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[Star Wars: Armada] Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.

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Rebel and Imperial fleets fight for the fate of the galaxy in Star Wars™: Armada, the two-player miniatures game of epic Star Wars space battles!

Massive Star Destroyers fly to battle against Rebel corvettes and frigates. Banks of turbolasers unleash torrential volleys of fire against squadrons of X-wings and TIEs. Engineering teams race to route additional power to failing shields. Laser blasts and explosions flare across the battlefield. Even a single ship can change the tide of battle.

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. It’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.

In short, Star Wars: Armada is awesome. You build fleets of capital ships and fighter squadrons and then battle it out over objectives on a 3x6ft star field, over the course of six rounds, when, presumably, Imperial reinforcements arrive and the Rebels are forced to jump to hyperspace.

What makes Armada different than X-Wing? I'm glad you asked! Besides the obvious upgrade to Capital ships, a large and defining change is that rather than hiding your movement decisions, you are hiding your choice of action. Movement is decided when a particular ship is activated, with perfect knowledge of the current field, if not knowledge of what will come afterwards! Movement, rather than being handled by pre-determined templates, is controlled by this cool little doohickey:

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The maneuver tool allows you to click in different directions depending on the size of your ship and its current speed, allowing for a wide range of possible courses and subtle shifts in course. FFG posted a full article on it that you can find HERE.

Another large difference is the lack of Defense Dice. Instead, each ship has a selection of Defense Tokens, which can be exhausted to provide a certain type of damage mitigation. Exhausted Defense Tokens refresh at the end of every round. However, should you come under heavy fire with exhausted Defense Tokens, what then? Well, you can spend an exhausted token.. but then you've lost it for the rest of the game! This allows each player to have greater control and decision in those pivotal moments instead of having to wager your roll against your opponents.

Additionally, and in my opinion one of the biggest differences, is the addition of Objectives to the standard game play. In X-Wing, you and your friends might occasionally fly Missions, but in general people fly 100pt dogfights to the death. Armada takes a different approach in that as part of their fleet, each player brings a set of 3 Objectives to the game. The player with the lowest fleet-point total gets The Choice, of who is First Player. The First Player then has to pick an Objective from the Second Player's set of 3, which will usually favor that Second Player in some way. This provides a very dynamic setup and very different experiences across games. One mission might see players scrambling after bits of intel scattered across the map, while another might have the players battling it out amidst a dangerous minefield!

While many objectives do come down to who can kill the most enemy ships and squadrons, they all tweak the formula in an interesting way and force adaptation in interesting ways, whether it is how to play to the Objective, or, if your list is unsuited to it, how to take advantage of knowing your opponent's goal and...
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Also, here is what the game looks like in play:
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Which I guess brings us to the last question--Is this just X-Wing with different ships? To which I'd have to answer with a resounding No. The game has definite similarities to X-Wing, but it is grander and more thoughtful. Where X-Wing is a seat-of-the-pants ride through space, hoping to get that one good shot off, Armada is a game with a bit more thinking than praying, what with the lack of defense dice and blind maneuvering. The game's 6-round time limit also prevents the ability to just keep circling, hoping for an opportunity--Armada is a game about making and executing a plan on a fleet-wide scale, because you've really only got the one chance to make it right, out-wit your opponent, and succeed at your mission.

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Currently Released:
Star Wars: Armada Core Set
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Upcoming Releases:
WAVE 1, due Late April/Early May
Nebulon-B Frigate Expansion Pack
CR90 Corvette Expansion Pack
Assault Frigate Mk II Expansion Pack
Rebel Fighter Expansion Pack (Includes 2 each of X-Wings, A-Wings, B-Wings, and Y-Wings)

Victory-Class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack
Gladiator-Class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack
Imperial Fighter Expansion Pack (Includes 2 each TIE Fighters, Advanced, Bombers, and Interceptors)

WAVE 2, due Summer 2015
Mon Calamari Cruiser
Mon Calamari Frigate

Imperial-Class Star Destroyer
Imperial Raider

Rogues and Villains Fighter Pack (Includes the YT-1300, YT-2400, HWK-290, H-6 Havok, YV-666, IG-2000, Jumpmaster 5000)
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Please feel free to let me know if there's anything you'd like to see added to the OP!

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  • HexDexHexDex Registered User regular
    My core sets should get here on Tuesday, I can't wait to crack them open and check it out.

