Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hey, June is half over...


So, Diet Mode back in full force and have to admit things get weird at times…  Not eating anywhere as much and drinking a LOT of water.  The Fitbit is nice to track how much I walk, and between running 3/week and then running around a LOT at work I am keeping it to the 15,000 steps/day range.  Exercise mostly in the prison workout and running…  Up to ~2.5 miles/3 times/week.  Have the 5K coming up the 29th, so I suspect I’ll be fine.  It is also odd wandering around Campus.  Difficult when I pass one of the many places that make the food I like, but conversely I have my “diet mode” reinforced when I walk by places that make bad food that I cannot eat anymore.  Like one of the new pizza places on Campus that makes giant slices…  Probably the worst pizza I have had when I DID try it.  To be fair I suppose, it was during the 1-5pm range when a slice and a drink was $5.  Doing the typical NY style thing where they reheat the slices on order, so the slices were likely leftover from the lunch rush.  But it REALLY illustrated that I cannot eat that sort of food anymore.  Eating a lot of “healthy” options and drinking nothing but water for the most part.  Has been several years now since I more or less quit drinking…  Not really something I talk about much, and I do get some odd looks from folks at times.  I found that I was just drinking too much, and that line between what I thought about doing and what I did started to blur and go away.  Not really 100% NOT drinking, I do occasionally have a Guinness, Belhaven Black or Dragon’s Milk…  Just that it is SO rare that I even do drink that I might as well not be drinking.  But like I said, people who knew me in the old days are still quite surprised I do not drink as it seems I might have had a bit much to drink in the old days…  

Have to admit I am REALLY looking forward to X-Wing version 2.  I have a bunch of events to get through before it hits.  Including Gen Con.  I’m REALLY looking at lists that I will have fun flying at this point.  So, my Fett/Fenn list is one I enjoy flying.  Not really likely to win me an event, but I’ll have fun.  Guessing that Kylo/Whisper will be the same way for me.  2 Aces zipping around and maybe even shooting now and then.  The Firestorm list?  That is just there to kill things.  Efficient, win big or die.  But boring really…  So, it depends on how much I decide I really want to just win I guess.  Guessing the last SC I play if I have not gotten Range rulers or the like I might bring it out and go with it…  Dunno, but getting in some games with my fun lists to try and help my locals at least get further in the events...

Legion, Rebels being painted, I have my 800 point list ready, now to get in some games before Gen Con I think…  Bolt Action I am getting my British Paras, and so will be painting them up and getting in some games I guess…

Friday, June 15, 2018

And then there were 3, testing X-Wing builds for SC season...


So, got in some testing…  The Boba Fett/Fenn Rau list with Expertise on Fett…  Did “meh”…  So, plus side, I am now back down to 3 potential lists for SC season.  Ran into the problem of tweaking a “Netlist”.  The “improvements” I made did not improve the list, they instead made it just a bit worse.  Fett DID hit hard, but jousting with Quickdraw took me down to just a few Hull.  So, back to VI for him as the PS advantage is just SO good.  Debating the Harpoon vs Homing Missile for him.  In the Meta I expect to see there will be more things that will be hurt by not getting to use their Evade Token than by the Harpoon condition…  Maybe.  The Harpoon followed by the Proton Torpedo is REALLY good. 

Mandelorians 1 (97)
Boba Fett (Scum) — Firespray-31
39
Veteran Instincts
1
Ion Cannon
3
Dengar
3
Harpoon Missiles
4
Glitterstim
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Engine Upgrade
4
Andrasta
0
Ship Total: 59

Fenn Rau — Protectorate Starfighter
28
Push the Limit
3
Proton Torpedoes
4
Autothrusters
2
Concord Dawn Protector
1
Ship Total: 38


So, back to Phil GC’s Mandalorian list (https://suchanxwinghipster.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/the-67-the-mandalorians-strike-back/).  It is a solid list, but I have the advantage of several years of flying Firesprays that most simply do not have.  And of course I REALLY like the Mandalorian Protectorate fighters…  Fenn Rau is easily the best fit for me there with the “slightly more aggressive” nature of the Pilot Ability and Loadout I run…    

