April 7, 2020
The Jank Tank Open is in full swing, and this week we bring on Tommy Adams, an online X-Wing tournament organizer, to talk about how playing on Vassal is different than playing person. Fly Better!
April 1, 2020
Would you believe that Ryan once attempted another podcast? Let's time travel back to 2015...
March 31, 2020
This week Raithos joins us to talk about his mind-bending theory that all the principles of poker apply to X-Wing. We're skeptical at first, but he really does his best to convince us otherwise! Also you still have one week left to enter into the Jank Tank Open at!
March 24, 2020
Visit JankTankOpen.Com Hello and welcome everyone to the first ever Jank Tank Open, kicking off on April 3rd! As a collaboration between both the Fly Better and Gold Squadron Podcasts, this online Extended X-Wing event is a single elimination tournament run on the Vassal platform. However, all players participating in the Jank Tank Open will be using randomly generated squad lists from Yet Another Squad Builder instead of building their own from scratch. Players will choose one of 2 randomized squads assigned to them to play in the tournament. The only permitted changes to the squad are one upgrade that may be removed, and one upgrade that may be added. Both Gold Squadron and Fly Better are committed to making this a smooth and enjoyable online event. We understand that these are difficult times, and in the spirit of hopefulness, Gold Squadron and Fly Better will each donate $1 per Jank Tank Open participant to the charity of the winner’s choice. To those who are savvy enough to master their jank, other great prizes can be won as well.
March 17, 2020
While the majority of the world is on lockdown due to Covid-19, Dee and Ryan bring on a slew of guests in a Town Hall style discussion. Dee states why Ryan's gym teacher is a good pilot, Coach wins big with Vader, and Sky Paladin get's one of the best Jank Tank squads in recent memory.  Fly Better!
March 10, 2020
PSA: Please listen to the first 30 minutes of this episode for important information! This week AC Yager joins us to discuss his run to a world's invite using Thane, Luke, and two Selfless Red Squadron Veterans. He talks about what makes the squad work and why he's warming up to the Hyperspace format.   Fly Better!
March 3, 2020
This week Brandon Cating joins us to talk about the power of Cova and Poe, deep diving into what controlling an opening engagement looks like. [00:13:30] Judge Talk =/ [00:30:00] Two Snakes talks Cova Poe [01:31:00] Jank Tank Fly Better!
February 25, 2020
Kris Bengtsson joins us this week to tell us why he's the man behind the World Champion's success! He also talks about why the Empire is struggling, and how you can succeed with CLT Jedi. Fly Better!
February 18, 2020
This week UK Judge extraordinaire Kris Mitchell joins us to discuss some edge case rules scenarios, as well as some more difficult situations that X-Wing TOs/Marshals must deal with. Farmer also discusses his recent STORE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY with #FarmersFireballs. [00:00:00] Farmer's Fireballs [00:33:00] Kris Mitchell Interview [01:35:00] Jank Tank [01:57:00] Rules Questions/ Judge Talk  Fly Better!
February 11, 2020
We have a content packed episode this week with guest Tom Reed, who helps us navigate two of the biggest tournaments this year! Both the UK and Texas System Opens are discussed, but not before the terror of Boba Fett is broken down in depth. [00:12:00] Boba Fett Discussion [00:40:00] UK System Open [01:16:00] Big 'Ol Texas Fly Better!
February 4, 2020
LVO Grand runner-up Paul Olson joins us this week to talk about vulture droids, rules quandaries, and strange cantina bands. [00:00:00] Intros [00:20:00] Content [01:00:00] Jank Tank [01:23:00] Dee's Rules Updates Fly Better!
January 28, 2020
This week the Flyboys talk about LVO, both the highs and the lows. In their sleep deprived ramblings they also mention some of the lists they liked.
January 21, 2020
Chris Allen joins us this week to talk about Krayt Cup, points changes, and why Dee is incorrect on a wide variety of topics. Krayt Cup Links: Krayt Cup 5 Rules Krayt Cup Remember the Good Times Changes/Format Krayt Cup Remember the Good Times  
January 14, 2020
ALERT! ALERT! NEW POINTS CHANGES HAVE ARRIVED! This week we are joined by the Singapore Grand Champion, XY Lim to help us dissect these major changes. Are 5 X-Wings too good? Is First Order overhyped? What happened to Soontir?! All this an more answered! [00:06:30] Questions for XY [00:14:00] Rules Reference Changes [00:35:00] Points and Hyperspace Changes! Follow along with this Points Update Document made by Paul Fuller! FLY BETTER!
January 7, 2020
This week we bring on one of X-Wing's top commentator's Nam-My Le! He walks us through what makes good commentary and how we as a community have grown as casters. He then takes on Dee in a First Order vs Republic Jank Tank! Rules to Fly Better LVO Side Event  
December 31, 2019
This week the celebrated Pax: Unplugged finalist Duncan Howard joins us to talk about all manner of juicy card previews. Find out which TIE/ba we like the most, our answer may surprise you! [00:04:00] LVO Talk [00:23:00] Card Spoilers With Duncan [01:22:00] Jank Tank with Duncan [01:34:00] Spoiler Talk with Duncan Fly Better!
December 24, 2019
Happy Holidays from the Fly Better Podcast! Made using the Crash Pandas Module: Bartholomeaw - Dee Yun Hairy Pawter - Andrew Seely Ruffus - Stephen Kim Buster Catsrto - Steven Gonzales
December 17, 2019
This week the Winner of Crossroads Classic and the Missouri Grand Championship joins us...Doug Howe! He discusses his thoughts on Vulture Swarms, the Nantex, and of course how to fly a surprisingly good Jank Tank list. [00:10:00] Nonsense Questions [00:20:00] Serious Questions [01:05:00] Jank Tank Doug's Squad Farmer's Squad [01:18:31] Let Them Fight Fly Better!
