Prime Prizes

I made a video about a Prime at Serenity Games in Florida for this weekend. The first place prize was a box to hold miniatures, and it was “Supposed” to come with 2 foam trays. The first place winner opted to give the box to my friend Sean, who took 2nd. The Judge for the tournament told us that when he opened the box there was only one tray, and he wasn’t sure what happened. It was suggested Sean could contact FFG for a replacement tray or something similar.

Those of us who were still there were talking about the situation and how the box looked strange with all that empty space in there. We verified on FFG’s announcement page that it was indeed supposed to come with two foam trays. We all began to speculate as to what happened to the foam tray, because the Judge appeared to have only opened the box with prizes at the end of the night, yet the box was behind the counter of the store throughout the day – so we wondered if someone wandered over and snatched something out during the day.

So in my video I talked about this. I speculated that perhaps someone stole the tray. I was wrong. Nobody stole the tray. I’ve since edited my video to remove the remarks.

It turns out every tray shipped from FFG with only one foam tray. We certainly didn’t know that at the time. And the way it was explained to us at the tournament, seemed to imply that the Judge was just as surprised as we were, (Which is why several of us suspected someone ELSE got into the prize support box when nobody was looking).

Anyhow, I’m sorry if it looked like I may have said that the store did something shifty. I didn’t mean to suggest that. I honestly thought that someone broke into the box and snatched it. I apologize to Serenity Games. It’s a cool store, with a very nice setup, and they ran a fine event. Would go again.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020! I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season! Things were busy and stressful for me, but overall they were also great! We got a dog and named her Hera! She’s amazing! I played in both an Armada Prime and a Legion Prime, and I’m ready for some new expansions to finally come out! So what’s actually coming?

Armada! Armada should be getting Wave 8 in January, but it’s beginning to look like it might end up getting pushed back to February. Wave 8 brings us the Starhawk and the Onager, two new large ships and some new mechanics as well! Wave 8 also is bringing us some new errata to how Raddus works, and a new attack range called “Extreme” range, (anything beyond long range). 2020 is also supposed to bring us the Clone Wars for Star Wars Armada! I doubt that we’ll actually see the Clone Wars release in Q4 like they had originally projected, but as long as we get regular releases AFTER new factions are introduced all will be forgiven. My fear is that we’ll get 2 new factions, and still be stuck in the “1 wave per year” schedule that we’ve been in. Fortunately, the plan is to increase the release schedule a bit more, so that’s good! And hey, maybe we’ll get some newer stuff announced beyond what we already expect!

Legion! Legion is due for a ton of expansions in the first quarter of 2020! R2D2, Imperial Bunker, Luke and Vader operatives, Trooper Expansions, as well as the Phase 2 Clones, Super Battle Droids, and Tanks for the Clone Wars factions! It’s going to be an expensive quarter if you’re like me and collect all 4 factions! We’ve also got a new expansion that will include Hostages and new objectives coming! And on top of that Cassian Andor and Iden Versio for Rebels and Empire were also announced! It’s also likely that we’ll see a few more expansion announced for the Q2 and Q3 timeframe soon! I’m really anxious what’s coming in 2020, as FFG shrinks their delay between announcement and release!

X-Wing! X-Wing have Wave 6 coming with a staggered release, in that the reprints aren’t coming at the same time the new ships are. But Wave 6 is still likely going to come by February at the latest. 2 New Ships may be slim, but we’re also getting new pilots and more scenarios in the 3 new card packs that are coming in Q1, 2 of which are already processing for shipment! We also are expecting the announcement of Wave 7 any day now! We do know that Wave 7 will have a new ship for both the Separatists and the Republic! A points adjustment is also coming in January!

There’s a ton of stuff on the horizon and I’m hyped! Between Marvel Crisis Protocol, and other kickstarters that should hopefully begin shipping soon also I’m gonna be up to my elbows in new games this year! Happy Gaming!

Reviews!

So I’ve updated the website a bit to include a section for reviews. I get asked an awful lot about the products in my videos and I thought it might be helpful to consolidate my reviews here. I also have lists of some updated sections of videos in my discord, but for the reviews I wanted to keep them also here on the site.

Also if you have a product you’d like reviewed, feel free to reach out to me at mailcrabbok@gmail.com and we’ll work something out!

When should our games slow down?

Expandable games have always been favorites of mine. Every few months we’ll get a new wave of expansions, and more stuff to add to our tabletops! It’s a constant drain on our wallets, but also a constant flow of new gaming goodness, weather it’s tiny spaceships, large capital ships, or little men and aliens! But do these games at some point become saturated?

