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  1. Mandelore of the Rings

    3-player Skirmish Map

    You make some really good points! To be clear I was thinking of a second mission for your map, not replacing your crate mission (whether or not you make the crates stationary). I really like your original mission (Trap Doors)! I wasn't trying to overhaul that one because I think that's good how it is, I was just thinking of another one, like how all the skirmish maps have two missions. So yeah, for Arms and Armour (or whatever name it would be called) I wasn't thinking of even having the crates, just the points from other deployment zones... along with the losing player getting extra dice to keep things even... so, Mission 1 (Trap Doors) would have crates for VPs and doors to help the losing player. Mission 2 (A and A) would have putting something (somehow, not sure) in deployment zones for VPs and extra dice to help the losing player. It's just an idea but I'm gonna try your map in about a month when I am back home with all my IA stuff! I'm excited because we often have 3 players. Oh, I kind of got the deployment zone idea from the Obi Wan map I think, a while back... but it had a fun increasing points thing where if you interacted with 1 patron it wasn't many points but if you interacted with all 4 it got up to 20 or so. Anyway, really cool map and really cool mission! Hope you didn't mind that I was piggy backing off your cool map and just throwing around ideas for another mission...
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    3-player Skirmish Map

    Alright, I had a less "hamfisted" idea to encourage attacking of each other player (not just ganging up on one)... "During setup each player claims two mission tokens matching the other players' deployment zone colors. A player may spend an action to drop a mission token whose color matches the deployment zone color. Players gain 5 points for each dropped mission token. At the end of each round, a player that has less VPs than 2 other players may claim 2 neutral mission tokens from the supply. While a player is attacking or defending, they may discard a claimed neutral mission token to add 1 die of their choice and of the appropriate type to the dice pool." The idea is that "blue" player for example will have incentive to drop his or her red token in the red player's zone and his green token in the green players zone. This will cause some action in both zones, plus defending his own blue zone from having the green players blue token dropped or the red players blue token dropped. No need for any control, it can just be dropped like the camera's in the ISB mission from a year ago. I thought 5 points is good motivation to get in there and drop them. Then the other part with the free dice is purely to help the losing player rather than give any VPs. What do you think? Also, I like your idea of just carrying the objectives. One final thing: in the four player game the winner is the first to 60 pts... would this 3 player mission still be first to 40?
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    3-player Skirmish Map

    Maybe something like: ARMS AND ARMOR At the end of each round each player scores 2VPs for each crate they control. Then a player with the least VPs may add an attack dice of any color to one figure and a defense dice of any color to a different figure. These dice can be used for one round only.
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    3-player Skirmish Map

    you could have something like at least 10 VPs must come from each other player? that might work... so you could just get ALL your points from one player. I thought 10 (from each) because there are also objective points etc... But I think the doors idea would help the losing player anyway... An alternate mission (for the same map) could be similar to the Tarkin Labs, with a twist. In this mission the player that has less points than both other players gets some attacking or defending bonus, maybe power tokens or even an experimental weapon (like an extra red dice or something). Or, one extra attack dice for one figure and one extra defense dice for one figure (just for the round). In this mission you would also get rid of the doors altogether since it is a different mission on the same map. What do you think TVboy?
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    IA in Thailand

    I learned to play while living in Chiang Mai. I still have friends that play there. Where are you?
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    3-player Skirmish Map

    This is great! It's kind of like the idea I was saying the other day about randomly opening and closing doors at the end of each round but I like that this version let's the player with the least VPs actually choose where to put the doors. Better idea. What do you do if there is a draw? both or all three players can place a door? Also there probably needs to be a way to open doors. if they are locked can you not open them for the rest of the game? Maybe something like "spend 1 (or two) movement points and an action to open a door", otherwise you might get figures who are locked in a hallway and not able to get out until that player is losing again-- I can imagine Vader getting trapped, might be kind of funny actually... Or maybe the doors just stay for one round and then automatically open... Just some ideas.
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    anybody ever make their own maps?

    that's a fun looking map buckero0! there isn't an app where you can combine any tiles available is there? It would be fun to make some weird maps with multiple tiles even if you don't have multiple copies... like a map with multiple sarlac pits, or even just one huge pit in the middle, or a bunch of balconies or bridges... then you could print up the weird maps you've created. Yeah, there are a lot of times when we have just three players and not the full four. Often we'll have one player doing musical chairs and playing two armies at once against the other two, but a three player map with three player rules maybe would really be appealing.
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    anybody ever make their own maps?

    Thanks for the tip. That one looks fun. I like how it combines tiles from Hoth, Bespin, TS and the core set.
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    anybody ever make their own maps?

    Anybody ever make their own maps? Your own skirmish missions? 3 player maps? (I've tried this, hard to make it fair) Combining tiles from more than one expansion? (like Hoth and HotE) I was trying to come up with a map with lots of halls and doors that keep randomly opening and shutting each round or even mid round. Just when you think your are about to get hammered, start of the next round a blast door closes and blocks you off from Vader or Whoever.
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    Congratulations FFG!

