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    Chxckmate got a reaction from bradknowles in Special Modifications Crafting Droid Directives   
    The crafting directives wouldn't be too difficult to make up for yourself.
     
    These directives really only add skill ranks to certain skills.
     
    Figure out what types of skills you think a directive should have, pick one, maybe two talents, and then assign a difficulty for the schematic.
     
     
    If you're building an astromech, a specialist chassis with the navigational directives might work. If you're putting a lot of work into it, you might consider somehow adding the repair directives, and simply combine the skill ranks.
     
    Doing so would net you a droid with 1/1/2/2/2/2 and computers 2, mechanics 2, and piloting space 1.
    That's pretty excellent for a homemade astromech.
     
     
    Edit: This is a narrative game, so I'm semi-lenient with the rules as a GM. If it follows the rule of cool, then I'll allow it if it doesn't seem unbalanced.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from Tefmon in No wonder so many people steal RPG Books as PDF's (Rant)   
    It also doesn't help that under FFG's Star Wars license PDFs are considered video games, and are therefore prohibited from distributing them. I'm sure many individuals would forego the loveliness of owning a book in exchange for the actual content, plus for other FFG RPGs that have PDF versions available, the PDFs are about half-price, which would satisfy the buyer's pocketbooks and would likely get FFG more revenue.
     
    There is, however, a downside to this. If FFG sold PDF versions of their Star Wars RPG, then PDF versions of the content would, obviously, be more readily available, potentially increasing the amount of people pirating and illegally distributing their content.
     
    Even if FFG were not restricted to a book-only SWRPG, they might not release PDF versions, as they might lose revenue in the process.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from Robin Graves in No wonder so many people steal RPG Books as PDF's (Rant)   
    It also doesn't help that under FFG's Star Wars license PDFs are considered video games, and are therefore prohibited from distributing them. I'm sure many individuals would forego the loveliness of owning a book in exchange for the actual content, plus for other FFG RPGs that have PDF versions available, the PDFs are about half-price, which would satisfy the buyer's pocketbooks and would likely get FFG more revenue.
     
    There is, however, a downside to this. If FFG sold PDF versions of their Star Wars RPG, then PDF versions of the content would, obviously, be more readily available, potentially increasing the amount of people pirating and illegally distributing their content.
     
    Even if FFG were not restricted to a book-only SWRPG, they might not release PDF versions, as they might lose revenue in the process.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from bradknowles in Medical Personnel   
    I would recommend Far Horizons, the Colonist sourcebook. Colonist, as I see it, is definitely a support role. Two thirds of the specializations can easily be construed as support roles. Doctor, Entrepreneur, Performer, Scholar. Besides the area sourcebooks, (Lords of Nal Hutta, Suns of Fortune) Far Horizons has gotten the most mileage for me. I love support roles, and when I GM, I tend to reward those that put aim for party cohesion.
     
    Far Horizons adds homesteads and business rules, which are indispensable. It also handles information flow, something most new GMs, including me, had a hard time with. It adds many backstory suggestions for players from any walk of life. Towards the end of the book there is a section that expands on many things the various specializations do. For example, Doctor has a section with expanded rules for medicine such as increasing the level of detail on a patient as well as triaging patients. If I were to choose a book that had the most new medical equipment in it, I would have to say Far Horizons fits the bill.
     
    The golden addition, in my eyes, is the page towards the end of the book with recommended credit handouts for certain jobs. In relation to doctor, a house call is 100-300 credits. A licensed physician that works in a hospital gets 2,000-4,000 credits a month.
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    Chxckmate reacted to Absol197 in On the Boat & Shipping Now   
    Oh good, people beat me to it! I thought I was going to have to type up a 500-word post going over the difference and mean time intervals and such.
    I don't usually say this, but: Thank you, Mr. Penguin!
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    Chxckmate reacted to atama2 in Dedicated Crafter and the Droid Problem   
    At what point do the droids decide that they don't need to be subservient to this inferior drall and his misfit friends?  At that point you have  an extremely capable droid army that is a serious threat, not only to the PCs but to others as well.
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    Chxckmate reacted to 2P51 in Dedicated Crafter and the Droid Problem   
    There is no RPG that can't be broken mechanically.
     
