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  1. Nostromoid

    What I’d Love to See Released for ARMADA

    The desire to see Han as a commander comes from two things 1. They call him "General Solo" in RotJ. Also why you see him as a commander in Legion. 2. In the old Expanded Universe novels, he commanded a lot. Some of the most famous stories of this are Han leading New Republic forces against Imperial remnant fleets.
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    New homebrew campaign soon

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    New homebrew campaign soon

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    New homebrew campaign soon

    Example of Play In this example, the Imperial team includes fleets commanded by Admiral Motti, Admiral Screed, and Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Rebel team includes fleets commanded by Admiral Raddus, Commander Sato, and General Dodonna. Each one has a fleet consisting of ship units and squadron units. The players running each fleet didn't customize or tailor their fleet composition. Instead, they chose from the list of available units, picking from the "Start" lists only for this first round. Once each fleet is complete, the teams are ready to begin. In the Strategy Phase, each player draws three agenda cards from their team's deck. They cannot trade cards, but they can discuss. Then, the players should draw five locations from the deck of planets. For this example, they have drawn Fondor, Lothal, Hoth, Mon Cala, and Alderaan. Each of these planets is color-coded to the "front" of the war that it represents, and for each front there is a set of objectives. Players draw one objective from the shuffled deck of objective cards that are set aside for each front. For this example, the objectives are Advanced Gunnery (at Fondor), Station Assault (at Lothal), Dangerous Territory (at Hoth), Intel Sweep (at Mon Cala), and Sensor Sweep (at Alderaan). The Empire assaults first, choosing for Admiral Screed to designate the first attack. This player chooses Lothal and its Station Assault objective. The Rebel team must then choose one of its players to act as defender in this battle, settling on Admiral Raddus. Screed and Raddus are now paired for a battle. The Rebels choose a location to assault from the remaining four planets, and then the Empire chooses a location to assault from the remaining three. After this, the two unselected locations are shuffled back into the deck, and unused objective cards are shuffled back into their decks. All three battles are played out during the Battle Phase. At the end of the battle for Fondor, during the Scoring step, the battling players calculate Margin of Victory and each gain campaign points according to a system very close to the tournament scoring system used in Organized Play. For this battle, Raddus wins against Screed, and the Rebels gain 7 campaign points while the Empire gains 4. Both players can also play agenda cards from their hand of three. Screed plays two agenda cards--Thin the Ranks, and Sudden Strike--earning points because he destroyed many enemy squadrons during the battle, and because he destroyed an enemy ship before it had activated. Raddus has only one agenda card whose conditions he has met--Tracking Device--and he earns points because his enemy's flagship had at least one face-up damage card on it at the end of the battle. Finally, the winner of the battle, Raddus, gains one more effect as a reward, this one based on the battle's location, Fondor. Raddus may choose one Large-base ship from his team and reduce its scarring level by one. Both teams add these campaign points to their team score for the Yellow front, representing their progress in the long series of raids and uprisings against the Empire's weapons factories and shipyards among the Core and Midrim worlds. The Rebels unlock some hard-hitting bomber groups and frigates, while the Empire gains a few examples of the Emperor's newest classes of Star Destroyer: the Kuat Refit and the Cymoon-1 Refit. Unfortunately, lots of ships and squadrons were destroyed during the battle at Fondor. Each ship that was destroyed gains a level of scarring, which will make it more expensive in the future. Squadrons are scarred as a whole unit, which might include two, three, or four individual squadrons. Rules govern how much of a squadron unit must be destroyed in order for the whole unit to become scarred. Scarring will make it increasingly inefficient to keep fielding the same units over and over, unless they are carefully protected, and eventually units will no longer be worth fielding, as they are too costly to patch up. Thankfully, as Admiral Raddus learned, by winning the right battles, he can selectively unscar his most important ships, using Fondor's spacedocks to refit and repair one Large ship that needs the attention. After all of the battles for the round have been resolved, and campaign points have been updated, each player rebuilds his or her fleet, using the newest costs and perhaps choosing some of the newly unlocked units. This phase of the campaign has few restrictions on it, so commanders may want to update their ships to the newest classes and swap in some higher tiers of units to replace their scarred forces. Unused agenda cards may be either discarded, or revealed to all players and then kept for next time. Then, the campaign continues with the next round.
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    New homebrew campaign soon

