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    totalnoob got a reaction from Ajax Romano in No plans for new physical product for Imperial Assault   
    I really want Krennic and Cassian from Rogue One. We already have Deathtroopers, so having them pair with Krennic would be sweet. Also I would love some beach tiles for the variety. I guess what I am saying is I’m needy.
     
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    totalnoob got a reaction from IanSolo_FFG in Using stuff from later expansions in a campaign   
    So much of this is about your group and what experience you want to emphasize for your players. Some groups are super competitive and cutthroat, and want a huge strategic challenge, and Open Groups and hero / class deck selections will reflect this.
     
    For me the campaign is about having fun, being a little competitive , but not at the expense of fun and theme. I always choose thematic units, try to find ways to get villains to the table - even though they are usually not the optimal choice for winning. But when you drop Vader or Bossk or Emperor on the table, and all the players go “Ooooooooh!!!!” - that’s what campaign is all about. My favorite missions are ones that are a challenge and come right down to the last activation or two. Those are the best!
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Funky_4LOM in Using stuff from later expansions in a campaign   
    So much of this is about your group and what experience you want to emphasize for your players. Some groups are super competitive and cutthroat, and want a huge strategic challenge, and Open Groups and hero / class deck selections will reflect this.
     
    For me the campaign is about having fun, being a little competitive , but not at the expense of fun and theme. I always choose thematic units, try to find ways to get villains to the table - even though they are usually not the optimal choice for winning. But when you drop Vader or Bossk or Emperor on the table, and all the players go “Ooooooooh!!!!” - that’s what campaign is all about. My favorite missions are ones that are a challenge and come right down to the last activation or two. Those are the best!
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Uninvited Guest in No plans for new physical product for Imperial Assault   
    I really want Krennic and Cassian from Rogue One. We already have Deathtroopers, so having them pair with Krennic would be sweet. Also I would love some beach tiles for the variety. I guess what I am saying is I’m needy.
     
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    totalnoob got a reaction from Mandelore of the Rings in No plans for new physical product for Imperial Assault   
    I really want Krennic and Cassian from Rogue One. We already have Deathtroopers, so having them pair with Krennic would be sweet. Also I would love some beach tiles for the variety. I guess what I am saying is I’m needy.
     
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    totalnoob got a reaction from AllWingsStandyingBy 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 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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