|The Circle Is Now Complete
Results and Highlights from the STAR WARS Game Experience
|The Star Wars Game Experience | Published 08 May 2013|
“The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”
–Darth Vader, Star Wars: A New Hope
This past weekend at the Star Wars Game Experience, new players and new heroes emerged in the ongoing battles for the fate of the galaxy!
The event set a new record for pre-registrations, and its strong attendance set the backdrop for a weekend full of exciting contests and other events:
Forty-five players competed in the Star Wars: The Card Game Regional Championship
Regional Championship Tournaments for X-Wing and Star Wars: The Card Game
The weekend’s action-packed Regional Championship tournaments for both X-Wing and Star Wars: The Card Game each drew more than forty contestants and highlighted the growing diversity of each game. In both of the events, the tournaments’ semifinalists all relied upon the strengths of unique deck and squad lists.
In fact, the semifinalists in the Star Wars: The Card Game Regional Championship ran decks from every affiliation except Scum and Villainy. In the end, Chicagoan Jim Cartwright took the day with his Imperial Navy and Rebel Alliance decks, winning a tense match with Minnesotan Mick Cipra; after two games, nothing separated the two, and it took a third, tie-breaking game to determine the champion!
Star Wars finalists, Mick Cipra (left) and Jim Cartwright (right)
Meanwhile, the X-Wing Regional Championship drew forty-six players and nearly as many different builds. As reigning World Champion Doug Kinney predicted in his preview of the Regional Championship season, the game’s new large-base ships featured prominently, and players ran everything from TIE swarms to squads pairing just two YT-1300s, each helmed by different pilots.
The X-Wing Regional Championship drew forty-six contestants.
After five rounds of Swiss play, Doug Kinney took the top seed, undefeated, and seven other players made the cut to single-elimination, including Minnesotan David Bergstrom, who had to take a first-round loss because he was still in the semi-finals of the Star Wars: The Card Game Regional Championship at that time. Still, David fought back from his early loss and piloted his way to victory, defeating Doug in the finals with his seven-ship squad that relied on the talents of “Howlrunner,” “Backstabber,” and five non-unique TIE fighter pilots.
Doug Kinney (left) and David Bergstrom (right) in the X-Wing finals.
The Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Roleplaying Game Preview Event
Dozens of participants participated in Edge of the Empire sessions with the development team. While many of them ran through an adventure that can play as a simple bounty hunt, the game’s narrative style allowed players to pursue a wide range of amusing and unexpected plot twists:
In addition to the excitement of the weekend’s games, roleplay fans had their chance to attend a campaign-generation workshop, where developers talked about several different styles for running a campaign, then had audience groups generate their own campaigns based on the Obligations and Motivations for a potential party of PCs.
Will the Empire Strike Back?
All told, the Star Wars Game Experience was a fantastic success, and we look forward to seeing attendees return for the World Championship Weekend in November!
Until then, Fantasy Flight Games would like to thank all those who attended and departed with fond memories. May the 4th be with you!
May the 4th be with you! The Star Wars™ Game Experience, May 3rd–5th at the Fantasy Flight Game Event Center in Roseville, Minnesota, is an unforgettable weekend of gaming in a galaxy far, far away. With competitions, RPG events, developer presentations, special guests, and much more, the Star Wars Game Experience is a must for fans of great Star Wars gaming.