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Episode 2355: Space Shuttle Challenger


In certain games, the PCs might work for some sort of organisation that gives them missions, and have to take orders from superiors. And in the classic movie-style plot, they might have to subvert their superiors, or work without their knowledge, or downright disobey orders in order to get something done.

If you have a group of characters working for someone, try to introduce situations which tempt the players to go against the orders of their superiors. It opens a lot of interesting roleplaying choices.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

That looks less like a shuttle and more like a large missile. I don't think we've seen anything except missiles leave a trail in space before. It's also pretty long for a shuttle, which would be an odd design choice for Star Wars to make, I think. But it's a really weird angle for a missile; it's not pointed directly away from the ship, and it doesn't look like it's going backwards. We probably won't get a better look at it later either, unfortunately.

Skulking is a good word. And describes Poe's appearance quite well here. It looks like he's just slowly walking by the door without going inside. I bet if Poe's asked to go in to explain himself, and he's shown going off elsewhere instead, Jim's excuse is going to be something like "Even better! This is getting more fun all the time." or something like that.

And this all makes me really wonder what Poe's plan is in the movie. It seems like Finn and Rose have departed for Kanata's location, given the comic set-up. But that wouldn't explain why Poe was left behind. Does he have a different mission now? He doesn't look injured, so that can't be a reason. Maybe he really wants to fix up a new X-wing for himself? I guess I could see that, but that wouldn't make for a good extended movie scene. Not unless someone else shows up for a conversation, short or long, and unfortunately BB-8 wouldn't count. As a mascot astromech droid, I'm pretty sure he only speaks in Beep to mimic what Artoo had in the first six movies. Which would mean Poe would basically be talking to himself.


GM: Let’s see what the others are up to.
GM: First Order ships continue the breakneck chase after the Resistance fleet.
Finn: We head out in a shuttle and go to lightspeed.
[SFX]: whoooosh!
GM: The First Order barrage conveniently doesn’t target you.
Admiral Holdo: I want to know why a shuttle is departing! Connix?!
Kaydel Ko Connix: Er...
GM: Kaydel Ko Connix looks to Poe for advice.
Poe: It’s need-to-know. And she doesn’t.
Kaydel Ko Connix: Why are you skulking around? She approved your idea to make a lot of money.
Poe: Doing things with approval is no fun!
Kaydel Ko Connix: Um. Poe says you approved his plan and you don’t need to know any more.
Admiral Holdo: Well, now I don’t approve.
Poe: All right!

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