XvT-TC 28: Imperial Storm II: Dark Horizon

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
Missions: 9
Release date: 2002-03-06
Last updated: 2012-11-03

HA Ender mBind

Average rating 3.3
Reviews: 9
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 124
Patches used

EH Ship Patch for XvT

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ISII Dark Horizon
Battle Medal:
ISII Dark Horizon

Battle Reviews

LT Mosey



What is repetition? What is mission design? What is the purpose of motherships when everything hyperspaces in anyway? What is the purpose of two factions when one is clearly not meant to be played? What is copy-pasting everything? What is the obsession with TIE Defenders? What is XvT-TC 28?

RA Genie



The first mission immediately lets you know what this battle is about. And when you reach around the middle of it, you'll know when, be sure to exercise some patience... Not sure how I feel about this one, so it will sit on a 3 out of 5.

COL Phalk Sturm



Great example of fine mission creation. This battle depicts the events with great realism, even crazy encounters such as a single T/F against a STRKC. The length of the campaign is not an obstacle to this excellent gaming experience. Essential to those who want to relive the great glory of the past or know more about the TC. I dearly hope it becomes inspiring to immortalize current Imperial Storm III with the same mechanics.

CM Jack Wynand



Got a bit repetitive after a while, but other than that I found this to be quite fun.

COL Rau Aznable



This battle is basically a large mix of similar dogfight missions. It's entertaining and it's based on a real event. I don't give it a 5 because I think Ender gave too many waves to the flight groups.

HA Frodo March



This battle is PAINFULLY realistic...Its exactly like a wargame is...Thats not saying much about the fun factor but I admire how perfectly acurate Ender was with this hence why I shall bless it with a 4.

COL Brucmack



Well, the idea is quite interesting, but I didn't like the way that most of the missioins were quite similar... Why not just have the missions from the POV of the ASF/ATF group, since they're the only ones that use XvT officially? I wouldn't have minded 4 missions in this battle.

LC Frey Gallandro



Excellent Battle, you can fly it in HARD with average skills.

CM Ygor Mantis



This is a strange battle. Fairly easy, but very interesting...When's the next wargame ? ;)

Battle Bug Reports

CM Vanguard88


Mission 4 makes mention about bulk cruisers when there are no such ships in the mission.

Mission 6 There is no mothership for your fighter.

Mission 9: Message about all Tie Bombers destroyed appears before all Tie Bombers are destroyed on hard difficulty.

High Scores

Battle Total: 813,040 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 1: 195,920 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 2: 111,180 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 3: 21,800 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 4: 87,160 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 5: 69,300 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 6: 18,800 COL Brucmack
Mission 7: 26,800 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 8: 198,240 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
Mission 9: 83,840 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 813,040 CM Vanguard88 2023-11-07
2 351,408 LC Dolsar Saris 2004-08-23
3 325,795 LT Kate Flyer 2005-05-07
4 315,908 GN Dunta Polo 2009-08-01
5 313,692 LC Big Poppa K 2004-10-07
6 307,473 GN Dax Corrin 2003-11-15
7 301,647 CPT Derek Dan 2002-08-27
8 296,380 COL Moagim Daar 2004-12-08
9 290,618 CM El Guapo 2004-11-16
10 272,777 LT Mosey 2021-10-31

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 114 pilots a total of 122 times.

X-Wing vs TIE Fighter Battle 
Battle Title: Imperial Storm II:Dark Horizon 
Missions: 9 including full descriptions, radiomessages and (simple) briefings 
Medal: ISII Dark Horizon Medal (Medal and ribbon included) 
Author: FL/LT Ender mBind/Echo 2-2/Wing XV/ISD Vanguard 
Site By: FO-TCCOM/FA Priyum Patel/CS-4/SSSD Sovereign 
[Taken from http://www.btinternet.com/%7Espellfire/impstorm.html] 
ISII Article By: FL/CM Johann Glorick/Python 2-1/Wing XV/ISD Vanguard 
[Taken from "The Vanguard" http://www.lincowski.org/vib/news.htm] 
Soundfragments: Voice acting by Tarkin, Ender and Marvin Gaye (?) All other wavs generated by At&T labs and Bell Labs Text to sound generators. All have been reduced to at max. 11.025Hz 8bit Mono (EH TAC requirement) with Windows Media Recorder, sometimes editted (trimming, amplification). 
Ships: TIE Defender, TIE Advanced, TIE Fighter 
Difficulty: Playable to hard. 
Combat Missions: 9 including full descriptions, radiomessages and two (simple) briefings each 
Battles: 3, One for each team of 3 missions each. 
Release Date: 17/jan/2002 
Filename: IS2DHXVT.zip 
File contents: is2cb1w1.tie, is2cb1w2.tie, is2cb2w1.tie, is2cb2w2.tie, is2cb3w1.tie, is2cb4w1.tie, is2cb5w1.tie, is2cb6w1.tie, is2cb6w2.tie, is2sb1w1.tie, is2sb1w2.tie, is2sb2w1.tie, is2sb2w2.tie, is2sb3w1.tie, is2sb4w1.tie, is2sb5w1.tie, is2sb6w1.tie, s2sb6w2.tie, is2sb1w1.lst, is2sb1w2.lst, is2sb2w1.lst, is2sb2w2.lst, is2sb3w1.lst, is2sb4w1.lst, is2sb5w1.lst, is2sb6w1.lst, is2sb6w2.lst, is2cb1w1.lst, is2cb1w2.lst, is2cb2w1.lst, is2cb2w2.lst, is2cb3w1.lst, is2cb4w1.lst, is2cb5w1.lst, is2cb6w1.lst, is2cb6w2.lst, Battle3.lst,  Imperial.lst (2x), Mission.lst (3x) and Rebel.lst, readme.html, IMPSTORM.gif, IMPSTORM.jpg, patchImpStormRed.jpg, redcounter2-5.jpg, A Folder called /site/ containing the Imperial Storm II site. and a folder called wave/IS2B?/ filled with up to 16 wavs per mission, 
Hardware used: Celleron 450Mhz, GForce II Ultra, 194Mb 
Software used: XvTEd, XvT, Notepad, Windows Media Recorder, Shippatch, Paint Shop Pro.. 

