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FFG SW RPG anyone? :D

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Video/Tabletop Games' started by Angelman, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. Angelman

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    Hey all,

    Are there anyone else playing tabletop RPGs around here? I've just picked up a huge bundle for FFG SW RPG stuff from an online auction and am looking forward to diving in. I used to play the WEG d6 SW RPG back in the day, (you know, in the 90s when the tabletop roleplaying game was THE defining factor for SW lore; interesting times! :D ), but I grew very tired of the system. Tried to revive the d6 system about 10 years ago, but found it nigh unusable... I then played a couple of sessions with the D20 version, but didn't like that system either. Read up on the FFG version back in 2015, but found it too fiddly, but then I had a second look this summer and the rules clicked; i got it. Now I'm the proud owner of a lot of FFG books and will launch a new campaign with my friends in a few weeks' time :D

    How about all y'all? Any ├╝ber-nerds around here? :)


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    I've wanted to delve into this before, but between their Imperial Assault line, my collection of other board games and D&D (which to be honest, takes up most of my time now) I don't currently have the time.

    Could be something to look forward to, though. Let me know how it goes for you!
     
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    I don't play D&D myself, although I do play a lot of other tabletop RPGs (Warhammer FRP, Call of Cthulhu, and a bunch of home-made systems & settings most frequently). But I have had a gaping whole in my geek-heart for a SW RPG the last few decades, and I bet we'll be playing the FFG game for the foreseeable future now :D

    I too am a keen Imperial Assault (campaign) player, but we have almost exhausted the official campaigns (only Bespin to go) and I REALLY long for the freedom of a proper Imperial Assault RPG SW RPG :)

    I'm going to run an Outer Rim Rebel campaign based on the background/setting material for the Kathol Sector in the old, WEG DarkStryder Campaign. We're basically going to do DarkStryder prequel stories where the players are members of a budding Rebel cell trying to build opposition to the local tyrannical Moff Sarne. And there's a lot of Cthulhu-esque subtext and culture to color the stories with. I think it'll be great! :D
     
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    Very cool!

    I've played the core campaign many times, Hoth and Jabba once, and the app campaigns once apiece. We mix in the Twin Shadows/Bespin side missions into full campaigns, but I'm really eager to try Heart of the Empire and Tyrants of Lothal sometime.

    As someone who is personally really into using minis with his RPGs, I think you should have a nice collection already started for the Star Wars RPGs, if you're that deep into IA :)
     
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    We've played all campaigns except Bespin once, including the app campaigns, but I quickly took to "GM'ing" the campaigns with handpicked side missions and expansions. Lots of fun! :D

    Heart of the Empire is very cool, with nifty story & map designs. (I think that one has the highest replayability). Lothal was a LOT of fun, but like with IA Skirmish, the rules & characters are broken (read = stupid good for the rebels), so much so that a couple of the Lothal missions were just impossible for the Imp to have a say in the outcome of. (<-- stupid sentence). I would recommend going online and look for some fan-made fixes to the Lothal campaign to make it more of a challenge to the Rebels (or just possibly increase the Threat of all missions by 1)
     
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    @Angelman Any chance you would consider teaching and playing SW RPG here? You have the Core-books. :)
     
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    I'm not into online gaming/play-by-mail games, really... They take far too much time to pull off, I find. But if you are interested in learning the game then I could point you to a couple of YouTube-vids on the subject that I used in tandem with the books ('cause the rules are at bit... enigmatic at first). But the best you could do is to pick up a starter box for one of the 3 sub-settings (i.e. Edge of the Empire = smugglers and scum; Age of Rebellion = rebel freedom fighters; Force & Destiny = Jedi & force users; and there even is a fourth one, The Force Awakens = ST stories). Then just gather a handful of friends and play! :D
     
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    If you can pont me go some YouTube videos that woukd be grand. :)
     
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    I know it's not quite what you're looking for, but the FFG forums have some PBF (play by forum) rounds relatively frequently, too. Same with their page on BGG.
     
