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    totalnoob got a reaction from Herr Style in IA on a limited budget   
    I hate playing with tokens, but I skipped Weiss. I always just used the regular AT ST any time he was used. I can’t remember both of them being used in a mission. Weiss’s mini does look cool, but on a budget I think your money is better spent elsewhere.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Jarema in IA on a limited budget   
    I hate playing with tokens, but I skipped Weiss. I always just used the regular AT ST any time he was used. I can’t remember both of them being used in a mission. Weiss’s mini does look cool, but on a budget I think your money is better spent elsewhere.
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    totalnoob reacted to Herr Style in IA on a limited budget   
    Mission accomplished! I am now the proud owner of Imperial Assault! On a whim, I also got Han Solo, IG-88 and Hired Guns. Didn’t want to go too OTT on my first purchase.
    May have to wait until Father’s Day to get it, but I have plenty of other things going on anyway. 😁
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Masterchiefspiff in Who’s Left?   
    I am about to start another Hoth campaign, and have begun to paint my collection. I think we are going to have two campaigns running at my work as we had so many people interested after our first run through of the Core campaign. I still run one with my family as well, so I’ll be very busy. Only thing I need to pick up is Heart of the Empire. And maybe a blister pack or two
    I do feel bad for the Skirmish folks. FFG asked so much of them and ultimately gave them so little in return. 
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    totalnoob reacted to thereisnotry in Who’s Left?   
    We're in for the long haul, but I'm really sad about the news.  Yes, just like Chess and Risk, the game will continue to be fun to play without new content.  But that's not my concern.
    I'm a skirmish player, so all of my comments after this are about skirmish, not campaign. 
    What seems to not be evident to non-skirmish players is that a lack of new content always brings the end of any skirmish game.  Why?  Because a few squads always rise to the top after a while, and without new content those few top squads will dominate anything else until something new enters the scene.  That's when things get stale and boring: "Oh, you're playing that again?  Ok, well, I guess you'll win...."  People stop playing when that's the case.  This is why skirmish players have been lamenting the lack of new content for quite a while...status quo literally kills the game.  In a sense, you could think of any skirmish game (including IA skirmish) as a complex puzzle to solve: "What squad(s) will handle everything else the best, given the pieces that are currently available?"  The excitement of trying to solve the "puzzle" involves both squad-building and playing, with the continual quest to discover the best new squads...and then once you've discovered the best squads, you need to master the nuances of playing each one.  But once the puzzle has been definitively solved and nuances mastered, the challenge and spark is gone until new pieces are added to the puzzle.  So in short: IA skirmish is dead without new content.  People will move on to discover new puzzles to solve.
    However, if we can continue designing new cards and re-costing older cards (effectively creating new ones!), we CAN bring new content and new life to the game!  That's what the IA Community Project (IACP) is all about.  One of my friends asked me if I thought the game was dead.  I replied that it won't die at all if the IACP is embraced and supported by the community.  I played Star Wars Miniatures (by WotC) many years ago, and after WotC dropped the game in 2010, the SWM community immediately set to work designing new cards (and re-using existing minis), with the result that the game is STILL being played and designed to this day, 9 years later!  Similar things have been done with one of the SW card games (that I never played) and other games too.  So yes, the IA skirmish game can still continue for many more years...the main differences are that (1) the community is now in charge of development, rather than FFG, and (2) we will need to find a new source for figures, since FFG will no longer be providing them.
    So yeah, I'm in it for the long haul!  I will ensure that the IA Vassal mod remains up to date and ready to go for as long as the IACP is active.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Uninvited Guest in Who’s Left?   
    I am about to start another Hoth campaign, and have begun to paint my collection. I think we are going to have two campaigns running at my work as we had so many people interested after our first run through of the Core campaign. I still run one with my family as well, so I’ll be very busy. Only thing I need to pick up is Heart of the Empire. And maybe a blister pack or two
    I do feel bad for the Skirmish folks. FFG asked so much of them and ultimately gave them so little in return. 
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    totalnoob reacted to jeffculligan in Who’s Left?   
    My group is just about to finish the core campaign, and I've painted less than half the available figures. I think I'll still be playing for years.
