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#1 Conandoodle



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:52 AM

As the title states .. I'm new to the sport, have read some tutorials, forums, etc. but thought I would throw an invitation out there to offer some advice. Maybe a trick you picked up, a mistake you made, a resource that has been invaluable, so on and so forth.

So my friends, what one piece of advice would you pass on to the guy who just joined fighter school?

I'm a noob ..please be gentle.


#2 pure tanith fury

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:55 AM

Get out now! Only kidding, I only just started playing myself so I can't help, I need help actually, lol.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:56 AM

Practice formation flying, through asteroids, with enemy ships, without losing actions and still maintaining fire arcs.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:58 AM

As someone who is very new myself I'll say this.


Don't forget to use your actions! 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:02 AM

Get a better paying job... you're gonna need it!


Remember unique pilot skill on their cards, the amount of times people forget those (i always do!) actions and spend time getting used to templates so you have a rough idea where you'll end up.


Although if flying a turreted ship just fly onto asteroids ALL the time, seriously, you'll be doing anyone who flies TIE Interceptors a massive favour and you'll be liked universally! ;-)


*note only the middle option is serious! although it does cost a lot when you really get into the game!

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:06 AM

Buy a bigger storage container than you'll think you need. These things are like Pokemon, gotta catch em all.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

Try every ship in all types of combos. The overall meta has changed a lot over last couple of years. With new waves its always worth changing things up.

The main thing for starters is movement. As been stated already just fly a few different ships around some asteroids try going maximum and minimum speeds see where they end up.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:16 AM

The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn to fly. 


I have started several people this way, and they can usually avoid the common pitfalls of hitting asteroids or blocking themselves afterwards. 


Set up a table slap full of asteroids and coke cans and whatever else, and practice flying the ships through the field. When you first start out, lay out the templates before you pick, so you can get an idea of what they will do. 


As you get better, make the spaces smaller, try flying multiple ships together. 


If you can make it through a whole game without losing actions or flying through / landing on asteroids, you will be head and shoulders above a lot of X-Wing players. 


If you want to complicate the exercise to really improve your game, add enemy ships in the mix and try to get them in arc without getting in theirs while dodging asteroids. 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:20 AM

Above all else have fun.  


Listen to advice on meta gaming, but don't be afraid to fly anything and everything in every configuration.


If you want to mess around with a Y-wing fully loaded with proton torpedoes even though the meta says ordinance is not worth it, go on ahead and do it.


There is a time and place for learning the meta and prepping for a tournament, and there is a time to fly Luke, Wedge, Porkins, Biggs, and all Red and Gold squadron pilots and pretend it is the battle of Yavin.


Also, fly what you love, even if it is a little different from the current meta. This game is fairly balanced and just about any ship can be competitive if used right.


So remember have fun!

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#10 Digitalkiller



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:22 AM

Buy 2 starter sets at first, then the other ships depending on your preference/budget.

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#11 Ken at Sunrise

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:23 AM

Fly casual and don't take anything too serious.  It is just a game.


Start small and see what you like to play.  This will help fight the urge to over buy.  You really don't need everything (unless your competing) but it is so cool having everything.  You are however better off starting with two core sets.  Don't be afraid of dumb combos, they're often quite surprising.  Read the rules, subtly will get you.


Oh and what everyone else said too.


Welcome to the fray.

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#12 Conandoodle



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:24 AM

Some great and varied advice. Thank you all very much.

I will definitely be practicing the flying component. Great tip regarding setting a field and navigating through it.

Was great to hear from some other newcomers too.

Keep the advice rolling in people. It is clear there are a few other rookies out there who might benefit from this.

I'm a noob ..please be gentle.


#13 Rocket Launcher

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:27 AM

Learn to visualise the movement templates on the table.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:39 AM

Shooting is almost entirely chance based due to dice, however you have almost complete control over your maneuvers so learn those well by flying various ships in simulations around the tabletop as others have said.


I've got to a point where although i may not roll well enough to get kills and avoid getting killed, i can fly certain ship types insanely well - formation ties and tie-ints through dense asteroids for example.


Once you've figured out the flying the rest is just a case of trying different combinations of squadrons and upgrades until you have the most fun (this will vary by player and their local community).

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:57 AM

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:01 AM

Focus fire. Damage means nothing unless you finish them off.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:02 AM

Low ps high quantity usually beats high ps low quantity.
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#18 Red G

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:02 AM

The key to doing well is formation flying. Learn how to do it by watching some youtube videos then practicing the moves on your own. Also, asteroid placement is surprisingly important. In casual games I've just placed asteroids down randomly, but in tournaments you and your opponent will alternate placing asteroids. Learn what asteroid formations help you and impede your opponent. With those two things behind you, you'll be flying like Baron Fel in no time. Good luck recruit, and may glory be to the Empire!

#19 Imagined Realms

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:14 AM

Just one? Man, that's hard:


- Get ready to have some fun;


- But two starter sets;


- Practice flying something in formation (a group of TIEs is great for this), seeing how things change as turns/banks occur;


- Practice estimating in your mind the length of the templates and the adjustments that barrel rolling or boosting can lead to; 


- Learn the dials of ships you could be up against (or at least get something you can refer to);


- Understand that low PS pilots have strengths other than just their cheapness (they're great blockers, for example); 


- More than any other game I have played, get into the mindset of trying to predict what your opponent is going to do and how to react to that in advance, whilst simultaneously realising a good opponent will be doing exactly the same.


- If you're a bit of an old cynic like I am, make sure you let the game rekindle the awesomeness that is Star Wars.


Finally, if you don't have a really active scene near you, or can't participate as much as you might otherwise want, look into  'Vassal' - an awesome PC board game emulator for which X-Wing not only works extremely well, but has a very active player base.


Welcome aboard and have fun - it's great.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:22 AM

First - Sometime you gamble on a fart and you win sometimes you lose,
Second - there is no killer list that is the be all end all list try out all the ships and find out your style and what you like.
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