Sunday, 10 November 2013

Limited Play- a different way to experience Attack Wing

Wrong Drafting

I've posted on Dakka and on Board Game Geek regarding limited Attack Wing play. I think it's a great way to get the most out of all of your cards. Here's how it works.

Gather up all your cards. Go ahead. I'll wait. 

Take out the ship cards. Only use named ships unless you have multiple copies of ships. In that case, you can decide whether you want multiple copies of the same ship. 

Determine how many players you have- you'll be making 4 packs, 6 cards each, per player. Each pack should have 1 ship in it. The other 5 cards in the pack will be randomly chosen from captains, crew, etc., The contents of the packs should remain secret.

(Your group has to decide whether you want to include skill 1, 0 cost captains into the packs, or have them be automatic includes after the draft... my group includes them in the draft.)

Then you go ahead and draft. Everyone takes one pack, looks at the contents and secretly chooses one card- either ship or upgrade from the pack, places the chosen card face down in front of them, and passes the remaining pack to the player on the left. 

When you've drafted all the cards in one pack, take the next pack, and this time after picking a card, pass the pack to the player on the right. Continue this until all cards in all packs have been chosen. 

You should have 24 cards, with up to 4 ships, to build your list. You should have chosen captains and crew and other upgrades as well. You then create a standard 100 pt attack wing list with all of the usual restrictions and penalties for off faction upgrades etc.,

At the end of the process, you'll have a 100 pt list that would be tournament legal. 

You can also include resources into the mix as well. 

Attack wing's specific play style allows for this kind of play in a way that X-wing absolutely does not. The mixing of factions and upgrades allows you to run almost everything you choose. If you don't have a Defiant class ship, you probably shouldn't take the federation cloaking device, but that's up to you and your drafting skills. 

So there you have it, an interesting way to play Attack Wing that will lead to varied and interesting builds, and will let you test out cards that you've never played before!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this style of play.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea. I don't play with other gamers except my son and his friends and between us we have one starter set and a few expansions. I could do this with two ships, though. We've always just drafted based on a snake style... 123321, etc. This would make it more interesting.

    Great blog btw. I've really enjoyed reading it and it's the only STAW one I've found that is so active.