Somewhere in the Arkanis sektor…

Without further ado:

“Two days from Tatooine. Two days in the darkness just… Flying, drifting, moving. These were the coordinates and now the Ruby Damnation and it’s crew were there. Nothing. Blackness. The twin suns distant and nothing else, sensors blank.

The first day after arriving Jace started up his galaxy box, played through the whole day, and the next. Che was nowhere to be seen as usual. Thracken… Thracken was drunk in some maintenance crawl space, out cold now, the thrashing had stopped maybe yesterday, or the day before. The sound from Jace’s gaming had drowned every other sound. He had stopped now. Ghia was checking her medkit, when she wasn’t checking the sensors or looking out some viewport. She had right to be nervous, she sent the message, Cartol replied, but was it really him? It was just a text, no voice or holo. Did he carry a grudge? Was he really still alive? Blue sat with her polyhedron thingamajig, fondled her uct or checked her rifles. How odd these organics were. They think we sleep, but Cyris is only starting to awaken, we just need time to sort it through.

Third day in space, Jace sat in the cockpit, staring at distant stars and playing with the manoeuvring thrusters rocking the ship from side to side. Sometimes reading the message from home, and the one from Imperial Revenue Services. He was obviously on edge. Things were starting to catch up, not good.

He read the message from his mother again, smiling at the reassurance that his brother was doing well as a waste disposal officer. Good for him. Steady job, steady pay, perhaps a wife and family soon. The proximity sensors screamed and the view port was no longer filled with dead and empty space, but the side of capital ship. To starboard Jace could see a large wheel-like structure closing in. The Ruby Damnation‘s engines flared as it shot between the wheel and the front section of a Nebulon-B frigate. As it came about Jace could read the name “Cartol’s” above the upper hangar bay. The com announced an incoming transmission: ‘The emporium of useful things and shinies is here!'”

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Probably the last preview.

So, I’ve put most of the NPC data into the catalogue – statlines and stuff still missing, that last bit is a bit more tedious than just typing and copy-pasting, so it’ll have to wait for a day with more time.

It is now looking like I want it to, I think. Input is still appreciated.

The links I provide here is for a version with bleeds – and mean some of you might do like me, get it printed and bound – but I will also provide a version without bleeds in case you use a pad or tab or surface or whatever those thingymajigs are called.

The preview isn’t of any content really, just the first few pages – in case anyone has any tips or wants to let me know of anything missing or incorrect.

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Pom, pom! Pommelom!

No, it’s not done yet, sorry. Stuff is in the way, but! BUT! I have finished the NPCs, only small touches are now needed to make them finished, so I’ll start put them into indesign sometime next weekend – the coming weekend is packed!

I have now made stats for Cartol, Joonaz, Mobe and the rest of the lovely bunch.

I have also tweaked a few bits more, and now have more official stuff to compare my work with so I can make some further adjustments, in case I feel it’s necessary – and in some cases it might be.

Now, I have to start preparing the first session of 2014, Friday’s the day. They will have to deal with some COMPNOR agents, tax and revenue laws, jungle and meanies. Now I only need a reason why, and a hook for the session after – which probably won’t be before March at the earliest, April and May won’t work – final deadline for thesis about then.

Spread sheets and the wonders of libre calc

I’m now full on into the NPC production, for some reason I kept putting it off… weird that when you’ve got 30something npcs to write out and feel that life should be different… So, anyway, I made this list, which I thought was a good idea, that way I could see how many I’d made and how many were left… still nothing were being done. Then today I realised, hey why not write it all down there, in libre calc? and then move it into the catalogue when it’s all done?

So that’s what I’m doing now. Most stats are down, now to skills, abilities and equipment. What I love about this is that I do not really have to consider the PC creation rules, I do not have to base the derived stats upon the primary stats… it makes me happy, I can make them as I want them.

I’ve also removed some more stuff from the catalogue, stuff that I’ve realised is basically just replications of other effects, but “fear” not, there’s still some stuff left.

In other news, Suns of Fortune is now out, at least some people have started to receive it – not me though, I live on the wrong side of the Atlantic to receive any new products as they come out, but give it a few weeks and I’ll have it. Still, people are nice and answer questions – I know now that this book does not overlap that much with the stuff I’ve made, which I find odd. I think there is only two ships in the new book that overlaps with my catalogue, so those will of course be removed from the finished catalogue.

