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Episode 1721: The Ultimate Weapon


If you lose a weapon at any point in an adventure, it's vital that you immediately find another one. An improvised weapon is fine; the important thing is to get it now. Because you never know when you're going to need one.

This may sound like one of those "silly" pieces of advice we give tongue-in-cheek, simply to make you smile. But all other things being equal, when do you reckon your GM is going to spring that surprise ambush on you? When you have a weapon handy, or when you've just lost one and haven't picked up another one yet?

[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.]

As much as I am only supposed to pay attention to the comic, the first two panels really look like Bria is drawing a gun to use on someone. Or, from the camera angle of the second panel, perhaps there is a ship or fighter approaching her. Combining that with the run down the catwalk, and I almost expect to see shots being fired at her, hitting the catwalk, and this being the one scene that is clear of fire.

As I said in the forum thread for the last comic, having long catwalks as a place for you to dock ships at least makes some sense of this.

But yeah, this whole setup doesn't make sense for the Darths & Droids universe. Or the Star Wars universe. It sort of makes sense as the climactic scene for a role-playing game.

Meanwhile, there is one fighter ship visible in the background of the last panel.

But somehow, "I'll use a tight beam and jack up the power" doesn't really seem to make sense as an explanation of how you're going to transmit stuff. That transmitter is physically going to have a certain power level of transmission, and a certain beam emission. Radically altering it on the fly like that requires a brown Motie.

— Keybounce


Bria: Ooh! I just had a great idea! I'll send the plans directly to the Rebel fleet!
Bria: Oh, and I draw my last blaster.
Corey: {present day} Why did you draw your blaster?
Jim: {present day} I'd just plugged my other weapon into the data console.
Bria: Admiral Radish! I'm sending you the Peace Moon plans!
Admiral Raddus: You have the plans? Good idea! But they must be huge. How long will it take?
Bria: I'll use a tight beam and jack up the power.
GM: You'll need to make those adjustments from the secondary control panel at the end of a long, rickety catwalk hanging out over hundreds of metres of empty space.
Bria: I'll make a Dex roll.
GM: No need, there's a railing.
Chirrut: {dead} Wait. This makes no sense.
Chirrut: They went to all the trouble to put the controls in a dangerously inconvenient location, and then they went and put a railing around it?

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Published: Tuesday, 23 October, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT.
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