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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Green Knight in Range 1 and Engagement   
    From the Rules Reference (emphasis added):
    To me that implies attack range for squadrons is measured from the plastic.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Megatronrex in New Dreadnaught and Walker Reveal   
    There's a scene in the beginning of the novelisation of TFA that explains the background, but it was cut from the film (and not included in the opening crawl).
    The Republic and Empire eventually signed a peace treaty. As part of that, both sides decommissioned their forces - leaving the Republic with just a small fleet hanging out on wherever its capital is.
    The First Order is made up of former Imperials who, unhappy with the peace treaty, left the Empire to start up their own, new Empire out in the middle of nowhere.
    The Republic refused to intervene because doing so would go against their treaty with the Empire (as the First Order was operating outside Republic space). Leia wanted them to, and pushed the Republic into it, but after people found out who her father was she lost a lot of support, so she decided to screw the Republic and go and form her own anti-First Order Resistance. In the start of TFA Leia sends one of her top people to the Republic to let them know how big/dangerous the First Order is getting, and asking again for help.
    In theory both the First Order and Resistance are independent of the Empire and Republic respectively. But the FO accuses the Republic of backing the Resistance (not hard to see why given who is running it), and the Resistance suspects the Empire may be involved in the First Order.
    It's not clear yet how the FO's destruction of the Republic capital, leadership and fleet will affect things with the Empire - although given how decentralised the Republic was, this might not be too big a long-term blow. Personally I'd like to see a reference to senior Imperial figures coming to the support of the Republic and openly opposing the First Order as a threat to galactic stability and so on, but that's probably because I'm too much of an Admiral Pellaeon fanboy.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Formynder4 in New Dreadnaught and Walker Reveal   
    There's a scene in the beginning of the novelisation of TFA that explains the background, but it was cut from the film (and not included in the opening crawl).
    The Republic and Empire eventually signed a peace treaty. As part of that, both sides decommissioned their forces - leaving the Republic with just a small fleet hanging out on wherever its capital is.
    The First Order is made up of former Imperials who, unhappy with the peace treaty, left the Empire to start up their own, new Empire out in the middle of nowhere.
    The Republic refused to intervene because doing so would go against their treaty with the Empire (as the First Order was operating outside Republic space). Leia wanted them to, and pushed the Republic into it, but after people found out who her father was she lost a lot of support, so she decided to screw the Republic and go and form her own anti-First Order Resistance. In the start of TFA Leia sends one of her top people to the Republic to let them know how big/dangerous the First Order is getting, and asking again for help.
    In theory both the First Order and Resistance are independent of the Empire and Republic respectively. But the FO accuses the Republic of backing the Resistance (not hard to see why given who is running it), and the Resistance suspects the Empire may be involved in the First Order.
    It's not clear yet how the FO's destruction of the Republic capital, leadership and fleet will affect things with the Empire - although given how decentralised the Republic was, this might not be too big a long-term blow. Personally I'd like to see a reference to senior Imperial figures coming to the support of the Republic and openly opposing the First Order as a threat to galactic stability and so on, but that's probably because I'm too much of an Admiral Pellaeon fanboy.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Animewarsdude in New Dreadnaught and Walker Reveal   
    There's a scene in the beginning of the novelisation of TFA that explains the background, but it was cut from the film (and not included in the opening crawl).
    The Republic and Empire eventually signed a peace treaty. As part of that, both sides decommissioned their forces - leaving the Republic with just a small fleet hanging out on wherever its capital is.
    The First Order is made up of former Imperials who, unhappy with the peace treaty, left the Empire to start up their own, new Empire out in the middle of nowhere.
    The Republic refused to intervene because doing so would go against their treaty with the Empire (as the First Order was operating outside Republic space). Leia wanted them to, and pushed the Republic into it, but after people found out who her father was she lost a lot of support, so she decided to screw the Republic and go and form her own anti-First Order Resistance. In the start of TFA Leia sends one of her top people to the Republic to let them know how big/dangerous the First Order is getting, and asking again for help.
