Mancave Superbowl Sunday (01-02-2015) – Part 2

In the second part of the Mancaves Superbowl and Gaming extravaganza Tris and I were joined by Derek.  We decided to play a three way basic Star Trek Attack Wing game.  Previously I’d created 99pt fleets for use for beginners so we decided to use them.  Derek would be fielding my “go-to” Dominion build:-

Cardassian Keldon Class (24)
Gul Dukat (5)
Boheeka (2)
Dorsal Weapons Array (3)
Ship SP: 34

Cardassian Keldon Class (24)
Gul Danar (2)
Glinn Telle (3)
Dorsal Weapons Array (3)
Shroud (1)
Ship SP: 33

Cardassian Keldon Class (24)
Sar (1)
Seskal (4)
Dorsal Weapons Array (3)
Ship SP: 32

Total Build SP: 99

Tris would be playing Federation:-

U.S.S Enterprise-D (28)
Jean-Luc Picard (6)
Ship SP: 34

USS Voyager (30)
Kathryn Janeway (5)
Ship SP: 35

U.S.S. Defiant (24)
Benjamin Sisko (4)
Positron Beam (2)
Ship SP: 30

Total Build SP: 99

I would be a Mirror Universe fleet:-

ISS Defiant (26)
Miles O’Brien (3)
Rebellion (5)
Jadzia Dax (2)
Tasha Yar (2)
Quantum Torpedoes (5)
Quantum Torpedoes (5)
Cloaking Device (4)
Ship SP: 52

USS Enterprise-D (28)
Benjamin Sisko (2)
Indy Rom Fleet Captain (5)
Strafing Run (0)
Julian Bashir (2)
Jennifer Sisko (3)
Tactical Officer (3)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Aft Phaser Emitter (0)
Cloaking Device (4)
Ship SP: 42

Total Build SP: 99

The game would be played on the same GaleForce9 gaming mat by girls got me for X-mas.  Instead of the asteroids of Star Wars X-Wing we fielded three planetary tokens and deployed our fleets in “opposite” corners.

Early rounds both Mirror Universe ships cloaked and headed for the centre of the map.  The Federation split their ships with Janeways Voyager and Siskos Defiant arcing round one planet to hit the MU fleet in the flank and the Enterprise of Picard going the other way to meet them head on.  The Dominion also split its forces with Gul Dukat heading to face Picard and the Mirror Universe fleet in the centre as Sar and Gul Danars Keldons took a wide route to engage the other Federation ships and the rear arcs of the Mirror Universe ships.

Some early firing from the mid skill captains stripped the shields from both Dukats and Sars ships.  Sars crewman Seskal would now be effective as Sars Keldon unleashed an 8 dice primary attack into the rear of the MU Enteprise leaving it limping towards Picard and Dukat.  It wouldnt survive another round.

Firing from both Picard and Dukat finished off the Mirror Universe Enterprise before both ships turned their attentions to one another.

Picard chose to fire upon Dukat damaging the hull of his ship before Dukat returned fire and stripped the shields from the Federation vessel.  Janeway and Sisko jousted with Sar and Damar and both sides trading shields and hull points in a tense and tight battle.  Having previously Target Locked Dukat’s Cardassian vessel Smiley O’Briens ISS Defiant fired its payload of Quantum Torpedos into the side of Dukats vessel destroying it.

Once the smoke and debris had cleared O’Brien had escaped and began to repair shields and hull ready to return into the fray.  The Keldons of Sar and Danar had passed the Voyager and Siskos Defiant.  Janeway had norrowly avoided crashing into a planet and began the slow arc round to meet the Cardassians as she passed through the planets.  Sisko took a detour to engage elsewhere in the map.

Janeway eventually faced off against the twin Keldons on Sar and Danar.  Firing first she took the shields down for one of the vessels before the combined firepower of both Keldons tore her ships to pieces.  Picard rejoined the battle hitting the Keldons in their left flank as he engaged from between the two planets.  With initiative and superior poistioning Picards firing destroyed Sars vessel.  In response Danar fired upon the Enterprise and destroyed it.

Now the only ships left were Danars Keldon, Siskos Defiant and O’Briens Mirror Defiant.

