[Discussion] The Battle for June 2

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[Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Mantisking » Mon May 18, 2015 6:23 am

The Mobile Frame Hangar will be running its second contest ever. The "Battle for June" has returned! {click through the link to see the specifics.} All questions you may have, or comments you may want to make can be made here.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Blorf » Mon May 18, 2015 9:22 am

I'm not so much in the running since I can just barely schedule into a year what the winners played in a month's time... but at any rate, I look forward to reading them. Good luck to everyone!
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby FrostCollar » Mon May 18, 2015 10:45 am

Anyone have any battle reporting tips? I find it kind of hard to capture the action on my camera phone. Would close ups and diagrams work better?
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Blorf » Mon May 18, 2015 11:54 am

You should find your own style, but definitely look at what other people are doing in the battle reports area. Here's what mine have evolved to, which I think really helped their enjoyment by others:

I don't disrupt the game by taking photos during a round, but right after deployment and after every round ends I take an image from the same position. From that I overlay a movement diagram and it also helps me remember what happened and when. I also like to use the Commander's Handbook for its game log feature. Generally I use "asset level" tracking, but the other modes give even more detail.

Give each company a color and each frame a number so it's super easy to refer to them in the text. (If you use these colors on the field somehow, such as station flags, even better!)
Mark these on each image
Use north/south/east/west to describe direction
Make north "up" from whatever angle the photos are taken at.
Use markers to show frames destroyed and station captures.

In the text, some rough idea of the reason why someone did something or its effect is also very helpful. "Red moved artillery north, out of range of the incoming Blue soldiers [Rd 2, Bl 3 & 5]" tells you who, where, and why. Then you can look at the round photo and find Red 2, Blue 3, and Blue 5, a red arrow pointing north (up), some blue arrows pointing toward it, and understand that the blue frames were a threat to it (because they were soldiers and they were advancing). It's much more helpful than "Bill backed artillery away from Sarah." this is vague and leads to lots of questions: Which frames are Bill's? Which are Sarah's? which frame is Bill's artillery? Why did he do that?

Don't expect people to remember the frame names, loadouts, and company compositions. Use gentle reminders where appropriate. "Green loses his only hand-to-hand specialist" is better than "Marty's Hammerhead-27X is crushed". The latter assumes I know all of those things before I can understand the implications; the former just tells me what's most important right now.

You can keep the flavor text if you add other indicators "The Ijad retaliates and hits hard for 3 systems [Gn 2]." still tells you which color to look for.

Sometimes, describing what could happen helps bring the suspense of the game in: "Black can win if all of the stations are held here." Or simply describe the situation instead of just the events: "Red is badly damaged now, but only needs White to lose one more asset."

Detail shots are fun and sometimes I'll do that, but if they disrupt the game it's not worth it to me.

Hope that helps.

Oh, and pay attention to where people are when you photograph, or at least crop them out. The part of a person standing right next to a table surface that you photograph is not likely to be their face, if you catch my meaning.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Mantisking » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:10 am

We're live!
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:18 pm

Common guys, nobody will even try to beat me? :lol:
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby FrostCollar » Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:56 pm

VitorFaria wrote:Common guys, nobody will even try to beat me? :lol:

A few friends are busy this week, but just you wait!
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:26 pm

Now we're talking!
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Mantisking » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:26 am

Eleven and a bit days left and VitorFaria is running away with this one. Will anyone even attempt to challenge?
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Blorf » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:16 pm

Well, it's kind of a contest of how many people you know that are interested and their availability to play. That's difficult for a lot of people. The number of reports I posted in a whole year (like 7?) isn't much more than the number of reports that won last year's contest (5). VitorFaria has already posted as many this month as I have ever managed to play in a single month. I've only managed to schedule people for one game in June, and it's not until the 26th, and even that's not yet confirmed. I expect lots of people are in similar situations.

There's also the point that strategically, you're better off writing everything but not posting them until the last minute. There might be more participants than we know about.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:29 pm

I imagined that the whole point was to stimulate people to write battle reports, I probably would never write one, or not in a while if it weren't for this contest.

I want those travises really badly! :lol: And so do my friends that build frames, if I win I will make an epic and huge "Travis Sharing Cerimony".

Being fair, most of Blorf's points make sense, maybe next year we could try a different style of contest.

And I'm not done yet, I still have a few reports to write.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby FrostCollar » Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:21 pm

Yep, with that lead I think it's time to stop badgering some friends about it and switch to the planned intro to X-Wing. Unless I break the rules and play against myself I'm not getting more than four games in before the end of the month.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Mantisking » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:19 am

Last day!

VitorFaria wrote:I imagined that the whole point was to stimulate people to write battle reports, I probably would never write one, or not in a while if it weren't for this contest.

And that's the whole point, to generate activity in a little used portion of the forums.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Blorf » Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:24 am

Yeah, I understand. I simply can't match the pace, so I'll continue to focus on quality.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:05 am

So...

We won, I guess?
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Mantisking » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:09 am

VitorFaria wrote:So...

We won, I guess?

Yes, you won. PM me your address.
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:17 am

Yay \o/
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby Dumpers » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:27 am

Congrats vitorfaria! You put in a lot of work on those battle reports and I really saw a jump in quality from the first one to the last one I read!
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:54 am

Dumpers wrote:Congrats vitorfaria! You put in a lot of work on those battle reports and I really saw a jump in quality from the first one to the last one I read!


Thanks man! :D

Glad that someone liked my stuff
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Re: [Discussion] The Battle for June 2

Postby VitorFaria » Thu May 05, 2016 1:03 pm

It just occurred to me that I never actually received the prize :lol:
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