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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Vestij Jai Galaar in Are Crown Royal "Dice Bags" supposed to be velvety?????   
    I know a guy that uses a Crown Royal bag for his non-Star Wars dice, and it's not coarse at all. (Quite soft, in fact.) Would it be possible for you to post a picture of yours? Maybe those of us that are more familiar with the genuine article could determine if yours looks the way its supposed to.
     
    My wife makes my dice bags. They're pretty awesome.
     

     

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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Sarone in Change in Recommended XP Per Session   
    The Edge of the Empire Beta states the following about awarding XP:
     
     
    The way I read this, the Edge of the Empire Beta suggests a maximum XP award per session of 22 points. 10 XP for the session, (assuming two or three major encounters) 5 XP for reaching a key milestone, 5 XP for playing to the character's Motivation, and an additional 1 or 2 XP for clever thinking or exceptional roleplaying. It seems that the "default" is 10 XP, but rapidly can reach 20 XP. There were no changes to the recommended amount of XP during the update process.
     
    The Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook states:
     
     
    The only major change in the Core Rulebook is that the GM is given more leeway in how many XP a session of two or three major encounters is worth. Theoretically, a player could receive 32 XP in a single session, but the amount of "base" XP for the session is still really dependent upon how fast the GM wants the players to progress.
     
    The Age of Rebellion Beta said the following:
     
     
    This is literally unchanged from the Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook.
     
    There were no changes to the amount of recommended XP in the Age of Rebellion Beta.
     
    Finally, the Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook states:
     
     
    You'll notice that it's almost verbatim what the Edge of the Empire Beta says. All that to say, the key words and phrases here are "typically" and "at the GM's discretion." I don't think these changes in wording are substantive enough to reflect a change in philosophy at FFG about how XP is awarded. They're just saying that there are a lot of ways to determine how XP is awarded, and that the GM has a great deal of latitude in how quickly characters progress.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from the mercenary in [SPOILERS]: Star Wars: Rebels - Thoughts?   
    I cannot disagree with this sentiment more. George Lucas also approved Midichlorians, Jar Jar Binks, phrases like, "this kiss will become a scar upon my heart," political arguments about trade disputes, and the Star Wars Holiday Special.
     
    We can agree or disagree about whether or not George Lucas approving something means it's "really Star Wars," (now that Disney owns it, anyway) but just because George Lucas puts his beard-of-approval on it does not automatically make it "good." The man is a great idea guy, but he's a terrible detail guy, and (like all of us) he benefits tremendously from constructive criticism.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Galth in Playing the good guys!   
    So we're doing this? Works for me.  
     

     
    Edit: On topic, the novel Allegiance by Timothy Zahn is an excellent example of how a "Good Guy Imperial" campaign could be run.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Maese Mateo in Paper starfighters   
    A common misconception about this system is the idea that once a ship's hull trauma threshold is exceeded, the ship is destroyed. This is true of minions, but not of PCs or Nemesis characters. A ship might be disabled, but if the PC is in it, it is not automatically destroyed unless it gets a critical hit of 154 or higher.
     
    Edit: Initial post used incorrect term for HT Threshold.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Alekzanter in Not much hope for Disney   
    2/10 Made me reply.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Lord Zack in [SPOILERS]: Star Wars: Rebels - Thoughts?   
    That moment when you realize that ErikB/Sylpheed and Dave Filoni are the same person...
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Yaini in A grey, not evil Empire?   
    Let's play this game, shall we?
     
    Have you been to Iraq? Have you been to Afghanistan? I have.
     
    Do you know why people sympathize with the Empire? Do you know why people think they're "cool?" It's because despite George Lucas' simplistic morality tale, despite the pretense of black-and-white morality, the Galactic Empire really is the 'good guys.' The Rebel Alliance is a group of terrorists bent on overthrowing the legally elected government of the galaxy. Their ranks are filled with traitors, murderers, and thieves the likes of Bria Tharen, not "heroes" as you may have been told. They're the kinds of people who blow up Imperial convoys, then shoot the first responders as they try to rescue the victims of the first attack. Yes, a typical mission in X-Wing or X-Wing Alliance would literally involve ambushing a convoy.
     
