Whilst I’m primarily a miniature wargamer and a boardgamer, I have dabbled with roleplaying from time to time. I played Dungeons & Dragons when I was a teenager (the old red and blue box editions) and briefly dabbled in 4th Edition D&D with a group a few years ago. I enjoyed it, but 4th Edition seemed to be little more than a skirmish miniatures game – and then the GM who ran the group moved away, so that was that. So I haven’t played a rolplaying game for about 4 years…
If you listened to Episode 110 of the Podcast, you will know that Rich Jones was very enthusiastic about Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, the new roleplaying game published by Fantasy Flight Games. This was announced at GenCon 2012 and the core rulebook has just been published.
One of the main differences between this game and any others (say, the d20 system, for example) is the dice mechanics. The game uses custom dice in such a way that the results of any dice roll can be used to drive the narrative. FFG have just released a YouTube video introduction to the game which explains a few things in more detail:
Following Episode 110, Rich suggested that it might be an interesting idea to try playing EotE via Skype – there was no way that we could get together to play face-to-face in the short term – and so he gathered a group of friends together to play an adventure.
Of course, me being me, I decided that it might be a good idea to record the session – you never know, people might be interested…
We’ve now played 2 acts of a 3 act adventure, and I’ve recorded both sessions. I present them here for your listening ‘pleasure’. You may want to also look at the accompanying blog, which gives some more character detail, and also has the maps for the first game.
I know this might not be to everyone’s liking, but I thought that it was something different, and I think that there is enough in the sessions for them to be both entertaining, and for you also to get a grasp of how the FFG dice system works in practice.