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  1. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    As long as you're having fun, you're doing it right. I had fun getting a runner up a my first regional with parattani and was still having fun 14 hours later. That first game was my 5th time running it, and I spent the whole day trying new setups and openings against a meta gauntlet (which is not our normal meta). Solving the puzzle of how to make it even better was fun. When I set it down at Naboo for my first game, my brain just went "oh, I've solved this puzzle, bored now" and the games went accordingly. I should have gone with my hangar bay Vader, whisper, and a Kylo bomber instead. I'd never flown any of those ships, it'd have been more fun, to me.
  2. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I prefer the "uh oh, how do I pull this off now?" puzzles myself.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I'll just add to the bandwagon that good players seeing many turns ahead is not how it seems to work. I used to try to do it, but I quickly figured that looking at my opponent's ships too hard was actually not helpful. Just getting a general idea of where they could be and a ballpark of the most likely places seemed to be sufficient. It can basically be summed up with "most people are ridiculously predictable." You don't need to think hard about it and try to predict the future, they will more or less be where you'd expect them to be. It's also why people kept getting crushed by my 7 year old. He appeared to be unpredictable to many because he didn't look at the board the same way they did, he played his ships, only loosely caring about all the options opened to the other ships. And he did so very, very quickly, adding psychological pressure and forcing people to play his "ballpark" game. When I play him, I do have to think ahead to figure out what "story" he's planning for, because he plays his game a few turns ahead and adjusts according to changing situation without a care about having to change his entire strategy. People get attached to their way of playing. That's why they become predictable (and boring). I've often picked wrong moves on purpose to be forced to figure out how to get out of that position. But then again, I play for the fun of puzzle solving, so my goals may not align with most In other news, 401Games said they'd ship the bonus alt art damage decks soon, which may trigger my son to want to play some more if he has the chad deck (if we buy an Imperial box... scum is not what he likes to play).
  4. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I tried Fenn and Teroch (with predator) and Palob (with the title, 0-0-0, and seismic, because points) in my first 2.0 game against my son. His Boba nearly wrecked me since Concordia does not trigger in the back arc and I forgot... It's not an optimal list at all, but I loved having 2 useful HWKs on the table (my son also had Torkil and Talonbane, because we don't have enough Fangs). I would play it again, tweaking some and sticking to the front arc of ships...
  5. The new templates with a line down the middle for the new bumping and barrel roll rules is one thing. I don't remember whether there were tokens in the core set that weren't in the conversion kit, so that might be a second one. Though if you went acrylic, those are likely not an issue. Some pilots are core set only, I believe.
  6. If you have enough rebel ships and are fine with playing rebel on rebel, yes. We went with a core set and a scum box to begin with and had no issue (short of my son preferring the Empire). Though, our collection is 100+ ships, so that conversion box isn't enough for all our scum ships to begin with.
  7. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Unless things have changed since the printing of the rulebook, the system phase goes in order of pilot initiative (I'm not making the effort of checking). Granted Whisper and Redline are both i5, so it applies, but except for fringe cases where your ship and the expected bombing ship have the same initiative, bidding won't help you for this.
  8. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I think Bruno should have @catachanninja face someone in French! Now, that'd be a real test!
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Fun fact, it's actually not that great a thing early on. He tried the chess club when he was in second grade (the youngest they're allowed at their school) and dropped out within weeks because the game was not complex enough and the opponents were not good enough... keeping those 3 boys challenged is a full time job!
  10. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    He's 8 (going on 9) now. He started playing when he was 5 (going on 6) and went to his first tournament when he was 6.5. If we did paper slips in the great white north, he would have gotten his Krayt bounty at 7 (going on 8), He's really good, solidly top half, which given his age is awesome. He was 39th out of 67 at last year's PTL Open, at 7, in large part because he was matched up with me in the 5th round and I know how he plays, so it was mostly an insta loss. 3-3 was nonetheless a good record for his first big tournament. How seriously people are taking the game now locally (while mostly not being that great...) killed it for him. It didn't feel like a game anymore. His 6 year old brother started playing at the same time (when he was 3), was better, but does not enjoy that it's just plain skirmishes at all, or that it's war, so he almost never plays. The 4 year old has just played one epic game, and it was mostly due to wanting to physically move the Gozanti around, he's not quite there yet! Basically, if the oldest is not interested in playing, X-wing mostly looks pretty in our house.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    First 2.0 match with my son has happened! Fenn, Teroch, and Palob vs Boba, Torkil, and Talonbane. He gave up when he rocked Torkil and I had a 1 hull Fenn, 1 hull Teroch and shieldless Palob left. With what I've seen of those HWKs, he may not have won it, but he could have clawed back points. He enjoyed the match (short of not being happy he lost again and not getting how close that was), but Scum is not his faction at all, so it's still wait and see if I can hook him back in.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    YASB, cause it works. The web app looks like the mess my bank made thinking "more interstitial screens" were a feature. I haven't looked at the actual app yet.
  13. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    The PTL Open was a blast last year, I recommend trying to go! The 400km ride was not in the cards this year, between work and school for the kid, it's just not working out. In other news, 401Games had an insert in our X-wing preorder noting the decks were not in, but they shipped anyways and will ship the decks later, so yay! My son also jumped on the new builder (raithos.github.io is the new builder, right? ) to make new imperial lists and said we needed an imperial conversion kit, so we're almost there with getting him to play again!
  14. drjkel

    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I'll wait to see if the doom and gloom pan out first, but thanks for the offer cc @LagJanson @Kieransi Tabling Mark from the Junkies was basically when my son started giving up on the game (HI MARK! @Deathrevived91). The 2.0 announcement finished the job since he felt there was nothing wrong with the game. I was hoping to lure him back in, though maybe not to tournaments anymore. Though I could argue not getting a Krayt bounty due to lack of a paper slip was the thing that did him in (not really, but the idea of one got him excited again for a few months, 2.0 finished that off). I miss seeing him love the game. And the PTL Open is impossible for us this year, so I can't even convince him that just the people at big events not believing he's real are worth it.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    It's more sadness than anger at this point. I was hoping that my young "Tabler of Youtubers and Scarer of Podcasters (with no Krayt rewards)" may get interested in the game again. Not having 2 damage decks would really hinder that.
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