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Miniature Painter
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40 of 42 gamers found this helpful
“Starfighter Bumper Cars as Surprise Braking Method”

Overlapping plastic bases when moving is generally something you should avoid. The loss of your action phase is the penalty incurred when you “collide” with another ship.

There are situations, however, where you may desire to intentionally choose a maneuver that would place you in the same area as another ship. If you move one of your ships onto another (opponent’s or yours) you will be forced to back the ship along the template until it clears. This could result in a move that is much shorter or not as angled as you could normally move, or possibly allow you to remain in place. You have created a new final position which can give you better attack options through firing arcs or ranges or maybe just set up a better tactical launching point for next turn. It also thwarts opponents who can predict your most likely positions based on expected maneuverability.

It will cost you your Action Step, but sometimes the surprise value you gain will be worth it!

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US Air Force Service
The Bronze Heart
26 of 27 gamers found this helpful
“Handicaps can keep things fun”

Playing with someone more or less experienced that yourself? Giving a player an extra 5-10 points when constructing their fleet can help even the playing field and keep the game enjoyable, at least until they catch up to speed.

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Canada
Movie Lover
Comic Book Fan
25 of 26 gamers found this helpful
“Strength in numbers”

While I find it more fun and thematic to use named pilots, the odds clearly favor having more generic ships than fewer “quality” ships. When facing swarms though, better flying (staying in formation) and concentrating on one enemy ship at a time can help.

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
36 of 38 gamers found this helpful
“Use the 2-Template for Barrel Rolls”

The only time that you can pre-measure movement is when making a Barrel Roll. However, it can be cumbersome to keep moving around the ship at the end of the 1-Template to see if you have clearance and risk shifting the actual position of the ship.

An easier way to measure the final resting spot is to use the 2-Template to measure movement. A 2-Template is literally two 1-Templates in length. And a 1-Template is the exact length and width of the ships bases. So the 2-Template takes into account the 1-Template Barrel Roll plus the width of the base. If your 2-Template can’t clear, you won’t be able to Barrel Roll. If it does clear, then you can perform the Barrel Roll. All this can be determined before moving your ship (just keep in mind some shifting forward or backward can still occur with the actual action).

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Gamer - Level 5
Smash Up: Pirate Faction Fan
I play purple
32 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“Keep your Imperial and Rebel Pieces close ”

Keep formation. I have only played the game once thus far and was more or less practicing movement, which can be confusing at first because I’ve never played a miniatures game such as this before. But I was playing as the Imperial forces and had Vader in the advanced Tie. Each time I went to move for at least three turns in a row I was running into my other ships, thus not getting any actions for Vadar which was damaging considering he gets two. Keep a tight yet consistent formation and your forces will be able to fly around and use each other abilities easier.

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I play blue
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USA
Advanced Reviewer
31 of 33 gamers found this helpful
“When things get into a furball, use the 1-Template”

As you add more ships to the battle, things can get very crowded as you try to layout movement templates. If a ship’s base is ever in your way, a simple means to mark its location and move it is to use the 1-straight template. The 1-straight is the same length as the bases.

Place the 1-straight to either the left or the right of the base of the “blocking” ship making sure to line up the ends of the template to the front and back edges of the base. Then move the Ship out of the way to lay down the selected movement template for the active ship.

Once the active ship clears, remove the movement template and place the inactive ship back to its original location.

When the larger ship expansions are released, the 2-straight template should work for those ships.

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Stone of the Sun
Detective
Novice Reviewer
Tinkerer
12 of 12 gamers found this helpful
“Squad Building”

I’ve been playing a lot of X-Wing with my groups, we are all waiting for the Imperial Raider so we decided to go a couple of campaign leading up to its release. In this time I’ve had a massive epiphany of the game. People have criticized X-Wing’s design for being a luck fest, offering tactics but no strategy, and in this I can not agree, but X-Wing’s strategy lies not in game play, but in the most important “phase”; Squad Building.

I equate Squad Building in this game to Deck Building in Magic. The strategy lies in examining the game design and then working with it creating combos. Playing the game should be taken as feedback on your building. I have a few tips for those who are intrigued in my hypothesis.

Think about the overall hits your squad can take.
Chain actions and special abilities.
Never underestimate upgrade cards.

Now, unlike Magic, you will never make a game breaking combo, because of the massive element of dice rolling, but use this design to your advantage and build squads that allow you to mitigate those results. Think about extra target-locks, extra focus tokens, or even automatic hits.

Finally, if you’re building a Rebel Squad, use less ships with more upgrades. If you’re building Empire, don’t underestimate the Swarm strategy.

