Today we’re looking at two of the ships from Wave One of Fantasy Flight’s X-wing minis game. The models are the same as the Starter Pack but comes with some new pilots and upgrades. There’s also tokens for Actions, Shields, etc.
The pilots include characters from the movies (Wedge Antilles!) and “Legends” AKA the Expanded Universe with some overlap. Example: DS-61-3 AKA Backstabber was Vader’s wingman at the Battle of Yavin aka the Death Star battle. Unless Disney changes it, then it’s whoever they say . This is something a Star Wars geek like me loves to see; if you don’t care then no worries. The upgrades are decent with some repeats and some new cards. With one pack and the Starter you still can’t field a 100 point squad.
I was set to go over details like what each Action does; then Fantasy Flight confirmed the new Starter Set with some great articles. So instead I’ll go over some of the math as best I can.
The dice are special eight-siders AKA d8s AKA octagons that come with the Starter(s). The red attack dice have a higher success chance due to the critical hit; 50% (75% if Focused) chance to hit. The critical hit cards range from annoying to plan-ruining to early death. Each green defense dice has 37.5% (62.5% if Focused) chance to Evade. There are several situational modifies that add or subtract dice, such as Range, Pilot Abilities, and upgrades. As most gamers sadly know, the statistics never pan out but now you have a base at least.
So why is the X-wing so much better than the TIE? Well with two lucky rolls it one-shot a TIE (X-wing roll three hits while the TIE fails on all defense dice) Shields means it has two hits before you need to worry about crits. The torpedo upgrade gives a powerful one-shot weapon. The astromech droid gives you a helpful robot buddy. Finally there are some great pilots. One on one I bet on the Rebel. But the TIE is never alone; it will have 2-1 or 3-1 odds depending on Pilot and upgrade choice and point total. TIES need better placement but can really move.
Both retail for $14.95 plus tax and are the classic fighters of the original trilogy. These are the standards I judge all other fighters. If you want to save cash, choose an side to focus on. I’ll keep reviewing the ships in pairs, mostly in release order. If you want my opinion on one I don’t own, see my policy. See you soon.