WestRider Posted January 17, 2015 Report Share Posted January 17, 2015 I've been thinking about Maelstrom a lot, because I've really been enjoying it, but I know a lot of people don't. One realization I had is that when you do Objective Placement seems to make quite a difference. In my one-off Games, we've been placing Objectives before knowing the Deployment Type, or even the specific Scenario, which tends to push them much more toward midfield. Even if you don't know which side you're going to be on, the fact that a Tournament Scenario will tell you whether it's Vanguard, Hammer, or Dawn before anything starts will lead to biases in placement. I have also been thinking about Maelstrom as a Secondary Objective. One idea I came up with was this: Before Deployment, each player generates 8 Maelstrom Objectives. Discard and re-generate any that will be completely impossible at any point in the Game (i.e. your Opponent has no Flyers or FMCs, discard and re-generate Scour the Skies). At the start of each of your Turns, select one of these Objectives. If you accomplish it at the end of that Turn, score it. Otherwise, discard it. At the end of the Game, whoever has the most Maelstrom Points wins the Secondary and gets however many Battle Points that's been assigned. This could interact with the Primary in a couple of ways. You could just use the same Objective Markers for both, numbering them and discarding any MOs that go with a number higher than what the Primary uses, or you could lay down a separate set of 6 Objectives for the Secondary. This gives the Players some control over when they go for which Objectives, letting them plan ahead, but still allows for the incredible variety of goals that Maelstrom brings. Each Player generates 8 Objectives even after removing the completely impossible ones because that's guaranteed to be more than one per Turn, giving them some flexibility to effectively an Objective or two that are, perhaps not impossible, but very difficult for their Army to achieve. Also, because all the randomization and looking things up on the chart takes place at one point, it works much more smoothly than any of the regular Maelstrom Missions for people who don't have a deck of Tactical Objective Cards. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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