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So a quick summary of what we know so far, this can be considered a quick reference to ease 2.0 vets into 2.5. I'll try to keep this updated as new info is made available from SG.


- Height Band changes. All non-small (?) aerial and diving units can go to Stratospheric / Deep Diving.

- Spotter changes. Auto spotting now. Can no longer stack spotting markers.

- Boarding changes. No longer split AP among attackers. Also Robot Boarding auto causes Hard Pounding. 

- Carrier changes. Separation of carrier value with number of SAS. Rebuild option. Recon Plane removed.

- Various munitions and MARs tweaks. Notably Rugged Construction, Retardant Armor, introduction of Barrage Munitions. Various tweaks to others (Energy, Speer, Flamers...)

- Deadlier Critical Chart. Introduction of a Focused Critical Chart for Piercing Ammo, being hit by Tesla Gen, Ramming and Collisions. 

- Introduction of the Damaging Critical, which is the DR+CR mechanic. 

- Introduction of more scenarios.

- Commodore changes. Trait generation and introduction of Sub-commanders.

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This is my summary so far:

  • Barrage Munitions: Barrage is a new munitions type. Barrage weapons ignore shields. Having this effect as a munitions type allows us to cut down repetition when discussing situations where shields are ignored (concentrated bombing for example).

  • Torpedoes gain the Barrage Munitions type as standard

  • Energy weapons have the Piercing Munitions type as standard

  • Speerschleuders no longer have the High angle and Sub-Killer MARs as standard.

  • Combat deployment: the variable deployment speeds have been removed. All deployed models always receive a normal activation in the game turn they are deployed.

  • Experienced engineers: is now the name of the MAR. We have removed inept Engineers as a concept.

  • Inventive scientists: Rolling a 1 on your re-roll now applies a Corrosion marker rather than a Raging Fire marker.

  • Retardant armour: The function of retardant armour remains the same, when targeted by an attack a number of red 6s are converted to blue 6s equal to the value in brackets. However along with the value the MAR also specifies what type of weaponry and munitions the bonus applies to. So for example units which previously had the Flame retardant MAR could now have Retardant Armour (2 Flamethrowers). This opens up a lot of scope for more exotic armour types in the future. As I hear the baited breath of every Republique of France player ringing in my ears at this point I will confirm that the majority of ROF units with retardant armour will have Retardant Armour (X, Primary and Secondary Ordinance).

  • Spotter: the ‘spotting action’ has been removed from the rules. Now if you want to use Indirect fire you will only need to have a spotter in range of the target. The Spotter MAR will now list a range at which the unit can ‘spot’ based of their previous spotting proficiency. As a rough guide units that were previously Spotter (Regular) are largely now Spotter (16”).

  • Flamethrowers have a few MARs as Standard, Incendiary (funny that!), Redoubtable and lethal. They also have the Barrage munitions type, so they ignore shields! Flamers may only target units on the Surface Height Band (unless a special rule states otherwise ref. Chinese interceptors). If an attack with a Flamethrower causes a critical hit then it always causes the Raging Fire Critical instead of rolling on the Critical Hit Table.

  • Particle Accelerators have undergone a significant revision. Particle Accelerators only function at RB1, they now use the large template centred on your target model. All models covered by the template take the full force of the attack. Particle Accelerators are indiscriminate attacks that hit on a 3+. This makes particle accelerators very powerful weapons, but to use them will require getting in close. An often risky proposition for Antarctican ships!

  • Damaging critical hit: CR+DR = crit damage + 1

  • Crit table:
    Magazine explosion = 2D6 damage
    Sturginium flare = 1D6 damage
    Hard Pounding = 3 damage + D3 AP loss
    Raging Fire = 1 + D3 raging fire

  • Focusing crit table, for effects that apply a critical without doing critical damage (Piercing/Boarding/Tesla), roll a D6

    1 Shredded Defenses
    2 Generators Offline
    3 Weapons Damage
    4 Engine Failure
    5 Navigational Lock
    6 Chaos & Disarray

  • Boarding: attacking Squadron combines all their AP into a single Assault Group which is then subject to anti-boarding fire and subsequently fights in the Close Quarter Battle step.

