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Tabletop Squadron Transcript, Season 1 Episode 28:
I, MurderBot

Transcript by Tyler (Twitter: @Tyler_MoonSage)

## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

One big announcement this week, everybody. I am pleased to tell you all that when this episode goes live so will our Patreon! For anyone who doesn’t know, Patreon is a website that allows you to pledge monthly support to your favorite creators and help them keep the lights on for their show. You also get access to cool extra content. Various levels of support allow you access to secret Discord channels, you can get thanked on air, and even get you access to Patreon exclusive bonus episodes and bloopers. If you like our show and what we do, please consider chipping in and helping us cover hosting fees and the like. We’d really appreciate it. The Patreon can be found at patreon.com/tabletopsquadron, and there’s a link in the show notes, on all our social media, and the website. We’d love for you to check it out.

Our first Patreon landmark will be at $69. Nice. If we get to $69 a month the whole squad will have a pizza party and we will stream it so everyone can watch us be silly and excited. You know you want to see that.

With that out of the way, let’s get into the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Tabletop Squadron, Episode 28. I’m your host, Nick, and if you’re sitting here with us you may see that Laura is actively mocking me while I do the introduction.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: (smiling) I wasn’t mocking you. Based on an earlier conversation we had right before recording, in my head I heard it as ‘hello, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, an advice show for the modern era.’ (laughter) So I was mouthing that to Hudson.

NICK: That’s a much better tagline. Anyway. We’re gonna go around the table, everybody introduce yourself and the character you’re gonna play today. We’ll start with the voice you were just hearing, Laura!

LAURA: Yes, I’m Laura. I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler.

NICK: Awesome. Next up we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: I’m Hudson, and I play Tink, a Gigoran slicer.

NICK: Ooh. Last but not least, we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello. I’m Cameron, and I play Karma, the Nautolan bounty hunter.

NICK: Oh boy. So, let’s start off with the Destiny Roll.

CAMERON: One dark side.

LAURA: Two light side.

HUDSON: One light side.

NICK: We are getting very similar results to last episode.

CAMERON: I need a new die.

NICK: Yeah, you should retire your Force die.

CAMERON: This one’s dead to me now. You two are my new friends.

NICK: Last episode we got some housekeeping done: you turned in some bounties, you picked up your weapons, you got laid…

LAURA: Nice.

NICK: …you bought popsicles, you convinced a bounty hunter he was inept and to probably quit the business forever, partially using social media as a prop which was an interesting move.

CAMERON: (giggles)

HUDSON: We had an existential crisis.

NICK: A mild existential crisis wherein the discussion of the afterlife occurred, and that was good too. Yeah, that was pretty much it. Drinks were imbibed.

HUDSON: Drugs were bought.

LAURA: Yeah, drugs were bought.

CAMERON: Jewelry was sold.

NICK: I mean honestly at this point you can assume drugs were bought unless otherwise stated.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Flowchart. Were drugs available? Yes: Buy drugs; No: Find drugs.

LAURA: I mean, it’s in the content warnings.

NICK: That’s fair.

LAURA: I just have the same set that it always is, for the most part, and it’s sexual references/encounters, drug and alcohol, violence and/or death.

NICK: References may be upgraded to content for that last episode.

LAURA: It’s like sexual references/situations or encounters.

NICK: Hmm. Anyway. Star Wars. That’s what happened last time. You are on the ship. You have headed into orbit. Where are you going? What are you doing?

CAMERON: I guess we’re headed back to Sentinel again. Click those coordinates and say go, go, go!

NICK: And off you go! You have a few hours to yourself, because we’ve established it’s a few hours away. How do you intend to spend the time?

LAURA: Xianna’s still in the robe with her cup of caf. “Okay, so next time the sock means I have a guest over. Also, next time, please do not scare my guests away. I do actually want to see that particular person again.”

HUDSON: “How did I scare them away?”

LAURA: “Because she got into some weird shoot-out with bounty hunters. I don’t know.”

CAMERON: “That was a weird scenario. That’s never happened before.”

LAURA: “Bounty hunters tend to scare away people I, uh, have over.”

CAMERON: “Well, you’re good in the future. She’s one of my contacts.”

LAURA: “yes, but she is not, how you say… She does not have a legal profession. So again, bounty hunters, more than one that she does not know, probably going to scare her away.”

CAMERON: “Fair.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

CAMERON: “We should probably also keep those other bounty hunters from seeing you, as you’re dead.”

LAURA: “Well, I’m dead, it does not matter.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, but…”

LAURA: “I’m dead! It’s fine. It is fine.”

CAMERON: “Jorus at least knows you’re not, although he doesn’t know that you are supposed to be dead, because I don’t think he has the name for your profile. He just has the crimes.”

LAURA: Does he? Wait. Was that before or after?

CAMERON: That was after you died.

LAURA: “Okay. Yes. Well, eh, I don’t think that will ever be our problem again.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, I’m sure it will never come up.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Hopefully never see him, ever. So, what are we doing?”

CAMERON: “Oh. I told the ship to go back to Sentinel.”

HUDSON: “I’m about to take a dip in the hot tub.”

LAURA: “Oh! Okay. Hot tub time. I mean, in general, I was kind of asking what we did. Did we pick up a droid? That was a thing we did.”

CAMERON: “Oh! Yeah!” Karma walks out of the room and goes to the costume closet, pushes the capes aside, and hey, look, there’s an assassin droid.

NICK: Oh yeah.

LAURA: Xianna’s in the doorway just sipping her caf. “Tink, turn it on.”

CAMERON: “Not in the closet. Hold on.”

NICK: Tink is already in the hot tub with his arms out.

HUDSON: “(reluctant sigh) Well…”

CAMERON: “We’ll bring it to you, Tink. Hold on.”

HUDSON: “Alright. If you bring it to me, I’ll handle it.”

CAMERON: Karma lifts up the droid in the fireman’s carry.

LAURA: “You should get out of the hot tub first.”

CAMERON: She carries it over, sets it down on one of the couches next to the hot tub, crosses its leg, leans an arm back across the chair so it looks like it’s just chilling.

HUDSON: “So, the thing about being wet and handling electronics…”

LAURA: “That’s why I told you to get out of the hot tub!”

HUDSON: “IS! I didn’t finish. –is that it actually prevents static electricity which is dangerous for electronics.”

NICK & CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Is it? I don’t have too much knowledge about electronics other than stealing and selling them, and I still feel like I know that is wrong.”

HUDSON: “I mean, it’s an accurate statement, and the technology… Most things are water-proof now, just believe me.”

LAURA: “Okay, if you say so.”

HUDSON: “Alright. Let me get out of this thing.”

NICK: Tink gets out of the hot tub just streaming water. Do you dry off or do you just go?

HUDSON: Yeah, I dry off and I put on a robe that’s matching Xianna’s robe.

LAURA: Oh my goodness. Can we have one of those little dog hair dryer things where it’s a box and you go in and then it just shoots tons of hot air in around it? Have you guys ever seen one of those?

CAMERON: Yes!

HUDSON: Yeah.

LAURA: I worked at an animal boarding facility and the dogs hate it, but it was faster than pointing a hair dryer at them. You put a fun little cap around their heads to protect their ears and makes it less loud. I just love the image of Tink going into a little standing shower box, closing the door, pressing a button, and then just hair flying everywhere for like five, ten seconds.

CAMERON: And then he comes out looking like a giant poofy…

LAURA: Yes!

NICK: That falls down very quickly.

LAURA: Let us have this~

NICK: As much as I would like to say no, I would say this is a super luxury ship, so I think it’s about the size of a phone booth, a very tall phone booth, and it sinks into the floor. One of the buttons on the panel, you hit it and the phone booth comes up out of the floor and you can step into it and it will do those things. Tink doesn’t wear the ‘make it not so loud’ headset though.

HUDSON: Yeah, I can handle it. Can I have matching robes to Xianna?

NICK: Oh, absolutely. We already established you stole a bunch of goodie bags from that ball. It is too small for you. It rides up pretty high.

HUDSON: Eh…

LAURA: I mean, you don’t really wear clothes, so it doesn’t matter, but…

HUDSON: Silk is comfortable.

LAURA: Yeah.

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna duck out of the room and go and grab the medical kit, and then come back and start blotting all of the blood from the wounds that have just been chilling from however I got injured when we were on the Mon Cal ship.

NICK: It’s mostly clotted up, but it could probably use some.

CAMERON: You know, wiping down the armor too around it, and bandages and whatnot, and bacta.

NICK: Medical care.

CAMERON: Yes.

NICK: Sounds good. We have a medical kit now.

CAMERON: yes, we do!

NICK: Nice.

HUDSON: Alright~

NICK: So, you are booting up the droid.

HUDSON: Yes. How many restraining bolts are on it?

NICK: I think you put two. Two or three.

CAMERON: I think there were two.

HUDSON: Two or three.

NICK: Yeah, so it’s got two restraining bolts on it. Its central processor is also neatly cored out. It doesn’t have one right now. For anybody who does not remember, this is a rust red colored droid with kind of a bug skull shaped face and two antennas sticking off the back, and it’s half armored knight and half skeleton looking, body-wise.

HUDSON: Hmm. I boot him up.

NICK: Okay. it doesn’t have a brain right now. You’re gonna have to fix that somehow.

HUDSON: What does it do when it boots up then?

NICK: When you turn the power on the eyes start to light up and glow yellow, and then you hear a low humming noise, and it just sits there.

HUDSON: “I forgot the CPU…”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “Tink, we have a whole computer section. I don’t know if we have any extras.”

HUDSON: “Oh, we definitely do. Hold on—“ And I get this—

LAURA: “Just go get one.”

HUDSON: (disoriented mumbled gibberish)

LAURA: “That is not what I sound like.”

HUDSON: “(mockingly) That is not what I sound like.”

(laughter)

LAURA: ‘Tink… You are on thin ice!”

HUDSON: (smiling) Alright. I go and I get—

CAMERON: “Sin ice or thin ice?”

LAURA: “Thin!”

HUDSON: ‘Tyin!’ Okay. (laughter) I go and I get a CPU that would fit the robot.

NICK: Okay. If you look in the computer room and stuff… This droid is pretty old. It’s from early Clone Wars era, so it’s… Oh, I’ve done this math so many times. Like 45 years old, probably 50?

LAURA: We’re like…

CAMERON: No…

LAURA: We’re only a few months BBY. Clone Wars would have ended 18 years ago? And again, we found out that the Clone Wars did not last as long as we all thought it did.

NICK: Yeah. It was very short.

LAURA: It was all technically like three years or something.

NICK: So it’s like 20-ish years old, but the technology is very strange. It doesn’t fit any of the standard processing stuff that you would normally use. If it did, and you just slotted a computer server into it, it would be blank. It would need a bunch of programming. You remember from earlier that if you had some sort of AI system or something like that you could plug into it, or another droid brain, it would work better.

HUDSON: I don’t have one laying around, is what you’re saying?

NICK: You have the Rancore Protocol.

HUDSON: That fits?

NICK: Yup.

LAURA: Do it!

HUDSON: I don’t think I want to do that.

LAURA: Hudson! Do it!

HUDSON: Alright.

CAMERON: Karma swivels her carbine around. I don’t know… You don’t really cock blasters, but…

(laughter)

LAURA: Cock blasters!

CAMERON: Wow. Okay. (face in hands) God, no…

LAURA: That’s the name of our new restaurant, and it’s chicken wings, and…

HUDSON: Hot dogs.

LAURA: No, we have to find something for blasters.

NICK: A drink. It’s like a type of…

HUDSON: A nitrogen.

CAMERON: It’s a shots bar.

HUDSON: Nitrous, yeah.

LAURA: It’s all chicken drinks, or—

CAMERON: Chicken drinks! (laughs) ew.

LAURA: No. It’s chicken wings and drinks. We have invented a new Hooters.

CAMERON: Great.

NICK: Great.

LAURA: We’ll say that it’s any gender can work at a Cock Blasters, not just women.

CAMERON: Yeah!

NICK: The guy uniforms are, uh, pretty great. Anyway.

LAURA: Well, there’s a whole range of uniforms, like for all different types of species and genders, and just like, what you want there’s a uniform for it. They’re all way too revealing and demeaning, but… inclusive.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: And you get to choose which one you want.

LAURA: Yeah. You do get to choose. You don’t have to wear the weird, orange, tight legging things though.

NICK: So that is part of canon, and it will never come up again.

LAURA: Correct.

CAMERON: (laughing) Oh no. it’s now a tweet on Twitter.

NICK: (smiling) Okay, so.

CAMERON: Anyway. You hear the (click, click) nose from the blaster.

NICK: Prime? Priming your blaster?

CAMERON: Sure, we’ll use that word instead.

NICK: Which still sounds kind of dirty now that we’re in that mindset.

LAURA: Yeah.

CAMERON: A little bit, but anyway, you just hear the noise. “I’ll shoot it if it does anything scary. It’s gun is still in the closet.”

HUDSON: “Oh, it is? Fine. The risk are there but the risk are just gonna be risk. Alright.” I go over and I blow on the Rancore Protocol like an old cartridge for a video game, and then I look and just kind of squint to make sure I know where in the droid to put the Rancore Protocol, and then I just shove it in there.

NICK: Heh. It doesn’t fit exactly, but it’s close. It’s like if you have a computer charger that’s a few amps off, where the plug mostly fits in there. Hopefully no one else has experienced the anxiety of ‘I think this is supposed to go here.’ It makes contact and there’s some sparking. Did you turn the droid back off before you stuck this thing in?

HUDSON: Nope.

NICK: Oh god. So, there’s a lot of arching and sparks and the limbs start to flail wildly. The torso is perfectly still, the head is jerking left and right, and then both arms and legs are just flailing like Wacky Wavy Arm Inflatable Tube Man for a couple of seconds.

LAURA: Xianna’s standing there, drinking her caf, and calmly goes “Tink, I think you did it wrong.”

HUDSON: I push the off button.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Karma takes a step closer to the droid.

NICK: It collapses. It slumps sideways in the couch.

HUDSON: I turn it back on.

CAMERON: Yeah. Can you do a reboot? (laughs)

HUDSON: Windows 95 logo.

NICK: It sits back up. The eyes turn on. You can see the joints articulating a little bit as it gets settled. It does the really weird thing where it sits up but only by shifting. It doesn’t push off with its arms or anything. Then it says, “Introduction: I am HK-67. How can I help you?”

HUDSON: “Uh… Are you dangerous?”

CAMERON: (giggling) 69 would have been better.

NICK: No! We already made DK6969.

CAMERON: I know. I know.

NICK: Also, they almost all end in 7, except for the HK70s?

CAMERON: No, it’s a 77, I think, one of them anyway.

NICK: yeah. They all end in 7. Those are bad because they don’t have hands. They just have blaster cannons for arms. I found this out.

HUDSON: “Alright. Uh… So, how dangerous are you right now?”

NICK: “Question: How dangerous do you need me to be?”

CAMERON: “At the moment, not.”

NICK: “Supposition: Would you be the one making the commands at this point?” And he looks at Karma.

CAMERON: (hesitantly) “Yes.”

HUDSON: “And me.”

LAURA: ‘Sometimes me. Just sometimes though. Heh.”

HUDSON: “Oh no…”

NICK: “Logistics: Primary users registered. Secondary users on randomizer, also registered.”

HUDSON: “When you say sometimes, only some of the time your stuff works.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “What? I don’t understand what you are saying, Tink.”

NICK: “Explanation: I’ll listen to you sometimes, only some of the time.”

LAURA: “Cool.”

HUDSON: “I guess that works. What is your primary objective?”

NICK: “Joking: I was going to ask you that.”

CAMERON & HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: “Explanation: I am an assassin droid. I am highly qualified at combat and murdering organics. However, my central memory has been erased and I will be needing guidance. What is our current objective?”

LAURA: “Oh boy, we do not really know. So, let’s see… One, I would like to call Nolaa again, go on a second date with her. I mean, I guess you could call that a second date? I guess we didn’t really interact the first few times we met.”

HUDSON: “I think that’s called a romp.”

LAURA: “We had drinks first!”

HUDSON: “yeah…”

LAURA: “So I would say a date.”

NICK: “Patiently: Objective Log: Date with Nolaa.”

LAURA: “yes. Thank you. Selling all the stolen goods that I have. Using drugs, buying drugs, buying more binders. I only have one set of regular anymore. I have to go find the ones that are fuzzy. I don’t know where they are at the moment. Then I think we are doing something with you? I don’t know. Maybe someone else should start talking instead of me.”

NICK: The droid looks between the three of you. “Earnestly: I stopped listening.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “It’s okay. You only promised to listen to her some of the time.”

LAURA: “That is why I did say that. Heh.”

NICK: “System Notice: Adjusting listen proportion down.”

CAMERON: Heh. “What is your designation?”

NICK: “Explanation: I am HK-67.”

CAMERON: “67, okay. Are you okay with us calling you HK? Or 67?”

LAURA: “Or hank? Or Sexy? Or, um…”

CAMERON: “Do you have a name you would prefer to be called by or referred to as?”

NICK: The eyes flicker a little bit. Before it had been sitting stock still. The droid kind of slouches in the couch a little bit and suddenly looks much more, I don’t know, organic.

CAMERON: I was wondering when that was going to kick in.

LAURA: Xianna’s just listing names off. “Cynsia! Alax! Timosay!”

HUDSON: “Udson.”

LAURA: “Udson! Neek! Camarone! Lura!”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: The droid is sitting there kind of leaned over and puts an elbow on a knee. “Explanation: I do not have any predilection towards any designation at this time. Call me what you want. Just tell me which organics need eliminating.”

LAURA: “Okay. I’m going to call you Hank.”

HUDSON: “I’ll go with HK.”

CAMERON: “HK.”

NICK: “Statement: Wonderful. Where to now?”

LAURA: “The space rock place in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know. I think Karma has the coordinates.”

CAMERON: “Let me give you some more background. HK, you have been activated to serve as part of an elite team—“

NICK: “Question:”

CAMERON: “yes?”

NICK: “Where is this elite team?”

LAURA: “Are we an elite team? Is that us?”

CAMERON: “That is us. Yes, that’s us.”

LAURA: “Tink! Tink! We are an elite team!”

HUDSON: “I am leet.”

(laughter)

LAURA: “Can we get matching jackets? You all have to get jackets that look like mine, because I am not getting a new one.”

HUDSON: “That’s a robe.”

CAMERON: Karma points to y’all’s robes. “Y’all have matching jackets.”

LAURA: “No, these are not jackets, these are robes. There’s nothing underneath this.”

CAMERON: “It looks like a jacket on Tink.”

HUDSON: “it’s just a little tight.”

CAMERON: “You look awesome.”

LAURA: “I can’t wear this out and about. I mean, I could, but I am not going to wear this out and about.”

CAMERON: “yes! Elite team!”

NICK: “Data Change: Changing definition of elite.”

LAURA: “yes.”

CAMERON: That’s rude. (laughs) Anyway. “We are the Alpha Team.”

HUDSON: “yes.”

CAMERON: “We have been brought together to complete some big, intergalactic objective.”

HUDSON: “Quest.”

CAMERON: “Quest? Yes. That works. We’re not really sure what the details of that are yet.”

HUDSON: “Secondary objective, please log this, you both bake and deliver snickerdoodle cookies to us on demand.”

LAURA: “(gasps) Ooh! Are there cookies?”

HUDSON: “Well, let’s wait for him to load.”

NICK & CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: “Clarification: To achieve objective, I will need my weapon.” It starts to look around for its blaster rifle.

LAURA: “If we give you your gun back, you are not going to shoot us, are you?”

NICK: “Statement: My programming prevents the elimination of primary users.”

LAURA: “Oh, and we are all three primary users. Correct?”

CAMERON: “Uh, Xianna, you set yourself up as a secondary.” (laughs)

NICK: “Statement: You seem to think you’re a primary user.”

LAURA: “Okay. Can we also have it set to not eliminate secondary users? Please? Wait, is Tink a primary or secondary user?”

HUDSON: “Heh. I’m primary, man.”

NICK: “Elimination of secondary users is a low probability.”

LAURA: “Okay. Good enough. It’s in the closet. I’m not going to get it.”

NICK: The droid gets up. As it stands it seems very herky-jerky, but then as it walks across the room it moves very smoothly and quickly. It picks up the rifle, plugs its hand into it, you hear a charging sound and it says “Objective Report: Proceeding to bake and deliver snickerdoodle cookies.” It starts to walk down the hall towards the mess.

HUDSON: “Uh question! Question. Why do you need your weapon to create snickerdoodle cookies?”

NICK: It gets to the door of the mess and does a snap 90 degree turn into the kitchenette. “Preparing suppressing fire.” The barrels start to rotate on the gun. You hear (power-up whoosh).

CAMERON: “Halt! Halt fire. Hold fire.”

NICK: ‘Order acknowledged,” and it powers down the gun.

CAMERON: “I would like to put in an objective that can be overridden by a primary user at a future time.”

NICK: Oh man. Making a robot with two computer scientists at the table is…

CAMERON & HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: This would be like if our quest was about contract law and we were all lawyers. (groans)

CAMERON: Yup. “That objective is do not fire gun on the ship, this ship specifically. This can be overridden at a future date by a primary user.”

NICK: “Disappointed: Order acknowledged.”

CAMERON: “Thank you.”

HUDSON: “Thank you, HK.”

NICK: “You’re… welcome.” It looks confused.

(laughter)

HUDSON: ‘I’m developing… f-f-feelings.’

NICK: ‘Negative.’

LAURA: Xianna just walks away. “Okay. I’m going to go shower and sleep and stuff. Wake me up when we get there.”

CAMERON: Okay. Karma follows HK who I guess is now making cookies?

NICK: No. He was going to shoot up the kitchenette. That is so far outside of his skillset.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna make cookies.

NICK: Oh, okay. HK stands – it’s a droid so it’s not that creepy – and stares unblinkingly as you make cookies like it is recording.

CAMERON: Karma is just asking questions about basically HK’s specs. “You said you are an assassin droid. What is your primary skillset?”

NICK: “Extrapolation: Primary skillset is elimination of organics from range, or close range, or far range, or with explosives, or with booby-traps, or poison, or…” and this just goes on for quite a while.

CAMERON: Karma is just mixing together cookie dough and stuff.

NICK: “…or clever ruse.” And that’s where the list ends. (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: “What are the capabilities of your gun?”

NICK: “Statement: The monocide assassin sniper rifle is good at extreme range or medium range for suppressing fire.” You can see it’s got rotating barrels and junk.

CAMERON: “Tink, do you have any questions?!”

HUDSON: “What is your operating system, HK?”

NICK: “Fourth Wall Break: I run on Windows Vista.”

CAMERON & HUDSON: (simultaneously) Nooo…

(laughter)

CAMERON: It’s Windows Vista Home Office.

HUDSON: Yuck.

LAURA: It runs on Jelly Donut. Is that one? I don’t know. The Android ones are all food, so I figured Jelly Donut was probably one.

HUDSON: There’s Kit-Kat.

NICK: Isn’t edible panties one?

HUDSON: Nope. (snickers)

LAURA: Should be. That’s what I would name all of mine.

(laughter)

CAMERON: “Oh. Do you need to set names for us? Would that be beneficial to distinguish who you are speaking to?”

NICK: “Disparagingly: You all referred to each other by name. These were logged automatically. Do you prefer different names?”

CAMERON: (chuckles)

HUDSON: “I prefer secondary names.”

NICK: “Acknowledged. Please recite secondary names.”

HUDSON: “Boss man.”

NICK: “Boss man acknowledged.”

HUDSON: “Ah, that’s it.”

(laughter)

CAMERON: Okay…

HUDSON: ‘I’m the Boss Man~` (scats)

NICK: That’s definitely Scat Man.

HUDSON: Yup.

CAMERON: “HK, please recite the names you have logged for the current users.”

NICK: “Listing: Primary User, Tink AKA Boss Man. Primary User: Karma. Secondary User [questionable, percentage fluctuating], Xianna.”

CAMERON: Oh. I thought you were gonna call her Questionable Percentage Fluctuating. (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs) I thought those were names.

NICK: No. (laughs) Those were her user credentials.

CAMERON: Okay. Cool. Got it. Ding! … That was the oven. The cookies are ready.

NICK: Oh, the cookies are ready. We get a tableau of everybody at the dining room table with… There’s gotta be a Star Wars pun for snickerdoodle, right?

LAURA: Snackerdoodle! I don’t know. I have nothing here.

CAMERON: I think they’re just snickerdoodles. Spacerdoodles! (giggles)

HUDSON: Spacerdoodles, I actually want that.

NICK: Spacerdoodle cookies.

(laughter)

LAURA: I mean, the Star Wars holiday special just had Wookie cookies.

NICK: But that sounds sexual.

LAURA: There was the Wookie porn chair. I think that whole thing was some sort of giant sexual cocaine fueled metaphor.

NICK: Okay! yeah, spacerdoodle cookies. Everybody’s chomping down. We have a peaceful and idyllic family setting, and then also a murder robot standing nearby staring unflinchingly at the scene. Was there anything else anyone wanted to do on the ship before we move on?

LAURA: At some point you do hear Xianna yell out, “I found the fuzzy handcuffs!”

HUDSON: Oh, I have something I want to do.

NICK: ‘How did zey get on ze roof?!’

LAURA: “They were on the disco ball. (laughs) I don’t remember that one.”

HUDSON: I want to polish my, uh… polish my axe…

(laughter)

CAMERON: You paused way too long. I was like, oh no, what is he gonna say?

NICK: (smiling) Okay. Go ahead.

HUDSON: (relieved sigh) Okay…

NICK: (laughs) Stop!

LAURA: You do that in the privacy of your own room.

HUDSON: Yes I do. I don’t do it while I’m eating cookies.

CAMERON: The only thing that Karma was doing is she had purchased a couple of droid repair kits and she’s just gonna add them to her bag now that we have a droid.

NICK: Sounds good. Do you all want to maybe administer some health care for those of you that were injured in your boarding action?

CAMERON: Oh yeah. I did that.

NICK: You did that to you.

CAMERON: Yeah.

HUDSON: “Could you help me out?”

CAMERON: “Sure.”

LAURA: “Oh yes. I think I got shot at some point.”

NICK: (laughs)

HUDSON: “This wound is, let me just say, festering.”

LAURA: “I forgot. Heh.”

CAMERON: I feel like we did Something to it, like on our flight back to Engebo 5. We put some bandages on, but we need to swap out bandages now for fresh ones.

NICK: Cool. You have enough bacta and stuff on the ship. You don’t have to do a medicine check. They weren’t critical or anything. We do get a shot of Tink sitting on the table while karma patches him up and Tink insisting that she read from Becoming Medicine as she’s working on it.

HUDSON: yes.

NICK: ‘No, you have to look, 32 is abrasions. Or is that piercings? Huh…’

CAMERON: “Okay, so Page 32 though says that you’re supposed to lick the abrasions, and I don’t think that’s gonna help, Tink.”

HUDSON: “You know, I think you should just put more trust into the book.”

CAMERON: “Mmm…”

LAURA: “Tink, I do not think that book is any good.”

HUDSON: “You shut your mouth.”

LAURA: “No.”

HUDSON: “Ugh. Okay, well—“

NICK: “Statement: Listen to Boss Man. Shut your mouth.”

LAURA: “No.”

NICK: “Acknowledged.”

CAMERON: (giggles)

HUDSON: “Thanks for sticking up for me, HK.”

LAURA: “Thank you, Hank.”

NICK: Anyway.

(laughter)

HUDSON: No response.

NICK: I do like the idea of there being times when he does not finish the social sentences. It’s like ‘thank you…’ just staring.

CAMERON: Just nothing. Karma hands Tink another cookie and continues actually cleaning his wound and stuff.

HUDSON: (eating noise)

NICK: Cool. We get to Sentinel’s secret asteroid base. We get the very abbreviated montage of ship pulls in, base is dark, ship lands, lights come up, people walk down, there’s the fast forward sound effects, the lights turn on as they get close and turn off as they go away. The protocol droid that is Sentinel’s assistant waddles up to you and Xianna just puts her hand in his face and keeps going past it. The three of you burst into the presentation room. Sentinel is sitting in his chair facing a view screen that shows a battle map of the galaxy. As you come in he turns around. “Well, hello.”

LAURA: “Ello.”

HUDSON: “Hey!”

LAURA: “We got the droid.”

CAMERON: “Good evening.”

NICK: “Wonderful. It looks like you had a pleasant vacation.”

CAMERON: (snickers)

HUDSON: “Uh…”

LAURA: “I mean, yes.”

HUDSON: “I mean, she did.”

LAURA: “I did.”

NICK: “You were going to report back about four days ago, and then we lost total contact.”

CAMERON: “yes. See, some repairs that had been done to our ship… No. So, we were forced to land again on Engebo 5 and get some repairs professionally done.”

LAURA: “We stayed at a lovely B&B, yes. It was very nice.”

CAMERON: “Then Tink got kidnapped, so we had to rescue him, and yeah. It’s…”

LAURA: “I had a date.”

CAMERON: “it was a very adventurous time.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

HUDSON: “She had a romp.”

LAURA: “I am calling it a date. I knew her name.”

(laughter)

HUDSON: Whoa.

LAURA: “Therefore, date.”

NICK: You can see Sentinel’s facial expression is half torn between wanting to find out more about the last few days and also not wanting to know about the last few days. He settles on, “Oh. I see you got that droid up and running.”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah.”

LAURA: “That was like the first thing I said, but okay.”

NICK: “So, when you procured it, it was functional then?”

OTHERS: “No.”

NICK: “Oh.”

HUDSON: “I fixed that thing up.”

LAURA: “yeah. Tink put the Rancore Protocol thing inside of it.”

HUDSON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “It seems fine. I call him hank. Heh.”

NICK: he blanches a little bit. “Well, it seems to have worked.”

From behind you in the shadows there’s the two glowing eyes of HK-67 and he says, “Statement: It appears to have worked.”

HUDSON: (laughs) “Yeah, we just said that, HK. Ugh.”

CAMERON: We probably gave him orders before we got off the ship that were like don’t shoot people you see, big silent scary mode, go.

NICK: So, I think it’s worth acknowledging… “Statement: Primary objective is not indiscriminant murder but rather surgical strikes against acknowledged foes.”

CAMERON: “I was just prepping you saying this is not a foe.”

LAURA: It’s not like we got a BT-000 thing going on here.

NICK: Most of the time.

CAMERON: I just wanted to be super clear.

NICK: That’s fine. You don’t have to worry about bringing him to a daycare and he’s gonna burn it down.

CAMERON: No, that would be Anakin.

NICK: Aw… Unless it’s an evil daycare.

CAMERON: (laughing) Unless the children are our foes.

NICK: Or if you tell him—yeah. Anyway. Sentinel says, “So, I have your next objective if you are curious about that.”

CAMERON: “yes. Please do go on.”

HUDSON: “Wait. Weren’t we supposed to get paid? Is that happening?”

CAMERON: Karma just points behind her to HK.

HUDSON: “Ohh… Neat. Alright. Yeah, next objective. Let’s get it.”

CAMERON: We have acquired a droid!

NICK: Ooh. He waves his hand and the hologram projector pops on. It looks like an org chart from a corporate setting. It’s him at the top, the top of his head is cut off a little bit, and then off to the side it’s his protocol droid, and then there’s two branches down and there’s one labeled Alpha Team, and that’s the three of you and HK. The HK one is just a blank silhouette because he doesn’t have a picture of him to put in. Xianna’s picture is definitely a mugshot, Karma’s is definitely from her HuntersOnly.com profile, and Tink, where would your profile picture be from? Where was somewhere he could pull it from the holonet?

HUDSON: Well, it’s not a picture of me, it’s my avatar from the forums.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Okay?

HUDSON: It’s a neon green smiley face with a red check mark above it, and it’s like something that only the people who really know me understand.

LAURA: It would either be that or a school photo of when you were in a galactic school.

HUDSON: Yeah, like the last time there was a public photo of me.

LAURA: So you’re shorter and you’ve got a little uniform on, and it’s got a logo. (laughs)

NICK: I think it has everyone’s names, but your name is your avatar picture. At some point he assumed that you were like the artist formerly known as Tink, and then it’s your awkward school picture. Your hair is parted. It looks interesting.

HUDSON: Oh yeah.

NICK: Next to that it says Beta Squad and it’s all grayed out. “We need to finish assembling the Beta team. There’s only two left from the original group, and you will need them for support when we launch our assault. I’ve made contact with someone who will be able to fill the very specific engineering role that we’ll need. Her name is Valerissa, and she is a science officer for a ship building corp deep in the Outer Rim bordering wild space.” He holds up a data stick and waves it around. Does anybody want the data stick?

LAURA: Xianna does raise her hand.

NICK: “Yes, Xianna?”

LAURA: “Assault on what?”

CAMERON: Karma just holds her hand out and takes the data stick while the question is happening.

NICK: “I really thought I explained this. Did I not?”

LAURA: “You might have! Um…”

NICK: “I’m like 80% sure that I’ve explained this.”

CAMERON: “Let’s just pretend we all have memory issues.”

LAURA: “You might have. I don’t really know.”

NICK: “Our primary objective is in coordination with a different Rebel force, we are going to be taking down a shipyard. We need to make a lot of star destroyers think that the place that you are is very important, and then stay there for a while.”

CAMERON: Okay. This is sounding familiar, but I don’t know if it’s only sounding familiar to my player or actually to me.

NICK: How much of this do we want to admit?

(laughter)

LAURA: That’s the fun thing about playing Xianna. if I forget I can be like well, character.

HUDSON: Welp, I’m on glitterstim again.

NICK: “So, pretty sure I’ve told you all you’re doing an assault on a shipyard, but it’s a two team job. It’s a big shipyard.”

LAURA: “Okay. Again, you might have. Did you read my profile? I see you have one of my photos.”

NICK: “Bits and pieces, the parts that are public knowledge.”

LAURA: “I don’t know which photo.”

NICK: “This one’s from Canto Bight. It says you got caught counting cards?”

LAURA: “Oh. I don’t remember that one.”

CAMERON: “Xianna, I didn’t think you mathed.”

LAURA: “have I actually been arrested seven times? I don’t math! I don’t. Whoa… What was I on? Was that in there the last time we pulled me up? I don’t remember that one.”

CAMERON: “I don’t think so.”

HUDSON: “No, it wasn’t.”

CAMERON: “I don’t remember seeing that.”

LAURA: “I don’t… Counting cards?”

CAMERON: “It may just be that they didn’t sync their database with the main one, though, so maybe it’s just a localized arrest.”

LAURA: “(gasps) Glitterstim! That would make sense. Yes. Okay.”

HUDSON: “Ah.”

CAMERON: Karma looks… just disapproving mom face, that everyone can picture.

HUDSON: I have a disapproving dad face.

NICK: So yeah. He thinks for a second. “Where the heck was I…?”

CAMERON: “Beta team. Valerissa. Gotta go get her. Engineering Officer?”

NICK: “Valerissa Creed, Engineering Officer, gave you the data stick…”

CAMERON: “Data stick.”

NICK: “(snaps) Ah! The coordinates are included there. You probably will need those. I’ve spoken with Valerissa and she refuses to discuss details over a com channel. You will need to go there and convince her to help us. I’m prepared to offer her quite a bit of money to get her onboard, but I suspect she will require more than that for risking her life in service of our goals. Basically, go there, negotiate, get her to come here.”

CAMERON: “Alright. So, just on the off chance that she wants to know more details about a job than we did when we signed up, what is the monetary payment you’re willing to provide?”

NICK: “For this job, for her, it would be 15,000 Credits. If you can get her to go for less you can keep 50% of the amount you save me.”

CAMERON: “Okay. if less… Sorry, I’m just making notes in my data pad so that I remember this when we get to her. What other bargaining chips do we have available to us, besides doing good for the galaxy?”

NICK: “Of course, that’s most important, to destroy this fascist over-regime that we currently are dealing with. Normally way out in the Outer Rim they tend to negotiate through bartering, so maybe she needs something or maybe you can help her with something. I’m sending a crack team to go and fix the problem. You should be able to figure something out.”

LAURA: “No, I just have impact and glitterstim.”

NICK: “Maybe she really likes impact and glitterstim.”

CAMERON: (snickers) She doesn’t have any crack.

LAURA: ‘That is not a thing in the Star Wars universe.’

CAMERON: “Was there a C team, too? You got Alpha, Beta, and Crack?”

NICK: (laughs) He totally doesn’t get it. “No. It’s just the two teams.”

CAMERON: “Got it. Okay.”

NICK: “Statement: That was hilarious.”

CAMERON: “Thanks, HK.”

LAURA: “Thank you, Hank.”

CAMERON: “And you said the Beta squad needed two more people?”

NICK: “yes.”

CAMERON: “So I assume after we retrieve Valerissa we will be retrieving the fourth member?”

NICK: “Yes. I’m still in the process of hunting down some firing support for Beta team. It was going to be HK over there, but you ended up needing him.”

CAMERON: “Well, yeah.”

LAURA: “Huh?”

CAMERON: “Nope. Nothing.”

LAURA: “Okay~”

CAMERON: Nope. If nobody else heard that we’re just gonna gloss over it and pretend it never happened.

HUDSON: “(whispering) Karma, did we bring any cookies for Sentinel?”

CAMERON: “I mean, I have some in my bag. Do you want some … space-a-doodles?”

OTHERS: Spacerdoodles.

LAURA: But we also called them snickerdoodles, so there’s a colloquial term for them as well.

CAMERON: Yeah, because they just make you so happy that you snicker. (mouth clicks)

NICK: Uh—

CAMERON: Don’t make that face!

LAURA: And then you doodle. (giggles)

CAMERON: You know.

(laughter)

NICK: “yes. I would be fine with supplementing my rations.” The protocol droid waddles over to you and your bag.

CAMERON: I just open my bag, reach in, take out a Tupperware of cookies, hand them over.

(giggling)

NICK: You give him the whole Tupperware of cookies?

CAMERON: There’s more on the ship.

NICK: Okay.

CAMERON: These were just for if we got hungry on our walk in here. (laughs)

NICK: “Thank you. I appreciate the consideration. Do you have any other questions, since apparently you don’t remember the mission that we’re risking our lives to complete right now? Now would be a good time.”

LAURA: “Look. I am sure Karma and Tink remember the mission. I just personally did not.”

CAMERON: “See, my big thing was just that we hadn’t started it yet really besides team assembly, so I figured a more in-depth overview of the actual job that needed to be done would be done closer to, with coordinates and blueprints and coordinated plans of attack and whatnot.”

NICK: “Oh absolutely, that’s going to happen. I’m still collecting the final data.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, so I’m not worried about it until we get to that point.”

HUDSON: “My mind is a steel trap, and that’s all you need to know.”

LAURA: “yes. I totally trust you.”

HUDSON: “Wow.”

(giggling)

NICK: “Statement: Abilities for Boss Man logged: steel trap mind.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

NICK: “Is your assassin droid okay?”

LAURA: “Hank is fine.”

CAMERON: “Well…”

NICK: “Was he damaged or something?”

LAURA: “Hank, how are you doing?”

CAMERON: “Obviously…”

NICK: “Statement: Ready to eliminate all organics.”

LAURA: “See, he’s fine!”

CAMERON: “I was gonna say, obviously damaged, yes, as was not operational and we had to use the Rancore Protocol. It got shot straight through the CPU.”

NICK: “That’s unfortunate. It just seems a little different than most of these kind of droids I’ve interacted with. I haven’t interacted with an HK unit, but assassins in general… Well.”

CAMERON: “HK seems pretty chill.”

NICK: “Happily: I am very chill.”

CAMERON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “Yes. If you touch him he is pretty cold. He is just metal.”

HUDSON: “Boo.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Here’s a question I realized I didn’t ask earlier. “HK, do you have preferred pronouns?”

NICK: “Grateful: Thanks for asking. I do he/him, except sometimes I do they/them when I forget.”

CAMERON: “Cool. Great. Thank you.”

HUDSON: I thought we established that droids don’t have a gender early in this.

NICK: Sometimes they do. Some droids don’t, some droids do.

LAURA: Yeah.

CAMERON: C-3PO, like a lot of the protocol droids, the ones you’re talking to a lot, they tend to be gendered just so that…

HUDSON: Makes it easier?

NICK: Or when the Star Wars writers get lazy.

LAURA: Yeah.

HUDSON: Cool.

CAMERON: But, noted.

NICK: Yep. His are he/him. They can be they/them, just kind of depends.

CAMERON: Or if we’re talking to inconsiderate people who don’t think droids have feelings.

NICK: “Statement: I don’t have feelings.”

LAURA: “Hank, do you have any hidden compartments that I can hide things in for you to carry for me?”

HUDSON: What’s an eating compartment?

CAMERON: Hidden compartments.

LAURA: Hidden! Secret compartments.

CAMERON: Translating: Hidden compartment.

NICK: “Concerned: I’m not able to share that information at this time.”

LAURA: “That is fine. You don’t have to do anything you do not feel comfortable doing. It was just going to hold some things for me.”

NICK: “Pleading: Can we change the subject?”

(laughter)

LAURA: “yes! Of course we can. So, we go get scientist lady, we bring her back, then we get one more person, we bring them back, and then something with a shipyard. Correct?”

NICK: “That’s correct. There may be a little downtime in there while we get everything in order. There’s a very specific time that this needs to happen, and that hasn’t been established yet. My contacts are observing, so when I know you’ll know.”

LAURA: “That’s fine. I have other things I can do.”

NICK: “Wonderful. Well, if you could hurry before our contact Valerissa is murdered by corporate competition I would really appreciate it.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

HUDSON: “And we’re off.”

CAMERON: “I’m trying to determine if you mean that literally or not.”

NICK: “Oh, I mean it literally.”

CAMERON: “Oh great.”

NICK: “Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Cool.”

