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Star Wars: Armada

Star Wars: Armada
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Fantasy Flight Games

Rebel and imperial fleets fight for the fate of the galaxy in star wars: armada, the two- player miniatures game of epic space battles. Star wars: armada balances the awesome scale of the star wars galaxy's ships and space warfare with ship designs and rules that make for accessible, intuitive play experiences. Assemble your fleet, survey your objectives, form your battle plan, plot your course, call your shots, and destroy the enemy. It'S your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and the fate of the galaxy!


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4.5
They nailed the system. Generated a full evening game that was deeper and longer than X-wing but wasn't too involved. Toy factor is great too. Ships last for several turns so don't feel like large scale fighters but aren't so durable that you won't see ships melt under fire. List building is fun if not taken to excess, balance feels good as an amateur, and the parallel systems (fighter/ship) work just right.

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Michael Barnes's Avatar
Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184353 08 Aug 2014 17:07
God fucking damn it.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #184354 08 Aug 2014 17:08
I am like so much more into this than x wing I cannot even describe it. Just personal preference. I will probably get this. Can't wait for some of the cooler cap ship designs.
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charlest replied the topic: #184355 08 Aug 2014 17:09
Blah. That cover/box looks great, but I don't really have interest in this. Those fighter stands look kind of awkward (the plastic base is more prominent than the minis) and it looks way too fiddly with tons of components.

The squadrons are also unpainted, nice.

Oh, the mission/objectives do look interesting.

Whoah - $99 MSRP. Ugh.
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VonTush replied the topic: #184356 08 Aug 2014 17:13
$100 MSRP on it...So only online purchase for me it looks like. Sucks to be my FLGS.

But I'm all over this.
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Bull Nakano replied the topic: #184357 08 Aug 2014 17:14
At a glance it seems like it's probably a more playable out of the box game than Attack Wing, which was pretty limited out of the box. The bases and the movement ruler look so gimmicky. Not sure where they're going to go after the take down a Star Destroyer scenario, but it'll probably be a good game.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184358 08 Aug 2014 17:14
I mean, seriously, how I am supposed to not buy this? It looks AMAZING.

It's actually pretty ballsy too...a different system than X-Wing, an all-new product line...it definitely looks like this is an "oh shit, we're out of ships" escape plan. Which is fine, because I had planned on C&Ding X-Wing collecting after the Outrider/Decimator. I'll just grumble and move on to this then.

I'm curious as to how they're going to sell this...Caps will obviously be 1-per, but will you get like three flights of fighters in a booster or what? I'd actually much rather they sold it in

Out of the box, I'm looking at three starters, regardless. Unfortunately, they also look like $60 MSRP starters.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184359 08 Aug 2014 17:20
Dan did you see $100 somewhere? I don't see it anywhere...if that's the case...maybe just one starter. Ouch.

It does look like there's more of a full game here than X-Wing, if you just want to have the basic setup and do just a simple engagement. But you KNOW muthafuckas be buyin' like ten boxes and shit to have ten SDs out there.

Not sure where the rest of the ships are going to come from...obviously we'll see an Executor-class SSD and probably a Death Star. Can't think of many other caps from SW.
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charlest replied the topic: #184360 08 Aug 2014 17:20

Michael Barnes wrote: I mean, seriously, how I am supposed to not buy this? It looks AMAZING.

It's actually pretty ballsy too...a different system than X-Wing, an all-new product line...it definitely looks like this is an "oh shit, we're out of ships" escape plan. Which is fine, because I had planned on C&Ding X-Wing collecting after the Outrider/Decimator. I'll just grumble and move on to this then.

I'm curious as to how they're going to sell this...Caps will obviously be 1-per, but will you get like three flights of fighters in a booster or what? I'd actually much rather they sold it in

Out of the box, I'm looking at three starters, regardless. Unfortunately, they also look like $60 MSRP starters.


You'll be paying $210 for those 3 starters from CSI. They're $100 MSRP.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184361 08 Aug 2014 17:21
OK, you guys are seeing $99 on it...egads. I'll definitely be doing a smaller investment with this then. That is just way the fuck too much money, even at $60-$70 at discount.
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VonTush replied the topic: #184362 08 Aug 2014 17:22
Clink on the name to go to the game description then click on products and its there. All the newly announced games follows the same pattern to find the price.

Also the game is listed at 2hrs. If it is 2hrs out of the box, and the game is supposed to play with more Caps...We might be looking at a 3 hr event. Which I'm all for.
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charlest replied the topic: #184363 08 Aug 2014 17:24

Michael Barnes wrote: Not sure where the rest of the ships are going to come from...obviously we'll see an Executor-class SSD and probably a Death Star. Can't think of many other caps from SW.


There's a whole bunch of Star Destroyer variations. That version there is from the West End Games RPG I believe. So they'll pump out tons of models which are only slightly different but have new cards/components. It looks like fighter groups will have leaders/heroes (they mention Luke), so you'll probably have to buy the fighter expansions to get all of the cards, like X-Wing.

I'd much rather see BSG: Armada. You know, an IP where we actually see Capital ships fighting each other. I don't recall any Turbolasers trading broadside barrages in X-Wing.
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Deleted replied the topic: #184364 08 Aug 2014 17:25

charlest wrote:

Michael Barnes wrote: I mean, seriously, how I am supposed to not buy this? It looks AMAZING.

