Greetings all! I'm a first time GM (of anything, much less EoTE) with a bit of experience playing before running a group of absolute newbies. They're all great players so far, they're extremely happy to be playing (they badger me almost daily to set up sessions sooner), and we have no serious complaints.
One thing I have a really big question on is the idea of GMPCs as opposed to NPCs. We've dubbed this "Pulling a Chewbacca" (a la Darths & Droids' Chewbacca after GM takes him over) because of how the GM is able to have some fun with a dedicated character. My big question is "can it be done?"
I've realized some of the risks involved. I am by no means a controlling GM (especially in tandem with how abstracted the game already is) and I am doing my very best to "flesh-out" the character in mention so thoroughly that he would do things I never would (like running into a room full of baddies because he's brash even though I know they're there.)
Given the story I have cooked up for them, it seemed, at the time, only appropriate to at least provide them with a significant companion character. My party of 5 currently plays in a YT-1300 that they just...I guess the word would be "leased" to an illegal do-gooder mercenary outfit based out of an an old Starbolt assault carrier from the Clone Wars. The character's backstory is that he is going to be their assessment officer in the next couple missions before they officially are integrated into the organization. He himself is an up and coming officer in the Squadron with lots of talent but precious little actual field experience (Gran [from AoRB] /MercSoldier). He's a very good theoretical leader and a competent light marksman in CQC situations, but again, has no field experience to speak of (I qualified this by giving him 200 XP, 100 of which went into characteristics, 85 into talents, remnant 15 into skills).
I guess my fear is that he will, whether I attempt to or not, lead the party. He has very high Presence and Leadership, but is not supposed to be "the face." He's supposed to be a fighting politico, of sorts. My intent was for him to be sort of the tactical support. I really don't want to draw away from the PC focus, but I don't know how else to incorporate this character short of cutting him or replacing him with a cam-droid. Regardless, I would like to do a GMPC because I LOVE playing, but so far nobody on my college campus or within my group of friends is confident enough to take over the job of GMing (which I simply like as opposed to all caps LOVE.) What are your thoughts or questions?