December 10, 2019
This week we've got Paul Heaver on the podcast, fresh off of his System Open victory! He talks about how he constructed his Chertek Vulture Swarm and why Discord Missiles are so dangerous. Once Jank Tank rolls around Dee is given maybe the worst Republic Squad ever. Fly Better!
December 3, 2019
I'm too mad to write a description. Blame Dee.
November 26, 2019
This week Asa Graf, of Back to Dials Fame, joins the Flyboys to talk about the major System Open Changes, CIS strategies, terrible Imperial Squads, and more!
November 19, 2019
This week the Flyboys bring on Oli Pocknell, your 2019 World Champion! He discusses his pursuits build a larger community and spread X-Wing's popularity. Make sure you stick around after the outro music to hear Mandalorian discussion! Fly Better! Oli's Worlds Battle Reports:  Mandalorian Mayhem Charity for Second Life:
November 12, 2019
The week we have a very special pair of guest all the way from Spain. Marcelo Soto and "Nino" Veiga were both member of Team Spain, who went on to win XTC, the largest team event in the world. They talk about their strategies, try to fix some jank, and give the flyboys a debate over two enemy animals. [00:00:00] Intro Questions [00:18:00] XTC Talk [00:40:00] Jank Tank [01:00:00] Spanish Nationals Fly Better! Marcelo's Jank Squad Nino's Jank Squad Dee's Jank Squad  
November 5, 2019
The Fly Better podcast is committed to bringing you an onslaught of new and exciting guests from around the world! This week we have on Alex Farley, who finished in the Top 4 in Worlds 2019. We find out what his favorite Star Wars movie is, how to fly a Mux swarm, what to do with a random Foreman Proach squad, and the finishing with a little Marvel Crisis Protocol talk! Fly Better!
October 29, 2019
The Flyboys talk about their experience at Worlds 2019.
October 22, 2019
The very best content that we put out every year, here are interviews with every member of the Top 16 from Worlds 2019. This is the one episode you don't want to miss and the very encapsulation of "Fly Better." Day 2 Lists: Top 16 [00:02:00] Jesper Winstrom [00:07:24] David Kelly [00:12:00] Nicholas God-Nilsson [00:17:10] Pierre Buffiere [00:23:20] Justin Gerring [00:28:49] Paul La Rue [00:34:37] Michal Nowak [00:42:30] Duncan Howard Top 8 [00:58:00] Calen Wong [01:08:20] Paul Olson [01:15:20] Jonathan Kok [01:20:20] Bartosz Wójcicki Top 4 [01:30:30] Alex Farley [01:38:24] Mitch Raab Finalist [01:55:30] Dan Taylor World Champion [02:00:00] Oliver Pocknell Fly Better!
October 14, 2019
With Dee returning, the Flyboys take this final week before worlds to breakdown recent Grand Championship and Hyperspace results. No timestamps this week as it's all recap. With special guest Daniel Lim!
October 8, 2019
With the 2019 World Championships only a couple weeks away, the Flyboys breakdown the First Order, Resistance, Republic, and Separatists! The top contenders of each faction are discussed as well as a few fringe options. Helpful tournaments tips are sprinkled throughout as well. [00:05:00] First Order [00:35:00] Resistance [00:57:00] Republic [01:22:00] CIS Fly Better!
October 1, 2019
This week the Flyboys begin worlds prep by breaking down the original three factions. What toys do they have available to them? How can you fight back against the Nantex menace? What are the top faction archetypes and how are they vulnerable? All that and more is dissected and discussed! [00:07:00] Rebel Faction Breakdown [00:37:00] Empire Faction Breakdown [01:10:00] Scum Faction Breakdown Fly Better!
September 24, 2019
With worlds fast approaching guests Raithos and Mitch Hurst join the podcast to talk about the new Rules Reference update, as well as their impressions of the Meta moving forward. [00:00:00] Intros [00:06:00] Rules Reference [00:50:00] Worlds Meta Talk Fly Better!
September 17, 2019
This week the Flyboys bring on Tom Harper, of Imperial Propaganda fame to talk about the Oceanic Team Championships! After enthralling tales from the land down under the group analyzes the points for the new Wave V ships! [00:00:00] Intros [00:05:00] Oceanic Team Championships [00:49:00] Wave V Points Breakdown Fly Better!
September 10, 2019
As X-Wing fans eagerly await their fresh new Nantex and Republic Y-Wings, the Flyboys take a little look back at the Wave IV meta. With plenty of data to crunch (courtesy of Pink Brain Matter), Ryan and Dee look at the current state of the game. This includes a major Hyperspace Faction breakdown to benefit all those still hoping to do well at their local Trials. [00:00:00] Intros [00:08:00] Prize Support [00:28:00] Wave IV Summary/ Hyperspace Talk Fly Better!
September 3, 2019
The first ever Australian System Open and the first US Grand Championship took place this past weekend and the Flyboys are here to break them down! The Aus System Open Runner up Akhter Khan and Nova Champion David Kelley join us to look at the Top 8 squads from each event and what it means for the Meta moving forward. Then the groups talks about how to get over tough losses. [00:00:00] Intros [00:05:00] Australian System Open [01:20:00] Nova Grand Championship [02:15:00] Getting over "it" Fly Better!