NICK: “Yeah. Out in wild space things get a little dicey.”

CAMERON: “I knew there was a reason I didn’t want to be an engineer.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “A lot of my jobs have just been sneaking into other companies’ headquarters and just stealing things for other companies. I’ve never murdered anyone, though, just stealing corporate secrets. Yes.”

CAMERON: “See, I tend to get sent on bounties for the people who are doing that infiltration.”

LAURA: “yes.”

NICK: This is the conversation as you all walk towards the ship. You get on the ship. The ship breaks away. All the lights go dark. It jumps to hyperspace. We get a shot through the canopy of the cockpit of everyone crammed in there looking out at the glowing of hyperspace, and HK from the back says, “Optimistic: That seems to have gone very well.” End of episode.

ALL: Ba-naaa~!

CAMERON: Woo.

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and will make the squad giggle like school children when we read them. If you’re so inclined, you can also help support the show through our Patreon which can be found in the show notes on our website and basically anywhere else we post things. We have all sorts of Patreon levels including some of my favorites: Bantha Buddy, Tarkin’s Underwear Drawer, and Build-A-Beru which all have fabulous rewards and super great names.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

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Transcript by Tyler (Twitter: @Tyler_MoonSage)

## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

We have some people we’d like to thank this week. shallowdeep, thank you for your kind words. Were glad you’re entertained, and we appreciate the iTunes review. Argyle_Prime, thank you so much for your review. It read like feel-good poetry, and we’re so happy you enjoy the show. Thank you both.

Last thing, if you haven’t checked out our Tabletop Squadron Discord yet you totally should. We have a dedicated channel for pet photos and a dedicated channel for food, and we’ve got a great community already. Thank you to all the people who have dropped by to say hello, and I want to encourage anyone who’s interested to do the same. You can find the link to our Discord on our Twitter page, or on our website TabletopSquadron.com.

Also, we have an emoji that’s just Falx’s butt wearing pants that say Juicy? Okay, that’s it.

Music this week is The String by 2L8.

Let’s get into the episode!

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Episode 27 of Tabletop Squadron. It’s a nice, chilly day down here, and welcome for joining us. That makes no sense.

(laughter)

CAMERON: Leave it! It’s fine!

NICK: Alright. Okay. First miss on the random welcome statement. We’re gonna go around the table. Everybody introduce themselves, who they’re playing today, and if you’ve spent any experience since the last time we sat down why don’t you go ahead and let the listeners know what you used it on, starting with Laura.

LAURA: Hello. I’m Laura. I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler. I bought a new talent tree, or specialization tree. It’s called Scoundrel. Then, I also put another rank in… I wanna say Skulduggery.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: I just wanted to say that word. I might have also put my point in it. Pretty sure.

NICK: Alright. Cool. Everybody’s getting a little bit more competent. Always nice. Next up we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello! I am Cameron, and I play Karma Nailo, the Nautolan bounty hunter. I upped my Piloting: Space to 2 because that seemed important, and then I became a god and upped my Ranged: Heavy to Rank 4.

NICK: Concerning.

CAMERON: Yes.

NICK: Okay! I’m sure you won’t need to fly ships or shoot things in the Star Wars RPG.

CAMERON: They haven’t come up at all so far, but I’m ready for when they do.

NICK: Actually, I don’t think I’ve made you… Well, you’ve had to do a couple Piloting checks.

CAMERON: I have done several Piloting checks and I did not badly crash the ship on the last time through, but I felt a few more ranks may be beneficial in the long run.

NICK: Makes sense. Alright. Last up we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hello! I am playing Tink the Gigoran slicer. I added a third rank in Stealth and a second rank in Coordination, and I also got the Skilled Slicer talent. When I make a Computers check I can spend a triumph to make further Computers checks in the system and use them as maneuvers.

NICK: Wow, that’s interesting. We’ll have to find you a computer somewhere.

HUDSON: With other computers within the system.

NICK: Yeah, some sort of network situation. Eh, I’m sure it won’t come up. Let’s start off with the Destiny Roll!

CAMERON: One dark side.

HUDSON: Two light side.

LAURA: Two light side.

CAMERON: Okay. Good job, y’all.

HUDSON: Ooh. We did it.

NICK: Alright. When we last left off you did quite a lot, actually. Karma and Xianna infiltrated a Mon Cal cruiser that was simultaneously being attacked by the GGG gang. I’m not gonna try to say their name again. I’ve messed it up every time. They made friends with a new stormtrooper, they shot some bounty hunters, they shot some stormtroopers, I think? They fought some Gigorans. They stole some stuff, mostly Xianna. They got locked in a room at one point. And… No? You’re making a face?

CAMERON: I don’t think we actually shot any stormtroopers.

NICK: Yeah, I think you managed to avoid shooting the Nazis. That’s kind of interesting.

CAMERON: Also, we didn’t shoot the bounty hunters.

NICK: Oh yeah, you’re right. Meh. Anyway.

CAMERON: I don’t want to take credit for the stormtroopers’ kills.

NICK: Either way, there was a big old fight on a capital ship, and they were able to procure some loot and procure some bounties.

CAMERON: Tink!

NICK: And they managed to rescue Tink…

HUDSON: yeah!

NICK: …who had been pressganged into service on this ship and made himself useful and then promptly betrayed them and went back to his original friends, so that’s pretty fun. I think that was about it, so we’ll go ahead and jump right into it.

We open on karma in the cockpit of the Afternoon Delight. Blue and red flashes wash over her face as she pilots the ship. The control panel is merrily lit and shows all is well. Karma is listening to some music. What kind of music is her piloting jam?

CAMERON: Like the Star Wars equivalent of 80s power ballads.

NICK: Cool. Is she moving and jamming to it or is she just focused on flying right now?

CAMERON: Probably jamming, bobbing her head, doing little arm waves.

NICK: Cool. The camera takes a moment to dwell on this scene of relaxed confidence, and then we cut further back into the ship. Xianna is sitting cross-legged on the floor of the main lobby. There are piles of cracked open safety deposit boxes and the contents of Xianna’s turned out pockets scattered around. It’s like a crate dragon over its hoard. She has just opened the most secure safety deposit box. Her face is lit with a slight yellow glow. As she pulls out the item the camera zooms in revealing a rod made of a single cut gem. It glows slightly. It’s about the width of two fingers and half a meter long. There are strange—Are you okay?!

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: (giggling) It’s just, you’re describing  something that sounds very much like a dildo.

NICK: Great. Thanks.

CAMERON: (laughing) And the face Hudson made! He nodded his head like ‘yeah~’

LAURA: You can’t say the word rod and two fingers thick without most of us thinking of a space dildo.

NICK: (groans)

LAURA: And you need to leave all of this in.

NICK: God damn it.

LAURA: Our audience needs to know. (laughs)

NICK: It’s like a magic wand looking thing. Come on.

LAURA: Yeah!

CAMERON: Exactly!

HUDSON: (laughs) That literally made it worse.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Do I need to explain that there is a Hitachi magic wand out there?

NICK: No…

CAMERON: Are you talking about—You want us to be thinking more like rebar?

NICK: I’m avoiding saying the word rabbit at this point. Yeah, so you find some sort of crystal fucking dildo, and it glows.

(laughter)

LAURA: I’m gonna add that to my list: Crystal Dildo.

NICK: Great. You can tell because it’s made out of a large gem that it’s probably worth quite a bit of money. It has some strange runes carved into it that you can’t tell what they are.

CAMERON: People pay a lot of money for those ‘gem dildos.’

NICK: So, rifling through the loot, we get a shot over Xianna’s shoulder. She’s picking up the different things that she found, it’s all nondescript jewelry and things like that, and there’s a little counter going up like 50 Credits at a time, 100 Credits at a time, and she gets the good stuff and gets rid of the personal documents that she can’t spend. You have about 750 Credits worth of stuff right there. You can just straight put down Credits. You’ll be able to offload it off screen whenever you want, easy-peasy.

LAURA: Cool.

NICK: The other item that I’m not going to describe, because it keeps making people giggle…

LAURA: The crystal.

NICK: The crystal. You’re not sure what it’s worth, you’ll probably need to do some research on that, but a lot. Great. While that’s going on and we hear the cash register sound over and over again as Xianna’s taking stock… yes?

CAMERON: Did she officially find a kyber crystal last time?

NICK: Yeah, she super did. This is something else.

CAMERON: Yeah, I know, I just… You didn’t mention the kyber crystal.

NICK: I forgot about it.

CAMERON: I thought that was her big win from getting locked in the room.

NICK: Yeah. So, on top of everything else, Xianna, you also have a kyber crystal which is… I don’t know, purple maybe? What color would you like your fancy crystal to be, or did I say last time?

CAMERON: I don’t remember.

LAURA: Yellow!

NICK: Yellow. Okay. You have a big, fancy kyber crystal.

CAMERON: Don’t get it confused with your dildo.

LAURA: No, no, no. See, Kyber Crystal yellow, and then underneath is Crystal Dildo. They’re different.

NICK: (huffs) Great.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Yeah. The crystal’s not worth as much. It’s probably worth about 1,000 Credits. It’s uncut, it’s not particularly setup for anything useful. It’s not weapons grade, but it is nice. It would make nice jewelry. Tink, at the end of the last episode you were napping on the couch. You had an arm thrown over your eyes and were decompressing from your near-death experience and kidnapping. Are you still sleeping or have you moved on to something else?

HUDSON: I moved on to something else. I’m basically going to get a snack, kind of rubbing my eyes, waking up, seeing what’s in the kitchen.

NICK: (laughs) We get a shot of (hums intro to Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger) and Tink sliding barefoot into the kitchen, and then the camera quickly cuts away before we have to pay for it. Cool. You’re eating, flying… The next shot we have is the Afternoon Delight coming in to land at the same space port as before. Nerftown is a durasteel and duracrete port with prefab buildings surrounded by newer wooden buildings spreading out into the prairie. Same place. We get an over-the-shoulder shot of Zubo waving as the ship returns. He smiles as he sees the ship is relatively undamaged. This is the first real time we’ve seen the ship after it’s upgrades including the night shadow coating. What does the ship look like now?

CAMERON: I’m gonna say our lady survived.

LAURA: Yeah. My initial reaction was just to say it’s all murdered out… which means it’s just all mat black.

CAMERON: yeah, except for our pin-up girl.

LAURA: They just painted a square around it. They didn’t actually go up and redo it, they just left…

NICK: (laughs) There’s just a square.

LAURA: …an unpainted square around her.

NICK: So, to radar, from a very specific angle, you’ll look like a floating square of durasteel in space?

CAMERON: Yeah. We will look like space junk.

NICK: Interesting. The pin-up girl is untouched. What was the other upgrade you put in?

CAMERON: It was just the night shadow coating but we did the upgraded night shadow coating, so it both reduced the range band for sensors picking us up but then it also reduced our Silhouette by 1.

NICK: Got it. Got it. Okay, cool. You land. You have no problems. You already paid for your port fee from earlier, this was just almost a test drive of the repaired ship. Everything feels in order. What do you do now?

HUDSON: “I wonder if my weapon is done.”

CAMERON: Where are you on the ship when you say that? (laughing) I don’t know if any of us hear you.

NICK: Tink looks up from a sandwich, says that out loud.

HUDSON: Looks around, there’s no one there.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: And the ship coms are turned off because Karma’s been rocking out to music in the cockpit.

HUDSON: Yeah. The sandwich is peanut butter banana, and I’m walking around.

NICK: Ooh, that sounds good.

HUDSON: I walk around and try to find the others, and then I try to ask them if we can go look for my sword, but the peanut butter banana is in my mouth so it’s kind of sticking to the roof and making it really sloppy.

NICK: Yuck.

CAMERON: (laughs) ew.

HUDSON: “(mumbles) ready?”

LAURA: “Tink, I do not understand what you are saying.”

NICK: His translator mask just keeps talking over the noises he’s making and saying “error, unintelligible, error, error.”

CAMERON: It’s like he’s having to lift it up so that he can take a bite of his sandwich and then he’s not quite fully reattaching it whenever he puts it back, so it’s only catching half of his words anyway, so on top of just the chewing noises coming through (laughs) it can’t quite translate everything.

LAURA: It’s just half of the (growling grumbles) and ‘Error! … Car! Error! Error! Sand… carriage? Error!’ (laughs)

HUDSON: yes. That’s what’s happening. I do end up swallowing the massive amount of peanut butter and I get the… I want to call it a transcoder, but that’s not it.

LAURA: your translator.

HUDSON: My translator. I get my translator back on. “Do you think my weapon’s done? Should we go check on that?”

LAURA: “Oh yeah. We can go check on that. I have to sell some things anyways.”

CAMERON: Karma slides out of the cockpit. “Oh yeah! Those should be done. Let’s go!”

NICK: Da-dun~

HUDSON: Da-dun~

CAMERON: Swipe cut!

NICK: We get the zoomed out shot of people just walking off of the ship that they do for scene transitions that quickly cuts to the crew walking through the streets of Nerftown.

CAMERON: We get the cut of us badass walking off the ship, we’re about to go on an adventure, and then Karma pauses. “Wait, hold on. We have bounties on the ship.” (laughs) And turns around and walks back in.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. You go get the hover cart of dead Gigorans?

CAMERON: yes.

NICK: Okay. You’re gonna push that through town.

CAMERON: Yes. They’re used to me just walking around with bodies at this point.

NICK: It’s like the second time you’ve done it in two days.

CAMERON: I was pushing the Slippery Nerfs around, and Xianna was pushing the broken Tink around, so they’re just used to this. Everyone’s like ‘oh yeah, they got more bodies.’

NICK: ‘I wonder if they work for a hospital.’

CAMERON: Yup. That’s it.

HUDSON: ‘That doesn’t look like the way you should stack different bodies.’

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: ‘I’m sure they’re fine. They’re sleeping.’

NICK: Just a weird crowd of dumb-looking NPCs, turns around and wanders off. Great. They won’t come back. Cool.

CAMERON: Boo-bwoop! I lock the ship again.

NICK: You lock the ship, boo-bwoop. Okay. So, are you headed to the bounty office first or to get the weapons first?

CAMERON: yeah. On my cart I have all of the Gigorans from the GGGs, the only one of who is still alive is Ziller. Then I also have the carbine and the four light blasters on the cart as well that I was going to sell Krylon.

NICK: Right. Okay.

CAMERON: I’m taking the bodies first, because Ziller may wake up at some point.

NICK: We get the shot of you all heading through the ship. One thing we do notice is Tink’s limp is pretty much completely gone at this point. That was just for flavor stuff, but remember your knee was all jacked up and it as a long healing process. That is good, because it’s been three days of you having direct bacta implants into your knee, which is fun.

HUDSON: So, if you were to put this numerically, would you say that I’m at a threshold of 17 and fully repaired?

NICK: No, this is the last critical hit. If you’re still kind of bloodied up from getting shot a bunch by stormtroopers you may want to take care of that.

HUDSON: Got it.

NICK: You head towards the LAW… office, and the camera pans away from the crew as they head that direction. We see a Human man in a black vest wearing a flat brimmed hat. He’s leaning against a wall watching the crew head by. A shorter man who’s older and has a wrinkled face is leaning through a window talking to someone inside. The younger man elbows his companion and nods towards the crew who are chatting amongst themselves as they walk down the street. The older man hits his head on the window as he turns to look. “Oof!” And he rubs at his head. “That’s her?”

The younger man nods. “Yeah, that’s her,” and the camera zooms back to the crew. Where are you headed next, law office, right?

CAMERON: Law office.

LAURA: Oh no. They’re heading to the law office. Xianna just immediately peels away. “I have things to sell. BRB. Heh.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Just meet us at the weapon shop.”

LAURA: “Okie~”

NICK: Cool. We’ll do law first and then you can fence stuff. You walk into the office. You hear a bell ding across the door and the, sheriff?, I guess, she’s sitting behind her desk. “Oh. You’re back, and—Oh! Man, you work pretty fast, huh?”

CAMERON: “I work better when I… I need stuff to do. I was bored this week.”

NICK: “Okay… You know it’s okay to take some time and relax. Out here in the sticks we do that quite a bit.”

CAMERON: “Oh, I think we’re gonna go on safari later.”

NICK: “… Okay. yeah. Hunt giant animals, that’s relaxing.”

CAMERON: “No, just look at them.”

NICK: “Oh, okay.”

CAMERON: “Safari doesn’t necessarily involve hunting. We’re doing the pure tourist safari. We’re just gonna go hope we see animals.”

NICK: “Where are you going on safari? I wouldn’t recommend Engebo 5 for that.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, we already saw the nerfs.”

NICK: “Yeah. There’s not a lot of other wildlife, that’s why the nerfs are so successful here. So, where are you gonna go?”

CAMERON: “I’m not sure. (laughs) We need to get with our travel agent.”

NICK: (laughs) Okay.

HUDSON: “We’re looking for the best deal with the most animals combo.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, with the animal guarantee, so that if we don’t see the animals then we get our money back.”

HUDSON: “It would be cool if we went to one where the animals that were previously extinct are now there again,” (laughter) “but it’s like a surprise, so you don’t know you’re gonna see ones that you thought were extinct but then they pop back up.”

LAURA: Oh, and you get in little vehicles that are like on a cart and you see they’re in closures, and they’re all female so that way they don’t accidentally reproduce, but uh, life finds a way…

HUDSON: Ugh.

LAURA: And then they break out, and I hope you all know where I’m going with this. It ends with Jeff Goldbloom shirtless. (laughs)

HUDSON: Ah, surrounded by dodo birds and woolly mammoths.

CAMERON: (smiling) That sounds like the perfect safari.

NICK: We’re gonna create a Star Wars race that’s just Jeff Goldblooms. They all just look like Jeff Goldbloom from various things.

CAMERON: From all of his different movies. (laughs)

LAURA: And they’re all shirtless.

NICK: Yup.

HUDSON: Apartments.com is still a thing.

(laughter)

NICK: Okay. The sheriff looks at your hover cart of bodies. “Are any of these alive, or…?”

CAMERON: “yes! Ziller! The boss.” I pull one of them up by his handcuffs.

NICK: He rises slightly off of the cart. He’s a very large Gigoran in a pleasant clover green color. The striped ones all are scored with blaster marks and signs of explosions. “Okay, well, help me get him into a holding cell and we can just push the other ones out back with all the Slippery Nerfs that you brought me.”

CAMERON: “Okay!”

NICK: Tink, do you help with this?

HUDSON: Oh yeah.

NICK: Okay. We get a scene of the three of you all tossing him into a cell. He does the thing where he lands on his face and his butt sticks up in the air real high.

CAMERON: And then it slooowly flattens out.

NICK: The sheriff spits in his direction and locks up the cells.

CAMERON: Karma retrieved her handcuffs beforehand and slid them back up on her tentacles.

NICK: Smart. Keep your gear. The back door of the jail is open. You notice that the cells are four wall durasteel cages, but the walls of the building are just light wood, nothing particularly secure about it, and the back door is open, and there’s a pile of fly-covered corpses from earlier that are starting to stink a little bit. She just dumps the Gigorans on top of that. There’s a really gross squish noise, but… yeah. She goes back inside and she types some stuff up on her terminal that’s in her computer. “Well, I think that was 4,000 Credits was the bounty?”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

NICK: “Well, we’ll go ahead and do that transfer.” While that very boring business is going on, after the fun part, we’re going to do a circle wipe over to Xianna. Xianna, what are you trying to achieve?

LAURA: Xianna wants to find a pawn shop of some sort. Zebwex, or whatever his face was, he was at a general store, right?

NICK: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: So if I go to a pawn shop he won’t be there.

NICK: That’s true.

LAURA: She would like to find… I’m assuming there is a giant pawn shop, a cash for gold type place.

NICK: Okay. You’re not necessarily trying to find a fence, you’re just trying to find a low end…?

LAURA: For most of just the jewelry and that stuff a pawn shop would probably be easier than finding a fence. I will keep the kyber crystal and the crystal dildo for a fence.

NICK: Okay. There is a pawn shop. It’s not actually particularly big. As you go in it’s mostly farm equipment, saddles, cattle prods, a bag of feed that looks like it’s been there way too long. It’s the kind of stuff that the farmers have offloaded. They don’t have a ton of things. There is a rack of blasters in various quality, but pretty small. Behind the counter there is a bald, red-faced guy wearing all black, and he’s got a goatee. “Hi. What can I help you with?”

LAURA: “Yes. I have some things I would like to trade in for Credits. Here we go…” She just starts reaching into her pockets and piling stuff onto the counter.

NICK: He pulls out the jeweler’s lens and starts looking at the various things. “Hey, you got some nice stuff here. I think I could offer you 30 Credits,” and he crosses his arms and smiles at you very smugly.

LAURA: “No… No. This is worth much more than 30 Credits. Yes. I was thinking more along the lines of 1,000 Credits.”

NICK: “Whoa, whoa, now it may be worth 1,000 Credits, but that’s assuming someone comes in and buys it, and any time it’s here it’s costing me money. You know, I gotta protect my bottom line. Tell you what, I got a buddy who specializes in nondescript loot from dungeon crawls. If you wait a few hours he could come back here and we could get a solid estimate for it.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Or you could just pay me more now.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: No Laura, that’s not how these type of TV shows work. You have to bring in the expert. (laughs)

LAURA: The buddy has to come in, because of course he knows a guy who specializes in Civil War rifles, because that’s just a thing people do, that’s a friend everyone has.

CAMERON: ‘I know a guy.’ Yeah.

NICK: You see another large man with long black hair and a goatee walking around behind the thing and he trips and falls and breaks a bunch of stuff, and they start yelling at each other. “Tell you what, I’ll give you 500 Credits for everything.”

LAURA: “Eight hundred.”

NICK: At this point an old man comes out and he starts saying something about how it’s not worth anything and this guy’s gonna get their shop closed. “Uh, I’ll give you 750 if you just go away. I’ve got some things to deal with.”

LAURA: “Okie! 750 is good. Thank you~”

NICK: He just throws a bunch of credits at you, and that’s it. He takes your stuff.

LAURA: Then I’m gonna go back out, I’m gonna go back to the underground bar, because Xianna would not go to the weapon shop on time. She’s gonna go have a drink.

NICK: You turn to leave and the owner of the pawn shop turns to the camera and says, ‘Now, I think I can probably get about 15,000 Credits for these, but you know, we gotta protect our business, and the guy with the longer hair and the beard falls down and breaks some more things and goes (yells angrily), and we cut away. Xianna is heading towards the underground bar. Karma and Tink are headed towards the weapon shop. Laura, are you picturing that she’s just gonna show up later after they’ve already collected everything?

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Okay. Everybody’s still heading out. We get one of those cool heist movie split screen things down the center with Karma and Tink heading one direction and Xianna heading the other. They both turn onto the road heading to the weapon shop, and then Karma and Tink look into a window where there’s nerf calves that are for sale.

CAMERON: (long gasp)

NICK: They’re really small. They’re like 40 pounds maybe. That’s approximately less than 20 kilos. I wasn’t gonna be able to do that in my head. Sorry metric people. Something like that.

LAURA: A little less than 20…?

NICK: It’s probably like 15, 17 kilos.

LAURA: I’m much better at the Fahrenheit to Celsius approximations.

NICK: Oh, I’m terrible at that one. It’s like 2.12 pounds per kilo, but anyway.

LAURA: Yeah.

CAMERON: It’s 18.14 kilograms.

NICK: I was close! I want credit for that. I was an English major.

LAURA: No, yeah.

CAMERON: Yeah. Good job.

NICK: Okay. So they’re 18.-whatever kilos, but they’re very cute and they’re mooing and they’re tackling over each other trying to get to the window to look at Karma and Tink.

CAMERON: Karma’s tracing her finger around on the glass and they’re all following it.

NICK: They have these really big heads, and one of them has this big, thick tongue and it’s just licking the glass kind of like Stitch does in Lilo & Stitch, just leaving this gross mucus trail behind your finger.

CAMERON: Yesss.

NICK: All that to say, Xianna then turns and heads down a different way. The camera cuts away, as everyone’s heading that direction, and we see the two men from before leaning against a railing on that same street. They’re squinting into the sun. The older man turns to his companion. “You think you can take her, Jake?”

“I have to. It’ll prove I’m ready. You know, it’s hard to be a bounty hunter without a reputation, and let’s be honest, she’s a little bit notorious.” The older man shrugs, and we cut back. Do we want to do the bar scene first or the weapons collection?

HUDSON: Weapons.

NICK: Alright! You walk into the weapons shop. If you remember there was a work table where he’s working and stuff up against the walls. There’s a rack that’s like three meters in the air that’s for display, and you can see your weapons all lined up. They look shiny and clean and dangerous and upgraded. “Well, hello there.” It’s a Devaronian guy.

CAMERON: “hey, Krylon!”

NICK: Yeah. Krylon is working on some sort of missile launcher still. It’s a different one, but this one branches into two barrels at the end. You can’t tell if one is for some sort of tracking and one is for missiles or if they’re both for missiles for some reason. It’s kind of weird. “Oh yeah, your weapons are ready.”

CAMERON: “Awesome.” Karma walks up to the counter and lifts up a duffle bag and sets it carefully as to not disturb the missile launcher. “I got your guns for you, too.” Then we have a quick flashback to when Karma and Tink were talking about which guns they were gonna sell earlier.

NICK: (laughs) Uh-huh?

CAMERON: Because we have another carbine that we got from the Gands that Tink now has, and then we also ended up with four Gigoran battle axes extra.

NICK: Yup.

CAMERON: So we jump back to the center of the ship and Karma just has all the guns and the axes laid out on top of the closed hot tub. “Okay Tink, how many axes do you wanna keep?”

HUDSON: “Question.”

CAMERON: “Yes, we can hang them up in cool places around the ship and just have it look like an old medieval castle.”

HUDSON: “Ooh.”

NICK: Sounds dangerous,” says Krylon, the weapons dealer.

CAMERON: (laughs) No, this is a flashback.

HUDSON: This is a flashback. Yeah.

NICK: Oh, okay.

CAMERON: We had to jump back, because I realized that there are a lot more guns that we can sell.

HUDSON: “Is there such a thing as a super vibro-axe if you like tape them together?”

CAMERON: (laughing) “A double-handed vibro-axe?” We look to the GM, who looks like he’s never had this thought before.

NICK: I’m blue-screening. Give me a second.

LAURA: I mean, it’s gotta be possible.

NICK: So, that’s a thing.

CAMERON: We just duct tape them together. (laughs)

NICK: The thing is, if you duct tape them together you’re gonna be more likely to cut yourself in half. If you had given him two to begin with or asked for a double headed one we could have come up with some homebrew bullshit for it, but y’all are leaving very soon.

HUDSON: Yeah, I’m abandoning that plan.

NICK: But if you wanna keep a couple for the next time you’re somewhere where someone can put one together…

HUDSON: I’d rather sell them at this point. Let’s go ahead and…

CAMERON: “Okay. Do you want to keep one in reserve for the next time, if you get your nice one upgraded you don’t end up with just a vibro-knife?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. Yes, that’s a good idea.”

CAMERON: “Okay. We’ll sell three of the vibro-axes then.”

HUDSON: “yes, three of the vibro-axes. Let’s be honest, I can’t shoot…”

CAMERON: “See, I feel like keeping the light blaster though is beneficial, because you can learn to shoot that. You don’t need to carry around a carbine with your axe, you’re gonna do more damage with your axe, but if you get in a situation where melee is not possible even if you’re not a great shot with the light blaster that’s still better than not being able to shoot at all.”

HUDSON: I looked down at my sheet to see what I have in Ranged: Light… Nothing. I can’t cock it.

CAMERON: How agile are you, though?

LAURA: Say on a number scale.

HUDSON: Two.

CAMERON: Yeah. Okay. You could still… You’d roll two greens. There’s still a possibility of success.

HUDSON: Okay, back in character. “I guess I’ll keep one. There’s, uh… I could use it.”

CAMERON: “Cool. Let’s switch out your Imperial light blaster with one of these nondescript light blasters.”

HUDSON: “Yeah. That’s a good idea.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. We can sell that one. Cool.” We’ll sell the carbine as well. And now we flash back, and karma unzips the duffle bag, and inside are (laughing) three vibro-axes, with I guess tape or something on their edges so they didn’t cut through the duffle bag, one carbine, four light blasters, and then she takes the carbine off her back and sets it on top of the pile.

NICK: “You got quite an armory there.”

HUDSON: “No, you do sir, after you buy them from us.”

NICK: “Wow! What salesmanship!”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: He looks super excited for a second and then looks around at all his walls of weird, piecemeal, strange weapons that he’s created. “Well, I mean, I guess I already did, but… Okay!” We get a brief montage of him ringing up the prices for everything. His initial offer is 80% of the going rate for everything.

CAMERON: We had agreed for at least the carbines and the light blasters that it was full price when we talked to him the first time.

NICK: Hmm. Man, I sure am a nice shop keeper, aren’t I?

CAMERON: Yeah, because you’re gonna do upgrades on them and sell them for much more.

NICK: Well, but I could also just go over to my brother’s shop—Actually, I don’t want to do that. Okay. Full price.

CAMERON: I know! Remember, you hate your brother.

NICK: Right, I remember this now. Full price. Yeah, so he’ll give you the going rate.

CAMERON: Cool. I’ll math it.

NICK: I’ll just skip all these Negotiation rolls, because it’s not important.

HUDSON: And Karma’s gonna keep the money as kind of a group money, is the plan, I think.

NICK: Space mom is the treasurer now?

HUDSON: Yes. I’ll just ask you if I need monies.

CAMERON: How much money do you have right now? How much money does Tink have?

HUDSON: 1,694.

CAMERON: So you’re doing fine right now.

HUDSON: I’m good. Yeah.

NICK: You have enough to buy space Dippin’ Dots.

HUDSON: Mm-hmm.

CAMERON: So, they finish, after we pick up our guns and we get paid for everything, after we leave the shop Karma hands Tink the money for the vibro-axes. “I’m real sorry I got you kidnapped.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “No. It’s- You know… Water under the bridge. You can… Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, but this 2,250 will help.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “Yeah… It doesn’t hurt.”

NICK: Cool. You all trade in your weapons. Xianna, did you get anything customized? I don’t remember.

LAURA: Nope.

NICK: Nope, so you don’t give a shit. Cool. You pick up your stuff and you head outside, and you realize Xianna still isn’t there.

CAMERON: “Do you want a popsicle?”

HUDSON: “Oh, always.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “Okay.”

NICK: (laughing) So you go to the popsicle stand that’s very near to the questionable hospital.

CAMERON: We’re not concerned. It’s fine.

NICK: We cut over to Xianna. Xianna, you do run into an obstacle heading to that underground bar which is that there is a large Gamorrean standing in front of the small doorway for that shack-like house that leads into the hill. “Password.”

LAURA: “Um… I have lots of money and drugs? Is that the password? Heh.”

NICK: You can see him squinting at you. Roll me a Streetwise check. It’s average.

LAURA: Streetwise, got it. That is a triumph with a success, four additional successes, and two threats.

NICK: Wow. You say ‘I have money and lots of drugs,’ and he says, “You… That’s the password. You got it.” Anything else you want to come out of this with the triumph or anything like that?

LAURA: Ooh. He tells me a good spot in this underground area on where to buy more drugs.

NICK: On where to buy more drugs… He’s basically just wearing jorts and a raggedy vest. He pulls open the vest exposing Gamorrean nipple, which you never want to see.

LAURA: Xianna’s fine with that. (laughs)

NICK: He’s got lots of baggies and things. You know the strong man build where they have a tummy, but the tummy is clearly just because their abs are huge? He’s got one of those, kind of like the globular shape, but inside his raggedy vest he’s got lots of different drugs. “Well, if you’re looking for drugs I’ll give you a deal. You seem to really know what’s going on. I got some prime…” Wait.

HUDSON: Rib.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: No. No. I got this.

LAURA: Some priiime dick.

NICK: I was gonna say—Well that too, wink. “I’ve got some Dagobah Kush here that’ll knock your socks off. It’s got that swamp stank.”

LAURA: “Um… I’m in the market for more powdery drugs… but thank you!”

NICK: He opens up his other vest, and it looks like one of the bulk things at the grocery store with the pull chute and he’s got lots of baggies. “Oh, if you were looking for impact or glitterstim…”

LAURA: “Oh, yes please.”

NICK: “…we’ve got some fine synthetics.”

LAURA: “I would like to buy…” and let me do a calculator. “Okie. Let me have five baggies of impact and two glitterstim, please.” Impact is usually about 125 a dose, glitterstim is 100, but if they’re discounted…

NICK: Yeah. “Well, we’re running a special right now, five will get you seven and two will get you four.” So, pay the going rate and he’ll give you extra.

LAURA: Okay, then I have to actually get my calculator back out. I thought you would maybe do it for me then.

(laughter)

NICK: Nope. I ain’t doing math.

LAURA: (in a sing-song voice)…125 times 5…

NICK: I do all the math before the session, and I didn’t do it this time. (laughs)

LAURA: Okay, that would be 825.

NICK: Yup. You’ll get seven things of impact and four things of glitterstim. We get this weird thing where for one, the dispensers shouldn’t fit in his vest but they do somehow and he puts the baggie under and pulls the chute, and shakes it next to his ear and balances it on his palm for the weight. “Yup, there you go.”

LAURA: How much glitterstim did I get?

NICK: Four!

LAURA: Four, okay.

CAMERON: Four stims of glitter.

LAURA: Four stims of glitter.

HUDSON: Is it like rock candy?

CAMERON: (giggles) That you snort.

LAURA: I don’t know.

NICK: I think glitterstim is also a powder, isn’t it?

LAURA: I think it’s a glittery powder in a tube and that’s why it’s called glitterstim.

HUDSON: Ah.

NICK: Although, I’m gonna be honest, I also have been picturing rock candy, but then picturing trying to snort a stick of rock candy makes my sinuses hurt. So, yeah, I don’t know.

LAURA: yeah, I think it’s a tube of glitter.

NICK: Great. You got some drugs. You’re inside the black market. His reassuming his guard posture is exactly like that part in Return of the Jedi where they hustle up to the wall and it turns out Luke is Force choking them but I always thought they were just awkwardly getting back in position. You’re in the underground place. What are you looking for?

LAURA: I head to the closest bar.

NICK: Great. You go to a bar. There’s a couple of waiters and waitresses wandering around. There is a six-armed bartender droid with a flying saucer looking head that’s mixing drinks with all its arms and passing them out in rapid succession, and you pull up a chair.

LAURA: I pull up a chair at the bar, and I look around the room while smiling, because Xianna’s not gonna pay for a drink. She’s gonna wait. Heh.

NICK: Alright. This sounds like some sort of check.

LAURA: Streetwise…

HUDSON: Cool.

LAURA: …Skulduggery, Charm…

NICK: (laughs) Cool would be if you then want to stab the person who bought you a drink.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: Streetwise, Charm…

CAMERON: I feel like if you’re looking to get some action it’s Charm.

NICK: It’s probably Charm. I would say Charm.

LAURA: Charm? Cool. What would the difficulty be?

NICK: In this kind of place we’re gonna say hard, not hard to get a drink, hard to get a drink without bad things happening.

LAURA: I’m gonna flip a light side point because this is important to my character.

NICK: Okay.

(laughter)

LAURA: That would be four successes and two threats.

NICK: Hmm. With four successes, describe to me Xianna’s ideal person to buy her a drink.

LAURA: Okay. How much time do we have? (laughs)

NICK: We have two and a half minutes.

LAURA: Okay! Let’s see… Most species, most heights, most body types, basically any gender, probably less than six arms but willing to accept that depending on personality, probably charming but again willing to sacrifice on charming if their credit stick is very full. Any way you want to interpret that statement, you can.

(laughter)

NICK: Good.

LAURA: Ideally someone who will be okay with flirting for the next hour, and then if she leaves, the sad, sad statement of not getting violent.

NICK: Yeah. That’s gross, and sad, and also true. So, you are very quickly approached by a middle aged looking guy, looks mostly Human but part of his face is a little melty. He has kind of a pig nose and kind of like fangs. “Hey, can I buy you a drink?!”

LAURA: “Well, okay!”

NICK: “What are you drinking… hot stuff?”

LAURA: She smiles, and then turns to the bartender droid because she’d be at the bar, and she’s gonna order a Super Nova.

NICK: Ooh, a Super Nova.

LAURA: It’s a dark orange color and it comes in a little martini glass, and it makes her feel fancy.

NICK: Yeah. He orders two and he has a big hand with pointed fingernails. “Well, that’s a pretty fancy drink choice for a place like this. We’re lucky that they have the newest firmware on these droids, huh?”

LAURA: “Oh yes, very lucky. Heheh.” She does always make sure that she gets it from the bartender, so when it comes out you always get your drink straight from the bartender.

NICK: Gosh, this scene is making me really sad.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: Do you not know these rules, Nick? There are rules as a woman, for getting drinks.

NICK: No, like, I get it, it just… I don’t think about it because privilege and it makes me sad which is not great, so…

HUDSON: Yeah. Men can leave our drink for 15 minutes while we go to the bathroom at a random club.

NICK: Yeah… That’s only gone poorly—No, it hasn’t. Yeah. That’s gross. Anyway. Yeah, you take them straight from the bartender droid. I think in Star Wars if you get drinks directly from a bartending droid the drinks have a seal on them so you know they’re fresh and untampered.

LAURA: Oh! Like a boba tea place, and you have to poke the straw!

NICK: Yeah. The palms on the droid’s pincer hands just go (swish, click) and seal them so that you can pop the seal and you know it’s good and untampered. Let’s just start inventing technology that makes life less depressing. Let’s do that. So, you’re sipping your drinks and you’re flirting and talking, and you can see that this guy actually looks pretty bummed out. “Well, at least I have some company today,” and he’s drinking away.

LAURA: “Uh-huh. Yes.” She’s just doing the smile and nod while drinking, and surreptitiously looking around the room to see her other options as well.

NICK: There’s this shot of Xianna clearly just keeping him moving while she’s surveying the bar. “See, I found out recently that I have the death penalty in 12 systems, and—“

LAURA: “Oh yes, uh, uh-huh.”

NICK: “I wasn’t expecting that, and—“

LAURA: ‘Technically I am dead. Uh-huh. Yes.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: He starts spilling his guts and his volume cuts down as you look around. You see some different people around the room. You see a big group of Chadra-Fan and one of them has a tiara and a sash on that says Bachelorette and they’re just screeching in this high-pitch noise. From your distance you can hear it and it’s not bad, but you can see as wait staff goes near and stuff they’re flinching and covering their ears, but they look like they’re having a blast. Most of them are on the table. You see an older gentleman with a big, white beard and kind of a scarred up face who is just drinking beer out of a pint glass and staring into space. He looks pretty tired. You notice the wait staff, and one of them is a green Twi’lek with tattooed lekku that looks like Sabacc suits.

LAURA: Xianna immediately puts a finger up to this guy’s mouth and just goes, “Shh, shh-shh. Okie. Thank you for the drink, but I have to go now. It has been lovely. Bye.” And she is just holding her finger on his mouth this whole time, and takes her drink and runs off after the green Twi’lek. (laughs)

NICK: As she heads away the man with the pig snout kind of turns back to his drink and downs it. “My friend doesn’t like you either…” and just sits at the bar and looks bummed out.

LAURA: Xianna takes her drink and wants to do the coolest slide in thing she possibly can, and just do like a, “Oh, hello~ Heh.”

NICK: You slide in behind the green Twi’lek who is talking to a customer, and you see the customer slides a bunch of credit chips, like a decent handful of credit chips. He’s saying, “So, whatever you were saying, I just really appreciate the service, you know.”

Then you say hi, and she looks over her shoulder and sees you, and looks back and says, “Hey, uh, sorry about this, but I’m on break,” and just grabs the money and turns around and leans into the bar very close to you. “Well hi there.”

LAURA: “Ello. I seem to keep running into you.”

NICK: “Yeah. I think I ran into one of your friends earlier. I was wondering if you were here.”

LAURA: “You’re not a bounty hunter here to get me, are you?”

NICK: “I don’t normally bounty hunt.”

LAURA: “Okay, but for this instance you are not trying to bounty hunt me? Because if you are, I mean, we could work something out.”

NICK: She smiles and tosses a lekku a little bit. “Oh, I understand the need for clarity of language in this situation. No, I’m not currently hunting you… for a bounty.” And she winks.

LAURA: Yeah. Xianna smiles. “Oh… So, uh, what is your name~?”

NICK: “I’m Nolaa.”

LAURA: “Oh. I am Xianna. yes.”

NICK: “Nice to meet you formally.”

LAURA: “So you say you don’t usually bounty hunt. What do you usually do?”

NICK: “You know, this and that. I spend a lot of time being a waitress. It’s amazing how many people will talk to you…” The guy that she was talking to before taps her on the shoulder, and she turns around and says, ‘Strike two, buddy. Time to leave me alone.” He looks intimidated and scoots down the bar a little bit. “People get pushy, but you know, it’s pretty easy to fix.”

LAURA: “Okay. Information broker, yes?”

NICK: “Yeah. That’s the most profitable version of what I do. Why, do you need something?”

LAURA: “I mean, I will need a fence at some point, if you do know one.”

NICK: “I haven’t been here that long. I know a couple, but none of them are—“

LAURA: “Oh. We don’t plan on staying here.”

NICK: “Oh. You mean like a ‘fence’ fence, like a galactic level super fence.”

LAURA: “No. I mean, I have some things to sell and I need someone to sell them for me. A fence. I don’t know if you thought I meant like a fence in the ground to keep the nerfs in. Again, a lot of these words seem to have multiple meanings.”

NICK: She laughs, and it’s definitely the laugh of someone who is acknowledging a joke was made, but politely.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: She’s laughing because she’s enjoying the conversation, not because she… Anyway. “Yeah, I know a few people, this planet is a little sparse on that kind of thing, but if you’re trying to offload something big I could probably help personally, honestly, or at least get you in touch with somebody who can.”

LAURA: “Okay. I have a kyber crystal. I have this other crystal thing. It only mildly looks like a dildo.”

NICK: “Wait. Wait.”

LAURA: “I do not think it is actually a dildo, so…”

NICK: “Wait, wait, wait. Wait! Wait!”

LAURA: “And then I have this weird mask in a box.”

NICK: “Rewind, rewind.”

LAURA: “yes?”

NICK: “How does something only kind of look like a dildo? Is it a dick or not?”

LAURA: (laughing) She reaches into her pocket, because of course she has it, and she pulls it out. “See? I mean, it kind of looks like a dildo because the rounded end, but I don’t think so based on the siding of it and the runes carved into it. There are no balls either, but I mean not every dildo has balls, so you know.” Then she puts it back in her pocket. “Then this weird mask in a box, and I have three Twi’lek totems that do need to probably get back to their proper families.”

NICK: She’s thoughtfully scratching at her temple. “Oh yeah, it is kind of a dildo. I see what you mean now. Yeah, I could probably help you sell those on commission, or do you just want to get in touch with somebody and I’ll just take a flat fee? You know, when you came up to the bar I didn’t think we’d start talking business to be honest, but…”

LAURA: “I mean, either one. Which one do you prefer? Which one is best for you for return business?”

NICK: “If it means that we get to see each other again, why don’t you just give those to me, I’ll give you a security deposit, and we’ll trade funds again once I’ve got a buyer lined up. How does that sound?”

LAURA: Xianna thinks for a second. “You are quite lovely, but uh…”

NICK: “Yep.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “I usually do not do security deposits or things like that. Full amounts, you know, just too many jobs where somebody in the party took everything before paying the other people and only some of those times was it me.”

NICK: “Hmm… So, you want me to just buy them from you.”

LAURA: “We can do that, or you can hand me a buyer.”

NICK: “Okay. Well, I can pay you now. It’ll be faster. I won’t be able to put as much together as that stuff is probably worth, but I’ll get you a majority of it. Probably for the weird dildo thing, I think it’s hilarious, I don’t know what it is, but I could give you probably 2,500 Credits for it. The other stuff, the totems I honestly don’t think we should be selling, that’s kind of bad.”

LAURA: “No, no, those aren’t for selling. Those are for getting back to Ryloth, to their clans, you know.”

NICK: “Yeah. I’m not gonna be going back to Ryloth, so you should hold onto those.”

LAURA: “I mean, I don’t really plan on… I mean maybe. I don’t know. I’ll hold onto them.”

NICK: “The kyber crystal, I don’t know what it’s worth, you didn’t show it to me, but—“

LAURA: She’s like “Oh I have it right here!” She pulls it out. “It is a yellow one. I don’t really know how much these are worth. I will be honest. Heh.”

NICK: She notices that your hand kind of goes to the same part of your coat every time and pulls out different sized stuff and all these things.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: ‘Man, you can sure fit a lot of stuff in your pockets, huh?”

LAURA: “I can fit a lot of things a lot of places.”

(laughter)

CAMERON: I was waiting for a comment like that.

NICK: She laughs. “I could give you 600 for the kyber crystal. It’s a decent shape, but I don’t think it would be able to weaponize. You can see because…” She leans in and puts her hand on your wrist so she can point at it, and you can feel her body heat as she leans in and points to it. “See there’s this major flaw right here in the middle? It would probably get ripped open if it had too much force on it, so you can’t use it for a weapon.”

LAURA: “Uh-huh, but you know, someone has a use for it somewhere.”

NICK: “Oh absolutely, so I could give you 600 Credits for that.”

LAURA: “I don’t have the weird mask in the box thing with me. It is back on my ship if you want to go see it.”

NICK: “Oh. Um…”

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: She looks up for a second, and then she looks at the droid, and she pulls out a data pad and keys a code. You can see the back of the droid’s head has six lights lit up on it in blue, and one of the lights flickers once and goes out. “Alright. I’m off the clock. Let’s go see.” And we’re gonna cut away!

LAURA: Cut away. I don’t know if we’ve set up any system of like… a sock. (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) We definitely have not. It has not come up yet.

LAURA: Ooh. Xianna probably puts a sock just on a wheel of the ship somewhere as she’s going in. “Eh… There. They will know what that means.”

NICK: You had a sock in your coat for this purpose.

LAURA: yeah. (laughs) Why not?

CAMERON: It was just leftover from when she was stuffing her boot.

NICK: Oh. Yeah. That makes sense.

CAMERON: There’s a story reason why she has a sock.

NICK: Okay. We get a quick cut of Xianna having a sock, and there’s no doorknob on the ship, and then looking around and there’s a bolt sticking out of the wheel and just, ‘huh…’ and it’s near where you would get on the ship, I guess.

LAURA: (smiling) yeah.

NICK: It’s a gray sock. It’s about the same color as the tarmac, but you know, I’m sure it’ll be fine.

LAURA: yeah. It’ll be fine. Yeah.

NICK: Then we get a shot of Nolaa talking excitedly and shaking around and you both lean in close and go up into the ship.

LAURA: Well, you hear the door close and then you hear, (clap, clap), and then disco music, (laughter) or whatever we decided disco music was called.

CAMERON: Jizco music.

LAURA: Jizco.

NICK: Nooo…

HUDSON: No.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: I’m putting it in there. It’s called jizco.

NICK: Great. Building Star Wars canon one elicit meeting at a time. Okay. That’s going on. Let’s cut back to Karma and Tink. You have collected the bounty. You have collected your weapons. What else did you want to do in town?

CAMERON: We’re eating popsicles.

HUDSON: We’re eating popsicles. What has that done to my weapon? Do I need to increase damage or things like that?

NICK: You got a monofilament edge, I believe.

CAMERON: A monomolecular edge which…

NICK: That reduces your crit rating by one.

CAMERON: Yeah.

HUDSON: That’s what it is. Okay.

NICK: Cool. We get a shot of Tink and Karma. Are you sitting next to the road eating popsicles? Are you standing by the stand eating popsicles?

CAMERON: We found a nice bench. We have our feet up on our cart. (laughing) We’re just gonna keep rolling our hover cart around.

NICK: yeah, your errands cart that you use.

CAMERON: Yeah! This is our second errands cart, because the first errand cart got left with the hospital. (laughs)

NICK: That’s true.

CAMERON: This is our replacement cart.

NICK: You have new toys, your newly upgraded weapons, so I think Tink and Karma are probably inspecting them while they eat the popsicles. As a reminder, what were your upgrades and then what does that do to the appearance of the weapon? Did you get it fancy-looking? Krylon usually adds a little flair when he makes weapon upgrades. Tell me about your weapons.

CAMERON: Alright. On my vibro-sword I got monomolecular edge and balanced hilt. The monomolecular edge decreases my crit rating by one, so my vibro-sword now crits if I have one advantage, and then the balanced hilt adds the Accurate 1 weapon quality, so I get a blue die for all sword slashes. On my carbine I got the night vision scope. It removes two black dice for darkness and it tracks heat signatures in all sorts of things, and through walls!

NICK & HUDSON: Ooh!

CAMERON: It doesn’t differentiate between like a fridge giving off heat and a Human giving off heat.

HUDSON: How many walls?

CAMERON: I don’t know. It just says through walls~

NICK: It’s probably the range of the weapon. What does your carbine look like now? Does it have a blocky scope on top, or is it a new color?

CAMERON: It now has a scope on top. It starts small and gets bigger, and it has the lens on, it’s kind of a green night vision color. Since Krylon wanted the scope paintjob to match the carbine paintjob, and even though Karma kept her carbine really nice it’s still an older blaster, so he redid the paintjob in that, kind of like the Ravens black that’s kind of black and green sheen to it. Then my vibro-sword just has a much nicer hilt now, memory foam hilt and is comfortable and isn’t just the black duct tape that the Empire had on it.

NICK: Cool. Cool. Tink, does your vibro-axe—It’s sharper now.

HUDSON: It’s sharper now. It is very shiny. I can see my reflection in the blade, and the hilt has been polished.

NICK: Okay. Was there a cool pattern etched into it now or anything, or is it still just shiny and chrome?

HUDSON: It’s still just shiny and chrome, but they did attach a bandana to it like when you’re leaving Pet Smart (laughter) and it has the name and logo of the shop.

LAURA & CAMERON: Aww.

NICK: It’s Krylon’s Weapon Hotel, is what it says on the…

HUDSON: Yeah, Krylon’s Weapon Hotel.

NICK: Oh man…

HUDSON: So that happens.

NICK: Okay. (laughs)

CAMERON: Goodness.

NICK: Cool. What do you do now? Do you head back to the ship? Have you finished your chores?

CAMERON: As we’re eating popsicles I’ll text Xianna. “Hey, where you at?” I’m guessing she doesn’t respond though, because she’s busy.

LAURA: No, yeah. There would either be no response or just a set of emojis that Karma and Tink probably don’t understand. We’re gonna say after a few minutes you get two or three emojis sent and you don’t know what they mean.

NICK: It’s a peach, the smiley face, and then a sock.

CAMERON: “Is she grocery shopping?”

LAURA: (laughs)

HUDSON: “I mean, socks aren’t groceries.”

CAMERON: “No, but… I don’t know. Does she need new socks now that she has less toes?”

HUDSON: “Maybe she hopped in a puddle and they’re wet?”

CAMERON: “I don’t know… She’s happy about it.”

HUDSON: “Yeah…” Then I kind of start to get a frown and I start to get this stare, like a thousand mile or thousand yard stare? How do you say it?

CAMERON: Either way! How far are you staring?

HUDSON: A thousand mile stare. “Karma…”

CAMERON: “yes?”

HUDSON: “Do you believe in an afterlife?”

CAMERON: (coughs)

LAURA: Whoa.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) karma like chokes on her popsicle a little bit. “Uh… Yes? I think I do, Tink.”

HUDSON: “Okay. I was just thinking about Sabos, where he is, if he’s anywhere.”

CAMERON: “Well,” insert fact about Togrutan lore here for what Sabos probably believed. (laughs. I don’t know.

HUDSON: You could make it up at that point.

NICK: They don’t have a lot.

LAURA: I mean, there are a lot of Force users, so it’s probably just like you become one with the Force.

CAMERON: “Yeah. I think we’re all part of the Force and the Force is part of us. You may say that I am one with the Force and the Force is with me… and the Force is with Sabos.”

HUDSON: “Oh… Alright.”

CAMERON: “So, I don’t think any of us are ever really gone, we just can’t see them anymore, but the Force is all around us.”

HUDSON: “I could get behind that. Alright.”

CAMERON: Karma knew Jedi. She’s spouting Force shit.

HUDSON: Yep. “Thanks karma.”

CAMERON: “You’re welcome.”

HUDSON: I just eat my popsicle more.

CAMERON: “Good talk!” (laughter) How long has it been? It’s been a week since Sabos died?

NICK: Yeah, something like that. I think it’s less than a week. It’s been like five days.

HUDSON: So I should be sad still, this isn’t like a…

CAMERON: Yeah.

LAURA: It’s only been a few days.

CAMERON: This is still fresh. (laughs) We’ve gotten shot several times since then, though.

NICK: yeah, that’s true. I think we have the shot of Tink being like ‘well thanks, karma. I feel better,’ and then it swipes to a disco ball and pounding disco music and you just see like a purple hand–

CAMERON: (giggles) Pounding.

NICK: Ugh. God damn it. I’m trying to do this tastefully.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: You see a purple hand and a green hand holding each other and then it cuts back to whatever the next scene is.

CAMERON: “Alright. You ready to head back to the ship”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah.”

CAMERON: We push our cart back to the ship.

NICK: Do you think either of you would notice a gray sock on the wheel of the ship?

CAMERON: Karma 100% notices the sock, grabs it and goes, “ugh, kids,” and then just goes and tosses it in the laundry chute.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs) We have a laundry chute. Okay.

CAMERON: yes, and then parks the cart in its section with our speeder bikes.

NICK: Can I get a Perception check from you, Xianna?

LAURA: Yes. What would the difficulty be?

NICK: How distracted do you think you are?

LAURA: Extremely distracted!

NICK: So probably hard, and I’m gonna flip a dark side point.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Let’s see!

CAMERON: Please say you fall prone.

LAURA: No. Three successes, two threats.

NICK: Two threats… Ugh. None of my threat ideas are things I want to put on the internet.

(laughter)

HUDSON: ‘This is a Snickers wrapper.’

NICK: You hear people coming onto the ship. The threats are that Nolaa totally doesn’t. She’s doing her own thing. Do you care?

LAURA: “Oh! Oh. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. Okie.”

NICK: “What? What is it?”

LAURA: “I think my crew members are back. I do not know how they feel about bringing other people onto the ship. Hold on a second.” There almost certainly has to be a closet full of silk robes at this point in Xianna’s room. She’s probably taken them all from the costume closet that we have.

NICK: No, no, no. We get a flashback to the fancy ball that you all went to, and somehow during the procession up Xianna must have raided some of the other ships, so they’re like Imperial marked silk robes, or the party had gift baggies that came with stuff and she took like six of them.

CAMERON: The party 100% had gift baggies.

LAURA: Oh! Because the party was being thrown by Falx, and Falx would absolutely put in Imperial silk robes that are too short.

CAMERON: They have matching slippers too, though.

LAURA: There are matching slippers. She doesn’t put the slippers on. She just throws the robe on and pops her head out. They would probably have to walk into the ship a little bit to see her based on how the layout is.

NICK: Probably. We definitely get the shot of Xianna in the robe looking through the door and you can see Nolaa on the bed with the sheet up to the collarbone shot.

LAURA: The tasteful collarbone sheet.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: She’s just chilling out. She doesn’t seem that worried.

LAURA: “Ello~ Karma? Tink? I hope it is you two and not like, um, anyone else.”

NICK: ‘It’s me, Zubo!’

(laughter)

LAURA: ‘It’sa me, Mario!’

NICK: (smiling) I’m just kidding. Zubo’s not there.

HUDSON: “Hey Xianna. It’s intruders. Ha-ha.”

LAURA: “Okay Tink, it is you. Did you two not see the sock that I left?”

CAMERON: “yeah, we really need to talk about the cleanliness level on this ship. Okay guys?”

LAURA: “Oh. Do you not know what a sock means?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. Someone forgot to put it in the hamper.”

LAURA: “No, no, no…”

NICK: You all hear laughter from the room.

LAURA: “Maybe this is just a Rylothian thing to put a sock… I feel like I’ve seen it on other planets too, so um… I have a friend over.”

CAMERON: “Oh. My boys had a different system. Should not use… Okay. Yeah. Sock equals that. Okay, got it.”

HUDSON: “Ohh…”

LAURA: “Oh! Oh. You’re a cool mom! Cool.” Xianna does a little thumbs up.

CAMERON: (laughs) They’re adults.

LAURA: “Cool mom! Okay. I’m going to close this door now, and you are going to hear jizco music and noises. Do not be weird about this.” She pops her head in and pushes the door and just stares at them as the door closes.

CAMERON: Karma waves creepily. (laughs)

LAURA: And then you hear the two claps again, and you hear the music happen again, and lots of giggling and noises.

NICK: Yeah… and we’re gonna stop that scene.

(laughter)

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: That’s a good place to stop.

HUDSON: I turn to Karma and I go, “(mouth click) Nice~”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: The ship gives a proximity claxon. It’s not the ‘you’re about to blow up’ alarm, but it’s one step below that. It’s a long, low pitch, and everyone knows that means something’s bad. Over the intercom you hear someone say, “Hey, come on out of there.”

LAURA: (shouting) “We are not ready yet~!”

HUDSON: “Uh, so they can’t. I wonder who that is.”

CAMERON: Can we hear them from inside the ship?

NICK: They’ve gotten into your intercom.

CAMERON: Oh. “Tiiink! How did they hack our ship?”

HUDSON: “What are y’all doing in there?! I don’t… know. How’d y’all hack our ship?”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: “Karma Nailo, I’m callin’ you out!”

CAMERON: Karma looks surprised. “Sorry, do I know you?”

NICK: (smiling) He can’t hear you. It’s just like a broadcast situation.

CAMERON: “Hmm. Do we go out there?”

HUDSON: “Sounds like you’re being called out, not me.”

LAURA: At this point Xianna and Nolaa are in the Imperial silk robes and the slippers now and are out standing in the doorway. “Oh. It is not for me or Tink. Uh… I guess if you want to go out.”

NICK: So, what do you do?

CAMERON: Alright. We get the cool anime shots of Karma sliding her new sword and do the hilt on the back and attaching the carbine and flipping it around. I guess Karma’s gonna go outside.

HUDSON: “I got your back!” I follow.

LAURA: “We are going to get caf, so uh, see you later. Heh.”

CAMERON: “Y’all have fun. Be safe.” (giggles)

LAURA: “We’re just getting caf… It’s—“

CAMERON: (laughing) Karma’s gone already.

LAURA: “I only touched the pot one time and it was too hot. I know to use the handle now. I know!” (laughs)

CAMERON: It cuts to our caf maker and there’s now a sticker on it that says Caution: Caf is Hot.

NICK: (chuckles) Great.

LAURA: There’s a big handle but only one section has the insulated silicone around it, so if you accidentally grab the handle too high or too low you’ll burn yourself.

NICK: Xianna has this posture of embarrassed defeat and Nolaa just kind of looks confused and pats her on the shoulder, and then they disappear into the ship. Karma and Tink head down the gangplank and there is a man standing there, he’s got a black, flat brimmed hat on and he’s wearing a vest, and he has a heavy blaster pistol on his waist in a holster that is unbuckled so he could draw. “You Karma Nailo?”

CAMERON: “To whom am I speaking, please?”

NICK: “My name is Jake. I’m the premier bounty hunter on this planet, and you’re on my territory.”

CAMERON: Karma holds up a finger and tries to look him up.

NICK: He crosses his arms. ‘hey- Don’t- Come on. Don’t do that. Ugh.” You can see behind him probably 15 yards back, standing about mirror to where Tink would be, there’s an older, shorter bald guy who’s pretty wrinkled and trying to look serious but thinks it’s funny. In about 20 seconds you’re able to pull up Jake from Engebo 5. He is not wearing khakis, but he is–

CAMERON: (giggles) He is wearing a red polo, though.

NICK: No, he’s wearing a vest and a white shirt. He is a very new bounty hunter. He’s been bounty hunting for maybe three months. He has one confirmed capture and it was for parking tickets. He’s like real life bounty hunters where you use mostly mace and the job isn’t nearly as cool. Apologies to any actual bounty hunters listening. I know your job is dangerous. Anyway.

CAMERON: Karma accepts your apology.

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: karma looks at it. “Aww…” (laughs)

NICK: He looks visibly annoyed. “Here’s how this is gonna go. My friend here is gonna throw a credit chip in the air. When it hits the ground we’re gonna shoot—“

CAMERON: “At the credit chip?”

NICK: “At each other. We’re gonna prove who’s the fastest hand on Engebo 5, or you could leave and be branded a coward.”

CAMERON: “Hmm… I mean, If it’s you doing the branding I’m not really concerned about it.”

NICK: “Everyone will know. I’m an influencer.”

CAMERON: “heh.” Karma sets her data pad down. You can see it defaulted back to her page and it’s just continuously getting requests and shit, and she’s not concerned about it.

NICK: (laughs) It just says 99+.

CAMERON: Yeah, but she keeps getting the notifications that someone else tried. “I really don’t wanna shoot you. … That was the end of my statement. You can respond now.”

NICK: “(stammers) I… But… I called you out. We have to fight now. That’s how this works.”

CAMERON: “You know, the bounty hunters tend to be more of a brotherhood, and the shooting of other bounty hunters is kind of frowned upon, and by kind of I mean very.”

NICK: “Look. He’s about to throw this credit chip and then I’m gonna draw. You do what you want. Hit it, man.” The guy takes a credit chip and he tosses it into the air.

CAMERON: I wanna shoot the credit chip.

NICK: (smiling) Oh shoot. Okay.

CAMERON: So it never hits the ground. (giggles)

LAURA: At this point Xianna and Nolaa have walked out onto the plank up next to Tink holding their caf in the mugs. “Okay. Okay. Oh, shoot off, okay. I hope Karma shoots him first.”

HUDSON: Somehow I have a bucket of popcorn now.

(laughter)

NICK: Okay. Roll me a… shooooting check, I guess?

HUDSON: Ranged?

NICK: Ranged: Heavy. Well, I know what it’s called!

CAMERON: (laughing) A shooooting check.

NICK: Well, so, I was going to make you roll initiative, but you’re drawing so much earlier than he is expecting I don’t think you have to beat him with initiative. He wouldn’t be ready for you to ignore the credit chip, because that would be murder.

CAMERON: And I have Quickdraw, so…

NICK: Oh, you do. That’s really cool. You quickdraw your rifle off your back and it’s gonna be a hard shooting check.

CAMERON: Okay. Let’s see. There are no walls nearby, so that doesn’t help me…

NICK: To see through the walls? (laughs)

CAMERON: To see through. Yup.

NICK: Very important.

CAMERON: Um…

NICK: Are you still checking your talents?

CAMERON: Well, I was just gonna ask, has the credit chip acted this encounter yet? (laughing) Can I have a blue die for Quick Strike?

NICK: No. You can have the—Yeah. I would say this is sort of quick striking against him, and he hasn’t acted yet.

CAMERON: Okay. Cool. Two of my yellows came up blank, but I have three successes, three threats, and a triumph.

NICK: Okay… So you shoot the credit chip. Do you have an idea for the triumph? I kind of do. I was thinking that the credit chip is completely obliterated, vaporized, so nothing ever hits the ground, and he’s just waiting for too long and then he realizes what you did. He flinched when you shot, and then the credit chip never hits the ground, and he realizes what happened and he’s just stunned. He keeps his hands up and you’re able to just turn and go back on the ship. You completely defused the situation. Does that work for you?

HUDSON: I clap.

CAMERON: And I would like to not fall down, as part of my triumph.

NICK: (smiling) No! That’s gonna be so funny!

CAMERON: (smiling) Nope! I would like to not fall down as part of my triumph.

NICK: … Fine.

CAMERON: (laughing) I don’t want to do this super badass thing and then fall.

NICK: (laughing) I wanted it to be, and then you trip walking back up the ramp, but you’re just like ‘fuck yeah, holster, turn, everyone applauds, guy looks like an idiot… trip-fall!’

LAURA: Xianna’s shaking her head because she was really happy for a second because she thought Karma was just gonna shoot the guy before the coin hit, and was like “yes, that is how you do it,” and then was like “ugh… you should have just shot him. He would be dead. You could have just shot him first.”

CAMERON: “See, here’s my reasoning though. You noticed that blaster bolt was red?”

LAURA: “Mm-hmm?”

CAMERON: “Yeah. I didn’t want to shoot him, because I wasn’t quite sure if Krylon had set it back to stun.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “I mean, then he would be stunned, I guess. Oh well.”

NICK: We get a flashback to Krylon as he’s attaching all the parts and cleaning all the parts. He looks at the stun/kill switch and it’s on stun. “Huh, that’s weird,” and flips it to kill where it should be in his mind.

We see everybody go back onto the ship. I think at this point Nolaa probably runs into the ship and grabs her bag of stuff. “Hey, this has been fun, but I’ve got some stuff…”

LAURA: “Um, so I was going to sell you some things. Do we want to just do that later?”

NICK: “Yeah. I think this is a good start. I used up most of my funds. I don’t want to be awkward about that. I gotta go.” And she takes off very suavely. She’s still wearing the robe. She just grabbed her stuff in a bag and is…

LAURA: Yeah. (laughs)

CAMERON: “Bye Nolaa! Come again soon!”

NICK: “Oh, it was good to see you, karma.”

HUDSON: Ha!

CAMERON: Heheheh.

LAURA: Xianna’s just waving, “Yes please~!”

(giggling)

NICK: “Ohh…”

LAURA: “It was a dirty joke~! Ha.”

NICK: The ship gangplank closes up and the camera zooms out and we see the ship lift off and head towards space. The camera comes right in on Jake and his older friend who walks up and grabs him on the shoulder. Jake’s reaching towards the ship. “Agh! But I was gonna prove I was good…”

“Hey, forget it, Jake. It’s Nerftown.”

CAMERON: (laughs) Oh no~

NICK: (smiling) And that’s where we’re gonna end the episode. Ba-naaa~!

OTHERS: Ba-naaa~!

NICK: Yay.

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

This week it was pointed out to us that we have been using slurs for sex workers on the show. We are sorry. These terms were not appropriate to use and we apologize for any hurt we have caused. We will be having an internal talk about being more mindful of the words we choose and how they impact people. We will also be rewriting some of the crits on the Edge of the Empire critical hits chart. A few of them use ableist language that is hurtful. We believe we have read one or two of these crits out loud on the show and we apologize for that. These things are on us, but we will try to do better in the future.

We have some announcements this week. We’ve been extremely busy lately and the newest results of that work are a Discord channel. We started a channel for everyone to come and say hello. For anyone who doesn’t know, Discord is like Skype or Slack and is a chatroom where you can talk to people about specific subjects. This one is about Tabletop Squadron. Come talk to other people who like the show and the cast about the Afternoon Delight’s shenanigans. If you’re interested in joining the group, the link is on our Twitter page, the website, and our Facebook. Stop on by. The Discord has already decided that at 420 Twitter followers Thrawn will appear in the show, so now I have that to deal with. If you have written fan fiction or drawn fan art, the Discord is a great place to show it off!

Music this week is Tanzen (K ID 22) vy KieLoBot and Seaquest by Black Bones.

Let’s get into the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Episode 26 of Tabletop Squadron! We have now gone as long as animes go. … For this episode we’ll do the intro in Japanese!

CAMERON: (laughing) What?!

NICK: No…

LAURA: We’re at a weird time where we’ve obviously passed ones that only do one season, so like 13 episodes, but we’re not at the One Piece level where we have 400 episodes.

NICK: Yeah, but unlike most of the ones that only go two seasons, both seasons have been great! So, we’ll go around the table, introduce yourselves, and say who you’re playing today. We’re gonna go the other way, so let’s start with Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello! I am Cameron. I’m playing Karma Nailo the Nautolan bounty hunter.

NICK: Wonderful. Next up we have Laura.

LAURA: Yes, I am Laura, and I am playing Xianna’fan the Twi’lek smuggler, thief. Yes.

NICK: Yes.

LAURA: I have pockets.

NICK: Woo. Last up we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hi. I’m Hudson, and today I’ll be performing as Tink the Gigoran slicer.

NICK: Performing well, I hope.

HUDSON: yes, yes, quite right.

NICK: Yes, indubitably. Before we get started, let’s kick it off with the Destiny Roll~

CAMERON: Fuck. (laughs)

NICK: yesss.

LAURA: [laughing] It’s exactly the same as last time. Oh no—

CAMERON: Nope. I’m two dark side this time.

LAURA: We each only have one, so it’s now four.

CAMERON: It was SO close to being two light side and then it hit the edge of my dice tray and flipped.

NICK: Yeah. Well, I didn’t have to use them last episode because you all just were really kind to walk into all the bad things I wanted to happen, so that was good.

CAMERON: (pouting) Welp, I’m grumpy now.

LAURA: I know my character!

NICK: (laughs) You are consistent!

LAURA: I am consistent.

NICK: Alright. When we last left off, Karma, Xianna and Tink had all boarded the Mon Cal cruiser and worked your way towards the bridge. The bridge currently has Ziller, the GGG quartermaster, a couple other people in it that we’ll describe in better detail, and everybody’s met there and the last thing that you heard was Ziller saying, “Oh good, I thought that these were going to be stormtroopers, and they’re not.” Then you immediately started hearing the tromping of booted feet, and that’s where we will pick up.

So, we’ve got karma kind of in cover in a doorway aiming right at Ziller, we have Xianna on the opposite end of the doorway hidden where no one can find her, Tink and Web-Web just came running into the bridge asking Ziller what’s going on, we’ve got booted tromping feet behind you all… What do you do?

CAMERON: I shoot Ziller.

LAURA: Yeah. Xianna would have already been shooting and not have waited, because Karma said to shoot.

CAMERON: Yep. Our hallway went pew-pew!

NICK: Okay. What we’ll do is we’ll go ahead and roll Vigilance for everybody and then we’ll let you have two PC slots right at the start. I think it’s three, but Tink used his running into the place in the first place, so he doesn’t need one.

HUDSON: If I have 2 in Vigilance and 1 in Willpower, then I roll a yellow and a green?

NICK: Two yellow, one green.

CAMERON: What? No.

NICK: A yellow and a green.

CAMERON: Yes.

NICK: You were exactly right. I am wrong.

CAMERON: Karma has two successes, one advantage.

HUDSON: I have two successes.

LAURA: I have one success, one advantage.

CAMERON: What other dice would you like rolled?

NICK: I need two yellows and a green.

CAMERON: Three successes, a triumph, and two advantages.

NICK: I need two green dice.

CAMERON: Two advantages.

NICK: I need a green and a yellow.

CAMERON: Four advantages.

NICK: (snickers, smiling) Okay… I need three yellows and a green.

CAMERON: Two successes, two advantages.

NICK: One more time.

CAMERON: That is four successes, two advantages.

NICK: Okay, and we’ll just do that in the wind… Great. That’s enough initiative. Starting off, karma and Xianna both get a shot at Ziller because they were armed up and ready to go.

LAURA: Xianna was shooting at the panel.

NICK: Okay. Xianna is shooting at the panel.

CAMERON: We just get shots onto the bridge.

NICK: Sure. Don’t let me explain your tactics. You go right ahead.

CAMERON: Haha!

NICK: Average.

LAURA: We are at what range?

NICK: You are at medium  range from the panel, short range from Ziller.

LAURA: Four successes and a threat.

NICK: Oh geez. Okay.

CAMERON: Three advantages, so I’d like to trigger my crit. (laughs) No, I don’t hit.

NICK: I wish you could.

LAURA: Can you trigger someone else’s crit?

(laughter)

NICK: I don’t think so.

CAMERON: Can I trigger Xianna’s crit?

NICK: I’m not saying that will never happen, I’m just saying it’s gonna have to be a very specific situation where you can do that.

CAMERON: Yeah. … Pew!

NICK: So, Xianna shoots the control panel right in the sparky bits. It immediately explodes filling the room with white smoke and knocking those two pirates to the ground. One of them hits his head and is unconscious immediately. It does that really gross movie theater splunky broken bone noise. He’s out. He will not be coming back. Then, karma shoots at Ziller. He dives behind the captain’s chair and the Mon Cal captain. You shoot and the last shot hits the Mon Cal captain as he ducks behind it and he is not hit. He takes cover behind the captain’s chair, that’s what he does, and now we’re gonna get into initiative order. So, the first thing that happens is you hear the sounds of booted feet getting faster and somebody is close to coming around the corner on the hallway, the right angle hallway that Xianna and Karma originally came down. There is the rattle of armor, and you figure oh gosh, maybe these are those stormtroopers that Ziller mentioned a second ago. They are not quite in line of sight but they are very close. That is them, next up is Ziller. He pulls a heavy blaster out of his conveyor belt…

CAMERON: … Conveyor belt? (laughs)

NICK: Don’t know why I said that…

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: He pulls a heavy blaster pistol out of his utility belt. He puts the pistol on the shoulder of the captain and he goes to shoot Karma, because Karma was trying to shoot him. That’s gonna be two yellows and a green. I think his motion put him at medium range actually, because he’s across the room now.

CAMERON: He gets a black die because I’m in cover?

NICK: Two black dice, one for cover and one for all the smoke that’s in the room.

CAMERON: Three successes, two threats.

NICK: Okay. I forgot what a heavy blaster pistol does.

CAMERON: Well, actually, you know, I’d love to help you but unfortunately that’s the one I lost when we were escaping the herdship, so I no longer have that written on my sheet.

LAURA: Heavy blaster pistol is 7 damage.

NICK: Ooh.

LAURA: Three crit, medium range, encumbrance 2. It has a stun setting~

NICK: He’s not using it, though. You said 7, +3 so that’s 10 damage coming at you. It hits you in the shoulder of your armor. I think it hits hard enough to bruise but doesn’t pierce it… and hurts. That was Ziller. He is still behind that captain’s chair and probably will remain there for a while. We’re up to our first character slot! We’ve got Karma in the doorway, Xianna still in the doorway, Tink you are—

HUDSON: I thought I was behind everybody.

NICK: Blaster fire is kind of pinging in front of you. You are by the doorway, but you are in the room.

HUDSON: Correct.

NICK: yes. What does anybody wanna do? Character slot.

LAURA: Xianna will shoot again. She has her scanner goggles on, so the fact that it’s smoking isn’t a big deal.

NICK: Yeah. That shouldn’t affect anything.

CAMERON: Can she have another blue die from the two threats that Ziller had?

NICK: Absolutely. He’s so busy taking a bead on Karma that he’s leaning out and exposing himself, tactically.

LAURA: yeah. I’m gonna shoot him. I’m gonna aim since I’m just standing in the doorway. He’s still medium, right?

NICK: To you, yes.

LAURA: Cool.

NICK: There is a black die because he’s in cover, though. … Well, that helped a lot. (laughs) It’s blank~

LAURA: Four successes and one advantage!

NICK: Sheesh. How much damage is that?

LAURA: That will be 10 damage.

NICK: Okay. That hurt him a whole bunch. How many advantages did you have?

LAURA: One. I just want to put that towards… Can I make it so I hit him in his shoulder and he kind of spins and he’s no longer completely in cover?

NICK: Yeah. You can have knocked him out of cover. You can do that.

LAURA: Yeah. I would like to have knocked him out of cover so it makes it easier for whoever shoots him next.

NICK: I think what it is, you hit him real well, right in the chest, and it went pretty deep, and he’s not wearing armor, so he drops the blaster pistol and draws his vibro-axe and just steps out of cover.

LAURA: Cool.

NICK: He’s raging right now. Up next, we hear some more stomping of booted feet. Tink, you look behind you to see a group of five stormtroopers coming around the corner. They are going to shoot at Web-Web because Web-Web’s right near you. That’s gonna be two yellows and two greens, average difficulty. They’re not gonna aim or anything.

CAMERON: Three successes, two advantages.

NICK: Ow… Poor Web-Web. They all shoot. The guy in the front says, “Shoot the blue one!” It’s five, so the three in the front kneel and the two behind them stay standing, and they just shoot one shot all in unison because these stormtroopers are competent. This usually doesn’t get to happen for me.

They hit Web-Web, and Web-Web says “Kriff!” and runs and dives behind a bank of stuff to get out of the way. They got hit pretty good. They’re not very happy. You can hear a stream of curses in Gungan. None of you speak Gungan, but you can clearly tell the tone of the statements. That is them. Up to another character slot.

CAMERON: I will take this one since I’m armed. I’m going to shoot at Ziller again.

NICK: Okay. He’s no longer in cover. He’s got his big old vibro-axe out.

CAMERON: And he stepped back to medium range?

NICK: yes, from where you are.

CAMERON: Okie-dokie.

NICK: (quietly) Do you want to aim?

CAMERON: Yeah. Well, no actually, I want to use my maneuver for something else. I’m just going to shoot him. One success, two advantages.

NICK: How much damage is that total?

CAMERON: Ten.

NICK: Oof. Okay. You hit Ziller in the chest basically in the exact same spot that Xianna did. He is not dead, but he–

CAMERON: We’re stunning him. Both of our guns are set to stun.

NICK: Oh! Oh, then he’s super unconscious.

LAURA: Oh, no.

NICK: Did you switch yours back to murder?

LAURA: I think Xianna switched hers back to murder. I honestly don’t remember.

CAMERON: We never said that we did.

LAURA: I don’t know if I ever said I did, but I feel like Xianna would have…

CAMERON: Karma’s is still on stun, so that was 10 stun damage.

NICK: Okay. If you kept it on stun he’s unconscious. If you didn’t, then he’s just bleeding and also dizzy.

CAMERON: The thing is whether or not you remembered that your gun was on stun.

LAURA: She probably didn’t.

NICK: I actually really like the idea of Xianna shooting him and being like ‘yes! … Aw, what the heck?’

CAMERON: ‘Why was it blue?’

LAURA: ‘No, it was on stun!’

NICK: (laughs) Doesn’t recognize stun damage because never uses it.

CAMERON: How come it’s blue? What is wrong with this gun? (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: The blue does more damage. Yeah, so, with the second stun wave he basically just drops. He slumps. Little Zzz status icons come up from his head. He is unconscious. Great job. You wanted to use your maneuver?

CAMERON: Yes. I am taking off my bounty hunter badge and holding it facing behind me. I just saw stormtroopers come from the other side and there’s boots behind me. There’s going to be stormtroopers coming. I’m trying to identify myself, and I’m gonna use my advantages that the smoke is cleared from behind me and they can see it when they come around the corner.

NICK: Oh dang. I keep forgetting that you’re technically not wanted. (laughs)

CAMERON: yes.

LAURA: Neither is Xianna.

CAMERON: And Xianna is technically dead.

LAURA: Technically.

NICK: Technically.

LAURA: Technically dead. (laughs)

NICK: Oh man. So it occurs to me that the only person on the crew that is actively being pursued is Tink, which just seems kind of unfair to me.

(laughter)

HUDSON: It really is.

LAURA: Xianna has that split second where she doesn’t remember this. “Oh shit! The fuzz!”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: And then she’s like, “Oh wait… I am dead! Haha!”

CAMERON: Jorus is technically after Xianna right now.

NICK: Yeah, that’s true.

CAMERON: But he doesn’t know her name. Tink is like 100% Sila’s got him down.

NICK: He’s six inches from convicted at this point since Sila has his notebook of many tricks.

CAMERON: Yeah. So, my maneuver and my advantage to take my badge out and show it so that they see it, so that they know I’m not on the bad side. I don’t want to be one of the baddies.

NICK: Okay. Goodness. Alright, next up is a character slot. I think that would be Tink.

HUDSON: Yes. Dumb question of the evening: Is this bridge actually a bridge?

NICK: (chuckles) No.

HUDSON: It could be, but it’s not?

NICK: I think it just became one if you want it to be. We just didn’t mention that this room is above a chasm above the reactor.

LAURA: They’re never above a chasm.

NICK: No. The bridge is the driving place for the boat. It’s where the captain hangs out.

HUDSON: Oh, okay.

NICK: You know in Star Trek how there’s more people on the ship but it always shows those same eight people and it shakes around and they fall over and stuff? Picture that. That’s basically what this is.

LAURA: Ooh! What you could have… I don’t think the Mon Calamari ships ever show it this way, it’s usually the galactic ones, where this is a raised section so a lot of the people on computers and stuff are lowered…

NICK: Oh, the Imperial ships have that.

LAURA: …so there is kind of a bridge, but the Mon Calamari ones always seem to be flat.

NICK: Well no, because they’re on that floaty chair on the arm.

LAURA: Oh, there is a little bit.

CAMERON: First of all, I like the fact that you used Star Trek to explain what a bridge is as opposed to Star Wars, the game we’re playing.

(laughter)

LAURA: To be fair, no, I was going to tell Hudson… ‘Have you ever seen an episode of Star Trek?’ That’s what I thought of too! I think they call it the bridge in Star Trek and use that way more often than they do in Star Wars.

CAMERON: Oh yeah, because they’re constantly telling people to report to the bridge. They don’t do that in Star Wars as much.

LAURA: And they’re constantly on the bridge and mentioning it in Star Trek whereas in Star Wars they don’t use that as often.

CAMERON: But in the Mon Cal cruisers there is the floaty bit in the bubble that the admiral sits in, so there’s part of a bridge thing.

NICK: yeah. It’s like a chair on an arm.

LAURA: His bubble chair.

NICK: So, depending on what you want to do, kind of.

HUDSON: I was curious. I don’t have to do it. I had an idea, but…

CAMERON: I had advantages in my initiative roll. I’d like to donate those to Hudson to help with bridge creation if required. (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) Okay. Fine. Tell me what you’re aiming for. Let’s make this happen.

HUDSON: I’m gonna push someone off.

(laughter)

NICK: Okay. Web-Web is nearby taking cover behind a panel. So, the way it is… However everybody was picturing it, that’s what it looks like, but around the edge there is a sharp 15 foot drop, 5 meter drop, I know that’s not exactly right but close, and then there’s more panels and stuff down there. It’s a drop enough that could mess with people. Your options, you can get to everybody. There is one of the lackeys who was trying to hack the computers on the ground near there but still functioning. One of them is unconscious. The Zabrak man in the ship uniform is standing off to the side also near the edge. Ziller is out. There are stormtroopers behind you. I think that’s it right now. Who do you want to push?

HUDSON: Where was the one who tried to hack stuff?

NICK: He’s in front of you. He’s lying on the ground near the edge between two sets of computer panels, one of which is exploded.

HUDSON: I’ll kick that guy off.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. You use your maneuver to run over to him. Make me a Brawl check.

HUDSON: Oh no…

CAMERON: Hey, you’re pretty strong.

HUDSON: Yeah. I don’t have anything in Brawl, though.

CAMERON: Yeah, but he’s also on the ground and just got blown up a little bit.

NICK: It is going to be average difficulty, two purple, but you will get a blue die because he’s prone.

HUDSON: Do I get another one because she gave me advantage?

NICK: She did that so that there was a ledge to shove off of.

CAMERON: I did that so that there was a bridge.

HUDSON: Oh, so there was a bridge! Okay! Three successes, two threats.

