Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

  • May 18, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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We'll be doing the 3rd part of the downloadable scenario from the Fantasy Flight Website, "Long Arm of the Hutt" - don't worry about it if you hadn't played the 1st two parts, we'll catch you up.

The Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Beginner Game is poised to introduce new and veteran roleplayers to exciting adventures on the fringes of galactic society. The perfect starting point for roleplaying in the Star Wars galaxy, theBeginner Game includes a complete learn-as-you-go adventure, plus all the references and components three to five players need to experience it.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored what new players can expect when opening their Beginner Game and we’ve discussed the core dice mechanic that gives Edge of the Empire its unique narrative focus. Then, in our last preview, we looked at character advancement, and we concluded with a promise that the excitement doesn’t end when you’ve finished the game’s included adventure.

The Long Arm of the Hutt

The included adventure in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game is entitled “Escape From Mos Shuuta.” Presuming that all goes well for the Hero Players, by the end of the adventure they will have - Spoiler alert! - escaped from the crime-ridden Tatooine spaceport of Mos Shuuta and are ready to embark on a galaxy-spanning adventure!

Even if the Hero Players have been successful in that adventure, that doesn’t mean they’ve escaped their own shadowy pasts. After all, even in a galaxy as expansive as that in Star Wars, you carry your reputation (and your problems) with you wherever you go. Can the players escape the grasp of a ruthless and influential crime lord once and for all?

Today, FFG is pleased to announce the release of “The Long Arm of the Hutt”(low res pdf, 2.4 MB) a totally free pdf adventure designed to serve as a sequel to “Escape from Mos Shuuta”! Now available on our support page, “The Long Arm of the Hutt” continues the action immediately after “Escape from Mos Shuuta.” Throughout this comprehensive 46-page adventure, the Hero Players will travel from the Ryll mines of Ryloth to the noble courts of Geonosis as they seek to escape the ire of a powerful Hutt crime lord. With an exciting blend of action and intrigue, “The Long Arm of the Hutt” is an ideal next-step for groups just finding their stride in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game. The multi-session adventure is also suitable for veteran roleplayers, providing 20 hours or more of additional gameplay!

How to Proceed

Having finished the included learn-as-you-play adventure, both the GM and the Hero Players alike will have developed considerable knowledge of the Edge of the Empiresetting and mechanics. The training wheels can now come off, and while your group will still be relative novices, they will be more comfortable improvising, adapting, and facing a wider array of narrative choices. There are two main resources that the group should consult as they proceed: the Rulebook and the final spread in the Character Folios.

Let’s begin with the Rulebook. Marked “Read This Book Last,” the Rulebook provides a quick and easy reference both during and after “Escape from Mos Shuuta.” Having played through “Escape From Mos Shuuta,” both the GM and the Hero Players should have a strong grasp of the mechanics of the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game. However, reading the rulebook will give all players a better, more detailed understanding of the rules of the game. Subjects that were addressed in a more limited fashion in the introductory adventure are expanded and described in detail.

The Rulebook presents essentially the same mechanics as the Adventure Book, but in a format more conducive to quick referencing.

The Rulebook also describes how player characters can spend experience points to improve their skills and talents, which brings us to the next important resource. In our last preview, we met Lowhhrick the Wookiee Hired Gun, and we saw how the Beginner Game guides players through spending their first ten experience points. Essentially, that advancement is as simple as turning the page in Lowhhrick’s Character Folio, then spending the XP on a pre-determined menu of choices. Indeed, those ten XP are enough to see Lowhhrick through the remainder of “Escape from Mos Shuuta”; he won’t have another opportunity to advance unless he and his compatriots succeed in that adventure. At that time, he’ll again turn the page in his Character Folio (to the final two-page spread), this time finding something very different than before.

The final spread of Lowhhrick’s Character Folio, used only if his player chooses to adventure beyond “Escape from Mos Shuuta.” Click to enlarge.

Upon first turning this page, Lowhhrick’s player should simply transcribe the stats and other pertinent information from the previous page (in pencil). Later, as he gains and spends further XP, acquires new equipment, and grows as a character, his player will edit the sheet accordingly.

What’s more, on the right side of this spread, Lowhhrick’s Talent Tree clearly displays the paths that his talent selections might take. If you remember our previous article, then you’ll remember that Lowhhrick’s player selected the “Toughened” and “Feral Strength” talents when spending his first ten XP. Now, therefore, that player should mark those two talents on this spread as well.

Two New Bonus Characters!

Two more pre-generated characters, Sasha the Explorer and Mathus the Technician, are on our support page for download, adding more character options for players. Any of these six characters can be used to undertake the escape from Mos Shuuta and then continue their adventures in the “Long Arm of the Hutt.” If you’ve already played through the first adventure with any of the original four characters, we recommend continuing into “Long Arm of the Hutt” with that character. If Pash the Smuggler, Oskara the Bounty Hunter, Lowhhrick the Hired Gun, or 41-VEX the Colonist didn’t appeal to you, then try stepping into the shoes of Sasha or Mathus to begin your adventure anew!

What comes after that is up to Lowhhrick’s player. After each adventure or session, his GM will award him more experience points to spend. Hopefully, the Wookiee Hired Gun will live a long and profitable life, and he’ll continue to grow over the course of his adventures on the Outer Rim. If that’s the case, Lowhhrick’s player will find his Character Folio open-ended enough to accommodate that growth.

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  • Jason P.

    Probably going to have to miss this. I suck.

    May 16, 2013

    • Matt S.

      Yes. Yes you do.

      May 16, 2013

    • Jesse R D.

      You were lucky, Jason - very lucky, indeed - so count your lucky stars you did not have to endure me tonight ;b

      May 18, 2013

  • Jason Raper (.

    Interesting game mechanics. I didn't get a chance to do any combat, but I hear that the next session will be almost all combat.

    May 18, 2013

  • Aaron

    Running about 10 min late

    May 18, 2013

  • Jason Raper (.

    Don't forget to e-mail the address ([masked])

    May 18, 2013

    • Matt S.

      hmm.. you may have registered with a different address, as I sent out a message about moving. We're at Swords now. Its for everybody's own good.

      May 18, 2013

  • Jason Raper (.

    Subtract one Jason and add another Jason, lol!

    May 17, 2013

  • Jacob Robert S.

    Will be late (4:30-wish)

    May 16, 2013

  • Jason Raper (.

    Mind if I come a little early to create a character and/or get familiarized with the rules? If so, what time would be good? Otherwise, I could just wing it.

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Jesse R D.

      Coming early is always a good thing. :) We will be using Pre-Generated PCs though, just FYI - so no need to create a character.

      May 15, 2013

  • John M.

    I'm new to the area, looking for some people for tabletop.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Jacob Robert S.

    If I work, I'll be late (off at 4). If I'm off, nevermind. Unknown at this time.

    May 5, 2013

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  • Matt S.
    El jefe, Pathfinder Society Venture-Lieutenant: Humble/Kingwood, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Jesse R D.
    Gold Contributor, PFS Online VC,
    Event Host
  • Aaron
    Paid Supporter
  • Jacob Robert S.
  • Jason Raper (.
    Platinum Contributor, Paid Supporter, FANBOY POS

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