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#1 Osoroshii

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

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Part 1: Small Ship Movement

Hitting an astroid can be one of the most frustrating things in X-Wing, especially if you could have just gone a little faster and missed it. Understanding where your ships will land befor you place the template down will vastly improve your game.

All the pieces in X-Wing have a relative relation to each other. Understanding this relation will help you in picking the best Movment for your ship. The small ship base and templates are closely link to each other. By now you may have figured out a 1 forward is the distance of one small ship base. The same goes for all the forward movements.
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You can practice these forward by placing one ship down and then a second to where the ship should end up. After both are on the table, try placing the template between them and see how close you come. This will give you a good eye towards seeing the distance of a ship base. Once you can accurately predict with in a half inch or so 90% of the time your ready for the hard turns.

The hard turns have a built in sight line to indicate where the ship is going. Whether turning left or right, look down the firing arc of the ship template and there is where your ship is heading.
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Now that we know ruffly the direction it will end up, we need to know how far for each speed. In order to best see the distance we need to learn a half ship base. The width of a ships base is 1 forward and that is the same as the width of two templates. So a half ship base is one movement template
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So how far does a turn go along that sight line. For a 1 turn, the front corner will end up .5 of a ships base or one template width from the rear corner. Here are all three turns and the distance they travel:
1 turn = .5 ship bases
2 turn = 1.5 ship bases
3 turn = 2.5 ship bases
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Once again you want to practice this by placing a ship down and the second one where you think the turn will take you. You will start build a good understanding of the distance by this point. You are now ready to tackle the banks.

Even the banks have a sight line to help us see the direction a ship will end up. If you are banking to the right, imagine a line going from the front right nub on the ship base to the opposite nub on the rear of the ship base. This line will fall right where the banks will move you.
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The distance is a little tricky as we now have to use a quarter of a ships base to determine the distance. Sometimes it can be hard to see a quarter of something. It is easier to see a half template width. So here is the distance for each of the 3 speeds of the banks.
1 bank = 1.25 ship bases
2 bank = 2.25 ship bases
3 bank = 3.25 ship bases
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It's time to practice these once again. Use then same method to practice as before. Now when your sitting around wishing you could find someone to play, pull out your movment templates and ship bases and practice. You'll soon find you can quickly and accurately predict where your ships will go before it's to late and your sitting on top of an astroid.

Part 2: Large Ship Movement - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1144441
Part 3: The Barrel Roll - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1146610
Part 4: The Boost - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1152578
Part 5: Decloaking - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1152870
Part 6: Pilot Skill Level - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1154853
Part 7: Formation Flying - http://community.fan...ment/?p=1157409

Follow the links at the end of each part of the guide to continue to the next section.

Edited by Osoroshii, 15 July 2014 - 08:15 PM.

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#2 Aminar

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

That's really cool. Any chance of doing this for large bases?
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:21 PM

Wow, very insightful! This will help a lot! Perhaps I can break my curse of always landing Soontir on an asteroid EVERY match?



#4 Osoroshii

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:32 PM

That's really cool. Any chance of doing this for large bases?


I'll work on the pics for the large bases. The sight lines remain the same whether you flying a small or large ship. The distance for the turns and banks are as such
1 turn = 0 ship bases, it's actually a slight negative as the ship base will overlap a bite
2 turn = .75 ship bases
3 turn = 1.75 ship bases

1 bank = .75 ship bases
2 bank = 1.75 ship bases
3 bank = 2.75 ship bases

#5 Blail Blerg

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

What happens with the corners of the bases in soft turns?
Any interaction?
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#6 Boundary

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

Thanks so much for this post.

 

Once again the laser level is one of the best purchases made for the game lol

 

EDIT: with the banks (the trick with the nubs) I'm curious to see if that works also for the large ships


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#7 Plainsman

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for the great tutorial!

#8 gundamv

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

Awesome.  Thanks!!!

 

I think this should be stickied.



#9 Mud Turkey 13

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

Brilliant.

#10 Red G

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:56 PM

Wow, great article.

#11 father911

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:12 PM

Fantastic article! Be sure to post this in the strategy section on BGG. This one deserves to be kept around.



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

I had not noticed that relationship before. I had a different method for eyeballing. Seems about as effective, but not as easily explained as this. Good job mate.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

That's really cool. Any chance of doing this for large bases?


Ditto
Rebels: 4 X Wings; 3 B Wings; 2 A Wings; 2 Y Wings; 2 E Wing; 5 z95; 1 YT-1300; 2 HWK-290; GR-75; Tantive
Empire: 7 Tie Fighters; 3 Tie Interceptors; 2 Tie Bombers; 1 Tie Advanced; 1 Firespray-31; 2 Lambda Shuttles; 1 Tie Defender; 2 Tie Phantom

#14 Osoroshii

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:59 PM

I had not noticed that relationship before. I had a different method for eyeballing. Seems about as effective, but not as easily explained as this. Good job mate.


Yeah, there is definitely many ways to go about this. I've found this to be the easiest way to teach newer and veterans alike. The real trick is seeing 2-3 moves ahead and planing on getting there.

#15 KillMaimBurn

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

Great thread, did something similar (nowhere near as thorough) for some mates a while back, even glued up my spare cardboard templates for them to play with. Improved there game massively.
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Posted 04 July 2014 - 04:32 PM

Very good guide/tutorial! Though I was quite good at eyeballing movement already. All those years guessing ranges in Warhammer certainly has payed off.

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#17 Osoroshii

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

Just out of curiosity what part of the guide was the most helpful or which part was new to you. I have other tips and tricks and this info will help me decide what to write up next.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:26 PM

For me it was seeing how the firing arc basically gave you a clue as to where the ship would end up. It'll take some practice to correctly gauge the distances, but this was a very helpful visual aid.

I always end up overestimating distances.

For example: I was flying the defender toward the edge of the board (thanks ion cannon!) with a y-wing behind me. I wanted to 4k turn, but feared my ship base would be dangerously close to the edge, so I hard turned. For fun I decided to measure before I moved and discovered I probably could have 6 or 7k turned and been fine. I can usually maneuver through the asteroids pretty well as far as turns go, but I have a harder time with the distances.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 11:50 PM

Just out of curiosity what part of the guide was the most helpful or which part was new to you. I have other tips and tricks and this info will help me decide what to write up next.

 

I liked how you explained the banks and used the laser ruler.  With banks I've always just guessed.  How you explained it is very precise, and intuitive.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:02 AM

Great job, thanks!




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