Original Stay On Target host and creator Cory “CooMasterCoo” Cooley joins the gang to discuss his return to X-Wing and reflect on the recent Hyperspace Trial that was held in Murray, KY.
Gordon and Mikhail are joined this week by special guest Ryan Staniszewski of the OCX podcast to discuss their recent experience at the Hyperspace Trial that was held in Springfield, Ohio. In fact, one of them won the tournament! You’ll never guess who!! Listen to find out!!! Okay, fine, the title of the episode has a hint!!!!
Mostly about dice, less about men. “Getting diced” sure has come up as a topic a lot lately, so the Stay on Target crew thought they’d chime in as well by compiling amazing amounts of statistical research alongside copious amounts of insight. And then Asa from Back to Dials publishes an article on the day we record that summarizes it all better than we ever could. What a jerk. So we have him on as a guest during his lunch break.
As promised, FFG published the points and ship configuration updates on schedule. It certainly made for some easy-to-write show notes: “Discuss points changes.”
Was there meta-talk? Of course. Speculation about the upcoming point changes? You betcha. A detailed analysis about the Separatist Alliance preview? Eh, not so much. But there was a lot talk about the recent Outryder Cup VIII event that was recently held in Indianapolis. The crew shares their Outryder experiences, and then Gordon drops an unexpected bombshell.
The release of two new factions makes for a great excuse to get together and record a new episode, right? You would think so, so we decided to do this at the last minute — apparently Franch doesn’t do “last minute.” That’s okay, Mikhail has an opinion about everything and carries the show because he actually plays the game of XWing (where as Gordon has played just *once* since the last episode). We also spend time with our producer David Cottingham, who shares with us how his X-Wing 2.0 experience has been so far.
Eeeew. It had been a month since the last episode and the Steelers just lost another game, so we had no choice but to record a new show and asked Ryan Fleming to once again join us. It’s strictly pure coincidence that Ryan also earned his World’s ticket at the recent System Open in Philadelphia, but this let us talk actual X-Wing for awhile, thereby keeping the whining about the Steelers to a relative minimum at the end.
This episode was recorded on Gordon’s 52nd birthday. As tempting as it might have been to make the entire discussion about just him — which would have been really great, mind you — special guest Mark Moriarty joined the crew to talk about actual X-Wing content. Even Gordon couldn’t ignore something as rare as that on this show. Listen in as Mark discusses the Fundamentals of List Building that sometimes eludes newer and older players alike.
Getting us together to record these days is basically a miracle. Almost didn’t happen again! But record we did. There’s some brief discussion of a Second Edition tourney Mikhail and Franch attended and then some discussion about more X-Wing stuff. Don’t really remember what it was all supposed to be about because Gordon just couldn’t get past Franch being, well, Franch. Regardless, Steelers talk was kept to a minimum at the end of the show. You’re welcome.
At least Franch wrote up our show notes, so not a complete loss. With our little tricycle of a podcast still missing its third wheel, Gordon and Mikhail try to pedal along by talking about the recent lists they’ve flown before eventually asking Ryan Fleming to hop on and save us. After all, Coruscant is this weekend, so who better to talk Coruscant with than Ryan? Turns out Ryan agreed to join us only if he was allowed to complain about the Steelers. After Ryan’s rant, we washed his mouth out with soap.