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    Kaigen reacted to SavageBob in How to run interesting social encounter?   
    I would keep most social checks to a single roll in situations where things are not plot-critical. For instance, Charming a random bartender to tell you where the crime lord's palace is, buying stimpacks, or using Deception on a stormtrooper who asks you if you have your papers.
    For important social encounters, you might want to look at Genesys, the generic ruleset that was developed from the Star Wars rules. That book has rules for "structured" social encounters where the PCs and NPCs get to take cracks at each other. In a nutshell, you don't go in initiative order but instead take turns speaking and influencing one another based on what makes narrative sense. Each time you try a social check against the other side, you inflict Strain Damage based on uncanceled successes. If you fail your check, though, you suffer 2 strain. They do the same to you, rolling a social check on your or one of the other PCs and causing strain on you.
    At half Strain Threshold, your adversary is willing to compromise. If you want them to acquiesce completely, though, you have to get them to below Strain Threshold. You will, of course, want to include multiple opponents in the room with the adversary, giving the PCs more targets to convince, or giving the main big bad advisors or companions to give them boosts to resist your PCs' charms.
    You get boosts and setbacks to your checks based on whether your approach appeals to or contradicts the target's motivations. Motivations are more complex in Genesys, but you could adapt the idea to Star Wars, or just consider each character's immediate goals for the encounter and their long-term goals. You can spend 2 advantage (or 3? away from books) on a social roll to uncover one of your rivals' motivations, and they can do the same to you.
    It's pretty fun. I ran a social encounter like this in a play-by-post game. Came down the wire, but the PCs prevailed in convincing a rival to ally with them temporarily.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from Archlyte in Aim description for Melee   
    It could also be described as taking a moment to plan out a quick series of moves and try to anticipate your opponent's response. The boost die then tells you how closely reality matches what you played out in your head.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from Rimsen in Aim description for Melee   
    It could also be described as taking a moment to plan out a quick series of moves and try to anticipate your opponent's response. The boost die then tells you how closely reality matches what you played out in your head.
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    Kaigen reacted to Stan Fresh in Species That Need Love   
    The player chose that species.  "It's what my character would do!" is never an excuse,because you're the one designing and controlling that character.
     
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    Kaigen reacted to Vorzakk in Aim description for Melee   
    Looking for an opening in the opponent's defense?
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    Kaigen reacted to penpenpen in Order Sixty-Six & Jedi slack response   
    Well, that's the kicker, compromise with the basis of your beliefs and perhaps your beliefs-based powers diminish?
    The Jedi philosophy never really struck me as a "do what is right, unless inconvenient" type of philosophy. Failing to follow through on this doesn't make the Jedi morally bankrupt, but when you stand up for a republic that has glaring faults, maybe it's a source of, I dunno... conflict.
    Had the Jedi taken a hard stance against slavery it might've pushed the republic to deal with it.
    Also, the dismissive and mocking attitude towards people who set ideals over practicality isn't really doing you any favours if you're trying to come off as a somewhat decent  ******* human being.
    And no, failing to do so should not be considered a badge of honor.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from StriderZessei in New Collapse Article - Death Watch warrior talent tree   
    They're certainly better than any other Brawl weapons currently available by a noticeable margin, so in that sense they're a bit of power creep (though they're high cost, restricted, and rare, so the GM has good control over if/when they show up).
    On the other hand, they share the common Brawl weapon trait of having no Hard Points, so while they're strong out of the gate, there are a variety of melee weapons that will easily overtake them with a bit of customization and modification.
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    Kaigen reacted to ColonelCommissar in I throw a grenade at the Phalanx...   
    It's also eminently adaptable for a range of other contexts. After I showed it to the GM of the starfighter campaign I'm in he saw it as an opportunity for encounters featuring "Far Too Many TIEs". My own speculation on that use is that perhaps while the GM could be quietly noting down losses, all you're seeing is the finite strength of the cloud actually able to engage you at once and have to keep carving out a space within it. If only, say, eight TIEs can engage you at once from the swarm boiling out of that ISD's hangar, while the rest circle round for a clear shot, you have to kill that many per round or find yourself swamped, when evasion becomes impossible. Or perhaps it's a way to simulate crowd mechanics: you're facing down an angry mob on Coruscant protesting the war and have to score so many successes on a social check to convince the leaders, of they will surge forward.
    It's an extremely simple but infinitely variable set of rules, and one I hope to get a lot of use out of. Thanks, @KRKappel!
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    Kaigen reacted to LordBritish in New Collapse Article - Death Watch warrior talent tree   
    *Glances at gauntlets*

