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Anaconda pilot- am I missing something?

Discussion in 'Ariadna' started by Ogre_man, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Ogre_man

    Ogre_man Member

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    So, am I missing something, or is Anaconda pilot the only one in the game without a Specialist skill?
    Or is this a bug in AB?
    If not, was there any explanation given on this?
    Also, the official PDF contains a note, NOTE: This unit is composed of one Anaconda TAG and one Operator.
    Does the operator start on the outside?
     
  2. ijw

    ijw Wargaming Trader, Freelance Editor (UK)
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    That's because the Anaconda Operator isn't a Pilot, and can't voluntarily dismount.

    You start with the Anaconda on the table, the Operator only appears once the Anaconda has taken enough damage to put it on 0 STR or less, see http://infinitythewiki.com/en/Evacuation_Device_(ED)#ED:_Escape_System

    One of the big differences to a Pilot is that the Operator is still a 'normal' trooper who generates Orders and is worth the full points cost of the unit, even after the Anaconda profile has been removed.
     
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  3. Ogre_man

    Ogre_man Member

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    Yes, the catapult. And thats why she is not a spec? Strange, but ok. Thanks!
     
  4. ijw

    ijw Wargaming Trader, Freelance Editor (UK)
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    It's basically a balance/gameplay issue - Pilots got some extra toys due to being weak and very under-used, while Operators were already reasonably powerful and being 'automatically' in use if their TAG is fielded.
     
  5. Ben Kenobi

    Ben Kenobi Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the Iguana Operator is no specialist too.
     
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  6. toadchild

    toadchild EI Aspect
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    The Gorgos has broadly similar mechanics, but its inactive armor profile did get specialist operative. I guess the important point is that the Gorgos can voluntarily shed its armor, although it can't get back in.
     
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