With the release of the new faction Scum and Villainy, the game of X-Wing gained may new and interesting ships to it’s roster of choices. The IG-2000 is already making waves in the tournament scene, and Scum HWKs are annoying players everywhere. There’s one ship though that hasn’t exploded onto the meta as violently, but is sneaking it’s way into people’s lists, and taking control of their enemies – the Star Viper. If you’re not familiar with this amazing ship, this article will help you get better acquainted. Continue reading Shadows of the StarViper→
As I mentioned in my previous article, I was going to share how my first few games of Armada turned out.
Since my friend Yik and I were playing Armada for the first time, our games were fraught with mistakes. We also didn’t play with any obstacles or objectives, but decided to give list building a try. If you’re interested in how the two of us stumbled around the tabletop, then dear reader, please read on. Continue reading Star Wars Armada: First Few Games, Quick Report→
Last night I managed to play two 180 point games of Armada with my friend Yik and it was a lot of fun! The game is officially released today and I’d like to talk to you about it, just in case you’re considering buying in. Hopefully tomorrow or the day after I will post an article about what happened in both games I played, but for today I’d like to give you my first impressions of the game.
In wave 1, ship choices in Xwing was a limited thing at best. With only 4 ships to choose from, many player’s lists found them running the same ships with different pilots. 7 tie swarms or 4 xwing builds flew firmly in the meta and were vastly favoured as the most viable lists. Continue reading Variety, the Spice of Life?→
In X-Wing you have many different ships and pilots to choose from, each with unique abilities. Some of these pilots and ships are overlooked by the tournament goers and the Meta at large, getting little to no representation at the tournament level. I call these overlooked Pilots the “Forgotten Aces.” Last time I looked at Horton Salm and his unique pilot ability. This week I look at a pilot from the impeccable Dark Forces games and personally a character I grew up loving, Kyle Katarn.
Kyle Katarn is known in the books and games to be a believer in the blaster and not much of a pilot. This suitably lands him in the mid-range of the named pilots (PS 6) with a highly supportive ability in a ship that is seen as a support vessel for the Rebels. His ship, the HWK-290, is a interesting ship that can hold it’s own with 1 shield, 4 hull and 2 agility to get it past some tricky shots. So why is Kyle missing from the tournament tables? Continue reading Forgotten Aces: Kyle Katarn→
Player Profile is a series of articles in which R2-EQ looks at players in the X-Wing community. Many people would like to get to know the person behind the player. In X-Wing the players are renowned for being “nice guys” and often can be quite characterful when you scratch the surface.
Today’s interview is with Island Rogue, known as Steven in real life. I met Steven when he was living in Toronto and managed to have a game with him at a tournament once. Not only is he a likable fellow and a treat to play against, but he’s pretty good at X-Wing too! Currently Steven resides in Vancouver. I did this interview just before Scum was released and waited for him to finish re-painting some of his ships as I thought it was important to include all facets of his X-Wing love in this article. Now that his ships are painted, the article is published for your enjoyment.
As a child of the 90’ies, I grew up watching Star Wars on VHS (I watched Star Wars on the 1995 VHS boxset). I cannot count how many times I saw the movies, and one of my favourite moments of the trilogy was the Battle of Yavin, and especially the moment when Han and Chewie appear to help Luke in the climatic moments of the battle. The YT-1300 is one of the truly iconic starships in our pop culture and I decided to give my own YT-1300 a simple repaint, to make it stand out from the rest on the tabletop. Continue reading Repainted YT-1300→
Grégoire Guillemin is an artist I recently came across. He is part of a movement called geek art. In a series of paintings titled “The Secret Life of Heroes” he takes heroic icons from our generation’s childhood and, in keeping with our cynical times, juxtaposes them in unheroic scenes. Continue reading Grégoire Guillemin, The Secret Life of Star Wars→
With scum officially released, something many players are likely debating is which version(s) of IG-88 would best suit their style of play. With their ships, point costs and PS all identical, the only difference between the four is their pilot abilities, making it tough to choose which is best.