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    HexDex wrote: »
    My core sets should get here on Tuesday, I can't wait to crack them open and check it out.

    Definitely do the "Learn to Play" game first. It'll help you remember "shoot first, move second" which is hilariously hard to remember if you've played X-Wing. Also, remembering to flip the squadron's switches.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Is there still time to intensify forward firepower?

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  • HexDexHexDex Registered User regular
    MrBody wrote: »
    Is there still time to intensify forward firepower?

    TOO LATE!

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Concentrate all money on that Armada Core Set!

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    Ugh your description is making me so very tempted.

    Any ideas on storage solutions for this?

    I am currently having space (teehee) issues with my X-Wing set that I haven't resolved that yet, and that's been one of the biggest reasons I haven't gotten more ships. I feel like I would have the exact same issue, if not worse, if I got into Armada.

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Ugh your description is making me so very tempted.

    Any ideas on storage solutions for this?

    I am currently having space (teehee) issues with my X-Wing set that I haven't resolved that yet, and that's been one of the biggest reasons I haven't gotten more ships. I feel like I would have the exact same issue, if not worse, if I got into Armada.

    I can fit 2 cores in a single core box. All the fighters break down into planos, as do the corvettes. The Nebulons fit if you have a Plano with adjustable or single big spots. The Star Destroyers and such? Uh, right now they're on their bases in the box, covered by plastic that was in the box originally.

    For the future, I'll probably make my first foamcore insert and use a second Core box. That won't work once Wave 2 and the ISD comes out, but that's solveable with a bigger box.

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  • TheColonelTheColonel Registered User regular
    I think it's a Rite of Passage that you have to fly the Victory off the board during the Learn to Play game. You can definitely see why 3x6 is the standard board size.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    TheColonel wrote: »
    I think it's a Rite of Passage that you have to fly the Victory off the board during the Learn to Play game. You can definitely see why 3x6 is the standard board size.

    No one flew anything off the board in my game, luckily, but I wasn't the Imps in that game.

    I definitely like flying the Vic II at speed 1 and then parking it for even just a round. Make the Rebels come to you. And if you time it right with a Repair command + Tarkin, you can replenish your forward shields in a single turn.

    Bonus points if you place a station in the middle on your side, so your SD can park right on top of it.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Curse you, @InkSplat !

    My wife and I are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one that won't actually be built until, like, sometime in August.

    I have neither the time, the money, nor the space for this game.

    And yet I wants it so ... :D

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Curse you, @InkSplat !

    My wife and I are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one that won't actually be built until, like, sometime in August.

    I have neither the time, the money, nor the space for this game.

    And yet I wants it so ... :D

    Well, I mean, August is right around when Wave 2 will be out with the ISD. So that seems like it's meant to be. And since you're having a house built, what better opportunity will you ever have to dedicate a room to Armada? Have the table built right in!

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    InkSplat wrote: »
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Curse you, @InkSplat !

    My wife and I are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one that won't actually be built until, like, sometime in August.

    I have neither the time, the money, nor the space for this game.

    And yet I wants it so ... :D

    Well, I mean, August is right around when Wave 2 will be out with the ISD. So that seems like it's meant to be. And since you're having a house built, what better opportunity will you ever have to dedicate a room to Armada? Have the table built right in!

    One of the perks of the community we're buying into (or, at least, planning on buying into) is a completely finished basement, including a "media room" in which we will never, ever watch movies.

    It is, however, just about the perfect size for a combination music studio / boardgame room. :D

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    InkSplat wrote: »
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Curse you, @InkSplat !

    My wife and I are in the process of selling our house and buying a new one that won't actually be built until, like, sometime in August.

    I have neither the time, the money, nor the space for this game.

    And yet I wants it so ... :D

    Well, I mean, August is right around when Wave 2 will be out with the ISD. So that seems like it's meant to be. And since you're having a house built, what better opportunity will you ever have to dedicate a room to Armada? Have the table built right in!

    One of the perks of the community we're buying into (or, at least, planning on buying into) is a completely finished basement, including a "media room" in which we will never, ever watch movies.

    It is, however, just about the perfect size for a combination music studio / boardgame room. :D

    Hmmm... I'm in the market for a house (kind of)...

