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#1 Kal Goran

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:11 AM

Ok, I found out about this via the wonderful Penny Arcade. I'm a huge Star Wars fan. But I've never really gotten into tabletop RPGs. I know this is fundamentally different from D&D, and the style sounds very interesting, but I don't know much else. I know Amazon has a beginners set, and the site here has a rather expensive core rulebook, and a GM kit.

My question is, as people who play the game, what are each of these really, what should I get? The beginners set seems like a safe bet, but what do I upgrade to from there if I wanted to? Anything else I should know about the game?

 

Thanks for any help!



#2 awayputurwpn

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:10 AM

Well, BN.com has a pretty good price on the Core Rulebook pre-order, so that might be a good deal to get in on. 35% off is nice. Note also that the book is not coming until July.

The Beginner's Game is out and can be obtained from your Friendly Local Gaming Store or wherever else you buy those products. It's an excellent value at list price, since you get a $15-value dice set plus a map, tokens, adventure, cool-looking folios for players, and not to mention the freebies on the game's support page here on FFG's site—two more character folios and another extensive adventure. 

How you transition from the Beginner Game to the Core Game (This is totally unofficial and is only my opinion, so take it as you will): 

The pre-generated characters should be able to lift right out and be assigned an appropriate base Specialization. They'll have a few free talents from the Beginner's Game, but this is a game where you don't have to "show your math work" and be able to reverse-engineer your PC to level 1. So, for playing in the Beginner's Game and as an incentive to keep your character, here's some unattached talents. Also, you'll have to decide on a specific Knowledge skill a specific Piloting skill if you want to convert those characters over to the Core Rules.

And besides the pre-gen characters, really all the stuff you get from the Beginner Game can be used in the Core Rules. Maps, tokens, adventures & adventure seeds, dice. 

The Core Rules will provide a MUCH more in-depth experience; such as extended Talent Trees and actual specializations; the sweet, sweet Obligation mechanic; more species; critical hit & critical injury tables (I love these, and miss them in the Beginner Game); and all-around more expansive rules on personal- & starship-scale combat to enrich your games (not, as one might think, to bog them down).

Oh, and there's a chapter on the Force :)

Not to mention more GM aides in the form of charts and tables, another whole adventure, and a crap ton of (what I know will be) beautiful artwork. 



#3 Kal Goran

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:42 AM

Ok, thanks! As someone who doesn't really have much experience with this type of game (and just as importantly, is unsure how many friends he'll be able to get into it) I'll probably just grab the beginners set, seeing as it's only about 20 bucks. Then if I like it and can get friends into it, I may look into expanding into the core rule book and really getting into it. I've been kinda disappointed in scripted Star Wars storytelling recently, and like the idea of a fringe focused RP game.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

Yeah, I'm having the most fun in this system that I've ever had with Star Wars RPGs. And I love Saga Edition, so that's saying something. 

I'd recommend checking out some live play recordings if you haven't already. The Order 66 Podcast is a source of wonderosity and they've recorded a couple very entertaining game sessions, as well as having put together several stellar podcast episodes (the Skill Monkey segment, featured in every episode, is a must-listen).

So if you want to develop some real geek love for this system, there's no quicker way :)






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