NICK: Okay. Everyone is looking at you. I think what happens is you parkour over a computer panel. All these computers by the way I’m picturing like Mission Control from the 70s, those big, white, blocky things. You parkour over those, the one where you plant one hand and swing your legs over. You run over to that guy who’s on the ground. He’s reaching for his pistol, because he was going to go next, and you just soccer kick him in the stomach. You know in the movies when someone gets hit hard and it’s very obvious that they had a rope tied to him and pulled it real fast to make him slide? He does that, and he goes sliding. The back of his head hits the corner of a panel with a smack and then he spins off and falls, and there’s a comically long delay, and then you hear (“boom”), and that guy is definitely out.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Your threats are everybody saw you run onto the bridge, and they’re all looking at you, and you just ran up and clearly declared your side by punting this guy. You hear Web-Web say, “Oh… Yeah. That makes a lot more sense. Come on, you could have told me.”

CAMERON: And then we get the camera shot of Tink looking over the ledge so that we can see that it’s only 15 feet and that the pause when he was falling was way too long.

NICK: But the guy is sprawled out really dramatically, like the end of Die Hard. (laughs)

LAURA: There would also be a Xianna wave, of “’ello Tink!” Heh.

HUDSON: Yeah, Web-Web says you could have told me and I say, “I dropped very strong hints!”

(laughter)

NICK: “Fair enough.” So that was that. Lackeys are very dead. Tink’s in the middle of the room. Karma is still in the hallway. Xianna is still in the hallway. The Zabrak in the Mon Cal navy uniform pulls their blaster pistol, looks around, you can see a decision come to their face, and shoots at Tink. That’s going to be three greens. They are competent. Flip me a dark side point to upgrade one of those to a yellow, and they are at medium range. They’re on the far side from him. Hmm, I want him to aim, too.

CAMERON: Two successes, two threats.

NICK: Huh. The same thing happens with this person. They have now loudly declared sides with their gun, but they do… What’s a light blaster, 5?

CAMERON: A light blaster is 5.

NICK: Okay. You’ve got 7 damage coming at you, Tink, minus your soak.

HUDSON: Four?

NICK: Yeah. Your soak is 3?

HUDSON: Yup.

NICK: Four damage, and they already aimed so they’re basically just gonna crouch down in place, but just for flavor because they can’t take cover, because that’s what they’re doing. Up next we have the stormtroopers. They come around the corner and they immediately see Karma holding the bounty hunter badge and the four of them take very obvious military positions against the walls and start covering each other as they work their way forward. The one with the orange pauldron, because there’s always one of those if you need one of them to talk, comes up behind Karma and says, “Bounty hunter, report. What’s going on?”

CAMERON: “A group of green Gigorans have taken over the Mon Cal ship. We hailed the captain, spoke to him, he was shot down, he’s over there by the chair. Their leader seemed to have been the green fellow there who’s taken out. The white Gigoran is on our side. The purple Twi’lek is on our side. I think everyone else in the bridge is not on our side, our side being the non-pirate side, sir.”

NICK: We get a shot of the stormtrooper captain looking at Xianna who’s still against the wall and nods at her.

LAURA: She waves.

CAMERON: “Obviously the other stormtroopers are also okay, I assume.”

NICK: You can’t see his face, but he’s rolling his eyes a little bit inside his helmet.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: Just wanted to be clear. (laughs)

NICK: “Yeah… Copy that.” He makes a hand motion. “Clear the room.” The four of them start charging in and they just start laying down fire like crazy. Two of them are gonna shoot at Web-Web, two of them are gonna shoot at Tink, so that’s a green and a yellow.

CAMERON: (laughing) Sorry buddy, I tried.

NICK: You’re a Gigoran!

CAMERON: I said the white one was on our side!

NICK: Yeah, but he doesn’t really listen to you.

LAURA: Yeah, but they’re stormtroopers.

NICK: They’re Nazis.

LAURA: (laughs) They’re space racists.

NICK: They’re still assholes. Yeah, a green and a yellow versus two against Web-Web.

CAMERON: One success.

NICK: Great. They shoot Web-Web. Web-Web’s in bad fucking shape.

CAMERON: Sorry Twitter family.

NICK: Oh no, Web-Web’s gonna fucking make it, Web-Web’s just not doing well. Web-Web may come back with a robot face or something, I don’t know.

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: Ah…

NICK: And then a green and a yellow at Tink.

CAMERON: One success, one threat.

NICK: Okay. That’s 6 damage going at you Tink as they basically just shoot you in the chest, because you’re still standing in the middle looking triumphant. “We got the Gigoran, sir!” That is their turn. The captain is just like a proud papa right now. He’s not engaging. Ziller’s unconscious, and… character slot.

CAMERON: I guess I’ll shoot the Zabrak, since I’m on stun and he’s still standing.

NICK: Sure. Black die for the smoke that I’ve been forgetting to include.

CAMERON: Blue die for the aiming. So far I think it’s anybody who’s been wearing a helmet hasn’t had to deal with the smoke, because magic helmet viewy things.

NICK: That does make sense. Oh no, those helmets filter smoke, they don’t filter poison.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Sorry, that’s just… Star Wars… Anyway.

CAMERON: Anyway. Is he at medium range from me?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: Okie-doke.

NICK: That’s a lot of threats.

CAMERON: Two successes, two threats, so that is 11 stun damage.

NICK: Yeah. You shoot him, he flies backwards, and there’s a long pause… and then you hear (WHOMP). You blasted him off of the bridge, but remember this is the Gonzo director we hired for just this arc, so this guy flies backwards.

CAMERON: Oh, that’s true. Yes. He goes flying!

LAURA: This one has had multiple reshoots, has changed directors three times, one of them was a kung fu director.

NICK: (laughs) We are way over budget.

CAMERON: The first time we shot this it was a very different fight scene.

NICK: It was all gritty hand-to-hand.

LAURA: That’s why some of them fly way back, because they hired a kung fu movie director for half of it. They do that full pull line fly.

CAMERON: Well, they didn’t want to pay the stunt men to do it again less intensely, so like, it works.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Mm-hmm. That was you. Zabrak is out you assume since he fell off and there was a flump and then you didn’t hear anything. Now the stormtroopers are coming from the other side. They clear the room. They actually chuck a stun grenade in there, so roll me two greens and a yellow versus hard, because they threw it from far away, and a black die because they’re not really looking at what they’re throwing at. They’re doing the breech and clear thing.

CAMERON: Stormtroopers are good at their job. Three successes, a triumph, and two threats.

NICK: Holy cow. I’m gonna go ahead and activate the blast on that stun grenade.

LAURA: Blast is, for two advantages, each character engaged with target suffers damage equal to blast rating and successive.

NICK: They threw it at Tink. Web-Web is far enough away that they’re not gonna get hit with it. Engaged is really close. Man, the blast radius on those kind of stinks.

LAURA: I mean, engaged is kind of what you make it. All the range bands are kind of what you make it.

NICK: I agree. I think it hits everybody in the room.

CAMERON: I think everybody else is unconscious or dead besides Tink.

NICK: So, Tink will take the full stun damage, Web-Web will take the blast. I’m not trying to take Tink out with one stun grenade.

HUDSON: It wouldn’t take me out. It would hurt real bad, though. That’s 8 damage I put down.

CAMERON: It would go against your strain, though, if it’s a stun grenade.

HUDSON: Yeah, that’s why I’m saying it would still be 5 damage.

NICK: It still reduces by your soak, too. Tink takes 8 stun damage. You hear Web-Web’s cursing get really weak from behind the panel that they’re hiding behind. The stormtroopers start to file into the room and clear things. I am actually going to put my last little trump card in here. There’s some blaster fire from behind the stormtroopers and two of them drop with just smoking holes in the back of their helmets, so they are down. You can hear a mechanical voice indistinctly coming from there. Someone else is shooting at the stormtroopers. Up next is a character slot.

LAURA: I think Karma already shot. Who’s left?

NICK: Web-Web maybe, you can’t see them, and Tink, and then a bunch of stormtroopers shooting at everybody that’s moving.

LAURA: Huh…

HUDSON: I could go with and run out of there.

CAMERON: They’re just gonna shoot you if you run. (laughs)

LAURA: Yeah.

HUDSON: True.

NICK: There are ways to make them stop shooting you.

HUDSON: Yeah, dying.

(laughter)

NICK: Search your feelings.

LAURA: Can Xianna move to the next door on the other side of the bridge? How far is that?

NICK: You could do it in two movements.

LAURA: Okay. Xianna will use her maneuver and then her action to move that distance and be against the wall on the other side of the door so she has some cover from that section, and while she’s running through there she wants to point at Tink and go “He is with us! Please do not shoot him!”

NICK: Hmm. I feel like… Okay. You can hear indistinct com chatter through the helmets, and that combined with the fact that two of them just got murdered, they turn around and the other two throw their backs against the opposite side of the door from you and they’re looking around the corner. The other stormtrooper captain has two blaster pistols drawn and is just cowboy dual wield shooting down the hallway. You actually can see with your scanner goggles on, there’s a Gand bounty hunter splattered, half covered in green blood, that doesn’t look like it’s theirs.

LAURA: Ew.

NICK: It’s just basically… You know Bullet Tooth Tony from Snatch, just doing that indistinct grumbling while trying to kill people thing from the hallway? It is very unhappy right now. That was you. Another character slot.

HUDSON: Ugh… I don’t feel great. I don’t have any weapons and there’s no one else to hurt.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: You have a knife.

HUDSON: I have a knife?

NICK: Yeah. Didn’t you give—Oh no. They never gave you your weapons. (laughs)

HUDSON: They never gave me my weapons.

LAURA: So, just put your hands up. (laughs)

CAMERON: When he was kidnapped he had a knife. They did not give him his knife back when they sent him onto the ship.

HUDSON: Nope. I get on my knees and put my hands up.

NICK: Okay. (laughs) They all stop shooting you. You can hear the stormtrooper captain that’s near Karma go “Oh. Whoops.” Heh. We move on to the next slot. Some things happen… and those people are all dead. I think what happens is the stormtroopers from the far side of the room move in a scary wave to the same door Xianna is. One of them tries to plant their elbow on your shoulder to do the squad covering tactics thing, so we get this cool shot of into the doorway and it’s just surrounded with stormtroopers and also Xianna looking mildly confused.

LAURA: Xianna would definitely turn around and just be like, “Oh~? How are you~? Heh.”

NICK: “Doing fine. Let me shoot this Gand real quick.”

LAURA: “Okie!”

NICK: And they all (blast noises), and they just riddle him with blaster fire. The Gand slumps back against the wall and leaves a gross, green streak down the wall, but it’s not down. We get the shot of that Gonzo stormtrooper captain with the two pistols walking up to the Gand, and the stormtrooper captain says, “bounty hunters,” and fires. The Gand flips the stormtrooper the middle finger. “Stay down!” He fires, and the Gand starts cursing in Gand, and (repeated blast noises).

LAURA: “Oh wow. He will just not die.”

(laughter)

NICK: And then the Gand finally slumps to the ground, there’s a clatter of guns, and that will end combat. Everything’s mostly down at this point. Karma… You haven’t seen the Gand yet. You’re still in the room. Never mind there. So, the room is cleared, you got a bunch of stormtroopers, Gand is down. You have eight stormtroopers, two of which are captains.

CAMERON: Karma’s going to put her badge away and stand up from where she’s been crouching next to the door and saunter onto the bridge.

NICK: Okay. You can see Tink still kneeling there with his hands in the air saying ‘they didn’t give me a weapon! I don’t know what’s going on!’ Then you see a puddle of blood and then an open hatch in the base of a computer panel with a narrow crawlspace, like very narrow, and a streak of blood going into that so someone must have climbed through there, then a bunch of bodies including two dead stormtroopers. The rest of the stormtroopers are a combination of covering the doors and each other and a couple of them milling around, and the two captains are talking but you can’t hear them because they’re doing it through radio, so you just get this pantomime of two stormtrooper officers gesturing at each other waving their arms around kind of robotically, but you don’t know what they’re saying.

CAMERON: Alright. I’m gonna approach the two mime stormtroopers who are having the conversation.

NICK: The two captains? As you get close you can very indistinctly hear their voices, but it’s very muffled through the laminate of the helmets.

CAMERON: “Pardon me, sirs.”

NICK: The Gonzo stormtrooper captain who is now very clearly discernable because there’s splatters of green blood on the front of his otherwise white armor. He goes to reach for one of his blaster pistols that are on holsters and the other stormtrooper captain says, “No, she’s good. She helped. We’re fine. Don’t shoot her.”

The other one says, “Agh, bounty hunters.” They acknowledge you.

CAMERON: I start talking primarily to the one who was on my side who just told the scary one not to shoot me. “The reason that I am here is I am after the bounty on the Green Gigorans. They had kidnapped my friend, the white Gigoran,” pointing at Tink who is still on his knees with his hands up, “so we were also retrieving him, but I have a bounty on Engebo 5 for bringing the Gigorans back. Is it alright with you gentlemen if I take just the Gigorans with me?”

NICK: There’s a long pause, and then the blood splattered one says, “We’ll let you collect the bounty if you make it worth our while.”

The other one clonk slaps him in the back of the head and they look mad at each other. “You can claim the bodies when you decide to leave.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Thank you.”

LAURA: I would like to add that the shot’s kind of panned out so that you see all of this but in the background you see Xianna flirting with the one stormtrooper that had used her as a balance, so you definitely see her putting her hand on the shoulder armor and like tracing things and being like… “So, uh, when do you get off? Heh.”

(laughter)

CAMERON: Well…

LAURA: “So, you seem pretty tall for a stormtrooper. Heh.”

NICK: “Well, you know what they say about tall stormtroopers.”

LAURA: “Uh, yes I do.”

NICK: “We get longer grieves on our armor.”

LAURA: “Oh. I was going to say you had very large, uh, penises.”

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: “Well that too. You can’t tell because I’m wearing a helmet, but I’m winking.”

CAMERON: I thought it was they hit their heads as they went through doors.

LAURA: Ooh.

NICK: Ooh. That’s very good. At that point the camera is centered on Xianna and this one stormtrooper. The captain—we’ll just call them asshole and not asshole for now.

CAMERON: Capt’in Asshole?

NICK: Capt’in Asshole. Captain Mass’oll

LAURA: So many apostrophes.

CAMERON: Great.

NICK: But not Mass’oll… Massle, M-A-S-S-L-E. Not asshole captain says, “Trooper, we’re gonna secure the bridge. Private Longfellow, go with the bounty hunters. Make sure they don’t get into trouble.”

(laughter)

LAURA: (giggling) I was gonna say, if I had my choice it would have been a designation number of 69.

CAMERON: (giggling) It can be both. It can be both.

NICK: (smiling) Yeah, there’s a little serial number under his helmet that says like DK6969.

(laughter)

LAURA: Oh yes.

NICK: The one extra tall stormtrooper salutes over Xianna’s head, because he can just see straight over. “Yes sir!” He basically just attaches himself to you three as a unit and waits to see what you all are going to do.

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna walk over to Tink. “Alright buddy, you can stand up.”

HUDSON: “Oh. I think I can…” I struggle a little bit to get up.

CAMERON: I help.

NICK: Yeah, your knee is hurting real bad. The one that was exploded not that long ago.

CAMERON: Like two days ago.

HUDSON: yeah…

NICK: yeah, it’s not in great shape.

LAURA: Do you have wounds or just strain?

HUDSON: Both.

LAURA: Okay. (reluctantly) Xianna would hand you a stim pack.

HUDSON: Yay… So, that heals 5?

LAURA: Five.

NICK: At this point I feel like Tink might need a port for all his stim pack injections.

CAMERON: You just do the dog thing where you pinch his skin, and then you do the shot in it, and then you wiggle it to get it to disperse.

NICK: (laughs) Do you hand it to him? Do you throw it at him?

LAURA: I hand it to him.

NICK: Okay. We get a shot of Tink grabbing that and just like jabbing it into his neck, like ‘ah, that’s the good stuff.’ You’re feeling better. Your ears are ringing a little bit from the stun grenade going off. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but the group is back together, and Ziller is unconscious. You do know that there are three other Gigorans—well, I guess Tink does. You know that there is between three and five total Gigorans.

CAMERON: Yes. It’s around the size of a quartet.

NICK: yeah. They’re still somewhere in the ship.

CAMERON: Okay. I’m gonna go over to Ziller and put a pair of binders on him since he’s still unconscious.

NICK: Good idea. Do you binder him to something?

CAMERON: Yes, to the captain’s chair since he seems so fond of it.

NICK: yeah, that seems capable. He’s twisted around in an uncomfortable position.

CAMERON: Then I pat him down real quick to see if I can find Tink’s knife.

NICK: You don’t find Tink’s knife, but you find a bigger knife.

CAMERON: Oh. He has his battle axe on him, right? Ziller had a battle axe?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: Okay. I hand you the battle axe, Tink.

HUDSON: Ooh. Thank you.

LAURA: Does he have a com?

NICK: Yes, he does.

LAURA: Xianna takes the com and then goes over to Tink. “Okay, Tink, do you want to pretend to be this Gigoran and you ask the other Gigorans where they are on the ship?”

HUDSON: “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.”

LAURA: “Okie.” Also, was he wearing a translator?

NICK: Yes, because he was talking.

CAMERON: He had one on his head.

NICK: But when he was shouting to you all he had a translator pulled down, because you don’t speak Gigoran.

HUDSON: Can you do the Ziller voice one more time?

NICK: ‘Yeah brother, this is Ziller.’

HUDSON: “Alright. I’m about to get on the coms here. … Hey uh, this is Ziller. Um, yeah, we just had a great victory over here. Where are y’all at?”

NICK: “Yeah, Ziller, you sound different. What do you mean where are we at? You’re the one that told us where to go.” I’m gonna need a Deception check from you. It’s average, these guys aren’t real smart.

HUDSON: Success and a threat.

NICK: “But I guess since you know where we are that’s no big deal. Is the bridge secured?”

HUDSON: “Bridge is fully secure. I just have a sore throat so that’s why I’m sounding like this.”

NICK: “… makes sense. You know, the humidity from that translator you wear all the time is really bad on the vocal cords. It’s cool that you don’t make us wear one, boss.”

HUDSON: “Oh well, you know how much I like you guys. Uh… Yeah. Keep up the good work, soldiers.”

NICK: “Okay! We’re almost done robbing the forward cargo hold, so if you wanna come help carry stuff you can set that self-destruct. Let’s finish this thing up.”

HUDSON: “Actually, stay where you are. Before you carry any more out I want to inspect what you got.”

NICK: “Seems suspicious, but okay!”

(laughter)

HUDSON: “Uh… Over and outie!”

(laughter)

CAMERON: So he had taken his translator off to say this, so we’re just watching him make noises.

NICK: What did we say Gigoran sounds like? Oh! Bus breaks. You just keep hearing bus breaks happen, but a slightly lower bus breaks.

LAURA: Well, a bus and a Wookiee had sex and produced some sort of… Bussiee. Heh.

CAMERON: No, it sounds like a bus and a Wookiee having sex.

LAURA: Ohh.

NICK: (groans)

HUDSON: Okay! I tell the stormtroopers where the rest of them are.

CAMERON: “Tink, you gotta put your translator back on, buddy. We can’t understand you.”

NICK: (laughs)

HUDSON: “Oh sorry.” I put it back on. I tell them where they went, to the front cargo hold.

NICK: Okay. Asshole captain, Massle, Captain Massle says, “Well, we’re securing the bridge, and if you want to collect that bounty you should actually do some bounty hunting. We’ll come by later if they kill you, but you should do whatever you want now. If we leave here they may send more.”

CAMERON: “Roger that, captain.” I skip off the bridge.

NICK: (laughing) Okay.

CAMERON: Karma’s had it. (laughs)

LAURA: Xianna does a little goodbye salute to designation number DK6969.

NICK: Oh, he’s coming with you.

CAMERON: He’s coming with us. He’s our assigned guard.

LAURA: Oh! He’s coming with us! So then never mind. He’s coming with. She’s gonna keep talking to him the whole time.

NICK: So, you are headed out. Which way are you going? Are you going back towards the Afternoon Delight or towards the GGG ship?

CAMERON: Towards the GGGs, so heading out the other door.

NICK: Do you want to make a plan with your cadre of troops here?

CAMERON: “It’s that way, right?”

HUDSON: “Yeah!”

CAMERON: I point down the hallway towards the way that everybody came in from, where the Gand is lying, and I see the Gand.

NICK: Yeah. You know this Gand, actually.

CAMERON: Oh no, Bobby. (laughs)

NICK: His name is…

HUDSON: Gandar.

NICK: Sure. Gandar the Immortal is his thing, and you know that his brother, Sandar—You’ve never seen them separated or heard of them separated. You never worked with them closely, they’re just one of those… The ones that if the Empire calls a bunch of bounty hunters to stand on a star destroyer to receive orders to get somebody, they’re usually there. They’re just thug guys, but yeah, they’re tough, they’re real tough. Or they were.

CAMERON: Alright. I’m gonna lean down and… steal all of his stuff now that he’s dead.

NICK: (laughs) Okay.

CAMERON: We’re reincorporating it into the bounty hunter profession. He would want someone to take this.

NICK: Roll me a Skulduggery?

CAMERON: “Hey Xianna, help.”

LAURA: Xianna looks over and she’s like…

CAMERON: “Are you busy?”

LAURA: “I would, um, never do anything illegal.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: “No, I know! I just—“

LAURA: “Is it okay to steal from a dead body? Or to take things from a dead body?”

NICK: “That’s highly dishonorable.”

LAURA: “But is it… Are we allowed to?”

CAMERON: “Yes. The bounty hunter code says that you are allowed to retrieve. I should at least retrieve his personal items to return to his family and drop off at the nearest bounty office.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

NICK: “If you say so.”

CAMERON: “I do, sweetie.”

LAURA: So, she goes over and she helps.

NICK: It’s gonna be hard. You’re going to find stuff, but if you pass the hard check you’re gonna find something cool.

CAMERON: Your Cunning is 4 now, right?

LAURA: Yes. My Cunning was 4. My Agility is now 4.

CAMERON: What is your Skulduggery?

LAURA: It is a 2.

NICK: So is Xianna doing it and you’re just helping?

CAMERON: Yeah. I put the dice pool together so I’m going to roll it, but yeah. Oh no…

NICK: Nuh-uh.

CAMERON: Alright, so it fails with two advantages.

NICK: You’re able to find his blaster rifle which is just next to him.

LAURA: Xianna’s just too busy flirting, and she just…

CAMERON: She doesn’t want to look Good at it, so she’s like ‘oh, I have to be awkward touching the body. It’s dead… I’ve never done this before…’

LAURA: Also, since we’re past the encounter, Xianna’s now coming down off of impact.

NICK: Ooh. That’s gonna be rough.

LAURA: Yes. It’s a black die to Agility, Cunning, and Intellect.

NICK: Oof. You find the blaster carbine. You find 100 Credits. You know that Gands often hide important effects and things inside their natural armor, but this one is mostly soaked in blood at this point and you can’t find it, and you don’t really feel like trying to vivisect him while your bounty is still on the ship, so you kind of just give up on that.

CAMERON: Can I find his badge?

NICK: Sure.

CAMERON: I’ll just return that to the bounty office so they know he’s out of commission.

NICK: Sure. You do that. You head on down the hallway. This is the same hallway, Tink, that you ran down with Web-Web on your shoulders earlier.

CAMERON: “Was there anything interesting down this hallway, Tink?”

HUDSON: “Not really.”

NICK: He says, ignoring the other Gand that tried to murder him earlier.

HUDSON: “I mean, like, I guess earlier there was this cool… I’ll tell you about it later. There was just acrobatics and we threw them like a football…”

CAMERON: “Did you see another Gand? It’s weird that there’s only one, because his brother should be here too.”

HUDSON: “Yeah. I saw a second Gand.”

LAURA: “Okay, but—“

CAMERON: “That wasn’t interesting?!” (laughs)

NICK: As Tink says that, you come to what looks like passenger quarters and there’s a Gand that’s just been completely cut open and splayed out. Somebody took some really intense vibro-knives and went from neck to pelvis and then pulled.

LAURA: “Oh. Ew.”

CAMERON: “Oh my.”

NICK: It also looks like that happened and the Gand kept fighting for a while.

CAMERON: “Oh yeah, they were tough.”

LAURA: “Okie. Let’s move on, then.”

HUDSON: “This is the Gand!”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “Yes, okay, we are moving on.”

CAMERON: “Thanks Tink.” Karma quickly goes over and checks this one out too.

NICK: You’re able to grab the badge pretty easily from the same place, but there’s not really a lot else on this guy. You continue onward. You come to a four-way intersection. In front of you there is a very large cargo hold. You can actually see some GGGs still in there including one of the Gigorans, and then to the right you can see a sealed passageway that looks like it leads to an airlock but is still sealed. To the left there is a long hallway and you can hear the sounds of people rummaging around in there, but you can’t see it.

LAURA: How many people are in the cargo hold?

NICK: You don’t have a full view. You can see a Gigoran and one other person, but from the noises there’s more people but you don’t know for sure, from where you’re at. You could try and get closer.

LAURA: “Tink, do you have your scanner thing?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. I do. Wait… No I don’t. Wait… Let me check.”

LAURA: “Doesn’t it scan for people?”

HUDSON: “Oh. You mean the scanner that scans for people scanners?”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughs) Oh gosh!

LAURA: “Yes… the scanner that scans for people… scanner. I don’t know what it is called.”

CAMERON: “His scanner actually only picks up other scanners. That’s why it picks up motion scanners.”

HUDSON: “It’s the Crad Corp EnhanceScan.”

NICK: Scanner.

(laughter)

LAURA: “So does it scan for people?”

HUDSON: “yes.”

LAURA: “Okay. Do you want to use that and tell us how many people are…?”

HUDSON: “If you’ll shut up, I will.”

LAURA: “Wow…”

CAMERON: “Oh my gosh. He’s gotten so rebellious in like his few hours away.”

LAURA: “You were gone for like… one day.”

HUDSON: “I’m not feeling good! I probably have a concussion.”

CAMERON: “Did you hit your head?”

HUDSON: ‘I mean, when I fell I think I did.”

LAURA: “Do you want any… uh, uh…” She’s half way through that sentence and goes, “um, a bantha cake? Heh.”

NICK: “Ooh. A bantha cake? I used to love those when I was a kid.”

LAURA: She rummages in her pocket and pulls out two bantha cakes.

HUDSON: “Whoa, 69, that might be a special bantha cake.”

LAURA: “No. it is just a bantha cake.”

NICK: “What do you mean?”

HUDSON: “It might be laced with—“

CAMERON: “No, he just means it’s one of the blue ones. You know how they sometimes have the white or the pink ones?”

LAURA: “Oh! He means it is one of those special edition ones and sometimes they are pink instead of blue.”

(laughter)

NICK: There’s the shot of you three talking, it was zoomed in and you were kind of huddled, and when Longfellow started talking it zooms out and you just see this 6’4” stormtrooper standing behind you all slightly awkward.

NICK: “Can-Can… Can I have a bantha cake?”

LAURA: “Oh, of course!” She hands him one of the two. “So Tink, do you want this other bantha cake?”

HUDSON: “No thanks.”

LAURA: “Okay, well I offered. So how many people are in the room?”

HUDSON: “Looks like there are…”

NICK: You fire up the scanner. You can actually see the whole front half of the ship from the range. You can see there are five lifeforms in the forward cargo hold and five lifeforms in the port cargo hold off to your left. Also, the whole ship lights the hell up with motion sensors, especially some really sharp clusters back towards where Karma and Xianna came from and another set of clusters that is, if you’re facing the forward cargo hold, it’s at like 7 o’clock, so somewhere back further into the ship. But yeah, this whole thing is security rigged.

HUDSON: “Oh. You think my scanner did that?”

CAMERON: “Did what?”

HUDSON: “Cause all the lights.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “What…?”

CAMERON: “Can I see that for a second, Tink?” (laughs)

LAURA: “How many people are there?!”

HUDSON: “Okay. There are five people in the cargo hold and five people in the…”

CAMERON: Other one.

NICK: Other cargo hold.

HUDSON: “…on the other cargo hold.”

LAURA: “Ugh. I don’t want to have to get ten people. That is too many.”

HUDSON: “I mean, we don’t have to.”

LAURA: “What are we even doing here again?”

CAMERON: “We are getting the Green Gigorans… gregariously?”

HUDSON: “The Triple G, yo.”

NICK: At this point the stormtrooper tilts his helmet up to above his nose and starts eating the bantha cake. You see this amazing male model chiseled jaw with a little cleft. The bottom of his nose looks strong. He smiles and has perfectly white teeth.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs) yes!

NICK: (deep, suave voice) “Oh, well thank you so much for this bantha cake.”

LAURA: Yesss~!

NICK: “It sure brings back those nostalgic feelings from my childhood in my privileged home.” And then he slides the helmet back on.

(laughter)

LAURA: (grinning) Oh well, uh… You are welcome. Heheh.”

NICK: (return to standard, nerdy, muffled stormtrooper voice) “That was very kind of you.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Yes, um, heh. Well, anyways, I do not want to have to get ten people. That is a lot of work and I’m tired…”

CAMERON: Karma pops her neck and looks at Tink. “We got this? You got an axe now.”

HUDSON: “I do.”

CAMERON: “Don’t get hit.”

HUDSON: “Uh… When do I ever want to?”

CAMERON: “I was just warning. I don’t know.”

HUDSON: “Okay, well…”

CAMERON: “It looks like you have not been following that advice, so I’m just providing it again.”

HUDSON: “(huffs) Sometimes even when you want to not get hit you get hit, and I’ve learned that through experience.”

CAMERON: “Do you want another gun?”

HUDSON: “yeah, I’d love one.”

CAMERON: I hand him the carbine. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “I have a grenade.

HUDSON: “Now where’s the trigger on this thing?”

(laughter)

NICK: Oh gosh. Tink’s holding it, kind of aiming up and asking that, and hits the trigger and it goes (pew-pew) into the ceiling. Luckily you’re far enough down the hallway that it blends in with the general rummaging so you don’t tick them off.

CAMERON: “Hey, you found it.”

HUDSON: “Alright. I think I can shoot this thing now.”

CAMERON: “I would say go for your axe first.”

HUDSON: Alright. I strap the gun to me.

CAMERON: “Just carry the carbine so I don’t have to carry it.

HUDSON: Wait, can I do that?

NICK: You can, just where?

HUDSON: I thought I had it across…

NICK: Do you want it on your back or in front of you?

HUDSON: Yeah.

NICK: When you said it that way, I was like you’re big enough to strap this rifle to your leg.

CAMERON: Like normal people would put a light blaster, he’s just got a carbine there.

HUDSON: (laughs) No, on my back.

NICK: Okay.

HUDSON: “Let’s do it!”

CAMERON: “Alright.”

LAURA: “Okay…”

NICK: “Are we just charging in or what?”

LAURA: “I guess.”

CAMERON: “No, we’re sneaking.”

LAURA: “Oh, we are sneaking. Okay.”

HUDSON: “I thought we were just charging in.”

CAMERON: “Well Tink, you can, because they think that you’re on their side, because they kidnapped you. We cannot.”

HUDSON: “Ohh… Do we have grenades?”

(laughter)

LAURA: “I literally just said I had grenades.”

HUDSON: “I don’t remember you talking… at all. Which kind of grenades do we have?”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “The frag grenades. The ones that go explode.”

HUDSON: “Oh. Why don’t we just use those? What if we just throw all of them in there?”

LAURA: “I have three.”

CAMERON: “How much damage do y’all really wanna do to this ship?”

HUDSON: “I just wanna get them killed and over with.”

LAURA: “I don’t, um…”

CAMERON: Karma looks to trooper Longfellow. “Do you have an opinion on this, on how this ship remains intact?”

NICK: “I mean, the captain’s dead, so as long as you don’t vent atmosphere and throw people into space I don’t really care. I’m sort of the rebel of the patrol. I like to get results.”

LAURA: “Okay.” I hand Tink a grenade.

CAMERON: “I can respect that.”

LAURA: And I take one too.

CAMERON: Alright.

HUDSON: “Let’s go. You know what, thinking about it more… This concussion, I go back and forth.”

LAURA: “Tink, I already handed you one. You better use it.”

HUDSON: “Whoa. I’m already off the grenades topic. Thank you for the grenade.”

(laughter)

LAURA: “If you are not going to use it hand it back.”

HUDSON: “No, I’m going to use it, maybe. First we gotta sneak there, and then I’ll come out of sneak mode and be like ‘sup everybody,’ and then—“

LAURA: “And then we throw the grenades. Got it.”

CAMERON: “Or—“

LAURA: And Xianna starts sneaking forward.

CAMERON: Okay.

NICK: (smiling) Okay.

CAMERON: Karma just waves everybody else forward. (laughs)

NICK: Stealth check, please.

LAURA: Difficulty?

NICK: Average.

CAMERON: Karma got one success and an advantage.

NICK: Great. Are you trying to post up in the doorway again?

CAMERON: Yup. Worked well for me last time.

NICK: How convenient that the ship has ledges in front of all their doors that are about the width of karma so that she can sneakily take cover.

CAMERON: It is very convenient.

LAURA: One success.

HUDSON: Uh… Two triumphs…

LAURA: What?!

CAMERON: Holy shit!

LAURA: But no successes in those triumphs.

(laughter)

HUDSON: …and two failures, I guess.

LAURA: No, no, those failures cancel. That’s why these don’t have successes is because of this.

HUDSON: So straight up two triumphs. (laughs)

LAURA: But no successes in them.

NICK: Oh no… We need to play a game where the solution is just like flipping coins or something.

LAURA: (laughing) Like it would be any better than this.

NICK: Goodness. Were you trying to do a stealth check?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Okay. You fail the fuck out of the stealth check.

HUDSON: That doesn’t matter for me, though.

NICK: It doesn’t.

CAMERON: He walks in like he owns the place.

NICK: Or you try to stealth and just kinda keep walking past where everyone else takes cover? Longfellow stays back a little ways. He knows he’s not sneaky. He plays to his strengths. He’s, uh, kind of a cool dude.

HUDSON: Smooth operator.

NICK: Yeah… Anyway. You crouch and you’re being pretty sneaky, and then you look up and realize you’re standing in the middle of the room. You just kept going. With your triumphs, one of them I’m going to suggest that you do it on their ‘oh hey, it’s our slicer friend. Look, he got a vibro-axe, as is his cultural right.’

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Great. They’re not gonna recognize it’s Ziller’s. So you’re there, you’re in the middle, you could engage with any of them. you see there are four Humans and they’re basically just piling the crates in the corner because Ziller told them not to move them yet, and there’s one Gigoran who is doing the same thing but with bigger, heavier crates by himself, moving them.

LAURA: Get them all standing next to each other, or make them like once you walk in they all stand next to each other.

HUDSON: Oh…

CAMERON: They all come over to greet you.

NICK: If that’s what you would like to do.

HUDSON: “Oh man, guys, my stomach… I need to visit the little Gigoran’s room. Stay right there.”

NICK: “Well, but you just got here.”

HUDSON: “Nope, nope, it just hit me, hit me like a ton of bricks… Bye.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: They look confused, and they all kind of cluster together, and you can hear them from the doorway being like “man, that was kinda weird, right? I know he’s the new guy…”

HUDSON: I run away far enough and throw the grenade.

(laughter)

NICK: With the way that’s set up, if you want to throw multiple grenades at once, assuming that you get enough to activate blast two should take out this whole group.

LAURA: I’d be throwing one and Tink would be throwing one.

NICK: Yeah, but if you want to throw in unison and try to do it, then yeah you can go ahead and do that. We don’t need to do initiative for this.

HUDSON: “Xianna, now!”

NICK: (laughs) ‘Who’s Xianna? I don’t know what he- Did he look concussed to you?’

CAMERON: It just sounds like all these Humans are talking to this bus.

NICK: The Gigoran doesn’t really grace them with his conversation.

LAURA: Can we be short range? I’m imagining if they were talking to him…

NICK: Sure. If you’re using triumphs to position people they can be short range. That’s fine. I do want to flip a dark side point though to flip it to a red, because if I can get a despair out of this I will absolutely do it. … Nope. Dang.

LAURA: One success, one advantage for me.

HUDSON: Does mine get upgraded to a red as well?

NICK: Yep. Flip me another dark side point, please.

HUDSON: What’s the difficulty?

NICK: Easy. … Uh-oh.

HUDSON: One failure, one advantage.

NICK: Okay. This happens very quickly. They throw their grenades. I think the Humans scatter. Xianna is able to plunk the Gigoran in the chest. It blows up and…

LAURA: Nine damage.

NICK: Nine damage takes him out. Wait… No, it doesn’t. He would have soak. So, it hurts him real, real bad. He’s still standing. The Humans all kinda scatter out of the way. They are discombobulated. The other grenade sails over his head and blows up a crate, and with the threats, the crate is full of sulfur which ignites and just starts pumping noxious gas into the room. That seems bad. Karma and Longfellow can get a shot in here. We’re gonna do it like a sort of informal initiative because this is mostly cleanup. You already took Ziller out.

CAMERON: Short range, taking a blue die because I’m aiming, taking a blue die because they haven’t gone in combat yet, because I’m remembering it this time gosh darn it. Gonna do eeney-meeney-miney-moe and I shoot one.

NICK: You’re shooting at the Humans?

CAMERON: I’ll do the Gigoran. He’s the one I’m technically after.

NICK: Are you shooting stun?

CAMERON: I’m still stun. Well, wait, hold on. They were all dead or alive, and he just took a… Yeah, I’ll flip it.

NICK: Ooh. Okay.

CAMERON: This Gigoran’s gonna get it.

NICK: Karma’s getting irritated.

CAMERON: This is taking too long. Three successes and an advantage, so that is 12 damage.

NICK: Nice. That takes down the Gigoran and two of the guys leaving two remaining. We’ll just resolve it cinematically, because it’s more fun that way. The grenades go off, there’s an explosion, the hull starts to fill with noxious gas. Longfellow goes running into the room and does a baseball slide and fires and takes down the other two with clean shots, and then puts his E11 blaster on his shoulder and says, “Well, that wasn’t too hard.” As he’s doing that, the gas is starting to fill the room and he coughs a little bit, and then you see (laughs) the camera rotates dramatically to be from his perspective and walking behind you all towards the ship are two more Gigorans carrying a really big crate of stuff that’s just piled high with safety deposit boxes. They look to see you all, and then we get a freeze frame, and for this one I’m gonna need a Cool check to see who draws first in this situation. They are engaged range with Xianna and Karma, and they are medium range from Tink and Longfellow.

HUDSON: What is the difficulty for me?

CAMERON: None.

NICK: Cool check is just competitive.

CAMERON: Karma is two successes and an advantage.

LAURA: Two successes, two advantages.

HUDSON: One success, one advantage.

NICK: For the Gigorans, roll me two yellow dice please.

CAMERON: Two successes, one advantage.

NICK: Bleh. For Longfellow, roll me a yellow and two greens. He’s fairly competent.

CAMERON: Three successes.

NICK: Ooh. Alright. He’s gonna go first. He basically sees them, and Xianna and karma you see it look like he’s suddenly aiming at you all, and then he tries to double tap and shoot over your shoulders. Roll me a yellow and a green versus average difficulty, but upgrade the purple to a red, flip my last dark side point there. Is it my last one?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Yeah. I kept a good count in my head.

CAMERON: Did he aim?

NICK: Yes, he did. Fairly confident, this Longfellow.

CAMERON: One success, two threats.

NICK: That’s what, 12 damage?

CAMERON: Carbine is 9.

NICK: Okay, so it’s 10 damage. He double taps, it goes right over Xianna’s shoulder. This is the Gonzo director so her lekku blow in the wind from it.

CAMERON: The camera follows the blaster bolt as we go over it and we see her head tails ripple as it goes.

HUDSON: Six lens flares.

(laughter)

NICK: She turns dramatically to see one of the Gigorans took both blaster bolts to the forehead, and there’s the loud (clunk), it’s the sound effect from when they drop Han Solo in carbonite, where it’s just that super loud, no bounce thud, as they drop the case and safety deposit boxes start to slide down out of the big crate and pile over on the now dead Gigoran. Xianna’s up next, which is thematically appropriate since she turned around.

LAURA: I’m gonna grab my blaster and shoot them. I have Quickdraw with that one.

NICK: Cool, and it’s close range. Well, engaged is what I said, but same difference.

LAURA: Three successes, one threat, so total damage will be 9.

NICK: Oh, you almost get him. You quickdraw, shoot him twice, pause dramatically, and he stumbles backwards and drops the other side of the case, and then starts to roar and comes at Xianna with his vibro-axe. Roll me a green and a yellow at that difficulty, see how he does.

LAURA: Black die; I have 1 Range Defense.

NICK: This is Melee though.

LAURA: Also melee.

NICK: Great.

LAURA: yes.

NICK: Well there you go.

LAURA: Works both ways!

NICK: You tricked me.

CAMERON: One of all of the defenses. … Fail, with one advantage.

NICK: Okay. His advantage is he’s moving quickly enough that he’ll be a little bit harder to shoot. Whoever attacks him next will have a black die. Xianna, how do you dodge this rampaging Gigoran with a giant axe?

LAURA: I drop and roll.

NICK: Okay. Do you roll through his legs?

LAURA: Oh yes. That sounds a lot more fun. I was just gonna drop and roll off to the side, but through the legs sounds much more fun.

NICK: You do that, and we get a confused noise, and then it’s Karma’s turn.

CAMERON: Alright. I’m gonna shoot him.

NICK: makes sense.

CAMERON: If we’re engaged mine is harder now again, so I’m back up to average, because short is one?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: He hasn’t gone yet this encounter?

NICK: yes he did, he attacked Xianna.

CAMERON: Oh dang it, he just did, that’s right. Well, he missed and it as just so spectacularly a failure that I forgot that he went.

NICK: I mean, it did serve to basically show how cool Xianna was more than to do anything, so that makes sense.

CAMERON: Four successes.

