Friday, March 11, 2016

RPG Night with Cliff - March 9th Update

Star Wars Edge of the Empire: Mask of the Pirate Queen
If you are planning to play this adventure you may wish to avoid reading these reports as they will contain spoilers.

Characters in attendance:
(Names and descriptions are my own from memory, I don't have the sheets with me)
  • Heb: Jawa Engineer
  • Dak Jizz: Human Scoundrel
  • QT-69: Droid
  • A.C.E.: Droid Pilot
  • TBA-77: Droid Medical and Pacifist
  • Lewie: Wookie
  • Macro: Close Combat Droid
  • Deltron3030: Rodian Sniper
  • Bob & Dug: The Dug mercs
  • Jak Spectro: Human engineer
  • Wrist: Trandoshan
  • Shaga'thorn: Twi'lek
Picking up from where we left off last week the group decided to make the split and a couple of them headed back outside to scale the wall and the rest decided to make their way up in the elevator.

Outside the pirate base a the group used a clone troop grapple blast attachment that they had taken from one of the clone troopers.  A destiny point was flipped to retroactively have found the attachment.  It made the climb that much easier for everyone.  I was honestly surprised that the adventure didn't include a difficulty rating for making the climb, it felt to me like something PCs were likely to try and do.
Macro, Wrist, and Lewie got to the bases landing platform and found the blast door to the hanger sealed.  Wrist hurried forward to get the door open.  The results of the roll were the type of result that I generally dislike about the Fantasy Flight Star Wars System,  it was a failed check with a Triumph showing.  The Triumph effect isn't cancelled out by the failures so something good is supposed to happen, but sometimes that just doesn't make sense.    I ended up electrocute Wrisk for the strain and letting the door open a foot.  He would have been able to slide through without difficult but the Wookie was going to have to make an athletic check and droid wasn't going to be able to get through until it open further.
Inside they found a clone war era republic troop transport that had been painted powder blue and a few pirates who had been assigned to guard the hanger.  The Wookie was the first to enter,  Is strength allowed him to not only under the doors but push them up higher to allow Macro the chance at access, a well-timed triumph. Pirates on duty in the hanger put up some limited resistance but were really no match for the three of invading members of the group.  Wrist headed straight to the air speeder and disabled it.
At the elevator, some time passed to although none thought to use that time to heal up.  Heb commanded the elevator down to their level and inside was a pirate on his knees at the back of the car with his weapons at the front of the car.  Clearly the pirate knew his only hope of survival was to surrender.  One of the dugs just blasted him while other group members tried to question him about the location of the Queen.  But they did receive confirmation from a second source that the Queen was upstairs.
Crowded inside the elevator, A.C.E. held the newly deceased pirate.  The plan was to throw him out of the doors as soon as they opened, in hopes of throw off any would-be attackers.  A.C.E. claims to have been made to be the greatest pilot in the galaxy.   That might be the case but he certainly wasn't made to be the greatest body tosser in the galaxy.  The body barely made it past the doors of the elevators.  As it landed it triggered a booby-trap that had been quickly set up.  Several of fragmentation grenades blasted apart the body and the PCs alike.  The damage it did was considerable and it took out several members of the group.  Those remaining exchanged deadly fire with pirates at the opposite side of the blast range.  Both sides took considerable damage, but the PC's won out in the end despite 4 of their number falling.
The two separate groups met up and in the warehouse behind the pirates flight deck and after clearing it our took some time to heal up and recover from the fighting before moving on.  While the healing was happening TBA-77 rolled a despair on one of his checks.  The effect of the despair is still unknown to the group, so I won't go into details at this point. Heb took advantage of this break to let out his natural Jawa tendencies and took control of one of the ASP Heavy lifter droids. The mindless droid was then used to open the doors and check for more traps left behind by the pirates.  None were found.
The same droid was used to quickly explore the hallway and discover that the two doors both lead to the same hallway that had two doors leading from it.  Hebs new toy was used to open the door to what they discouvered was the control room.  Inside were 5 pirate bodyguards and the Pirate Queen.  Before the shooting could even start the Pirate Queen made the group and offer.  She would match their pay and they would leave.
Surprisingly this gave the group some amount of pause.  Perhaps in part because of Hebs encouragement that they take the deal.  Which at least in part was because of Graff's blaster being pressed against the little Jawa's side, and his kind words of encouragement that the deal be accepted.  Graff was in the perfect position thanks in part to the decisions made by the players about where they were, apart from Heb no one could see him.
This caused tensions to escalate quickly within the group and Macro leveled his repeating blaster at the dugs to keep them from opening fire in to the room.  They in turn pointed at Macro.  The arguement continued but in the end they took the credits offered by the Pirate Queen.  Credits were transfered to accounts and the group was encouraged to leave.  They did so, but not before locking the door to the control room to buy themselves some time to get away.
The results of player on player threats has lead to some interesting after game discussion about player on player action.  But I think I will be writing something about that as a seperate post.
On the way out they got greedy and helped themselves to the ASP droid, a heavy create from the warehouse and the republic troop transport.   The airspeeder didn't make it past the 50 meter kill zone before the someone activated an explosive device one the transport.  A flipped destiny point limited the damage done but it brought down the group and allowed the game to end with a wonderful firery explosion.  

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