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    totalnoob reacted to 54NCH32 in The best parts of IA (Read first post, please.)   
    At 36 myself, this as well! 😂
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    totalnoob reacted to Rikalonius in No plans for new physical product for Imperial Assault   
    Yes but Campaign players generally don't mind replaying because we can try new heroes and new combinations, or different agenda decks. Skirmish players go through withdrawal if new plastic and new meta breaking command cards aren't put out on a regular basis.  Unlike skirmish players, campaign players don't repeat battles over and over again.  We generally just play on weekends with friends.   It's not a blood sport. 
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    totalnoob got a reaction from angelman2 in No plans for new physical product for Imperial Assault   
    People have often talked about Armada and how they went long stretches without any announcements etc. If we study the history of Armada, did they at one time announce no products in testing, nothing being developed etc? I ask because after a long time of inactivity, and constant “competition” from a different but similar line (X-wing), eventually they did get more product. Also I think they are getting clone wars. Could there be a parallel for IA?
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    totalnoob got a reaction from GuillotineTE in IA on a limited budget   
    That’s great! I think I got Bespin for my birthday and Jabbas Realm for Fathers Day. The kids love giving me IA gifts because they like playing , but also they know how much I love it.
     
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    totalnoob got a reaction from ManateeX in IA on a limited budget   
    That’s great! I think I got Bespin for my birthday and Jabbas Realm for Fathers Day. The kids love giving me IA gifts because they like playing , but also they know how much I love it.
     
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Herr Style in IA on a limited budget   
    That’s great! I think I got Bespin for my birthday and Jabbas Realm for Fathers Day. The kids love giving me IA gifts because they like playing , but also they know how much I love it.
     
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    totalnoob reacted to GuillotineTE in Don't Give Up Hope   
    My guess is that they’ll have alternate models for clones. Phase I and II, but same abilities.
    The pain we feel is almost unbearable. If it carries on like this much longer, I don’t know what I’d do.
    My hope and heart’s desire is that they’ve been so silent for so long because they’re working on IA 2.0 or something like that with prequels content. But I’d honestly just prefer a Rogue One box and an Endor box first. Dagobah and Endor in one box would be cool and sandy beaches and more desert terrain for Jedha city in another. I know there’s room for My boy Orson Krennic (and Jyn, Cassian, Chirrut, Baze, Saw, Saw’s partisans, etc.)
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    totalnoob got a reaction from GuillotineTE in IA on a limited budget   
    I was exactly like you when I started. Bought the game to play mainly with my kids. I looked at people who had everything as “crazy”. But we have enjoyed it so much and played so many hours of this game, a pack here an expansion there, two years after we started we are dropping $ on paints, wooden organizers and the like . I don’t have any regret on the money spent because we have played hundreds of hours of the game - so it’s been well spent. 
    To get started I would just focus on any characters that you and your son like - even if they aren’t considered “strong”. You are just going to be playing for fun, so building the list with different options and characters who you like and are fun to play is the main goal. Unless you plan on playing in local store tournaments and the like, then you need to be mindful of what units are strong etc. I haven’t played in official tournaments. 
    I think when we started my son wanted Bossk, I wanted Obi Wan and my daughter for some reason wanted the Bantha Rider. We bought some other iconic characters as well, Leia, Han and Chewy. Greedo is a fun character to play as well. But you can start out slow and see where it takes you. We just started playing campaign, which was a blast. But after learning the game, we also  would do family skirmish events where we would play each other round robin style.
    Now there is also the app, which would let you play alongside your son against the computer (campaign style). If you and your son are big Star Wars fans I feel confident you will enjoy the game.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Herr Style in IA on a limited budget   
    I was exactly like you when I started. Bought the game to play mainly with my kids. I looked at people who had everything as “crazy”. But we have enjoyed it so much and played so many hours of this game, a pack here an expansion there, two years after we started we are dropping $ on paints, wooden organizers and the like . I don’t have any regret on the money spent because we have played hundreds of hours of the game - so it’s been well spent. 
    To get started I would just focus on any characters that you and your son like - even if they aren’t considered “strong”. You are just going to be playing for fun, so building the list with different options and characters who you like and are fun to play is the main goal. Unless you plan on playing in local store tournaments and the like, then you need to be mindful of what units are strong etc. I haven’t played in official tournaments. 
