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  1. Hi there, First, I just got IA for Christmas and my son and I are learning the game through playing LotA. So my question may be really stupid, but here goes: With as few spoilers as possible, I’ll simply say that on a mission we were playing there was a nexu. We were playing with two heroes. We were in a 2-wide hallway in a staggered position (adjacent diagonally). The nexu’s first instruction was to move so it was adjacent to both of us and attack, but it couldn’t get adjacent to both of us because of our staggered position. So my question is, do we skip this instruction entirely and move to the next, or does the nexu simply move so it is adjacent to one of us and attack? The second instruction, by the way, said move 6 to my hero and attack, which it couldn’t do (I was seven movement points away). It could, however, move to my son’s hero (4 MP away) and attack him. It’s my understanding that the “next hero available” rule would kick in there and the nexu WOULD attack my son’s hero, which makes me think even more that the first instruction should be skipped if the nexu can’t get adjacent to both of us. Any insight would be great. Thanks!
  2. I'll confess that I was an IA holdout for a while but bought it for our family this Christmas (shhhh!!!! don't tell them!!!!) because of the LotA app. My son will turn 8 in two weeks and my wife is really not a hardcore gamer (she humors me), so I was worried that if I played Imperial and they played Rebels their enjoyment of the game would not be so great. With the LotA app, my son and I can now play co-op together (or I can play solo), my wife can enjoy not having to humor me, and things are rosy. So FFG definitely got a sale of the physical game from me because of the app (I also bought all the ally and villain packs associated with the core set because I'm a completist and I intend to paint them, so they really racked it up with me). In thinking it through and being honest with myself, I probably would have paid a small fee for the app. I definitely see FFG expanding the app to include expansions and I'd be surprised if they didn't charge to unlock use of those expansions in the app. I can't imagine they'd charge more than $4.99 to unlock an expansion in the app (I can't recall how much the Star Wars dice app cost, but maybe the same price as that?) and, if it turns out I really enjoy the experience of playing LotA, I'd probably go and pay that and buy the expansion(s). I've never actually played a board game augmented through an app (I know there are a few similar combos out there), but if this lives up to what I have in my head and what I've read on these boards, I sure hope this becomes a long-term trend in board games.
  3. Thanks. I was basing some of my thoughts on snippets from an Edwards interview with Empire, which appears to no longer be available online.
  4. By comparison of the trailers and the final product the reshoots changed the fate of the Rogue One operatives from survival to being wiped out. Also took out that "this is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel" line. Actually them living vs. dying has nothing to do with the reshoots, as per a few articles. Edwards originally planned on a script where they lived, figuring Disney wouldn't let him kill them off, but they ended up getting the go ahead and the 'they survive' version of the ending was never shot. Reshoots almost certainly changed a lot of other stuff though. Take for instance Saw in general. In the first trailer, there's two shots of him, one that appears to be his Jedha hideout and another in some ship. In both he's bald, where as in the movie on Jedha he's got hair. Either the opening sequence, where he is also bald, was meant to be much longer(and that one shot isn't actually Jedha), or there were substantial reshoots concerning his character. And then there's the Yavin IV briefing scene. All of the interactions between Jyn and Rebel command in that first trailer point towards a very different story than the one we got. Compound that with all of the action shots we didn't get (mostly Krennic and Jyn's bits on the beach) and I'd be interested to see what the pre-reshoot version of the movie looked like. I was thinking about the reshoots this morning. I have a theory, which of course will either be immediately proven or disproven by someone noting facts I missed, but anyway, here it is: 1 - Edwards has mentioned in interviews that he was surprised Disney, et al, allowed him to kill everyone off. But it appears this go-ahead came early in the scripting/shooting process, so I don't think "killing them all off" is part of the reshoots. 2 - There are rumors (perhaps someone has said this in an interview?) that the original take on the film was much darker than what it came out to be. 3 - Edwards has said he shot hours upon hours of "documentary style" footage, making editing a real beast. This footage has been referred to in a number of places as sort-of "shaky cam war documentary-type" footage. 4 - There were rumors that the reshoots were to make the film "more Star Wars-y" 5 - Edwards has said that after seeing a rough first cut, Disney execs ok'd additional spend on special effects, etc., which allowed him to open things up more. I think he mentions they added something like 1,500 effects shots after this go-ahead. Given those things, I think the first take on the film was a very tight and violent war road film that relied mostly on practical effects and acting to tell the story. It's possible Tarkin wasn't in the original as much, nor was Leia. I think it very likely the ending space battle was significantly smaller-scale, if one was shown at all. I think it was basically the battle on Jedha and the battle on Scarif with a few flashbacks and one-on-ones thrown in. There probably was very little tying it to the Star Wars universe other than the basic premise of the film, the Death Star, and stuff like storm troopers, etc. I think the reshoots basically expanded the space battle (I would think the majority of the added effects shots went to the battle) and introduced some Star Wars tie-ins that made it sit more in the overall story arc. For instance, adding Leia at the end, throwing The Ghost in the space battle, HAVING a space battle, expanding Tarkin's role, possibly expanding K-2SO's role, etc. When you watch R1 now, it really feels like a Star Wars film, yet also feels very different. I think the "different feeling" part is the original film, and the "feels like Star Wars" part is mostly the "reshoots," which are probably a combination of additional effects shots, some minor additional filming, and a re-editing of certain parts of the film to make them lighter. Check out the info from Nerdist News which is BTW owned by Disney. This is in regards to the reshoots. http://nerdist.com/what-the-rogue-one-trailer-differences-tell-us-about-the-reshoots/ Thanks, I will once I get home this afternoon!
