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Episode 1717: Helming the Man

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Say what you like about the merits of CGI alien characters versus practical effects (i.e. costumes), but Admiral Raddus definitely has a lot more interesting facial expressions than Admiral Ackbar ever had.

[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.]

First, is panel number 6 (bottom left) actually from this movie? It sure looks like it's from something that I should see in a strip 50 bonus strip.

We've already mentioned in one of these annotations that players will always find a way to reach ramming speed. Give your players something that cannot be moved, and they will find some way to ram it. I speak from experience here.

What I find really amazing is the idea that ramming is so common of a tactic, that the ship here has dedicated ramming stations. This implies they actually practice their ramming operations. They actually have a section of the manual dedicated to the proper procedure for ramming.

What are these, Viking warships with metal front ends that are designed to ram into the side of enemy ships?

— Keybounce

Transcript

Bria: If we can't board the star destroyer, we'll push it near the gate.
Admiral Raddus: Like plan B? So they'll open the gate for it?
Bria: No, then we blast the gate!
{beet}
Admiral Raddus: Ooo-kay, let's go with that, then.
Admiral Raddus: Captain Oquoné, man the ramming stations!
Captain Oquoné: {on board the hammerhead corvette Lightmaker} Aye, Admiral!
Captain Oquoné: All crew, it's time! Don ramming helmets!
Captain Oquoné: Ludicrous speed! Go!
Bria: Now that's my kind of speed!


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Published: Sunday, 14 October, 2018; 03:11:01 PDT.
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