Thursday, May 6, 2021

VASSAL OP Midsummer Madness


Announcing "Midsummer Madness," a new VASSAL Organized Play event!

I got a new puppy...and covid is still a thing...so I don't think I'll be going anywhere this summer. So why not have a summer event on Vassal!?

Format

Here's the exciting bit: you get to decide the format. Take this survey to have a say. 

Schedule

Starting late June/Early July. Details TBA

Listbuilding restrictions/rules tweaks

Depends on the format. Details TBA

Signup

Signup/fleet submission deadline: TBA

Discord channel

There is a dedicated Discord channel for the event.

Use it to chat and ask questions, but keep it related to the event. 

Tournament software

We're using TTT to track players, scores, and matchups. You can find the event here.

Vassal Grand Championship

Read more here. Contribute to the prize pool here.

  • Points for this tournament:
    • Entry: 1
    • Completion: 1
    • Top 8: 1
    • Runner-up: 1
    • Winner: 2
    • Special: TBA
Current score.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Rebellion in the Rim pt. 5 (Round 4/1st Pivotal)

My name is Hermoine

Due to Covid restrictions (among other things) the was a huge delay between this pivotal and our previous game. Not ideal but we make do!

We met early on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago (that puppy and my new job is the reason I haven't been able to post this before) for our first pivotal: Demonstration of Force, Rebels assaulting. I think it took about 6 hours all told, with the squad game slowing things down by a lot from r3 and out.

The Fleets

Fleets haven't changed that much but Rebels now have Adar to make the squad madness even worse πŸ˜… and both non-squad fleets have Ion Techs (ouch).

Our duo-Arq fleet has EST on both ships and Iden on the Raider. This is VERY useful. It still suffers from a lack of dice mods so Ion Techs (totally OP) is next on the list). The VSD fleet has dice mods but not yet any EST. And both those fleets REALLY need more squad protection. Even 1 more Int would make it better. Preferably some RHD too (that goes from me as well). My only fleet picked up Demo last turn. Demo + Maarekdon...that's a lot of ship-killing ability.

EMPIRE


STRATEGIC TOKENS
Ally: 2
Destiny: 1
Resources: 4
Skilled Spacers: 1

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Fleet: Why So Many Gozanti?
Commander: Commodore Drok Lodt (BJØRN)
Abilities: Master Navigator I (flagship), Ordnance Expert (fleetwide)
XP: 2
Conditions: None

Assault: Most Wanted
Defense: Abandoned Mining Facility
Navigation: Infested Fields

Gladiator I (56) [FLAGSHIP] [VET]
• Ordnance Experts (4)
• Demolisher (10)
= 70 Points
Raider I (44)
• Ordnance Experts (4)
= 48 Points
Gozanti Cruisers (23)
= 23 Points
Gozanti Cruisers (23)
= 23 Points
Squadrons:
• Maarek Stele (21)
• Colonel Jendon (20) [VET]
• 4 x TIE Interceptor Squadron (44)
= 85 Points
Total Points: 249

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Fleet: Dat Ole VSD
Commander: Fleet Captain Lex Ander (ALEXANDER)
Abilities: Master Navigator I (flagship), Ion Tech (fleetwide)
XP: 2
Conditions: Low Fuel

Assault: Most Wanted
Defense: Contested Outpost
Navigation: Infested Fields

Victory I (73) [FLAGSHIP] [VET]
• Veteran Captain (3)
• Linked Turbolaser Towers (7)
• Harrow (3)
= 86 Points
Arquitens Light Cruiser (54)
• Skilled First Officer (1)
• Linked Turbolaser Towers (7)
= 62 Points
Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Comms Net (2)
• Suppressor (4)
= 29 Points
Squadrons:
• Soontir Fel (18) [VET]
• Howlrunner (16)
• TIE Interceptor Squadron (11)
= 45 Points
Total Points: 222

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Fleet: Pimp My Ships
Commander: Flotilla Commander So Tham (THOMAS F)
Abilities: Master Engineer II (fleetwide)
XP: 2
Conditions: None

