Zion’s Finest
Episode 104 - Bow Before Gao(s)

Episode 104 - Bow Before Gao(s)

June 11, 2019

As if David hadn't struck enough terror into the hearts of the IA community, he decided to really drive it home by showing up to the UK Game Expo in order to demonstrate the power of his fully armed and operational battle ... er ... cats.

That's right, David Gao is the UK National Champion, and he rode into and out of town on a troop of ferocious bloodthirsty Loth-Cats. I expect the Queen to grant him a peerage any moment know. Earl of Whiskerton sounds great and will make for a terrific coat of arms.

We're also joined by the other half of the London Gao family--Jessica--who also attended the UKGE and played in the Nationals tournament. She played Spectre with a 14 point command deck, with an unplayable card (Dark Energy), and she damn near won the whole thing. 

Listen to the Gaos recount the tournament. You will love it!

Episode 103 - A New Hope

Episode 103 - A New Hope

May 22, 2019

FRIENDS! Are you disheartened that FFG sux? Do you wish that they would get off it and do something about our most beloved game?

Well, I got bad news, and I have good news. You know the bad news: FFG sux. But there is good, great, glorious news, and that is that we have the best gaming community that has ever existed (THAT'S RIGHT I PHRASED IT IN THE EMPHATIC DECLARATIVE). Because we are the best gaming community, we are focused on making sure that players have the resources to continue to enjoy and love this game, which serves as the predicate condition for ...

THE I A C P!

The Imperial Assault Continuity Project is the product of collaboration, discussion, argument (only a little), and the white hot passion of the Imperial Assault community. In this episode, I got some of the more-involved players to come on and talk about the project, what it hopes to accomplish, and how we can help.

I know you will enjoy it.

Episode 102 - An (Almost) Puurrrfect Worlds

Episode 102 - An (Almost) Puurrrfect Worlds

May 6, 2019

I assume that you know that Loth-Cats are garbage. They are the most ignored unit in the Tyrants of Lothal box. They're so bad that I've literally never played a competitive game of skirmish in which either I or my opponent has played Loth-Cats. They're awful.

Well, someone forgot to tell all this information to David Gao, and he proceeded to wreck almost the entirety of everyone's face at Worlds. In a Hunter/Loth-Cat list, David managed to go 5-1, being the only player to take Loth-Cats into the top cut of anything I'm sure, and one of four non-Specter lists in the top cut. This man is legit.

Enjoy his soft-spoken demeanor; heaven knows this podcast could use someone to help me cool my volume.

MAKE SURE TO GET INVOLVED AND STAY INVOLVED IN THE IACP. WE NEED COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS THING WORK AND IF IT'S JUST ME IN THE CAPTAIN'S SEAT THEN EVERYONE BETTER BE READY FOR A FOUR COST AHSOKA AND A FREE MHD IN EVERY LIST THANK YOU YOU'RE WELCOME.

I love you all. Thank you for listening.

Episode 101 - Fueled By Dreams and RAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Episode 101 - Fueled By Dreams and RAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGEEEEEE!!!!!!!

April 15, 2019

What can we say in the face of BPK's triumph? He has been a mainstay of the community for years, he is one of the leading members of the IA Continuity Project, and he is one of the most passionate members of our little slacker ship of Zion. The man, the myth, the legend. Brett Kelly.

In this episode Brett gives a survey of Worlds. He provides a lot of insights as to why he took the defensive kit for Spectre, how he was able to grind out so many mirrors, and what it's like to finally make it to the top. I know you're all going to love this.

Episode 100 - Solo Century

Episode 100 - Solo Century

April 3, 2019

ONE HUNDRED.

No one to join me in this centurion commemoration of our little boat’s journey across the mighty ocean of Star Wars gaming fandom. I wanted to just record a short little bit, give a recap of Worlds, and wax melodramatic while reading poetry about ancient deeds of heroism.

That’s right. I read poetry, and I ain’t one damned sight ashamed of it.

Please give it a listen. I give a short summary of the recording schedule for the next few weeks and give some general thoughts on the future of the game, then I talk about Worlds, and I close with a paean of acclamation for our fledgling band of heroes.

Episode 099 - Again We Gather Round the Board

Episode 099 - Again We Gather Round the Board

March 27, 2019

We few, we happy few. Friends, what an incredible ride we have had. In the last two years, we created a Slack that has grown to over two hundred and fifty players, started a podcast that has consumed almost one hundred thousand hours of people's waking time, got organized about IA skirmish, and have sustained competitive skirmish far longer than it would have lasted without our efforts. 

In this episode, we give one final joust into the Worlds prep meta and then proceed to wax both salty (about FFG) and sweet (about literally everything besides FFG). This is a glorious episode and I know you will enjoy it.

Oh how I cannot wait to see your glorious visages at Worlds. We'll be recording Episode 100 on-site, and lots is going to be happening, so make sure that everyone stays close to the Renaissance so that we can ensure that we get lots of participation in all the side events that we will be doing (Smash, Root, Two Rooms and a Boom, and much much more).

Episode 098 - They Came To Zion!

Episode 098 - They Came To Zion!

March 17, 2019

TOURNAMENT RECAP

Sam Sweeten and I give a rundown on the recent, AMAZING, online Vassal tournament that the Zion's Finest crew hosted. We had forty-one players show up for an epic bout of swiss. There weren't a ton of surprises; no IG or Han in the cut, and no Alliance Rangers in the tournament at all, and I think it gives us an excellent picture of what to expect at Worlds.

SEE YOU IN TWO WEEKS!

Episode 097 - Courting Counsel Contra Challengers

Episode 097 - Courting Counsel Contra Challengers

March 8, 2019

WORLDS PREP!

DT graciously agreed to come on the podcast in order to give some very sage counsel regarding Worlds Prep. Our conversation focuses around Spectre, obvs, and DT has the usual incredible insights regarding positioning, advantage, and strategy that I am sure will take him to the four-peat.

Buckle up and prepare your brain, you are in for a crazy ride.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! Good luck on Saturday to the Vassal tournament participants!

Episode 096 - Twice More Unto the Breach! (Worlds Prep II)

Episode 096 - Twice More Unto the Breach! (Worlds Prep II)

March 4, 2019

The follow-up to Episode 095. Make sure to listen to that episode first!

Episode 095 - Once More Unto The Breach (Worlds Prep I)

Episode 095 - Once More Unto The Breach (Worlds Prep I)

March 4, 2019

WORLDS PREP!

Scott, Jamal, Matt, Dave, and I gathered round the board to discuss Worlds prep. We focused on the major non-Spectre archetypes for the nine players planning to not play Spectre at Worlds. We have a lot of fun, and we talk about how we have adjusted our play style or what our plan is for defeating Spectre at Worlds. So it's a good episode for you Spectre players looking to crush our hopes and dreams.

Check out Episode 096, which is the second part of this episode (because we planned--and did--run a bit long).

MAKE SURE TO GET YOURSELVES PREPPED FOR THE VASSAL REGIONAL THIS SATURDAY! Even if you're not playing any games, it's going to be a great way to prep for Worlds as you watch players go through the paces on the various maps.

THANK YOU ALL!