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  1. ErikModi

    Shield Fighting and Sword

    When Captain Coruscant Throws His Mighty Shield. . .
  2. If coming from Legends, the Ssi-Ruuk were Force-Blind, unable to be Force-Sensitive at all, and the Yuuzhan Vong were disconnected from the Force, so neither could be Force-Sensitive at all, let alone become Jedi. If coming from New Canon, neither of those species have been recanonized yet, so the field is open. Force-Sensitivity does seem to be more rare among certain species (such as the Chiss) or practically unheard of, but if any given individual has the temperament and discipline, they can become a Jedi. Moreover, during the Old Republic, the Jedi had a vested interest in getting their hands on all Force-Sensitives they could find. Even if they didn't turn out to have what it takes to be full Jedi, teaching them not to abuse or misuse their abilities was an important factor, and they were shuffled off to other areas where they could help (of course, enough fell through the cracks to keep at least the Sith in apprentices for a thousand years, to say nothing of other Force traditions that may or may not still exist in canon). As a rule of thumb, I'd say it's nowhere near impossible, in the vastness of the Star Wars galaxy, to have a Wookiee, Quarren, Gamorrean, or even Hutt or Ubese Jedi (yes, even with the Ubese cultural hatred of Jedi). However, the more hoops you have to jump through justifying why this particular member of that species has come to be a Jedi, the greater your risk of falling into Special Snowflake/Mary Sue syndrome. Now, that's not to say that there isn't a lot of interesting character potential in a Hutt Jedi. You can get a lot of dramatic mileage playing against type like that. But if the answer to "Why a Hutt Jedi?" is "Because it's cool," or worse, "because those are the stats I like best," then there's a problem.
  3. ErikModi

    Am I mistaken...

    Well, you have to remember Disney is also competing with itself with the Marvel films. A big chunk of the reason Solo underperformed is that it came out right on the heels of Infinity War. A lot of people had to choose theater visits, and they chose Avengers. Had Solo come out a few months later, it might well have done better financially.
  4. ErikModi

    Karen Traviss novels?

    Haven't read her stuff, but all the complaints above are consistent with everything I've heard that convinced me not to read her stuff. Oh, and she calls fans who criticized her work or disliked her vision of Star Wars "Talifans." Let that sink in.
  5. ErikModi

    Talent skill checks

    Personally, I'd say you could, but you should do so sparingly. Part of the appeal of these talents is that they let you do things you can't normally do, or do them in a more efficient way. Players have a reasonable expectation that the talent will work in-game as it is written in-book, and messing with that constantly risks that player feeling singled out for grabbing abilities the GM just doesn't like. I wouldn't modify the difficult directly without flipping a Destiny Point to upgrade it, but adding setbacks for a particularly hostile crowd might make sense.
  6. ErikModi

    Books from the Other Lines

    Never hurts having multiple copies of the core rulebook around, and the vast majority of rules are identical between Edge, Age, and Force.
  7. ErikModi

    Speaks Binary Question

    I think this may be the best answer we're going to get. Thank you.
  8. ErikModi

    Am I mistaken...

    Ahsoka, Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Thrawn, and Thrawn: Alliances.
  9. ErikModi

    Am I mistaken...

    "Apathy is death."
  10. ErikModi

    Am I mistaken...

    Which is fine. Not every story and story aspect will appeal to every audience member. I just point out the most common complaints that get brought up over and over and over again every time this subject crops up that aren't strictly accurate. Hating something for what it is I can respect. Hating something for what it isn't just bothers me.
  11. ErikModi

    Am I mistaken...

    Here we go again: There are a number of misconceptions people labor under that make them hate the idea of midichlorians, and I see these bandied about time and time again. They are: 1: Midichlorians are the Force: False. Nothing Qui-Gon says supports this. He says "without them life would not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force" and "They constantly speak to us, telling us the Will of the Force." Nothing of what he says to Anakin contradicts Ben and Yoda's explanations to Luke that "The Force is an energy field created by all living things." 2: Midichlorians create the Force: True with caveat. Midichlorians are living things, thus they create the Force just like all other living things. Midichlorians create the Force just as much as Space Slugs do. 3: Midichlorians demystify the Force: Your Mileage May Vary, but I don't think so. First of all, in the same breath Qui-Gon explains midichlorians he also talks about "the Will of the Force," which is not something the Force was presented as having in the original trilogy. The prequels also talk about prophecies, about the Force maneuvering people and events towards specific outcomes, making it overall more mysterious than less in my opinion. 4: Midichlorians reduce the Force to simple biology: False. The prequels also establish Jedi (with very limited exception) are forbidden from marrying and having families. Now, it's been claimed that Jedi aren't prohibited from having casual flings, but that's not likely to keep "Jedi genetics" in the general population, so the Jedi's monastic rules would result in Force-Sensitivity being bred out of the population in a few generations if it was purely genetic. The only explanation is that the Force chooses who will be Force-Sensitive, ignoring genetics. EU authors before the prequels really only had Vader, Luke, and Leia to draw on, so the default assumption was that Force-Sensitivity was genetic, like it was for the Skywalkers. Through the lens of the prequels, we now know that to be the exception, not the rule. And the Sequel Trilogy seems to be bearing that out, with the Force selecting Rey and the boy on Canto Bight as among the galaxy's new Force-Sensitives. But Force-Sensitivity was always portrayed as something you either had or you didn't from birth, you could never be a full-fledged Jedi if you weren't Force-Sensitive, no matter how much you wanted to be, how much you believed in it, or how hard you trained. This is the point that really bugs me when people like CinemaSins claim that in the OT, you were left with the feeling that if you just believed in the Force hard enough, you could be a Jedi too, when such was never implied anywhere in the OT. Obi-Wan and Yoda's whole exchange in The Empire Strikes Back about "That boy is our last hope" is founded on the idea that they just aren't going to be able to find, let alone train, another Force-Sensitive into a full Jedi in the time they have left. Even swapping over to Leia at this point is dicey (since Yoda dies in early in the very next film, he wouldn't have much time left to train her). As for the idea of midichlorian cocktails granting you Jedi powers. . . no. Just no. First of all, getting that kind of biological alteration to work is probably impossible, even for Star Wars technology, and second, even if you could make a midichlorian cocktail, if the Force doesn't want you to be Force-Sensitive it just won't talk to those additional midichlorians, and you're still stuck being an ordinary person.
  12. ErikModi

    Speaks Binary Question

    And welcome one of my players to the board
  13. ErikModi

    Statting The Thing

    That's easy. Five ranks in "Snapping Fingers" skill.