Friday, 29 March 2013

X-Wing: Elite Pilot Skills- Expert Handling


Elite Pilot Skills- Expert Handling

Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!




Expert Handling (2)
Card Text: Perform a Barrel Roll. If you do not have the Barrel Roll icon in your Action Bar, receive one stress token. You may then remove one Target Lock from your ship.
Usage in game: Primarily to give an X-Wing the Barrel Roll ability or to give an Impieral fighter the ability to shed pesky Target Locks.
Action?: Yes. Using Expert Handling requires the use of an action.

A Rebel ship suddenly able to Barrel Roll has the potential to disrupt a lot of Imperial player’s plans because it’s just so unexpected and goes against how they’ve learned to play the game. It does require an action, but so does regular Barrel Roll, so you’re really not giving anything up there.

On the Imperial side, I’d be unlikely to pay for something I already get in the cost of the ship, but that’s me- your mileage may vary. Shedding TLs is nice, but I don’t know that it’s worth 2 points. Perhaps on ships like Vader who has two actions or Howlrunner and her nice Area-of-Effect buff as they're also juicy targets for TLs. Or if you want to make Dark Curse just damn near unhittable...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How Identity Theft Can Damage Your Credit


A poor credit score can have a negative impact on you in a number of ways. You could have a hard time getting a new job, getting a loan or convincing a potential landlord to let you live in the unit they have. There are a number of factors that can harm your credit card.

One of the threats people don’t think enough about is identity theft. You need know if your identity is stolen and take the necessary steps to reverse the damage they have done.

There are a number of ways fraudsters can damage your credit when they steal your identity. Here are some factors you need to be aware of.


They Increase Existing Credit

Most identity thieves use your existing lines of credit to make purchases. Of course, they aren’t going to be nice enough to pay your bills for you. You may be unable to make your payments when they have gone on a shopping spree with your credit card numbers.

Opening Up New Lines of Credit

Some people also take out new lines of credit in their victims’ names. This can damage your credit much more for two reasons. First of all, your credit will drop slightly the moment they open up a new account in your name. Secondly, you probably won’t even know about these new lines of credit right away. You won’t be able to make the payments on an account you didn’t know existed, which can obliterate your credit.

Collections on Delinquent Accounts

Identity thieves can receive medical care, make phone calls and do any number of other things under your name. The companies providing these services may decide to call a collection agency when the bills aren’t paid.

Preventing the Damage of Identity Theft

You can mitigate the damages a criminal creates for you when they steal your identity. Here are some factors you need to be aware of:

  • You need to be aware of identity theft before you can take corrective measures. Check your credit reports on a regular basis. Make sure that you report anything suspicious to the proper agencies so that you aren’t liable for damages.
  • Check your credit card statements and bank accounts as well. The United States has a law that requires people to report fraudulent purchases within 60 days before they are liable of the charges. I am not familiar with the laws in other countries, but I expect they are similar. Make sure that you track your accounts carefully.
  • Get a police report after reporting the fraud. This will add credibility to your case and you creditors will be more likely to believe you. You will also want to report it to the credit bureaus so they can know to fix your credit score.

Millions of people fall victim to identity theft every year. Make sure that you identity it early on so that you can save your credit. The damage will be more severe if you don’t address it early on. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Easter Superstars


In North America the two biggest 
Celebrity Cultural Icons at Easter are...


The Pope – the serious side of Easter!
The Pope










A new celebrity has been chosen to represent one of the most enduring, historical institutions:  The Catholic Church (1.2 billion worldwide).  Pope Frances is the 266th Pope and has begun the traditional religious Easter Celebrations at the Vatican City.  
Many Catholics will attend Church for special ceremonies and also watch the Pope this weekend on TV or the Internet. 


The Easter Bunny – the fun side of Easter!
Easter Superstars_Easter Bunny










Easter creates a holiday time from work for most people or a 3-4 day weekend (Friday to Monday: March 29 - 31).  During Easter most families with kids will have an Easter Egg Hunt.  The idea is that the Easter Bunny will arrive at night and hide Easter eggs or candies for the children to find on Easter morning.  Of course the parents are the Easter Bunnies. 

