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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to Darth evil in The Mortar is very bad   
    After 6 games i've come to the conclusion that the mortar is pretty bad, when compared to the MK2 it's staggeringly bad for it's points.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to Yodhrin in Unpopular Question   
    See, the thing there is - 1. Whether it actually is "theft of intellectual property" even by the current definition is extremely arguable. Copyright covers specific expressions of a concept and while people *assume* that extends to *all possible* expressions of a concept that's not actually true, it's just the perception that's been created by corporate bullying over the years. Which leads us to; 2. Copyright "law" is a shambles and, functionally, a wild west in which the only *actual* law is "who has the most money for lawyers". Often when small producers stand up to big corporations they win handily, though sadly it often costs them their business anyway due to the aforementioned money thing. For instance, Lucasfilm likely don't have any rights to control the use of imagery from the OT any more at all in the UK, since they tried to sue a guy making Stormtrooper armour for cosplayers(Lucasfilm v Ainsworth) and the court ruled that as the ST design was used as the basis for mass-produced products, it constitutes an "industrial prop" and so falls under Design Rights, which last only 15 years. Now they could come back and try to make the argument that ruling should only apply specifically to full-size costumes, but the legal logic that was established there holds for basically everything, since Lucasfilm gleefully use their designs to make mass-produced everything; even Legion would qualify. Meaning most PT and OT content wouldn't even qualify for Copyright per se in the UK.
    There's also 3. Not everyone believes that the present state of Intellectual Property law - a state crafted almost entirely by lobbying by large corporations, Disney at their forefront, rather than by the needs or desires of actual artists - is fair, or just, or that breaching it constitutes "theft". Opinions on the matter are far too varied and complex to simplify things to the degree proponents of the status quo often do.
    In the end though, the reality is that the reasons why third party stuff are broadly tolerated by big companies are simple; they almost always add more value than they "cost" the company, and the simple fact is they don't even qualify as small fry in terms of relative revenue. In terms of adding value, they can provide alternatives for people who dislike a key official model in an army they otherwise find appealing, they can provide aftermarket parts to allow people to individualise their armies, they can fill gaps in a miniature range that it's simply not profitable enough for the company themselves to bother with, and in so doing encourage people to stay invested in the system and thus subject to the company's marketing for new releases of their own product. In terms of their size - the simple reality is that the number of people even aware third party models exist is tiny compared to the overall playerbase, and the number buying them smaller still, so providing they keep away from trademarked names and aren't selling actual recasts, it's in nobody's interest to kick up a fuss, in the same way that it's not worth Disney's while to trawl Deviantart to visit legal fury upon some chump doing an occasional commission piece of Darth Vader.
     
    I do wonder though - why do some people seem to care about this at all? Disney aren't your pal, our relationship with them is defined entirely in terms of them offering product and us buying it, beyond that transaction neither of us owes the other anything. If you don't care for third party models then don't use them, or heck, be really puritan and refuse to even play against them, that's your choice, but this bizarre need some people have to tattle to Corporate Daddy just baffles me. At that point you're basically that kid who ran to Teacher to tell on someone for eating chocolate in the hall or passing notes in class - nobody's hurting anybody, and it only becomes disruptive when you start to make a big deal about it.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to azeronbloodmoone in Hello there! Spoiled Obi-Wan card at Celebration   
    soresu master works against both range and mellee omg. also like the upgrade cards below it.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to aniron in Stop clone wars! (Where's my dewback and Imperial veterans?)   
    We can spare the Skarsgårds, will they suffice?
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from infyrana in TCW How many core sets?   
    I'll probably split two with a player who's only collecting clones.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to TalkPolite in Clone Wars Official Announcement   
    Only on a Star Wars forum would the first comment be negative 😂
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to Dosiere in Next Imperial Corps and Support Speculation   
    I’d love to see imperial soldiers like the kind shown in Solo, rather than yet another stormtrooper variant.  
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to MasterShake2 in Krennic Article! - Architect of Terror   
    Krennic- Annihilation Looms!   Muwahahahahah!
    *Death Star Appears*
    Han- Change of plans
    *Death Star Disappears*
    Krennic- ....wut?
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to PhantomFO in Krennic Article! - Architect of Terror   
    So let me get this straight: 
    The Death Star appears in the sky, and your infantry are going to try and escape the blast on foot?
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to Darth evil in Situation on Krennic and Deathtroopers 3.0   
    Anyone else annoyed that the last Imperial Article was January 14th, since there have been 5 Rebel articles😠
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to TauntaunScout in Tauntaun Riders! And Rebel Veterans!   
    Oh man. Legion just got real. 40k won't see a dime from me for a very long time. I have 9 boxes of minis to pre-order.
     
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from Jabby in On the Hunt - Sabine Wren and Bossk!   
    RAW, Impervious will combo with Immune Pierce in melee, which will be crazy.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to Squark in Unsung Heros.   
    I'd rather be able to give orders to important units and remove them from the order pool for more consistency. That is a pretty nice effect, though. Just... don't give a similar effect to the Empire using Aim tokens. Please, FFG. Please don't do something that crazy. Stormtrooper Aim chains would be really, really dumb.
     
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from flightmaster101 in prediction time 2019   
    I would hope for Thrawn as a commander before Tarkin if they're doing Rebels content.
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    sirfrancisdubois reacted to svelok in New vehicles!   
    I dunno, Rebels throwing a bunch of dudes with guns onto the top of a random vehicle feels pretty correct.
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from Savate in Homebrew Units Thread   
    Imperial Army Troopers
    Rank: Corps
    Base cost:35
    Defense: Red.
    Health: 1
    Courage: 1
    Weapons: black dice (melee), E-11 Blaster (range 1-3, no surge)
    Speed: 2
    Squad Size: 4
    Upgrade slots: Gear, 2 Personnel, Heavy weapon, Grenade.
    Exclusive Upgrade Cards:
    1. Medic (Personnel, 15 pts): When defending from ranged attacks ,exhaust this card to roll up to 2 white defense dice,  shield results are added to your pool.Cumbersome. Available to all trooper units.
    2. Army Trooper (7 pts)
    3. T-21 Light Repeating Blaster (20 pts): 4 white dice, range 1-3, impact 1
    Ability: Garrison: Gain a free standby token if this unit doesn't move during its activation.
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from srMontresor in Jyn Erso and Pathfinders Article Up   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2018/11/19/rogue-spirit/
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from BenBot in Jyn Erso and Pathfinders Article Up   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2018/11/19/rogue-spirit/
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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from ninclouse2000 in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from Nihm in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from That Blasted Samophlange in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from Matt3412 in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from Lemmiwinks86 in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from LordBubba in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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    sirfrancisdubois got a reaction from miridor in Frag Grenades and Recon Intel Spoiled   
    A guy on the Legion discord got his hands on a IRG expansion early and spoiled the unrevealed cards for us.

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