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  1. PastrySandwich

    What’s with all the stop maneuvers?

    Actions are so much more of a premium now, so red maneuvers are much more costly. Its a nice tool to have when needed but shouldn't be abusive in gameplay.
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    Corran

    Steve Horn!
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    Corran

    I just call him Steve.
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    Fast Enough - Lando's Falcon 2nd Ed

    double
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    Fast Enough - Lando's Falcon 2nd Ed

    It wouldn't matter if these movies predicted drastically different eras, they are gonna be required to create product tie-ins to anything new or they will lose their license.
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    Logistics Of 2e

    Sure if they end up having to make less bases overall there is room to come down a little on the price, but you still have an issue with the lost/broken pieces. You can't just have people have to buy a new core set just to get a single base to fly the ship they just paid for in a blister. The packaging and shipping on that is going to price it basically at cost. I don't see it being a real option, not to mention that you are asking stores to give up valuable shelf space. That being said, I think the biggest hurdle is the mentality of the situation. Regardless of people actually being able to save money to a hypothetical situation, you are asking them to sell a incomplete product. That's a tough one. Even if most people (and they probably do) just open a pack and throw components into a bag, case, etc with everything else, you know when you buy the product it is whole. That is really a big deal. And I get that if you put up the two head-to-head with or without that 95% is probably buying that cheaper one, but that isn't what people are seeing. In this situation, they are only seeing 1 item at a 1 price that doesn't include all the parts it needs. Rational or not, buying something that requires something else just to assemble is not going to feel great for the consumer and is just something companies aren't gonna want to do.
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    Logistics Of 2e

    I was specifically speaking towards the mentality the OP stated that if you want to fly a swarm than you should have no problem buying multiple core sets since you are OK with buying more product in the first place. I disagree with that as a good reason to approach it this way. I was not looking at what was actually the most efficient, which may be your way. I like to fly named myself.
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    Logistics Of 2e

    I think you are a bit overestimated on that. But either way, just because the swarm player is willing to buy more ships to fly a swarm that doesn't make sense that they should also be required to buy additional core sets. It isn't like the only reason they are flying a swarm is because they need a reason to spend money. Then, of course, you run into the issue of people breaking, losing, or otherwise damaging the accessories. And any gains that would have been made in packing/shipping are wiped out in a single manufacturing run for just an accessory pack. FFG would have to jack up the price to an absurd level to make it make sense.
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story [SPOILER THREAD]

    Solemn doesn't equal wise, but Yoda just wasn't a goofy clumsy character. He appears that way and to see how Luke would react and once he sees that Luke is ignoring him as a hindrance to finding this "great Jedi warrior" he understands he is not ready, he even says as much. From that point forward his entire demeanor has changed, the mask is off so to speak. Yoda in TLJ is played off as a "Remember how fun he was when he showed up in Empire?" instead of who the character was shown to actually be. He never had to show up in the movie, but if you are going to add him it should be well thought out, not in "just cuz". In fact Yoda is a great example on why so much failed in TLJ. He is a master class on how to subvert expectations of the auidence. Luke heads out to find this great warrior, a master with the Force. When he lands he finds an annoying little creature. Neither Luke (as a character) nor the audience think much of the creature. So it makes the reveal that he is Yoda that much more powerful. Like Luke the audience assumes that Yoda could not be a great warrior as he is so small and frail. As a story telling element this gives us so much more about the Force. Instead of having to spell it out for you, you can "see" how powerful the force is. It allowed someone so small and seemingly unimportant one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy. For the characters, Luke's failure to notice showcases how he truly is not ready. He jumps to conclusions and is impatient. Something that will come up again soon as he feels he must to help his friends, bailing on his training only to be easily bested by Vader and losing his hand and lightsaber in the process. He was shown not to be ready, but rushed off anyways, leading to his lowest point. In just one example, contrast this to Rey. TLJ tries to subvert the expectations by making Rey's parents meaningless. The whole story so far is "they must be important" and in the Star Wars universe lineage has produced some important things (you can even see that here as people still want to discuss who her parents must have been). Except nothing comes of that. That is it. She is a nobody and it was done for the sake of doing it. There is no bearing in her growth as a character there is no bearing on the plot at all. It could have been so easy for her to use that she is a nobody FOR growth. Look at Luke's lineage and he has failed, look at Ben's lineage and his failure. Her lack of important parents could be the reason why she succeeds. Soooooooo much of TLJ were things like this. One offs to designed to subvert the audience but then had no payoff. No reason to do it other than just to do it.
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story [SPOILER THREAD]

    You said you couldn't understand how a Star Wars fan could not like the movie, and I was telling you some of the ways. For nothing else the treatment of the established characters and the disregard for their stories made many Star Wars fans unhappy. On top of that add in poor treatment of the story in general, and its easy to see the disdain for the movie. I absolutely watch the OT with the same eye, but its not like those are some small little nickpitting items. Those were just the glaring mistakes. Fundamental misunderstandings on the characters and storytelling in general. While there are generally some missteps, TLJ misses on almost every single character as well as plot points.
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story [SPOILER THREAD]

