So I'd printed off a mat for Ben and I took on the role as plucky young rebel Luke Skywalker, y'know the dude that promised Yoda he'd stick to his Jedi training and promptly ran off after a few days of jungle free running to 'save his friends'. Ben meanwhile fired up the Tie Fighters and we stumbled through our first game.
As you can see we didn't quite grasp the 'trying to predict where your opponent might go' as I ended up way over on the left and Ben clearly was playing 40k and going for Linebreaker! the end result was the death of Skywalker and we swapped sides.
The second game was much quicker, in part due to a complete tactical error on my part in that I overestimated the distanf for a 4K turn and insetad of appearing behind the Rebel scum promptly turned tail right in front of him and paid the price. The second Tie Fighter followed in quick succession. Overall Ben was really impressed and despite his opinion that it's a 'cheap' pick up game he's already ordered some more 'planes'.
On to the main even, Wednesday Night Blood Bowl
We had the newly complete Elves Vs Skaven, similar stats but with teh Skaven having an extra m move [in 2nd Edition rules]. Ben went Elves and I had the ratmen again.
Ben started with the ball but threw to his catcher quite aerly allowing me to block them and eventually recover the ball.
Delaying tactics ensued as I pushed a couple of models forward to capitalise on my having secured the ball.
With quite a few elves occupying the Stunned and KO'd area of the dug out I was eventually able to score a touchdown.
After the reset Ben started with the ball again I was able to recover it.
I would eventually lose the ball for Ben to snatch a draw and we called it quits for the evening.
I think I'm correct in thinking Ben had a lot more fun playing X-Wing, when your dug out looks like this there can be quite a pessimistic opinion formed. When I played PeteB with the same team the result was pretty similar but we had to laugh at the absurdity of it. I’m not so sure Ben saw the funny side this time.
Still it's something different and Ben may put together a team so we'll see how it plays out sports fans.
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Blood bowl looks so much fun! And xwing is one of my favorite casual tabletop mini games. It's fun guessing where people are going to go. I think it loses a bit of it's fun once everyone starts going nuts with expansions though...it gets a little crazy with the combos. But as a casual game, it's hard to beat.
2nd Edition was a bit mad, you have to be a little more tactical with the current one, which I've played on Nintendo DS. In the current edition I understand every time something goes wrong, you fall down when you block, fail to make a pass, get tackled etc. your turn ends and your opponent gets to play. So you have to judge when to make a block in case you fail and don't get the opportunity to make that critical throw. it requires a lot of thought. 2nd Edition doesn't have that element you get to move, block, tackle every model until they've all moved. So turns can be longer because you’re moving all your players, but with no price for failure it actually requires less thought so decisions can be quicker. It also means you end up with more people falling down so often you’re moving less players because they’re picking themselves up off the ground!Delete
The other advantage for 2nd edition is you can have mixed race teams and you only need D6s and a D8, whereas the current edition has special ‘block’ dice that I feel are disproportionally expensive. Oh and the pitch is bigger but there are tutorials to make them online and the rules are free, which I suppose makes up for the dice!
There's an Android game called Steambirds, a steam punk WW1 dogfight game that has a similar game mechanic as X-Wing. It's actually the only app I've ever paid for so I could play more than the three levels that the Demo provides: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SteamBirdsDemo&hl=en
Ha ha! I made the same mistake in my first game of X-wing; pulled a neat turn right in front of some TIE fighters and spent the rest of the game trying to shake them. It is a very hard game to play with one ship, you really benefit from overlapping fields of fire. When the crazy combos start breaking the game it is time to go campaign mode ;-)ReplyDelete