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I'm an old time roleplayer who became a soldier who became a veteran who became a developer who became a dba who became a manager who never gave up his dream of a better world. Even if I have to create it myself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Space Combat House Rules, v2

After playing a little with the house rules posted previously, there's some problems I want to address. In no particular order:

  • Consistency & Complexity. Using different mechanics make everything harder to remember.
  • Gain the Advantage is still too slow and cumbersome, and almost no one used it, even my NPCs. RAW is even worse; mathematically it's always better to fire instead.
  • Faster speed doesn't matter enough. In order for risk/reward to matter in difficult terrain, there must be a definitive benefit to traveling at a higher speed. Otherwise the smart pilot just drops to speed 1 whenever possible.
  • The following should all matter in space combat: Speed, Handling, Silhouette, and Pilot skill. These are in addition to regular combat properties, like Armor, Defense, etc.

My new idea is to make Evasive Maneuvers and Stay on Target use Handling. Combat checks already include Silhouette, and I'll add a little dash of Speed in there to help cover that.

Pilot skill is always the hangup, and my solution is to bring Gain the Advantage back to an action, and then juice it up a bit to make it more appealing.

So, without further blabbery, here's version 2 of my house rules for Star Wars space combat in Edge of the Empire / Age of Rebellion.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Star Wars: 3D Animation Crawler

I did another Star Wars crawler for our Edge of the Empire game. This time, I took it even further and did some 3-d animation sequencing.

It was a lot of fun working on this and I have a whole new appreciation for what goes into feature films now.  The "fight" sequence, as brief and amateur as it is, took about 1 hour of my time per second of final footage.


Star Wars: Rogue Giant from Mr. Blue on Vimeo.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Star Wars: Space Combat House Rules, and a new Scroller

Within the context of ship-to-ship combat, I want to make the piloting skills more interesting and useful in Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Age of Rebellion, Force and Destiny, et al); right now I view them as only useful in asteroid fields or such, and while that’s cool, I want to see them used more in combat. Abstraction is great for this game, but I want the pilot to have a skill-based effect on dogfighting.

Additionally, I want to slightly alter how a ship’s Handling and Speed affected ship combat. Flying a more maneuverable ship should be advantageous.  However, I do not want to over-complicate things, I want to keep combat resolution fast, and I want to keep the baseline design spirit for the game as much as possible.

So, I have sought the smallest set of changes possible for these and other minor design goals, like getting rid of speed prerequisites.  Here's the new rules for Gain the Advantage, Evasive Maneuvers, and Stay on Target.

Before that, though, here's my new video star wars scroller for the next adventure, which I once again made with Adobe After Effects.

Star Wars: Rogue from Mr. Blue on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Secret of Gand

In the last adventure, I made a static image of a Star Wars crawler (see above). Of course, one of my players who shall remain Anonymous decided to criticize me for not making it animated.

Challenge Accepted.

Here's the crawler for my next Edge of the Empire / Age of Rebellion adventure, called "The Secret of Gand".

Star Wars: The Secret of Gand from Mr. Blue on Vimeo.

Yea, I realize that I misspelled one word, but I didn't feel like redoing the render and upload. Let's see who can find it first.

I did this video with a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. Obviously I stole the GHTROC-720 (I have no idea the original source, despite trying to google for it), and anyone that didn't grow up in a barn knows that I stole the audio. Hopefully Disney will overlook it.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Phantom Interlude

I only had 3 players this weekend, so I created a side quest for them.  Since this is Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, I went ahead and made a crawler image in Adobe Illustrator.

Of course I had at least one person ask why I didn't animate it.  Sigh.  MAYBE NEXT TIME I WILL DAMMIT.

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