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Everything posted by alextroy

  1. I have to agree it is very clear. You can only link with weapons of the same qualities, with the exceptions being Minimum & Effective qualities. Thus the Odyssey BB can like it's two Arcbolt Railgun together, but neither can link with the Dorsal Lance Rack or Prow Torpedoes (who also cannot link with each other)..
  2. From what they have presented, the Terran Directorate is not the Directorate of old. That place is taken by just one of the many corporations that make up the Directorate.
  3. We won't know until we see the new rules. Could be about the weapon arcs. Could be about movement. Could be something we didn't think about.
  4. It is the one one the left. I can't find the quote on Facebook with the arc names, but I think the arcs are something like: Fore Aft Port/Starboard Fore (or was it Fore Port/Starboard?) Port/Starboard Aft
  5. GenCon 2020 is canceled . Hope to see you all in 2021 .
  6. Latest tidbit out of Warcradle is that each Helix will consist of a command squadron (BB, BC, DN, or CV), cruiser squadron (or equivalent), and a frigate or destroyer squadron (or equivalent). I'm assuming that says more about the models in the box than exactly what miniatures you must take in your fleet.
  7. Given it's a new game, they can't exactly take away anything But seriously, any well designed system will have limitations on that you can take to make it easier to balance the game. The question is how restrictive will those limitations be in a Helix system?
  8. If you are looking for some Firestorm Armada content to tide yourself over until the Beta, join the Black Ocean Facebook group. Stuart is dropping tidbits of info like a broken faucet over there. A few teasers: 8 Factions include the Terran Directorate, Sorylians, Relthoza, Dindrenzi, Veydreth, Bakash, and presumedly the Aquans. No word on our mysterious 8th faction Ships have 6 Arcs of Fire!?! The Terran Directorate seem to have absorbed most of the human factions, including the Syndicate The Veydreth homeworld is Oroshon Apparently Energy Shields don't work on Kinetic Weapon Mines are not a big thing in the Storm Zone And I am sure there is more I don't recall.
  9. Note that a Helix would contain a number of compulsory elements along with an number of optional or expandable elements. The elements of a Helix often had variable size also. For example, the Terran Alliance Core Helix was: 1 Heavy Tank Squadron (1 or 2 tanks) 1-2 Medium Tank Squadrons (2-3 tanks each) 1-2 Light Tank Squadrons (3 or 5 tanks each) 0-2 Infantry Squadrons (4 or 6 infantry with optional transport) 0-2 Support Tanks This gave you lots of options on exactly how you designed our force, but also placed limits to avoid rampant min-maxing. It also made sales/collecting easy because each Helix box contained either the models to make 1/2 the Core Helix (so 2 purchases gave you all the possible options) or was all the models of the Support Helix.
  10. For those of you who didn't read the blog post, the Beta is delayed by COVID-19. They have said they will start sharing portions of the rules before the Beta, which has no definite start date at this point.
  11. We are still 4 months from GenCon. Given how quickly things have been changing so far, I wouldn't panic about it being canceled just yet.
  12. Looking forward to GenCon. This will definitely be on my schedule.
  13. Stuart opened a discussion in the Firestorm Armada Admirals League on 10/24 with topic Firestorm Beta Discussion Point: Boarding!
  14. Every time I see that wonderful explosive cloud from a successful Nuclear Weapon attack spreading damage across multiple ship I think, "Remember Dramos."
  15. The 16 may have been a case of future proofing. However, the Charon is taken with a Grand Company of Nix. The 7 bases may all be upgraded, so you that means they can take unto 14 Transport Capacity to carry.
  16. See my comments above, based mostly on ship MARs.
  17. What do the points levels represent?
  18. Since the rules literally say nothing about allies even existing, I can’t agree with your analysis.
  19. I second these ideas. SRS rules should be constructed to be as close to those as Ships as possible and should be reflected by the models/tokens. Personally, that would mean two SRS options based on the tokens. Either a fighter/bomber distinction or a small/large distinction. The microdie would work great for tracking damage.
  20. @Stoobert There should defiantly be some sort of minimum activation threshold you need to work with to avoid activation stalling. My initial thought would be minimum of 4 unless you lack ships within Command Distance to activate that many. I'd probably force player to use small activation squadrons last to avoid shenanigans.
