XWA-TC 20: The Tug Menace

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 4
Release date: 2001-11-10
Last updated: 2012-11-02

HA Striker

Average rating 4.0
Reviews: 23
Bug reports: 0
Times completed: 240
Patches used

Astatine-class Tug

Battle Medal: Gold Tug Cross

Golden Tug 2002: best original plotline of 2001,best humoristic plotline of 2001

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



I did not get the love for this mission. I ended up just turning on invulnerability and just working to get through it.

LC Solohan50



I played on Easy with cheats. I know folks around here have fond memories of the tug missions but I've always hated them and this isn't an exception. Most of the missions boil down to 'fly to this hyperspace point...if you don't get rammed to death first'. The only positive thing I have to say is that the last mission has a cool premise - capture a tug factory and then use the tugs to rain destruction on your enemies. Other than that, tugs are completely not fun to play against and require stupid, annoying gameplay to beat.

LCM Marek Ny`Irfa



I suppose I will have to stand out of the crowd and say this battle was pretty... Crap. I can't report this as a bug, but this was a repeating issue for me and it might be for others too. If you have XWA HD mod installed make sure you lower the resolution for mission 1. It was always crashing for me at around 4:00-4:30 minute mark. All other missions work fine with the HD resolution. As for the review itself.. Mission one features a zerg of tugs that you don't really have to shoot down in order to complete. However, you probably have to if you want to get any score above 0 as deaths of the blue force stations count as... Your friendly kills. Even if you do not fire a silngle shot in the mission at all. Given each clean TUG kill gives you 75 points then looking at Bonini's HS for mission 1 and assuming my math is correct there are at least 1512 tugs in that mission. Good luck wasting your lifetime trying to shoot them all down! In mission two, it's much harder to get in fight with the TUGs since T/A has a lower power output. You cannot outrun the tugs and charge your lasers at the same time as you could do in mission 1. During like fourth of fifth attemt to get some decent score I just grew bored of it and decided to pass this battle with a minimum effort. In mission 3 we learn that former Dean of IWATS has a Natalie Portman fetish. Was this knowledge necessary? It just made the plot even more goofy and worse. In mission 4 you can get some dogfight done, probably worth most to go after the B-Wings. All in all, that's a battle probably not worth the effort to fly.

AD Hav Antiel



This battle is incredible. I have many memories from flying TIE Corps battles, but none are as indelible as a mass of TUGS flying at me. The missions were fun, funny, and challenging, and I had a blast following the plot.

LCM Germ



I'll never think of tugs the same. If you're going to fly one mission, let this be it

LT Stryker



I'm going to have nightmares about TUGs for weeks now... *Goes to bed and closes eyes* "Tugtugtugtugtugtugtug" Argh!

MAJ Aft Skylek



"TUGS are everywhere!!!" OMG this battle is so fun and enjoyable ... not to mention hilarious. I want a kamikazee Tug armada sooooo bad! Took me a while to get the third mission to run (had a problem with getting the patch to install) but I got it eventually and it was well worth the trouble.

Brilliant battle, the tugs are a bit of a pain to kill though. the ast tug is one of the greatest ships i have ever flown

GN Master



Updated. If your still having problems with mission one before you fly remove XWAUP and turn down the graphic settings. Besides that, its one of the best in the Compendium.

MAJ Ace Fighter



I can't even get to the battle cuz it keeps crashing during the breifing.

LCM Danel



Well, a little tedious, long and good maybe to practice Gun training with small and fast targets. Not risks to be destroyed, maybe with another craft like Tie Fighter the mission can be more challenge.Tie Defender is out of place here;speed is the last parameter in consideration for shooting the targets in this Battle. Also,few creativity.

COL Beef



This is an amazing battle. I didn't think it was funny, just fun. The tugs were very creative. I never realized how dangerous they could be! :P And that made the missions unique and a blast to fly. The other great thing about this battle is that it had a decent plot. It wasn't just a showcase of weird tug behavior, but there was a good story to explain everything. Great work.

COL Vladet Xavier



This is an amazing battle, simply put. The plotline is hilarious enough to fly it, let alone see dozens and dozens of Tugs crashing into ships and platforms. If you have to fly one battle, make it this one. You will not regret it.

SL A.J "Tainer" Brown



OMG! I still have nightmares about those Tugs!