August 28, 2019
Dee has returned as one of the BEST members of team USA! He recounts his various matchups, best moments, worst moments, and a few other surprises. Then the Flyboys breakdown the Top 8 lists of the European Continental Championship, German Nationals, and Canadian Nationals. [00:00:00] Intros [00:02:00] ETC [01:00:00] European Continental Championship [01:45:00] German Nationals [02:18:00] Canadian Nationals Fly Better!
August 20, 2019
This week the pirate captain himself, Richard White (otherwise known as Kelvan Tiberius) joins us! Dee talks a bit more about his experience in Buenos Aires, a few surprising Hyperspace Trials results are discussed, and the Fireball + Vonreg's TIE are previewed! [00:00:00] Intros [00:05:00] Buenos Aires Open [00:22:00] Hyperspace Trails [00:54:00] Wave VI [01:15:00] Ricky Time! FLY BETTER!
August 13, 2019
With Dee still traveling back from Buenos Aries, Ryan brings on a few of the top players from Gencon: Mark Grawburg, Matthew Cary, Ryan Staniszewski, and the North Continental King himself Carson Wray. Topics up for discussion include: -Subverted Gencon Expectations -TIE Advanced Prototypes -Regen Mechanics -Upcoming Obstacles Packs Fly Better!
August 6, 2019
If you're looking for Gencon analysis you've come to the right place. Ryan, Dee, and Dallas take a look at the Top 14 lists from the North American Continental Championships and discuss some reasons why they worked, and if their success can be duplicated. [00:00:00] Intros/Shout-Outs [00:10:00] GenCon Results [01:57:00] San Diego Hyperspace Trial Congrats to our new Continental Champion, Carson Wray!
July 30, 2019
3 Time World Champion Paul Heaver joins the podcast today to send a call out for NOVA judges! Then, as Gencon draws near, the Flyboys take a look at what sets each faction apart.  Ryan tries to give some practice tips, and Dee ponders the viablility of double Decimator.  [00:00:00] Intros[00:03:00] Paul’s Call for Aid[00:12:00] Gencon Prep[01:28:00] Tournament Talk[01:52:00] Floor Rulezzzz Fly Better!
July 23, 2019
This week the Flyboys bring on judge extraordinaire Brent Wong to put a close on the pace of play and sharing dice discussion. However, Dee has some unfinished business with Ryan and the two argue the merits of Plasma Torpedoes vs Proton Torpedoes for far too long. [00:00:00] Intros [00:15:00] Dee's Roundup [00:20:00] Plasma vs Proton [00:55:00] Sharing Dice & Calling a Judge Don't forget to sign up for the Fly Better Grand Championships at LVO!
July 16, 2019
This week special guest Dión Morales joins the Flyboys as they talk about the pace of play in X-Wing. Farmer believes that more and more X-Wing games are reaching time, and not enough rounds are being played. What is the cause behind this? Is Farmer being crazy? The group tries to find an answer. [00:00:00] Intros [00:06:00] Pace of Play [01:30:00] The Krayts vs Dee   Flight Club!
July 9, 2019
It's time for a review episode! This week flight instructors Yun, Farmer, and Parker quiz you on the fundamentals from the first six Flight Academy episodes. Are you ready for the advanced courses? [00:00:00] Intro[00:04:00] The Templates [00:21:00] The Dice [00:42:00] List Building [01:09:00] Turn 0 [00:21:00] The Joust [00:31:00] Win Conditions Fly Better!  
July 2, 2019
While Ryan is on vacation, Dee brings on a different group of Flyboys to fill the Moistureless void.  With a slew of guests, including the talented Sam Cimino, the team discusses a variety of topics including: Worlds Invites, Dee's poor taste, and more reactions from the upcoming points changes. Fly Better!
June 26, 2019
This week the Flyboys discuss the big Season 2 points changes. Who are the Winners? Who are the Losers? What happened to Rebel Beef and Quad Phantoms? We discuss and argue! [00:15:00] Rebel [01:00:00] Empire [01:27:00] Scum [01:48:00] Resistance [02:00:00] First Order =/ [02:09:00] Separatists [02:21:00] Republic [02:51:00] Generics Come join us at the Fly Better Grand Championship in Vegas January 24-26 2020! Season two points available here Fly Better!
June 18, 2019
Welcome to The Fly Better Podcast! This week Ryan and Dee discuss a major rebrand, worlds structure, Resistance Crew, Best Coast Pairings, and then some tournament results! Skreeee! FLYBETTERPODCAST.COM
June 11, 2019
Andrew Bunn, Chris Allen, Duncan Howard, and Kevin Leintz are four of the best X-Wing Players/Personalities currently out there, and they've joined us today to answer some of YOUR questions! With Dee out on another adventure, we hold a panel to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the X-Wing community. These include: fortressing, final salvo, Charmander vs Squirtle, and prepping for large tournaments. Come Skree with us! Fly Better!
June 4, 2019
We've got a guest training officer this week for Flight Academy, Instructor "The Johnson" Johnson. He's here to talk about Win Conditions, and how not understanding them can lead to losses.  [00:09:00] - What is a win condition [00:15:00] - List Building [00:21:00] - Turn Zero [00:31:00] - The Game [01:15:00] - Keeping an open mind Fly Better! Show Notes:
May 28, 2019
On this month's faction breakdown Dee, Ryan, and special guest Raithos dissect the Resistance! With aces such as Poe and workhorse ships like the RZ2 A-Wing, the Resistance has all the tools necessary to be dangerous on the board. Everything from 6 A-Wing to Danger Zone is discussed, along with a few outside the box list building suggestions. [00:00:00] Intros [00:06:00] Atlanta System Open [00:16:00] Resistance Faction Breakdown Fly Better! Donate to Team USA's trip to Poland!
