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We previously discussed how hobby games have gone mainstream, and as further evidence look no further than Wendy's, fast-food chain in the U.S. that has included a very basic form of role-play in its kid meals as part of its "Creative Revolution."


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This is the ongoing story of my seven-player Star Wars/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign, Dawn of Defiance. For more information see the Actual Play Index.
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"Crash says those two ships are gonna crash into each other in five minutes!" A counter began clicking down on the viewscreen. "Ain't no way we can hack the slave circuit -- not enough time. You'd have to be right on top of it to--hold that thought."

The TIE fighters roared to engage as the four crewmembers lit up the space over Bespin with blaster fire. Okeefe twitched the controls left and right, dodging the TIEs' attacks.

Jak took a deep breath and focused. None of the Jedi had the skills to hack the ship. He hadn't even considered what Hassha's technical level was, but even if she could hack the ship, she couldn't do it as fast as a droid. He looked down at Crash, the BB-1 unit.

"Crash is an astromech droid, right?"

Crash and Okeefe both turned to look at Jak. The droid bleeped a question at him.

"And Talath's flying a modified Z-95, right?"

"Yep, that's a Heavy-95. The kind with the astromech socket an' a hypedrive," said Okeefe. "What are you--oh no you don't! Don't even think about it!"

"He's the only one who can hack it that fast. But we'll have to get him to the Headhunter first."

Blaster fired rattled the Banshee’s shields. Okeefe banked the Banshee hard, brow furrowed in aggravation. Jak got the impression she wanted to turn and yell at him but couldn't due to the task at hand.

Crash warbled low, then chirped back at Okeefe.

"No, it's too dangerous," she snapped at the droid.

Crash uncoupled his scomp link from the controls, retracted its grappling cables to steady himself, and rolled over to look up at Jak with a questioning, hesitant beep.

"What did he say?" asked Jak.

"Whaddaya think he said?" growled Okeefe. "The stupid bucket of bolts has delusions of grandeur! Well if you're gonna do something that dumb, I'm sure as heck gonna be the one who shoots ya into space."


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This is the ongoing story of my seven-player Star Wars/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign, Dawn of Defiance. For more information see the Actual Play Index.
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Jak pointed to another platform across the way. “Time to go padawans!” He turned on his comm. “Okeefe! I need directions to Docking Bay 4414!”

Okeefe didn’t look surprised to hear from him. “Downloadin’ now. Did you know a bunch of Imperials are—“

“YES!” shouted Jak, bursting into a run.

The padawans ran. Jak turned and, with one hand thrust before him, used the Force to shove the two bodyguards backwards, bowling over the four clone troopers behind them.

They didn't get far. The sounds of a police siren and flashing lights explained why -- two hulking police droids blocked the catwalk. The Bespin Wing Guard fanned out behind them.

"HALT!" boomed the first droid's vocabulator. "YOU ARE WANTED FOR THE MURDER OF BARON KITHRISS AND LADY FIONA--"

Jak didn't have time for this. He took two bounding leaps and, using one of the droids' head as a springboard, hurled himself over the droids' heads to land on the opposite side right next to the Wing Guard captain.

All blasters trained on Jak. "Surrender!" shouted the captain. "You're outnumbered!"

Jak smirked. "But I have a Trandoshan." 

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Hoppy Easter! The Dread Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is legendary among tabletop gamers. It turns out that the diabolical rabbit has precedent in medieval manuscripts before it was finally imported to tabletop role-playing games.

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This is the ongoing story of my seven-player Star Wars/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign, Dawn of Defiance. For more information see the Actual Play Index.
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“Arandis!” shouted Szygar, “you’re a liar an’ a cheat!”

Lt. Arandis carefully sorted his cards without looking at Szygar. “I have no need to cheat, Szygar. You were simply outmatched by a superior opponent. Accept it with what grace and salvage what little dignity you have left.”

“You’ve been cheating deh whole TIME!” Szygar stood up and thrust a finger at Arandis. “It’s time to PAY UP!” Jak recognized the gesture Szygar made with one wrist, as if he was straightening his cuffs…

The other Jedi arrived, too late. A hold-out blaster appeared in Szygar’s right hand, pointed at Arandis. Arandis stacked his cards neatly on top of one another and slid them face down back to the dealer, like he always did. He looked up at Szygar.

“Are you seriously threatening an Imperial officer?”

“You better believe it BUDDY!”

Jak walked over. “Let’s everyone calm down.”

Szygar didn’t move his blaster from its bead on Arandis. “Me, calm down? I don’t NEED to calm down! This Imperial dog is cheating! I demand you remove him from the tournament and turn his winnings over to ME!”

Jak made a slight gesture with one hand. “You should put down the gun and come along peacefully.”

Szygar’s expression changed but Jak couldn’t read it. “Fine, I’ll put the gun down.” There was a beep from Szygar’s other hand.

Jak realized his mistake. He’d been so focused on the gun in Szygar’s hand he hadn’t noticed that the other held a remote! In response to a blinking red light that flashed in Szygar’s left hand, one of the dealer droids produced weapons from a hidden compartment. 

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This is the ongoing story of my seven-player Star Wars/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign, Dawn of Defiance. For more information see the Actual Play Index.
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Okeefe glared at the little droid. “A Star Destroyer identified as the Assiduous just dropped out of hyperspace on the edge of the system, escorting a Gallofree Yards Medium Transport -- callsign Shackles of Nizon.”

Jak broke out into a cold sweat. “Were there any outgoing communications from a Baron Kithriss?”

Crash beeped a question. “I dunno either Crash.” She turned back to Jak. “Of course not, we would have told ya! Why you actin’ so squirrely?”

“Let’s just say that we crossed an Imperial agent.”

“Without me?” Okeefe slapped her thigh. “I miss out on all the fun. Well you ain’t gotta worry, the Star Destroyer launched a single Theta-class shuttle, which set a course for Bespin…and then jumped to lightspeed, leaving th’ Medium Transport behind. I don’t think a single shuttle’s much trouble, but it means that’s one more Imperial you gotta deal with.”

Jak took his lightsaber off the cart and handed the others out to the remaining padawans.

“Here’s hoping we don’t bump into him.”

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Jak found Aeryn playing Sabacc across from the Imperial agent.

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ICv2's recent announcement that hobby games have become "mainstream" heralds a new age for role-playing games. How did this happen and why should gamers care?

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This is the ongoing story of my seven-player Star Wars/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition campaign, Dawn of Defiance. For more information see the Actual Play Index.
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Aeryn saw their one opportunity at finding Darga slipping away. Sprinting at top speed, he leaped over the abyss of Bespin between two open-air platforms…and landed on the Baron, knocking him to the ground.

Before the bodyguards could strike Aeryn, Hassha was upon them. She took redirected slashes from their vibroblades, blocking and retaliating with her stun baton.

“You want my info?” The Baron snarled up at Aeryn, drawing a datapad from his pocket. “I hope you can fly, Jedi!” He hurled it over the edge of the park into Bespin’s atmosphere.

The datapad hung in space, held in place thanks to the Force. Hand outstretched, it took all of Jak’s concentration to keep Bespin’s winds from snatching it away. The clone troopers focused their fire on Jak…


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