BoP-TC 12: History of Marcin Szydlowski

Battle Information

Game platform: XvT - Balance of Power
Missions: 14
Release date: 2002-06-16
Last updated: 2009-02-28
Average rating 3.8
Reviews: 28
Bug reports: 3
Times completed: 107
Patches used: None
Battle Medal: Mike's Crescent

Battle Reviews

What a wild ride for a set of missions. Some felt familiar, some felt extremely bad but most were just extremely random in the way that they were constructed. It was difficult to just get an overall vibe for this large battle and it just really didn't even flow that well, as if it should have been several different battles. Not sure what to make of it to behonest.

CPT Wildfire



The story for this 14 mission battle was quite enjoyable. Basically a replay of a pilot's life before EH and during their time in EH. I played all the battles on Easy and was able to beat them all on the first try. A couple of downsides, first there are a couple of missions where time is baked in, so you may be sitting for 5-10 minutes waiting for something to happen. Maybe these missions would play better on a harder setting as you would be occupied during the wait. The other downside was even though the mission info was great the pilot briefings could have been a little better executed and proofread.

AD Phoenix Berkana



Definitely worth a go, it's fascinatingly built and has a fairly good story. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, some of the waits for craft to dock are a little long and pointless, but as missions go it's pretty darn good. Even on easy there are some challenging moments so I'd give it a thumbs up.

RA Genie



Not sure why all the hate. I found this battle to be quite good and a nice homage through his entire 'EH life'. I could see he picked key milestones and the missions themselves, most of them, were quite fun. Is it perfect? No. He did at least know better and put the transports to fly to a waypoint first and then carry out a docking order. It was a bit exhausting, but that's because it was 14 missions long.

LC Solohan50



I played on Easy. To be clear, this is not a *good* battle. Most of the missions are braindead and require nothing from you. Also, having Unlimited Waves enabled on the missions whose objectives are 'Wait for ISD to arrive' will cause the missions to break.

MAJ Jaxx Nassin



This battle literally broke me because it's so bad. Every core tenant for game design is broken. Long pauses in the action because a transport needs to travel 13 clicks and nothing else is happening? Got it. A debriefing literally says 'The ISD's ETA is 10 minutes. Just survive' 53 minutes later, I've managed to kill every enemy capital ship, and the ISDs STILL haven't arrived.

Inspecting containers and having like 10 seconds of a firefight is not fun in the slightest.

I couldn't even finish it, it was so awful.

Do yourself a favor and skip it

EDIT: If I could give it negative stars, I would. I want my time refunded to me because this battle literally made me feel like I had wasted my life

RA Colo Delste



Where to start with this absolute slog? A complete copy of the first TIE Fighter campaign mission. Some missions interminably long for...some reason? Briefings that don't actually tell you what you are doing, in-mission comms that also don't give any information. On the upside, there were some nice dogfights and 14 FCHG points is 14 FCHG points.

AD Stryker



This gets a 2 for being bug-free. Though it has a storyline, I cannot really get behind that as it seems to be cobbled together from TIE and the TC career of a man I've never met. The irksome thing is that some missions are so short that they are pointless, while one mission is literally ten minutes long for no appreciable reason whatsoever. If you want FCHG points or to go for 100% SP Battles completed, go for it; otherwise, avoid.

COL Phalk Sturm



This battle is long, you can say at least that. The plotline is well made, going through Mike's whole career from former line pilot in the Navy to VA in the EH. Some missions are excellent and player will have immersive and fun dogfights and more, but others felt just a bit like fodder, placed in the list to fill in some gaps. With a little more effort and development actually this battle could have become an epic golden classic. But it fell short of being outstanding. Pity. But it's worth the long stretch of racking up 14 FCHG points.

CM Archenksov



I had a some issues with this battle. First, there's the length. 14 missions is too long, and things that might have been minor annoyances slowly balloon into major frustrations. There's a lot of dead time. The first mission, as already mentioned, is just the first mission of TIE Fighter - it's a cute idea, but the battle is such a slog it's hard to justify adding another mission, especially when everyone flying this has already done it. Mike's briefings are uniformly terrible and all of the text is filled with errors - I can cut the author some slack on that, but the TAC should have taken care of that during testing. Ship choice, both for you and your enemies, is frequently baffling - Imperials fly X-Wings, you do interception duty in a gunboat, and in one mission the NR sends out TIEs.

I think many of the missions are just repackaged Tiss & Mike missions from elsewhere in the database. I'd stick to the Free missions if I were you.

I'm tempted to give it a 0 just to help cancel out the perfect ratings given by the author's brother, girlfriend, subordinates, and the man himself, but that's probably overkill.