    I don't really understand. Would the lists that beat SC also trounce the "off meta lists"? If SC hasn't won a ton of regionals then is it still considered OP? What lists are winning regionals? Are they OP? I also like playing "off meta" lists, but my lists sometimes also get thrashed by say, Han+Sabine+Rangers or IG+hunters so it says more about my list than whether or not SC is OP. Great point. Totally agree and I think that's what it was intended for. We keep talking about ways to help new players get into Skirmish (that won't break the bank), saying how it's annoying and intimidating to have to by huge boxes just to get a card (negation) or some good deployment cards and then when FFG does pretty much that, and comes up with a pretty cheap way for new players to jump in and be competitive lots of people seem to hate it. Anyway, like the OP said "congratulations FFG". Also, please keep it coming! Sidenote, SC is a great list for me to let my kids use, simple to use (less moving parts) and gives me a challenge without resorting to my old strategy of "you can have 50 points to spend" or "you get free Gideon and C3PO"
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    Imperial Assault Printable Skirmish Map Project

    yeah, print 'em all. Let FFG sort 'em out. actually I wish they'd increase the pool of competition maps to 4. add a bit more variety. they could cycle in some really old ones... I also wish they'd get creative with the maps and maybe design something weird that you couldn't make with the tiles but you could print or buy a roll out copy of. New terrain types and art from different worlds... weird map shapes... three player maps! you could design some pretty cool stuff if you weren't limited to the tiles...
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    Rogue One Characters

    bit harsh there. I think the OP is just having fun speculating. interesting cards btw. I'd be happy with anything new at this point.
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    New Product Idea

    Fun idea, but I also think it will never happen. Unless it came out in new edition or something. Also, FFG could just let us do most the work on fixes... Announce that they will create one or two new deployment cards for old stuff we already have (like Saska, or Dengar)... make it into a competition. Best designed card gets printed up and becomes official. They wouldn't have to do much work and it would galvanize players, generate a lot of interest and ownership, and maybe increase sales of stuff that is currently unusable in skirmish.
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    Your History with IA

    This is great. I can relate to a lot of these stories. My story starts back in '82, I think, or maybe '83. I got two star wars figures (Snowtrooper and Han in his long sleeve bespin outfit [not the vest one]) for Christmas. My older brother got Luke in the Dagobah fatigues and Chewie. I remember going to see ESB with my dad and both my older brothers. One of the first movies I ever saw in a theatre. Always loved Star Wars. Fastforward to college and I played a little of some Star Wars role playing game (I forget which one, probably around '98?) and also got super excited for the prequels. I went and saw PM the day it came out and kind of liked it at first, cause hey, it was Star Wars. On closer reflection I started to like it less. I've been living in Asia for a long time and really got into board games while there... Probably, like many of you, it started with Settlers of Catan. Gateway game. One friends invited a bunch of friends over and he had a lot of fun games I had never played. One on his shelf that caught my eye was Imperial Assault. This was in the middle of 2015. We only ever played campaign and I loved it from day one. I was happy to just play my friend's copy... until we moved to a different country. I was busy with work and didn't even have the game but kept checking the FFG website for news of new stuff! I didn't really think any of my friends in this new area would want to play it. Then, after moving again I mentioned it to some friends who I played a lot of games with (Dominion, 7 wonders etc) and they said it sounded cool and they'd like to try it. Also, more importantly, my kids said they'd like to play it with me! The next time I was visiting home again I picked up a used copy. It was the core set plus Boba Fett. The only problem was it was half painted. If it had been unpainted, I would never have painted the rest... I'm still not a good painter but it's a fun diversion. The figs look pretty good (until I compare them to the actually good stuff on FFG forums...). So I got the core set around Feb 2017 and also have Hoth and (yesterday) got Jabba's Realm. I wanted HotE, but the newish app update made me choose JR. I've got a fair few blister packs too but by no means the whole set. I only played campaign for the first year and a half and have done (including with my friends stuff and my own collection) 2x core (half way thru a third), 1x Twin Shadows, and 1x Hoth. Last summer my friend and I tried Skirmish and then got a few others into it. We had our own mini-tournament (4 games each, 6 players) and used a LOT of proxies! I've also done the first (core box) app campaign with my kids and we are going to start the JR one soon. All in all, I really like IA, both campaign and skirmish. I'm actually not sure which one I like better (is that unusual?) I really hope we keep getting new stuff, even if it is just new blister waves every so often and app stuff... that would be enough! If not, I'm totally up for voting for changes to old deployment cards as a community and continuing this game into the future!
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    IA in South Florida?

    So I'm back in the States, in Naples. It doesn't look like I can borrow the in-laws car to get to the Regionals in Melbourne, FL... but I wonder if anyone else is driving up from around here? I could help with gas money if I could bum a ride! Anyone going to the Regionals from the Naples area? I could get a ride to you if that helped... Thanks!