    It is a mediocre movie in general, but as a Star Wars movie it is very bad. As a movie it fails in a few places. First the jokes, oof. They are so out of place and each and every single one falls so flat. The jokes don't fit the theme, the characters, or the timing and are a distraction to everything the movie attempts to accomplish. It is way way way WAAAAAAAY too long. Particularly because how little happens to the characters and in the overall plot. Basically no one has any arc and everyone ends right back where they started the movie. So many subplots and characters could be removed and it would not change the story in the slightest. It is a mess storywise. Beyond being a mediocre movie it really fails as a Star Wars movie. It is clear there is a misunderstanding of the characters and they are butchered. Poe was the one character that actually did have an arc, but that arc sucked. Poe learns to not think for himself and instead should always bow down to an authority figure, even when they appear to have nothing planned. So while this character development, its bad character development. There is no reason for Haldo to not tell Poe her plan. There is less of a reason why everyone on the ship, who also assumed that Haldo had no plan wouldn't join with Poe. I mean everyone is looking at their leader who is sitting there waiting for death, vs. ANY plan at all. Further, why can't the FO catch the Resistance? In a universe where FTL travel is the norm we have a tug boat chase? I understand it was designed for plot reasons, but it is so out of universe and jarringly stupid. The FO should just jump to light speed and show up in front of them, problem solved. If they really wanted this 'chase' scene, thye could have just fully stolen the BSG plot and had them follow with the Resistance only having X jumps remaining, same ultimate effect, but makes way more sense given the setting. Chewie, poor Chewie. In the movie because he apparently has to be, but sits around and no one ever really acknowledges him. When he see Luke for the first time in a long time and tells him of that Han dies, he gets totally blown off. Chewie just lost the most important person in his life a mutual friend of his and Luke. Also Luke and Chewie are friends, they have gone one some pretty serious adventures and bonded, but here he shows up devastated and then immediately turned away and spends the rest of the movie hanging out with a (somehow) ***** version of the Ewoks. Leia, the Mary Poppins scene.... Leia who has a passing ability in the force all of a sudden has a pretty amazing power to never killed. Which is also, 100% pointless. Beyond how utterly stupid the scene watches, and it watches very very poorly, why does it occur at all? Leia is seemingly killed to just to end up mostly fine. The only potential payoff (Kylo pulling or not pulling the trigger) is rendered totally inert, because, surprise, Leia is an unkillable Jedi Master of the highest order apparently. Luke was so totally misunderstood, and it is the most infuriating as it harms the character deeply. Like Yoda, Luke, while also being brooding and a totally loner, is also working on his opening act at The Comedy Store. That makes all the scenes with him confusing as they jump from serious to awkward and back again. Then his entire character is tossed in the bin as nonchalantly as he tosses his old lightsaber. Luke spends all of RotJ believing he can reach his father, that there is still some good left in him. No one else in the galaxy believes that, including the Emperor. The payoff becomes that Vader does still have some good left in him and makes one last sacrifice to save his son, who had still believed in him. So THAT guy, the one that believed the most evil man in the galaxy still had some good left in him and could be saved, somehow looked at a child (who was not evil yet) and thought the ONLY option is to kill him. And it wasn't even a passing thought, like say Ben read his mind and saw he thought that, or Snoke planted that image in his mind or something reasonable. This was Luke showing up with lightsaber in hand only to back off at the last second. That is so bad so utterly misguided and out of place for Luke. It is no one Mark Hamill made comments like this character was not Luke Skywalker before the film was released, he was right it wasn't. Yoda the wisest being in the Star Wars universe shows up to do his set at The Comedy Store. Blowing right past the, "where the fu*k have you been the last 30 years" and how are you able to impact the real world as a force ghost, the movie depicts Yoda as the goofy weird creature we see when Luke first meets him. However, that is NOT Yoda. Yoda is putting on that act to test Luke, to see if he is "ready", so for Yoda to come back acting like a goofy asshat, I mean how do you miss the character that much, at least you coulda listened to the Weird Al song about him and had a better idea about him. Rose and Finn didn't need to be in this movie. They accomplish nothing but being filler in an already bloated movie. The entire fake Cloud City story is totally pointless to the story, but also really bad. They go to find the only guy in the galaxy that can accomplish the hack only to find someone else equally as capable, literally just lying around. They free a bunch of space horses from their space horse racing (hooray!) expect this is a pretty small planet or moon or whatever, so where the **** are they gonna go? They are clearly going to be caught, by the wealthiest people in the galaxy in like 30 mins. If they don't, did anyone check to see if they can even survive in the wild? And, best of all, glad they saved those CGI monsters, but the kids stuck in slavery? Yeah, they should be fine. Then Rose and Finn head to the FO to accomplish more of nothing. Their plan is bad and dumb and they are all saved by BB-8 who can apparently take on the entire ship alone (why not just send in a **** ton of BB droids, as they are apparently able to accomplish way more than any human can in this story). Finally as Finn is able to do SOMETHING for the story (also pay off this character who began as a selfish coward, he now has the ability to be selfless and brave) he is stopped by Rose. Who lets him know they don't sacrifice themselves just to save others. How does she do this? By sacrificing herself (I mean she crashes her ship into him and is almost/should be killed and made them sitting ducks to just be killed). Also not to mention that Holdo literally JUST DID THE SAME ******* THING. But everyone forgot that she sacrificed herself to save the Resistance because she was a throw-away character that no one had any attachment to since they did not develop her even remotely, and it isn't like they had a leader character that the audience cared about lying around (*cough Leia *cough). Then because Finn did not sacrifice himself to save everyone they will all die, expect nope Luke shows up and saves everyone, by sacrificing himself..... Also now Rose and Finn are in love with one another even though at no point (other than the brief amazement Rose has at Finn when they meet) had anything happened to show these two becoming remotely romantically interested in one another. Rey and Kylo sit around, almost have a meaningful transition to ultimately not, and somehow both get more powerful all while decidedly not being trained by their respective masters. Clearly the biggest miss of the entire film is that these characters are almost interesting only to be turned into nothing. Kylo has shows signs of weakness towards the dark side and begins to connect with Rey and then at the end, "Haha nope I'm still all dark side, thanks for the memories!". While Rey has the exact same dumb story with the light side. Visions of her being tempted by the dark and being rejected by Luke to only find a connection with Kylo only when push comes to shove there is zero tension and she is fully engaged with the light side. Having one or both "fall" to the other side is interesting or even better for them both to embrace their "outcast" nature and forge their own path, no light side, no dark side, all interesting. Instead there are hints here and there that there is a conflict within each of them only for when the payoff moment comes they do not hesitate and end up right back where they started the movie. Neither bats an eye about having any growth, not even the hint of losing their path and are firmly back where they began even though nothing in the story would have suggested they had cemented their ideals. Also, even though Kylo has been nothing but inept as a Sith, which is commented on frequently by Snoke. He has somehow increased his prowess so much that he can pull the golden wool over his eyes in the most telegraphed death sequence in cinema history. While Rey, who knew nothing before meeting Luke and is consistently not trained by him, now has all of the force powers and is totally an elite Jedi that can lift every rock ever. Luke had to sacrifice for these things. He abandons his friends to go train and for it they are ambushed and Han is captured. He sacrifices his training to go aid his friends at the last minute and for it he loses his hand and mentor. While stronger he is still a very incomplete Jedi which shows in his final confrontation where is clearly weaker and shows signs of faltering, when he lets his rage slip for a moment fighting Vader. Neither Kylo nor Rey sacrifice anything and in the end they get what they want, have more power than ever before, and in the climatic moments with everything on the line never show one iota of wavering in their faith. Again not a great movie in general, but as far as Star Wars movies go, it is really really bad. So much was done to subvert expectations, which is fine, but you can't just subvert expectations just to do it. You have to have something that makes sense, both within the boundaries of a story and the greater universe it is set in. This movie fails both at telling a interesting story and really fails at trying to tell an interesting Star Wars story.
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    Lessons Learned From 2e

