I’ve long held the belief, here, that by analyzing a simple flowchart of an adventure in a roleplaying game one can quickly deduce the level of “railroading” and linear plot devices inherent to that adventure. With that in mind, I am very proud to show off a flowchart I created for the upcoming Fane of the Sith Lords Star Wars adventure.
This flowchart serves multiple purposes.
Firstly, it shows off the interesting, complicated web of potential actions and exploration that could, though doesn’t necessarily have to, occur within the advneture. All of these criss-crossing lines represent many meaningful choices that the players must make, each with their own major impact on how the adventrue unfolds.
Secondly, I am proud to show off the stunning, evocative place names within the adventure. My hope is to further whet the appetite of the Star Wars RPG for this coming adventure. Who wouldn’t want to delve into the mysteries locked away in the FORBIDDEN ARCHIVE? Or shake in terror when trapped in the PTERO-RANCOR’S CRUCIBLE?
Lastly, this flowchart serves a very practical function for the Galaxy Masters across the globe who will be running this massively detailed and intricate adventure. Knowing which spaces connect to other spaces and where those connections are one- or two-way, is vitally important. The flowchart is an invaluable aid to running a smooth, seamless adventure at the table, allowing Galaxy Masters to focus on their delivery and presentation by cutting down on confusion as much as possible.
Work is beginning to come to fruition on an exciting new project at Triumph & Despair that will usher forth a series of posts and content that delve into a subject dubbed “SpaceCore”.
This is not wholly a work of originality. Though I have been influential in the development of its predecessors, SpaceCore is an extension of the works of SVD Press. I find it fitting, then, that my first major foray into this field is an homage and transliteration of one of SVD Press’ crowning achievements; converting Fane of the Heresiarch , found here, into Fane of the Sith Lords. Thus, I give you an introduction to both a mind-blowing new adventure for the FFG Star Wars system, as well as a introduction to the core design tenets to which it adheres.
The first draft of the conversion has just now been completed at a massive 60+ pages. Playtesting has been scheduled and the full adventure is expected to be released to the public on or around Christmas this year. Additionally, those readers fortunate enough to live in the proximity of Baltimore will have a chance to play this adventure at the Charm City Game Day mini con in Early January.
“Oh my! I’m so glad that you were able to get my bag back. I was so worried. Oh, oh. Those are some well defined biceps that you have there. Do you work out? My nephew works out, but his arms aren’t as well defined as yours. Oh, silly me. I seem to have knocked my walker over. Could you be a dear and pick that up for me? Don’t worry about proper lifting technique. It’s a light walker. No back straining there. Mmmm, oh my...“
Welcome back to Cause & Effect! Today I will be picking the results manually on the table presented in V is for Vignettes. These are my results:
Action Steals from
Target Poor Citizen
Escalation Quickly turns into a chase scene
Escalation I is for Illegal goods are involved
If the Crew will not defend the honor of an older Ithorian lady who has a taste for bulging biceps and Kowakian monkey-lizards, then who will?
When reading the Age of Rebellion Beta, it became immediately obvious to me that the little-used Edge of the Empire skill Leadership was intended to be a focus point and oft-used mechanic in this new campaign setting. Many Careers and Specializations offer Leadership as a Career skill, and many different talents offer added Boost and removed Setback to the skill. I find, however, that the basic skill descriptions offer too little in the way of guidance on how to actually use this skill in a meaningful way at the game table. That is to say, there have been no examples shown that provide a satisfying call for a Leadership check. I want something to really sink my teeth into, something that makes spending XP on Leadership an enticing but still difficult choice. The author(s) of the canned adventure for Age of Rebellion, called Operation: Shell Game, seem to recognize this issue by including a handful of called-out Leadership checks. However, their example shows Leadership as a social interaction skill akin to the Charm skill, but limited to impressing military personnel, ranking officers, etc. This has left me wanting, and only now has a satisfying alternate House Rule came to me.
You enter a new star system and long range sensors detect a single vessel of Silhouette 6 at the far end of the system.
Do you move in to investigate?
You arrive near a Mon Calamari research facility. A cursory sensor scan shows this vessel to be a retrofitted Sorosuub Luxury 3000 Space Yacht. A distorted communications signal says that they are researching genetic degeneration due to prolonged hyperspace travel. Since you are such seasoned interstellar travelers, they ask if your Crew has a moment to come aboard and undergo a few scans.
This Rogue Event can be encountered either by happenstance or as directed by the decoded star system coordinates found in Rogue Event 01 – Ancient Jedi Device.
You enter a new star system and long range sensors detect a single vessel of Silhouette 4 at the far end of the system. Do you move in to investigate?
You find what appears a derelict shuttlecraft being smashed to pieces by the surrounding, dense asteroid field. You detect no power readings or life signs and multiple hull breaches. However, a weak, automated distress signal can be heard over the comm static. This looks dangerous.
Friend of the blog Peter ‘Maveritchell’ Thompson has once again put forth some serious blood, sweat, and tears to craft a new Edge of the Empire heist, “Echoes of the Past“. I helped work on this one a bit as well, providing editing and design feedback. The heist itself is full of secrets and puzzles, it begs to be explored and offers tantalizing rewards to clever players. It’s something that I’m proud to have helped with and a top-notch product.
- The full details and downloads can be found here.
- If you’re having trouble with Reddit, the bare PDF file is also found here.