Episode 094 - I Hear Spectre In the Sound

February 20, 2019

REGIONAL REPORT!

Noa Pestana, an incredible and long-standing member of the northwestern US IA community, was the champion of the Seattle Regional! The Seattle Regional is one of the most competitive in the world and they had a great showing this year. Many props to Noa for bringing it home.

Subscribe to Noa's Youtube channel! It has awesome IA content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6-Eab4g9zRXwdZjVdzS-DQ

GET READY FOR WORLDS! GET YOUR REPS IN ON VASSAL! GET HYPED FOR THE VASSAL REGIONALS!

We're going to be having some awesome episodes in the coming weeks getting ready for Worlds and announcing some new things on our IA horizon. Thank you to everyone who continues to be such positive members of the community. We love and need you all.

 

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Episode 093 - The Darkest Hour

February 12, 2019

We are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history....

So said Winston Churchill at a time when it actually mattered and before England would again pour itself out in the defense of its ancient kingdom and liberties.

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I wanted to make a lot of clever comparisons between Lothal Blitz and the air campaign waged in the defense of Britain, but fortunately came to my senses and decided instead to merely quote the eminent statesmen and include a selection of music from Oldman's masterwork.

On to the real bit. Friends, Spectre on Lothal Blitz is one hundred percent broken. In a non-mirror match, where the opposing list needs at least one turn to gin up in terms of focusing, drawing command cards, etc., Spectre will win approximately ninety percent of the time. I am sure that some of you will think I am being hyperbolic (I am not), that more testing is necessary (it isn't), and that we can crack this nut before Worlds (we won't). Spectre is in their opponent's deployment zone in round one. As Matt and I discuss, in his first activation in the majority of his games as Spectre on Lothal Blitz, he was able to deal approximately fifteen damage (killing Onar, two Rangers, etc.). His first activation. I even attempted to deploy my forces at the very back of my deployment zone. It did not matter, except to briefly delay the end.

There is no way to stop Spectre when you have no time to power up your attacks, and on Blitz you will get no time.

I wish there was a bit of shine I could put on the problem, but it just isn't there. When Ugnaughts appeared and briefly dominated the meta, there was at least hope for support from FFG in the form of an errata or future product. While new product may be in the pipeline, it will not arrive before Worlds and there is a vanishingly small chance of an errata to Spectre prior to Worlds.

Let's talk about this more on the Slack. We have played it enough that we feel comfortable making these kind of stark claims. We have a lot of fun talking about the existential crisis that we think we are facing, but we keep on target enough to make our reasons clear (especially Matt, for all the obvious reasons). I have spent all my fan-capital with Todd and FFG, but if anyone has a line to someone in a position of authority, as Obi-Wan says, "Now is the time."

I love you all. Thank you so much for your support.

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Episode 12 - The LaLa Regional (and Riding Into the Beautiful SoCal Sunset)

February 5, 2019

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Fully Armed and Operational Podcast!

Andrew asked if I would be willing to host their final (or is it ANDREW NICHOLAS JORGEN or is it?!) Imperial Assault episode (at least for a while), to which I happily agreed. Someone has to stick around to keep the lights on, and I'm glad that we can serve as a message board for people producing amazing content.

In this episode, Andrew and Nick give a report of their showing at the SoCal Regional. As expected, they dominated on the day, proving their mettle again and again and undoubtedly ensuring that a whole new wave of poor IA skirmishers will have PTSD like I did after I playing Nick and Jorgen.

They give a send-off, of sorts, and we can only hope that we will see them again in the future. COME ON FFG GIVE THESE BROTHERS A REASON TO COME BACK.

I LOVE THESE BROTHERS AND THEY ARE THE BEST.

 

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Episode 092 - Lovers Dying to the Ghosts of Their Past

February 5, 2019

ATLANTA REGIONAL TOP-CUT REPORT!