2 other lists in contention for me, but I suspect it will be this one and the Firestorm one (Nym/Ten Numb) that I fly as I have the most experience with them and frankly the Firestorm is a combination of brutality and ease of flying that I CAN use the whole day at a longer event without melting my brain…  The burden of execution is really on the other player.  I can set up to joust, and they can accept the joust or try to run.  Running buys you an extra turn living.  Does not change the results most times.  Yes, matches poorly against some things, but there are a LOT it just erases.  Quickly.  So, maybe in Bloomington, but not likely what I’ll run in Mattoon or even Urbana.  I suspect Champaign is going to be a toss-up for me, will likely make the decision “game day” as it were…  4 so far I am going to it seems, will see where the Peoria ones fall.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

X-Wing prep for SC 2018 season...


So, only a little bit of X-Wing over the long break…  Much work on house, etc…  But DID listen a few times to an excellent cast from the Carolina Krayts (http://carolinakrayts.libsyn.com/podcast/listener-4-how-to-git-gud-and-other-aspects-of-being-good-at-games).  SO much excellent content in this episode.  They did skip all of the normal silliness and it mostly concerns game theory and how to get better at the game.  Most of the podcasts are concentrating on version 2 now, so it is frustrating…  I REALLY want to play v2, but we have until mid-September and all of the Store Championships and Gen Con to get though…  So, have to decide what to play in the interim and just how “competitive” I really want to be…  And there are really only a few normal events during this time frame I think…

Not entirely sure how much of this will end up with me on the table at the local events at least.  Mattoon is too small a venue to really bring out the “big guns” as it were.  Titan IS big enough, but the local Meta is…  Well, weird.  I’ve played some of the better “Meta” lists locally like the Triple Wookies.  Did OK, but it HAS been a long while since I made a local cut.  My “Try Hard” list (Nym/Dengar) made the cut at the larger SC in Bloomington.  Exhausting to play so many games, especially as the day went on and the quality of the opposition continued to improve.  NOT saying that the early rounds were pushovers, I simply had a better list than several of the guys I played against.

But coming up on the SC season again, and having some of them scheduled locally finally I suppose it is time to decide on what to run.  I have it distilled to 3 basic lists I think.

Mandelorians 3 (97)
Boba Fett (Scum) — Firespray-31
39
Expertise
4
Ion Cannon
3
Dengar
3
Homing Missiles
5
Glitterstim
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Engine Upgrade
4
Andrasta
0
Ship Total: 63

Fenn Rau — Protectorate Starfighter
28
Push the Limit
3
Autothrusters
2
Concord Dawn Protector
1
Ship Total: 34


This is probably my “fun” list…  An Ace in Fenn Rau and a really solid “Swiss Army Knife” in Boba Fett.  Fett has a lot of answers to a lot of things out there now.  Solid, but I suspect it will be no better than a gatekeeper list.  I can easily PREVENT some of the big Meta lists from getting past, but… 
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KyloWhisper (91)
"Whisper" — TIE Phantom
32
Veteran Instincts
1
Sensor Jammer
4
Rebel Captive
3
Advanced Cloaking Device
4
Ship Total: 44

Kylo Ren (TIE Silencer) — TIE Silencer
35
Push the Limit
3
Advanced Sensors
3
Advanced Optics
2
Autothrusters
2
First Order Vanguard
2
Ship Total: 47

This is another fun one…  It has some things I do NOT want to see, but it matches well against a lot of things.  Can by the time SC season actually hits swap out the Rebel Captive for Director Krennick to make Whisper just an offensive machine with the Shield removal and FCS (essentially) built in…  Lose the Stress to deal with Expertise, but…  In any case, it is a really fun one for me to fly with it just being Aces.  I HAVE to restrain my normal “slightly more aggressive” nature though while playing…  The losses I look back and analyze I find that it is almost always just me overextending and being overly aggressive…

