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On Dragons and Starfighters

As many of you know, I have been quite the Star Wars X-Wing player for a while now.  I have a number of squads created and prepared to bring to the table.  But, lately, I just have not been all that into playing it.

Part of it is just burn out.  For probably a year or so, I have been playing X-wing on Sundays, which is convenient for me because that and Monday are the days I have off during the week.  Even not playing a few Sundays for holidays or because I was called into work, that’s quite a few Sundays.  And while I have played many different squads, the battles are usually the same: straight on dogfights to the last ship.  Even varying what squad I play, or even what faction, it is the same thing over and over.

It did not help that store tournaments got moved to a day I can’t participate in either.  Not that I really competed in them.  Usually, I would lose those, mostly because it was a straight up dog fight and I would end up out flown and out gunned.

Courtesy: wizkidsgames.com

The big reason why I have not been getting into the X-Wing games lately is that I’ve started up with the Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing games.  The two games have their similarities, but lately I have been liking the DnD Attack Wing stuff so much more.  There is a mix of ground and flying creatures that adds in an aspect that X-Wing just does not have.  And, while the price point for the Attack Wing minis is roughly about the same as the X-Wing minis, I do not feel the need to buy six Sun Elf Wizards to make a good squad, where I had to buy multiple TIE Fighters just to make a competitive squad.

Even the tournaments are different, and better.  X-wing has you build a 100 point squad that is either Imperial or Rebel (or Scum, now that that faction is out).  Attack Wing has you build a 90 point squad, with an additional 30 points coming from a blind booster.  So, even when you don’t win a DnD tournament, you are still getting a figure that is not out on the market yet, along with the various spell cards that come with that figure.  The DnD tournaments are also set up around scenarios.  You are not just destroying your opponent, but trying to complete a mission that is different for each tournament.

Even the prizes are different… and better.  First place for the last X-Wing tournament I played in was a plaque.  Nice, sure, but it’s just a plaque.  First place for the DnD tournament was a dragon, one that can be used in future games and tournaments.  Even second place was better than the “medal” that they have for the X-Wing tournaments: it’s another dragon.

So, I see myself potentially drifting away from X-Wing and more towards Attack Wing unless something really cool comes out.  At this point, I really am not sure what that really would be.

Catching Up

Sunday was a day for me to catch up on stuff.  Well, on some viewing stuff anyway.

I played a couple of games of D&D Atack Wing today, trying out a couple of different legion builds.  The one thing I realized is that troops such as the Hobgoblins feel almost useless in battle.  I played a 4 member unit and watched them get wiped out in one attack.  There could possibly be a way of using them effectively, but I would have to experiment a lot with them to find out, and I’m not sure I have the patience for that.

As for catching up, I finally saw Captain America: Winter Soldier, even after buying the DVD a few weeks ago.  I have to say it was not all that bad.  I liked what they did with Falcon, and even though I am sufficiently versed in Winter Soldier lore, it was still cool to see it played out on DVD.

I also caught up with Constantine, NBC’s show based on the DC Comics character.  In this case, catching up was really only the fifth episode since I power watched episodes 2, 3 and 4 last Monday.  I like the show, and not just because they actually got John Constantine right (READ: Not the Keanu Reeves version).  Well, maybe because they got the character right.  While the first episode was not really as dark as the comic (the original Hellblazer comic was extremely dark), there have been a lot of moments in the later episodes that really come close to matching the comic.  It doesn’t hurt that the series has been riddled with Easter Eggs from the dark side of the DC Universe, from the inclusion of the Doctor Fate helmet in episode one to Jim Corrigan showing up in the latest episode.  Including elements of the Constantine mythos (Papa Midnight) definitely help as well.

NaNo Update and Gaming Weekend

Writing is still going.  I ended tonight with a word count of 31,155 words.  I could have gone further except that it was late and the next part was going to get a bit surreal.

Since I was a head of my word count, I decided to take a break today and try to get in a little gaming.  I did managed to try out the Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing game.  This game is similar to X-Wing, and more similar to Star Trek Attack Wing (As you can guess, Star Trek Attack Wing and D&D Attack Wing are both from Wizkids).  The big difference between the two Attack Wing games is that D&D incorporates ground combat in addition to aerial battles.  Since this was the first game we had actually played for D&D, we stuck with just pitting the dragons against each other.  In the end, my red dragon won the day, though the blue dragon I also controlled fell in battle.

I liked the game, and it is a welcome change from the dog fighting of X-Wing.  I definitely want to try out the ground combat part of the game as well, and I will be reading up on how that comes into play real soon.

Picks of the Week – October 29, 2014

Halloween is almost here and National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.

Unfortunately, this week’s comic pull was pretty sparse.  But I did manage to pick of the new Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing starter.  When I get a chance to check it out, I’ll post my opinions of it here.

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