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Episode 1670: Laser-Hosen

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[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Be very careful when you ask other players for a status report, or any sort of "what's going on".

"Have you run into any trouble?". Clearly, if you can handle it, it's not trouble. That's not to say that you haven't run into anything at all, just that you had no trouble dealing with it.

Now, massively grouped targets - to the point that the ground is saturated with enemy troops - is probably not the best way to deploy your troops. Especially if the enemy has any sort of area affect attack, or any sort of "I missed one person, so I hit the next person behind them".

Pete's instruction of basically, "delay, delay, delay, single area effect attack that can wipe out the entire battlefield in one strike" is dubious at best. The likelihood that one attacker will be left undisturbed long enough to spray even a continuous fire attack over a sufficiently large area without someone landing in a shot on them without some sort of additional suppression fire is unlikely, and the ability of such an attack to distinguish between your friends who are doing the suppression fire, and the enemies that you are attacking pushes the limits of believability.

And besides, in the last panel we can clearly see that there are troops under Pete's control running between the obstacles on the battlefield, taking shots at the troopers, and everyone has their head exposed.

You know, we need a name for the troops that Pete is controlling. Isn't "dragoons" an appropriate name? "Pete's Dragoons". They should make a movie about that.

— Keybounce

The best part of this, is that by drawing all the Troopers outside, Chirrut has actually not blown Cassian et al's cover with all his explosions. He just created what is possibly one of the biggest diversions ever.

Not to mention that destroying multiple hexes/tiles full of enemies with a gigantic AOE attack is also an incredibly satisfying feeling, so I'm sure Pete is just having the time of his life.

— aurilee

Transcript

GM: Troopers start arriving at the pad, deploying like this...
Chirrut: We hold fire.
GM: More arrive...
Chirrut: Hold...
GM: Even more...
Chirrut: Hooold...
GM: More. Every tile on the battlemat between you and the bunker is now occupied.
Chirrut: Unleash hell!! Baze uses Prepared Sweep Attack with his machine blaster. It sprays this whole area with plasma like a firehose.
[SFX]: Dakka! Dakka! Dakka! Dakka! Dakka! Dakka! Dakka! Dakka!
Chirrut: Anyone who makes their save I'll pick off with my laser bow.
[SFX]: Pow!
Cassian: A lot of troopers seem to be leaving the base. Have you run into any trouble?
{an all-in battle between troopers and the Rouge One squad}
[SFX]: Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! Kaboom! Pow! Pow! Pow!
[SFX]: Dodge! {Chirrut dodges a blaster shot}
Chirrut: No, all good here!


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Published: Tuesday, 26 June, 2018; 03:11:01 PDT.
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