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    Vondy got a reaction from JRRP in How do rules explain Poe's xwing getting damaged from the stormtroppers   
    Oh, exiting! An X-Wing has "Armor 3"? You saw that in the movie somewhere? This is a giant contextonomy. The screen writers don't consult game books to check stats before writing nor are rules even remotely relevant to evaluating what we see on screen. The rules system emulates the movie, not the other way around. So, if the rules don't line up to what we see on screen its the rules that are wrong, not the movie. In this case I would suggest the issue is a lack of granularity in the system. Its simplified and uses a small range of integers to cover a lot of ground. So, no, an X-Wing is not closer to an infantry fighting vehicle because, on screen, we clearly see its not. It gets shot up just as easy as a modern fighter jet sitting on the tarmac would, which is probably what the writers had in mind. "Hey, Frankie, What is a space fighter analogous too?" "Gosh, Billy, an aerospace fighter!"  Armor 3? Bah!
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    Vondy got a reaction from Octavian84 in How do rules explain Poe's xwing getting damaged from the stormtroppers   
    It was an easy stationary target, its shields were inactive, and fighter's aren't tanks. Armored or no, they have ducts, canopies, exhaust ports, drives, etc that will be weak points. This is true of real world armored fighter craft, too. If you take an M4 and open up on an F-16 sitting on the tarmac you won't do much damage to the hull itself and probably won't disable it. If you walk around to the back and fire into the engine? You will screw that plane up royally. The cockpit, exhaust ports, exposed hydraulics where the landing gear is down, etc, are all weak points. A squad of marines opening up on a sitting duck fighter at infantry engagement range? Odds are they will hit something.  
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    Vondy got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in First Upgrade Fleets   
    BATREP
    Turn one I activated Phoenix Home, revealed a squadron command, got the freebie token from Raymus Antilles, and used it to make use of "All Squadrons Follow Me!" That allowed me to send Luke, Wedge, and one vanilla X-Wing into engagement range on all of the TIE fighters except Darth Vader. I got lucky and Wedge and Luke finished off one of the TIE's right out of the gate while the others were stuck for a fight. Phoenix Home moved at 2 towards the left of the board. My wife found herself with two issues: 1) she had deployed in such a way that she couldn't maintain any kind of formation because of the obstacles, and 2) she activated Sovereign first and it ended up in a position where Demolisher had to make a hard right-hand turn (my leftward) to avoid a collision. The Sovereign also landed on top of Howlrunner so I was able to place her outside of the fighter engagement with Vader. I ended running both MC30's in a straight line at 4 towards the gap between two obstacles. Both bank manuever tokens. My wife pointed Insidious at that gap, too. Her flak did 1 damage to each of my 3 engaged X-Wings (Brace!).
    Turn two, I activate Phoenix Home and reveal a squadron command. Raymus Antilles gives me a matching token. I activate Ahsoka and turn that token into a manuever token. Why? I really want to slow down to 1 and hook behind some asteroids to stay clear of the Gladiators and Sovereign. Only one X-Wing is in range. I send it right into the squadron fight and get lucky, taking out a second TIE. The MC30's slow to 3 and end up nose on with Demolisher with Insidious maneuvering towards Phoenix Home and putting them in its broadside. Demolisher fires into Foresight, whose ability combo'd with Mon Mothma, leaves it with one shield on two faces. Sovereign flaks Luke and the second vanilla X-Wing and moves, but can't maneuver around an asteroid field. Luke and Wedge kill the two remaining vanilla TIE fighters.
    Turn three, Foresight gets a big roll against Demolisher, dealing 4 hull!  Demolisher, in turn, gets a huge roll, blows through Foresight's shields, and one shots Foresight. It tries to run clear of Admonition, but is still in red range. Admonition fires on both Demolisher and Insidious. Demolisher is finished off. Insidious gets its right shields knocked out. It returns fire, but Admonition is able to reduce it to losing 1 shield off of two faces. Insidious is headed at Phoenix Home. I activate Phoenix Home, reveal a squadron command, drop my B-Wings in Insidious' nose, and make a tight turn putting an asteroid between Insidious and Phoenix Home. The B-Wings deal 2 hull to Insidious. Sovereing activates Howlrunner and Vader, who leapfrog into the fighter engagement. They kill one vanilla X-Wing and reduce Luke to 1 hull. Sovereign's flak leaves Luke floating in space hoping for a rescue (squadron dead). In the squadron phase, Wedge one-shots howlrunner with 2 accuracies and 3 damage. Vader takes a hull.
    Turn four,I activate Admonition and fire on Insidious, dealing two more hull. The ships movement sends it right into the middle of the remaining squadron engagement (Vader against wedge and two x-wings). Insidious is in a bad firing position. It flaks one of the B-Wings (1 hull) and takes an obstructed shot at Phoenix Home to no effect. I activate Phoenix Home, reveal a squadron dial, and let the B-Wings loose. They eat through the rest of Insidious' shields and deal 1 more hull. Phoenix Home takes its own obstructed side-arc shot and gets lucky, dealing one more hull and killing Insidious. Sovereign comes cruising around, being forced to turn hard not to go off the board, and takes a long range shot at Phoenix Home. Its a lucky roll. I'm able to whittle it down to 1 damage, but its a crit that disallows having any tokens. My Raymus Antilles-Ahsoka synergy is bust. Vader kills a vanilla X-wing. Wedge and the other vanilla X-Wing pound Vader leaving him with 1 hull.