    In theory both the First Order and Resistance are independent of the Empire and Republic respectively. But the FO accuses the Republic of backing the Resistance (not hard to see why given who is running it), and the Resistance suspects the Empire may be involved in the First Order.
    It's not clear yet how the FO's destruction of the Republic capital, leadership and fleet will affect things with the Empire - although given how decentralised the Republic was, this might not be too big a long-term blow. Personally I'd like to see a reference to senior Imperial figures coming to the support of the Republic and openly opposing the First Order as a threat to galactic stability and so on, but that's probably because I'm too much of an Admiral Pellaeon fanboy.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from NatKayz in New FO ship revealed. TLJ spoilerish?   
    2 or 3 times bigger than the Finalizer. Which itself is nearly twice the size of an ISD. Star Destroyers come in lots of different sizes.
    And I see I was right about the canons deploying, although they still look rather stuck on.
    Edit: hang on...  "two enormous orbital autocannons for large-scale bombardments and 24 point-defense anti-aircraft cannons on its dorsal surface" - these guns are meant to be anti-aircraft?
    They're huge! I'd assumed those were its main anti-ship armament. I guess the downside of having CGI ships rather than models is that the designers can get a bit carried away with detailed weapon hardpoints, rather than just having shots emerge from the ship.
    Further edit: And... based on the other shot of the canons, there aren't any of these massive anti-squadron batteries underneath... So a big, wide, flat ship, with lots of anti-fighter defences on top, and nothing underneath... Seems like a little bit of an oversight to me. No cover for the guns, also no cover for what looks like the hangar in a standard Star Destroyer position.
    Final edit: also "Mandator IV-class" - so a Mandator as in someone who mandates things? I guess that clears up the Executor/Executor thingamy...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from cynanbloodbane in New Dreadnaught and Walker Reveal   
    There's a scene in the beginning of the novelisation of TFA that explains the background, but it was cut from the film (and not included in the opening crawl).
    The Republic and Empire eventually signed a peace treaty. As part of that, both sides decommissioned their forces - leaving the Republic with just a small fleet hanging out on wherever its capital is.
    The First Order is made up of former Imperials who, unhappy with the peace treaty, left the Empire to start up their own, new Empire out in the middle of nowhere.
    The Republic refused to intervene because doing so would go against their treaty with the Empire (as the First Order was operating outside Republic space). Leia wanted them to, and pushed the Republic into it, but after people found out who her father was she lost a lot of support, so she decided to screw the Republic and go and form her own anti-First Order Resistance. In the start of TFA Leia sends one of her top people to the Republic to let them know how big/dangerous the First Order is getting, and asking again for help.
    In theory both the First Order and Resistance are independent of the Empire and Republic respectively. But the FO accuses the Republic of backing the Resistance (not hard to see why given who is running it), and the Resistance suspects the Empire may be involved in the First Order.
    It's not clear yet how the FO's destruction of the Republic capital, leadership and fleet will affect things with the Empire - although given how decentralised the Republic was, this might not be too big a long-term blow. Personally I'd like to see a reference to senior Imperial figures coming to the support of the Republic and openly opposing the First Order as a threat to galactic stability and so on, but that's probably because I'm too much of an Admiral Pellaeon fanboy.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in New FO ship revealed. TLJ spoilerish?   
    2 or 3 times bigger than the Finalizer. Which itself is nearly twice the size of an ISD. Star Destroyers come in lots of different sizes.
    And I see I was right about the canons deploying, although they still look rather stuck on.
    Edit: hang on...  "two enormous orbital autocannons for large-scale bombardments and 24 point-defense anti-aircraft cannons on its dorsal surface" - these guns are meant to be anti-aircraft?
    They're huge! I'd assumed those were its main anti-ship armament. I guess the downside of having CGI ships rather than models is that the designers can get a bit carried away with detailed weapon hardpoints, rather than just having shots emerge from the ship.
