XWA-TC 30: Imperial Storm II: Dark Horizon

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 9
Release date: 2002-05-13
Last updated: 2012-11-02

HA Ender mBind

Average rating 2.3
Reviews: 20
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 296
Patches used

Emperor's Hammer Crest

ISII Dark Horizon
Battle Medal:
ISII Dark Horizon

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



The only value this battle has is as quick RtF or Killboard points as you can finish each battle in less than 2 mins without firing a shot with one exception.

LC Solohan50



I played on Easy with cheats. If you want a battle that requires absolutely nothing from you, this is it. The mission creator seemingly copy/pasted the same mission over and over, while slightly changing the ships in it. This is a terrible battle and I'd avoid it if you enjoy anything besides watching your wingmen mop up tons of dumb fighters.




This is a real grind. Spoiler alert: The first 5 missions are all quite similar, but reasonable. Kill some fighters then finish off the cap ships. The 6th you fly an interdictor which sounds more fun than it is. The 7th you kill an interdictor. The 8th is to guarantee you feel like taking a break from the battle - you have to kill what seems like 200 TIE advanced in a row. Then to top it off, the final mission is almost identical to the 8th. All in all, one of the most tedious battles I've played.

LC andr3



Nine out of eight are almost exactly the same. Wait, I think number eight and nine are exactly the same. You can probably play those without firing a single shot and just watch it happen. One mission lets / makes you fly an Interdictor: *please make it stop*

AD Hav Antiel



This battle was full of repetitive and boringly similar missions. Flying the Interdictor was a fun change of pace, but even that was very simple. Knowing the backstory might help, but still, there's no reason to fly this mission beyond the FCHG points (or to get your kicks flying the INT).

AD Stryker



So... I'm not exactly certain what I just played, here. Obviously it's one of those 'this is a battle we did transcribed into XWA', but it seems...pointless? At least to me as a player that wasn't there... You don't really even need to engage, your wingmen do the work for you!

COL Phalk Sturm



Boring, tedious reaching paroxism. The battle is a sequence of endless waves of fighters. In a given mission there are literally over 50 T/As to destroy without missiles and with a bunch of imbecile wingmen. Until these 2 last missions, the battle is sketchy, bad briefings and somehow boring but bearable assignment. Those final missions are such nonsense they achieve a higher level of idiocy, yet to be beaten. And to think I started with an inch of nostalgia since I was in that operation, when it took place back in 2001. What a terrible way to immortalize it

LCM Lo Mar



It's chaos, unfettered chaos. The briefings and debriefs are basically gibberish. There's no clear story, and you have zero clue where you are or what you're doing. It's just incoherent chaos. But? I loved it. Lots of big set piece engagements, super straight forward. Flying an INT was a nice touch. Much prefer something that is straight forward, rather than the over-the-top and not fun convolution of something like, cough, 29. :P

LCM Danel



Ummm..., well,many strange things in this battle.First ,a cannon of A/FRG can hit a target a 3.8 km(!!!);maybe yes, the old big cannons like the "Thor"or the "Big Bertha" in the WWI and WWII were used to bombard Sebastopol, or Dover from France; but in the XWA game...umm. In this third mission all Squadron was massacred in two minutes ,and them was the turn of the Corvettes.Maybe somebody had forget to order some Missile for the arsenal, only maybe one triste "Concussion" missile,please....Triste "Banzai"charge for the Squadron and poor destiny of EH with enemies like this.This is really a super A/FRG.Why buy ISD or ISDII?,with a craft like this you can destroy a ISD in five minutes without problems.This one is the ship of the future and not Eclipse class or Death Stars.For the mission 1, you destroy the Shield generator(the two sferic parts over the bridge) and you have the ISD in your pocket.Missions are really very easy,only the third one is a challenge(maybe the only one really for the TIE Defender!!!);the 5th is in general another masacre for the T/Bs.All others are "kinderspiel" with the TIE Defender;another history can be with this fight with the standards typical crafs of the Empire: the T/F or the T/I.