Assault: Opening Salvo
Defense: Contested Outpost
Navigation: Infested Fields

Arquitens Command Cruiser (59) [FLAGSHIP]
• Expert Shield Tech (5)
= 64 Points
Arquitens Command Cruiser (59)
• Expert Shield Tech (5)
= 64 Points
Raider II (48) [VET]
• Iden Versio (6)
• Disposable Capacitors (3)
= 57 Points
Squadrons:
• Ciena Ree (17) [VET]
• Valen Rudor (13) [VET]
• TIE Interceptor Squadron (11)
= 41 Points
Total Points: 226

REBELS

Tokens: 2x resource, spynet, ally, 2x skilled spacers, Repair yard.

Eirik (235)
Commander abilities
- Master Gunner I
- Ion Technician
XP: 2

Objectives: Asteroid Tactics, Surprise Attack, Minefields
.
(V) [flagship] Assault Frigate Mark II B (72)
- Skilled First Officer (1)
= 73 total points
(V) CR90 Corvette A (44)
- Jaina's Light (2)
- Intel Officer (7)
- Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
= 60 total points
GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
- Bright Hope (2)
- Comms Net (2)
= 22 total points
Squadrons (80/200):
1x Millennium Falcon - Lando Calrissian (23)
1x Kanan Jarrus (19)
1x HWK-290 (12)
1x VCX-100 Freighter (15)
1x A-Wing Squadron (11)
.
.
Roosh flying circus. 214
Comnander master eng I, Ion technician, Infiltration I
Xp 1

Objectives: Surprise Attack, Abandoned Mining Facility, Solar Corona
.
(V) Nebulon-B Support Refit (51)
- General Draven (3)
- Auxiliary Shields Team (3)
- Spinal Armament (9)
= 66 total points
CR90 Corvette A (44)
- Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
- Hondo Ohnaka (2)
= 53 total points
CR90 Corvette B (39)
- SW-7 Ion Batteries (5)
- Reactive Gunnery (4)
= 48 total points
Squadrons (47/200):
(V) Corran Horn E-wing Squadron (22)
1x Rogue Squadron X-wing Squadron (14)
1x A-Wing Squadron (11)
.
.
2nd Expeditinary Fleet (249/200)
Rebels - Author: CTS
Commander Tomakak
Master coordinator II
Xp: 3

Objectives: Capture the VIP, Precision Strike, Infested Fields
.
Assault Frigate Mark II B (72) (V)
- Adar Tallon (10)
= 82 total points
GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
- Bomber Command Center (😎
= 26 total points
GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
- Comms Net (2)
= 20 total points
Squadrons (121/200):
1x Norra Wexley Y-wing Squadron (17) (V)
1x Y-Wing Squadron (10)
2x Y-Wing Squadron (20) (scarred)
3x X-Wing Squadron (39)
1x Moldy Crow - Jan Ors (19)
1x Scurgg H-6 Bomber (16)

Demonstration of Force

Both sides spent 1 ally token. We took our staple 3xYV-666 and Rebels took 3xYT-1300. The 1300s were taken, I think, with Jan Ors in mind. Plus the 2400s die fast to YVs. But they never got anywhere near Jan so it didn't really help much.

We (Empire) didn't have much of a plan going into this pivotal. The only bit that we were going to focus on was not spreading out too much. 

I put my stuff down to one side, but not all the way to the edge. My squadrons, including 3xYV-666 went on the inside so they could move centrally if needed to support the rest of the Empire battle group. Both Gozanti at speed 2 aimed at squadron commands. Raider to support squads with flak. Demo (with Nav I) lurking at speed 1 ready to jump forward. And this time I'd keep Jendon-Maarek in reserve.

The VSD fleet was placed in the middle with the Arq on the left flank. Squads to the left with the Gozanti ready to command them. We still need more squads in that ball. Howl + Int + Soontir is just a minor speed bump - at best.

Our dual-Arq+Raider-II fleet on the far left. But by "far" left I mean just a little bit to the left not all the way left. Deployed to either go wide to the (far) left to lure away some rebel ship or to curl inwards and present a total of 3 Arq broadside to the approaching enemy.

