XWA-TC 60: An Empire Invaded

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 19
Release date: 2010-02-07
Last updated: 2010-02-07
Average rating 3.3
Reviews: 7
Bug reports: 4
Times completed: 36
Patches used: None
Gold Star of the Empire
Battle Medal:
Gold Star of the Empire

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



The missions get repetitive, hyper into a region, fight wave after wave of fighters, try to destroy a ISD or two and protect a couple of capitol ships for your own. This is like 12 of the 19 missions. And DO NOT try to play this battle on XWAU, the mission triggers don't work on two of the missions and of the ones that do the capitol ships take literally over an hour to get to their exit point to end the mission.

CM Vanguard88



Some missions were very good, others not so much. Many bugs and issues especially in later missions. Also not very balanced around hard difficulty.

COL Phalk Sturm



One of the toughest battles out there. On one side, it has massive epic dogfights and very difficult missions, then some missions are easy but long, repetitive and tedious, and finally there are some that are just... Crazy. Picture this, in some mission I shot down 100 enemy fighters and there were more coming at me! and the target eventually got away. Then some assignments are supposed to be about space superiority but end up being bombing runs armed with missiles. And last but not least, you will have to endure a couple of missions in alphabet fighters, even flying in a Y-W!. I really admire my fellow brethren in the IW. Flying those coffins requires skills, guts and total disregard for their own lives. The battle plotline jumps from one point to another like different stories, without much of a strong thread, but features Dempsey profusely, and makes sense since she is the creator. The briefings are correct and the technical level overall is well curated. Just a couple of missions are close to be bug labelled but with some wit, any common pilot can finish it. A monumental effort that will leave every pilot exhausted and not willing to fly it again. Like having your Wisdom Tooth removed. Expect sore thumbs and frustration all those who enter this one.

LC randyrumrnr



Wow. I mean..what else can I say. A 19 mission battle is a tough slog, especially if you are sitting down to fly it all in one sitting! I found the story line to jump around a bit. A tad confusing at times. With that being said I didn't encounter any bugs and the missions seemed well put together. No bugs to report.

AD Stryker



I really liked the idea of a nice long campaign, that would flow and keep me entertained for a few hours. Unfortunately, I got half way through and couldn't continue because one mission is bugged and seemingly not something one can complete - what irks me is that this bug was identified five years ago by the creator and not rectified... If not for this and other smaller concerns, this would've earned a 5. Sadly, it's languishing at 3.

HA Turtle Jerrar



This battle really highlights the expanded craft limits and game engine in XWA. The giant wall of starfighters coming at you (multiple times!) is pretty epic, and is probably the closest I’ve seen the game demonstrate in comparison to the movies. This is a long battle, but you know that going into it, and I think Dempsey’s done a great job of mixing things up and tying everything together with a consistent story line. Some pros: (1) Epic battles as previously mentioned, including a number of battles where your capital ships get into the mix; they’re not just plodding along dumbly. (2) From a story aspect, after a set of missions your character becomes a pilot on different ship. All of the missions follow a related story arc, but the shifting missions allow you to participate in the overall campaign from multiple perspectives, and gives you a chance to fly a wide variety of ships. (3) There are a couple of ‘slow’ missions where not a lot goes on; some people might consider these filler, but I rather liked the change of pace which contributed to a good level of unpredictability. Cons: Overall, I found the missions engaging enough not to nitpick any small faults. Note: the battle uses the Missile Boat and Assault Gunboat, and requires the S-foils patch in order to fire lasers on these craft. (I didn’t figure this out until after the fact, and the escape pod mission with no lasers, only missiles, was a giant pain).

FA Pickled Yoda



Now I like a long battle as much as the next man, but this was a bit too much. Several missions just seemed repetitive, and some of the wait times before something happened were very tedious...

Having said that, I applaud the effort behind this monumental undertaking, some of the dogfights can only be described as epic.

Battle Bug Reports

AD Stryker


Mission 11: CARGs do not drop cargo containers (identified by author 5 years ago and not fixed?) necessitating their destruction to allow cargo to be collected, and VSD Sinister does not jump to second region so mission cannot be completed.

HA Anahorn Dempsey


can't reproduce Durron's error on M3. Mission with the Sinister: those CARG were a nice idea but need to go, they won't properly release the CN

GN Dunta Polo


Note - battle was flown on easy difficulty.

Mission 4: Calling for reinforcements doesn't work. Destroying freighters that are designated for capture does not trigger mission failure.