It's actually pretty ballsy too...a different system than X-Wing, an all-new product line...it definitely looks like this is an "oh shit, we're out of ships" escape plan. Which is fine, because I had planned on C&Ding X-Wing collecting after the Outrider/Decimator. I'll just grumble and move on to this then.

I'm curious as to how they're going to sell this...Caps will obviously be 1-per, but will you get like three flights of fighters in a booster or what? I'd actually much rather they sold it in

Out of the box, I'm looking at three starters, regardless. Unfortunately, they also look like $60 MSRP starters.


You'll be paying $210 for those 3 starters from CSI. They're $100 MSRP.


Games like this are like divorce: expensive, but only because the value commands the price.

Id love to try it first...it's pretty hard to beat ACTA: Star Fleet.
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Ochobee replied the topic: #184365 08 Aug 2014 17:28
As cool as this sounds, I am kind of hoping it has a bit more under the hood than it appears. Cap ship engagements would I hope have more involved with damage and functionality than you need to worry about in a game like X-Wing.

I had a lot of fun with the old FASA Renegade Legion cap ship game Leviathan, in particular due to the way it handled damage. It would be nice if it scratched that itch even just a bit.

FFG has definitely found the way into people's wallets, and they are not letting up.
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VonTush replied the topic: #184367 08 Aug 2014 17:33
It looks like the first Star Destroyer is the Victory-II Class according to the ship base. So each may be unique...But Charles I think nailed it. Variations on a theme.

One thing for certain though, with FFG keeping their info so close to their vest, there is no way I'm buying more than one until I start to see what else they have planned down the line.

X-Wing makes them tons of $'s, so I don't see them stopping with that anytime soon. And the tourney scene is just getting stronger.

But perhaps they do stop and just let XWing lay and then extend the license with Wizkids and just cash checks as Wizkids continues to pump out Star Trek and soon D&D.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184368 08 Aug 2014 17:41
Maybe I should just play Tonga Bonga, this shit is too complicated.
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Hex Sinister replied the topic: #184369 08 Aug 2014 17:42
I'm too dumbstruck to process this rationally. I need a week to let it soak.
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Erik Twice replied the topic: #184371 08 Aug 2014 17:46
Is this how I look when I talk about train games? My goodness...
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charlest replied the topic: #184372 08 Aug 2014 17:47

VonTush wrote: It looks like the first Star Destroyer is the Victory-II Class according to the ship base. So each may be unique...But Charles I think nailed it. Variations on a theme.

One thing for certain though, with FFG keeping their info so close to their vest, there is no way I'm buying more than one until I start to see what else they have planned down the line.

X-Wing makes them tons of $'s, so I don't see them stopping with that anytime soon. And the tourney scene is just getting stronger.

But perhaps they do stop and just let XWing lay and then extend the license with Wizkids and just cash checks as Wizkids continues to pump out Star Trek and soon D&D.


No way they stop expanding X-Wing. I think X-Wing will still be more popular than Armada. You can play a 100 point X-Wing tournament match in 30-60 minutes. FFG estimates Armada taking 2 hours, which will limit its tournament appeal.

Armada is also much more expensive to get into, which will factor somewhat into its popularity. I think this will, of course, rake in the money for them though. They're looking to wholesale steal the Attack Wing community, grab a solid number of X-wing players who will fork out the cash for both, and grab a few people who stayed away from X-Wing but will like the idea of Capital Ships more. I see Attack Wing suffering much more so than X-wing.
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #184373 08 Aug 2014 18:00
Yeah, I'm really arching an eyebrow at this one for one word: "unpainted". If that means that the squadrons are too small to get good detail on and they're simply pre-formed different types of plastic (as in, black and gray plastic molded together to form the TIEs as is apparently the case), that's one thing. If they're going full-on GW and expecting me to paint things, that's a big "fuck you" right there. I did it for years. I'm not doing it again.

That said, I'm rapidly reaching my limit in Star Wars/FFG expenditures, regardless. I haven't even picked up any Wave 4 of X-Wing yet because I just don't play often enough. Throwing down another $100 (or $70 Amazon equivalent to legal tender) for an expanding miniatures game is just a bit too close to old habits for me. I think I'm done here, no matter how cool it looks (and it does.)
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #184375 08 Aug 2014 18:08
I'm not painting jack fucking shit. If I get into this, you're going to have to just use your imagination on the little ships.

Has anyone bitched about the scale between the caps and fighters yet on BGG, the game has been announced now for about two hours, it's overdue.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #184376 08 Aug 2014 18:16
Too bad the Rebel Mon Calamari big ships won't be in the game, but it just gives them somewhere to expand into. I love those ship designs.
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metalface13 replied the topic: #184377 08 Aug 2014 18:33
What if every time your fighter squadrons engage you move to another table and play the dogfight out in X-Wing?
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metalface13 replied the topic: #184378 08 Aug 2014 18:37
I'm sure they'll add the Millenium Falcon, Slave I and other similarly sized ships as well.
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scissors replied the topic: #184379 08 Aug 2014 18:59
Somebody PM Black Inferno to see if we can't get a Fuck FFG chant going.
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Space Ghost replied the topic: #184385 08 Aug 2014 19:22

metalface13 wrote: What if every time your fighter squadrons engage you move to another table and play the dogfight out in X-Wing?


Then I would buy in.