Vedar

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  1. For the love of space spiders please keep cloaks simple. How about this. Cloak - Blue dice are used for cloaked ships. Initial dice rolls of 6 do not count as hits and must be re-rolled. Any re-rolls must be accepted. This applies for shooting at cloaked ships and for cloaked ships shooting. Simple, feels like the ship is harder to hit, smalls can luck out with enough 6's(on the re-roll), and you will need to drop the cloak if you feel you need to put out some heavy damage.
  2. The main problem I have with new cloaking is it is pretty much useless. Play a game and record the times where new cloaking did anything at all and you might get a couple times where a crit was downgraded to damage, but if you are using it then there is also going to be a couple of times where it hurts your shooting. Example being 12 attack dice average two 6's, Rolling an average of 4 regular hits, 2 double damage hits with 1 more hit on the explode. That is 8 hits instead of 9 with "New Cloak". Scaling up to 24 AD that is 16 hits instead of 18. So for the most part you are only going to see 1 or 2 hit difference depending on a number of factors. Can it make a difference? Sure on large ships with a high DR it might just drop it under the CR threshold, but if you are using it then your shots get impacted as well. Should we give ships being shot at by ships with shields saves because those ships are shooting through their own shields?
  3. At the very least change the name of Cloaking to something else that is more appropriate to the proposed new rule. "Internal Shielding" or something like that. It has a fairly small chance at doing anything except stopping the once in a blue moon exploding 6 train. "New Cloaking" does not make you harder to hit (which is kind of the point of cloaking isn't it?) it just keeps heavy damage from becoming catastrophic damage. That is not cloaking in my book. Imagine... "Captain! They just destroyed our port gun rack!" "Well it was good we were cloaked or they would have hit the flight bay too!"
  4. I hope SG sees most players see the cloak change as bad. It went from being a powerful tool if used correctly to a weak shield that most of the time is going to do nothing. How often is that extra dice roll on a 6 going to keep the attack dice under the DR or CR threshold? Answer? Not that often. That fact you have to turn it on and it impacts you negatively is just salt in the wound. At least since it does so little now they could have kept it like PlanetFall and there is no downside (though since they are linking up those system I can guess the same change is coming to PF). With this change I think I would only use cloaking if I had nothing to really shoot at. On the upside if they make regen strong enough it might offset this. Something like Larges regen 3, med regen 2 and smalls regen 1. If they stick to the 4+ regen and the Apex can only get 1-2 HP back per round it is not going to be enough. I'm seeing the makings of Relthoza rage just like when the defanged Relthoza in PF 1.5 stats (before they decided they hit them too hard with the nerf bat and some of their bite back.) Long range fleets will be rejoicing this change. No more cloaked ships getting up in peoples grill. They can take out big chunks of them before they get close. I hope i'm wrong, but I guess we will see shortly.
  5. Here we have the fearsome Ba'Kash. Known for their brutal direct assaults the weapons on these attack craft sound when firing seem amplified and the shrieking sounds have been known to cause troops to flee their positions long before the Ba'Kash get around to choosing them as targets.
  6. In PF cloaking is always on and there is no penalty for having it. Relthoza in PF have pretty solid armor so cloaking removing exploding dice most of the time only helps once in a blue moon. Most of the time it is useless. If FA gets a on/off version you will see player pretty much leave it on only when they are not shooting or maybe leave it on more for larger ships. Also you can expect some Relthoza players ( not I )to rage quit, shelve them, etc. if DR/CR are not increased across the board to make up for the fact that cloaking does very little now. The other thing was at least in PF cloaking is always on and you don't have to waste time slowing down the game with markers and deciding to cloak or not. Here it seems to be the worst of both worlds. It does not do much and slows down the game. I hope they don't bring this version of cloaking to PF.
  7. I see the talk on the new FA is in full swing. Quite a few things seem to be pulled from PF to the new FA. Are we going to get a preview of what is coming for PF? Also if I may ask what is the plan for cloaked units if FA and PF if they are going to be more closely alined? Current cloaking in FA gave a great distinct feel to the Relthoza. Tough when cloaked but paper armor when de-cloaked. Cloaking in PF was much toned down being always on and only a slight defensive advantage. Are Relthoza in FA getting tougher? Are Relthoza units in PF getting much of a stat change? Thanks!
  8. Welcome back Neil. Glad to see you back on the forums. I have to say I'm quite happy about all this talk about FSA and PF. Really looking forward to the 2.0 PF. I think the board game is going to be a tough sell. I think very few people wanted a board game from SG. Everyone and their grandmother are selling boardgames on kickstarter these days. Now if you made a task force box set with enough models to play FA full squads you might have sold me on it, but putting the rules online so late it really had no chance to get off the ground with my group. I say you should create some buzz about the games. Maybe a monthly article what is being worked with some teaser pics. I'm good with some teaser models not being released as long as some are. I think some regular/semi-regular communication with some info/pics of what is coming would go a long way.
  9. Greetings SG, I've not had a chance to look through all the posts (maybe make a read only post for general updates?) but I'm just curious if we are still on track for 2.0 this year which would make me quite happy? I see FA is gearing up for a KS (very nice) but I don't think I have heard much on the PF side lately. I'm afraid it has been a little difficult playtesting PF without more of the rule book. Please keep posts positive here, I think as a whole we just need a bit more communication and it would keep people on the happy side of things. Thanks.
  10. If you have not heard Spartan had a 2016 Kickstarter last November. Check out the front page to see all about it. I've been curious on when they are going to get a new front page. I'm willing to give 100 Internet points to whoever can guess the date when we no longer have the 2016 Kickstarter on the front page. Good luck.
  11. I'm in the east bay but Sacramento is a bit out of my range. I seem to live in a gaming black hole area. Most of the shops have closed around here. I either need to drive an hour and a half to Sacramento or a hour to Fremont or San Jose.
  12. Any chance we can get a more complete beta of the rules? Trying to guess on rule issues is not fun.
  13. I'd hold off on the Relthoza are too powerful comments until they start beating you. The above looks like a really good game. The Relthoza got some range back in a few units but still suffer when it comes to small units. This game seems like the Relthoza player went for shooting over objectives and it cost him. Thanks for sharing the game.
  14. My painting is slowly going. I've got most of my Dindrenzi PF a nice Blue\White, but I think it needs some something else. The metal color is really not showing up. I've been debating my Ba'Kash and think I'll go with the Dark Orange Bronze\Gold scheme. Probably be a while before I get more pictures up.
  15. Well I have to go RSN really just because they are my secondary Armada fleet. My Dindrenzi Planetfall are painted as RSN with the backstory they have been fighting so long behind enemy lines they have been resupplied many times by forward Dindrenzi units. So ya... RSN. I can't wait to see the Ba'Kash large tank though, that thing has got to be a beast.