NICK: Yeah. How do you kill this guy? Or do you switch back to stun?

CAMERON: No, this guy is unfortunate in the fact that I just killed his friend and saw someone getting shot behind me and just turned and did not flip it back, so that’s just 13 death damage.

NICK: Good old death damage.

LAURA & CAMERON: Death damage.

NICK: That was my favorite bounty hunter. Okay, so how do you kill this guy? (laughs)

CAMERON: Okay? (giggles) Karma probably sees the shot go by and Xianna turn, and then turns and this guy is just right there and basically just shoots him point blank.

NICK: Okay. he flies backward and slams into a wall and it dents in a little bit, because that’s just how this thing is going.

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: And they drop. Everybody that you can see is down. The far cargo hold has fallen silent as if there are some people hiding in there who don’t want no more. You are now free to move about the cabin.

HUDSON: “Let’s get out of here.”

CAMERON: “I need to pick up all of my Gigorans.”

HUDSON: “Okay. Need any help?”

CAMERON: “Yes please. (laughs) I can’t carry all of them.”

LAURA: “We could get the cart that they were using for the deposit boxes, put them on it.”

CAMERON: Okay. Let’s load it up with Gigorans.

NICK: You throw the three Gigorans onto the cart.

LAURA: Xianna wants to make a show of helping picking up one of the Gigorans, the one that got buried, and she wants to try to get a few of the safety deposit boxes underneath them.

CAMERON: Oh, see, Karma’s just tossing them on top. Karma doesn’t even care anymore.

LAURA: Xianna just wants to make sure there’s a few, or if they have little pouches get them in the fur, and stuff a few in there, surreptitiously.

NICK: Okay. That sounds like Skulduggery to me.

CAMERON: Can she have a blue die? Because I’m not not helping?

NICK: What?!

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: I’m not not helping.

LAURA: She’s not not helping~!

CAMERON: Yeah, like the case where… I see it happening and I’m just putting people on top and not…

NICK: Don’t care?

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: So, I will give you a blue die too, because you’re trying to keep DK6969 from seeing, right?

LAURA: yeah. I just don’t want him to see it.

NICK: So, he ran back out and slammed dramatically into the wall next to the dent where the Gigoran was and is aiming down the wall, bracing himself, covering you while you load it up. ‘I’ll make sure nobody else comes by.”

LAURA: “Oh, thank you~”

NICK: He’s looking away from you, so you get a blue die for that.

LAURA: What would the difficulty be?

NICK: Average is fine. Ooh, wait. I have a proposal for you. You can keep that roll, or the harder you make the difficulty the better shit you’re going to find. If you want to keep it average and you want to do that amount of successes, that’s fine. You can roll for hard and find cooler shit, or you can roll for daunting and find some really cool shit.

LAURA: I’m going daunting. Let’s see how this works. Ugh! That was almost a triumph. Okay, so two successes and one threat.

NICK: Nice. The threat is Longfellow is looking up and down the hallway and see’s something. “Hey, what are you doing over there? Load them up. Let’s go.”

CAMERON: “Sorry, the axes are sharp. We’re just being careful.”

LAURA: “I am very small and they are so big.”

(snickering, laughter)

NICK: Jesus.

CAMERON: He’s really into that.

NICK: He is, but he also like… When the helmet’s on he’s a little more blustery. You can tell he’s flushing through the helmet and he nervously snaps back to cover the hall. You can tell he’s trying to look cool.

CAMERON: The helmet turns slightly pink.

NICK: Yeah. You get the little chibi blush circles.

LAURA: The little anime (laughs) on the helmet.

NICK: Yeah, the slashy lines. You grab quite a few safety deposit boxes and a couple of the long boxes that look like necklace cases. I’m just gonna put five-star haul and we can talk about that later when you count up your loot at the end. So, you’re able to get that up, you push it back, you get back to the bridge and the troopers are still guarding but Karma waves at them and they wave you through. Do you toss Ziller onto the cart, too?

CAMERON: Yup. Uncuff him from the chair, just cuff him back to himself.

NICK: Okay. Yeah. You have this big pile. The cart is grinding on the ground a little bit at this point. It’s really heavy. The repulsers are still helping, but you’re definitely getting the (grinding) noise as you shove it along. Tink is having to lean into it and help. Is there anything else that you’re looking at as you leave the ship, or are you just headed back to the Afternoon Delight?

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna go over and look where she saw the blood trail earlier leading into the cabinet.

NICK: Okay. What are you looking for?

CAMERON: Something in the cabinet. (laughs)

NICK: Okay, so just because you saw it earlier… You kneel down and look into the cabinet. We get a cool shot of all your head tails down on the ground and pooling like hair, and it looks really cool. There is an access hatch there that seems to go into the depths of the sip. It’s very small. It would fit maybe a medium sized dog. Something went in there, but you can’t see where it went. You might be able to fit, but it would be pretty tough.

CAMERON: Okay. I close the cabinet back up.

LAURA: “What was in the cabinet?”

CAMERON: “It’s empty.”

LAURA: “Oh, okay.”

NICK: We also get a really brief shot of “DK6969, reporting back, sir.” The captains both salute and he salutes and they start exchanging information.

The not captain Massle says, “Well, good job, private. We’ll make sure this is detailed in your record. They didn’t do anything illegal, did they?”

We get a shot of the tall stormtrooper looking at Xianna, and there’s a long pause. “No sir, they did nothing wrong at all.

CAMERON: (giggles) Aww~

LAURA: Xianna’s doing her little wave, just like “oh hello, heh.” Smiles at him.

NICK: He snaps back into formation with the rest of them looking almost identical except that he’s taller.

CAMERON: “Tink, there were only four Green Gigorans, right?”

HUDSON: “Uhhh… I thought there was maybe a fifth one. I know that there were some people from the group that got away.”

LAURA: “This is good enough. They didn’t know how many there were either, so if we’re collecting the bounty we can just lie.”

CAMERON: “True.”

HUDSON: “It’s real fuzzy.”

CAMERON: “Okay.” I start pushing the cart again. “They’re not gonna be able to get back into their ship anyway, so the stormtroopers will take care of them.”

HUDSON: “Yeah. Eh, good point.”

CAMERON: Because we know something that they don’t know, and that’s that they can’t access their ship anymore.

NICK: So you go back to the ship?

CAMERON: Yep.

NICK: Okay. We get a shot of… Oh my gosh. We’re going to camera skip over how you get this heavy cart into the flexible tube that you entered in. we’re gonna skip that bit.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: We just show on the other side where I’m walking onto the ship still pushing the cart with all the Gigorans on it.

NICK: We’re gonna zoom the camera back a couple of fourth walls here to the point where the actors have the cart at the gate and they all look at the director, and the director is like…

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs) Just shrugs.

NICK: …scruffy guy with blonde, puffy hair and glasses, and he’s looking at you like “Well shit. We’ll just skip that scene. Go back to the ship!”

(laughter)

LAURA: It’s a hover cart! It’ll hover over the fabric!

CAMERON: It’ll hover through the tube!

HUDSON: Movie magic.

NICK: The prop department is like, “Don’t try to put that cart in there. You’re gonna tear it up. We spent a lot of time on that.

LAURA: It doesn’t actually work. (laughs)

NICK: Anyway. We get a shot of the unconscious Gigorans sprawled in the main lobby of the ship, or the one unconscious ones and the three dead ones, and I think we get a shot of Xianna nearby with her just pile of safety deposit boxes starting to crack into them. we see Karma going to the cockpit and start to flip switches and get it running. Tink, what are you doing at this point on the ship as you get ready to take off?

HUDSON: I’m lying on the couch taking a little snooze.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Okay. You’re asleep, arm thrown across your eyes, as Xianna’s… I’m really getting the kid right after Halloween haul.

LAURA: Oh yeah. I imagine they’re in that little main lounge room and she’s sitting on the floor right in front of one of the very long lounge chairs. She has everything piled up in front of her and she’s going through things and opening things up.

NICK: yeah. One of the safety deposit boxes gets cracked open and we get the shot from Pulp Fiction where it’s like…

LAURA: (laughs) Just glowing.

NICK: …just the yellow light on Xianna’s face and the camera’s behind it, and you go ‘ooh~’

LAURA: Her eyes light up.

NICK: You see the Afternoon Delight detach and start to fly away, and then the camera angle pulls out to the Mon Cal cruiser and the big asteroid starts to shift and slide free, and it sets the cruiser into a slow, weird, off-axis tilt, and then you see the YT2400 that the GGG were using detach and start to fly away too… and that’s where we’re gonna end the episode.

ALL: Ba-naaa~!

CAMERON: Wee!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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Putting the Party in Boarding Party

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## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

I have one reminder and one vague statement to make today. First, reminder: We now have merchandise! You can get shirts, mugs, tote bags and stickers with your favorite Star Wars crew at teepublic.com. If you want to rep the show, check it out. Ours came in last week and I’ve been informed by several people that Tabletop Squadron merchandise made me appear more intelligent and attractive.

My vague statement for the episode: We’re getting pretty close to 200 followers on Twitter. Like, we can see it from where we’re standing, metaphorically. Laura’s been hard at work creating some awesome stuff to celebrate the next milestone. We’re ready to take this thing to the stars with your support. If you don’t follow us already on Twitter, you should, and if you have friends that might like the show, tell them. Believe me, it’s going to be worth it.

Finally, I want to thank JsXtm for their iTunes review. JsXtm must stand for Just So Extremely Terrific Machine. Thanks to everyone who has left us a review. It really warms our wampas to see all your kind words.

So now, let’s get into the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Tabletop Squadron, Episode 25! Pull up a chair. We’ve got chairs for you, at least one chair, but there should be exactly enough space. Just don’t knock my drink over on the new sound board. Gonna go around the table. Everybody gonna introduce themselves and say who they’re playing, and we got a little bit of experience last time so if you spent any let me know. We’re gonna go reverse order this time, so first up is Hudson.

HUDSON: Hi, I’m Hudson, and I play Tink the Gigoran slicer. I received experience last time but I’m hoarding that shit.

NICK: Yeah! He’s got it under a floorboard in his bedroom.

HUDSON: (laughing) They can’t escape.

(laughter)

NICK: (laughing) That’s not what I meant at all.

HUDSON: Oh…

NICK: I meant like a stash, not like…

LAURA: Like a box of money.

HUDSON: Oh!

NICK: (laughing) It’s too late. You said it now. Up next we’ve got Laura.

LAURA: I mean… (laughter) I’m just still thinking about this…

CAMERON: Did he like stash the money next to someone?

LAURA: Did you kill it and then put it under the floorboards, or did you bring it down into your basement and then wall it up?

HUDSON: Old Xavier Powell, known as XP, didn’t make it that far in my house.

NICK: He was like, ‘Yo Xavier, come try this really fancy wine in my basement.’

(laughter)

LAURA: That’s where I was going. ‘Do you want some really fancy wine? It’s in my basement…’ Hudson has no idea what we are talking about.

HUDSON: Nope.

NICK: That’s an Edgar Allan Poe short story called A Cask of Amontillado. It must have come out like, what, two or three years ago?

CAMERON: Oh my god. (smiling) Shut up.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: It’s a meme…? (laughter) You see, it’s a SpongeBob episode.

HUDSON: Oh yeah. I love that episode.

NICK: Oh god damn it.

LAURA & HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Our education system… Anyway Laura, who are you playing today?

LAURA: Yes. I am Laura, and I am playing Xianna’fan as always. She is a Twi’lek smuggler, and I also received experience points because we all did… (laughter) and I am not spending it, because I am also saving it.

NICK: Ooh.

LAURA: Mine is not under the floorboards though.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: It is just hanging out. It’s been invited over to stay a while.

CAMERON: It is stored safely on her character sheet.

LAURA: It is just written on my character sheet as abstract numbers. Yup.

NICK: Yup. Cool, cool. Cool-cool, cool-cool-cool. Last up we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello! I’m Cameron. I’m playing Karma Nailo and I DID spend my experience points, because I had cheap shit to buy.

NICK: What’s that like?

CAMERON: Well, I decided it was time to put some XP into my Skip Tracer tree, so I bought Street Smarts!

NICK: Street Smarts!

LAURA & HUDSON: Street Smarts!

CAMERON: I get to remove a black die per rank of Street Smarts from all Streetwise or Knowledge: Underworld checks.

NICK: How much of that was because you thought it would assist the party and how much of it was you wanted to yell Street Smarts?

CAMERON: Well…

LAURA: Considering that I’ve had Street Smarts this whole time, and I don’t think I have once used it, it’s entirely so you can say Street Smarts!

CAMERON: Street Smarts!

NICK: I mean, that’s the main thing. I think you’ve used it once, but I can’t say stuff like that on the recording because someone will call me on it when I’m wrong.

CAMERON: Actually, the main reason I purchased it is because that is the line that gets me to the Dedication on that tree.

NICK: Stats are good. Stats are good.

CAMERON: Yes.

HUDSON: For our listeners that are unaware of the reference, just go watch the latest John Mulaney special, because there’s definitely an intersection between our audience and people who would like that special.

LAURA: It’s also an intersection of an inside joke we already had of ‘I have Streetwise!’

HUDSON: Yeah, that’s true.

NICK: Yeah. I’m pretty sure John Mulaney just knew that we liked that kind of joke and designed his whole special around us.

HUDSON: John Mulaney , our most famous fan.

LAURA: He stole my cross-stitch.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) The one that says ‘The cat is a dick. Watch out for your glasses.’?

LAURA: No, the one that says ‘I have Streetwise.’

NICK: Oh. Okay.

LAURA: You’ve seen this cross-stitch.

NICK: (laughs) Yeah. It’s a good cross-stitch. So, I have been informed that we are supposed to be playing Star Wars, so let’s start off with the Destiny Roll, which Cameron already did by accident.

CAMERON: (laughs) I got a dark side.

LAURA: I also got a single dark side.

HUDSON: I have a single dark side.

CAMERON: Oh shit. Three dark side.

NICK: Three dark side…

CAMERON: This is… It was so much better last episode.

HUDSON: It was.

CAMERON: (sighs) We used up all of our luck.

NICK: Yup. Probably. When we last left off, Karma saw Tink being spirited away on a YT2400 space ship, which if you’re keeping track is Dash Rendar’s ship. It’s not his actual ship, but it’s the same kind. That’s very important. Anybody who likes Star Wars should know that. Just kidding. Tink was sort of on-boarded to this gang crew situation, met Web-Web Kebob the blue Gungan, and Karma and Xianna went and got a full night’s sleep and then went after the Gregarious Green Gig—Green Gregarious Gigorans? Gosh.

HUDSON: GGG. (Triple G).

NICK: GGG!

CAMERON: That is the correct order of Gs. Yes.

NICK: Green is first?

CAMERON: Green is first.

NICK: Gah. We need to just start naming things like Bob, something easy.

CAMERON: Or the Slippery Nerfs.

NICK: The Slippery Nerfs was good, but they’re all dead now.

CAMERON: Whoops.

NICK: Yeah. You jump to hyperspace having bribed some people into giving you the heading of their last hyperspace jump, and you came into a battle scene of a Mon Cal cruiser being attacked by pirates and were able to dock with the ship but on the far side. We’ll start off right about there. Am I missing anything? Sound good?

We’re gonna start off with Tink. We start with the camera looking over Tink’s shoulder. He is standing surrounded by Gigorans and unsavory individuals in front of a sealed airlock door. You can hear ship fire in the distance. It looks like you must have been discovered already. Ziller, the Gigoran quartermaster, looks annoyed. “Well, go ahead and get this open, brother.”

You plug your outlaw tech data breaker into the door panel, and as you begin to slice into the system there’s a huge bang. Another airlock door shuts behind you and the crew. Web-Web Kebob, the blue Gungan, leans close to you. “It’s getting a bit stuffy in here,” they say. “You should go quickly.” I’m gonna need a slicing check from you to get into the ship.

HUDSON: Alright, alright, alright.

NICK: Oh no…

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: It’s hard. … Oh my gosh, you’re good at slicing.

CAMERON: He’s really kriffin’ smart.

HUDSON: Wait…

CAMERON: Oh no, he’s not that kriffin’ smart.

LAURA: No, he has a 4 in Intelligence.

CAMERON: He does, but not four yellows.

NICK: you get two blue dice for using your data breaker too.

HUDSON: Yes I do.

NICK: The most relevant item in the game.

HUDSON: I have a triumph with a success, an additional success, and a threat.

NICK: Wow. Okay. The door slides open. You’re able to do it really fast, pretty much before Web-Web finishes saying like hey hurry up and do this, the door (whooshes and clunks). I’ll just skip this paragraph where I describe what happens when you fail, because that didn’t happen.

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: Yay~

NICK: Ziller pulls a vibro-axe off his back and the other three Gigorans do the same. We get a shot of the entire crew of the GGG gang. It’s about 15 people all armed to the T, and they push past you. “Take what you want, brothers. We’ve got 45 minutes, then the ship leaves. Go!” And the pirates scatter through the ship leaving you and Web-Web behind. Is there anything you want to do with that triumph?

HUDSON: Hmm. Does Web-Web have weapons?

NICK: Yes.

HUDSON: Okay. What kind of weapons?

NICK: Web-Web has two light blasters and what looks like wickedly curved vibro-knives. They look like kukri, the curvy knives. They’re really intense and they’re sheathed in forearm sheathes.

HUDSON: In order to make it so that I seem like I’m trying to help them, but also so that I can inadvertently misdirect during this whole fight, I want Web-Web to sit on my shoulder so that I may throw him acrobatics style at people, or—

NICK: Them. That one’s important. Throw them.

HUDSON: Throw them.

NICK: They’re non-binary.

HUDSON: Ohh!

NICK: They/them pronouns.

HUDSON: They/them pronouns, got it.

NICK: Yup. You’re good. Keep going.

HUDSON: …throw them at different people, or (laughing) have Web-Web just shoot from my shoulder.

NICK: Okay, so you want your triumph to be, because you hacked so good, this space pirate will ride on your shoulder like a deadly parrot. That’s what you want?

(laughter)

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: (smiling) Um… Sorry. I was not expecting that.

CAMERON: Why…?

NICK: One: We can absolutely make this happen. Two: I’ll let that triumph give you two blue dice on a check to convince them that’s the best tactic to use, but I want to roleplay this conversation out.

HUDSON: yes. (laughs)

NICK: The door swings open. Everybody leaves. Web-Web is sitting there. They are unsheathing and re-sheathing their kukri blades on their forearms and checking their blasters. “Alright, let’s go. Where are we going? My job is to follow you. What’s going on?”

HUDSON: “If your job is to follow me, I have a proposal.”

NICK: “Okay…?”

HUDSON: “You should sit on my shoulder for optimal… You know acrobatics, right?”

NICK: “Oh. Can you just tell from my lithe figure? Yeah.”

HUDSON: “Not that you look like you’re from the circus or anything. Yeah.” (laughter) “But anyways, I digress. For the optimal vantage point you should sit on my shoulder so that I may throw you at the enemy or cause you to have a better shot, because you’d be higher up.”

NICK: “So I’m gonna be honest right now… No one’s ever told me to ride on their shoulders. I mean, you’re a big Gigoran, but we’re also gonna be on a ship. It’s gonna be… I’m gonna hit my head on stuff. I can just tell the first time you roll a threat I’m gonna smack my head on something.”

(chuckling)

HUDSON: “What’s rolling a threat?” (laughs)

NICK: “I have meta-knowledge, because I was created by Twitter.” No, none of that’s canon. Moving on. Roll me a Charm check, or if you have no intention of this increasing Web-Web’s capabilities you could do Deception. If you’re purely doing it so that you have an advantage when the tide turns.

HUDSON: I’m purely doing it so that I can have an advantage.

NICK: Okay, so this is even more BS which you’re better at than if you were just trying to be nice. I love that a majority of our team is better at lying than saying nice things.

HUDSON: Absolutely. What is the difficulty?

LAURA: I mean, I have a point in Charm.

NICK: How many points in Deception do you have?

LAURA: Two.

NICK: See. (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughing) I have 2 points in Deception, 0 in Charm.

CAMERON: Yeah. I have 2 in Deception, 1 in Charm.

NICK: I’m really glad that I did that no-look shot and was right.

CAMERON: But they’re both three dice! So Karma’s not that far off.

NICK: Okay. It’s gonna be two because Web-Web’s game for anything, but a black die because this is a weird suggestion. Roll it up.

HUDSON: A triumph and a threat, and the triumph has a success.

NICK: Right. You succeed. There’s a threat. I think the threat is that Web-Web is mildly suspicious, or just kind of concerned about you as a person. If that was your first thing, ‘Oh, right! We’re gonna raid this ship? Get on my back!’ That’s a weird thing. Do you have something for the triumph that you would want to do? You can also think about it, because we can cut away to the others.

HUDSON: Yeah, I can think about it. Can it come up a little bit later?

NICK: Yeah, but it’ll have to do with Web-Web riding your shoulders, be vaguely around that thing.

HUDSON: Got it.

NICK: Cool! That’s going on. We jump over to Karma and Xianna. You were able to connect the Afternoon Delight on the far side of the Mon Cal cruiser. There’s an auxiliary airlock to welcome you to the ship. We get an internal shot of white, well-lit hallways and then a slight shutter as your ships connect. We see you slide ungracefully through into the hallway through a flexible red chute. You land in the hallway. There are emergency claxons going in the distance. This ship is on high alert and you have boarded without permission. The hallway extends to either direction. From where the Gigoran YT2400 was parked you know that heading to the left towards the rest of the ship is probably in the correct direction if you’re aiming for Tink. Besides that, you’re currently going in blind. What do you do?

CAMERON: “Xianna, I’m gonna recommend you put your blaster on stun.”

LAURA: Oh. You turn around and Xianna’s eating a bantha cake. (laughter) She’s just like, both hands, doing the chipmunk thing. (mouth full) “Oh… Okay~!” Heh.

CAMERON: “Just thinking since we just saw the captain get shot down we may come under some friendly fire from the people who are supposed to be on this ship. Since I don’t think he gave us clearance before he was shot, I would prefer to not kill anyone.”

LAURA: “Should I not have brought the grenades?”

CAMERON: “Hold onto them, just don’t throw them at non-green Gigorans, I guess.”

LAURA: “Okie.” She smooshes the rest of the bantha cake in her mouth, crumples up the wrapper, tosses it over her shoulder, and then takes out her blaster and puts it to stun. Yes.

CAMERON: It sticks a little. It hasn’t been over there for a while. (laughs)

LAURA: Yeah, I’m sure her gun has that. She does do it so that Karma sees it. She’s like, “there,” and she does check a grenade, like “these don’t…?”

CAMERON: “Nope. Those don’t.”

LAURA: “No?” And puts it back. “Okay.” Heh.

CAMERON: Karma watches her do it while walking around her and picking up the trash that she just dropped. “Okay. Thanks.” She puts it in her pocket and she’s gonna throw it away later. (laughs)

LAURA: “They have droids for that!”

CAMERON: “Xianna! We’re guests!”

NICK: A little mouse droid goes buzzing by to where the wrapper was. You can see it’s smoking slightly. It makes a (“oh well” sounding motorized noise) and then speeds off really quick. Right now you have a hallway to the left and to the right. That’s all you can see. You can hear the sounds of combat and laser fire, and just general muckery I guess. It’s kind of hard to tell where it’s coming from, the ship is pretty echoey, but your hallway is currently empty.

CAMERON: You said Tink would be left?

NICK: Probably.

CAMERON: That is where the ship would be anyway.

NICK: Yeah. The ship is basically shaped like a giant cucumber. He was—

LAURA: (snickers)

NICK: Yup.

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: Look up a Mon Cal cruiser.

CAMERON: Cats are terrified of it.

NICK: Yep. The Bothans don’t mess with the Mon Cal, because of their cucumber shaped ships. The GGG ship was in the top right corner of the ship and the auxiliary port that you were able to park in was in the bottom left corner of the ship. You’ve got a decent amount of ground to cover, but if you turn left that will head towards a majority of the ship. If your characters turn left… She’s making gestures at me like ‘Really?’ No, I promise. I drew it out.

CAMERON: (laughing) Alright. Well, I don’t know. If you had it drawn out—my brain’s not picturing it. But okay!

NICK: Cool. Whatcha doin’?

CAMERON: Turn on my com. “Hello…?”

LAURA: “Oh yeah. We have coms.”

CAMERON: “Tiiink?”

LAURA: “Tink?!”

NICK: We get a shot of Tink running down a hallway and peering around a corner with this acrobatic Gungan hanging off of his shoulders and leaning further around the corner and holding a pistol out. Your com goes off and you hear them calling you.

HUDSON: “Who is this?”

CAMERON: “It’s us!”

LAURA: “Tink! You know who this is!”

HUDSON: “Oh… Where are you?”

LAURA: “I don’t know…”

NICK: “Hey Tink, who are you talking to?”

HUDSON: “I don’t know yet. I think I’m gonna investigate.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: “Oh, okay. Well, just remember, our goal here is to kill as many as possible and get as much valuable product as possible back to the ship.”

CAMERON: “Tink. What? Who are you talking to?” (laughs)

LAURA: “Wait. Do you mean investigate where you are or where we are?”

HUDSON: “I’m gonna find you. … Where are you?”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “I don’t know!”

NICK: “Yes Tink, tell us where they are. If you found any survivors we can go finish them off.”

CAMERON: “Tink, we’re in the bottom left corner?” (laughs) “Right? Right?”

NICK: The, uh… stern?

CAMERON: “Stern.”

NICK: Stern port side.

CAMERON: “Stern port side.”

NICK: Ships.

LAURA: “Yes. What she said.”

CAMERON: “We’re back behind you, buddy.”

HUDSON: “Wub-Nub, alright…” (snickering) “We need to get to the stern port side.”

LAURA: (quietly) “Who is Wub-Nub?”

CAMERON: “Tink, do you have someone else with you?”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah! I’m gonna find you!”

(laughter)

CAMERON: “Noted. Okay.”

LAURA: “What does that mean?”

NICK: “They sound fun. Let’s go cut their throats.” Web-Web is climbing up higher to see around corners more. From where you’re at, you’re in the hallway that recently led off of the ship. You come to a four-way intersection. There’s no signage or anything. Ooh! I should also mention this ship is super humid, it’s gross, because it was built by fish people.

CAMERON: Karma thinks it feels nice.

NICK: I’m sure that Karma does. At the four-way intersection that you’re at, Tink, you can pretty much see across the length of the ship. There are some bulkheads that have all been blown open, and you see straight to the far side of the ship some sort of cargo hold with a bunch of small safety deposit boxes all sunk into the walls and there’s five or six of the GGGs in there just busting stuff open and doing an inventory. To your right there’s another cargo hold that just has big storage crates in it. These look a lot more heavy but more valuable. You’re identifying big ship parts and server blocks and things like that, and some crates that usually hold raw materials, like big metal crates. There’s about five more of the GGGs in there. They’re starting to pick stuff up and carry it, because they’re gonna have to take multiple trips. This stuff is heavy. To your left you see a hallway that’s heading towards the stern of the ship, and you could go that way if you want. You also know that if you head to the far side of the ship, like that first safety deposit box kind of storage area, there’s probably more hallways and things that way that could lead you somewhere, just logically looking at how the ship is laid out. Where do you go?

HUDSON: The last option was far right?

NICK: Right is expensive heavy shit. Straight across the whole ship is small, probably valuable stuff that you have to break stuff open to get into. Those are both being robbed. Left is further into the ship. Those are kind of your options.

HUDSON: Oh okay. I thought there was a fourth. Yeah, left is further into the ship? I’m gonna do that.

NICK: Okay, so you’re gonna go that way… That’s gonna happen. I have this super cool layout, and I have real-time stuff that’s happening, but that means I have to move people when you make decisions, so that’s fun. That’s happening. Karma and Xianna, are you staying put? Are you gonna try to move towards Tink? It’s also possible you could find a map, potentially, if you patched in or something.

LAURA: Xianna’s gonna start walking towards… just further into the ship.

CAMERON: Towards the noises.

NICK & LAURA: Towards the noises.

NICK: Okay. Your hallway is pretty empty. You see on the far end you’re on the hallway that lines the edge of the ship, so you can see out into space, and in the far distance there’s a sealed bulkhead up ahead. It looks pretty heavy duty like it’s locked down. Very quickly you pass a small room with wood panel doors, and the door is cracked, and Xianna you catch that this is like valuables storage area. It’s the ship equivalent of a hotel safe that somebody didn’t shut. It’s got a lot of jewelry and fancy shiny things. So, you pass that.

LAURA: “Ooh! Um… Hold on a second. There might be a… a map, of the ship in here. I’m going to stop. Okay.”

CAMERON: Does Karma notice what type of room this is? (laughs)

NICK: Sure. Yeah.

CAMERON: Okay.

LAURA: Xianna’s already trying to open the door.

NICK: Oh, it just swings open.

CAMERON: Karma wants to grab the door and slam it shut.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Hoping that it locks itself.

LAURA: What would that be to see if Xianna’s already on the other side or not?

NICK: I’d take a Vigilance contest between the two of you of if you get through the door before she can shut it.

LAURA: For Willpower?

CAMERON: Yeah, to see how much we’re paying attention.

NICK: Vigilance? Yeah. That’s the initiative roll.

LAURA: Oh okay.

NICK: I was just saying, like, roll initiative. I guess you could do Cool. Either of those.

LAURA: I was thinking an Agility thing.

NICK: Well, just because it’s like a quick reaction thing, initiative makes sense to me for that. It’s also like just because she shuts the door doesn’t mean you have to give up on this if you’re dead-set on doing that instead of rescuing your friend.

CAMERON: Do you want to do Vigilance or Cool? We’ll just do the same one.

LAURA: I would do Cool.

CAMERON: Okay.

NICK: Yeah, Cool makes sense because Xianna’s like ‘hey, there’s this thing—‘ and then bolts for the door, and it’s whether she gets a step ahead of you or not.

LAURA: That is a triumph with a success and two more successes.

CAMERON: I just got a success and an advantage.

NICK: Okay. I was hoping for threats and things, but that makes no sense because it was an initiative roll.

CAMERON: Yeah, we didn’t roll any bad dice.

LAURA: Yeah, that’s why I said, like, do an actual check. Heh.

NICK: No, this works really well. So, by the time you see what’s going on Xianna is already standing in the middle of the room starting to peruse through stuff.

LAURA: I’m not perusing. I’m grabbing!

NICK: (laughs) Okay.

LAURA: If it is small enough to fit in the pockets, it’s going in the pockets. Heh.

NICK: Roll me a force die, would ya?

LAURA: One dark side.

NICK: Okay, so…

LAURA: It’ll be fine~ Especially if it’s shiny.

NICK: Oh, it’s extremely shiny. It is extremely shiny.

LAURA: Good. Please give me all of the terrible, terrible shiny things.

NICK: What happens is… You grab a bunch of necklaces and earrings, just the jewelry, it’s in those velvet display boxes just where you can all see. You grab a whole bunch of that stuff. The ship shutters, and the door shuts, and it makes that noise when you shut your hotel room door and it auto-locks. You are now in there. Karma, did you go in with her?

CAMERON: No…

NICK: (laughing) Okay, so you’re still out.

CAMERON: I was trying to swing—I guess I wouldn’t swing the door shut, because that’s not how Star Wars doors work—but I was trying to get the door to shut by the time I noticed she was in there.

LAURA: Trying to reach for the panel.

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: Mm-hmm. So, it’s shut. It’s actually just a swingy-openy-closey door. The way it shut it feels pretty heavy, so the wood paneling, it’s not just a wood door, but it’s not a swooshy door.

LAURA: Oh.

NICK: While that’s going on, we’re gonna jump back to Tink real quick. Tink, you and Web-Web are running down the hallway. Are you just sprinting down the middle? Are you walking carefully?

HUDSON: Sprinting down the middle.

NICK: Just (thud, thud, thud). I think Web-Web is riding you like a jockey at this point and at one point reaches down to slap your butt. “Yah! Go, go, go!” You come to a hallway, and immediately… Roll me a Cool check, please. Difficulty is gonna be average on this one.

HUDSON: Wash.

NICK: Total wash. You don’t have any Defense, do you?

HUDSON: No.

NICK: Could you roll me two yellows and a green at average difficulty, please?

HUDSON: A failure and two advantages.

NICK: Oh, you are so lucky. Okay. Two advantages isn’t enough to do what I want to do… A hail of stun bolts go flying past you. You’re able to duck behind a nearby bulkhead and grab some cover, but you’re still sticking out. It’s a hallway. There’s not a lot of cover here. You can see two blaster rifles kind of leaning around a corner from one of the what looks like passenger’s quarters, and you catch a view of what looks like a Gand. A Gand is a species in Star Wars that look like really terrifying chitinous bug people and are known to be deadly combatants and often extremely effective bounty hunters. They are shooting at you. So, yup, you’re gonna have to deal with that.

HUDSON: “Wub-Wub! What do we do?”

NICK: (laughs) Web-Web says, “… It’s Web-Web, and you said the whole point of this was for me to have a good shot, right? Get me where I can shoot them.”

HUDSON: I take them with one arm and lean back like I’m about to throw a football pass, and I throw them at the Gand.

(quiet giggling)

NICK: Okay. Make me an Athletics check? You know, it’s weird, the player handbook doesn’t mention what kind of skill you use for chucking other characters.

HUDSON: Well, and I still have that triumph that I can use for more accuracy, right? Can I do like a blue die for that?

NICK: Sure. You can have two blue dice for a triumph. That’s pretty in line with what I’ve used those for in the past.

LAURA: This is not the Lord of the Rings RPG.

NICK: Yeah. (laughs) ‘Gonna have to toss me!’

(chuckling)

HUDSON: Difficulty?

NICK: That’s gonna be hard.

HUDSON: One success and two threats.

NICK: Okay. We get this shot of Tink throwing Web-Web, and Web-Web is extremely graceful and lithe—I’ve used that word before, but it works really well. They’re skinny but also strong and flexible. It’s like in pool when you aim for a different wall to get the ball to bounce, because they’re hidden in this short hallway leading into this room, so you throw them at the far wall. Web-Web flips in the air, lands with their feet, draws their knives, and disappears around the corner, and you just start hearing fist fighting noises and you don’t see anyone for a while. Web-Web comes running back out and you can see blood—Gands have green blood I think, because they’re ammonia based…

LAURA: Sure!

NICK: I think it’s green… I don’t wanna Google “what color is Gand blood.” That’s gonna get me on a watch list.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: Do it.

LAURA: I think they do, but I also enjoy that my phone is at a point where if I try to go to Wikipedia it assumes I’m going to Wookipedia and it takes me there instead. Heh. The first one that pops up is starwars.wikia.com/wiki/willrow_hood

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: That’s what I always click because it pops up.

NICK: Biology and Appearance… It doesn’t say! Ack. Way to suck. I’m sure there is a canon answer. We’re gonna say they bleed green. That’s more fun. So, Web-Web’s knives are dripping with green blood. “Okay! Go, go, go! I got one of them!” And they take off down the hallway past. Do you follow them?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Okay, then you see one of the Gands is just eviscerated and there’s another one standing over them, and they look up as you go past. You continue running down that hallway. Let’s jump back to karma and Xianna here.

LAURA: Xianna is stuffing things in her pockets as the door closes and just does the turnaround while still grabbing and pushing into a pocket. “Oh no! The door closed! Um… Oopsies!”

CAMERON: “I don’t think I can hack this door to get you out.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Um…”

CAMERON: “It’s not my strength.”

LAURA: “Okay! Hold on a second!” And she grabs one more thing, shoves it in her pocket, and then goes over. Is there a door panel on this side?

NICK: Yeah. It would be Skulduggery to crack a door open. It’s not really Computers, this is just how doors work in Star Wars.

LAURA: How doors work? Yeah. She’s gonna then try to open the door. She doesn’t have any fun things like Tink does.

CAMERON: Skulduggle your way out?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: The door is average, but I think you’ll have a black die because it’s not really supposed to be unlocked from the inside.

LAURA: Ha-ha! Bypass Security!

NICK: Ohh~!

LAURA: Almost like you knew that and did that so that I had something to do.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: … Nope.

CAMERON: (smiling) Look at us, using our talents.

NICK: Definitely didn’t delete a conversation from the episode I was editing today where someone pointed out that they’ve never gotten to remove a black die from a skill check. Nope-nope. That didn’t happen.

LAURA: Yep.

CAMERON: (chuckles)

NICK: ‘You must read the ancient runes~!’

LAURA: That’s a triumph with its success, three more successes, and a threat.

NICK: So, with the threat and some of the other threats that have happened, the claxon alarm for border starts going off in your quadrant of the ship. We get Karma just tapping her foot outside the door, and then suddenly it starts going WOOP, WOOP, WOOP. The door slides open and we see Xianna standing there, looking… I don’t know. How does she look?

LAURA: She’s just smiling. She’s like, “The door is open!”

CAMERON: “Yup. Okay, come out and close it again. Pretend we weren’t here.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

NICK: With your triumph, you see one more thing.

LAURA: One more shiny? Heh.

NICK: Yeah. Tucked around a corner in a dusty case you see something that looks really, really interesting and you grab that real quick on the way out.

LAURA: Yeah. As she’s walking out she grabs it, shoves it in a pocket, and then closes the door behind her.

NICK: Yeah~ I’m just keeping a loot list for Xianna. I figured she was the only one that I would actually need a loot list for, but the ship does have a bunch of stuff on it. There’s a reason the GGGs targeted it. So, you’re back in the hallway.

CAMERON: We close the door.

LAURA: We closed the door!

NICK: You closed the door. Xianna looks wistfully at the fact that the door has locked and sealed again and then is ready to go. Where do you head?

CAMERON: “Continue down the hallway?”

LAURA: “Yes. I did not find a map.”

CAMERON: “Shocking.”

LAURA: “Uh, sorry~! Oops.”

NICK: You continue down the hallway. You come to an intersection. About 40 yards in front of you there is a pretty heavy duty sealed bulkhead, but at the intersection to your right the hallway changes. Before it was very Apple Corporation design, so a little bit of chrome, a lot of white enamel everywhere. This hallway goes to—

CAMERON: Android.

NICK: Yeah, kind of, like gray durasteel military finish, crisscrossed, looks like it may head towards the bridge would be your best bet. Which direction would you like to go?

CAMERON: “Let’s turn.”

LAURA: “Okay. Yes. I would also pick the direction that does not require hacking.”

CAMERON: “yes.”

NICK: Okay. You head down that hallway, and… Coordination checks from both of you, please, at hard difficulty. If you have Stalker you should get some blue dice there.

LAURA: Yes!

NICK: I know that one. That’s what it is. When I made that rune joke, Laura, it’s because when you pick up the dice tray it’s like when someone peers at a cup for reading tea leaves. (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Rotate it to look at it.

LAURA: Three successes and two advantages.

NICK: Wow.

CAMERON: Three successes and one advantage.

NICK: Okay. You both poke your heads around the corner and you hear the whine of servos and the charging of lasers. You both look up and see two auto-turrets in the ceiling focus on you, and right before they shot you just step back behind the wall. You are being agile and alert and you have no problems. You both did well enough if you want to like backflip behind the wall or something.

CAMERON: Yeah!

LAURA: Yes. I’m also just realizing that I had done impact right before we got on this ship.

NICK: Ohh.

LAURA: So that would have upped everything. It’s fine.

CAMERON: Because she hasn’t failed yet.

LAURA: Because I haven’t failed! So we’ll just keep moving.

NICK: It was like a bad batch, so it’s just now kicking in.

LAURA: yes.

CAMERON: It kicked in when you were on the gunnery bay, and then you were like wow that wore off fast, but now it’s back!

LAURA: It’s back!

NICK: Yeah. They cut it with something. There was a little bit too much baking soda in there maybe. Blue baking soda, because impact is blue.

LAURA: Is it?

CAMERON: Is it? I thought that was booster blue that’s blue.

LAURA: I thought it was white.

NICK: Oh no. We’ve had this conversation. I always imagined it was blue. I imagined it like crushed up rock candy.

LAURA: Like meth.

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: I imagined it like cocaine.

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: Okay, fine, it’s not blue. So yeah, you are around the corner of the hallway. It turned 90 degrees. You did get a chance since you were so successful to see a door that is open, a sealed bulkhead, and it clearly is the bridge, and there is something going on back there. You can hear scuffling and stuff, but you have to deal with these two turrets. What do you do?

CAMERON: Is there a computer console anywhere near here?

NICK: You can see one that’s in the hallway within the line of sight.

CAMERON: Hmm. I don’t want that one.

NICK: And you passed some that are further back, but right where you are, no, but there are ways around this. How do you solve the problem of the automatic turrets?

LAURA: Xianna puts her hand in her pocket, and when she pulls it out she’s holding her grenade. “So, I have grenades.”

CAMERON: Are they on the ceiling?

NICK: Yeah. The blast radius will probably take one out. These things explode pretty big.

LAURA: Also, I believe you can set grenades to either have a timer or to explode on impact, so if I aim at it and hit it would explode even if it’s on the ceiling.

NICK: Yup. Just tactically it’s the question of if you want to throw a grenade in this ship or not.

LAURA: “So, I actually have, uh, four grenades. We could both throw one. I don’t know how good you are at the throwing.”

CAMERON: “I’m not sure either, honestly.” (laughs)

NICK: It’s ranged, light.

CAMERON: Oh. Hmm. You know, if we can weigh the grenade down with a few rocks to get that to ranged, heavy I’d be better at it. (laughs)

LAURA: I have ranged, light. Two green, two yellow.

CAMERON: “I don’t know if I really want to go blowing up the ship that we’re trying to help, though.”

LAURA: “Okay, but I don’t want to get shot either. So, I mean…”

CAMERON: We’re at the corner. When we peeked around the corner we could see into the bridge? There’s at least something there?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: We know it’s not the captain, because they done got shot.

