OMG OMG OMG Imperial Assault!

This game is so much fun! I can’t believe how cool it is. If I had a time machine, the first thing I wouldn’t do is go back and see the dinosaurs, or assassinate a deranged world leader to prevent a world war. I’d take a copy of Imperial Assault back in time and give it to myself as a 16 years old boy, “Here kid, this is going to change your life… oh and here are some stock options.” Continue reading OMG OMG OMG Imperial Assault!

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Player Profile: R5Don4 (Don)

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, and in X-Wing not only are the players renowned for being “nice guys” but they are often quite characterful when you scratch the surface.

Today I interview R5Don4, known as Don in real life. I met Don when I attended my first X-Wing Tourney way back in the Kessel Run days. He was the guy who advertised the event on the FFG forum. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have attended. After meeting Don, I started to use the Star Wars Gaming Ontario Facebook group to find out about local events. He’s a tireless promoter of the game, a very nice guy and an excellent player. I thought it appropriate to start this article series with Don who’s been there since day 1 of wave 1 and growing the game in Southern Ontario like no one else around.

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Unorthodox Soontir

 

Ever since he was added into the game in wave 2, Soontir Fel has been one of the most popular pilots, possibly the most popular pilot in the Empire, and its not very difficult to see why that is.

That red stripe could be using the blood of his victims. He has enough of them
That red stripe could be from the blood of his victims. He has enough of them

He’s the faction’s only PS 9 that isn’t in a TIE Advanced, flies a ship that takes full advantage of his high PS, and can be built within a variable range of point totals, especially since Imperial Aces really expanded the options he had with the Royal Guard TIE upgrade.

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Custom X-Wings by Walter Vail

One part of X-Wing that I enjoy is seeing custom painted ships. I always have my eye out for conversions, repaints and custom mods. I came across Walter Vail’s work one day when looking for swag on eBay. I was impressed with his Y-Wings and X-Wings. What I really liked about his X-Wings were the crisp clean lines and fine detail. I was so inspired by his work I decided to contact him which led to this interview.
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Forgotten Aces: Horton Salm

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 week I looked at Rexlar Brath in his TIE Defender. This week I look at a pilot from the movies, and the first rebel pilot I have chosen for Forgotten Aces: Horton Salm.

Horton Salm X-Wing Card
Horton Salm X-Wing Card

 

Horton is the highest most skilled pilot (PS 8) to fly in the Y-Wing, a ship widely used as support and back up for the rebels. The Y-Wing is sturdy with it’s 3 shields and 5 hull, taking a lot of hits despite it’s 1 agility dice. Horton has an ability that would be considered amazing on almost any ship. So why is he completely missing from the tournament tables?

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The Big Bruiser & Little Weasel

I have to admit that the release of Wave 5 for X-Wing was not one that had me overly excited. Of course, trying out new ships is always a fun experience but I didn’t have any particular nostalgia for the Outrider or Decimator like I did for the TIE Interceptor or TIE Defender. It doesn’t help that the upcoming Scum and Villainy are among the most highly-anticipated ships and their being announced before Wave 5 was even released stole their thunder.

Once I got them in my hands, however, the possibilities that existed for the Decimator really intrigued me. Having a large-base ship for my beloved Imperials with a 360-degree primary firing arc was definitely attractive but the maneuver dial was particularly compelling:


The VT-49 Decimator’s red-free maneuver dial

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