Rebels put their main squad fleet in the middle facing the VSD. Their "mixed" fleet with Neb+2xCR90 facing our duo-Arq, but deployed much further out (even after using Infiltrator + Spynet token). Facing my Demo-group was 1 AF, 1 TRC90 (JL), and BH backed by a squad ball augmented by the 1300s.


Rebels moving their first ship of the day.

My battle group augmented by YVs.

Our center-left. Arqs are angled slightly to the left but being Arqs they can quickly curl right and present their combined broadsides.

Closeup of rebel left flank facing my Demo. For some reason, Bright Hope is heading away and both rebel combat ships are clumped together.

View of rebel center and right flank. They are spread out too much. The same thing happened in CC.

Closeup of rebel chief of staff's hands. A most cunning and sinister plot is afoot!

Early r1. Ships are edging forward.

Left flank perspective. Clearly shows how the rebels are way too spread out.

Forgot to take pics for a little while...Demo & Maarekdon murderer poor Jaina's Light. The tiny corvette should have taken cover behind the AF or gone wide. Instead it was an easy target that popped too soon.

The rebel right flank was doing fine and close to killing the Arq flagship. Then THIS WILD ROLL HAPPENED. 8 dmg on 4 reds...rerolling with Evade...another double. The chance of that happening is...very small. Dead CR90 --> Arq flagship that managed to limp into hyperspace.

This is after the TRC90 died. That potato is heading into red dice hell. Rebel squads waste time killing some Howl/Soontir/Int and make only a half-hearted bombing run on the VSD.

Overview. I think this is start r4. Rebels activate something...

...Maarek setting up Demo.

Poor Ints. We need RHD bad.

Die rebel scum!

Potato gone. Neb in trouble. If not for the 8-damage roll that flank would have developed very differently.

Demo pounces. The AF2 (AF1 model) is nearly dead at this stage. The VSD fleets Arq actually kills two potatoes in this game, both on 1 hull. Talk about being served by your allies πŸ˜…

End state. Rebels are hunted down to (almost) the last man. The CR90B makes it out alive. As do Rogue squad and Mr. Jarrus. Both achieve veteran status by running for the hills. Every other rebel squad is destroyed.

The Empire loses 2 flotillas and a handful of squads. Massive 410 MoV victory for us, earning us a ton of extra XP. Go Empire!

In many ways, the Rebels lost at setup. They did exactly the same things as when we played the final assault in CC: spread out too much. We delayed engagement in the center/our left while I used my striking power to hammer the rebel flank. Only after 1/3 of the rebel fleet was out of action did the main battle begin. Rebels squads were too slow to engage and not focused enough (hard when both potatoes die and no other combat ships nearby). The final flank was pretty much decided by a single dice roll. Instead of a tough fight, the rebels lost their TRC90 to bad luck and the Arq limped away into hyper on 1 hull and no shields. But even barring that dice roll Empire would have won by a good margin. But not 410 MoV good.

Next up is act 2!

Submission deadline for VASSAL OP Q2 2021 "Unconventional Warfare" 16th May


It's time for another tournament!

This time we've been inspired by AMG's Unconventional Warfare event from May.

Short version: build your fleet a certain way and gain access to perks (they are quite potent). For every battle you fight, another perk is unlocked. Catch: you don't know what the future perks are until they are unlocked!

Type: Swiss

Rounds: 4

Time zones: 2 (EURO and NA - if there are enough players)

List building restrictions: Uses standard FFG/AMG fleet building but with an extra set of restrictions.

Errata: Hondo is unaligned (for funises), Moralo is Separatist (nerf).

The full rules are here.

The perk trees for round 1 are here.

Sign up for the torurnament here.

Join the tournament's Discord channel.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Final call for Vassal Team mini-league event (Sunday, 17th April)


Wave 10 is finally here! 

(both Warlords and Vassal have been updated with the full set of cards. Some of the images are a bit grainy but I've already gotten some better scans so will be replaced shortly)

It's time to get the VASSAL OP H1 2021 event "Team mini-league" rolling.

Team leaders must submit fleets by Sunday, 18th April using this form.