    If a GM allows it and doesn't put their foot down and tell the min/maxer to knock the sh*t off, then they get what they deserve imo.
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    Chxckmate reacted to Grimmerling in Lack of sleep   
    My personal experience with staying awake for prolonged periods (like 24 h or more) is that even routine tasks require more and more concentration and are increasingly prone to (sometimes critical) failure.
     
    According to the formula that you can function without impair for roughly about the combined sleep time in the past 48 h, taking into consideration the underrepresentation of Resilience, I'd say:
     
    For every 4 h past 16 h you will do increasingly difficult Resilience checks;  
     
    Success: one cumulative Setback for all checks,
    Failure: cumulative Upgrade to all checks,
    3 Advantage: remove one Setback,
    Triumph: next Resilience check with same difficulty,
    Despair: you fall asleep.
     
    In an emergency, when initiative is rolled and adrenalin kicks in, maybe Advantages from the initiative could cancel out Setbacks for the encounter.
     
    A short nap might get rid of a single Setback, a longer one of an Upgrade.
     
    Well, that's what I could pull from my hat right now, taking into account my personal experience and the fragmented memories of what I once was taught. I'm sure it could profit from further refinement.
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    Chxckmate reacted to That Blasted Samophlange in Spec/Talent Sheets   
    Will these be thrown aside when you meet a prettier girl.. Err.. Play a new RPG? Because I've been hurt before.
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    Chxckmate reacted to HappyDaze in New Adversary Decks!   
    Guilty.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from GMRen in Begging for XP Talent Trees   
    Nice job Jaress.   You probably should not use Doc the Weasel's style though, as I believe he does not want it spread everywhere. I appreciate the effort you likely put into this, but another style is needed.
     
    Also, I have a recommendation for how to afford the various FFG books. WARNING! Not for everybody.
     
    I tried the Elon Musk $2 a day challenge for two months. I did lots of research on how I could stay healthy while only doing $2 a day. I upped it to $2.50 a day. After two months of hearty potatoes, peanut butter sandwiches, and oatmeal I was able to afford all of the FFGSWRPG books. The absence of food also helped me lose weight. If you intend on doing this, make sure you do your research. I had to plan for roughly two weeks (finding the best deals, figuring separation of portions, and making sure I was getting proper nutrition.) Analyzing my caloric intake helped me understand how much I was eating. I decided to do some home exercises and by the end of those two months. I felt like a healthy person.
     
    And that, my friends, is how the pursuit of RPG books has made me frugal and healthy.
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    Chxckmate reacted to Desslok in Begging for XP Talent Trees   
    Bah! You evil corporate shill! Keeping the man down! Art and Information should be FREE!
     
    Fortunately, I went and created my very own sheets, which I am willing to share with the public.
     
     
    TL;DNR: Everyone lighten up. It's a free thing that someone nice did for us and no longer wants to update. Even tho it looks similar to FFG's stuff, Doc did put work in putting these together, so respect that. Dont be stealin' his S.
     
    Even tho he sucks for not continuing the updates. . . . .  
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    Chxckmate reacted to unicornpuncher in Help. What do I need to play?   
    I say get the beginners boxes. If you get the one for Edge and the one for F&D that will give you most of the dice you'll need starting out. More will be needed as you go though. Plus they come with a whole host of tokens and maps and all that useful stuff.  
     
    If you play Edge and your brother likes it enough, you might can convince him to just be an Edge character and do the force Exile thing. This would mean, you don't need to buy the F&D core rule book. On the other hand, if your other players play F&D beginners box and love it, then maybe you should just run with F&D and ignore Edge. Also, I don't know the ages of your other players, but don't be afraid to ask others to contribute to the gaming group. One person shouldn't have to buy all the materials, unless they just really want to own them all. 
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    Chxckmate reacted to GroggyGolem in The Definitive Minion Damage...   
    Forgive me if I'm wrong but what you're asking for is an entry that plainly states something like "minions take damage as a group and are defeated whenever that minion's wound threshold would be exceeded, even in a single combat check". Also forgive me if I come off as rude in text form, I assure you I mean to help.
     
