I'm not talking about crafting super combinations with pilots and elite pilot talents or seeking to shift blame onto the dice for your victories and defeats. I try to keep this fundamental check list in the back of my mind every time I play a game in order to keep my playing consistent and fun:
1. Build It For Fun
2. Pick One Target At A Time
We have all had those games where the dice completely blank out and they are always going to happen in a dice game, but try not to use that as an excuse. Superior movement has nothing to do with dice rolls.
Ensure however that you always end on a positive note – explain to them what they did fantastically well and what you liked about their squad build.
Shake your opponent's hand, learn their name, because just like you, they are a gamer with a love of X-wing, and are trying to become better players. Rather than treat them like a mortal enemy, treat them as another gamer, because if you finish a game and haven't learned anything, you need to look for a new game.
Play hard and play fair. But it comes down to one of the most basic human elements, treat the person across from the table as you want to be treated. I know for a fact that I'm not the most lively of characters when I'm getting completely owned, but don't rub salt into the wounds of the losing side.
5. Learn Your Manoeuvres
When your confidence is high, add an additional ship, and eventually add a large based ship, too. Repeat as necessary.
Thanks for reading.