The Easter Egg Hunt
An egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial ones filled with, or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden for children to find, both indoors and outdoors.  When the hunt is over, prizes may be given for the largest number of eggs collected, or for the largest or the smallest egg.  And of course, in the case of chocolate or other candies, the children get to eat what they have found.


Language Learning Section
 If you are interested in seeing an easy and common way to create Easter Eggs with children, but not the chocolate kind, then check out this video!

Listen to the video once or twice and then on the third time try to fill in the blanks [Hint: I have removed common words and expressions for explaining how to do something.].



Listening Practice
Transcript with missing words: Coloring Easter Eggs With Kids

_START_
Hi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Coloring Easter eggs is a great family tradition to start with your children. This program will show the kid friendly steps for basic Easter egg coloring.

Gather Easter Egg Supplies
______________, ______________ gather all the supplies you will need, such as:

    bowls
    spoons
    coloring kit
    paper towels

______________ either covering the table with newspapers or a vinyl tablecloth. I find it is also a good idea to boil the eggs and allow them to cool before I invite the kids to help.

Get the Children Ready
__________, just like any cooking activity, ____________ your kids wash their hands before they begin. I also have my kids wear their cooking aprons to protect their clothes.
Prepare the Egg Dye or Homemade Dye Ingredients
______________ on the coloring kit, or any simple dye recipe. I use 1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and enough food coloring to get the shade I want. ________ the kids stir the bowls to make the colors.

Demonstrate Dipping the Easter Eggs
________ for your child ___________ place the hard boiled egg on a soup spoon and gently lower the egg into the color. The longer the eggs are left in the dye, the darker the color will be. Once the desired color is set, scoop the egg out of the color and pat it dry with a paper towel and let it dry on an egg holder. ________ toilet paper roll cores work well for this if you did not buy a coloring kit.

Experiment With Easter Egg Decorating
______ they get good at one color, _____________ dipping one end of an egg in one color, and the other end into another color. This ________ their fingers a bit messy, ______ it is a fun result for the kids.

Alternate Easter Egg Decorations
Using washable tempura paints in squeeze brushes is ________________ eggs. This ______ is great for younger kids who are not always keen to sit and wait for eggs to sit in the dye.

________________ decorating ideas that kids can try such as coloring the eggs with a crayon before dipping them into the dye, or putting stickers or other decorations on the colored egg.

Benefits of Easter Egg Decorating
Easter is a great time to engage in family activities. Decorating Easter eggs is ________ a creative outlet, ________ an activity that will build your child's fine motor skills and maybe even start a tradition that will last a lifetime.
 _FINISH_



Answers

Full Transcript: Coloring Easter Eggs With Kids


Hi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Coloring Easter eggs is a great family tradition to start with your children. This program will show the kid friendly steps for basic Easter egg coloring.

Gather Easter Egg Supplies
Before you begin, be sure to gather all the supplies you will need, such as:

    bowls
    spoons
    coloring kit
    paper towels

I would also suggest either covering the table with newspapers or a vinyl tablecloth. I find it is also a good idea to boil the eggs and allow them to cool before I invite the kids to help.

Get the Children Ready
Then, just like any cooking activity, make sure your kids wash their hands before they begin. I also have my kids wear their cooking aprons to protect their clothes.
Prepare the Egg Dye or Homemade Dye Ingredients
Follow the directions on the coloring kit, or any simple dye recipe. I use 1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and enough food coloring to get the shade I want. Let the kids stir the bowls to make the colors.

Demonstrate Dipping the Easter Eggs
Demonstrate for your child how to place the hard boiled egg on a soup spoon and gently lower the egg into the color. The longer the eggs are left in the dye, the darker the color will be. Once the desired color is set, scoop the egg out of the color and pat it dry with a paper towel and let it dry on an egg holder. Cut up toilet paper roll cores work well for this if you did not buy a coloring kit.

Experiment With Easter Egg Decorating
Once they get good at one color, let them try dipping one end of an egg in one color, and the other end into another color. This may get their fingers a bit messy, but it is a fun result for the kids.

Alternate Easter Egg Decorations
Using washable tempera paints in squeeze brushes is another quick and easy way to decorate eggs. This method is great for younger kids who are not always keen to sit and wait for eggs to sit in the dye.