Khameir Sarin



Great Battle From Ender. What some of my esteemed Pilots are missing, is that this is truly a MP CO-OP battle based on Imperial Storm. Great work saving a piece of EH history Ender!

FA Winters



This battle is crap. We have no firepower to take out that Rebel Frigate and where are all your wingmen? The only good thing about this battle is it has 9 missions.

CM TK-9780



I Was under the impression that custom battles built by members were there too entertain other members, this put me to sleep twice and each time my side ‘Doom’ I think was never quite sure, still managed to win. The missions soon became far repetitive and even flying INT did real brake the monotony of the battle. The good point is that it’s between 9 and 19 FCHG points and with no fiddling around with those stupid zip files.

SL al'Lan Mandragoran



Kill, kill, kill. Kill the fighters, then kill the cap-ship. That's it, for the nine missions, except when you get to fly the cap-ship battle. Well, I guess we couldn't expect much other than that, given this was originally a mp event. Another downside point, and this one is a regular among most Battles: no lightsource. It stinks without a lightsource.

LCM CyberShadow



Pretty nice battle, and I know it was based on IS II, but still, there were just too many times when it was me and a squad of fighters vs. a captial ship.

MAJ Powerslave



Pretty easy battle (enemy fighters were whiped out before I could fire at them :P), and quite an original idea to make a battle based on IS-II events. BTW, the person flying for the Sov in the "Interdictor vs Lancer Frigate" mission was CPT Jack Pavz. I was in the IRC room at that time so I know :)

AD Adren Silvori



Great Battle one for people who like to dogfight Great training module to

COL TK-7764



People keep forgetting that these missions are based on ISII battles. They can't have, then the sabatoed hyperdrive blew up, destorying the ISD in the process, story lines. This WAS a wargame. Nice little bit of EH history. Flying the INT was cool and that mission was not long enough to be boring.

CPT Alexi Stukov



It's long, and it's long. Almost identical battles. Not fun and I was never sure which side I was on. Not one of your better battles




BAD BATTLE! Wery BAD battle, why 9 identical mission and why i cant take -1? :))

MAJ Erryc Lasitter



One of the most well made battles in the Tie Corps! Every ASF Commander should have his squadron do this battle on co-op for training! Keep up the great work Ender!

Battle Bug Reports

LC andr3


Mission files contain name tags in the variable that’s supposed to contain ambient brightness in RGB.
Briefing contain identical text strings multiple times.

High Scores

Battle Total: 46,638 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 1: 16,014 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 2: 6,454 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 3: 1,750 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 4: 4,796 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles
Mission 5: 5,843 HA Daniel Bonini
Mission 6: 700 CPT Soontir Fel
Mission 7: 1,300 AD Gidda
Mission 8: 9,750 HA Daniel Bonini
Mission 9: 5,294 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 44,575 HA Daniel Bonini 2009-05-21
2 29,244 FA Pickled Yoda 2023-06-03
3 21,222 LC Tygra Shadowclaw 2003-09-08
4 18,675 CM Predator 2003-12-23
5 18,337 MAJ Tuba 2010-11-01
6 17,123 COL George 2005-03-25
7 16,446 LCM Jer 2003-09-15
8 16,325 MAJ Artyis 2003-04-08
9 16,019 CM Daniel Russell 2005-06-06
10 15,541 GN Doyon 2002-08-28

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 278 pilots a total of 292 times.

