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  1. Hello Beautiful Imperial Assault Players! Jake and I are back from our busy lives with an episode on Thrawn. Enjoy! https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2018/5/episode-42-tyrantsoflothal-whe2l
  2. Hey Everyone, This week, we invited Patrick to the podcast to discuss the Ugnaughts. Let us know what you think of the episode. Thanks for listening! https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2018/3/26/episode-26-at-dp-mmwmy-n6kya
  3. Fascinating you ask about notes. I thought about sharing these, but decided against it. But since you've asked, here you go: Cadence and Rhythm At the beginning of game, you are playing a game of chicken with your opponent. It is the most predictable point of the game in terms of decisionmaking - particularly as it relates to the relative safety of your figures. However, it is the turn that matters most for the output of the game. Objectives If you advance, you put units at risk. Therefore, activating last is extremely valuable, because you can capture a resource without your opponent being able to respond. This is typically your most powerful figure, but it can depend on the relative utility of that figure Shyla may be my most powerful figure, but since she’s melee she probably won’t have the ability to threaten any of my opponent’s figures, so there’s no reason to hold her for the last activation In contrast, holding IG88 until the last activation is incredibly powerful, as he has an large threat range (7 movement points, min range 7 attack) DISCLAIMER: Because a lot of specific advice depends on the list you are running, what the opponent is running, and scenario/deployment zone drawn, we cannot give detailed advice. This is much more of an overview. Round 0: examine your opponent’s list. Ask to read any cards you are not familiar with. Be familiar with the command cards commonly used by your opponent’s figures At its core, Imperial Assault is a game that tests a player’s ability to maximize the value gotten out of the actions of each figure. Each figure will likely activate a maximum of 4 times (my experience) 8 total actions - 8 opportunities to earn value Earn points for yourself Deny your opponent points 4 total attacks (typical figures) The best players understand the order of their activations and how certain events may impact that order as the game progresses. EXAMPLE: Assume that Player 1 has Jedi Luke and a set of Rangers. The Rangers can target Player 2’s IG88. Jedi Luke can only access Player 2’s set of Gammorrean Guards. Typically, we would begin our activation with the rangers, hoping to remove IG88 before he activates. However, as an intervening event, assume that Player 2 had initiative and dealt 10 damage to Jedi Luke with the Gammorean Guards (not unlikely). Also assume that Jedi Luke, could move to a safe position relative to Player 2’s figures. This situation may justify altering the order of activation! Saving Jedi Luke may be more important, depending on the game state. PRESENT DIFFICULT CHOICES. The more difficult decisions you can force opponents to make, the more likely they are to make a mistake that can be exploited. Let’s examine activation patterns. You could consider these best practices, but think there’s room for the game to change, so for now let’s just call them patterns. Before looking at activation patterns, we should identify the influencing factors that apply to all rounds Relative safety of your figures Objectives Relative threat to opponent’s figures Next round considerations (positioning this round to enable you to accomplish one of the previous factors) Early Game: Round 1/ Round 2 DEFINITION: Portion of the game where each player’s threat range is well-defined Players haven’t made their valuable figures vulnerable yet Setup and positioning CONSIDERATIONS: This is where activation count matters: no matter who had Initiative, the player with more acts will go last, being able to score some points or make an unanswered attack. Time to give units buffs Power tokens, focus, hidden tokens, movement points Hard passes and soft passes. Support units like Gideon, Threepio, and Officers allow you to make activations and see what the opponent is up to without putting figures at risk. Also the pass rule. Moving low value figures to objectives to force opponent into your threat range Saving powerful figures until the end of round. This has two, intertwined purposes: Gain value through an end of round attack - if opponent moves to an objective or aggressive position, you can attack that figure Deter opponent from moving out on to the map and taking objectives - opponent will be prevented from moving within all spaces within your figure’s threat range Powerful figures are limited by threat range: Vader may be your most powerful unit, but his threat range is typically limited. Mid Game: Round 2/ Round 3 DEFINITION: Game transitions to mid-game when shots start to be fired “in earnest” and engagement is joined. Portion of the game where players begin trading attacks with their valuable figures and/or capturing objectives with those figures Players are putting their valuable figures at risk for some gain This is when “stuff happens”. If the mid game hasn’t started already, it will start in the first activations of round 2 (most of the time). Unlike round 1, fighting units will be activated first here most of the time. If any units dive bombed, retreat them now (looking at you, Jedi Luke…) CONSIDERATIONS In contrast to the early game, players typically activate their most powerful figures first in order to remove an opponent’s figure before it can activate. Both sides will be trying to eliminate activations and score objective points. Which of these is more important really depends on your list and your opponent’s list Choosing targets when you activate figures is a key part of this Attack should focus on figures you can realistically remove (deny opponent’s offense) Sometimes you may choose to target a list’s most powerful figure, particularly if your opponent has left it in a vulnerable position after activating. Or to give it a harmful