Gerald Tarrant wrote:
I've been playing the Star Wars X-wing miniatures game lately. *snip*
I bought my friend two core sets, two TIE X1 Advanced starfighters, an extra TIE fighter and a Y-Wing for Christmas. We've been playing a few games off and on Christmas day and just earlier today. I chose the expansions according to the builds suggested on FFG's site
. And just yesterday my friend picked up two X-wings. I have to say it was really fun. You can learn the basics of the game by watching a 15 minute tutorial on their site as well as playing the quick start version of the game. We did that a couple of times before we moved to the regular game.
Honestly, I didn't have too much luck using the elite Imperial list. I found that I have less defense points than his X-Wing swarm (16 versus 20) and less attacks on average (8 versus 12). In a battle of attrition, the elite Imperial list seems to statistically lose out to the rebel swarm. In one of these games, I decided to concentrate all my fire from four TIEs of various makes on one X-wing, and ended up taking down only his shields...
Got walloped later on that resulted in a rebel victory.
Alternatively, the Imperial swarm seems to be more evenly matched with the rebel swarm than the elite Imperial list; 20 hull/shield points versus 16, and 12 attacks on average versus 8. Pretty much matches the X-Wing swarm with the exception that because there are more ships in the Imp swarm than the rebel one, you get more chances to hit since you can basically get more focus tokens. And losing one TIE only deprives you of 2 attacks. Played the swarm for the last game. Couldn't finish though since time ran out. Only got to round three. However, I had at least taken down some of the shielding on three of the X-wings, and had inflicted one hull damage on one. Conversely, he had only taken down one shield point off of Darth and one hull point off a noob TIE pilot even after using all his target locks and proton torpedoes.
So we ended the game prematurely with me being slightly better off than he. As an aside, that last game was where I finally got to try cluster missiles. It had stats of three attacks that could be made twice in one phase. I rolled six damage dice and whiffed on all of them...
Yes, we seem to get horrible dice rolls... In any case, the game's a lot of fun, especially since we also had the Star Wars marathon on Spike TV playing in the background.
Too bad I missed out on the Kessel Run event. Could have played with other folks and maybe had a chance to win second wave expansion packs. Well, maybe not much of a chance considering my dice rolls...