Monday, August 21, 2017

8/21 updates

The Gladiator, ordnance upgrades, Jumpmaster, Aggressor Assault Fighter, and Imperial Star Destroyer articles were all updated today. As before, in most cases it was minor editing and adding hyperlinks.

The ISD article now includes an aside on Sloane - specifically in combination with the Avenger title. The Avenger also makes note of Boarding Troopers for the same reason, and a Boarding Troopers build is included in the ISD-I builds section.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rebel Updates!

In the realm of updating articles just like Eric did, I hit all the Rebel fighters articles myself.  Mostly updating links (how MANY times can I reference Toryn Farr? ALL OF THEM!) and linking in upgrades (Expanded Hangar Bays or Fighter Coordination Team, usually) or Commanders (Sato and Rieekan were my 2 most referenced.  Considering I had so MANY aces, Rieekan makes sense, of course.)

Not a whole lot to say on that, but I do plan on hitting the last of the checklist articles very soon.  I'm quite close on grokking Leia, and soon after hopefully the Hammerhead (that's.... not as easy/fast, haha).  I've been having a lot of good experiences with my Leia list, and I may even develop it into a plan for Fall Regionals.  Eric and I have a store tournament the first weekend in September, so you can expect my Leia article soon after that (when I bring her to THAT, I bet).

Anyways, squadrons are updated as of now.  I read over the Nebulon article today too, and I have nothing substantial to add to that as of right now, either.  Keep on keeping on, I suppose!

More updates 8/20/2017

The TIE Interceptor, TIE Bomber, Admiral Motti, Admiral Screed, Faction breakdown, Grand Moff Tarkin, Victory-class Star Destroyer, and Offensive retrofit articles have all been updated.

For the most part, I added hyperlinks to other relevant articles and did some minor to moderate text editing to make points clearer, fixed the rare typo, and removed any ambiguity left over from anything prior to the errata we received two months ago (particularly relating to Rhymer, who keeps popping up in all kinds of places I didn't expect him to be). Nothing major.

The VSD and offensive retrofit articles had some more substantial changes:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

TIE Squadrons updates

Minor update:
I've updated the TIE Fighter, TIE Fighter aces, and TIE Advanced articles. Nothing major beyond creating hyperlinks where there used to be none and minor editing to make wording clearer, but it's done and the articles now look less old and more like something we'd be creating now. This should be going on intermittently as we catch everything up to wave 6.

Planning to get the offensive retrofits article updated to include the Disposable Capacitors soon, and then hopefully a Quasar article as well.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gencon stuff and Star Wars: Legion

Unfortunately not much information about Armada from FFG other than "something big is coming," which can mean a lot. Super Star Destroyer? Huge wave 7? Another campaign? Armada 2.0? Who knows.

However, please enjoy these sweet pics of Star Wars: Legion, the upcoming FFG ground skirmish minis wargame.

Edit: and the official article just came up!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Updates and an Update!

So quick updates for some articles and the state of the blog.

I updated the Turbolasers article to include Quad Battery Turrets (Spoiler: I like them on certain ships.  This is quite shocking, I know) and some more thoughts on Quad Turbolaser Cannons (it was a quad-tastic kinda day, and I'm still dumb enough to think they're going to be useful for me soon.  In my super small ship meta, they kinda might be?)

I also updated the Nebulon article, but I will likely go back and revisit it some this weekend to put a few finishing touches on it until I'm much more happy with it. However, I didn't want it to go unmentioned in case someone asks "Hey, when are you putting QBT in the Nebulon article?" (Today.)

As of right NOW, Eric and I have a few irons in the fire.  I've still got to finish my checklist series (I haven't forgotten, I promise!) and Eric has a few things he wants to write about as well.  I've got an idea or two to hop onto after that, as well.  We're going back and updating the old articles as they have some stuff that needs to be hit and adjusted (I still had a few things in the Neb article about using TRCs twice in one turn, comma, sigh).

But where's the new articles, you ask? I promise that it's not a matter of life getting in the way (well, mostly, I did get a new job and have been running copious amounts of mileage for the Chicago Marathon), but it's a matter of trying to figure out what to write.  I lucked out in that "all" I have to do is figure out how to use Hammerheads; Eric has to learn a Quasar, see how DCaps affect a VSD-II, if they're worth it on other things, and we both need to learn our new Commanders.  I like Leia, though i can't claim I know what I'm doing with her fully yet (I AM having fun though!).  So we're both kind of in a holding pattern of trying to figure out what to write about.  We'd both rather have GOOD information out to you guys rather than FAST information that needs to be corrected, so the "How to Hammerhead" article is not necessarily going to be tomorrow, but I'm hoping it IS soon.  I need a few more games before I'm comfortable writing about them and how to use them.  Wave 6 shook up our meta and our playstyles, and that's a good thing.  We'll get more stuff out soon, promise.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fleet deployment

I've been putting it off for a while trying to figure out exactly how to write about this huge subject, but the time has come for the fleet deployment article!

Side note: MC75 Profundity in wave 7? I'd be down.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Checking it Twice: Starting the Turn

So it's been a bit of time, yes.  Sorry, job got me busy and then it's been a crazy week of trying to cobble together a fleet for last Saturday's store championships (hey look I had writeups done too!) followed by my other usual weekly activities and then next thing you know it's been almost two three weeks since you did a real article.
He's so disappointed in me! This sucks!
Anyways, the start of the turn!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Learning from losing

On a similar note to my recent article on tilting, I've been wanting to write a short article about the value of losing.
Well, that sucked. Anyone want to come up with a dangerously complex plan to save Han?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tournament structure

This article should be relatively short, but it's important for those who are looking to get into playing Armada more competitively at tournaments. It's a quick review of the tournament rules for Armada. You're welcome to familiarize yourself with the tournament document on the Armada FFG site, but I'll largely be breaking down the items that are important for you as a player. There's a lot of language in the document about the responsibilities for the event organizer and such, but we'll ignore those for the sake of focus and brevity. This article is current as of 7/26/2017 and refers to the tournament rules which go into effect today (with very minimal changes to the previous version) and likely won't need much amending (FFG sticks to the basics for their tournament rules pretty consistently), but like the rest of the articles here, I'll update it when/if it's necessary due to changes. Onward!

The Chewbacca pulling-arms-off meta is fierce!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wave 6 article updates 7/25/2017

The Raider article has been updated to discuss External Racks (which are amazing with Raiders and I now consider their default kit) and to talk a bit more about Flechette Torpedoes.

The VSD article has been updated due to the VSD-I getting access to External Racks, the Quasar displacing the VSD-I as the cheapest Flight Controllers carrier ship, and the VSD-II getting access to Disposable Capacitors and re-opening the "heavy VSD" build as a viable option again.

The ordnance upgrades article now includes a portion about External Racks.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pastimes Store Championship wrap-up

So John and I went to the Pastimes store championship on Saturday and came away with first (for me) and second (for John). Our store, Fair Game, did pretty well too, with our friend Matt getting third and our up-and-comers Jack and Colin getting sixth and eighth. Out of twelve people, that's pretty good! John already wrote about his experiences (in three different articles), I'm gonna condense mine down to one.
Pastimes always has lots of space and Ron provides great event support!

Store Champs Round 2 Fight!

Alright it's go time.  Round 2 I got Kevin, and he had a Dodonna Doom Pickle.  DOOOOOOOOM!
Objects in space mirror may be closer than they appear.

Store Champs 2: Round 1 Fight!


So it was time to take this list out, see what it can do.
Why did it have to be Sloane?!

Saturday, July 22, 2017