If you don't have a team yet, try posting your name using this form and also join our Discord channel.

Warlords clone

You can build your fleets any way you like but to help you along I've created a Warlords clone that has all the errata, costing changes, and upgrade slot tweaks. 

You need to create a new user to save your fleets as I didn't copy user data.

Most things should be coded in but there are a few oddities you'll have to manually check, like the Flagship limitation of Flag Bridge and the Star Destroyer limitation of SPHA-T to name a couple.

Custom Vassal module version

For the team league, we'll use a special version of module 4.4.0 called 4.4.0vop

4.4.0vop replaces standard 1.5 cards with their errataed versions and adds 3 new titles and 2 new squadrons. You can have it installed alongside 4.0.0 so there should be no problems at all.

Get the 4.4.0vop version here.

I haven't moved around existing stuff, so if the Republic wants to manually get Hondo in Slave I, he'll have to look under Empire --> Squads --> Firespray. Jango/Bo-Katan/Phoenix Nest are in a separate custom tab at the end. 

Shrimpbot is compatible with the special module, except for the 5 new cards. You need to remove those before generating the setup file. For everything else, Shrimpbot will generate a setup file that when run will give you errataed (if any) cards. Pretty neat!

Errata

Errata version 1.2.1 can be downloaded here.

Read it carefully and keep it at hand for reference!

Points changes/upgrade slot changes

These documents list out costs and upgrade slots (for ships):

Squadrons

Upgrades

The future

Lessons learned during this event will be applied to later custom events. So what you do here in terms of fleet building and battles will have a real effect on what comes.

Last, but not least: have fun!

Friday, April 9, 2021

VASSAL Armada module version 4.4.0 is available


Module version 4.4.0 "We will have revenge" is available! 

Download: http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Armada

Checksum: a550828d

OVERVIEW

Full wave 10 release. Some images are of poor quality and will be replaced later on.

COMPATIBILITY

Armada 4.4.0 was built using Vassal 3.5.5. It should be compatible with module versions 4.0.0+ and Vassal 3.5.0+ but ALWAYS update to the most recent versions of both!

CRITICAL BUGFIXES

Onager has an additional range overlay that shows the exact ranges for the special arc.

OTHER BUGFIXES

Fixed some nomenclature errors.

MAJOR NEW FEATURES

Added remaining w10 cards.

Added quick-spawn functionality to all w10 cards.

Sounds can now be muted in-module (Preferences --> Sounds).

OTHER NEW FEATURES

Shu Mai can spawn round tokens.

Munitions/Parts Resupply can spawn respective command tokens.

Volume of "SET" sound slightly decreased.

Setup ("L") token added. It can rotate. Gink wanted it - I've forgotten why...

TO-DO

Add better quality card images as they become available.

IDEA BANK

Look at "locking pieces" functionality (to make accidentally nudging stuff not a thing).

Make shield dials toggleable (easier to resolve obstacle overlap corner cases).

Warlords updated: full wave 10 content added


Armada Warlords has been updated with all wave 10 content: http://armadawarlords.hivelabs.solutions/

Enjoy.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Update for Vassal OP Q2 2021 Unconventional Warfare


Here's a little sneak peek of the tournament rules and perk tree for the upcoming Vassal tournament for Q2 2021, "Unconventional Warfare."

Round 1 has the first two perks active. You won't know exactly what the advanced perks are until after each round when they are revealed, but the rules document should give some hints. "Favors this or that."

It's inspired by AMG's Ministravaganza in March 2021. 

As you can see there are 4 perk trees instead of 2, 2 for squad-centric and 2 for ship-centric. Squads are further divided between "normal" and irregular. Ships between light and fast and flexible, and larger and moving in formation.

There will be 4 rounds of Swiss. It will not be a live event this time but there will be a 2 hour 30 mins time limit in effect. The live event proved we don't need more time than that. Dragging your feet doesn't help one bit so get fast, scrub πŸ˜… On a more serious note, if one or both players are inexperienced they can have 30 mins extra (3 hours total).

