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Episode 1727: On the Krennical Path


There's always room for a villain or a monster or some other opponent to step out when the heroes are casually doing something and think they have the situation under control. Even better if it's a significant, named villain. Even better if it's a significant named villain who they really should have dealt with by now, but for some reason managed to get away.

Basically, any time a group of heroes is in the middle of doing some task that requires them to be in a place for a little while is an opportunity to throw some confrontation into the mix. A lot of the time this doesn't happen. Players are used to entering a room, killing the monster or evading the trap, and then having time to look around for treasure, investigate the bookshelf, tend their wounds, or plan their next step. Interrupt them by having some new threat appear!

[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.]

I admit to being very surprised by this.

The ship has been blasting away at Bria, at the railings/walkway, and the tower possibly. However, not only are they all intact now, the ship is no longer attacking. What happened to it?

Then, in a dramatic pose, with a cloud of smoke, the man in a cape steps forward to oppose our hero. Striding forth from the smoke, you see a blaster leveled straight at you. And as you get a good look at the whites of the eyes of the person staring you down, with death in their hands pointed straight at you, what do they do?

They ignore the Evil Overlord List, they ignore common sense, they ignore the lesson of every James Bond villain, and they talk to you.

But: we find the answer. As Jim wants to grab the data crystal, and whack with it because it is better damage than a blaster, the GM says that it is locked into the console.

I can smell a monologue a comic page away.

N.B.: If you are going to tell someone that you got away, actually be away. Make the declaration over the radio or something.

— Keybounce


Bria: I climb up the catwalk to the platform.
GM: You reach the main console. The plans are 30% transmitted.
GM: Suddenly, a door opens and Krennic steps out, pointing a blaster at you.
Krennic: Back away from there.
Bria: If only I'd had four blasters.
Bria: I grab the data crystal and whack him with it!
GM: Um. It's locked into the console.
Krennic: You look familiar.
Bria: Yeah, you tried to shoot me ten minutes ago in the data tower.
Bria: But I got clean away.
{beat, Krennic pointing gun and looking puzzled}

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Published: Tuesday, 06 November, 2018; 02:11:01 PST.
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