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Yodaking
April 1st, 2017, 05:40 PM
The Holocron of Scarif Beach Assault Map

Small Expansion 5: Reinforcements for the Battlefront

A HoSS Competitive Map
A HoSS Battlefront Map

Original design by Yodaking


https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/1af7/hn41polghtdvv3k6g.jpg


Download PDF (https://www.heroscapers.com/community/downloads.php?do=file&id=4641)


Required sets: 1 RotV, 1 Marvel, & 2 TJ Sets
*This map uses the HoSS Container, Crate, & Chemical Canister DOs


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Map Bio - The island dominated planet of Scarif was a beautiful place with near perfect weather year round. As such the Empire quickly took control of it and made it a key component of Imperial infrastructure. After all what Imperial Commander wants to live and work on a harsh molten lava covered world when they can live and work in paradise? As a hub of cargo, data, and technology transfer within the Empire, ships were constantly coming and going from the many landing pads that dotted the landscape. As with all things though, over the years the traffic level ebbed and flowed. During the slower times those landing pads and cargo transfer points furthest out became underused whose upkeep was not fully maintained. The island plant life began to encroach on those areas, making them the perfect spot to mount an ambush or pull off a grand heist. Someone has hacked the Imperial mainframe and rerouted a key delivery to one such little used area, but this has not gone unnoticed. Now who will take the wayward prize home?
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-Special rules and Clarifications-
• This HoSS map uses the HoSS Battlefront Rules (https://www.heroscapers.com/community/showthread.php?p=2146866#post2146866).
• This HoSS map incorporates some HoSS Destructible Objects. Their location is marked on the map by different colored start zone dots.

2 Orange Dots = 1 Crate (http://www.heroscapers.com/community/showthread.php?t=51623) DO on each tile.
2 Yellow Dots = 1 Container (http://www.heroscapers.com/community/showthread.php?t=51625) DO on each tile.
2 Violet Dots = 1 Chemical Canister (http://www.heroscapers.com/community/showthread.php?t=51627) DO on each tile.

-FAQ-
N/A
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-Strategy, Tactics and Tips-
• TBA
-Heroscapers Community Contributions-
• First playtest: Yodaking (https://www.heroscapers.com/community/showpost.php?p=2142728&postcount=9)
• Second playtest:
• Third playtest:
-PDF created by: DanieLoche

Yodaking
April 1st, 2017, 05:50 PM
VS File (http://www.mediafire.com/file/cgd9fedc1aafeqd/Scarif_Battlefront_Map%282%29.hsc) - 3 of the 2 hex concrete tiles are actually the warehouse ruins base tile, exact location can be seen in the pics below.

Made a few small tweaks after building the map from the initial VS file and added in the placement of the cargo DO's. I tried to minimize the ability to double up on defense bonuses from both standing next to a Jungle Plant and a DO at the same time. As such the best defensive DO, the Container, are not adj. to a hex that is also adj. to a Jungle Plant. Here are a few pics of the map to get a better idea of just how it looks right now with everything on it.

https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/8f07/w1i9d4zdu1kd0d96g.jpg

https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/22cc/j013r2b16td8fbi6g.jpg

https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/e9e4/sbmkzsy1bdzi99d6g.jpg

Yodaking
April 1st, 2017, 05:57 PM
I'm going to use this map for a HoSS play test I hope to complete this week. Then next Friday night I am hosting a game day event at my house and I'm thinking I will have this map set up along with 3 HoSS armies to chose from. I'll use some of my friends as guinea pigs to test both the map and the battlefront rules out. I'll leave pen and paper next to the map to record some thoughts, questions, and impressions.

Yodaking
April 1st, 2017, 07:32 PM
So I'm a little limited to the minis I currently have and the HoSS cards I currently have printed out, but this is what I'm looking at for army choices. Went as squad heavy as I could as I think that should play better with the Battlefront system. Also ended up with 2 different Independent teams for 4 armies to choose from in total.