    I think when we started my son wanted Bossk, I wanted Obi Wan and my daughter for some reason wanted the Bantha Rider. We bought some other iconic characters as well, Leia, Han and Chewy. Greedo is a fun character to play as well. But you can start out slow and see where it takes you. We just started playing campaign, which was a blast. But after learning the game, we also  would do family skirmish events where we would play each other round robin style.
    Now there is also the app, which would let you play alongside your son against the computer (campaign style). If you and your son are big Star Wars fans I feel confident you will enjoy the game.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Doowa in IA on a limited budget   
    I was exactly like you when I started. Bought the game to play mainly with my kids. I looked at people who had everything as “crazy”. But we have enjoyed it so much and played so many hours of this game, a pack here an expansion there, two years after we started we are dropping $ on paints, wooden organizers and the like . I don’t have any regret on the money spent because we have played hundreds of hours of the game - so it’s been well spent. 
    To get started I would just focus on any characters that you and your son like - even if they aren’t considered “strong”. You are just going to be playing for fun, so building the list with different options and characters who you like and are fun to play is the main goal. Unless you plan on playing in local store tournaments and the like, then you need to be mindful of what units are strong etc. I haven’t played in official tournaments. 
    I think when we started my son wanted Bossk, I wanted Obi Wan and my daughter for some reason wanted the Bantha Rider. We bought some other iconic characters as well, Leia, Han and Chewy. Greedo is a fun character to play as well. But you can start out slow and see where it takes you. We just started playing campaign, which was a blast. But after learning the game, we also  would do family skirmish events where we would play each other round robin style.
    Now there is also the app, which would let you play alongside your son against the computer (campaign style). If you and your son are big Star Wars fans I feel confident you will enjoy the game.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from ManateeX in IA on a limited budget   
    I was exactly like you when I started. Bought the game to play mainly with my kids. I looked at people who had everything as “crazy”. But we have enjoyed it so much and played so many hours of this game, a pack here an expansion there, two years after we started we are dropping $ on paints, wooden organizers and the like . I don’t have any regret on the money spent because we have played hundreds of hours of the game - so it’s been well spent. 
    To get started I would just focus on any characters that you and your son like - even if they aren’t considered “strong”. You are just going to be playing for fun, so building the list with different options and characters who you like and are fun to play is the main goal. Unless you plan on playing in local store tournaments and the like, then you need to be mindful of what units are strong etc. I haven’t played in official tournaments. 
    I think when we started my son wanted Bossk, I wanted Obi Wan and my daughter for some reason wanted the Bantha Rider. We bought some other iconic characters as well, Leia, Han and Chewy. Greedo is a fun character to play as well. But you can start out slow and see where it takes you. We just started playing campaign, which was a blast. But after learning the game, we also  would do family skirmish events where we would play each other round robin style.
    Now there is also the app, which would let you play alongside your son against the computer (campaign style). If you and your son are big Star Wars fans I feel confident you will enjoy the game.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from udat in Jabba's Realm versus Return to Hoth? New player help   
    They are both good expansions, I personally like the Jabbas Realm campaign a little better because the rebels have a "choice" to make which influences the direction the story goes. Also as far as units that come in the box, Jabbas Realm includes Weequay Pirates, Gamorrean Guards, a Rancor(!), Jet Troopers and all three heroes that are included are pretty strong (Shyla and Vinto are both very strong, and Onar can absolutely be a beast with immunity to conditions and Don't Make Me Hurt You at 4xp). You will get the tokens and deployment cards for Jabba, Captain Terro and Jedi Knight Luke as well (need the ally/villain packs to get the plastic figures). Lastly, the two included Imperial player Class decks are Nemeses and Hutt Mercenaries. Hutt Mercenaries is supposedly very strong, I haven't played it yet. Nemeses is fairly strong, but it might be the most fun, its all about getting villains on to the table. If you go this route, Nemeses can be a really fun and thematic way to play, because who doesn't like having Greedo or Bossk or Vader running around on the table?