    I think it can reasonably be extrapolated from the entry I partially quoted yesterday that that is exactly what the book states, just not in necessarily in the exact words you are wanting it to say.
     
    How can I say this?
     
    Let's take a look further at what the entry on page 390 actually says.
     
    "The minion group has a single wound threshold, shared by all members of the group. This wound threshold is equal to the sum of the wound threshold of every member of the group."
     
    Okay so they pool their wounds together into a single target. Simplifies combat.
     
    "Each time any member of the group suffers wounds, the wounds are applied to the group's wound threshold."
     
    Okay so again, single target, pooled wound threshold between the members. This also includes the that each successful combat check would apply soak only once rather than for each individual minion, because soak applies once for each combat check made. Otherwise, 4 stormtroopers wouldn't ever get defeated with a combined soak of 20 without players using a dang missile tube, a thermal detonator or some other overly powerful means.
     
    "Individual members of the group are defeated one at a time, each time the total wounds suffered exceeds that group member's share of the wound threshold."
     
    Alright, so Let's say I attack this group of 4 Stormtroopers. With a soak of 5 and a group wound threshold of 20, I manage to deal 7 wounds to the group after applying soak. That's one more than needed to defeat one of the Stormtroopers in the group. What do I do with the remaining wounds? According to the book it would apply those extra wounds to the group wound threshold. Okay so now we're looking at a group of 3 stormtroopers with a group wound threshold of 7/20.
     
    So if that scenario works, in which the remainder of wounds is still applied to the group, then this scenario should work as well:
     
    Same group of 4 stormtroopers, only this time I manage to deal 11 damage after applying their soak. That's enough to defeat 2 of the 4 stormtroopers!
     
    Oh but the book says that minions are defeated one at a time. It also says in the same sentence that individual members are defeated once the group suffers wounds over their threshold. Just in case, I look up synonyms for the phrase "one at a time" and find the word "Individually". Okay so that means that each individual in the group has to be defeated for the group to be defeated. That makes logical sense but still, which is the correct choice?
     
    Would you:
     
    A. Apply all the wounds suffered to a single minion in the group, because minions are "defeated one at a time" and ignore the remainder of wounds suffered (which has no precedent in this system to ever ignore wounds unless in the case of reaching twice a PC/Rival/Nemeses' threshold in wounds, which isn't something even considered for Minions),
     
    or
     
    B. Apply the wounds to the group threshold as written, resulting in 2 Stormtroopers being defeated due to the group wounds exceeding their individual threshold and resulting in a group of 2 undefeated Stormtroopers at 11/20 wounds.
     
    Surely B is the correct choice since there is precedence for it in all the book's examples. Just to be sure, let's examine some FFG Developer answered questions from one of the pinned posts on the forum. That might give better insight into the matter.
     
    "How does blast damage work against minions?
     
    Answered by Sam Stewart:
    How blast damage works against minion groups depends on whether the minions are engaged with each other or not. If a group of minions is spread out across a room, and I throw a grenade at one, then the Blast quality cannot affect the group. In that case, the grenade deals direct damage to the minion group's combined wound threshold (if it deals 9 damage, and the minion has a soak of 3 and wound threshold of 4, then one minion drops, and the group still has two additional damage. This may represent random flying shrapnel, but could just as easily represent the stress of seeing a comrade killed).
    If multiple minions are engaged with each other, then the damage from the Blast quality can do damage to as many additional minions as are engaged with the first minion. (Grenade hits a three minion group who are all engaged with each other. The grenade deals 9 damage, plus 7 blast damage, against the same minions as described earlier. Since the blast damage hits each individual separately, they apply their soak to it in every case, but the damage is still enough to wipe out the entire minion group with 2 damage left over).
    All in all, grenades are a great way to take out tight clusters of faceless mooks; as they should be."
     
