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Can't Make a Bubba Fat - Bounty Hunter Help?

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So, in a galaxy already occupied by sourcebooks for the Colonist, the Explorer, the Smuggler and the Hired Gun, will we ever see a sourcebook for the Bounty Hunter? 

 

As one of those folks who didn't get a proper Doctorate in the Expanded Universe, I am very curious about the Guild, the Mandalorians, Boba Fett and on instructions on how to strap a flamethrower to my wrist and get a rocket launcher to go with my jetpack (for reasons that have nothing to do with the constantly, night-long blaring alarm coming off the factory near my neighborhood). 

I'd love to sink into the lore about how they go about bounty hunting and what a bounty hunters' game feels like.

 

I personally ran into a few snags during Character Creation that I would love to see if there will be any fixes for.

 

First of all, I ran head-first into a brick wall when I sunk most of my XP just upping my Characteristics to something that looks serviceable. Human with Brawn 3 (to see you better with, dear), Agility 3 (to hear you better with, dear) and Willpower 3 (to resist your jedi mind-control better with, dear). I'm curious if I did the "right" spread there, in terms of what's appropriate for a Bounty Hunter type.

 

Anyway, when creating a Bounty Hunter character using the vanilla rules I tried to "take inspiration" from Mr. Fett, trying to re-create a few pieces of his awesome gear but apparently I can't.

For starters, the rules on how to modify equipment are weird with the demand for "hard points" (a requirement that's pretty easy to miss, by the way) - which pretty much all the affordable, relatively light-weight armors from the Core Book seem to lack entirely.

Now, I've looked at Boba Fett's armor, and the closest thing I saw to it in the book is the Padded Armor - which contains exactly 0 hard points. But that doesn't really matter since there's no way, using the vanilla rules as-is, to actually strap a small flamethrower to your character's wrist. The only flame projector present in the book is rifle-sized and falls under the Ranged (Heavy) Skill, while the Wrist Bound modification demands the weapon to be bound to the wrist be a small, Ranged (Light) thing. So... No?

 

I accepted the fact that I can't start the game with a jetpack or in generally actually playing Boba Fett (and not die by sarlaac or run into Samuel L. Jackson's lightsaber), but I like to know that I can get at a shot at a pretty close experience by collecting and wearing all of his stuff (in a dimly lit basement, while dancing to "Goodbye Horses").

 

I'm not asking for much in life - I didn't ask for a hover-car, or a million credits or invulnerability. I just want to strap a flamethrower to my wrist (and maybe take a walk to the factory near my neighborhood, for some unrelated stuff). 

I realize that RPGs in general take the approach that players must start the game face-down in the mud with as little as possible to their name and then embark on a slow, years-long crawl towards what they originally wanted to play (maybe with the exception of Exalted, though even there the crunch doesn't really hold up compared to the promises of the fluff) - but I like to know that somewhere along the line there is gonna be a flamethrower that goes on your wrist and a rocket that goes with your jetpack. I'm not seeing those things as being possible in the vanilla rules at all right now.

 

Has anyone already created a Boba Fett style Bounty Hunter with a wrist-bound flamethrower? How did you do it?

Please don't tell me to just create my own weapon or anything like that - assume my GM is old-school strict about sticking to the books. If it's not in the book, it doesn't exist and I can't change or bend any rule.

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First off, if you want to know what it’s like to be a Bounty Hunter, get this: http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Wallace-Bounty-Hunter-Code/dp/B00N4EY8XO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438137173&sr=1-2&keywords=bounty+hunters+code

Or, you could cheap out and get the “just a book” version: http://www.amazon.com/Bounty-Hunter-Code-Files-Boba/dp/1452133212/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438137173&sr=1-1&keywords=bounty+hunters+code

But you really need the Vault Edition and all the extra props it comes with to feel like a real bounty hunter.

The armor you would probably want for Boba Fett out of the official FFG-published books would be the Laminate Armor, although that’s not quite as good as the Heavy Battle Armor or the Taggeco Protector 1 Combat Armor. Don’t pay too much attention to the pictures in the book, pay attention to the stats, and then the fluff description. If you don’t have the money for the more expensive armor, then yeah — the least expensive armor you’re likely to be able to find with Soak 2 will be the padded variety.

For a list of most of the known armor types in the game, see the page at http://swrpg.viluppo.net/equipment/armor/— just keep in mind that there have been a couple of books published since this page was updated, and we need to add the new information.

