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  1. Ahh yes, the age old, "If you don't agree with me, shut up!" defense...the go-to tactic of totally-not-insecure supporters of people/causes/objects/movements/opinions everywhere. LOL, I am talking about the the immature "George Lucas Raped my Childhood" people or the ones that need to convince other that the movie was bad. If you you don't like just move on. Life is too short to focus on things you don't like. I'm not seeing the 'haters'. Opinions here seem to range from 'it was the best film ever ' to 'it was kinda average, overhyped or overly derivative'. I haven't seen anybody saying they 'hated' it. The majority seem to think it was fantastic. A small but significant minority were disappointed or felt it was merely okay. There's room for different opinions surely?
  2. I assumed they did. Just before Christmas, I was in my local coffee shop and I felt a great disturbance, as if a dozen hipsters suddenly cried out in horror at the price of their skinny lattes, and were suddenly silenced. I feared something terrible had happened. Then there was a brilliant flash from the direction of Tallahassee. I live in the UK, but the explosion was so awesome it could be seen from anywhere in the galaxy.
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    Miniatures for Star Wars RPG

    My players love the fact there are no minis and no battle maps. The hobby in general seems to be moving away the wargamey aspect of things like D&D4 and Pathfinder. Games like One Ring, 13th Age and D&D5 all have 'theatre of the mind' as default in combat.
  4. We had a whole spate of 'let's make Batman/James Bond with one overpowered Spec' at one point. Experienced characters will, by their very nature, have multiple Specs.
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    Researcher talent

    Not really, that would affect the difficulty of the check, I think. Black dice are situational modifiers to a check that aren't anything to do with the base difficulty. Kael has it right, I think. Black dice would apply if the character was tired, injured, rushed, in a bad environmental condition, or if authorities have made an effort to cover the information up, maybe. And yes, some 'black dice remover' Talents are better than others.
  6. You seem to be one of the good guys here Librarian, but plenty of the veterans seem to be saying it's not a great idea. I remember about a year or so ago there was someone (Gryphynx?) who posted an alternate system that allowed for much higher stats than normal at character generation. Everyone pretty much told him it was vastly overpowered and he left. I often play about with RPGs but this is one of the few I feel better not touching, beyond a few tweaks that suit our campaign. This one seemed to have a lot of development and while it's not perfect, it works very well. Messing about with it will tend to create game-breaking characters very quickly.
  7. I'm not making value judgements or trying to argue how good it was (personally I thought it was okay but nothing great... that's just one person's opinion and everyone will have their own). What I'm far more interested in is the game, and how other people run it. We have a bit of new material to work with in the new film, and obviously a new 'canon'. So - whether you loved it or didn't - how will the new stuff affect your actual game-play? If at all. - it won't affect anything; we play in the original time-period or some other era like Clone Wars or Old Republic or Legacy Era - we're invested in the EU version and we won't use this canon - we'd sooner keep Mara Jade and Thrawn and the Solo kids - we want to play in the Force Awakens era having seen the film, or incorporate elements of the new canon into our games - affects us little; we might use a few things but mostly we don't affect canon anyway - we don't use canon at all, we play in another setting or we use our own canon I'm honestly interested in how people will or won't use this material in their games. (And talking about the game bypasses the endless circular arguments about whether someone liked the new film or not)
  8. You'd be better off just playing the WEG game to be honest. This feels like playing D&D and giving the characters the abilities of every class at once when they gain a level. Yeah, it's your table, and yeah, you can do what you like, but you'll soon find the characters are not only samey, but staggeringly overpowered, and you'll find yourself artificially ramping up the stats of opposition and difficulties of checks to compensate.
  9. A thief need not literally be a thief. The Colonist career describes any professional, civilian character or Core World guy. The specs and careers are not literally what job the character holds; they are a set of skills. We have a Smuggler who has never handled contraband, never flown a ship or got involved in smuggling in any way. She's essentially a duellist for a powerful crime lord, and her entire remit is using diplomacy to talk sense into people who cross her boss, or shooting them (nice and legal if they draw first) if they won't see sense. She's not a legbreaker or a thief or an assassin; the crime lord has other people for that. But her narrow skillset is best represented by the Gunslinger and Charmer specs in the Smuggler career.
  10. So basically you give all force powers for free, and adjust the FP requirement for every effect? Yep. May I suggest a different approach, which goes with the normal rules and is in fact a bit more ralistic? In-Game XP Spending. Tell your players, they may attempt any force power during game, if they have the XP to buy it. That would represent such a force-epiphany nicely imo. I don't really want to use the force power trees. I want to keep it light and simple. Like in the old WEG? Believe me down that road lies nitpicky discussions with players till no end. The trees are the first really good force-leraning rule I have seen in over 16 years as a Star Wars GM. The rules are set and the player can read and see what he can do. No stupid discussion ensues, no stalling of the game, no aggravated co-players. Seriously it happened several times with different players. Led to me banning force powers altogether, because it was so vague. Here's the problem in not using Force trees: you'll end up playing 'Glowstick Guy and his Mundane Sidekicks' again, like every other Star Wars RPG before this one. One of the checks & balances on Force-users is that they CAN become awesome, but you need a LOAD of XP to master a lot of powers. This allows the mundanes, like smugglers or pilots or bounty-hunters, not to be hopelessly overshadowed by the Space Wizards. FFG actually took its time in giving us the Force in this RPG and I think it's the best balanced system yet. By allowing every Force-user to have all the Force powers for free, it completely destroys that balance. Of course, if you're just playing with your kids, maybe that's not an issue.
  11. Also, the trees are not linear. There are some good Talents tucked away - they might only be 10 xp but you need to go all the way up the table then down the other side. The Gambler spec especially does this.
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    Death Star Super Weapon

