The first rule of dropping plot hints in a game: If you're worried that it might be too subtle, then it's too subtle.
The second rule of dropping plot hints in a game: If you're not worried that it might be too subtle, then it's too subtle.
[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]
So Lord Vader was mentioned on the landing platform. Would Lord Vader be of interest to any of them?
I don't think so. Never mind that only Cassian heard it, I can't imagine any of our gang being interested in going against the head of the military of the Empire.
"Too subtle" is an understatement.
And, we have a new character! A cross between Igor and a hunchback?
Oooh, I had no idea Vader made real, non-cameo appearances in Rogue One! And in the bath no less!
I feel like not taking much notice of a person called "Lord Vader" is a little odd though. Sure, only Annie was supposed to have heard about Vader, and she already knew who she was, but I'd think Cassian would have had some sort of reaction to a high-ranking official with an incredibly menacing-sounding name being mentioned, and then communicating that back to the group. Something like "Oh, and by the way, they mentioned some guy called "Lord Vader", anyone heard of him before? He sounds like he may be dangerous". But then, this is Cassian, so I guess that was just in character.
Ben: Wait a minute here. Krennic mentioned Lord Vader on the landing platform, but none of you decided to investigate that?
Pete: It didn't seem important at the time. We had Krennic to deal with.
Ben: I suppose. It's interesting in hindsight, though.
Annie: In character, only I heard it as Cassian anyway.
Pete: Yeah, yeah, that's right. We should have got an XP bonus for staying in character by ignoring the information being fed to us.
GM: Annie and I were already plotting Vader's actions in the background and trying to drop hints into the game. This one was a bit too subtle so we ramped it up a bit later.
Annie: In fact, after leaving Eadu, Krennic went to meet Vader:
Vaneé: Lord Vader. A visitor has arrived.
Darth Vader: Why is it always while I'm in the bath?