The event is scheduled to run in May. Exact dates TBA.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Rebellion in the Rim pt. 4 (Round 3)

Let's look at the 3rd campaign turn:

The Fleets

Nothing much has changed. We still have trouble handling the squad-heavy Rebel list and think it's a bit silly but we're not complaining. Much. I've temporarily maxed out my fleet on squads but I've planned to tone it down a bit. Or at least I want to. Not sure I can, given the number of squads in a certain rebel list...

My allies have their defensive aces and now 1 TIE Int each πŸ˜… The Arq+Arq+Raider fleet won a green objective last turn and now comes with Iden and 1 EST. The Arq+VSD+Goz fleet could only afford Vet Captain and SFO.

Team league errata & costing changes explained

 


Talking about the team league changes. 

Warning: long runtime πŸ˜…

Results for Vassal 1-day Swiss Event (Sunday, 21st March)


The 1-day Swiss event has ended. From a TO perspective, it went very well indeed. And it looked like players were having fun as well. That's the most important bit. We want them hooked on the digital plastic crack so they come back for the next one πŸ˜†

I'm happy to say that the majority of games were played to completion within the allotted 2h 15 min. IRL there are games that will not make it through round 6. Not bad, not bad at all. Gives me hope that we can play more "fast" Armada in the future. These 3-round Swiss events are a bit exhausting but they are double and they are fun. I'll run more.

I'm also going to set a time cap on all my tournaments from now - there will be no more 4 hour + games on my watch. It's not going to be 2h 15 min. Maybe 2.5 hours or even 3. Haven't decided quite yet. the point is you don't play better when you overthink and overmeasure. You have to make some judgment calls and try to play the way you would IRL.

But enough about the future. Let's have some key statistics for the tournament:

Winner: unskilledfirstofficer, 27 pts, Empire

Runner-up: pheaver, 25 pts, Seppies

Both went undefeated during the Swiss. Both leveraged second player and their objectives to good effect. UFO had a lot of scoring from his Abandoned Mining Facility and heaver was wrecking face using long-range Kraken-powered Volatile Deposits. UFO also has this in his list - one to watch out for?

The winning list is hardly a standard one. Ozzel and a Dictor? But nuOzzel is really flexible, freeing you from having to navigate much. Combined with Chimaera with TEA! you can pull off from great maneuvers with only a single nav token to feed the fleet command.

Heaver is still addicted to Munis πŸ˜… But heΓ¦s managed to diversify a little bit and put in a bare-bones Recusant and a Hardcell. His ships are all very lean. Gives me a kind of X-wing vibe - the more ships on the table the better. Not sure how well his Hyenas performed?

Name: Wizard of Ozz

Faction: Galactic Empire
Commander: Admiral Ozzel
Points: 393/400

Assault: Advanced Gunnery
Defense: Abandoned Mining Facility
Navigation: Volatile Deposits

Imperial II (120)
• Emperor Palpatine (3)
• Boarding Troopers (3)
• Early Warning System (7)
• Chimaera (4)
• Entrapment Formation! (5)
= 142 Points

Interdictor Suppression Refit (90)
• Admiral Ozzel (20)
• Captain Needa (2)
• Projection Experts (6)
• Disposable Capacitors (3)
• Targeting Scrambler (5)
• Grav Shift Reroute (2)
• Interdictor (3)
= 131 Points

Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Darth Vader (1)
• Comms Net (2)
= 26 Points

Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Comms Net (2)
= 25 Points

Squadrons:
• Maarek Stele (21)
• Colonel Jendon (20)
• Zertik Strom (15)
• Valen Rudor (13)
= 69 Points

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HaMMeR Tickles

Assault: Ion Storm
Defense: Fire Lanes 
Navigation: Volatile Deposits

Faction: Separatist Alliance
Commander: Kraken
Points: 399/400

Munificent-class Comms Frigate (70 points)
- Linked Turbolaser Towers ( 7 points)
= 77 total ship cost

[ flagship ] Munificent-class Comms Frigate (70 points)
- Kraken ( 30 points)
- Tikkes ( 2 points)
- Engine Techs ( 8 points)
- Linked Turbolaser Towers ( 7 points)
= 117 total ship cost

