SWD6: The Test of Truth Part 1

20 June 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics, Enteague Chronicles, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Strikeforce Enteague

The fourth session of the campaign was run in 1989 but I drew a comic of it some time in the mid 1990s. Because of the references in the first page, I would say this was pencilled some time after I got Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments From The Rim. (Perhaps in 1994 or 1995.)

Besides the first page, which is my attempt to establish that stuff happens all over the Galactic Empire, everything else should have happened more or less according to the game. The script is, obviously, not 100% as spoken by the players.

Because the comic has 24 pages, it will be divided between two blog entries with 12 pages each entry to minimise bandwidth strain, because graphics or something.

Episode 04A The Test of Truth Part 1

Last time on Strikeforce Enteague, a number of handpicked fringer-type agents were assembled and then transferred to the moon Enteague Minor in the Enteague Sector. The former commando Drew Greyhelm intention to form his strikeforce was coming to pass.

Page 01: There are references to Noval Garaint and Elshandruu Pica from Galaxy Guide 9, and Wenny Boggs from the Star Wars Sourcebook on this page.

Page 02: Enteague Minor establishing shot and the first pic of the team (so to speak). This was before Aurebesh, so "FIREBIRD" is in Latin alphabet.

 

SWD6: Snow Job

19 June 2016 | Hisham | | Enteague Chronicles, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Strikeforce Enteague

Episode 03 Snow Job

The adventures of the Strikefore Enteague continued as the team reloacated to the new Alliance outpost on the moon of Enteague Minor, to be commanded by rebel commando Drew Greyhelm, a native of the Sirsee system in the Enteague sector.

In their first official mission, pirate Phoenix Avalon, minor Jedi Ben One-Howel and the latest recruit outlaw Jon Dean, were assigned to scout the Engira system on the light freighter Parabolic Arc.

However, hyperdrive mishap caused their ship to crash into the frozen ice fields of the planet Kendell in the Kendell system, still within the sector. Salvaging supplies from the destroyed Parabolic Arc, they then trekked toward a know surveillance post nearby.

To speed up their movements, they hunt, corral and capture wild tauntauns (using the beast riding skills for the first time) to ride though the cold.

Made with Terragen a long time ago

Kendell scene created with Terragen.

They found the surveillance post a smoking rubble, apparently destroyed by the Empire! That meant bad news for the Alliance starfighter outpost which was a two-day ride away by tauntaun.

 

SWD6: Rebel Breakout

18 June 2016 | Hisham | | Enteague Chronicles, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Strikeforce Enteague

After the first solo session that introduced Bounty Hunter Shanna Toarinar into the campaign, I ran a session for a larger group of players using the adventure included in West End Games' Star Wars The Roleplaying Game rule book, entitled Rebel Breakout.

I thought it amazing that the group consisted of players from my class as well as players a year and two years younger from different classes from school. Everyone was new at RPGs!

Episode 02 Rebel Breakout

First edition adventure on Bothan's Planet!

A group consisting of Phoenix Avalon the pirate, Ace Browning Crossfire the bounty hunter, Phix an alien student of the Force (retroactively considered to be of Revwien species), Yoat Den the mercenary and Ben One-Howel an minor Jedi rendezvous at Mesa 291, an abandoned lidium mine on Bothan's Planet, to meet with Tiree, a rebel recruitment agent.

Click to expand thumbnailHowever, Tiree was nowhere to be found, but they discovered the droid R2-D0 a.k.a. "Deo" who claimed that Tiree had been injured in an Imperial ambush on the other side of the mine where their ships awaited.

Deo led them to some supplies, allowing them to gear up with weapons and equipment.

As Deo guided them through the abandoned and dangerous mine, they learned that Tiree had been shot by an Imperial Security Bureau Agent Mar Barezz who was leading a platoon of stormtroopers to capture Tiree and his recruitees.

The team braved cave ins, mynock attacks, an ambush by stormtroopers armed with a repeating blaster and the plasma fires of the abandoned mine as they used a winch to rappel down to deeper levels of the mine where their escape crafts were parked.

