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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    My argument was that that was actually RAW, but that the rules are very badly written and can actually be read in different ways without even going to "intent." There are two descriptive clauses that explain how dice can be modified, we can presume that the intent is for the first to be a broad one on the source of modification and the second a list of the types of modification. Neither of which is said to be exhaustive, or not. Straight up RAW is "we don't know, but probably..." Basically, FFG needs to step up and clear up their written rules once and for all because these debates are a waste of time when players are arguing views based on what they think it means. Rules should be clear enough that RAI is never needed.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I've spent enough time with actual regulatory lawyers to state that unless a list is expressly denoted as being exhaustive, it cannot conclusively be determined to be such. If the writers intended for a list to be explicitly exhaustive, they would have noted so. But then we're back to debating intent. From FFG staff, who are known to be underpaid and overworked. But then, this would venture no longer into "rules lawyering" but border on "actual lawyering" and dealing with that is my day job, I don't really want it in my hobbies.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Even though the statement is formatted as a paragraph, an argument could be made that the list of four just below is not exhaustive, merely indicative, since it notes that "resolving abilities," broadly, is a way to modify dice just like "spending various tokens" is. Han is explicitly not a reroll, it's a "resolving abilities" dice modification? That would mean that it's up to the other interacting effects' wording to see if Han can modify the dice through his "not a reroll, really." Midnight says "no mods" so she wins, Magva says "no rerolls" so she loses? Under that lens, Lando and C3PO are based on "rolling dice" which is not what Han is doing, obviously, so his shenanigans do nothing to those two? The issue is that writing tight rules requires a lot of qualified eyeballs with experience. Which FFG plainly does not want to afford for a beer&pretzel game that got wildly popular competitively.
  4. After having been away from Vassal for a while, this freaked me out the first time I spectated a game with this feature. I quickly figured what actually happened, but that was a stressful minute trying to figure out if I did something that screwed the game state!
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    Resistance and First Order Dial Upgrade Kits

    1.0 dial covers were amazing. You could see the whole dial in one go. 2.0 dials do that by default, so I've not used all my custom painted ones since. It was a pain to swap them out all the time, but the main feature was worth it.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    The game would be better if people went in with the pure intent to have fun, win or lose. Or maybe that's just my very low tolerance to salt speaking.
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    Magnets: How They Work (for X-Wing Miniatures)

    I still haven't figured it out. Between various hobbies, I've tried a few and they all have downsides. Some of them seem designed to glue themselves shut at some point, some seem to be designed to be impossible to apply in tiny doses, etc. You want something that can be applied thin enough to dry quickly and that says it is impact resistant. I really wish I had a clear answer, it'd make my hobby life easier!
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    Magnets: How They Work (for X-Wing Miniatures)

    A properly sized forstner bit gets you a perfect hole every time, and quickly. The alternative I'd recommend is not drilling at all, doing a poor job is just a pain in the a** once you realize what you could have done. Disc magnets for the ships and pegs may avoid some wobble (see my first Upsilon) but you lose the ability to tilt your model out of the way, which is a big feature. If I have any regret is that I used many types of super glue and some of them were more impact resistant than others. And I don't know which ones were which. Every time you put a ship on a peg, it's a small impact, they add up and some magnets came unglued.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Before (because I'm sure Mark loves the reminders): After (with the templates I gave him in a bag *shocking*):
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Nearly got a game in with my oldest today, he wants to try Tripsilons. I'm debating whether I should try it with a 170pts list built to handle it or a normal 200pts list.
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    Fugly, the New Templates Are.

    They're actually uglier than the safety orange regional templates, that's impressive.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Alternative timeline: UUU players start actually thinking and planning for all the counters that are being brought up. Most of them seem to really rely on player skill. The analysis so far seems to be that the alpha is monstrous and rather hard to avoid, but if you make it through, you can do ok. What if UUU players worked on shoring up that weakness. Worth it? I'm just meme-ing in my head, but Captain Phasma shuts of a lot of the "k-turn behind them" options.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I checked for fun and it's 93%. Going to Syracuse for Naboo was quicker than going to Toronto. Though it was in this weird foreign country.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    That sounds fair. 1,500 km for 50 USD. Meanwhile, Ottawa to Toronto is 200USD for 400km, if you're lucky. Trains are as expensive and ridiculously slow. And it's 4h+ to drive there. And Ottawa is the closest other big urban centre from Toronto, the other ones are much, much farther away. We finally get a System Open in Canada this, but getting to Toronto is not cheap or quick from any other big cities in Canada. In short: jealous reacts only!
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Are you including the spring and fall cycles in your regional (defunct Hyperspace Trials, now Primes) count? Ottawa got 1, maybe two, in the whole 1.0 run, and we're getting at least 2 this year, but both in the fall. Montreal had almost none until they got 2 in the same cycle last year. They have 3 now. If anything, the dumb grouping by region is what I'd question. As far as Nationals (now Grands), there was endless complaining about it always being in Toronto in Canada. Canada is HUGE and air travel is much more expensive than US air travel. This lead to many people feeling really left out. If we can have east coast and west coast grands (maybe one for the maritimes), that'd make many people happy. The part I'm happy about is the twice per year per store Store Champs. It'll make them almost common and should keep more of a local flavour.
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