The Collective OP1: First Contact @ Escape Games (22-02-2015)

Firstly sorry for the lack of pictures on this one, I was kinda busy playing, I hadn’t intended to but due to a late withdrawal I have to make the numbers upto 8.  With that in mind I figured I’d give the Haakon build I’d been working on a go.  Knowing questions would be asked if I mysteriously pulled a Romulan Blind Booster I asked the Store Owner to randomly pull mine infront of the guys…….get in!!!!!  The Romulan Bird-of-Prey IRW Vorta Vor!!!!!

So my final fleet list for the events was as follows:-

Reman Warbird (36)
Donatra (4)
Tactical Officer (2)
Interphase Generator (3)
Ship SP: 45

I.R.W. Haakona (30)
Taris (4)
Indy Klingon FleetCaptain (0)
Invasion Plans (0)
Tactical Officer (2)
Parem (0)
Bochra (0)
Romulan Security Officer (1)
Romulan Security Officer (1)
Ship SP: 38

IRW Vorta Vor (18)
Livianna Charvanek (4)
Plasma Torpedoes (4)
Advanced Cloaking (4)
Ship SP: 30

Total Build SP: 118

There were a lot of new players, two of which had only played for the first time the day before.  Another had only 3 games under his belt and there were a lot of Federation builds.  I believe half the builds were Federation…..one Klingon, one Romulan, one Dominion and one Mirror Universe.

Round 1

This was against Daniel Ryans Federation Fleet:-

Sovereign Class (30)
Jean-Luc Picard (6)
Tuvok (5)
Dorsal Phaser Array (6)
Ship SP: 47

USS Voyager (30)
Kathryn Janeway (5)
Pavel Chekov (3)
Photon Torpedoes (5)
Ship SP: 43

IRW Vorta Vor (18)
Livianna Charvanek (4)
Direct Command (2)
Tal (2)
Advanced Cloaking (4)
Ship SP: 30

Total Build SP: 120

I had initiative.  Daniel struck early on focus firing on my Vorta Vor with the Sovereign and Voyager and had I not forgotten my Advanced Cloaking  I think my Vorta Vor would have survived these attacks.  Now it was time for my big guns to come to the fore and I was not disappointed.  Taris on the Haakona had already stripped all shields from the Sovereign when a second 6 dice primary attack (3 Base + 1 for Reman Warbird + 1 Donatra + 1 for Range1) destroyed Picard’s lumbering beast.

The next round saw he BCT (Borg Cube Token) begin to attack Daniels Voyager as my Reman Warbird and Haakona focus fired Daniels Vorta Vor off the board.  With time running out the two Romulan ships closed in and dropped a huge 13 attack dice in one round with double re-rolls (from Target Locks and Tactical Officers) to destroy Voyager and claim the victory before the BCT could target my ships.

Victory Romulans (120-30)

Round 2

With a win secured against one of the stronger players I was quietly confident and set about facing Anthony Marsden’s Federation Fleet:-

USS Voyager (30)
Jean-Luc Picard – Crew (5)
Tuvok (5)
Tom Paris (4)
Ship SP: 44

USS Enterprise-E (32)
Kathryn Janeway (5)
Adm. Matthew Dougherty (3)
Dorsal Phaser Array (6)
Ship SP: 46

U.S.S Yeager (22)
Federation Captain (0)
Elizabeth Shelby (2)
Quantum Torpedoes (6)
Ship SP: 30

Total Build SP: 120

Again I had Initiative and lined up in the same formation I had adopted in the first game thinking I couldn’t possibly face the same BCT manuevers as I had the previous round.

Again early on I failed to activate my Advanced Cloaking at the correct time and my opponent being the sporting sort he was punished that.  So it was game face on.  No more playing to make up numbers.  I dropped an 8 dice Primary Weapon Attack with the Haakona from my non-existent rear arc…mwah ha ha haaaa AND a 7 dice Primary Weapon Attack from the Scimitar at Range 12 having come about.  Lots and lots and lots of damage done to both Voyager and the Ent-E but with no Target Locks I couldn’t capitalise on using the Tactical Officers to finish them off.