There are also lots of other decorating ideas that kids can try such as coloring the eggs with a crayon before dipping them into the dye, or putting stickers or other decorations on the colored egg.

Benefits of Easter Egg Decorating
Easter is a great time to engage in family activities. Decorating Easter eggs is not only a creative outlet, but also an activity that will build your child's fine motor skills and maybe even start a tradition that will last a lifetime.
  _FINISH_

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Friday, 22 March 2013

X-Wing: Concussion missiles.


Secondary Weapon Systems- Concussion Missiles 

Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!



Concussion Missiles (4)
Attack Dice: 4
Range: 2-3
Card Text: Spend your Target Lock and discard this card to perform this attack. You may change 1 of your blank results to a <hit>.
Usage: This is the missile most folks choose to use. Again, I think the decision should be contextual, but this is the missile the internet loves. In any case, it is a good one; no debating that. The ability to change a blank to a hit ensures at least one hit with a Focused Concussion Missile shot, and that shouldn’t be disregarded. They also give 4 attack dice at Range 3 which is great, especially for the players with TIE Advanced who often find themselves around the edges of a battle rather than in the thick of it.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

X-Wing: Elite Pilot Skills- Determination

Elite Pilot Skills- Determination

Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!

Determination (1)
Card Text: When you are dealt a face up card with the Pilot trait, discard it immediately without resolving its effects.
Usage in game: This card is pretty specific in its usage, but as it only costs 1 point, it’s still not a bad deal.
Action?: No.

First, the face up card referenced in the card text is, in plain speak, a Critical Damage result. If you haven’t noticed, there’s only one crit marked on the standard attack die although there are several pilots with special abilities that allow them to bestow crits in various ways. In any case, should you be unlucky enough to be the recipient of a crit, if the result is a Pilot damage trait (8 out of 33 total Damage cards), it goes away like it never happened. Is that statistically likely to happen? No. Is it worth 1 point to totally ruin your opponent's day if it does? Maybe. I have been known to throw it on the random pilot from time to time in situations like that.


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Monday, 18 March 2013

Sins of the Dragon!

Platypus Underground, Ltd.
Sins of the Dragon!
A determined, dynamic, new director has entered the martial arts arena!  Joey Corpora’s Sins of the Dragon has already been featured in Black Belt Magazine and is becoming more and more widely acclaimed.  Last month Sins of the Dragon was accepted into the prestigious “AOF Festival” (Action on Film International Film Festival- the bases for the AOF Channel on NBC) and the extremely popular “Fright Night” Film Festival.
This week at Celebrity English, Joey Corpora discusses this hard-core, action packed, martial arts Indie-short film Sins of the Dragon.  Let the games begin!


The Beginning...

Alex Graham: Please tell us a bit about yourself and Platypus Underground, Ltd.
Joey Corpora of Platypus Underground
Joey Corpora: I started making movies when my mom and dad got me the Lego Studios movie-maker set back in 5th grade. I used Lego characters for my first few experiments, but I got bored of them really quick and so I started filming my brothers and friends. We made our own fake company "Jollywood Productions," and basically all of our short movies were knockoffs of our favorite real movies: Star Wars, Pok'emon, etc. Since the Lego camera was on a cord attached to the computer, I could only film in my basement, and after a few years I was ready for a change of scenery, so I borrowed my parents big old clunky 8mm camcorder and started filming movies everywhere! That one bothered me a bit though because I couldn't figure out how to get the time code off, so there were always numbers at the bottom of the movie. Eventually I got my own camera, started a new "company" called "Firethorne Crew Productions," and made a bunch of war movies and sci-fi flicks. Keep in mind, this was before high school, so they were low-budget and terrible, but I learned a lot from making them. Once all the neighborhood kids moved away there was a break in movie-making until high school, where I met Kale and his brother Brandon. They made bloody movies with sword fights and gun battles, so we teamed up.
We dragged Shannon into this craziness and in January of 2012, we decided to make a REAL company, so we filed the paperwork with the state and thus Platypus Underground (the name of Kale's old youtube channel) became a real LLC. I guess fancy talk would be to say we became incorporated.

Alex: How did you get started in the movie industry?
Joey: Hahah, not sure I'm actually in the "industry" yet, but we are working on it! We're self-made men (and women) at this point.

