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Forums for Totaltech Mekwars September 4, 2018

New Mekwars forums for the Totaltech server:

Any questions can be posted there.

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Totaltech returns August 30, 2018

Ok new total tech server is running:

client download:

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X-wing 2.0 – Darth Vader the menace of the Imperials August 19, 2018

Darth Vader is one of the most feared pilots of the galaxy, and for good reason, he is arguably the best pilot in the star wars universe bar none.

His abilities in 1.0, was simple, perform 2 actions per turn. No stress shenanigans, just 2 actions straight up. Add in engine upgrade and bam, boost, barrel roll to your hearts content.

In 2.0, he appears thusly:

He’s clocking in at 70 points, which makes him one of the more expensive ships out there. He can link focus->barrel roll, lock and barrel roll.

His ability allows him to perform as many actions as he wants as long as he has force charge.

Interesting throw away here…”After you perform an action, you may spend 1 (force point) to perform an action” this means he can abuse this with…

Now ideally, I would suggest using Supernatural reflexes, simply because it is awesome.

I was going to talk about how advanced sensors focus->barrel roll would be awesome, however, there is a lot of conjecture at the moment if advanced sensors allows the use of linked actions.

Something I hope they clarify (at this stage I’d argue no it doesnt, but I hope it does).

So the reality here is, this is your most likely setup:

Darth Vader — TIE Advanced 70
Supernatural Reflexes 12
Fire-Control System 3
Homing Missiles 3
Stealth Device 8
Ship Total: 96

Its one of the better load outs for him, you could drop the homing missiles, but thats just depending on your taste. FCS is probably worth it here, simply because it allows you to re-roll a dice, but keep that all important target lock.

I’ve taken stealth device here, but you could take say afterburners, which would trigger Vader’s ability allowing you to perform an additional action.

My way of looking at this as currently built:
Barrel roll (supernatural reflexes) -> non red maneuver -> focus -> lock (ability)

The afterburner variant would be this:
Barrel roll (sr) -> non red maneuver ->afterburner boost -> lock (ability)

Both options are strong, and are quite useful, sure you are spending 2 force a turn but with careful planning you could make sure that you would use this at the right time.

What does Vader work with? At this stage I’d say he is best with a miniswarm like this

Darth Vader — TIE Advanced 70
Supernatural Reflexes 12
Fire-Control System 3
Homing Missiles 3
Stealth Device *
Ship Total: 96
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Academy Pilot — TIE Fighter 23
Ship Total: 23

This gives you options, allowing you to hunt with vader and push your opponent into the path of the tie swarm, crackshot ties are pretty scary.

Something to consider. I sure as hell will be.

Next time I’ll be talking about Guri and the crazy star viper.

See ya!

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X-wing 2.0 – What Luke Must Be August 18, 2018

Ok, so peeps been to gencon have their 2.0 kits now (bastards!).

I’ve been looking intently at the cards, and thus far, Im seeing the force being a major disruptor of the core mechanics.

First we have the ability to spend as many force points as you have to turn focuses to hits/evades, secondly they renew (by 1) each turn. And lastly, if you have a pilot who has the force, they can take force power upgrade cards, instead of EPTs.

Darth is a special kettle of fish, and incredibly powerful, however, I want to introduce you to a young boy from tattooine, who might just trump him.

Luke Skywalker. And as you will see in a minute, he will well and truly live up to that name.

As you can see, his base points is 62, he can have a force upgrade, torps, astro, modification and configuration upgrade.

Not bad, lets look at what is arguably the first and most important upgrade on any T-65 X-wing. Servomotor S-Foils.

Im only showing the closed one, as thats the one you need. It grants a boost, and focus -> boost (red), to your action bar. This is important as you will see in a moment.

The next upgrade which should also be mandatory for Luke is:

Supernatural Reflexes. Arguably one of the most powerful cards in the game. The ability to reposition, BEFORE activating, is huge. Advanced sensors allows you to do this, however, it limits you at ONE action (or one combo action).

Luke, thanks to servomotor now has a white boost, allowing him to take full advantage of supernatural reflexes.

(This is also probably why Kylo has been brought down to a 5, rather than a 6. A double reposition at PS6 would be honestly broken, vader is bad enough, and I’ll look at him another day).

So assuming you have your s-foils closed, you can boost and barrel roll. Boo-yah! As anyone who remembers the old advanced sensors/ptl from 1.0 can attest, this ability to get a double maneuver is hellishly strong, even if it is separated be a standard maneuver.

So, lets look at this. You can barrel roll do a standard maneuver then boost (or better yet focus->boost), and bang, you are probably out of arc. Or alternatively, you could boost first, then do your maneuver, and barrel roll or focus/target lock pending on the situation.

I will say this possibly allows one additional crazy option, Im still trying to get this confirmed. But in theory, a white boost action is different to a linked red boost. If that is the case, it may indeed be possible to perform the same kind of action twice. Now I will re-iterate, this is hypothetical at best (I believe it is unlikely, but it does seem a rather grey area).

I believe when Kylo gets released we will see the same sort of deal with him, and I believe whole heartedly this is why he was bumped down to PS5.

As for Darthy boy, well, he has a similar conundrum as Luke does as per the paragraph about double actions. But thats for another day.