May 21, 2019
With the System Open season still in full swing Ryan and Dee breakdown the Top 4 Extended Squads currently in the meta. DreadLoks, Quad Phantoms, Handbreak Han, and Rebel Beef Wedgington are all discussed in detail. [00:00:00] Announcements [00:10:00] N1 Preview [00:25:00] Top 4 Extended Squads [02:00:00] MYNOCK AFTER DARK: BATMAN! Fly Better!
May 14, 2019
This week we are joined by Mitch Hurst, Denver System Open Runner Up.  He talks about why generic Silencers might be good, why FFG hates the First Order, and the move that won him his Top 4 match. Then the group tries to read the encyclopedia of card text introduced in the new Hyena Bomber preview. [00:00:00] Intros [00:16:00] Mitch Hurst: The First Order and You [00:47:00] Hyena Bomber [01:20:00] Hyperspace Results Fly Better!
May 7, 2019
Welcome cadets to another Mynock Flight Academy! This week our lesson focuses on jousting, one of the most exciting aspects of X-Wing. When should you enter a joust? How do you know if you'll come out victorious once the dust has cleared? What happens if you don't want to joust? All that and more answered on this week's episode! [00:00:00] Intros [00:02:00] Motivation/ Definition [00:14:00] The Rule of 11 (or 10.5) - The Straight Joust [00:30:00] The People’s Joust [00:45:00] You as the “Beatdown” [01:00:00]  You as the “Control” [01:20:00]  Post joust Fly Better!
May 4, 2019
Ryan and Dee interview Xavier Woods (Otherwise known as Austin Creed) and Tyler Breeze, WWE Superstars about X-Wing, Tabletop, and the grudge match between them. Watch the video version here: Check out UpUpDownDown's youtube channel:  
April 30, 2019
There has been a lot of X-Wing news from this intense past weekend of X-Wing tournament play. We bring on guest Ryan Staniszewski to talk about the current state of the X-Wing Meta, as well as break down the Roger Roger faction. Maybe it's time you bought some more vulture droids. [00:00:00] Introductions/ Retractions [00:15:00] Meta Stats Extended [00:50:00] Meta Stats Hyperspace [01:07:00] Hanover System Open [01:28:00] Denver System Open [01:48:00] Seperatist Faction Breakdown Meta Stats: Extended: Hyperspace:
April 23, 2019
Welcome to another Mynock Faction Breakdown! Ryan and Dee discuss what you can do to win with the Republic! Is there ever a reason to bring a Torrent? Are any Jedi other than Anakin viable? What does Oddball do (spoiler, it doesn't matter)? Dee also takes some time to address recent calls for Fat Han nerfs. [00:00:00] Intros/Nonsense/Hype Building [00:11:00] Dee's Soapbox/ Unleashing the Dragon [01:00:00] Republic Faction Breakdown Fly Better!
April 16, 2019
The Mynocks bring you an action packed episode with special guest Tyler Tippett. Star Wars Celebration and the Wave V announcement lead off the discussion, followed by a lengthy debate about Fat Han 2.0.  Is this the new menace everyone should fear? Or is it another community overreaction? Find out this week! [00:00:00] Intros/ Star Wars Celebration talk [00:18:00] FFG Panel/Wave V [00:45:00] Fat Han 2.0 [01:18:45] Tyler Swears (Forgot to bleep) Fly Better!
April 9, 2019
This week a very sleepy Dee and Ryan take on listener questions from the Facebook group.  Topics discussed include: which dials should change, what Wave 3 surprises have we seen, and is Riverside in "The Sticks." Enjoy this hodge podge stew of questions. Fly Better!
April 2, 2019
Welcome back to Mynock Flight Academy! The goal of this lesson is to teach you about Turn Zero, otherwise known as the setup.  We bring on three time World Champion Paul Heaver to discuss how to read your opponent's squad, what kinds of obstacles to pick, and ideal setup scenarios. This will help you set your operational parameters for this most crucial early point in the game. [00:00:00] Obstacle Choice [00:18:00] Obstacle Placement [00:55:00] Ship Placement This doubles as Mynock Podcast Episode 164.
April 1, 2019
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March 26, 2019
Welcome back to another Mynock Faction Breakdown.  This week we discuss Scum and Villainy, which unfortunately has come under hard times as of late.  However, there is hope for the faction, as the most recent Hyperspace update has brought Guri back into the fold.  Perhaps you can win a half ton of golden feathers and win a hyperspace trial with Scum. [00:00:00] Intros [00:07:00] Dee is going to Worlds! [00:30:00] Scum Faction Breakdown Fly Better!
March 19, 2019
Philip "Mynock Slayer" Booth has acquired a new bust for his mantle...our guest Connor Hawley! After Connor's impressive run in Arizona we discuss all five factions and what they are currently their strengths in the Hyperspace meta. [00:00:00] Intros [00:08:00] Connor Talks Rebels/Y-Wings [00:45:00] Faction Discussion Fly Better! 