    I would love a space to Armada, X-Wing, and otherwise game. So that sounds excellent for you! Remember to post pictures of gaming (and your fancy new Star Destroyers) when you get settled in :)

    InkSplat
  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Its really interesting to see around the internet how some people are locked in to the frame of mind that games like this are deathmatches. Talking about how not many capital ships actually get destroyed, or that they can easily repair themselves. Personally, I think its great that so many ships stay on the table for so long, even if some of them end up limping along towards the end while you struggle over the Objective. Even if the Objective is essentially deathmatch, you're usually only really trying to knock out a single ship, whether that be an "Objective Ship" or the enemy's Flagship, which will be a big loss to any force.

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    Yeah, that's kind of a neat thing with Armada that isn't quite the same in X-Wing.

    In X-Wing, you can lose a ship (especially the smaller ones) rather quickly and basically limp along until the end, either due to your own blunder, bad luck, or both. It's worse when that ship is the crux of your list. Armada definitely seems like it's good for keeping your ships in the game and at least be able to play it out toward your agenda.

    Elvenshae
  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    @crimsoncoyote Since you asked about storage, I figured I'd tag you in this. The guy who did the MicroHangars for X-Wing released them for the Armada Core set. I'll be printing them out to give them a try, but it looks like a great solution. Just the Core Ships and Fighters at the moment, but he'll also be designing matching ones for all the card decks and bases and pegs as well.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/115972/microhangars-core-set

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  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    Picked up Armada today, fuck yeah! People may recognise me as "That guy who's been excited about Armada for a year now".

    I like the idea of fights not being deathmatches. In most real battles, armies are fighting over an objective, and most of both forces are alive at the end. Even when one side is routed and retreats, most of the people in it are still alive at the end. Battles where one side is wiped out are a videogame thing, and I'm glad for one more feature of the game that makes me more of an armchair admiral.

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  • HexDexHexDex Registered User regular
    Those hangers look so cool. I am going to print those out for all my xwing and armada stuff. Wish I hadn't bought so much Battlefoam at this point. haha.

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  • El MuchoEl Mucho Registered User regular
    I cleared out my x-wing collection yesterday for $100; I could never get my friends interested in playing. I'm seriously considering Armada, if for nothing else to have awesome looking capital ships I can display.

    My friends are all in to warhammer pretty heavily and I've read that this game caters a little more to that type of player; is this true?

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    El Mucho wrote: »
    I cleared out my x-wing collection yesterday for $100; I could never get my friends interested in playing. I'm seriously considering Armada, if for nothing else to have awesome looking capital ships I can display.

    My friends are all in to warhammer pretty heavily and I've read that this game caters a little more to that type of player; is this true?

    I'd say yeah. It definitely feels heavier than X-Wing, though the rules aren't really that much more complex.

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  • El MuchoEl Mucho Registered User regular
    Is two core sets the way to go? Can I get variety in a fleet through cards and gear? Or should I get a core set and wait for some expansions?

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    El Mucho wrote: »
    Is two core sets the way to go? Can I get variety in a fleet through cards and gear? Or should I get a core set and wait for some expansions?

    I'm debating the same. More dice and another movement template sounds nice, but if I buy standalone ship expansions to get the unique cards that'd mean I have 3 of each capital ship. Three Corvettes and Frigates sound fine, but I don't know if I'll want 3 V. Star Destroyers once more stuff comes out. I guess I could buy a second core and sell the 3rd V Star Destroyer once the standalone ships release, hmm...

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    @El Mucho @wonderpug Regarding Two Cores, if you want to experience the full 300pt game before May, or want to jump into 400pts before August, two cores will get you there. If it's just for dice and movement templates, they'll be released separately later.

    If you want a TIE Swarm, 2 Cores is an easy way to get there. If you think 3 VSDs sounds fun for when the game is shifted to 400pts, or you plan to run "epic games" with high points, then two cores is worth it. If you just aren't patient, then two cores is fantastic.

    Personally, I don't regret my double Cores. My one friend bought one, and after playing a 300pt game, promptly bought another. But, if you don't think you'll get much game in by May when we'll see Wave 1? Then you have to look at those other considerations and it might not be worth it to you.

    But realize this is coming from someone who is going to be dropping $200 on Wave 1, because I plan on playing every weekend and going to monthly tournaments most likely.

    But as it is, Armada is my addiction and I'm super glad I can play 300pt games, because they are awesome.

