee figures. But! We're allowed to disagree. ; ) And since it's had its run as a tourney map, it won't return, so at least you won't have to see it again!
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    Skirmish Map ratings

    Here's a WIP -very- rough categorization I've been working on. No descriptions as to why I chose them yet, and it's entirely possible I could reconsider some of them. Generally speaking: most of the good are reasonably balanced and/or have interesting mechanics that switch things up; the middle category I either can't quite visualize or want a few play throughs before I decide; and most of the bad either -highly- favour one style of play (such as long range) and/or are way too random to be playable. I'm also open to disagreeing viewpoints! One thing that surprised me: I expected, before making this list, a lot more maps to land in the 'bad' category. ; ) Good: 01 / Core Set / Mos Eisley Outskirts 02 / Hero Luke / Moisture Farm 03 / Vader / Massassi Ruins 06 / Rebel Troopers / Geonosis Foundry 08 / Weiss / Imperial Research Lab 09 / RG Champion / Kuat Space Station 10 / IG-88 / Ord Mantell Junkyard 11 / Twin Shadows / Mos Eisley Cantina 15 / Stormtroopers / Training Ground 19 / Leia / Nelvaanian Warzone 23 / Smuggler / Imperial Command Hub 24 / Bantha Rider / Coruscant Landfill 27 / Agent Blaise / ISB Headquarters 30 / Obi-Wan / Anchorhead Bar 33 / Jabba's Realm / Pit of Karkoon 35 / Rangers / Nal Hutta Swamps 37 / Jabba / Jabba's Palace 38 / BT-1 / Tarkin Initiative Labs 39 / Jawa / Mos Eisley Back Alleys 41 / Heart of the Empire / 30th Floor Plaza 42 / Ahsoka / Uscru Entertainment District XX / Hondo / Friend for Hire XX / Thrawn / Imperial Tower XX / Ezra and Kanan / Lothal Battlefront XX / Sabine and Zeb / Devaron Garrison Borderline/Not Sure: 04 / Han / Corellian Underground 16 / Wookiee Warriors / Development Facility 18 / Return to Hoth / Echo Base 25 / Bespin Gambit / Bespin Tibanna Facility 31 / Grand Inquisitor / Kashyyyk Station 44 / Palpatine / Coruscant Senate Office XX / Tyrants of Lothal / Lothal Wastes Bad: 05 / Chewbacca / Imperial Labour Camp 07 / Rebel Sabs / Endor Wilderness 12 / R2-D2 / Wasteland Outpost 13 / Kayn / Tython Meditation Field 14 / Boba Fett / Imperial Space Station 17 / Hired Guns / Sewers of Nar Shaddaa 20 / Echo Base Troopers / Hoth Weather Shelter 21 / Sorin / Climate Research Camp 22 / Dengar / Hoth Battle Station (Man, this guy just can't catch a break!) 26 / Lando / Lothal Safehouse 28 / ISB Infiltrators / ISB Training Grounds 29 / Bossk / Wasskah Hunting Ground 32 / Greedo / Hangar Bay 34 / Jedi Luke / The Dune Sea 36 / Terro / Endor Defense Station 40 / Hera / Copper Base, Atollon 43 / Maul / Coruscant Back Alleys
  10. I love running Nexus. Between 6 move, Pounce, and Beast Tamer: "Oh, you're trying to keep your fragile support unit in the back, or trying to run away with your badly wounded main hitter? That's so cute!" ; ) They also benefit from all the tokens flying around these days, with their Cunning. The white die is a bit swingy, but spending an evade token on an attack gives a 50-50 chance of either a dodge or 2 each evades and blocks.
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    Best list to combat spectre cell

    Just an FYI: C-3P0 is difficult to trigger with a Nexu; the opponent generally can just target one of the Nexu's 2-3 spaces that are never adjacent to C-3P0. You would have to block LoS to those spaces, without blocking the adjacent ones.
  12. I faced this fortress concept once at a 1.0 Regional, like two years ago I think. I had never encountered it before, although I had heard of the concept before then. It was awesome. I realized what he was intending in the second round. I had to rethink my entire approach process, trying to work out where to go so that we would start the engagement on terms that were to my advantage, not his. (For example: what if I maneuvered my approach based on his fortress strategy, and he started moving a round early, how could I prepare for that?) We bantered a lot about it, and on the ?fourth? round I took over five minutes just to set my dials, I think I may have overheated my brain trying to work out all the vectors and variables. I apologized while doing it, he waved it off letting me take my time. I think he was (good-naturedly) enjoying watching me struggle with it. ; ) It was the fifth or sixth round by the time we actually engaged, and it was total carnage. I won in the end, but I remember it being rather close. I had a ton of fun, it was a refreshing change, and our game is now a fond memory. I guess I'm just providing an alternate viewpoint. ; )
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    Help my friend build a list

