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Galakk Fyyar

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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Archlyte in Screen Wipes   
    I've really never found a time or place when a "screen wipe" worked. It just feels jarring to me, like something that works well on screen but is awkward and clunky on paper when you're encouraged to describe it to the players. That being said pacing is a difficult issue, especially if you're playing online. You really need to pick up on tones or facial expressions to tell when your players just want things to move along. However, making everything too fast can be just as bad, confusing the players and making them feel rushed. Gauge how your players feel about a scene as best as you can. Lots of pauses and "umm"s usually means you need to get things moving. If they're engrossed in roleplay and talking and laughing, let them. You may even get ideas on the fly from how they interact with the scene and each other to make it deeper and more interesting than you first planned!
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to WolfRider in How Evil should I be? Rebellion needs food . . . Badly!   
    But it must be used parsimoniously otherwise the trick becomes quickly tiring for the players, since they will expect it to happen.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Mark Caliber in How Evil should I be? Rebellion needs food . . . Badly!   
    Mission or quest complications are almost always great for roleplay, and it can be insanely entertaining to see what solutions a party will come up. Be hard but fair about it and you can't go wrong.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Tramp Graphics in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    People like to roleplay. I really can't stand behind the idea that people shouldn't be able to play who they want because of, like I said way back in this very same topic, personal politics or thoughts on how things should be. It's their game and they can play however they like, equivocations and all.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to kaosoe in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Some people enjoy playing outside the bounds of morality in order to further explore their own morality and views on the world. So this is likely a case of YMMV.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Demon4x4 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    It's called Role-Playing. You aren't playing yourself in another outfit. Do you have this opinion about actors who play bad guys in movies? lol
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Whiz Canmaj in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Sweet mercy. 
    I don't mind the idea of an Imperial players' handbook, but the amount of equivocation in this thread is mindboggling. The Empire is evil and the Rebel Alliance is good. Pointing out how the space trains run on time doesn't negate slavery, dictatorship and planetary genocide. The moral failings of the Rebel Alliance are based on the desperation of its members to do good against such an immoral military power. I guarantee you that no-one who returns home to find their Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru killed by fascists would go "Yeah, but the other side is bad too".
    Roleplaying as a Space Nazi is a far different thing than pushing around a miniature of one. That's why there are hundreds of tabletop wargames about WWII, and only a few RPGs about it. The amount of identification with the Empire and its goals is very high when you are roleplaying the character of a Stormtrooper: you follow orders, you believe you are not wrong, and want your society to continue on. The amount of cognitive disassociation a player would have to go through to ignore what the Empire is about, and the obfuscation that the GM would have to do to give the stormtrooper PCs only morally-unambiguous jobs, would be even worse than playing it straight: you would know that you're playing bad people OOC, but the IC masquerade is a deliberate attempt to ignore something you KNOW is wrong. And God help you if you don't think being an Imperial is wrong.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Ahrimon in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Are they though?  Over half the galaxy saw an improvement in their quality of life under the empire.  It's not argued that they weren't heavy handed, but the republic had basically left the outer rim to the mercy of pirates and corporations.  A few worlds are a small price to pay to bring safety to thousands of worlds.  They people were safer and more secure than they had ever been.  And the rebels were hardly good guys.  Murder, terrorism, telling anyone who was a separatist to go F themselves so that the senators that lost their power in the empire can restore a corrupt and morally bankrupt republic putting them back on top.  I don't see how anyone can forgive the atrocities committed by the rebels because we were told they were the good guys but hold the empire accountable for their atrocities because we were told that they're the bad guys.
    No one is going to forgive their family being killed whether it's a couple of moisture farmers on dirtball executed by the empire or shoppers in the coruscant mall killed by a rebel terrorist bomb.
    A lot of this depends on your point of view (see what I did there) of how you want to paint star wars.  Is it a simple black and white good vs evil, is it a more nuanced grey with good and evil on both sides, or is it somewhere in between.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Zrob314 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    This is how I see it. I feel like the folks saying that something like this shouldn't be done because of politics are seriously simplifying what in actuality is a pretty complex, dense conflict. If you think every Imperial is a moustache-twisting supervillain and every Rebel is a shining virtuous superhero, that's just not how it is. There are heroes and villains on both sides.
