Thursday, 19 May 2016

Star Wars 2020: Session 2 Summary

So we finally got together for a second session. Last time the party escaped their Ugor task masters in the Nocto system in an old imperial shuttle with just a backup hyperdrive. This session began with a slightly modified character lineup.

Blank Shuttle Sheet
  • Pigman- a Gammorian beater/scavenger/heavy machine user/starship pilot(Avraham)
  • Art- Ithorian tech Rock gardener, healing(Avi)
  • Lucky- a Gran with many natural talents, good at dodging, explosives, stock market, interstellar navigation, leadership, pharmaceuticals(Lauren)
  • The Wookie- a wookie turret gunner, butt kicker(Joshua)
  • Roy- NPC scavenger from Nocto II
  • Snortbert-NPC Gammorian who swears fealty to the Wookie at end of session
  • Deeberjay- NPC Nephew of Ilay who party agrees to transport at end of session

Then we moved on to filling out the shuttle Ship Sheet(modified from Traveller). The party set the goals of:

  1. Getting a proper hyperdrive
  2. Charging their fuel cells
  3. Fixing the hull damage
  4. Getting an Astromech droid for repairs

Shuttle Sheet at End of Session

Klaatu System

The party arrived in Klaatu system. They opened communications with the Space Station, which directed them to the customs platform. They eventually got clearance to land on the station. While there they:
  • Took a delivery mission from Station AI to Squab system, 10000 credits on delivery
  • Fueled up at station's expense
  • Art fixed the ship, hover vehicles, installed parts, haggled for a broken hyperdrive
  • Pigman, Lucky, and the Wookie hitchhiked back and forth from the moon colony
  • While there they sold and bought stuff


While taking a cab between the colony and the Rift, the party's cab was told to pull over by a heavily armed stretch limo hovercar. An Ugor, two Mandalorian Bounty Hunters, and two Gammorian Guards ordered them to surrender. After a hectic battle, the Ugor was captured, a defeated Gammorian had sworn fealty to The Wookie, and the others were dead. The party was pretty banged-up too, but they had gained a good deal of booty!

The Jouney Begins

The party began their trip to Squab with the short jump to Aiquin 4. They requested permission to land, claiming to have salvaged their ship from Klaatu system(little do they know that the Squib on Aiquin 4 claim exclusive salvage rights to the surrounding star systems). They landed only to find themselves facing a full contingent of Squib marines. In the interrogation that followed, the true story came out and the Squib were happy to hear that the ship was stolen directly from an Ugor salvage mission.
Updated Map
  • The party was allowed to register their shuttle on Aiquin 4 for 1000 credits
  • The Clan Leader of Aiquin 4, Ilay, requested to meet them. She asked them to do her a favor and transport hernephew to the Polyanarcharial Palace in the Squib homeworld in Squab system
  • They sold some more items at somewhat poor prices, the squibs being expert negotiators
  • Lucky accessed the planetary network and researched the various systems in Airam Sector, resulting in an updated sector map

At this point, we decided to call it a night...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Welcome to Klaatu

Here's another system description for Star Wars 2020.

Klaatu is a star system in Airam Sector. Most of the planet's activity is around Klaatu III and it's moon.

Klaatu III's moon is the location of a Nharwaak mining colony. The primary locations in this system are:

  1. Customs Platform- a platform orbiting Klaatu III. Visiting ships must check in at the customs office.
  2. Low-Grav Refinery- a space station orbiting Klaatu III. It's a low-gravity metal refinery where mined ores are processed.
  3. Deep Core Bore- a deep bore mine near the moon's core. Mines heavy metals.
  4. The Rift- metal mine in seismic crack in the moon's surface
  5. Nharwaak Colony- small space port, residential, commercial area
  6. Garrison Camp- Nharwaak garrison's camp

A mining colony of the Nharwaaks. The Nharwaaks are from the Myloc system, also in Airam Sector, but are of Zygerrian ancestry.

Star Wars 2020 Point Buy

As per request, here is how to create your star wars 2020 character via point-buy rather than random generator.

