XWA-F 71: First Blood

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing Alliance
Missions: 1
Release date: 2002-06-23
Last updated: 2005-04-01

LC Saeul Trigue

Average rating 3.6
Reviews: 5
Bug reports: 0
Times completed: 68
Patches used: None

Battle Reviews

CM Jagged Fell III



I actually found this mission to be challenging in a good way. The hints are wrong in that you don't want to focus on the T/F right away. You need to disrupt the first wave of T/B on their attack run before they launch their torpedoes, otherwise (at least on my two failed runs) the torps arrive just as some mission critical T/F are launching, killing them and ending the mission.

COL Phalk Sturm



Excellent mission. It was well-structured, the dogfighting was both challenging but enjoyable. The fact that it can be tactically approached from different angles is good, and that it is aboard a War Mule, aka the Gunboat, makes it even better. The classic disable all tactic never grows old, provided that some ISD or any other casual moron does not destroy the intricate pattern of stranded enemies in space. Additionally, seeing my former squadron, wing and ship, the Mighty Colossus, made me a bit nostalgic but happy enough to live again those glory days.

HA Pete Mitchell



The mission is functional, but there is a ton of waiting both at the beginning and the end, which is super annoying. Also loses a point for using gunboats vs much more maneuverable craft. Nothing spectacular on the story.

RA Genie



I liked almost everything about this mission, The inflight messages do a very good job and add immersion. Would like to see more people utilize that. The mission itself is challenging so be prepared. You fly in a Gunboat and you will get ripped apart if you ignore those TIE Fighters. Showing the real prowess of the T/Fs. (you have been warned) If you feel you cannot take them solo, fly close to the other Sigmas. Don't worry the ESC can take a few torpedoes. If you have trouble with the VSD, the Colossus will take care of it. In the end, you may find yourself waiting for the remaining craft to fly home. The whole mission takes about 20 mins.

LC Saeul Trigue



This is a quick and rather simple mission. I made this one for submission in a Wing wide comp on the ISD Colossus back in March, 2002. In this mission you fly an Assault Gunboat, the patch is included with the mission. If you're looking for a quick but fun mission this one may just be for you! Good luck and good hunting!

Battle Bug Reports

There are currently no open bug reports for this battle.

High Scores

Mission: 3,385 GN Dax Corrin

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 3,374 COL TK-7764 2003-01-21
2 3,228 CM Jagged Fell III 2024-02-06
3 3,201 MAJ Hunter 2003-08-12
4 3,078 Darth Vader 2003-04-06
5 2,960 HA Anahorn Dempsey 2014-10-08
6 2,843 FA Pickled Yoda 2015-11-21
7 2,828 MAJ Tycho Atreides 2003-06-01
8 2,320 GN Elwood the Brave 2015-11-24
9 2,260 CM Steve Sunrider 2003-05-10
10 2,238 VA Kane Reese 2003-02-22

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 62 pilots a total of 66 times.

Title: First Blood
Missions: 1
Game Platform: X-Wing Alliance
Author: CMDR/CM Samuel Shadd III/Iota/Wing VIII/ISD Colossus (weasel74@intelos.net)
Date: 03/25/02

Installation Instructions

1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle.
2] Check the Misc folder in your XWA one for additional material like patches, sounds etc.
3] Press the X-Wing Alliance button to start XWA and fly the battle.

Note: this mission requires the use of the S-Foils patch and that your XWA be the updated 2.02 version.

Download it at the Science Office. 

For convinance this patch has been included with the zip file. 
Just run the patch and you will be able to fly the Gunboat in single
player missions for X-Wing Alliance.

This mission is intended to be played after Battle 7: The Battle of Endor. 
You'll need XWA-Disc Two, make sure it is in your drive!