condition Mirroring the first point: you want to get value out of your powerful figures before they are removed. Huge consideration for this part of the game Using buffs: You’ve invested an activation in making a figure more powerful - it’s time to get value from that investment. Typically, you don’t want to be giving new buffs early in the round because you can’t predict if the figure receiving the buff will live to use it (unpredictable threat ranges) Command cards can influence activation order in a couple ways Similar to buffs, command cards with limitations can influence what you activate first If your Rancor is at risk of being eliminated and you have no other melee figures, you may need to activate it immediately to take advantage of Pummel, Death Blow, etc. Objective focused units will grab objectives Typically this happens at the end of round, since these figures typically aren’t as efficient for attacking Also happens at end of round, because an opponent has fewer opportunities to respond. **** these figures could activate first if powerful units are sufficiently safe and objectives can be lost to opponent (picking up crates) Round 3+: The late game Definition: A game generally progresses to the late game when a few activations on each side have been eliminated. At this point, one side or the other could be perceived as having an advantage. A definite “path to victory” can be discerned at this point. Or for the player that is behind, a “path to denying victory” emerges Considerations: WHEN THE GAME IS CLOSE: If multiple activations on both sides have been eliminated and the figures on the board and points are both still pretty close, late game begins. “All hands on deck”: support and objective figures are called in to assist the battle. You want to knock figures out even more than usual: no figures= no attacks or objectives = no points Find your victory condition and pursue it. For many lists it’s killing figures, but it could be trying to sweep objectives. It’s a subjective thing. May also mean denying points - hiding valuable or vulnerable figures IF YOU HAVE THE “ADVANTAGE”, the late game will be about consolidating your gains. You will want to keep up the pressure on your opponent, killing more units and gaining objectives in ways that prevent your opponent from making a comeback. Generally this consists of hiding your high point figures or finishing off your opponent’s fighters to prevent a comeback. Determine the necessary conditions for your opponent to win the game Does he need to remove a particular figure? Does he need to contest all the objectives? THis will dictate your actions IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE “ADVANTAGE”, it is time to play smart. First, DO NOT DESPAIR. There is almost always a way to come back. This is when you need to try to eliminate the opponent’s advantage, whether it’s an advantage of figures, points, or both. This is when list knowledge is most important: with the opponents you and your opponent have left, how can you best close the gap? What command cards has your opponent not played? What strategies will they use to prevent you from making a comeback? Remove their highest threat figures and grab what objectives you can.
  4. Hello FFG Forum Folk, This week, Jake and a tried something that we think is quite ambitious (by tabletop gaming standards) - we strive to define the different stages of a game of Imperial Assault and offer the different considerations a player should make in these stages. We found this to be quite difficult, because often higher level strategies aren't very well defined and we as a community don't have a good vocabulary surrounding the abstract parts of strategy. I don't want to say that we got everything right, but I think this episode includes a lot of useful information, particularly on the importance of activation order. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how we did with this. We enjoyed making it and I hope you enjoy listening to it. Thanks! https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2018/3/26/episode-26-at-dp-mmwmy
  5. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/11/11/episode-21-the-grand-inquisitor
  6. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/11/11/episode-20-greedo
  7. Good catch on the "retrieving tokens" rules. We missed that, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. I'll be adding a note to the post. Much appreciated! Eric
  8. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/11/11/episode-19-obi-wan-kenobi
  9. Hey everyone, This week I wrote about a list I've been trying out and would like some advice with the finishing touches. Thanks for reading and have a good weekend! https://www.twintroopers.com/skirmish/2017/11/3/smuggler-box-revival
  10. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/11/5/episode-18-darth-vader-and-driven-by-hatred
  11. Just want to commend @ryanjamal and @TheUnsullied for this and the previous article. Really great work!
  12. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/10/29/episode-17-bossk
  13. https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/2017/10/22/episode-16-gamorrean-guards
  14. Hey @brettpkelly, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on whether these new Imperial cards will be enough to move a subset of players to playing Imperial lists in the competitive meta. I find all of your reasoning convincing in the article, but I am more interested in whether the Imperial changes are enough, at the very least, to create a more diverse meta (in your opinion) or if you think that the Imperial lists are still underpowered to a degree that we'll see a mostly Mercenary meta for the near future. Nice write up!
  15. Hey everyone! I put together my impressions of the Command cards that came out with Heart of the Empire. Enjoy! https://www.twintroopers.com/skirmish/2017/10/16/command-cards-in-the-heart-of-the-empire PS: @brettpkelly, I was in the middle of writing this when you put out your excellent article on Command cards - I didn't mean to write on the same topic as you in the same week.
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