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Helping Lando Win Cloud City

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Background: I'm running an ongoing campaign, and we're wrapping up after successfully completing an extra large version of the Granee Noopa from Lords of Nal Hutta. This game takes place around the time of Star Wars Rebels, and Lando hasn't become the Baron of Cloud City, yet. (We're playing a bit loose with the timeline.) The game is mixing between EotE and AoR, with the PC crew "acquiring" resources for some Rebel cells they linked up with.

The Crew:

  • Do'jeer Ordo: Mandolorian Ex-Stormtrooper.
  • Sosha Boz: Trandosian Rebel sniper.
  • GI-01: Droid pilot for the crew's Ghtroc 720 freighter, Cobalt Pioneer. Tends to stay out of the spotlight as a player.
  • Candor: Clawdite Rebel Propagandist. Very trickster-y. Player is a big fan of Lando. Don't want her to hog the spotlight too much.
  • Tresk Saiga'skra: Bothan swoop racer and mechanic. PC from when I was a player. Sometimes awkward for me as a GM to play, since he's been acknowledged as the group's voice of reason, so there are downsides to both remaining with the group (risk of railroading) and leaving them to their own devices.
  • Dracmus: Selonian Marauder/Force Sensitive Emergent. Obligation: Obsession(Adventure).
  • Hylia Tainer (NPC): Besalisk Technician(Modder). Former head of Tresk's pit crew. She's currently acting as the ship's engineer.

The premise: A Rebel Commander gives the group a mission to Cloud City, premised on being a celebratory vacation after their victory at the Granee Noopa. Their mission will be to get some black market spin-sealed Tibanna gas (used for turbo-lasers) while they're there. When they get there, they'll discover their contact was raided by Imperials. This is where Lando and Lobot come in, offering them some Tibanna gas, if they help Lando get into a card game with the current Baron so he can bet the title and lose it to Lando.

I could use some ideas for what sort of setpieces to give the crew to build a scheme around, plus Lando's suggestion for how they handle it. After the combat-heavy Granee Noopa, I feel like giving them something less straightforward.

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I recommend reading the adventure "Jewel of Yavin", there it is pretty good described how Lando won the city. Actually Lobot was already there, serving the former baron administrator, but decided, that he was not a good baron administrator for the city. When Lando showed up, Lobot was impressed of his charisma and leadership qualities, so he organized a pazaak (I think it was pazaak) game between the current baron administrator and lando, and Lobot hacked the game to make it a heads on game, making the baron administrator put his title into the pot. Then Lobot made Lando win the game.

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the idea sounds great - lots of opportunities for god rpg!

I would think of the other powers that would have a say in appointment of the new baron administrator. it should not be just enough to gamble and win the position - you should really be able to sell Lando to whatever powerful groups that have interest in Bespin. I would look into who those groups might be and what they would want to achive. This would lead to some more specific tasks for the PCs in order to prove that Lando is resourceful and  tough enough to take the position.

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18 hours ago, MasterZelgadis said:

I recommend reading the adventure "Jewel of Yavin", there it is pretty good described how Lando won the city. Actually Lobot was already there, serving the former baron administrator, but decided, that he was not a good baron administrator for the city. When Lando showed up, Lobot was impressed of his charisma and leadership qualities, so he organized a pazaak (I think it was pazaak) game between the current baron administrator and lando, and Lobot hacked the game to make it a heads on game, making the baron administrator put his title into the pot. Then Lobot made Lando win the game.

Based on the mention of Rebels, I would guess that it’s a Canon game, so the cool things like that don’t exist.

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This game defaults to Canon, but Legends material is welcome as long as we don't spot contradictions with Canon. I am planning on picking up Jewel of Yavin for some info on Cloud City this weekend.

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As MasterZelgadis mentioned, the Jewel of Yavin is a great supplement if you want to run a campaign on Cloud City. Also, provide interesting locations and one good encounter that might be used outside the adventure.

Love the idea of your campaign! good luck.

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