    Further edit: And... based on the other shot of the canons, there aren't any of these massive anti-squadron batteries underneath... So a big, wide, flat ship, with lots of anti-fighter defences on top, and nothing underneath... Seems like a little bit of an oversight to me. No cover for the guns, also no cover for what looks like the hangar in a standard Star Destroyer position.
    Final edit: also "Mandator IV-class" - so a Mandator as in someone who mandates things? I guess that clears up the Executor/Executor thingamy...
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Darth Sanguis in New Dreadnaught and Walker Reveal   
    There's a scene in the beginning of the novelisation of TFA that explains the background, but it was cut from the film (and not included in the opening crawl).
    The Republic and Empire eventually signed a peace treaty. As part of that, both sides decommissioned their forces - leaving the Republic with just a small fleet hanging out on wherever its capital is.
    The First Order is made up of former Imperials who, unhappy with the peace treaty, left the Empire to start up their own, new Empire out in the middle of nowhere.
    The Republic refused to intervene because doing so would go against their treaty with the Empire (as the First Order was operating outside Republic space). Leia wanted them to, and pushed the Republic into it, but after people found out who her father was she lost a lot of support, so she decided to screw the Republic and go and form her own anti-First Order Resistance. In the start of TFA Leia sends one of her top people to the Republic to let them know how big/dangerous the First Order is getting, and asking again for help.
    In theory both the First Order and Resistance are independent of the Empire and Republic respectively. But the FO accuses the Republic of backing the Resistance (not hard to see why given who is running it), and the Resistance suspects the Empire may be involved in the First Order.
    It's not clear yet how the FO's destruction of the Republic capital, leadership and fleet will affect things with the Empire - although given how decentralised the Republic was, this might not be too big a long-term blow. Personally I'd like to see a reference to senior Imperial figures coming to the support of the Republic and openly opposing the First Order as a threat to galactic stability and so on, but that's probably because I'm too much of an Admiral Pellaeon fanboy.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Undeadguy in Range 1 and Engagement   
    From the Rules Reference (emphasis added):
    To me that implies attack range for squadrons is measured from the plastic.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DiabloAzul in Range 1 and Engagement   
    From the Rules Reference (emphasis added):
    To me that implies attack range for squadrons is measured from the plastic.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Cade Bulkin in Word on the Street   
    $30 sounds about right for an X-Wing, TLJ "Aces" double pack (TIE Silencer and A-Wing?). Not enough for Armada; they start at $20 each and that would be for small ships - so far we've only seen big ships from TLJ/TFA.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Tommy Blunderbuss in Did i miss the gen con news   
    We don't really need YouTube rumours, we can just look at the trailers; there are shots of what looks like a Resistance command centre (similar to the bridge on the Home One), with stars out the windows. Shots of Poe running down corridors as they blow up, and shots of a Resistance hangar bay opening to space. It could be that the command centre is on a space station, the corridors are on a small ship and the hangar is on a station... but I'm not sure how much sense that makes narratively - more likely is that there's a Resistance capital ship.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Muelmuel in So the Assault Gunboat has arrived in X-Wing   
    If we're going with the K-Wing and/or Punisher, how about mines? Something like "During activation the squadron can deploy a mine token within distance 1 of itself. At the start of the status phase the mine detonates - role 2(?) blue dice against each hull zone and squadron within [so if the deployer doesn't move it gets hit] distance 1/close range." Subject to balancing, of course. It would probably have to be once per game per squadron. You could also throw them on some ships - perhaps an Offensive Refit card - spend a Concentrate Fire token or dial and exhaust to deploy, do so when revealing a command. Moveable with Strategic, of course.
    Although maybe it would be more consistent to just use the rules from Minefield; detonates when a ship ends its movement at distance 1.