COL Malidir



Great battle Mike! A nice snapshot of history, plus it kept me on my toes...the next to last one was a great workout! :P

HA Frodo March



I liked the battle...but to me it deserves a 3, one mission is ripped off of TIE Fighter, sorry to say it, but its in the actual TIE storyline, so to me it isn't completely authentic. And to add to that, some of the missions are taken from some of Mike's older free missions. Sure they were modified and made to Mike's way. But I believe that this battle isn't completely from the creators imagination, therefore to me deserves less then 4 and 5s. Otherwise, I liked the rest.

CM TK-9780



Wasn't to bad, some of craft orders could do with a re-think. But it was fun, and that's what counts.

LC Gen Es'mith



Very Nice Battle Mike! Easy in some spots but hard in others, the right combinamtion. I really enjoyed it, whens the next one coming out?

COL Loor



This was a good battle. Challenging and the missions differs in difficulty. Haven't you flown this already, do it!

LT Michael



Incredible work Mike! The best XvT battle in my opinion. Make more of them :))

GN Wil Striker



Great battle Mike! It was flawless from beginning to end!

LC Azazel



great battle one of the best i played on xvt/bop no bugs , fun to play !

MAJ Zhaim Jifarr



Truly epic battle. I really liked this one.

CM Phantom



Great battle. I think I'll fly it again for the fun of it. Great job Mike.

LCM Zhil



Thanks for the tip of changing tactics, Mike. I think specifically about mission 13, to inspect the crafts - so the support-group can pick up the Admiral.

CPT Adam Szydlowski



Yes. I have completed this battle and every single mission was great. Very nice story telling about Mike's career. Excellent creation and great storyline. Though last two missions were very tough.

COL TK-7764



Great battle. A few minor things should be changed but they can be ignored. I wish I could give this battle a rating of 4.7 but I can't go near giving it a 4 so it is a 5.

COL Nurel Turr



Very Fun! I had probs with the last 2 missions that were sorted out but once that happened...viola! A battle that is definately on my list of Fav's!!!

CM Andrew



A solid battle from start to end, except for the last mission, I think some of the wingmen A.I.s and objectives aren't set. However, I would highly recommend playing this one.

LC Alec Qarni



Something for everyone, good fighting, but the last mission is a doozy... really hard.

LC Tissaya Argat



I tested this battle, and I have to say that,it's one of best battles I have ever flown. In every sencond in every mission you must think what to do to don't screw it up. I completed it on medium level, however I was trying on hard and I must admitt that it's real kicking ass battle on hard level. Whole plotline is just great. Worth to fly.

FA Marcin Szydlowski



This is probably my best battle for now. I spent many weeks working on it, and I hope this will be great and people will love it. But some info. When you are flying on easy it will be really easy so don't be suprised. Medium level is for every experienced player. Hard level is Hell-on-Earth. Many, well armed enemy fighters, sometimes completly different ships. So if you want to try hard, be prepared. However it's a hell of work, and I hope everyone will like it. But if there is something I can improve here, don't hesitate to mail me.

Battle Bug Reports

CM Vanguard88


ignore my last bug report it is for a different battle

CM Vanguard88


Mission 2: Tie Defender Diamondback flight 2 aborts mission as soon as the battle begins and returns to the ISD Intrepids' hangar.

Mission 3: Escort Shuttle Ray crashes into the escort carrier endurance upon leaving the M/FRG hangar, causing mission failure.

CM Vanguard88


Mission 4: Bonus for the T/A returning to the stalwart doesn't apply correctly. T/A guardian never returns to the stalwarts' hangar.

Mission 6: ~10:30 in the crusier and escort carrier collide and die. T/A AI doesn't work properly for 50% of the flight group. Only 1 and 2 work properly, 3 and four don't follow orders or attack any targets.

Mission 12: shuttle escape needs to launch when cruiser is at 75% hull it never launches when the cruiser gets to 25% because the cruiser dies too quickly. m/sc kray talon needs to be given a flight plan.

Mission 13: all leftover base craft are flagged as enemy when they should be flagged as friendly. The ETR will attack and destroy the base craft if it locks onto the player and a decoy beam is used to drop its’ aggro.

Mission 14: a-wing squadrons have no orders. They simply sit in the hangar of the cruiser.