  • Carriers & SAS: no more recon planes, SAS size is predetermined per model (carrier 9 -> 2x4, carrier 6 -> 1x5), carrier points are used for Replenishing, Re-Arming and Re-Tasking Carrier Actions as before, but also for the new Re-Building Carrier Action. Re-Build allows a new Squadron to be created from wings in the scrapyard. Rebuild = 3 carrier points, replenish = 1 carrier point, re-arm = 1 carrier point, retask = 2 carrier points.

  • Generators can now be activated after movement.


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Hi All! Here is the big list of changes I've been compiling over the last few weeks using the advance copy of the PDF I was given access to.  Be advised there are walls of text and spoilers ahead for those who prefer to discover the changes on their own rather than read them here :). I've also got these posted on my blog:


Section A


A1 - Game Basics

  • What You will Need to Play

    • “The Tabletop” has now been changed to “The Battlefield,” and the mention of gaming clubs has been removed.

    • The several paragraphs discussing Activation Markers have been deleted.

  • Dice Principles

    • A table has been added to explain how a D3 works.

    • A new diagram has been added to demonstrate how the Exploding Dice mechanic works

    • The dice examples are better placed in the new book, instead of awkwardly being after the Scrapyard description.

  • Height Bands

    • New diagram for the various height bands.

A2 - The Statistic Card (Formerly a part of A1)

  • Model Stats

    • Showcases a new stat card style that looks pretty sharp.

    • The stats shown are for the RC Moskova DN vice the PE Kaiser Karl heavy BB.

A3 - Squadron Rules (Used to be A2)

  • Minor changes to the rules for Mixed Squadrons; Combat Patrols have been removed from the list of “built via” rules, but are still described in the Attachments section.

  • The list of Attachment requirements removes the ability for a parent model to have multiple attachments in a specialist group.

  • The subsection on Specialist Group Squadrons has been deleted

  • Combat Infantry Patrols have been removed from the rules. The only Combat Patrol in 2.5 is the Combat Air Patrol (CAP).

    • The 2.5 rule book no longer contains a separate subsection in Section D discussing Combat Patrols (section D8 in the 2.0 rule book). All of the CAP rules are now contained in A3.

    • CAP must now be taken from Local Air Support (not a carrier).

    • CAP can be attached to a Large or Massive model that does NOT already have an attachment; unlike 2.0 where it was specifically allowed, it is now illegal to have both an attachment (escorts, support cruisers, etc) and a CAP.

    • CAP now stays permanently attached to the model its protecting.

    • Like escort models, the destruction of a CAP does not trigger a disorder test.

  • Squadron Activation Order

    • 2.5 provides an optional rule to use the Bolt Action style of “Blind Activation,” where players put a die or token for each activation in their force into a bag or cup, and blindly draw them out one by one.

A4 - Call To Battle (Formerly A3)

  • Levels of Engagement: A new subsection for 2.5. Has three Levels:

    • Ensign: Players agree to MFV, Theater (land or water), and have a Commodore.

    • Captain: In addition to the Ensign level, players also agree to a Core Force type and Minimum Force Requirements, Minimum Percentages for Size, and The Use of Allies

      • Min force requirements and percentages are unchanged ( 1 Large/Massive, 1 Medium, and 1 Small squadron, and 60% large, 60%Medium, and 40% small).

    • Commodore Level Game

      • Adds Main/Strategic Forces and Local Air Support to the Captain level game.

  • Local Air support is now limited to just fighters.

    • With the demise of CIP, armored forces get the same fighter support as aerial and naval forces do.

    • Just like 2.0, this local support has to go into the Main Force.

    • The fighters come as 5-strong SAS, and the number you get depend on the size of the game:

      • 0-750: 1 SAS

      • 751-1250: 2 SAS

      • 1251-1500: 3 SAS

      • 1501+: 4 SAS

  • Random Terrain:

    • This is now listed as an optional rule for Commodore level games. There is no longer an accompanying diagram for this method, and the procedure has now changed:

      • Roll only one D6 per 24x24” square of the table

      • 1-2=No Terrain

      • 3-4=One Piece

      • 5=Two Pieces

      • 6=Three Pieces

  • The Summary of Force Contents subsection from the 2.0 book has been removed.

  • Prepare to Engage

    • Board Size: No longer has a table that discusses board size in relation to game size. Now gives general guidance that “small” and “medium” games will play best on a 4x6’, but no more detail than that.

