Saturday, 14 May 2016

The good guys win again

In a galaxy far,  far away.... there was a planet which bore some resemblance to modern day goings on in Syria. A bunch of freedom fighters (better known as terrorist rebel scum) holded up in a strategic town, preventing the legal planetary government from bringing peace and order to the galaxy, with a little aid from the benevolent Empire. Meanwhile the rebels were suspected of having some aid with the weak kneed, liberal hand waving Federation.

This was a tryout of Johns latest version of a simplified variant of the old 'Encounter' rules, set planet side. It heavily simplified the firing to-hit procedures (the original game uses a complex firing table with percentages etc) aimed at recreating the Star Wars experience of masses of fire but few hits. A clever mechanism was the saving throw form hits, which was modified by posture, cover and specifc weapon effects vs various levels of armour (so some types of weapon were more effective against some types of cover and armour than others). Very neat. 

Rebel militia scum lurk in the town. A few of them seem to be behaving rather more professionally than the others, why could that be?

The highly efficient forces of the Riasyian government, along with a little help from their friends in space. I wonder who that chap in black can be. Ahem.

Darth encourages the Stormtroopers to greater efforts. The chap on the left hasn't been shot, he is lying down (something the troopers in the films seem to be unable to do).

Inevitably Imperial firepower prevails, and Darth leads the Riasyian forces into the smouldering rubble of the town. Sadly he didn't get a chance to chop anyone up with his lightsabre.

This was a lot of fun, the new streamlined combat system worked very well although the scenario became quite fire heavy. I think the rebels would have done much better to defend inside the town than at its edges, and to make more use of the available cover. In the event they were defeated so badly that they didn't call in the overt intervention of Federation forces, and disguised SF types supporting the militia went un-noticed in the chaos.


  1. The chap in black is probably Jeff Vader - the Starwars Canteen Manager. The very same Jeff who could kill you without a tray :-)

    Regards, Chris.

  2. Can the rules cope with that level of marksmanship?

  3. If you can roll a 6, then yes.