    Things to Know The campaign is called Path of Rebellion. For now, at least. I'm calling my overall series of campaigns the Anaxes Series, and this will be the second entry. You may remember my project last year, the Siege of the Arkanis Sector. It was my first stab at making a homebrew campaign and it was both my top project for most of the year and also quite a steep learning curve. I've taken some of my best ideas and applied them to the newest "season," and I'll be rolling out this second campaign very soon. It's a bigger galaxy. I took a step up from Arkanis Sector and made this campaign span the whole Star Wars galaxy. Aesthetically, it felt too crowded to jam the entire crowd of misfit faces from Armada into a single sector. This campaign will feature battles from Corellia to Tatooine, and all sorts of worlds in between. Everything in Armada, and perhaps a few custom cards, will find its way in. Fleet building is more restricted. This sounds crazy, but hear me out. In the campaign, I have a large spreadsheet with ships (prebuilt with upgrades) and squadrons (prebuilt into small groups of 2-4 squadrons). Players pick from these units, but the key trick is that they're not allowed to edit them. In other words, you pick off of a menu rather than tailoring everything according to design. Thematic. I want to encourage rules that make the campaign feel like real warships, and less like collectible card combos. I consider both game effects and the role and history of the units in the game during the design process. Rebalancing. I'm realistic that some cards and some combos are just better than others. Prebuilt ships means that I can tweak the cost of a package if it's underpowered or overpowered. Tech tree. Early in the campaign, teams will have access to more basic units (staples of the faction, or ships typical of the early Rebellion era), and later in the campaign players will unlock more advanced options. ' A war on many fronts. Locations in Path of Rebellion belong to various fronts of the war, and when you fight over any given world, your successes will result in progress for your team across that front. Tatooine, Ryloth, Mandalore, and others represent one front: the Outer Rim with its harsh worlds and pirate raids. Mon Cala, Minntooine, Pammant, and others represent another front: the well-defended shipyards of the Mon Calamari people. In total, I have four fronts so far. I plan to consider the campaign in "1.0" state when these four are ready, but in the future I hope to expand on that and bring even more planets into the game. Scarring and veterancy are back, first introduced in the Corellian Conflict. This time, it’s expanded upon in a more granular way, with levels of scarring instead of a binary scarred/unscarred. The most common way to take a scar is by being destroyed in battle, which adds +1 Scarring. But, some effects can add or reduce scarring. What matters is that each scar increases the cost of the unit by about 10%. As ships are battered in combat, it becomes more and more inefficient to keep fighting with them. Commanders will want to rotate their forces, seeking newer and stronger ships as older ones are taken down. With the right strategies, admirals can find opportunities to remove scarring, such as through claiming victory at planets that house the proper facilities. Veterancy, meanwhile, is also given levels instead of an on/off status. It works similarly to the Corellian Conflict, but I will be ready for a few more specifics soon. Agenda cards interact with the rules. Most of the time, players will be holding three randomly drawn agenda cards during a battle, hoping (or strategizing) for the right conditions to transpire so that those agenda cards can be played in order to win more campaign points. Agenda cards resemble Objective cards from Rebellion. Both teams use these cards, but individualized for the faction. Most agenda cards give the player something to strive for in battle, aside from straight victory. For example, destroying a specific type of ship, or keeping your flagship alive. These cards are played at the conclusion of the battle, during the Scoring step. But, a few agenda cards are played at other timings, and may interrupt play in order to deliver an unusual effect, such as interacting with the agenda cards in your opponent's hand. Additionally, some agenda cards give a small boosted effect if played by the indicated commander. There will be a few of these that affect each commander for both factions, but the system is meant to be a touch more generous to "underpowered" commanders like Tagge, Mothma, Tarkin, and Iblis.
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    Starwars Armada:halo

    Perhaps the solution is to support a Smash Bros style ruleset for Armada, with Rebel Alliance v Empire v Covenant v UNSC.
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    Starwars Armada:halo

    I'm not going to say there even is a "problem" with Armada. (I'm not! This isn't another one of those threads!) We don't have to compare ourselves to any other game. Armada doesn't have to fail the way that other fleet games have, and it doesn't have to keep up with X-Wing, which is pretty much a fluke that can't be replicated. We all feel envy at what FFG's most highly-promoted games get to enjoy. Yet we still got the campaign set, they didn't, and we will (some day!) get the biggest miniature you've ever seen when the SSD comes out. If there is a problem, it's that Armada has unfair expectations set before it. It seems like it's not enough to be a successful game, it has to be a global phenomenon. Is it hard to break even when you pay licensing to Disney and Lucasfilm? Is it embarrassing to put up lower sales than X-Wing? (Armada isn't going to be an X-Wing killer, much less a 40K killer.) Does it have to be an ever-accelerating moonshot of ever-mounting success? Let's take a second and appreciate that, through the good times and bad, the Armada community is still here. And the game is still in print. And the parent company is still putting out stuff (slowly... so excruciatingly slowly). AllWingsStandyingBy mentioned a few other miniatures games in the fleet genre. Those, and a whole bunch of other miniatures games have come and gone since 2015, and Armada outlived them. You'll find those other games in the clearance section of Miniatures Market, but not on the shelf next to Armada.
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    Any rumors on the re-print of Squadrons 1 packs??