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I play blue
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USA
Advanced Reviewer
36 of 39 gamers found this helpful
“On a Roll”

Focus or Evade! The game is all about kill or be killed. Anxious TIE Pilots often forget about their most versatile action: the Barrel Roll.

This action slides you to the left or right but also has the ability to nudge you slightly forward or slightly back. This can dramatically change the final position of the ship after movement and often puts you in a place unexpected by your opponent.

Use this shifting action to get into, or out of, range. It is especially useful if you get in close to your target and keep them your firing arc while you sit just outside theirs. The arc is smallest at the source! And being nice and close gives you that extra attack die, something sorely needed with weapons of 2!

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
43 of 47 gamers found this helpful
“Target Lock Token Selection”

When you set up your next game, try to select target lock tokens that have letters that can help refer to the pilots that they will be placed by(ie. “V” for Vader, “L” for Luke, etc…) Some flexibility may be needed, such as using first or last names, depending on what other ships are in the mix. This speeds up play by making it easier to know which ship has a lock on you and not having to glance around the battle to verify.

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Gamer - Level 3
Rated 25 Games
29 of 32 gamers found this helpful
“Square is good”

Having square bases means you can tip a ship out of the way to finish up movement and then just tip it back into place. We found this worked very well.

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
39 of 44 gamers found this helpful
“Constructing a Fleet - Least and Most Build points per ship”

This questions was asked and thought it would be a good tip. Here is the current “max/min” builds on ship types and possible armament. Use this to help you figure out how to determine fleet points and if you are giving each player too much or too little points to work with. We find that 35-50 points works best in multi-player games. 100 pt. games are best with 2 players, 120-150 pts. with more. 200 pts., with 10+ players.

X-Wing
Least: 21 pts. – Rookie Pilot
Most: 40 pts. – Wedge Antilles w/ R2-D2, Marksmanship and Proton Torpedoes

Y-Wing
Least: 18 pts. – Gold Squadron
Most: 42 pts. – Horton Salim w/ R2-D2, Proton Torpedoes x2, and Ion Cannon

TIE
Least: 12 pts. – Academy Pilot
Most: 21 pts. – Howl Runner w/ Marksmanship

TIE Advanced
Least: 21 pts. – Tempest Squadron
Most: 36 pts. – Darth Vader w/ Marksmanship and Concussion/Cluster Missiles

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
26 of 29 gamers found this helpful
“Variant: Reinforcement Rule - Roll for Random Placement”

Reinforcements are Scenario specific in this game. Typically when one ship goes down, it is replaced by either the TIE Academy Pilot or the X-Wing Rookie Pilot, depending on the side. This reinforcement usually comes in on the opponent’s edge of the playing field and can pick any placement. It is often more advantageous to lose the ship and let the replacement get placed exactly where you need it and often right behind the other side. Thematically, this lowest of pilots would not be so lucky to know exactly where to fly in and have such an impact. As a variant house rule, we are proposing this random method of placement:

During the End phase, the player may call for one reinforcement for each ship that was destroyed during that round. For each reinforcement, roll 1 attack die.
On a Blank result (25%), no placement this turn. Roll again next turn for Reinforcements.
On a Focus result (25%), your opponent chooses one of the two corners along the specified edge where that Reinforcement enters play. You place it in any orientation within Range 1 of both edges.
On a Hit result (37.5%), you choose one of the two corners along the specified edge where that Reinforcement enters play. You place it in any orientation within Range 1 of both edges.
On a Critical Hit result (12.5%), you may place it in any orientation within Range 1 of the specified edge (following the rule as written for the scenario).

With this, there is still a 75% chance the Reinforcement enters play. There is a 50% chance that the controlling player has the option of where to place it.

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United Kingdom
Hungary
Petroglyph
31 of 35 gamers found this helpful
“'Never tell me the odds.'”

‘Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.’

Or is it? The basic rules for the game include rules for asteroids, but once they are placed on the table, they don’t move, making it very easy to avoid them. You can make the game a bit more difficult and definitely more exciting by making them move around before the ships’ movement turn.

All you need to do is mark the side of the cardboard token on one side with a pen to indicate the ‘front’ of the asteroid, then take this extra step at the end of every turn:

-Before statuses and effects are removed, turn all the movement dials upside down.
-Take them one by one at random alternating with your opponent, turn them without looking at them and assign one to each of the asteroids.
-Once they are all assigned, flip all the dials and resolve the most obviously indicated maneuver – Take sharp turns as normal turns and take U-turns as straight movements.
-If an asteroid moves off the table, just bring it back on the opposite edge, facing the same way it did, finishing the movement.
-If an asteroid moves over another asteroid, nothing happens.
-If an asteroid would end movement on another asteroid, end the movement before they overlap.
-If an asteroid hits a ship, resolve the damage the same way as if the ship ran into it.
-Any ship with focus token left on it can spend the token to re-roll the damage.
-Any ship with evade token left on it can spend the token to cancel one damage.