CM A. G. Snijglau

GN Abel Malik

MAJ Ace - 2003-11-09

CM Ace

LC Ace Hobbes

AD Adren Silvori

MAJ Aeolus

LC Alec Qarni

CPT Alexander Shrike

CPT Alexi Stukov

CPT Alsdyr

LCM Altar

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 4 times, last on 2014-12-25

LC andr3 - 2021-11-17

LCM Andrey Ivanovich

COL Angel - 2002-12-13

LT Anson Darkrider

AD Apophis Kuma

CM Aragorn

CM Aragorn - 2003-01-25

COL Archangel - 2003-07-04

LC Archon

CM Armagon - 2002-09-16

COL Arso Slyth - 2003-07-31

AD Arthak Rhade

LCM Artur Knight

MAJ Artyis - 2003-04-08

Autoris Maximus - 2002-09-07

CPT Avantar

LC Azazel

COL Benjamin Jahou Morgan - 2002-09-07

LC Big Poppa K

CM BlackHellKnight

CM Blade

MAJ Bobxavi

CM Brenn Tantor - 2002-08-21

LC Brin Chaser

COL Carl Lost

LCM Cat Carlo

LC Choosh

LC Chris Cox - 2002-09-14

LT Chris Pape - 2009-08-17

CPT Claus Shteiner

LT Cole Archer - 2004-10-01

CPT Con Selar - 2003-01-15

CM Conjre

FA Conker Blackwood

GN Coranel Both

MAJ Cray Mikalen

COL CrimsonFury - 2003-08-11

COL Crsepe


LCM CyberShadow

LC Daisuke Airyu

CPT Damarcus

HA Daniel Bonini - 2009-05-21

AD Daniel Licinius Trajanus - 2002-12-05

CM Daniel Russell - 2005-06-06

LCM Dargor - 2004-07-31

COL Dark Angel


AD Darksaber

CM DarkSith_99 - 2018-10-24

Darth Vader - 2003-03-08

COL Davi Anthol - 2003-08-27

GN Dax Corrin

COL Deimos

MAJ Delak Krennel

CPT Derek Dan - 2002-08-22

VA Dolza - 2003-06-07

LT Dorma

GN Doyon - 2002-08-28

CPT Draiff Stryker

COL Drak

LC Drake Jensen

LCM Drax Remlinger

LCM Dufar Jabar

GN Dunta Polo - 2009-08-16

COL E. Tarkin

LT Eifel

GN Elwood the Brave - 6 times, last on 2024-05-15

Enahropes Teriad Entar

HA Ender mBind

CPT Eriond Kath'Razzit - 2003-02-17

MAJ Erryc Lasitter

MAJ Eugene - 2003-04-21

GN Exar Kit - 2003-02-21


CM Fahrer - 2004-12-18

LCM Felix Anthraxson - 2003-01-21

COL Flint Darkstar

MAJ Frankie - 2003-03-29

CPT Frenchie6 - 2020-09-23

LC Frey Gallandro

CM Furious George

COL Garik Hizad - 2002-08-23

FA Gelton Torr

COL George - 2005-03-25

LCM Geraacka - 2002-12-20

CM Ghorg

AD Gidda

GN Gilad Pelleaon

FA Giovanni Palermo

LC Girth Snail - 2003-01-10

VA Gord Darkonian

MAJ Granite - 2005-05-18

LCM Gregor MacDonald - 2003-10-25

CPT Grimlock

CM Grzmot

LCM Guardian Angel

COL Gyssler

LCM Halk Knight - 2010-01-03

AD Hav Antiel - 2020-09-29

MAJ Hermann - 2 times, last on 2020-09-17

FA Howlader - 2010-01-17

MAJ Hunter - 2003-01-25

CPT Ibram Gaunt

LC Iceman

CM Jade Falcon

CM Jagged Fell III - 2023-10-23

GN Jarek La’an - 2004-05-28

CM Jason Dehner

LC Jason Hunter

LCM Jer - 2003-09-15

COL Jer Stryker

CPT Joe Arena

MAJ Johann Glorick

CPT John Clark

COL Justin

LCM Kael Dalor - 2003-02-14

SA Kamjin Maverick Lap'lamiz

VA Kane Reese - 2003-04-20

LCM Kash Kadan - 2003-07-23

LCM Kat Lyons - 2003-01-25

MAJ Kazraran - 2021-03-15

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2021-11-26

MAJ Keiran Laserlight - 2003-03-29

VA Keldorn Cochrane

Keller - 2002-09-16

LC Kenath Zoron

SL Ketan-Shej

Khameir Sarin