Firestorm Special (99)
Ten Numb — B-Wing
31
Veteran Instincts
1
Trajectory Simulator
1
"Mangler" Cannon
4
Extra Munitions
2
Sabine Wren
2
Proton Bombs
5
B-Wing/E2
1
Ship Total: 47

Captain Nym (Rebel) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber
30
Veteran Instincts
1
Twin Laser Turret
6
Extra Munitions
2
Harpoon Missiles
4
Thermal Detonators
3
Proton Bombs
5
Trajectory Simulator
1
"Genius"
0
Long-Range Scanners
0
Havoc
0
Ship Total: 52


This is just my “Try Hard” list.  While some consider it a joke it does simply erase things off of the board…  Have played against really good lists and in some cases won it in 4 turns.  This is the same sort of list that my last year’s Dengar/Nym list was.  Not necessarily “loopholes”, but seems like that effect…  Bombs that ignore Shields and just put Criticals into the Hulls, TLTs and unavoidable Critical Hits to trigger the Harpoon Missiles…  Oh, and Sabine to add in more Damage…  Only 2 ships, but SO many interactions and it really illustrates WHY version 2 of the game is absolutely needed.

Eh, need to get in more games I think...  But have pre-orders in for some of the v2 stuff and not entirely sure how much fun the SCs will be and worried that Gen Con (Continentals) will be just no fun at all as it is being played AS v2 gets the early release...  Have new templates coming in as well...  Will see how things play out.  Looking like Bloomington is at the end of July, Titan in mid August...  Gopher in mid July perhaps?  Looking at those three at least, maybe Peoria and Springfield...  Will see. 


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mattoon AAR for the Memorial Day Weekend event...



Mattoon AAR

Well, took the Fett/Fenn build to Mattoon… 

Mandelorians 1 (97)
Boba Fett (Scum) — Firespray-31
39
Veteran Instincts
1
Ion Cannon
3
Dengar
3
Harpoon Missiles
4
Glitterstim
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Engine Upgrade
4
Andrasta
0
Ship Total: 59

Fenn Rau — Protectorate Starfighter
28
Push the Limit
3
Proton Torpedoes
4
Autothrusters
2
Concord Dawn Protector
1
Ship Total: 38

It was surprisingly solid.  Mind, I flew the Firespray a LOT in the last year and a half, so I might be an outlier in this…  Fenn Rau is absolutely solid and Boba Fett is an amazing “Swiss Army Knife” with all of the options on the ship.  The Harpoon is still borderline broken, and the Ion Cannon was surprisingly good.  I found myself using that at Range 3 (Front) more often than not, and KNOWING where the enemy ship would be ending up was amazing.  With EU, I could force myself into Range 1 and usually PS kill a ship…   Of all the things there I found myself REALLY wanting more consistency on Offence and the Proton Torpedoes on the Protectorate Starfighter being “less useful”.  I fired it once and frankly I could have just fired primaries for almost the same effect…  Can’t really remember a lot about the games, but was one Attack from going undefeated.  Tim’s build just outlasted me a bit as his one Hull Inquisitor survived my Range 1 attack with all the Rerolls to counterattack and kill the Firespray to end the game…  Brings me to my next/reaction build:

Mandelorians 3 (97)
Boba Fett (Scum) — Firespray-31
39
Expertise
4
Ion Cannon
3
Dengar
3
Homing Missiles
5
Glitterstim
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Engine Upgrade
4
Andrasta
0
Ship Total: 63

Fenn Rau — Protectorate Starfighter
28
Push the Limit
3
Autothrusters
2
Concord Dawn Protector
1
Ship Total: 34

I’ll probably test this next…  With Fett’s “Rerolls Forever” effect, having a way to get Focus conversion was something I REALLY missed.  Makes him almost as good as the Kath Scarlet build, and in some ways even better…  Well, if you play him aggressively like I tend to I suppose.  The Harpoon being replaced by a Homing Missile is just a basic Meta call.  I am seeing a LOT of things with Evade tokens, and figure if I am not trying for the combo of Harpoon/Proton to just try and erase one ship at PS 9, this will help the mid game a lot more.  Honestly I could just forgo the Missile, but that leaves me with either a huge build or…  Well, I do not need a huge bid and since I’d need to get to 12 Points to get another ship…



Monday, May 14, 2018

More X-Wing V 2.0, other hobby stuff...


