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  1. I do think that a lot of tournament guys just don't get how difficult it can be to find casual gamers in your area. I do think you have to put some work in, but it's not a hopeless cause. I've been able to do it in my area, but then again, I kind of built it. It was just me and one other guy to start with and now our area has 178 members in our Facebook page. I know not everyone is on that, as well. I started my podcast to encourage Casual X-wing, but I think we might need to do an episode on how to actually find other casual players or get others in your store into it. The lack of casual players is a big reason why I stopped playing last year. Just sick to death of 100 point deathmatches. A big push towards casual play may cause me to come back...
  2. What do you mean by "real support"? They do have Mission Control website. Or do you mean like prize support? Yeah, I'd love a story based tournament or something like that. Yeah, prize support. Something to incentivize players to give another format a try.
  3. For me I wish there was more support for non-standard formats like epic or scenarios. It would be WAY easier to convince people to try other formats if there was some sort of official prize-support involved. Most people just want to play 100pt deathmatch because that's the only format with any real support. I maybe get to play one epic game every 6 months or so, which makes me sad.
  4. Haven't played this game in 6+ months. For me, it is definitely not fun anymore and the reason is honestly the players and their hyper-competitiveness (which is in no way a bad thing, just not my cup of tea). Even on casual game nights, people only want to play hyper-efficient flavor-of-the month ships in 100pt deathmatches. I would always run crazy lists because they are fun, but I just got tired of playing against the same lists over and over again with the same format. Everyone else just wants to practice for the next tournament. I just want to play Star Wars. I wish there were more casual formats and more interest in casual play that wasn't just focused on 100pt deathmatches. I would probably come back at that point...but until then...I have a lot of other things to play.
  5. That is crap. Have you ever tried flying a squad of TIE Advanceds against a squad of post-Raider TIE Advanceds? FFG has made progression part of the game. Do not pretend otherwise. This only matters if you play in tournaments and lots of people don't play in tournaments.
  6. See, I've never had a burrito either. Americans don't like it when I say this but, as a displaced Brit who has been here 15 years, most Mexican food is delicious tasting sludge and most of the excitement seems to come from how it is packaged. If you want a crunchy shell that you have to eat delicately to get to the delicious sludge (or it cracks and explodes and goes all over your lap) then that's a taco. But if you want your delicious sludge wrapped up in a bandage, that's a burrito. As a taco snob, crunchy tacos enrage me. It's all about the soft corn tortillas. And, here we go. As with all my conversations with Americans on this subject (and to be clear, I'm talking wife and inlaws, friends and colleagues, random strangers on bus's and people I play X-wing against) you are missing the point. It's sludge, and there you are, arguing about the type or texture of shite to wrap the sludge in. And yet it's pretty much this nation's national dish. Man, I love living here. It never gets old It adds its own unique flavor that adds to the whole. It's like saying pie crust doesn't matter and if you went that far, I would know that you've totally descended into madness.
  7. See, I've never had a burrito either. Americans don't like it when I say this but, as a displaced Brit who has been here 15 years, most Mexican food is delicious tasting sludge and most of the excitement seems to come from how it is packaged. If you want a crunchy shell that you have to eat delicately to get to the delicious sludge (or it cracks and explodes and goes all over your lap) then that's a taco. But if you want your delicious sludge wrapped up in a bandage, that's a burrito. As a taco snob, crunchy tacos enrage me. It's all about the soft corn tortillas.
  8. I honestly don't care about the prices changing. If I have to pay more for things, I'll just buy less of them. No big deal. When I play at a FLGS, I buy from there. When I don't, I don't. I just don't like this as being framed as "helping out the FLGS," because it doesn't really. They could EASILY have set terms to really move things in favor of the FLGS, but they didn't. You'll still be able to get things online for much cheaper than a FLGS. What it does do is shut down people on eBay and the like, which I'm totally cool with. Honestly price isn't a big deal to me, convenience is. As long as I can still buy product online (which seems to be the case), I'm totally cool.
  9. So, a reason this new policy exists is to save FLGS from those horrible online stores like MM. Did you know that MM is also a FLGS? Did you know that they have product on display, places to play and hold monthly tournaments? The X-Wing tournaments always sell out early, by the way. They do all the things that the supposed good FLGS do. So why are they bad again?
  10. Wow. Guidance chips make Concussion Missiles and Proton Torpedoes really, really good.
  11. Just read this interesting post on Dakka Dakka written by a FLGS owner: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/210/673974.page#8335689 Makes a lot of sense when looking at it this way. It's more to stop the resellers than anything. Here's some more clarification on what he was talking about: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/210/673974.page#8335773
  12. And when non-existent support from LGSs that care not one whit for X-Wing combined with increased prices kills the community stone dead? We don't have people walking into our club wanting to play X-Wing due to our LGS but in spite of it. The group there are masters of discouraging people from picking up new games, they enjoy clubbing baby seals too much to support and encourage people. Our new players come from people seeing a Star Wars game on Amazon or their favourite on-line game store and picked it up because it was cheap. Supporting Bricks and Mortar stores sounds all very noble but they are a dead end. Support for clubs and games cafes is what is needed now. There are no game cafes or clubs in my state. So now what? There is no one-size-fits-all solution but Asmodee/FFG can do what they can to support the majority of players out there. So make one? That's what I did when I was younger and there were no stores with place to play (this was before the internet, too). I started a weekly group that met in the library. It's totally doable nowadays and the idea of gaming cafes/bars are getting more and more traction. Honestly, I would MUCH rather do some gaming in a bar then hang out at an FLGS.
  13. If all you can do is compete on price, than you have other problems that need fixing. If all a store can offer is, "You can play games here". then it has other problems that need fixing. If you create a good atmosphere, people will go. Sure, some people would still buy cheaper if possible, but those people aren't your customers and never will be. Every time I hear about how we need to help the game stores, I want to scream. The game stores need to help themselves. If a store created an environment that I like to be in, I would GLADLY purchase from them. Most stores though are run by the comic book guy from the Simpsons and I think those deserve to fail. I won't support a store (and think it's foolish to do so) unless they give me a good reason to do it. Having a place to play is not that, as that is something that can EASILY be overcome. And just think how much better those great stores will be WHEN THEY CAN MAKE MORE MONEY. Instead of giving your money to a warehouse that hires minimum wage workers you can give your money to a shop that knows your name and provides you with an excellent experience. I would argue that they won't really. Online shopping isn't going away. The people that only care about price will still buy online because it will still be cheaper. People generally find a FLGS through word of mouth. That isn't going to change. Honestly, this new policy isn't going to change anything relating to the amount of people that frequent a FLGS or what they buy.
  14. If all you can do is compete on price, than you have other problems that need fixing. If all a store can offer is, "You can play games here". then it has other problems that need fixing. If you create a good atmosphere, people will go. Sure, some people would still buy cheaper if possible, but those people aren't your customers and never will be. Every time I hear about how we need to help the game stores, I want to scream. The game stores need to help themselves. If a store created an environment that I like to be in, I would GLADLY purchase from them. Most stores though are run by the comic book guy from the Simpsons and I think those deserve to fail. I won't support a store (and think it's foolish to do so) unless they give me a good reason to do it. Having a place to play is not that, as that is something that can EASILY be overcome.
  15. With that in mind, I wonder if any of the current online retailers - such as CSI and MM - would be able to setup tournaments via Vassal to satisfy the community building aspect and then continue to operate under their current model. Interesting times. I don't know about CSI, but MM has had monthly in-store tournaments for almost the entire life span of X-Wing.
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