LAURA: “I mean, I think a grenade would just solve all these problems.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. If the person who is on the bridge right now is one of the people who is supposed to be on the ship—“

LAURA: “Okay. (shouting) ‘Ello, person on the bridge! Heh. Are you a Mon Cal?!”

NICK: You hear a strangled gurgling noise for a second, and then you hear, “Oh yeah, I’m a Mon Cal. Me and my friends here we still control the bridge. Come on over.”

CAMERON: “You know, we’d love to, but there are turrets.”

NICK: “Well, we have the lockdown procedures activated. You’ll just have to get past those. We wouldn’t want those pirates to make it to the bridge.”

LAURA: Xianna just looks over at Karma…

CAMERON: (whispering) “Xianna, that’s the pirates!” (laughs)

LAURA: …and is moving her arm back, and is doing the whole like ‘I’m gonna throw this,’ and is waiting for the approval. Her arm is way back behind her.

CAMERON: Karma nods and ducks around the corner.

LAURA: And Xianna throws the grenade!

NICK: Are you throwing it into the bridge or at the turrets?

LAURA: This one is gonna be at the turrets. Ah, that’s an Agility, so I get three yellow and a green. What is the difficulty?

NICK: Wow. I’d say you’re at medium range, so two.

LAURA: I’m gonna aim.

NICK: Okay. … Well—Hmm.

LAURA: I already did it!

CAMERON: Too late!

NICK: Okay…

HUDSON: Didn’t matter.

CAMERON: In a good way or bad way, Hudson?

HUDSON: Like, the blue die is what came up nothing.

LAURA: The blue die wasn’t anything, but thanks to drugs, yay, I have a triumph with a success, two more successes, and a threat.

CAMERON: Have you done any rolls that haven’t had a triumph in them today?

LAURA: Nope! (giggles)

CAMERON: Okay. Cool. Just checking.

NICK: Sheesh.

CAMERON: I was pretty sure that’s how it was working.

NICK: The only thing is since you aimed that means you leaned around the corner and took a second, so I think it’s gonna get to shoot at you, but you definitely throw the grenade. With the triumph do you want to take both out with one grenade?

LAURA: Yes. I don’t have advantages, but I had a triumph. The frag grenade is 8 damage, blast is pretty much anything around it also gets the blast plus successes. So yeah, I would use the triumph to take out the other one.

NICK: Yeah. You throw it. You lean around the corner, you heft it, you make sure that your throw is gonna be good, and then the turrets lock on you. You throw, and they shoot at the same moment. Can you make me a—

LAURA: I would like to use my Dodge!

NICK: What a great idea.

LAURA: I have one rank in Dodge, so I’m gonna take 1 Strain to upgrade the difficulty of being attacked by that number.

NICK: Okay. it was gonna be average, so now it’ll be hard, and it’s against three green. Do you have ranged defense? I can never remember.

LAURA: I do. I have one ranged, one melee.

CAMERON: Upgrading the difficulty would take it to a red, right? Not increasing the difficulty?

NICK: Upgrading makes it a red, increasing—

CAMERON: To upgrade the difficulty of the attack.

LAURA: Upgrade the ability is…

NICK: It makes it a yellow.

CAMERON: Yeah, so it’s not hard, it’s a purple and a red.

LAURA: Increase versus upgrade.

NICK: So it’s a purple and a red now.

LAURA: And how many green?

NICK: Three.

LAURA: Three green, and I get a black for my defense…

NICK: Ooh.

LAURA: That’s three successes, but also three threats.

NICK: Okay…

CAMERON: The turrets fall prone… (dramatic bass noise) …as they explode, and fall from the ceiling. (laughs)

NICK: (laughing) So yeah, the grenade blows out their hinges and they fall and explode. What we’ll do with those three threats is actually the turret spins around in the force of the explosion and fires randomly into the bridge for a little bit before they finish shorting out. You are going to take… It was three successes?

LAURA: Three successes!

NICK: That’s 8 damage coming your way.

LAURA: Okay! (laughs)

NICK: That’s kind of a lot. You get…

CAMERON: How much do you soak?

LAURA: Oh yeah, I have Soak. I soak 2, so I take 6 damage.

NICK: Ooh.

CAMERON: That’s better than 8!

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: I have some stim packs, for this reason!

NICK: You blew it up, those fall down, they shoot randomly into the bridge, and you take a shot. What does that look like, you getting shot?

LAURA: I think what happens is I hit them with the grenades and one of them hits the floor and bounces and gets a shot off and hits me in the shoulder.

CAMERON: So one of them turns and shoots the bridge, the other one just remains locked on Xianna as it falls.

NICK: (laughs) Yeah. It shoots while in mid-air. We get the slow motion heartbeat noise, but it’s mechanical so it sounds like an EKG machine, and then it shoots you. It hits you in the shoulder, spins you around, but you manage to catch yourself on the wall. You get kind of a scorch mark and a trickle of blood, it’s very dramatic, and the turrets are gone. You hear someone from the bridge call, ‘Hey! Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! What are you doing?”

LAURA: “Oh fuck.”

CAMERON: I wanna sneaky to the door of the bridge.

NICK: Like with Stealth?

CAMERON: Yeah, like not have them see me as I come down the hallway. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. Yeah.

CAMERON: Due to all of the smoke caused by the grenade.

NICK: Mm-hmm. You can have a blue die because of all the smoke from the grenade. It is going to be a hard check.

CAMERON: “Xianna, are you okay?”

LAURA: “Um, well I have a hole in my jacket now, and that is not ideal… but I brought some stim packs!”

CAMERON: “Alright, so you’re good.”

LAURA: “Also, if you need one—“ Xianna would reach in and use a stim pack.

NICK: I feel like Karma’s the one that has the diaper bag of health snacks, but—(laughs)

CAMERON: ‘Do you need any baby wipes?’

LAURA: ‘… No.’

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: ‘I have some crackers.’

LAURA: My pockets go on forever. There’s a lot of stuff in here. (laughs) I also have a surveillance tagger. That would’ve been a thing I could’ve used.

NICK: Did you get that at the black market?

LAURA: No, I bought that at the start, and for some reason have never used it.

NICK: Oh. I feel like there’s been several times where you needed to follow somebody where that would have been…

LAURA: yeah, that would have been…

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: I’m sure it’s just behind something and one day Xianna will pull it out and go, ‘Oh! I have this.’

NICK: You gave Tink such a hard time about his life sign tracker.

HUDSON: yeah.

CAMERON: Uh, his motion-detecting motion detector.

NICK: Yeah. It detects motion detectors.

CAMERON: Yeah. Alright, I actually get three blue dice, because one for the smoke and two more for Stalker. I got a triumph and three advantages, but no successes.

NICK: Huh.

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: So… I think you just crouch walk your way up to the doorway and lean into it. I’ll let you pass a Perception check to just kind of see what’s in the room. There are five people in the room. You see a Gigoran that’s a pleasant clover color. You see two Humans wearing heavy body armor and heavy repeating blasters. They have blasters strapped to their backs and they’re typing away on some of the ship’s computers. You see the smoking corpse of the Mon Cal captain that you recognize just kind of sprawled over the captain’s chair. You also see a Zabrak man with an orange complexion, and he’s wearing one of the ship uniforms and is just kind of standing over to the side looking anxious, and he’s got a light blaster on his hip. You failed, so the Gigoran sees you. He looks a lot like Tink, actually.

CAMERON: But green.

NICK: But green, kind of a giveaway. He says, ‘Hey. Thank you for helping take care of that security system. If you wanna come in here real quick we can talk this through about how we’re gonna repel these borders.” You can see he actually has a cruise captain’s hat stuck on his head at a jaunty angle, so he’s still going for that.

CAMERON: I’m gonna whisper into my coms. “Hey Tink, we’re at the bridge.”

HUDSON: “Oh, uh, okay… Um, the bridge, um…”

CAMERON: “The big green guy is here too.”

HUDSON: “Oh. I saw them earlier. Okay. I’m headed that—I’m gonna getcha!”

(laughter)

NICK: Tink, from in front of you Web-Web calls back, “Yeah, just make sure they stay intimidated. I think we should head towards the bridge. I think it’s this way.” They go running around a corner. What did you want to use your triumph on? You also get the feeling that something is probably gonna go down in here, so if you want to use it to give yourself an advantage leading up to it that could be good. Right now no one’s touching their guns. They’re just saying hey, come in here, let’s make a plan.

CAMERON: So you said Ziller’s in there, two Humans, and then the Zabrak looks like he belongs on the ship?

NICK: Yeah. He’s wearing a uniform, but no one’s paying him any attention.

CAMERON: Can the two Humans be by one of the control panels that may have a faulty wire in it, so if it gets shot it might explode?

NICK: Oh yeah. Absolutely. You notice that.

CAMERON: I notice that. It’s sparking a little bit underneath where your legs would go if you sat in it, and I can see it.

NICK: Works for me. That’s the situation. You’re posted up by the door. You’re half in cover, but everyone knows you’re there. Xianna, you’re still back around the corner.

LAURA: I’m behind the corner, but I would like to sneak up. Which side of the door are we on? If I was to sneak up would I be able to be on the other side of the doorway as Karma or would I have to be on the same side as her?

NICK: You could go to the other side. There’s a decent size bulk head and it’s smoky. You could potentially get up to there without being seen, but it would take some sort of check of your skills.

LAURA: Xianna pulls on her scanner goggles so that she can see better in the shadows. I’m assuming that would be a Stealth?

NICK: Absolutely that would be a Stealth. You get a blue die because it’s smoky.

CAMERON: Stalk the hell out of that.

NICK: We’ll leave it hard, but a black die because now everyone’s looking at this door. I should just keep adding dice to this dice pool.

(laughter)

CAMERON: Laura’s hands aren’t that big. She can’t hold any more.

LAURA: Okay, so two successes and seven advantages! Heh.

NICK: What do you even use seven advantages for? Okay, you pass, you’re stuck up to the door, you’re a ghost. No one knows you’re there. You have a clear view of the room. You’ve seen everything that Karma’s seen. You even note that the panel that they’re trying to take control of, the reason it’s kind of exploded looking is that they cracked into the electrics of it to try to get past the security, some sort of hardware block, so they destabilized it themselves. You see that as well. If you wanted to create an explosion of some kind you could. You are up against the door. The Gigoran captain is saying, “Hey. Just come in here. Come on. You’re making me nervous leaning up against that wall here. Let’s talk this out.”

At this point Web-Web comes running in from the other door. Tink, do you follow Web-Web?

HUDSON: I follow them. Yeah. Absolutely.

NICK: Okay. You’re running, and you can actually see that the hallway you were going down leads a majority of the length of the ship, and that there’s another one of those big military bulkheads that just says Detachment on it, which is weird. Yellow paint, looks kind of scrambly. You turn the corner and you find yourself standing on the bridge, and you see Ziller the green Gigoran, two members of the GGG, and a Zabrak man you haven’t seen before, and they’re all focused the other way. Web-Web walks in and says “Alright Ziller, we’re here. We’ve killed a couple of people. There may be someone following us. What’s next?”

“We’ve got some people here trying to help us retake the ship, so as long as this Nautolan comes in we can talk through it.”

CAMERON: While Ziller is turned to acknowledge Web-Web slightly, I get Xianna’s attention by waving at her slightly and point towards the explodey bit for her and then point at me and aim my gun at Ziller, so we will divide and conquer. Then I take aim.

NICK: Okay. When you start aiming at him, because you can see him, he’s like “Whoa, whoa!” He takes the hat and throws it and it lands on the corpse of the captain. “Alright. I guess these are the marines. Someone told me they were stormtroopers.”

CAMERON: I shoot him.

LAURA: “Okie! Heh.”

NICK: You get ready to shoot. “I thought these were stormtroopers.” You can see he’s making a motion, ‘I’ll just take you out,’ and you begin to hear the stomp of booted feet in the hallway behind you. Tink, you’re standing in the room, you see all this happen and you also hear the stomp of booted feet behind you and some more blaster fire. You all take aim to shoot… and that’s where we’re gonna end the episode~

CAMERON: Ba-naaa~!

OTHERS: Ba-naaa~!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

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A Particular Set of Skills

Transcript by Tyler (Twitter: @Tyler_MoonSage)

## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

I’ve got several big freaking announcements this week. First, this is our first episode with our new sound setup! We got a new sound board and some new microphones so we should sound even better! Second, and even cooler, we have merch! Laura went full artist and made some great designs for t-shirts. We have them on teepublic.com. Just search Tabletop Squadron and it’ll come right up. We’ve got a shirt with our logo, a shirt with the crew of the Afternoon Delight, and even a shirt that… well, appreciates the more popular music aspects of the Star Wars universe. You can also get the designs on stickers, tote bags, and lots of other stuff. Check it out. Woo!

Okay, I’m calm again, so let’s get into the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Tabletop Squadron Episode 24. Thanks to Cameron for grabbing that right at the end there. It’s been a while since we recorded, so good to be back in the proverbial saddle. Now we’ve got a new sound board and some new microphones. (air horn noises) Woo!

HUDSON: (air horn noises)

NICK: Yes. … Yeah. So, go around the table, everybody say who you are and who you’re playing today, and if you spent any experience why don’t—

HUDSON: Let’s do it all at the same time.

NICK: Everybody talk at the exact same time.

HUDSON: (at once) Hi. I’m Tink. I’m a Gigoran slicer.

CAMERON: (at once) Hi, I’m playing Karma, (giggling) and I’m a bounty hunter, and…

LAURA: (at once) Hi, I’m Laura… Penis, penis, penis.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Owww! Oh god.

(laughter)

CAMERON: But it’s okay, because we’re all on separate tracks now, so you can just separate that out and just play us one after another, and yeah it’ll be great.

HUDSON: I’m pretty sure Laura said some curses.

CAMERON: Pretty sure. She said penis a lot.

LAURA: I didn’t say curses, I said penis. That’s not a curse word. It’s an inappropriate word.

NICK: No, that’s where sin comes from though, so…

HUDSON: Oh.

LAURA: yeah, but it’s still different.

NICK: (laughing) Let’s go around the table starting with Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello!

NICK: Hi.

CAMERON: I’m Cameron. I’m playing Karma Nailo the Nautolan bounty hunter, and I bought the Dedication talent on my Assassin tree.

OTHERS: Woo!

CAMERON: So I upgraded my Presence characteristic to a 3.

NICK: So, Tabletop Squadron, now presenting Karma Nailo!

CAMERON: Karma’s got talky skills.

NICK: Woo. That’s fun. I’m sure it won’t ever be important to be good at talking.

CAMERON: No, not at all.

NICK: Up next we’ve got Laura.

LAURA: Yes, I am Laura, and I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler, and I also bought my Dedication rank skill thing on my talent tree.

CAMERON: Woo!

LAURA: And I now have a 4 in Agility.

NICK: Ooh.

LAURA: Yes, and I had a few points left over so I bought a rank in Coordination.

NICK: Oh. That’s handy.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: That’s like Acrobatics in D&D, right? Pretty much?

LAURA: Kind of, yeah, it’s Agility.

NICK: Cool. Last but not least we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hey Nick.

NICK: Hi!

HUDSON: I’m Tink, a Gigoran slicer and quite the rapscallion.

CAMERON: Are you playing Hudson.

HUDSON: Wait, did I say I’m playing Hudson?

CAMERON: (laughing) No, you said ‘I’m Tink.’ You just didn’t say you were Hudson.

HUDSON: Oh! (smiling) I’m Tink. I’m playing Hudson. I’m Hudson, I’m playing Tink.

NICK: He’s in character!

CAMERON: I know. (laughs)

HUDSON: Already.

NICK: You’re doing great.

HUDSON: I bought a second level in Deception and a second level in Skulduggery.

NICK: Ooh. How sneak-tastic.

HUDSON: I forgot what Skulduggery was.

LAURA: Sneaky things.

NICK: Thief shit.

HUDSON: Oh, okay.

NICK: Casing the joint, pickpocketing, opening locks, anything like that, like the quantifiable thief skills. If you were a thief and you put things on your resume it would be skulduggery.

HUDSON: Okay.

NICK: Yeah. Maybe cheating at cards.

HUDSON: Hmm.

NICK: I don’t know. Anyway. Alright! (laughs) Let’s start off before we get into any sort of recap with the Destiny Roll!

CAMERON: Two light side.

LAURA: Two light side.

HUDSON: One light side.

LAURA: (gasps) Guys!

NICK: Oh shit~ So, when we last left off, you all have been tear-assing your way through Nerftown, just leaving a real impression. You killed most of a gang of nerf hustlers called the Slippery Nerfs. What else did you do?

CAMERON: We got two new speeders that are on the Afternoon Delight now.

NICK: Yeah, you did get two new speeders, that’s a thing that happened. You already went shopping. You’ve turned in the bounties. The last thing that happened was everybody was headed back to the bed and breakfast for the evening and Tink got kidnapped and brought onboard a ship somewhere in space. Yup. That’s the things. Am I forgetting anything?

CAMERON: I think Xianna headed back to the bed and breakfast and karma was tracking Tink.

NICK: Yeah. That’s pretty much where we left off.

CAMERON: Because when they split up it hadn’t yet been determined that he was kidnapped, just that he wandered off somewhere.

NICK: Right. You saw in the distance a ship taking off, you kind of put two and two together, and that’s where we’re gonna open. Ba-naaa, ba-na.

LAURA: Ba-naaa~

CAMERON: Ba-naaa~

NICK: We open on Karma running the evening streets of Nerftown. People stare at her as her head tails stream behind her, but after they see her body armor and weapons they find reasons to look away. Karma hurdles a cart being pulled by a nerf. Nick insert cow noise here.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: Karma, where are you going?

CAMERON: To the space port.

NICK: Okay. Trying to get some information?

CAMERON: Yeah, where the ship had taken off from.

NICK: So you had made it most of the way to the space port when you saw that ship take off. Nerftown has a lot of people but not a lot of trade. From what you’ve gathered wandering around town they ship a lot of live nerfs off planet for them to go be butchered, and there’s big cattle ships that come do that, but most of the time the people who are here are just here to live so there’s not a lot of traffic. The ship was probably wherever Tink went.

So, you make your way to the space port, running the whole way, looking very dramatic. There are two cowboy-looking guys carrying a big sheet of plate glass across the street and you manage to slide around it without breaking it. You get there and some of the ships that were there when you landed are still there. A couple of them have left at this point. Zubo is sitting on top of the Afternoon Delight, he’s got a hydrospanner, and as you get close to the ship he pushes up his goggles and waves to you. What do you do?

CAMERON: I jog over. “Hey, do you know who that ship belonged to that just left?”

NICK: He pushes his goggles around on his head. “You’re looking for a ship?”

CAMERON: “Yeah, that one that just left.”

NICK: “Yeah. We don’t get a lot of traffic this time of night. They sure left in a hurry.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. Do you know whose ship it was?”

NICK: He pulls some earplugs – they have little ear flaps – he pulls some earplugs out. “Oh, you’re looking- Yeah. That ship, that’s the GGG actually. That’s their main ship, just took off.”

CAMERON: “Kriff.”

NICK: “Did you need them for something? They’re nice boys.”

CAMERON: “That’s a very different opinion than what I heard earlier, sir.”

NICK: “Oh. What did you hear about those Green Gregarious Gigorans?”

CAMERON: “I thought it was the Gregarious Green Gigorans.”

NICK: “That’s the one.”

CAMERON: “All them Gs.”

NICK: “The whatevers.”

CAMERON: “Those folks, there’s a bounty on them. They’re bank robbers?”

NICK: “Oh yeah. They make most of their money hijacking ships and merchants out in the nearby sectors, but once they land their money pays just as well as everybody else and they’re pretty nice. Why are you looking for them?”

CAMERON: “I think they just took my friend.”

NICK: “Your accent’s getting thicker.”

CAMERON: “I know! Sorry. I have this thing. I pick up other people’s, and yours is quite strong.”

NICK: “Aww… Yup. Nerftown.”

CAMERON: (snickers) “Yup. Um… Anyway.” Karma focuses. “Do you know where that ship might have been headed?” And is trying to drop the accent. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) “My accent’s gonna get stronger now.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: “That is fine. Do you know where the ship was headed?”

NICK: “Yeah. I think they were mentioning on the way up they were carrying some big old fella with them. It seemed like one of their friends maybe had too much to drink, but they’re uh, I think they’re still camping out the trade lane that’s a couple of parsecs from here. Contrary to popular belief parsecs are a measure of distance not of time.”

CAMERON: “Well when you’re near enough to a black hole it’s just all the same thing.”

NICK: “That sounds like some bullshit and sloppy writing.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “Well, this might sound a bit late to be asking this question, Zubo, but do you have any loaner ships since mine is getting work on it? Or know anywhere that I could acquire one?”

NICK: “You know, you’re spending enough money with us, I guess you could borrow my personal ship, but you’re gonna need to know an exact heading. That trading route is pretty long. Why don’t you go talk to space traffic control down around the corner?” He points with one of his arms and you see a big, tall, it looks kind of like a lighthouse that’s been stretched up and it’s like a black monolith with a little bulb on top that has some windows, but they’re all dark. We get a shot of Karma looking at that, putting her hands on her hips, and then the camera pans away, and we get to Tink.

HUDSON: Waaa~

NICK: Yep, it’s waa indeed. So, Tink, when we last saw you were tied to a chair in front of a group of Gigorans. You’re in a large room on a ship. The room is dark, but it is lit by a lamp on a durasteel table in front of you. The largest Gigoran, one that is a pleasant clover color, rubs at the back of his hand where you can see a Mandalorian crest branded into the skin. “So, you’re interested in work or not? We’ve always had space for another brother.” The other three Gigorans with streaky green fur nod solemnly. You notice they’re not wearing translators. Your brain has been translating from Gigoran this whole time. Around the edge of the room you can see shadowy figures leaning against the walls. It looks like the Green Gregarious Gigorans—Fuck. Why is that the name of this gang? This is difficult.

LAURA: (laughs) I thought you were just gonna say ‘The Green Gregarious Gigorans fuck!’

(laughter)

HUDSON: Yeah they do!

LAURA: I was like, yeah I bet you they fuck~!

NICK: I mean probably. Anyway. It looks like the Green Gregarious Gigorans aren’t just the ones sitting in front of you. Do you have anything to say to the dude?

HUDSON: “Can I get out of this chair?”

NICK: “We’d… probably be able to let you go, but first we just need some confirmation you’d be interested in working with us. You know, we’ve brought other Gigorans onboard before and it doesn’t always go well. You know how we get, right?” He chucks your shoulder.

HUDSON: “Oh yeah.”

NICK: “Yeah. So, if you’re interested in joining up we got a mission for you that you could get in on, but if not we’ll just bring you back to planet no hard feelings.”

HUDSON: “What’s the pay and benefits like?”

NICK: “Pay is pretty good. We do equal shares for all of us brothers,” and the other three Gigorans high-five, “with some supporting pay for the rest of the crew.” As you look around you can see the other people in this big room, there’s like five or six others, and they’re all wearing dark body suits and look kind of grimy. They’re like standard spacers, but they are not Gigorans, they are other species. “Yeah, we take care of our own. You’ll make good money. It’s rare for this many of us to be gathered in one place. We’re trying to keep the culture alive, you know?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. I completely understand.” Internal monologue is basically, ‘I gotta get out of here.’

NICK: (laughs) He definitely wants to hear a certain kind of answer from you and has decided that you agreeing that Gigorans are cool is close enough. Ziller kind of nods to himself, Ziller is the green one, the more green one, and he puts on his translation mask. You see the other three don’t have one at all. he had one sitting up on his head like when you push goggles back. He slides it down over his face, and with the translator on he says, “Web-Web, come here.” You see detaching from the shadows a tall, lanky Gungan that’s bright blue and has red eyes. “This is Web-Web.” You see that they are wearing a tight leather suit with armor sewn into the shoulders and chest. They don’t have any weapons visible, but they radiate an aura of grace and danger. You’ve never seen a blue Gungan before. That’s really weird. They have several intricate charms hanging from their long ears that they wear worn over their shoulders.

The Gungan says, “Why do I have to babysit?”

And Ziller says, “Because you’re the one least likely to die if something goes wrong.”

Web-Web grabs you and quickly unties you from stuff. They seem very competent with knots and things. “Come with me.” They lead you through the ship. It’s pretty spare. You’ve been on military ships before, because you blew up a star destroyer at one point, and this one is very stripped down. There are a lot more exposed wires on the walls, but everything is pretty clean and in good order. They lead you to a bare room with an extra-long bed. “Rest here. I recommend you come up with a way to impress Ziller before he calls on you again. There’s a reason there are only four Gigorans on the crew. Ziller holds them to a very high standard.” Web-Web makes sure that you’re settled in. Do you have any questions for them or anything?

HUDSON: “Oh, you won’t have to worry about me impressing him. I got some skills, Noob-noob.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: “It’s Web-Web, but that’s good. I would feel really bad if I had to shove you out of an airlock.” They turn and leave. As the doors slides shut behind them you hear it lock. What do you do?

HUDSON: Are there any panels on the wall?

NICK: Oh, there’s absolutely a panel on the wall.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: There’s the door panel that is locked but is still there. You can have a computer access panel if you flip a light side point.

HUDSON: Ooh. Yeah, I’ll have a computer access panel.

NICK: Okay. There’s a computer access panel in the room above the bed. It looks like just a simple coms setup so that you can talk to other parts of the ship, but it does have access to the rest of the network if you’re trying to do something fancy with it.

HUDSON: Hmm. Alright. I check out the bed.

NICK: It is pretty thin mattress material, not particularly comfortable, but it’s long enough for you to lay on it and not hang off the sides which is pretty cool.

HUDSON: Ooh.

NICK: I don’t think we’ve run into one of those before. Yeah, it’s got a pillow, it’s got a blanket… Were you hoping for something fancy with the bed? (chuckles)

HUDSON: Any weapons around there?

NICK: In the bed?

HUDSON: Like under the bed, by the bed.

NICK: Hell. Roll me a force die, would you?

HUDSON: (laughs) One black side.

NICK: Nope!

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: It’s pretty spare. It’s like they stripped this down for, you know, having prisoners or something.

HUDSON: So I have all these marks from them tying me up in the chair. I’m pretty worn out. I think I lay down for a nap.

NICK: Okay. You lay down, and we see Tink stretch out and note that his feet don’t hang off and look pretty happy about that and snuggle in under the blanket, and we’re gonna cut back to Karma. You came over to the space control port. What are you doing?

CAMERON: On my way there I’m gonna send a ping to Xianna. “Hey, Tink’s gone.” She’s probably already asleep at this point because I had to run across town, but if she’s still up and hanging out…

LAURA: No. She would most certainly be asleep at this point.

CAMERON: Okay. Karma’s not sure.

LAURA: She’s probably asleep on one of the living room couches, too, not even her room. She just walked in, and they were… It’s a bed and breakfast so they probably had like afternoon tea or something, and she had a cup, and then immediately just fell asleep there and no one wants to move her.

NICK: Did you do impact during the Slippery Nerfs heist? I can’t remember.

LAURA: Yes, I did.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: Wait, no, I don’t think I did.

NICK: I don’t think you did either. We talked about it, but you were worried about it blowing away in the speeder.

LAURA: yeah… or did I? I don’t know. Xianna doesn’t know either.

HUDSON: I thought you did.

LAURA: Possibly. Xianna doesn’t know. (laughs)

CAMERON: I don’t remember.

HUDSON: Viewers, could you let us know before we release—(laughs)

LAURA: No.

NICK: Yeah, viewers, tweet at us right now.

LAURA: Yes, viewers.

CAMERON: Listeners?!

LAURA: Viewers, as this is a visual medium.

CAMERON: Listeners, let us know, was the last episode drugged? It’s an important question.

NICK: Yup. Like I said at the beginning, it’s been a little while since we’ve recorded. Anyway! One way or the other Xianna is crashed pretty hard.

LAURA: I don’t think it matters.

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: So, karma sends her a ping just so that it’s there if she happens to be awake.

NICK: Okay.

CAMERON: And then she goes and knocks on the door of the tower?

NICK: Yeah, so the tower itself looks pretty much shut down. There’s a really, really big satellite dish next to the tower pointing straight up at the sky. You can see that there are windows up at the top, but everything in there is dark. It doesn’t look very operational, but there is a small one-room shack tucked up next to the tower and you can see a little trickle of smoke coming up and some light coming from under the door. Presumably there are some people in there.

CAMERON: I go knock on that door.

NICK: Okay. You knock on that door and nobody answers at first? As Karma knocks more insistently you hear whispered through the door, someone like, “Maybe they’ll just go away.”

CAMERON: (laughing) Karma knocks again.

NICK: You knock again. “They heard you, stupid!”

CAMERON: She starts doing the fun knocks, though, where there is a correct response to this knock for them to knock back, just because they’re not responding so she starts playing with it.

NICK: (laughs) She gets to the point of (knocking in a pattern) and then someone pulls open the door and says, “What do you want?!” instead of doing the response.

CAMERON: “Good evening.”

NICK: “Hi.”

CAMERON: “Hello. I need a read on a ship that just jumped.”

NICK: “Well of course that would be highly illegal.”

CAMERON: “Ship jumping would be illegal?”

NICK: “Sharing that information with a civilian, yeah.”

CAMERON: “Oh, no.” She flashes her bounty ID.

NICK: Ooh.

CAMERON: “The LAW… office sent me.”

NICK: This guy stops to think for a second and you get a chance to kind of get a look at what he looks like. He is shorter, looks like someone who has a desk job that involves taking an elevator to work, coming back down, and going back to sleep, so he’s not in great shape but he’s got a big, bushy, black beard and he’s Human, but he has bright blue eyes. I’ve decided that just now. Seems important.

CAMERON: Dreamy.

NICK: Yeah. Gorgeous eyes. He looks at you and says, “Technically, bounty hunters are still civilians.”

CAMERON: “Correct. I am not a member of the military.”

NICK: “So technically because you don’t work for the government sharing government records of ship locations would be illegal.” He goes to shut the door on you.

CAMERON: I have my foot in the door already.

NICK: Clunk. You have armored boots because of your armor so I think the door cracks a little bit, that worrying noise when you do something around the house and you hear something get compromised, and you’re like oh I hope that didn’t actually break and just was threatening to. It goes crunch, and he pulls the door back.

CAMERON: “Ow.”

NICK: “Yes, I’m sure it was you that was injured in this situation.”

CAMERON: And she leans nonchalantly against the doorframe.

NICK: “Uh… Look. You’re standing in the doorway. At least come in.”

CAMERON: “Why thank you.” She walks in.

NICK: He turns around and heads in and there is someone who is shaped very similar to him but he’s clean shaven and he has blonde, poofy hair. He says, “Why did you let her in? We were- We don’t have enough food for everybody, and now we have guests…”

CAMERON: “Good evening!”

NICK: “Hi… Good to see you. I don’t know who you are but that’s fine. Why are we-? Why is this happening? What is the point of…? What do you want?”

CAMERON: (cheerfully) “Karma Nailo, bounty hunter.” She holds her hand out to shake his hand.

NICK: He reaches for your hand very hesitantly but shakes it.

CAMERON: Karma’s got a good handshake.

NICK: He doesn’t.

CAMERON: Ick.

NICK: His is very limp, and kind of clammy, and soggy… It’s not great. His hands are very soft. It’s like shaking a plastic baggie of pudding.

CAMERON: Ew. (laughs)

HUDSON: Ew.

NICK: “What do you want? We just, we have enough nerf stew for the two of us, and it’s pleasant to meet you, but we’ve been working all day tracking ships.”

CAMERON: “I don’t mean to take up any more time than is necessary, but I do need the expected jump point for the ship that just left orbit. They just witnessed a kidnapping on the streets and I was sent after. It’s the GGGs?”

NICK: The guy with the beard looks kind of nervous at that and turns around, busying himself doing something. It’s not a kitchen, it’s like a cauldron over an open fire in the middle of this shack. The blonde guy looks just kind of oblivious, like that doesn’t mean much to him. “Well, I mean, that knowledge would have been saved in the computer. We only have to download it once or twice a day, but we can’t share because you’re a civilian. I’m sure my friend here told you that, so we’ll be seeing you later. Bye~”

CAMERON: “Unfortunately I will not be leaving this residence until I get those records.”

NICK: Sounds like about time for some sort of roll, doesn’t it?

CAMERON: (smiling) Yup.

NICK: Are you trying to coerce them into getting it or charm them?

CAMERON: I’m not being scary, so I don’t think I’m coercing. I don’t feel like I’m intimidating at all.

NICK: Okay. Go for Charm.

CAMERON: Okay. Go for Charm. What’s the difficulty of this Charm check?

NICK: Average, but it’s got a black die because one of these people is just real hungry and doesn’t want to talk to you.

CAMERON: Two successes and a threat.

NICK: Two successes and a threat… So, bearded guy comes back with a wooden carved bowl of nerf stew you assume and starts to shake his head angrily at the blonde guy, but the blonde guy says “Well, you know, if you’ll leave I can go help you download that information right now.”

The other guy says, ‘Hey, you can’t just be giving away all our information like that. We won’t even have a job if you keep doing this.”

“Oh it’s fine, and then we get to eat and everything’s good. Of course, you would have to pay us for the information,” and he waggles his eyebrows at Karma. That’s the threat. (musically) Bribes, bribes, bribes, na-na-na.

CAMERON: Karma just stares at them, because there’s some other piece of information they need to provide with that being the amount.

NICK: Hmm.

HUDSON: This is your chance to just give them money, though, just like some amount.

NICK: (laughs) Here is 5 Credits.

CAMERON: Here’s 5 Credits. Buy yourself something nice.

NICK: Here is a nickel, a shiny nickel. “I think probably 50 Credits would do it. That’s enough to buy a lot of nerf stew.”

CAMERON: “Okay, lead the way.”

NICK: “Great.”

CAMERON: “Information first.”

NICK: “Uh… I don’t know about that…”

CAMERON: Karma just stares down at them.

NICK: He shrinks. Karma’s taller than these guys by a decent amount and is very imposing. The guy with the beard stays and keeps eating. “Well, it’s your funeral. You’re the one that offered her in. I hope she shoots you.”

“Aw, come on, man.” They go out of the little shack and there is an elevator that goes straight up. The interior of the space control port is… Imagine the inside of air traffic control towers. It’s a lot of light-up buttons and some screens that are all monochrome. He punches into a computer and some magnetic tapes start to rotate because Star Wars, and he gets the information. “Alright, I’ve got the information right here. I’ve got the coordinates. The thing is, based on estimated hyperspace speed…” Is that a thing?

CAMERON: Sure.

NICK: “Based on estimated capabilities of the ship and the direction it went, we can give you a line of where it went. You would have to trace through whatever that intersects with, between I can give you the vector.”

CAMERON: “Fabulous.”

NICK: “That’s a math term, vector. Good for me. Yeah, that’s something I should know in this job, but I’m always impressed with myself. You know?”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

NICK: He grabs like a ten digit long string of numbers and he writes it down on a space sticky note, some flimsy, and he hands it to you. “So… A little tip for my efforts? Making me leave the house.”

CAMERON: I give him the exact 50 Credits that he asked for.

NICK: “Great. Thank you so much.” And you all turn to leave, right? Do you need anything else from this guy?

CAMERON: Um… Can I get what type of ship it was?

NICK: Yes. It was a… I kind of want it to be Dash Rendar’s ship. Was that a YT2400?

LAURA: Yeah, I think it was a 2400.

NICK: That’s a stupid, garbage ship. Let’s go with that. (laughs)

LAURA: A stupid, garbage ship, that you all picked…

CAMERON: Yeah! Hey!

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: …when I ran a campaign.

CAMERON: Be nice to that ship!

NICK: “Well, that’s interesting. That thing moved a lot faster than a YT2400 normally would. They must have upgraded it somehow. Pretty standard ship, no big deal, we see those all the time. You can fit a lot of nerfs in one of those.”

CAMERON: “I bet. Yeah.” Karma was more looking to see if that was their ‘hey let’s run down to the planet real quick’ ship.

NICK: No, this was the main ship.

CAMERON: Oh, this was the main ship?

NICK: Mm-hmm.

CAMERON: Okay. That’s what she was trying to gauge, whether it was a small shuttle that would head back up or if it was the big one.

NICK: No. Based on what you know of the kind of jobs they run, that’s a little small for what you would expect but it’s definitely not their ‘extra ride’ ship, so that means it’s probably their main ship. They may have some fighters or something like that, you would know from your understanding of these operations, but the main thing is gonna be that sucker. They brought the big boy to come get him.

CAMERON: Aw. Tink’s so special.

HUDSON: Oh, I can’t say anything, I’m not in the scene.

CAMERON: No, you’re not there.

(laughter)

CAMERON: I mean, Hudson could say something, but…

HUDSON: I am special.

CAMERON: Yeah!

NICK: You are special.

LAURA: Yeah.

CAMERON: So yeah, I guess Karma’s gonna send a ping to Tink. “Let us know where you at?” Something that if someone else looked at the data pad wouldn’t indicate ‘we’re coming to get you’ but more just like ‘hey where you at bro’ type of message, where he could provide information that would be useful back.

NICK: Since this is Star Wars, that message will show up…

CAMERON: Eventually!

NICK: When I want it to!

CAMERON: Yup.

NICK: Yay, because hyperspace.

CAMERON: Yup. She’s gonna head back to the bed and breakfast and probably see Xianna on the couch and help get her upstairs to her room.

NICK: (laughs) We get a cute scene of Xianna being dragged up the stairs by karma.

LAURA: No, I imagine Karma opens the door and it’s the scene where Xianna rolls off the couch, hits the floor, and goes, “Whoa. No! Oh? Oh… Okay. Hello~ Heh.”

CAMERON: “Hi. Tink’s missing. He’s been kidnapped by the Green Gorgorgarious Gergergerans, and we’re gonna go to sleep.”

LAURA: “Well, if we know where he is, is he actually missing? Is he just kidnapped?”

CAMERON: “I have a general idea of where he’s at, but Tink went missing. Turns out he was kidnapped. I have located said vector of what ship is on… going… yes?”

LAURA: “Sure! Okay.”

CAMERON: “I’m tired. I’m not speaking well anymore. I’m gonna go to bed.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Okay.” (laughs)

CAMERON: “We’ll go get him in the morning. Zubo says I can have a ship.”

LAURA: “Cool.”

CAMERON: “I’m sure he’s fine. He’s a smart boy. He can handle himself.”

LAURA: “Probably. Hopefully he is not dead. That would be a little sad.”

CAMERON: “If he is dead already there’s nothing we can do, so I’m going to bed.” (laughs)

LAURA: How long was I sleeping for? How long was this?

NICK: Probably two hours. It’s early evening, early night time. You spent most of the day turning in a whole bunch of dead Selkath for money. So, you all go to sleep?

CAMERON: Yup.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Okay. (laughs) We get a shot… It’s like the shot from the time last night where we see the silhouettes against window shades, but the room that Tink was in, the window is open and dark and there’s just a curtain flapping in the breeze from where he was sleeping. The screen fades to black and we come back to Tink. Tink, how long do you think you slept for?

HUDSON: I think I slept for about an hour and a half.

NICK: So you took an actual nap. You didn’t just sleep through the whole night by accident.

HUDSON: No.

NICK: Okay. You wake up, and before you move you can hear—you’re pretty used to the sounds of a ship operating at this point—and you can hear that it’s gotten pretty quiet, like most of the people have bedded down. What do you wanna do?

HUDSON: I wanna check out the computer panel by my bed.

NICK: You tap some buttons on it. It looks like a standard com system, but like I said before it does touch the network in a couple of places. You could com somebody. Anything else you do you’re gonna have to do some slicing.

HUDSON: Hmm. I crack my knuckles and get to work slicing.

NICK: Go ahead and roll me a Computers check. You still don’t have your axe, they took your pistol, but they left you your outlaw data breaker. If you want to use that to help hack you can get those two blue dice for your fancy new piece of equipment, but it is going to be a hard check. This is a system you are unfamiliar with.

HUDSON: Alright. I have two advantages.

NICK: (laughs) You start to slice into it and I think a little com window pops up in the corner. You open up the bios settings on this, you’re gonna start going ‘delete password requirement’ or whatever, and a little screen pops up over that. It’s got a blue Gungan on like a Skype screen. “I see you’re trying to hack the computer. Would you like some help with that?” It’s Web-Web just fucking with you is what’s going on.

HUDSON: “Oh… I thought this was the TV.” (laughter) “Is this the… What?”

NICK: “Um… So, you’re a pretty decent slicer it looks like, but you’re not much of a liar, even if you did just put more points in Deception, so would you like to try again?”

(laughter)

HUDSON: Yes. I actually would like to roll for Deception.

NICK: Okay. It’s gonna be average difficulty.

HUDSON: A triumph with a success and two threats.

NICK: You say ‘I thought this was the TV’ and Web-Web goes, “Yeah, you’re not much of a liar…” but they look kind of unsure. Their default is to assume people are lying to them. ‘Is he actually this dumb? It’s hard to tell. Did he get into the bios with an outlaw data breaker trying to turn on a TV? Are we at like Mr. Magoo levels of shenanigans here? Maybe?’

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: He was trying to get those late night channels.

(chuckling)

NICK: ‘I just wanted to unscramble it.’

LAURA: ‘I just wanted to see Wookie on Wookie.’

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: ‘They always pixel out the dianoga’s tentacles, and I wanted to…’ Anyway. Web-Web says, “So you didn’t sleep very long. As long as we’re talking, are you doing okay? Can I get you anything?”

HUDSON: “Were you watching me sleep?”

NICK: “Well, I mean, I assumed, you went in the room that you went to sleep and now you’re trying to watch TV, so…”

HUDSON: “I mean, I could have just been meditating, I could have been just sitting around.”