LC Dolsar Saris



Absloutely amazing!! and hillarious to boot!! Great plotline, good action, and the tugs are definately challenging. If you are looking for a good, interesting battle with loads of laughs, play this one!!

CM Furious George



This tug fetish scares me...

COL Rau Aznable



Very impressive, the most original battle ever! And the Astatine class Tug is a great dogfighter. You can go head-om with any rebel fighter, because you're so small that no fighter can hit you! I hope someday someone makes a sequel... maybe with special tugs the size of Capital ships or something :P




I've been seeing tugs in my sleep! And the Ast-class Tug is quite fun to fly. Excellent work!

COL Torres



This has got to be the craziest battle I've come across in the 4-odd years in the EH. I probably spent more time groaning out of disbelief then I did laughing at the tugs. A must if anyone wants to the see the crazy side of the tugs

LT Aegnor Sindar



HEHEHEH, remind menever to agree to play anything involving tugs again. I've never seen so many tugs at once! Classic battle that was hilarious as well as fun(if you like tugs). If you don't, then you'd best avoid this battle if you wish to retain your sanity.

CPT Alexander Shrike



Bravo! Wonderful! Marvellous! This is the funniest XWA-TC I've flown yet. My compliments to the designer of the Astantine-Class Tug! Great little ship. Now off to hunt more tugs...

COL Fenn Logan



Clap. Clap. Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap. Clapclapclapclap....

Very good mission! The only mission i have ever laughed out loud in

Battle Bug Reports

There are currently no open bug reports for this battle.

High Scores

Battle Total: 123,268 HA Daniel Bonini
Mission 1: 113,357 HA Daniel Bonini
Mission 2: 13,185 LC Tygra Shadowclaw
Mission 3: 7,871 COL Vladet Xavier
Mission 4: 6,948 HA Daniel Bonini

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 123,268 HA Daniel Bonini 2009-04-11
2 112,547 LC Brin Chaser 2003-10-08
3 103,409 CM Xanatos Screed 2003-03-13
4 37,256 LC Argon Viper 2003-10-17
5 34,977 COL Gyssler 2003-10-08
6 29,627 COL Vladet Xavier 2003-03-19
7 23,414 LC Tygra Shadowclaw 2003-09-17
8 17,970 HA Pete Mitchell 2003-05-28
9 13,337 LT Kaek 2003-06-28
10 10,659 FA Marcin Szydlowski 2002-11-11

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 234 pilots a total of 238 times.

CM A. G. Snijglau

GN Abel Malik


CM Ace

LC Ace Hobbes

MAJ Aeolus

MAJ Aft Skylek

LC Alec Qarni

CPT Alexander Anderson - 2004-09-14

CPT Alexi Stukov

LT Allco

CPT Alsdyr - 2003-10-23

LCM Altar

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 2 times, last on 2014-08-31

