Willkommen zu einer neuen Ausgabe von 10 Fragen. Diesmal gingen die 10 Fragen an Filippo Bosi aus Italien. Interessant, da die Spieler aus Italien zwar auch recht gut sind, aber regelmäßig von den Reeds besucht und besiegt werden und so sehr unbekannt sind. Schön, das wir dies mit dieser Serie etwas ändern können!
Filippo ist X-Wing Spieler, gibt aber heutzutage eher den Ton an, wenn es um Offizielle Turniere in Italien geht, vergleichbar mit dem was Michelle bei den Heidelbären ist. In dieser Funktion durfte ich Filippo auch als Organisator des Kashyyyk System Open Series Turniers in Lucca kennenlernen. Er war dort nicht nur der Hauptorganisator sondern trat dort auch als Headjudge auf.
1. Since when have you been playing X-Wing?
I’ve been playing casually X-Wing since its release in 2012. With the release of the italian version and having received some invitations to join tournaments, I started attending tournaments in 2013.
Since the, the X-Wing craze snowballed, finding myself to attend multiple tournaments in the same months and organizing them in my FLGS.
2. What is or was your favorite 100 Point Squadron?
I’ve been playing 4 Lambdas with FCS and anti pursuit for quite some time, and I’m very curious about playing a newer iteration of it with, possibly with electronic baffler. Anyways, now my to-go squadron really depends on my mood, but my favourite archetipe is ace + miniswarm, or big ship + escort depending on situation.
The last squad I had a winning streak was Bossk + 4 Headhunters, but given the new Scyk FAQ I really think I’ll give a try to a different swarm!
3. Do you have a favorite Ship or Pilot that you try an include in your squads? (Due to the ability, Model, …)
Well, the TIE Interceptor would be an easy answer. Sleek, powerful, fantastic! But… my heart is with the Firespray.
Also, with the arrive of the scum faction, I’ve fallen in love with the Scyk, the Viper and the Fang fighter. I still have not built a properly working squad, but i’m tinkering with Old Teroch and Guri.
4. How do you build/find Squads? Do you have preferred tactics? Offensiv/defensiv? Do you prefer durable ships or Arcdodgers?
Usually I build my squadrons around interesting mechanics or cards, rather then combos. I always try to have a „Jack of all trades“ squadron. Since i’m a great master-of-none, i’ll have to rely on my ships to be efficient and not too driven by randomness.
I definitely prefer arc-dodgers, even if I’ve been playing durable sturdy ships for quite some time (4 lambdas, 4 Y with title and ion..). It’s just more challenging than everything else, and keeps X-wing elegant and sticking to its core: shoot and don’t be shot!
5. Is there a Ship that you would like a upgrade for? Either a title or new pilots.
Definitely the Firespray, especially on the imperial side. Imperial Boba has a really underwhelming ability in the current meta, the other pilots have been surclassed by the scum ones. Plus, the scum ones are extremely overcosted now if compared to JM and YV! Dammit!
The FS could really benefit from System upgrades, cheaper cannons or even a mobile arc!
6. What was your greatest Achievement?
Tournament wise, my regional win in 2015 and the very good placement in the Force Awakens GP 2015, that I organized with all italian LGS.
I Wish i could have competed in 2015 National, i had a really good vibe!
Most of all, as OP manager, the SOS 2016 has been a great event. Even if my TO duties have somewhat halted my tournament participation routine, all the amazing people i’ve Met is a great satisfaction.
Anyways… „I’ll be back“.
Ops. Wrong continuity.
7. Whats your opinion on the current development of X-Wing?
Examining the state of the art of the game, it is noticeable how the entry of Alex Davy as lead developer has changed the game starting from wave 4.
X wing was then a game based on values, with the abilities shaking up the game. Now, x wing is all about mechanics. Down of this were long to be „digested“ by the community, but planning such a long balance must not be easy. Great job on that. And regarding „mistakes“ as the JM … Well… Who cares.
As long as the game is supported in an intelligent way, I’m personally fine with that.
What worries me the most is the state of OP: even if numbers are somewhat increasing, i feel that the FFG pyramid of OP is showing its weaknesses, mostly because having the same OP structure for every game does not feel very good in my humble opinion, mostly because the audience and users of the games are very different, in numbers and expectations.
Also, prize kits should be reworked. Please stop giving us manoeuvre templates 😀
Give me medals back!
8. Whats your view of the community?
Possibly everyone will say to you that his own community is fantastic, awesome, etc etc. I won’t.
The Italian community it’s indeed great, but has been overcome in the last year by excessive competitiveness, leading in some cases to attitudes that I did not expect to see. One player once told me „hey. I come from MTG and WH40k. X wing is fairytales and unicorns!“ , Sometimes I think he was right!
Anyways, what i want to say – having played also abroad (hey guys from Fanboy3 in Manchester and from the LGS in Osnabrück, remember me? 😀 ) – is not that we’re bad .. it’s just that I feel we kinda lost the „fly casual“ spirit.
We should really work on that, to make Alderaan great again. Guys, don’t take fun out of the game.
I’m sorry if I seem too criticist or Mr. Crankypants to you, reader.
To explain you better my point, please invest some of your time watching this video: https://youtu.be/qjaR6YDSaPo
You’ll get instantly what I mean.
Anyways, besides this issue being extremely tied to OP, the Italian community whilst being not as healty as it was some time ago mostly due to longtime players being also drawn by other games, is a good community, with many groups doing their best to develop a challenging game environment!
Also, I would like thank all the stores and judges that supported our OP activities in the last 4 years. Keep it up!
9. Where do you collect/exchange information about X-Wing?
Mostly Reddit. Even being the admin for the Italian FB community and running our own site http://www.starfightersitalia.com/ (check our website and Facebook page! We’re cool!), I feel that Facebook is not so practical for „serious“ discussions. Reddit has more powerful archiving means for discussions, and the added layer of anonymity takes out most of the bad bias.
Squadron wise, I collaborate in the translation of X wing Squadron builder (hey Ferg! Yay!), sometimes I use it to see interesting combinations.
10. Are there any Pilots or Crew members you are missing from Books, TV-Shows, Movies, Comics, Games?
Oh well, I was given Juno Eclipse so… I’m kinda satisfied. Ship-wise, I want starkiller’s ship, the Rogue Shadow (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rogue_Shadow). It’s beautiful! And it could be easily declined for all 3 main factions!