X-Wing 1st edition is a good example of a game that seemed to try to do too much, too fast. I started playing X-Wing right as Wave 3 came out – and at that point we already had X-Wings, Y-Wings, B-Wings, A-Wings, Millennium Falcons, and almost every highly recognized ship that most casual fans would recognize. Not long after I started playing we began to see a nonstop wave of announcements. Huge ships were coming! Imperial Aces were coming! Wave 4 was Coming! Wave 5 was also announced! All of these things were all coming in almost the same small window of time! X-Wing started digging into Legends! Then the Disney buyout of Lucasfilm happened, and not long after that there was more direction on releasing products that were canon and focused on new products like Episode 7.

With the release of the Force Awakens Core Set – we began to really see what happens when FFG tries too hard to release something too quickly – we got a ton of generic pilots like “Blue Ace” that had no real function other than to simply be filler. We also saw Poe, the greatest pilot in the resistance, only at Pilot Skill 8 – something they later had to fix. We then saw a separate T-70 X-Wing expansion with even more generic pilots – and then once the movie finally came out and more pilots were actually revealed – we got yet ANOTHER T-70 in a Heroes of the Resistance pack, with even MORE pilots. At this point the T-70 was over saturated with too many nameless pilots. I can’t help but think that if they’d just slowed down and waited until AFTER the movie came out – they could have gotten it right the first time! Core set could have had Poe’s Black One – and the T-70 expansion could have been the stock Blue and Grey! But I wonder if they aren’t also running the risk of doing the same thing to Legion?

When Legion came out, FFG said they’d be releasing at least one expansion every month. That’s a tall order for a company that has always had a much slower release pace. The surprising part is that they were largely able to stick to that planned release schedule – minus a few select hiccups from time to time – which has been great for the launch of the game! But is it getting to be too much? Now that the Rebels and the Empire have larger selections of options at every category – do we still need a constant flow of new expansions every single month?

The answer is partly yes, partly no.

While the rebels and empire may not need quite so much to keep them alive, the Clone Wars is also now launching, (And in many peoples hand’s already). Republic and Separatist armies will become very stale if they aren’t given many more options, and soon. Currently they don’t even have a single special forces expansion announced yet, and no operatives either – so it seems reasonable that for the first year at least – these new factions should probably expect a roughly similar release schedule that the original two factions got. I say roughly, because I also expect the occasional rebel and imperial expansion to be thrown in. We’ve already seen Luke and Vader’s new operatives previewed – and rumors of new commanders are spreading like wildfire – so that will also probably happen in 2020. But for staple units? I think we’re good for now. We simply can’t expect a new corps unit type every 3 months for every faction. Once you get your 4th corps, or 4th heavy – I think the well is going to begin to run dry. So I suggest by this time next year, they begin to slow things down a little bit – and maybe stagger releases to every OTHER month. (Unless they have other plans like Sub Factions, etc).

Armada has taken this type of plan to heart, perhaps a bit too much. With an average of one wave per year – many fans begin to fear the game is dead. In a recent Ask me Anything – FFG Head of Studio Andrew Navarro hinted that there were only so many recognizable ships that they could reasonably create for Armada, and expect them to sell well enough. Which is one reason they have slowed the production down so much. We are expecting things to pick back up significantly once the Clone Wars releases in late 2020, but until then it’s likely going to continue to be a slow release schedule for Armada – and personally I’m moderately ok with that.

Armada at least, is in a very good place in terms of ship variety and game mechanics. The game has been extremely well designed compared to other games in it’s class, and balance has been surprisingly good. Many lists are viable, and the meta-game varies tremendously from region to region. Armada isn’t really in a place where it is heavily dependent on new expansions to keep the game going – as it’s able to sustain itself fairly well with a minimum of effort. But it would certainly be comforting if we had a BIT more than 1 ship a year, wouldn’t it?

So what is the magic number? How fast is too fast? How slow is too slow? I’d like to think that a wave of expansions every 3 – 6 months is somewhere in the ballpark – but that really depends on the game and how comfortable the community is with a change to their schedule. One thing is crucial though – Communication is key. If FFG decides to slow down Legion production, for example, they NEED to inform the public that this is planned, so as to not create a panic and “The game is DEAD!” reactions that other games have seen in the past. Reassure us that our games are still supported, and we’ll love you forever!

Rebel Attack on Imperial Space Nine!

Had some fun taking photos of my Wiz Kids DS9, and my Star Wars Armada ships! They scale so perfectly with each other!

The Empire is enjoying a calm day aboard the station.

Makes me really wish we had Star Trek : Armada!

Suddenly an attack by the rebels!
The must be growing desperate to declare an attack this deep in Imperial Space!
It has been a hard fought battle… but the Empire will reclaim the station…. someday.

Clone Wars in Armada!

At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, FFG announced that they are finally bringing Clone Wars to Star Wars Armada! This will complete the cycle of Clone Wars coming to all of their games that still have physical product in development.

This is extremely good news for Armada players! There has certainly been a lack of news over the past few years, but now Armada is approaching what very well may be a golden age. The Super Star Destroyer, the Rebellion in the Rim campaign, two un-announced “sizeable” ships, and the Clone Wars itself, all in development at this point means we have more product in the pipeline for Armada than we’ve ever had before.