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    So, I think I'm going to try a TIE Swarm tomorrow. Not sure it'll succeed, but it'll be totally different than any list I've gotten to play so far.

    IMPERIAL FLEET
    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Grand Moff Tarkin (38)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Howlrunner, TIE Fighter Squadron (16)

    TIE Fighter Squadron (8) x10 (80)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Contested Outpost, Superior Positions, Most Wanted

    With this setup, I'll be able to command up to 10 of the 11 squadrons on a single turn, while retaining some flexibility. This is actually a tough situation though, because I don't know if I want to go first, or have them pick from my Objectives. Going first will prevent the X-Wings from nuking my TIEs on the turns I don't use a Squadron command, but at the same time, I think I could take advantage of any of my Objectives, whereas they may not have one I can really excel at. Hm! Either way, should be fun to see that many TIEs on the board, especially when I think the most X-Wings I'll see fielded is 4 or so.

    And then for Rebels, I'm thinking of going with a heavy Squadron-based build as well, where a pair of Neb-B's will be the ones meant to deal with the incoming TIEs, keeping the X-Wings fresh to nuke the Victories. This one will definitely want to give Initiative to my opponent though, because all 3 Objectives will be pretty painful for an Imperial list to pick between.

    REBEL FLEET
    CR90 Corellian Corvette B (39)
    -- General Dodonna (20)
    -- “Dodonna’s Pride” (6)
    -- Overload Pulse (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)
    -- Leia Organa (3)
    -- “Redemption” (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)

    Luke Skywalker, X-Wing Squadron (20)

    X-Wing Squadron (13) x6 (78)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Precision Strike, Fleet Ambush, Superior Positions

    Super excited for tomorrow. I've been itching for a game all week.

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  • SokpuppetSokpuppet You only yoyo once Registered User regular
    Saw a couple dudes playing an Armada match at FFG the other night.
    It somehow looks even better on the table than X-wing.
    I was completely jelly.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Sokpuppet wrote: »
    Saw a couple dudes playing an Armada match at FFG the other night.
    It somehow looks even better on the table than X-wing.
    I was completely jelly.

    Well, I am jelly that you live near enough to go play games at FFG, so, :P

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  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    InkSplat wrote: »
    So, I think I'm going to try a TIE Swarm tomorrow. Not sure it'll succeed, but it'll be totally different than any list I've gotten to play so far.

    IMPERIAL FLEET
    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Grand Moff Tarkin (38)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Howlrunner, TIE Fighter Squadron (16)

    TIE Fighter Squadron (8) x10 (80)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Contested Outpost, Superior Positions, Most Wanted

    With this setup, I'll be able to command up to 10 of the 11 squadrons on a single turn, while retaining some flexibility. This is actually a tough situation though, because I don't know if I want to go first, or have them pick from my Objectives. Going first will prevent the X-Wings from nuking my TIEs on the turns I don't use a Squadron command, but at the same time, I think I could take advantage of any of my Objectives, whereas they may not have one I can really excel at. Hm! Either way, should be fun to see that many TIEs on the board, especially when I think the most X-Wings I'll see fielded is 4 or so.

    And then for Rebels, I'm thinking of going with a heavy Squadron-based build as well, where a pair of Neb-B's will be the ones meant to deal with the incoming TIEs, keeping the X-Wings fresh to nuke the Victories. This one will definitely want to give Initiative to my opponent though, because all 3 Objectives will be pretty painful for an Imperial list to pick between.

    REBEL FLEET
    CR90 Corellian Corvette B (39)
    -- General Dodonna (20)
    -- “Dodonna’s Pride” (6)
    -- Overload Pulse (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)
    -- Leia Organa (3)
    -- “Redemption” (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)

    Luke Skywalker, X-Wing Squadron (20)

    X-Wing Squadron (13) x6 (78)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Precision Strike, Fleet Ambush, Superior Positions

    Super excited for tomorrow. I've been itching for a game all week.

    Thanks for that, I didn't realise the core set included upgrade cards like Tarkin and the Weapons Liaison. I've set up for the beginner match but not played yet, so I didn't see them hiding with the damage cards.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    InkSplat wrote: »
    So, I think I'm going to try a TIE Swarm tomorrow. Not sure it'll succeed, but it'll be totally different than any list I've gotten to play so far.

