XvT-TC 143: The Karana Initiative: Trailing the Raptors

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
Missions: 6
Release date: 2013-07-06
Last updated: 2013-11-01
Average rating 2.6
Reviews: 5
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 29
Patches used

EH Ship Patch for XvT


Created for the Karana Initiative 3

Battle Reviews

If a mission is too hard to do on medium or hard, it should be re-polished and edited before being released. Multiple missions have huge errors that make them unplayable on higher difficulties. If a mission can only be done on easy then there is something wrong.

This battle wasn't fun in the slightest. Playing it on easy is still annoying enough because of just plain annoying design decisions for how the missions play out. If you like taking hours of banging your head into a wall to figure out how to precisely get through some of these missions go for it. If you're like me and you want to have fun, avoid at all costs

Another excellent contribution from Dempsey. The Karana saga is one of the best in my opinion, and this initial chapter is true to that quality. The storyline is concise yet perfectly written. Briefings and preliminaries are also very effective. The missions and the action unfold according to the plot, but without losing the challenge and entertainment of a demanding game. The only thing is the usual missile fetish in her missions, and dodging advanced missiles or dumb-firing at capital ships may be considered an invigorating workout of aiming and pilot skills, though it wears on the player eventually, turning things slightly nerve-racking. Do not miss this one.

The Battle's story is consistent and fits nicely into the general Void Raptor Storyline.
The missions are all quite different, which makes this 6 mission battle not as tiresome as others.

That being said the whole battle suffers several issues. [May contain spoilers]
- There is no "mission failed" message for mission one. You missed scanning a transport? Tough luck; we don't need to tell you.

- Mission 4 is extremely based on luck [for me as an average player]. Are you lucky enough that your AI "companions" and you manage to take out enough of the Heavy Missile launchers? If yes: No Problem in the mission. [And from the experience of 6 tries: The same approach does consistently NOT deliver the same result. Thus: Luck]
- Mission 5 is tedious and demotivational. A flight of 5 GUNs with 6 proton torpedoes each consistently fires 10 of the overall 30 at the main target, leading to repetitive and longlasting attack runs against the target. [of course under the pressure of the Target hypering out]

- mission 6 is a question of pure luck again. ATRs destroy boarding/disable targets or are destroyed by them without clear indications of why, regardless of player interaction. [8 tries produced 6 different mission lost events (different destroyed transports/targets); All tries that resulted in destroyed boarding targets happened without player interaction with these boarding targets]

All in all, this results in me giving only three points for the battle.

Excellent battle, sometimes mission 6 acts a bit funny and the ATRs destroy a Freighter, but otherwise bug free! I enjoyed it very much!

Battle Bug Reports

CM Vanguard88


Mission 1: X-Wing Wister flight group 3 arrives via hyperspace while the other two flight groups are launched from the cruiser. Factory Veren IV does not shoot back if attacked by the player.

Mission 3: CRL Void's Dream flight path intersects with Gunboat Beta, resulting in the Gunboats being attacked by the cruiser and never actually reaching their primary target.

Mission 4: ATR Avenger 2 collides with the ESD Might of the void after leaving the hangar.

Mission 6: ATR Sigma frequently collides with the convoy craft it is attempting to disable.

Mission 4 and 5 are not completable on hard, mission 4 is not completable on medium.

High Scores

Battle Total: 337,385 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 1: 46,725 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 2: 68,717 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 3: 82,085 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 4: 31,858 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 5: 35,840 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
Mission 6: 72,160 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 337,385 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-02
2 184,119 FA Pickled Yoda 2018-06-20
3 162,365 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-10-29
4 152,522 GN Dax Corrin 2013-11-09
5 147,588 GN Dunta Polo 2013-07-20
6 128,197 GN Master 2013-07-19
7 127,179 GN Dax Corrin 2017-03-25
8 116,317 LC Kyle Kroan 2013-07-12
9 116,085 GN Coranel Both 2015-11-24
10 115,186 GN Elwood the Brave 2014-10-30

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 22 pilots a total of 29 times.

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 3 times, last on 2021-03-13

GN Coranel Both - 2015-11-24

GN Dax Corrin - 2 times, last on 2017-03-25

GN Dunta Polo - 2013-07-20

GN Elwood the Brave - 2 times, last on 2014-10-30

GN Exar Kit - 2013-07-20

COL Gyssler - 2013-07-15

AD Hav Antiel - 2020-09-01

MAJ Hermann - 2020-08-18

MAJ Jaxx Nassin - 2021-10-24

FA John T. Clark - 2 times, last on 2014-10-30

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2024-01-27

LC Kyle Kroan - 2013-07-12

CPT Lanil Jast - 2013-07-14

GN Master - 2013-07-19

LC Michael Emrys - 2 times, last on 2013-07-21

HA Pete Mitchell - 2018-03-18

COL Phalk Sturm - 2021-10-15

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2018-06-20

LT Rosh Nyine - 2024-07-02

CM Vanguard88 - 2023-09-02

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2022-10-09

Title               : The Karana Initiative - Trailing the Raptors
Author              : TAC-PROF/FA Dempsey/CS-6/VSDII Sinister (#12519)
Platform            : X-wing vs TIE Fighter
Number of missions  : 6
Medal               : 

Required patches
* EHSP for XvT (http://sco.emperorshammer.net/patch/xvt/EHSP-XvT.zip)

Installation instructions
1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
2] Press the X-wing vs TIE Fighter button on the EHBL to start the game
3] Create a new pilot and fly the Imperial training missions

Rumors have reached the TCCOM regarding a remote outpost where the Void Raptors 
do some business on a fairly regular basis. As such, the VSD Zerstoren has been
diverted there. 

Known glitches
Well, not exactly a glitch. I realize it's possible in mission 4 to destroy the MC90. 
I have tried to set the mission up in such a fashion that this is a bad idea, you
can't waste all your torps on the MC90. Still, on easy there's probably not enough
enemies to actually ensure this.