Monday, August 19, 2013

Passing on X-Wing

After teasing us several months ago, Tabletop finally showed their X-wing game session.  I had been hoping that it would be enough to push me over the edge to get this but I’m still not impressed enough.  

Of the WWI airplane games, I have played Dawn Patrol back in the day, and Canvas Eagles more recently - which I loved.  I have played and enjoyed the Wiz Kids Crimson Skies and have the rules for the FASA Crimson Skies.  I never got into Wings of War.  I know I flipped through the Ace of Aces books but can’t remember if we ever did play it.

Of the Star Wars ship games, we played and enjoyed a lot of the West End Games Starship Battles, and the Star Wars Starfighter Battlebooks back in the day.  We played the Full Thrust Star Wars from the Star Wars Gamer magazines, and I have a full set plus enough extras of the WOTC Star Wars miniatures Starship Battles to field all the combinations I could want (minus an extra ARC-170).   I looked forward to the WOTC version, played it a bunch with my son, and enjoy it enough to keep thinking about upsizing it to play at conventions. 
I’m certainly open to another Star Wars ship battle game but am not sure that the re-themed Wings of War version of X-Wing is the one for me.  Some friends have it so I will give it one final chance and actually play it before completely writing it off though.  What really does intrigue me about it though is the idea of comparing the stats from X-Wing to Wings of War to find the equivalent planes and then using that baseline to translate the ships into the Canvas Eagles format.  Now that I would be excited about.

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