As we warned you, CalmDownTom just got a whole lot geekier as we launch our first Star Wars pen and paper roleplaying game session. Join Aeacus, Lapsed Gamer, Andy, Gnarles, Ealiom and me (Tom), as a bunch of intrepid rebels go in search of the military hero Adar Tallon on the desert world of Tatooine.
For those who have never played a pen and paper RPG before, hopefully this will give you an idea of roughly how it goes and how much fun it can be. Essentially group storytelling, we play very loose with the rules and try to keep the whole thing moving along. We hope you enjoy it, and for those with more experience feel free to give us some tips.
We are playing the positively antiquated West End Games version of Star Wars, which is now out of print. It uses a simple D6 system, and its quick and easy.
To bring you up to date:
After finding Agent Dana dead at the hands of vile bounty hunters, the rebels have escaped Kwenn space station. Their only clue to the location of the turncoat Imperial Commander Adar Tallon is that he is on Tatooine. Seeking to recruit him before he is found by the Empire, the rebels board their ship (the Void Runner) and steal a march on the Imperial Star Destroyer Relentless, arriving with five days to find their target. After Jeffen uses his background in Politics to smooth talk the grumpy bureaucrat, the team head off to the famous Mos Eisley cantina where they gamble, intimidate the locals and find some vague clues to Talon’s whereabouts. As Episode 1 closed, the risk-taking smuggler Ealiom had just made a brave (stupid) gambit by exposing himself as either a fellow bounty hunter, or a rebel agent, to the nefarious Puggles Trodd. Can they talk there way out of this, or will Aeacus need to fire another of his nuclear-strength explosive arrows?
Lapsed Gamer: Playing as the deposed politician Jeffen with a shady history. He has already shown a great ability to smooth talk himself OUT of trouble, while smooth talking trouble INTO his bed.
Andy: Playing as Ticket, the homicidal cyborg Ewok. His rage shows no sign of diminishing, his keen Ewok senses help him hunt his prey.
Aeacus: Playing as Aeacus Jabberwocky, the Ewok technical genius. His arrows rain down fire from above.
Ealiom: Playing as Ealiom, the smuggler and pilot trying to escape his underworld roots. Is he brave or stupid….. or both!
Gnarles: Playing as Oxford, the bumbling Jedi! From a primitive world, he may lack the ability to program his VCR, but he makes up with it with his lightsabre, found on the body of a dead master who crash landed on Oxford’s home planet.