    With that said I do understand the people saying Disney wouldn't let it fly given the possibility of a bad reaction in a knee-jerk climate. When there are people who will genuinely call you an evil monster for having political disagreements and become vocally outraged over it for example, as a company it's an unfortunate necessity to be careful with what you do. It isn't right, but it's reality.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Kam01 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    This is how I see it. I feel like the folks saying that something like this shouldn't be done because of politics are seriously simplifying what in actuality is a pretty complex, dense conflict. If you think every Imperial is a moustache-twisting supervillain and every Rebel is a shining virtuous superhero, that's just not how it is. There are heroes and villains on both sides.
    With that said I do understand the people saying Disney wouldn't let it fly given the possibility of a bad reaction in a knee-jerk climate. When there are people who will genuinely call you an evil monster for having political disagreements and become vocally outraged over it for example, as a company it's an unfortunate necessity to be careful with what you do. It isn't right, but it's reality.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Prometheus878 in World War feel   
    The idea of the war itself should be a big factor. If you're using too easy of combat scenarios and/or making all the Rebel and Imperial characters un-interactable redshirts and statblocks, that would be the problem. It isn't as difficult as you might think to make a dire tone of things. Music, ambient sounds, and visual references for wartorn cityscapes can really nail it.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Dayham in World War feel   
    The idea of the war itself should be a big factor. If you're using too easy of combat scenarios and/or making all the Rebel and Imperial characters un-interactable redshirts and statblocks, that would be the problem. It isn't as difficult as you might think to make a dire tone of things. Music, ambient sounds, and visual references for wartorn cityscapes can really nail it.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Archlyte in World War feel   
    The idea of the war itself should be a big factor. If you're using too easy of combat scenarios and/or making all the Rebel and Imperial characters un-interactable redshirts and statblocks, that would be the problem. It isn't as difficult as you might think to make a dire tone of things. Music, ambient sounds, and visual references for wartorn cityscapes can really nail it.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from lowfyr01 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    This is how I see it. I feel like the folks saying that something like this shouldn't be done because of politics are seriously simplifying what in actuality is a pretty complex, dense conflict. If you think every Imperial is a moustache-twisting supervillain and every Rebel is a shining virtuous superhero, that's just not how it is. There are heroes and villains on both sides.
    With that said I do understand the people saying Disney wouldn't let it fly given the possibility of a bad reaction in a knee-jerk climate. When there are people who will genuinely call you an evil monster for having political disagreements and become vocally outraged over it for example, as a company it's an unfortunate necessity to be careful with what you do. It isn't right, but it's reality.
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from Demon4x4 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    To be entirely honest, all of that seems like your own point of view and preferences, which shouldn't be expressed as the ultimatum of what everyone else should view and experience Star Wars as. Whether you're correct, incorrect, or in-between about the topic is irrelevant to the point that other players may want a book for their own games and own experiences, which if they differ from yours does not make them wrong in the way they enjoy or look at Star Wars, and to be clear neither are you wrong yourself for the same reasons.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Vondy in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Lucas has explained Star Wars from his own "evolving" and self-contradictory points of view over the past 40 years. 
    As a result, anything Lucas says is only true "from a certain point of view" and "at a certain point in time."
    This is without working a mob of Expanded Universe writers with their own points of view and contradictory additions int the mix.
    For this reason, I generally only reference primary sources (on-screen canon) and take Lucas with a liberal dose of salt.
    I'm sure you've heard of the unreliable narrator in literature? Lucas is an unreliable creator.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to HappyDaze in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    No, there are much worse things out there than the Empire (for example, the Hutt kajidics).
    As for the average Rebel abdicating the responsibility of mission to their leaders, that's exactly how the Republic fell: too much advocating the voice of the many to the decision-making of the few. The exact Republic that those leaders are trying to rebuild (note that it's The Alliance to Restore the Republic, not The Alliance to Restore a Republic) will eventually become the enemy of the malcontents that form the unthinking masses of the Alliance.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Ni Fang in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Possibly the best explination of the New Republic I have ever seen
    Personally speaking, I'd love to play some Imperials, maybe some good proper rules for being a Chiss or Stormtrooper or even Imperial Navy Officer. Some proper ship specs and classes. Even different trooper types would be nice too.
