As mentioned in the post above, I picked up the the Star Wars: X-Wing game earlier this month with a Tie Phantom, Tie Bomber, Millennium Falcon and Slave I. I figured, like a lot of my games, it would be a while before I actually got to play it. But low and behold, last night a Buddy (former Fighter Pilot) and I got together and went through the Quick-Start and all 3 Scenarios that come with the box set (which has 2 Tie Fighters, and 1 X-Wing Fighter, along with templates, asteroids, satellites, and shuttle - all cardboard flats). We started around 6:30 PM and went until about 12:30 AM.
We've played D&D: Attack Wing in a 3 person game before. It was fun, but as it was our first time playing these type of games, a bit overwhelming, we got the hang of it, but didn't finish the battle.
This time around, we decided to play the quick-start rules first. Leaving out targeting, actions, special abilities, etc. I played Rebel (i.e. X-Wing) the whole evening, while my buddy played Imperial (i.e. Tie Fighters). The quick-start was really good, it got us the feel for how the ships maneuver and the basic stuff of turns - movements, combat, damage, etc. That game lasted about 12 to 15 rounds and was a lot of fun.
We then shifted to the 1st Scenario - Rebel's escorting a senator in a limited maneuver shuttle. We added in all the "stuff" and while we referenced the rules, it didn't distract all that much from game play. Over the course of the evening, we were amazed at the amount of subtlety that is in the rules and the wealth of options with the scenarios, force on force and point builds. I ended up winning the first three games (quick-start, Rebel escort - scenario 1; Damaged Rebel Ship in an asteroid field - Scenario 2), while the last game which was a Raid by imperials on Rebel Holo-net, my buddy one. That last one really showed how fast the Tie-Fighters can be, and how a simple left turn instead of right, will cost you the game.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was something about Star Wars: Attack Wing that really made it great. Don't know when I'll get around to playing it again, but recommend it...and I think this is probably better than D&D: Attack Wing. Try it out if you haven't already!
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