    For other ships, the ARC might work (with counter due to its turret, tankier, but slower than an X-Wing - maybe with escort although that might be over-powered with counter). For Imperials... if the Punisher is the bomber, then the Alpha-class Star Wing for a fighter; tankier and with more anti-squadron and a bit of anti-ship than most fighters, but faster and weaker than bombers. Probably with escort. If the Star Wing is the bomber... maybe the TIE Striker as a fighter, or TIE Advanced Prototype?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Battlefleet 01 Studios in Wishlist - Veterans of the Clone Wars   
    A Clone Wars Core Set could work quite well as they'd be able to share a lot of the models to build one of the factions quite quickly.
    A new Core Set with a Venator for the Republic (with Imperial cards/tokens as well) and a couple of small ships for the Separatists, along with some Episode 1 droid fighters and maybe ARC-170s for the Republic. Then also include Republic cards and tokens for the Arquitens and Pelta (one each is fair?), maybe the CR90. And possibly some of the squadrons for either side. Or just a single expansion pack; something like the Most Wanted pack X-Wing got, a new model or two, but with added cardboard.
    That still leaves the Separatists a bit short, though. They'd need a couple more ships in a quick wave, maybe along with some Republic-only ships.
    We could end up with odd in-universe things like Republic v Empire, but that's no crazier than Empire v Empire and Rebel v Rebel.
    The downside would be that the new Core Set would have to be as expensive as the current one - no option for a "cardboard" or "build-your-own" Core Set.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GhostofNobodyInParticular in Wishlist - Veterans of the Clone Wars   
    A Clone Wars Core Set could work quite well as they'd be able to share a lot of the models to build one of the factions quite quickly.
    A new Core Set with a Venator for the Republic (with Imperial cards/tokens as well) and a couple of small ships for the Separatists, along with some Episode 1 droid fighters and maybe ARC-170s for the Republic. Then also include Republic cards and tokens for the Arquitens and Pelta (one each is fair?), maybe the CR90. And possibly some of the squadrons for either side. Or just a single expansion pack; something like the Most Wanted pack X-Wing got, a new model or two, but with added cardboard.
    That still leaves the Separatists a bit short, though. They'd need a couple more ships in a quick wave, maybe along with some Republic-only ships.
    We could end up with odd in-universe things like Republic v Empire, but that's no crazier than Empire v Empire and Rebel v Rebel.
    The downside would be that the new Core Set would have to be as expensive as the current one - no option for a "cardboard" or "build-your-own" Core Set.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in Wishlist - Veterans of the Clone Wars   
    A Clone Wars Core Set could work quite well as they'd be able to share a lot of the models to build one of the factions quite quickly.
    A new Core Set with a Venator for the Republic (with Imperial cards/tokens as well) and a couple of small ships for the Separatists, along with some Episode 1 droid fighters and maybe ARC-170s for the Republic. Then also include Republic cards and tokens for the Arquitens and Pelta (one each is fair?), maybe the CR90. And possibly some of the squadrons for either side. Or just a single expansion pack; something like the Most Wanted pack X-Wing got, a new model or two, but with added cardboard.
    That still leaves the Separatists a bit short, though. They'd need a couple more ships in a quick wave, maybe along with some Republic-only ships.
    We could end up with odd in-universe things like Republic v Empire, but that's no crazier than Empire v Empire and Rebel v Rebel.
    The downside would be that the new Core Set would have to be as expensive as the current one - no option for a "cardboard" or "build-your-own" Core Set.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from xanderf in XG-1 "Star Wing" Assault Gunboat Thread   
    Now I've seen a bigger image, it looks like it does have missiles and torpedoes, and no canons. So... with only 2 attack dice, yep, sounds like a Missile Boat.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DarthEnderX in XG-1 "Star Wing" Assault Gunboat Thread   
    Now I've seen a bigger image, it looks like it does have missiles and torpedoes, and no canons. So... with only 2 attack dice, yep, sounds like a Missile Boat.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DarthEnderX in XG-1 "Star Wing" Assault Gunboat Thread   
    If it was the Missile Boat it would need at least 1 missiles 1 torpedo upgrade slot. Looking at the images it has a canon and one other. Not enough for a Missile Boat.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from Flengin in Battlestar Galactica   
    With maybe two ships and two squadrons per faction? Part of what makes Armada (and X-Wing) work is the huge range of ships they have to choose from.
