FFG Announces Rise of the Separatists

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that the next big setting release for Star Wars RPG will be Rise of the Separatists.  For a long time, there has been a call for this setting to be put out and thankfully FFG has slated it for production.

For generations, the Jedi Knights have been guardians of peace and justice in the Republic. But now they face a challenge like never before. With the Battle of Geonosis, the Clone Wars have begun. Battles rage across the galaxy as the Jedi and the Grand Army of the Republic fight back against the sinister agents and indefatigable droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Meanwhile, the diplomats and representatives of the Galactic Senate work for peace and forge political alliances. Amid the chaos, looters, salvagers, and other fringers profit from the detritus of war, or simply try to survive.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Rise of the Separatists, a new Era Sourcebook for the Star Wars™ Roleplaying Game!

Rise of the Separatists explores the early days of the Clone Wars, and is fully compatible with every Star Wars Roleplaying Game line, including  Edge of the EmpireAge of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny!

Within this 144-page sourcebook, you’ll find expanded player character options, new weapons, gear, and vehicles, profiles of famous Clone Wars-era characters, guidance for running a campaign in this time period, and more!

 

#RPGaDay2017 22nd Day Which RPGs are the Easiest for you to run? #DND Homebrew

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Today I will be running with the majority of the blogger’s and vloggers with my answer of Dungeons and Dragons and Dragons. I cut my Teeth on D&D and after more than 30 years of running games, it is hard to think of any game that comes to me easier. Roll in my personal homebrew content and it is it’s like inviting an old friend to the table. I just love running my world, because it is mine.

Star Wars RPG rolls in for me in a close second. I love Star Wars as you know if you have read my blog for any amount of time! Running games for Star Wars comes easy for me, made easier by the fact that it fits naturally into one shot or episodic formats. With that in mind, WHY HAVE WE NOT HAD A STAR WARS TV SHOW YET FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

Lastly, I will go with a newer game as I feel Cypher System games are very easy to run. All I have to do is pick my plot points and a few images for encounter locations and foes. The rest for me as the Story Teller is to sit back and focus on the game and let the players roll all the dice.

 

 

#RPGaDay2017 Day 18: Which RPG Have you Played the Most in Your Life? #StarWars #DND

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For as much as I talk about D&D and as many years and editions of D&D that I have played. It might be surprising to hear that even having played D&D since I was 9, Star Wars RPG might just edge out D&D slightly for the game that I have played more than any other. Truly I can’t be sure. D&D probably is the real winner of the two because as a child we would play D&D everywhere.
Riding on Bikes heading to our friend’s house with no dice, Pick a number 1-10.. nothing stopped us from gaming. My players and I frequently had character sheets in back pockets and wallets. We were never unprepared.

Fast forward to my years in the armed service and D&D fell out of favor. The gaming friends that I had made were playing Star Wars, Rifts & Shadowrun. For many years I played and ran games every day. The vast majority of those games were Star Wars.

From the 90s all the way up to the introduction of 3.5 I continued to play a far more amount of Star Wars than any other game. God, I love that game.

Since 3.5 was introduced and West End Games went into hibernation D&D was back to the game of choice all the way up to FFG. It has seen a fair bit of play at the table as well over the years. So there you go. I’ll call it a Tie.

#RPGaDay2017 Day 16: Which RPG do you Enjoy using as is? #StarWarsRPG

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Star Wars, hands down is the one setting that in each of its incarnations I have not found myself with the need to adapt or alter. Every time at creators has dealt with this IP and bringing it to life they have taken such good care of presenting it. I never have found myself needing to alter it at once it hits my table.

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#RPGaDay2017 Day 11: Which Dead Game Would you Like to see Reborn? West End Games Star Wars

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This one is easy, what dead game would I like to see resurrected. Every day of the week my answer will be West End Games Star Wars. Now I know FFG has a very good Star Wars system.

But there was just something about the old D6 system that I will always have a love affair with. I know that I am not the only one that still holds this game in a special place. To this day there are sites out there that continue to keep the D6 system alive. This is the very reason why I think it should be revived.

They look suspiciously like Rocks…

The other day a friend told me that they would really like some 3D asteroids for their Star Wars X-Wing game. The fact that the ships look so good and everything pops nicely on the board for them was a big draw in the game. But the simple flat tokens for asteroids were effective but did not “Feel” like big floating rocks in space.
So I set to the task of crafting some asteroids, I have made a set that I like very much in the past but they have a few negative aspects that I will touch on later. I headed to the internet to see if anyone had done some of the hard work for me already and it turned out that they had. On thingverse I found two styles of asteroids and decided on the half rock asteroids over Rocks on stands.

My reasoning was this. If I made them with flat bottoms and They could be simply set over the top of the existing tokens. Thus if an starship looks as if it were going to strike the 3D model. You can simply lift the rock up and out of the way to determine if it did indeed need to roll for collision. As well as have a marker on the board of where to return the asteroid once the model was out of the way. Without putting a token on the board I worried issues would arise as to proper placement in later rounds.


I so I printed off a run of them and I was pleased to find them waiting for me several hours later. Once they cooled off I primed them and popped them off the rafts I printed them on. Touching them up with a bit of supper fine sandpaper and a layer of texture spray paint was the next step.


Once they dried I hit them with sealer and moved back to the craft table with my “Space Rocks”. I stenciled out some rubber bases while the amazing hot glue gun heated up. After a few snips and cuts it was ready to go. A nice layer of Glue and some pressure till they dried and I was very satisfied with the end result.
I took them to show them off at the game store the next day and my fellow players were supper pleased with the result! What do you guys think ? Would you use these at the table?


Now in the past I had made another set with stands and Lava Rocks. They look is great on the table. BUT, yeah we have a but. The rocks were ugly in transport and tended to be top heavy. Also they did not cover the stands of the tokens they stood on top of them. Overall I prefer this look.  How about you guys ?

Now I know that there are a ton of other ways these could have been made, Everything from using paper Mache or insulation foam. But for me I just love having an excuse to crank something out with the printer.

you can find the Thingverse File I used here, thingiverse.com

 

 

Have a Cup of the Force!

r2-d2-1-wantWho here doesn’t like to start their morning off right with a nice hot-pot of coffee. Yeah I said pot not cup. Because I am not a coffee lightweight. I take my morning brew serious! Even with all the power of a good cup of coffee in the morning sometimes I still feel I need a little extra push to get up and on the go. So why not add a bit of the force to your next cup with this ridiculously awesome R2D2 French Press!

I have seen a lot of Star Wars morning things and I can only collect so many star wars cups. But I have a secret. I collect coffee makers. It’s a slowly growing obsession. But I love cool Add to steam punk looking pour over makers and French Presses. So this little droid has got my attention in a big way.

If you like him as much as I do, may the force be with you and head on over to ThinkGeek and jump in on the Pre Order train with the rest of us.