Trouble Brewing Episode 6 – “Capers and Cave-Ins”

After facing down the vile Daro Blunt and his gang of smugglers, the crew make their way to the flophouse. What will they find inside? Will Billie be able to keep Kaav away from the blasters? Will Vuren ever discover how to turn off the annoying ringtone on his pilfered comlink?

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 6 – “Capers and Cave-Ins””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Secrets of the Jedi

I really should have seen this coming. Today’s book really could have been a part of last week’s look at Jedi Apprentice Special Editions because although it does not bear the Jedi Apprentice branding it most definitely is a third special edition for that series. What makes this one different? It’s all about Jedi in love, at least ostensibly.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Secrets of the Jedi”

Episode 215 – The Backstory Tale

Ben is joined by Heroes Kristine and Leslie to talk about character backstory and motivations. From informing the characters actions to providing hooks for the Game Master to propel the story along we dive deep in these concepts.

Continue reading “Episode 215 – The Backstory Tale”

Trouble Brewing Episode 5 – “Blunt Force Trauma”

Following a lead Billie gained playing sabaac, the crew traveled to a flophouse in Formos’s industrial sector, but were stopped in their tracks by blaster fire. Wild blaster shots, tail sweeps, and a stolen forklift later Barawyn, Billie, Vuren, and Kaav are entrenched in a fight against the smuggler Daro Blunt and his gang.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 5 – “Blunt Force Trauma””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Special Editions 1 and 2

The Jedi Apprentice series was a natural fit for a young adult novel collection just after the release of The Phantom Menace. Obviously Obi-Wan was a popular character and his teenage years in the Jedi Order provide a fertile field for adventure stories about someone the age of the target audience. Equally natural then was the decision to do a sequel series about Obi-Wan and Anakin in the wake of the events of The Phantom Menace, called Jedi Quest.

It’ll be a bit more time before we get there, but Jedi Quest was also written by Jude Watson and has two crossover specials with Jedi Apprentice. Since these books are both published under the Jedi Apprentice name, it feels appropriate to review them now.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Special Editions 1 and 2”

Episode 214 – The Lost in Space Tale

We talk about challenges we’ve had as GMs to get players engaged with the stories we’re trying to tell and some of the solutions we’ve had for when the players actively try to derail your plot.

Continue reading “Episode 214 – The Lost in Space Tale”

Trouble Brewing Episode 4 – “Waylaid at the Warehouse”

Frightened, embarrassed, and statically charged, the crew of Sky on Fire reunite to look over their leads for the smuggler Bandon Doba.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 4 – “Waylaid at the Warehouse””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 13-18

With the Xanatos saga well and truly over, Jedi Apprentice has pivoted from a series of one-off adventures all connected by the looming threat of Qui-Gon’s former apprentice to a series of character-developing arcs with cool-down one offs before and after. I think it’s a change for the better, as we’ll see this week when we finish of the main series of Jedi Apprentice!

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 13-18”

Episode 213 – The Murder Mystery Tale

Rissa and Ben set out to talk a little about making careers in Genesys, that idea was a red herring apparently as they fall into the trap of making a whole murder mystery one shot for you to use.

Continue reading “Episode 213 – The Murder Mystery Tale”

Trouble Brewing Episode 3 – “Locks, Shocks, and One Smoking Selonian”

Having gained information on a dangerous but potentially lucrative bounty: Bandon Doba, and having thoroughly embarrassed themselves, Vuren, Kaav, Barawyn, and 13-1LL prepare to leave the Biscuit Baron with their Rodians, half a protocol droid, and remaining few biscuits in tow.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 3 – “Locks, Shocks, and One Smoking Selonian””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 7-12

Obi-Wan Kenobi has had a pretty rocky start to his life as an itinerant Jedi. In fact, he’s been a Padawan for all of a few weeks at best and already he’s decided to quit the Jedi Order and then changed his mind. Currently we find him learning it’s not so simple to undo such a declaration.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 7-12”

Episode 212 – The Forgotten Skill Tale

From discipline to astrogation many skills are forgotten by the whole table. We talk about several ways to make them more valuable for you and your players.