Until next time, stuff is being done.

A list of to-dos

After going through Donovan’s suggestions I’ve made some changes, removed some redundant bits and pieces. There are still some parts I’m considering, slowly realising that they might be unnecessary. It takes some measure of will and open-mindedness to let go of my creations. I’m getting there.

So, while still making up my mind on some of that stuff I’ve made a list of NPC stats I want/need to make to complete this catalogue. It’s longer than I thought. Close to 30 stat lines it seems to cover all my bases – although I might refer directly to the Core book(s) for some of these.

Additionally, without giving too much away I’ve slowly started on an adventure based on stuff presented in CE. This won’t see the light of day in a long time, but it’s something I want to do properly. Considering I have very limited experience with making full on adventures in the “pre-made” style, it will take time and I will need input as well as extensive play-testing.

Also, for anyone interested in collaborations, I’ve been considering an Imperial Source book of sorts, basically a small guide on how to tweak EotE and/or AoR to be used for playing imperial characters. What I’m thinking is to produce text on how to use Obligations and/or Duty for imperial players, player character concepts (particularly how to fit alien species into the mix as imperial operatives), how to make use of the various careers and so on – for AoR this isn’t a big issue, but perhaps some ideas for the EotE careers? This is a continuation of my earlier catalogue called Known Threats which I stopped working on a while ago. If you have ideas or would like to collaborate, let me know.

The merging is…

… almost complete! Here’s a preview of the updated look and feel. Been a bit trial and error, but I’m getting here. There is still one major part left to do, but that shouldn’t take too many afternoons and evenings, so a pre-Christmas release still looks good!

I’ve added a few new ships, most of the ships have also had a once over, mainly small adjustments. The changes are numerous and I have lost count, suffice to say, its getting better – even if more officials stats are appearing, I hope that some of what is in this catalogue will be to someone’s liking.

Space combat expanded part 1: new actions

The space combat rules as presented in the Edge of the Empire core rulebook, and the expansions added during the Age of Rebellion beta, serves as a solid basis for space combat in the Star Wars universe. Its narrative and open to customization, perhaps too open to some people’s liking.

This post is not about drastically changing or tweaking the system, but rather discuss how to expand upon it within its framework, in the spirit of the rules and the game. Its the first part of two. The second will cover less structured options, based more on narration and creativity during play.

I have to thank a few people from the FFG forums, particularly Aservan and Aramis, both commented and made their opinions clearly understood, I have to respect that, regardless of our difference of opinions.

This first expansion serves as an easy addition. Using existing mechanics and conventions I’ve come up with a series of new Starship Actions for the pilot to use during combat, these will be presented in Cartol’s Emporium, but I will cover the basic idea behind them here and post the current version of them. Again, I have not come up with these completely on my own, the aforementioned – and others  – have inspired me.

The intention of these Actions is to be used to add flavour to combat, they’re not all powerful boosts that will ensure or shorten space combat – they would probably prolong it slightly, they are alternatives to Gain the Advantage, Stay on Target and Evasive Maneuvres. Which are the three basic, and arguably only, combat oriented manoeuvres and action in the EotE corebook. AoR introduces some new actions, but mainly for capital ships.

The first new Action I will cover is the one I’ve called Suicidal Mynock. This action is actually based on a suggestion made by Aservan, and I’ve kept it very close to his original idea. The basic idea behind this is to become the only possible target of an enemy ship, for instance to cover a friendly ship’s escape. It is limited to one fire arc of the enemy ship, but with some good tactics, narration and roleplaying, this should work pretty well. Starships can also alternate between who’s going to be the target, while another can attack within that fire arc/defensive zone. Of course sound reasoning should prevail, this would be hard for one starship to do against a whole fire arc of different weapons on a Stardestroyer or any Silhouette 6+ capital ship, so keep in mind the balance between rules, fun and whatever dosage of reason and “reality” you want part of in your game.