    Is this the regular Death Star, or the Son-of-the-Death-Star? Or the Son-of-the-Son-of-the-Death-Star from Force Awakens? Because, y'know, that one's ten times bigger and a million times more awesomer and badass and everything. It can blow up loads of planets at once and the explosions are so awesome they can be seen from anywhere in the galaxy. That's a lot of yellow dice.
  13. It does feel that all the characters will end up very samey. And some talents are intended primarily for careers of a certain kind. There's a reason the Vulcan Nerve Pinch is in Doctor and not, say, Marauder. It's primarily intended to give a character who isn't combat-focused a bit of an edge. I like the focus that the careers give, personally, but hey, it's your table.
  14. This has always been contentious. I'm okay with it personally but I see why some people feel it's a cash-grab. It's actually great for someone who only wants to play one of the flavours. It's harder on those of us who want all three. But that's how they've chosen to do it, and we can't change that now. I think FFG are at least aware of this, as we've seen far less repetition that I'd feared when the Explorer book came out.
  15. Feels a bit 'how many angels can dance on the head of a pin' to me. In movies, TV shows and RPGs, travel mostly happens by 'speed of plot'. In the Star Wars films, we don't see a lot of travel; mostly Han just says 'we need to go to Planet Z!' and there's a screen wipe to the Falcon arriving there. Okay, some RPGs like 'One Ring' make the travel the focus of the adventures, and they have lots of skills and talents for it. But serious question here... How many of you are really obsessing about this stuff at the gaming table? Do you make the players intricately plan out their routes, or just handwave it with an Astrogation check? If you spend a lot of time on this, won't the other players get bored? Unless the whole adventure is a race or something, does it matter how long a journey takes anyway? Most of the time, don't we just say 'okay, you've travelled to the planet you need to be on, now you're here.' Long travel scenes and lots of dice-rolling on minor stuff doesn't usually make for exciting pulp sci-fi adventures, surely? It strikes me that Lucas just had Han talk about the Kessel Run as something cool to say. "I did this difficult thing in record time, because I'm so badass'. I don't think he knew what a 'parsec' was or had any specific distances in mind.
  16. Heh, FFG are nowhere near as bad as some companies with this. Try playing Pathfinder, with Paizo releasing a deluge of 'must have' books every month for the min-maxers to pour over. Also, the books are full of lots of other stuff that would be useful for a given career. It's not rocket science that if you have, say, a Smuggler at your table, 'Fly Casual' will expand his options considerably. You could say it kinda sucks for Bounty Hunters, who haven't got their Signature Abilities yet, but them's the breaks. The Bounty Hunter at our table is still having lots of fun and is a viable character. EoE is playable just fine with only the Core. The splatbooks just add options.
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    ERA sourcebooks

