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2018 VASSAL Autumn Tourney - Completed!

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@drumtier and I got half way through our game last night and then I had to rush off to tend to an unwell child. Sorry about that drumtier! His MC75 has just Raddus dropped off and is about to do some nasty on me and his other MC75 has no shields and 4 hull left with two bombers in its face. So it was all just about to get very interesting! Like one of those very annoying dramatic endings on a TV series...

We'll hopefully finish off the game this week. drumtier's been a great sport so far - we both had a couple of childcare-related pauses during the game :)

And just my luck. Having Dadonna and getting matched against the guy with the most Contain tokens in the tournament in round 1 :o

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The Match from @Darth Veggie and me is over.
It was a **** of a match, and really great.

We were playing my Precision Strike.
I lost all (400 Points) and Veggie got 3 Victory Tokens.
On the counter i could kill the MC75, Quantum Storm, Jaina's Light and the MC30. My squadrons generated 9 victory Tokens. I have to say only 9 Tokens, it could have been way more. But Luke failed again (at least when it was important). Only Raddus and the Bright Hope were left alive. 

So the match ended 445 to 429 in favor for Darth Veggie (with a MOV of 16).

Here is the Log from the match.

Edited by Tokra

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@Jotto Otts1 and I finished up.  I ended up winning with a tabling 400-57 (343 MOV), losing both my Gozantis in the process.  I was first and played his Solar Corona.  Devastator manged to do JUST enough damage to kill Demo which turned the game in my favor.  Devastator was on fire and would have gone down, if not for that.  Good game, good opponent, finished in under 2 hours.

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@duck_bird and I finished up a very fast game that ended with a 418-227 (MOV of 191, 8-3?) in my favor.  The pivotal turn came at the end of round 2 as the Pryce equipped quasar waited out the activations and then savaged an assault frigate, with Mauler Mithel playing the critical role of sacrificial lamb by engaging the rebel rogues for a crucial turn preventing a counterattack. Crackens assault frigate ended up stuck on rock and died to a combination of Ozzels Racks raider and squadrons. Jainnas light died in a blaze of glory after the imperial aces turned their guns on the CR90. After all rebel combat ship were lost,  Corran Horn chased down and killed Demolisher ~my most wanted~ and Ketsu Onyo killed Ozzels Raider in the squadron phase after he cockily strutted forward thinking the battle was over. 

I tried to make a log file, but always screw that up somehow. So, use you imaginations and put in the necessary pew-pew sounds.

Duck_birds 18 supporters get 0.1666 points for the fantasy league. You can pick the decimal place and round how you see fit.

Edited by mhd
redundancy and saying the same thing twice, did I mention redundancy?

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Xander over Captain ICT, 9-2 (248 MoV)

Match score really doesn't show how close the game was - several times one or another ship was down to 2 or 3 hull points and taking 4 or 5 dice in damage against a down shield, and the question was just how the rolling would come out.  I ended up eeking it out with 3 hull left on my last Star Destroyer...

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I had a pair of ISDs with 8x TIE Defenders - one ISD and all Defenders survived.

Captain ICT had a pair of Liberty-MC80s and a CR90 (no squads) - a single MC80 survived.

The match was a shower of objective tokens!

Edited by xanderf

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8 hours ago, Tokra said:

The Match from @Darth Veggie and me is over.
It was a **** of a match, and really great.

We were playing my Precision Strike.
I lost all (400 Points) and Veggie got 3 Victory Tokens.
On the counter i could kill the MC75, Quantum Storm, Jaina's Light and the MC30. My squadrons generated 9 victory Tokens. I have to say only 9 Tokens, it could have been way more. But Luke failed again (at least when it was important). Only Raddus and the Bright Hope were left alive. 

So the match ended 445 to 429 in favor for Darth Veggie (with a MOV of 16).

Here is the Log from the match.

This game was insanity's finest fun unleashed!

For me, it was a thunderstorm of emotions:

  • In the beginning, I tknew: I am playing against our triple and only national champion. I am most prfoundly ****ed!
  • Next, Tokra had some sersious bad luck when attacking Quantum Storm. It survived his bomber harrasment (which it simply should not have). This meant that I had not only best of opportunities to drop Profundity and my HIECR90, but also that I could activate next round Quantums storm first and slicer the great evil called Yavaris. I knew: I will win. Very likely I will even table Tokra!
  • Then, Tokra started beating profundity like a drum. Some nice rolls a very nasty comms noise right at the beginning thanks to Luke, who achieved a hull hit, and another bomber who flipped it got me down to speed 0. Add in my own stupidity to delay the MC75 activation and guess what? This nice ship having Tokra's MC80 in a perfect double arc never saw its activation. I knew: I will lose this game!
  • My HIECR90 managed in the following two activations to strip Tokra's MC80 of 9 shields AND to kill Yavaris. Then Admonition hit the MC80 like a truck transforming it to space debris with four attacks, three in black range. I was elated. I knew: I have won!
  • I moved Admonition that had got a lot of beating (and no defense tokens left) with speed four away. But Tokra's last remaining ship, the Tallon flotilla did not only manage to kill the HIECR90 with Luke, but also got a B-Wing to attacking Admonition and unactivating it. I maneuvered Bright Hope in in a way that that it blocked line of sight of the B-Wing to Admonition. So, in the squadron phase of the last round he had one black dice of the B-Wing to attack Admo on a hull section with stripped shields and who was on hull 3 and without defense tokens. For finishing it of, he needed a hit/crit AND a structural damage. Guess what? He got it. Looking at all the Precision Strike tokens he had farmed (9) and the fact that only my Raddusvette and Bright Hope survived, I knew: although Tokra was tabled he would win!
  • When the dust had settled normal thinking was possible again, mechanical calculation set in. A surge of elation picked me. This time I knew it the true sense of the word: with a meager MoV of 16 points I had really and truly won!

