Yesterday I played at the second Game Shoppe Store Championship!
It was small, as Store Championships go, with only thirteen players. My list was:
Inertial Dampeners 1
Adrenaline Rush 1
Sensor Jammer 4
IG 88 D
Syndicate Thug Y-wing
BTL A4 Y-wing 0
Autoblaster Turret 2
So, both Guri and IG 88 are very maneuverable.
Round 1, Fight!
In the first round a faced a fully loaded Oicunn Decimator with all sorts of upgrades that basically rammed me for damage, used an action to get a maneuver to ram me again, and stress me whenever I attacked it. I know it had Mara Jade and Yvonne Isard as Crew slots, as well as the Dauntless title. I don’t remember the other stuff. My opponent also had two TIE fighters with Wingman and Hull Upgrade, allowing them to remove stress from Oicunn and to block.
IG88 is good at clearing stress, with a lot of green maneuvers. Guri spent most of the fight stressed and couldn’t take actions. I got Oicunn down to five hull points and didn’t kill a single thing. The TIEs used for blocking were really hard for me, preventing IG88 and Guri from doing S turns. Inertial Dampeners and Adrenaline Rush kept me in it, but it was just too much.
Bye. I watched a lot of games. There was a wide variety of squads that were fun to watch.
I played versus a three B-wing squad composed of Nera Dantels with two proton torpedos, Keyan Farlander, and a Blue Squadron pilot. My opponent, a new player, had great action economy with Jan Ors and Lando and the ability to shift focus tokens around, change stress into focus and change focus into evades. I had some bad rolls at the start, but kept at it.
I lost Guri and my Y-wing and, just as time was called, I was able to take out a second B-wing. My IG88 totalled one more point than his Nera Dantels and I won the game!
I also played against a new player, a young man from an area high school. He had a solid “classic” squad of two B-wings and two X-wings, one of which was Wedge. That’s just a tough nut to crack. I took out one of his B-wings and heavily damaged another, but I think I left three ships on the field.
All my games were fun and a 1-2 showing with a bye isn’t terrible. I won a small X-wing Miniatures dice bag and a veteran player, who made top 8, was kind enough to give me a second larger one.
Regarding my squad, I had problems remembering some of my abilities. Autothrusters seemed like a waste, because although I did face turrets, I don’t think I had many opportunities to use it, as I was in front arc a lot of the time. I did really like the mobility options I had.
I have had Wave 5 in my hands for over a month now and have only played a handful of games. Hey, the holidays are a busy season that makes gaming difficult until after the 25th. There is league tonight at the 4Plus Club in Omaha and I’ll be there!
I received a bunch of pencils for the holidays. Some were desired duplicates. Some are brand-spanking new never-owned-befores. Here’s a pic of what I received that are duplicates of what I have. All are 0.5 mm. Three Pentel Twist Erase GTs with accoutrement. A lifetime’s worth of lead. Thank you sibling-in-laws. A Uni Kuru Toga in blaze red. Thank you me. A green Pentel Sharp Kerry. Replacement Pentel Z2-1 erasers. Thank you Mother!
The Uni Kuru Toga is the best story. I bought that for myself from jetpens. Why? I brought my mechanical pencil collection with me on our trip to visit my parents. My cousin Arianna took particular interest in the collection. It turns out she loves mechanical pencils too. She lives in a rural area, so I’m not surprised that she hasn’t been introduced to premium pencils. She took quite the fancy of my old Uni Kuru Toga and its unique lead rotation mechanism on Christmas Eve at my parent’s place. So, I did what any good cousin would do: I wrapped it up and gave it to her Christmas Day as a gift. She really appreciated it. I took the opportunity to replace it with a unique variant of it in my primary school color. Everybody wins.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing other pencils that I received as gifts over the holidays. The Top Ten list is likely to get a shakeup, including potentially bringing back pencils that I had booted off the list. Why? I’ve had quite the opportunity to write a lot over this holiday break and my opinions on some of the pencils that I had just based off of features has changed now that I’ve had more of a chance to use them. More to come! Also, plenty of gaming reports will pop up as I plan to play X-wing Miniatures and Savage Worlds RPG over the next week before heading back to my professional work. Stay tuned Tactical Thinkers!