Standard Cruiser Damage Output

So, before I get started, the disclaimer. Damage output of ships is only useful subject to the opportunity to use it. That means range (shaltari, PHR), survivability (UCM, PHR), and the ability to deliver damage before being weakened (Scourge, shaltari) play a critical role in how decisive these stats are.  Continue reading

Dropfleet Commander – Under the Hood pt 1

Hi Guys,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here, and I’ve found the motivation. The stats and game theory behind DFC is interesting.

In this short piece, I’ll introduce and explains some base concepts that I’ll refer to later on. I’ll hopefully be posting a series of articles on mechanics, all linked and summarised here. Continue reading

LVO Day 0

Arrived Thursday for the LVO. 

  

If you haven’t watched the OB interview with Dave, check it out now!

Multiple builds per blister.

Art/unit stat cards included,

And a bunch of new options. Immediately, the overseer stood out for me. The rules discussed included extending range or energy of plasma weapons in an aura.

That would be huge for scourge!

I imagine there will be a lot of testing of those rules in the next few months.

Other notable options are some special commanders being generic choices too (not scourge though). Barrage taranis variant for AT attacks, scourge razorworm shooting gunships, and falcon B’s with AA/ground attack missiles.

Wow! What an awesome set of rules experiments for hawk to run! 

DFC Kicking Off October

Dropfleet Commander is kicking off at the end of October, or round abouts. It’s likely to be kickstarting the starter set at 60pounds.

The kickstarter will contain alternative sculpts for some units that are otherwise available. The kickstarter is likely to be limited to the plastic starters, to avoid competing directly with stores.

The two player starter will be UCM and Scourge. The UCM ships having a functional look perhaps in line with the sulaco from aliens. The scourge cruisers will be far more organic in look, although actually are constructed. They’ll feature posable “wings” giving you endless variety. 

The mechanics look simple and intuitive, with an emphasis on trying to carry out a decisive strike.

There’s a full intercoew on beasts of war.

Dropfleet Commander Mini’s Spotted at Salute!

Thanks to Orbital Bombardment’s Twitter feed, we are seeing some images now from Salute:

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I believe these depict, the Beijing class battleship, the Berlin class cruiser,  and the New Orleans class (strike carrier?) of which the Achilles is one. There are some more ships to the right, which are (UPDATE: Moscow class) heavy cruisers. True to the UCM’s “aliens” roots, the Bejing reminds me most closely of a combination of the Sulaco from Aliens, and the Sarjuuka from Homeworld 2.

Based on previous comments, the New Orleans is the largest ship class (for UCM) capable of deploying ground forces. The battleships don’t enter atmosphere, and are probably there for supporting fire and defense.

Just to recap, Andy Chambers (the designer of battlefleet gothic) is involved in the development of the rules set.

 

I’m throwing money at the screen, it’s just not working.

 

Beasts of war have a video up, interviewing Dave from Hawk.

  • It’s not a deep space game, it’s a fight over a continent/country, the size of spain.
  • Interact with ground, take cities, etc.
  • Strike Carrier (ie Achilles) is a “frigate” and the biggest type of atmospheric ship
  • Big ships die if they decay into atmosphere (high and low orbit are the other zone).
  • Atmosphere “slows” the ships
  • Range determined by your ability to lock on to the enemy (sensor range) and enemy energy signature (fire all your guns – light up like a christmas tree).
  • Think about it, the range isn’t static!
  • Missiles, as per usual, face countermeasures
  • Silent running, allows you to sneak in close.
  • Launch end of this year, early next year
  • Lots of new mechanics, and very different from every other spaceship game.
  • Mechanics not based on dropzone

Dropzone Commander Reconquest: Phase 1 – First thoughts

Reconquest: Phase 1 CoverHawk Wargames have released the first dropzone commander expansion, titled Reconquest: Phase 1. It introduces the resistance, a new race of tough as nails humans who live under the bio-jackboots of the scourge invaders, new missions, final rules for the last set of experimental units, and famous commanders. We’ll cover what it brings to the table for each of these, but also a couple of hints/clues as to the future of DzC glimpsed from some rules.

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