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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:27 am    Post subject: TIE Stat Reboot Reply with quote

So, over the years and in various topics, I've posited various alternate theories on TIE Fighters, and other TIEs by extension, but I've never really compiled all my thoughts into an actual stat. Therefore...

TIE/ln Starfighter
Craft: Seinar Fleet Systems' TIE/ln
Type: Space Superiority Starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 6.3 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting: TIE/ln
Crew: 1
Crew Skill:
Gunnery 4D
Piloting 4D+1
Sensors 4D
Cargo Capacity: 65 kg
Consumables: 2 days
Maneuverability: 3D (2D in Atmosphere)
Space: 10
Atmosphere: 415; 1,200 kph
Hull: 2D (Particle Shields: 1D)
Sensors:
Passive 20/0D
Scan 40/1D
Search 60/2D
Focus 3/3D
Weapons:
2 Heavy Blaster Cannon (Fire-Linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-5/10/17
Atmosphere Range: 100m-500m/1km/1.7km
Rate of Fire: 2D Auto-Fire*
Damage: 4D
*At Point Blank and Short Range, Auto-Fire dice may be applied to either Fire Control or Damage, or may be split between them. At Medium Range, no more than 1D may be applied to Damage. At Long Range, Auto-Fire dice may only be applied to Fire Control.


Changes Made, and my Reasons Why
    Maneuverability:
    A while back, Mikael Hasselstein pointed out that 2D Maneuverability was rather low for a dedicated space superiority fighter, as it made it equally maneuverable as the Y-Wing. I hadn't really considered it before, but it made sense. In addition, since several EU sources have indicated that TIEs have reduced Maneuverability in atmospheric flight, I decided to increase the TIE's Maneuverability in Space by 1D, but leave it at 2D in Atmosphere

    Particle Shields: The RAW states that a ship that loses its particle shields suffers a -2D penalty to Hull. Since this reduces TIEs to 0D automatically, I went with an alternate theory that, due to its extremely small size, the TIE has lighter particle shielding (1D rather than 2D).

    Heavy Blaster Cannon:
    In the films, the cannon on TIE Fighters have a noticeably higher rate of fire than the lasers mounted on the X-Wings. Since WEG has established that starfighters can mount lasers and/or blasters (see the B-Wing and the Z-95), and since I've redesigned starfighter-mounted blasters to be repeater weapons (with the rules to go with), I decided to change the TIE/ln's laser cannon into heavy blaster cannon. They lose a little in range (and damage capacity at range), but hit much harder and more accurately up close.

I'll be following this up with rebooted stats for the TIE/gt, TIE/rc and TIE/fc (possibly combining the latter two into a single platform that can perform both missions), but this will do for now.

Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting , the particle shields thing bothered me as all ships supposed to have them , but without them the tie would have 0d normally which just doesnt sound right , but could be accurate as ties do seem flimsy ships . I like the extra fire rate for the weapons and think it makes sense altho the range for the weapons is a bit short for me . The maneuverability I agree with as Ties are supposed to be superior to Y-wings and your penalty for atmos also makes sense . Overall good stats , which I would prob use more as a variant rather than the norm perhaps , but that's just me .
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the whole partical shield thing would have been corrected if their hull had gotten boosted to say 2d+2 or even 3d..
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garhkal wrote:
Perhaps the whole partical shield thing would have been corrected if their hull had gotten boosted to say 2d+2 or even 3d..

That could work, too. I like the TIEs being fast and fragile, though, and if you bump the stats up too far, it gets within striking distance of the Interceptor (Speed 10 / 11, Maneuverability 3D / 3D+2 and Hull 3D / 3D+2). It ends up making the Interceptor more like an upgraded TIE. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing...

On a side note, I've always wondered what the /ln meant in the designator for TIE Fighters. I assume it means Line, as in main-line fighter craft. Since TIEs are used by both Army and Navy, I've considered adding to versions: /ln for Line, Naval and /la for Line, Army. The only difference would be that /la would have a Space of 8, but retain full 3D Maneuverability in Atmosphere. My reasoning is that, since the Army uses TIEs for Ground Support operations, a TIE configured for atmospheric operations at the (slight) expense of space operations might be appropriate.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with your assessment. This fleshes out the venerable TIE a bit and encourages GMs to use them as something other than massed swarms of disposable fighters. Combining the rc & fc variants sounds good also and frees up a bit of deck space in the process. No reason they couldn't do both.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next up, the TIE Advanced x1. Ordinarily, I'd make some more changes, but since the x1's storyline is that it is a prototype that was eventually rejected in favor of the Interceptor, it makes some sense that the stats would not be up to those of the Interceptor. Under WEG's rules, the lower Maneuverability would be offset by Vader's high Starfighter Piloting skill, and its relative toughness would be reflective of Vader's general combat style, so it makes a good ship for him. However, I do think a couple changes are in order...