    • Terrain Placement: The procedural generation from 2.0 is gone. The 2.5 book encourages players to “identify a narrative and place terrain accordingly.”

    • Board Edges: No change to the selection of deployment zones and flanking zones.

    • Deployment:

      • Flanking Forces and Reserve Forces no longer randomly arrive, but instead their turn of arrival is chosen by the player and noted before the game starts. This information is available to both players; the rules say to place a dice or a marker next to reserve squadrons to note their turn of arrival.

A5 - Tactical Action Cards (Was section A4)

  • Types of Cards: Battle Group Cards are no longer listed.

  • Choosing A TAC Deck

    • The last paragraph referencing the future release of alternate TAC cards has been removed.

    • The “Fog of War” method of randomly selecting TACs is unchanged, but has been split out into a separate box and moved to the end of the section.

  • Cancelling TACS

    • Players now have to use cards that are greater than the card being cancelled, not equal to.

    • For example, canceling a 40 point card would require a 60 point card, and canceling a 60 point card would require at least 80 points worth of cards.

  • The “For those that like longer games” section is now split out into a separate section, but is unchanged.

  • The TACs in Multi-Player Games sub-section has been deleted.

  • The Anatomy of a TAC Card diagram has been moved to the end of Section A5.

  • Added to the end of section A5 is an example of how playing and canceling TACs works. This example highlights how the value of the canceling TACs requires a higher number of points that the card being canceled.


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Continuing with Section B:

Section B


B2 - Types of Attacks

  • To Hit Modifiers have been removed from the list of things ignored by Indiscriminate attacks.

    • MARs affecting To Hit values (Elusive, Small Target, etc) still state that they are only activated by Targeted Attacks.

  • The Targeted Attacks description no longer mentions To-hit modifiers, either.

  • Applying Damage

    • Procedure has been changed from a 3-step process to a two step process. Each step has 4 sub-steps.

    • Step 1: Determine Volume of Damage

      • 1.1: Damaging Hit

      • 1.2: Critical Hit

      • 1.3: Damaging Critical Hit

      • 1.4: Multiple Critical Hit

    • Step 2: Apply Damage and HP Loss, in this order:

      • 1.1: Damaging Hit

      • 1.2: Critical Hit

      • 1.3: Damaging Critical Hit

      • 1.4: Multiple Critical Hit

    • Damaging Critical Hit: New damage mode for 2.5. If the number of hits equal DR+CR, but less than 2x CR, the target suffers the critical as normal, plus loses one additional HP. Damaging crits are ignored if a model takes hits in excess of 2x its CR.

    • The subsection describing the application of Critical Hits no longer has a note stating that models with 2 or less starting HP do not roll on the table.

  • B2 now includes a copy of the Critical Hit table.

    • Magazine Explosion now causes 2D6 HP loss instead of D3+2.

    • Raging fire now causes D3+1 Raging fire makers, instead of D3 markers. It also no longer results in automatic AP loss.

    • Hard Pounding now causes the loss of 3 HP instead of 2 HP.

    • Sturgenium Flare now causes D6 HP loss.

    • There is a new column on the table called the Focused Critical Hit column. Players roll a D6 on this column in certain situations. The results are as follows:

      • 1 - Shredded Defenses

      • 2 - Generators Offline

      • 3 - Weapons Damage

      • 4 - Engine Failure

      • 5 - Navigational Lock

      • 6 - Chaos & Disarray

B3 - Disorder

  • Disorder Test Resolution: One minor change to the list of conditions that trigger a Disorder check. The “Model in the Squadron Has Been Lost” bullet has been changed to say that a check is NOT required if  “Attached Escorts or Combat Air Patrols” are lost vice “Attached Escorts or Combat Patrols.”

  • Command Coherency: Wording has been streamlined, but no functional changes.

    • The description of a coherency “daisy chain” has been removed.

    • The line about a squadron of a single model never being out of coherency was added.

    • Coherency distance remains 8”.

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On to section C:

Section C

C2 - The Movement Segment

  • Movement Declarations:

    • The Changing Height Levels paragraph has been moved to this section from Movement & Maneuvers.

    • The note that only certain models can occupy the Stratospheric and Deep Diving height levels has been removed.

