Hey guys. I know there have been threads like this before, but there hasn't been one in a while. I was interested to get people's opinion on the issue. First, just let me give you a bit of background.
So, I'm hopefully going to be getting a job soon (my first ever, yay!) and I've been incentivising myself by thinking about all the juicy stuff I'll be able to afford with those first few paychecks. I've been playing X-Wing for a while now, and have almost all the models (although I still need duplicates of some I already have), so I should be able to get 'up to date' once I have my job. From there, it will simply be a question of buying new releases as they come out. So that reduction in cost and my extra disposable income should hopefully be enough to finance another game system; and I was thinking about Attack Wing. One of the things putting me off before was the sheer volume of ships available, and the fact I wouldn't be able to afford all of them, but that should be less of an issue now.
Now, I'm a huge fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. I love them both, although if I had to choose, I may lean ever so slightly towards Trek. When I went to pick up the X-Wing starter set, I ummed and ahhed about whether to start collecting X-Wing or Attack Wing. In the end though, I went with X-Wing for a few reasons:
- My research online beforehand indicated that X-Wing was a more solid, better designed/balanced game, and had slightly better quality components.
- The store owner said basically the same thing when I talked with him about it, and he also said that X-Wing tended to have more players (at least around where I live).
- The X-Wing miniatures look nicer; better paintjobs and more to scale.
- I knew that I would want to get my friends into whichever game I picked, so I'd have some people to play with, and they much prefer Star Wars.
I was left with the impression that Attack Wing was basically a slightly worse, cheaper (in terms of quality, not price) knock-off of X-Wing, so I decided to go with X-Wing. I don't regret that decision at all, and I would make the same choice again, but my question is, now that I have the potential to be able to afford to play both; is it worth it?
I have done some more research, and it seems like I may have been a bit unfair to Attack Wing. The models are definitely lower quality, but having looked at them some more, they really aren't that bad. I'm not a miniatures gamer by trade, so I don't mind too much if the paintjob isn't 100% perfect. I'm used to board games, where usually, the pieces are just abstract wooden cubes , so any detail is an improvement. The scale bothers me a bit more, but it doesn't seem too off. Lots of Trek ships don't have a rigidly defined size, and you don't often see them side by side in the show, so it's not too hard to accept the sizes as portrayed in the game.
Also, having seen some more detailed reviews that go over the mechanical differences, I have to say that I like the look of the additions/changes made in Attack Wing. They certainly wouldn't suit a Star Wars game, but in a Trek game, I think they make sense and add to the theme. I've read that the flightpath system actually works okay for capital ships, given these additions, so it seems like the game is at least fun to play, and has a bit of a different feel to X-Wing. I also love the sheer number and variety of ships. Having lots of different factions is awesome, and really suits a Trek setting.
I guess my last major concern would be balance. I've heard lots of horror stories about WizKids atrocious game balancing, power creep, event exclusives etc. Now, I wouldn't be looking to play Attack Wing at all competitively, so it doesn't bother me too much if you need x exclusive captain to build y broken tournament list, because I wouldn't be looking to do that. It is a problem though if certain ships or cards are just broken for their cost, because that will impact casual play just as much. Then again, I guess there are always house rules for that kind of thing.
Sorry for the long post. I just wanted to lay out all the different things I've considered. I'd be interested in hearing from people who have played both games. This isn't a question of which game is better, or which one I should play, this is asking if it's worth getting into Attack Wing when you already play X-Wing. Ultimately, X-Wing is so awesome that even a slightly worse version of it would still be good, right?
Thanks for taking the time to read