    But I can also understand why there is more stuff AGAINST the empire instead of FOR it. As many have pointed out, the meritds and flaws ofd both sides really do indeed depend on certain points of view. 
    Disney did allow some books to be published, This is those books published under the Legends banner
    The Jedi Path The Way of the Sith The Imperial Handbook The Rebel Handbook Bounty Hunter Code Now persaonally I have only Jedi Path, I'd love to get my hands on a copy of Imperial Handbook and Way of the Sith as well as Bounty Hunter Code, and Rebel Handbook. Each one of these sheds light on vastly different topics, and Bounty Hunter Code actually really details how Bonty Hunters really work {they're not heartless monsters, they really actually have a code of conduct!}
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Ni Fang in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    Well, whats funny, the Empire saw the Rebels as the bad guy, and the rebels saw the Empire as the bac guy, with hte common folk who were caught in the cross fire simply living each day hoping they'd not get blown to bits. Some of whom worked in Empire owned factories as well, just common every day folks.
    The Common folk simply wanted am eans to live, the Empire gave it to them making their stuff, and then so did the rebellion. But some would say the Empire paid better
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to HappyDaze in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    The Rebellion wants to restore the Republic. The Republic was a horribly corrupt and ineffective form of government that led to much chaos and suffering in the galaxy. This wansn't all Palapatine's doing either--the Republic was rotten to the core long before he came around. The Republic really shouldn't be considered a "good thing" except in comparison to the Empire; it's the South Park choice between a ****** and a turd sandwich. Restoring the Republic is just going for the lesser evil rather than trying to do something new and (hopefully better), but the Rebellion eats up all of that revisionist history.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to 2P51 in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    I think Disney would wanna dodge the advocation of space nazis.
    Having said that I think in a galactic setting it isn't hard to envision PCs with backgrounds where they were starving, cold, and homeless, and then the Empire and serving it, saved them from a wretched existence leading to miserable death. They could easily have been socialized under very different conditions where their perspective is very different from someone with a background whose never wanted for anything.
    Not an acknowledgement of support for space nazis, just an observation that life and people are complicated.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to themensch in Imperial Navy Core Rulebook?   
    I don't know that this is so black & white.  Sure, there are definite atrocities being committed, but does the average rank & file soldier know about this?  Do cadets that aspire to be Imperial soldiers know this?  The propaganda machine of the Empire is strong, and of course paints the Empire in the best light.  There are in fact specializations that play directly off this fact.  Star Wars loves to play with "a certain point of view" after all.  And heavens to mergatroid, we have enough examples in our own world to demonstrate this.
     
     
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    Galakk Fyyar got a reaction from LStyer in Rise of the Separatists Era Book   
    It's unfortunate, but it's not like we don't have the framework to make droid characters. Rolling up a droid and giving them a military career is all you gotta do for a typical CIS soldier, or a soldier or EotE character who supports the Confederacy. Still a little disappointing, but it looks good otherwise.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to Donovan Morningfire in Rise of the Separatists Era Book   
    It's not really much of a surprise, given how the Age of Rebellion line is geared towards the PCs being part of the Rebel Alliance, or how Force and Destiny tends to skew towards the PCs playing lightsiders.  EotE is the one book that comes closest to having the PCs be "neutral" in terms of the larger galactic conflict, and even then the assumption on the writers' part is that the PCs aren't completely amoral crooks.  With Dawn of Rebellion, the universal specs were either Alliance-leaning or neutral, with Pirate really being the only one that could be considered "villainous" of the lot.
    In the Clone Wars, the Republic are generally held as being the good guys (or at least the closest thing to it) with the Separatists holding the"bad guy" role.  Yes, I know that there are "heroes on both sides" (as well as villains on both sides), but given FFG's track record it's not much a surprise that the PC-centric material is focused on the 'good guy' faction.
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    Galakk Fyyar reacted to HappyDaze in Rise of the Separatists Era Book   
    That's really all that had to be done for a clone too, but that's not what they did.
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