Well, V2 of X-Wing being almost completely spoiled by now I have to say I am almost completely on board with it.  It fixes ALMOST everything that I have an issue with the game as it stands now.  The ONLY thing I am slightly concerned about with the cards being spoiled is the Force abilities.  So, the Space Wizards have a lot of extra POTENTIAL power.  Not sure how often if at all it will affect the game overall.  But the Luke Skywalker crew card allows one to move a turret arc to another facing by spending a Force point.  So, back to the “pretty much” 360⁰ Arc for ships like the YT-1300 or YT-2400 that he is likely to be placed on.  Maybe.  Will see, I am betting that it will be expensive and not really something that hits all that frequently.  The other one being Vader…  Spoiled fully is the “Intel Agent” Force card as well as his Pilot ability of “Spend a Force Point to take another Action”.  So, with 3 Force Points, he COULD take 4 Actions in a single Turn…  With the limits on the Actions, not really THAT many Actions that he could realistically take and of course he is mortgaging his future Turns by doing this.  Getting only 1 back/turn it would be a while before he could do it again.  I think it would be a “neat” thing, but honestly hoping it is NOT as bad as it could be.

So many good things that we have seen so far…  The PS wars will be over.  The giant skill gap is gone and there is a lot of overlap.  Oh, and NO VI!!!!  That was just silly.  The only down side I see so far is that I have the entire SC season and I signed up for the Continental Championships at Gen Con in August.  So I will be playing in the LAST V1 event it seems.  So, I have two builds that I will be running for the next few months:

Firestorm Special (99)
Ten Numb — B-Wing
31
Veteran Instincts
1
Trajectory Simulator
1
"Mangler" Cannon
4
Extra Munitions
2
Sabine Wren
2
Proton Bombs
5
B-Wing/E2
1
Ship Total: 47

Captain Nym (Rebel) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber
30
Veteran Instincts
1
Twin Laser Turret
6
Extra Munitions
2
Harpoon Missiles
4
Thermal Detonators
3
Proton Bombs
5
Trajectory Simulator
1
"Genius"
0
Long-Range Scanners
0
Havoc
0
Ship Total: 52


Or the other:

Mandelorians 1 (97)
Boba Fett (Scum) — Firespray-31
39
Veteran Instincts
1
Ion Cannon
3
Dengar
3
Harpoon Missiles
4
Glitterstim
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Engine Upgrade
4
Andrasta
0
Ship Total: 59

Fenn Rau — Protectorate Starfighter
28
Push the Limit
3
Proton Torpedoes
4
Autothrusters
2
Concord Dawn Protector
1
Ship Total: 38


The first is often dismissed as a “Meme List”…  I don’t see it I guess.  Played on Vassal, wiped the Miranda/Nym off the field in less than 4 turns.  NOT a friendly list, so NOT going to bring it to Mattoon next week…  The SC out there…  Well, maybe.  But turns out that if I can just force a Joust, I can wipe almost any ship off the table.  Yes, RAC is only “almost dead”, same with the Falcon, but they are usually hurt quite badly by the end of the initial contact turn.  Miranda…  Well, good chance she just dies.  You know, assuming they are silly enough to play MY game…  And thinking that it is just a “Meme List”.  Tyler with RAC/Vader in this edition is one of the few I think who would be able to beat this list.  No one local at least plays RACLo to that level.

The second one is just a lot more interesting to me.  “Fun” I suppose.  An Ace and a Swiss Army Knife.  So, more my play style.

Otherwise, assembling more 15mm Tanks…  Have my German Pumas done, American M-4 Shermans and M-3 Stuarts assembled and ready to paint.  Star Wars Legion stuff is coming along, have the base coats on most of my Rebel things…