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ScratchBuilt Update.002

July 27, 2015

Ah, Update.002.

The red-headed stepchild of our project, long announced, but long delayed.

Well, it’s finally starting. Sort of.

We’re trying out a weekly, page-by-page update schedule, hoping it will stick better than our old bulk upload schedule.

If you head there now (or anytime before Aug 1st), all you’ll see is the Update.002 cover. After August 1st, and every Saturday after that, the story will continue, one page at a time.

See you at SectionNyan this August 1st.

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Star Trek Attack Wing: Variants, “Tactical Advantage Resource”

March 13, 2015

Yes, I know. Attack Wing again. Kind of hooked, lately.

On my previous post, “Operation Crackdown”, I included two special rules that represent the ability to launch flank attacks and call reinforcements. I decided to separate these two rules, into sort of a variant “resource” (as per their usage in Organized Play events), and handed them to the brain trust at boardgamegeek.

The response has been positive so far, with a few members pitching in with suggestions that made sense.

You can follow the thread here: TACTICAL ADVANTAGE RESOURCE

Or if you can’t visit boardgamegeek (you’re goldbricking in the office, aren’t you? Just kidding), here’s a copy of the two rules options I’ve devised, with the suggestions from bgg users applied.

There’s further more stuff to look at the link above: the “Crowdsourced” Advantages and Variants to existing ones,  such as “Cloaked Advance”,  “Additional Preparations”, and more.  But for now, here are mine:

SNEAK ATTACK (5+SP)
-During the Gather Forces step, you may elect to withhold deploying one or more ships (up to 1/2 of your fleet count) at an additional cost of 5SP each.

-Before the start of each planning phase, you may choose to roll 2 attack dice. On at least one hit result, you may choose one of the ships you had withheld earlier, and place it at the far left or far right of your opponent’s starting edge.

-If all your ships on the battlefield are destroyed with undeployed ships on your side remaining, they are also considered destroyed, and their point values are credited to your opponent.

-When a battle ends on a timed event, when determining points, undeployed ships are considered to have survived.

DELAYED ADVANCE (5+SP)
-During the Gather Forces step, you may elect to withhold deploying one or more ships (up to 1/2 of your fleet count) at an additional cost of 5SP each.

-Before the start of each planning phase, you may choose to roll 4 defense dice. For each evade result, you may choose one of the ships you had withheld earlier, and place it at the center of your starting edge.

-If all your ships on the battlefield are destroyed with undeployed ships on your side remaining, they are also considered destroyed, and their point values are credited to your opponent.

-When a battle ends on a timed event, when determining points, undeployed ships are considered to have survived.

Star Trek Attack Wing: Custom Mission, “Operation Crackdown”

March 10, 2015

With the newly acquired Scimitar ship in hand, I’ve been thinking on revising my dreadnoughts fleet list for my next game. Brain got too overexcited, and a custom mission was born, complete with some introductory fluff. The scenario specifics are detailed after the short intro below.


Favors

“Captain, we’re entering the Mantaran System.”

The U.S.S. Voyager broke out of warp, flanked by the U.S.S. Enterprise-E, and the U.S.S. Reverent. The three ships hovered at the edge of the Mantaran System, where a cladestine starbase has been constructed by Section 31 members.

There have been a lot of rumors floating around this station — development of prohibited technology, stockpiles of unaccounted Federation weapons aimed at who knows where — but to Vice-Admiral Kathryn Janeway, the most disturbing rumor of all was their attempts at duplicating advanced technology– specifically the ones the Voyager used to break through the Borg Transwarp Hub.

Starbase Mantaran-One, as it’s been designated, lay near the edge of ship sensors. Gesturing to ops, Janeway had the Starbase shown onscreen. A blurry image covered the viewscreen, the local interstellar phenomena wreaking havoc with the Voyager’s long-distance sensors.  The large, familiar shape of a Spacedock-type was visible, and surrounding it were smaller forms – starships.

“…about six ships.” From beside her, Captain Chakotay, temporarily relegated to first officer for this operation, whistled. “That’s a lot of guards, for a supposedly empty starbase.”

Janeway frowned at the fact. “Lieutenant Campbell?”

“We’re having problems with ship identification, Vice-Admiral. Our distance, combined with the local interference… we’ve successfully identified an Excelsior-class vessel at the forefront… the actual registration number, however…”

“Masked?” Chakotay asked.

“Most likely.” Janeway turned back to Ops. “What else can we get from this distance?”

“…high probability of Federation Vessels, with some inconsistencies.”

“…inconsistencies?”

Lyssa Campbell stared at her station for a moment, and lifted her head towards the Vice-Admiral.

“….it seems that there are non-Federation vessels mixed in with them.”

“Looks like they’re not alone in this one. I find it hard to believe those boys in 31 would call for help from the outside.”

“Well, they’ve probably heard you’re coming, so someone’s been calling in a lot of favors.”

James T. Kirk entered the Voyager’s bridge in his customary, confident swagger, settling behind the Captain’s chair with one hand on Janeway’s headrest. Satisfied that everyone’s attention is on him, he smiled and cracked another quip.

“But honestly, Vice-Admiral, with all the cloak and dagger that’s been going on lately, I’d be hardly surprised if every race in the whole galaxy is involved in this fiasco.”

Janeway nodded. Kirk’s been the one feeding the Vice-Admiral all the intel she needed for this op, travelling around in a disguised freighter with Dr. McCoy and Mr. Scott, searching high and low for the starbase. It took the trio two weeks, but the wait was worth it.

“Isn’t it strange?

Janeway’s trail of thought was cut off by Chakotay’s sudden question. “We’re both in scanning range, but they’re not advancing to intercept us. Not a single hail, either.”

It has been a full minute since they jumped into the system, but the ships defending the starbase remained perfectly still. Curious about their lack of movement herself, Janeway ventured a guess.

“They’re probably waiting for us to make the first move.”

“That or they’re sending someone to shoot us from behind.” Everyone looked back at Kirk, who simply gave them a shrug. “What were you expecting? These folks don’t exactly play fair.

Janeway didn’t answer, instead she stood up from her seat and strode closer to the bridge’s viewscreen.

“Open a channel to Captain Picard on the Enterprise. If these gentlemen insist on playing dirty, then so will we.

Chakotay shook his head. “I don’t like where this is going.”

Turning to face him, Janeway grinned.

“Don’t worry, Captain. We’re just calling in favors of our own.”

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