  • Movement & Maneuvers

    • A revised and expanded diagram explaining the use of turning templates has been added.

    • The subsection on Minor Turning Corrections has been expanded with a paragraph discussing how these minor corrections are often used when lining up fixed channel arcs.

    • The Path of Least Disturbance subsection has been amended with a paragraph that states SAS trays no longer block movement. If a model would end its movement on top of the SAS tray, the tray is moved to a “location that is acceptable to both players.”

  • Movement Consolidation

    • The line stating that Spotting Tests are done during Movement Consolidation has been removed.

  • Collisions and Rams

    • There has been significant restructuring to the content of this subsection and the information is presented in a different order than in 2.0.

    • The Model Suffers Damage subsection has changed. Instead of a unique table, players now perform a D6 check, and on a 4+ they roll 1D6 on the Focused Critical Hits table.

    • Two pages of diagrams have been added to illustrate both the Ramming and Collision procedures.

C3 - Line of Sight

  • Fire Arcs: The text descriptions for each of the fire arcs have been separated from their diagrams and consolidated into a single page. No change to the diagrams or descriptions.

  • Minor change to the order in which diagrams are presented. No changes to the diagrams or LOS rules.

C4 - The Firing Segment

  • Attack Sequence

    • Subsection 2a, Determine the Basic “To Hit” Value:

      • The list of “To Hit” Caveats has been deleted.

    • Subsection 2b, To Hit Modifiers:

      • The positive modifier for “Target Painter Hit on Target Model” has changed from +N to a flat +1

      • The positive modifier for “Target is Spotted” has been deleted.

  • Available Firing Options

    • Linked Fire: No change to the Link Fire procedure, but a note has been added to clarify how to handle situations where the dice comprising the Linked Pool have different To Hit numbers

    • Indirect Fire:

      • IDF is now permitted if any model in the attacking force with the Spotter MAR has an unblocked line of sight to the target.

      • The bullet describing a bonus for Spotter Markers has been deleted. Markers are no longer used for Spotting.

        • The bullet stating that 4+ is the maximum To Hit number remains, but has been modified to remove references to having multiple Spotting markers.

      • Area Bombardment

        • The To Hit value has been changed to 4, 5, (RED) 6; formerly it was 5, (RED) 6

      • The firing option diagrams and examples have been moved to the end of C4.

  • Weapons and Munitions (Was formally Section C5, and is now included in C4)

    • Torpedoes:

      • All Torpedoes gain the Barrage Munitions Type

      • The bullet describing shield effects on torpedoes has been deleted.

    • Bombs:

      • All Bombs gain the Barrage Munitions Type

    • Energy Blast Weapons

      • Energy Blast weapons now have access to the IDF firing option.

      • Energy Blast weapons now hit on a 3, 4, 5, (RED)6, instead of a 4, 5, (RED 6).

      • Energy Blast weapons gain the Barrage Munitions Type

      • When Energy Blast weapons are fired, the firing model now immediately gains a Generator Offline effect marker once the attack is complete.

    • Particle Accelerators

      • Particle Accelerators no longer use the “traveling energy template” method for determining which models are hit. Instead, the Large Blast Template is placed in range and LOS of the firing model and any models touched by the template are hit with full AD.

      • The To Hit values for Particle Accelerators are now 3, 4, 5, (RED)6, instead of  5, (RED 6).

      • Particle Accelerators are still limited to Standard fire and can only target models in the same Height Level

    • Flamethrowers

      • Flamethrowers now cause critical hits, but do not roll on the Critical Hit table. Instead they automatically cause Raging Fire criticals. If the attacker gets enough hits to cause multiple critical hits, this results in multiple Raging Fires.

      • Flamethrowers have gained the Barrage Munitions Type.

      • Flamethrowers can now only target models on the Surface height band.

      • The Heavy Flamethrower sub-type has been deleted.

    • Speerschleuders

      • Speerschleuders have lost the High Angle and Sub Killer MARs.

    • Special Munitions:

      • Barrage: A new munition type for 2.5. Attacks with Barrage Weapons ignore Shield Saves.

      • Concussive: A Critical Hit from a weapon with Concussive Munitions now causes the loss of 2 AP, instead of 1 AP.

