Friday, January 19, 2018

A Precis of My Star Wars-ish Game's Political Situation

We are currently simultaneous with the end of The Last Jedi movie: At the very least, Emperor Palatine's exploration of the Unknown Regions (UR) of the galaxy started as soon as he became Emperor, but it may have been started under the Republic. He established a network of UR study bases, where knowledge of the UR was pooled and applied, and specially constructed - and expensive - survey ships were sent out to map viable paths into the UR. In the meantime, three other projects were started, the two Death Stars and Starkiller Base. Starkiller Base was bigger, more powerful, and the technology less understood, so it took considerably more time to perfect, and when the Emperor died, it was far from complete. It was finally finished by the First Order 30 some years after the Emperor died. After the Battle of Jakku, a year after the Battle of Endor, the Empire was forced to sign a peace treaty that involved crushing reparations and strict disarmament restrictions, much like Germany after WWI. The Empire still exists as a rump state, with defined borders and no military, in the northwest portion of the galaxy as seen in the standard map. Much of the military escaped over the next few years into the UR, via the Emperor's charted routes, where the New Republic could not go without charting their own routes. In the Unknown regious they found various world and system-wide governments, alien and slow-boat settled human, and began conquering them. They soon ran into Snoke's sphere of influence, and fell under his Force aided spell, forming the First Order. Politically, after the peace treaty was signed, the New Republic was forced by internal politics - i.e. strong separatist sentiment which did not trust any strong centrist republic, like the Republic in the Clone Wars - to partially disarm, drawing down the Allieance war machine to much smaller levels. The Centrist worlds in the New Republic at first resisted the dominance of the Separatists, then began drifting away from the New Republic. Initially, it was a net gain for the New Republic, but since the New Republic was NOT Centrist, they had to allow worlds to join or leave the Republic as they wished. These Centrist worlds either publicly or, more commonly secretly supported the First Order. But the First Order that could be seen, those few Centrist worlds that were publicly part of it, seemed tiny and weak, as no one knew about the far larger and more cohesive part inside the UR. Leia Organa found out that the First Order was far larger and powerful than the New Republic thought, and tried to warn the Senate, but bribed - and traitorous - politicians blocked her, and information that she was the daughter of Darth Vader was released, discrediting her generally. She formed the Resistance with funding from a few governments in the New Republic who trusted and believed her, but it was always a scratch force, more as a picket than a true fighting fleet. The fighting fleet would be that of the New Republic, which despite its draw down, was capable of fighting the New Order toe to toe. Then the Movies (VII & VIII) happened...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Back Door

Saturday my Star Wars-ish The Next Generation game finally started! Got off to a good start, I think! They heard the sobering news of the Resistance. "Does this mean *we* are the only thing between the First Order and a second Empire?" asked on of the PCs - good question!

They have come across what may be a back door to the First Order, and now are wondering what can be done with it. :D

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Another Star Wars Ship for You!

This one is a big yacht. Way more symmetrical than my last one! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Star Wars-ish The Next Generation Begins Again!

Saturday, my face to face group began set up for Season 2 of Star Wars-ish TNG!

Last time, escaping from the first order on Jakku and on StarKiller Base, the ex-stormtroopers and half-trained refugees from Luke Skywalkers New Jedis, along with an ex-prisoner holovid superstar and a wayward Wookiee engineer stole Kylo Ren's personal shuttle with special armor, and vowed to become the Stellar Knights!

Saturday, they hammered out what that meant! A Stellar Knight vows to: Eliminate the First Order Replace the Jedi and Sith Orders Train young Force-Sensitives to handle their power, using both Light and Dark side Train young Force Non-sensitives to deal with force users

They have sent the action Holovid superstar begging for funding, and sold the private shuttle, scraping together enough credits to buy an old Starwind class cruise ship, renamed the Dark Comet - which has all kinds of amenities for training, like a holovid theater, zero gravity, sensory deprivation chamber, an A-V Data Library, and a game room, along with plenty of housing. They also bought an autodoc, some speeder bikes, some Databases for the AV-Datacenter, and a gift from the four Jedi who survived the original three installments of the Star Wars-ish saga! Each one recorded a teaching series on the most interesting of their powers:

The Dark Jedi Duke sent "Dealing with the Dark", which teaches Force Endear - a method of making people like you.

The Gray Jedi Hosiah sent "The Force and Balance", which teaches Force Zone - a method of controlling Dark Side Energy with the Light Side.

The Light Jedi Daykon sent "The Force and Noblesse Oblige", which teaches Force Light - a method of pushing the Dark Side and it's corruption from a victim's mind and heart.

And The Gray Jedi Torota sent "Riding the Wave of the Force", which teaches Force Berserk - a method of using the force to dictate every step of your movements.

Amd, of course, padawans!

Friday, December 8, 2017

And Now for Something Completely Different!

To go with that Star Wars ship, I present the matching fighter....

Enjoy! :D

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Have a Star Wars-ish space ship! :D

I got in to work this morning and couldn't log in - as a contractor my credentials die once a month if my boss doesn't renew them, and he forgot, so I sat at my desk and drew this ship while I waited to get renewed. I did the interior later when I got home. You all might as well enjoy it. :D

Sunday, December 3, 2017

GM Disease strikes again...

So I wrote a whole Star Wars space battle sub-system accidentally. It was actually more like Stone Soup. I started out by getting a better idea of Star Wars' hyperspace rating system. It was weird and backward, but I worked something out for my game. Then I thought hey! This is a real hodgepodge of weapons! How does this all work? So I sorted that out. Then what did these shield ratings mean? It was another pile of brand names - power to the super otaku! Got to make that make sense! Speed... Hmmm? 900 Gs? They aren't doing accelerations like that on film! Let's move this to a relative movement scale. How do ion cannon work? How do I model spaceship Quirks? What about these tactics? I have to make fighters IMPORTANT!

Before I knew it, I had the whole thing... and it's just for running a damned campaign! What is wrong with me?