Rebels:
Rebel Troopers x3 165
Rebel Captain 65
Rebel Heavy Gunner x2 130
Major Derlin 100
Princess Leia 100
R2-D2 30 ...........590 (18 figures)

Empire:
Stormtroopers x3 240
Death Star Troopers x3 180
E-Web Trooper 100
Admiral Ozzel 70 ........590 (22 figures)

Independent:
Duros Thugs x2 100
Quarren Thugs x1 50
Rodian Thugs x1 50
Gamorrean Guards x1 65
Boba Fett 170
IG-88B 150........585 (17 figures)

Independent:
Lando 100
Lobot 80
Bespin Guards x3 210
Gamorrean Guards x1 65
Cloud Car Pilots 125 .......585 (18 figures)

See any balance issues? R2 is a bit of a throw in on the Rebel army but since he can move for free at the end of each round, he might be able to claim a control point just in the nick of time. The Rebel Heavy Gunners should excel in this format though being able to get placed next to a control point all ready set up to start shooting. I figure the Gamorrean Guards will be best used as units to summon up next to a control point claimed by a hero, then they can die to protect the hero or at least be closer to the action. Every team has at least two heroes so the two Bounty Hunters can each choose a different target.

TREX
April 1st, 2017, 08:44 PM
Looks much better with RL pics. It brings the feel to the maps a little better I think. It does look like what your after and I like the placement of the containers. I almost wish we made the containers 1 life each to help simplify keeping track of them.

Yodaking
April 2nd, 2017, 03:37 AM
I usually put the wound markers right on top of, or beside, them on the map.

TREX
April 2nd, 2017, 11:12 AM
I usually put the wound markers right on top of, or beside, them on the map.
Oh, that's easy, you do that sort of thing for all squad units for Imperial Assault. Hey, just noticed in the OP that you don't use castle doors on this map in the details.:) I like the Bio as well.

Yodaking
April 2nd, 2017, 04:11 PM
lol Good catch, thanks for taking the time to look things over. I copied and pasted the format from my Bespin Platforms thread and that map also used the DO's. When I updated the colors of the dots I didn't even see the castle doors reference.

Yodaking
April 6th, 2017, 05:42 PM
Name of Map (Scarif Beach Assault)

Overall Look: Looks pretty great in real life. Really captures the feel for what we saw in Rouge One.

Stability: No issues at all. Not a very tall map and everything locks together tightly.

Build difficulty: Very easy to build.

Size: Iíd say medium in size but long and narrow.

Unit types positively affected: A small pool of water next to each SZ and a glyph could help units with water based powers. The Rodian Thugs liked being able to negate the jungle bonus and I suspect the Imperial Probe Droid would like being useful too. Concrete & Asphalt tiles are well positioned for DST to get a useful bonus from.

Unit types negatively affected: The Ďwallsí of jungle plants can create LOS issues for aura powers and bonding mechanics that rely on clear sight.

Key areas on the Map: Each of the 5 glyphs were fought over at one point or another in my two games, both grassy hills were also put to good use and popular locations since they gave you high ground advantage on those who are fighting over the landing pad.

Areas not used much or at all: None really, Iíd say the pools of water were the least used but even then I had the Speeder Biked flying over them and the Quarren Thugs also moved through them.

