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Monday, 29 May 2017

Escaping 'Empire Day'

Today, being a Bank Holiday in the UK, I decided to have another X-Wing game, this time using my new ships (from Star Wars: Rebels). I decided to try a scenario based on the Season 1 escape from Lothal covered in the episodes 'Empire Day' and 'Gathering Forces'.
The crew of the Ghost have shot their way off Lothal,The Grand Inquisitor is in hot pursuit with 4 Tie fighters in escort...

    Agent Kallus: Kallus to Inquisitor. The Rodian Tseebo is confirmed aboard the rebel vessel.
Inquisitor: Acknowledged. TIEs, assume attack formation. Fire at will. 

Hera: I need my gunners. Shields won't hold long under this barrage.

I used Hera - with a Dorsal turret, and docked Phantom. 
The Imperials were just out of range when the game started. 
They had the Grand Inquisitor's Advanced Tie, and 4 Black squadron basic Ties. 

I went full power, and banked left to try and separate the Ties.
2 went wide right, but the Inquisitor and the other 2 chased me.
 I broke right again, hoping to get my docked Phantom a shot at the Inquisitor. 
 He duly followed...
 ...the Ties seemed confused!
Realising I was going too fast for my plan to work, I had Hera 'hit the brakes'. 
I banked right again, The Inquisitor was on my tail...
 ...with the Ties in support. 
Hera: Chopper, I'm rolling us starboard. Be ready to fire those rear guns.
Zeb: Karabast! Chopper's down! Ow. Ow! I've got you covered, Hera. Roll away!

 I did a hard right bank to try and get a couple of the Ties on their own - and get my powerful front guns into play.
One of the Ties fired at me, I could only get Kanan in the turret to fire back! 
One of my shields flared. 
Inquisitor: Open fire. Their shields will not hold indefinitely.

Hera (On Comlink): Sabine, I need you in the nose gun, now!

The Empire stooges were moving onto my tail... 
...But a sharp turn into their rear allowed Hera to splash one of the Ties. 
Hera: Someone want to explain to me why we're extra popular tonight?
Kanan: We've picked up a passenger the Rodian the imperials are hunting.
Hera: And he's important because?
Sabine: Because his cybernetic implant has downloaded half the Empire's secrets.
Hera: Okay, I can see why that's important. Let's get him out of here. 

I was still only down 1 shield, Hera had evaded the fire from the other Tie! 
 I continued my tight turn, but the Inquisitor did a Koiogran and fired at me! 
 I knocked one of his shields off...
Kanan damaged the Tie at short range on my right. 
I still managed to evade the enemy fire! (with no Target Lock, Evade is the best action for the Ghost most times!) 
As I turned again, several of the Ties got me in a crossfire, things looked grim! 
Hera: Shields down! Ezra, I need you in the cockpit!

I lost all my remaining shields, and took 2 points on my hull! 
 Zeb on the Phantom's guns ripped the Inquisitor's ship apart! 
 Even Kanan in his turret hit another of the Ties!
I raced among the 3 survivors, going nose to nose with 2 of them...
...Another kill for Hera! 
I decided the last 2 Ties would probably break off at this point! They were not strong enough to take on the Ghost! 
Hera got Chopper busy fixing the shields, and began calculating the jump into Hyperspace.
Tseebo would be useful working in the Rebel cause! 

In the TV episodes, the Inquisitor was joined by 4 more Ties, and managed to attach a homing device to the Phantom. Not so in this game! It would have been too much!
I think 5th Brother and 7th sister would make an earlier appearance in my universe!

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