Thursday, June 4, 2020

Teaching Someone To Play - A Thematic Approach (Podcast Supplement)

So, you're introducing someone new to the game, let's say someone who hasn't played a lot of games before, and isn't ready to really just "jump in" to 8 Waves (or more if you're reading this in the future).  Let's teach them the basics in a nice, comfortable environment.  Now a podcast discussion instead of a blog post, really.

Coaster Or Gold:  NK-7 Ions

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Leaked Product Names / Numbers - What Can They Mean?

So, once again Europe comes to the rescue, leaking things they shouldn't leak about upcoming products, with a lot of FFG products for pre-order that we haven't even heard of yet.  Assuming these are true, what does it mean for Armada?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Breaking News! Armada is Dead!

FFG today announced that they are actually not going to produce any new Armada content, starting immediately.  To quote from the link below:

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Agate Assault A's - The Best New Old Ship?

So... uh...

I was super excited to try out Agate with the Starhawk, and the MC80 Liberty.  Heck, I kinda wanted to see how she worked with an MC75 too, or on a MC80 Assault.

But then I tried her out on an Assault Frigate Mk II A.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Podcast Episode 12 - Supplemental Information: Wave 7 Chewies, Command Fixers, and Palpatine Jank

Today we'll be talking with Madaghmire about the Chewie Awards for Wave 7, we'll go for a Coaster or Gold and the do some Palpatine Jank!

Podcast is here!

Look for the Chewies posted to the Forums!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

Steel Command Unnamed T-Shirt

We here at Steel Strategy are getting ramped up for Worlds 2020. Since this is the first time Shmitty, Biggs, and I will all be at the same tournament, we thought we'd do something special. Announcing the Steel Strategy Unnamed T-Shirt!

If you would like one, and you will be at Adepticon for Worlds 2020, please email me at no later than Monday, March 16th. The shirts will run $35, which can be paid to me via PayPal (same email address). I will personally put a shirt in your hands at Adepticon, complete with whatever name you want on the back. We will also be doing a random give away to our Patreon supporters, so stayed tuned!

We're expecting Adepticon to be canceled at this point. Hopefully we'll try this again at a later date. Sorry!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

VWC FInals Are Here

We have the final players set for the first ever FINAL POD.  6 great games await us over the next 3 weeks as we see who will take the title of the 2020 Vassal World Cup Champion!  Let's look at how the competitors got here!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

VWC Elimination Round - jp82729 vs Chavoguerrero

jp82729 - 390 Bid

Gozanti-class Cruisers (23 points)
-  Hondo Ohnaka  ( 2  points)
-  Comms Net  ( 2  points)
= 27 total ship cost

Friday, February 7, 2020

Podcast #8 - Supplemental Information - Nav Team Episode!

Here's the Newest Podcast!

VWC Elimination Round - LTD vs Tokra


LTD - 399 Bid

"Ackbar Rogues Five"

CR90 Corvette A (44)
• Admiral Ackbar (38)
• Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
• Jaina's Light (2)
= 91 Points

CR90 Corvette A (44)
• Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
= 51 Points

CR90 Corvette A (44)
• Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
= 51 Points

CR90 Corvette A (44)
• Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (7)
= 51 Points

GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
• Toryn Farr (7)
• Bright Hope (2)
= 27 Points

• 8 x YT-2400 (128)
= 128 Points

LTD shows up as our only player from down under with a monster of an Ackbar list.  Also our 2nd best POD player, he loses out to MandoMoose by a mere 10 MOV.

Ackbar rides in on a CR90A with Jaina's Light and Turbolaser Reroute Circuits.  From there, three more CR90s support the firepower, and 128 points of YT-2400s round out the list, with a GR-75 with Toryn Farr and Bright Hope supports.  This is a surprising amount of firepower, but on incredibly flimsy frames, relying on speed and a thousand cuts to bring down large ships.

5 activations, 9 deployments, and a 399 bid.