CM Andrelious J. Inahj - 2004-08-30

LCM Andrey Ivanovich

GN Andrzej Mezynski

COL Angel

LT Anson Darkrider - 2002-08-06

COL Archangel - 2004-12-11

LC Archon

LC Argon Viper - 2003-10-17

CM Arlins Scabo - 2003-10-17

COL Arso Slyth


Autoris Maximus

CPT Avantar

LC Azazel

COL Beef

LCM Beignet - 2003-08-24

LC Big Poppa K

CM Blade

CM Brenn Tantor

LC Brin Chaser - 2003-10-08

LC Choosh - 2003-01-15

LC Chris Cox - 2003-11-16

LT Chris Pape - 2009-08-16

CPT Con Selar - 2002-11-24

SL Condar Freed - 2004-07-12

FA Conker Blackwood

MAJ Cray Mikalen

COL CrimsonFury - 2003-02-02

COL Crsepe


LCM CyberShadow - 2002-08-10

LC Daisuke Airyu

CM Dakar Romson

HA Daniel Bonini - 2009-04-11

AD Daniel Licinius Trajanus

CM Daniel Russell - 2004-09-05

LCM Dargor - 2004-07-21

COL Dark Angel - 2004-09-13

LC DarkHawk

AD Darksaber

CM DarkSith_99 - 2018-10-26

LT Darrik Vyn

Darth Vader - 2003-03-01

COL Davi Anthol - 2002-11-24

GN Dax Corrin

CPT Derek Dan - 2002-08-27

CM Dierdre Varn - 2003-07-20

COL Dirty Vader

LC Dolsar Saris - 2002-08-21

GN Doyon - 2002-08-28

CPT Draiff Stryker

COL Drak

LC Drake Jensen

LCM Drax Remlinger

LCM Dufar Jabar - 2003-01-12

COL E. Tarkin

LT Edward De'Galeon

LT Eifel

Enahropes Teriad Entar

GN Exar Kit - 2002-11-26

CPT EXE - 2005-05-15

LCM Ezop

CM Fahrer - 2004-12-16

COL Fenn Logan

MAJ Frankie - 2003-03-28

LC Frey Gallandro

HA Frodo March

FA Gelton Torr

LCM Germ - 2020-05-17

CM Ghorg - 2005-01-27

AD Gidda

GN Gilad Pelleaon

FA Giovanni Palermo

LC Girth Snail - 2003-01-10

CM Gistenjunge - 2 times, last on 2009-12-29

LCM Gold Leader

CPT Goose

VA Gord Darkonian

MAJ Granite - 2004-06-16

LCM Gregor MacDonald - 2003-10-24

CPT Grimlock

LCM Gruckn Rahn

CM Grzmot

LCM Guardian Angel

COL Gyssler - 2003-10-08

LCM Halk Knight - 2009-12-29

AD Hav Antiel - 2020-09-28

MAJ Hermann - 2 times, last on 2020-09-15

MAJ Hev Randrowan

FA Howlader - 2009-10-28

CM Hox Reek

CPT Ibram Gaunt - 2003-01-06

MAJ Jack Stone

CM Jagged Fell III - 2023-10-14

LCM Jari - 2005-01-12

LCM Jasio

CM Jason Dehner

COL Jer Stryker - 2003-01-21

MAJ Johann Glorick

CPT John Clark

AD Justin Stryker

LT Kaek - 2003-06-28

SA Kamjin Maverick Lap'lamiz

VA Kane Reese - 2003-08-06

LCM Kat Lyons - 2003-01-11

LC Kayle Bayron - 2005-02-08

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2021-12-17

MAJ Keiran Laserlight - 2003-11-10

VA Keldorn Cochrane

Keller - 2003-04-15

LC Kenath Zoron - 2005-01-12

SL Ketan-Shej - 2003-01-22

Khameir Sarin

MAJ Koriel

LCM KramCola - 2003-10-10

CPT Krayt

LT Kweeky

LT Lance Menu - 2003-04-10

COL Lenvik

LCM LightFighter

SL Linoge - 2003-02-05

COL Loor

CPT Machinari

FA Marcin Szydlowski - 2002-11-11

LCM Marek Ny`Irfa - 2020-11-11

LC Mark - 2002-09-06

GN Mark Schueler

GN Master

LCM Mibri

MAJ Michael

LCM Mithrandir

LT Moorindal

COL Mosh - 2003-04-28

MAJ Murkrow Defender

CPT Nakata

LCM Narnil

CM Nicolas

COL Nightmare - 2002-11-30

MAJ Nuno - 2004-07-02

RA Nutrientman - 2014-08-30

LCM Nylan - 2014-07-22

CPT Optimus

CPT Paco

HA Pete Mitchell - 2003-05-28

LT Philledume

VA Philo

LCM Pi Stryker - 2003-04-23

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2018-10-24

HA Plif - 2014-04-10

MAJ Powerslave - 2003-02-22

MAJ Praetorian - 2003-01-27

CPT Predator

CM Predator

MAJ Prinz von Hoffman

CPT Quicksilver

LT Rabbit - 2004-09-23

COL Raith Sienar - 2004-09-17

GN Rancorous

AD Ranthier Khaen

COL Rau Aznable

CM Ray Lazzak - 2003-03-05

LCM Razor

VA Rejili Holthaus - 2004-09-18

LCM Relsien

MAJ RichyV - 2009-10-19

CPT Roger

COL RogueWing

MAJ Roth Jalis

MAJ Ryan Chi'Cath - 2003-06-26

CM Sabbath - 2003-02-18

CM Saber

LC Saeul Trigue

LC Savageaz - 2004-06-05

CPT Serge Broskopf

COL Shae Kitane - 2003-02-05

LT Shikai

LC Solohan50 - 2021-10-08

CPT Soontir Fel

CPT Soontir Fel

CM Spearhawk

LC Strahd

HA Striker

CM Symon Ilmen'Nost