      • Corrosive: Now only triggers if an attack with Corrosive Munitions causes a Critical Hit. Additionally, a Critical Hit with Corrosive Munitions now only places a single Corrosive marker on the target, instead of 2.

      • Incendiary: Incendiary Munitions are no longer considered Flame Weapons for the purposes of Defensive MARs.

      • Piercing: If an attack with Piercing munitions equals or exceeds a target’s DR, but not its CR, the target loses one HP and takes a roll on the Focused Critical Hit table. Only the effect (not the HP loss) is applied.

      • Magnetic Mines as a munitions type has been deleted.

    • Mines (was formerly section C6, and is now included in C4)

      • Sentient Mines: These work the same way as the old Magnetic Mines Special Munitions type.

      • Mine Detonation Criteria: The exception for Tiny models has been deleted; Tiny models now detonate mines.

      • Node Projectors: Node Markers are now placed in the Command Consolidation step of an Activation, vice the Auxiliary Weapon Step.

C5 - The Boarding Segment (Was formerly C7)

  • A new list of the general requirements was added to the beginning of the subsection. These are the same as in 2.0, but have been collected into a single list for clarity.

  • The description of Aggressive and Friendly boarding, as well as the two types of Friendly boarding actions (Repair and Re-Crew) has been moved to the beginning of the subsection.

  • The Boarding Procedure follows the same steps as before, but the following steps have had changes made to their procedures:

    • Nominate Targets and Assault Groups

      • Multiple models boarding a target now combine their AP into a single Assault Group

      • If the Assault Group makes up different crew types that have different To Hit values, they are kept separate (by using different colored dice, for example)

      • If AP is lost due to anti-boarding defences, the player that initiated the boarding action gets to choose which AP are lost.

    • Anti-Boarding Declarations

      • Changed to remove the reference to multiple assault groups.

    • Anti-Boarding Fire

      • The To Hit value is now a flat 5, (RED)6, with no reference to possible modification from MARs.

      • The note referring to “excess” hits on a assault group has been removed.

    • Close Quarters Battle (CQB)

      • The note referring to Excess Hits during CQB has been removed.

    • Determine the Victor!

      • Sabotage is now a 1D6 roll on the Focused Critical Hit column of the Critical Hit table.

    • Boarding Consolidation

      • There is now a procedure for the attacking AP that survived CQB and wasn’t used as a salvage/prize crew. These surviving AP are distributed among models in the assaulting squadron as the attacking player sees fit, though no model can exceed its starting AP value.

  • Robot Boarding

    • Robot boarding has been moved to section C5 instead of being its own subsection in Section D.

    • The Robot Boarding procedure now has 6 steps instead of 5, with the 6th step being Boarding Consolidation.

    • Nominate Targets

      • Robots can now assault models within 2”, instead of needing to perform a Controlled Contact

    • Anti-Boarding Declarations

      • This section has been re-written to emphasize that anti-boarding fire against robots is resolved against their DR/CR.

    • Determine the Victor

      • If a robot causes a Critical Hit on its target in a boarding action, the player no longer rolls on the Critical Hit table. Instead, the target suffers an automatic Hard Pounding critical hit.

    • Boarding Consolidation

      • The assaulting robot now moves 2” directly away from the model it just assaulted, as a measure to mitigate collisions.

  • Revised diagrams have been added at the end of C5 to cover both normal boarding and robot boarding actions.

C6 - The End Phase (Was formerly C8)

  • The End Phase now consists of 8 actions instead of 6:

    • Perform Compulsory Actions

    • Execute any Damage Repairs

    • Persistent Damage

    • Turn Effects (New)

    • Restore Order

    • Total Victory Points (New)

    • Check for End of Game

    • End Phase Consolidation

  • Turn Effects: Applies to markers that are described as lasting for only one turn. They are removed during this step.

  • Total Victory Points: Was formerly a part of the End of Game step.

  • End Phase Consolidation: This step now contains additional language that covers situations where a Commodore ability or Scenario Effect might trigger at this point.

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And finally, Section D:

Section D


D1 - Model Assigned Rules

  • “Altered Silhouette” has been deleted.

  • “Area Bombardment” has been modified to include the number of templates generated by the weapon when performing Area Bombardment.

  • “Combat Deployment” no longer has different insertion methods (Ponderous, Standard, or Rapid). Everything now uses the 2.0 rules for Standard insertion, where the disembarked model(s) are placed within 4” of the deploying model and can then activate later that turn.

