New here, and completely agreed. I only just found out this game existed a couple of weeks ago, and picked up the Core set a week ago. I finally had a friend come around to play it on Wendesday night and we played just the quick start rules and had a lot of fun. Have another friend coming over this weekend so will have another game with the quick start rules to give him the basics, then go to the full rules to add a bit more fun to it.
I was tossing up on getting back into 40k, but with two young daughters money and time is very low for me so on finding this game was very happy. On the whole it is a very cheap game, the expansions are cheaper than the metal/finecast 40k minis, and you don't need to go out and spend a stack of money on paints to get started. I have a couple of friends who have never played table top games too, so with the rules being nice and simple, it is easier to get them interested in it, and helps that most people I know love Star Wars
When I get a bit of money spare, will be looking to pick up another core set, as I found at least with the quick start rules the TIEs seem to dominate. Hoping another core set will help even it out since the rebel player will have more options on what they do having two ships.
I know exactly what you mean DingusFett- sub in two boys instead of your daughter, and you pretty much have the same story as me. Played 40k, found it becoming too expensive and time-consuming to keep up with.
The thing that pushed me over the edge into buying X-Wing Miniatures was the movement templates. I've got a couple of close friends I grew up with, but no longer live anywhere near. We'd been trying to find some sort of miniatures game we could play together over the net (as well as in our respective FLGS) and as we're all big Star Wars fans, I thought that X-Wing Miniatures might actually work over Google Hangout or similar service in kind of a "remote chessboard" setup where I represent all of my stuff on the board, as well as all of my opponents.
We've played it 10-12 times that way since back around Christmas and it doesn't work too badly. It's definitely playable, and as we're old friends, we don't worry about people lying about rolls or picking a different maneuver and things like that. We did end up getting some mats made up with grid lines on them to make things easier to communicate in-game, especially with asteroid placements and Barrel Rolling.
Back on topic, I just enjoy X-Wing Miniatures more than 40k at this point. There's so much more stratetic decision-making in X-Wing that it just doesn't really get old for me. There's also so much less negativity towards the game and its units, at least in my neck of the woods, in X-Wing than 40k. I felt bad yesterday when I saw some new player trying to get a game of 40k on my little gaming club's Yahoo Group thing and nobody responded. There was a time that all of us played, and played all the time, but I think we just got burned out arguing over rules, some 'dexes being more powerful than others, and all that kind of stuff. I still like 40k's setting and everything, and I'm sure I'll start playing it again someday, but for right now, X-Wing Miniatures is definitely filling the minis gaming void for me adequately! It's fun stuff!