They were being taunted by Mar Barezz as they did this.

On the other side of the mine, they had a stand off with Mar Barezz, who thanks to overconfidence, was seriously injured in the firefight.

The far side of the mine, it appeared, was an enormous cavern where three Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-wing fighters were parked. Tiree was unconscious but alive, slumped over in the rear seat of one of the ships.

Mesa 291's mall map

Then the rest of the stormtrooper platoon rushed into the cavern, peppering the Y-wings with blaster bolts as the rebel recruits got into the ship's cockpits (2 pilots per ship including Deo) and quickly shut the canopy. Deo was lowered into an astromech socket.

Outside the cave, a phalanx of AT-AT walkers were advancing toward them, their forward cannons trained at the large cave entrance. The recruits engaged their fighters' repulsorlifts and swiftly slid out of the cave. The AT-ATs opened up. Red bolts missed their mark as the Y-wings soared into the sky and into space.

Deo linked the fighters' navicomputers and input a set of calculations he was preloaded with.

The ships jumped into hyperspace in a sudden blur.

Epilogue

The Y-wings arrived at the rebel outpost in the Tierfon system where Tiree was given medical aid. Phoenix, Ace and Ben were met by a commando who invited them to join the strikeforce he was building which would be based in the Enteague Sector. The team was then transported to the moon of Enteague Minor.

To be continued.

Notes:

  • Yeah, this pretty much went by the numbers. Gimme a break. It was only the second ever (and first published) game I'd even ran.
  • Also, the photos above are recent. Like a couple-of-hours-before-publishing-of-entry-recent.
  • Players of Phoenix, Ace and Ben became regulars in my games.
  • The Epilogue - or any reference to the forming of the Strikeforce - is a retcon after I had run maybe 10 sessions later. I don't remember exactly when I retconned all the single episodes to be part of the Strikeforce Enteague campaign proper.
 

Paperminis: Rogue One Troopers

15 June 2016 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars anthology movies, will be released in six months. New stormtrooper types which will make their debut in the film have been introduced by Lucasfilm a couple of weeks ago.

New types of stormtrooper classes for the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps

The shoretroopers and the death troopers (I think I got the spaces right.)

We have no idea what the functions of these new stormtroopers are right now. If I were to guess, the shoretroopers are made of clones of Pauly Shore and the death troopers die immediately after wearing the uniform.

Shore Leave Troopers

Do they even carry E-11s? I don't know.

 

SWD6: The Privilege of Choice

12 June 2016 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Time is the Hunter
 

Episode 4

Time is the Hunter

Episode 04: The Privilege of Choice

A 1500th post special!

Last time on Star Wars Time is the Hunter, Jax Hunt finds himself being forcibly inducted into a bounty hunter posse bent on killing his mark, known only as The Skywalker in the abandoned structures deep beneath Spaceport Tower 214 in the Byblos system. Jax recently learned that The Skywalker was also helping to save young orphans of victims of the tyrannical Galactic Empire.

An actual crawl was played on TV

With the John Williams theme and all!

Surrounded by a colourful group of nearly 20 bounty hunters consisting of a variety of species, Jax Hunt faced their prune-faced Dressellian leader who wore a DL-44 blaster at his hip.

The leader barked with a smile, "My name is Kozener. And I lead this crew to claim the bounty on The Skywalker. But we will kill this Skywalker and claim 20 times the reward of the one posted through your House Benelex. Stick with us, and we will all be rich."

It took all Jax had to keep any hint of emotion off his face.

"Are you with us, Jax Hunt?" Kozener asked, his smile turning a dull shade of malice. Jax noticed that all the other hunters hands were hovering over their holsters.

"Yes," Jax carefully said, "I am."

"Excellent!" Kozener grinned as the others eased their hands off their weapons. "We'll need to work as a team as this Skywalker easily defeats anyone who approaches him solo. A five-man team reported that they succeeded in shooting him a few days ago, but soon after we lost contact with that team. You are to assist these two, the Rodian twins Dragillo and Dave. They will be taking the high position and wait for the attack signal."

