I couldn’t decide on a song. I bounced around from Whitney Houston to Poison to Celine Dion and then I got way too deep into Nazereth and then I was lost in the bowels of the internet. The point is this: FFG, talk to us! What is going on? It has been exactly four weeks and still no X-Wing news. We haven’t heard anything since Wave 13 was spoiled on September 8, 2017. Much like our good friend Vanessa Carlton, I find myself just blankly walking through crowds and wondering if we’ll ever see a FAQ again.
Sorry, I should have just called the article “Baby Come Back” and been done with it. Whatever, it’s been a slow news week.
Anyways, I think the far more likely scenario is that we are going to get hit hard by a lot of stuff all at once. We are looking at what could be a mini pseudo “X-Wing 2.0” (thanks /u/Thanat0sNihil), with somewhere between 4-7 new expansions and new rules to process within a very short time period. Let’s take a look at a summary of all of the X-Wing news, or lack thereof, since March:
We haven’t seen an official release date for Guns for Hire yet. On August 17, 2017, at Gen Con, Guns for Hire was available for purchase. Two months have gone by since then and the expansion still hasn’t hit retail stores. Also, the “latest update” has today’s date (October 6, 2017), but it’s still on the boat like it already was. What the Hell does that mean!? Should we expect to see it “shipping now” today?! Maybe the Advanced SLAM errata hit the shipping boat’s engines, too.
Honestly, I’m also skeptical that Guns for Hire will even change much. The expansion’s “floor” (worst-case scenario) is that Harpoon Missles make TIE Fighter swarms obsolete at the expense of helping Imperial alpha strike lists deal with opposing swarms such as Fair Ship Rebels (“FSR”). The “ceiling” (best-case scenario) is that more Scum ships become viable in an already Scum-dominated meta.
Speaking of Gen Con, what we have seen is FFG’s focus on its other games. On August 17, 2017, at Gen Con, FFG’s new Legend of the Five Rings game was available for purchase and FFG’s new Star Wars Legion game was available for demo. Is FFG merely preoccupied? Can that be the only reason we haven’t gotten any news? That releasing new stuff > fixing old stuff?
We haven’t had a FAQ since March 6, 2017. This is the second-longest amount of time that has ever elapsed before a FAQ (Thanks to /u/Chaotix for the spreadsheet). Over two hundred days. It’s the longest we’ve gone without a FAQ since 2014. The “Reddit FAQ” was months ago. WHERE IS IT?! You know what? I don’t even want it. It didn’t even fix the problems that Wave 11 caused.
If the FAQ was going to be small, they could have easily crammed it in during one of the off weeks between Nationals. Maybe they have to let Nationals finish so that no National is unfairly subjected to such a major shake-up?
We didn’t get new tournament prize support. It’s October. It’s Fall. It’s the 4th Quarter of 2017. Yet we don’t have a Q4 Game Night Kit (“GNK”). It hasn’t even been spoiled yet. I first saw the Q3 kit on June 30, 2017 and was handed my first Crack Shot promo a week later on July 6, 2017. We should have both seen the Q4 kits and have access to them by now. Maybe the kit contains a card that is getting an errata?
I’m completely stumped at this point. I have no idea when we can expect any sort of intervention. But we can’t lose hope. And I bet that whatever it is will be sizeable. What about you? What do you feel is the reason behind the delays?
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