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Brendon Russell
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A question for someone in the know, i.e. Tom, Wei-Hwa and/or Jay...

Rebel vs Imperium rulebook wrote:

Use the second light-red cube to track any additional Military versus Rebel worlds.


Why are there components to track Rebel specialised military this way, but not other specalised military (Alien/Genes/Rare/Novelty?). Just wondering if there is something in the rules I haven't understood correctly, or if there's some other reason Rebel military is singled out this way.

My understanding of specialised and non-specialised military as it relates to the takeover rules:

- when determining if a player can be targeted for a takeover from Imperium Cloaking Technology, only permanent, non-specialised military is counted.
- when resolving the actual takeover, temporary and specialised military is counted.

Neither of these treat Rebel-specific military any differently than Alien-specific military, for example.
 
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Except for the minor detail that you're really quite likely to be attacking a rebel military world, give that the condition for vulnerability is to have one vs. the imperium 'takeover' power.
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Your understanding of the rules is correct. That's why there is a note in the rules to double-check the actual military involved when making a takeover declaration.

We did consider adding cubes or counters for specialized and temporary military, but it was simply too cumbersome to be adjusting a whole set of cubes each time a player's military changed. It's a trade-off between having information easily available and the cost of having to maintain that information.

We kept the Rebel cube as it is the most common case that matters, given that Rebel military worlds are common targets for takeovers (many have high VPs and one takeover power keys on them).
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Tom Lehmann wrote:
It's a trade-off between having information easily available and the cost of having to maintain that information.

We kept the Rebel cube as it is the most common case that matters, given that Rebel military worlds are common targets for takeovers (many have high VPs and one takeover power keys on them).


Tom, thanks for the clarification re implementation in terms of components.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a computer implementation, in which the software both maintained the information and made it easily available?
 
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AndAgainMA wrote:
Wouldn't it be great if there was a computer implementation, in which the software both maintained the information and made it easily available?


I don't see how that would improve the physical trackers that came with the game. Sounds to me more like you're trying to force a change of subject.
 
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onigame wrote:
AndAgainMA wrote:
Wouldn't it be great if there was a computer implementation, in which the software both maintained the information and made it easily available?


I don't see how that would improve the physical trackers that came with the game. Sounds to me more like you're trying to force a change of subject.


1. It would improve the physical trackers by automating them, thus making tracking easier and less error-prone. (I am aware that the part about errors rest on certain optimistic assumptions about programming.)

2. Making a link to a related subject, rather than trying to force a change of subject.
 
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Tom Lehmann wrote:

We did consider adding cubes or counters for specialized and temporary military, but it was simply too cumbersome to be adjusting a whole set of cubes each time a player's military changed. It's a trade-off between having information easily available and the cost of having to maintain that information.

We kept the Rebel cube as it is the most common case that matters, given that Rebel military worlds are common targets for takeovers (many have high VPs and one takeover power keys on them).


Thanks Tom.

Time will tell whether I can resist scrounging together enough yellow, green, brown and blue cubes to add to my RvI set...
 
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You can purchase the unofficial expansion pack which consists of any random object of the appropriate size and color. These can be used with the provided materials to track specialized military. I can put together this pack for you for the right price.
 
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