March 12, 2019
Did you guys think Farmer was done reading lists? YOU THOUGHT WRONG! This week the Mynocks go over recent Hyperspace Trials results.  Are Y-Wings the new boogy-man? Should you be flying A-Wings? What Range do Fang Fighters NOT want to be at? Then they take a brief look at The Senate, Dooku, and BUZZ DROIDS! [00:00:00] Intros/Judge Illuminati [00:15:00] Hyperspace Trial Round Up [01:25:00] CIS Spoilers Fly Better! Send Papa Farmer a get well card! Ryan "Papa" Farmer  4821 Lankershim Blvd 513 North Hollywood CA 91601
March 5, 2019
Welcome back to Mynock Flight Academy! This lesson looks to bring you up to speed on list building, the most important part of X-Wing that doesn't involve actually playing on a board.  We bring on Marcel Manzano to help us discuss what exactly goes into a good list, and how to identify list building decisions that can weight you down. [00:02:00] Motivation [00:09:00] List Building Basics [01:10:00] How do you choose upgrades? This doubles as Mynock Podcast Episode 160.   Fly Better!
February 26, 2019
Welcome to another Mynock Faction Breakdown! This week special guest Travis "The Johnson" Johnson joins us to discuss what the Empire can do to stay relevant in both the Extended and Hyperspace Metas.  Is Vader an "Ace"? Should you be considering Gunboats? Is the TIE Swarm an A-Tier squad? All that and more this week! [00:00:00] Intros [00:04:00] Faction Breakdown: Empire Extended [01:02:00] Faction Breakdown: Empire Hyperspace [01:49:00] Dee's Toronto Experience with a special guest. Fly Better!
February 19, 2019
For this week's episode we continue our Mynock Interview Series with the best X-Wing Judge in the country (and maybe the universe) Iain Hamp! Iain discusses the "waiter" side of the "X-Wing Restaurant" and why you should still tip even if the food isn't great. He then answers some questions from the listeners about some of his toughest calls, and the extraordinary effort that goes into planning events. [00:00:00] Intros/Dee's Dice Updates/Alt-Arts [00:15:00] Iain Takes Over! [01:09:00] Questions on Judging [01:37:00] Hyperspace/Extended talk, Final Roundup Chat Fly Better!
February 12, 2019
Hola fellow skreeiers! Today Dee and Ryan break down the Guardians of the Republic squadron pack as well as give their brief opinions on Wave 4! Which Jedi will you be flying? Are V-19s better than TIE Fighters? How many shots after a Jamming Beam do you need to take to make it worth it? Some of those answers and more available now! [00:00:00] Intros [00:08:00] Guardians of Republic [01:30:00] Wave IV Fly Better!
February 5, 2019
Welcome back to Mynock Flight Academy! Today our lesson centers around the dice, which have a powerful effect on many facets of the game.  We bring on Andrew Lauritzen, Master of Numbers and creator of the X-Wing Dice Calculator, to discuss how to best make sense of those fickle green and red Octahedrons. [00:02:00] Motivation [00:10:00] Dice Basics [00:15:00] Expected Results [01:15:00] Additional Dice Mechanics [01:35:00] Dice and Post-Game Analysis This doubles as Mynock Podcast Episode 156. Show Notes X-Wing Calculator Fly Better!
January 29, 2019
After much debate and speculation, the first points adjustment of Second Edition was released! The Mynocks bring in Nordic Champion Andreas Karlsson, a self-described Rebel player, to discuss what these changes do to the faction of Luke Skywalker Wedge.  Which changes were the most important? Find out this week! [00:00:00] Intro and Phoenix System Open [00:20:00] Rebel Faction Breakdown Fly Better! Check out Points Document here:  
January 22, 2019
The Mynocks open up their mailbag and answer several questions from various listeners.  Guest Chris "Chico" Brown, joins us to talk about list construction, jousting, killboxes, and...pineapple pizza? No timecodes this week as the entire episode is questions and answers! Be sure you tune in to the very end for a very special musical performance... Fly Better!
January 15, 2019
Welcome back to the Mynock Podcast where today we discuss the new Servants of Strife CIS preview! After discussing some items from last week's episode (Hyperspace and Heroic), we take a look at the Belbullab-22 (aka the Bulbasaur aka the Belly-Rub) which looks like it could serve as the "workhorse" for the faction.  Then Dallas compares what a Vulture Swarm vs a TIE Swarm looks like. [00:00:00] Intros/ Hyperspace Talk/ Cleanup Items [00:38:00] Servants of Strife [01:51:00] Closing Notes Fly Better!
January 8, 2019
This week is an interview episode with guest Kevin Leintz!  After a few simple questions Kevin takes over the cast to discuss an alternative way to build Poe Dameron.  Get ready to huck those R4 Astromechs to the scrap heaps because his suggestions challenge you to fly differently.  Later, Ryan and Kevin go at it on whether or not Heroic is worth it. [00:00:00] Intro [00:07:00] Interview Questions [00:33:00] Kevin Time Part 1: Building a Hero [01:15:00] Kevin Time Part 2: Heroic? Fly Better! Check out the Echo Base streams!
