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Fantastic, and even better than I thought it'd be. This thing is going to be a brute. You'll be able to keep your nose pointed at the targets, keeping your unreinforced Aft section (which holds all of your crew and most of your teams) safe from harm, and get up to three attacks per turn. The aft section can then be dedicated to Quad Laser batteries.

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lol personally I think it's way better than the Tantive already.

The battles are definitely close. Tantive has the edge in starting range (5 vs 4 for the main guns) and strength of the main gun (up to five dice). However, it'll struggle to set up attacks with its Fore hardpoint weapons that won't also expose the aft section to fire, as it's basically set up for broadsides. The Raider has an edge in overall forward firepower, and can keep shooting at closer ranges without exposing its aft to the CR90's weapons.

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Yeah, it looks like GTM gets an "enhanceable" version of the card fans we see. 

 

So, a little shorter range than the Corvette, equal in the hardpoints, but can still shoot more often. A second attack of 4 is better than a 5 die attack. 

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Yeah, it looks like GTM gets an "enhanceable" version of the card fans we see. 

 

So, a little shorter range than the Corvette, equal in the hardpoints, but can still shoot more often. A second attack of 4 is better than a 5 die attack. 

We'll need to see the crew options, but in a vacuum it'll be close. The CR90's loss of a second attack is balanced by the fact that its attacks will be stronger, allowing it to overwhelm the Reinforce token. The primary salvos will basically play out along the lines of:

 

R5

CR90: 5v3 plus a guarenteed evade

 

R4

CR90: 5v2 plus evade

Raider: 4v2 plus evade, twice

 

R3

CR90: 5v1 plus evade

Raider: 4v1 plus evade, twice

 

I'm sure someone will mathwing it, but it looks like the CR90 probably has the edge in the R4-5 bracket, while the Raider gets the edge at closer ranges.

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It is rather unfortunate that there is no way to convert focus results into hit results with an Imperial Huge ship. Because, yeah: 2 attacks on 2 different targets in the primary weapons part of this ship's attack is beastly. But most of that shooting will be done at ranges 3-4, where the defender gets an extra 1-2 green dice. In a way,that's Minda nice: it will make B-Wings and Y-Wings as vulnerable as standard Ties, but gives A-Wings 5 defense dice. Which means you'll want the Squints trying to down the A-Wings ASAP- or else your own Bombers will be vulnerable on their run against a CR-90.

Or maybe those A-Wings have Ion missiles, to really mess up the Raider's day...

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The dial (or, specifically, the energy numbers on the dial) will probably make or break this ship. From the higher energy cap, two extra shields, possibility of two primary attacks per round (three with Gunner!), I can't imagine it will also have better energy generation. We're already getting a heck of a lot for just a 10 point increase over the CR90.

 

I guess we'll see if Empire gets a Han Solo crew equivalent, as all of those primary attacks won't do much if the only modification it can get is a single Target Lock.

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I think while the 2 attack thing is cool, the lack of a turret main weapon really doesn't make sense on a Huge ship.  The Huge ships turn so ponderously(as they should in relation to fighters) it will be very difficult to keep fast things in your firing arc.  And with no range 5 attacks, it will only be a turn or two(more if they go slow of course) before an attacking figher/bomber is out front arc and in your side/rear arc, so you will not get many shots at fast targets.  With the CR90 you effectively have a turret that is like 270 degrees around, where as this is like 90 degrees or so.  We will have to wait and see.

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It is rather unfortunate that there is no way to convert focus results into hit results with an Imperial Huge ship. Because, yeah: 2 attacks on 2 different targets in the primary weapons part of this ship's attack is beastly. But most of that shooting will be done at ranges 3-4, where the defender gets an extra 1-2 green dice. In a way,that's Minda nice: it will make B-Wings and Y-Wings as vulnerable as standard Ties, but gives A-Wings 5 defense dice. Which means you'll want the Squints trying to down the A-Wings ASAP- or else your own Bombers will be vulnerable on their run against a CR-90.

Or maybe those A-Wings have Ion missiles, to really mess up the Raider's day...

 

Keep in mind that we haven't seen the crew options yet. I'd be very surprised if they don't receive an option to acquire two target locks on the same ship, or a Han Solo Crew analogue to help them modify dice results.

I think while the 2 attack thing is cool, the lack of a turret main weapon really doesn't make sense on a Huge ship.  The Huge ships turn so ponderously(as they should in relation to fighters) it will be very difficult to keep fast things in your firing arc.  And with no range 5 attacks, it will only be a turn or two(more if they go slow of course) before an attacking figher/bomber is out front arc and in your side/rear arc, so you will not get many shots at fast targets.  With the CR90 you effectively have a turret that is like 270 degrees around, where as this is like 90 degrees or so.  We will have to wait and see.

The tradeoff to the lack of a turret is that they'll get very good Hardpoint coverage compared to the Tantive. The Tantive's hardpoints are both aimed from the sides of the ship in roughly 90-degree arcs. It has almost zero forward firepower, and the ability to overlap the front and rear arcs is fairly limited.

 

The Raider has a very wide front arc that appears to extend from the midpoint of the ship to the back of the plastic base. It's probably in the neighborhood of 120-150 degrees. It's rear arc is also much wider than the one on the CR90, so it doesn't have much in the way of blind spots.

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Would fleet officer work in this case?

If you mean, "Will the Raider be able to use it to pass tokens to friendly ships?" Unknown, but probably.

If you mean, "Will the Raider be able to use it to gain focus tokens?" No, it would have to discard them under the rules for Huge ships.

That said, considering its firing arcs cover almost everything except for the spot right behind the engines, this guy is absolutely begging for a Tactician or two.

Edited by PhantomFO

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