Hopefully this means new Armada players will have a cheaper entry point. Either through a cheaper starter or an essentials pack. Armada’s principle downfall has been it’s entry cost, and with a $99 starter, many players simply skip it and jump to X-Wing instead. Although the high cost of entry hasn’t been a problem with Legion, that may likely be due to the tremendous amount of units that come in the Legion core set, compared to the Armada Core Set.

So most of the new product should be in stores before the end of 2019, while the Clone Wars should be hitting Armada in 2020! And this almost certainly doesn’t mean the end of support for the Rebels and the Empire as well! Plus we have high hopes for card packs to come as well, which will allow new players to gain all the missing upgrade cards that were exclusive to only one faction previously! Armada’s future is very bright!

Giveaways!

Most of my giveaways tend to follow the same two rules.

  1. Be a subscriber
  2. Leave a Comment on a video

It’s as simple as that.   For January and February 2019, I’m running a Force FX Lightsaber giveaway.  The winner will receive an electronic Amazon gift card in the amount of $150, which can be used to purchase a lightsaber of their choice.   As lightsabers on Amazon tend to fluctuate in price depending on demand, this is just a flat amount.  If you want a $200 Saber you’ll have to pay the rest out of pocket.  If you find a Saber that costs $70, then congrats you can now buy two!   You can do whatever you want with the gift card – but I had to pick an amount and $150 seemed like a good and generous amount.

How will you know if you win?

Easy – watch all of my videos!   I announce winners at the end of videos, and this contest will have a winner announced on or about the 1st of March 2019.  I’ll announce the winner and then they will have to contact me through my ABOUT page on my YouTube channel.  I’ll then arrange to get them the gift card as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours of contacting me.

 

The spirit of this contest is to promote discussion on my channel, interaction among Star Wars and Gaming fans, and provide a little excitement and reward for one lucky subscriber.  I reserve the right to disqualify anyone from prize winning eligibility at my own discretion.  This would generally be spam bots, hate speech, are generally people being cruel to each other.  I will not reward someone for being a jerk to my subscribers.

Good luck!  May the Force be with you!

 

X-Wing 2.0 Cost Updated

In preparation for Gen Con 2018, FFG has published all of the points and upgrade slots for all of the ships and everything launching in the first wave of 2.0!   These are published in 4 separate files, and I’ve consolidated them all into one single PDF for printing ease and consolidation.

 

Here is the file:

Consolidated XWing Points Aug 2018 2×2

This is certainly subject to change, and I’ve already noticed some changes from the cards released for Second Edition in the TIE Reaper expansion Pack, namely Swarm Tactics is printed as Imperial Only, yet according to FFG it is a generic upgrade that all can use.   This is just one more reason we’ll all have to stay up to speed on the latest from FFG regarding X-Wing 2.0!

Do you think X-Wing Second Edition can recapture the magic?

Here’s my breakdown of these files, from last week.

X-Wing 2.0 Conversion Kit Giveaway!

X-Wing 2.0 is getting closer and the time has never been better to have a giveaway!   You can win one of three X-Wing Second Edition Conversion Kits right here!

The conversion kits are absolutely essential to anyone playing the origina X-Wing Miniatures Game, who wants to dive in to Second Edition without having to buy all the new ships.  If you don’t get one, you will be stuck waiting for new Second Edition ships to come out, and will also end up paying an arm and a leg.  For about $50 MSRP, (cheaper if you shop around), you can get a conversion kit for either Rebels, Imperials, or Scum, which will upgrade multiples of each of your ships to second edition format.

First Order and Resistance conversion kits aren’t yet fully announced, so we don’t know how much they will cost or what exactly they’ll contain.  We do know that they will be cheaper, so you can expect to pay less for those.

How do I Enter The Giveaway?

Simple – All you have to do is to become a subscriber on Crabbok’s Channel, and leave a comment on one of his videos and you’ll be automatically entered to win!  Here is a link to the announcement video!

When will the Winners be Announced?

The winners will be announced during the last week of July.  This means you will know if you’ve won, before they go on early pre-sale at GenCon, and long before they go on sale at local retail stores, later in September.   Winners are typically announced at the end of a video, so stay subscribed and watch all the way to the end!

How will I Get my Winnings?

If your name is revealed as a winner, you’ll have 30 days to contact Crabbok, either on Youtube, Facebook,  Twitter, or the email address, found on Crabbok’s Channel.  You’ll be e-mailed a digital gift card for the amount of $42.49, the cost of a conversion kit on coolstuffinc.com.

What if I don’t play X-Wing?

Honestly, at this point you can do whatever you like with the giftcard.  You can put it towards some other game.   It’s up to you!

 

Want to learn more about X-Wing 2.0?  X-Wing Wave 14 just came out with some new ships that have 2.0 cards in them!   Here are some unboxing videos!