January 1, 2019
Welcome to Mynock Flight Academy! What is Flight Academy? Flight Academy is a monthly “back to basics” episode to help both fresh new recruits and grizzled veterans alike.  For our newer players, Flight Academy acts as a foundational building block to learn the important fundamentals of X-Wing. For our more seasoned pros, think of this as a refresher course of various elements you may have forgotten, or skipped over in your own self-education of the game. To make it easier to listen to past episodes, we’ll be giving these episodes their own number. It’s our intent that a year from now, new players will be able to listen to just these 12 episodes and feel that they have a good primer into how to elevate their game.  The advice you’ll gain in these sessions should transcend metas and be useful regardless of what the current “powerhouse” is. Today, we overview the templates and maneuvers, which are the most fundamental element of X-Wing. [00:00:00] Intro [00:10:00] Maneuvers Overview [00:33:00] Straights and other Basics [01:24:00] Banks [01:48:00] Turns [02:03:00] Advanced Maneuvers This doubles as Mynock Podcast Episode 151. Show Notes
December 25, 2018
Happy Holidays from everyone at the Mynock Squadron Podcast! The game system is based on Apocalypse World, available free here: Star Wars Variant:   Cast: Master of Ceremonies - Ryan "Moisture" Farmer Sarly (Wookie Scoundrel) - Producer Andrew Seely Lady Dhalia Crane (Twi'lek Noble) - Shea Parker Texx (Enhanced Human Trooper) - Dallas Parker Kekoc (Bothan Operative) - Dee "Dragon" Yun Breaker (Human Medic) - Cody Campbell Jek (Jawa Gearhead) - Producer Steven Gonzales Lorn (Human Bounty Hunter) - Janelle Pelzel
December 18, 2018
It's been four months since Second Edition launched and the Mynocks are taking a look at where the game has settled. With a cargo hold full of data (some stolen from the Krayts), the group goes faction by faction to discuss what has been working so far.  Why are the rebels struggling? Are only two ships in the Empire that good? Should the cost of Fenn Rau go up? All these questions are answered and more in this week's episode. [00:00:00] Intros/Announcements [00:11:00] 4 Month Look Back [00:25:00] Hyperspace vs Extended [00:53:00] Derpy Counting Stats that aren't nearly as good as the Krayt stuff Check out the Mynock Squadron Store: Mynock Patreon Fly Better!  
December 11, 2018
It's been a very busy month in X-Wing. So busy in fact that we haven't had a chance to discuss the two new factions on the horizon, the Resistance and First Order.  With guest host Stephen Kim visiting again, Dee and Ryan look at what tools the fresh factions have to compete in both the Hyperspace and Extended formats. [00:00:00] Intros [00:12:00] Resistance Talk [01:40:00] First Order Talk Fly Better! Check out our Mynock Store:
December 4, 2018
Today we bring on Pax Unplugged System Open player Cam Murray to talk about his run to the Top 4.  He discusses Double-Tap Dash, which is the new rebel list sweeping the meta.  Is it as bad as Dengaroo? Does it take skill to fly? How do you beat it? Cam goes in depth with the squad.  The group then looks at the Top 16 squads for any outliers. Spoiler alert: B-Wings are back baby! [00:00:00] Intros/Patreon Prize Announcements [00:16:00] Double Tap Dash Talk [01:03:00] Pax Unplugged Lists/Discussion  Fly Better! Check out the Mynock Shop for new Merch!
November 27, 2018
Greetings from the Maw! Today we bring in some long range communications from our favorite guest hosts, the Foss Twins! Travis is the new Australian National Champion, and his brother Jaren got 18th only playing 5 out of 6 games!  The twins helps us break down the Aussie top cut and shed some light on lists both familiar, and strange.  That's not the only tournament we're talking about though! The Polish System Open, French Nationals, and Mexican Nationals also get analysis with the little bit of data we currently have. [00:00:00] Intros/Shout-Outs [00:12:40] Australian Nationals [01:05:00] Polish System Open [01:20:00] French Nationals [01:35:00] Mexican Nationals Fly Better! You can view the lists here:
November 20, 2018
This week Ryan brings on Stephen Kim and Dee is surprised to discover that Stephen is his arch foe, Raithos, the creator of Yet Another Squad Builder 2.0.  Despite the unexpected betrayal of trust from Ryan, the group manages to talk about what the future might hold for the squadbuilder as well as potentially coming to a truce in the great YASB Wars.  Following the dramatic resolution, the TIE/fos are broken down as everyone eagerly awaits the release of Wave II. [00:00:00] Intros/ Raithos Interview [00:54:00] TIE/fo Discussion Fly Better!
November 13, 2018
Good morning droid hive minds! After taking a week off, Ryan and Dee dive fully into discussing the new Clone Wars ships spoiled by the recent Wave III Announcement article. Once all the "Roger Rogers" are dissected, Mynock Open Champion Garrett Jost joins the podcast to break down his list choices during his 10-1 run at the tournament. Check out the Mynock Open List Fortress Entry here: [00:00:00] Intros [00:03:00] Clone Wars Talk [01:10:00] System Open Prizes [01:20:00] Mynock Open Talk Fly Better!
November 6, 2018
You'll get a real episode next week I promise! Until then, here are some Thank Yous from Mynock Open weekend.
October 30, 2018
With less than a week to go until the Mynock Open, the very tired duo of Dee Yun and Ryan Farmer bring on guest Chris Allen to help save the show with content. This week it's mostly Mynock Open talk, strange rules interactions, OP prize support structure, and favorite/least favorite cards. No timestamps, enjoy the ride. Fly Better! See you in two weeks.
October 23, 2018
This episode we are very happy to bring on the hosts of Cloud City Radio! Mandalor"Ian" Wardle and Lee Williams join us in breaking down the United Kingdom Team Championship results. That discussion then leads to Spanish Nationals as well as the Crossroads Classic.  Is the rebel faction really hurting as much as these tournament results show? [00:00:00] Intros and Shout Outs [00:15:00] UKTC [01:22:00] Spanish Nationals [01:55:00] Crossroads Classic Show Notes: Fly Better!