Despite facing some truly horrifying BCT moving I managed to finish the round with all my ships intact.  I used my strategy of firing on the weakest link first and took down the USS Yaeger before it had a chance to unleash its torpedoes at me.

Having scored an easy 30 points by destroying the Yaeger it was a case of run down the clock and evade my biggest threat, the BCT.

Both Federation ships were doing their best to make a game of it and the only decent attack through cloak that hit the Ream Warbird was all but negated with the Interphase Generator.  When a shot was taken by the Haakona I disabled my Romulan Security Officers to re-roll two blank results and allied with my cloak managed to not take any damage.

With the Ent-E and Voyager taking heavy damage from the BCT I powered away from the Cube and kept it at Range 2 or more.  Time was called.

Victory Romulans (30-0)

Round 3

Final round and in this system I was facing the player in second position, Scott Young, the Store Owner.  He was fielding a pretty experimental but ultimately sound Mirror Universe fleet with a Gavroche Blind Booster:-

Regent’s Flagship (32)
Worf (2)
Julian Bashir (2)
Elim Garak (3)
Jadzia Dax (2)
Photon Torpedoes (5)
Cloaking Device (4)
Ship SP: 50

ISS Defiant (24)
Miles O’Brien (3)
Rebellion (5)
Brunt (1)
Aft Phaser Emitter (1)
Quantum Torpedoes (6)
Ship SP: 40

Gavroche (22)
Michael Eddington (4)
Focused Particle Beam (4)
Ship SP: 30

Total Build SP: 120

I tackled this round differently and attempted to pre-empt where the BCT would go.  I lined up in my usual position but this time took a very long time to engage.  I used soft 1’s to ease towards the token whilst cloaking.  As luck would have it it seems the Borg like the Mirror Universe and they moved towards Scott’s fleet.  Scott’s Gavroche was acting as sacrificial lamb as the BCT targeted it.  Despite resisting at every opportunity eventually it fell to the BCT which had stripped every upgrade, captain and then attacked it in consecutive rounds.  Without really trying I had quickly developed a lead.  The Romulan fleet, now knowing where the Borg were going, snaked back the other way and kept the Borg at range.  with all the ships moving towards the same corner the BCT followed attacking the ISS Defiant.

As the two fleets engaged the superior firepower of the Romulan’s very quickly finished off the ISS Defiant but not before Regent Worf could grant it a free attack.  This did nothing as my cloaked Reman Warbird shrugged off the ineffectual attack.  Focus firing on the cloaked Regents Warship the Romulan’s managed to strip a sizable amount of its hull away and remove Worf from the Captaincy before it could reply.  With the Haakona and Reman Warbird at range 1 Scott used his Regents Warships ability to attack both ships at the same time.  Again the Interphase Generator and Romulan Security Officers came to my rescue.  No damage done.

With both fleets passing each other the Haakona fired backwards and damaged the Regents Warship further before all Romulan ships turned on the gas and pulled away from the now stranded Regents Warship trapped in a corner against a BCT.  Leaving nowhere for it to maneuver to the Regents Warship was forced to limp off the board and flee the field.

Victory Romulans (120-0)

The Final Standings

The Final Standings

I won the tournament overall with 9-270, Daniel Ryan and Ashton in join second with 7-195, Scott next with 7-160.  I had beaten two of the next three players 120-0.  Nic Harbut picked up the Fellowship Award as voted for by the players.  I gave my prize away to Anthony Marsden who narrowly missed out on the award himself.  Ashton Batchelor and Daniel Ryan took home other prizes.  It was a great day, decent numbers for a first tourney at a new venue.  The Store Owners were happy and we’ve scheuled the next in the series OP2 : The Battle for Wolf 359 for Sunday March 29th 2015.

Lessons have been learnt and a bit more prep time would be nicer next time around but Im sure this will be a growing community which Ive been working towards since my move to Coventry.

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