Prototype Toronto League Open

ATTENTION ALL X-WING FANS!

The Prototype Toronto League is throwing an X-wing party!

Join us for our first ever PTL Open, held on April 22-23 at the Legion (Branch 22) in Toronto near Woodbine and Danforth. Sponsored by Face to Face Games Toronto.

Special thanks to VTTV.Live who will be webcasting the event live all weekend.

This weekend long X-Wing convention features a unique 6 round main event, and fun friendly side events, a math trade, and plenty of cool prizes for everyone!

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Regional Recap: Galaxy Note 7 Recalled

Buckle up, as you will see I am a long-winded old geezer and I’ve got a lot to say.

I’ll admit, even though by all accounts I’m a seasoned player, I’ve been around the competitive X-wing scene for the most part without spectacular results. Sure I can usually hold my own, but I tend toward risky play, which usually edges me out of the upper echelons.

Don Winning a Kessel Run on my prototype LED table
Don Winning a Kessel Run event on the prototype LED table circa 2013

I’m not the most intelligent person, but gaming in general tends to draw out smart people who enjoy using their big brains. I have to work at playing well to compete.

Last month in Toronto, we had our 2016/17 Regional for the truncated season. 99 players showed, and I placed much higher than I was expecting. Spoiler alert, I didn’t win the Regional, but I did have an opportunity to and that’s not too shabby in my book. Continue reading Regional Recap: Galaxy Note 7 Recalled

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Cool Acrylic Tokens for Heroes of the Aturi Cluster

Since launching the Heroes of the Aturi Cluster co-op campaign back in fall 2015, I’ve seen a lot of custom components for it pop up around the internet.

Heroes Fan Ben Adams recently offered to send me some really nice ones he’s been making, over on his Etsy shop Highbridge Design and of course I said yes.

I’ve got to say, I’m blown away by how nice these are. Here’s some pics of what he sent me:

Acrylic tokens for Heroes of the Aturi ClusterFirst off, seeing the message on that custom laser-etched template tray made me laugh, and I really appreciate it. It’s stury, magnetized, and happens to be the same dimensions as my other X-wing cases. Continue reading Cool Acrylic Tokens for Heroes of the Aturi Cluster

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Painting Blue One (c. Battle of Scarif/Yavin – with some of Red Squadron)

Ok, so… these repaints of the FFG X-Wing minis started as a “hey wouldn’t it be fun if…” sort of thing. I picked up a starter set and set to work on repainting the T-65 X-Wing that came with the set. After that – and leading up to the release of Rogue One – I went down the rabbit hole of hunting for LFL archive images, RPF articles, and the like for any and every reference of the hero models I could find of the original Red Squadron X-Wings from A New Hope. 

From there, I discovered that not every fighter in Red Squadron had been created – as a matter of fact, for most of the shots in A New Hope, many of the X-Wings are duplicate shots of Reds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (poor Porkins…).  With the notable exception of Red 12 – which gave some insight on how to handle the wing markings past Red 6. Continue reading Painting Blue One (c. Battle of Scarif/Yavin – with some of Red Squadron)

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Star Wars Rebellion: Painting the Rebels

There might be less Rebel miniatures than Imperial ones in your box of Star Wars: Rebellion, but if you want to do a good job painting them, you’ll probably invest more hours on the good guys. The reason being is the Rebels aren’t as uniform as the Imperials (Imps are mostly boring grey). The Rebels have more variation in their colour scheme, and if you want to be thematic, then the Rebels have to look a little beat up too. Damage, grime, wear and tear are the hallmarks for Rebel stuff.

The original trilogy had George Lucas’ innovative vision of “used technology.” Let’s not forget that no one had ever done that before in a sci-fi setting. The Rebels are kings of “used tech” and why I think they look the coolest but also take longer to paint. Continue reading Star Wars Rebellion: Painting the Rebels

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Don’t call me Xesus – Interview with Paul Heaver

As promised, the 4th installment in my Worlds experience report. My interview with Three Time World Champion and “X-wing Jesus”, Paul Heaver.

Paul is very approachable and always willing to chat, so I took the opportunity to ask him some questions on behalf of dockingbay416.com

He gives us some interesting insight into how he prepared for his three consecutive Worlds X-wing titles.

He also tells us a little bit about his game last year at the Imperial Assault Worlds final and his thoughts on the new Jabba’s Realm and Wave 8 expansions. (04:00 min)

Finally, I ask him some personal questions regarding his rock-star status in the nerd realm. (08:09 min)

Listen to the sound clip here: 

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A Prototype Toronto League Final Batrep with Photolog

 

The Prototype Toronto League’s 6th season had been a blast. I’d played 7 awesome games vs shrewd and capable opponents in the regular season and there I was sitting in the top 8 (To find out about the PTL click here and here.)

While many of the top 8 were fierce and awesome opponents, the one I feared most of all was my pal Kelvin. Kelvin’s skills with fast ships and mini-swarms and/or aces are locally hailed. He can make it a nightmare to kill his high-evade ships and plink you to death. Over the last four seasons we’d played each season. In the first two, I crushed him, and in the last two, he served me up curbstompings with my best lists against his.

The 8 played through the top spots over a few weeks. I managed to win mine and, lo and behold, who should it be left standing but Kelvin. I told myself that I didn’t have to win, just acquit myself well. Continue reading A Prototype Toronto League Final Batrep with Photolog

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