October 16, 2018
Galactic Holonet! Today we are bringing on guest Richard White, better known as Kelvan Tiberius from the Scum & Villainy Podcast, to talk about two new factions coming very soon.  Both the Resistance and First Order have seen fresh preview articles released with all manner of juicy spoilers to dissect.  In addition to contemplating the fate of the new factions, we also spend some time on the current meta breaking down just how good "Whisper" is. [00:00:00] Intros and Shout Outs [00:14:00] Rules [00:38:00] Whisper Talk [01:15:00] Resistance Talk [01:51:00] First Order Talk [02:18:00] Mynock After Dark: Fantasy Football Fly Better!
October 10, 2018
Hello rookies and aces alike! We have returned after a very sleep restrictive trip to Coruscant to discuss the System Open Finals.  This episode Ryan talks about how he almost missed a plane, Dee says why Trajectory Simulator is a problem, and special guest Steven Gonzales explains why Thane Kyrell changes games. We also take a look at the top 16 and give a breakdown of each of their lists. [00:00:00] Intros and Shout Outs [00:08:30] Coruscant Host Results [01:14:00] Top 16 Analysis [02:20:00] FFG OP Update Fly Better!
October 2, 2018
Salutations fellow space parasites! This week our primary focus is on "Mathwing" and discussing how math should or should not be used when playing X-Wing.  Dallas goes in depth on various TIE Swarm and jousting scenarios in what is perhaps our longest look at the squad archetype.  BONUS: A substantial Mynock After Dark discussion on film criticism. [00:00:00] Intro/Announcements  [00:21:00] Let's talk Mathwing [02:00:00] Mynock After Dark: Film Theory Fly Better!    
September 25, 2018
We have our first Second Edition tournament results! With Boba Fett wreaking havoc across game tables, the Mynocks analyze just how good he really is as well as his current optimal loadouts. Following that Dee leads a discussion on all three factions' various ways to field 5 Three-Attack dice ships and the pros and cons of each. [00:00:00] Intros and Shout Outs [00:12:30] First Swath of 2.0 Tournament Results [01:08:00] Efficiency Fly Better!
September 18, 2018
Warning: Strong Language Used in This Episode We bring on a very important guest this week...Coach Aaron Krull! He's here to gives us the truth about Second Edition from the perspective of a game store owner.  Are 7 factions really a necessity? Also we talk in depth about the pros and cons of FFG's new squad builder.   [00:00:00] Intros [00:07:00] Gold Squadron Classic Plug DONT SKIP [00:17:00] Second Edition is HERE! [00:29:00] The App [01:17:00] Extended vs Second Edition [01:35:00] Rules Talk with Dee Fly Better!
September 11, 2018
Happy Second Edition Week everyone! With 2.0 nearly here, we bring on the master of rulings, Chris "Chico" Brown, as a guest.  He's known for creating the best Tournament Organizing software available, Cryodex, as well as being a phenomenal judge.  Chico walks us through some of the tougher rules that all players, both new and old, will have to deal with in X-Wing's new iteration.  [00:00:00] Intros/Shout-Outs [00:26:00] Rules Talk Fly Better!
September 4, 2018
Dallas and Shea are on this week to talk about beginner games of X-Wing Second Edition.  Additionally the crew pours one out for First Edition and look back fondly (and not so fondly) at all the memories the game gave us.  Closing out the show are underrated Scum gems for future list building. [00:00:00] Intros [00:16:00] Beginner Second Edition [01:15:00] The Final 1.0 Segment  [01:31:00] Scum List Building Gems [01:55:00] Mynock After Dark Register for the Mynock Open here: Fly Better!
August 28, 2018
We have an extra large episode this week (with a side of beef).  The main focus is Second Edition list building, with a concentration in "broken" or undercosted pilots and upgrades.  With a fresh meta right around the corner it's important to identify and discover what the new staples of each faction might be.  There's a lot to discuss, so set your hyperdrive and let's get going! [00:00:00] Mynock Open [00:16:00] Shout Outs [00:25:00] Second Edition List Building - Empire [01:26:00] Rebels [01:50:00] Scum Register for the Mynock Open at MynockSquadron.Com Fly Better!
August 21, 2018
We've got our good friend Zach Bart on this week to hype up the Third Annual Crossroads Classic, a tournament happening in Indianapolis later this year!  More information available here: Ryan and Dee then find themselves without a show format and do their best to drum up a few interesting topics to rant about. [00:00:00] Cross Roads Classic/ 2nd Edition Hype [01:00:00] Last Jedi Talk [01:30:00] Pour One Out for Juggler [01:57:00] Second Edition Concerns [02:10:00] Mynock Open Prizing and Structure   Fly Better!  
