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  1. Vondy

    First Upgrade Fleets

    I added a picture of the deployment above. At present, we have: Victory Star Destroyer (1) from the Core Set Chimera (1) Gladiator (2) Raider (1) Imperial Squadrons I (1) Nebulon-B (2) one is from the Core Set. CR90 Corvette (2) one is from the Core Set. MC30 (2) MC75 (1) Rebel Squadrons I (1) We're still sorting out play styles. My wife seems to prefer jousting and brawling and primarily uses fighters are a screen. I'm more prone to maneuver and exploit squadrons / bombers to augment my ships.
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    First Upgrade Fleets

    I appreciate your comments! I would love a more in-depth breakdown. In truth, after deploying, I am already regretting the rapid launch bays (somewhat). When I saw what she was bringing to the table I realized I was going to need to fly very carefully to survive We had the same number of fighters, but my B-Wings were going to be set aside, so she was going to have more deployments than me. Deployment #1 Most of the obstacles were to my right on the board. My MC30's are my main punching power and need to be nose on for maximum effect so I didn't want to commit them before I had to. I ended up placing Phoenix Home (speed 2) with a strong leftward rake with the obstacles between us. My thinking was to put the juicy target out in the hopes that her deployment would focus on it. If she were to deploy opposite it, the obstacles will force extra maneuvering and I can run wide around them. If she were to deploy so as to avoid the obstacles, I can turn hard and run into them. Deployment #2 She deploys Demolisher opposite my flagship with a slight leftward (my perspective) rake pointed at one of the openings between the obstacles. Deployment #3 I deploy Luke and Wedge at a distance of 2 in Demolisher's path. They are to one side of the obstacle that is obscuring Phoenix Home. Deployment #4 She places two TIE fighters as a fighter screen in front of Demolisher. Deployment #5 I place my remaining two X-Wings at a distance of 2 from Phoenix Home on the other side of the obstacle from Luke and Wedge. Deployment #6 She deploys two more TIE fighters near Demolisher. Deployment #7 I deploy Admonition (Speed 4) well to the left of Phoenix Home pointed at a wide gap between two of the obstacles. My thinking is that she will either have to split her forces or risk being aggressively flanked. Deployment #8 She deploys Insidious at about a distance of 2 to the left (my perspective) of Demolisher. Deployment #9 I am worried about where Sovereign is going to drop, but in for a penny in for a pound. I deploy Foresight at a distance of 1 on Admonition's flank. Deployment #10 She deploys Sovereign at a distance of 2 on the right (my perspective) Demolisher. Deployment #11 She deploys Vader and Howlrunner in front of Sovereign.
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    Why do people want a super star destroyer?

    I would love to have an Executor model with working lights. I do not want an SSD for Armada. Even remotely build to scale it would be too big for practical play. "What do we do with it?" "It sits there at speed zero." "What? Why?" "As soon as it moves its off the board."
  4. We're still very green and have only played the introductory scenario a few times thus far. We decided to build 400-point fleets with upgrade cards, but are still trying to wrap our heads around objectives so we skipped them. The flagships probably have too many upgrade cards, but right now we're just having fun and keeping it casual and thematic. Also, we don't have a super-deep set of cards to pull from just yet so one of the Gladiators didn't get Ordnance Experts. I'm playing the Rebels. My wife is playing the Imperials. We deployed tonight, but its latish, so we'll start tomorrow! REBEL FLEET (399 Points) Pelta-class Command: Mon Mothma, Raymus Antilles, Ahsoka Tano, Fighter Coordination Team, All Fighters, Follow Me!, Rapid Launch Bays, Phoenix Home (Total 116) MC30c Torpedo Frigate: Ordnance Experts, Electronic Countermeasures, Expanded Launchers, Foresight (Total 95) MC30c Torpedo Frigate: Ordnance Experts, Electronic Countermeasures, Expanded Launchers, Admonition (Total 95) Luke Skywalker X-wing Squadron (Total 20) Wedge Antilles X-wing Squadron (Total 19) 2x X-wing Squadron (Total 26) 2x B-wing Squadron - B-wing (Total 28) IMPERIAL FLEET (400 Points) Imperial Star Destroyer Cymoon 1 Refit: Grand Admiral Thrawn, Wulff Yularan, Gunnery Team, Shields to Maximum!, XI7 Turbolasers, Sovereign (Total 174) Gladiator II-class Star Destroyer: Ordnance Experts, Rapid Reload, Demolisher (Total 84) Gladiator II-class Star Destroyer: Rapid Reload, Insidious (Total 73) Darth Vader TIE Advanced Squadron (Total 21) Howlrunner TIE Fighter Squadron - (Total 16) 4x TIE Fighter Squadron (Total 32)
  5. You know your really running Edge of the Empire when...
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    Warriors rejoice

    Wait a minute?! Are you suggesting fictional characters in stories have subjective points of view and may be unreliable narrators? Oh dear! The literary theory is strong with this one...
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    Jedi Power Level.