This is part two of the Carolina Swarmers' report of the Atlanta Regional. Both Jeremy and Ryan made the cut, and they proceeded to march towards their destiny of battling each other in a fight to save the soul of the South.

I love these brothers. They did great at the regional and have great insights into their lists and the meta.

Thank you for listening, and remember to clear your calendars for March 9!

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Episode 091 - It’s A Carrow-Lyna SWAAAAAARM!

February 5, 2019

ATLANTA REGIONAL BATTLE REPORT(S)!

You might not know this, but one of my Grandmas is from South Carolina. When she first moved to Utah I remember her ALWAYS complaining about the weather. She'd say something bad about how my beloved mountain valleys were really just the devil's refrigerators and then follow up with "the weather back home is always fiiiiiine," with the sweetest southern accent AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE I LOVE MY GRANDMA.

Whew. Sorry for that tangent. In this first part, Episode 091, Ryan and Jeremy from North Carolina give reports on their Swiss matches at the Atlanta Regional. Ryan ran Spectre with Motivation AND NO PUMMELS and Jeremy ran the Lovers' Explosive Box (Han, Drokkatta, Leia, and MHD). 

When you're done, listen to Episode 092, where they give their reports on the cut!

JOIN THE SLACK AND CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS FOR MARCH 9! WE ARE HAVING A REGIONAL BABY AND IT'S GONNA BE EPIC.

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Episode 090 - Huckleberry Talks Postmodern

January 26, 2019

Heaven help me, I let Ben Huckleberry and Jamal take over the podcast in order to give a report on their excellent showings at the recent Omaha Regional. It was a great way to divide and conquer in our hectic regional schedule, and neither Ben nor Jamal cast too many aspersions on my character during the episode (don't worry, I know where they'll be sleeping at Worlds), so we'll consider it a success.

Enjoy the episode! It was fun to listen to while editing and not have to hear my obnoxious jokes.

Thank you all for your continued support of the podcast and on Patreon!

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Episode 089 - Spooky Sam Sweeten’s Slick Swiss Summary

January 21, 2019

Sam ran Spectre at the Utah Regional and acquitted himself admirably, as was completely expected. Listen to his great tournament report and recap of his top eight game vs. someone who cheats like no one's business.

Sam is a big proponent of all-out aggression with Spectre, and I think his success with that style has led to some big meta-shifts in our local community in terms of our approach to playing with and against Spectre.

ENJOY!

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Episode 088 - The Best Players At the Second Best Regional

January 20, 2019

GOT EM!

In this episode, Dave Seefeldt and Ryan Jamal come on the podcast to give an epic retelling of their ascent through Swiss and into the final match at the recent Kansas Regional. The midwest crew has some of the best IA players in the World, and this regional--while not as awesome as the Utah regional--is one that I've been looking forward to.

Listen to Dave's summary of his Scum Pointers list, and Jamal's repeated reps with his infamous Rebel Hero team.

Thank you for listening!

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Episode 087 - Facing Down A Murderers’ Row

January 11, 2019

REGIONAL REPORT!

Aaron Ross ran Spectre (Motivation) at the Utah Regional. He went undefeated in swiss, with one of the strongest strengths-of-schedule among twenty-one players, and ending top four on the day. In that run, Aaron played nothing but Han Rangers ran by JK and Matt and the Box (both in swiss and the cut). Talk about a brutal slog.

In this episode, he recounts his games and discusses his theory for approaching long-distance lists (lose one Spectre, kill them with the rest) and has a lot of great insights for Spectre players, and for those looking to take on Spectre. I know you will enjoy it.

Here's the fix for the Spire:

https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/277389-imperial-assault-official-rulings/?do=findComment&comment=3587574

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Episode 086 - It’s Better To Be Lucky Than Good

January 9, 2019

The Box done did it, dadgum. With a whole lot of luck and a somewhat coherent strategy. Listen to Scott and I discuss the top cut and our final match.

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GOOD LUCK

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