    So now when a new card is added to the app you will know almost instantly where it will fit or not fit in your favorite lists. The app doesn't get rid of list building, it expands it, list building becomes more dynamic and knowing the cards, their synergies and their flaws is MORE important when the costs are in flux. This adds more to the list building than it takes away. Threat cards aren't required, they are to help newer players (or those that don't enjoy the list building as much as you) so they can engage with the core of the game and are introduced to how the cards interact without being overwhelmed right away. I don't see how helping people engage with the game is "cancer".
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    The reboot affect - 1.0 -> 2.0 -> 3.0?

    Which would mean it stops being made (dies) or a new company picks up the license and makes a miniatures dog-fighting game (rebooted).
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    The reboot affect - 1.0 -> 2.0 -> 3.0?

    Outside of people not being interested in the game anymore there is nothing to suggest that the game won't see another reboot. As the game mechanics get more defined and evolve sometimes the base needs to be reexamined. So yes Virginia there will be a 3.0.
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story [SPOILER THREAD]

    Sure, but that is saying that in ten years he reverts from being so altruistic that he freely gives up a literal fortune and constructs an extremely dangerous and convoluted plan without so much as a second glance to people he just met to the the guy that is only in it for the money and won't even be party to the discussions with people he at least has SOME affinity for. I mean besides the fact that Han just giving up all the fuel, while he has nothing to his name ( I mean he still doesn't even have a ship at this point, AND THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE) to the marauders because they told him some, unverified, sob story that has no relation to him is like realizing your arch nemesis and person you feel is a major threat to the entire world really isn't that bad because your moms both share the same name. If Han is such a good guy that he is always willing to give up and risk everything he has for anyone he meets, then it totally cheapens his arc. What is great about Han is that he BECOMES the good guy due to his relationships with Luke and Leia. Not that he would, as this movie sets up, risk life and limb at the drop of the hat for any Bothan, Devaronian, or Jawa that walked in.
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