    I bolded the section that shows a single combat check (in this case, a thrown frag grenade) can result in an entire minion group being defeated. Yes, It required the Blast quality to be activated to accomplish this and yes the Blast itself has to apply to each minion separately (because they are all Individuals and Blast applies to each engaged Individual) but that doesn't exclude the fact that each individual minion in the group was defeated in a single combat check.
     
    I hope this helps show that RAW and RAI both state that multiple minions in a group can be defeated in a single combat check. You have been ruling it correctly and it is written out the same, just maybe not with the terminology you are looking for.
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    Chxckmate reacted to PrettyHaley in Happy Father's Day!   
    I believe Star Wars makes better parents out of everyone because the great examples of horrible parenting in the setting. From a dad who tortures his daughter and cuts off his son's hand so he'll shut up and listen to a mother who totally loses the will to live just after giving birth to twins, how could any Star Wars fans not aspire and succeed at doing better!!!
    Happy Father's Day, people! You're already better at it than the heroes from your favorite movies!
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    Chxckmate reacted to Blackbird888 in Rolling for Conflict   
    There are two things.
    There is precedence for characters not to roll, if they don't confront a moral dilemma. Ten hours in the workshop is not morality worthy. A week in medical recovery is not morality worthy. Etc, etc. The game intends for characters to regularly gain conflict; 4-5 should be average, and is close to a 50/50 chance to raise or lower. Less than that is a pretty good for a character trying to be paragon. The flaws I often see from other GMs is they don't hand it out enough, or they make them roll for things that wouldn't call for it.
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    Chxckmate reacted to galonso in Begging for XP Talent Trees   
    Agreed. Option 1 is the way to go. "Copy" the trees as they are in the book (they are all going to look more or less alike) and give credit to Doc as desired (removing Beggingforxp logo). No need to go out of your way to make a "significantly different looking" sheet. I think we're all on the same page.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from 2P51 in Which Specialization Most Reflects A Spy?   
    This forum actually pushed me to get many of the splatbooks. Looking at beggingforxp and all of the other specializations I had no idea existed inspired me to purchase the career splatbooks. After living quite frugally for two months I was able to set aside enough cash to purchase a majority of them. I guess that this is partially because I find FFG really puts effort into their books. The fact that they also are not especially strict (they don't constantly send cease and desist letters to everyone) makes me want to support them as a company. In fact, I openly advertise the many qualities the splatbooks have. The main point is, when I buy FFG books, I don't feel swindled.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from Richardbuxton in Which Specialization Most Reflects A Spy?   
    This forum actually pushed me to get many of the splatbooks. Looking at beggingforxp and all of the other specializations I had no idea existed inspired me to purchase the career splatbooks. After living quite frugally for two months I was able to set aside enough cash to purchase a majority of them. I guess that this is partially because I find FFG really puts effort into their books. The fact that they also are not especially strict (they don't constantly send cease and desist letters to everyone) makes me want to support them as a company. In fact, I openly advertise the many qualities the splatbooks have. The main point is, when I buy FFG books, I don't feel swindled.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from kaosoe in Begging for XP Talent Trees   
    Nice job Jaress.   You probably should not use Doc the Weasel's style though, as I believe he does not want it spread everywhere. I appreciate the effort you likely put into this, but another style is needed.
     
    Also, I have a recommendation for how to afford the various FFG books. WARNING! Not for everybody.
     
    I tried the Elon Musk $2 a day challenge for two months. I did lots of research on how I could stay healthy while only doing $2 a day. I upped it to $2.50 a day. After two months of hearty potatoes, peanut butter sandwiches, and oatmeal I was able to afford all of the FFGSWRPG books. The absence of food also helped me lose weight. If you intend on doing this, make sure you do your research. I had to plan for roughly two weeks (finding the best deals, figuring separation of portions, and making sure I was getting proper nutrition.) Analyzing my caloric intake helped me understand how much I was eating. I decided to do some home exercises and by the end of those two months. I felt like a healthy person.
     