NICK: “Were you meditating?”

HUDSON: “… No.”

NICK: “Okay. I don’t understand why we’re talking about this.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: “Hang on.” The screen blacks out. The com system is disabled at this point. They come in and you can see they’re wearing a long nightgown type thing that looks really weird. It’s kind of high-water so you get five inches of shin and those weird Gungan feet that are very—

LAURA: Ugh. Weird Gungan feet.

NICK: Yeah.

HUDSON: I look at them and go “Eghh…” aloud.

CAMERON: Aww.

NICK: “Hey! What are you doing? What do you need? Let me just help you, because if you do anything stupid it’s gonna come back on me, and I’ve actually enjoyed being a member of this group.”

HUDSON: “I’m just trying to see… Alright. I’ll just come clean with you. I’m trying to get out of here.”

NICK: “Whaaat?”

HUDSON: “Listen. I’m putting my trust in you. Can I do that?”

NICK: “I’m gonna be honest, that’s not smart, but you’ve done it now so we might as well go for it. You’re trying to get out of here?”

HUDSON: “I mean, I’d like to see my friends again.”

NICK: “Oh. Well, did you ever think about just making new friends? This is a pretty cool place. We’re gonna rob a thing. I don’t know if I’m supposed to tell you what it is yet, but we are planning on robbing a thing. You seem helpful even if you’re not the best slicer. You messed that one up pretty good. There’s a lot of potential here. I think you should really consider. All you gotta do is dye your fur green and we’re good to go.”

HUDSON: “That’s actually all you have to do to get into this gang?”

NICK: “If you’re a Gigoran.”

HUDSON: “Oh. What if you’re not? What did you have to do?”

NICK: “I killed some folks, like four or five people actually.”

HUDSON: Whoa…”

NICK: “It’s fine. I do that on a pretty regular basis.”

HUDSON: “I see. Alright, you’re starting to tempt me the other way now… I guess I don’t have much of a choice here… Oh, you know what, I’ll join. Sure.”

NICK: “Great. Glad to have you on board, like you said you were earlier, to our boss. I’m glad you’ve made a decision.”

HUDSON: “You’re very persuasive.”

NICK: “You know, I think so too.” They put their hand on their chest and actually look pretty proud of themself. “Well, good night!” They turn and leave and shut the door and it locks, and you are all alone again.

HUDSON: I breathe a sigh of relief, and I still really wanna see my friends.

NICK: Aww.

CAMERON: Aww.

NICK: Are you gonna go to sleep? Are you gonna try to break out? What are you gonna do now?

HUDSON: I’m gonna try to go to sleep. That was enough trying to break out for one night.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) Okay. Tink flumps onto the bed. It creaks under his weight a little bit, and then the camera pans over the now disabled com system. As the screen goes black it pans back to the sun rising over nerf town. Insert the William Tell overture. The sun is rising and you hear (mooing) from all the nerfs scattered around the city.

CAMERON: (loudly) Moo!

NICK: Yup. That’s that one nerf. It’s kind of weird.

CAMERON: Yeah. (laughs)

NICK: You are awake at the bed and breakfast. What are Karma and Xianna gonna do at this point?

LAURA: “Do we have time for breakfast, or…?”

CAMERON: “yes.”

LAURA: “Oh! Okay. Good!”

NICK: (laughs) I think Xianna says that walking downstairs and karma’s already there eating, probably scones again.

CAMERON: Scones again, yup, drinking caf.

NICK: The proprietor of the bed and breakfast, the elderly Mon Cal woman, says, “Well, here’s caf for everybody. I know how much you like caf.” And she’s pouring just big old steaming carafes.

CAMERON: “Thank you!

LAURA: “Thank you.” Xianna has her own carafe. She doesn’t bother with the cup. She’s just drinking straight out of it. (laughs)

NICK: Drinking out of a carafe! That’s the tagline for the podcast now: Tabletop Squadron, drink it straight out of the carafe!

HUDSON: (snickers)

CAMERON: Great.

LAURA: Whether or not it’s all coffee, that’s up to you.

NICK: (laughs) “So, how was your evening? I saw that one of your friends stayed out. Did he get lucky?”

LAURA: ‘No, he’s kidnapped.”

NICK: “Oh. I thought now that he knew what a slippery nerf was he went out to try it. Man, reminds me of the good old days.”

CAMERON: Karma looks incredibly uncomfortable, (laughs) and slightly confused.

LAURA: “I mean, it is definitely something you want to try once you find out what it is, but I don’t think he went to do that.”

NICK: “Well, and I was wondering where he was gonna get the porg masks on such short notice.”

LAURA: “Ugh. I mean, specialty shops always carry those.”

NICK: (smiling) At this point I’m just trying to see how uncomfortable I can make Cameron look, trying to hint at this. (laughs)

LAURA: “It’s always right next to the jogan fruit flavored lube and on the other side of the dildos.”

NICK: “Well yeah, the nicer shops just have one of those end cap displays with everything you need, but it does take up like half the shop.”

CAMERON: Karma’s just like drinking her coffee, has refilled her coffee, is drinking more of her coffee. Her caf. (laughs)

LAURA: “Some places now have these fun little starter kits in a box.”

NICK: “But the quality is just not there.”

LAURA: “No, it’s very… Everything breaks after the first time.”

NICK: “The velcro doesn’t stay stuck. It just, it’s a mess. It’s good to see if it’s your thing, but…”

LAURA: “The zip ties do not bind nearly as tightly as they really need to.”

NICK: “Well, that’s how you make a mess, so.”

LAURA: “And the nipple clamps just always fall off.” (laughs)

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Karma’s like making eye contact with the other people in this breakfast area listening to this conversation. ‘What is happening? Someone come rescue me from this table.’ (laughs)

NICK: So, the only other person in the breakfast nook is, picture a 1950s milkman with the uniform holding a thing of glass milk jars, and he just kind of shrugs and smiles at you and backs out of the room. (laughs)

CAMERON: Karma refills her cup. “So, Zubo said that we could borrow his ship. I don’t know what kind of ship it is, but is’ probably in working order and ours is not right now, so… I have the vector to search along.”

LAURA: “Okie. That sounds like a lot of, uh, you work. I can help fly?”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

LAURA: “And then once we get there, then I can do things…”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

LAURA: “…but I don’t really do the…”

CAMERON: “The findings of the peoples?”

LAURA: “Astrogation.”

CAMERON: “Oh.”

LAURA: “I can do some, but mostly once they are inside a city. I don’t do super well with tracking across the vacuum of space.”

CAMERON: Karma realizes that she’s gotten very used to having Tink onboard to do all the Astrogation checks.

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: Hmm.

HUDSON: Does that mean you miss me?

CAMERON: Yeah. Karma’s coming after you! (laughs)

NICK: Karma’s just having a conversation with the idea of Tink in her head.

CAMERON: (laughing) yeah.

LAURA: “Do you think the droid would be able to help with the Astrogation? A lot of them can do that.”

CAMERON: “I don’t know if we can fix it, though.”

LAURA: “I mean, how broken was it?”

CAMERON: “The CPU was gone. It’s brain was gone.”

LAURA: “Do you think Tink just has those in his room?”

CAMERON: “I don’t think it’s in his room. He may have it on him, but what he suggested plugging into it was the Rancore Protocol.”

NICK: Just looking at character sheets and cackling, don’t mind me.

CAMERON: “I get the feeling the droid is not gonna be any better at Astrogation than I am.”

NICK: No, you don’t know that! Dramatic irony!

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: The droid’s great at it!

CAMERON: “Yup. They’re in a YT2400. I don’t know how many of them are onboard. I know my contact earlier had said there were four Gigorans—or no, Tink said that, because they’re a barber shop quartet. I remember this. Then, they had other crew members so I don’t know how many people it is. I don’t know what size ship we’re borrowing so I don’t know if we can dock with the YT2400.”

LAURA: “Um… I have no idea, and I am a little confused why you are even asking me.”

CAMERON: “I’m not really, I’m just talking out loud at this point, trying to drown out all of the Slippery Nerf thoughts happening in my head.”

LAURA: “If you need to buy drugs, or pickpocket, or cheat at a Sabacc game, or sneak through some air ducts… then I am your Twi’lek.”

CAMERON: “I can see one of those possibly coming up in this mission.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Those are all things I have done in the last month.”

CAMERON: “Cool.”

LAURA: “They are relevant.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Well, I guess when we finish breakfast we can head out.”

LAURA: “And again, I can help you fly, I just don’t… I’m not good at math.”

CAMERON: “Noted.”

LAURA: “I can do some basic addition and subtraction, mostly for money, and drugs…”

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm. Yup.”

LAURA: “How much to buy, how much per unit, but calculating where a ship flies… don’t know that.”

CAMERON: “Also, I messaged Tink, so hopefully he gets back to us at some point and we can coordinate something?”

NICK: Dramatic swipe to… You see the room that Tink was in when he met the Green Gregarious Gigorans—gosh, I want this arc to be over—and there’s a holo-display of a Mon Cal cruiser, and Ziller is pointing at different things. You see a data pad in his backpack light up and it says, ‘Hey, where you at?’ on it. He doesn’t pay any attention to it, and then we cut back to Karma and Xianna.

CAMERON: “Well, finish your breakfast.”

LAURA: “Xianna just brings the carafe of coffee with her.”

NICK: (snickers) Just walks out the front door with it?

LAURA: Just walks out with it. Yeah. Well, she makes sure it’s full and then just keeps it.

NICK: There’s a cross-stitched thing by the front door that says, ‘Before you leave put your laundry in the dishwasher—‘ Oh no…

(laughter)

LAURA: No, put your laundry—

CAMERON: No, someone fucked up this needle point and it says ‘Put your laundry in the dishwasher.’

LAURA: It’s probably like, ‘Put your laundry in the chute. Please don’t take any of the towels.’

NICK: Now they’re gonna have to cross-stitch a little side one that says, ‘or any of the carafes for coffee.’

CAMERON: (laughs) Yeah.

LAURA: No, no, because Xianna just takes that cross-stitch.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: She’s taking the carafe, and she’s reading, and she’s like, “Oh, I did not put any of my laundry in the laundry chute. Oh, I did take a towel…” She just reaches out, grabs it, and keeps going.

CAMERON: Karma’s in front so she doesn’t see this happen.

LAURA: I now have (laughing) a cross-stitch?

NICK: A cross-stitch of Air B&B rules.

LAURA: I’m gonna keep that. I’m just gonna put it in my room on the ship.

NICK: Cool.

LAURA: Oh, I also have a carafe. That’s also going in my room on the ship.

NICK: Awesome. If you want we can cut to you on Zubo’s loaner ship.

CAMERON: What is this loaner ship?

NICK: His loaner ship is basically a space minivan. It is a blocky square, kinda looks like a shrunk down version of, you know the angular boxes sticking out everywhere that it shows on the death star, that kind of pattern? Like that. It looks about twice the size of a minivan. It could seat six. It’s definitely a planet hopper, nothing that fancy, and it has one little bubble turret on top with two twin lasers sticking out of it and that’s it.

LAURA: “(groans)”

CAMERON: Does it have comfortable seats?

NICK: Oh yeah, they’re leather.

CAMERON: “Nice.”

NICK: But they’re a little short because they’re designed for him, and he’s not very tall, so it does the lumbar support but it doesn’t go all the way up.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Oh no…”

CAMERON: “The lumbar support is in the wrong place.”

NICK: Zubo is standing behind you, and he’s polishing some part that looks like it may have come off your ship. “Well, that’s her. You can borrow her if you need to.”

CAMERON: “Thanks.”

NICK: “Just make sure you bring it back with the same amount of fuel it had when you left or we’ll have to charge you our refueling fee. It’s a lot more.”

CAMERON: “Yeah… Okay!”

NICK: Are you going to take this ship and go?

LAURA: “Okie! Heh.”

NICK: “If you wait three or four hours we might have your ship done. You could take that one instead. Maybe less liability.”

CAMERON: How big is the YT2400 in comparison to the Afternoon Delight?

NICK: It is one silhouette smaller than yours, but it will now count mechanically the same because of the new sheeting that you put on it.

CAMERON: Heh-heh.

NICK: It’s like three quarters the size of your ship, probably. It’s pretty big.

LAURA: “Maybe you know this question. Is there a way for our ship, the one that is being fixed, to dock with a YT2400?”

NICK: “All the YT have like a universal port on them, and yours has a—Gosh. I don’t like that hand gesture you’re making right now.”

LAURA: (giggles) Well, I’ll make it canon. Xianna is just making a circle with one hand and more of a longer shape with her other hand and putting them together, and then back out, and back in. “This is just, uh, docking. Well, I mean, a certain kind of ship docking, not the other one… Okay. Yes. Could we do that with our ships?”

NICK: “Yeah, it would work. YT’s have a universal port and your ship has one of those extendy stretchy things. You know, mechanical term, extendy stretchy thing.”

LAURA: “Okay. I’m sure we do somewhere.”

NICK: “Yeah. You can activate it from the cockpit. It mostly just will guide into place on one of those anyway. It’s used for emergency rescue situations.”

LAURA: “Cool. Cool. So I’m good waiting three to four hours, I don’t know about you.”

CAMERON: “I’m good waiting.”

NICK: “You don’t wanna take…”

CAMERON: “Honestly, it’s just that I’m worried about your ship, and if anything is gonna happen to a ship I’d prefer it be mine than yours.”

NICK: “Yeah, that makes sense. You wouldn’t want to blow up that ship out there. For one, if you don’t have any space suits you’ll just die in the vacuum of space.”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

LAURA: “Yes. Okay.”

NICK: “Generally you want to avoid that.”

CAMERON: “Yeah?”

LAURA: “So we’re going to come back in three to four hours. Cool.”

CAMERON: “Cool.”

LAURA: “Do you want to go to a bar?”

CAMERON: “Sure.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Let’s go!”

NICK: We swipe back to Tink. Tink, you are back in the main briefing room on the GGG ship. This is probably ten minutes after the scene where your data pad lights up in Ziller’s pocket, so you haven’t seen that yet. There is a hologram of a Mon Cal cruiser with a lot of Xs and lines all over it. You might recognize this kind of ship. It’s the ones in the movies, they basically only show up when there is a death star situation, so in Return of the Jedi there are a bunch of them. They’re the kind of bulbous cucumber shaped ones. That’s what these are. Web-Web has led you into this place and says, “Well boss, he made it through the night,” and smiles kind of smugly, which looks really weird on a Gungan face because Gungan faces are so big.

Ziller says, “Well that’s good. I’m glad, brother, that you’re still here and didn’t try to do anything stupid like trying to escape. I think that demonstrates your commitment to our cause. So, this is the job we were talking about. We’ve got a merchant ship, one of the big ones, one of these Mon Cal cruisers here. We’re gonna steal everything in it.”

HUDSON: “Sounds like a grand old time.”

NICK: “Great. Before we do that, of course, we’re gonna need you to demonstrate what your skills are. Of course, if anything were to go wrong we would just bring you back and set you on planet. It’s not like we would kick you out of an airlock or anything. I don’t want you to be nervous.”

HUDSON: (seethes) “Not at all. Yeah, certainly, I can definitely demonstrate my skills. I’m actually a pretty skilled slicer.”

NICK: “Oh… Yeah. I noticed that you didn’t have the traditional vibro-axe of our people, so that’s good that you have skills.” That’s a thing we made up.

CAMERON: (smiling) Yup.

NICK: “Even though you’ve forsaken our culture in such a way, it’s good that we have you able to contribute in some way. So, if you’re so great why don’t you just slice into the ship and tell us when the Mon Cal cruiser gets close? To be more specific, I mean slice our ship, because this is a test. You should be able to tell us the heading of the ship that we’re tracking right now.”

HUDSON: “Hmm. You’re on.”

NICK: (laughs) Okay. Roll me a slicing check. You look around and there’s just a nice computer panel right there. I am totally not just redoing the scene from Swordfish but without the blowjob, because that part is weird and I don’t want that in this.

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: What difficulty?

NICK: Hard again.

LAURA: I mean, we did already say the words nipple clamps.

NICK: I am going to upgrade, so one of those purple is a red now.

CAMERON: Excuse you, sir.

NICK: Oh. I flipped the wrong thing.

CAMERON: You flipped our light side point. That’s not allowed! (smiling)

NICK: Sorry.

LAURA: I do now have a section of my notebook that is…

NICK: Everything required for a slippery nerf?

LAURA: …dedicated to everything for a slippery nerf. It’s got a porg mask, zip ties, nipple clamps, and more than two people. I don’t know if we ever said exactly how many people, just more than two. Heh.

NICK: And velcro.

LAURA: Oh yes, velcro.

HUDSON: I have a triumph that includes a success, another success, and four advantages.

NICK: Alright. You succeed. You are completely into the ship. You can see all sorts of stuff. You’re gonna be able to tell him where the ship is. He knows where it is, it’s just like a flash card thing so that you can be like ‘I know where it is,’ yada-yada.

HUDSON: “It’s in, uh, Delta 12, Sector 14.7.”

NICK: Yeah, 14.7, which you’re also aware of is extremely close to the ship, like it’s go time pretty much. You also have a triumph and a whole bunch of advantages. What would you like those to be used for? Anything?

HUDSON: I’m allergic to the green paint they’re about to paint me in.

CAMERON: Oh no!

NICK: (laughing) Why is that an advantage?

HUDSON: (laughs) I don’t want to be green!

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: I’m gonna ask, “What type of paint do you use?”

NICK: “Well, you know, just standard Imperial green. It’s sort of symbolic of coopting the Imperial war machine for our own needs.”

HUDSON: “I’m allergic to most paints.”

NICK: “Oh, well that’s unfortunate.”

HUDSON: “Yeah.”

NICK: “How are we gonna mark you as green then?”

HUDSON: “Do you have a green, uh…”

LAURA: Like a natural dye. (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughs) Do you have an almond dye? No.

(laughter)

LAURA: What is green…?

HUDSON: “Do you have a green suit I could wear?”

NICK: You’re talking to Ziller, and he’s the one talking about coopting the whatever, and behind you is Web-Web with a giant bucket of just green liquid. Web-Web goes, “Aww…” and turns around and walks away without the bucket.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Ziller thinks for a second and then pulls something out of his utility belt and hands you just a really long, green, four-inch thick ribbon. “Here, you can tie this over your head or something. We’ll find you something to turn you green at a later date. I’ve always thought that part was a little silly, but the boys go crazy for it.”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah.”

NICK: At that point the other three Gigorans come in and their stripes are much brighter than they were yesterday and they’re all high-fiving and just being real happy, and speaking in Gigoran which I think just sounds like… bus breaks.

(laughter)

LAURA: I don’t think we’ve ever heard one.

NICK: Nope, so they sound like bus breaks. That’s what Gigoran sounds like.

LAURA: Because Moroff, the one that was supposed to be in Rogue One…

NICK: Oh, the actual Gigoran?

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Wait. Was he not in Rogue One?

LAURA: Well, most of his stuff got cut out of Rogue One.

NICK: Oh. That’s why he’s only in the background for like 30 seconds or whatever.

LAURA: Yeah, and then you can kind of see them in Solo amongst some Wookies. You can see like one, kind of, unless that’s an albino Wookie. Maybe there are albino Wookies? I don’t know why not.

NICK: I mean, that would make sense why in our podcast everyone thinks that Tink is an albino Wookie if albino Wookies are a thing.

LAURA: Yeah. Moroff. He’s got the flamethrower.

NICK: (laughs) Is there anything else that you wanted?

HUDSON: Can I save the advantage?

NICK: Yeah.

HUDSON: Okay. I’d like to save the other advantage.

NICK: Okay. We can either apply that retroactively a little later or we can kick that in. At that point you feel the ship jolt and Ziller stands up and grabs a vibro-axe off the wall. A bunch of the other gang members come streaming in and a door opens on the far side. “Well, it’s time to get  moving. It’s actually really lucky that you have that skillset, because our other slicer took a blaster bolt to the face on the last incursion. Let’s go! We need you to get these doors open.” Everyone goes streaming out.

It’s just you and Web-Web in the room, and Web-Web says, “Well, we need to be upfront, so let’s get moving. It’s me and you.”

HUDSON: “Where’s my vibro-axe?!”

NICK: “It’s still on the planet. Remember? You got it upgraded.”

LAURA: It’s not there.

HUDSON: Oh! I hadn’t picked it up yet.

CAMERON: You don’t actually have it. (laughs)

LAURA: Web-Web would not know about that.

NICK: I don’t know why I did the Web-Web voice explaining it.

(laughter)

HUDSON: Okay. I didn’t say that, I didn’t ask that. “Oh—Okay!” And I run.

(laughter)

NICK: We see Web-Web chasing after Tink as they run down the tunnel after everybody. We’re going to cut over to Xianna and karma sitting in a saloon drinking I guess, or just hanging out. What are you up to?

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: Not drinking.

NICK: Describe this saloon a little bit.

CAMERON: It’s gotta be super western.

LAURA: It’s either super western, because if we went to one of the main fairway ones, or Xianna knocked on doors, went down weird staircases, and we’re in one that’s just like a rave, but because it’s 10 in the morning no one else is there, so there’s a DJ just playing away and flashing lights and strobes and probably a smoke machine, and just no one but us.

NICK: DJ the Hutt.

LAURA: DJ the Hutt… Ugh.

NICK: It’s a Devaronian, but he’s got a big fiberglass Hutt head on. You know that’s his name because all of his mixes have ‘(unce, unce, unce) DJ THE HUTT!’

LAURA: Of course they do.

CAMERON: It’s not a good DJ, because it’s in the  morning. No one is here. (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) It’s a Tuesday morning timeslot.

CAMERON: Yeah. It’s not good.

NICK: Xianna managed to find a place that’s the 24 hour rave, so it’s this guy, a bouncer who is just reading a book, and then a droid for a bartender that half of it is under maintenance routines right now so it only has one arm that’s moving to pour drinks. It’s you two huddled close at this bar with ‘DJ THE HUTT!’

LAURA: “I heard the drinks were very cheap. Heh.”

CAMERON: “The music’s not… good.”

LAURA: “It is bad. Heh.”

CAMERON: “Yeah.”

LAURA: We’re yelling over it. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Karma has grabbed a couple of glow sticks and has worked them into her tentacles, just to be festive.

NICK: To blend in with the nobody that’s there?

CAMERON: No… They’re just fun. Okay?

NICK: Okay.

CAMERON: She’s rainbow now. It’s fine.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: Xianna ordered them drinks and she got two Bantha Blasters, which is a real drink in Star Wars from one of the books or something. It’s green and pink and it fizzes and pops.

NICK & CAMERON: Nice.

LAURA: It fizzes all over the place. Xianna grabs them and gives one to Karma. “Okay. I got us drinks.”

CAMERON: “Thank you.” Karma is actually drinking today.

NICK: Oh-ho.

CAMERON: She hasn’t been so far.

NICK: Cool. What does the drink taste like?

LAURA: I don’t know. I don’t remember. I just know that it’s pink and green and it fizzes and pops.

CAMERON: It tastes like pink and green if they were to fizz and pop.

NICK: Oh!

LAURA: Yes. It tastes pink and it tastes green.

CAMERON: (laughs) it tastes like watermelon. Pink and green.

NICK: Yeah, so you’re having a drink.

LAURA: Xianna’s going through her pockets. “Oh. This would have been a good time for the glitterstim. Oh wait, no, I think I traded that for something? I don’t know.”

CAMERON: “Xianna, I don’t think anytime is a good time for the glitterstim.”

LAURA: “No, the lights! It is very fun. Heh.”

CAMERON: “You can enjoy the lights without the glitterstim, and it is still fun.” Karma lifts her head tails and it does a rainbow thing because she has them all in her head.

LAURA: “Okay, but… It makes them more fun and you are slightly telekinetic for a little bit.”

CAMERON: “And it melts your brain.”

LAURA: “Yes, but only if you do a lot over time, yeah, which I don’t. I don’t really do glitterstim very often.”

CAMERON: “That’s good. That’s a good one to not do.”

LAURA: “You don’t want to mess with that stuff for too long.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, no…”

LAURA: “So, um… About you.”

CAMERON: “Don’t do the glitterstim.”

LAURA: “I don’t even have any anymore, just all the impact! Heh.”

CAMERON: “No, I’m just saying, that’s about me. I don’t do the glitterstim, or the impact actually, or the booster blue, or…”

LAURA: “Oh, you don’t do booster blue. That is for weirdos. It is paint.”

CAMERON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “Why would you just sniff paint? That is stupid. Heh.”

CAMERON: ‘I’ve seen some people think it’s fun, because it kind of turns your lower half of your face blue because you’re just spraying spray-paint on your face.”

LAURA: “No…”

CAMERON: “But no, I don’t get it.”

LAURA: “Yeah, so, um…” It’s one of those very awkward things because Karma and Xianna don’t talk a lot to each other without Tink.

CAMERON: (laughing) Yup. We need a buffer.

LAURA: So it’s a lot of those awkward silences where it’s just like staring and awkwardly sipping on a straw, just doing the whole like, “Um, okay… (slurps straw) Uh, yeah… So, you do anything fun lately?” Heh.

CAMERON: (laughs) “Well, um… No. Our recent track record hasn’t been super fun. Before that I was just running jobs.”

LAURA: “Do you have any hobbies, or things you do for fun?”

CAMERON: “… I knit.”

LAURA: “Okay. Um.”

CAMERON: “And I used to do a food blog, but I stopped that.”

LAURA: “Okay. You are a mom, right?”

CAMERON: “Correct. Yes.”

LAURA: “yes, uh… Makes sense. Makes sense.” (laughter) “The food blog, the knitting… Yes.”

CAMERON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “Okay, um…”

CAMERON: “How about you? Any hobbies, besides the impact?”

LAURA: “Um, well I also like drinking…”

CAMERON: “Yeah. I’ve noticed that one too.”

LAURA: “…and going to parties, and when I was little I liked to make jewelry. Sometimes I would work at my mom’s mechanic shop. Didn’t really pick up a whole lot of that, mostly because she was only sometimes doing mechanics. The other time was just working with the Resistance, which I did not do being a child.”

CAMERON: “That makes sense. Yes.”

LAURA: “I played hide and seek a lot.”

CAMERON: “useful skills in your current line of work. Yeah.”

LAURA: “Yes. You see, most of the days I spent with one of our neighbors, sort of like an uncle, and he was a previous Resistance spy for the, you know, the Resistance. He taught me how to be sneaky, you know, because he was a spy.”

CAMERON: “I can see those being very useful skills for a kid on Ryloth.”

LAURA: “yeah. I mean, we did hide in the cabinets when stormtroopers dragged my mother away, and they didn’t find us because we were sneaky. Yep.”

CAMERON: “Yup… Pluses and minuses. Okay. Um…” When Karma was asking questions she was trying to avoid the family stuff, because she had heard a previous conversation that Tink and Xianna had, and was just trying to avoid it, but nope we ended up there anyway.

NICK: (laughs) It’s a bummer.

CAMERON: (smiling) It’s a bummer.

NICK: So, we get Karma doing the gurgle straw with the dregs of a drink.

LAURA: (slurps straw)

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: Gah. The camera zooms in on the—Is there ice in this drink?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: It zooms in on the ice which is still kind of fizzing and popping, and it zooms back out on Xianna and Karma in the cockpit of the Afternoon Delight. You’re up in orbit around Engebo 5 and you’ve got that sticky note with the string of numbers. I need an Astrogation check.

CAMERON: (groans) No… What’s the difficulty?

NICK: Hard.

CAMERON: Can I have a blue die because I have the exact coordinates I need to put into the computer?

NICK: Yeah, you can have two blue dice. Really the Astrogation is not the coordinates, it’s calculating the vector with the intersection of the trading route that you know that there is.

CAMERON: Okay. Let’s see… Hey! One success.

NICK: Nice. You are doing some math and we get an image of you going through the calculation several times, typing it, looking pretty unsure and going ‘Well…’ and just pulling the lever. You stretch out into hyperspace, and when you come back to you see you come into basically a disaster zone. This is an empty stretch of space which most hyperspace routes are, except that there’s a giant asteroid that seems to have impacted with a Mon Cal cruiser. The front is all crunched in and there’s a big freaking rock on it. You can also see from this distance a YT2400 locked with the front port of it near where the asteroid smooshed it up real good. You succeeded, so you are at a comfortable distance. You can get there quickly, but no one has noticed you yet.

LAURA: “Oh! They are raiding the ship. Can we raid the ship too?”

CAMERON: “Um, no. I’m gonna do a hard no on that one.”

LAURA: “Okay, but if we’re already going in there for Tink, you know, just grab a few things while we are there.”

CAMERON: “Nah, see my plan with this one will be I’m gonna hail the cruiser and see if they need assistance and then blow up the YT.”

LAURA: “Oh…”

CAMERON: “Because the infiltration team is probably on the cruiser, which means Tink’s on the cruiser, which means I just removed their escape route and hope there’s enough people on the cruiser to take care of all the green ones on top.”

LAURA: “Okay. I see.”

CAMERON: “And then maybe they’ll give us some of their stuff for providing assistance and rescuing them.”

LAURA: “That’s not as fun. Okay.”

CAMERON: “But it’s also legal.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Um…”

CAMERON: “I would just feel better about bringing in the bounty on the Green Gigorans of Gregarian if I did not also do the same thing they were trying to do.”

LAURA: ‘It is the Green Gregarious Gigorans.”

CAMERON: “Oh, yep, that one.”

LAURA: “yes. I mean, okay, you have the ship so you… (laughs)”

CAMERON: (laughs) I’m gonna hail the cruiser.

NICK: You call and there’s a long pause.

CAMERON: While it’s paused, “Xianna, see if you can get ahold of Tink. See if he still has his coms on.”

LAURA: “Oh, okay!”

CAMERON: “We should be close enough.”

LAURA: I try to see if I can get Tink on my coms.

NICK: We get a shot of Karma and a hologram pops up of a Mon Cal captain. In the background we see Xianna with her feet up on a chair doing the teenager with a cell phone thing.

LAURA: There’s no way Xianna has ever properly sat in a chair. (laughter) Either her feet are up in there, or she’s upside down in it, leaning, there’s no way. Yeah. Her feet are on the back of Karma’s chair. (laughs)

NICK: It’s obvious that she’s struggling a little bit to remember Tink’s com number because she keeps dialing, getting bored, hanging up, remembering who she was trying to call, so that’s all going on in the background.

LAURA: She’s getting a lot of, “Oh, ‘ello Tink. Wait no… Oh! Hello! Yes, uh… Setenia…? … Okay bye!” Like guessing names. “Ohh, nope! Okay.”

CAMERON: She’s like one of these little pieces of paper has Tink’s number.

LAURA: “One of these is going to be Tink!” (laughs)

NICK: While all that is going on, a Mon Cal captain answers the Afternoon Delight’s hail. “It’s a trap!”

CAMERON: “Are you in need of assistance?”

NICK: “Uh, yeah. I don’t know why… Yeah, they trapped us. We were attacked. We’re currently under attack.” You can hear blaster fire in the background.

CAMERON: “Is everyone from… We see you have a YT2400 attached. That is not your ship, correct?”

NICK: “Right. That’s the bandits.”

CAMERON: “Cool. Are you good with me taking out that ship?”

NICK: “Please kill everyone that belongs to them. they’ve killed most of my crew.”

CAMERON: “If you see a white Gigoran, his name is Tink, he’s been kidnapped.”

LAURA: “Tink is our friend!”

CAMERON: “He’s our friend, not food.”

NICK: “What is that supposed to mean?”

CAMERON: “Sorry. I’m just quoting movie references. It was real big on Glee Anselm. I don’t know.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: “Yeah, so if there’s a white Gigoran please try to not use force. He probably won’t be trying to kill you. I think all he has on him is a knife.”

NICK: The Mon Cal puts his hand to his chest. “I give you my honor as a captain that as long as I live I shall protect—“ and you hear (blast, blast) and blaster marks appear on his chest and he collapses to the ground. You see a Gigoran, just a flash of one, it’s hard to tell, and this is a holo so it’s not color, it’s all blue.

They lean over and go, “There’s someone hailing them,” hit a button, and hang it up.

LAURA: “I don’t think that was Tink.”

CAMERON: ‘it was not. Xianna, I’m gonna need you to get on the guns. Take out that YT2400.”

LAURA: “Okie!” Xianna runs over to the guns. She waits until she’s in there and karma can’t see her no more…

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: …and she snorts some impact.

NICK: Oh boy.

LAURA: She’s feeling a little tired. She also doesn’t have very many skills in Gunnery. Maybe I should get those eventually.

NICK: Before you get to do that, I need a Piloting check for you to get within good firing range with a good position so you don’t hit the other ship. You can have a blue die because you were successful on your Astrogation.

CAMERON: The difficulty?

NICK: For the Piloting check? Average. Also, as you get closer, the turret on the top of the 2400 starts to shoot back at you, so you have a black die.

CAMERON: Okay. One threat.

NICK: Ooh. So, you are able to get closer, but as you get within firing range you take a couple of hits to your shields. What are your shields on the Afternoon Delight?

CAMERON: Front?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: Two.

NICK: Two? So you take some carbon scoring. That’s gonna be 1 damage to the front as you get hit, and you’re forced to kind of juke off to the side. Xianna still has a shot, but it’s gonna be more difficult. It’s gonna be an average difficulty because you’re close but with a black die because you’re getting shot at.

CAMERON: Our shield is 2, our armor is 3.

NICK: I don’t remember how that works. Oh, shields are black dice but I ignored that.

CAMERON: Yeah. You didn’t roll.

NICK: Yeah… This is story-ish. So, armor 3, okay. It’s just cosmetic damage.

CAMERON: “Damn. Just got a new paint job.”

LAURA: Can you aim with Gunnery?

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: Okay. Then I’m gonna also aim. One success and one threat.

NICK: How much damage does yours do?

CAMERON: Six damage, so it will be 7.

NICK: Wow. That’s pretty good. You hit it. I think you manage to disable the gun from where you shoot it. Anybody listening, yes I am kind of bastardizing the ship combat rules, but it’s not a real ship combat and also those rules are complicated as hell. You hit it, you disable the gun, from the amount of impact… heh… that your Gunner skill does, (laughter) you see that if you were just going to pound on this thing with your lasers it would take probably 45 minutes to actually destroy it. You’re welcome to try and blow it up worse, but at least you disabled the gun for now. Yours doesn’t have missiles or anything, does it?

CAMERON: No. We have the dorsal and ventral medium laser cannons.

NICK: Your options are basically go find somewhere else to hook up, to get onto the ship, or park and have Karma and Xianna on both guns just smoosh it into dust. With both guns it would probably take like 10 minutes of shooting just to completely pulverize the thing, or just have Xianna keep shooting it while you do some fancy flying.

LAURA: However they’re docked, is there a way where I could shoot just that and unhook them?

CAMERON: Yeah. That’s what I was thinking too.

LAURA: Like destroy whatever their docking mechanism is?

NICK: Potentially. It would be pretty hard. You would have to fly over it and get really close to the ship, because the docking tube is really short so there’s not a lot of space there. It looks kind of clung to it. If you were able to maneuver around, you’re not gonna get shot at right now.

CAMERON: I do that.

NICK: Okay. Cool.

LAURA: Gonna flip a light side point.

CAMERON: Then I have to retry my Piloting check, right?

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: Fly!

CAMERON: But have a better chance.

NICK: Yup, but no black die because you’re not getting shot at anymore.

CAMERON: Ha-ha! Do I still get my blue die?

NICK: Yeah. Sure.

CAMERON: yay.

NICK: Because you’re taking it slow.

CAMERON: Now that I’m no longer in danger. Guys, this is not working. A failure and two advantages.

NICK: You hit the cruiser trying to get into it. It’s just the other ship is clung really close so you’re trying to get to that angle and the ship’s in the way. It’s just gonna be really hard to shoot that. What would you like the advantages to be?

CAMERON: You said I hit the cruiser?

NICK: You bounced off the cruiser.

CAMERON: Okay. I want to have bounced off something in the cruiser that causes the airlock to cut off the access to the ship.

NICK: Okay. Sure! Let’s do that.

CAMERON: So that we can’t detach it, but no one can get through now without Tink’s slicing skills really.

NICK: You got close enough, you can see the reflection of the docking light that shows everything’s good. It was pulsing green, and when you hit it, it turns off and starts pulsing red real fast, and you know that probably means you just cut atmo to that walkway. You sealed it off.

CAMERON: “Okay. I don’t think they can get through anymore.”

LAURA: “Okay. Am I still shooting pew-pews or not?”

CAMERON: “Uh… No more pew-pews.”

LAURA: “No more pew-pews. Okay.”

CAMERON: “Let’s go find another spot to dock.”

LAURA: “Okay let’s go!”

CAMERON: “Grab your guns. We’re going in!”

LAURA: “Already had them!”

CAMERON: (smiling) “Make sure they’re loaded.”

LAURA: “And some grenades!”

NICK: You barrel roll off, and the only other access port for in-space docking is on the far side of the ship, but you’re able to line up, seal in, it just opens. They’re under emergency protocol by this point. We get a shot of you two walking down a weirdly flexible rubber landing walkway thing. Gosh, this is gonna be a very specific thing. It’s like those net tunnels from the Discovery Zone from elementary school that you would walk down. Does that mean anything to anybody else?

CAMERON: yeah~!

NICK: Cameron got excited.

CAMERON: Yeah~! Those places were so cool~!

NICK: yeah. Those ones that you would walk through as a kid. It’s like that. It’s very unstable. You two are able to get out fully armed.

CAMERON: Boop-bwoop! I lock the ship. (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) Alright. With that, that’s the end of the episode!

ALL: Ba-naaa~!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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Nerf Bonanza

Transcript by Tyler (Twitter: @Tyler_MoonSage)

## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

We hope you all had a wonderful Life Day. The squad scattered to the four corners of the galaxies for some time with family and I’ve used up our backlog. Starting fresh in this new year keep an ear out for some new goals and some fun new projects from Tabletop Squadron heading your way soon.

Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Tabletop Squadron! I’m Nick, your host and… eh, I’m still game master. I’m pretty sure that’s still going on. Thank you for joining us yet again on this lovely cow-centric adventure.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) We’re gonna go around the table and introduce everybody. Say who you are, what you’re playing, and if you’ve spent any experience points since last time why don’t you just let us know how your character has really just developed themselves into a more effective team member. Starting off we’ll go with Laura.

LAURA: Hi. I’m Laura. I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler, and I would just like to point out that there’s not cows in these, it’s nerfs.

NICK: Yeah. Space cows.

LAURA: There’s a big difference. Have you seen a nerf? It doesn’t look like a cow.

NICK: It looks like a yak.

LAURA: Yeah! And that’s not a cow!

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: I mean…

LAURA: A yak is not a cow, Nick! (laughs)

NICK: Okay, okay, okay, fine.

LAURA: I purchased Jump Up on my talent tree. It lets me stand back up.

NICK: Nice.

LAURA: There’s not a whole lot to that one.

NICK: It makes it an incidental, right?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Cool. Up next we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hi Nick.

NICK: Hi.

HUDSON: I’m Hudson, and I’m… playing with your heart.

NICK: Yeah, you really are.

HUDSON: Alright. I’m actually playing Tink, a Gigoran slicer, and I bought one point in Streetwise to bring my point total for that up to 1, and one point in Skulduggery to bring my point total up to 1, and additionally I got Defensive Slicing. When defending computer systems add a black die per rank of Defensive Slicing on the opponent’s checks.

NICK: Interesting. So if someone tries to slice against you they’ll do worse.

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Interesting. Cool. What a team-centric build you’ve created. We really appreciate your attention to synergy.

HUDSON: Oh, that’s all a ruse.

(laughter)

NICK: Well, hopefully we won’t get into that later. Last but not least we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello.

NICK: Hi.

CAMERON: I’m Cameron, and I’m playing Karma Nailo, the Nautolan bounty hunter. I bought two talents on my Assassin skill tree. I bought Lethal Blows and another rank in Dodge, because I’m tired of getting hit.

NICK: Ooh. That seems fair.

CAMERON: Now just to remember that I have those. (laughs)

NICK: With two ranks in Dodge you can add two black dice to people attacking you?

CAMERON: No, since I have two ranks I can suffer 2 Strain to upgrade the difficulty of the attack by that number.

NICK: Oh wow.

CAMERON: Yah.

NICK: So Dodge is like sidestep but scarier. Cool. Alright, so that’s everybody. Before we get started let’s kick it off with the Destiny Roll!

CAMERON: One dark side.

HUDSON: Two light side.

LAURA: One dark side.

NICK: We’re all tied up at two dark side, two light side. Nifty keen. I’m gonna cut that out because Gyarados Skullfucker will make fun of me again.

CAMERON: (laughs) I think you should leave it in.

LAURA: More than one person has mentioned ‘nifty keen.’

NICK: It’s like a thing people say.

CAMERON: Apparently they don’t, Nicholas, because that’s been all of the Twitter comments on it.

HUDSON: Unless you’re like an 80 year old grandmother.

LAURA: Especially the Europeans, because I don’t think they know it’s a real thing, because someone who’s doing some of the transcripts asked me if that was a real thing people said because they didn’t know how to spell it.

CAMERON: (laughing) It’s not really a thing people say, but Nick says it.

LAURA: yeah, that’s what I told them. It’s a very old person thing to say. He just says it for some reason. I don’t know why.

NICK: (laughs) I get hung up on catch phrases that don’t make sense.

CAMERON: (smiling) Because Nick’s an old person.

HUDSON: Boo-hiss-hiss, as my grandma would say.

LAURA: Yeah. Hudson’s grandma does say that, and it’s weird.

NICK: Alright! Last episode when we left off you did a few things. You gathered some information on some potential bounties, you entered one of your party members into a death fight kind of not in line with his wishes I would say, you won a death fight, that was cool, made some money, bought some cool gear, still waiting on your ship to get fixed, and stayed in a very nice bed and breakfast.