Then Dragillo was dragging Jax down the corridor, exclaiming in Basic, "Let's go, rookie!"

In Splendid Company

The two Rodians and Jax left the main group and travelled down badly-lit, grimy hallways with exposed floor plates oxidizing in the musky air. Soon they were at a stairwell, Dragillo pointed upwards, "Go."

Jax complied, and several heartbeats later the twins followed up. From below, Jax heard Dave sneer, "It'd be a shame, eh, if you got shot in the back for accidental reasons. I suppose we both will have to share your portion of the bounty."

They cackled evilly.

 

Old Sketches for Star Wars Adventures

26 May 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

I would very much like to say that these are some of the oldest illustrations I have drawn to be used for Star Wars RPG (to be precise the Strikeforce Enteague campaign), but they are not. These were drawn in the mid-90s when I was running the "second season" of the campaign, so to speak, after I returned from my studies.

Regarding these illustrations: it occurred to me that I could fold a single A4 piece of paper into 8 sections and draw characters, scenes and computer displayes that I have planned to appear in the session. Note that not all of these were ultimately used in a session.

Click on each thumbnail to view the full image.

Ancient Staff of Power

This was the first session I ran upon coming home. I was lounging around at home when a bunch of youngsters - still in lower secondary school - accosted me at my door asking me to run the Star Wars RPG for them.

Ithorian and Sullustan scouts tell the player characters - a New Republic commando team - an Imperial Star Galleon in New Republic space. The Star Galleon lands at Elzethu Island in the Kinyen System. The group has to capture the crew, but the Imperial fugitives have taken an entire school hostage. Unbeknownst to the group, Captain Braxen possesses the powerful Staff of Qell Barakhbur.

I put the brakes on this group and storyline because the players were playing chaotic evil for some reason (Well, the reason was that they were young and have been playing D&D too long) and they held up a New Republic armory on Coruscant before the mission, then returned to Coruscant like a hundred New Republic Security Force would not be waiting for them to throw them into jail.

The Hunt for Ham Slacker

An Imperial Admiral was out for blood. Literally, a Ham Slacker's blood was required to activate Old Dead Palpatine's old exotic tech cache, something known as a X'thakk Capacitor Crystal. They are greeted by the Admiral graciously at his base on the prison planet Graynor.

The Hunt for Ham Slacker

Of course it's a trap. The team discovers a number of exsanguinated corpses and a list with Ham's name the only one not stricken. They have to rescue Ham on the frozen world of Kendell back in the Enteague Sector. The Admiral succeeds in raising the colossal crystal from beneath the ice. But there is a snag. The crystal only work on the extinct X'thakks.

Escalation

The first generation of player characters return to discover that their grandparents had fought Vurnase Gregh, a marauding Dark Side disciple.

Escalation

It turns out that Vurnase Gregh was about to unleash the powerful Dark Side spirit Herroth Rax and their grandparents died to stop him. Meanwhile, Herroth Rax was about to be released from his pocket universe that he was banished to and the team now had to find a way into that universe to kill him while he was depowered.

The Return of Genya Brock

Genya Brock, an Outlaw, is listed as Wanted: Dead by a criminal organization that ruled an entire planet. Also trying to capture him is Cragus 12 the bounty hunter from Star Wars Adventure Journal 01. They travel to the Oseon system to investigate.

The Return of Genya Brock

While the crime lord and his lieutenants scheme in the shadows, the team meets Platt Okeefe and Tru'ebb Cholakk of the Black Curs commando team. Boddu Bocck from Star Wars Adventure Journal 02 drops by to bag Genya. Of course he fails.

???

I have no recollection of when and for what I drew the above.

 

Finally, Furniture and then Ice Cream

23 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

After eighteen months of sitting on the floor watching television, we finally got enough cash this month to purchase a sofa set! Atok and Opah were visiting, so we thought it was great that they could have something soft to sit on in the living room.

There's even a coffee table!

There's also a bookshelf.

Star Wars RPG!

As you can see the Star Wars RPG books have made themselves comfortable on the new bookshelf.

