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  1. In case you haven't heard it, here's the "One Nao Show." Yes, Touyama Nao voices everyone by herself here.
  2. On the topic of cockpit shielding, we can compare the survival rates in Delta of people taking direct shots to the cockpit.
  3. Piggybacking onto this, depending on how picky your gamemaster was, for tabletop you either had people who let you salvage any sort of ammo for your 'Mech from any weapon of the same type, or the ones that kept you painfully grounded in reality because you had to match the ammo to the same model of weapon or at least the same weapon manufacturer. Yes, I ended up arguing with someone because the "soda can" micromissiles from the Spartan/Archer looked significantly different than the pointier style found in the Trebuchet/Zeus/Catapult/other Duane Loose original artworks.
  4. I was during the open beta a couple of years ago, took a long break when they started piling on new features faster than they could be reliably playtested, and now occasionally pop in once in a while but not seriously. I don't think I've ever been totally happy with a BT sim-style game, being much more accustomed to the rhythms of tabletop. The upcoming Harebrained Schemes turn-based game project thus has me very intrigued. And some of my money. MWO has some of my money too, but they've long ago used that to pay for lunches.
  5. And then we minmaxed everything with medium lasers and PPCs.
  6. The ranges are artificially shortened to keep tabletop sizes down within reason and to encourage flashy physical attacks. I haven't played in a long time. I have the Total Warfare rules, but the ruleset that I remember the most is the mid-1990s era.
  7. Episode 4 concert, several shots of the canards moving as full control surfaces.
  8. Tracklist for the new album includes covers of Seikan Hikou and Diamond Crevasse. http://macross.jp/news/?id=459&series=13
  9. There are two: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/VTCL-60426 http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/VTCL-60435 Keeping in mind that this is the music, not the five or so Walküre song albums.
  10. I don't know exactly what it is, but I preordered it anyway.
  11. Something new in the Quel-Qualie size should work well, as it scales up reasonably from fighter-sized while not being as cumbersome or large as a normal warship. The Quarter is a nice balance, though at the size it is, it would have been nice to make it a single ship. On the other hand, Macross will probably never go the full combining-mecha-team route and have a transforming ship that's composed of five otherwise-totally-independent vessels... even if that actually would give the core block of some of these transforming ships something to do other than being "the torso." (Which was one of the nice things about the Elysion, at least we regularly saw the Aether going out on missions that didn't call for the entire ship.) That said... The capital ship screen wasn't totally useless, but that one Stealth cruiser blowing up was one of Frontier's more popular bits of recycled footage, which goes back to "if the plot demands that the enemy show some effectiveness, destroy the midsized capital ships." I know that point is straying away from the technological side of things and reliant on the demands of the story, but it still happens, and it's unlikely that the franchise will ever choose to feature a story about some guys in a regular cruiser when the fighters and the giant transforming ships are more famous.
  12. Tossing out a hastily-arranged thought here: For dramatic reasons since Frontier, the mid-sized capital ship has become the cannon fodder of the Macross universe. (I could also replace "Macross" with "Gundam"...) Variable Fighters are small enough to be difficult to hit, can easily carry ship-killing ordnance, and can use a reasonable amount of Fold Carbon/Quartz/etc. for a large boost in performance (particularly in recent series). At the large size there are hero ships like the original SDF-1, the Battle-classes, and other largish things that mount a Heavy Converging Energy Beam Cannon. Meanwhile Northamptons, Guantanamos, and Uragas and the like get blown up by pretty much everything. Does it have to be this way? SDFM demonstrated numerous classes of capital ships that had large beam cannons on them, and presumably could be refit with niceties like pinpoint barriers. Large capital ships are appropriately rare, but the midsize ships would be the primary ones dealing with the still-extant threat of undiscovered Zentradi fleets out there. Or would it just be easier now to build a lot more top-generation VFs that can easily slip through a fleet defense and deliver reaction weaponry up close, instead of relying on a lot of squishy midsized ships? Has the franchise written itself into a familiar technological corner where the one-man hero mecha is now the ultimate power in the universe?
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