Hardcell-class Transport (47 points)
- Parts Resupply ( 3 points)
= 50 total ship cost

Recusant Light Destroyer (85 points)
- Wat Tambor ( 5 points)
- Linked Turbolaser Towers ( 7 points)
= 97 total ship cost

2 Hyena-class Droid Bomber Squadrons ( 22 points)
1 Phlac-Arphocc Prototypes ( 19 points)
1 DIS-T81 ( 17 points)
= 58 total squadron cost

All lists can be found here: https://tabletop.to/vassal-1day-swiss-event-q1-2021

Here is the full ladder. Poor rasp took one for the team since there was an odd number of players.

VASSAL 1-DAY SWISS EVENT Q1 2021 - LADDER (29)

Player

Rank

W/L

TPs

MOV/SOS

unskilledfirstofficer

1

3/0

27

836/6.33

Pheaver

2

3/0

25

650/5.56

Jamesmorgan

3

2/1

21

430/4.89

SpeKre

4

2/1

20

611/5.33

Benk3i

5

2/1

20

359/5.56

BiggsIRL

6

1/2

20

302/5.00

Shyvalry

7

2/1

19

329/6.22

Roald Hansen (Roald/lilrys#8187)

8

2/1

19

315/5.89

Aresius

9

2/1

19

165/5.67

Slendy_Games

10

3/0

19

141/4.89

Veleno111

11

2/1

18

365/6.00

Callum

12

2/1

18

146/6.44

Mrks.

13

2/1

17

334/6.33

ginkapo

14

1/2

17

191/5.56

Gerrit

15

2/1

17

178/5.33

187-Leon

16

2/1

17

131/5.00

paindemic

17

1/2

16

90/5.00

TigerKonigs

18

1/2

15

149/5.11

Jolliegreengiant

19

1/2

15

22/4.67

BackSeatAdmiral

20

1/2

14

42/5.78

CaribbeanNinja

21

0/3

14

0/5.11

Ardaedhel

22

1/2

13

34/5.56

Doktor

23

1/2

12

48/5.44

Karneck

24

1/2

12

31/5.00

Maturin

25

1/2

11

16/5.89

EbonHawk

26

1/2

10

79/5.11

mmusterer

27

0/3

9

0/6.00

Craig Fleming

28

0/3

8

0/5.33

rasproteus

29

0/0

0

0/0.00

Factions:

Massive overrepresentation by rebels (Starhawks and Agate very popular) and seppies (roll all the red dice). The winner was Empire, however, same with 3rd place. Seppies on 2nd and 4th. Top rebel on 5th place. Then more imps and seppies. Highest scoring Republic on 9th.

Forms response chart. Question title: Pick a faction. Number of responses: 29 responses. 

Empire - 4

Rebel - 10 (rasp had a rebel list)

Republic - 3

Seppies - 12

Assault:

MW overrepresented of course. Ion Storm had a presence given all the seppie fleets. AG made a showing. Surprised to see Marked for Destruction. And where did Surprise Attack go?

Forms response chart. Question title: Assault (Red) Objective. Number of responses: 29 responses.

Most Wanted - 41%

Advanced Gunnery - 17%

Marked For Destruction -  13%

Ion Storm - 10%

Defense:

The only surprise for me here is Hyperspace Assault. Didn't expect to see multiple fleets with that one. Retro. From what I could see, HA didn't perform too well.

Forms response chart. Question title: Defense (Yellow) Objective. Number of responses: 29 responses.

Asteroid Tactics: 20%

Contested Outpost: 17%

AMF: 14%

HA: 14%

Rift Ambush: 14%

Navigation:

Good to see Doomed Station show up. I think it's a fairly solid objective that is underplayed. Volatile Deposits is linked to the numerous red-die-chucking seppie fleets.

Forms response chart. Question title: Navigate (Blue) Objective. Number of responses: 29 responses.

Solar Corona: 24%

Volatile Deposits: 24%

Infested Fields: 21%

Doomed Station: 14%

Don't forget to join our two upcoming events: the team mini-league and the unconventional warfare Swiss turnament.