  • “Combat Patrol” has been changed to refer only to Combat Air Patrol.

  • “Deadly to Infantry” has been deleted.

  • “Deep Running” has been deleted.

  • “Drone Launcher” has been deleted.

  • “Drone Relay” has been deleted.

  • “Engineers (Type)” has been changed to “Experienced Engineers.” The option to have “Inept Engineers” has been removed. “Experienced Engineers” still perform Damage Repairs on a 3+.

  • “Flame Retardant Armor” has been deleted.

  • “Inert” has been changed to state that a model with this MAR that suffers a critical hit now loses D3+1 HP, instead of just D3 HP.

  • “Inventive Scientists” now results in a Corrosion marker instead of a Raging Fire marker if the re-rolled generator die is a 1.

  • “Retardant Armour” has been modified to include a specific Munitions/Gunnery type that the armor is effective against. The full MAR now reads “Retardant Armour (Munitions Type/Gunnery Type, Number).” This MAR does not apply to any Munitions or Gunnery types not listed in the parentheses.

  • “Rugged Construction” has been modified to remove successes equal to the number in parenthesis from Targeted Attacks & Counter Attacks, vice removing dice from the Total AD Pool.

  • “Sharpshooters” has been changed to Black D6, vice exploding Red D6.

  • “Spotter” has been modified to remove the Spotter quality level, the D6 roll to successfully spot a model, and the placing of markers. Instead, any target model within LOS and the range listed in parentheses next to the MAR is considered Spotted for the purposes of IDF.

  • Squadron Support has been changed to remove references to Recon planes.

  • Stratospheric Flyer has been deleted.

  • Telescopic Zoom has been deleted.

  • Troop Reinforcement has been deleted.

  • Unique (New to 2.5)

    • Only one copy of a model with this MAR may be fielded in a fleet.

  • Wing Launcher (New to 2.5)

    • Models with this MAR may perform a Replenishment action as if it were a carrier once per game.

D2 - Generators

  • Generator Mountings

    • The Convertible mounting has been deleted.

    • Generator Strikes no longer suffer a -1 To Hit modifier, but can now only be made from Range Band 1 & 2.

  • Generator Types

    • Ice Generator:

      • Was formerly the Glacier Generator.

      • No longer has Ice Points associated with it.

      • The Iceberg Creation option has been deleted.

      • Ice Generator now employs the rules for The Grip of Winter against a single target model.

    • Kinetic Generator

      • A single D6 roll is now made for an entire squadron of models equipped with the generator, instead of each model individually.

      • Using a Kinetic Generator no longer increases a model’s Turn Limit by 1”.

    • GNE Boost Generator

      • Models targeted by this generator now gain D3+1” of movement instead of 2D3”

    • Metallurgic Re-Constitution Generator (New for 2.5)

      • A model with this generator can attempt to repair HP damage of a single friendly model.

    • Mine Controller Generator

      • Rules have been changed to state that all mines within the range listed in parentheses next to the generator are treated as Sentient Mines.

        • Effectively, this changes the speed of mines moved by this generator to a flat 2” vice D3”

      • Mines can only be moved once per turn using this generator instead of multiple times.

    • Teleport Generator

      • There is no longer a “mishap table” for teleported models. Instead, teleported models are always placed in contact with the the destination energy portal in any orientation chosen by the controlling player. At the end of the movement phase, the teleported squadron must take a Disorder Test.

    • Tensile Accelerator Generator (New for 2.5)

      • Models equipping this generator boost their DR/CR  by the amount listed in the parentheses.

    • Entropy Generator (New for 2.5)

      • Places a Corrosion marker on the target model on a 4+.

    • Target Painter Generator

      • Targets are now painted on a D6 roll of a 3+, instead of a 4+.

      • Multiple Target Painter tokens no longer stack.

    • Sonic Generator

      • No longer has a table to roll on. Instead, the controlling player can choose to employ the generator in either the Shriek mode or Repulse Mode.

      • Shriek Mode: The target model takes a Chaos & Disarray marker on a D6 roll of 3+.

      • Repulse Mode: Any non-robot models that try to board a model that has used a Sonic Generator in Repulse mode that turn suffer a -1 To Hit modifier during CQB.

