I have played/ran every incarnation of Star Wars RPG. From West End to Saga's end. I have also played/ran the Warhammer Roleplaying Game 3rd Edition extensively, and own nearly every supplement currrently out. I have played Rogue Trader and am familiar with the rules.
I am a fan of Fast combat systems. To me, Star Wars should be a fast game, because there always seems to be so much going on all around the characters. There many are heavly populated areas and stuff flying around the PC's at all times. Elevations can change in a instant and vehicles at the PC's disposal pretty much all around. And Cover, always lots of cover.
I was stoked to hear FFG picked up the SW brand. But, having played WHRPG 3E, I have watched it slowly bloat like a corpse with it's "optional" rules with each supplement and TONS and TONS of chits and cards. Table space Real Estate has now come to a head and become a major problem, only half-way into Ranks. I have just a few concerns about Star Wars I hope someone can answer. Nothing specific, just give me an idea
Starship Combat…in my opinion, there is where nearly every system ever made has fallen somewhat flat. I think the Saga Edition of this game got pretty close to being a fast and balanced system. For those who have read the Beta, do you think that the system will be condusive to high speed space chases, i.e. out running TIE fighters in your freighter or having multiple players in fighters batting other fighters?? Or, (GASP) will we perhaps be able to fighter larger ships to ship combats. Second, could all of this be done in under and hour?? What I means is, could ship combat, say a Freighter vs. 3 TIE's (or any fighter) be accomplised in a reasonably short amount of time??
Or, are we looking at Rogue Trader'ish combat system, where one entire game session may be Starship Combat
Can you see Starship Combat tying into the X-Wing miniatures game somehow? Is there any relation?
Vehicle Combat, i.e., say Walkers vs. Speeders, or Speeder vs. Speeders, is it a clear system??
Finally, player combat. How long would an encounter with a Squad of Stormtroopers last? say 3 PC's vs. 3 Storms?
Thank You in advance!!