XWA-F 148: Illustrious: Lucky Strike

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 1
Release date: 2010-02-13
Last updated: 2012-11-03
Average rating 4.0
Reviews: 2
Bug reports: 4
Times completed: 14
Patches used

Emperor's Hammer Crest

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



An ok mission with a good story and combat. Does have at least one bugged backdrop.

OK, IF that nasty bug of XWA crashing at Region #2 can be fixed I must say this mission is excellent! Quite a challenge, even for experienced pilots; without Decoy it'd be just impossible unless some weirdo teaches you how you and your 3 T/A pals are supposed to deal with DOZENS of Z-95s while also trying to stop DOZENS of Cloakshapes from destroying your capship in some torpedo orgy of sorts. In the end, and if you wisely pick the Decoy as your beam option, it's just the kind of hard stuff I'm used to and actually expect to see in such an elite Fleet. Well done, Demps! You did it again, and may the adventures of A/FRG 'Illustrious' keep pleasing us with their epicness.

Just two advices for the eventual player:
- Be careful with STRKC 'Hermes' for there're some Supas that will ruin your life if you don't stop them quickly enough right when you think you're done with damage control.
- Inspect those containers quickly as soon as the Bulk Cruiser is destroyed, otherwise STRKC 'Hermes' will hyper out along with its HLFs and they won't be retrived thus screwing up the mission. HLFs themselves can hyper out after the Hermes but they must be already there to retrieve the cargo, and if the Bulk Cruiser is still around they're toast.

Battle Bug Reports

CM Jagged Fell III


The bugged backdrop is number 12

CM Jagged Fell III


Has a bugged backdrop in Region 2

For some reason, XWA crashes as soon as you arrive at Region #2. I tried almost everything for it to work, including different difficulty settings, video settings and missiles/beam/countermeasures choices, but the only thing which actually worked was to disable 3D Hardware completely using ingame menu, thus playing on 60x480 software mode. Couldn't tell why is this happening, especially given the fact that the mission doesn't need any patches, but here's some info of my system in case it turns out to be useful:

Windows XP
Using single processor affinity
DirectX 9.0c last version
GC: NVIDIA 8800GT with ForceWare 186.18
Ingame Video Settings: everything at MAX/High as much as possible.

COL Zeth Durron


XWA crashes immediately, when entering region 2

High Scores

Mission: 20,378 CM Vanguard88 2024-02-27

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 20,378 CM Vanguard88 2024-02-27
2 17,038 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2015-03-07
3 16,832 VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles 2012-06-10
4 12,249 FA Pickled Yoda 2015-03-14
5 11,127 HA Daniel Bonini 2012-07-08
6 11,007 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2010-05-14
7 8,595 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2012-06-09
8 6,522 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2010-02-20
9 6,495 CM Jagged Fell III 2024-02-11
10 4,536 MAJ Hermann 2020-09-05

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 10 pilots a total of 14 times.

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 4 times, last on 2015-03-07

HA Daniel Bonini - 2012-07-08

GN Gilad Pelleaon - 2012-07-08

MAJ Hermann - 2020-09-05

CM Jagged Fell III - 2024-02-11

FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2015-03-14

CM Vanguard88 - 2024-02-27

CM Varik Kassal - 2012-06-09

VA Zósite Kónstyte Styles - 2012-06-10

HA Zsinj - 2010-02-18

Title               : Illustrious I: Lucky Strike
Author              : TAC-PROF/AD Dempsey/CS-6/VSD Sinister (#12519)
Platform            : X-Wing Alliance
Number of missions  : 1
Medal               : N/A

Required patches
* EH Crest patch (optional)

Installation instructions
1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
2] Create a new XWA pilot, prepared for an EH battle
3] Optionally, install the EH Crest patch, and copy the FRONTTXT.TXT file from 
   the /MISC folder to your main XWA folder
4] Press the X-wing Alliance button on the EHBL to start the game
5] Fly the mission

While on patrol, one of A/FRG Illustrious' flights has discovered a remote base hidden
within an esteroid field. Since there are some useful supplies present, the decision
has been made to attack the base and confisquate the supplies.