  21. I'm glad to. First off, it not about just taking a mishmash of non-complementary ships and activating them together. That would be sub optimal. You would still center your fleet build around purchasing ships to form effective squadrons at the start of the game. It would be about these things: Increased Fleet Building Flexibility: We've all been at the point in fleet building where you just can't fit in a full squadron of X and you have to either bring a full squadron of something else, pile in the upgrades/hardpoints, or pull off upgrades and hardpoints. There are a lot of things you could do with 90 points but won't because that won't get you 3/4 cruisers and for some fleets that won't get a a full squadron of Tier 3s either. Do you see any advantage in purchasing "spare" cruisers or frigates to replace losses during the game? Increased Play Flexibility: Have you ever lost two cruisers from a cruiser squadron and two frigate from a frigate squadron and thought, "those guys are useless, time to shunt them out before they cost me battlelog"? Wouldn't be nice to just activate them together as one squadron and actually have enough firepower to do something useful? Increased Tempo of Play: If we increase the size and effectiveness of activations later in the game, we should decrease playtime as there are less activations per turn and those activations are more consequential. As just mentioned, the game will be faster if the one cruiser and two frigates are activated together. One activation would take less time and that activation would be far more likely to damage the opponent than the current two activations. Would the actually plan out in play? No idea. I'm totally at the spitballing phase of the idea. Would some rules have to change to make it functional? Most definitely. PD is currently squadron based. The rules for it would need to change to either proximity based (with limits) or with higher PD values with ships only able to defend themselves. Victory Conditions would need to change since you can't base BattleLog on Squadrons if there are no squadrons. Are those the only things that would need to change? No idea. Would need to be play-tested to see what else falls apart due to lack of squadrons.
  22. But that would be only 2 Cruisers in an activation. Need as least 3 to make it worthwhile unless you are playing a low point game without Large Ships. That's why my spitball idea is 6. You could get more granular with higher per ship values and higher Command Points per activation like @Charistoph suggested. Regardless, I like the idea of increase flexibility and increased combat longevity this idea would foster over the current proscribed squadron formations.
  23. My first conceptual thoughts are each Activation allows up to X Command Point of Ships, which could be adjusted based on game size (4 for small games, 6 for normal games, 8 or higher for large games). Small Ships have Command Value of 1 Cruisers/Destroyers and the other Tier 2 Ships are Command Value of 2 Battlecruisers have Command Value of 3 Battleships have Command Value of 4 There a few ships types that I'm not sure the best value on, but we are into very shallow conceptualization here. So, when you perform an activation, you pick a lead ship and other ships within Command Distance of the ship that total no more than 6 Command Points to all move, shoot, and assault as if a Squadron under the current rules. That means linked fire for weapons from all ships. Such a change in rules means an overhaul of the Point Defense Mechanic for Torpedoes and Boarding, but think about what you gain? Scaling that makes large games faster and small games more manageable Ships purchased on an individual basis, removing the issues of not being able to purchase the full squadron of a ship and issues with accompaniments More flexible use of supporting ships in the fleet, such as Tier 3s and the like Degrading of Ghost Ship syndrome since all Squadrons are Adhoc in basis. If you lose some ships from a 'squadron' you just grab some others if available Would this require lots of rules rewriting and testing? Definitely. But I'm sure you can see that it would have an interesting impact on game play.
  24. Oddly enough, I’m contemplating what would happen if there were no squadrons at all. Instead, each activation would be a certain number of ships (size adjusted) that would otherwise function as squadrons currently do. Maybe a bit radical, but it could help with some game issues like under powered squadrons due to points availability and ship casualties
  25. In other words, the Abraxas is cheap trash that is only useful when you take undercosted threats like Heavy Cruisers and Gunships Teuton's aren't super resilient, but they don't die automatically if get to use Sector Shielding, or you have 2 Shields along with a Shield Cruiser. As for the firepower, I don't often get all three arcs of Primaries/Beams, but it's not hard to get two of three and don't forget the Torpedoes. I love that you can have Teutons slugging way at RB 1/2 on one side of the battlefield while tossing substantial amounts of Torpedoes 2/3rd the way across the battlefield. Resolutes have a tough time using their unimpressive torpedoes at all.
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