|The collection seems larger than it was a few months ago?|
X-Wing vs. GW: the cost of getting started
The X-Wing bug has well and truly kicked off here in the Manawatu and its not hard to see why this game is so popular. If we compare it to GW flagship game 40k the results are fairly stark. The latest Assault marine kits while fantastic models are prohibitively expensive for New Zealand gamers. To get a unit of 10 models you need to spend $169 and that doesn't even given you enough models to play the games or the rules. For that $169 I can get a X-Wing core set plus at least 5 expansion packs giving me: the rules, all the templates and dice I need and 8 ships more than enough to play a range of different lists. Couple that with the fact the rules for X-Wing don't change and that prices for X-Wing models are "globally" consistent and you have a gaming system that is hugely accessible for the entry level gamer. No matter what GW does with 9th Ed WHFB unless they introduce some drastic pricing changes I don't see them generating any interest from new players when the cost of entering the game remains hugely prohibitive.
Having tasted the X-Wing tournament bug at Cerberus last month I've also entered the Wellington Regional event to be held in July as well as Call to Arms in August. The Regionals and Day 1 of CTA are both 100pt events, while Day 2 of CTA uses the escalation rules. My escalation list is basically sorted (see it here) essentially I'm building around my newly painted Firespray which I want to show off on the tabletop.
Link to Regionals Information
For the 100pt events the possible options are huge but I'm going to stick with what I like playing regardless of how competitive it may be. I've researched the meta and seen the recent dominance of large ships and understand how great the Phantom is but honestly I got into X-Wing to fly lots of Tie Fighters so that's what I'm going to do - the Meta be damned.
So here's my list for the Regionals/CTA Day 1 at 100pts - its the list I've used the most and I like it the only changes I make are to alternate Dark Curse with Mauler Mithel or Backstabber depending on my mood. No autothrusters which are supposed to be the bee's knees right now as I don't have the card and despite offers from people I prefer to play with what I have.
Looking forward to what will be a great couple months of gaming.