We are grateful to live in the Outer Rim. Kamloops is in British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia has, so far, navigated the COVID virus well. This has allowed for no severe lockdown and the ability to increase the bubble of people we can have in our group. Three of the Outer Rim pilots are friends and are in each other’s expanded bubbles – Razaman, Evil C and 2-1B.
Razaman and 2-1B turned 40 this year and as it was difficult to celebrate in style, Evil C decided to take them on a weekend away to play X-Wing, play board games, read, blog, drink, eat, shop and have fun. Our destination, Sun Peaks Ski Resort, British Columbia.
The weekend revolved around the Do Or Do Not Invitational Tournament. Each player brought an extended and a hyperspace list. The players faced each other’s hyperspace lists and then extended lists. Each player would play four games and the player with the most victories (points used for tiebreaker) would win the coveted Do Or Do Not Invitational trophy.
It was a fun weekend:
Arrived around 7pm and went to our room (thanks to D for the accommodation!). After we had unpacked, the food, games and drinks, Razaman and 2-1B set up the X-Wing table. Evil C was on cook duty and made some Beyond Meat guacamole burgers. The X-wing practice games were followed by some banter and drinks and some Star Wars: The Card Game LCG. A game that ranks highly, if not higher than the beloved X-Wing in the hearts of Raza and Evil.
No sleep in for the boys. Straight down to the amazing Vertical Cafe for breakfast and tea (or coffee for the uncivilized). Razaman had the best egg nog latte ever and Evil C had the most wonderful vegan avocado toast!
After a quick breakfast we got down to the business of the Do or Do Not Invitational with the hyperspace round robin. Here are the lists:
|RAZAMAN – First Order||2-1B – Galactic Republic||EVIL C – Galactic Republic|
|Kylo Ren – Proton Torpedoes||Hawk – Deadeye Shot, Fives||Red Squadron Bomber – Proton Torpedoes|
|Vonreg – Outmaneuver||Barriss Offee – Calibrated Laser Targeting||Red Squadron Bomber – Proton Torpedoes|
|First Order Courier – Agent Terex, Automate Target Priority||Obi-Wan Kenobi – Calibrated Laser Targeting||Obi-Wan Kenobi – Calibrated Laser Targeting, Battle Meditation|
|Luminara Unduli – Calibrated Laser Targeting||Ric Olie – Outmaneuver|
|196 points||200 points||197 points|
Game 1: Razaman 200 – 54 2-1B
This game was closer than the score indicates. Very will piloted by both players. In the last round Razaman took the final two Galactic Republic ships off the board
Game 2: Evil C 131 – 124 2-1B
Another close game. Evil C’s list holding on for the win. Again well piloted.
Game 3: Razaman 200 – 54 Evil C
A repeat score from the first game but again a good competitive game. Razaman’s lower bid allowed him to move second, shoot second. This allowed him the advantage of arc dodging.
Afer round 1:
Evil C 1-1
Another highlight – we got to play outside on the large deck!
After the first round of hyperspace it was time to take a walk around Sun Peaks to see if there were any deals to be found before ski season kicks in…there were!!! All three of us picked up bargains.
We then stopped at Mountain High Pizza where Razaman and 2-1B has a couple of large slices and Evil C had a Second Growth pizza (so good!!!)
Back to the room to play the extended final leg of the tournament.
The Extended Lists:
|RAZAMAN – Scum||2-1B – Galactic Empire||EVIL C – Scum|
|Constable Zuvio – proximity mines, contraband cybernetics, afterburners||Redline – Proton Torpedoes||Ketsu Onyo – 0-0-0, Contraband Cybernetics, Shadowcaster|
|Captain Jostero||Inquisitor||Asajj Ventress – Latts Razzi, Contraband Cybernetics|
|Torani Kulda – Contraband Cybernetics, Shap Shot||Inquisitor||Constable Zuvio – Contraband Cybernetics, Afterburners, Proximity Mines|
|Torkil Mux – Moldy Crow||Major Vemeil – Darth Vader|
Game 1: Razaman 120 – 101 2-1B
Another win for the Razaman with his tricky scum list. After the fact, Dorian did admit to getting salty at the dice but not too salty.
Game 2: Evil C 73 – 200 2-1B
This is where Evil C took over being salt king for the weekend. Dorian out-piloted Clive and deserved the win. The saltiness would continue. Justin was kind enough to cook us avocado burgers for dinner!
Game 3: Razaman 200 – 0 Evil C
Evil C, being the elder statesman, was feeling the late night and was tiring. He decided to joust straight on at a list you don’t want to go straight on at! not much thought put into that strategy. Both squads flew out at each other. Razaman flew the initial engagement perfectly, blocking one of the Lancer’s with Zuvio. Asajj would eat a proximity mine next turn…if it were to last that long. The other Lancer, Ketsu, was in Torkil’s arc so would be firing last. Torkil took a shot and did damage and triggered it’s bullseye damage on Ketsu and Asajj! This triggered Jostero who laid into Ketsu, followed by Torkil, Zuvio and Jostero again. Bye bye Ketsu. Justin (Razaman) played it perfectly!! Evil C (Clive) now salty AF, conceded the game.
FINAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Evil C 1-3
Congrats to Justin who deservedly won the Do Or Do Not Invitational Tournament. While all but one of the games was close, despite the scores, Justin outpiloted and managed his lists better. Congrats.
He wins the trophy and gets to choose the format for next year.
After X-wing and burgers, Dorian broke out his newly acquired copy of another Star Wars themed game, and another Fantasy Flight Games game, Outer Rim. It was his first time playing – Justin and Clive had played before. Dorian chose Boba Fett as his character, Justin Jyn Erson and Clive Ketsu Onyo. As with many FFG board games, they can go on for a while. The game seemed slow paced at first until we started reading the flavour text on the cards, then it started to get really good. Clive, still salty AF from X-wing and fatigued, stubbornly tried to get into Jabba’s palace on Tatooine – failing miserably every time. He did eventually leave to try and free rebel prisoners from an Imperial ship, which he finally completed. Dorian’s Boba, was completing jobs and bounties but not enough to catch Justin. Justin had a good engine going and pulled away and gained the ten fame needed to win.
The evening continued with 2-1B reading comic books before his batteries run out and he shut down. Meanwhile Razaman and Evil C played more Star Wars: The Card Game LCG until 1:30am
We awoke to snow, which was not surprising. Again, we went down to the Vertical Cafe for more of their delicious drinks and food. Then we headed home after a fun-filled, game-filled, weekend.
PS. Evil C found a whiskey he can drink.
If any of you Outer Rimmers would be interested in a COVID tournament soon – let us know.
May the Force be with you.