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Old 10-11-2020, 11:04 AM   #1
madhopper50
 
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12.03 A Laser Tower can fire over any type of terrain, "but cannot attack a unit that is actually in a town, swamp, forest, or rubble hex". This rule is not stated in 12.02 Standard Lasers. Is it safe to assume this rule applies to both types of Lasers?
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Old 10-11-2020, 02:37 PM   #2
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A standard laser turret is blocked by and cannot fire into or over the blocking terrain listed. A laser tower can fire over any terrain, but not into the blocking terrain.

So, a well positioned turret can control approach avenues out to 30 hexes, but a tower can fire at any unit not in blocking terrain out to 60 hexes regardless of intervening terrain.
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Old 10-11-2020, 03:37 PM   #3
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A standard laser turret is blocked by and cannot fire into or over the blocking terrain listed. A laser tower can fire over any terrain, but not into the blocking terrain.

So, a well positioned turret can control approach avenues out to 30 hexes, but a tower can fire at any unit not in blocking terrain out to 60 hexes regardless of intervening terrain.
Thanks for the reply, the rule is slightly confusing, the rule states:

12.02 Standard Lasers. A standard Laser turret has a range of 30 hexes. Its line of fire is blocked by ridge hexsides or any raised terrain i.e., forest, swamp (assumed to contain trees), towns, or rubble.

To determine Laser line of sight, place a straightedge between the centers of the Laser hex and target hex. If the line enters or crosses any forbidden terrain, or runs along a line between two hexes of forbidden terrain, the Laser cannot fire. Otherwise, it can fire".

The rule doesn't state you can't fire at a target in blocking terrain as it does for a laser tower. A laser is a laser so if one can't fire then both can't fire.
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Old 10-11-2020, 03:45 PM   #4
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The rule doesn't state you can't fire at a target in blocking terrain as it does for a laser tower. A laser is a laser so if one can't fire then both can't fire.
It actually does say you can't fire at a target in blocking terrain (if the line enters or crosses any forbidden terrain), just not as clearly as it could.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:06 PM   #5
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The reason for the wording in 12.03 explicitly stating can't fire into a hex is because Laser towers can otherwise fire over intervening terrain. Turrets can't hit targets inside blocking terrain by inference based on the LOS rules (ie, the laser stops at the edge of the terrain).

We won't talk about the idea that a Laser tower _can_ hit something in a clear hex on the other side of blocking terrain... ;-)
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Old 10-15-2020, 05:40 PM   #6
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I just want laser turret & tower minis.

Resin 3D prints would be fine.
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