I had a not too terribly original idea the other day, when I was looking over a classic game called Freedom in the Galaxy
by SPI (1979)http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1717/freedom-galaxy
This is another one of SPI's interesting efforts to turn a role-playing game into a more structured and legalistic wargame. The background is obviously a thinly veiled version of the first Star Wars movie.
Anyway, as the valiant rebels sneak through the galaxy covertly trying to ignite galactic rebellion, they perform "missions." These are things like "assassination", "free prisoners", "sabotage", "subvert troops" and so on. What is interesting is they can obtain certain items (called "possessions") to aid their missions. In the game these are printed on cards.
Possessions include spaceships, androids, and specialized equipment.
My thought was that these would be useful as items in a Diaspora
game in general, and a game based on Star Wars in particular. Charsot
is a little telepathic animal. Gives a bonus to the owner's diplomacy attempts, gives advanced warning of ambushes by native animals, and protects the entire party from telepathic attacks.Personal Body Shield
user wearable force fieldScrambler
helps jam sensors of enemy storm troopers search squads, looking for the party. Jams sensors of enemy planetary defense base when party is trying to escape in a spaceship. Reduces the combat strength of attacks from Irate Locals. Scrambler has a chance of shorting out each time it is used.Helian Drug
increases one of the user's attributes for one turn. Only one dose.Norrocks bodyguard robot
helps in combat, helps fend off attacking creatures, can sacrifice itself to take a bullet meant for the owner, chance of shorting out each time it is used.Cache of Rare Gems
 may purchase a spaceship
 negates enemy attempt to perform Gather Information mission
 helps increase success chance for missions assassination, coup, diplomacy, summon sovereign, sabotage, free prisoners, gather information, or steal enemy resourcesAdvisor Android
aka C3PO. Increases owner's diplomacy and intelligence stats. In diplomatic missions allows ignoring the first "abort diplomacy" result. Will reveal the "planet secret" of a planet.Scanner
makes it harder for enemy planetary defense base to spot spaceship the owner is on. Makes it harder for stormtrooper search parties to find the party. Has no effect on enemy characters
searching for the party.Medi-kit of Ptolus
After combat heals all wounds of all characters in the party. Chance of shorting out after each use.High Energy Sniper's Rifle
increases owner's combat rating. Raises success chance of an assassination mission.Assassin's Blade
single use only.
 dramatically raises success chance of assassination mission
 raises owner's combat rating for one round of combatCervac Mk V robot
aka R2D2. Increases owner's intelligence rating.
Can disable one enemy character for one phase, each disable use has a chance of shorting out the robot.