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About this App
A Who for the What Now?
X-Wing is a brilliant tabletop war game that simulates the space dogfights you'll have seen in the Star Wars films. Each side picks a number of ships, pilots, droids, weapons and other upgrades, then the two sides fight it out in space. It's a great game. And unlike many other wargames, you only need a handful of models to play - often as few as 3!
This app helps you quickly build your squadron by tracking how many points you've spent. It also lets you save your squadron to use again and share it with friends.
All bugs, comments, feedback and suggestions for new functionality are welcome!
Either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org…
…or click the Feedback button at the bottom-right of the screen to have bugs added directly to my to-do list.
Please include your email in the bug report if you have a question, though. I can't reply to all bug reports directly but sometimes questions have a simple solution but I can't get in touch with the reporter...
Authentication is via Facebook. Rest assured, though, this app only uses your login to remember you; it cannot post or share as you without you explicitly granting further permissions (click "Share" to see for yourself). By logging in you will enable:
- Saving your squadrons
- Sharing your squadrons
- Recording your wins and losses (so other users get feedback on squadrons as they build them!)
A brief rundown on the stats:
- Dark/Light Side: This is based on how many squadrons of each faction you have built.
- Player Rank: This only counts users who have registered some wins or losses, and uses the data from Top Squadrons but applied on a player-by-player basis. Gold, silver and bronze trophies represent a player's position in the top, second or bottom third of all players.
- Top Squadrons: Uses a top-secret bayesian averaging formula of my own cunning devising to give greater weight to squadrons with more win/loss data. Otherwise experimental squadrons with just a single win tend to rise to the top.
- Popular Squadrons: This is based on how many times a squadron has been thumbed in the All Squadrons List. It shows how interesting other users find your squadron.
- Favourite Ships/Pilots: How many times you have used each ship or pilot in your squadrons. Ships and non-unique pilots are only counted once per squadron.
- Uniqueness: What percentage of your squadrons are unique (ie. no other user has saved them).
I'll let you into a little secret... they're not random.
See, completely random squadrons are sometimes interesting... but much more often, they're basically unplayable. Or at least unwinnablewith (not sure that's really a word). So I've tweaked the probabilities a bit. Here's what happens behind the scenes:
- Higher PS pilots are more likely to be given upgrades.
- Pilots with more upgrade slots are more likely to get an upgrade.
- Some classic combinations are more likely to come up.
- Pointless combinations, such as low PS pilots with Swarm Tactics or pilots without Target Lock getting Deadeye, won't appear at all.
- Some pilots are widely agreed to be weak choices (cough*Arvel Crynyd*cough*). They get chosen less often.
- Other pilots are generally considered strong. They get chosen slightly more often.
- Imperial squadrons will occasionally swarmify (after generating an Academy Pilot, another may be added, and another, etc.)
- Finally, Y-Wings get an Ion Cannon most of the time.
The chances are only tweaked slightly (apart from the Ion Cannon thing) but over an entire squadron, it hopefully pushes the randomness from unwinnablewith to interesting but winnablewith.
Also, if you decide to play a match with random squadrons, my suggestion would be to allow each player to move up to 5-points-worth of upgrades to different ships. That should be enough to allay the worst of the randomness while still shaking things up. Enjoy!
When you enter your collection, you'll notice small counters appear over the pilot names when making a squadron. They show how many of that pilot you can use. Each time you use that pilot or that type of ship, the count decreases.
The icon for the pilot also provides some information:
|Unique pilot used|
|No more in collection|
|Unique pilot & no more in collection|
|Unreleased and unique pilot used|
I wouldn't worry too much about memorising the icons, though. Basically, if it's grey you can't have it. If it's blue you shouldn't have it.
For upgrades, being greyed out could mean that the card is unique and has been used once, or that it's not in your collection. You'll just have to figure out which.
And remember, just because something looks disabled, it's still clickable. You have total freedom to break the rules.
Finally, I'm afraid that while you can share your collection between tabs when building squadrons manually, this won't work for randomly-generated squadrons.
Buy Me a Beer?
A few people have emailed me saying I should add a PayPal button for users to buy me a beer in thanks for the work I've put it in. Which is very generous, but I made this app for fun and to teach myself some new tricks and anyway, I'm not sure Fantasy Flight would approve.
If you really do want to say thanks, please donate whatever you would have given me to a children's charity. Here's one I support: Room to Read. But feel free to choose another.
Or just send me a nice email.
Hurray for Open Source!
The database is MySQL.
Bug tracking is by BugHerd. Not open source but free for a single account and exceedingly awesome.
Thank you to everyone who has reported bugs or made suggestions.
And to Neil (Tusken Raider on BGG) for his eagle-eyed proofreading*.
(* should that be hyphenated? Neil?)
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