So recently I had to take a break from X-Wing. Lots of people do and for all sorts of reasons. Burnout, work, stress, family, there are a million reasons out there.
For me I had to move across the country, more than 3000 kms to a new posting for my job, find a place to live and with my wife and two dogs welcome the newest members of my family as my amazing wife had our first children, yup twins, boy and a girl. And before you ask Luke and Leia got shot down as names faster than Han's Kessel run.
So back around regionals I had a bit of a last hurrah, playing in two, but to be honnest as much as I was having fun, I was kinda done for a while. The tournament scene is a ton of fun and I love it, but poorly run events and a few situations soured me a bit, and with everything going on I just stopped playing. I had so much on the go and this game that I've loved had become a burden. So I took a break.
I was still watching the game out there, be it battle reports or youtube videos, then worlds which I gawked over online and enjoyed, but found myself wanting more, how had there not been more games filmed?!
The kids did, and do take up all my time. They're a handful and in an instant my life had changed No longer could I just sprint out the door to play tiny space ships for hours on end without notice, or thought to who would care for my family. Add to that the fact that now I live in a perpetually half asleep world, where I'm either highly sleep deprived or half asleep listening for their cries every two hours through the night. All in all it doesn't add up to a lot of gaming.
So fast forward a bit to tonight, we're driving home from some shopping and my again AMAZING wife asks 'hey are you gonna go play X-Wing tonight'? We had found a new gaming store locally that was hosting monday night X-Wing play. While I had been interested I had no time or really payed it much heed, but there is my wife looking at me asking why I'm not going. I say I can't that there is too much going on with the kids and that and she tells me its fine, go, go play X-Wing. Well i only can object to logic like that for so long.
With excitement and trepidation I headed down to the new store. It was like a first date. I wasn't sure what I was doing there, if they'd like me or if I could get the job done, but hell 50% of life is showing up on time, so I had that going for me.
In a military manner I was there early, scouting the premesis, learning the lay of the land, where the washrooms were and what the stock of product was like. First guy there, looking like a newb. It wasn't long before one of the regular players showed up and after seeing my stuff asked if I wanted to play, I was being asked out, to a game of X-Wing. I felt like the prom queen.
He said he had a new rebel list to play, I said I had an old school list I was going to play, to which he laughed saying I hope its not old school like a tie swarm, they aren't competative. I smiled and began to pull ties out.
He was running Heavers version of Poe and the top 4 Miranda with TLT and tactician, along with some bandits, very, much inspired by worlds the list looked like that meta and had some power behind it for sure.
I was running Howlrunner, and four shinning new Academies along with the Baron, Soontir fel with AT and Ion Engines.
The game was a turn and burn fight with my morale plummeting on the first engagement as Howl went down for nothing in return. But as I earned back my space legs things got better and we ended it with Poe on one hull facing the wrong way against 3 ties and Fel.
Time away had been good, it let me take care of my life and set the right priorities, but man o man did it feel good to be back, it's like falling in love with the game all over again. I can't wait to play again. I know my swarm was really rusty, so next time maybe I can make it look a little more polished, or perhaps I'll play A-Wings, or a Defender, or....
Still haven't seen the new movie, but I'm really excitied about playing this amazing game again, and hopefully sometime soon. And who knows maybe I'll get to see the movie as well!
When I got back home I kissed the wife, grabbed a baby and happily sat there my nerd battery recharged and wanting to share my good mood with my family. I think it worked.
Thanks for listening to a ramble.