    • Tesla Generator

      • When used in Surge mode:

        • The generator succeeds on a D6 roll of 3+ instead of a 4+.

        • A successful Surge now results in a roll on the Focused Critical Hit table. Only the effect is applied, not the damage.

        • If the target has one or more Lighting Rod markers, the player rolls twice on the Focused Critical Hit table and applies both effects.

    • Whirlwind Generator (New for 2.5)

      • Specifically mentioned as an Ottoman invention.

      • Uses a D6 table that can force the target squadron to change facing to a random direction and move D6” in its new facing.

    • Calcification Generator

      • This generator has been deleted.

    • Shield Generator

      • Shields still hit Rockets on a 5, (BLUE)6, but this has been removed from the generator’s description. Instead, this is only mentioned in the Rocket Ordnance entry in Section C4

    • Nullification Generator

      • This generator no longer confers a Generators Offline marker on a D6 roll of 6.

    • Storm Generator

      • Was formerly the Weather Manipulation Generator

D3 - Basic Terrain

  • Terrain Features

    • A bullet has been added stating that players must agree on any additional rules given to a Terrain Feature before the game begins.

    • The terrain size and placement restrictions for Competitive Play have been moved to D4 - Advanced Terrain

    • The rules for a Treacherous Terrain test are missing.

D4 - Advanced Terrain

  • Now includes the size limits for terrain features used in Competitive Play.

D5 - Support Aircraft, Carriers, and Drone Launchers

  • SAS Requirements:

    • References to Recon planes have been deleted.

    • The minimum strength for a SAS when created is 3 SAW (SAS can fall below 3 SAW during a game)

  • Local Air Support

    • Now only consists of 5-strong fighter SAS. The number of local support SAS available depends on the size of the game.

  • SAW Formations

    • An updated diagram with new annotations has been added.

  • SAW Consistencies

    • References to Recon planes have been deleted.

  • Aces

    • Aces now allow allows the player to re-roll all of the dice they supplied to an initial dice pool  in an attack run, dogfight, or duel, instead of just one die.

  • Carrier Models

    • The carrier MAR now includes the exact SAS sizes a carrier is allowed to deploy at the the start of the game. A model’s carrier value is no longer necessarily equal to the number of SAWs it puts on the table.

  • Carrier Actions

    • The Re-Arm action now costs 1 Carrier Point instead of 2.

    • The Re-Task action now costs 2 Carrier Points instead of 3.

    • The Re-building action has been added (new to 2.5), and costs 3 Carrier points.

      • This action allows a player to re-deploy a completely destroyed SAS from the graveyard.

      • The rebuilt SAS is placed within 4” of the carrier.

  • Drone Launchers and Drones

    • Most of the 2.0 Drone rules have been deleted. The rules direct the player to consult the ORBAT for those nations that employ drones.

    • Carrier Actions performed by Drone Launchers have a range of 6”, instead of 4” for normal Carrier Actions.

D6 - Infantry (Was formerly D7)

  • Purchasing Infantry

    • References to Local Infantry Support and Specialist Group Squadrons have been deleted.

  • Infantry Bases

    • Infantry Formations must now be placed in a horizontal line.

  • Boarding Actions

    • Infantry tokens can initiate a boarding action from within 2” of a target, instead of needing to be in base contact.

  • Infantry and Combat Patrols

    • This subsection has been deleted.

D7 - Model Classifications (Was formerly D9)

  • The chart of sizes, types, and functions has been removed.

  • Fortification rules have been moved to the beginning of the sub-section.

  • Non-Capital models can now be Spotted for IDF.

  • Operational Asset rules have been moved into this subsection from the Allies subsection.

D8  - Using Allies (Was formerly D11)

  • Drastically simplified from the 2.0 allies system.

  • All factions are now part of one of three different “Super Blocks”

    • Imperial Bond

    • Free Nations

    • Grand Coalition

  • Allies cannot be taken from a different Super Block without opponent’s permission.

  • Allies come from the 40% non-core portion of a force.

  • Allied models must be taken as their own squadrons.

  • Models with the Strategic Asset MAR are not available for use as allies.

D9 - Competitive Play (New for 2.5)

  • This subsection provides 6 scenarios suitable for use in a tournament setting.