Craft: Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Advanced x1 Prototype
Type: Space Superiority Starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 7.8 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting: TIE Advanced x1
Crew: 1
Crew Skill:
Astrogation 4D
Gunnery 5D
Piloting 6D
Shields 4D
Sensors 4D
Cargo Capacity: 150 kilograms
Consumables: 1 week
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x4
Nav Computer: 10 jump maximum
Maneuverability: 1D+1
Space: 10
Atmosphere: 415; 1,200 kph
Hull: 3D
Shields: 1D+1
Sensors:
Passive 20/0D
Scan 40/1D
Search 60/2D
Focus 3/3D
Weapons:
2 Heavy Auto-Blaster Cannon (Fire-Linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Crew: 1
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-8/25/40
Atmosphere Range: 100m-800m/2.5km/4km
Rate of Fire: 2D Auto-Fire*
Damage: 4D
*At Point Blank and Short Range, Auto-Fire dice may be applied to either Fire Control or Damage, or may be split between them. At Medium Range, no more than 1D may be applied to Damage. At Long Range, Auto-Fire dice may only be applied to Fire Control.
Special Rule: Lock-On
    Skill: Starship Sensors
    Time To Use: 1 standard action
    How To Use:
    -Target must be in Front Fire Arc, and must be within Search Range.
    -Make a Sensor Focus roll, with a base Difficulty of Easy (target may attempt to dodge, just like an attack).
    -Lock-On holds for one round, or indefinitely if target does not evade. If the target continues to evade, re-roll every round to maintain the lock.
    Effect: A successful Lock-On adds +2D to Fire Control.


SIDEBAR: Auto-Blasters
    The Auto-Blaster is the next generational step up from standard blaster cannon. Normal blaster cannon bolts tend to scatter at longer ranges, reducing the weapon's peak damage capacity. Auto-Blasters partially solve that problem by mounting the blaster cannon on a stabilized gimbal mount that greatly reduces the beam scattering found in standard blaster cannon, resulting in greatly increased range. In addition, the auto-stabilization system has been tied into the fighter's sensor package, allowing it to track off-bore and engage a designated target even if that target is not directly ahead of the ship. These two features combine to make auto-blasters the deadliest anti-starfighter energy weapon currently in service.


Changes Made, and My Reasons Why:
    Crew Skill: The WEG stats say "See Darth Vader", but it is far more likely your characters are going to run into a more normal pilot operating this thing, so I included higher than average crew stats to represent an elite pilot.

    Weapons: In addition to sharing the much higher rate of fire seen on the TIE Fighters, film footage shows the blaster fire tracking out and away from the fighter's line of travel. It also shows the fire control system attempting to lock-on to the Alliance fighters before taking the shot. The RAW does not reflect either of these abilities, so I decided to write up something that did. I poached the auto-blaster on the B-Wing and greatly expanded the idea into something new and exciting.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crmcneill wrote:
garhkal wrote:
Perhaps the whole partical shield thing would have been corrected if their hull had gotten boosted to say 2d+2 or even 3d..

That could work, too. I like the TIEs being fast and fragile, though, and if you bump the stats up too far, it gets within striking distance of the Interceptor (Speed 10 / 11, Maneuverability 3D / 3D+2 and Hull 3D / 3D+2). It ends up making the Interceptor more like an upgraded TIE. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing...

On a side note, I've always wondered what the /ln meant in the designator for TIE Fighters. I assume it means Line, as in main-line fighter craft. Since TIEs are used by both Army and Navy, I've considered adding to versions: /ln for Line, Naval and /la for Line, Army. The only difference would be that /la would have a Space of 8, but retain full 3D Maneuverability in Atmosphere. My reasoning is that, since the Army uses TIEs for Ground Support operations, a TIE configured for atmospheric operations at the (slight) expense of space operations might be appropriate.


I read somewhere that it was TIE Line. Don't remember where, though....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmanski wrote:
I read somewhere that it was TIE Line. Don't remember where, though....

I think we are in the same boat. What I'm thinking is that, according to the TIE article in AJ10, there was a TIE Fighter predecessor to the TIE/ln that only had a Space of 8. I'm thinking of making that the "Army" TIE that I mentioned above.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are correct. Page 248 of AJ 10 lists the TIE (second version of the original T.I.E. that is only mentioned).

Space: 8
1 Double Laser Cannon: FC 2D, Damage 3D, Space range 1-3/12/25.

The rest looks the same as the TIE/ln
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TIE/la Starfighter
Craft: Seinar Fleet Systems' TIE/la
Type: Space Superiority Starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 6.3 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting: TIE/ln
Crew: 1
Crew Skill:
Gunnery 4D
Piloting 4D+1
Sensors 4D
Cargo Capacity: 65 kg
Consumables: 2 days
Maneuverability: 3D
Space: 8
Atmosphere: 365; 1,050 kph
Hull: 2D (Particle Shields: 1D)
Sensors:
Passive 20/0D
Scan 40/1D
Search 60/2D
Focus 3/3D
Weapons:
2 Heavy Blaster Cannon (Fire-Linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1-5/10/17
Atmosphere Range: 100m-500m/1km/1.7km
Rate of Fire: 2D Auto-Fire*
Damage: 4D
*At Point Blank and Short Range, Auto-Fire dice may be applied to either Fire Control or Damage, or may be split between them. At Medium Range, no more than 1D may be applied to Damage. At Long Range, Auto-Fire dice may only be applied to Fire Control.
Capsule:
This older TIE Fighter is the predecessor to the current TIE/ln. Originally known simply as the TIE Starfighter, it has largely been replaced in naval service, with most models being transferred to the Imperial Army's Ground Support Wings. As the number of TIE variants has grown, the ship has been redesignated as the TIE/la (for Army, with the TIE/ln indicating Navy). The primary difference between the two models is that the later naval variant sacrificed some of its atmospheric maneuverability in trade for greater speed. Since Army operations are almost always in atmosphere or orbit, Army Command prefers the slower TIE/la over the TIE/ln.
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