    IMPERIAL FLEET
    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Grand Moff Tarkin (38)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73)
    -- Weapons Liaison (3)
    -- Expanded Hangar Bay (5)

    Howlrunner, TIE Fighter Squadron (16)

    TIE Fighter Squadron (8) x10 (80)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Contested Outpost, Superior Positions, Most Wanted

    With this setup, I'll be able to command up to 10 of the 11 squadrons on a single turn, while retaining some flexibility. This is actually a tough situation though, because I don't know if I want to go first, or have them pick from my Objectives. Going first will prevent the X-Wings from nuking my TIEs on the turns I don't use a Squadron command, but at the same time, I think I could take advantage of any of my Objectives, whereas they may not have one I can really excel at. Hm! Either way, should be fun to see that many TIEs on the board, especially when I think the most X-Wings I'll see fielded is 4 or so.

    And then for Rebels, I'm thinking of going with a heavy Squadron-based build as well, where a pair of Neb-B's will be the ones meant to deal with the incoming TIEs, keeping the X-Wings fresh to nuke the Victories. This one will definitely want to give Initiative to my opponent though, because all 3 Objectives will be pretty painful for an Imperial list to pick between.

    REBEL FLEET
    CR90 Corellian Corvette B (39)
    -- General Dodonna (20)
    -- “Dodonna’s Pride” (6)
    -- Overload Pulse (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)
    -- Leia Organa (3)
    -- “Redemption” (8)

    Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57)

    Luke Skywalker, X-Wing Squadron (20)

    X-Wing Squadron (13) x6 (78)

    TOTAL POINTS: 296
    OBJECTIVES: Precision Strike, Fleet Ambush, Superior Positions

    Super excited for tomorrow. I've been itching for a game all week.

    Thanks for that, I didn't realise the core set included upgrade cards like Tarkin and the Weapons Liaison. I've set up for the beginner match but not played yet, so I didn't see them hiding with the damage cards.

    Yep! Tarkin is awesome. Expensive, but totally awesome.

    Also, after you play the learner game (which is a good idea, because there are a lot of habits to learn, and if you play X-Wing or Attack Wing, shoot-then-move is a biitch.) jump into a 180pt game with Objectives. I keep seeing people playing multiple games without Objectives, and I think they are having wrong bad fun. :P

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Fab's Fleet Generator has been updated to full release and has all the correct cards for the Core set now! Yay! Produces a nice printable PDF and is pretty easy to use.

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    I can't decide whether or not I want to see Armada stuff on display when I head to my FLGS this afternoon. On one hand, it's so damn cool looking. On the other, I don't know if my willpower is strong enough.

  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    I saw Armada on display at mine, but I am going to wait on my Amazon order. 45% off is just too damn good to give up. I need to email them and ask what's taking so long...

  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    They didn't have it out of the box. That definitely helped ;-)

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  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    I've been staring at a store page with all the expansions listed, and wondering what I'm going to buy. I think I've decided against a second core set; if I ever want a 3rd frigate and corvette I might get it, but for now I'm not going to. My cart now has one of each big ship, and 2 of each fighter. I think that'll give a wide variety, I won't miss the second core set, and I'll be set until the next wave of expansions.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Back from a my Friday night game! Should have been 2 games, but one of our friends came by and so we taught him to play, so that stretched out match out a bit. Surprisingly, I managed to win even though I had the newbie on my team, which resulted in a collision that then turned into like 2 or 3 more collisions. Basically, I dealt myself more damage than my opponent did, :lol:

    I flew the Rebel list I posted above, and it handled really well! But part of that may have been luck, as my opponent happened to have Superior Position in his Objective deck, so even though he made me first player, I was able to play to a strength.

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    The TIEs caught and obliterated a lone X-Wing squadron early, as I had it escorting the CR90 flagship my newbie was flying. I then swooped in with my other 6 squadrons led by Luke and a huge furball started in the center of the board. A few well-placed Squadron commands, along with some supporting fire from my Neb-Bs pretty much wiped out his TIEs and freed up my X-Wings to get a few shots at the rear of one of his Victory's, scoring some points for each squadron that hit thanks to the Objective.

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    The collisions kept my ships right in close range of one of the Star Destroyers for multiple turns, but luckily it was his weaker one, and I spent the last half of the game doing nothing but Repair commands to discard a damage card every turn.

