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Declan
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With Amazon selling the core set at about $22 I was thinking of adding this to the kids Christmas list. Is there any point in getting just the base set?
Is there much variety in the game if everything is simply one X-wing versus two TIE fighters?
Can it be played three player, me with the X-wing and each of the kids with a TIE fighter?
 
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I would definitely say that the core set is playable on its own. And having each of the kids take a TIE would be a great way to learn. There are enough variations between pilots and add-on cards that you should have variation for a little while. Eventually you'll want to add more ships but for the initial go, I say go for it.
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I have to say in all honesty it's pretty dull.
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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You can see if it's a game that you would enjoy, but a core set won't last you long.

Two years ago before Christmas I got a core set from a sale, it ended up costing less than I thought. After playing it once, I got up on Christmas Eve and bought another, the only remaining core set.
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You need the core set to get started (dice, maneuver templates, rules) but as Miikka suggests it'll get pretty dull pretty quick. You'll want to pick up a couple expansions at least. Most I think would suggest the Rebel Aces (A-wing and B-Wing) as well as the Imperial Aces (two TIE Interceptors with cool pilots) to start. If the kids really like Star Wars then maybe the TIE Advanced, while not thought of as a particularly great ship when up against the better Rebel ships, it has Darth Vader. After that there will be a hundred suggestions so it boils down to what you and the kids like. Seems to me the kids like to get ships they recognise, from the movies, TV shows, or comic books.

The original core set has Luke. The new Force Awakens core set has Poe.
Many will also suggest if you want to "start getting in to this game" then one of each core set is suggested.

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The most important consideration when buying a first Core set is your family's financial future.
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Yes. One core set is fun by itself -- at least for a while. After that, you'll want to get more ships that expand the game.

I personally like playing with more than two players. The game holds up well as a multi-player game. I started playing two or so years ago with my then 8-year-old son. I think my six year old will be ready to play with us soon.

The core set also comes with missions that are actually fun to play.

A lot of folks suggest getting two core sets because it's a very cost-effective way to double the amount of ships and dice that you have. I see that logic, but you also end up with a bunch of duplicate components that you'll never use, and most people seem to get the TIE and X-Wing expansions anyway.

I only got one core set, and then one each of the expansions that I liked: Falcon, TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, TIE Advanced, TIE Bomber, X-wing, Y-wing, and A-Wing. I probably would never have bought so many expansions so quickly if I didn't have a substantial Amazon.com gift card at the time. Picking up two "Aces" sets makes a lot of sense.

After that buying spree, I stopped. I could have picked up Slave 1 and a B-Wing, but I think B-Wings are kind of goofy (and I didn't like flying them in the X-Wing computer game), and I have never liked Slave 1 or Boba Fett.

In my playing casually at home, mostly with my son, I find that smaller games of around 60 points (ships, pilots, and weapons have point costs) hit the sweet spot. They are more tense and have more action in a shorter amount of time than 100 point games, which are/were the norm for tournament play. If I recall correctly, the core set recommends games of 32 points.
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Lufbery wrote:
A lot of folks suggest getting two core sets because it's a very cost-effective way to double the amount of ships and dice that you have. I see that logic, but you also end up with a bunch of duplicate components that you'll never use, and most people seem to get the TIE and X-Wing expansions anyway.

The main reason I bought additional core sets for my son and myself was just to get the additional components. Unless you want to spring for the fancy acrylic movement templates, the cardboard ones that come with the original set start to show some wear. Or a dog gets one and chews it up. Plus having a double set of dice (6 red + 6 green) per person is very convenient. There are still components that are less useful, but honestly you can keep them for when something goes missing, or just run a major "Never tell me the odds" mission with 12 asteroids instead of 6.

Plus there are different pilots in the two different core sets. And you have to get one of everything. Pikachu says so.
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Donkler wrote:
The most important consideration when buying a first Core set is your family's financial future.


Would you say that it is "Money: The Gathering"-like in its ability to drain a bank account?
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Get the core set and play with it. You'll know if this game "fits" right away. Think of it as a tutorial and just enjoying learning the system. There is never any rush to buy everything before you know what you're getting into. I think you're going to enjoy the core set and will want to add to it, but dip your toe into the water before you hit the high dive. It's a great game system and the new core set has an excellent "Learn to Play" book. Best of luckcool
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ardmhacha wrote:
Donkler wrote:
The most important consideration when buying a first Core set is your family's financial future.


Would you say that it is "Money: The Gathering"-like in its ability to drain a bank account?


I'm not sure how pricy X-Wing is to play relative to Magic, but I found that the excellent quality of the game combined with the sheer number of expansions has made it a very expensive hobby.
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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At least you can stop buying more X-Wing when you switch to Imperial Assault (which does come with everything you need in the core game, but does not prevent you from continuing spending, especially if you like to paint miniatures).
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