    I tend to agree with this, but the Unmatched Destiny signature talent could serve as an alternative to higher numbers of force dice for characters like Palpatine and Yoda. Its capstone power effective doubles your available force pips 1-3 times per day. As a result, you could build "super-powerful" jedi knights and masters without pushing their force rating past the 4-6 range. We have a Jedi with FR-4 and the Unmatched Destiny tree in our group. For well chosen critical moments he is sensationally effective and accomplishes amazing feats. For our games we assume: Youngling: 1. Padawan: 1-2 Knight: 2-4. Master: 4-6. Yoda/Palpatine: Unmatched Destiny and / or intelligently flipping destiny points at key moments.
  8. When your players embrace the fact that the adventure arc they are in the middle of is from a cheesy 1980's military action franchise! My daughter's padawan (on the cusp of being a full-fledged knight) just rescued her captured master from an imperial outpost with the aid of a crusty old clone pilot in a pair of "commandeered" rebel fighters. This, of course, was undertaken after the Rebel High Command refused to take action themselves. But, a squadron of x-wings was sent to rendezvous with them at the last minute after they carried out their aerial assault/rescue... She even played the "space rock" version of One Vision by the Naboo dissident band "Amidala" as she lined up her attack run and then proceeded into a dogfight. Yes, that's right: Iron Eagle.
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    MC80 Battle Cruiser

    Any recommendations on paper-weight and type for printing?
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    Regionals data Feb 17

    Yes. I am. I saw something I wanted to comment on and did so. That's why. The internet is a time machine and you aint its sworn time cop. Besides, these changes are fairly recent and a new "meta" hasn't fully solidified as of yet. As a result, its still relevant, even if you feel you've said your peace and don't want to talk about it anymore, I'm not you. No one is forcing you, or anyone else, to respond to what I wrote. You don't have to be Michael Corleone screaming "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" That's a choice you are making for yourself that has nothing to do with me.
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    Playmats question

    That does lead to a certain gut-clenching "uh-oh" reaction, but no accidents to date!
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    Regionals data Feb 17

    The bolded text is the key issue people are complaining about. Good list building and rules mastery is important. Some lists will be more effective than others. But, understanding that rules can be imperfect and therefore open to abuse is also important to the continued life of the game. This is especially true with an evolving rule set that gets successively tweaked wave after wave. Designers are imperfect and the law of unforeseen consequences (or even black swans) will occasionally assert itself. Super-high activation flotilla-centric lifeboat builds were both logical and effective prior to the rules revision that "nerfed" them. There is a reason competitive players went all in on them. The question is, from a high-level holistic point of view, do they keep the game fun, alive, accessible, engaging, and versatile for the most people possible? Do they, in the big picture sense, breath continued life into the game? One symptom that a new element is not doing the game any favors is if it informs a build style that becomes so dominant that it largely excludes other builds. Its the difference between reasonable and logical. Yes, we love logic. But as we all know, logic can be carried to ridiculous, destructive, or even deluded extremes. Once we determine something is logical we must then ask, "but is it also reasonable?" This is why, in law, we have a reasonable person standard and not a logical person standard. Cultures (including nerdy gaming subcultures) thrive in an environment where people are expected to be reasonable. Not just logical. Also reasonable. After watching the 2016 and 2017 worlds final rounds and seeing four fleet lists that were, for all intents and purposes, only cosmetically different, I would say the pre-nerf flotilla rules did invite abuse. Remember the old saying "the law is an ***." It may be that FFG should have done something different / better to fix the perceived abuse, but from where I sit, they did need to do something.
  13. I would argue its quite simple: a father's love. He did not want his son to turn to the dark side as he had. Luke: "There is still good in you. I can feel it." Maybe the dormant conscience within awoke like a lion and roared with remorse?
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    Playmats question

    I took three pieces of 2' x 4' x 5/8" plywood pressboard and spray-painted them black. They turn our 3' x 5' dining table into a 4' x 6' playspace just fine and have proven secure enough for regular play. They only stick out 6" on any given side and, if it were needed, could be made more snug with panel brackets. We could wrap them with felt at some point (sounds nice), but no one has complained about the play surface to date.
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    Toning down Intel

    Perhaps prohibitively expensive, but... Tarkin + Ruthless Strategists + Engineering Techs. Spam engineering tokens. You can recover the lost hull from RS every turn. Less expensive: Motti + Ruthless Strategists. You get 3 "freebie" uses of RT when using friendly big ships as bait.