Let’s talk about Sins of the Dragon…

Alex: Why did you select the martial arts genre?
Joey: I started training in martial arts when I was 16 (so about 6 years ago). Kale, Shannon, and Brandon were all in the Ninjutsu class, and they had been training for much longer than me. Martial arts classes were the highlights of our week, so once Kale and I began making movies together, it didn't take long for us to want to try our hand at fight scenes. Martial arts scenes have appeared in almost all of our videos/movies so far!
  

The Movie...

Alex: What was the biggest challenge in getting Sins of the Dragon made?

Joey: The biggest challenge was a lack of people. Everyone likes to say "Hey, I really want to be in your next movie! When are you going to make me a movie star?" But when you tell them, "Okay, we're meeting on set at 5:30am from Monday till Saturday," everyone suddenly has other plans. So we had to work with anyone who lovingly volunteered their time to us (and we can't thank them enough!), but there never seemed to be enough hands on set or ninjas in the background. A lot of times, we had one person holding the camera, boom mic, and recorder while one of the actors clapped the clapperboard and then ran in to the frame with everyone else on set! It got pretty hectic sometimes.


The Cast... 
Sins of the Dragon cast
Sins of the Dragon world premiere!
Credited cast:

...
Garth

...
Sozen

...
Caligo (voice)

...
Turk

...
Caligo

...
Kaia

...
Jaroul

...
Cunri

...
Master Jerricho

Alex: Who are some of the main actors and actresses and what are their roles?
Joey: The main character in the movie is Cunri, a young man who witnessed the death of his family and now seeks revenge. He is played by Kale Sweeney, who is also the writer and fight choreographer for the movie. He's been training in martial arts since he was maybe 6 or 7; his dad (who plays Caligo) is our martial arts instructor. Kale trained in Ninjutsu, Thai boxing, MMA, and a bunch of other stuff like grappling.
Cunri's best friend in the movie is a girl named Kaia, who doesn't want Cunri to sink into hatred and revenge, but she still wants to make sure he is okay, so she tags along with him on this little adventure. Kaia is played by Shannon Lee Haines, who is our production manager/assistant director. She's been training in Ninjutsu for maybe 7 or 8 years now, plus she's trained in MMA. We wrote their roles because we knew we had two martial artists we could use to make the fight scenes look great, not because they're great actors. Not that they aren't good, we just wanted to focus on the martial arts heavily, and we knew they could do it.



Alex: Can you tell us about any funny stories or surprising moments when you were filming Sins of the Dragon?
Joey: Oh yes. There's always something funny going on while we're filming. We have a habit of breaking into song and dance when we're on set (especially when Brandon and Kale are around). We always joke about doing a musical, but I guess since we haven't done one yet they feel the need to spontaneously break out into song while we are filming fight scenes. Speaking of fight scenes, that always has the potential to be funny. A couple guys got clobbered when they weren't paying attention or they were just going too hard. Connor (who plays Garth) got kicked square in the face by Shannon during the bandit fight... and that shot made it in the movie! Similar things happened when Kale fought his dad in the finale; they'd be all amped up and ready to go, I'd call action and they'd just beat the crap out of each other. Then I would call cut, Kale would stop, and Sensei would keep attacking! Hahaha, always something crazy on set.


The Future...

Alex: What can we look forward to from Joey Corpora in the future?
Joey: We're focusing on submitting Sins of the Dragon to film festivals at the moment. We just got a call yesterday letting us know we got accepted into the Action on Film International Film Festival, so we're really excited about that! I'm currently finishing up my senior project, which is a 15-minute buddy-cop comedy called "Fist of Justice." You can expect that one to be out around late April. Kale is working on a feature script for a movie called "Ralf's House of Assassins." Not sure how much I can say about that one, but there will be swashbuckling sword fights and giant swinging axes, so that should be a lot of fun! On a different note, I am also writing my first short animated movie, based on a fairy tale I wrote called "Prince Ashley and the Magical Crystal Quest." It is my homage to Ray Harryhausen films, as well as Conan the Barbarian and Kung fu fantasy movies.


