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  1. MarekMandalore

    about new Vader Commander

    Con exclusives are nothing new. FFG has a long history of it, usually con exclusive art variants. Arkham Horror had alt art Great Old Ones. X-wing has had a lot of alt art pilot and upgrade cards. Vader is just three dimensional alt art. I played Star Trek Attack Wing for a (very) short while, and there, and at Wizkids in general, is where you find a shameful example of exclusivity. Many of the most competitive ships in Attack Wing were championship prizes for organized play. Thus, the game quickly began to favor those who either had been playing from the beginning, and thus had overpowered prize ships/upgrades, or those who would pay obscene amounts on eBay to get those items. Regular, new players were essentially barred from successful competition because they couldn’t get exclusive items. Not having con Vader will not bar anyone from victory. We’ll all be just as competitive (or, non-competitive for those of us who aren’t that good) with or without him. From that standpoint, I see nothing wrong with FFG’s decision. Exclusives and limited editions are a regular part of collecting, be it with games, toys or comic books.
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    WYSIWYG and the New Variety of Models

    Officially, I think the models need to be at least close to the official one. Casually, I’ll gladly proxy officer cards and use the regular unit leaders as officers on any group that pays the point to upgrade to the morale 2, etc.
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    Leading The Way. Pathfinders article.

    Given that we already have Sabine previewed as an Operative, and that Hera would fit nicely as another Commander option, I'd expect we'll see the Spectres showing up more in those capacities. Similarly, while Pao and Bistan are upgrades, I find it more likely that's because they were small, if fairly visible, parts of Rogue One. More likely, we'll see Baze, Chirrut, etc. appear slowly as operatives, maybe Commander Cassian...
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    Base rim color?

    My bases don’t even get painted. I add terrain to the top (rocks, grass, shrubbery- matches my home table), but the edges are still as packaged.
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    Ok, Commanders and Operatives are good now...

    I’m good with commanders and operatives being the priority for FFG in terms of options- more than any corps, special force or support unit, the commanders shape the play style of an army. I haven’t seen nearly as much attention given to fleet trooper lists or snow trooper lists as I have to “Wonder Twins” or Veers, etc. Between keywords, morale, and other abilities, plus command cards, the commanders and the operatives lend the strongest hand in making list diversity, in my opinion. Do I want to see more corps options? Let’s say I won’t object when they come. I’m content with what we have. I’d like to see more types of heavies to add to corp units, and more types of specialist to modify the function of units. However, Stormtroopers and Snowtroopers are all I would have expected for Imperial corps, and the Rebels I could only really ask to see Hoth troopers to balance the snows, thematically. (Even there, though, I don’t imagine there being a huge difference between the function of Hoth troopers and the rest. Maybe the keyword from the fleets, and the A-280 rifles of the regular troopers...)
  6. May I introduce you to Imperial Assault? Where one box contains 9 troopers with only a single pose, and an expansion add 3 more guys, with only a second pose. Legion has it GREAT by comparison. Even with a full corps, you'll at most have 6 of any one sculpt on the table, and they should be mixed between different units so they still give the illusion of variety...
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    Rebel With A Cause: Jyn Erso Article

    A further happy note on Jyn and her Pathfinders- FFG just sent me an email saying my pre-order will be shipping soon, so I'm guessing North American release is next week.
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    Rebel With A Cause: Jyn Erso Article

    Save “Girl Power” for the release of Sabine Wren as an Operative. Sabine/Jyn/Leia...
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    Next Imperials

    I like versatility. There’s only so many options with Sheev and the Gang; scouts and specialists are far more flexible. The Astromech isn’t too useful to the Empire yet. (At least so far, I’ve never lost a walker, or even had it take enough damage to disable any of its functions, and for the time being, the walker is the only ground vehicle for the Empire.) Parking a medical droid trooper unit with Veers coupled with “Esteemed Leader” and Veers has more lasting power. Generic officer offers a cheap supplemental commander, or a morale boost to a trooper unit. Options!
  10. I like 2 snowies just to make it harder to focus Fire them down before the flametrooper gets to work. Otherwise, full Stormtroopers....
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    Nostalgia Attack! Star Wars Action Fleet!

    The WotC T-47 in close to scale. I sawed the front off one and crashed it in a crater for terrain. They’re around $10 last I saw on eBay.
  12. The Disney AT-AT popcorn bucket is actually pretty close to scale, and with a little work could look pretty good.
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    What CONTENT is missing?

    A missing concept I can imagine, though more appropriate to the coming Clone Wars, is more defensive positions. A key concept in many games I’ve played is essentially the siege mechanic. We see the idea appear in Imperial Assault as shield generator tokens. In ancient and fantasy battles, you have fortress walls/citadels. Basically, I’m thinking a fixed defensive position is capable of seriously escalating the defense of troopers holding that position. It could give extra defense dice, maybe, or upgrade existing dice. (Turn whites to reds, or add extra reds to dice which are already red, or just add extra dice across the board?) Again, they played more with shields in the Clone Wars, so they’re better suited to Republic/Separatist Battles, but there has been something of that nature in most of the tabletop ground battle games I’ve played, something that goes beyond the basic effects of battlefield cover.
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    Mistakes were made....

    Mistakes? I walked into the game store yesterday and walked out with 2 snowtroopers, Chewbacca, Leia and both specialist boxes... Mistakes MAY have been made.
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    Han & Chewie 800pt Bromance List Ideas?

    I was going to suggest something very similar to this, so I’ll just second this. Leia’s “Take Cover 2” stretches even further if she gives a dodge to Han or Chewie, while between Chewie and troopers, you can seriously reduce damage to both commanders. My version throws concussion grenades with the Z-6 troopers, so that the Rebels at close range can have the regular troopers toss grenades for “Blast” while the Z-6 drops its bucket of dice. Add an aim or two, and that can make some very dangerous Rebels.
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