It was April 1989 when I received West End Game's Star Wars The Roleplaying Game and the Star Wars Sourcebook, two years after it was officially released.
I have been running and playing various systems of the game for twenty-five years to the month. I can't remember the exact date though. It has been a great quarter century of making friends and having a great fun with them, sitting together, making up our own Star Wars stories and laughing our asses off at the gaming table (or floor).
Campaigns I've run or played in the past and present:
Here's to another 25 more years.
Note: Also posted on As Seen On Tabletop Tumblr.
Everything but Wizards of the Coast's Original Core Rulebook.
Some of the West End Games books I've bought over the years. Wish I had Platt's Starport Guide and Pirates and Privateers.
Terror of Yolanda is a 10-page comic written by Angelia Ong for the Haiyan Benefit Anthology comic, which I pencilled and inked.
Here is a look at the process of getting page 7 together.
First I set the page size by pixel, lay the page out on GIMP from Angelia's script, and then pencil it with MyPaint.
I digitally ink it on another layer with MyPaint and save the the final inks as a high resolution lossless format to be sent to the colourist.
Then Ryan Rhodes coloured it and Chris Johnson lettered it.
Voila. Page 7!
Ryan was the colourist of pages 6-10. Pages 1-5 was coloured by Lancelot Catan. The book is in the last stages of being put together by Phil Woodward to be released for the public soon. Watch for more posts on the Haiyan Benefit Anthology soon.
The Invulnerable Super Hero RPG: Vigilante Edtion game designed by Joshua Kubli has been released on DriveThruRPG. Head on down there to purchase it for some supers action in your own super powered setting or use the native setting that allows you to create supernatural heroes, science heroes, mutant heroes, robot heroes, alien heroes and anything else you can think of! Create legacy heroes to add depth to your setting!
Here is a glimpse of the artwork I made for the game.
Buy the book at DriveThruRPG!
Here are the 69 month photos!
* Mouse over the pictures for captions
Modesty Blazing 02
Episode 02: Droid-like Typing Detected
The Zeltron pilot Darter Kel had been detained for questioning by the authorities of Smallberries Skystation on Hypori. After all he was the one who dealt with and was up close with the former Captain Razi Sunmote.
The errant Captain Sunmote used a droid caller to muster an attack force made of dormant battle droids. The droids had been reactivated from salvage taken from the Hypori. After dealing death and destruction within Section 12 of the skystation, Sunmote and his droid force jettisoned their captured section and jumped into hyperspace on a desperate mission of vengeance.
But Darter's shipmates, the droid 41-VEX, the Trianii bounty hunter Qillian Ryn and Trandoshan hired gun Tray'Essek, were released on their own recognizance, after a good word from the entrepreneur they rescued, Gir Tashkent.
The crew of the Modesty Blaze was waiting for Darter's questioning to end when a sharply-dressed human came knocking on the ship's ramp struts. VEX, in the lower cannon turret, spun the weapon at him in retaliation to the knocking. Qillian rushed down to greet the man, who introduced himself as Colonel Zev Sleen an Imperial officer.
He offered 4000 credits to take him to and bring him back from the nearby Khov system.
Qillian took over the pilot seat, apprehensive over having to fly the freighter without their designated pilot Darter. He had trained for some hours (buying 1 Rank in Pilot (Space) with the last of his XP) and had gotten slightly better at it in the last few hours.
It should have taken three hours to reach Khov, but VEX forgot to carry the one in his calculations (with no successes in Astrogation) so they arrived three hours late.
There was a blue white planet shrouded with clouds. Its polar caps is too frozen to support life. VEX scanned and spotted an automated intermittent signal from the liveable equatorial region. Colonel Sleen confirmed from the coordinates that it was their destination.
Qillian fought the winds as he dove under the clouds, causing the drinks Tray was serving Sleen to spill. Soon he was flying the Blaze through an overwhelming ice storm. The clouds cleared to reveal a cliff wall before them. The Trianii - to his own surprise - banked away and threaded his way through a canyon (thanks to a series of Piloting successes).
The signal led them to an open hangar bay at the foot of an icy mountain. Fifty metres above it on the steep mountainside was a command structure with a large window overlooking the frozen countryside. Both were dark and did not appear to have any lights activated.
Qillian had a bad feeling about this. A sudden downdraft tried to force the Modesty Blaze into a crash as it came in for a landing, but Qillian - again to his own surprise (with a success that involved 2 Triumphs) glided in with hardly a tremor.
Our first double Triumphs!
Episode 01: Skyfall
Note: This GOKL campaign follows the Star Wars Edge of the Empire Beginners Game that started with GOKL Escapes Mos Shuuta and continued with GOKL Escapes The Insurmountable Ned. Now that the former Krayt Fang has been renamed Modesty Blaze (after a short stint as Babymetal before retcon renaming) after its major refitting on Rodia, the campaign will now be named "Modesty Blazing."
