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  1. Companies like DHL are primarily business to business so that is the hours they deliver. It doesn't make sense for them to deliver at 6pm if 99% of their clients are closed by then. UPS has gotten a lot better about it, but that is all thanks to Amazon, now a decent portion of shipping is going to residential addresses. So they make sure they run trucks after people get home, although even they do a lot of their residential delivery earlier in the day, so it isn't even a guarantee there. The smaller companies just can't do it. There might be a niche in the market for a "residential delivery" focused courier but it would be a hard market to actually get into because you have to start everywhere. The main issue is that the post office system (that is designed for residential), at least in the USA and I'm sure in many other countries, just isn't competitive in terms of time or cost when it comes to international shipping. Maybe just because it has to switch companies, but probably because of politics.
  2. Page 21 in the 2.0 rule book. The new rules it should be section 4, not 3. Page 85. 4. The Core Force Type A Force MUST be Armoured, Naval or Aerial in Core Force Type (often referred to as simply Core Force or Core Type). This refers to the main body of the Force and its likely constituents. This Core Force must make up at least 60% of the overall MFV agreed upon by the players. For example, a Naval Core Force with an MFV of 2000 points may not have more than 800 points of Non-Naval Models included. Certain Models are always treated as Non-Core: Infantry (of any type), Fortifications and Allied Squadrons (see later). In short, HEC doesn't have to keep their core force at 60%. So if the theater is naval they can bring 90% of their list as aerial if they wanted. Which is pretty much required since their only naval units are tiny or fortifications.
  3. The clearish ones should be the islands and sandbars, or so I would assume. The icebergs are more "rock" looking. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/921886974/dystopian-world-expansion/posts/1754618 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/921886974/dystopian-world-expansion/posts/1753650
  4. Its hard to stay productive and be on the forums. (I should know, I'm here at work...)
  5. Because "if they are not at the same Height Level" is the only time they're going to have different 'To Hit' values. If they are at the same height level then they'll have the same "Basic 'To Hit' Value" so you don't need anything to tell you which to pick. If they are both Deep Diving then your 'To Hit' value is RED (6) and RED (6), so you don't need anything to decide which one to use. But if one is at Obscured and one is at Stratospheric then you have "Basic 'To Hit' Values" of "5 or RED (6)" and "RED (6)" so you have to have some way of deciding which to use, which is the point of the second sentence.
  6. I do understand where you are coming from, I can see where it is an easy thing to miss. It could be more clearly stated for sure. The only problem with your interpretation is that you're using the first clause of second sentence to modify the first sentence, rather than as a clause of its own sentence. If it said: "If they are not at the same Height Level,The Basic ‘To Hit’ value depends on the Height Level the Target or Firer is occupying." Then I would agree with you. Or if it said " The Basic ‘To Hit’ value depends on the Height Level the Target or Firer is occupying, if they are not at the same Height Level." Then I would also agree with you, notice the period changed to a comma. But the way it is written you take the first sentence by itself to determine the "basic 'to hit' value" and then you move on to the second sentence. The second sentence starts with a qualifier to say that if they are at different levels, and therefor have different "basic 'to hit' value" the step(s) you need to take to determine which of them to use, in this case the one most beneficial to the target. Page 67 doesn't help clear anything up, but that is because it is keep very generic because 'to hit' is used in a lot of different circumstances in the game. In the case of firing weapons, the section on page 127 is the "Unless otherwise stated," qualifier used in that section. I actually think that a simple change in formatting/order would have made this clearer. Just separating the two sentences so they aren't read together and make it clear the second qualifying statement, is only done after the first sentence is finished. such as: 2a: Determine the Basic ‘To Hit’ Value The Basic ‘To Hit’ value depends on the Height Level the Target or Firer is occupying. BASIC ‘TO HIT’ VALUES Stratospheric RED (6) Obscured 5 or RED (6) Surface or Flying 4, 5 or RED (6) Submerged 5 or RED (6) Deep Diving RED (6) If the Basic ‘To Hit’ values are different, use whichever ‘To Hit’ value is most beneficial for the Target. If you want, I know an actual lawyer friend I could have look over it Of course @Spartan Mike could just give us the "word of god" which would overwrite anything else, in the case that RAW was just written wrong.
  7. I'm not sure how else to put it, but it is right there. If either the firer or the target are in stratospheric you need RED (6) to hit. That is what the first sentence says when you combine it with the table. The second sentence is only applied if they are at different heights, and it is there to decide which number to use in the case of them being different. The first sentence says nothing about the height level difference, it doesn't say to use one "basic 'to hit' value" over another if your at the same height or different. It says if either are in Stratospheric the "basic 'to hit' value" is RED (6), that's it. The fact that both are in Stratospheric just means you're choosing between RED (6) for the Target and RED (6) for the Fire so there is no choice to be made.
  8. Without knowing what you ordered it is hard to say. But at this point all models should be included (unless you got the custom model) and the main rulebooks. The campaign books and nation guides are still being written. And I'm not sure what the situation on the busts is, so they might not be there.
