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#21 Khyros


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:27 AM

Slow down your purchases.  Honestly.  I first picked up the game about a year ago, during the W1 and W2 shortages, before the dark times, before the emp... I mean... Before the reprints came out.  I had quite a bit of fun searching around different LGS and B+N trying to find new ships.  Which meant as I got a new ship, I was totally excited to play with it and couldn't stop thinking of ways to try it out.  This was the same for when I got my 2nd Y wing and what not.


But then W3 hit and I decided that I was going to buy everything the moment it was released so I wouldn't have to deal with out of stock issues anymore... 8 months later, I still haven't played with any of my bombers, and I kinda miss getting new stuff "added" to my collection.


This has the added benefit of allowing you to figure out how a specific ship flies before you move onto the next ship.  For example, the X wing loves his 1 speed straight and bank, but knowing when to use the 3 speed bank and turn is what separates it from a B wing.  Likewise knowing when to barrel roll or 1 turn makes a B wing unique from an X wing.  The Y wing loves to just fly in circles with the 2 turn and use his turret, but the occasional 3 bank and 3 turn is what keeps its options open over the HWK (as someone who's recently spent quite a bit of time a HWK instead of a Gold, I'm really starting to miss that white 3 bank).  Don't become too reliant on a single ship because then other ships that fly differently will start to feel inferior.


And obviously, have fun.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:29 AM

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side"
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#23 bzinfinity



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:31 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.



I have won several games on a better-than-social gaming level (aka - not in a local tournament, but not a "friendly" game at home) with lists that would DEFINITELY not be considered "Tier 1" tournament lists. 


The most wonderful part of this game is that you honestly can do just about anything you want as long as you are good at it. 


There are literally thousands of viable builds in this game, it is simply a matter of your piloting and strategic skill with a healthy dose of how bad the dice do / don't screw you. Relying on tricks or heavy synergy can sometimes bite you when it doesn't go your way for a few turns, but it can also mean winning with some off the wall out-of-the-box thinking.

Rebels: (4)X-Wing,(2)Y-Wing,(3)B-Wing,(2)HWK,(1)YT-1300,(2)A-Wing,(1) GR-75,(1)CR90,(2)E-Wing,(4)Z-95

Imps: (5)TIEs,(3)Squints,(3)Lambda,(2)Firespray,(1)TIE Advanced,(3) TIE Bomber,(2) Defender,(2)Phantom


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:38 AM

Learn the game at your own speed and use your own experience as a guide. You will know your strengths and weaknesses much better if you build upon your own experience rather than rely upon what you read online.

Also, "pants optional" tournaments are generally to be avoided at all costs.
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There are no old TIE fighter pilots.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:46 AM

Not sure if it's been covered, but:

9 out of 10 times, having more ships in your squad is better than having more upgrades. I used to load up ships in my squad with all kinds of upgrades, then lose miserably. Now I only use a few upgrades across the entire squad and do much better. Each ship only fires once a turn, so having 4 shots is typically better than having 3.
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#26 WonderWAAAGH


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:04 AM

Be conservative with your maneuver choices. If you're not sure you can make it, you probably can't.
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It's not easy being green.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:16 AM

Let the wookie win.

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#28 magadizer


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:22 AM

Advice for this forum, not really for X-wing Miniatures playing:


Flame wars not make one great.

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Be seeing you.

#29 InstantAequitas



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:39 AM

Whether you win or lose, ask your opponent if you can swap lists and replay the game. This helps you become a well rounded pilot by learning what makes the other side tic. If Know what your enemy wants to do by putting yourself in his position you can gain valuable intel that can help you succeed. This also helps when you or your buddy are trying to pick apart the local meta by establishing what makes certain squads weak.
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Favorite squad for me currently: #stressbot 4.0
Wedge+predator / Luke+VI+R3-A2 / Biggs / Bandit Sqd pilot.

#30 Old Adept

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:22 PM

Dont BE or put up with DOOSHES. Play for fun and remember you like Star Wars.
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I have NOTHING clever to say.
NO ONE cares about what ships I have.
NO ONE cares if I win or loose.

#31 Nickotine42



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:25 PM

Whether you win or lose, ask your opponent if you can swap lists and replay the game. This helps you become a well rounded pilot by learning what makes the other side tic. If Know what your enemy wants to do by putting yourself in his position you can gain valuable intel that can help you succeed. This also helps when you or your buddy are trying to pick apart the local meta by establishing what makes certain squads weak.

I like this.  Going to start doing this.  

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#32 Tasteoclese



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:39 PM

Don't let a game full of bad rolls discourage you. Unfortunately, I have a hard time getting my brother to play anymore since he had a few games with very unfortunate rolls and doesn't like that randomness. As somebody else mentioned, you really don't have control over this; all you can do is maximize your probability of rolling well by using actions and positioning yourself well.


Also, play lists that don't necessarily follow the tournament meta (I have had success with a 3 Y-wing list) and have a ton of fun!

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Rebel: 5 X-wing, 3 Y-wing, 3 A-wing, 1 YT-1300, 2 B-wing, 2 HWK-290, 1 GR-75

Empire: 8 TIE Fighter, 2 TIE Advanced, 5 TIE Interceptor, 1 Firespray-31, 2 TIE Bomber, 1 Lambda shuttle

#33 polmoneys



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:48 PM

you will become a better player. Just keep playing. Enjoy the ride.

Edited by polmoneys, 14 May 2014 - 01:49 PM.

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#34 Radzap



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:59 PM

Go for the JUGULAR!

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Imperial Ships:  5 Tie Fighters -- 5 Tie Interceptors -- 1 Tie Advanced -- 5 Tie Bomber -- 2 Firespray-31 -- 1 Lamba-Class Shuttle --   2 Defenders -- 1 Phantom

Rebel Scum: 3 X-Wing Fighters -- 1 Y-Wing Fighter -- 1 B-Wing Fighter -- 1 A-Wing Fighter -- 1 HWK-290 -- 1 YT-1300

#35 KillMaimBurn



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:01 PM

If I could offer you only one piece of advice for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
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But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
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effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
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people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
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life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
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people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
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supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
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Imperials: 7 ties, 2 advanced, 6 interceptors, 1 firespray, 2 shuttle,
2 bombers, 3 Defender, 3 Phantom
Rebel Scum: 3 x wing, 1 y wing, 1 a wing, 1 hwk, 1 b wing, 1 Falcon,
1 Transport, 1 e wing, 1 z95

#36 zathras23



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:50 PM

Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of the women.

Seriously though, one trick I learned early on playing this game, when setting a ship's dial, point the open wedge of the dial in the same direction as the ship is pointing. It'll help keep your ships from flying into things or off the board.

Edited by zathras23, 14 May 2014 - 02:51 PM.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

It's a game, so have fun.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:00 PM

Miniature Market, sir.  They've saved me... at least $200. 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

Miniature Market, sir.  They've saved me... at least $200.

Yes, this too.
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:18 PM

Read The Metal Bikini early and often. Put it on your RSS reader. Read the entire archives. It's a great source for understanding the game.



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