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With just the starter box you're looking at about 30 minutes depending on how the dice roll. Faster once you get hang of it. As far as minimum age goes I'd say around 9 or 10 give or take.

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Great time to get in the game right now. The boxed set is on clearance at Target for $20!

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It'll get even cheaper. Last summer they were selling it for $12. I guess they restocked it hoping to get Christmas sales b/c it went back on clearance right after the 25th.

 

Tonight is the first night of our league's next season. We're playing 2 games each night. 100 pts/game. First game is tournament rules, the 2nd will be scenario or some kind of special rules. Tonight's rule is that 1 of your ships has to be a named pilot with PS 6 or less. I'm thinking about either Chewie or Krassis. Will prolly depend on what I can squeeze in for the rest of the points.

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When you can find a Target that carries them!  I called 4 Targets near me and 3 near my parents (hours drive south) and none had them in stock.  Just started playing a few weeks ago and I am hooked now.  Thanks Rob.  LOL

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Geez, I can't believe that I went a whole week w/out bragging about this here, but I played in an FFG Store Championship last week and got 3rd/4th place. (The prizes were identical: acrylic range sticks, and it was super late, so we didn't play a game. I could have taken him tho!) We had 16 players, and only 8 of them were from my league which was really awesome. We had expected to comprise the majority of the players there. (Guess we were still 50%). I've been suffering from a bit of Analysis Paralysis lately when it comes to squad building, so I decided to KISS and flew 3x Bounty Hunters. I went 2-0 in my first two games. 

 

Game one vs someone I hadn't met before, who was flying Wedge, Ten Numb, and Jan (Hawk). He made a mistake on his 2nd turn and split Wedge away from Ten b/c he wanted Ten to stay at 3rd range to use his Heavy Laser Cannon, but that meant for 1 round that Ten didn't get to shoot. Wedge put like 3 hits on my front ship, and I whiffed on my return fire, but on the next turn he misjudged a move and landed Wedge on a rock. Turn after that I blocked Wedge w/my rear ship and finished him off, so 1/3 of his squad only got to shoot once. Ten got in a bunch of incredible shots: w/the bonus die from Jan he scored 5 hits, 4 hits, and 5 hits in a row, but I maneuvered my ships so that he couldn't shoot at the same target every time. I did finally lose a ship, but won 100-33.

 

2nd game was vs a guy from our league who was running the Rebel Convoy (2 base YT's, and 2 Y-Wings w/Ion Turrets). It sucks to play against b/c it has a metric ton of HP and is all about action denial. At least usually it does. I liked my match up tho. On the first turn we could shoot, he tried to block my front 2 ships (they were in a reverse triangle formation) which would have meant that neither of them could shoot his ship. But I ended up literally 3mm short of his ship and all 3 of mine lit his up. 1 turn of shooting and his freighter only had 1 HP left on it. The next turn I killed that one and split some fire between Y-Wings b/c of where he'd moved them. Next turn I rallied and finished off 1 Y-Wing and it was pretty much over from there. For a few minutes I was worried that I wasn't going to kill off his last Y-Wing and wouldn't get a "Full" win, but after whiffing on 2 attacks in a row, I scored 3 Crits on a range 1 shot and put him down with just a couple minutes left in the match.

 

We were doing 3 Swiss rounds, and that put me w/10 points against the only other 10 pt player in the tournament, who just happens to be one of my best buddies in our league. I also haven't beaten him since the first time we ever played, which was his first week in the league. Ugh. He was running 2 YT freighters: Lando and Chewie, each w/Gunner and Expert Handling. It was just too much for me to handle. He could fly circles around me and did a great job of never letting all 3 of my ships get shots in on the same target. It also really hurt that both of his ships shot before any of mine. Towards the end I had Lando down to only 1 HP, but my ships were spread out (got split up in the asteroids) and he cornered them one at a time. He killed my first BH off before it could shoot, so Lando still had 1 HP left. Ditto 2 turns later when he killed my second BH, and then he kept Lando away while Chewie finished off my 3rd.

 

I was worried that I wouldn't make the cut to top 4, but strength of schedule put me in 3rd place against another league guy who I've never beaten, but I liked my Bounty Hunters against his TIE swarm. It matched up well. But then right before the end of the round, one guy conceded his match to his opponent, which meant the winner got a full win (5 pts) instead of a modified win (3 pts). That gave the winner enough points to jump from 5th to 3rd place and bumped me down to 4th*. Which meant that I had to play the #1 seed, who'd just pawned me in round 3.  ::(:

 

The semis didn't go any better for me. I actually played a hella lot better game, and pulled off some amazing moves during the first 3 rounds of shooting, and kept all 3 of my ships in good shooting position, but my dice crapped out. I had 2 ships both w/a TL and Focus tokens, shooting from range 2, and only managed to get 2 hits. Argh! If I'd managed 5 or 6 I would have been in a position to kill Lando on the next turn and at that point I think I could have finished off Chewie w/3:1 odds, but it wasn't meant to be. In the end, my opponent, Evan, went on to win the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