  5. Oh, fantastic. Thanks! I think we'll add Descent 2 to our post-Christmas shopping list then (gotta use all those gift cards somehow!).
  6. By comparison of the trailers and the final product the reshoots changed the fate of the Rogue One operatives from survival to being wiped out. Also took out that "this is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel" line. Actually them living vs. dying has nothing to do with the reshoots, as per a few articles. Edwards originally planned on a script where they lived, figuring Disney wouldn't let him kill them off, but they ended up getting the go ahead and the 'they survive' version of the ending was never shot. Reshoots almost certainly changed a lot of other stuff though. Take for instance Saw in general. In the first trailer, there's two shots of him, one that appears to be his Jedha hideout and another in some ship. In both he's bald, where as in the movie on Jedha he's got hair. Either the opening sequence, where he is also bald, was meant to be much longer(and that one shot isn't actually Jedha), or there were substantial reshoots concerning his character. And then there's the Yavin IV briefing scene. All of the interactions between Jyn and Rebel command in that first trailer point towards a very different story than the one we got. Compound that with all of the action shots we didn't get (mostly Krennic and Jyn's bits on the beach) and I'd be interested to see what the pre-reshoot version of the movie looked like. I was thinking about the reshoots this morning. I have a theory, which of course will either be immediately proven or disproven by someone noting facts I missed, but anyway, here it is: 1 - Edwards has mentioned in interviews that he was surprised Disney, et al, allowed him to kill everyone off. But it appears this go-ahead came early in the scripting/shooting process, so I don't think "killing them all off" is part of the reshoots. 2 - There are rumors (perhaps someone has said this in an interview?) that the original take on the film was much darker than what it came out to be. 3 - Edwards has said he shot hours upon hours of "documentary style" footage, making editing a real beast. This footage has been referred to in a number of places as sort-of "shaky cam war documentary-type" footage. 4 - There were rumors that the reshoots were to make the film "more Star Wars-y" 5 - Edwards has said that after seeing a rough first cut, Disney execs ok'd additional spend on special effects, etc., which allowed him to open things up more. I think he mentions they added something like 1,500 effects shots after this go-ahead. Given those things, I think the first take on the film was a very tight and violent war road film that relied mostly on practical effects and acting to tell the story. It's possible Tarkin wasn't in the original as much, nor was Leia. I think it very likely the ending space battle was significantly smaller-scale, if one was shown at all. I think it was basically the battle on Jedha and the battle on Scarif with a few flashbacks and one-on-ones thrown in. There probably was very little tying it to the Star Wars universe other than the basic premise of the film, the Death Star, and stuff like storm troopers, etc. I think the reshoots basically expanded the space battle (I would think the majority of the added effects shots went to the battle) and introduced some Star Wars tie-ins that made it sit more in the overall story arc. For instance, adding Leia at the end, throwing The Ghost in the space battle, HAVING a space battle, expanding Tarkin's role, possibly expanding K-2SO's role, etc. When you watch R1 now, it really feels like a Star Wars film, yet also feels very different. I think the "different feeling" part is the original film, and the "feels like Star Wars" part is mostly the "reshoots," which are probably a combination of additional effects shots, some minor additional filming, and a re-editing of certain parts of the film to make them lighter.
  7. Hi there, I've been interested in purchasing Descent 2 for a while, but we're only a family of three and my son is only 7. He's a pretty good gamer, but I felt that if I played Overlord it might be a bit much for just my wife and son to play "against" me. Then I noticed this app. Can RtL effectively take over as Overlord and allow all three of us to play together, against the app? I realize that's basically what the app purports to do, but I was just wondering if anyone has used it in this type of scenario - small family, using app to allow the family to play together without someone having to be Overlord. Thanks for the input!
  8. Saw the film yesterday. Conflicting plans kept me away until then and, actually, I ended up seeing it about a week sooner than I thought I'd be able. This is a long thread, so I'll just add that I loved the film. My son, 7, immediately ranked it as not only his favorite Star Wars film but the best of any film he's ever seen. A quick couple of takeaways: - We went home and immediately watched ANH and it changed that movie drastically for me, and for the better. - I very much noticed the CGI on Tarkin and Leia. I knew Tarkin was in the film, so I was watching for the CGI anyway. Didn't know Leia was in the film - suspected - but still very noticeable. CGI has come a long way, but not quite there yet. Still, I don't think my son cared one lick. - I'm thrilled that the first Star Wars spinoff is looking like a great success. Makes me hope for the Solo movie but also that Disney will see there is an audience for these stand alone films. I believe, however, that the true test will come if they decide to make non-human characters lead roles. It's fine and dandy to have a droid here and there or Chewbacca moan and groan, but I think there is still some Jar Jar trauma in both the audience and the studio. Will an audience really show up to see a bunch of Bothans? There are obviously a million stories to be told for non-human characters, but I think those stories will be left for animated shows and novels, not for the silver screen. - My biggest takeaway, by far, is an incredible sense of sadness. Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, etc., were all great characters. In the span of one movie (I haven't read Catalyst yet) I really invested a lot in them as characters. To know that they will not be in any more movies (I hope - please don't patch this up with a ham-fisted Rogue 0.5) is sad. I've gotten so used to knowing that Luke, Han (well, not anymore - which is good!), Leia, etc., will always show up that when good characters, that can carry whole movies on their own, die at the end it is unexpected and sad for me. But that is a good thing. I feel it is essential to good film making - emotional investment - and I think it really makes this movie better than it would have been if they all just lived happily ever after in some part of the Star Wars universe that mysteriously never showed up again in any of the films. So kudos to the writers and film makers for going there.
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