Local League Game by Nicky Gardiner
So, this weeks gaming could have gone better. Due to a running repair on one of my Y-Wings (I snapped the peg off in the bottom of it), I was forced to change my list and was not able to take 3x Y-Wings. In a way, I wish I had not as I tried a different ship I had only flown once before...
FIRST GAME: I took my P9-equipped Y-Wing (old faithful) having now despatched a fair few TIE Fighters, a Decimator and, last week, a Firespray. I also took Chewie in the Falcon. With 'calculation', 'recon specialist' (thought they would work well together but never used 'calculation'), 'engine upgrade', 'gunner' and title Falcon.
My opponent took Vader with 'outmanoeuvre' on. A TIE Defender with HLC and 2x basic TIEs.
In short, Chewie took a bit of a beating. The Y-Wing did as well, but repaired itself using P9 - love that droid! The 2x basic TIEs took a hammering, and Vader took hits as he collided twice with his own TIE! The Falcon took hits from both Vader and the HLC Defender losing shields and taking a lot of hits. He was in serious trouble. The Y-Wing flew in and ion-ed the Defender. He did this for 3 turns, walking him towards the board edge and allowing the Falcon to boot it out of the fire zone. Unfortunately, this left my Y-Wing with a bad choice; he was penned in between the Defender he was escorting at close range - if he did this on the forth turn running he would plough into a huge asteroid! So, I turned into the Defender going for the bump. If I had done anything else I would have ended up in front of him; this meant I could not focus. The Defender then avoided my ion shot! Darn, he was out of the noose. Darth Vader was flying after the heavily damaged Falcon. The Defender turned to follow. The Y-Wing followed as well.
Darth then shot at the Falcon, hitting it, but using his 'focus' and 'target lock' to do so. The Y-Wing then ion-ed him again (Darth was now on 1x hull). The Falcon evaded for 2 more turns before Vader popped him with the help of the Defender. I hit the Defender again with the Y-Wing; they both now had 1x hull left. The Y-Wing then popped Vader. He took some serious hits from the Defender but re-shielded before popping his bomb out the back. The Defender K-turned onto it and exploded. It was a win! Although Chewie smelt of burnt fur. Yet again the P9 astro Y-Wing was chalking up the kills, he'd done better than the Falcon for far less points. I had a good, fun, relaxed game with my opponent in a nice atmosphere.
SECOND GAME: My second game did not go well for several reasons... I dropped Chewie and put in an E-Wing with Corran Horn - a costly ship. Secondly, I believe my opponent may have cheated (whether on purpose or unknowingly I will leave for his conscience) for the win. Basically, we exchanged fire; Corran popped early (won't be using him again anytime soon, lol!). I then used Wedge Antilles to pop both my opponents' X-Wings. Wedge had 'outmanoeuvre' on him which is a nasty -2 to evades if he is out of arc.
Then it came to an Outrider and Wedge. The Outrider was facing well off the board and was very close to Wedge. My opponent did a hard 1 but I had moved Wedge to force him off the board. They were less than 1cm apart. So, as I saw it, my opponents' ships' right-back corner would have ended way off the board... He put the template down and turned it so it sat as if it had bumped but completed the full turn (which it blatantly could not). I queried it (as he whipped the movement template out at record speed) saying it was off. He said it had made it by a whisker (after the match I asked someone who was watching who said he believed it was off and, regardless, with something so close to call, more time should have been taken to measure it).
Anyway, trying to be the bigger man we continued. In the end I lost to this one remaining *cough* ship; I had chipped away at its shields and some hull but it was a loss. Now, I don't mind losing, despite my Y-Wings doing quite well I have lost even to a newbie not long ago (hey, if you are flying only Y-Wings its gonna be a case of taking the losses in your stride). But being cheated out of it and being rushed through a game was not fun!
So, a loss and its the one game I did not take a Y-wing - lesson learnt.
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