No Obligation roll just because.
Initial Destiny pool rolls resulted in this:
The Force was used repeatedly over the course of the game.
Ord Throsol was a white dwarf system with multiple asteroid fields and thick cometary clouds. The airless planetoid known as Ord Throsol was centre of mining refinery and manufacturing. The Modesty Blaze is berthed alongside the scout vessel, the YV-929 armed freighter Veracity Slush. The Blaze crew had just been commissioned to deliver machine parts to Gir Tashkent of Spacewell Manufacturing Inc. on Smallberries Skystation in the Hypori system.
But first, Zeltron pilot Darter Kel, the droid 41-VEX, the Trianii assassin Qillian Ryn and the new Trandoshan hired gun Tray'Essek bade farewell to Nora Romanova, the Wookiee Lowhrrick and Twi'lek Oskara who have joined the crew of the scout vessel for a job beyond the Saijo Sector. A moment later the trio was gone with the Slush.
As they prepared to raise ship, an RA-7 droid stopped them. He had a package that also needed to be delivered to former Imperial captain Razi Sunmote of Sunmote Trading on Smallberries Station. Darter was reluctant to take on any impromptu jobs but the droid was very transparent. He showed the holo message from Sunmote, which had the proper documentation, and opened up the package to reveal the old droid caller inside.
An extra 1000 credits earned from going to Hypori couldn't hurt.
On the Road
VEX calculated the hyperspace jump perfectly (with 3 Successes on Astrogation) shaving some time off the journey. However, they were violently pulled back into realspace 20 light minutes away from the planet Hypori. VEX scanned the area and discovered a gravity field projected from a nearby asteroid. Also, three R-41 Starchasers were accelerating to attack speed toward them.
Darter's superior piloting skills allowed him to execute a tight turn keeping the fighters boxed inward of their turning arc. (Successes and Triumph on Darter's Piloting roll gave everyone else an upgraded skill and a Boost dice.) 41-VEX angled the shield as Qillian loosed a barrage which missed. However, one of the Starchasers were slammed by Tray's multiple blasts and disintegrated catastrophically. First kill!
Most successes with the least dice we've ever seen thus far.
Because Trandoshans and Gands are among the playable species listed in Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG, here are a bunch of Trandoshans and Gands as paper miniatures to be used with it. Well, also with any Star Wars RPG system really.
Here is a second set of paper minis created from Ryan "Asok Yeesrim" Rhodes's illustrations used with his permission. Check out larger versions of the artwork at his gallery linked from his name. The first batch of Ryan-drawn minis can be found here.
For International Tabletop Day today, Irfan a quick game of Edge of the Empire for Irfan. Then, Farid and Cikma came a-visiting and Farid joined the game.
Edged by the Empire
Episode 05 First Day on the Job
Previously: Hondo Pash and his little sister Yuzy Pash had finally freed themselves of the crime lord Teemo the Hutt. With their newfound friend the armoured bounty hunter Giin Lawquane and two astromech droids R2-8B8 and R5-K2, they began to carve a life for themselves in the spacelanes of the Outer Rim Territories with their YT-1300 light freighter Lava Jaeger. The first stop in their quest for their first freight job: the planet Rodia.
Formerly the Krayt Fang, the Lava Jaeger soars away from the Tatooine system.
The ship set down in Landing Bay 4 in the small town of Port Trammel on Rodia. (Music played: "Approaching Rodia" by Kevin Kiner from Star Wars: The Clone Wars for atmosphere. You can find the mp3 at his website.)
Hondo is met by 32-VEX, the starport authority droid who welcomed him to Port Trammel. Hondo had 375 credits. After port fees, he now had 345 credits.
32-VEX asked, "Are you here for business or pleasure?"
Looking at his wallet, he said, "Definitely business. I'm looking for a freight jobs with my ship."
VEX informed him, "Although we're a small settlement, we do have requirement for offworld shipping. Feel free to ask around. Have a nice day."
After the droid left, Yuzy came running down with her walking staff, followed by Giin and R5-K2. The nine-year-old chirped, "Okay, Hondo. I'm off to go buy some food and provisions for the ship!"
Hondo was surprised. "Wait! We don't have the money to spend!"
"Oh," she grinned cheerfully. "I swiped 200 credits from Teemo's palace before we left. We'll be fine."
Giin shrugged. "You want me to go with her, bothth?"
"Yes. Protect her. Please."
"See you in three hours," said Yuzy with a smile. And then R5, Giin and Yuzy was out the landing bay doorway.
Man, I need a better gaming table.
Here's my first ever fan art from the Mobile Suit Gundam multiverse.
It's not a Gundam. It's not a Zaku.
It's KUMA-03 Mr. Beargguy III from Gundam Build Fighters, the mobile suit Gunpla built and piloted by China Kousaka.
Because Mr. Beargguy rocks.