High Scores

Battle Total: 1,333,844 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 1: 70,400 COL Brucmack
Mission 2: 97,030 COL Brucmack
Mission 3: 103,136 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 4: 116,180 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 5: 69,286 COL Brucmack
Mission 6: 182,694 COL Brucmack
Mission 7: 111,570 COL Brucmack
Mission 8: 110,260 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 9: 61,220 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 10: 53,635 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 11: 65,538 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 12: 291,219 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 13: 66,181 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
Mission 14: 96,980 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 1,333,844 CM Vanguard88 2023-09-23
2 1,169,991 COL Brucmack 2005-02-14
3 1,069,185 CM Xanatos Screed 2003-03-28
4 839,064 CM Kalith Jaenus 2003-01-10
5 772,692 MAJ Michael 2002-11-24
6 719,839 LC Savageaz 2003-01-23
7 704,346 MAJ Zhaim Jifarr 2002-09-01
8 694,221 CM Furious George 2002-08-18
9 659,662 LC Azazel 2002-08-17
10 652,945 FA Pickled Yoda 2020-09-17

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 97 pilots a total of 105 times.

GN Abel Malik - 2002-11-17

CPT Adam Szydlowski

LC Alec Qarni

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 2 times, last on 2017-01-09

LT Andrew

CM Andrew

COL Andrijas

AD Apophis Kuma

CM Archenksov - 2015-04-29

LCM Aregon - 2002-12-11

MAJ Arid Foxtrot - 2003-11-22

LC Azazel - 2002-08-17

CM BlackHellKnight

COL Brucmack - 2005-02-14

LC Choosh

RA Colo Delste - 2021-10-04

FA Conker Blackwood - 2009-12-30

COL CrimsonFury - 2003-06-24


CPT Dante - 2003-10-30

COL Dark Angel

RA Darklord

Darth Vader - 2003-03-11

GN Dax Corrin

MAJ Deleted Member - 2003-05-12

CPT Derek Dan - 2003-02-20

LC Diaboli

CM Duken - 2003-10-26

GN Dunta Polo - 3 times, last on 2013-09-13

CM El Guapo

CM Fratus Sinister

HA Frodo March - 2003-04-13

CM Furious George - 2002-08-18

FA Gelton Torr

RA Genie - 2021-10-26

AD Gidda - 2005-01-24

FA Giovanni Palermo - 2012-09-23

LC Girth Snail

COL Gyssler - 2017-12-02

MAJ Hermann - 3 times, last on 2021-10-24

MAJ Hunter - 2003-01-13

CPT John Clark

GN Kaisin Mirtez

CM Kalith Jaenus - 2003-01-10

LT Kate Flyer - 2005-04-21

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2024-01-01

MAJ Keiran Laserlight - 2003-10-12

SL Ketan-Shej

Khameir Sarin

LCM Lah - 2004-07-14

COL Loor

COL Malidir - 2005-01-18

FA Marcin Szydlowski

GN Mark Schueler - 2015-06-15

MAJ Michael - 2002-11-24

CM Michael LeRoy - 2016-12-07

COL Mini Minkus - 2003-03-02

COL Moagim Daar

CM Nicolas

COL Nightmare - 2002-12-24

COL Nurel Turr

RA Nutrientman - 2005-01-17

LCM Peh - 2002-08-17

HA Pete Mitchell - 2020-09-06

COL Phalk Sturm - 2 times, last on 2021-10-28

COL Phantom

LT Philledume

AD Phoenix Berkana - 2021-10-26

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2020-09-17

MAJ Praetorian - 2003-04-25

COL Raith Sienar - 2004-11-12

GN Rancorous

GN Ric Hunter

LT Rowland - 2003-01-26

CM Sabbath - 2003-01-31

LC Savageaz - 2003-01-23

LC Solohan50 - 2021-10-26

LT Starithm - 2018-12-30

AD Stryker - 2021-10-12

LC Tissaya Argat

COL TK-7764

CM TK-9780 - 2003-01-20

FA Tomaas Montte

COL Torres - 2002-09-07

CPT Tvan'Oris - 2005-02-14

CM Vanguard88 - 2023-09-23

CPT Von Predator

GN Wil Striker - 2002-09-17

CPT Wildfire - 2021-10-27

CPT Witchblade - 2021-10-27

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2 times, last on 2023-09-05

CM Xanatos Screed - 2003-03-28

COL Zeth Durron

MAJ Zhaim Jifarr - 2002-09-01

LCM Zhil - 2002-09-10

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles

COL Zystem Fryar - 2003-08-06

Title               : History of Marcin Szydlowski
Author              : Marcin Szydlowski (#3203)
Platform            : X-wing vs. TIE Fighter: Balance of Power
Number of missions  : 14
Medal               : Mike's Crescent

Required patches

Installation instructions
1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
2] Check the Misc folder in your BoP one for additional material like patches, sounds etc.
3] Press the Balance of Power button on the EHBL to start the game
4] Create a new pilot and fly the Imperial training missions