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    In the end though, the 30 pts I scored from the Objectives plus the 7 TIEs I wiped out were enough to assure our success. But in the end, I had a Neb-B with 4 out of 5 damage cards, and a second with 3 no shields, so it was pretty close.

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    Hopefully tomorrow I can get the Imperial TIE Swarm on the table.

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    InkSplat wrote: »
    @El Mucho @wonderpug Regarding Two Cores, if you want to experience the full 300pt game before May, or want to jump into 400pts before August, two cores will get you there. If it's just for dice and movement templates, they'll be released separately later.

    If you want a TIE Swarm, 2 Cores is an easy way to get there. If you think 3 VSDs sounds fun for when the game is shifted to 400pts, or you plan to run "epic games" with high points, then two cores is worth it. If you just aren't patient, then two cores is fantastic.

    Personally, I don't regret my double Cores. My one friend bought one, and after playing a 300pt game, promptly bought another. But, if you don't think you'll get much game in by May when we'll see Wave 1? Then you have to look at those other considerations and it might not be worth it to you.

    But realize this is coming from someone who is going to be dropping $200 on Wave 1, because I plan on playing every weekend and going to monthly tournaments most likely.

    But as it is, Armada is my addiction and I'm super glad I can play 300pt games, because they are awesome.

    Ok, got my copy today, and after playing the tutorial scenario I can totally see why you feel justified in your two core sets. This game feels pretty fantastic at first impression, and I'm antsy to be able to field a full 300 point match. More dice would be nice to so I can have enough to handle the extra firepower command.

    I've still got my "don't hold your breath" $50 Amazon preorder open, so hopefully I can have the willpower to wait and see if that ever comes through, but I already know I'm going to be buying tons of stuff the first few expansion pack waves. I really think I'm going to like this even better than X-Wing.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    @wonderpug email Amazon. Guys from one from a Facebook group I'm a part of managed to get Amazon to credit them the difference so they could order it from a 3rd party seller but still have it shipped by Amazon. Not sure what sort of screwy thing is going on, but apparently they have them in stock, just not their own sellable stock? It's weird.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    InkSplat wrote: »
    @wonderpug email Amazon. Guys from one from a Facebook group I'm a part of managed to get Amazon to credit them the difference so they could order it from a 3rd party seller but still have it shipped by Amazon. Not sure what sort of screwy thing is going on, but apparently they have them in stock, just not their own sellable stock? It's weird.

    I have no idea how the "shipped by Amazon" stuff works but I'm guessing 3rd party stores provide their own stock to Amazon to sell, and Amazon probably won't get their stock for a few more days, maybe weeks.

    Speaking of, I need to email them myself... that's on today's to do list.

  • Albino BunnyAlbino Bunny A Storyteller Registered User regular
    Yeah, you get price differences between some products on Amazon because one price is Amazon themselves selling you it and the other is Amazon acting as a store front for other retailers.

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  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    So, I got to run my TIE Swarm list today, and it was a success with 2 wins. One thing I discovered is that TIEs will absolutely demolish CR90s that are trying to stand and fight. I destroyed one in a single round by throwing 10 TIEs at its rear flank. I had another on the brink before my opponent surrendered. We were playing Superior Positions, so each hit on the CR90s had scored me 15 VP. That game, I only faced 3 or 4 X-Wings, and since I got to set up second, I made sure they were as far from me as possible.

    Second game saw me going against a list with 5 X-Wings and the TIEs still did a great job. I had very little trouble eliminating the X-Wings at first, but then my opponent employed a "Run Away!' strategy and I over-extended a bit and lost the ability to command half my squadrons, which left them open to being thinned out by the remaining X-Wings and lots of Capital ship fire. Still managed to score enough rear-hull shots to secure a victory, though amusingly none of our ships had a single damage card on them at the end of the game.
    Over all, I was really impressed with the teeth that TIEs have. Some of it was good rolling, but when you're dealing with high enough numbers, your rolls are going to average out, and that still seems to result in some solid performances.

    Superior Positions is a GREAT Objective for a TIE swarm, and both my opponents picked it, because they sure didn't want to face the swarm in Most Wanted (which effectively doubles the attack dice of the TIEs) or Contested Outpost, which would have seen my VSDs just camping out with the swarm as protection.

    Really interested to see how tossing some of the new fighters in will mix things up.

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    If you use a squadron command on your dial, do you have to do the squadrons first or can you have your capital ship attack and move first?

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