Flamethrowers would fall into the category of “Other” at http://swrpg.viluppo.net/equipment/weapons/category/11/

However, I don’t know of any book that has come up with an official set of stats for the wrist-mounted flamethrower.

You could get the same Blaster Carbine that Boba Fett uses — see http://swrpg.viluppo.net/equipment/weapons/159/

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BTW, if you use the search field at the very top of this page, and you search for “You Build the Character” or “ybtc”, you’ll come across some threads where people have done up stats for various characters in Star Wars.

Among other things, SirSprinkles did a version of Boba Fett, which was posted at https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/137909-you-build-the-character-5-scum-villainy/#entry1490467— you might want to take a look at that to give you some ideas of how you might want to build your own bounty hunter.

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You can make a Fettesque character, but you're gonna have to pull from a lot of books to make that hot and sexy work, and you'll have to make some tough choices. You can't just go from the Core. Even after the Bounty Hunter book does drop, it likely won't cover everything...

 

So if you REALLY want a flame projector for example, you can mount it to your armor using the hands free attachment in DC. But that's 2 HP you can't use on something like Vac Seals...In that case waiting for the Hunter book will likely get you your mini flamer.

 

But yeah... with enough XP (not that much really, a few hundred maybe?) and credits (Ok, LOTS of credits)... you can absolutely get into Fett territory.

 

Also padded armor? Really? You looked at that armor and thought "Yeah, that looks like thick wear resistant textiles." Heavy Battle Armor dude... it might not look that heavy, but game effects wise.. that's what it is.

Edited by Ghostofman

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I'm firmly in the camp that not every character from the movies is wearing super mega ultra armor because that character is so kewl that just have to have the most awesome thing ever.  Look at Bobba's armor.  It's metal plates on top of a utility suit.  That screams armored clothing to me.  But I will freely admit, that in our great hobby, what something looks like and what it's stats are up to creative license. 

 

Take Oskara for example.  The game stats for the armor she is wearing is padded armor.  So don't let the descriptions in the book stop you.  Start with some cool looking padded armor and when you have the cash upgrade, or follow the time honored tradition of getting your upgrades from your fallen foes.  Just make sure to change it first.  The last thing that you want to do is take down a bounty, take their armor, and then have another hunter come after you because they mistook you for the bounty.  heh.

 

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As for Bobba's gadgets, don't get hung up on them being built in.  That's simply creative interpretation.  A rocket pack doesn't need to be integrated into the armor, it can simply be a rocket backpack.  There isn't anything for the wrist mounted flamethrower yet, but work with your GM for a wrist mounted mini flame thrower that you can get after scraping up some cash.  Or be a gadgeteer and work with your GM to have your character make one.  Look at droids for inspiration.  There is a note in the book about droids being able to have their equipment built into their bodies as a complete fluff description.  Do the same with your gadgets and let your imagination go wild.

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I'm firmly in the camp that not every character from the movies is wearing super mega ultra armor because that character is so kewl that just have to have the most awesome thing ever. Look at Bobba's armor. It's metal plates on top of a utility suit. That screams armored clothing to me. But I will freely admit, that in our great hobby, what something looks like and what it's stats are up to creative license.

Take Oskara for example. The game stats for the armor she is wearing is padded armor. So don't let the descriptions in the book stop you. Start with some cool looking padded armor and when you have the cash upgrade, or follow the time honored tradition of getting your upgrades from your fallen foes. Just make sure to change it first. The last thing that you want to do is take down a bounty, take their armor, and then have another hunter come after you because they mistook you for the bounty. heh.

tony-foti-oskara-10.jpg?1427516774

As for Bobba's gadgets, don't get hung up on them being built in. That's simply creative interpretation. A rocket pack doesn't need to be integrated into the armor, it can simply be a rocket backpack. There isn't anything for the wrist mounted flamethrower yet, but work with your GM for a wrist mounted mini flame thrower that you can get after scraping up some cash. Or be a gadgeteer and work with your GM to have your character make one. Look at droids for inspiration. There is a note in the book about droids being able to have their equipment built into their bodies as a complete fluff description. Do the same with your gadgets and let your imagination go wild.

Just want to point out he specifically asked us not to tell him to "work with his GM."

I'm half tempted to believe this is a troll attempt. EDIT: I am referring to the original post, not the one I quoted.

However, the short answer is that you will not be able to make Boba Fett with just the core rule book, and even with other books it will take 8-10 sessions of XP and credits to get there.

Also, a Bounty Hunter book is coming, eventually.

Edited by rowdyoctopus

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