Opah and Atok with ice cream

To celebrate, we headed for Changlun where there was an excellent coconut icecream stall.

Ya can't beat that!

It was made of vanilla ice cream scoops in a coconut husk with coconut flesh, nuts, crouton, pulut and some other stuff.

 

Nasi Kerabu: A Bus Ride Follow Up

13 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

During our bus trip over the mountains the other week, Ain made friends with a fellow traveller, a Kelantanese who lived in Perlis. She had a nasi kerabu restaurant in Kangar.

That only meant one thing: we had to check it out.

Where is Irfan's eyeline headed, anyway?

They only open in the mornings.

Better than any McDonald's

When we were in Kelantan we were disappointed were unable to visit our favourite nasi kerabu restaurant there. It was a stroke of luck that we discovered one here in Perlis that sells delicious nasi kerabu comparable to the restaurant in Kelantan!

We foresee many weekend breakfasts at this place.

 

SWD6: Deeper Undercity

05 May 2016 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Time is the Hunter
 

Episode 3

Time is the Hunter

Episode 03: Deeper Undercity

Last time on Star Wars Time is the Hunter, a gunfight between bounty hunters accidentally activated a trio of Separatist BX commando droids from the Clone Wars. Malfunctioning, they began hunting for targets deep in the bowels of Spaceport Tower 214 on level Brown-212 in the Byblos system.

The three rusty droids fanned out with vibroswords drawn, their joints sparked when they moved jerkily. "Kill all Republic clone troopers." "Roger roger!"

Jax Hunt hugged the debris-strewn floor behind the engine of a Y-wing fighter. Beside him, a fellow bounty hunter - the Nimbanel named Tulon Tash - lay injured and semi-conscious after being shot by a rival hunter. Meanwhile the furnace behind both bounty hunters illuminated the chamber of scrap metal and discarded technology with angry colours.

Jax considered throwing one of the two grenades he was authorised to carry, but the droids were too far apart for it to be effective.

Continuing from last episode

Flat in front of the furnace.

Then he had an idea. He grabbed the nearest piece of scrap he was able to - a keyboard from a control panel that was broken in half - and hurled it up above their heads and down the corridor to the right where it clattered out of sight.

The three droids jerked their head in that direction. "Probable clone trooper." "Investigate and destroy." "Roger roger." And then they were gone.

Jax searched Tulon for a medpac but found an unmarked datacard instead. He pocketed it for later inspection. It was imperative they leave quickly before the droids wandered back.

"Come on, Tulon." Jax supported the Nimbanel as they hustled toward the elevator doors down the left end of the corridor. Jax noticed comm jammers stuck to the wall of the corridor. They appeared freshly fitted. He studied the closest jammer but could not figure out how to turn it off (with a Technical skill failure 11/12).

Jax and Tulon were several metres from the closed doors when a mechanical voice behind them boomed, "Republic clone trooper! Destroy! Kill!"

One of the BX droids had doubled back.

Behind the GM screen

I actually referred to the tables more than once this session.

 

The New Cousin Celebration

03 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

I haven't met Baby Rania since she was born, so after that bus trip over the spine of Malaysia we finally arrived in Pasir Mas for her aqiqah ceremony where I finally got to meet her.

vcnb

She is quite a photogenic lady, she is.

 

Bus Ride to Pasir Mas

02 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We had an inaugural journey from here to Pasir Mas by bus. This meant I did not have to focus on driving over a long distance for the first time in a thousand years.

This also meant I was free to take photos out the window as we trundled along the roads. It was a great experience. I have never taken an interstate bus since the nineties, in the days when I travelled from Terengganu to Sitiawan (or Kuala Lumpur) by bus every five or six days.

As the vehicle barreled southward from the bus station, I was amazed by the ameneties available in the double decked transport vehicle. The seats were much more comfortable compared to the bus seats of old. Leg room were aplenty. And even better, we could recharge our phones at the power sockets.

But enough about the bus, on to the pictures.

We're in the bus

There were numerous signposts along the way. Presumably they help drivers find their way around the country without driving over a canyon and into a swift-running river.