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DOMSWAT911 in So excited for wave 7....   
    But then we might end up with another abomination like the Assault Frigate Mk II...
    The Strike Cruiser is quite a nice design; less blocky than the Dreadnaught, Carrack and Lancer. Also I've just seen that Rebellion/Supremacy's Liberator Class made it into Age of Rebellion - which means someone at FFG knows it exists and liked it. That gives me hope we might see it eventually in Armada (along with the Dauntless cruiser, Bulwark battlecruiser and so on).
    What I'd really like to see, though, is the CC-7700 frigate. That's now "Disney-canon" (mentioned in Tarkin), and would give the Rebels an Experimental Retrofit upgrade slot while being different enough from the Interdictor in play style (a small ship, mainly anti-fighter, perhaps)?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in So excited for wave 7....   
    But then we might end up with another abomination like the Assault Frigate Mk II...
    The Strike Cruiser is quite a nice design; less blocky than the Dreadnaught, Carrack and Lancer. Also I've just seen that Rebellion/Supremacy's Liberator Class made it into Age of Rebellion - which means someone at FFG knows it exists and liked it. That gives me hope we might see it eventually in Armada (along with the Dauntless cruiser, Bulwark battlecruiser and so on).
    What I'd really like to see, though, is the CC-7700 frigate. That's now "Disney-canon" (mentioned in Tarkin), and would give the Rebels an Experimental Retrofit upgrade slot while being different enough from the Interdictor in play style (a small ship, mainly anti-fighter, perhaps)?
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    Grumbleduke got a reaction from DOMSWAT911 in So excited for wave 7....   
    To be really pedantic and a bit late, all of these other than the Hammerhead Corvette go back to at least The Clone Wars. The Gozanti was in Episode I, and the Imperial Light Cruiser first appeared as an Alliance carrier in a '96 sourcebook, later appearing in Star Wars Rebellion/Supremacy. They've all been updated and tinkered a bit for Rebels, but the base ship is pretty old. Even the Hammerhead Corvette is 'inspired' by the KotOR's Hammerhead Cruisers.
    In contrast, the Tartan Patrol Cruiser and Assault Frigate Mk II have so far only appeared in Empire at War. The MC30 is based on RotJ concept art and made its first (very subtle) appearance in Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. Looking at the squadrons, a lot of them are pretty obscure as well - but instantly recognisable to those who have played the relevant games. The Scurrg first appeared in Starfighter (then Galaxies), the Decimator is also from Galaxies. Then you've got the Moldy Crow from the Dark Forces series, the YT-2400 from Shadows of the Empire and the wonderfully-obscure TIE Phantom from Rebel Assault II (and Empire at War).
    I imagine adding stuff from Rebels is easier model-wise, as they probably have access to original Lucasfilm models - but they do seem to like throwing in stuff that most people may not have come across, even if it has been lurking around for 30 years like the Gladiator. I get the feeling their starting point for new ships is to find a hole in the game, then find something from the archives that fits it. Although the Hammerhead may be an exception to that.
    I'm also guessing they haven't done anything from Episode VIII for Armada due to the lack of balance. They like pairing Empire and Rebel stuff up and while they could do that for X-Wing (the T-70 with the TIE/fo) so far we've had no Resistance capital ships. They could pair the Resurgent/Finalizer with the MC75 (they had to pair the TIE/sf with the ARC-170 and the Upsilon with the U-Wing), but I think they might prefer to wait for more Sequel-era capital ships before committing. Particularly given the challenges with fitting the Resurgent-class into the game (compared with something like the Venator which might be an Empire equivalent to pair with the MC75).
    Anyway... my conclusion would be that there isn't too much point in trying to guess what new ships we will get. There are so many to choose from, and they've been bouncing all over Star Wars history so far (from the Clone Wars to the 10+ ABY E-Wings, from stuff from Droids in the 80s to ships from Rebels and Rogue One).
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