Where the Suicidal Mynock is the crazy pilot’s wish for lethal attention, the Defensive Screen is another protective Action a pilot can perform. Flying interference, overlapping shields and the like, this Action allows one starship to increase the Defence of one allied starship – alternately it could just add a Setback die to the opponent’s attack checks on the allied ship. Larger capital ships cannot really benefit from this Action from too small ships, unless one is talking about a whole lot of squadrons of course, but Silhouette 4 to 5 should be able to gain the beneift from silhouette 3 and 4 starships, a series of starfighters or transports, flying this kind of defensive interference against enemy starfighters and capital ships. Silhouette 6 capital ships would require silhouette 5 starships to gain these benefits. Where the Suicidal Mynock forces the enemy to attack you, the Defensive Screen increases the ally’s defence, and if you roll well upgrades combat checks against the allied ship – and this upgrade cannot be ignored by Gain the Advantage.

These two Actions would be typical wingman or escort type actions used to protect a weaker or more important allied ships. The pilot is basically making himself a target, but this an acceptable course of action when fighting the Empire, protecting civilians from pirates and stuff like that.

 Of the next two actions I present the outlines for here, one is directly related to Suicidal Mynock, and is intended as a way to break that action’s “hold” on the target ship. It is called Run the Blockade and will break the temporary hold that a Suicidal Mynock gains for one or more rounds.

The last action is a variant of Evasive Maneuvres, except its an action and can be performed by slower and larger ships than Evasive Maneuvres. This one is simply called Evasive Action. Instead of adding upgrades to the combat check difficulty of enemy ships, this action adds defence, and on Triumphs can turn these defence bonuses into upgrades instead. It can be used in conjunction with Evasive Maneuvres is the ship is fast and small enough.

That some of these actions provide defence bonus might be considered powerful and unbalancing, but considering the limitations that the core rules put in place for number of defence dice per defensive zone I figured that it wouldn’t be that bad, and also the upgrades can become a real nuisance in the long run for both side when multiple Despairs are rolled. Although, as mentioned above, these defence bonuses can be changed into adding environmental setback dice to the enemies’ combat checks, thereby bypassing any potential defence cap.

This option is of course only a small addition in my mind, but it does help to add flair to the story telling as a fellow pilot attempts to defend his allies, or getting a clear shot at an important target while a bunch of TIEs run interference, suicidal or otherwise. While the actions will appear in the catalogue, I present them below in all their “glory” for you to consider and criticise.

Defensive Screen

Pilot Only: Yes
Silhouette: 1-5
Speed: 3+
Make a Pilot check using difficulties outlined in Table 7-3 (EotE core book page: 234) against an opponent attacking or attempting Gain the Advantage against one allied ship. Success increases defence of allied starship by +1 until the end of acting ship’s next turn. Additional three successes or advantages can be spent to upgrade combat checks against defended allied ship by one. Any pilot or combat checks made by defending ship adds one Setback die.
Notes: Silhouette 3 and 4 starships/vehicles cannot gain this benefit more than two allied ships. Silhouette 5 and 6 can only receive the benefits if 2 or more ships execute the Action to a maximum of four allied ships, halve defence bonuses and upgrades. Larger ships cannot benefit from this Action.

Evasive Action

Pilot Only: Yes
Silhouette: 1-6
Speed: 2+
Pick an enemy ship and make an opposed Pilot check, success gives evading ship +1 defence to one defensive zone. Three advantages can be spent to gain another +1 defence to same or another defensive zone (to a total maximum of +2), limited as per defensive zone maximum outlined on page 226 in the EotE core book. Triumph can turn a defence increase into an upgrade instead. Any attacks originating from Evasive vehicle receives an equal amount of setback dice (or upgrades) to combat checks against opponents.
Note: This Action can be used in combination with Evasive Manoeuvres, if starship is small and fast enough to perform this Manoeuvre.

Run the Blockade

Pilot Only: Yes
Silhouette: 1-6
Speed: Any
Make a Pilot check using difficulties outlined in Table 7-3 (EotE page 234) against an opponent who has successfully used Suicidal Mynock against acting ship.  Success lets acting starship attack any other target on the following turn. Failure prevents acting ship from attacking any other target for another turn.

Suicidal Mynock

Pilot Only: Yes
Silhouette: 1-5
Speed: Any
Make a Hard [♦♦♦] Pilot check and pick one enemy ship. Success results in target ship not being able attack any other target than the starship performing this action on its next turn. Additional two advantages may increase the duration for another round up to a total of three rounds.  The enemy’s weapons not able to target the ship may attack other targets as normal. Any other ships that take the Suicidal Mynock action against the same target in the same fire arc becomes the only ship the target may attack. A pilot may cancel this manoeuvre on his or her turn as an Incidental.