    I'd personally love an Era book, but that doesn't seem to be in their plans. I'd be all over an Old Republic supplement. I just don't see it happening. They concentrate on the era that everyone knows and agrees is good, and seed little bits of prequels/TV-show stuff through the various lines. They also seem to have an odd pattern of releasing things. As Desslok mentions, nothing for ages, then a whole bunch come out at once. Although 'Strongholds' was due out much earlier and was 'on the boat' for 100 years or so. Also, bear in mind that the RPG line is a distant fifth place in importance after X-Wing, Armada, Imperial Descent and the Card Game.
  18. Me personally... no. I hope they do well and lots of people like them and Disney makes lots of money. But they weren't aimed at me and that's fine. I'm glad I saw Force Awakens because I needed to give it a chance and view it with an open mind. But it wasn't for me, which is no huge surprise seeing as I've liked little Star Wars output since the prequels and only came back to it because of the game. If people like or love the movie, I don't begrudge them that at all. There's lots of popular stuff that's loved by millions that leaves me cold. I never really got Harry Potter or Ponies either. I dislike Game of Thrones though its hugely popular. Most of the books I read will never make the bestseller lists, and the music I listen to won't ever make the top forty. That's just fine by me. I've come to accept that my personal tastes are kinda niche. Although it wasn't to my taste, I see why Disney did what it did, and if I was aiming to make as much $$$ as possible, I'd have done precisely the same thing. I can't hold that against them. Funny thing here... it isn't ruined for me. I can still watch the originals if I want. Or read those few EU books I enjoyed. Or play any of the great games or RPGs. I'm a big, big fan of the FFG game. And I'm happy to run a game in which midichlorians, gungans and Death Star 3.0 don't exist. That's a big plus of this role-playing thing some of us do. I'm sure you wouldn't enjoy my game and I wouldn't enjoy yours. Having different tastes is fine, no?
  19. Watto is a wily businessman, a shrewd and cunning trader. Jabba's an experienced criminal overlord, tough to intimidate or push around. Both would have a decent Willpower and probably ranks in Nobody's Fool. I always took Watto's comment as racial bragging: 'we Texans/Jamaicans/Wookies/InsertEthnicityHere don't scare easy, you know!' Bravado, rather than a specific species immunity. These two species already start with Willpower 3; no need to give them any other immunities beyond that.
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    My six-word review of TFA

    Yeah, are we 13 year old girls now? 'Haters'. Seriously? Funny thing is, I've not seen any review or comment on here that 'hated' the film. The 'negative' reviews or comments aren't actually negative, they just say that it was average or that the hype is overblown. (I felt it was too bland, too safe, for anyone to 'hate'. I'd assume the only people who really hated it were those who were heavily invested in the EU stuff like Jaina that's now been invalidated). I gave it a solid 5/10; it entertained me for a rainy afternoon, I'm glad I saw it and I'm happy that I'll never need to see it again. It did exactly what Disney intended it to do - bring 'Star Wars' back to the forefront of popular culture and drive its massive merchandise empire. Job done there. As a piece of film... I thought it was okay, on a par with 'Jupiter Ascending' and so many modern sci-fi films. I doubt it would get all these rhapsodic reviews without 'Star Wars' plastered all over it. We shall see; the prequels were not 'hated' in their day, only as modern revisionism. I have the feeling that time and perspective may not be kind to 'Force Awakens' when the media hype dies off, but we shall see.
  21. You don't get to decide what we can say, sorry. What are you 12? Disappointing there's so much aggression and obnoxious behaviour when opinions differ, and that some people can't debate politely. I was a regular here a few years ago, but the tone of debate started to become so unpleasant I no longer want to bother.
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    Running from Vader

    Make him tough, but not invincible. Let them kill him. Enjoy the looks on their faces.
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    Armor Crafting Rules

    If a GM just handwaves the difficulty of getting hold of expensive, illegal materials, then yes, characters will be overpowered quickly.
  24. How many 'special snowflakes' does one movie need? Honestly, isn't it a good thing that there's a 'badass normal' as a hero? And not everyone needs to be a prodigy, a 'you're-awesome-because-of-your-bloodline' character? I liked Rey more when she was a struggling and plucky survivor, or even a pilot/mechanics prodigy... She veered close to being a Mary Sue for me towards the end... Instant mind tricks on the stormtrooper to escape? Beating a big bad guy in her very first lightsaber fight? How 'awesome' does one character need to be? Yes, I know they were pushing the 'strong woman' angle - she's no Leia, she doesn't need anyone to escape or hold her hand. We get it. I just think they overdid it.
  25. I would pay cold, hard cash to see a movie where the bad guy is called 'Darth Peagus'.
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