After picking up passengers in Jitra

Sometimes, airplanes fail to heed warning and attempt to drive on roads, perhaps because land travel appear exciting to them because grass on the other side and all that.

Needs moar submersibles

I try to spy on cars that appear to drive backwards in relation to my window. This old couple appear to be quiet the attentive drivers. I can determine no way to jump onto this vehicle to attempt to infiltrate it.

Peeking next door

Amanjaya Mall looks nice. But I have never been inside it. Upon request, the WELCOME TO SUNGAI PETANI signpost sidled up to us to pose for a photo. It did not even ask for money.

It's not a mall if it doesn't have MPH or Kino

We then turned from our southbound course and headed east towards the mountains. But there were still many, many miles to go before we come close to the mountains. One of our waypoints en route, is Kuala Ketil - a town which is a nexus for the road network of the area.

 

Paper Minis: Royal Guards and a Sheev

29 April 2016 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

It's been a while since I posted Star Wars RPG paper miniatures. So here is something that would break the silence: Imperial Royal Guards! The red armoured guards which was first introduced in Return of the Jedi.

Are those guards wearing underwear under those robes?

As a bonus, I've included Palpatine the nice and helpful former Senator from Naboo in the pack. He is such a pleasant fellow. I might have printed the ones in the photo wrong somehow. They came out too dark instead of bright red.

Paper minis with BACKS!
 

Worn Joints Are Worn

28 April 2016 | Hisham | | Recent News
 

It started as a sore right toe, specifically its joints.

So I went to the doctor. After some questions, the doctor said, "WELCOME TO THE CLUB!" The doctor has the gout. So now I have the gout.

Nothing to do but to consume the meds and control my diet to decrease the pain.

Which I think might be a whole lot better than watching Showgirls.

 

Cover for Deep Space Squadron

10 April 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books
 

Ebb and Folks commissioned a new cover for an upcoming ebook entitled Deep Space Squadron.

Deep Space Squadron

Deep Space Squadron

Originally I designed the cover artwork to show the single multi-kilometre long capital warship Resolution under attack by smaller corvettes or frigates, but then it was decided to have less clutter.

Thus, only the Resolution remains in the final artwork.

Remember: Port is red. Starboard is green.

 

Splitting the Party

06 April 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

The evening after the Spell-It-Right competition, we travelled to Alor Setar where Ain and Cik Su who came visiting would be heading to Kuala Lumpur to reunite with Tok Bah and Tok Ma, and also to see little Rania.

Oh no not another airport

It was sad when Irfan and I were the only two occupants in the car heading home. Perhaps I thought we would continue the adventures of Jax Hunt when Ain was away.

Books are sold under the canopies

But in the meantime there were places to go. For example the Perlis Book Carnival was taking place at the Kangar Public Library. Irfan and I just had to go visit despite the abnormal midday heat. There were food stalls and even an inflatable pool for children. Irfan was much too big for it.

Also, a Milo ais!

We bought a couple of books. Irfan bought Darkmouth, a YA fantasy novel by Shane Hegarty which he digested quickly over the coming days. I bought a trio of Buku Fixi titles namely Kampung, Pakar and Hikayat Raja Babi. Before we left the book fair, I thought I heard the distant roll of thunder.

 

Boy Spells More Words

03 April 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

It has been more than a month since it last rained. The skies have been blue all day for weeks. I would gladly enjoy the view of the blue sky if it were not for the soaring heat.

And it came to pass Irfan was selected to attend another Spell-It-Right competition in Kangar. He was apprehensive in joining company of English spellers for his school, but in the end he decided to jump in feet first.

Not this bunting again

We braved the searing solar radiation to drive toward the hotel where the event was being held. And sear us it did. We thought we could take refuge in the hotel lobby, but for some reason it was still stifling hot within. Either the air conditioning was unable to overcome the heat radiating from hundreds of schoolchildren or the air conditioning was borked.

The lobby crowd

There were three sessions: one for the primary students and the secondary schoolkids were split into two separate session. Naturally, Irfan's school was assigned to the third session. So we waited in the heat. It was sweltering within.