CPT Three Winged Turkey

LC Tissaya Argat - 2002-11-18

AD TK-2107

COL TK-7764 - 2002-12-29

LCM TK-8148

CM TK-9780 - 2002-08-29

COL Todbringer - 2003-11-01

LC Tolbr - 2003-09-24

COL Torres

MAJ Tuba - 2010-08-30

CPT Tvan'Oris - 2003-07-07

MAJ Tycho Atreides

LC Tygra Shadowclaw - 2003-09-17

LCM Tyrian

CPT Vertigo

MAJ VinDoros

CPT Viper - 2002-08-09

LCM Vissan - 2003-04-11

COL Vladet Xavier - 2003-03-19

CPT Von Predator - 2005-03-19

FA Von Reinthaler - 2003-01-02

CPT Voort SaBinring - 2004-07-11

CM Vortoq

CM Xanatos Screed - 2003-03-13

CPT Xander Drax - 2002-11-22

CPT Xanthos Deia

LT Xeno

CM Xeraan Rhazzazor - 2003-01-05

LCM Yilana - 2003-01-02

MAJ Z'Harm Kelh Gasu'lk

SL Zekk Terrik - 2020-01-13

CPT Zept Leeartic

COL Zeth Durron

LCM Zev Lolet

MAJ Zhaim Jifarr - 2003-12-14

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

COL Zystem Fryar

			    XWA-TC Battle 20 - The Tug Menace
		       by Fleet Admiral Striker (striker@tiecorps.org)

Title: The Tug Menace
Game Platform: X-Wing Alliance (XWA)
Missions: 4
Medal: Gold Tug Cross
Author: TAC-PROF/FA Striker/CS-3/SSSD Sovereign (striker@tiecorps.org) (TC PIN #420)

This battle is dedicated to IWATS and DEAN/HA Astatine. No Tug has been harmed during
the making of this battle.

Due to the seer amount of craft in mission one the mission may crash. If this happens turn down the XWA graphic settings.
This will allow you to play the mission. Afterwards dont forget to turn them back up ;) 

Installation Instructions

1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle.
2] Check the Misc folder in your XWA for additional material like patches, emails or sounds. 
- Install the Astatine-class Tug patch (available at http://sco.tiecorps.org)
- Copy the mission files (*.tie) in your XWA/Missions directory as well as the 
mission.lst and email.txt files
- Copy the fronttxt.txt file and the pilot file included (*.plt) into your 
XWA directory, use it to play the battle. 
- Copy the squad5.cbm and squad6.cbm files into your XWA/Frontres/Tour directory
3] In EHBL, create a new "EH Pilot" in the Game Menu (Check "Prepare for EH Battle").
4] Press the X-Wing Alliance button to start XWA and fly the battle.

- This battle uses difficulty levels. If you have problems with a mission, 
there is no shame using the easy or medium difficulty level...
- Look at your mails, you may receive some fresh news...

Summary of Files:

-> /XWA/Missions

-> /XWA/Missions

-> /XWA/Frontres/Tour


Not far away from the Heir System, in a civilian spaceport...

Like every single day, Sentar Kalif, chief of security of the Tarrak spaceport, was having a 
break with his team in the cantina at 11am, local time. Whatever could say the spaceport doctor 
about some drinking problem he may have, nobody would prevent him from doing his morning break.
"Some drinks of chalquila per day can't hurt" he thought while ordering the bartender another 
shot of the precious alcohol. Suddenly, the little alarm attached to his wrist began to vibrate. 
"Bah, another pirate attack, hurry up to the command center guys !"

When entering the command center, Kalif asked the new recruit you let in charge of the command 
while going to the cantina: "What's going on, young boy ? It'd better be important to prevent 
me from taking my mornin' break !"
"Sir ! We've got multiple unidentified echo radars on our screens !"
"How many ?"
"Sir ! The screen is full of them !!!"
Kalif looked on the screen.
"Indeed... they look small... bigger than missiles... not as big as fighters... what the hell 
it is ??"
A strange feeling went over him as a disturbing idea came to his mind.
"No, it can't be... can't we get a view on these things ?"
"One minute, Sir..."
After a few seconds, a direct view of the incoming targets was displayed on the screen.
"!!!... After all, I may have a drink problem...."

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