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    Nostromoid got a reaction from Jut in Boston Regionals AAR   
    As the thoroughly noobish first round opponent of the player in question, I can confirm that the Raider I using the Raider II card also appeared in our game. The Raider's maneuvering let it unleash a devastating double-arc, at which point I asked, horrified, about its upgrades. Naked in round one. I checked my photo and the ISD I had ECM, but I don't remember it making much difference.
     
    It was my first tournament and I didn't have the time or presence to vet his list, or to know off-hand the upgrade bar on an ISD I. Of my many mistakes made during my first tournament, this was one of them. Needless to say, I got tabled decisively (one damage point away from killing that ISD!) and ended up with the bye during the second round.
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    Nostromoid got a reaction from THEMANONTHEM00N in Boston Regionals AAR   
    As the thoroughly noobish first round opponent of the player in question, I can confirm that the Raider I using the Raider II card also appeared in our game. The Raider's maneuvering let it unleash a devastating double-arc, at which point I asked, horrified, about its upgrades. Naked in round one. I checked my photo and the ISD I had ECM, but I don't remember it making much difference.
     
    It was my first tournament and I didn't have the time or presence to vet his list, or to know off-hand the upgrade bar on an ISD I. Of my many mistakes made during my first tournament, this was one of them. Needless to say, I got tabled decisively (one damage point away from killing that ISD!) and ended up with the bye during the second round.
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    Nostromoid got a reaction from Reinholt in Boston Regionals AAR   
    That's true. I was not going to win the game, because I was in way over my head at my first tournament, but my MoV could have been a lot better. And unfortunately it could have drastically altered the rest of the event.
    The Raider in my game was, I seem to recall, a Raider I but looking at my photo it also used the Raider II card. Reegsk makes the good point that after I asked him about what he had on that ship there shouldn't have been any round 2 question which version of the ship it was supposed to be and what upgrades (easy: none) were on it.
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    Nostromoid got a reaction from DUR in The AF MK 2 - Makes no sense to me...   
    Gimme that Assault Frigate Mk I! The one that looks like the bumpy Frankenship that all Rebel fleets are supposed to be!
     
    Agreed, I held out on buying the ship because I just couldn't stand looking at it. I mean, say what you want about four huge wings, each 100 meters long, on the sides and tail, that couldn't possibly serve any purpose. Say what you want about it being the only ship in the Rebel fleet to only have one engine (Neb-B: 7, CR90: 11 engines growing out of every surface available, MC80: 10 engines, MC30c: at least 5 - aft and mid, AFM2: 1 friggin engine). Say what you want about a 700 meter warship being clearly made in the image of a Siamese fighting fish.
     
    But the dumbest thing about the AFM2 is the observation tower that can't see a thing because it's positioned directly behind a gigantic hull pod that completely blocks everything happening in front of it. What the hell is that tower doing there?
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    Nostromoid got a reaction from Formynder4 in Boston Regionals AAR   
    As the thoroughly noobish first round opponent of the player in question, I can confirm that the Raider I using the Raider II card also appeared in our game. The Raider's maneuvering let it unleash a devastating double-arc, at which point I asked, horrified, about its upgrades. Naked in round one. I checked my photo and the ISD I had ECM, but I don't remember it making much difference.
     
    It was my first tournament and I didn't have the time or presence to vet his list, or to know off-hand the upgrade bar on an ISD I. Of my many mistakes made during my first tournament, this was one of them. Needless to say, I got tabled decisively (one damage point away from killing that ISD!) and ended up with the bye during the second round.
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    Nostromoid reacted to bigtmac68 in Boston Regionals AAR   
    I did have ECM on my ISD in game 3, it just never came up as he never fired on my isd with anything that would have required me to use it. He was playing for the squadron win and kept his raiders out of range of the isd until the very end. 
     
    I understand your posts and in your shoes I would have assumed cheating as well, you don't know me I'm just some ******* you played at a tournament, I get it. 
     
    I also realize now that I played all three practice games last Tuesday with the goddamned ECM as well, I just never cross checked my bag with my printed list and did not realize it was a card that should have been pulled from the bag.
     
    That's what I get for changing a list I could play in my sleep before a big regional.
     
    In any case, I played an illegal list all day, so by definition I am disqualified. Its crushing to loose my best ever tournament performance because of an idiotic brain fart, but an illegal list is an illegal list so let me know where to ship your trophy and I apologize for any snippyiness, I have no right to be upset here, im the one in the wrong. 
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    Nostromoid reacted to CaribbeanNinja in Boston Regionals AAR   
    Respect. Let me just say that it is really great that you have the character to own up to your mistakes. It seems like you played a hell of a tournament. It is a shame about the disqualification but I think everyone makes mistakes. At the very least you played well and have a great story!
    I've never played a miniature game before Armada but I think that 99% of the players out there are great people just looking to push these little Star Wars ships around. I think it helps to stay positive and expect the best from your opponents. You have lived up to this in my mind.
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    Nostromoid reacted to Ardaedhel in Boston Regionals AAR   
    Takes a big man to show up in a thread accusing you of cheating and fess up. You at least get my respect for that, whatever else may have happened notwithstanding.
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    Nostromoid reacted to reegsk in Boston Regionals AAR   
    I edited the fleet information. If you read the entire post, you'll understand what I mean.
     