LT Korbane Ashoka - 2002-09-06

MAJ Koriel

CPT Kyral Retsam - 2003-05-10

LT Laurence Angelo - 2003-06-25

LCM Lazyleesblood - 2003-05-31

COL Lenvik - 2003-08-20

SL Linoge

LCM Lo Mar - 2020-09-20

COL Loor - 2002-11-21

CPT Machinari

CPT Maiko Spince - 2003-03-27

MAJ Malik - 2002-12-14

CPT Marc Kendoran

FA Marcin Szydlowski

MAJ Marcus Caine

LC Mark - 2002-09-05

GN Mark Schueler

GN Master

CM Matthew Weeks - 2013-09-12

CPT Maw'la - 2002-12-26

LCM Meyan Ravenus - 2012-02-15

MAJ Michael - 2003-02-01

COL Mini Minkus - 2003-02-27

LCM Mithrandir

COL Mosh

MAJ Murkrow Defender

LCM Naar Treib - 2003-07-08

CPT Nakata

LCM Narnil - 2002-12-24

MAJ Neko Nuwen

CM Nicolas

COL Nightmare - 2003-03-30

LCM Nom Ramadon

MAJ Nuno

COL Nurel Turr - 2003-06-30

RA Nutrientman

CPT Optimus - 2002-11-16

CPT Paco

CM Patrick Blastfire

FA Pellaeon

Per-Aa Damar N`Eshathi - 2003-01-02

HA Pete Mitchell - 2002-11-28

LT Petko Kostov Kostov

COL Phalk Sturm - 2020-09-27

COL Phantom

LT Philledume

LCM Pi Stryker - 2003-05-02

FA Pickled Yoda - 4 times, last on 2023-06-03

LT Pistol - 2003-01-25

HA Plif - 2005-02-09

LT Porshakka - 2003-01-24

MAJ Powerslave

MAJ Praetorian - 2003-01-27

CPT Predator

CM Predator - 2003-12-23

MAJ Prinz von Hoffman

LC Quincy Nelson

COL Raith Sienar

GN Rancorous - 2 times, last on 2009-05-17

AD Ranthier Khaen

COL Rau Aznable - 2003-03-28

LCM Raxell

LCM Razor

AD Reaper

VA Rejili Holthaus - 2005-01-29

LCM Relsien

CM Renoshi Bespin - 2002-12-22

GN Ric Hunter

MAJ RichyV - 2009-11-22

CPT Rogue - 2003-03-16

LCM Rollins - 2003-06-28

MAJ Roth Jalis

LT Rowland - 2003-02-11

CM Saber

MAJ Sandor Clegane - 2004-10-15

LC Savageaz - 2004-06-05

CPT Serge Broskopf

COL Shae Kitane - 2002-12-31

CPT Solaris Darthinian

LC Solohan50 - 2021-12-17

CPT Soontir Fel

CPT Soontir Fel

CM Steve Sunrider

LC Strahd

HA Striker

AD Stryker - 2020-09-27

CM Symon Ilmen'Nost - 2002-11-16

VA Talek Pter Dei - 2002-12-30

LCM Talon Virgilio

CM Thom Shveed'oo

LCM Thomas O'deevs - 2004-07-10

LC Thorn - 2003-02-02

AD TK-2107

COL TK-7764

LCM TK-8148

CM TK-9780 - 2002-09-07

COL Todbringer - 2003-10-23

COL Torres

GN Triji Boliv - 2003-10-15

MAJ Tuba - 2010-11-01

LC Turr Phennir - 2002-08-31

CPT Tvan'Oris

MAJ Tycho Atreides

LC Tygra Shadowclaw - 2003-09-08

CPT Ulath - 2003-03-22

CM Var Zoraan - 2003-03-10

CM Verigos

CPT Vertigo

LCM Victor Kage

MAJ VinDoros

CPT Viper

LCM Vissan - 2003-01-01

COL Vladet Xavier - 2003-02-19

CPT Vladimir Corax

CPT Von Predator

CPT Voort SaBinring - 2004-08-26

GN Wil Striker

CM Wisal Pol-Jo

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2 times, last on 2023-09-17

COL Woobee - 2003-01-14

CM Xanatos Screed

CPT Xander Drax

CPT Xanthos Deia

CM Xeraan Rhazzazor - 2003-02-15

LCM Yilana - 2003-03-15

MAJ Z'Harm Kelh Gasu'lk - 2003-02-02

LT Zacarias - 2003-06-05

SL Zekk Terrik - 2019-12-21

CPT Zept Leeartic

COL Zeth Durron

LCM Zev Lolet

COL Zippy Hawk - 2003-11-26

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

HA Zsinj - 2009-09-23

