Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I know that Heavy is not a Specialization for Soldiers, and that I could have used Sharpshooter from the Age of Rebellion Beta book for Aric (and Krusk, for the Jedi Knights' team), but the Heavy from Dangerous Covenants is too perfect for the Assault Cannon Gunners. Also, I'll be shocked...SHOCKED...if there isn't at least some sort of analogue to the Heavy in an eventual Soldier sourcebook.
Aric's main role in combat is ranged damage, and with a rotary blaster cannon from the aforementioned Dangerous Covenants book he certainly fulfills his role. Being able to grant his weapon the Breach 1 quality on a limited basis can practically ruin any enemy tank character he comes across (or possibly even an enemy tank vehicle...)
Outside of combat, he currently has Leadership and Negotiate to reflect his skills with diplomacy and navigating the chain of command. He can take a fair amount of damage in-combat, but he's got to watch out. With an average Strain Threshold and no bonuses to Defense, someone could focus on Aric and he'd be in a world of hurt.
Elara Dorne; former Imperial, now Republic trooper. She's smart, determined, resilient, and knows the rules and regulations almost as well as her skill in medicine. Drawing from the Age of Rebellion Medic specialization, Elara is a rather formidable medic.
Anyone who looks at the Medic skill tree will see some skills missing. Why no Bacta Specialist? Because in a one shot game where I know there won't be time to utilize a bacta tank, the talent isn't worth cluttering up the stat block. Same with Forager and Well Rounded. I didn't want to give her all of the tricks for Medic, so no Supreme Stim Application, Master Doctor, or Natural Doctor I wanted to focus her as a triage/first responder type of healer, not one specialized in surgical, long-term care.
Race: Droid (4th Degree)
Brawn 4, Agility 3, Intellect 1, Cunning 2, Will 2, Presence 2
Wound Threshold: 20
Strain Threshold: 13
Melee/Ranged Defense: 2/2
M1-4X is a tank, somewhat literally. His job is to get close to enemies and blast, pound, and smash them to pieces. His programing makes him a loyal Republic soldier, but he's somewhat simple minded. Patriotic to a fault, he focuses his efforts on preserving the Republic and defeating it's enemies. To this end, his Intellect doesn't mean he's stupid, its there to represent his rather one-track programing and his difficulty in varying from it.
M1-4X can take a ton of punishment, but he has some difficulty dealing it out. His integrated blaster rifle is suitable to the task, but it's not his most skilled attack form. He actually may be more effective in Melee combat with his giant steel fists, able to knock foes down with his Knockdown talent. To help his use of the blaster rifle, he's got it set up on a mount that provides a similar benefit to the Forearm Grip attachment, one that reduces the increased difficulty for firing the Blaster Rifle while engaged from two difficulty increases to only one.
He's a wrecking ball, one where I tried to encourage the player to charge his enemies and take on all comers.
Career: Hired Gun
Brawn 4, Agility 2, Intellect 1, Cunning 4, Will 2, Presence 1
Strain Threshold: 11
Melee/Ranged Defense: 1/1
Specializations: Infiltrator/Force Sensitive Exile
Brawn 3, Agility 2, Intellect 2, Cunning 3, Will 3, Presence 1
Wound Threshold: 15
Melee/Ranged Defense: 0/0
- Enhance (When making Athletics, Resilience, or Brawn check, may make an Enhance power check, spend Force Points to gain Success or Advantage to the check; Force Leap- make an Enhance power check as a Maneuver, may spend Force Point to jump horizontally or vertically to any point in Short range; Range Upgrade - Spend a Force Point to increase power's range bands equal to Range upgrades purchased; May commit a Force Die to increase Brawn by 1)
- Foresee (User may make a Foresee check, spend Force Points to get vague hints of events to come up to a day into his future; Strength Upgrade- Spend Force Point to pick out one specific detail; May roll Foresee power check as part of initiative check, spend Force Point to add Successes to the check, increase Ranged and Melee defenses by 2 for First Round of combat; Magnitude 2 - Spend Force Point to increase the number of affected targets by 2)
(Very) Rough Drafts
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A Matter of Scale
The Force is With You (yes, even you Guss...)
Fluffernutters and Crunch Bars
Monday, March 31, 2014
This weekend was the Manchester, NH St. Patrick's Day parade. It would have been a nice, short parade that mirrors the route of the Christmas parade. Only during the day. In March. Instead of December. At night.
Vast improvements, that.
Sadly, it was cold, rainy, and we (the Legion) didn't want to potentially ruin hundreds of dollars worth of costumes. So we cancelled.
I planned to wear my green Jedi outfit, and my dad was to be returning to (kinda) active duty by borrowing my Scout Trooper. We had a bit of a dress-up day this past weekend to see how it fit; it fit him better than it did me, that's for sure. So much so that I'm going to have to pin a few things in place to make sure they stay where they need to; like the belt. It also sparked a discussion of "I could see getting one of these". So now we add Scout Trooper to the growing list of costumes my dad would like to do, joining the ranks of Royal Guardsman, Imperial Grand Admiral, and Tusken Raider.
