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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from LordCola in New season of The Clone Wars   
    If Clone Wars comes back - even for just a season, it makes it full DisneyCanon, not just "left over from old Canon" stuff. That gives FFG a much better argument for being able to make TCW-era stuff.
    The main problem may be scale. The biggest Republic ship is the Venator, but that's only slightly bigger than the smallest CIS ship - the CIS ships are huge. Still, a Republic faction wouldn't need many new ships; Acclamator, Venator (cross-faction with Empire), squadron pack (V-19, V-wing, ARCs, Eta-2s?), maybe Consular-class for flotillas, and a cardboard conversion kit for CR90s, Peltas, 'kittens and VSDs? Not sure what they'd do for large base ships.
    CIS would be much more problematic. They're all pretty big; the smallest on the Wiki, the Munificent-class - is bigger than the AFMkII. The Lucrehulk is double an ISD across. Although with some of the ships there seem to be "big" and "small" versions - scale seems to have been messed up a bit at some point.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Zamalekite in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    Dark Sphere are going with 19 August for their Store Championship, although no confirmation on the venue.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from dominosfleet in Store Championships Dates/Locations   
    Couple more UK ones for the list:
    Warboar Games, Bromley, London - 29 July, Round 1 at 11am - Facebook Link IBuyWarGames, Woking - 18 August, Round 1 at 10am - Facebook Link
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from dominosfleet in Store Championships Dates/Locations   
    At the risk of getting into a long, rambly post about the history of regional labels in England... like most big, old cities London is made up of a whole bunch of different towns and cities that have gradually been absorbed into one big mess that 8-15 million people call home (depending on how you define it). Some of those places are now little more than a geographic label, but some still have a certain identity and act like their own mini-cities/towns. Bromley is more like the latter - it got absorbed into London over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, but is about half to 2/3rds of the way between the centre and the edge of London; far enough out that the distinction can be useful (unlike somewhere like Dark Sphere at Waterloo, which is in the heart of London).
    Anyway... it probably doesn't matter - anyone who cares will be able to check fairly easily; either "London" or "Bromley" or both will do. For IBuyWargames, Woking is fine on its own. There isn't another Woking, it's large enough to be notable on its own, but small enough that there's no need to subdivide it. What you've written is fine.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    IBuyWargames in Woking is having their Store Championship on 18 August: https://www.facebook.com/events/483754265397443
    Dark Sphere, London, are planning to hold one but are still asking around to find the best date.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Zamalekite in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    Yep, same last year. The main event was on the Friday (5 rounds - fun day), then the top cut and some side events on Saturday (both a Take the Station tournament and 4-person mini-tournaments iirc) and some side stuff on Sunday.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from noggin in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    Yep, same last year. The main event was on the Friday (5 rounds - fun day), then the top cut and some side events on Saturday (both a Take the Station tournament and 4-person mini-tournaments iirc) and some side stuff on Sunday.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Store Championships Dates/Locations   
    That's last year's Armada Store Championship; I haven't seen any details on when/if they're holding one this year.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from coastcityo in Can we call the mc75 a...   
    How can it be anything other than a space-whale? Just have a look at some pictures of whales...
    Sure it has got a jacket, and some weird fins, but it's obviously a whale...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Snipafist in Store Championships Dates/Locations   
    Official article on the prizes is up.
     