    I felt dirty contributing to the scarcity. Eh, maybe if it's still there next time I'm in. Maybe they've never had a committed Armada player notice it, or maybe they're one of those stores people are saying have started getting a trickle of stock.
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    Alert All Commands! New article!

    I really liked the rules for hyperspace in the CC's All-Out Assault. Teams lay down objective tokens, and at the start of a round, going objective token by objective token, teams can either scoot the token around or else use it like a deployment beacon to deploy reserve forces out of hyperspace. It's very thematic to have ships zooming out of the depths of space to join the fight, and even better it staggers out the ships in play so that the first several turns don't take even longer than they already take. The downside to it is, (a) objective tokens are used to mark hyperspace, so it's not compatible with objectives, and (b) it's pretty obnoxious when opponents can plop Demo, Avenger, or Profundity right in your face. Edit: Should have added - And that's why I wish some form of the hyperspace rules could have made their way into the Sector Fleets rules.
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    Any rumors on the re-print of Squadrons 1 packs??

    I just saw an Imp 1 pack in a store. Thought 1: "That's weird." Thought 2: "Good thing I bought mine back when this wasn't a weird thing to discover."
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    Quick Build Armada?

    I'd be happy to, but right now it's not even at that prototype level (other projects involving Armada and more, stay tuned). I'm throwing together the list of ships, so I'm happy to take requests if anyone has ship platforms they'd like to see. 1. Classic ship loadouts: the Yavaris Neb, the 2. Thematic ship loadouts: the stock-standard ISD2 as you think the Empire would roll them off the shipyards, the plucky little Nebulon-B medical frigate, etc. 3. Rule-breaker loadouts: What if a flotilla had ExRacks? What if Hammerheads had a new generic title? What if Imperials fielded Nebulons in the early stages of the campaign? What if a Raider had Slicer Teams? I'm also working on squadrons. While it's fun to design small groups of fighters (three A-Wings is Phoenix Squadron!), it isn't as clear when such a group has been "destroyed" for the purposes of stepping up its price for future battles. Only if all squadrons are eliminated during a game? Only if half or more of its squadrons are eliminated?
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    Quick Build Armada?

    This is actually the system I'm building for a homebrew campaign. Everyone uses prebuilt ships and prebuilt fighter groups, and it's simply a matter of picking the ones you want off a big list of choices. A few rules apply: 1. I rebalance as needed, and most are intentionally not tournament-style loadouts. Costs may correct some mistakes in FFG's pricing. 2. For fun, some impossible examples are included. Rebel Quasar, one single Victory with Engine Techs, etc. 3. When a ship is destroyed, its future cost is incremented upwards by about 5-10%, so that it will become harder to keep using the same ships over and over, especially if they're targeted for destruction. 4. Each side starts with only a few basic choices (Rebels with some small corvettes and Imps with Vics and patrol ships like the Arq or Neb). By progressing through the campaign, your team can "unlock" more of the "tech tree."
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    Future Admirals

    TIL a sub-faction of the Separatists was the Retail Caucus. I just can't with this universe sometimes. We joke about bad Star Wars names and we joke about people just using a thesaurus to make variations on the same name sometimes, but this case is just too real. [Economic Term] + [Political Organization] = Separatist Council Trade/Techno/Banking/Commerce/Corporate/Communications/Retail Federation/Union/Clan/Guild/Alliance/Cartel/Caucus And we don't even get any overlap! There's no Banking Federation along with the Trade Federation. Each one carved out its own little unique economic term and its own little political organization, no matter how stupidly specific it had to get. I assume the others included the Mercantile Bookclub, the Democratic People's Republic of Trickle-Down, the Moneylending Council, and the Plutocracy Association.
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    Playing the game in costume/uniform

    We have a player who has dressed in his Grand Admiral whites for tournament days.
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    New Podcast: Activation Advantage

    @Andylicious @clontroper5 Hey all. Of the three people who got the podcast started, I don't know that any of them are active on the forums besides me, though they're both very active players. I wasn't the guy to really get the podcast started, so I don't think of it as mine in the sense of soldiering on with further episodes alone. I do still have ideas for topics, and I do really appreciate the many people who have enjoyed the podcast. If there's someone who knows the technical side of podcasting and needs a partner, I'm still up for it. I think this game needs more of it.