The faster Keldon was able to traverse the map quicker and re-engage as O’Briens Defiant got caught in the arc of the ship.  Some deft maneuvering by O’Brien jinked his ship into the rear arc of the Dominion ship with its Dorsal Weapons disabled.  Before O’Brien could fire Sisko moved into arc behind the Mirror Universe Defiant and fired from close.  With no evasive response to Siskos firing the ISS Defiant went down in an explosion of anti-matter.  Before it was done in one last act of rebellion Tactical Officer Tasha Yar fired upon Danars vessel cripping the Keldon and leaving it easy prey for Sisko to finish it off.

The Keldon of Danar engaged its warp and attempted to outrun the Federations vessel but an excellent display of long range shooting saw the Cardassian ship destroyed.

Victory for Tris’ Federation fleet.

Another great game at the Mancave.

Mancave Superbowl Sunday (01-02-2015) – Part 1

So on Sunday the Mancave opened its doors to friends and fellow gamers alike.  Despite a large open invite and some late concellations only two managed to attend.  Food was prepped, drinks were flowing and we began to play some games waiting for the Superbowl at 10-30pm.

First up was a game of Star Wars X-Wing between Tris’ Rebel fleet of Leebo in a YT-2400 with Outrider and Heavy LAser Cannon and Etahn A’baht’s E-Wing with R2-D2, Determination and Advanced Sensors.  Both ships had more stuff because by my reckoning this only added upto 86pts.  I played an Imperial fleet of my own devising so was fully expecting to get my Imperial behind handed to me by superior tactics and experience of my Rebel opponent.  My fleet was:-

=============================== Kenny Careless With His Whisper (99) =============================== 

Commander Kenkirk (59) VT-49 Decimator (44), Lone Wolf (2), Darth Vader (3), Ysanne Isard (4), Mara Jade (3) Hull Upgrade (3)

“Whisper” (40) TIE Phantom (32), Intelligence Agent (1), Fire-Control System (2), Veteran Instincts (1), Advanced Cloaking Device (4)

I fully expected the more experienced X-Wing player Tris to absolutely hammer me in this game although was surprised to see he had left 12 points free in a bid for initiative and to stop me grabbing an easy 12 points by destroying a basic Bandit Squadron Z-95.

The game started with his Rebel fleet deploying close together in the far corner of the gaming mat.  Whisper deployed directly opposite them and Kenkirk lined his Decimator up to ease through the asteroid field straight at the Rebel Fleet.

All ships advanced forwards at one another, my faster advance left both of my ships at risk of attack which the Rebels happily took advantage of stripping shields from both ships.

Whisper “koorigan turned” behind Leebo’s YT-2400 leaving her too close for him to attack.  Etahn peeled off to take on Kenkirks Decimator but ended up crashing into the Imperial ship.  Unable to attack Etahn, Kenkirk and Co attacked the YT-2400.  The YT-2400 responded by attacking back with its Heavy Laser Cannon.

The next round of maneuvering proved to be pivotal for the battle as Kenkirk called its spot on and pulled in closely behind Leebo.  Leebo was unable to fire due to the range of his Heavy Laser Cannon and my build at Range 1 made it very difficult for a ship to shake a Stress token.  Whisper and Etahn circled each other around an asteroid attempting to bring weapons to bear but neither could get the other clearly in arc.

Eventually Etahn fled to support Leebo who was still failing to shake the Decimator.  In doing so he allowed Whisper to get the jump on him and pull in behind and out of the E-wings arc.  Whisper then began to take pot shots at the E-Wing and every hit granted a Focus, a Target Lock and a free Cloak.

Almost every maneuver was perfectly called by Kenkirk who was shadowing the TY-2400 of Leebo and Darth Vader, Mara Jade and Ysanne Isard were all doing their best to make Leebo’s day a very bad one.

Even when the maneuvering of Kenkirk was off and he crashed into the YT-2400 Etahn was close enough for the Imperials to not waste any shots or opportunities and again the crew of the Decimator were stressing and critting the Rebel ships.

As Leebo made a run for it Whisper pulled into range and with a superior firing position and initiative she destroyed the YT-2400 as Kenkirk made just as short work of firing rearwards at the stressed E-Wing.

With Leebo gone and his ship stressed Etahn was faced with Whisper bearing down on him and the 360 arc of the Decimator at long range.  Both Kenkirk and Whisper fired before Etahn had an opportunity to reply and the Imperial forces made short work of the Rebels.

My first victory at X-Wing and my first victory with my own fleet.  Very happy indeed!