  9. I read through the Cthulhu kickstater article linked earlier, it was interesting. It also highlighted one of the reasons why I don't get why so many people wanted Spartan to piecemeal out the shipping as they go. From the article: "The problems began with the Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter. The previous management only charged international backers $20 to ship a ten pound game. The actual cost of shipping was vastly higher, sometimes as much as $150 for backers in Japan. Meints said that this Kickstarter alone likely lost Chaosium $170,000." That kickstarter had brought in about $200k. So that $200k kickstarter cost them $370k to fulfill. Since Spartan hasn't even started printing the Core Nation Guides and Campaign books it is clear that they have to ship later (at least I believe they haven't, if they have I missed it). Which is fine from a backer standpoint, but from a business standpoint, if you've spent all the money you've charged for shipping on just the first part then all of those books are going to be going out at a loss, potentially a big one. With the $150 shipping to Japan example above, we can probably be pretty sure that Spartan is taking a loss on the shipping to some backers even on a single shipment, let alone if it is split into two. I've heard that Ogre from Steve Jackson Games is never going to be reprinted again because the shipping costs for a game that big was just too much. I know some models from Red Box Games said a decent amount of the fulfillment shipping was done at a loss too
  10. I see how it would be an easy mistake to make, but the numbers are the same if their in the same height band or different. 2a: Determine the Basic ‘To Hit’ Value The Basic ‘To Hit’ value depends on the Height Level the Target or Firer is occupying. If they are not at the same Height Level, use whichever ‘To Hit’ value is most beneficial for the Target. BASIC ‘TO HIT’ VALUES Stratospheric RED (6) Obscured 5 or RED (6) Surface or Flying 4, 5 or RED (6) Submerged 5 or RED (6) Deep Diving RED (6) The two parts have to be applied in the specific order they are listed. Say the Target is at surface and the Firer is at Stratospheric, you take the two "Basic 'To Hit' Values" of "4, 5, RED (6)" and "RED (6)". Clearly they aren't the same, so you have to pick which one to use, sentence two, so you pick the one that is most beneficial to the target, "RED (6)". If they are both at Obscured you take the two "Basic 'To Hit' Values", "5 or RED (6)" and "5 or RED (6)," there is no difference so there is no choice to be made, it is "5 or RED (6)." Because if you are at Stratospheric the "BASIC ‘TO HIT’ VALUE" is "RED (6)," it is not a negative modifier based on difference, it is the basic value for being at that level.
  11. Imagine that, having to choose between two different things and that the "one with the highest numbers" isn't always best in every situation. Its like they're trying to balancing things and give every option pros and cons.
  12. You can only replenish to the starting size of the SAS tray, but once its hit the scrapyard it looses that "memory" and you can build a new one at whatever size the carrier puts out. The Replenish rules specifically state that (pg 188): Casualties amongst SAWs are inevitable and are often numerous! All Carriers have the ability to execute a Replenish Carrier Action, which will see Carrier Model spend a variable amount of Carrier Points Replenishing a Squadron. This costs 1 Point from the Carrier Value per SAW replaced and may not take the SAS above its Initial Deployed Strength. The rebuild rules on page 189 have no such restrictions and no mention of the initial size of the SAS: The Carrier Model may then immediately launch the new SAS equal to the permitted Squadron size stated in the Carrier’s MAR. This new SAS can only be Re-Built from SAW casualties taken from a player’s Scrapyard. The newly created SAS must be deployed within 4” of the Carrier Model which created it. And the part about the dice on page 183 only mentions Replenishment Actions: Each SAS is deployed with a die in its Tray that denotes its starting Squadron Size, which is referred to as its Deployed Strength. This does not change in-game and is important for determining how large the Squadron can be when benefiting from a Replenishment Action. It is also true, as you've stated, that the dice is to indicate the type of SAS, but we know that it is possible to change the type of SAS with a carrier action or when the SAS is being rebuilt. So the SAS dice is a very handy way of keeping track of information but it is far from a "fixed and never changing" record.
  13. I'm not seeing the CoA matching that firepower very easily, at least not in RB4. Neither would the FSA, as even the Enterprise only gets AD12 in RB4 if it can line you up on a side where they can get all 3 turrets to bear. EotBS is a very real threat at RB4 with rockets, but the Mandjet has pretty good AA. Now the numbers change pretty drastically at RB3 as there is a pretty big jump in the RB3 firepower of almost every nation. So yeah, RoE either wants to stay in RB4 or move to RB2. But with the Mandjet having 360 on the Eye of Ra that's going to help a lot to allow them to keep range if they want it. I don't think they can win a game staying entirely in RB4 but I think they've got enough threat there to discourage anyone from staying there either. So they should be able to dictate the engagement a fair amount.
  14. I'm not sure about that, there isn't much that can match the Eye of Ra in RB4, I think a long range brawl would be hard for most enemies to win. As such I don't see a need for Egypt to rush forward. To me I think I would start by handing back and using the Eye to force the enemy to close and holding back the smalls and mediums for a classic pincer. While it seems almost too obvious for someone to fall for, I think there are too many nations that wouldn't have a lot of other choices because RoE can put out a solid amount of AD in RB4 and 3.
  15. I guess that brings up an interesting fluff discussion about the drones. Are the drones like how we use the term today, a remotely controlled airplane, or is it more like the traditional "borg" style of AI, where they can think for themselves a bit but can't do much without having a more powerful "computer" to connect to?
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