I feel like a lot of people are looking for some good ways to kickstart their adventure writing in EotE. I put together this little business on my new blog (triumphdespair.wordpress.com), as well as repeating it here for convenience. It's a simple little tool for rolling up random adventure ideas, which I call 'heists', to get you started and inspired.
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H is for Heists
Heists are the meat of the Edge of the Empire game, an ‘adventure’ in Dungeons & Dragons parlance. While highly complex and nuanced plots can be easily lost on players at the table, a Heist that is too straightforward, linear, and predictable is boring and might not challenge the players creativity enough for their liking.
To generate a Heist, roll at least once on each of the columns below. Each Heist starts with a basic premise: the fringer crew must do some Action at some Location, which is owned by an Owner. The reason why this Heist became a good plan is because the fringer crew has come upon some Inside Information that either increases the reward for a successful Heist or decreases the risk and dangers posed for a botched Heist. Unfortunately, all Heists have at least one Unforeseen Complication that forces the fringer crew to quickly change their plans and/or come up with a creative solution to the new problem.
Heists can be seen throughout the Star Wars films:
- rescue Han Solo from Jabba’s Palace
- smuggle goods for Jabba the Hutt, try not to dump cargo at the first sign of the Imperials
- rescue Princess Leia from the Imperial Death Star
- escort Rebel Alliance transports past an Imperial blockade at Hoth
- covertly destroy the shield generator on Endor
- smuggle cargo through the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs
- deliver Han Solo to the highest bidder
d10 Action Location Owner Inside Information Unforeseen Complications
1 Capture/Steal freighter convoy Imperial lightly guarded military presence
2 Capture/Steal colony ship Imperial abandoned T is for it’s a trap!
3 Smuggle past luxury cruiser criminal organization in a minefield jedi are involved
4 Smuggle past orbital depot criminal organization a gambling tournament is involved has a secret, different owner
5 Smuggle past armed starship civilian Need to use speeder bikes must meet with a contact
6 Rescue military outpost civilian Disable security via central computer civilian hostages become involved
7 Rescue medical facility civilian location is underwater moral quandary affecting a fringer’s Motivation
8 Investigate factory politician Working with someone on the inside time limit
9 Protect residence pirate besieged one type of technology doesn’t function
10 Destroy uncharted system Rebel Alliance uncharted location forged permits don’t work