Game 1:
Units: Speeder Bike x6, General Veers, Stormtroopers x2 (500) vs. Rebel Troopers x3, Rebel Captain, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Atgar Cannon (500)
R1: Leia moved out 5 spaces adj. to the control point behind the jungle pieces and Chewbacca moved 6 spaces to end adj. to Leia and on the glyph. Stormtrooper was able to move 5 spaces and end up on the control point behind the jungle pieces on his side as well by moving up the outside edge and landing on the glyph 5 spaces away. At the end of the round both sides claimed the two control points closest to their start zone while the middle glyph was unoccupied.
R2: Rebels win initiative, place 1 Rebel Trooper next to right side control point adj. to Chewbacca, 2 adj. to left side control point. Empire places 1 Stormtrooper adj. to each control point & 1 Speeder Bike adj. to left control point. Rebel Capt. & Rebels move to take middle glyph and dig in. OM3 sees the Rebel Capt. jump on the glyph after the Stromtroopers killed the Rebel Trooper that was there. Round ends with Rebel Trooper on middle glyph, claiming the control point for the Rebels, the Empire put the 1W given on Veers.
R3: Empire wins initiative, 1 Speeder Bike placed adj. to each control point & 1 Stormtrooper placed adj. to left side control point. Rebels place 3 Rebel Troopers adj. and in front of the middle control point. Speeder Bike ends move on Rebel right side control point glyph, turning it neutral but risking ending up adj. to a Rebel Trooper, failed to kill that Rebel Trooper with SA. Rebel Capt. retreats back to deal with the Speeder Bike that just stole his control point, destroys the bike and has the Rebel Troops move, including one onto the Rebel right side glyph and one onto the middle glyph. Speeder Bike kills the Rebel Trooper that just moved onto the middle glyph so the Rebel Capt. moves back on top of that control point. At end of round Rebel Trooper reclaims Rebel right side control point, Empire assigns 1W received to Stromtrooper adj. to left side control point.
R4: Empire wins initiative, moves last ST in SZ up adj. to right side control point (within 3 spaces of Veers) & last two Speeder Bikes in SZ adj. to left side control point and jungle plants. Rebels have no one left in SZ to call up. Speeder Bike ends turn on Rebel right side control glyph after having killed the Rebel Trooper standing on it in the previous turn, returning that control point to neutral. Capt. moves off middle glyph and adj. to container, moves Rebel Trooper onto middle glyph in his place and moves Rebel Trooper adj. to the Empires left side control point. At the end of the round Leia moves adj. to the Speeder Bike on the Rebel right side glyph and destroys him, Chewie moves onto the glyph, round ends and control is returned to the Rebels, Empire assigns the 1W received to ST adj. to right side control glyph.
R5: Empire wins initiative. After the first Speeder Bike kills the Rebel Trooper on the middle glyph, a second Speeder Bike moves onto the glyph, returning it to neutral control. Rebel Capt. moves adj. to the Speeder Bike on middle glyph, rolls a 3 skull att., & gets blocked! A Rebel Trooper finished off Veers though on the same turn and cost the Empire their last OM. Leia moves back onto landing pad, att. Speeder Bike on middle glyph from range and destroys it! Chewie remains on Rebel right side control glyph. No one can claim the middle glyph so it is all tied up and no wounds are given.
R6: Rebels win initiative, Atgar Cannon targets Speeder Bike and adds 4 to attack roll, rolls a 5 on the d20 and fizzles out. Speeder Bike circles around attacking everyone on landing pad but never ends on glyph, forcing the Rebels to either claim the glyph or move adj. to attack but not both. Leia moves onto the middle glyph at the end of the round and destroys Speeder Bike at range anyway. Leia claims the middle glyph and the Empire assigns 1W received to ST on right side control point glyph.
R7: Rebels win initiative, Leia moves adj. to Speeder Bike & att. but gets blocked. Speeder Bike finishes off Rebel Capt. & kills Rebel Trooper on Rebel left side control point glyph. Leia shoots at ST from behind cover and HG, misses (5 shields rolled)! Speeder Bike moves onto Rebel right side control point glyph, turning it neutral, att. Atgar Cannon. Leia att. ST again, only 1 skull on 5 dice, blocked. ST moves adj. to Leia to negate some def. bonuses & att., blocked. Round ends with Speeder Bike claiming Rebel left side control point, 1W directed to the Rebels assigned to Atgar Cannon.
R8: Leia wins initiative and kills the last ST. Speeder Bike moves & att. Chewie from HG. Leia moves onto Empires left side control glyph and turns it neutral. Speeder Bike att. Chewie from HG again. Leia moves back onto landing pad. Speeder Bike moves onto middle glyph, turns it neutral, round ends and it is claimed by the Empire, Empire now holds 3 control points to the Rebels 1, 2Ws assigned to Atgar Cannon.
R9: Speeder Bike wins initiative, moves to HG & att. Chewie, blocked. Leia realizes she canít collect control points faster than the Speeder Bike and so she just moves and shoots at it from LG, destroyed!
Who won and how many wounds did they have? Leia w/1W & Chewbacca w/3Ws. Also 1 container was destroyed in the fighting with 2 other containers taking 2W and 1 taking 1W.
Game 2:
Units: Death Star Troopers x3, Speeder Bike x3, E-Web Trooper (400) vs. Thugs x5, IG-88B (400)
R1: Both sides jump on the right side glyph in their opening move. Speeder bike zips across the water to end turn on left side glyph while a Quarren Thug grabs lands on their left side glyph. On the final turn of the round a Duros runs out and lands on the middle glyph, while the thug on the right side glyph starts moving up the grassy hill while getting replaced on the glyph by another thug. The criminals claim 3 control points, the Empire 2, Empire kills off a DST in the start zone.
R2: Criminals win initiative and place one Rodian Thug adj. to each of the 3 Control Points they control, Empire puts the E-Web & a DST adj. to the right side glyph along with a Speeder Bike adj. to the left side and some jungle plants. No change in control points, Empire kills off a DST in SZ.
R3: Empire wins initiative, places DST & Speeder Bike adj. to left side glyph, Criminals place IG-88B adj. to middle glyph. E-Web take out Duros on middle glyph, IG-88B takes the E-Web out with one att. from HG, Speeder Bike ends move on middle glyph, returning it to neutral control. Thug moves adj. to and destroys Speeder Bike on glyph. Control Points are tied.
R4: Criminals win initiative, no figures left in either SZ to call up, Thug moves onto middle glyph. Quarren Thug on HG att. & kills DST on right side glyph. IG-88B destroys Speeder Bike on left side glyph. Last Speeder Bike canít stop the Thugs from ending their turn on at least 4 control points so this is the end for the Empire. Speeder Bike does kill the Thug on the middle glyph though. Thugs move onto all open glyphs, round ends with Criminals having control of all 5 glyphs, last DST & Speeder Bike are destroyed.
Who won and how many wounds did they have? 6 Thugs and IG-88B at full health won. Also 1 crate was destroyed in the fighting with 1 container taking 2W & 2 containers taking 1W.
Final Thoughts: Playing the Battlefront rules on this map were really, really fun IMO. I had a blast fighting over control of the glyphs and I donít usually play with glyphs on maps. I think the reason this was so much more fun for me was that the glyphs didnít give you some powerful buff like +1 att. or def. for your whole army and yet control of the glyphs was pretty important in terms of not taking a wound at the end of the round and being able to quickly deploy your forces into the battle.
From a balanced stand point, Iím a bit concerned that the first team to take the middle glyph won both games but since it was only two games that really isnít a pattern yet, just something to keep an eye on. I really like the use of the Crate/Container/Canister DOís here. They are really fun to use and give both sides a chance to hold their positions longer while in the middle of the action. A few things about the Battlefront rules to keep an eye on are the effectiveness of both the Thugs & the Rebel Capt. & Rebel troopers as they both can move 6 figures at a time. I did not use the Imperial Officer or Bib Fortuna but their ability to replenish your forces with figures that you didnít start the game with might be an issue.

