Coping With X-Wing 2.0 Adjustment Disorder…

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I’m really excited with the recent announcement by Fantasy Flight Game (FFG) of X-Wing 2.0. I’m hoping it’s going to fix what needs fixing and clean up what has gone from a streamlined quick play game to a bloated game requiring regular rule checks. Reading all the news though, I found that many people have suddenly found themselves feeling anxious, angry and upset. X-Wing Adjustment Disorder (X-WAD). There’s even been some self-harm by spikey Tie-Interceptor, and others who have pitched themselves back into the age-old mystery of trying to understand the point of crit tokens. As a trained therapist and author of the self-help book, ‘Get Over It’, I can’t just sit here with all the XWAD suffering I’ve witnessed on social media, so after the mad Tusken Raider and hyper-jump below I’m wading into the despair to triage the most common cries of anguish…

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Star Wars Armada Imperial Repaints…

BEYOND THE WRITING DESK_opt (1)Having bought the heck out of Fantasy Flight Games’ X-wing, the epic scale hinted at the awesomeness of playing a game with capital ships. Then ‘Star Wars: Armada’ was announced and the circle was complete. Armada is a great game with great miniatures. But I found the lack of the titular ‘armada’ disturbing and the paint job of the Imperial ships displeasing. They’re as grey and drab as they are weathered looking–not the bold gleaming ships of the movies. While the first criticism of the game can be overcome by increasing the point limit, the ships involved more consideration. I think I was in my teens when I last painted a miniature. I was only a learner–and certainly not a master. I’m also a perfectionist, so if I I failed me I would not be as forgiving as I might need to be for my 40 year old hands. I didn’t want the Empire’s prize ruined. Dare I repaint them? If they could be turned, they could look like the powerful playing pieces they should be. Seeing the bright white star destroyer in the trailer for ‘Rogue One’ was a new way to motivate me, and I decided I would deal with them myself…

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Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer…

I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of geeks cried out and were suddenly silenced…

Because this trailer was dropped on them.


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)…

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I will keep this simple. I loved this film. Within the first 20 minutes I was swept up by the continuation of Star Wars. I had fallen in love with a droid, found the First Order menacing, was on board with the fun, enjoying the action and rooting for the heroes who had been introduced to us.

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Star Wars: Rebellion by Fantasy Flight Games (or why I will have less money in 2016…)

star-wars-rebellionSome people despair at their financial situation. Many blame their kids, their government, or even immigrants. If I were to join those in scapegoating, then I guess I would have to blame Fantasy Flight Games. With my shelves loaded with ‘Eldritch Horror’, ‘Elder Signs’, ‘Star Wars: X-wing’, ‘Star Wars: Armada’ games, expansions and accessories, Fantasy Flight Games are now releasing a board game: ‘Star Wars: Rebellion’. Seriously, Fantasy Flight, just ask me to invest in your company. I already feel like I should have shares in you. I have 0 idea what this game is going to be like, but I know I want it. I’m think it’ll be a cross between ‘Risk’ and ‘Eldritch Horror’. Which would be epic.

Hot Toys Star Wars 1/6 Scale Figures (or how Hot Toys is trying to take my money)…

There was once a time I had a large collection of Star Wars toys. There was then a time I had more stuff than I had storage, followed by the enlightened realisation that things do not make you happy. I sold my Star Wars collection. Little did I realise, that Evil Steve actually had a time-machine, went into the future, saw the awesomeness that Hot Toys was going to release in 2015 and then travelled back in time and manipulated me into selling my collection so I would have more space and money for this. All of this.

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