    Turn 5, I activate Phoenix Home, reveal a squadron token, and send the B-Wings at Sovereign. I do 1 whopping shield worth of damage. Phoenix Home (moving at 1) is now maneuvering hard in the hopes of getting clear of Sovereign's black die range. I make it by 2mm. Sovereign flaks the B-Wings doing 1 hull to 1 and takes a concentrate fire with its red dice out of side arc on Phoenix Home, dealing 2 more hull (including a second crit). Admonition flaks Vader, forces him to use a brace token, and move Admonition on a future pursuit course after Sovereign, which is turning hard back towards the Imperial side of the board. At this point the middle of the board has cleared out and both Admonition and Sovereign are out of range of one another. In the fighter engagement, Wedge takes out Vader.
    Turn 6, I activate Phoenix Home with is positioned just right to activate Wedge and the 2 B-Wings. They conduct bombing runs on Sovereign, but the B-Wings get nothing rolls. Wedge deals 1 damage to the shields. Phoenix Home moves out of range. Sovereign flaks Wedge, dropping him to 1 hull. It also flaks one of the B-Wings, dealing 1 hull to it as well. Sovereign slows and makes a hard turn towards the center. Admonition comes barreling around in its wake, but won't be in position for an attack... until turn 7.
    Rebels: 222.
    Imperials: 141.
    END OF BATTLE 
    Thoughts:
    Deployment MATTERS. If my wife hadn't boxed herself in and had er formation broken up by the obstacles I would have been in a much worse position. So does activation order. Activating Sovereign before Demolisher and getting in its way compounded her deployment woes and forced Demolisher to evade its way into my oncoming MC30's. Mon Mothma and the MC30's are made for one another.  Her synergy with Admonition's evade tokens kept it from taking catastrophic damage twice. Raymus Antilles and Ahsoka have a nice synergy. Raymus Antilles and All Fighter's Follow Me! rocks. I was able to lock down most of the TIEs on my first activation. I really want Hera and Rogue Squadron now. Then all four can move ala "Rogue." Add in Biggs and a few vanilla X-Wing for fodder.... Imperial Star Destroyers are SCARY. It used engineering tokens to remove the asteroid damage and was rocking 11 hull at the end of turn 6. If there was not a turn limit, I would have lost. Thawn is not a good commander for beginners. My wife likes him, but barely used him to any effect. It was too much to remember. Also, beginners should not put more than 2-3 upgrade cards on a ship. Same reason. Its too much to keep track of. I forgot ECMs on Foresight (Boom!) at a key moment and Admonition. My wife never made use of Wulf Yularen, remembered gunnery teams only once, and only used one of Thrawn's dials. She had a lot of fun and is now considering how she will prepare for the next battle. I have only played Rebels to date. I enjoyed it, but would like to try the Imps out. We must consider our next expansions...
     
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    Vondy got a reaction from awayputurwpn in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from Silim in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from EbonHawk in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from The Jabbawookie in First Upgrade Fleets   
    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)
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    Vondy got a reaction from Dayham in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from Sarone in You Know You're Playing Age Of Rebellion When...   
    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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    Vondy got a reaction from immortalfrieza in You Know You're Playing Age Of Rebellion When...   
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    Vondy got a reaction from LordBritish in You Know You're Playing Age Of Rebellion When...   
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    Vondy got a reaction from Dayham in You Know You're Playing Age Of Rebellion When...   
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    Vondy got a reaction from Mark Caliber in You Know You're Playing Age Of Rebellion When...   
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    Vondy got a reaction from LordBritish in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from SanguineAngel in Comedy has Consequences (Spoilers TLJ)   
    That one can reasonably explain a thing does not make that thing aethestically, emotionally, or naratively satisfying. Tone deaf musicians produce "bad music." A joke delivered at the wrong money can still get a laugh even while ruining the mood. Some viewers considered the writing and directing of this film, including its attempts at humor, sophomoric. 
    Arguing that juvenile humor is internally coherent doesn't change the fact that its juvenile. Those who found it such will not want it in their games. Those who loved it will. As such, there is no merit in arguing "the phone joke was funny because 'in world reasons.'" Its a question of artistry and whether someone found the work as a whole to have a consistent emotional tone, tenor, and tempo.
    Here is the thing: I thought the telephone joke was well-delivered and it made me laugh. The problem was, that was not the moment to go for a laugh. It ruined the mood and killed my suspension of disbelief. It pulled me out of the film. Not everyone wants whipped cream and chocolate sauce on their steak dinner. Sure, its sweet, but... ew. Just ew. 
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    Vondy got a reaction from Absol197 in Cyphers and Masks Spy book announced!   
    Point of order: unless these characters are named in the text, which they aren't, its just a piece of artwork that looks like Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn, etc. We interpret as such, and we may be intended to interpret as such, but one could also say "that's just a redheaded force using woman in black who looks a lot like Mara Jade," etc. This would also be a valid interpretation. I believe the devs are using the art to imply these character's inclusion as a means of fanservice without actually staking out an explicit position on their existence that would have to be agreed to as "official" by the Mouse.
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    Vondy got a reaction from SEApocalypse in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from Daeglan in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from EliasWindrider in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from Kaigen in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from Donovan Morningfire in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from warchild1x in 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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    Vondy got a reaction from StriderZessei in 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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