Alex: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Joey: This is for everyone out there: don't give up on your dreams. It's too easy to fall prey to all the naysayers and critical people and give up on your passions. If you really love doing something, whether that is making movies, drawing comic books, publishing magazines, or whatever, just keep at it and eventually you will find success. I started this when I was in 5th grade, now I am a senior in college, and I just into my first film festival yesterday. As bad as those old movies were, they taught me so much, and even though there will always be people who hate your work and tell you to do something else like get a real job with benefits and all that, you just gotta keep working on what you love. Besides, if I had stopped making movies, I never would have improved, and then all those people who told me to give up on this silly dream and said I would never get anywhere WOULD have been right. So seriously, here's my motivational pep talk. Follow your heart and don't take no for an answer. Eventually you will connect with someone and it will totally be worth it.


Connect and Support Platypus Underground, Ltd.!
Shooting Sins of the Dragon


Alex: What is the best way for readers to follow your work?
Joey: We are all over! The best place to go for information is our website: www.platypusunderground.com.
However, Facebook is probably the easiest, and we update that fairly often. You can like us at www.facebook.com/PlatypusUnderground
We also have a tumblr account (http://platypus-underground.tumblr.com) and a youtube channel where you can watch our videos (youtube.com/platypusunderground).
You can also e-mail us directly at platypusunderground@hotmail.com.

Joey Corpora
Platypus Underground, Ltd.

Alex: Thank you Joey Corpora for a fantastic interview about Sins of the Dragon!  Looking forward to seeing Sins of the Dragon at the AOF Festival and Fright Night!

Joey: Thank you Alex and Celebrity English!

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X-Wing: Secondary Weapon Systems- Cluster Missiles


Secondary Weapon Systems- Cluster Missiles

Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!


Cluster Missiles (4)
Attack Dice: 3
Range: 1-2
Card Text: Spend your Target Lock and discard this card to perform this attack twice.
Usage: Effectively, you’re making two attacks at the same target with this card. This means that Focusing a Cluster Missile attack will only affect one of the two “ salvos” (ditto for someone trying to Focus their defense rolls), but that Marksmanship affects both “ salvos.” Generally, most folks opt for Concussion Missiles over Clusters, but I think both have their value. Clusters have the potential to generate more hits on targets with low Agility like Y-Wings. Against anything higher, the benefit of rolling six dice is lessened to a certain degree, especially against ships who can Evade as an Action.

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Irish Celebrity Liam Neeson


Liam Neeson
Irish Celebrity
In honor of Saint Patrick's Day we are featuring 
Liam Neeson!

Liam John Neeson, is an Irish film actor with both Irish and American citizenship. Neeson is known best for his roles in Schindler's List, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Michael Collins, Taken, Kinsey, Batman Begins and Darkman and many many more! He has been nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Golden Globe Awards. And just generally famous! 'Famous' as in a household name famous in North America and overseas!


How Liam Neeson became interested in Acting!
His interest in acting and decision to become an actor was also influenced by minister Ian Paisley, whose church Neeson would sneak into. Neeson has said of Paisley that "He had a magnificent presence and it was incredible to watch this six foot-plus man just Bible-thumping away... It was acting but it was also great acting and stirring too."


Latest Project
A Walk Among The Tombstones
Liam Neeson plays Private investigator Matthew Scudder who is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
Now filming in New York city and the movie is due out in 2014! A Walk Among Tombstones film is based on a Lawrence Block novel “A Walk Among The Tombstones”.  The famous screenwriter Scott Frank wrote the screenplay for the movie.
Lawrence Block and Liam Neeson novel



 Cultural Learning Section

About Saint Patrick’s Day
 Saint Patrick’s Day or in Irish Lá Fhéile Pádraig = direct translation "the Day of the Festival of Patrick" occurs every year on March 17th. Also known as Saint Paddy's Day or Saint Patty's Day in the shortened speaking form of the name. Although traditionalist prefer Saint Paddy's Day because of the Irish flavor in the name. These days, you will also see it written like this in various Saint Patrick's Day themed cards and signs.  It is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.

And here are a few Positive Irish images and thoughts!
 Have a Great Day! You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate!  Hope you are wearing green!


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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

X-Wing, Elite Pilot Skills- Squad Leader


Elite Pilot Skills- Squad Leader

 

Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!