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    If you are completely new to the FFG system, I would suggest you first watch a short overview video just to get aquainted with the jargon and the basics. Perhaps this one:


    Don't worry if you don't get it after watching that video... this is just to familiarize yourself with some stuff :)


    Once you've seen a couple of these short how-to-play videos, you should head over to Runeslinger's FFG SW playlist, here:

    Note that he's a bit weird and artsy in his style, but his content is pretty good, and he digs deep into the game with his over 50+ videos on the subject.


    But to REALLY learn the game, you need to buy one of the starter boxes and have some fun with that... and I promise, it is well worth the investment! :D
     
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    Thanks so much @Angelman! I always intended to get a core book and the game, but never had the time. These videos wil fill some of that empty space of time tell TRoS is released. :)
     
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    The sneaky thing is that you, sort of, need a beginner set in addition to the core rulebook, 'cause you get the dice and an adventure and some simplified rules with that. You COULD, of course, buy a pack of dice separately, but they are almost as expensive as the beginner box so I'd just pick up one of those instead :)

    (Alternatively, you can buy the core rules + the FFG dice app)

    Best of luck, man!
     
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    You probably just saved me from spending extra credits. Thank you. :)
     
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    Very nice! Long time D&D DM here. Since 1985. I also played the old West End Games Star Wars: the Roleplaying game when it came out (1987 if I remember correctly).

    So what do you all think? Is it worth the investment? I've been planning on perhaps getting some of the books and running a one shot with my group. I will say, just as an FYI, that I prefer games where combat is fast paced and bloody (see Cyberpunk 2020). Heck part of my problem with D&D 5e is that, after 5th level the combat REALLY slows down with so many actions/bonus actions/etc.
     
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    Thus far it's been very well worth it, at least for the core books, setting/location books, and adventures. I'm not sold on the need for a separate 100-page book for every career in the game, but publishers need to earn money (and all books contain at least some useful info). I'm enjoying the rules, although I haven't entirely grasped everything yet. The learning curve is moderate, I think, although it is definitelly there! :)
     
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    Okay cool. I just ordered the "Edge of Empire" core rulebook, the GM thingy and the dice. It wasn't cheap, but the products look top notch. My next question was how high is the learning curve. Now I can't wait for this package to arrive.
     
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    (You could possibly have just ordered the Beginner Box and sampled that for taste :) ).

    The learning curve is there, no doubt about that. Actually, the game is not THAT complicated but FFG are notoriously bad at explaining and structuring their rules clearly. But if you study the rules together with the Youtube videos I posted above, then you'll do all right. Good luck, mate :)

    I bought a big bundle of used books and cards off someone online, for about $650 (which was around 45% off from the retail price in my shop), so I got a lot of smaller books that I'm not really convinced that I need. Although, FFG trinkled species information and gear throughout each and every book they published, so there is always something to lift from each book. And by the way, I really love the Adversary decks and Critical Hit decks! They make my life a lot easier :)
     
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    Ah yeah, but I know me and I would eventually buy the one I bought anyway so I figured just cut to the chase. LMAO

    A buddy of mine bought their version of Legend of the Five Rings, and tried to explain it but I was like "yeah, we are gonna just have to play it." I played L5R back in the 1990s so we'll be doing a one shot with that stuff here soon. And yeah, I'm definitely going to use that YouTube video you posted. So thanks for that. It's amazing what you can find on YouTube. No need to suffer in silence when you can watch a quick video and learn a system fairly quickly.

    $650 isn't bad when its at that sort of a discount. I've been recreating my old AD&D collection (a lot of it was lost in a move back in my Navy days) and it ain't cheap.
     
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    Okay my package arrived yesterday. Had the rules for "Edge of The Empire" and the beginners game. Gotta say, this is some high quality stuff. Wow. No wonder it's pricey. Glossy pages, full color everywhere.

    As for the game, what I can tell without having played it is that it should run fast and fun. We are probably going to run it at our next season in December, so I'll report back after having played it. But I think we are really gonna enjoy this.
     
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    Any expansions? I remember having previously owned the Pathfinder Inner Sea campaign and world guides. The depth of lore was all kinds of awesome.
     
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