    Top 32: Hammerhead Torpedo (just the one?),
    Top 4: Brace Defense Tokens (5),
    Top 2: Double-sided Chimaera/Profundity Title card, with a foil 1st/2nd mark.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in Hype the Hyperspace Report (the Final Day): "Prepare to jump into hyperspace on my mark!"   
    Except I guess technically not.
    If we take that RAW then this means they're not planning to release any more products at the moment... but I'm guessing the RAI is that this was just some of the upcoming products.
    Maybe more stuff tomorrow... but doesn't look like it. Oh well...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Crabbok in Hype the Hyperspace Report (the Final Day): "Prepare to jump into hyperspace on my mark!"   
    Except I guess technically not.
    If we take that RAW then this means they're not planning to release any more products at the moment... but I'm guessing the RAI is that this was just some of the upcoming products.
    Maybe more stuff tomorrow... but doesn't look like it. Oh well...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Tiberius the Killer in Hype the Hyperspace Report (the Final Day): "Prepare to jump into hyperspace on my mark!"   
    Except I guess technically not.
    If we take that RAW then this means they're not planning to release any more products at the moment... but I'm guessing the RAI is that this was just some of the upcoming products.
    Maybe more stuff tomorrow... but doesn't look like it. Oh well...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Darth Sanguis in New flotillas - End of Round rules vs Tabling someone (400pts)   
    Hang on... So the RAW are incomplete/illogical, not just controversial. The rules don't fully cover the scenario where Player A's non-flotillas are destroyed, Player B has non-flotillas left, and Player A has flotillas left.
    The tournament round ends, because all of one player's ships that are not flotillas have been destroyed. But the rules don't specify who is the winner, because both players have at least one ship remaining - so both would earn a win and a loss.
    I would suggest that this specific paragraph must be treated RAI - with that implied "that is not a flotilla" between the "...ship remaining..." Without that the rules do not hold up logically.
    This would fit as RAI given the comment in the article accompanying the FAQ: "This change means that destroying all of the opposing fleet's non-flotilla ships results in a victory."
    With that in place, the scenarios outlined above aren't quite as crazy - the player driving their Hammerhead off the table but collecting some Objective Points (Station Assault, Capture the VIP/Contested Outpost/Fire Lanes, Intel Sweep/Sensor Net - and with enough of a bid to guarantee 2nd player) still loses. They get a 5-6, as the winner's MOV can't go negative no matter what the final score is, but they still lose.
    The more controversial problem is the other paragraph:
    I'm not sure that the added bit would make it RAI - we don't know what the intention was. Obviously it is up to the TO to decide, but as it isn't even clear what RAI would be, I'd be hesitant to add that in unless the players were all (or mostly?) in agreement. [Edit: although see the afterthought - maybe the intention is clear if we are already applying this as RAI.]
    Sure, without adding in the extra bit the system is open to abuse, but that's why we have the unsporting conduct rule:
    Players are expected to behave in a mature and considerate manner and to play within the rules and not abuse them. ... The organizer, at his or her sole discretion, may remove players from the tournament for unsporting conduct.
    As far as implications of not making the second change, I think the main one would be that every list (particularly high-squadron lists, or "all or nothing" lists that have a high risk of being tabled) should have at least one flotilla in it - even if it just hides at the back or in a corner. Provided the flotilla adds something to the list (even if just an extra activation, it might not quite count as abusing the rules.
     
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    To be really, really pedantic... now I think about it more, where do the old rules specify that if you destroy all of your opponent's ships you get 400 points? I agree that it is the intention of the rules, but it isn't quite what they say:
    It says that the opponent's fleet is worth 400 fleet points, but the player's score only counts the "total fleet point value of their opponent’s destroyed ships...their opponent’s destroyed squadrons," (plus objective points). Presumably that rule has always been treated RAI with an implied "... and the player is treated as having destroyed all their opponent's fleet" in it. If we're adding in that line, then the new flotilla rules would give you 400 fleet points for destroying all non-flotillas, plus objectives.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Faq is up   
    To be really pedantic, killing all ships but flotillas isn't quite tabling, and doesn't work the same way as killing all ships does.
     
    [Emphasis added]
    If I'm reading this correctly, if you destroy all your opponent's non-flotilla ships, the game ends and you win. But you only get points for things you killed.
    Whereas if you destroy all your opponent's ships  (including any flotillas) you get the full 400 points.
    Which creates some slightly weird potential scenarios where a player might want not to finish off an enemy non-flotilla ship to get more time to kill off flotillas for all those extra points (two flotillas are a maximum of 107? points for Imperials, 96 for Rebels, plus any surviving squadrons, plus any bid points - that could be quite a lot). I don't imagine it will be an issue all that often, and I understand why they did it (this way flotillas are still worth some points for killing), but it is still a little odd.
    Although I guess there are already some weird situations where you don't want to kill something - situations where you've built up more than 400 points through killing stuff and objectives - in that case tabling gets you 400 points, but not doing so gets you more (and potentially a bigger MOV).
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Darth Max in Faq is up   
    To be really pedantic, killing all ships but flotillas isn't quite tabling, and doesn't work the same way as killing all ships does.
     
