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  1. ManInTheBox

    Vassal Unique League(s) - Signups

    Presumably otherwise normal victory conditions regarding 'real' ships left alive.?
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    Vassal Unique League(s) - Signups

    So: no limits on squadrons at all?
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    Vassal Unique League(s) - Signups

    I've just seen this in the nick of time. I'm in for weird! Now, does anyone know if any of the fleet builders will let you mix factions?
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    Rad B-Bomb

    Watch out for a Vader Raider, though. I've been at a tournament where someone's payload of B-wings were locked forever in the hangar bays when Vader boarded and chopped up the Rapid Launch Bays.
  5. This sounds like a fabulous plan! I'm flying in on Wednesday mid-day, but I'm staying central Chicago (to see the sights) so travel for drinks on Wednesday will probably be prohibitive. However, if I'm still in the tournament on the second day I'd love to come and put some names to faces. And also some names to names, I suppose.
  6. They look great! I made a load of these, but I really like the way yours can be rotated for Alt Art ship cards.
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    Never have I ever...

    ...played any version of Blockade Run. :c
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    Never have I ever...

    ...played any version of Blockade Run. :c
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    Any success with Wide Area Barrage?

    Thanks. It certainly takes some finesse to fly to make sure things don't die in the wrong order (especially after I had to take out Contested Outpost as that was so easy to play) but I've been really happy with it. I've not had to run it against a rebel 134 build yet, though. I did heavily lose to an Imperial bomber list but I lost that on deployment in Solar Corona when I set up in a corner and he made me fly through the long route through all his bombers to get to his carriers. I wouldn't make that mistake again! Interesting thoughts on that squad mix. I might try something like that in a different Sato list sometime. Something with more squad activations!
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    Any success with Wide Area Barrage?

    Double post from earlier. 😕
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    Any success with Wide Area Barrage?

    I have a list that I built as a janky concept just to maximise WAB and discovered it was actually pretty decent so have played it at a couple of larger tournaments with reasonable success. As @SkyCake mentioned, Sato really is your go-to commander if you want to get maximum benefit from it. In my version, WAB is on an MC75 because it can also take ExRacks or ExLaunchers to maximise the splash damage. My list also runs at 400 with nothing that I feel I could cut without significantly impacting performance so the extra points for APT or ECM wouldn't fit if I wanted them to. With WAB running at only 2 points, it doesn't matter if it never comes into play but if it does it can be devastating. The way I use it, it's certainly not a clutch upgrade but It's great when it goes off. A couple of examples of times I've been really grateful that I had it: - Splashing the final points of damage onto an ISD with my last shot of the turn (and second player). - Taking out an untouched flotilla against a Sloane fleet. This effectively crippled the fleet as the flotilla was the last thing pushing squads near my capital ship and secured me the win. There have also been times when WAB is just providing a valuable assist, such as splashing an incoming pair of Raiders at long range (with Sato and Opening Salvo) which had been dodging ranged ACMs from my Hammerheads on the attack run, allowing me to finally pin enough damage to destroy one with a follow up shot. None of these have really required me to change my playstyle much (except for being conscious of when to blow ExRacks for maximum WAB abuse) but they have either made opponents consciously change their flying to avoid the potential WAB damage or have punished them if they didn't. They have probably only had a meaningful effect in a third of the games I played with that fleet but that was fine. Although I built a list to maximise WAB, the list didn't lean on them at all. Following my fun with that (and after some inspiration here, possibly from SkyCake, I can't remember the thread), I've picked up a few extra WAB cards so I can try a splash damage abuse list. To answer the hypothetical question of why that over APT or ACM: I would say that it depends on how your fleet is supposed to operate. If you're relying on a massive sledgehammer punch to take out a priority target (using a Raddus Bomb or Avenger) then you probably want spike damage upgrades. If you want to either have a cheap little trick in your back pocket for when it is situationally useful, or you can deliver handfulls of black dice from more than one target and want to spread the pain and push your opponent out of formation in defence, then WAB could be your upgrade. It's also useful for taking out those pesky scatter aces, as they don't usually have very much hull to chew through. Did I mention that it is only 2 points? 2! Edit: here's the list. Although I wanted ExLaunchers for maximum WAB abuse, I had to drop to ExRacks for the point saving. I've also found this squadron complete to be very effective. Props to whichever of the blogs Steel Squadron who suggested two VCX as part of a Sato squad ball. 7HHHT Sato Barrage + Han/Stategic (400/400) ========================================== MC75 Ordnance Cruiser (100 + 55) + Commander Sato (32) + Strategic Adviser (4) + Ordnance Experts (4) + Electronic Countermeasures (7) + Wide-Area Barrage (2) + External Racks (3) + Aspiration (3) Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette (36 + 15) + Ordnance Experts (4) + Disposable Capacitors (3) + Assault Concussion Missiles (7) + Task Force Organa (1) Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette (36 + 15) + Ordnance Experts (4) + Disposable Capacitors (3) + Assault Concussion Missiles (7) + Task Force Organa (1) Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette (36 + 15) + Ordnance Experts (4) + Disposable Capacitors (3) + Assault Concussion Missiles (7) + Task Force Organa (1) GR-75 Medium Transports (18 + 2) + Comms Net (2) Han Solo (26) Tycho Celchu (16) 2 x VCX-100 Freighter (2 x 15) Opening Salvo Intel Sweep Hyperspace assault
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    Any players in West London...?

    Hi to anyone I met and didn't put a forum name to a face. PM me with your mobile numbers if you want to be added to the WhatsApp group.
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    Armada fleet builder app

    BTW, I've had an email recently to say that he is migrating servers so I'd need to update the app from a link, as the old version wouldn't update soon.
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    Armada fleet builder app

    And here's the absolutely incredible app for Android: Armada Fleet Designer Its totally free to use but if you donate,you can also access and edit your fleets from a web browser. I cannot recommend this enough. I'm not affiliated with it in any way, I'm just a keen user. You will need to install the package directly from the G+ page as it's not in the app store (so you'll need to ok the relevant permission on your phone)
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