It's true. Once you've lost the element of surprise, you may as well go all in on any attack. The best way to lose the element of surprise is in a single event that causes maximal damage to something, be it the enemy directly, or their installation, or even just to innocent bystanders or the wrong facility entirely. As long as it's spectacular!
[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.]
One stormtrooper huh? And I thought K-2 was trigger happy. I guess I shouldn't have underestimated Pete with an army and a bunch of explosives.
On the other hand, now K-2 can shoot up every Imperial guard in the facility and they can just run straight towards the data storage centre.
Assuming the Empire has no automatic safeguards that delete/encrypt/transfer the data as soon as security is breached.
But who am I kidding, they don't even have safety rails. I'm sure the data will just be sitting there, all ready to be downloaded.
One PC, managing their war game forces, fully expecting the stealth to be a failure, all prepared for a major combat fight.
The other PC, managing to keep everything calm and quiet.
And since everything is calm and quiet, the major combat fight turns out to spoil the stealth.
Chirrut: I'll have the troops plant explosives in the jungle.
Chirrut: Set proximity fuses to linked hair trigger. As soon as anyone breaches our perimeter, we want the lot to go up.
Taidu Sefla: All of them?
Chirrut: There's no surprise after the first one anyway. And it'll clear optimal firing lines for our blast rifle squads.
GM: Hmmm. <roll>
Chirrut: Right. We need to secure the train station bunker quickly. It's an obvious enemy spawn point.
Chirrut: I move a squad to cover the entrance. This is going to be awesome. a total XP-fest.
Cassian: I call Chirrut.
Melshi: Melshi here. Chirrut's busy.
Cassian: Tell him we're making progress under cover. Sit tight and don't attract any attention.
GM: Chirrut, you see a patrol of <roll>... one trooper approaching.