Mission 5: ISDII Challenge leaves before enemy opposition is eliminated or the SSD Avenger has escaped.

Mission 16: T/A Thunderbolt (if called for reinforcements) attack the tracker pods instead of protecting them. Message about the ISD Skilosh escaping appears even if it has been destroyed.

Mission 17: Return hyperbuoy at Saumhain is very close to a shipyard, and the player craft enters facing the structure necessitating a very swift turn to avoid collision.

Mission 18: ISD Kawolski is referred to as the Mausoleum in one in-flight message but Kawolski everywhere else including the briefing.

COL Zeth Durron


mission 3 wont load/crashes the game

High Scores

Battle Total: 361,922 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 1: 10,158 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 2: 28,580 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-06-21
Mission 3: 6,759 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 4: 13,137 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 5: 39,773 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 6: 71,187 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 7: 45,575 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-06-21
Mission 8: 6,381 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 9: 36,478 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 10: 18,668 FA Pickled Yoda 2014-03-15
Mission 11: 6,000 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 12: 32,260 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-06-21
Mission 13: 10,359 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 14: 16,205 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 15: 5,536 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 16: 23,369 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 17: 15,671 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 18: 7,370 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
Mission 19: 3,923 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 361,922 CM Vanguard88 2023-07-27
2 293,347 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-06-21
3 196,700 FA Pickled Yoda 2014-03-16
4 134,263 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2013-12-09
5 134,030 HA Pete Mitchell 2017-04-01
6 133,932 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2015-12-04
7 124,266 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2012-06-02
8 124,252 GN Jarek La’an 2012-05-12
9 121,826 GN Dax Corrin 2014-11-14
10 111,386 GN Dunta Polo 2010-05-04

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 29 pilots a total of 36 times.

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 5 times, last on 2015-12-04

LT Chris Pape - 2010-06-24

MAJ Colo Delste - 2021-06-20

GN Dax Corrin - 2014-11-14

GN Dunta Polo - 2010-05-04

GN Elwood the Brave - 2 times, last on 2014-12-23

CM Epicedion - 2020-09-22

FA Giovanni Palermo - 2010-02-28

COL Gyssler - 2010-12-27

MAJ Hermann - 2021-02-09

FA Howlader - 2010-02-18

CM Jagged Fell III - 2023-09-24

GN Jarek La’an - 2012-05-12

MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2024-01-01

GN Mark Schueler - 2017-06-22

HA Pete Mitchell - 2017-04-01

COL Phalk Sturm - 2021-03-01

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2020-09-28

LC randyrumrnr - 2020-09-28

GN Ric Hunter - 2 times, last on 2018-10-24

AD Stryker - 2020-09-15

COL TheBlackxRanger - 2023-09-12

FA Tomaas Montte - 2010-05-19

MAJ Tuba - 2010-09-25

HA Turtle Jerrar - 2020-07-20

CM Vanguard88 - 2023-07-27

MAJ Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2023-09-24

SL Zekk Terrik - 2020-01-08

HA Zsinj - 2010-02-18

Title               : An Empire Invaded
Author              : TAC-PROF/AD Dempsey/CS-3/SSSD Sovereign (#12519)
Platform            : X-wing Alliance
Number of missions  : 19
Medal               : Gold Star of the Empire

Installation instructions

1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
2] Use the EHBL to create a new XWA pilot, prepared for an EH battle
3] Press the X-wing Alliance button on the EHBL to start the game
4] Fly the missions

This battle will demand everything of your dogfighting skills, as you will always be seriously outnumbered, 
with lots of target practice flying around. Even on easy, it can be very hard sometimes if you don't call for 
reinforcements. On easy you will always have one full squadron of support fighters standing by... 
If you don't like dogfighting, maybe you should try another battle. I completed this on medium, 
hard is too hard for me :)

The Emperor's Hammer controls a small part of this galaxy. Due to a limited number of operational warships,
expansion is currently not an option. This, however, cannot be said for other parties. And when their expansion
threatens the Emperor's Hammer Territories, all ships and personnel are mobilised to stop the invading forces. 
Suddenly, the Hammer finds itself in the middle of a battle for its very existence.

Known bugs
Mission #7 will sometimes crash a few seconds after you win the mission. If it does, just hit CTRL-Q as soon as
the mission statis changes to green.

In mission #14, you run the risk of getting a large penalty. If you do too much damage to either of the targets,
you will get the "you have destroyed a friendly craft" penalty when they are destroyed. This is because the game
gives you credit for partial kills, and with credit also comes penalty. This not a bug in the mission or the game.