Once all the asteroids moved, start a new turn as normal.

If you would like to represent a more constantly ‘flowing’ asteroid belt, face all the asteroids in the same direction at the beginning of the game, and only consider the amount of movement on the dials, resolving everything as a straight movement (so ignoring banks and turns).

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United Kingdom
Hungary
Petroglyph
25 of 28 gamers found this helpful
“Online List Builder!”

Just came across this online. Not my work, it was created by Jason Fuller, but I wanted to post it as it is a great tool for building your lists. I for one love the excel-like table design with quick tick boxes, and the fact that you can print out everything in the end so it’s easier to keep in mind what equipment belongs to what ship. Useful when you go above 100 points, especially with all the new upgrades.
Link for the Galactic Empire: http://home.comcast.net/~jason.fuller/empire.html?scroll=false
Link for the Rebel Alliance: http://home.comcast.net/~jason.fuller/rebels.html?scroll=false

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
30 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“Who is this? What's your operating number? - ID Numbers”

The game comes with sets of three numbers to help identify similar ships (such as if you are running two or more Academy Pilots in TIEs). However, a better use of these is to pull out as many as you have ships in a battle. Give the highest number to the Pilot with the highest skill value and work your way down. For example, if Darth Vader is one of 10 ships, give him the #10 and if Wedge is in play, he would be #9 and so on. The side with initiative (usually the Empire) gets the higher number when skill values are tied.

What this allows is for you to quickly run through the turn order, #1-10 with activation and then #10-1 with combat. Otherwise, you are calling out Pilot Skill Rating and trying to figure out who is going in order. This will help shave the time off the total game and allow you more time to focus on actually playing.

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
35 of 40 gamers found this helpful
“Space: The Final Frontier”

The game does not come with a board but recommends a 3’0″ x 3’0″ playing area. When you build fleets above 100 points per side, you should consider expanding this area. Go to a fabric store and pick up a piece of black felt for a few bucks and get it 1 yard long by 2 yards wide. Fold in half for “normal” games and open it up for “epic” games. It will also help keep pieces from sliding around so much and looks a bit more thematic.

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Canada
Movie Lover
Comic Book Fan
18 of 20 gamers found this helpful
“Initiative”

The basic tie breaker for initiative in the rule book is that the Empire wins initiative. According to the tournament rules however, initiative ties are broken by each side rolling a red attack die, looking for hit results (with critical hits trumping regular hits). We’ve implemented that rule for our weekly X-Wing night at my FLGS, with the following change: Each side rolls 3 dice. It’s usually quicker than with just 1 die.

Also, keep in mind that when there’s a tie for initiative, the winner of the tie breaker can still decide to give initiative to his opponent.

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
38 of 44 gamers found this helpful
“Thematic Backdrop Play Area”

The amazing miniatures in this game pull you right into the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, playing on a kitchen table can soften much of that experience.

The rules suggest marking off a play area of 3 x 3 feet.

Our group uses a 3 foot square custom vinyl playmat to solve both of these issues. We found an online retailer, who for under $30, made a vinyl banner portraying an image of a nebula that we submitted. Setting up the game is as easy as unrolling the banner, and the ships look great on the starscape!

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
33 of 39 gamers found this helpful
“Randomized Squad Sizes”

When using the squad building rules this variant can add some variety to your sessions. Instead of choosing a point total for your build, use dice to decide a random number. The random number will create new opportunities for different squads (we all know that sometimes that extra point could change everything). This also makes the squads more spontaneous, taking advantage away from someone who has more free time on their hands to pre-build (not to mention eliminates the internet effect of just bringing a tourny crushing 100-point build that was swiped off the web!).

The current method my group uses is 5d20+30 (roll a 20 sided die 5 times and add 30). This generates a number between 35 and 130 with a bell curve trending towards an average of 82.5 points. Feel free to expriment with other formulas for different builds.

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Gamer - Level 6
Novice Recruiter
25 of 30 gamers found this helpful
“Stop moving !”

I found that the miniatures are a tad on the light side , just touching them is enough to make them move .
So i would suggest buying a lead sheet and cutting squares from them to glue to the bottom of the base , makes it a bit heavier and not that easy to move by just touching them.

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