    Hi all, I've got my friend converted to 2.0 now. He's -very- casual though; all he owns is: 1.0 Original Core Set, T-65 X-Wing xpac, Falcon, E-Wing, K-Wing; 2.0 Rebel Conversion Kit. (He doesn't own a 2.0 Core Set.) He -might- soon own a 1.0 A-Wing and a 1.0 B-Wing as well; we'll see. Assume he ha access to any cards and/or ship tokens as needed. (Proxies; we don't care.) His favourite 1.0 ships were some combination of a tanky Chewbacca with 3P0, a fully loaded Corran Horn, and a regen/bombing Miranda. Most of that got nerfed into oblivion with 2.0, unfortunately. But he tends to enjoy flying some combination of tankiness, nimble ace, and/or regeneration. Quirky but (reasonably) effective would probably interest him as well. He probably won't want to buy any more ships. (The only reason he might own an A and a B is because I'm planning to offer to trade an extra I have of each for a dial and generics of each from his kit, since I have too many. ; ) He could just borrow my stuff to play with, but he somewhat understandably wants to be able to fly with his own ships. So I'm casting this line out to the community. What ships do you think he might find interesting and/or fun to fly, with those restrictions? Lists, individual ship builds, whatever you can think of. And thanks!
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    I don't like the new X-Wings

    There. I said it. The open/closing gimmick doesn't work well. The Saw's version doesn't even open and close properly, it's stuck in a sort of pathetic halfway mode, and in order to fix the problem I apparently have to dismantle it, carve it with a knife, then reassemble and glue it back together. Yeah, that's a disaster just drooling for me to attempt it. The 2.0 X-Wing opens and closes fine--but just picking the thing up to move it can cause the wingy bits to close wrong, and then it's stuck on a silly-looking tilt! I was happy with my non-moving X-Wings, dagnabbit! They looked plenty cool enough on their own. 1.0 gameplay was totally borked, the X-Wing model wasn't. Now it is. I just can't enjoy flying these new loosely tilted or gummily misshapen messes. Bah! /rant off
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    List of Conversion Kit annoyances

    I decided to go through the Conversion Kits in detail, and while I think they're very good value overall, and FFG has generally done a pretty good job with them, there are some decisions that seem...well, frankly baffling to me. (And no, this isn't another post about shield tokens; I can see both sides of the argument there. ; ) About the only reason I can think of for some of these is "keeping the costs down", but there's also a bit of the repellent taste of deliberately misleading advertising here. The kits were heavily implied, if not actually explicitly stated, to provide everything needed to run at least two of every ship released for 1.0, and 3 or even 4 of some ships. But for some ships--particularly the medium and large bases--there have been artificial limitations in ship selection due to token and card distribution. My mild, non-clinical OCD is very annoyed with this: SCUM Fang Fighter: 3 dials, 3 Zealous Recruits, but only 2 Skull Squadron Pilots (both card and token) Particularly annoying: the Joy Rekkoff token included as an 'extra' for the Fang Fighter Expansion could have had a Skull Squadron printed on the opposite side. Add a Skull Squadron card, and problem -easily- resolved. M3-A Interceptor: 4 dials, 4 Cartel Spacers cards and tokens, 4 Tansarii Point Veteran cards, but only 2 Tansarii Point Veteran tokens Particularly annoying: Only two Veteran ship tokens? Really, FFG? Provide one more ship token with a Spacer/Veteran, and change an existing Spacer to a Veteran, and boom. Problem would have been solved. YV-666 Light Freighter: 2 dials, 1 Trandoshan Slaver Particularly annoying: can't play with Bossk and Latts Razzi at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. Jumpmaster 5000: 2 dials, 1 Contracted Scout Particularly annoying: can't play with Dengar and Tel Trevura at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. Lancer-Class Pursuit Craft: 2 dials, 1 Shadowport Hunter Particulary annoying: can't play with Asajj Ventriss and Ketsu Onyo at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. (Seems FFG went particularly cheap on the medium/large ship tokens. It's a theme as we continue.) EMPIRE TIE/SK Striker: 3 dials, 3 Black Squadron Scout cards, 2 Black Squadron Scout ship tokens Particularly annoying: nothing much to add here, for once. Needed one more token, or one less unique pilot card. Or maybe one more token and unique pilot, I don't know. Lambda-Class T-4A Shuttle: 2 dials, 1 Omicron Group Pilot Particularly annoying: can't play with Captain Kagi and Colonel Jendon at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. REBEL RZ-1 A-Wing: (Edit: missed this one, my first run through.) 3 dials, 2 Green Squadron Pilots; 2 Phoenix Squadron Pilots Particularly annoying: Uhm, seriously? Wtf, FFG? An extra Green/Phoenix token and two more cards, and this wouldn't even have been an issue! UT-60D U-Wing: 2 dials, 1 Blue Squadron Scout Particularly annoying: can't play with Bodhi Rook and Heff Tobber at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. Modified YT-1300 Light Freighter: 2 dials, 1 Outer Rim Smuggler Particularly annoying: can't play with Han Solo and Chewbacca at the same time, since they're opposite sides of the same ship token. I built this list since I'm considering filling out my ship collection to match what the kits provide, since "everything for 2 of every ship", while -mostly- accurate, is still blatantly false. I don't see myself wanting to fly two of many of the larger ships at once, so at least I have zero temptation to buy a second YV-666, Lancer, Lambda, or U-Wing. I -might- fill in some of the other ships I'm missing, just in case, but I am -absolutely- limiting myself in the ships listed above. If FFG is going to pull this **** move, I for one will show my disapproval with my wallet. (That having been said, I am overall rather happy with the Conversion Kits. Which makes these obvious, apparently easily avoidable issues all the more frustrating for me!)
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