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Episode 540: Pool Party Call


The war room scene can be a cool one to play out. You have your array of generals and a big table or screen showing the planning or progress of a battle. It doesn't need to be high-tech. You can just as well plan a battle between knights and archers while standing around in a tent with your various lords and attendants.

One of the cool things about this is that the players around the gaming table can do exactly what the military planners and strategists are doing, looking at a map and moving miniatures around on it. Rather than the map and miniatures in reality representing terrain and people in the game, the map and miniatures in reality represent a map and miniatures in the game.

Now if only you could do this with treasure and magic items, everything would be great!


{A briefing in the Jedi Temple War Room}
Mace Windu: Master Yoda, how goes the battle on Kashyyyk?
Yoda: {hologram} "Brave Wookiees Overcome Tactical Blunder to Win Day!"
Mace Windu: Good, good. Commander Cody?
Commander Cody: {hologram} Master Obi-Wan has found the Separatists. Nute Gunray is up to something with the Lost Orb of Phanastacoria on Naboo. He says he has sleeper agents planted in the Republic.
Mace Windu: Sleeper agents?! Man, you learn something new every day. I wonder who they could be.
Anakin: Hmmm.
Anakin: Master Windu, we know Count Dookû was a Sith Lord. If one retired Jedi can be a Sith, why not another?
Mace Windu: Hmmm?
Anakin: Excuse me. I need to check something. The future of the Republic may be in danger. {leaves}
Mace Windu: Now what was that all about?
Yoda: {hologram} "Jedi Patriot Investigates Sinister Sith Subversion Story!"
Mace Windu: Ah, I see. Now why doesn't everyone talk straight like that?

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