As you may remember, pass tokens were revealed in August with only a few hints of details by the developers. There was some concern that lists with more ships would dry out; others were excited by the possibilities.
Now that they've been out for a while, I'm curious to know what people's experiences have been. In the VWC, it seems that some lists with 5+ ships are doing quite well competitively, not dissuaded by the pass tokens too much. 1 or 2 ships isn't too common to see, probably because they don't get much use out of pass tokens if first player. But I'm curious to know what people have noticed personally. In my experience, they do make a difference in the game, but they're much less annoying than the guaranteed-every-turn pass from Strategic Adviser. And the details rules prevent a guaranteed last/first on a specific turn like we used to see with Pryce (and sometimes Bail). However, lists with more ships and first player should theoretically be able to last/first on a later turn after all the pass tokens are used up (This part is me theorizing, not something I've actually seen yet).
Honestly, I really like the system. It's a pretty complex system but I think it's much better than what we used to have.