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Jeff Wilder
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Opinionated, vulgar, and ugly. But always right.
Opinionated, vulgar, and ugly. But always right.

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Jeff Wilder commented on a post on Blogger.
Heya, Clint.  Hope you feel better quick!

It would be so great if you (and your readers) could make a gentle request of MM that they not wait until release day to ship.  (I've made the request ... just sorta disappeared into the aether.)  Release day is when product is allowed into the hands of players.  There's no reason I know of that they can't ship earlier, given that delivery takes so long.

I don't know how much trouble it would be to match shipping dates to transit times, but even (e.g.) having shipped yesterday would be cool.  Instead, my stuff shipped today, and I won't receive it until late next week.

I ordered from MM from your link, but this is the second time I'm getting product almost a week later than I would if I ordered from CoolStuff or from Amazon.  It's not a HUGE big deal, but it sure would be nice to get it earlier.  (It's a little extra annoying this time because I won't have my ships in time for X-Wing League play on Monday.)

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Here in the Bay Area, we have nine Imdaar Alpha events.  (Keep in mind the Bay Area is a big place ... they're all within driving distance of me, but the furthest are easily two hours from each other.)  One of the local players here worked really hard and managed to coordinate the stores' schedules, such that it's possible to make five events -- one on Friday night, two each on Saturday and Sunday -- providing of course that you're not doing well enough on Saturday or Sunday to make the Top Four and can get a jump on the drive to the evening venues.  (Also providing your head doesn't explode from that much X-Wing.  I'm doing four events -- can't make the Sunday night -- and I'm not at all sure I'll survive the experience.)

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Clint, you're likely to discourage the best designers by making entry contingent on giving away copyright.  There's no reason to do that: instead of saying TMB owns the submitted scenarios, just say TMB gets the right to publish them on the site.  It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing, and I can't see any reason you'd need full copyright.

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I think the Fact of Ultimate Death for a smaller ship that gets in the way of a Huge ship will have the effect of keeping things relatively clear for use of the template.  Remember, if by eyeballing it's apparent there's going to be a collision, well, just remove those ships, then worry about the template.

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I play in a bi-weekly league at a game store in Oakland, once or twice a month at my fairly roomy house in Daly City, and quite frequently on VASSAL.

VASSAL is great, but I like the visual appeal of the game, so if I had my druthers, I'd play every weekend at my place and cut back on my VASSAL play.

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My League store only had three people preorder Aces -- I've tried like hell to convince other League players to buy some of their stuff from the store, but it seems hopeless -- and FFG/distributors only shipped them two.  So it may not be (just) your store at fault, Clint.

Amusingly, one of the store guys was ribbing me just last week: "Jeff, you know you placed this pre-order in September?"  Well, yeah, and I got my Aces!

I'm not a saint: I'm buying a total of 13 Wave 4 ships, and I'm only buying four of them from the store (the rest online).  That's pretty consistent: I buy one-third to one-half of my X-Wing ships at the store, and the rest online, where it's so much cheaper.  (Imperial Aces is $20 at an online retailer, and $33 at the store.  That's significant.)

The League organizer -- who, BTW, got shut out of his Aces pre-order, and while I'm thinking about it, I think I'll offer him mine -- buys everything at the store, so we're not all mooches.

But we have ~16ish people in our League, and if all of them bought even a quarter of their stuff at the store, I think it would make a big difference in the store continuing to give us plenty of space to play.  It might even be enough for them to offer us a small discount.

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This is really gorgeous, and I covet one.  But I have to admit ... as much as I like the graphics and the smooth (but not frictionless) surface, I can't justify $55+shipping more than the (completely awesome) $12 black paint-speckled yoga mat I use now.

Dave, if and when you're able to drop the price $15 or so, let Clint know.  I'll be buying one.

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The problem is, Advanced are not more maneuverable than BBXX.

The Advanced and the X-wing, in fact, have the exact same dial ... except with the straights being pushed forward one speed (i.e., Green-1-Straight on the X-wing is a Green 2-Straight on the Advanced, and the Advanced has a White-5-Straight the X-wing doesn't have.

The thing is, the ability to cool your jets doing a 1-Straight is of significantly greater value than the ability to do a 5-Straight.  (Cue soundbite of Maverick saying he'll hit the brakes and they'll fly right past.)

And while technically the Advanced does have a better dial than the B-wing, in practice the B-wing's movements are more versatile and unpredictable, thanks to Advanced Sensors.

The TIE Advanced was a mistake by FFG (except for possibly Vader): it's a defensive mirror-image of the X-wing, which is fine ... except that it's costed the same in a game engine that values offense significantly higher than defense.  If the TIE Advanced were coming out in Wave 4, I absolutely guarantee you they would be costed more aggressively.  (I think even Vader would have come in at 28.)

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Okay, bear with me.  I think you should play a game, turn by turn, with one of your buddies (who promises not to read the blog for the duration) and allow your readers to pick your moves by vote.

Basically, for each turn, for each of your ships (you'd want to play Rebels, and only three or four ships) you (as the gatekeeper) would present options for movement/actions and let the readers vote on them.

This would be interesting, I think, because it would naturally lead into discussions of strategy: "We should move 4-straight because he has missiles, and if he moves anything but 1-straight, he won't be able to fire them at us."
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Jeff Wilder commented on a post on Blogger.
That last paragraph hadn't even occurred to me.
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