To put it politely..... I had a good time.
In reality... I got stomped for my first two games. Hard.
But I had a heck of a great time!
The facility (Game Kastle in Mountain View) was nice and clean, tables were set up an hour ahead of time, plenty of room, the head judge was really well prepared.
My first game, I was up against a player who has been to Nationals, so I was really happy with a 9-2 loss. He was great! He helped me understand how certain cards worked together, and how I could really improve my list. He showed me different aspects of ship usage that I never thought of.
The second game was frightening. I told the other player that I have less than 6 games under my belt, and he rolled his eyes and thought I was BS-ing him. Until the end of the second turn. He put his dice down, looked at me, and said "You really are new to the game, aren't you?" After that, he was really helpful on strategy and tactics, card play, and planning out turns. He set me straight on a few rules that I was totally off base on. He wanted to know if I would like for him to play a bit easier on me ( how cool was that?). I said no, as a loss can be a great learning tool, so he kept playing as he would. But his dice was hot. I mean really hot. He was apologizing on some of his great dice rolling. He tabled me, and I only took out one of his TIE figter squadron. But I have to say, he was the best to learn from as he took the time and patience to help me learn new stratagems, and clarification on rules I have been messing up all this time. He was awesome. I think his name was Aaron, but I never caught his last name. *Thanks Aaron*, who ever you are.
On my third game, I used some of the new things I learned from the first two games, and that game was a nail biter. I only lost by 8 points.
For my fourth game, since I was THE bottom of the list, and people started leaving after game #3, I had no one to play against. Nobody's fault but mine ( I should have played better). But the great thing was the organizer gave me a few promotional cards as a 'booby prize'. How cool was that.
So, overall, a great time, I learned a lot, and played against some really great guys.
I'm already editing my lists for the next one.