LCM ZuQ - 2003-01-29

COL Zystem Fryar

X-Wing Alliance 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, Interdictor 
Difficulty: Playable to hard. 
Skirmishes: 9 straight from the wargame when possible 
Battles: 1, with for each team 3 missions. 
Release Date: 22/jan/2002 
Filename: IS2DHXWA.zip 
File contents: 1B8M1IS2XB1W1.TIE, 1B8M2IS2XB1W2.TIE, 1B8M3IS2XB3W1.TIE, 1B8M4IS2XB2W1.TIE, 1B8M5IS2XB2W2.TIE, 1B8M6IS2XB4W1.TIE, 1B8M7IS2XB5W1.TIE, 1B8M8IS2XB6W1.TIE, 1B8M9IS2XB6W2.TIE, is2b1w1.skm, is2b1w2.skm, is2b2w1.skm, is2b2w2.skm, is2b3w1.skm, is2b4w1.skm, is2b5w1.skm, is2b6w1.skm, is2b6w2.skm, xxxxIS2DH0.PLT, EMAIL.TXT, SHIPLIST.TXT, Mission.lst, readme.html, IMPSTORM.gif, IMPSTORM.jpg, patchImpStormBlu.jpg, bluecounter2-5.jpg, A Folder called /site/ containing the Imperial Storm II site. and a folder called Wave/Mission Voice/IS2B?/ filled with up to 16 wavs per mission, 
Hardware used: Celleron 450Mhz, GForce II Ultra, 194Mb 
Software used: AlliED, XWA, Notepad, Windows Media Recorder, Paint Shop Pro.. 
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. 
- SHIPLIST.TXT files of this custom mission into your Main XWA folder. 
- Copy the  is2b1w1.skm, is2b1w2.skm, is2b2w1.skm, is2b2w2.skm, is2b3w1.skm, is2b4w1.skm, is2b5w1.skm, is2b6w1.skm and is2b6w2.skm files of this custom mission into your "SKIRMISH" folder. 
- Copy the folder called Wave/Mission Voice/ of this custom mission into your "Wave" folder. (create it if needed) 
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.

note: the original .lst and .txt files in your MISSIONS and main XWA folders will be overwritten. 
For the skirmishes to work in MP, the host needs to copy the .skm files to his SKIRMISH folder and load them before playing. 
TAC won't let you fly 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) to test this mission type's usefulness in Sinle Player war gaming situations with the ultimate goal to come to war games with more platforms then just Multi Play. 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.  
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" 
Wargames have players flying capital ships as well, which is the reason for the required use of the updated shiplist.txt file. 
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 Officer Briefing and Debriefings of the Missions as well, there has been added some "Imperial Storm Data" in the debriefings too which elaborates on the goings on around each mission from a war gaming point of view. The Officer Briefings, Debriefings and Hints have been set up in a Question (Q) and Answer (A) system. Additionally to this all missions have emails added to them - and I've gotten you a subscription to "the Vanguard"'s email service.;) 
NOTES: You need the XWA (or at least all the ships involved there) AND the updated shiplist. 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 SP war gaming and the usefulness of converting skirmishes to missions in war gaming in general. Bugs could arise  - please mail me if they do - also if you have hints, death threats, questions or appraisals