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Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Fantasy Flight Games)

Star Wars
Roleplaying Game
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (core rulebook, June 2013), the first of the three standalone games which constitute the FFG Star Wars roleplaying game.
Designer(s) Dave Allen, Shawn Carman and Jay Little
Publisher(s) Fantasy Flight Games
Publication date August 2012 (1st Beta)
June 2013 (1st Edition of the 1st Rulebook)
Genre(s) Science fiction (Space opera)
System(s) Custom

The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a tabletop role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe, written and published for the first time by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) as of August 2012. It is constituted by three different standalone games, each one conceived to play a particular type of character:

  • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (for playing smugglers, bounty hunters, pirates etc.)
  • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion (for playing rebel soldiers and freedom fighters against the evil Galactic Empire)
  • Star Wars: Force and Destiny (for playing the last Jedi Knights under the Empire's rule)

Contents

  • History of the game 1
  • The setting 2
  • The system 3
  • Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire 4
  • Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Age of Rebellion 5
  • Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Force and Destiny 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

History of the game

In the 2000s, Wizards of the Coast owned the license for all Star Wars' collectible card and role-playing games. When the license expired in May 2010, the company declined to renew it.[1][2] In August 2011 Fantasy Flight Games acquired the Star Wars license from Lucasfilm Ltd. and announced two Star Wars gaming products: the miniatures game X-Wing and the card game Star Wars: The Card Game.[3] A role-playing game was rumoured to be in the works but only a whole year later, in August 2012, the editor announced the publication of Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, the first standalone game of a whole of three, constituting the Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars role-playing game. On this occasion the first installment of the 'trilogy' was first sold in a beta version (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beta).[4] The completed version of Edge of the Empire, nearly double the size of the beta, was released on June 25, 2013.[5] Age of Rebellion's beta version was released in October 2013, its beginner game sales started on April 25, 2014,[6] and the final version of the game, the Age of Rebellion core rulebook, finally started to be sold on July 3, 2014.[7] Among the third installment line of products, Star Wars: Force and Destiny, conceived for playing Jedi characters, the beta version saw light of day on September 2014.

Fantasy Flight initially drew criticism for releasing a beta version, making people pay twice, and for the extra expense of the unusual custom dice. But reviews after launch were enthusiastic about the dice, with Game Informer saying "In practice, this system offers tremendous flexibility to allow the players to participate in the storytelling process, rather than just waiting for the GM to respond after a die roll. The players talk together about how to interpret a roll of the dice, and shape the results to make the most exciting story. It also speaks strongly to the cinematic nature of the Star Wars universe; characters in the movies often succeed or fail along with potent side effects."[8] and Penny Arcade saying "This dice system is designed to facilitate awesome story telling and it worked great!"[9]

Beta edition of Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (August, 2012).

Releases' timeline (at least in the United States. Supplements are not included in the timeline):

  • August 2012: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire beta version is released. It is a paperback glued booklet including stickers for use on conventional polyhedral dice.
  • December 2012: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire beginner game is released. It is a boxed set including two glued paperback books, some staplebound booklets and, for the first time, the first mass-produced official dice of the game.
  • January 2013: The official dice sets from the game start to be sold worldwide (with the mention Star Wars Edge of the Empire Roleplay Dice displayed on the packaging).
  • June 2013: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire core rulebook (a hardcover book) is released.
  • September 2013: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion beta version (a paperback glued booklet) is released.
  • April 2014: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion beginner game (a boxed set) is released.
  • July 2014: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion core rulebook (a hardcover book) is released.
  • July 2014: The official dice sets from the game are re-released, this time with no particular mention to any of the standalone games of the series, the packaging simply showing the label Star Wars Roleplaying Dice.
  • September 2014: Star Wars: Force and Destiny beta version (a paperback glued booklet) is released.

The setting

All three installments of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game are set within the time period of the Star Wars original trilogy, with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire being set shortly after the explosion of the Death Star and dealing with characters on the fringes of galactic space, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion being set at around the time of The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Force and Destiny not yet having any official releases.

Characters are created within the setting by first specifying their species, then specifying their initial profession. They then can spend experience points increasing attributes or skills, or gaining abilities from their profession. As in some other career based RPGs your current career indicates what you do and what skills you can learn easily - but you can open other careers and use abilities from them while not closing the first ones. Abilities from a given career cost more experience points the deeper into the career you go, thus encouraging people to take multiple careers.

The system

As in Fantasy Flight Games' edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay the system requires custom polyhedral dice, or dice modified with stickers to play (the beta version came with stickers to convert ordinary dice of the right size to Star Wars dice.[10] The custom dice enable the dice having results on two axes; how successful the skill check was, and how lucky the attempt was with other factors – and normally only one success on the pass fail axis is needed to succeed. There are both positive and negative types of dice, and these can be added to represent advantages or extra difficulty in the skill check.

Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

  • Rulebooks / basic sets
    • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Beta
    • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Beginner Game
    • Star Wars: Edge of the Empire - Core Rulebook
  • Accessories
  • Adventures
    • Beyond the Rim
    • The Jewel of Yavin
  • Rules supplements and sourcebooks
    • Enter the Unknown
    • Dangerous Covenants
    • Suns of Fortune
    • Far Horizons

Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

  • Rulebooks / basic sets
    • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Beta
    • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Beginner Game
    • Star Wars: Age of Rebellion - Core Rulebook
  • Accessories
  • Adventures
    • Onslaught at Arda I

Official games and supplements for Star Wars: Force and Destiny

  • Rulebooks / basic sets
    • Star Wars: Force and Destiny - Beta

See also

References

  1. ^ "Wizards of the Coast announcement". The Wizards Community. Wizards of the Coast LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ License"Star Wars"Wizards of the Coast Drops . The Haunted Game Cafe. The Haunted Game Cafe LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ News section in the Fantasy Flight Games official website: August the second, 2011.
  4. ^ Jay Little (2012). Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Beta). Fantasy Flight Games. p. 224.  
  5. ^ Jay Little (June 25, 2013). Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. Fantasy Flight Games. p. 448.  
  6. ^ Beginner Game is Now Available"Star Wars: Age of RebellionFantasy Flight Games news (April 25, 2014), "Begin Your Service in the Rebel Alliance: The
  7. ^ Fantasy Flight Games news (July 3, 2014), "Enter the Age of Rebellion: The Core Rulebook, Game Master's Kit, and Roleplaying Dice Are Now Available"
  8. ^ reviewStar Wars Edge of the EmpireTop of the Table: - Game Informer, July 2013
  9. ^ reviewStar Wars Edge of the Empire - Penny Arcade, December 2012
  10. ^ as presented in the Fantasy Flight Games official website.Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beta
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