Had I won? Well, according to the rules I had. There were pretty hot dice on both sides most of the time during the game. Especially, Tokra's B-Wings seemed to have the hit/crits booked. BUT without Tokra's initial cold dice when attacking Quantum Storm, I would have lost the game in a most pittyfull way. Adding in the fact that I maneuvered a fleet with the Fleet Commander which I consider to be the most boring and easy one (very little deployment and navigational skills needed, dials are also hilariously easy to decide on), I still need to climb a lot of steps before I will be on Tokra's level.

Thanks to my opponent: it was such a pleasure to bang my head against yours!

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4 minutes ago, Darth Veggie said:
  • I moved Admonition that had got a lot of beating (and no defense tokens left) with speed four away. But Tokra's last remaining ship, the Tallon flotilla did not only manage to kill the HIECR90 with Luke, but also got a B-Wing to attacking Admonition and unactivating it. I maneuvered Bright Hope in in a way that that it blocked line of sight of the B-Wing to Admonition. So, in the squadron phase of the last round he had one black dice of the B-Wing to attack Admo on a hull section with stripped shields and who was on hull 3 and without defense tokens. For finishing it of, he needed a hit/crit AND a structural damage. Guess what? He got it. Looking at all the Precision Strike tokens he had farmed (9) and the fact that only my Raddusvette and Bright Hope survived, I knew: although Tokra was tabled he would win!

To tell the truth, the lucky roll from the B-Wing would not have been need, if Corran could, at least once, hit something. :P
He is worse than Luke (no wonder, he has a red instead of a black die). He is good against squadrons, but terible against ships. If i remember right he did nothing but one hit on the Admo that was canceled. All other were blanks or accuracy.
At least Luke was doing his job, even when the most important roll missed (the one on the Quantum Storm).

For the Quantum Storm attack: If i remeber right it were: Luke, Ten, Ten, Ten, Corran, Yavaris front attack (2 red dice) that could go for the Transport. And i could not get a single damage card on it. Luke missed, two attacks from Ten went into Scatter (accuracy are overrated :D), the 3rd attack from Ten was finally 1 hit, Yavaris messed up as well. Corran's attack did not matter anymore, so he was attacking the other side of the transport (the undamaged side). Because he could not do anthing to kill the Transport i used him to block some deployments of the MC75. I placed him in front of the MC80 to deny some nasty placement.

 

But the kill of the MC75 without a single attack was insane. The game would have been so much easier for Darth Veggie when he would have activated it for the double attack on the MC80. But the Comms Noise crit was really a pain for him. A MC75 with speed 0 with squadrons and the MC80 attacking it was to much. Just because of this crit i would have activated the MC75 to make sure it does his job. But he was hoping for it to survive and do the last attack.
 

It was really a really great game. Even if this 5-6 might means that we both kicked us out of any chance for the cut.
 

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27 minutes ago, CommanderDave said:

Great game from Darth and Tokra. I had it open in the background and was able to watch. Really interesting. I don’t remember though, why wasn’t that Comms Noise crit contained in the first place?

I believe it was a flipped face up from Precision Strike, and not actually a crit effect that could be blocked.

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27 minutes ago, CommanderDave said:

Great game from Darth and Tokra. I had it open in the background and was able to watch. Really interesting. I don’t remember though, why wasn’t that Comms Noise crit contained in the first place?

If I remember correctly it was flipped with a hit icon from the Precision Strike objective (Luke put a Damage through beforehand).

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3 hours ago, Tokra said:

It was really a really great game. Even if this 5-6 might means that we both kicked us out of any chance for the cut.
 

I do find swiss rounds odd for this reason. In a round robin system, where eveyone plays everyone, a small win against a strong player can be more significant than a big win against a weaker player. Imagine in the Premier League - if you're a top-ranked team beating Man City 2:1 is probably going to mean much more than hammering Huddersfield 4:0.

In swiss rounds a player can get lucky in an early round and get matched against a weak player and score big whereas two experience players get matched and have a more even fight. Less likely that you are going to get a big MOV with two experience players fighting each other.

In Armada specifically battles can often be a case of rock-paper-scissors as some fleets will naturally do better against others and if I pick a heavy squadron fleet geared to fight squads and get drawn against bomber fleets I'm laughing but if I end up against no-squads I'm crying. If you go for a well-rounded take-on-all-comers fleet you may be more likely to win against whatever comes at you but a more specialised fleet may have more chance of getting big wins but depends on who they get drawn against. 

There are also certain types of fleets that might not always get a win but are pretty well insulated against being tabled. e.g. a Raddus fleet can quite easily drop the big ship off mid-game in a position where it can hit and then run away. The player might not win but his/her opponents are not going to get many points from them. 

I just wish there was some way that Strength of Schedule could be factored in to the rankings some more. 

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With four total swiss rounds, everybody is still in this thing.

Love the talk about the games guys!  That is what this thread is for.

(please keep this thread clear of interpretations about what tournament type is best for Armada.  The tourney we are running is what we are running.  Make a new thread)

IF you have any situations that arise during or after a match that need attention, please PM me. 

This thread should highlight how good the Vassal community is. 

If you have any problems with any of this, again, PM me.

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