Continue reading “Episode 212 – The Forgotten Skill Tale”

Trouble Brewing Episode 2 – “This Gand Doesn’t Have a Kloo Horn”

In pursuit of their new friend Vreebo and with a fresh droid carcass in hand, the crew of Sky on Fire finally arrive at the Formos Biscuit Baron.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 2 – “This Gand Doesn’t Have a Kloo Horn””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 1-6

This week led to one of the more difficult decisions I had to make logistically about doing these reviews. Legends canon contains a number of series aimed at younger readers that are still techincally part of the canon. The first of these chronologically is Jedi Apprentice by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson. There are eighteen books in this series, but each book is very short, so instead of spending 18 weeks on a kids series we’re going to spend three and just do a third of it each week.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Jedi Apprentice Books 1-6”

Episode 211 – The Player Choice Tale

This week we start with a Minotaur stepping on the gas and it gets weirder from there. We talk about how you can plan for players being unpredictable and how you can recover from them doing something completely unexpected.

Continue reading “Episode 211 – The Player Choice Tale”

Trouble Brewing Episode 1 – “The Strange Incident of the Droid in the Dark”

The crew of Sky on Fire: Vuren, a Twi’lek gambler who won his freedom; 13-1LL, a one time sabacc dealing droid that Vuren won in a card game; the Gand kloo-horn fanatic and mechanic Kaav; and the Fire‘s captain and bounty hunter, the Selonian Barawyn, arrive on Formos to hear the great Fia Mund play in concert at the local Biscuit Baron. But, as this crew of misfit’s will soon discover, Formos is not like every other port of call.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Episode 1 – “The Strange Incident of the Droid in the Dark””

Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Plagueis

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would have told you.

Friends, today we march boldly into a very long, very involved book. A book which begins thirty-five years before The Phantom Menace and ends just after that film does. Most importantly, it’s one of the best books in Legends canon.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Plagueis”

Episode 210 – The Expanding Narrative Tale

Ben and Rissa talk about bringing meaning to your scenes and items. From making the blaster your gambler is carrying mean something extra to the framing of a dead body at the start of an adventure. We have ideas and tips for bringing your players into being more descriptive and making those descriptions matter.

Continue reading “Episode 210 – The Expanding Narrative Tale”

Season 2, Session 0 Part 2

In the second half of our session 0, GM Ben and our Heroes: Kristine, Brandon, Leslie, and David talk Obligation, starships, and equipment for the new Heroes. Warning, this episode contains s0 much Star Wars nerdery.

Continue reading “Season 2, Session 0 Part 2”

Legends of the Hydian Way: Legacy of the Jedi

We’ve finally reached the prequel era! If you’ve only ever seen the actual Star Wars movies you’re going to start recognizing names now and to start with we have Count Dooku!

Wait a minute…what?

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Legacy of the Jedi”

Episode 209 – The Driven Tale

Ben and Rissa talk about the differences in approach that character driven and plot driven campaigns can take and are generated for your players.

Continue reading “Episode 209 – The Driven Tale”

Season 2, Session 0 Part 1

In the season 2 premiere, join GM Ben and our Heroes: Kristine, Brandon, Leslie, and David as they make plans to travel to the Edge of the Empire and introduce you to the new cast of characters we’ll find there.

Continue reading “Season 2, Session 0 Part 1”

Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil

Fun fact about Darth Bane, he’s actually one of the only characters we’ve seen in any of these books so far who is confirmed to have existed in the new canon. Revan showed up in a deleted scene from one of the episodes of The Clone Wars, but because it didn’t make it into the final cut his canonicity is dubious.

Bane, however, shows up quite clearly in the final episode of season six of The Clone Wars, played by Mark Hamill no less! Zannah too is referenced, but doesn’t actually appear in the episode. All that to say, it’s nice to see new canon taking good bits from Legends. Today we tackle the end of the Darth Bane Trilogy with Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil, by Drew Karpyshyn.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

Continue reading “Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil”

Episode 208 – The Traditional Tale

We start talking about the different sorts of force traditions there are from the Gand Findsmen to the Dathomiri Witches and try to come up with ways to make it matter in your game.

Continue reading “Episode 208 – The Traditional Tale”

Trouble Brewing Introduction 5 – Brandon

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet Brandon, one of this season’s players.

Continue reading “Trouble Brewing Introduction 5 – Brandon”