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  1. I suspect Jessie will become either a master or a henchman as well. It seems to me like Ludvig and Gretchen are important players in the MES but I think they are there to add flavor to the mystique of the society - not sure how they would play on the table top, although with the reveal at the end, Gretchen might make an interesting cross-faction character. I liked the opening of the story and the joke about Lady J. Jessie was first introduced years ago in a Chronicles short story called "Boozed in the Bayou" by the same author (it's about a drunken silurid who saves the day from a few pesky Gremlins that build a whisky golem). The encounter is actually mentioned in the McCabe piece as well, although her names seems to have changed from "Jesse" to "Jessie." Would be exciting to see her represented on the table top. Anybody have interesting theories about who Gretchen really is?
  2. Just had the chance to read the three new stories in the Ten Thunders M3E faction book. All three of them move the narrative forward in different ways. The third piece, which focuses on Misaki and her struggles adjusting to leadership, ties together a lot of lingering questions about the new Oyabun's intentions and beliefs. It is a direct sequel to the M2E-3 Shifting Loyalties piece, "From the Ashes" - the story that polarized the community about whether or not our faction was noble, sinister, or both. I think this new story - in which Misaki makes a difficult decision to spare the life of a traitor - casts the Thunders in a bit of a new light. What do other people think?
  3. Wanted to keep this thread going as more faction books are making their way through the community. Any exciting plot twists or cool stories to keep an eye out for?
  4. Do people have thoughts on the fiction or favorite stories for the other factions besides the Guild? Not sure which books have been released yet but I believe Ten Thunders and Gremlins are due this month, right?
  5. Never mind! This got moved to another thread by @Nathan Caroland. You read my mind sir
  6. Hi all, From a few posts around the forum, it seems that people have gotten some of the new M3E faction books and I just thought I'd start a thread for members of the community to discuss their favorite stories. Fire away! What pieces have people enjoyed the most? What plot twists have taken them by surprise? Warning: *SPOILERS*
  7. Hi all, There are a lot of KE players in our meta, so I was hoping to start a thread about lists that work well against them. I have seen this earlier thread here already, but it isn't so focussed on list-building, and it tends to deviate away from direct discussion about Abby. My understanding is that our faction will never out-shoot KE, never out-melee Cult, and never out-attrition GH, but, in a sort of rock-paper-scissors style, we can do at least two of these three core mechanics (shooting, melee, attrition) better than whatever faction we are fighting against. If this assumption is correct (and maybe it isn't), I suppose we can definitely out-melee KE (assuming those pesky Rifle Core aren't in Glory and shooting point blank!) and out-attrition them. Using this logic (and the models I have on hand), one potential list I was thinking of looks something like this, with a focus on melee and attrition: 2 Commanders Kassa Okoye (used as KE Envoy) + 25 Bigger is better - 2 Electric Megaphone - 1 Prince Unathi + 25 Mine Control Device - 1 Mehal Safari w/ Flare Gun Asset - 9 Mehal Safari w/ Experimental Rocket Asset - 9 Engineer - 1 Steel Legion w/ Active Defenses Armor Asset - 12 Dreadnought w/ Chemical Foggers Armor Asset - 7 Gramophone Amplifier - 1 Massive Furnace - 1 Crow Runners - 6 The purpose of this list is just to run everything up the field as quickly as possible; hopefully, the Steel Legion draw fire but both Mehal units rush up the board. All three units are there to protect Unathi as he dishes out reinforcement tokens alongside the Dreadnought. Kassa advances and also dishes out tokens. If I'm correct, at a minimum I'm dishing out 3 reinforcement tokens a turn; 4 if Unathi can get to glory (or even 5 if Unathi is in glory and uses the same morale action twice). Hopefully, that's enough to protect the units as they go up the field and clash with the KE ranks. I don't have the models for this list, but I also thought it might be fun to run: Lord of Steel + 25 Toughness - 1 Prince Unathi + 25 Toughness - Free Mine Control Device - 1 Bosotho Cavalry - 4 Bosotho Cavalry - 4 Mech Infantry w/ Flare Gun - 8 Engineer - 1 Mech Infantry w/ Experimental Rocket - 8 Engineer 1 Electrocutioners w/ Discuss Grenades - 10 Steel Legion w/ Active Defenses Armor Asset - 12 I have no idea whether this would work; maybe it's an awful list. But if KE Rifle Corp move 7", and I deploy far forward enough, perhaps Bosotho Cav can jam up the enemy gunners (with 4 fire teams on 120mm bases, they'll definitely block line of site and engage multiple enemies) on the very first turn so that all the other units can move safely up the field. I chose Mech Infantry because in Glory, the titans make the fireteams ARM 10 within 3". Electrocutioners have high speed and can probably do a second turn Rush order to engage enemy fireteams in melee. Unathi can reinforce as necessary, and LoS can get behind enemy lines and wreck gunner units from behind. What do you guys think? What have you run against KE that has paved the pay to victory?
  8. Excellent! I look forward to trying out this particular slice of cheese haha. Just another reason why I love my faction haha.
  9. Hi all, Just a quick question for clarification about Assets and Combined Arms. My understanding is that Combined Arms teams cannot take additional assets. Does this mean that: 1.) Combined Arms units like Steel Legion and Mech Infantry cannot take Prototypes? 2.) If they cannot take assets, can they still take adjuncts? I ask because I played a fun Abby mirror match last week and my partner got his Mech Infantry up to AV11 by shooting first with a prototype, then an engineer, both fire teams, and the Titan. My first thought was “for 8ss this is amazing, why am I not doing this!” Thoughts? Thanks!
  10. If I remember correctly, yes! The stories started to diversity a bit with M1E3, but M2E really dispersed the stories as the universe got bigger.
  11. I really enjoyed the Court of Two story with Kirai. I felt that the writing was strong and the characters were memorable and compelling. It’s nice to see crossovers as well; very curious to see what’s in store for the Allegiance as a whole.
  12. Any more thoughts now that more books are in circulation?
  13. Likewise! I started here and have been writing for Wyrd as a contractor for the past five years! The community feedback from the old Iron Quill contests was really helpful.
  14. Hi everyone, I noticed that there hasn’t been a thread yet for people to discuss the stories from the Core Rulebook. What do people think of the stories? Does anybody have favorites?
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