I've created a monster.
A notice just posted that Sam Witwer will be coming to the Boston Comic Con in August. I'm excited, but apprehensive. Because of my peripheral contact with him on the Order 66 podcast, and meeting him once at DragonCon, there are times where my ego thinks I've got more of a relationship with him than I actually do. "I really feel like he's a buddy! We're both gamers, and Star Wars Nerds, and we've been in the same guilds together online!" Pffffft! Means exactly as much as the value of the webpage this is posting to. Still, it will be cool to say "hi". Maybe Erich and I can get him to do an interview for AWRI, assuming that's still alive by then.
I also don't want to come across as a complete psycho stalker (a.k.a. "A nutter"). There's a fine line there, and I'm very cautious about not crossing it.
Eh, I over-think things too much. He'll show up, we'll chat or we won't. BCC will be fun regardless.
Order 65My Order 65 campaign had another session this past weekend. Here the PCs were able to manipulate the senate into hearing charges against Chancellor Kenobi, charges that implicated him in the murder of Chancellor Amidala twenty years previous. Kenobi was arrested, and his former padawans attempted to rescue him. It was a vicious fight where the PCs faced off against an Enhanced Nemesis (Kenobi), and two regular Nemesis NPCs (Master Ahsoka Tano and Satine Naberrie/Leia). I got to see just how painful Enhanced Nemesis characters are, and what someone can do with a Force Rating of 6. I also saw how painful lightsabers can be; the only reason Kimber's Jedi Knight lived was because she went "Old Republic" and picked up some Heavy Battle Armor and Lucas rolled well enough on a Streetwise check to locate a Cortosis weave attachment.
Good times, good times.
Just a quick update for now. This Thursday I hope to have the first of many PC stats for my GenCon Module.
And maybe March can finally be over.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Right now in Texas..
Boy, does that sound foreboding....
Right now in Texas the first few games of Gamer Nation Con are being played. Some good folks are sitting down with the celebrities of D20 Radio and beyond to get in three days of some damn good games. I, sadly, am not there. Finances being what they are I could only squeeze in one trip this year, so I've elected to go to GenCon.
I shall endeavor to attend next year's GNC, however.
This subject did get me on to thinking about what I want to do at GenCon. I've heard that some of the best games and experiences happened at pick-up games. I want to write a con module I can run out there, maybe two or three times. At least once for the Order 66 guys. For the life of me, I was having a hard time figuring out what to write. What to focus the story on.
Tonight it hit me. A potentially fun theme, especially those fans of Bioware games. I'm calling it "Welcome to the Big Leagues", a one-shot module where the pcs are drawn from the companion characters of Star Wars The Old Republic.
This will give me a subject to write about in the coming months, as I develop the character stats and module. I can share certain details with my readers, but there are a couple things I want to keep to myself (like, the plot).
It should be fun to develop and share, and hopefully fun for you all to read along with.
Final note: I'm writing this post with my tablet just before bed, because I wanted to maje sure this idea doesn’t fade away. It's also why its a short post, and lacking my usual imagry. My next pist should be full of more detail and pictures for you to enjoy.
Monday, March 3, 2014
|I don't know why this picture was hanging in one of the stairwell landings, but it was...|
Day One: Boarding
Not that this happened…okay, it did and I’m really glad such a penultimate example of an aggressive drunk never made it only my cruise. But that’s what I’m talking about; inspiration. Drunken McAngrydrunk who’s had three too many beers and has decided that your PC who just rolled a Despair looked at his girlfriend wrong, and determines that the correct course of action is to punch your PC in the face is one heck of a complication to the chase scene through the starport.
Day Two: At Sea
Day Three: Cayman Islands
|Devil's Rock, Hell, Cayman Islands|
|"Will look cute for NOMS!"|
The second area I went was the Cayman Island Turtle Farm; a place where they breed giant sea turtles. I love turtles. I have a turtle (who’s old enough to buy alcohol and may have to be willed to a descendant). These beasties were adorable. Giant monsters of the sea swimming around and growing to be breeders, released into the oceans, or as food for the locals. Swimming over each other for turtle-chow provided by the tourists. I know I can come up with ideas for a location or scene from this; a similar facility for some critter on some planet, but honestly I just want an excuse to put sea turtles in my blog.
|"If we can figure out this 'stairs' thing, we're golden..."|
Day Four: Jamaica
|Ship pulls into port and "BOOM!", instant skyline!|
|"Gungan Smuggler" by StuCunningham|
Day Five: Labadie, Haiti
|More volcanic rocks...|
Day Six and Beyond
|AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENO|