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Subject: New player... 1x or 2x Force Awakens starters? rss

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Donald Orr
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Hello all,

I've been wanting to get into Star Wars X-Wing for a little while now. I'm an old hand at 40k and WHFB, but life moves on, I don't have the time for painting hundreds of miniatures and hey... I love Star Wars! Plus I've heard that this is a great game, so imagine my thrill when I saw on the Hot Deals thread that Force Awakens starters were on clearance at Target for $12!

So I bought one yesterday. My question is this:

At that price, should I pick up a second set? Would they be useful, tactically or thematically? It seems like a good deal, one X-wing and two TIES for $12. I haven't even read the rules yet, but wanted to ask before the clearance ran out.
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Buy them all for $12...can probably sell those (new) that you don't want to keep, and they also make great gifts.
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multiple cores is definitely the way to, especially at that price. great value on the ships and gives you an extra set of templates, tokens, etc. you'll want six dice of each colour too; three is not enough.

i'd also consider getting the original core.

great game!
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Two cores is definitely nice, but I'd actually suggest three at that price.

That will get you three x-wings and six Ties.

If you add one x-wing expansion and one tie expansion (for the cards not in the core), you have a handy little fighting force to start.

After that, I'd suggest the forthcoming expansion of "Special Forces Tie" (another TIE) and "Heroes of the Resistance" (Poe's Xwing and the Falcon). It'd be a nice way to re-fight the movie scenes.


 
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Two is good.
 
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Two core sets give you a definite price advantage. You'll want more dice and an extra damage deck (nice for each side to have their own). Plus the extra maneuver templates and such is a bargain for just a bit more that and X-Wing and two TIE fighters.

You'll want the other expansions at some point for the pilots and upgrade cards but having two cores is almost a default purchase for those that play even occasionally.
 
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I suggest 2 sets and then expand out with different ships. That's where the game shines.
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A second core is great, but I'd buy the original core so you have different ships and pilots.

Edit: 12$ ?!! Get three!!
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It's a good deal, but I had a hard time justifying even one when I mainly just wanted the different pilots and a couple of upgrade cards out of it. I can't imagine having any use for two of them.
 
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I have two of each core set- advantageous for many reasons:

1. Damage deck - having two copies of the damage deck is better for playing with friends.

2. Maneuver templates - each player can have a complete set, makes moving faster(not a huge deal, and in tourneys can be disputed to use just one)

3. DICE!! A "complete" set of dice is widely agreed to be 6 of each (12 total). Core sets come with 3 of each, so in order to have enough you need extra dice.

4. Cheap factor. Core sets are one of the cheapest ways to get more ships(one core retails for $40, while blister retail for $15). You get 3 ships, save $5 and get all the other goodies that come in the core set.

Those are all good reasons to buy multiple core sets, but ultimately it is your money. At this point most of my friends have their own stuff, so having 4 sets of templates and 4 damage decks isn't as useful, but when I do teach a new player I appreciate the extra components.
 
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A second core, for sure. Dice, range ruler and maneuver templates, it's all good stuff to have more of.

Three FA cores is probably pushing it - a naked swarm of the lowest cost TIE/fo pilots maxes out at six. Having four (from the cores) and one TIE/fo expansion (for the extra pilots) will give you most of what you need, there.

Similarly for the T-70 X Wings, two from the cores, one expansion puts you in a real nice place to pick up Heroes (repainted Poe (plus MORE T-70 pilots) and the Falcon) and have a good pile of X Wing options without much waste.

After that, the sky's the limit.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'll go ahead and pick up a second Force Awakens Core Set, then. I would buy the other core set, but it's not $12! I like the idea of then buying the TIE/fo and T-70 expansions, and then maybe Heroes of the Rebellion and Special Forces TIE...

Thanks again!
 
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