I LOVED IT!
I played some other Fantasy Flight Games, most notably The Battle of Westeros, and I thought it was in some obscure ways kind of similar. I really loved it by the way, it was very starter-friendly. My friend Claes had made a team build for me that was somewhat easy for a beginner, too.
Did someone say “lots and lots of Tie Fighters”?
It was actually seven regular academy pilots and a special pilot, Dark Curse, in eight Tie Fighters.
We played 2v2 with me and Claes being the empire. I love TIE Fighters, so there was really no other choice. As we all know, those things really moves. Claes played four TIE Interceptors, with three regular and one special pilot.
Our friends Andy and Björn played Rebels, and had not one but TWO Corellian freighters of the YT-1300 model. One was piloted by Han Solo, the other one was the Millennium Falcon and it was piloted by Rey. There was also the Moldy Crow, piloted by Kyle Katarn and a couple of X-wings, one piloted by Biggs Darklighter.
If hitting stuff wasn’t hard enough with Biggs special ability being drawing enemy fire, flying these TIE Fighters proved a real problem for me, but it was great fun. Took some heavy casualties early on with a well-directed missile from the enemy.
Han Solos ability is by far the funniest and most fitting one. When he is in play, he always, always, fires first. The rebel scum decimated our ranks, and it turned into a fight for survival on our part. We struggled.
But the winds of war was at least somewhat blowing in our favour, and we turned the fight around slowly. We managed to blow up the millennium falcon before the eyes of Han Solo, and I suggested a new rule to accomodate for Han seeing his baby blown to bits. This was overruled, and in the end it was between one TIE interceptor, a regular TIE fighter and Han Solo.
It was close, but the empire was defeated in the end. SAD!