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I think it was 3000 points. I went over to a friends house as we had both decided to kill a few hours time before work (we work at same place) playing a small 650 point Firestorm game.  Then we had a massive road-closing snowfall!  I didn't feel like walking 6 blocks in heavy snow at night to go home, so since we had the whole night and were already up and about and stuck there we decided to do a massive battlefleet throwdown!  We pulled all our Firestorm ships, (about 1000 points worth each of us at the time) and proxied the rest with Star Wars ship minis that I had.

 

The game lasted about 10 hours, but we took a few breaks in there, stopped to watch a TV show, at one point we bundled up and walked 4 blocks to the 7-11 when we ran out of soda and got chips for sandwiches, played in the snow for a bit once.

That was almost 4 years ago, I don't remember who won now.  Just remember the snow-day off from work and the awesome fun we had gaming, playing and bullshitting all night long.

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@ CJ

3,000 per side is quite large.

And judging by your experience, I don't know if my buddies will go for something that long.  :mellow:

 

Thanks for the post. It does help.

 

As an aside-

 

The largest number of points in our campaign per side will be 1,800, when 2 friendly fleets end up in the same system and are attacked by another player; a War Fleet (1,200pts) and a Battle Fleet (600pts) combined...  And this is all assuming that neither side calls in any reinforcements, which could add a maximum of 300pts to said fleet for a total of 2,100pts.

 

In our campaign system, for each Trade/Production point and Influence/Supply point, you can add +50pts to your fleet for a single battle. (thus, you must pay 1 T/P and 1 I/S in order to receive reinforcements)

 

> A Patrol Fleet (maximum size 300pts) can call in up to half its existing fleet size in reinforcements, which would be an additional 150pts, for 3 T/P and 3 I/S.

> A Battle Fleet (maximum operational size 600pts) can call up to half its existing fleet size in reinforcements, which would be an additional 300pts, for 6T/P and 6 I/S.

> War Fleets can not call in reinforcements.  (they get too many advantages and balance reasons)

 

As you could imagine, this might get out of hand if there weren't any limits.

 

 

 

@ Stingray

Am glad you like the pics!

Anything to add more life into our reading is always good.  :D

 

 

 

 

@ Caine

That is a GRAND battle!

I could certainly see balance being off.

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1250 is the highest Ive gone in FA... yet.

Ive done several large BFG games though. 10k is also the largest I think we've done though, big 8 player 2500 a person 8x8 playing area (2 tables with movement and nova cannon shots crossing sides.) It was a glorious mess. We played in the Dakkadakka WWC last year and had several 5000-7500 a side games then too.

The points don't translate so well though, a good 1500-2k list in BFG seems more like a 750-1250 in FA. 1500 in BFG is like a BB, 4-5 cruisers/ heavy cruisers and a half dozen frigates or so.

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Almost 4000 points so far with relthoza vs terran and Aquan - awesome game took all day but was finished - only real problem we had was game board size. Well that and wings - which ones had been activated, which ones had used intercepter but that's a small quibble :-)

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Didn't follow the points, but our biggest so far has included 2 dreadnaughts, 8 battleships,3 gunships, 6 heavy cruisers, 14 cruisers, 8 destroyers, 5 carriers, 24 frigates and 10 escorts. May not have been a 'legal' battle, but it's campaign related and we (my sons and I) use the ships available.

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@AC

Shhhhhhhh.... If she even hears anything concerning my "little men" as she calls my hobby, she will give me ANOTHER 20 minute lecture about "you need to stop playing with your Barbies!"

:D

 

haha yeah my wife says she'd prefer I had a mistress than this hobby coz I'd pay a mistress less attention 

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After reading this thread and the feedback from people, I am seriously reconsidering large pointed battles for our campaign. I don't see how we can game a 2,000pt game and finish it in a single night. 

I may have to bring down the point limit to 1,200pts per side maximum in asystem. (maximum of a War Fleet or 2 Battle Fleets)

 

 

 

 

Am at a hobby store that I haven't visited in 3 years. there are 2guys new to FA who are gmaing a 500pt game. It is taking FOREVER for them to play. 

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Almost 4000 points so far with relthoza vs terran and Aquan - awesome game took all day but was finished - only real problem we had was game board size. Well that and wings - which ones had been activated, which ones had used intercepter but that's a small quibble :-)

We put glasbeads on the activated squadrons. And lately we´ve been playing around with different colors for the wings. Green for activated, blue for used interceptand red for used bombs. Its not perfect but its the best we come up with so far.

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After reading through this thread once again, I am having second thoughts on going above 1,200pts per side in any given battle. It just seems too unwieldily.

 

Thanks for all of the feedback gents. 

 

 

 

We put glasbeads on the activated squadrons. And lately we´ve been playing around with different colors for the wings. Green for activated, blue for used interceptand red for used bombs. Its not perfect but its the best we come up with so far.

 

Funny, our group uses glass beads to represent squadrons that haven't been activated yet.

Each squadron of ships and Wings gets a token, which is removed once they are activated.

 

 

 

 

 

@Des Mordan

Interesting. It is poignant that these high point games do not commonly end due to running out of time in the day.

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1500 points on a side. Me with 1500 points of terran vs two foes with 750 each. Terran and Ralthozan. I ended up winning because %MFV allowed me to take more capitals so it was my dread and 2 BBs vs a dread and one BB.

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3000 and have done it twice. First time we didn't finish. The second time we split it over two days and finished in about 10 hours total. We play 2000 in a single day(6-7 hours). Anything above 2k is to big for a single day. Also board size becomes a problem. At 3k are fleets weren't legal as we just played about all of the ships we had split into league vs alliance.

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It just seems too unweildly to game out a battle above the 1,000pt limit. I, myself, would love to play 2k and above, but I don't think I could invest more than 6 or so hours in a single evening to play out a game.

Our group will possibly meet every other week, with our games being played throughout the course of our meeting day. There would be holy hell to catch if we attempted to game out multiple high points games in one day....

Thanks for the feedback. This really helps. :)

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