D10 - Commodores

  • Completely overhauled from 2.0 Commodore section.

  • The front matter from D10 specifies that ORBATs will contain Special Commodore Characters (presumably replacements for the National Commodores).

  • D10 now contains rules for procedurally generating a commodore with a unique combination of skills:

    • There are three Trait Tables, Command, Aggressive, and Defensive.

      • Each table has 6 entries, and is rolled on with a D6.

      • A roll of a 1 results in a negative trait!

    • The total number of times a player gets to roll on the three tables is determined by the size of the game

    • A commodore may not have more than 2 traits from any one table.

  • This section also has a “generic commodore” with a specific set of 6 skills that is recommended for competitive play.

  • D10 also give the option of assigning Sub-commanders, which have a single commodore trait and give the Large or Massive model they are assigned to the Strategic Value (25) MAR.

D11 - Dystopian Wars Flashpoint Rules (New for 2.5)

  • This subsection provides a detailed set of procedures for conducting a map-based DW campaign.

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Excellent work Ruckdog however there is one thing I would to double check.  Is there any change to when generators activate, specifically the utility generators like Target Painters?


Sorry, checked elsewhere.  Seems each generator now states when it is activated. 

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Wall O text!!!:)  This will take me a while to sort through (I have only read the A section), but all in all I am liking the what the new layout sounds like.  My only concern is with the index.  2.0's index was better than 1's, but it still left me searching through the book quite often.

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I didn't even notice that the Calcification Generator was removed in my first read through. 


What are the Prussians and especially the Danish going to do about their signature generator?


@Spartan Josh & @Spartan Mike any clarification on this? Is it going the way of the Iceberg Generator and being an Orbat specific generator?

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1 hour ago, Spartan Mike said:

@Ruckdog incredible notes bud! Very nice of you to do this for the community! Cheers

@Merlin yes that is one of the generators that falls into that kind of "national specialization" category. The full scope of which will be revealed in their respective ORBATS.


That's good. I was worried there for a moment that my favourite generator was removed from the game completely.


Although reading from the comment you posted in the other thread, will Calcification Generators now just be Entropy Generators or will the be Entropy Generators with added effects depending on the  Orbat? Or will it just be it's ow  generator within the Orbat like the Phase Generator is in the EotBS Orbat?


If it's the former, will all Nation specific Generators be getting that treatment where what is in the rulebook is always the Generic version and the Orbats will expand on these effects on a nation by nation basis? 

For example, if the Nullification Gen stops a generator from working on the model as normal, but say in the French Orbat the Generators effects are expanded to turn off the opposing generator on a roll of 6.

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@Merlin in the case of the Entropy Generator they have replaced the Calcification generator, so any nations that specialize in their use would use Entropy Generators with additional effects and or charts etc. 

Think of it as a thematic element. At its core the generator is causing a dangerous Entropic radiance of energy emission. Hence the name and current effect. Some nations might have the effect projected by different means and technological focus, it could be a Calcification Ray or perhaps Rad-Pulse Wave, but fundamentally it's still at heart a Entropy Gen.

I think the fans will enjoy these subtle, yet thematic changes and we are looking forward to sharing all this great stuff with you all!

We are moving into an amazing new edition of Dystopian Wars, with incredible new models, wonderful new stories to tell and a richer world and theme layered on top like a fine butter cream! :)


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9 minutes ago, Spartan Mike said:

@Merlin in the case of the Entropy Generator they have replaced the Calcification generator, so any nations that specialize in their use would use Entropy Generators with additional effects and or charts etc. 

Ah, so it is like that. So for the Prussian specialization of it would be the corrosion marker, Shredded Defenses and D3 crew damage in whatever order they are in, while the Danish one might just be Shredded Defences and Corrosion, or it mimics the Prussian one as they are practically the same in the fluff.

But the Italian one might just have the corrosion marker, and a completely different effect to the Prussian one, like just D3 crew damage or puts D3 corrosion markers on the model on top of what the generator already does?

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6 minutes ago, Spartan Mike said:

@MerlinThe exact details of any such changes will be revealed in each ORBAT, along with our exciting new ensemble of National Character Commodores! :) 


It wasn't the exact details I was looking for. Just asking if this is how the Generators are going to be done going forward. The situations I listed are just examples to illustrate my question better.

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