Spots and SitesEdit
For Competitions, Sites including Obstacles are placed according to the Random / Fair flag on the Format. When random, Sites and Obstacles are per Spot completely random. When Fair, they are balanced among all Player Bases. The default is Fair Field, with Sites only in Field Spots.
2 <= Billet = 4 <= 6
Initial Hand Size (IHS)Edit
Your Initial Hand Size is usually 6 in a standard game, or just enough to completely fill your Base.
In some game formats, you can pick out the cards to use for the initial hand, rather than draw a random assortment of cards from your deck, effectively "stacking your deck". We call these cards the Vanguard.
The first N Vanguard cards are reserved, and the rest added to the main deck. The main deck is shuffled, and the N Vanguard cards are placed on top in the original order. IHS cards are drawn. Then the main deck (possibly with any remaining Vanguard cards) is shuffled again. The resulting deck becomes the HQ for the game, and then Vanguard no longer matters.
Most games are Vanguard 2. More difficult missions may allow 4 or 6. Vanguard larger than your IHS completely determines your starting hand. Vanguard 9 is the maximum specification. For convenience, Vanguard also specifies the initial placement of Units in the Base.