    Let's make real-world comparisons. Let's talk about World War Two.
     
    The good guys? The United States? We're all about the Tarkin Doctrine. We firebombed Dresden and Tokyo to punish people for being in enemy countries. We make and use superweapons. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, it was as much a message to the Soviet Union not to screw with us as it was a means to end the war. (Happy anniversary, by the way.) The fact of the matter is, until August 29th, 1949, the United States believed that all future wars would be fought and won by dropping atomic bombs on enemy cities until the beligerent country surrendered, even going so far as "killing a nation." Sound familiar?
     
    You don't like COMPNOR? We put our own citizens in "internment" camps because we thought they might pose a threat. A President that suspended habeas corpus and declared martial law is revered as one of the greatest leaders our nation has ever had. You don't like assassination programs? That's a shame, because the good guys have had one for quite a while, ever since they decided that they needed to kill a little-known dictator by the name of Adolf Hitler. Perhaps you've heard of Operation Foxley.
     
    But Star Wars isn't about World War Two. In fact, Star Wars was conceived and filmed during the waning years of the Vietnam War. Do you seriously believe that the Ewoks are anything more than little, furry Viet Cong? They're definitely not American GI's.
     
    Star Wars, at its core, is not a happy tale of good triumphing over evil, nor is it the simplistic morality play that people seem to treat it as. No, at its core, Star Wars is a story about an impressionable youth with no future who was kidnapped from his father (the rightful custodian) at birth, and lied to and maniuplated his entire life by an aunt and uncle who made a habit of dealing in stolen property.
     
    Luke gets caught up with a religious extremist who through numerous lies and mistruths ("from a certain point of view") convinces him to join a movement to overthrow the government by force. They go to a bar to meet up with a drug-runner (and murderer) to book illegal passage (presumably Obi-Wan was on a no-fly list) to Alderaan, a known state sponsor of terrorism. When they realized that Alderaan could no longer harbor terrorists, they don Imperial uniforms and shoot their way through a military installation Nidal Malik Hassan style.
     
    After "escaping" the authorities once again, Luke and company meet up with a terror cell who plan to destroy that same military installation with the use of flying craft. At least one of them literally flies his spacecraft into the Death Star in a suicide run. In a terrorist act unprecedented in Imperial history, Luke then procedes to kill over a million people- including noncombat and support personnel- because the voices in his head told him to. But that's OK, because they were just "little Eichmans," right?
     
    You know why everyone is tired of petulant whining about space Nazis and drone strikes? It's because the Rebels look a lot more like the bad guys than the good guys. It's because regardless of whether anyone wants to admit it, we've got a lot more in common with the Empire than Obi-Wan bin Laden. When you resemble the Empire more than the Rebellion- and have for the last seventy or eighty years, you get tired of being called the "bad guy." The fact that Ewoks are "cute" as they're stabbing people to death with crude, pointy sticks probably says a lot more about the politics of George Lucas than it does about how "evil" the Empire is.  
     
    And was anyone on Alderaan really innocent? After all, with the amount of money Bail Organa was funneling into the Alliance To Restore The Calipha- I mean, Rebpublic, every man, woman, and child who ever paid taxes to Alderaan's government contributed to terrorism in some way. Yes, a few billion died on Alderaan, but who knows how many countless billions of innocents would have been killed had Alderaan continued to funnel arms and funds into various rebel groups. What if they had managed to give the rebels a Separatist manufactured superweapon? We all know how many of them are unaccounted for after the Separatist collapse. Better to drive the rebels out of the Core Worlds and fight them on Endor or Hoth than on Coruscant or Corellia.
     
    And while you whine and rant about specism, detention facilities and assassination programs as old or older than the Empire, the fact of the matter is- those naked wookiee pyramids on Avatar Orbital Platform probably saved lives. Believe it or not, using a probe droid to sniff out a rebel cell is preferable to sending in troopers and having them come back missing arms or legs- or worse, not coming back at all. Do you want to write the parents of those stormtroopers and tell them that their son or daughter died because General Veers had the option of using a probe droid and decided not to? Because you know what? I've got a lot more respect for the guy who wants to understand the mindset of Space-Erwin Rommel than the guy obsessed with being Space-Al Qaeda.
     
    But maybe this is satire intended to demonstrate he absurdity of the "Space Nazi" comparisons and I'm just playing Devil's Advocate.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Rikoshi in FFG Developer Answered Questions   
    These questions came up in another topic, so I decided to fire off a question for rules clarification. The original questions are as follows:
     
     
    The response from Sam Stewart is as follows:
     
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from RLogue177 in Anyone have the Core book yet?   
    The only way to guarantee you're getting the latest printing, then, is to order directly from FFG. They'll always have the latest printing. If you order from Amazon or another online retailer, there's no way to know which printing they have unless you have someone at the company look for you. (I've done this once or twice with Miniature Market.)
     
     
    In case anyone is curious, the man who did the cover of the Force and Destiny Core Rulebook is named Darren Tan. Here's his DeviantArt page.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from RLogue177 in Anyone have the Core book yet?   
    There are currently three printings of the Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook. The first printing has an insert and the second and third printings have the insert included in the book itself. If you want to make sure you've got the latest printing, (as of 29 July, 2015) make sure you get the one with the Disney logo on the back and the code "S14205" in the bottom right corner of the UPC area. Many errors and typos have been corrected, though not 100% of them.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Doc, the Weasel in They are SHIPPING!!! :)   
    Spoke with someone at Miniature Market today. He told me that they're expecting to have it in stock tomorrow.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from bradknowles in Incorrect Artwork in Books   
    I noticed that right away. I always assumed that he was wearing a different pair of pants that day. Luke earns the Corellian Blood Stripe Second Class for his exploits at the Battle of Yavin (check out the final scenes of A New Hope again) but he never wears them again for the rest of the Trilogy.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from bradknowles in Incorrect Artwork in Books   
    If you think that Hutt's big, check out the one on page 44 of Lords of Nal Hutta.
     
     
    From where I'm sitting, the art looks more like it's depicting the scene from The Mandalorian Armor where Fett escapes the Sarlacc. Note the pitting on his armor- one of the things the novel described was pitting and scarring on his armor plates due to the acidic digestive juices of the Sarlacc.
     
    The most significant art "gaffe" I've discovered is the use of the wrong Aurebesh characters in the Force Sensitive Exile talent tree on page 276. (It reads Force Shensitive Exile instead.) The core rulebook is in its third printing, and they still haven't fixed it.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from dougansf in Is the Dark Side Stronger?   
    He's referring to this chart here:
     

    It's an artifact from the Edge of the Empire Beta, (page 176) and was removed prior to the publication of the Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook. As early as that was in the development of the game (back when characters were limited to three specializations) it is probably safe to assume that it is no longer an accurate or useful means of measuring Force power within the game. While I won't speculate as to why the designers elected not to place the chart in the final product, I'm sure there was a reason it was removed.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Franigo in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from RLogue177 in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from RLogue177 in So, Critical Hit Decks.. Are They Worth It?   
    That's possible, yes, but that's going to take a lot more time than simply rolling the dice, adding a number, and handing out the appropriate card. It also means not shuffling the deck prior to receiving a critical injury, building a deck specifically for the critical injury, and then unshuffling afterwards. It also makes it impossible for two characters to receive the same critical injury. Obviously, if your group prefers that method, then go for it. I just wouldn't do it at my table.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Grimmerling in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from bradknowles in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from Bishop69 in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from whafrog in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from OfficerZan in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from awayputurwpn in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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    Yoshiyahu got a reaction from RodianClone in Does it bother anybody else that humans are disrespected just like droids in FFG's Star Wars RPGs?   
    Owen and Beru Lars were a couple of dirt farmers in a back-sand stretch of Tatooine. Their property was littered with droids in various states of function, and their teenage nephew entertained himself by killing animals and racing souped up speeders. You don't get much more hillbilly than that.
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