Zion’s Finest
Episode 108 - Luke Skywalks Again

Episode 108 - Luke Skywalks Again

September 16, 2019

Have you ever heard of a tournament that Luke Sykes played in where he didn't make top cut? Me neither. And guess what? Euros 2019 was no exception. The man is a machine. He calculates and commands his way to victory with incredible list diversity and creativity.

Listen to his report of his runner-up showing at the largest non-Worlds tournament of the year. You will love it. We run a bit long; Luke's report goes until about the 1:10 mark, then we start commiserating and having our real fun.

Thank you for all your support. Let me know what your ideas for our final alt-art/token/swag should be for Worlds.

Episode 107 - “I Love You” “I Know”

Episode 107 - “I Love You” “I Know”

September 5, 2019

Jeremy is a man after my own heart, and both our hearts happen to go a'flutter when we contemplate the shenanigans that happen when you combine Han, MHD, and everyone's favorite modern major general ... NO NOT GENERAL CALRISSIAN OF COURSE I AM TALKING ABOUT PRINCESS ORGANA YOU NERDS.

Listen to Jeremy's report on his runner-up run at Nova. We have a lot of fun talking about what the Box is capable of, despite an absolutely insane meta.

Episode 106 - The Beginning of the End

Episode 106 - The Beginning of the End

August 31, 2019

No need to be dramatic about it. Andrew Navaro--one of the upper-management guys at FFG--announced that IA would not be getting any further physical content. Navaro cited business reasons, and pretty heavily implied that some kind of legal issue precluded further discussion. It was also clear that not only would IA no longer be getting physical content releases but that OP support for the game would be winding down.

In this episode, I lay out what I think the path will be for the next few months. Please give it a listen and give me any feedback or suggestions as to how you think we can make our final OP season meaningful and fun. I love you all.

Good luck in the cut, Nova boys.

 

P.S. I forgot about all the European Championships that are going to be happening in the next few months, and I will absolutely be getting the winners on for interviews. 

Episode 105 - Nothing To Say But Uttini

Episode 105 - Nothing To Say But Uttini

August 9, 2019

Have you ever played against a Jawa Swarm? Have you ever experienced the shift in mood brought upon by an opponent seizing victory from the jaws of defeat as they kill one figure and get an additional eight points along with fifteen more from shenanigans that you never even thought possible?

HAVE YOU?!

Well, Pat Christian's six GenCon opponents sure did, and boy were they in for it. Pat ran a finely tuned Jawa Swarm to the top of the heap at the recent GenCon tournament and in this episode he gives us a rundown on how he did it.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT! 

Please stay active in your local community. If you are looking for ways to reengage local players with the game, the IACP is an amazing way to reintroduce skirmish to players looking to freshen things up.

GOOD LUCK AT NOVA YOU EAST COASTERS! EAST COAST WORST COAST AMIRITE?! (I love you all.)

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).