First up, I want to give a big shout out and thanks to Steve, Sean and the "Green Squadron" crew (including Miles!) who were so very welcoming and inclusive of a young gamer to their group. It was a real pleasure to watch the Lad get seduced by
|Encouraged by veteran pilot Miles, the Rookie prepares for his first mission!|
So Reilly climbs into the cockpit of his X-Wing and he is off on his first mission - "Disable Sensor Net"
|Green Squadron launches for its first mission|
|Intense focus on the Rookie Pilot's face|
But somehow he pulled through only having lost 2 shields. At this point Squadron Commander Steve gave Reilly his callsign MAGNET - as in Fire Magnet. Miles and I teased him a lot about now being "Chick Magnet". He hated it. It was cool.
|More intense Rookie pilot focus as Sean and Steve mentor him though the Mission.|
A quick look at the boys' VERY impressive collection of X-Wing goodies, and this is when the table was already covered in ships! Just look at that Nebulon B Frigate - at 2 feet in length it is crazy big (BTW you can buy one here: http://www.space-rocks.net/#!escort-frigate/cioi)
|Mission Briefing- good focus Rookie!|
|Chasing down the shuttle amidst all the TIEs was quite the challenge|
|One last chance to burn the shuttle before to jumps off the board. The other pilots took down its shields and MAGNET zooms in for the last salvo - will he take it out and save the day or will it escape and the Mission fail?|
|I managed to capture the cheeky grin as MAGNET realises he got enough hits to destroy the shuttle! Big Cheers went up from Green Squadron!|
|OK, the fun is over - time to get out of here!|
and so off we went to blow cash in the Vendors' Hall. Here are some proud Gamer Dad moments an hour later:
|That new box smell...|
|and the star field gaming mat is so comfy...|
|In the meantime Miles got his seat back and actually got to play :-)|
|Dad and Lad conduct a fighter sweep ahead of the Rebel surveillance ship|
|and perform an Immelmann to drop in behind a pair of TIEs. My shooting was rubbish but MAGNET rolled in and splashed them both!|
|I ended up going head to head with this guy later and claimed my first kill!|
|Miles captured our concern at the strong Imperial reinforcements!|
|Reckless Bravery in action!|
At this point we called it a night and in tallying up his record sheet MAGNET realised that over the course of the afternoon he had splashed 3 TIE Fighters, an elite TIE Interceptor and an Assault Shuttle. With 5 kills that made him an Ace! That made him happy, as did all the XPs (AKA "Danos") and upgrades he could now afford.
So ended a great introduction to the game. Forgive the rather self indulgent post but it really was a treat to watch all this unfold over the course of one day. Many thanks again to Steve, Sean, Miles and the other lads for making it all possible.