JeBuS wrote: ↑Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:26 am
Why does the rulebook sidebar introduce the term 'engagement' without defining it anywhere?
The unilluminating answer to this is, "because that's what the Glossary did
The only slightly more illuminating answer to this is, "no one ever asked." From what I can see, this gameterm from 2002 has only been discussed twice in the 1E public forums in the CC era: here
(There's lots of discussion of player engagement, and the 2E concept of engagement, but the 1E "multiplexed" engagement only shows up in these two threads.)
So when a self-controlling dilemma "attacks all ships here", does it attack each one individually? Are all opposing ships allowed to return fire at once?... It sounds as though an 'engagment' is Ship Battle steps 5 (Open Fire) and 6 (Return Fire).
Based on the text, "This expands the fire (or
return fire) portion of the battle into two or more engagements" (emphasis added), I think the correct interpretation of the current text is that, when a self-controlling dilemma "attacks all ships here," it repeats Step 5. Open Fire
until all cards have been fired upon. I do not think Step 6. Return Fire
repeats at all in this scenario.
(By contrast, if a Borg Cube with a Multiplexor Drone aboard were attacked by opponent's armada, the Step 5. Open Fire
would be a single step, but Step 6. Return Fire
would be repeated until the entire armada had been fired upon.)
Say I have 4x Type 9 Shuttlecraft and Planet Killer is attacking. What happens?
My interpretation of the current text:
Step 1: Declaration. Planet Killer "declares" attack (by rule rather than by voluntary declaration).
Step 2: Initiation. Defending player announces declares will return fire with all 4 shuttlecraft.
Step 3: Responses. Either player can play appropriate responses to the start of battle now. We'll assume neither player does.
Step 4: Tactics. Defending player draws Tactics and selects one for this battle, if applicable. (The Planet Killer, as a
card, cannot.) We'll assume she doesn't.
Step 5a: Open Fire I. Planet Killer fires on Shuttle A and registers a hit.
Step 5b: Open Fire II. Planet Killer attacks Shuttle B and registers a hit.
Step 5c: Open Fire III. Planet Killer attacks Shuttle C and registers a hit.
Step 5d: Open Fire IV. Planet Killer attacks Shuttle D and registers a hit.
Step 6: Return fire. All shuttles return fire and register a hit.
Step 7: Apply damage. All ships involved took a hit, so all get
(or a rotation damage marker if their opponent is not using a Battle Bridge).
Step 8: Resolution. Battle is over. Everyone is stopped. Everyone is damaged.
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