August 14, 2018
This week three of Europe's top players join us to talk about the European Team Championships.  Phil GC, Oliver Pocknell, and Łukasz Golonka give us an in depth look at the ETC including: the results, unexpected lists, and plans for the future.  They complete the show with fantastic advice for players moving forward into Second Edition. [00:00:00] Intros [00:16:00] European Invasion! [00:48:00] ETC! [01:30:00] The future of the ETC [01:40:00] Second Edition Talk ETC Links: Scores/Standings ETC Final Dropbox with Rules Google Doc with Lists 
August 7, 2018
Dee and Ryan return from a weekend full of Gen-Con with all kinds of fresh news and experiences.  They talk about their successes in the tournament, how good Supernatural Vader is, and the new factions coming soon to the game.  ROGER ROGER! [00:00:00] Intros [00:13:00] GenCon [00:41:00] Second Edition Side Event [00:59:00] ROGER ROGER! [01:05:00] First Order Conversion Kit [01:30:00] Resistance Conversion Kit [01:48:00] Mining Guild TIE [01:52:00] Dee's Rules Reference Thoughts Fly Better! Patreon.Com/MynockPodcast
July 31, 2018
Oh, I'm afraid the point values will be quite operational when your friends arrive.  FFG decided to give us the point values to everything in Second Edition, leaving our heads are spinning from the massive influx of information.  In order to make sense of it all, Dee explains what a baseline is, and why it's important when analyzing these new point values. Ryan then lets the community chime in on what their first impressions of those same costs are. [00:00:00] Opening Notes [00:18:00] Points Primer [01:40:00] Community Thoughts [02:25:00] Closing Notes Useful Links:Temporary Squad Builder courtesy of Reddit User u/IronicMollusk 1.0 versus 2.0 Cost Comparisons Mynock Open Housing Help Mynock Open Registration Fly Better!  
July 24, 2018
It's a full house today on the Mynock Podcast with guests Jaren Foss and Asa Graf coming on! Jaren basks in the glory of his ANZTC victory, Dallas discusses how scary the TIE Advanced might be, Ryan doesn't like Ruthless, and Dee introduces a new segment called "Optimizing Your Prototype." In this segment we break down the meta's top squads, and attempt to decipher whether or not they are the very best they can be.  This week we take a deep dive into 5X and Crack Dealers, created by the drug kingpin himself Asa. [00:00:00] Intros/Housekeeping [00:30:00] TIE Advanced 2.0 [01:12:00] Optimizing Your Prototype [02:01:00] Closing Notes Fly Better! Register Now for the Mynock Open, Nov 3rd: If you'd like to support us, join our Patreon!
July 17, 2018
Jaren and Travis Foss join us this week to talk about Wave 14 and the Australian Team Championships.  Dee takes an in depth look at all the new content from Wave 14 and grades it out.  Do X-Wings live up to the hype? Can you put the Ace of Legend back on the table yet? Is there any reason not to include Major Vermeil in your squad? All those answers and more, including the best trash talking we've had on the cast in a while! [00:02:00] Australian Team Championships Intro [00:27:00] Wave 14 Deep Dive [01:50:00] Australian Team Championship Beef Fly Better! Patreon.Com/MynockPodcast MynockSquadron.Com  
July 10, 2018
The Mynocks avoided the article curse once again! This week Ryan, Dee, and Dallas take an in depth look at the Second Edition Fang Fighter, more specifically Fenn Rau.  Is he the ace to beat once the game launches in September?  Afterwards the crew take on their favorite ships from the Scum Conversion Kit unboxing. [00:00:00] Intros [00:17:00] Fang Preview [01:22:00] Mynock Taste Buds (Scum Conversion Kit) Register for the Mynock Open today!  Visit MynockSquadron.Com Fly Better!
July 3, 2018
REGISTRATION FOR THE MYNOCK OPEN IS LIVE! Visit: MynockOpen.Com In addition to hyping the tournament, we talk quickly about our Producer Andrew Seely winning his first store championship!  After that we break down the new Firespray article and decide if maybe we jumped the gun on saying Kath got nerfed.  Finally we end the show with a long, yet somehow brief, overview of the Imperial Conversion Kit. [00:25:00] - Store Champs [00:45:00] - Firespray [01:30:00] - Imperial Conversion Kit Fly Better!
June 26, 2018
Dee returns this week to help discuss the last few System Open results.  There's a spirited debate on the various merits of VI Quickdraw followed by analysis of the newly revealed Scum YT-1300.  Dallas laments on how the Escape Craft could spell doom for his TIE Swarm. [00:00:00] Intros/ Housekeeping [00:20:00] System Open Roundup [01:10:00] Lando's Falcon Preview Part 2 [01:50:00] Closing Notes Fly Better!
June 19, 2018
Dee is on a break this week so we bring on a very special guest host...ANDREW NUCKOLS! You know him from the Birmingham Barons and his fantastic acrylic tokens.  We talk to him about his favorite ship, Second Edition excitements, and the new Y-Wing reveals. [00:00:00] Intros/ Housekeeping [00:13:00] Nuckols Interview [00:50:00] Guest Tips [01:00:00] 2.0 Y-Wing Discussion [01:23:00] Closing Notes/Shout Outs Patreon.Com/MynockPodcast
June 12, 2018
Salutations X-Wingers! This week Dee, Ryan, and Dallas discuss some of the questions answered in the developer AMA.  Was Dee satisfied with their justification of Luke Gunner? After that we have a quick rules reference talk which is followed by our breakdown of Lando's Millenium Falcon! [00:00:00] Intros/Pirates! [00:13:00] Mynock Open Talk/Foodgasms [00:31:00] Actual Content AMA Talk [01:17:00] Rules Reference [01:23:00] Lando's Falcon Fly Better!
June 5, 2018
We at Mynock Squadron are happy to announce, THE MYNOCK OPEN, an X-Wing Second Edition tournament in Los Angeles coming at the end of October/early November of this year.  Registration will open later this month, so keep your eyes open! Also, we discuss which First Edition Content can help you win a Store Championship and score you that sweet sweet Second Edition Loot. [00:00:00] Intros and Major Announcement [00:22:00] FFG Prize Support Announced [00:33:00] Reddit AMA Talk [01:04:00] So You Want to Win a Store Championship  Fly Better! Patreon.Com/MynockPodcast
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