Are you more of a casual or hardcore player?
Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:40 PM
- Joostuh and Blail Blerg like this
Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:43 AM
I consider myself more of the casual player although I do try and get at least 1 of each ship. As for now I simply don't have the time and money to go to places like Gen Con and participate in tournaments that are not at a local store. Also I am somewhat new just getting into the game during Wave 3 right before Wave 4 released, then loved it and dumped some more money to collect all the ships I could find.
I am just having fun but I decided I want to have enough pieces so that I could play with another person who may not have their own set so that they can just use mine. Now while I would like to play an Epic or scenario I find myself playing the standard 100 point tournament/league format because that is all that is played during X-wing night at the local store I frequent. Most other miniature stores only have Warhammer and HordMachines matches going on there. X-wing is still small compared to those 2 giants of the hobby.
You can always start another round if you lost the last one.
Posted 01 September 2014 - 01:56 AM
I'm all about good competition. To me, there is nothing less satisfying than a cakewalk for either me or my opponent. While a game won or lost by a hair gets me hyped up for days!
- ObiWonka and admat like this
Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:03 AM
Casual with a hardcore need to get some plays in, I just started and have only played 4 games.
I don't see my self playing any kind of tournament.
Edited by bmwrider, 01 September 2014 - 07:04 AM.
Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:09 AM
Casual all the way here, hoping to fly more themed squads and run scenarios mostly
1x starter set
1 E wing fighter, 1 Rebel Aces Box-set, 2 Headhunters, 1 A wing fighter
1 Tie Fighter, 1 Imperial Aces Box-set, 1 Firespray
(random Star Wars quote goes here)
Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:03 AM
My main opponent is my 10 yr old son. 25% of the time I fly something to beat him. 25% of the time I fly something for him to beat me. The other 50% of the time I fly something just for the heck of it.
In a few years you'll regret not crushing him 100% of the time when he starts to get better at stuff than you, WHY you'll say WHY DID I LET HIM WIN?
Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:21 AM
Why are we willing to accept this false binary?
Casual and hardcore don't even come close to describing the range of player possibilities and, I'd argue, using them as broadly as we do actually hurts the game.
Casual can mean that Joe doesn't play power squads and just plays thematic lore appropriate teams, but it can also mean that he doesn't really fully understand (or care) about the rules of the game. He can make glaring tactical errors or illegal maneuvers, but then be a whiny git when you point that he's actually cheating. "Hey man, I just play casually. Don't bring your hardcore style here. I just want to have fun."
Susan, conversely, may be a hardcore player who studies the game. She ignores theme and looks for powerful combos, playing Fat Chewie, TIE Swarms, and Echo exclusively. She, however, is a gracious and courteous opponent who laughs with you and offers insightful advice over a shared bottle of wine and she mercilessly grinds your fun fleet into spacedust.
Being nice does not necessarily have anything to do with degree of casual play and pretending that it does only encourages poor play. Playing well or with powerful fleets is no crime against gentlemanly conduct.
Tom may be a rules lawyer who only flies Y-Wings, **** a hospitable host who lets you build his fleets, and Harry a reckless gambler who takes risks with unusual combos but then sulks if they fail. Are they casual or hardcore? Who knows and who cares. They play with their friends and, apparently, have fun with them.
So am I casual or hardcore? I play to win, but don't play in tournaments because the nearest are an hour away in Austin. I theory craft and build new squads, but I usually let my opponents decide what they are most interested in playing against and build that archetype for them. I post and read these forums, but not as much as our dominant members. Ultimately, we have fun. Winning is the sweetest, but defeat is never too bitter.
TL;DR - Different people have different types of fun and casual versus hardcore isn't very helpful in defining players.
Edited by BaronFel, 01 September 2014 - 11:22 AM.
- dmiitrie likes this
Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:49 AM
I've got some mixed elements of both. When I started playing I found a squad I loved to play, it consisted of my favorite ships, it was challenging to fly, but could perform very well if played properly. So I have a single list I play in life or death. I'm hardcore in terms of learning my list inside out, always trying to learn from my mistakes, and I'm casual in terms of playing with the ships I love, completely disregarding whether they're good or bad, enjoying good games with my friends.
Rebels: 5 A-wings, 2 E-wings, 4 X-wings, 2 HWK-290s, 1 Y-wing, 3 B-wings
I have a confession, I've never used my Y-wing, it's just there to look good :s
Posted 01 September 2014 - 12:32 PM
I prefer to play casually, but if my opponent take it too personally or only care about winning, I'll raise my game and can become quite competitive. But if my opponent only want to have fun playing while taking a couple beers, I won't bother as much about trying to overplay him.
For team building, I prefer to center my builds around a theme, an esthetic or a pilot. Visual is as important as efficiency. So, as crazy as it sounds, there will usually have a certain symetry and not too much variety in ship design. Exemple, if I wanted to use a Shuttle with bomber, I would try to fit at least 2 Bombers, or if I had 43pts left, I would take 2 Rookie instead of a Rookie and a Blue.
Also, I really love to build a team around an underdog and try to find a way to make it tick. That's the only reason I will play a list more than once, to get the hang out of that particular ship/pilot. As the opposite, I'll try to avoid as much as possible the flavor of the month. Exemple, when Wave 4 got released, I almost exclusively played with the Defenders instead of the Phantom.
So, for those reason, I think I fit more in the Casual stereotype, but can become hardcore if the need.
I'm a french native player so sometimes, some expressions or meanings might be lost in translation. I mean no disrespect.