1. Ability Scores

  1. Distribute 48 points between the ability scores Int, Ref, Tech, Cool, Emp, Luck, Body, Force (maximum 10, minimum 2)
  2. MA=8
  3. Run=MA*3
  4. Leap=Run/4
  5. Lift(Kg)=40*BODY
  6. Save=Body
  7. BTM=IF(BODY<=2,0,IF(BODY<=4,-1,IF(BODY<=7,-2,IF(BODY<=9,-3,-4)))) 

2. Species

  1. Pick a species
  2. Apply the ability modifiers for your species
Mon Calamari

3. Skills

  1. You get 40+INT+REF skill points
  2. Assign them to skills(max 10)
EnduranceInterrogateSentient PerceptionAccountingArcheryHover TechForce Jump
Strength FeatIntimidateInterviewXenoanthropologyAthleticsBasic TechMind Trick
SwimmingOratoryLeadershipAwareness/NoticeBrawlingComputer TechPhase
Resist Torture/DrugsPerformBiologyDanceDemolitionsTelekinesis
StreetwisePersuasion/Fast TalkBotanyDodge/EscapeDisguiseRead Mind
Riding(Bantha)ChemistryFencingDroid TechForce Healing
Riding(Bolotaur)CompositionHandgunElectronicsReflex Boost
Riding(Keffi)Diagnose IllnessHeavy WeaponsFirst Aid/Medical
Riding(Tauntaun)Education & Gen. KnowlegeMartial ArtsHacking
Riding(Dewback)GeologyOperate Heavy MachineryPharmaceuticals
SocialHistoryDrive(Hoverbike)Pick Lock
Language(by species/native world)Drive(Hovercar)Pick Pocket
Language(Basic)Pilot(Starship)Play Instrument(pick one)
Library SearchRifleHyperdrive Tech
Navigation(Interstellar)Turret GunnerStarship Engine Tech
PhysicsClimbingEnergy Weapon Tech
Shadow/TrackDivingCommunications Tech
Stock Market
Wilderness Survival

4. Equipment

  1. You get 1d10 Galactic Credits
  2. cloth shoes(worn out), dusty poncho, sand mask
  3. 4 items from this list
Anti-Grav Sledge
Blaster pistol
Blaster rifle
Brass bracelets
Cutting torch
Dancing shoes
Diving aparatus
Hand weapon(choose)
Heavy Plasteel Knife 1d6
Hip Flask
Infrared binoculars
Light spear gun 1d6+1
Longbow 50m, 12 Arrows 2d6+1
Metal Detector
Motorized climbing rig
Musical Instrument(as per skill)
Old Hoverbike
Old Hovercar
Pack of Sabacc Cards
Pain killers
pick item of Native dress
Plasteel Sword 2d6+2, sheath
Portable Chemical Analyzer
Portable excavator
Portable Gene Sequencer
Sketchpad, Pencils
Small computer terminal
Small Electronics Kit
Small hacker's terminal
Small tool kit
Salvaged Droid(choose Astromech, Medical, or Protocol)
Thermal Detonator 7/9d6
Water Bottle
Wearable light

Force Combat for Star Wars 2020

After the first session of Star Wars 2020, a Cyberpunk 2020 Star Wars mod, I wanted to add an improved combat skill to the list of force skills. The existing list of skills(below) reflect common force abilities, but there wasn't anything that paralleled Luke's use of the force in combat.

  • Force Jump
  • Mind Trick
  • Phase
  • Telekinesis
  • Read Mind
  • Force Healing

I wanted something that gives a significant bonus, yet doesn't make force users too overpowered. Since Cyberpunk 2020 combat relies mostly on the Reflex ability score, I decided to create an ability that boost's that attribute. Here is the result:

Force Reflex Boost

The force-user concentrates, connecting to the Force. This gives them a boosted reflex ability score.

Skill Check

The force-user must make a skill check to concentrate and connect to the force. The target number depends on how distracted they are.

standard CP2020 difficulties


The ability is boosted by the character's force ability score, for a maximum of 11. (The player is allowed to make one Spinal Tap joke per session. Additional jokes cause the ability to fail.)


If the character is injured or otherwise distracted, they must again make a skill check to maintain concentration. This doesn't use up their action for the turn.


The effect lasts as long as the character is busy with the current task. Once they start doing something else, the effect is lost. If they want to maintain the effect, they must make a concentration skill check.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Some Art from the Vault

My Mother passed away a few weeks ago. She'd had one of the nastier brands of cancer for a while, the type you don't get better from. The type where every treatment raises the question of whether the effects of the treatment are better or worse than those of the disease.

My sister was going through some of her things and found this, an old scratchboard drawing I did back in high school. A DnD scene with an White Dragon, an adventuring party entering it's cave in the background. Reminded me I used to be halfway decent at drawing.

Mom was always very supportive of her kids' artistic endeavors, sending us to all the after-school classes we wanted. I should probably draw more. Maybe once life gets a little less crazy...