Saturday, 14 June 2014

Star Wars X-Wing for 'free' and an update on my move.

Things are finally coming together with my house move. I'd hoped to be all sorted out April/May time but I had a bit of a health scare which has put things back a couple of months (don't you just love getting old!). So I'm going to be renting somewhere now until I find a place to buy. That means a lot of my gaming stuff will be in storage so I'm currently trying to sort out what to take with me.

I have a bunch of things I want to play like the 'Heroes of Normandie' board game stuff I got from the Kickstarter which has just arrived and the X-Wing miniatures game.



I'd resisted X-Wing for ages as I thought it was expensive for what you got. But I kept reading batreps and it did sound fun and the clincher was that I found I could get the starter set free, well sort of.

Most people in the UK will know that Tesco have a reward scheme that gives you Clubcard points every time you shop. Normally I save these up all year and use the vouchers to buy scifi/fantasy books from Tesco Direct books as a Xmas present to myself. Last year I noticed that they had the 'Force on Force' rulebook available and I used some of my points to get it. So when the urge to splurge on X-Wing reared its head again I checked out Tesco Direct to see if they had it and they did! A quick check on my points total showed I had more than enough to buy the game and a couple of days later it arrived.

There's a lot more to the game than I'd thought and I've had fun playing it solo using an excellent AI opponent that I found online. I think the starter box is great value (especially as it cost me nothing) but the booster packs do seem expensive although you don't need many models to play a standard 100pt game. (Like wargamers will ever resist buying everything that comes out for a game!)

I'm off up to the frozen north next week to check out some rental properties and I'm planning on popping in to the local wargames club to say Hi and check out the local gaming scene at the same time. Hopefully I'll be back gaming and posting regularly sometime in July.

7 comments:

  1. Nice, supermarkets in the UK are clearly better than in NZ! Any chance you could post a link/address for the X-Wing AI opponent please? Cheers, Paul :-)

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    1. Sure, I've updated the post to include it.

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  2. Not sure what you're paying for the boosters. Here you can get one for about 1.5 times the price of a pint in a bar. You get the ship, dial, plus two token sheets, and a selection of pilot and skill / gear cards. What's the pricing like out your way?

    FMB

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    1. Basic boosters cost about £11 or $18.50 over here. That's about three pints of beer in the UK.

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    2. Everything boils down to the cost of a pint, no matter where in the world you are! Glad to see you're back up and blogging Ferb, looking forward to more of your posts!

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