We talk this week with Dan Clark about writing the Beginner Box games and why some of the choices are made to go the way they have. From why the starting characters are the way they are, to how the adventures grow from “this is a skill check” to stealing a ship.
We were asked by a listener (@brometheus) about how to use Cantinas effectively. We finally got around to looking at the question.
Why do we use them in a game? What are we doing within them? And, how we can change the concept of a cantina to fit a few other situations?
This week we talk about the five social skills and how they can be used and characterized by the NPCs and the players.
It isn’t just choosing from the list, it’s part of the character and how the character is perceived throughout the entire adventure.
Ben and Cam talk about things in the Star Wars system that we find irritating or clumsy and how we deal with bringing them to the table as a good way of expanding the story.
We give advice on how to be prepared for a session, how to use your players characters as a guide for what problems will come up, and how to let them happen without breaking the game.
We bring in a very experienced GM and player to talk with us about Session 0, what goes into it and how we can use it to propel our game session, and group, forward.
We also talk about one way to deal with that character concept that just doesn’t want to get along with everyone else at the table.
Hired Guns are a huge pillar of Edge of the Empire. One of the six careers. But, the basis behind how you can make the most of them is not quite as easy as it sounds. We dive into the career and find some people who help bring the nasty pain to their opponents and how you can make an even better one.
A couple people poked us about Duty and how to use it in a game setting in a way that wasn’t just a second way of collecting experience. We started off simple and then it grew into something much deeper, like the duty mechanic itself.
We start talking about Force Unleashed and how to deal with players who have characters at that power level. We examine the tropes and raise a few good points about how you can make the consequences of their actions matter to them at the table. Continue reading “Episode 35 – A Tale of Responsibility”
We saw the Rogue One preview. It was amazing. Then we started talking about running a campaign like that and asked ourselves how we would do it. One thing leads to another and suddenly we’re discussing how to make a decent war based campaign that doesn’t feel like an Edge of the Empire campaign.
Cam has a plan, and that plan is to finally talk about Fly Casual.
Which we did, and we pretty much love the book. There are so many stories that we can pull out of it. We discuss the kind of stories that make Fly Casual a great resource, talk about the three new specializations, and talk about some of the story ideas we have for the species.