Squad Leader (2)
Card Text: Choose a ship at Range 1-2 with a lower Pilot Rank than you. That ship may immediately perform a free action.
Usage in game: Ideally this card is given to a high ranking Pilot so as many ships as possible can benefit. Giving it to a Black Squadron TIE only really works if he’s surrounded by Academy TIEs, for example.
Action?: Yes. To use the Squad Leader Talent, it requires an action.
NOTE: This Elite Talent is dotted (is unique and cannot be replicated in squadron list).

There are two things you want to note right off the bat when it comes to Squad Leader- first, what a "free action" is, and secondly, this card effectively takes an Action from one ship and gives it to another as Squad Leader is itself, an Action.


The "free action" is simply a standard action available to you that doesn't count against the normal one action per round rule and takes place during a different part of the turn than the "Perform Action" step. As you're declaring this second free Action, you can't perform the same action again- it has to be a different Action than the one you have likely already declared. The cool thing though is since the timing is different, you can declare a free action if you've hit an asteroid or collided with somebody (dig the FAQ on this bit and the rulebook, specifically the Perform Action steps).

The giving away an Action so somebody else can have a free Action is fairly easy to get your head around, as is the obvious best Pilot to take this Elite Pilot Talent- Vader.

Squad Leader on the Rebel side only works on Wedge or Luke as they're the only pilots who can take Elite Pilot Talents. It works particularly well on a ship flying near Garven Dreis or Dutch Vander as those ships can give away Focuses and Target Locks respectively which often can mitigate the loss of the Action due to triggering Squad Leader. Just keep in mind, both of those pilots give their tokens away after they use them, so the recipient won’t get full use of those tokens if they’re at a higher Pilot Rank than Dreis or Vander (which they probably will be)*. Better than nothing, but don’t rely on it like it’s going to be the same as a Rebel Vader or something.

On the Imperial side, this card works best on Vader as again, it’s basically one ship trading it’s action to give another ship an action otherwise. With Vader having two actions, he can use Squad Leader and still have one action of his own to use. It can be decent on a TIE that's there more for support than offense though like Howlrunner for instance.


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Monday, 11 March 2013

X-Wing, general concepts of listbuilding.


Hi guys, i felt you all needed to see this, this is originally from Clint over at the the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him for this!

 

General Concepts of Listbuilding

General Concepts
As with most miniatures games, X-Wing uses a point system to rank the general effectiveness of pilots (and subsequently the ship they’re piloting) and the various upgrades available to them. Also like most miniatures games, the player immediately finds himself with a decision to make regarding the makeup of his flight roster- go for few ships worth more points or more ships worth less points?

How many ships?
Again- the most important skill to possess in X-Wing is being able to maneuver and move ships effectively, full stop. The best pilots and upgrades will not save you if you can’t get them into position to maximize effectiveness or have lost Actions because of collisions with asteroids or other ships. For this reason, I suggest to the new player to build lists in favor of more ships worth less points rather than fewer expensive ships. Simply put, there’s more room for error this way. Currently at 100 points, a Rebel player for example is either going to be fielding 3 highly tooled ships or 4 low to medium points ships with perhaps one high PR pilot. If a collision does occur from poor planning or a surprise move from the opponent, the player with only three ships has just lost 33% of his actions for the round, while the 4-ship player has only lost 25%.

The exception here would be the beginner Imperial player as he can mathematically field up to 8 TIEs in a standard 100 point game. Novice players would likely have great difficulty maneuvering all those ships in effective ways without colliding. Recall that X-Wing is played on a 3’ x 3’ surface; now imagine moving around 8 bases worth of TIEs and trying to maneuver them around each other in anything but straight lines. See what I mean?

I think the “sweet spot” for a 100 points Rebel squadron for anything but an advanced player is definitely four ships, and I strongly advise 4 X-Wings for new/ novice players. For an Imperial player, I’d suggest no more than 6 ships, 5 being preferable for the purposes of movement and maneuvering at least while still getting the feel for the game.

How many upgrades?
In the X-Wing Miniatures rule system, not all ships have the same upgrades available to them. In fact, some low-points/ low Pilot Rank ships have zero upgrades available to them while expensive pilots in the game often have a plethora of upgrades available to them in the form of Elite Talents in addition to the more standard ship upgrades.