Tokra - 370 Bid

"Moralo Test #3"

Gozanti-class Cruisers (23 points)
-  Comms Net  ( 2  points)
= 25 total ship cost

[ flagship ] Victory I-Class Star Destroyer (73 points)
-  Admiral Sloane  ( 24  points)
-  Harrow  ( 3  points)
-  Admiral Ozzel (off)  ( 2  points)
-  Fighter Coordination Team  ( 3  points)
-  Boosted Comms  ( 4  points)
= 109 total ship cost

Gozanti-class Cruisers (23 points)
-  Vector  ( 2  points)
-  Hondo Ohnaka  ( 2  points)
-  Comms Net  ( 2  points)
= 29 total ship cost

Quasar Fire I-class Cruiser-Carrier (54 points)
-  Squall  ( 3  points)
-  Skilled First Officer  ( 1  points)
-  Flight Controllers  ( 6  points)
-  Boosted Comms  ( 4  points)
-  Expanded Hangar Bay  ( 5  points)
= 73 total ship cost

1 Darth Vader ( 21 points)
1 Major Rhymer ( 16 points)
5 Lambda-class Shuttles ( 75 points)
1 Moralo Eval ( 22 points)

= 134 total squadron cost "

Tokra brings what he believes is the biggest gimmick to come out lately, and that is the fact that there is no cap on Moralo's activations, making every single Lambda into "effectively Moralo".  That is a surprising amount of squadron shenanigans, as Moralo gets a (small) move and attack.  Combined with the station and 5 Lambdas that is a LOT of movement.  Combined with Squall, Fighter Coordination Team, Ozzel (officer) and Harrow, that's a lot of squadron movement shenanigans.


Is it enough though?  For combat ships he has brought a VSD sporting Sloane (who doesn't work with Moralo) but does work with the Lambdas and Vader.  The VSD has no combat upgrades, or defensive upgrades, being entirely devoted to pushing squadrons.  The Quasar also is a ship and upgraded to only support squadrons.  The Goantis are supporting, having Comms Nets and Hondo on one of them.

And what a bid he has, guaranteeing himself Second Player against any list on the field.

4 activations, 8 deployments, 370 bid.

Biggs' Analysis

This really comes down to "are the YT-2400s tanky enough to deal with multiple Moralo activations?"  The answer is... maybe?  There's a TON of damage on the table for LTD, and his guys being generic are about the best case scenario for him against Tokra's build.

I'm actually leaning towards LTD here.  Tokra's build isn't unbeatable, as we've already seen, but it is cancer and I personally don't want to see it do well, if only so I don't see 5 different threads with variations of "Moralo is OP" in the forums and like 6 variations of this at Worlds.

Ginkapo's Analysis

LTD vs Tokra is going to be brutal. LTD is 20 hull from tabled, Tokra only 14. They both have means of springing damage from downtown at a moments notice. 

For me its Tokra who has the most interesting question, given time LTD will destroy him, but does Tokra Moralo the squads or Moralo the cr90s first? He cant afford to ignore either, but neither can he deal with both. 

For me if LTD gets his timing right and fleet synchronized he should win. However, this is Tokra and any error will be mercilessly punished. I don't believe the objective really matters particularly.

LTD's Analysis


Thursday, February 6, 2020

VWC Elimination Round - RealVeers vs Admiral Theia

RealVeers - 399 Bid

"Gink made me do this"

Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Comms Net (2)
• Expanded Hangar Bay (5)
= 30 Points

Onager Testbed (96)
• Strategic Adviser (4)
• Gunnery Chief Varnillian (6)
• Veteran Gunners (5)
• Orbital Bombardment Particle Cannons (5)
= 116 Points

VWC Elimination Round - MandolorianMoose vs Roquax

MandolorianMoose - 400 Bid

Onager Testbed (96)
• General Romodi (20)
• Admiral Ozzel (2)
• Veteran Gunners (5)
• Gunnery Chief Varnillian (6)
• Medical Team (1)
• Orbital Bombardment Particle Cannons (5)
• Cataclysm (5)
= 140 Points

Saturday, February 1, 2020

VWC Elimination Round - Commander Dave vs Brobafett

CommanderDave - 392 Bid

Gladiator II-Class Star Destroyer (62 points)
-  Demolisher  ( 10  points)
-  Agent Kallus  ( 3  points)
-  Ordnance Experts  ( 4  points)
-  Engine Techs  ( 8  points)
-  External Racks  ( 3  points)
= 90 total ship cost

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

WVC Elimination Round - Truthiness vs Green Knight

Truthiness - 400 Bid 

"Liberty or Death"

MC80 Star Cruiser (96 + 56: 152)
 + Kyrsta Agate (20)
 + Expert Shield Tech (5)
 + Caitken and Shollan (6)
 + Heavy Ion Emplacements (9)
 + Engine Techs (8)
 + Mon Karren (8)

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Commander Upgrade - Admiral Raddus (Errata)

This is now WRONG.

Admiral Raddus just got changed quite a bit just before Wave 8 dropped.  Let's look at his new text: