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  1. So, the real crux of it is this: The D-type means that there are fewer instances where problems will occur, while those problems (when they occur) will be worse. The YT means that more instances will result in you being spotted, but when spotted you will have more options available. Really, the D-type is great for when you are doing light stealth work - smuggling and evading lightly defended and secured locations. They keep your anonymity high. The YT is better suited to military operations with stealth - it assumes that you will be going into heavily guarded areas that don't just rely on passive sensors. The D-type is great at avoiding local constabulary, while the YT build you're talking about is designed around running blockades and getting into and out of heavily guarded areas.
  2. I do care, that's why I gave up the pink (well, actually I did that when I was 14, lol) ... I got sick of the arguments about it derailing serious conversation. I swear, a girl steps a little outta line with societal conventions and the world loses its mind. Now I only use it during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  3. Wow, I feel kinda honored ... thread gets necroed a year after I made a post and still it seems to be the first controversy caused after the necro ... and Tramp even posted in this thread ... wow.
  4. Kyla

    Saving the RPG

    Thanks, Jareth! It's actually something I hadn't intended to mention, but I realized being late to respond (and still not 100% thinking clearly) it was easiest to explain why I took so long to act. I actually had to remind myself I saw it, I thought it was part of a fever dream at first. Then I cried a little, then I got angry. When you're the up where I am in age with respiratory issues already, pneumonia starts getting pretty scary.
  5. Though it is important to note that no one thinks either is a "grey Jedi" and Luke is very clear about not being one.
  6. Kyla

    Saving the RPG

    So, despite being bedridden from pneumonia, I am on the mend, only to hear about the announcement on Tuesday. I've been thinking about ways we can hit back as a community, and its when I saw that Sam Witwer himself mentioned it on twitter that I thought of organizing our fan community to try and save the game. Can anyone think of constructive ways that we can generate a write in campaign or appeal to Asmodee? Maybe getting Disney to appeal on our behalf as license holders that they continue to at least provide supplements? Maybe appeal to the high profile players of the game like Sam to help and mobilize the larger Star Wars fan base? As it stands, due to the success of Legion and X-Wing, it's unlikely that Asmodee would let the license go, and since the RPG license is bundled with the miniature one, we are effectively looking at the RPG being dead while they continue on with the miniatures. This means there will be no other company to produce the game (I doubt they have authorization to outsource the license). Any ideas?
  7. TrampGraphics is correct on this, from the earliest onset of the trilogy, the concept of the Force having a Will is present. The "Will of the Force" is a line in the Phantom Menace which was written and directed by Lucas himself. Firstly, George was the one that gave Anakin a Jesus narrative, don't put that evil on anyone else, Ricky Bobby. To be honest though, having a will doesn't make it a sentient deity. Just because something isn't classically sentient as we consider sentience by no means precludes the possibility of it having a Will. By point of fact, the definition of Will (according to Oxford) is "the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action," with further specialized uses as "control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one's own impulses," "a deliberate or fixed desire or intention," and "the thing that one desires or ordains." Only one of those definitions (control deliberately exerted) irrefutably requires classical sentience, and barring the first's use of "person," it can be applied to anything. I would discount that use of person, as "personhood" has been applied to corporations, and if that can occur, then I personally feel that person is a cheap and liberally applied title. In fact, if we take the very name of what is exerting this "will" upon the universe, the Force, and mentally apply the definitions of will to Forces we know about, for instance, gravity, then isn't it accurate to say than an apple that falls from the tree towards the ground is following the "will of gravity?" When we think of the words of Qui-Gon about listening to the will of the Force, and how some can and others can't, it's just as true for gravity as it is for the Force. Everyone is affected by gravity, but only a few can apply physics to use gravity to achieve the landing of a probe on Mars, or design a plane that allows flight. Merely because we see gravity as a Force, and don't call it a Will, doesn't mean that it isn't something that it does not "decide on and initiate action" through the alignment of obstacles, thickness of intervening conveyance material, path of trajectory, and release of supporting material, with the former being what "decides" the action and the last being what initiates it. Gravity is a "deliberate or fixed intention" event if it isn't a desire (important to notice the 'or' in the definition there), and the falling of the apple is most certainly an ordainment of the force of gravity. Again, the "original material" according to Obi-Wan "guides your actions" and "obeys your commands." That doesn't sound like something without a will, especially as I've argued in the previous section. The fact that it is "an energy field" as describe as Obi-Wan doesn't preclude it having a will, nor does it imply it is mindless, as you contend. As for morality, morality is a set of standards that an individual enforces on something else. Five people read the same holy text, you're going to find that you have five different opinions of what is allowed by the text and not. It doesn't have to be a holy-text, either, it can be a rule, law, regulation.... anything really. Morality is something that an individual has and dictates onto the world around them, and is unique product of human intelligence. The trick here is that a human can observe anything else in universe and apply morality to it's actions - it doesn't mean those actions were taken for that reason, it's just how we're wired. That's not true at all ... there can be inherently destructive forces and inherently creative ones. Now, the moral implications of which is "bad" and which is "good" is a product (again) of human assignment, but it doesn't mean they aren't inherently there. The Dark Side being a force of exclusion and destruction that will eventually result in the total annihilation of the universe can absolutely be a thing without having morality to get involved. The Jedi then deciding that using this ridiculously destructive and damaging Force through either the hubris that you can control or the ignorance of it's potential is something they are going to work against if perfectly reasonable and doesn't need a "religious" reasoning, merely one of self preservation.
  8. Example of Indiana Jones using the "Time to Go" talent:
  9. Here are a couple really legit possibilities for shows in the Star Wars Universe (at least during the GCW era) and this (Seasons 2 and 3 are available as well)
  10. I honestly hadn't considered that Rey's time with the Jedi Texts would have taught her this - but I really should have, it makes sense. I think I had always assumed that it was just a really intense use of the Force healing that we see Old Ben do to Luke, and Baby Yoda do in the Mandalorian. I think it really is fitting though that this would be a power that she learned from old texts that were thought to be lost, though, as a long running theme in the prequels was the idea that there was more to the Force than what the Jedi knew. Qui-Gon's entire purpose in the films was to convey this idea; that the Jedi weren't the "masters of the Force" but rather an aging orthodoxy that had become out of touch with the Force they claimed to be serving. It connects her to Qui-Gon's spirit of discovery, closing a much needed thematic loop in the movies.
  11. If you're looking at Canon sources, then what we know from the Marvel Comics is that after the Death Star they evacuated Yavin and went to space and stayed fleet bound, very similar to what they did after the loss of Hoth. During that time, they incited rebellions and uprisings on what worlds they could while they searched for a viable planet to set up a new long term base on. The way the Rebellion operates, especially in the early days of Episode IV into Episode V, was that they generally were a series of allied, but unconnected resistance cells (like Saw Gerrera), and so whatever dive or hideout that the mercenary/revolutionary/militia cell had as their base got whatever resources the Rebellion could provide for them sent to it. Things like Tierfon or Dantooine base were rarities, and so a loss of any of them was a huge blow.
  12. This I found to be a really subtle and cool nod to Ben's character arc, as he began the series in the Force Awakens with one of his first lines being to Vader's helmet, "I will finish what you started." While he intended it to mean something else at the time, he fulfills this oath in a way truly meaningful to the spirit of Anakin, his grandfather.
  13. Except that in the game, when used on a Stormtrooper it also freezes their blaster bolts in place. In fact, one of the challenges specifically is to freeze a target in place after he has fired a blaster bolt, then pull the target into his own, still frozen, blaster bolt. Visually and mechanically, both Cal and Kylo use the same power to accomplish the same effect. This means your ruling that Cal uses Move also now apply to Kylo's use? If it doesn't what is different about Cal's use and Kylo's that creates the differentiation?
  14. The only problem here is it doesn't match up to what we see in the film, and is later repeated in Jedi: Fallen Order. In the film, Poe is frozen exactly at the same time as the blaster bolt is stopped. This is significant in your representation of events, as if Poe had an out-of-turn reaction he could have used it to avoid Kylo's use of the Force. Even more, it's possible that Kylo could have failed the Bind check, resulting in the bolt being frozen but Poe not. This inconsistency makes the power in Jedi: Fallen Order not representative of the film's power use (which it was based off of) and so the question still remains. I'm not arguing that it isn't a way to explain it, I'm just arguing that it isn't the way that satisfies all information we have on the effect. In regards to what Sam said, at the time, he was answering a question without context. Moreover, Kylo and The Force Awakens was the only thing out there. The one thing that's true is that things change and as we have access to more information, that means we need to re-evaluate things based on new information. Now that Jedi: Fallen Order is out and we see a more pervasive set of circumstances around the power, maybe that changes how Sam will think of the power, or maybe he would suggest a whole new power to explain it, who knows? Maybe Kylo has an ability that allowed him to interrupt Poe's action to use a Force Power, in which case Bind could work as seen on film, and we can assume that Cal has it too in J:FO. In this regard, either way is a reasonable explanation of what happened in the game and movie. I think everyone is taking it a little too seriously, and trying to be right instead of trying to give the OP tools to use at his table. I appreciate both sides of the argument for highlighting their logic behind what to use, but seriously guys, at this point can't we just say "use the reasoning that fits your table" and call it a day?