    And that, my friends, is how the pursuit of RPG books has made me frugal and healthy.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from kaosoe in Which Specialization Most Reflects A Spy?   
    This forum actually pushed me to get many of the splatbooks. Looking at beggingforxp and all of the other specializations I had no idea existed inspired me to purchase the career splatbooks. After living quite frugally for two months I was able to set aside enough cash to purchase a majority of them. I guess that this is partially because I find FFG really puts effort into their books. The fact that they also are not especially strict (they don't constantly send cease and desist letters to everyone) makes me want to support them as a company. In fact, I openly advertise the many qualities the splatbooks have. The main point is, when I buy FFG books, I don't feel swindled.
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    Chxckmate reacted to Ender07 in Looting Bodies   
    Holy webpage batman! You sure have an epic list of everything! This will definitely make my job easier in the future, thanks!
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from Rhosaarc in Medical Personnel   
    I would recommend Far Horizons, the Colonist sourcebook. Colonist, as I see it, is definitely a support role. Two thirds of the specializations can easily be construed as support roles. Doctor, Entrepreneur, Performer, Scholar. Besides the area sourcebooks, (Lords of Nal Hutta, Suns of Fortune) Far Horizons has gotten the most mileage for me. I love support roles, and when I GM, I tend to reward those that put aim for party cohesion.
     
    Far Horizons adds homesteads and business rules, which are indispensable. It also handles information flow, something most new GMs, including me, had a hard time with. It adds many backstory suggestions for players from any walk of life. Towards the end of the book there is a section that expands on many things the various specializations do. For example, Doctor has a section with expanded rules for medicine such as increasing the level of detail on a patient as well as triaging patients. If I were to choose a book that had the most new medical equipment in it, I would have to say Far Horizons fits the bill.
     
    The golden addition, in my eyes, is the page towards the end of the book with recommended credit handouts for certain jobs. In relation to doctor, a house call is 100-300 credits. A licensed physician that works in a hospital gets 2,000-4,000 credits a month.
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    Chxckmate reacted to Ghostofman in Looting Bodies   
    As long as the GM isn't also making the newbie mistake we've all made at some point: Pay full price for looted items that are obviously hot.
     
     
     
    Another thought I had was just close your eyes and imagine what the character looks like and have people react appropriately.
     
    In my last session the players showed up in a kinda of "Space Aspen CO" at a guys hotel suite unannounced. All they need to to is ask him a couple questions.
     
    He opens the door and sees....
    A Tech with planet-specific tourist garb.
    A Huge wookiee with nothing but a bowcaster and a pair of aviator sunglasses.
    A Trando with a big honking rifle.
    A Faleen in full battle armor with a rifle and a heavy pistol.
    A Gand with a heavy pistol and medkit trying OT look unassuming.
     
    Since he's the kind of guy with enemies... He screams, slams the door, and runs off.
     
     
    So if the players are walking around in mis-matched stormtrooper armor parts and carrying 4 blaster rifles over their shoulders, have everyone act like it.
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    Chxckmate got a reaction from bradknowles in Begging for XP Talent Trees   
    Nice job Jaress.   You probably should not use Doc the Weasel's style though, as I believe he does not want it spread everywhere. I appreciate the effort you likely put into this, but another style is needed.
     
    Also, I have a recommendation for how to afford the various FFG books. WARNING! Not for everybody.
     
    I tried the Elon Musk $2 a day challenge for two months. I did lots of research on how I could stay healthy while only doing $2 a day. I upped it to $2.50 a day. After two months of hearty potatoes, peanut butter sandwiches, and oatmeal I was able to afford all of the FFGSWRPG books. The absence of food also helped me lose weight. If you intend on doing this, make sure you do your research. I had to plan for roughly two weeks (finding the best deals, figuring separation of portions, and making sure I was getting proper nutrition.) Analyzing my caloric intake helped me understand how much I was eating. I decided to do some home exercises and by the end of those two months. I felt like a healthy person.
     
    And that, my friends, is how the pursuit of RPG books has made me frugal and healthy.
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