played last Friday. - i like how the focus change from one flank to the other as cards are flipped. it is much more dynamic than ITS where once you secure the crucial zone you are winning (well, it ITS 9 there are no more mission rooms, so that effect is not as present in ITS). - compared to previous version, it is nice to score cards in ARO instead of waiting your reactive turn doing nothing. - in our game, we had almost no casualties, i'm neutral on that as it was only 1 game. - i feel like the mission favors going second. - I still have trouble understanding where the placement goes in the start of game sequence from reading the rules. Usually : - Lt roll off. - The one who wins decide either initiative or deployment and immediately makes his decision related to that. (if if he pick turn order he says who goes first; if he picks deployment he says who deploy first.) - The one who didn't win, gets the other and immediately makes his decision. (if if he have turn order he says who goes first; if he have deployment choice he says who deploy first.) - Whoever must deploy first deploy his models. - The other player deploys. - reserves... - Whoever must play first starts his turn. How we played, was that immediately after winning the Lt roll off and choosing who gets what, the one who controls initiative deploy the first objective, and once they are all placed the Lt winner decide the deployment order if he control deployment or turn order if he control initiative. But I also was thinking it should go after decisions are made and prior to deploying your models. Objective placement refer to "controlling initiative" it could refer to making the placement as soon as you know who controls initiative (and before he decides the specifics of the initiative order). This is also based on the first edition text which was : Roll for Dep/Init as Normal. Then the player who controls initiative place the first marker. Which is how we played it : Make the Lt Roll off then whoever gets initiative choices starts placing objectives immediately; and then we resume start of game sequence (Lt winner makes his choice, other player makes his choice, start deploying).