Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review'd: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

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In the last few months, I’ve stepped back into tabletop roleplaying.  Last week, I was invited to play the new Star Wars RPG by Fantasy Flight.  Here’s my breakdown.

This is a completely new system, so I was skeptical at first (I’m still a very big fan of the d20 systems).  During character creation, I actually said to our GM, “I already don’t like this game.”  Character creation gave me a bad first impression, but only because the race selection is somewhat limited.  I think this will be fixed with future source books, however.  Really, there are a lot of customization options to make whatever character you want to play.  There are six classes (called careers), each with three specialization trees.  The specializations feel very similar to talent progression tables present in most modern MMO’s.  The cool thing is, during the course of character progression you can add additional specialization trees or even new careers.  There are rules for playing droids, and unlike past games playing a droid doesn’t suck.

The new dice system was a bit cumbersome at first, but once you understand it the whole thing flows really well.  The system is very conducive to telling a story, and you don’t get hung up with a lot of math or digging through the rules for each little situation.  We had a pitched combat last night that would have lasted an hour or two in a d20 system.  We rolled through it in 20 minutes and had a blast (er…no pun intended) doing it.  On the subject of dice, I highly recommend buying the dice rolling app for your Android or iOS device…that will save you some money, which brings me to my next point.

The price is my one big complaint.  The core book is a hefty $60, and a set of dice is $15 for 14 dice.  Seriously, over $1 per die?  Technically, you can use traditional dice…I believe there is a conversion table, but that’s a big pain in the ass and breaks the flow of the game.  As I said before, buy the $5 app…you get unlimited dice.

So, in summation this new system is a ton of fun but be prepared to pay a premium price to enjoy it.

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