One of the most taxing parts of a tabletop wargame is keeping track of the states of various aspects of the game. To bound the complexity of this problem in Jovian Wars, there are three major time windows during which a model may be affected by one or more effects or states:
Of course, it's never that simple, and some states and state changes do not fit nicely into the above model, such as In Reserve and Embarked. When possible, however, the rules hold to the above three timing windows.
States generally have requirements to enter a state as well as conditions for cancelling a state.
|Exo-Armor||Assault Action||Destroyed,Interception,Return to Base|
When the Capital Ship under assault next activates, the Assaulting Squadron must either remain in the Assaulting state or voluntarily cancel it and enter the Return to Base state.
When activating a model currently Assaulting, the Squadron must either remain in the Assaulting state or voluntarily cancel it. If the state is voluntarily canceled, place the now returning to base Squadron 1" away from the Capital Ship and proceed with its activation normally.
If the model chooses to remain in the Assaulting state, it must declare an Assault action.
Assaulting Exo-Armors may also be intercepted by a Squadron in their Active turn. This cancels the Assaulting state, the Assaulting Exo-Armor is moved out of base to base contact with the Capital Ship and the Dogfight is resolved normally.
|Boarded by enemy Marines||Boarding Action||Boarders: 0 or Marines: 0|
At the start of of its Activation, a Boarded model must resolve a firefight between the Boarders (enemy Marines) and the defending Marines. Total up the number of Boarded marines--this is the Boarders rating.
Each player chooses one of the following options in secret and reveal their choices simultaneously:
If a player chooses Engage, they make an Unopposed Roll with base dice equal to the current Marines or Boarders rating on the Boarded model.
Example: Dave has boarded a Jovian Valiant, which has 2 Marine rating remaining. Dave's total Boarder rating from all the ships which contributing boarding personnel is 3. Dave chooses Engage and rolls 3d6, getting a [D] result, reducing the Valiant's Marine rating to 1.
If the boarding player chooses Sabotage and the defending player chooses Engage, resolve the Engage as above. The Sabotage is resolved simultaneously as an Unopposed Roll with base dice equal to the Boarders rating. Apply the Results as if the attack were made by a Precise weapon.
If the boarding player chooses Engage and the defending player chooses Defend, both players resolve simultaneous Unopposed Rolls as if they had both declared Engage. The defending player, however, Diminishes their results.
If the boarding player chooses Sabotage and the defending player chooses Defend, resolve an Opposed Roll with the boarding player as Primary Player and the defending player as the Secondary Player. Any remaining Results for the Primary Player are applied as if the attack were made by a Precise weapon.
If a model's Marines rating is reduced to 0 and there are Boarders remaining on board, the model is now considered Captured.
Control of a Captured model goes to the player who successfully Boarded it, and the Boarders rating becomes the new Marines rating of the ship, to a maximum of the original Marines rating of the ship.
As a Captured model becomes Captured before the original owning player declares moves and attacks or resolves Actions, the new owner may choose whether or not to resolve the chosen action, but may not change the action for this activation.
A Captured model may be subject to a Boarding action by its original owner in attempt to regain control.
|Capital Ship||0 Structure||Repair|
A Capital Ship with 0 remaining Structure is considered Crippled.
If a Crippled ship remains on the table, i.e. not Dead or Exploded, it obeys the following rules:
While is it not possible under any circumstances for a Capital Ship to cancel the Crippled state by itself, a Capital Ship successfully repaired by a ship with the Dock trait may exit the Crippled state.
Each Crippled ship rolls on the Catastrophic Damage table when:
Roll 1d6 + the number of Systems that have been reduced to 0 rating and consult the appropriate line in the table below:
|1-5||No Effect||See above|
|6-7||Dead||Destroyed, replace with Wreck|
|8+||Explode||Destroyed, resolve Explosion|
Models that are Embarked on a Dead model are placed within 1" of the Dead model before it is removed. Models Embarked on a model which Explodes are assumed to be lost in the explosion and count as Destroyed.
Example: An Uller Capital ship is reduced to 0 Structure rating and Crippled. It has zero point defense and thrusters. The attacker rolls 1D6 and gets a . Adding 2 for the system ratings at zero gives a result of 7 and a result of "Dead". The Ullers owner removes it from the table and replaces it with a 2" diameter Wreck marker.
|0 Structure,Dead,or Explode||--|
A Squadron with 0 remaining Structure rating is considered Destroyed and is removed from the game.
A Capital Ship that has suffered the Dead or Explode results on the Catastrophic Damage Table is considered Destroyed and is removed from the game.
Destroyed models are worth 0 points for Victory Points purposes.
|Squadron||Hit by Particle Cannon||End Phase|
A Squadron that has been hit by a Particle Cannon loses one Fire Control rating, to a minimum of 1. Repeated hits by Particle Cannons do not further reduce Fire Control rating. This penalty is removed during a turn's End Phase.
Models start the game In Reserve or Embarked.
In both cases, the number of Embarked models may not exceed the limits as specified by the relevant trait.
If the scenario allows, it is possible to have Squadrons Embarked on Capital Ship that is itself Embarked.
As with the Reserve state, models that are Embarked are considered to be off the table until they are placed on the table with a Launch action.
States which apply to Embarked models are tracked normally, e.g. damage persists, any state that would expire at the end of turn expires at that time, etc.
|Thrusters: 1+ or Fuel: 2+||Evade Action||End Phase|
|--||--||Deploying the Model|
Models start the game In Reserve or Embarked.
Model In Reserve are placed off the table until they are deployed in a deployment phase. Models that are off the table may not Attack or use Actions. They are considered to be on approach to the area of operations.
|Squadron||Assault, Bombing, or Dogfight||Land, End Phase|
Squadrons in Return to Base state may only declare the following Actions:
A Squadron Model in Return to Base state must make a Returning to Base move during the End Phase of a turn directly towards the controlling player's table edge or the nearest model with the Hangers trait, owning player's choice.
Cancel this state during the End Phase after making the required move.
It is highly likely that multiple Squadrons will be in the Return to Base state during the End Phase. As the Return to Base mandatory moves are not subject to Interceptions, players may resolve the movements in whatever order they wish, alternating moving Squadrons between players in initiative order.
|Defense: 1+, Sensors: 1+, Thrusters: 1+||Silent Running||End Phase, Fire Control Expenditure|
This model improves it Stealth trait by 1. If it did not have the Stealth Trait, it gains Stealth: 1.
This state is canceled during the End Phase or if the model expends Fire Control.
|Thrusters: 1+||Station Keep Action||End Phase|
Station Keeping sets a ship's Speed to 0" and grants a bonus of one [Flex Die] to all attacks targeting this ship.
A ship that has successfully executed the Withdraw action enters the Withdrawn state and is removed from play.
For the purposes of Victory Points a Withdrawn ship is worth 0.5x its points.