I think the key to choosing upgrades largely stems from the player and his play style, but speaking in generalities, few ship upgrades (generally secondary weapon systems and droids) are more effective for their points than paying the points for a unique Named pilot over a generic pilot.

For example, a Black Squadron TIE Fighter (14 pts) has access to the Elite Skills upgrades. Contextually (i.e. part of the 5-man TIE squadron I mentioned earlier as being optimal for a player still fairly new to the game), the most advantageous Elite Talent would probably be “Squad Leader” (2). This allows the Black Squadron TIE to bestow an additional Action upon a ship within range 1-2 as long as that ship has a lower Pilot Rating. Total cost with upgrade- 16 points.

Compare that ship to the named TIE Pilot “Backstabber.” Backstabber is for all intents and purposes a 16 points standard TIE Fighter, but Backstabber’s special rule states that if Backstabber is outside of his target’s firing arc, he rolls one additional attack die. With a TIE Fighter’s superior movement over every other ship in the game at this point, coupled with Backstabber’s relatively high Pilot Ranking (6 compared to Black Squadron’s 4), it’s highly likely if maneuvered effectively that Backstabber will be able to bring 3 attack dice to bear with regularity- the same as an X-Wing, and a whopping four attack dice if Backstabber can manage to get into range band 1 of his target while staying out of that ship’s firing arc.

Now, does that mean one should never, ever, ever take Black Squadron TIEs? Of course not. The unique named pilots may only appear in a player’s squadron one time- no multiple instances, so there are times where taking Black Squadron TIE is a great thing... it’s just going to most likely be after the player has already selected Backstabber and some of the other named TIE pilots.

For the Rebels, it plays out largely the same, but it’s much more difficult to kit out Rebel ships with much of anything in the way of upgrades because so few Rebel ships have access to Elite Talents. Really, there are only two upgrades- secondary weapon systems (of which there is exactly one usable by all Wave 1 Rebel fighters- Proton Torpedoes) and an Astromech droid. As Proton Torpedoes are of debatable effect  on X-Wings in this game (see below), that really only leaves the droid as a valid upgrade. Of the droids available, only four bestow effects that don’t require an Action- R2-D2, R5-K6, R2 Astromech, and R5 Astromech. This isn’t to say that having a droid whose special ability requires an action is a terrible idea, but nearly all of the named pilots have skills that are always in play and don’t require the player to use an Action. This of course is significant because any collision results in the loss of the player’s ability to take an Action for the round. I won’t get into the specifics of the droids here- I’ll leave that for the Rebel upgrades section.


So Which Do I Choose?
As with most miniatures game, the key to producing a successful list is to find the balance between the expensive few and the cheaper many. In X-Wing, this is artificially imposed by the rule that named pilots may only appear once in a player’s squadron as previously mentioned.

As for how many named pilots versus generics make the final cut into a player’s squadron, it depends on faction and how many ships make up the squadron along with a player’s own play style and tendencies. Taking a named pilot only benefits the owning player with a higher Pilot Ranking and a special ability not otherwise available to other builds of that ship- Luke in an X-Wing is exactly the same as anyone else in an X-Wing stats-wise; all X-Wings have 3 Attack, 2 Defense, 2 Shields, and 3 Hull regardless of who is driving. Tactically, the difference in points between Luke and Rookie X-Wing is Luke moving later in the movement phase (high pilot ranking) and picking his action after most everyone else has moved, shooting early in the shooting phase (high pilot ranking), and when he is attacked, he will change one “eyeball” result to an evade symbol (his special ability). Whether or not that’s worth the 7 points difference between Luke and a Rookie X-Wing pilot depends on the player, but most of the time and in most situations, it most certainly is worth it.


Understanding your upgrades/ special abilities
Realizing what effects a particular upgrade or pilot special ability yields in-game and how that assimilates into your play style is the most important aspect of list building in X-Wing. As there are no massively undercosted/ overcosted ships or options in the game, any build can be viable in the right hands, and conversely a list that the internet has fallen in love with can fall flat on its face if you run your ships into asteroids every turn.


As before, this article was written by Clint over at the metal bikini.com so all credit goes to him.
 
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