TREX
April 22nd, 2017, 03:52 PM
I'm not sure I'd be too worried about figures such as bib fortuna, rebel captain, and even the imperial officer in these scenarios. Those figures are not very strong figures and don't see a ton of play otherwise. I think the players could just concentrate on trying to kill those figures. That is just part of the Metagame for this format I think. I don't think its a deal breaker though. I'm going to try to get in some more battlefront in here soon. I'm just about done painting my first core set of rum and bones, then I'll clear the table and start playing the maps in question.

Yodaking
April 22nd, 2017, 04:59 PM
As mentioned in the rules thread, I think we just need to help lower the learning curve of playing with the new rules by highlighting how some units will shine more than others in this format. If players choose to ignore what we have to say on the matter only to get overrun by thugs that is their own fault.

Yodaking
May 1st, 2017, 03:41 PM
Anyone see anything I need to do here? Trying to get it ready to be PDF'ed and released and I don't recall what all that entails for prep work.

TREX
May 1st, 2017, 06:11 PM
Ill look it over in vs if I can tonight or tomorrow

DanieLoche
May 1st, 2017, 07:16 PM
I'm doing the PDF. It is almost done. :)

The only thing I see missing, is to check what we should write exactly for the scenario part. Here, I suppose that the scenario is a Battlefront game, that follows BoSS Battlefront Special Rules.
So we might look for :
- A small sub-biography for the battlefront game.
- Goal : the goal is still "destroy all your opponent's figures" ?
- Setup : should we had something here, or only something like [start zone explanation] + "see the Battlefront special rules for Armies composition ?
- Special Rules and Clarification : "see Battlefront special rules" ?

Yodaking
May 1st, 2017, 08:05 PM
The subset of maps idea seems like a good one. Give the 4 maps we are releasing with the rules their own designation. The goal is still the same, destroy the opposing force before they destroy you. The twist is that you can achieve that goal quicker by controling more glyphs than your opponents. People can of course still use them for other types of games, the control point glyphs are just left off when they do so.