    If you do decide to go that route, you may want to look at this page http://cards.boardwars.eu/Ally-and-Villain-Packs/ and look and see what villains you want to include in the campaign (Nemeses allows you to automatically earn 1 bounty hunter villain and 1 empire villain to start - then you can add one of those to your open groups each mission).
    All of this isn't to say Hoth is bad, that was a really fun campaign and the snow tiles are fantastic. I am going to run another Hoth campaign with my group in a month or two. The three heroes are decent as well, I just like the Jabba ones a tiny bit better.  The Hoth digital campaign (I still have the finale to play) has been a total blast thus far, they really keep improving as they release them.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Uninvited Guest in TS campaign suggestions   
    If you don’t care about timeline, I think most of the missions are on Tatooine. Taking Jabba as your merc villain to torment your rebels would be thematic and fun. He’s not expensive, and could help get extra attacks if you take other merc figures. 
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    totalnoob got a reaction from kustizilla in TS campaign suggestions   
    If you don’t care about timeline, I think most of the missions are on Tatooine. Taking Jabba as your merc villain to torment your rebels would be thematic and fun. He’s not expensive, and could help get extra attacks if you take other merc figures. 
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    totalnoob reacted to ManateeX in TS campaign suggestions   
    What expansions/options do you have?  If you have jabba's realm and a villain pack or two, I don't think you can go wrong with the Nemeses class deck.  Lots of thematic star wars fun to get to have a few recurring villains show up in your campaign mission.
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    totalnoob reacted to Fourtytwo in Family painting project   
    Painting minis is not witchcraft. You just have to start, learn, practice, and enjoy the process, and if you keep at it, you will naturally become better and better. Just don't be shy to make mistakes - it's fine to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Have fun painting!
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    totalnoob reacted to Eddie in Family painting project   
    Awesome story. I hope you and your family continue the hobby. It's very rewarding to do, both the painting itself and playing with the end result. Best  of all, you already had fun doing some of the most annoying figures. It's only more fun from here on 😉
    A idea on going forward might be that each one paints the hero they are playing next. Make it their own by painting it. That way, there will always be a painted figure on the table on the next campaign missions as well. Just an idea, otherwise paint them in the order you're most comfortable with.
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Fourtytwo in Family painting project   
    After looking longingly at everyone’s beautifully painted minis, I finally decided to take the plunge today. Understand I’ve never painted anything in my life. I am absolutely horrible with my hands, I’m not a DIY-er in any kind of way. I couldn’t be any less artistic if I tried. So this was going to be a massive leap for me.
    I have been playing IA for a couple years now, mainly campaigns with my wife and two kids. My daughter who is now 11 is very into crafts, so she was going to help out. So we watch episode 1 of Sorastro and figure out what we need. Off to the FLGS to buy our citadel paints. Hmmm primer is $18? Brushes were expensive too, so we went to AC Moore to get those things. I have no delusions of grandeur on the final product.
    After getting our brushes (which turned out to be difficult, 0,1,2 were not easily labeled to me anyway) and primer we were ready. We were lucky to have a 50 degree day so I went outside and sprayed the primer. Definitely over soaked some areas and under hit others (Dad, you need to spray his butt better next time!). I lined the stormtroopers up on cardboard and waited for them to dry just like Sorastro! (Last time that sentence is uttered)
    We are watching the video over and over, my daughter has it down. She tells me “you need to thin the paint”, “ it’s ok just use a paper towel to fix it”,”did you wipe your brush?” “Oh, that actually looks pretty good!” And of course “Mom, look at my stormtrooper!”
    We we’re both in a zone painting away all evening. Even my middle school son, who thinks everything sucks and nothing is cool said - “wow that’s sweet , can I paint one?” Grab a brush and watch this video on the iPad.....
    After hours of painting, I finished 3 my son 1 and my daughter did 5! She said “this is like the best art project ever”.
    As with many things on life, sometimes it’s best to enjoy the process , the journey- not worry about the final goal. When your kids start to grow up, and become more independent, it’s just cherishing these small moments together. Tonight that was a few hours where we were all sitting at an art table, laughing , learning, speaking in Soothing Sorastro voice, and painting plastic figures.
     
     
     
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