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War Panda02 Dec 2012 7:16 p.m. PST

Like half the known universe I'm a big fan of the original Star War trilogy so despite my real efforts to remain aloof about what seems like an X-Wing craze…I'm beginning to feel maybe I'm missing out…

After taking some tentative glances at the game and in an real effort to save my local hobby store falling deeper in love with my wallet, I tried convincing myself that it's probably just a rip off of CY6 or Wings of War's basic core mechanics while adding a little lucasarts light & magic flavour to add some 'bells and whistles' (or in this case John Williams Cello, Strings and Piano…)

I'm wondering for those who have played both X-Wing and WoW, does the gameplay itself justify the purchase?



Xintao Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2012 7:26 p.m. PST

I've played both and can say they are different. I'd also say they share a design philosophy, or are on the same evolutionary branch, but they are different games and both fun.

Take the plunge, most people are having fun with it.

Look at it this way, if you don't like it, it will not be hard to unload them at or near your purchase price.

Cheers, Xin

seldonH02 Dec 2012 7:29 p.m. PST

Unfortunatley for your wallet I would say this is not the case.
Although the system shares the same basic concept by using this maneuver templates ( although in a slightly different manner ) there are plenty enough differences that it makes it a very different game and very much agreeable for a SW fan.

I'd recommend reading one of those detailed reviews to get the full idea but for example after every move pilots get to execute special actions which adds another decision level to the game and gives better pilots reaction options.

It also has a point system and upgrades and customization system that makes it a good game for scenario/pick up games.

All in all, though I liked WoW I think X-wing, as of course it is expected to happen, is an evolution on the early concept..

Read the reviews, see if you can try one game.. you might get hooked..

I have a friend who is big into WoW and vowed not to get into X-wing and now is the happy designer of a cool Death Star Scenario that we ran at our local yearly wargaming convention :)


thosmoss02 Dec 2012 7:37 p.m. PST

I agree -- X-Wing really seems a step forward from WoW. The concept of chunky bases physically working with the chunky turn templates is SO much more functional than hoping your cards lay down right. I truly like the methods of choosing your moves, then resolving them in Pilot order. And custom dice are what this decade is going to be remembered for, in the history books.

David Manley02 Dec 2012 8:24 p.m. PST

I've been a mad keen WoW / WoG player for years. I was initially put off X Wing by Andrea's** comments re his dealings with FFG and an aborted Star Wars version of WoW, but heard enough people saying the two were not the same to give it a spin at Warfare a few weeks ago. I'm happy to say that, in my experience the two are not the same. Whilst there are similarities they are rare and often due simply to the fact that for a fun fighter combat game there are only so many ways to play things, or package things. And in that and others both X Wing and WoW / WoG share features with previous games (air and naval). Manoeuvre cards in WoW for instance just being a clever (or resource intensive, take your pick) method of pre-plotting movement, which as a cocept is as old as the hills).

More thoughts on this on my blog: link

Oddball02 Dec 2012 8:34 p.m. PST

I have and play both. Two different games.

I like both.

nazrat02 Dec 2012 8:56 p.m. PST

I never played WoW (wanted to…) but I am one of the play testers of CY6, and there are similarities between it and X-Wing and they are all good. I love the X-Wing game, and everybody in our group that has tried it has really enjoyed it too.

I didn't think I would get into it so much, but everything I was reading about it sounded great. In the end I think the fact that I didn't have to paint anything for a change was the coup de grace that really sold me completely on the game. 8)=

War Panda02 Dec 2012 10:47 p.m. PST

Oh dear, thats what I was hoping/fearing you would say…sounds like its worth getting alright. Just one more question then:

Anyone know an easy way of convincing a wife that buying the "Fantasy Flight X-Wing Miniatures Game" is a good long-term family investment opportunity…

Thanks guys…I think

Ssendam03 Dec 2012 3:29 a.m. PST

Well X-Mas is around the corner :)

45thdiv03 Dec 2012 4:29 a.m. PST

If she is a Star Wars fan, then give it to her as present. That's what I'm doing. :-)

VonTed03 Dec 2012 4:42 a.m. PST

Buy yourself a gift? Act surprised when you open it. Thank Santa profusely. Profit!

Mako1103 Dec 2012 4:59 a.m. PST

It helps if it magically appears under the tree, very late Christmas Eve, from Santa, after everyone else has gone to bed!

Act surprised, and very appreciative in the morning.

Might be a good idea to leave out milk and cookies as well for him, but make sure most of that is gone by morning too.

Of course, you'll need to make sure your significant other doesn't get overlooked by him either, to avoid hurt feelings, and ensure future marital bliss.

Sergeant Crunch Inactive Member03 Dec 2012 5:49 a.m. PST

Tell her it'll help the kids develop thier spatial recognition and problem solving skills.

kallman03 Dec 2012 6:29 a.m. PST

Grey Panda,

My kids love to play this game. And you can get the starter set for as low as $25.00 USD at some online stores or at Target.

thosmoss03 Dec 2012 7:58 a.m. PST

It's still a profiting investment after 35 years … Disney couldn't have wished better for his own company!

vojvoda Inactive Member03 Dec 2012 10:00 a.m. PST

I have played both. Liked X-Wing so much I went back and pulled out my old Wings of War ships and rules. Different games with the same concepts basic to both but X wing has way more options!

As for Christmas ideas buy it and send it to me. I will hold it until your wife goes to visit her monther, sister or whatever and I will mail it back to you!

James Mattes

Mako1103 Dec 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

Sadly, Target seems to have jacked the price back up to $40 USD for the basic set.

Feel the power of the Force, and join the Dark Side. You know it is your destiny!

War Panda03 Dec 2012 9:04 p.m. PST

"Mos Eisley spaceport, you will never a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

Apparently Obi-Wan never visited TMP…huh?
look what you lot are making me do…probably with your mind tricks…but Christmas will be all the more merry for your advise…. thumbs up

nazrat04 Dec 2012 7:13 a.m. PST

Amazon has the booster packs at 7.99 apiece-- and if you order enough to break 25 bucks the shipping is free, too. I ordered a bunch yesterday for gifts.

War Panda04 Dec 2012 11:30 a.m. PST

Thanks Nazrat for the heads up…

How any ships would you recommend for a "proper game" do you think?…maybe 3-6 players.

vojvoda Inactive Member04 Dec 2012 11:44 a.m. PST

Two players work well with the basic set and one or two expansions. you can do several different battles of 100 pts using four Rebel Ships and about six Imperial ships.

Two core sets can still be a lot of fun.

James Mattes

War Panda04 Dec 2012 12:41 p.m. PST

Cheers James

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