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I'm not sure if the Gunboat should have a cannon slot anymore. It clearly had an Ion Cannon in the lore. And it had also a Tractor Beam some times.

But I don't think the Gunbout should equip Heavy Laser Cannons or manglers. That wasn't their role. Their role is more utility cannons. So maybe not having a cannon slot, and instead, allow it to equip cannons of cost 3 or lower by other means, similar to the Mist Hunter.

That would help make it more different from the B-Wing and the TIE Defender. 

 

Having the Firespray have two cannon slots and the HLC take up two slots would actually solve a lot of the problems around its balance in the game, IMHO.

 

As it is, though, the B-Wing can take an HLC in our game...given the lore and arrival of the gunboat in lore, I have a hard time believing that a weapon the B-Wing could carry a cannon type the gunboat could not.

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As posted elsewhere, I really don't mind them. They post, they bump the topic back to the top of page one, more people see it and more people post.

If they don't post, then we don't need to smile indulgently at juvenile posts like Princezilla's effort above.

It's a win/win situation for the Gunboat fans, really.

 

Had it not been just a spur of the moment whim when the opportunity arose, my top of page 100 post would have been something more to the effect of:

"For those that haven't read the first 100 pages, TL;DR: Assault Gunboats Suck!"

But I won't go back and edit it now.

 

And I didn't even notice we were close to 2000 or I might have tried to spoiler tag dickbutt it. :(

 

Roll the thread odometer back to zero and I'll get it on the next pass.

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My only gripe with tie hunters is they appeared in rouge squadron three the worst in the series, those on foot sections...

Well, I can't argue with that, but I wouldn't hold that against the Hunters.

 

My gripe with TIE Hunters is they carry too much **** on them in the lore for their size.  They're the same size as the Interceptor, yet they carry shields and torpedoes.

 

I'd really rather they just made it so it's an Interceptor with a cannon slot instead of 3 attack.  We have enough shielded TIEs already.  We need more of the cheap expendable TIEs.

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TIE Hunters must have been a side project seperate from the Advanced program, but it seems to have borrowed quite a bit from it as well as predicting the path to the Defender.

Nah, actually the Hunter just sucks. It exists at a time that the Gunboat was established and already performing its duties, and it predates the Avenger by at least 3-4 years, which wouldn't need to exist at all if the Hunter had been at least somewhat widely available. With the pre existing Hunter the Defender looks like a mere update of that design from years before instead of the culmination of the nearly decades long advanced project.

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My only gripe with tie hunters is they appeared in rouge squadron three the worst in the series, those on foot sections...

Well, I can't argue with that, but I wouldn't hold that against the Hunters.

 

My gripe with TIE Hunters is they carry too much **** on them in the lore for their size.  They're the same size as the Interceptor, yet they carry shields and torpedoes.

 

I'd really rather they just made it so it's an Interceptor with a cannon slot instead of 3 attack.  We have enough shielded TIEs already.  We need more of the cheap expendable TIEs.

 

Oh, don't forget! They also had hyperdrives and of course, ion cannons! Probably life support too.

They were basically TIE Defenders but worse.

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So, the first hundred pages are behind us. What are we gonna talk about until the next hundred?

The same thing we talk about every page: Try to take over the world Talk about how awesome the Gunboat is and why FFG is Freaking Foolish Guys for not including it. 

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No no, I get it.  GChips are great.  But I still mostly only see them on dedicated ordinance carriers and other ships with access to Extra Munitions. 

I haven't seen any Y-Wing players give up on the TLTs and switch to torpedoes because of GChips.

 

I'm actually tempted.  Mainly because TLTs bore the hell out of me, and alphastrikes seem like so much fun...

 

Horton Salm - Autoblaster Turret, Proton Torpedoes, Extra Munitions, Targeting Astromech, Guidance Cheeps

Dutch Vander - Autoblaster Turret, Proton Torpedoes, Extra Munitions, Targeting Astromech, Guidance Cheeps

Grey Squadron Pilot - Autoblaster Turret, Proton Torpedoes, Extra Munitions, Targeting Astromech, Guidance Cheeps

 

Not amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but PS advantage over Scouts, plenty of rerolls flying around and Autoblaster Turrets should help get the drop on high agility Aces.

 

I don't really like flying less than four ships at a time, but Y-Wing aces sound amusing.

Also, just realised that flying those three together is probably about as close to flying a Gunboat list as I can get at this moment in time.

Looks like even when I'm doing something else, the lack of Gunboat gnaws at my subconscious like an angry rodent.

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As posted elsewhere, I really don't mind them. They post, they bump the topic back to the top of page one, more people see it and more people post.

If they don't post, then we don't need to smile indulgently at juvenile posts like Princezilla's effort above.

It's a win/win situation for the Gunboat fans, really.

Except for the current lack of gunboat, but if you all still get to act smug about it then thats just fine. 

 

 

I'll wave my mel's DX-9 and Escort shuttle around, and feel V V smug.

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So anyone who has a differing opinion is a troll, isn't he?

 

You seem like a reasonable, intelligent person.  So I'm sure you're fully aware of the difference between having an opinion and intentionally trying to provoke other posters into making a response.

 

Take DarthEnderX for example.  He's not a fan of the Gunboat.  He's made it perfectly clear he'd much prefer to see the TIE Hunter.  But he's contributed quite a lot to active discussion on this forum - usually as a Devil's advocate - critiquing people's ideas and suggestions, and made his own.  We don't always agree (or necessarily get along) but that's fine.  As you say, this is a forum, after all.  That's a difference of opinion.

 

A quick glance back through the last couple of pages however should be enough to show you which Gunboat detractors prefer to take the other approach.

 

Edit:  and back on topic (while channelling JBR7) LOOK AT TEH GLORY!

 

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Also, it looks like a fan over on boardgamegeek went to the the effort of scratch building some XG-1's at 1/270 scale!  Good work, that fella.

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That styrene one on the right is absolutely beautiful.

Straight out of the PC games. Nice job. Throw some tiny guns on it and it's ready to go. You know, the Hounds tooth and Aggressor dont have visible guns, so gunless GUNBOAT works too.

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Also, it looks like a fan over on boardgamegeek went to the the effort of scratch building some XG-1's at 1/270 scale!  Good work, that fella.

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That styrene one on the right is absolutely beautiful.

Straight out of the PC games. Nice job. Throw some tiny guns on it and it's ready to go. You know, the Hounds tooth and Aggressor dont have visible guns, so gunless GUNBOAT works too.

 

Plus I mean it's a complete scratch-build, so it's feasible to just add some small bits on as the cannons around the cockpit.

 

I might have some spare Gundam kit bits that would do the trick, come to think of it. Heck even whittling some grey sprues should do.

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