  15. Heya Vondy, great narrative! So, here's the primary thing about Vader at this stage - we know from Vader: Immortal (the canon VR game), Force Unleashed (Legends video game), many novel sources, both canon and legends, and from the canon Marvel Comics that Vader was actively working against Palpatine, just as Palpatine was actively working against Vader. This was known to both, and due to the nature of the Sith, was expected. Knowing that Palpatine was attempting to clone him, Vader would probably assume it's because he was trying to create a replacement, as Vader knew the Emperor was furious with him for needing to become the machine he is now, and considered him a "flawed apprentice." At this time in the saga, Vader was being tested by the Emperor constantly for weakness, and so this would come as no surprise. From Vader: Immortal and the Vader Marvel Comics, we also know Vader was obsessed with resurrecting Padme, and so if he were to find out she was still alive, it's likely he would be fixated on her, as opposed to going at the Emperor any harder than before. Indeed, he has been planning against the Emperor for a while, and the only reason he was still loyal to him was because he believed that there might still be answers in the Dark Side of the Force that would allow him to resurrect her in some form. We also know that from Jedi: Fallen Order and some other sources, that Vader is in charge of the Inquisitorius. To have the First Brother working for the Emperor directly, against Vader's objectives, would see Vader potentially enter into a subtle civil war within the Inquisitorius, compartmentalizing those Inquisitors who are loyal to him away from those whose loyalty is split or to the Emperor first. With the appearance of Luke Skywalker at the Battle of Yavin, we saw all of Vader's effort become focused on tracking him down, so it stands to reason that nothing would change in regards to finding out Padme is alive. While the Emperor supported these actions due to the danger that Luke and the Rebellion represented to the Empire, in your world there is less interest from the Emperor, and indeed, the Emperor would want Vader as far from Padme as possible. So I would suspect that since Vader is the only survivor of this incident, he would remain tight-lipped about it, and allow the Emperor to assume that First Brother failed in the attempt and was killed by the Jedi. Since the Emperor doesn't know Vader was there, Vader has the upper hand, and since Vader has long plotted against his Master in true Sith fashion, I doubt he'd "lose his s**t" now. Most likely, he would let the Emperor assume his own story about what happened to First Brother, and direct those Inquisitors absolutely loyal to him to go after the PCs, with orders to both observe any other Inquisitors they witness on the trail, and to bring the Jedi to him alive by any means necessary. This choice would serve two important goals. First, it would allow his Inquisitors to identify other Inquisitors loyal to the Emperor. Vader would know that his master would continue his plans to eliminate Padme, and he would activate another Inquisitor he could trust to do the job. Just as with First Brother, any Inquisitor activated would be told to circumvent Vader, and this means the Inquisitor was a threat to him. Identifying these would advance Vader's attempts to create a compartmentalized cell within the Inquisitorius, and weed out those loyal to Palpatine. Second, it would allow Vader to track Padme without revealing he knew of Padme's survival. His loyal Inquisitor tracking a Jedi would raise no eyebrows, as Inquisitors track Jedi, and usually in a vacuum from each other - they follow leads, not necessarily Jedi, and as such, even if the Emperor's Inquisitor ran afoul of Vader's Inquisitor, it wouldn't raise any eyebrows as it would be assumed they were just following leads, and wouldn't suspect they were tracking on orders from Vader. Additionally, it would allow Vader to keep tabs on the Emperor's progress, and with orders to capture the Jedi, Vader could "ask" the Jedi where Padme was, a clearer route to her than trying to track her directly. We know that Vader is an expert tactician by this point, having Anakin's keen tactical mind, and removing Anakin's brash headstrong desires. Vader is more calculating than Anakin was, with the same sharp mind and skill. He wouldn't do anything rash here, and instead move against Palpatine in a measured way. We know he can manipulate the Emperor, as Empire Strikes Back showed us he convinced the Emperor to let him search for Luke and try to turn him instead of outright kill him. Granted, it benefited the Emperor, but it was a keen maneuver on Vader's part. Vader in this regard would be just as astute in the proper approach. It's important to understand what Vader's intentions would be at this point. Remember, he ISN'T Anakin anymore. Vader wasn't lying when he said Anakin was dead. He joined Palpatine before Padme's "death" with the express intention of saving her. The horrible things he did he CHOSE to do. Padme's death just fueled his desire to save her into a desire to resurrect her. In this, Vader would want to have Padme (and his children when he realizes he has them) rule the galaxy by his side as his Empress. He would have no intention of restoring the Republic - the Republic and the Order was weak, it allowed the Sith to win, it allowed the galaxy to fall to corruption and ruin. He would likewise have no loyalty to the Sith - they are the legacy of Palpatine, not him. His desire would be (as he explained it Attack of the Clones) to make something new from the ashes of Palpatine's Empire, with Padme and Anakin at the helm. He would still believe wholeheartedly in authoritarian rule - his vision of the galaxy would see absolute Order and civility, imposed and enforced by an iron will and iron hand, and Padme's skill with diplomacy and pure nature would make it a force of light and not evil. She would be the soul of peace for his Empire, and he would be the hammer of justice when called upon. This would be his goal to finding Padme, to have her as his wife again and overthrow Palpatine, by any means necessary. An interesting side narrative - he knows that the Emperor still has the cloning projects going - If Padme refuses him, he might be attempted after to instead just get some genetic material from her and clone her. Anakin considered the clones to be truly human, and the clones were his loyal friends and never betrayed him, a clone of Padme in his twisted mind might then be the perfect answer for his Empress. He gets the loyalty of the clones alongside the love, intelligence, and regal countenance of his dearest Padme. He could even come to believe that the Emperor cloned Padme already, and that the "Padme" with the Jedi who refused him was all a machination of the Emperor to drive him away from his plans to usurp him.
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