    Round Two
    Opponent - Name withheld, see below
    Faction - Imperial
    Commander - I think Motti, but I could be wrong here (EDIT - Motti)
    List
    - ISD I with a few upgrades with Leading Shots and XI-7s (possibly others, I can't remember right now) (EDIT - Relentless, Leading Shots, XI-7s, Gunnery Teams, Electronic Countermeasures [yes, I know, keep reading])
    - Raider, no upgrades (EDIT - fielded as Raider-I, Raider-II card on the table)
    - Gladiator with Demolisher and Ordnance Experts
    Rhymer
    Vader
    Dengar
    IG-88
    Soontir Fel
    2 x Firesprays
     
    I had the lower bid (his list was 400pts [EDIT - actually 407]) and chose to go second. My opponent chose Precision Strike
     
    Deployment and Round One
     

     
    Most obstacles were on the left of the board, and my opponent deployed top right, so I deployed a little closer this time, around the middle. Round One was pretty boring, with both of us flinging our squadrons forward.
     
    Rounds Two and Three
     

     
    Here's where I lost the game. I think I was overconfident over how quickly I mopped up my previous opponent's squadrons, and saw a similar build here. I pushed my squadrons out too far, and my slow moving Vics couldn't catch up to get them back in Boosted Comms range. Worse still, they were clustered perfectly for flak shots from his Raider, who was positioned perfectly to catch my entire cluster. Ordnance Experts re-rolls put two damage on each squadron for two straight rounds. Combined with fire from his squads, pretty much all of my squadrons were dead by round three. My Bombers managed to plink a few shields off of his Raider and Gladiator before dying.
     
    Rounds Four, Five and Six
     

     
    I was feeling a little defeated at this point, so I forgot to take pictures. His Raider had to maneuver in front of my entire line to avoid ramming the Glad, so I managed to take it out. His Glad managed to skirt around black dice range on my Vics to scoot around the flank. Between his bombers, ISD and Demo, I lost my right-most Vic (the only ship casualty of the day). I managed to force some damage through onto the ISD and get some Precision Strike card flips for tokens, but that was it.
     
    End Result
     
    I lost all of my squadrons and a single Vic, taking only the Raider and I think a few squadrons, but I managed to get a few tokens for points. Feeling especially defeated (I'll explain why in a moment) at this point, I didn't take good notes, so I don't remember what the scores were, but the final MoV was around sixty or so, leading to a 4-6.
     
    Now, I was writing up a whole, long post about a few questionable things that my opponent did which I thought were shady, but could be innocent mistakes. But after digging in a little further, I realized that the guy either cheated his face off, or is the most forgetful player I have ever met. And I'm serious about this. I was kicking myself for missing some big things (like maneuvering my squadrons into a perfect killbox and missing the lack of OE upgrades). I put the onus on myself for missing things. But now I have to wonder if I could have won the round had I been more observant, and whether I lost because of an opponent that may have been cheating. Even worse, he won the tournament.
     
    Here's what I noticed during/after the game:
    - He wiggled the ships against the maneuver tool VERY aggressively, flexing it noticeably. I got suspicious when his Raider managed to double-arc Rhymer perfectly two turns in a row, and confirmed at the end of the game when I had to put my finger on the maneuver template to hold it in place, and more than once had to push his ship flush against the maneuver tool.
    - He maneuvered his Glad into a perfect double-arc against my dying vic with two clicks on joint one and two clicks on joint two, which is only possible with a Nav dial, a Nav token and Nav Teams, none of which he had.
    - You may notice his list included a naked Raider-I (he had the Raider-II card on the table) but my recap specifically mentions OE re-rolls against my squadrons. Yeah. . .I realized that after the game when we were totaling points. I asked the TO, but he said it was impossible to roll the game back that far.
    - Just out of curiosity, as I was writing, I thought I'd double-check his points. First off, he spent 407. I couldn't remember his upgrades, but my handy pictures show all of them.
    - He had ECMs on his ISD-I. You may note that an ISD-I has no Defensive Retrofit slot. This he definitely used in our game, and he was definitely rolling 3 Red, 2 Blue, 3 Black.
     
    I'm curious to see if the list he turned in to the TO matched the one he actually used in our game.
     
    So I suppose this is a cautionary tale. I'm used to shenanigans from my years of 40k and Warmahordes, but the Armada scene is so laid back and I'm pretty trusting anyway, so I was put off guard. Like the fear mongers say to get you suspicious of your neighbors - if you see something, say something.
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    Nostromoid got a reaction from Stasy in Part two of my Ship Spotlight Series: The VSD   
    I'm holding out for a title card that gives VSDs a comeback shot. Like what X-Wing did with the TIE/x1 upgrade card. I think an upgrade allowing the Victory to take Support Team upgrades would instantly bring it back into the game. In addition to being a cost-effective carrier platform, it could be upgraded with Engine Techs to be what it was meant to be: a mid-weight battleship.
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