Teammates melting

So for a time most of the students hung out at the steps leading up to the hotel's main entrance, scaring away potential hotel customers with their constant staring into their phones. Soon, but not soon enough, Irfan's team was called into the ballroom where the written spelling competition was held.

Let's make like a banana and split

Irfan exited the ballroom about an hour later and we all shared a banana split at the hotel restaurant.

 

Modesty Blazing Intro Video

31 March 2016 | Hisham | | Modesty Blazing, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

While awaiting the next time I travel to Kuala Lumpur and by chance the GOKL group is free to congregate for a roleplaying session of Star Wars Edge of the Empire, I have created an intro video of our campaign Modesty Blazing, also using OpenShot Video Editor.

Video making is fun. I should make more videos.

The music is edited from "The Occupation of Balmorra" by Lennie Moore, Mark Griskey and Jesse Harlin for The Old Republic game and Kevin Kiner's The Clone Wars track "Buzz Droids" from the episode "Sabotage".

 

Kylo

29 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Kylo Ren would be so happy to find a book with his pampaw on the cover.

First edition cover though

Hmm. Field Secured Container Vessel, eh?

 

Hishgraphics Illustrations Video

21 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Hishgraphics.com, Linux
 

I've been playing with OpenShot Video editor on this Linux Mint laptop.

I downloaded the one in the repository, which was v1.4. Keyframe animation was a joy with it, but I was not able to copy and paste animation properties from one video clip to another.

I did a little digging and I discovered that OpenShot 2.0 had been released recently and this version allowed me to copy paste animation properties. After the upgrade, I discovered that I had less control of the animation than I did with 1.4. (For example, I could go to and easily set the values for the start and the end of the horizontal position each clip with 1.4.)

In any case, this is the result of my tinkering about with OpenShot. I am certain I will get the hang of it as I keep using the program.

How is this for a TV commercial?

 

SWD6: Stalk the Lower Levels

14 March 2016 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Time is the Hunter
 

Star Wars opening theme begins!

Time is the Hunter

Episode 02: Stalk the Lower Levels

Last time on Time is the Hunter, Irfan played bounty hunter Jax Hunt who signed up with the Byblos chapter of the House Benelex Bounty Hunting Guild at Tower 214.

Jax Hunt arrived the next day at Abbit Mowba's office. The signs of battle from when Jax saved Mr. Mowba from a disgruntled bounty hunter the previous day were still there. But Mowba seemed distracted.

"Hi Mr. Mowba," Jax greeted the Aqualish manager.

"Jax," he stuttered. "I... There seems to be a problem."

"What is it?"

"There is a new mark. The bounty is right here on Byblos. In Byblos Spaceport Tower 214 itself. Way down dozens of levels in Brown-212. It's a difficult mark. I sent three bounty hunters after the mark. They should have returned yesterday evening."

"I'll take the bounty," Jax exclaimed.

"I usually do not send rookie hunters out after this kinds of hunts."

"I can handle it."

Abbit Mowba hit a sequence of buttons on his office table and considered Jax. "Okay. I'm out of datacards and my table is a mess. Go find the hunters I dispatched: Tulon Tash, Arbo Kee and Wex Ringthreader. They will have details of the mark on them. They should still be down at Brown-212."

Jax smiled at the Aqualish and headed out for his first hunt.

The GM screen is ready. Are you?

Paper miniatures standing by to be deployed. Not all were used by the end of the session.

Imperial Entanglements

Trying to leave Blue-772 was a chore. (Bureaucracy skill failure of 9 point from a Difficulty of 20 - Byblos was an unfamiliar locale for Jax.)

For some reason Imperial stormtroopers were patrolling the city. There was a squad of four troops menacing the northern blast doors of the main pedesterian thoroughfare through the city, right between the park - illuminated by the morning sun of Byblos through the outer transparisteel wall which revealed the vista outside - and the many levels of terraced office buildings and apartment blocks propped up against the opposite wall across the large space that was Blue-772.

Jax thought he would have no trouble going through the troops, but as he walked past the lead stormtrooper barked, "Halt!"