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I just rolled another FTL breach critical. I've had about 4-5 of these, when statistically it should have been around 2 by now. It's become so bad that I don't even mark the counter until after I roll the dice because it just seems so likely it's gonna blow up.Since rule 8.5 clearly says which critical hits are ignored for bases I'd say that it should indeed be destroyed if a 12 is rolled.
Anyway, the rules question...
My base just suffered a critical 12, but the thematic description is "FTL core breach." My base doesn't have FTL, so what's that about? I blew the base up anyway, it seemed the honourable thing to do. I guess it still has a power generating core, just not used for FTL, but just checking with the Talon rules community.
You are right that it doesn't quite mesh thematically, but I like your explanation of it simply being a direct hit to the power plant.