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  1. Ryjak

    An example of Vector Movement

    How is vector movement predictable whereas naval movement systems are not? It sounds more like the vector movement systems you tried didn’t give you enough maneuverability within a game turn compared to the cinematic systems you have used. For example, X-wing miniatures typically gives you 8-12 basic moves to choose from for each ship, which is often multiplied 2x-3x by special Pilot moves. In the systems you tried, how many options did you have? If the answer is 4-6, the flaw is with the overall design, not the ‘vector’ part of it. And if you don’t need turrents, ever, then possibly that means the games you tried went too far the other direction... you had too many movement options available, and could always place your forces exactly where you wanted them. In this situation, where you could have 10,000 movement options, there is only one ‘good’ choice, which means you really have no choice, which makes it boring. A game in many ways boils down to a series of choices. If the choices are easy to make, the game is quickly mastered and becomes boring. Most games hide this with randomization mechanics, which can make even a simple game like tic-TAC-toe interesting (Hollywood Squares, for example). If the choices are too difficult, like chess often becomes, then the barrier to entry can become insurmountable to most players. I describe my favorite board game like this: there are only 18 choices in the game, but all of them are hard... and the more you learn about the game, the harder they become. It’s because you learn how to predict what other players will probably do, so you can try to control their future choices with your current choice... and sometimes your current ‘best’ choice isn’t the best long-term. But people never behave how you anticipate, for a variety of reasons, but the game’s structure means someone else will probably benifit before you can from these mistakes... if they are mistakes, because maybe they’re making a ‘bad’ play to deliberately impact you in future turns.
  2. Well, the best thing about Dreadnoughts in general is that they are hard to kill, and even after taking 6 points of damage can still do something... but should probably try to GTFO and draw as much fire in the process as possible. The Assault Carrier has one job; capture the biggest enemy target available. If you do the math, it’s a gamble against an undamaged Battleship, but you can effectively win the game when you pull it off. I don’t know how much you like to gamble, and you may not know either. If you can, playtest with each in three different games so you can get a feel for each, and you’ll probably capture a Battleship during one of those games.
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    1200pts vs directorate

    Probably too late, but 1200 points is exactly when you should field your Dreadnought. With a nearby Shield Cruiser, it can be almost impossible to kill... unless your facing Directorate Gunships. They’re almost guaranteed to land one Critical hit, so destroying one Gunship will be a top priority. Unfortunatly, nothing in your list is particularly offensive.... a problem with most Terran Squadrons. A Carrier with Bombers and accompaniments is an interesting option to go with the Dreadnought, or just bring a Battleship.
  4. Ryjak

    Firestorm SpecOps designs

    I bet Warcradle could take all their game design experience and develop a really good skirmish game. I’m probably going to play a few games of 40k Killteam with a buddy this winter, but it’s a bad design. There is an awful amount of rolling just to get to one or two outcomes, and no thought into keeping both players involved during this process. Throw in designing to what already exists in standard 40k, and the end result is a whole lot of false choices in list design for what is supposed to be built for competitive play.
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    Tac cards, and delaying use?

    You are not required to play a TAC, so use is optional, thus: it says you may use tac cards during the tac phase  That RAW quote applies to TACs with ongoing effects, not to TACs with instant effects, such as Focused Repair.
  6. Ryjak

    Point Defense from allied SRS

    Not exactly... here is what the rules state on page 67, when describing the 2nd step in the procedure for Torpedo attacks:
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    Point Defense from allied SRS

    This is the wrong way to view what rules actual do for a game, which is grant permission. The rules tell you how to play the game; thus, if they do not state you can do something (such as use an ally’s Token for Point Defense) then you cannot do it per the rules as written. Nothing is stopping you from creating your own rules for this, since you are already making up rules for multi-player games.
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    SRS rebalnace

    This shows how SRS were never considered an integral part of the game, and were instead thrown in as an afterthought. That’s probably why SRS are so hard to counter without your own SRS. The easy solution is to remove SRS entirely from the game; has anyone tried playing that way? Why does the game need SRS Tokens? How do they make gameplay better? Or is it just a thematic thing that “feels cool”?
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    Cruiser Rankings

    The truth is adding one more ship to a Squadron adds far more game value than the points you pay for it, due to the game’s mechanics. If Cruiser Squadron size were unlimited, how many Cruisers would you take? While a 20-ship Cruiser Squadron sounds fun, you don’t really need to roll 80 Attack Dice, when you could instead roll 4x24 Attack Dice. Also, 20 Cruisers wouldn’t be able to mutually support each other with Point Defense due to size limitations. Depending on the Cruiser, I’m guessing people would eventually settle on 6-8 ships per Squadron. So the first re-design question should be... would it be bad if Squadron limits were removed? The game would end up being very different, and there would completely different balance issues. Interestingly, the current FSE rules would probably work pretty well in this game.
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    Cruiser Rankings

    Are people trying to rank Cruisers from best to worst based on stats, or based on point efficiency? For the latter, I’ll put the Aquan Cruisers at the top, but I don’t know if another Cruiser has better stats or game impact.
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    Cruiser Rankings

    Generally, any Cruiser you can take in Squadron of four will beat Cruisers you can only take as three or even pairs, due to how the game plays.
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    Spartan old rules!

    “Really competative players” want to win as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, in most game systems it’s much easier to win by consentrating on list-building and combos before th game than it is to win via positioning and outplaying your opponent during the game. I felt X-wing, when it first came out, was all about outplaying your opponent during the game, but since the game machanics didn’t actually reward you for out-maneuvering your opponent (you still needed to roll dice for damage, and RNG is fickle), FFG started adding things the made maneuvering less important, like turrets, and they also figured out a subtle way to make the game pay-to-win, which is great for the bottom line, but generally not great for gameplay. FSA 2.0 is more about positioning and maneuver than most games, and you are almost always rewarded for out-positioning your opponent. For example, pretty much everyone that plays FSA 2.0 loses their first half-dozen games, because they’re learning the value of tactical positioning and strategic timing for the very first time. Once you get the hang of your fleet and how it fires and maneuvers, you start drawing (per Battlelog) and that first actual win is very sweet.
  13. Ryjak

    Spartan old rules!

    This is mostly because the weapons of the era weren’t all that leathal, because it was so hard to hit anything... that’s one reason why Carriers became dominate: planes with one bomb/torpedo were much more likely to land a hit than a battleship firing during the entire engagement. If your ship took a hit or two, you could easily run away, particularly since gun engagements generally happened at extreme ranges. In FSA, everything is lethal, and escaping is very difficult, so even if it’s a good tactical move to FSE, and you execute it properly, it’s still too late most of the time.
  14. Ryjak

    Critical hit table

    Fewer Tokens is always better, especially as you add more and more models to the table.
  15. Ryjak

    May 4th Q&A discussion

    Does that mean you enjoy moving two dice and various status markers along with each model, and have never seen these markers get cross-contaminated or your damage dice get bump-rolled? Dice don’t work fine, particularly for high model-count games (Grand Fleet), but they are better than using paper HP/CP markers. And why are you assuming a new base design would make measuring to/from a flight peg difficult, or that you would even need to make measurements with a flight peg?
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