Theres a reason Supernatural reflexes costs 12 points. And what i’ve described spells it out.

See ya!

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Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory April 15, 2018

Its out.

Go watch it! Its fucking awesome.

Its gonna be a bumpy ride!

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X-Wing: Rise of the Assist February 27, 2018

Maybe this article should be named “Revenge of the Assist”.

In all fairness Rebels in particular have a strong need for ships that done necessarily provide combat prowess, but provide mods to other ships in your fleet.

More and more we are seeing the Sheathipede-class shuttle or the Auzituck Gunship being included in lists, not necessarily because they can provide good fire power (the Sheathipede is below average for fire power, while the Auzituck can definitely deliver a pounding to an unwary opponent), but because they provide excellent defensive or offensive bonuses to other ships taken.

Lets talk the Sheathipede (aka Phantom II), the co-ordinate action allows players to get another action off on already moved ships or ships that havent moved yet. This is pretty solid, especially on Ezra and Fenn. In fact, Fenn is arguably one of the best support ships in the game due to his special ability.

As for the Auzituck, it mostly sees flight with Lowhhrick due to his pilot ability to use his re-inforce token for another friendly vessel to give said vessel one evade result.

A lot of builds are using these ships to become more action efficient or more effective in combat.

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X-Wing funsies February 18, 2018

Ok, so I’ve gotten back into X-Wing.

Its a lot of fun, and easy to play – not to mention no painting required lol.

Had a couple games now. First proper game against a decent opponent (sorry Chris), I got my arse whooped. I think every turn I had one of the two ships on a fucking asteroid. Playing big ships and getting used to the templates again and judging distances was a bad idea, especially ghost and dash.

That game was vs Howards aces list (Palp bus, quickdraw and the inquisitor).

Next game was vs 3 scurrg bombers with harpoons. No landing on rocks this time, and actually managed to down 2 of the bombers, dash was star performer with the ghost getting hammered. In the end the guys remaining scurrg finished off mr Dash, but it was a far better showing than the first game.

Getting a better over view with big ships. however, my next set ups will be based on smaller ships.

Looking at one of two options:

This uses the Tie striker as bait, do you try and kill it or do you go for the inquisitor? The Academy pilot is a diversion also allows for some blocking.

The second list is a heavier hitter, that once again gives no fucks about stress:

Each fighter can ignore or use stress in one way or another. Farlander can spend stress to turn eyeballs into hits, Tycho doesnt give two fucks about stress as he can keep taking stress till the cows come home. The only thing it prevents is red maneuvers, and that isnt that big of a deal. Finally Stramm he can remove up to 2 stress a turn with his ability and is a solid blocker, and has good fire power.

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Mekwars Planet Data Script October 19, 2017

Ok kids, I’ve managed to work out a way to script up a map for Mekwars.

There is still some work to do (factories and terrain), but I feel most of that should be manually entered anyways. (Thats not to say I WONT be attempting to correctly put them in, its just a low priority now.

The script is written in Node JS ( You will need a module called xmlbuilder (

Basically the syntax is: node generatemap.js mapfile.csv > planets.xml

Please see the attached map.csv to see how it works.

generatemap map


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Nikon vs Canon August 30, 2017

Ok, its really not about nikon vs canon but actually about where both companies are making awesome strides…

First lets talk about the elephant in the room – Sony.

Sony’s mirrorless full frame cameras are very impressive, except the only thing that really hurts them is their autofocus capability. Its no where near that of Canon nor Nikons.

IQ is up there however and if you are doing video, the A7S II is arguably one of the best video/still hybrids there is…autofocus not-with-standing.

The other thing that hurts Sony is lack of lenses.

Anyways, at the moment Nikon and Canon are making massive strides in different fields, and in some cases overlapping.

One of the awesome things about Canons EF lens mount is that you can get a couple F1.2 lenses (there is even a 50mm F1.0), where as Nikon has 1 F1.2 lens, and that is a manual focus 50mm.

Another thing with Canon is the fact that canon seems to be hitting strides with their lens design (and except for a couple of exceptions from Nikon), the Canon glass line up is over all a better proposition. The Nikon glass that owns it over the Canon counter parts? The 70-200 F2.8E VR, the 300mm F4 PF VR, and the crazy 105mm F1.4 (also for the budget conscious, the new Nikon AF-P 70-300 F4-5.6 appears to be excellent as well).

Bodies at the moment seems to be Nikons court. The D500 and D5 predominantly are some of the best action still cameras there are with that autofocus is just unbeatable.

And now with the release of the Nikon D850 which has that awesome autofocus, and a 45.7MP sensor, with 7FPS (9FPS with grip and D5 battery) is going to replace a LOT of D5s and D810s.

Im not going to go over everything on the D850, there is plenty of places that do that already. This is the body that does it all, and there is NOTHING that matches it for the price point. Period (at least when it comes to numbers – when actual reviews happen that will give us a better picture so to speak).

If nikon could create the bodies and canon the lenses we would have a match made in heaven….


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Warzone Central Coast II August 29, 2017

Based on the previous event. I couldn’t suggest going to this event.

I had difficulties with several players who tried to milk the games but I prevented them from doing so.

Just be careful if you are attending and playing.

Regards – H

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