* I was pretty upset about this at first b/c of how it changed the field, and I thought it was a cheap way to get 2 points in the rankings, but I later found out that the guy who'd conceded had originally set up 3 of his ships backwards and they should have flown off of the map on his first turn. The guy from our league let him flip his ships around and continue playing, so his opponent conceded since their game shouldn't have been as close as it was in the end. I have no idea how you could do something so obviously stupid, but then again the guy was the spitting image of Getty Lee from Rush, and looked like he'd done more than his fair share of recreational experimentation, so who knows?  :lol:

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Imperial Aces is out and they have just announced Rebel Aces.  One A-Wing and one B-wing.  Oddly, the A-Wing is painted in the prototype paint scheme as opposed to the Tie Interceptors which were painted as the experienced pilot paint schemes.

 

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4705

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Oddly, the A-Wing is painted in the prototype paint scheme as opposed to the Tie Interceptors which were painted as the experienced pilot paint schemes.

 

b/c there weren't any iconic A/B-Wing units in any of the video games or comic books?  I think everyone just flew X-Wings!  (btw, the B-Wing is painted in prototype colors too.)

 

There was a lot of talk about these at league last night. Lots of people happy about the new B-Wing ace (unless they're Imp players). Lots of people thinking the A-Wings still got shafted (or at least one of their pilots did).

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Played the Scenario in the Imperial Aces box.  Very fun - added a lot to the game.  FFG needs to follow the cue from Wiz Kids and start putting scenarios in every ship - keeps the game new.  I was getting tired of line up and kill in Star Wars.

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Despite it all, I am looking forward to it.  The A-Wing was a favorite of mine from the X-Wing video game way back in the day.  I usually include at least one in my games, though I don't play competitively.  

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Played the Scenario in the Imperial Aces box.  Very fun - added a lot to the game.  FFG needs to follow the cue from Wiz Kids and start putting scenarios in every ship - keeps the game new.  I was getting tired of line up and kill in Star Wars.

 

We tried scenarios for a while in our league and ended up voting against them. None of them really ever panned out I guess.  But I'm lucky enough to have enough opponents that "line up and kill" doesn't get boring and most of us are experienced enough that we can play fun lists at league and still show up for tournaments w/elite lists that win.

 

Last night was a great example. Most of the guys were just getting their Aces kit, so I figured there'd be a lot of Squints around and I was right. I built a 3 B-Wing squad and played against a 3 Squint squad and we had a blast. I really wish that we had time-lapsed photos of the ships moving around the table b/c it was really awesome with all of the barrel rolls and boosts going on. 

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I forgot to mention that last week I had a superb night at league! There are two guys in our league who I've never been able to beat before. Both of them were top 16 players at Worlds last fall. I had to play both of them last week and won both games!

 

It was kinda funny to me b/c I wasn't feeling well Tues morning and didn't take the time to make any new lists, so I just grabbed the ol' HSF standby list, with 2 Y-Wings w/Ion turrets. They both flew variations of TIE Interceptors using the new Aces ships and upgrades. First game I thought I'd actually lost, b/c I only had Han left, but I forgot how much he cost and got a modified win by 2 points: 52-50.  I'd just played my 2nd opponent the week before and he beat me pretty soundly using a 3 INT build (they all have Shield Upgrade + Hull upgrade so they can take 5 hits). He had a variation of the same build this time, but my turrets were the perfect counter. I played an excellent game - mistake free from my POV - and won 100-0. ::):

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Played the Scenario in the Imperial Aces box.  Very fun - added a lot to the game.  FFG needs to follow the cue from Wiz Kids and start putting scenarios in every ship - keeps the game new.  I was getting tired of line up and kill in Star Wars.

 

We tried scenarios for a while in our league and ended up voting against them. None of them really ever panned out I guess.  

 Probably because the Star Wars scenarios out there pretty much suck right now.  The Imperial Aces one was the first one that was any fun, we thought.  The star trek version has a ton of scenarios - some are single ship versus single ship and play fast (you can get 3 of those in for the same time as a single star Wars game).

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I just looked up the Millennium Falcon expansion on Amazon, mostly for the cool mini.

 

Ay-yi-yi. How big is that thing to justify such prices?

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Well its cheaper if you buy it from the right places.  Not only are you paying for the mini, which is very detailed and has a moving radar dish, but you also get all the accouterments for playing the game, and Fantasy Flight packs a bunch in there.  

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I'm sure it's worth it (well, worth what it might be at the right places).

 

I'm still kind of tempted to just be satisfied with my old 3" Happy Meal version.

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