    [Emphasis added]
    If I'm reading this correctly, if you destroy all your opponent's non-flotilla ships, the game ends and you win. But you only get points for things you killed.
    Whereas if you destroy all your opponent's ships  (including any flotillas) you get the full 400 points.
    Which creates some slightly weird potential scenarios where a player might want not to finish off an enemy non-flotilla ship to get more time to kill off flotillas for all those extra points (two flotillas are a maximum of 107? points for Imperials, 96 for Rebels, plus any surviving squadrons, plus any bid points - that could be quite a lot). I don't imagine it will be an issue all that often, and I understand why they did it (this way flotillas are still worth some points for killing), but it is still a little odd.
    Although I guess there are already some weird situations where you don't want to kill something - situations where you've built up more than 400 points through killing stuff and objectives - in that case tabling gets you 400 points, but not doing so gets you more (and potentially a bigger MOV).
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Darth Sanguis in Faq is up   
    To be really pedantic, killing all ships but flotillas isn't quite tabling, and doesn't work the same way as killing all ships does.
     
    [Emphasis added]
    If I'm reading this correctly, if you destroy all your opponent's non-flotilla ships, the game ends and you win. But you only get points for things you killed.
    Whereas if you destroy all your opponent's ships  (including any flotillas) you get the full 400 points.
    Which creates some slightly weird potential scenarios where a player might want not to finish off an enemy non-flotilla ship to get more time to kill off flotillas for all those extra points (two flotillas are a maximum of 107? points for Imperials, 96 for Rebels, plus any surviving squadrons, plus any bid points - that could be quite a lot). I don't imagine it will be an issue all that often, and I understand why they did it (this way flotillas are still worth some points for killing), but it is still a little odd.
    Although I guess there are already some weird situations where you don't want to kill something - situations where you've built up more than 400 points through killing stuff and objectives - in that case tabling gets you 400 points, but not doing so gets you more (and potentially a bigger MOV).
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DOMSWAT911 in Star Dreadnought in Armada ???   
    The original image (or a version of it) is on the Star Wars Wiki; it's the reference image for the Assertor from Lead by Example.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from UnitOmega in Some kinda newfangled Star Destroyer in OP art...   
    The image is linked on the Star Wars wiki page for the Assertor. It's just the other way around.
    I wonder if that means they already had LFL approval for the image, meaning they didn't have to go back to LFL for a new image?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Ironlord in Some kinda newfangled Star Destroyer in OP art...   
    The image is linked on the Star Wars wiki page for the Assertor. It's just the other way around.
    I wonder if that means they already had LFL approval for the image, meaning they didn't have to go back to LFL for a new image?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from cynanbloodbane in Some kinda newfangled Star Destroyer in OP art...   
    The image is linked on the Star Wars wiki page for the Assertor. It's just the other way around.
    I wonder if that means they already had LFL approval for the image, meaning they didn't have to go back to LFL for a new image?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Snipafist in New Q2 OP Kit   
    The article describes these as "Season One" prizes; maybe they're considering a new Season structure, with 4 throughout the year lining up with Spring (after regionals, up to Worlds), Summer (Worlds through Store Championships) and so on.
    Or that's just their way around the 3-month delay.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from AlexW in New Q2 OP Kit   
    The article describes these as "Season One" prizes; maybe they're considering a new Season structure, with 4 throughout the year lining up with Spring (after regionals, up to Worlds), Summer (Worlds through Store Championships) and so on.
    Or that's just their way around the 3-month delay.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from eliteone in Minefields Question   
    From the latest FAQ, page 10:
    FCTs is an "After you execute a maneuver" thing. So you resolve the Minefields and then do FCTs. Minefields happens as part of the maneuver, FCTs (and most other maneuver things, such as obstacle effects other than Damaged Controls) happen after the maneuver.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Mad Cat in Compendium of UK Armada Events 2018   
    Firestorm Cards in Basingstoke has posted 10 events across the rest of the year - first or second Sunday of each month. No idea how busy they'll be, and prizes/kits seem to be based on attendance.
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