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  1. You make a good point. Admittedly I was thinking about “audience reactions” like the fiasco with Battlefield V and the fallout regarding the single player storyline “The Last Tiger.” That line of thinking had me soured into being one-sided in my statement. Just to add something else to the thread I’ve also used the story of the CSS Shenandoah to great success. With the Empire being in control of the holonet and Rebel forces tending to act independently of each other it’s easy to have a frigate still attacking shipping well after the destruction of the Second Death Star and being labeled as pirates. The PCs had to track it down, convince the crew they weren’t going to serve time for piracy, and then defend them in a tribunal from charges of piracy while still making the new Republic government look functional. Definitely a good session for your trackers and “face” characters.
  2. It is pretty unbelievable, but it probably hasn’t gotten as much attention because it challenges the way people look at soldiers in German uniform... making them actually seem human. War is complicated, and some people don’t like that.
  3. Uber Stormtroopers, for sure (but any Imperial terror unit will work). There’s already enough games with zombie fascists out there, no need to work that genre into Star Wars.
  4. I’d like to see an archaeologist that Luke hires to help find Jedi/Sith secrets after the destruction of the second Death Star, since Luke would undoubtedly be very busy and it’s a big galaxy. And sure Doctor Aphra can make an appearance, but I’d rather she (and the “goateed” versions of the droids and Chewbacca) not be the focus.
  5. I’ve found that after the Battle of Endor is a good time period to explore. I ran a session based around ideas inspired by the Battle for Castle Itter. Fighting alongside Storm Troopers against Death Troopers is something my players still talk about.
  6. I would never argue against this. Our decision was made after playing through the starter (knowing what you’ve stated) along with the articles for the full game FFG posted as well as no one in the L5R’s forum being able to refute my questioning of the setting being so limiting of character creation (which in hindsight is silly since no one in those forums could possibly know because everyone was just getting to play the newly released game). Given what I’ve been reading the setting has advanced since its release. I’m going to give it another look-see. And hey, if we can get a three year campaign going does it really matter if it starts off in a manner that’s “forced” by the setting?
  7. I can see where that needs clarification. Looking at things after we played the starter seemed limited based on how clans interact. It really felt like players would be limited to one or two clans UNLESS some big sweeping event (such as a tournament) happened. This puts a lot of pressure on the GM to create a story that makes sense within the setting that would include multiple clans, and to get away with it via multiple campaigns... being clever is an understatement. Now I will firmly admit that we were looking at this after experiencing only the starter and the articles that were released by FFG. I’m actually happy you weighed in with your report of different character types within the clan, it might make me take another look at the rpg (especially with the latest sourcebook’s focus on ronin). Still, I’m not optimistic if my players all find different backgrounds they’d like to try and those fit with different clans (knowing them, they’ll do it on purpose just to increase my workload). So with that, the whole “it’s a lot of work to include all the different clans in a coherent plot” due to the restrictions of the setting turned us off, which was unfortunate, because the rest of the setting looked incredible.
  8. So it was worse before? Look, here’s my experience with L5R rpg (FFG’s version). I saw previews for it here, thought it looked like it could be a good time, so I started a thread in the L5R rpg forum asking “to be sold on this game.” People thought I was trolling there too because I asked about variety in character creation since the setting seemed too restrictive. Once they realized I was serious about the question, they couldn’t refute it. So not wanting to take anyone else’s word for it, my gaming group got the starter and gave it a go. We enjoyed the concept of honor, but after brainstorming once we finished the starter we came to the conclusion that a longterm campaign just wasn’t really possible due to the setting (I had some ideas, but they were crazy fragile). It really does seem as though if you want diversity of character types in your party you have to follow the same “there’s a tournament going on” beginning, middle, and end. It’s worse than the D&D party coming together via a bar fight and/or being thrown in jail together. We wanted to like it, but it just required far more effort to make it work due to the setting. My hats off to those who could make it work for their group.
  9. I am, but what’s your point here? I’m referencing the FFG rpg (that’s very new) which felt heavily restricted by the setting (again, my opinion) that was originally designed for a card game (only to be later adapted into a d10 rpg I did not play). I don’t get how longevity changes any of that. If anything it has the unfortunate effect of making Kat’s contributions to that world seem to carry less weight since it’s such an already established license. I was at least giving her credit of going through history and adding to it. Oh wait, is not enjoying every product FFG produces considered trolling now? I was unaware the degree of loyalty that must be shown to post properly in these forums.
  10. Other folks will have different opinions, but Legend of the 5 Rings rpg was a huge dud for my group and I. I’ve never seen a rpg so restricted by its setting. You’re either a diverse group that always has to band together because (insert stereotypical event here) happened at a tournament or everyone has the same “class” (which can lead to some wild character personalities, but the PCs have to maintain interest in keeping that). It’s like the game is made for one-offs. So forgive me if I’m not terribly impressed by someone involved in “creating” the lore for that (creating in quotes here because it’s not really a challenge to write fan fiction within feudal Japan with the plethora of research material available).
  11. I’ll second that there’s a discussion needed with this player to see why they want to play a Hutt. If there’s a deep enough character concept there, I’d allow it. If it’s being done because it’s just a “cool character” idea, or worse: for the lulz, I’d say nay. As far as getting around the size issues I’d suggest the player just make the Hutt younger, which is also something that could add in more narrative. Kind of a “before they made it as a crime lord typical of their species” deal.
  12. Man, I wanted the SAGA edition to be good just because of the amount of materials they were putting out allowed for some serious options for campaigns... but that system... gross
  13. I cut my rpg teeth on AD&D back when I was a wee lad. Then picked at some other d20 games over time. My current group were all rpg newbies when 5e came out and they wanted me to DM for them. It was a great time. I ran several mini campaigns and then one long one that went for about two years. During the long campaign we found a lot of holes in the game system, especially when it came to working within the narrative. An example is the players were fighting animated armor in a tower that had broken off of a flying castle and was hurtling end over end to the ground. Needless to say using minis on a map went out the window and trying to work the whole thing within the rule system was going against the fun of the situation. When nearly the only rule you’re using is “the rule of cool” for an entire battle you start to wonder why you’re using the game system at all. We had a group discussion after that. Most of the players were ecstatic about that combat enough to where we ditched minis and maps more often. It made the fights more dynamic, but they still felt too “pinned up” by the rules themselves. I found I was winging a lot of things far more often rather than doing it by the book, and the results were often applauded and more memorable. When the campaign was finished I could tell the players wanted more, and the jump to FFG’s narrative Star Wars game was an easy leap. I did lose two players in the switch (putting us down to three and then back up to four with a newbie), but I knew that would happen because they were the type of players who were only there to roll dice and move miniatures (they begrudgingly had a good time with the theater of the mind battles). The stories we’ve formed with the narrative system have changed how these players recall in game events. Gone are the “bullet point” descriptions of the highlights. Instead they’ve been replaced by back and forths that build up the story, similar to how they actually transpired. It’s been impressive to see the change.
  14. So popularity is the only way to judge a game system’s merits? You must also believe that Ariana Grande is the best vocalist on the planet.
  15. I said I’d rather not see the Star Wars license go back to WotC if they were going to just slap the played out d20 system on it again. Where was my change in tune?
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