Setting the Tale

Getting players to engage with a setting is never easy, and getting players to use the setting to their advantage is even harder.

This time we talk about setting tone, suspense, using fear, where to glean some useful feedback, and many other things.

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Exploring a Tale

With an explorer you never know what you’re going to find. Whether you’re driving through a mountain pass trying to catch an imperial squad that stole your crystal skull, or finding the next rancor that your benefactor has paid you to take down. We talk about the many facets of the explorer and also delve a little into ways to illicit skill rolls that aren’t asked for by the GM.

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Dan’s Tale of Beginner Boxes

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.

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The Cantina Tale

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?

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A Tale of Social Contention

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.

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The Tale of Preparation

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.

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The Tale of Session 0

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.

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The Tale of Hiring Guns

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.

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A Tale of Duties Core

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.

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A Tale of Responsibility

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 “A Tale of Responsibility”

A Tale from the Front Lines

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.

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A Nonchalant Piloting Tale

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.

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The Developing Tale Of Max Brooke

We were able to find Max Brooke and get him to talk about all of the fun things going on at FFG as well as some of the cooler aspects of Star Wars the RPG and why having a single campaign to run is a good idea.

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The Tale of the Second Story

Ben and Cam started talking about ships and the big concept ways of using them and the topic started to drift quickly. They slingshot past how to make things more interesting from the outset of a campaign and end up talking about how to keep a campaign interesting over the longer term and how to ratchet up the difficulty.

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The Tale of Shiny Things

Ben had no idea about equipment and was starting to worry he was doing it very wrong. Cam had some ideas so they started talking about it. Thankfully someone had the recorder going so all of you can benefit from the discussion on equipment and how to get it to mean something to the players while not being too giving or to miserly with it.

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Tale of Storied Players

Cam and Ben are back with another question that a fan asked. How is the system suited for letting the players in on the narrative reigns and not just making the GMs feel over taxed.

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Tales of The Lords of Nal Hutta

The Cracian thumper finally made it past the dreaded wampa line and delivered Bens copy of Lords of Nal Hutta. We take a look at it and what speaks to both Ben and Cam from the book.

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Who’s Tale is it Anyway?

We start off with a simple question of how to deal with a guard house full of security personnel with out shooting it up and expand into how we run low prep games and bring the players into a scene.

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The Tale of Corrupted Power

Ben and Cam talk about high powered adventurers and parties, tactics to deal with same both in FFG Star Wars and more generally, changing things up mid-campaign, and what to do when a player is about to break the game.

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We go say hello to Admiral Daala and dine with wookiee service and you can listen in below.

The Start of a Legend

This week Ben and Cam talk about how we build characters to have a background and obligations that fit within the party and how we can make them useful to the GM as well as the players.

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You can also sit back and have vaporated water with us at Tosche Station and listen as we talk with how we get started with characters.

The Droids Strike Back Tale, Pt 2

This week we talk about narratively dealing with a timer, how to set aside rules when the party just doesn’t need them applied, and how to make space combat more interesting while using the rules we discussed in the last episode.

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The Runaway Droid Tale, Part 1

We take a look at the rules that govern space scenes in Fantasy Flights Star Wars and we try to make all the weird actions and maneuvers make sense.

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The Dying Campaign Tale

How many ways can you kill a campaign? We know quite a few and have witnessed many premature campaign deaths.

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The Fischer Tale

We were lucky to get in contact with Andrew Fischer (@Etheral_Fish) of FFG games to talk about Stay on Target. What follows is a decent first discussion of how the book came to be and of how an FFG developer was able to get into such an interesting position.

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The Ace’s Tale

Stay on Target, freshly released from Fantasy Flight Games, is our target. The new Ace Career book brings us interesting views on what an Ace is and how an Ace can fit in our game. Learn about our singular disappointment with the book as we take just some of the ideas presented and make them into usable ideas at the table.

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