    *Glances at mods*

    *Cackles loudly in artisan*
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    Kaigen reacted to Ghostofman in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    It's an unreliable narrator type situation. 
    Maybe Jango wasn't Mando, and just really liked Mando history, culture, and gear....
    Maybe Jango was Mando, and the Peacenick new Mandos were just distancing themselves from a Mando gaining notoriety through violence and the training of an entire frelling Army.
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    Kaigen reacted to HappyDaze in New Collapse Article - Death Watch warrior talent tree   
    I do hope that the guidelines on actually using a jetpack (vehicle combat rules) in personal combat get fleshed out a bit more in the book. Many of those points also apply with speeder bikes, hutt floaters, and other Sil 2 vehicles.
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    Kaigen reacted to kaosoe in New Collapse Article - Death Watch warrior talent tree   
    Except that the movies (6 hours at best) gave us very little to work with for this era whereas TCW has 50+ hours worth of content. It's pretty easy to see why there was lots of inspiration drawn from the show. It's literally the largest source of content for this era.
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    Kaigen reacted to Drig in Rise of the Separtist's release date?   
    I got my book last night and read the description and found it to be wildly appropriate. This book frames an intergalactic war with individuals being blockaded from food and supplies and battles being waged on countless planets. People are going to need to scavenge to get by and the ruins of war are great places for this to occur. I don't think Anakin is the reason this is included in this book. I think it's included here because it is thematically appropriate. When I saw the picture for the Universal Spec that had a Geonosian who looks like a mechanic that crossed into Scavenger with worn Clone armor and pieces of tech on him from the battles of his world, it sparked wonder in me of who this character is. He looks like so much fun to play. Pick any planet where a clone wars battle takes place and you have a character who may have had to turn to scavenger to get by because of the era in which you play. I love it.
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    Kaigen reacted to Underachiever599 in I would like a collection of gear and gadgets...   
    Am I the only one genuinely excited for this book? I've been dying to have all the gear consolidated in one book, and I love that we're getting plenty of new and iconic equipment to go with it.
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    Kaigen reacted to ColonelCommissar in Rise of the Separtist's release date?   
    I believe it can carry 192 fighters and 36 bombers, per Star Wars: Complete Vehicles and Wookieepedia, source of all knowledge. These craft are stated in Ep.III-era sources as V-Wings/Eta-2 interceptors and ARC-170s. I've switched those for Torrents and Y-Wings in the early stages of the war for my campaign (coming to gaming tables near you as soon as the **** book arrives).
    For my money it's a very odd ratio, I'd be more likely to want 192 bombers and 36 fighters. Fighters only really need to protect the ship while bombers are your strike arm, and while on contemporary carriers everything's multirole anyway in WWII (which Star Wars carrier ops seem much closer to, at least in the Clone Wars) the ratio was heavily skewed to the more useful and versatile bombers. Though against the massive swarm of fighters a droid ship can put out I suppose it makes sense to have a large fighter escort.
    And expecting the fantasy stories with space wizards and laser swords to follow proper military logic is definitely a bridge too far 😋
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    Kaigen reacted to Eoen in problems of a heavy   
    Getting into Anime or Iron Man territory. A Landmate in Appleseed comes to mind.
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    Kaigen reacted to AnomalousAuthor in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    Or Maul leaving the Sith.
    Lots of inspiration out there for this one.
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    Kaigen reacted to Rithuan in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    Dooku himself leaving the order
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    Kaigen got a reaction from Daeglan in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    Or helping to fill out the backstory for your Not!Asajj Ventress giving Dooku the finger.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from AnomalousAuthor in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    Or helping to fill out the backstory for your Not!Asajj Ventress giving Dooku the finger.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from Rithuan in Rise of the Separatists - Spoilers/ Q&A   
    Or helping to fill out the backstory for your Not!Asajj Ventress giving Dooku the finger.
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    Kaigen reacted to Rozial in Fallen Order trailer   
    The writer for the game is Chris Avellone. He wrote Knights of the Old Republic II Sith Lords and Fallout: New Vegas. If they let him do his thing this could be great.
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    Kaigen reacted to DarthKaage in Fallen Order trailer   
    They said in the panel for the game that the inquisitor is the Second Sister.
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    Kaigen reacted to HappyDaze in Rise of the Separtist's release date?   
    I could see allowing Jedi to pick one FaD career and count those Specs as In-career (and for Sig Abilities). That way you have Jedi Consulars, Jedi Mystics, Jedi Guardians, etc. The tradeoff is that you're bound to the Jedi Order, and maybe Conflict awards are increased.
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    Kaigen got a reaction from Ogrebear in Rise of the Separtist's release date?   
    I'm working from second hand photos, so bear with me (and don't bother asking for additional info beyond what's visible in a spec tree, I don't even have direct access to someone with the book).
    (edit: The Pilot and Trooper trees are nested in there, but I can't get the edit system to let me try to fix it.
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