How I prepare for a Star Wars one-shot

Sam posted in the Tide of Change group saying that it would be useful to see how some of the GMs prepare for their sessions, so over the course of the weekend I’ve maded this video outlining the process that I go through to create a Star Wars one-shot.

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Ending on an (almost) TPK

All joking aside my RPGs tend not to be that lethal when it comes to character deaths if I am perfectly honest, this is normally due to a mixture of factors, including me erring on the side of caution when it comes to creating encounters and also because I mostly play in systems that are slightly more heroic in scope rather than gritty, low-power settings and systems where death is a constant companion. However for the first time the other day I very nearly had a TPK in my regular Star Wars game, with only one of the four player characters escaping to fight another day. Continue reading

Complete Secrets of the Desert Sands

I recently ran a very enjoyable Age of Rebellion game where the players were a group of rebels who were attempting to recover a prisoner with important information, unfortunately he has been taken prison by Jabba the Hutt’s forces, all of the videos connected with this session can be seen below.

Intro Crawl

Session Actual Play

Epilogue

Red Hand of the Empire – Dark Side Remix

After my posts earlier about Star Wars intro crawl creators I was chatting with Richard Wentworth on Facebook, he showed me some interesting writing about colour theory and made some great suggestions on how I could make a more darkside looking version of the Red Hand of the Empire (my upcoming trilogy of games where the players will portray Inquisitors working for the Empire) intro crawl. After several attempts at making one using crawl creators eventually, although they made it easier, I returned to my self-made template in my own video editing software since it gave me more control. Continue reading

Star Wars Crawl Creators

One of the things I’ve really been enjoying about running a load of Star Wars RPG games recently is that I’ve been making intro crawls for each of the episodes and putting them on my Youtube channel, if you don’t know what an intro crawl is then it’s the bit at the start of a Star Wars film where the text scrolls up the screen and gives you some background on the film, normally being followed by a space battle or scene of a planet or similar.

Still not sure what I mean? Well have no fear you can the intro crawls from the first six Star Wars movies by clicking here. Continue reading

What if the prequels were good?

One of my blog readers posted me a link on my What if the lava didn’t do it?post asking whether I’d seen a series of videos about how the prequel trilogy could have been re-done to make them good? At the time I hadn’t seen them, but given my recent interest in matters of canon and how it could be tweaked to better fit an individual games needs (spurred on initially by Runeslingers post in his blog) I sat down with my wife and watched through all three of the videos.

I absolutely loved them and am strongly considering using them as “the truth” of the past in my Adventures on the Outer Rim series of games, to my mind the suggestions given would have made for far better prequel movies than the ones we actually got; I’m going to post links to them below so that anyone else who wants to watch them can do so.

Disclaimer: Please note that I have no direct involvement with the videos linked below, they were created by Belated Media, their inclusion is not meant as any challenge to copyrights, they are linked solely so that more people can see these excellent videos.

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The Red Hand of the Empire

A few people in the Tides of Change facebook community have asked about playing darkside character (especially with the release of Force & Destiny) and, whilst in a normal Star Wars game, I don’t really think that characters to embrace the darkside fully have a place it did get me thinking about how a short-term darkside game might be fun.

A good example of this was the one-shot that André ran where we had Gothnog play a darksider with myself and theSwamper playing dark trooper style droids, this worked really well for a mission-focussed one-off.

I’ve been toying with the idea of running a trilogy that wasn’t for my regular group, so I decide to do a darkside trilogy. Continue reading

What if… the lava didn’t do it?

A few days ago I was reading an excellent blog article by Runeslinger on his blog Casting Shadows, you can find the original post here: https://runeslinger.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/recasting-canon-star-wars/

In this blog article he discusses how both he and his players have treated the canon in Star Wars, essentially they have taken the bits of the canon that they liked and have treated the bits they didn’t like as legends or distorted representations of what actually occurred, the blog article contains a list of established facts that exist within their storyline. I thought this was a great again and it prompted me to think about other things that might have been different to the established “facts”, I’ve decided to lump these posts under a category called “What if?” Continue reading

Whatever happened to the Fate guy?

Chatting with Rob Davis last night, helping him sort out a character for a forth-coming Star Wars one-shot that I’m running and generally shooting about roleplaying games, past campaigns and the normal sort of stuff that RP enthusiasts tend to do when they get together (or chat via the medium of the internet as we were doing), Rob bought up a very interesting point.¬† Continue reading