XWA-TC 58: Expansion

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 5
Release date: 2009-09-19
Last updated: 2009-09-19
Average rating 4.1
Reviews: 10
Bug reports: 3
Times completed: 60
Patches used: None
Battle Medal: Vanguard Campaign Medallion

Battle Reviews

I liked the Vong storyline, even though we don't see them. A bit too many fighters in the middle mission and a bit too much just kill everything for me to give a 5 though

A little difficult in my opinion, but everything worked as intended and it seemed to have a pretty well thought out story

It's a nice battle. Good fleet sizes for sure, nice station placement. There's a few annoying quirks that bring it down for me, and I'm always a little grouchy when I have a mission to go out and blow up a ship I blew up in the previous mission for fun. But I did enjoy it overall.

Super nice battle. You are flying for and with the Empire and not allone. Missile Boats and ISDs attack enemy cap ships and installations as it is supposed to be (as opposed to you having to laser grind them down as in so many other battles). Only "bug" I found is that you cannot land on your ISD's hangar but have to q out of the missions.

One of the usual excellent battles by Dempsey. It is well structured, the plotline is good enough and the flying is awesome. The only criticism is about the MIS which is a terrible thing to fly in XWA (while it is one of the best starfighters in TIE), the single cannon makes it a real pain to endure, however, the last mission leaves you with an evil grin on your face, as you can pound down the imperial wrath using a mighty T/D and mowing down wave after wave of rebel scum. The EH expands our territory and you get to kill rebels, is there anything better than this?

It was an okay battle. It shined in some ways but then it was quite annoying in other. On the plus side I can count its story as well as attention to detail. The number of craft clearly shown how a proper EH battle group looks like. Number of background objects gave quite decent visuals while circling around as well. Technically this was very well made, with one exception. Like the bug report from LC Kodiak Kereban states, mission 3 appears to be broken. The squadron does follow you to the first combat area but leaves pretty much instantly after arriving. This leaves you solo vs horde of fighters. Which is both good (you can pull really decent score) and bad (given this mission is a wrist breaker). Some missions did not really have much for enemy variety. Mission 1 featured only A-Wings and mission 3 had only T- and X-Wings if I recall correct. Other missions did better on that field. I'm also not a fan of large scale engagements either, that's a big minus for me. I think most of the missions would do fine with allied force cut in half. I can't say I was excited to fly this one, though it's still pretty okay one.

I thought this mission was pretty fun! Granted, the first mission was a bit confusing where the instructions were unclear and you are essentially told to ignore craft that are primary mission objectives, but after failing it a couple times I finally figured it out (reading the briefings definitely helps, but I do not have time for that!). Also, there is one mission that asks you to dog fight in a Missile Boat. Please do not ever do that again. Dog fighting in a Missile Boat feels like a long, slow slog. I found the last mission to be the most fun, as you are in a TIE Defender doing lots of dog fighting – which is my favorite thing to do in a TIE Defender. Once I destroyed all the fighters I realized all my wing mates were dead, so I got to blow up everything by myself which was pretty fun. Overall it had an enjoyable plot, as it is nice to see the TIE Corps conquering new territory!

Excellent battle, definitely worth a 5 score for it's soooo nice to see The Emperor's Hammer expanding itself by conquering a whole sector and killing innocent civilians while we're at it. Not to mention the splendid use of a full task force, even if it's only for you to see how BIG could we be if only we could get people enough as to fill all those ships... :P. Then there's Mission 5 which is a splendid full-scale battle featuring no less than 2 ISDs being useful. Truly impressive, Admiral Dempsey, excellent work! However, I just cannot stand the bug at Mission 3 for it almost ruins the entire mission; it was already reported by PRT Kodiak Kereban on April 5 2011 but it seems it never got fixed. Therefore, and feeling quite sorry for it I downgrade the score to 4 'till it gets fixed.

Good solid battle, I especially liked the fleet at the start of the missions - it actually felt like you were part of a battlegroup instead of a lone ISD in the middle of nowhere :D

Pretty fun battle! Good plot and good missions.
The issue of the first mission, is a little unclear:

Spoilers ahead:
You are told to ignore some of the craft attacking a Dreadnaught, whereas the only way to have enough fighters to complete the objectives is to stop the Dreadnaught from being boarded in the first place.

Battle Bug Reports

Cosmetic heressy that I hope it can be fixed someway. At Region 2 there's a big background image of a planet, which fits perfectly with the mission plot which takes place on its orbit. But... what I definitely wasn't ready for is the background image of a GALAXY... IN FRONT OF! the planet... :P Either bug or not this kinda need to be fixed, don't you think?

Classic typo fest! Here it goes. Mission 1 Briefing p.7: "one" instead of "once" / Mission Hints: "mantis" instead of "Mantis", "disguysed" instead of "disguised" and "enemny" instead of "enemy". Mission 4 Briefing p.1: "Cartage" instead of "Carthage" / Missions Hints: "collataral" instead of "collateral". Mission 5 Mission Hints: "studff" instead of "stuff" and "th" instead of "the".

LC Kodiak Kereban


At the start of mission 3, it's only me that warps to the next area, the rest of the squadron doesn't follow through hyper - which made it fricken hard :P

High Scores

Battle Total: 129,941 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 1: 20,825 CM LPhoenix 2023-06-15
Mission 2: 16,423 CM LPhoenix 2023-06-15
Mission 3: 26,566 CM LPhoenix 2023-06-15
Mission 4: 29,513 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 5: 78,939 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 129,941 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles 2012-04-12
2 109,389 CM LPhoenix 2023-06-15
3 88,363 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-10-29
4 73,118 LCM Marek Ny`Irfa 2020-10-15
5 48,700 COL Rau Aznable 2011-05-27
6 46,077 CM Leofric 2023-06-14
7 43,006 LC Kodiak Kereban 2011-04-05
8 43,006 LC Kodiak Kereban 2011-04-09
9 43,006 LC Kodiak Kereban 2011-04-14
10 35,534 COL Phalk Sturm 2020-10-26

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 49 pilots a total of 60 times.

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 4 times, last on 2015-11-29

LC andr3 - 2023-05-16

CPT Asen Starlancer - 2023-06-05

LT Chris Pape - 2009-10-11

CM DarkSith_99 - 2019-03-05

GN Dax Corrin - 2014-11-20

GN Dunta Polo - 2010-01-30

GN Elwood the Brave - 2 times, last on 2014-10-29

CM Epicedion - 2020-09-23

FA Giovanni Palermo - 2010-02-18

MAJ Gustan - 2020-11-12

COL Gyssler - 2010-12-27

COL Gytheran - 2023-06-07

MAJ Hermann - 2 times, last on 2020-11-12

FA Howlader - 2009-10-24

CPT Jagged Fell III - 2023-11-17

GN Jarek La’an - 2012-05-12

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2023-01-13

LC Kodiak Kereban - 3 times, last on 2011-04-14

CM Leofric - 2023-06-14

VA Locke Setzer - 2023-05-18

CM LPhoenix - 2023-06-15

LCM Marek Ny`Irfa - 2020-10-15

GN Mark Schueler - 2 times, last on 2016-06-09

LCM Marlore Julren - 2024-03-29

HA Pete Mitchell - 2017-03-29

COL Phalk Sturm - 2020-10-26

FA Pickled Yoda - 2014-03-20

HA Plif - 2 times, last on 2023-06-16

MAJ Prost Varsis - 2023-06-15

COL Rau Aznable - 2011-05-27

LCM Rhace - 2014-04-21

GN Ric Hunter - 2 times, last on 2018-10-19

CM scottrick - 2023-06-02

LC Scuslem - 2012-04-22

GN Silwar Naiilo - 2020-11-11

CPT SL8c8 - 2020-11-01

LC Solohan50 - 2023-06-10

CPT Syntroth - 2019-09-29

COL TheBlackxRanger - 2023-05-27

GN Triji Boliv - 2023-06-06

MAJ Tuba - 2010-12-27

HA Turtle Jerrar - 2020-07-29

COL Westric Davalorn - 2023-06-02

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2022-06-08

SL Zekk Terrik - 2 times, last on 2020-11-04

COL Zeth Durron - 2010-04-11

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles - 2012-04-12

HA Zsinj - 2009-09-23

Title               : Expansion
Author              : TAC-PROF/AD Dempsey/CS-3/SSSD Sovereign (#12519)
Platform            : X-wing Alliance
Number of missions  : 5
Medal               : Vanguard Campaign Medallion

Installation instructions
1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
2] Use the EHBL to create a new XWA pilot, prepared for an EH battle
3] Press the X-wing Alliance button on the EHBL to start the game
4] Fly the missions

Not too long ago, the Command Staff has started receiving intelligence reports indicating
the New Republic has fallen under attack. The attackers, a previously unknown race identified
as Yuuzhan Vong, have started a campaign that leaves the Rebels without answer. World after
world falls to the invader's relentless attacks.

In response to this, the Rebels have started to withdraw a lot of their forces back towards
the core to assist in the fight against the invaders. This leaves some of their territory
vulnerable to Imperial attack, and the Fleet Commander has launched several campaigns to
expand our territory. 

One of these campaigns is led by Admiral Katron, who has taken his flagship, the Star
Destroyer Vanguard, together with the Star Destroyer Relentless, and gone towards Rebel
territory. His mission is to conquer one of the border sectors. With a vast fleet as his 
disposal, success is guranteed...