Required patches
* EH Ship Patch for XvT

Installation instructions
1] Make sure you have the EH Ship Patch for XvT installed
2] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
3] Check the Misc folder in your XvT one for additional material like patches, sounds etc.
4] Press the X-wing vs TIE Fighter button on the EHBL to start the game
5] Create a new pilot and fly the Imperial training missions

Copy the Battle Battle3.lst and Mission.lst files of this custom mission into your "Battle" folder. 
Copy the is2sb1w1.lst, is2sb1w2.lst, is2sb2w1.lst, is2sb2w2.lst, is2sb3w1.lst, is2sb4w1.lst, is2sb5w1.lst, is2sb6w1.lst, is2sb6w2.lst, is2cb1w1.lst, is2cb1w2.lst, is2cb2w1.lst, is2cb2w2.lst, is2cb3w1.lst, is2cb4w1.lst, is2cb5w1.lst, is2cb6w1.lst and is2cb6w2.lst files and the IS2B1, IS2B2, IS2B3, IS2B4, IS2B5 and IS2B6 folders of this custom mission into your "Wave" folder. (place the directory as a subfolder from /wave... as /wave/IS2B1 etc.) 
Create a new pilot for the mission based on your name or PIN and the mission number. For example, SL Stele playing Free Mission 80 would make a new pilot file named "StelFM80." or a Pilot with PIN 2883 playing Free Mission 69 would make a new pilot file named "2883fm69" 
Begin flying Battle One, play on till you've flown the 3rd mission of Battle Three. 
note: the original .lst files in your train and combat files will be overwritten, you will not loose access to your exsisting Combat missions but because of EHTAC regulations the Training missions are replaced. 
For these missions to work in MP, all players must have them installed on the same mission numbers, in this case "110" to "119". Preferably do not change these numbers. 
TAC won't let you fly Combat Missions or XWA Skirmishes for FCHG Points, use the Single player mission for all TC flying outside of combat competitions. 
Battle Description:  This battle is based upon the TIE Corps wargame "Imperial Storm II: Dark Horizon" (IS2:DH), conceived and run by Flight Officer, Fleet Admiral Priyum Patel. IS2:DH was a follow-up to the wargame "Exercise: Imperial Storm" which was conceived and run by former Flight Officer, Fleet Admiral Kessler (ret). The wargame was based on Project: Faithful - which was originally designed & run by Vice Admiral IQ Pierce (ret). 
The battle is a conversion of the original XWA skirmish files used (as far as available) using a "XvT Skirmish" template to test this mission type's usefulness in war gaming situations with the ultimate goal to come to war games on more platforms then just XWA. This offers some limitations towards this battle as a Single-Player experience: 

The goal in a Skirmish is to destroy all opposing forces - as such all the missions have a Primary Goal of destroying 100% of the opposition. 
War gaming Skirmishes hold almost 200 craft (2x94) - which means that some of the larger scale battles make for very long missions with quite a lot of waves (XvT can hold 32 craft at the same time, this means that you'd have up to 6 waves - per craft) 
War gaming Skirmishes hold also a maximum of almost 200 craft - this means larger battles are split up in waves. To keep in with the full conversion these waves have not been combined to single missions - which means that you will probably have a larger mission in the first wave then in the last. (When both forces have been depleted) 
Because the story line is based on actual tactics and strategies it doesn't hold to the classical battle structure of going towards a climactic final battle and you won't always have the opposition you'd wish you have - this is more realistic but it might cause strange effects for the classic mission flier. See it as "story driven" 
Some of the XWA craft and possibilities are not there in XvT - adjustments have been made and this is the reason behind the required shippatch use. 
Skirmishes have no briefings to speak of, the "animated" briefing still reflects this, Officer Questions, Radio Messages and such have been added. 
The single player is always on the side of the winning team - or it could be next to impossible to complete. This is why the battle has been cut into 3 pieces of 3 missions each in which you fly for each of the 3 teams of IS2:DH. This means that the player doesn't follow the events of the wargame in complete chronological order (going through battle 1,3,2,4,5,6 in that order). 
Story Line: The "basic way" of your Story line you can find on the Imperial Storm 2 site which is included. The "Battles" page gives a step by step description of each battle and which I updated to include all 6 battles, the "Map" page shows you where you are in the galaxy plus data on the planets involved, the "Forces" page shows you what craft to expect in the combat area and the rest is there to show you how a wargame like this is run and what it was all about. 
 The next way is to read the articles on IS2:DH in "The Vanguard", a ships newspaper of one of the TC ISDs which is set in the Star Wars Universe so you can get the fictional feel of things as well. A cutting of the newspaper has been added courtesy of CM Johann Glorick. 
 The most obvious way is to read the Descriptions of the Missions as well, there has been added some "Imperial Storm Data" in the descriptions too which elaborates on the goings on around each mission from a war gaming point of view 
NOTES: You need the XvT (or at least all the ships involved there) AND Draconious' Ship Patch. To fly in Combat all players need the same version, make sure you all have the update by lucasarts installed. 
Other Information: This is the first release of a  testing purpose battle - it's main use was mostly to examine the possibilities of XvT war gaming and the usefulness of a "XvT Skirmish" template in war gaming in general. Bugs could arise  - please mail me if they do - also if you have hints, death threats, questions or appraisals.