CAMERON: Yeah~

NICK: So, if I’m not missing anything else, we’ll get right into it.

CAMERON: Oh, they went to the hospital.

NICK: Oh yeah. You went to the hospital and you got your wounds mostly taken care of. That’s important.

LAURA: Yup.

NICK: Alright. The episode opens on the crew of the Afternoon Delight sitting around a breakfast table. Gentle sunlight is drifting in through a large bay window. The round table is covered in a massive doily tablecloth. A large Mon Cal woman wearing a pink floral dress is approaching the table with a pot of caf. She says, “Anyone want some more?”

LAURA: “Yes please!”

CAMERON: “That would be lovely. Thank you.”

HUDSON: “Sure.”

NICK: She goes around and pours you all generous helpings of caf. It’s hot and fresh. She turns to walk away. What is the crew eating for breakfast?

CAMERON: (immediately) Scones.

HUDSON: I would say that I’m eating a scone.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Just caf.

NICK: Just caf? Okay. There are nerf sausages and nerf bacon and flapjacks and a lot of things on the table, but you all are indulging in just scones. You’re the only guests in the bed and breakfast because you used up all the rooms so you don’t have to worry about awkward breakfast talk.

HUDSON: Are they normal flapjacks or like silver dollar flappies?

(laughter)

LAURA: Or are they like buckwheat or corn or something? Johnny cakes! Heh.

CAMERON: Space jacks.

LAURA: That’s what they are when they’re part corn.

HUDSON: Oh, I didn’t know that. That’s cool.

CAMERON: Yeah.

LAURA: Yeah, a Johnny cake.

HUDSON: I had one once.

LAURA: I’ve made them before!

HUDSON: Whoops.

(laughter)

LAURA: With blueberries!

NICK: ‘And they were very good!’

HUDSON: They were delicious.

NICK: yeah, there you go.

CAMERON: “So what’s our plan for today?” (laughs) “Did y’all get all the shopping you needed done?”

LAURA: “Yes.”

HUDSON: “Yes.”

LAURA: “So, to be honest, I kind of forgot why we are here.”

CAMERON: “Our ship’s broken, Xianna.”

LAURA: “Oh yes! Heh.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: ‘Oh, and the droid. We did get the droid, and I did all my shopping… I think. Sure. Yeah.”

CAMERON: So, if it was going to be three days to fix the ship, did that include yesterday, so now it’s two more days before it’s done?

NICK: Yeah. You have today and it should be finished being repaired sometime tomorrow.

CAMERON: That’s the same with all of our weapons that are getting upgraded right now as well?

NICK: Yup.

CAMERON: With Krylon.

NICK: Conveniently, all of the getting upgraded timelines lined up.

CAMERON: Cool. I just wanted to check if it was three days from now or two days now.

HUDSON: I have no weapon right now except a pistol I can’t really fire very well, right?

CAMERON: (laughing) That is true.

HUDSON: So whatever we do I’m gonna have to use my bare hands, or my—

LAURA & HUDSON: Gigoran hands.

(laughter)

LAURA: Unless you bought some bear paws just to have.

HUDSON: Rawr. Oh! That’s what I have for breakfast, bear claws.

LAURA: Rawr!

NICK: Nice!

(laughter)

HUDSON: Rawr.

NICK: Good. Yeah. I guess so. You didn’t ask for a loaner or anything from the shop, so yeah.

HUDSON: Great.

NICK: Mm-hmm. You can punch things.

HUDSON: I can. Wait, what do I have even? It’s a Melee. I don’t have anything in Brawl. (laughs) I can’t.

NICK: Oh. You need to find yourself a bat or something.

CAMERON: “Um… I’ve got a vibro-knife you could borrow, Tink.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

CAMERON: “That’s at least… size difference, a lot from your axe, but it’s at least a sharp, pointy object.”

HUDSON: “Alright. I’ll borrow it.”

CAMERON: “Okay.” I loan him my vibro-knife so now he has a melee weapon. (laughs)

HUDSON: I kind of pick it up and look at it…

CAMERON: It looks ridiculous in your hand.

HUDSON: Yeah. It’s super small, and I kind of poke at it, like how sharp is this.

CAMERON: It’s very sharp.

LAURA: “I have an extra gun if you want it.”

HUDSON: “No. I can’t shoot very well.”

LAURA: “No? Okay. That’s fine.”

HUDSON: “I mean, you’d then be putting another gun in my possession so I could dual wield, but like—(laughter) I can’t shoot good.”

LAURA: “Whatever you want. I was just offering.”

HUDSON: “I’ll pass.”

CAMERON: (smiling) Great. Alright, so anyway, plans for the day, now that Tink is armed, kind of. I got intel on a couple of bounties that we can look into. I think there’s one that’s on planet right now. We could get more spending money.”

HUDSON: “Okay. I mean, I got a lot yesterday from being forcibly put into a death ring, but I did win that bet.”

LAURA: “No. You did technically agree to it.”

HUDSON: “In what way? What world were you living in?”

LAURA: “Um… I think you signed some paperwork or something.

HUDSON: “Yeah, after I was pushed into it.”

LAURA: “You could have decided to not sign the paperwork.”

HUDSON: “I don’t like disappointing people.”

LAURA: “And that is on you.”

CAMERON: Aww.

HUDSON: “Fine.”

LAURA: “And besides, you won!”

HUDSON: “I did. I still have a little bit of a high from that betting.”

LAURA: “I’m sure that will never become an issue.” Heh.

HUDSON: “Nah. I got it under control.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

CAMERON: “Uh-huh. Sure.”

LAURA: “So, bounties?”

CAMERON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “Yes. That is what we are doing?”

HUDSON: “Plural?”

CAMERON: “I guess. So, there were two bounties—actually there were three, but then I talked to someone who said that one of them was actually dead, so we’re not gonna go after him obviously.”

HUDSON: “Sounds like that would be the easiest one.”

CAMERON: “I think they’re already turned in, though.”

HUDSON: “Oh, okay.”

CAMERON: “They may have died in a bar fight or something, in which case the law enforcement officials were probably involved, so they probably just revoked the bounty on it. But I’ve got two more! There’s a group of nerf hustlers called the Slippery Nerfs who—“

LAURA: “That…”

CAMERON: “Yup.”
LAURA: “Ohh! Okay.”

CAMERON: “There a group of Selkath, if that helps with the naming.”

LAURA: “No, no, no. You see, the name is a reference. Um… If I have to explain it I don’t think it is appropriate.”

CAMERON: “Okay cool.”

LAURA: “I will not explain it. Tink, you get that one, right?”

HUDSON: “yeah!”

LAURA: “yeah.”

HUDSON: (shaky) “Yeah… I do.”

LAURA: “You see, okay, so with that one, what you do is you find a pool—“ (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: At this point the grandmotherly Mon Cal walks back in. “You all need some more caf?”

LAURA: “Yes please!”

NICK: She starts to pour it in. “What were you all talking about?”

CAMERON: “Just some bounties that we may spend our time going after today.” (laughs)

LAURA: “I was explaining what a slippery nerf was.”

NICK: “Oh, slippery nerf, I used to pull a slippery nerf from time to time.” And she sashays away.

CAMERON: Karma looks uncomfortable.

LAURA: “See? It is a thing. I told you.”

HUDSON: “I believed you because I knew it.”

LAURA: “Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Sure you did, sweetie. Anyway. Group of nerf herders. Don’t know how many there are.”

LAURA: “Which one is worth more money?”

CAMERON: “That would be the second one, but see I had to lay some groundwork for the second one, and Tink I apologize in advance.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “Okay?”

CAMERON: “There’s a group, they’re called the GGGs, the Green Gregarious Gigorans…?”

HUDSON: “Oh, them…”

CAMERON: “Oh, you know them?”

HUDSON: “I mean, I’ve heard of them.”

CAMERON: “Oh, okay.”

LAURA: “Can we just paint you green and send you in?”

CAMERON: “Well, they’re off planet at the moment, but I did do a call yesterday giving an anonymous tip to their boss, Ziller, saying that there may be a Gigoran on planet looking for work… so they may come back, but they’re bank robbers and apparently as their name suggests they’re green. They are worth double the nerfs, however they are not on planet and we don’t have a ship.”

LAURA: Xianna has her hand raised a little bit. “Question.”

CAMERON: “yes Xianna?”

LAURA: “Can we just rob a bank instead?”

CAMERON: “No.”

LAURA: “Why? Heh. It is not that hard actually.”

CAMERON: “Xianna, we are trapped on this planet for another few days.”

LAURA: “yes, so what you do is you do not actually rob the Credits, you cozy up to someone who works at the bank and you get a loan, and then you just use it all and then you leave before they collect it.”

HUDSON: “So you meant fraud, you didn’t mean rob.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Well, you also rob some things, like you steal Credit slips and … space checks.”

(laughter)

HUDSON: They still have checks.

CAMERON: “Those really nice pens that they always have.

LAURA: “You steal all of the pends, some data pads, and some actual Credits. Yes.”

CAMERON: “So I’m gonna go ahead and say no on the bank heist.”

LAURA: “(defeated) Okay. Fine. If you say so.”

CAMERON: “A: Just because… illegal.”

LAURA: “Like that has ever stopped us. A good portion of what we do is illegal.”

HUDSON: “Yeah…”

CAMERON: “Okay, so far we’ve been doing decently.”

HUDSON: “yeah, we have some morals.”

NICK: Time out. (laughter) We cut to Ithor and there’s this giant flaming crater, and news drones are hovering overhead, and there’s a report that says, “The wildfires continue to spread after unknown terrorist activity results in the destruction of a city.” And it jumps back to you.

CAMERON: It pops back to all of us looking very thoughtful. “Okay, I don’t think that was technically our fault, though.”

LAURA: Yeah. Xianna’s counting on her fingers. “Okay, we murdered that guy, and we shot that guy, and we shot these people…”

CAMERON: “So far I have only shot people who shot at me first, I think.”

(snickering)

LAURA: “It is still technically illegal.”

CAMERON: ‘Hold on. No. I did shoot the gang members, I surprised them, but they were gang members and that’s different, Xianna. They had bounties on them.”

LAURA: “I killed that drug dealer… Um.”

CAMERON: “You killed a drug dealer?”

LAURA: “Yeah. That is like the first—I think I told Tink, but yes, during the first little mission that we had to do. I’m pretty sure I got that little gray container with whatever that creature was in. that was my audition? For this gig, and I did kill a drug dealer, not actually related to the job at all, just a side thing that happened.”

CAMERON: “Okay, just a random drug dealer?”

LAURA: “Yes. Well, I mean, he had drugs.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Great.”

LAURA: “But then he tried to kill me, so I killed him, and then I stole his drugs!”

CAMERON: “Alright. I was gonna say it sounded like self-defense, and then you kept talking and now I changed my mind.”

HUDSON: “Yeah.”

LAURA: “I mean, it was a little bit, I just also looted the body.”

HUDSON: “Things have gray areas, I suppose.”

LAURA: “Yeah, like sometimes you enter your friend into a fighting ring… but then he wins! So…”

HUDSON: “That’s not a gray area…”

CAMERON: (Laughs)

HUDSON: “It’s pretty black and white.”

LAURA: “No. No.”

HUDSON: “What’s black and white and red all over?”

LAURA: “Ooh! Um…”

CAMERON: (laughing) I’m trying to think of a space red panda.

NICK: A porg with herpes.

(laughter)

CAMERON: Oh no.

HUDSON: “Me after that fight.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “You did not have any black on you. You are just white and some bits of red. I mean, most of that was the Wookie’s blood just on you. And you peed yourself one time! Why do you even care?”

HUDSON: “I’ve never done that, ever.”

LAURA: “Tink.”

HUDSON: “Yes?”

LAURA: “You peed yourself that one time on purpose. We all know you did it.”

HUDSON: “No. I slipped in oil.”

LAURA: “We all know you did it. Just be honest.”

CAMERON: “I’m gonna refrain from this one, because I was not there. I do not have an opinion one way or the other.”

LAURA: “Just be honest.”

HUDSON: “No. I didn’t.”

LAURA: “Okay, fine, whatever. We will get the bounties…”

HUDSON: “I didn’t!”

LAURA: “Anyways. Also Karma, where were you while I was entering Tink into a possibly illegal fighting ring? I think it was illegal, yeah.”

CAMERON: “Pretty sure we were in a crime den, so guessing not strictly… Yeah.”

LAURA: “I do not know. I mean, I should be supervised.”

CAMERON: ‘I was searching out information on these bounties, seeing if I can find anything else out.”

LAURA: “And did you?”

CAMERON: “yeah. I just gave you all of my information. I got the boss is Ziller, and I gave him a call, got his contact information. Hopefully he comes back to the planet. It just occurred to me I don’t know how large either of these two groups are.”

HUDSON: “I have a brilliant idea.”

CAMERON: “What is your brilliant idea?”

HUDSON: “So, we get the Slippery Nerfs to meet us in an alley, and we get GGG to meet us in that same alley—“

LAURA: “(gasps) And then they shoot each other!”

HUDSON: “yeah! And then we just take all their dead bodies to the bounty place.”

LAURA: “yes! Also, we have grenades, we can just also throw the grenades in there, speed things up.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, exactly. Perfect. Let’s do it.”

CAMERON: “So, we don’t have a way to contact the Slippery Nerfs. I just know that they’re north. We’d have to track them.”

HUDSON: “They have some kind of light signal that you can flash from a rooftop. Am I… Is this another Slippery Nerfs?”

CAMERON: What?!

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “No, that is a different thing.”

HUDSON: “Oh, okay.”

LAURA: “Can we go back to wherever you got all this information and ask clarifying questions? Like how many people are in this group.”

CAMERON: “Oh yeah, no, I just said that it occurred to me that I have no idea how large either of these groups are,” unless the DM told me last time and I didn’t write it down in my notes.

NICK: No.

CAMERON: No? Cool. “I don’t know.”

LAURA: “But again, can we go back and ask these questions? I’m assuming you went to like a bartender.”

HUDSON: “So if I recall I think GGG is roughly the size of a barber shop quartet.”

CAMERON: “So four?”

LAURA: “You could just say four.”

HUDSON: “Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Or is it roughly the size, like it’s actually three or five?”

HUDSON: “It’s three to five.”

CAMERON: “Okay, so roughly the size of a quartet.”

HUDSON: “And this is how I remember it.”

LAURA: “So just say three to five.”

HUDSON: “Maybe they’ve grown into a bigger group, like a… like a band size.”

LAURA: “What do you count as a band?”

CAMERON: “Are we talking like big band, or like—“

HUDSON: “Big band.”

CAMERON: “Oh damn.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, little army.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “So anywhere from three to 20 people is what you are saying?”

HUDSON: “yeah, but that’s if they grew. If they didn’t, then there are four. You know what a barber shop quartet is, right?”

LAURA: “It is four. It is in the name.”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah.”

LAURA: “But again, you said roughly, so it could be three or five.”

HUDSON: “That’s how I remember it.”

CAMERON: “Cool. Great.”

LAURA: “Should we get clarifying answers from somebody in town? I’m sure somebody knows.”

CAMERON: “Do you know what size of musical group the Slippery Nerfs are comparative to?” (laughing)

HUDSON: “I have no idea.”

CAMERON: (laughing) “Alright. I’m just wondering. I can look it up.”

LAURA: “I mean, so if they are using the name as a reference then there would be four, but who knows.”

CAMERON: I’m gonna get out my data pad and open up the info on this bounty. (laughs)

LAURA: “Ooh! Make sure when you are typing in the Slippery Nerfs you do type gang—No, wait.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “Don’t type that one either. Heh.”

CAMERON: “No, no, no. I’m typing it into the bounty database, so it should be pretty safe.”

LAURA: “Oh! Then you should be fine.”

CAMERON: “This isn’t just like a space Google search. Not looking for pictures.”

NICK: Alright. You’re looking for info on the Slippery Nerfs?

CAMERON: Yup. I’m pulling up the bounty on them.

NICK: Okay. You pull up the bounty. First of all it does have an image search thing but the pictures are all blurred, and it says you can turn moderate search off to see more about Slippery Nerfs.

CAMERON: Karma has the parental controls on her data pad because Jet and Juke would use it, so it sensors all of the pictures. (laughs) Even though, yes, they are like 21.

NICK: They don’t have exact numbers on how many there are, and they don’t have any persons of note. This is pretty much a group of Selkath that have gotten together. from the jobs that you’ve seen there are probably between eight to 15 people. That’s how many it would take to like steal a herd of cattle.

CAMERON: “Okay, this is looking like eight to 15, which honestly seems high because the bounty is only 2K.”

HUDSON: “Maybe they’re all really tiny.”

LAURA: “No. They are Gigorans.”

CAMERON: “No, they’re Selkath, this is the Nerfs.”

LAURA: “Oh, oh, the Nerfs.”

CAMERON: “Selkath aren’t that small. They’re smaller than you, Tink, but most of us are. They’re probably, I don’t know, just think your standard Human height probably just more fish-looking.”

HUDSON: “Okay.”

LAURA: “I like that we are using Humans as the standard when we are all non-Human.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, I know.”

LAURA: “It is a very interesting standard to use.”

CAMERON: “Honestly, you could do Nautolan or Twi’lek as well.”

LAURA: “Mm, on average we are slightly taller.”

CAMERON: Karma looks down at Xianna. (laughs) “Huh. Sure.”

LAURA: (laughs) “But I am just, uh, short. Ryloth is an occupied planet and I grew up malnourished, so fun stories all around. Yes. So anyways, it sounds like the Gigorans would have less people in their gang and therefore easier to capture.”

CAMERON: “But they’re also not here on planet.”

LAURA: “Yes, but they will be here.”

CAMERON: “Potentially, if they choose to come and fetch another Gigoran for their quartet-ish sized group.”

LAURA: “So we can party until they get here, we can run a few jobs before they get here, we can do both. Usually there is an overlap. No one else wants to do that? Tink, you don’t want to go party? Maybe steal some things?”

HUDSON: “Go potty?”

LAURA: “Party!”

CAMERON: (emphasized) “Party.”

HUDSON: “I don’t need to go, actually. I’m fine.”

LAURA: “No, to a party, you know, lights and music and…”

HUDSON: “That’s actually real fancier than what I go to.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Tink.”

CAMERON: “Tink. Party.”

HUDSON: “Oh!”

LAURA: “Partyyy.”

HUDSON: “Oh. Okay. Yeah. I would go to a party, I guess. I mean, will there be drinking there?”

LAURA: “Probably, yes.”

HUDSON: “Hmm…”

LAURA: “That is how you steal things. You wait until they are drunk and then you take them.”

CAMERON: “Xianna.”

HUDSON: “We’re not stealing things. We’re going to what seems like a party.”

LAURA: “Yes. You can do both. You can go to a party and steal things from it at the same time.”

HUDSON: “Just be moral for one day for me.”

LAURA: “(huffs) Fine. You are a hacker! Your entire job is illegal. What do you mean telling me to be moral?”

HUDSON: “Well no, it’s like the greater good though.”

LAURA: “But you- You just steal things- You are also a thief if you really think about it. You are stealing things just digitally.”

HUDSON: “Listen. You wouldn’t download a whole ship, would you?”

LAURA: “If I could, yes.”

HUDSON: “Exactly.”

CAMERON: “Do I have a 3D printer large enough to print it?”

HUDSON: “Oh… We could maybe get a new ship. What if we put a 3D printer on our ship to make little ships, and then we can sell our ships and become a dealership?”

CAMERON: “Whaaat?” (laughs)

HUDSON: “Oh wait, a dealership-ship.”

CAMERON: “A dealership-ship. Yeah!” (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: I was gonna say, I just want to pause and appreciate that legit good pun that you made.

(laughter)

LAURA: “Okay. How much are the printers? Because apparently I can’t just go steal one.”

HUDSON: “No. That would be wrong. How much are they? I actually haven’t looked in a while.”

CAMERON: (laughing) “If you’re trying to print a ship it’s gonna be a really freaking expensive 3D printer.”

LAURA: ‘No, it just prints the smaller pieces and then assemble.”

CAMERON: (laughing) “That’s way too much work.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, that does sound like a lot of work, unless we hire workers, but then they might unionize…”

LAURA: “They should unionize!”

CAMERON: “Tink, I feel like you’re thinking way too far into this dealership-ship idea.”

LAURA: “Unions are good for the people.”

HUDSON: “Mm. I guess.”

LAURA: “People should be able to protect themselves from corporations.”

CAMERON: “It’s true.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

HUDSON: “To a point…”

LAURA: “No. Unions are good, Tink.”

HUDSON: “Fine. I’m clearly not…”

CAMERON: (smiling) ‘Tink, do you like the Empire?”

LAURA: “Yeah. What are your feelings on the Empire? Because apparently you are anti-union, so…”

HUDSON: “It’s- Okay. The Empire… So about them.”

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm?”

HUDSON: “I grew up in the Empire so I appreciate—“

LAURA: “We all did.”

HUDSON: “yeah, I know. I’m just saying, me personally, I did, so—“

LAURA: “But we all did.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “(gritted teeth) It’s a part of my story. So, I can appreciate what they’re trying to do here, but they’re going about it all wrong.”

LAURA: “What do you mean you can appreciate what they are trying to do?”

CAMERON: “What are they trying to do?”

LAURA: “Besides the genocide.”

HUDSON: “Unite the galaxy.”

CAMERON: “Nn…”

LAURA: “But the genocide, and the occupation, and…”

HUDSON: “Oh yeah. That’s why I said they’re going about it wrong. Wrong is genocide.”

LAURA: “Okay, um…”

NICK: I think we just got our first t-shirt for the show.

CAMERON: Wrong Is Genocide.

HUDSON: (laughs) No~

CAMERON: Great.

LAURA: “No. Maybe the planets should have a choice on whether or not they are in an organization. You know, maybe kind of how the Republic was without all the corruption.”

HUDSON: Without telling you guys I changed my data pad ringtone to like the Kim Possible (stinger), so my data pad goes off, (stinger), and uh…

LAURA: “And what is that?”

HUDSON: “Whoa! GGG just contacted me!”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: No, they, didn’t.

HUDSON: Damn it!

(laughter)

LAURA: That’s not how this game works, Hudson! Hudson!

HUDSON: I was trying.

NICK: It was a good try. Now you have to figure out how to fake a phone call with what you’re gonna do from there.

CAMERON: (laughs) You hold your data pad up to your ear. ‘Hello?’ It’s comically large.

HUDSON: “Hello? This is Tink.”

LAURA: Xianna leans over to Karma. “Um, the screen is not even on.”

CAMERON: “Well also his communicator is in his ear, so I don’t know what he’s doing with his data pad.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “Oh, I wish I could refinance, but I don’t even have anything I own that much.”

LAURA: “I don’t think his data pad even takes calls.”

CAMERON: “Nope. Probably not.”

HUDSON: ‘Oh? Okay!”

CAMERON: (smiling) “I don’t know what he’s doing. He may have gotten awkwarded out by our Empire interrogation.”

LAURA: “So, anyways…”

CAMERON: “Do we wanna go after the Slippery Nerfs and then go party?”

LAURA: “Wait, I thought there was a bigger gang. I don’t want to take down like 14 people.”

CAMERON: “But they’re not here today. But you just said you had grenades. Their bounty is dead or alive.”

LAURA: “I did , so if we can get them all in one single room we can just throw some grenades in.”

CAMERON: “I kind of feel like it’s gonna be more of a pasture situation.”

HUDSON: “(gasps) I have grenades!”

CAMERON: “But we can also potentially have barbecue if we catch a couple of nerfs in the explosions.”

LAURA: “True. So we dig a pit, and then we push them all into it, and then throw grenades in. that is all I got. This is not my area of expertise. Usually I am dealing in one-on-one, sometimes two-on-two situations.”

HUDSON: “(exhales) Gross.”

LAURA: “And sometimes I steal things. Heh.”

CAMERON: “… Tink.”

(laughter)

HUDSON: “Anyways.”

LAURA: “Tink, okay, love between consenting adults is a very beautiful thing. Okay?”

HUDSON: “I agree. It’s just with you… Uh, what I- Okay. So listen everyone.”

CAMERON: (laughs) Can you hear the looks that Laura and I are giving him?

HUDSON: “I got this knife,” and I hold up my comically small knife, “and I got these ‘nades.”

LAURA: “Oh, I am not into that.”

HUDSON: “… What?”

LAURA: “What?” (laughs)

HUDSON: “I got these ‘nades, so we can go ahead and take them on.”

LAURA: “yes. We have grenades. Okay. we just want to make sure they are grouped together so when we throw grenades we make the most out of, you know, the explosion.”

HUDSON: “We could just throw some money in the middle of them so they all try to go after it like if a slot machine is spilling coins.”

LAURA: “That does not actually work. I have tried that.”

CAMERON: “What if we dress Tink up as a nerf?”

LAURA: “Ooh.”

HUDSON: “Wait. They would try to herd me, but then you would herd grenades my way.”

LAURA: ‘So let’s go steal someone else’s nerfs…”

CAMERON: “No.”

LAURA: “…and then use it as bait.”

HUDSON: “Can you ride a nerf?”

LAURA: “You can, technically.”

CAMERON: “Technically, yeah.”

HUDSON: “Are they not very fast?”

LAURA: “No. They are herd animals. They just kind of sit there and eat grass.”

CAMERON: They’re space yaks.

HUDSON: “Hmm. Alright.”

CAMERON: “We could get speeders though.”

HUDSON: “Let’s get speeders. That’s fun. Even if we don’t run into them we can just race around, I mean there’s some good areas to just kind of glide.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “That’s true. Go check out the scenery.”

HUDSON: “yeah.”

LAURA: “Do we have to?”

HUDSON: “What’s wrong with that?”

CAMERON: (laughs) “I mean, if you want to stay here, I’m not feeling super great about taking on 15 Selkath with just my carbine, but I could probably manage it.”

LAURA: (reluctantly) “Okay… I’ll do it. (huffs)”

HUDSON: “Alright. I’m ready.”

LAURA: “Can we get ice cream afterwards?”

CAMERON: “Obviously, yes.”

NICK: And we cut to… You are on the north side of Nerftown. There is a rental barn there, and there are a couple of options. They have some speeders that are like cars that you could all three sit in and one could drive. They’ve got speeder bikes which are faster but don’t provide you any cover or anything. There’s also a corral around back with some Dewbacks that are making giant lizard noises and running into each other. It just kind of depends on what you want to rent.

LAURA: “Is anyone good at driving land vehicles? I’m not.”

CAMERON: “I have some skills in it, and we know from our adventures on Unroola Dawn that Tink is an excellent speeder pilot.”

HUDSON: “Absolutely.”

LAURA: “I don’t… Huh.”

HUDSON: Now, you said Duons?

NICK: Dewbacks.

HUDSON: Dewbacks. Now, the question I have on whether or not we’re gonna get those are when are they due back?

NICK: Boo~

CAMERON: (chuckles)

NICK: The proprietor of the rental facility polishes his spectacles. He’s an old, skinny guy. He just looks at you with zero sense of humor. “Well, it’s a daily rate, but we’ll see what we can do.”

HUDSON: “That’s exactly what I wanted to hear.”

NICK: “Are you coming on to me?”

HUDSON: (laughs) “No, not at all. I can’t believe you would even think that, actually.”

NICK: (smiling) “It’s been a long time…”

HUDSON: (inhales) “Ehh, let’s get—Okay. Actually, we gotta get speeders.”

LAURA: “But do we want individual speeders or one big speeder?”

HUDSON: “I think we should do one big speeder.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

CAMERON: “Okay.”

HUDSON: “Wow. I’m in charge here.”

LAURA: “No. We just agree.”

HUDSON: “The person in charge pays.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “That’s true.”

LAURA & CAMERON: “Okay! You’re in charge.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “I don’t think he has any money, but okay.”

HUDSON: “What?”

NICK: We’ll skip this part, but you manage to negotiate a 50 Credit deal. You’ll have the speeder as long as you need it. We get a quick shot of the desk and you’re signing paperwork and things. “You know, for another 25 Credits you can get the full coverage insurance.”

HUDSON: “Can I see the paperwork on that?”

NICK: “Sure,” and he slides it over to you. What are you looking for in this paperwork?

HUDSON: One of those really stupid clauses they always put in there about how you have to show proof that someone got hurt, or you have to like, if there’s an illness, there’s only a handful of things that will allow you to actually bring the car back.

NICK: So, this one is actually fairly clause-free. The only thing it doesn’t protect against is a speeder totaling explosion. If the whole thing turned into a burned out skeleton of a speeder and had nothing left you would get stuck with potentially paying for it, but if it takes damage in any way or anything like that you don’t have to pay for it.

HUDSON: I laugh a little and say, “You want to give us insurance? Alright.”

(laughter)

NICK: “Why is that funny?” (laughs) And we cut to you all driving north of Nerftown in a speeder. It looks exactly like the one from A New Hope that Luke drives around, it’s just like an open top convertible with some jets on it that flies low enough that you can’t tell if there’s wheels on it or not.

HUDSON: Is it the same color as in the movie? Because I love that color.

NICK: yeah, that brownie red streaky color.

HUDSON: Yeah. I had that toy as a kid.

NICK: I did too.

LAURA: I think we might still have it.

HUDSON: Oh?

LAURA: It might be in the box.

CAMERON: It blends in great with the lush countryside.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Well, I mean, it’s gold and this is kind of reddish, it’s not super camouflage, but it’s not like bright yellow or anything.

LAURA: It’s a complementary color.

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: (valley girl voice) We look good.

NICK: The art director was really happy about it. So, we get a scene of you all pulling up to a low rise. You can see miles and miles, and kilometers of sweeping grassland. It looks relatively featureless. Karma, would you like to attempt to track this gang?

CAMERON: It seems like a smart move.

NICK: Alright.

CAMERON: What do I roll to do that?

NICK: I would take Perception, Survival would be really good.

CAMERON: Hmm.

LAURA: Also, could Xianna help, and put on her scanner goggles, and scan for things? And while I’m saying this, Tink you have a, like, scanner…

CAMERON: (laughing) Life sign scanner.

LAURA: …or Hudson, yeah. Tink has a scanner thing.

HUDSON: I always forget that. Where is it?

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: It’s in your item sheet!

NICK: It only scans for life signs and motion sensors now.

(laughter)

HUDSON: That’s right.

LAURA: But it could scan for the life signs, or maybe they also have a motion sensor.

CAMERON: I would like to use Perception since I have that.

NICK: That’s fine. We get a shot of Xianna standing on the hood of the speeder with her scanner goggles, and it does the shot with the (buzzing) noise as the looks at the horizon. Karma bends down and puts some dirt between her fingers and squints at it because she’s tracking. Tink whips out his—

HUDSON: Cryoncorp Enhancescan Scanner!

NICK: … Great. It looks like a laser toy from a store with a big screen on it, and the screen is just a bunch of screwed in lightbulbs because it’s 70s technology. You look at it, and you turn it on for life signs, and the whole thing lights up with red dots, everywhere.

CAMERON: Moo~

NICK: Yeah. It’s probably not gonna do you a ton of good, because this place is covered in cows.

HUDSON: I just hit it a couple times thinking it’s broken.

NICK: (laughs) Yeah. It shorts out and turns off.

HUDSON: Awh. Well, there’s that. “Guys, my thing broke.”

CAMERON: “How so?”

HUDSON: “It just wasn’t working so I hit it a few times, and then it turned off.”

CAMERON: “Well yeah, that is not the way to—You should know that doesn’t always fix technology.”

HUDSON: “A lot of the time it does.”

LAURA: “Yes. It is only like 60% of the time.”

CAMERON: “How hard were you hitting it, though?”

HUDSON: “I was hitting it like not super hard.”

LAURA: “Yeah, that is how you do that.”

HUDSON: “yeah.”

CAMERON: “Okay. It should be fine then.”

HUDSON: “Yeah. It’ll probably be fine. It might just need to cool off.”

NICK: You have to put it in some rice.

CAMERON: (laughing) That makes no sense.

NICK: (chuckles)

LAURA: “Yeah, you put it in rice and then it dries out.”

HUDSON: “I think you put it in dust.”

CAMERON: (sarcastically) “If you hit it too hard you put it in rice and then it dries out.”

NICK: That always fixes most technology.

CAMERON: “And then you put it in the microwave, and it charges.”

LAURA: “No, you put it on a nice little pillow and let it rest.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Anyway! Heh.

NICK: This is going to be an average check.

CAMERON: Xianna is helping, right?

LAURA: I have 4 Cunning.

CAMERON: And 2 Perception, right?

LAURA: yeah, 2 Perception.

CAMERON: Cool. Let’s do that.

NICK: It’s also going to have a black die on it because this trail is kind of old.

CAMERON: No it’s not! Because I’m an Expert Tracker! (smiling)

NICK: And what does that do~?

CAMERON: Let’s me remove a black die when I try and track shit!

NICK: Oh shucks, foiled again.

CAMERON: It also decreases the time to track a target by half.

NICK: Yeah, so that’s gonna be really cool.

CAMERON: Yup. Hopefully. (snickers)

NICK: What?

CAMERON: That shouldn’t happen. This is very unlikely. An advantage. Three of the dice are just blank.

LAURA: I just keep pointing out nerfs. Heh. I just keep going around, “Ooh! Karma! Look at that nerf. It is bigger than the rest. Ooh! Look at those two. They are like rubbing their faces together. it is so cute! Look at it~”

CAMERON: “Oh my gosh! Look! It’s a baby nerf!”

LAURA: “(gasps) Tink, look at the baby nerf!”

HUDSON: “I’m looking at the chocolate moo nerf.”

CAMERON: (snickers)

LAURA: “They’re all chocolate moo nerfs. Nerfs are brown. They are all … chocolate … nerfs.”

(laughter)

NICK: There’s a strawberry nerf that’s got like tawny red hair.

HUDSON: “(gasps) Ooh! Strawberry nerf.”

(laughter)

CAMERON: Karma’s looking back and forth between them. she’s pretty sure that they know that’s not how milk works.

NICK: Karma’s having flashbacks to taking Jet and Juke on a tracking mission when they were like seven.

CAMERON: Yeah. (laughs)

LAURA: They’re like, ‘So but if they’re all brown, why is the milk blue? Where are the blue nerfs? Mom, I wanna see the blue nerfs!’ Heh.

CAMERON: (laughing) ‘Shut up. Mommy’s working.’

(laughter)

LAURA: ‘Blue nerf! Blue nerf!’

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: I did have a plan for if this check failed. As you’re arguing about nerf milk flavors you see a dust cloud on the far horizon. You guess it’s probably about ten kilometers away. You’re not sure if it has anything to do with who you’re hunting, but you figure… Xianna, you’ve probably been cow tipping before, right?

LAURA: I’ve been something tipping.

CAMERON: You’ve been rancore tipping.

NICK: Ooh, that’s dangerous.

LAURA: Oh! What are the things they have on Ryloth? They ride them in Rebels… Aw shit. They kind of look like little T-Rex fish things.

NICK: Yeah. I don’t remember what those are called.

LAURA: What are those? So not nerfs, but Ryloth has blurrgs. They’re like these weird little T-Rex fish things that they ride around on, and they are not as cute as you’d think they’d be based on that description. You wait for them to fall asleep and then you run up and you push them over… and that’s it. That’s what blurrg tipping is.

NICK: (laughs) Okay.

LAURA: And then you run away before they can bite you.

NICK: Yeah. So, at least one time that you did this you started a stampede, and it’s the same kind of arid dirt—Ryloth has less grass—but this cloud you’re seeing in the far distance seems very similar to a lot of beasts of burden running away at once which you’ve seen before. You figure there’s probably a big herd of nerfs that way, and you got no other leads right now.

LAURA: So, I point towards the cloud. “Ooh! There is a dust cloud over there. That often means there is some sort of stampede or large herd of animals running around.”

CAMERON: “From what I’ve seen of nerfs they don’t tend to run, so it’s probably that they’re being herded by…”

LAURA: ‘I mean, probably.”

CAMERON: “…Slippery Nerfs, maybe.”

HUDSON: “That could be true. I have a question about your tipping experience.”

LAURA: “Yes?”

HUDSON: “When you tip these animals, is it at least 15%?”

CAMERON: Gosh.

LAURA: “I mean, I try to go 20% just because you know often they are not paid the full minimum wage, and you know…”

NICK: We cut to you all in the speeder…

CAMERON & HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: …headed that direction really fast, and Xianna is still explaining her tipping theory to Tink. Tink, you’re driving?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Okay.

HUDSON: Wait…

CAMERON: “Should you be driving, Tink?”

HUDSON: I have 2 in Piloting: Planetary.

LAURA: I have 0 in Piloting: Planetary.

CAMERON: And what’s your Agility?

HUDSON: Two.

CAMERON: Can I co-pilot?

NICK: Not in this kind of speeder. It’s just got the one steering wheel.

HUDSON: “I’ll pilot! We’ll be fine!”

CAMERON: Okay, yeah, because I’m more agile but I only have 1 in Planetary.

NICK: Tink, we get a shot of the speeder, and Xianna is happily explaining how she likes to tip the service industry, and you punch it, the speeder goes flying off the screen, and you come up very quickly on a herd of nerfs that is being herded by  a group of beings. They’re mostly wrapped up, it’s hard to see what they are, and they’re on speeder bikes and they have blaster pistols that they’re shooting in the air occasionally. The nerfs look terrified, and they are moving pretty quick. You have to keep the speeder at about 60% thrust to keep up with them, so these nerfs are moving a lot faster than you would expect. What do you do?

CAMERON: As we start approaching, “Tink, slow down a little bit. We don’t want to actually ‘meet up’ with them.”

HUDSON: “What?! Speed up?!”

NICK: Yeah. Flip me a dark side point. I’ll play this game. Tink punches it and you end up right next to the back of the herd. There are two creatures. Up close you can see they are Selkath, but they’re wearing big goggles and basically space cowboy outfits, and they turn to look at you in unison.

LAURA: Xianna waves.

CAMERON: Karma shoots one. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) Okay. Make me a Cool check please.

CAMERON: A success and two advantages.

NICK: Can you roll me two green dice please?

CAMERON: Three advantages.

NICK: Alright. You get the drop on them. They still look baffled. Go ahead and take your shot. It’s gonna be close range, so that’s only one difficulty, but you will have two black dice because you are in a very fast speeder which is kind of lurching around.

HUDSON: My melee weapon is gonna do great in this scenario.

CAMERON: (laughing) You’re the driver. Don’t do anything else.

LAURA: I offered you a gun.

HUDSON: I got ‘nadies.

NICK: You do have a gun.

HUDSON: I do.

CAMERON: You have an Imperial light blaster.

HUDSON: I literally would just shoot one of us. That’s how bad I am with it.

CAMERON: However, I get to add a blue die per rank of Quick Strike to combat checks against targets that have not acted yet this encounter, so I also get a blue die because I’m going first.

NICK: Nice.

CAMERON: I felt like I had something that did something cool.

NICK: That’s very cool.

CAMERON: Ha-ha! My blaster is on stun. That is three successes, two advantages, and a triumph.

NICK: Three successes, two advantages, and a triumph. What’s the crit rating on yours?

CAMERON: Three.

NICK: Okay. How much damage does your gun do?

CAMERON: Nine, so that will be 12 stun damage.

NICK: Wow. Okay. So you’re able to clear both of them off just with the damage alone.

CAMERON: Pew-pew.

NICK: So, what does that look like as you just quickdraw and take these two out before they can do anything? Also, this episode is gonna need some badass like cowboy horse chase music for this part. (laughs)

CAMERON: Yeehaw. So, Karma’s in the backseat and it’s one of the long backseats, we obviously have a convertible speeder since it’s the same one from A New Hope. I’ve had my gun in my lap because it’s normally on my back, so if I’m sitting in the speeder it’s good. I want to use my Quickdraw to unbuckle my seatbelt so I have freedom of movement.

NICK: Oh cool.

CAMERON: So, Xianna waves at the one on the left, and I shoot the one on the right, and then slide to the other side of the backseat and get the one on the left who kind of is waving back slightly, is kind of confused, and then just falls off of his speeder.

NICK: And, you took them out fast enough I don’t have to try to make Selkath noises yet. Thank you for that.

CAMERON: Ah-ha! You’re welcome.

NICK: We definitely have the shot of Tink’s fur blowing straight behind him, Xianna’s lekku are… well, are you sitting on them or are they blowing in the breeze?

LAURA: I mean, they’re probably behind my back, so a little sitting. Yeah.

NICK: Okay. They’re mostly locked down, but Karma stood up so her head tentacles are like flapping behind her, and she quickshots, bam-bam, and down they go. They fall off of their speeders, they go rolling, if you would like you could spend that triumph so that the rest of the group doesn’t notice.

CAMERON: Yup!

NICK: yeah!

CAMERON: Just the stampede is so loud that my blaster fire just blends in, and the bikes just slowly die down and back off so they don’t notice.

NICK: Yeah, and for the first time in Star Wars history the speeder bikes don’t explode into fireballs when someone looks at them funny, which is lucky. You stun those guys, they hit the ground going really fast and they ragdoll around, they may be alive still. Questionable. Hard to tell. They hit pretty hard.

CAMERON: It’s their own fault for falling off of the speeders. I just stunned them.

NICK: Some of the nerfs towards the back see that the two people at the far back herding are gone, and they kind of look up and moo, and the back of the herd starts to trickle past you as they slow down. Your speeder is discouraging the whole herd from stopping but some of them are giving off, so the herd is starting to shrink a little bit. Would y’all like to make a Perception check to kind of see how this situation looks now?

CAMERON: (laughing) Yes. What difficulty would the Perception check be?

NICK: This one’s gonna be average, but there is gonna be a black die on it because of all the dust that’s getting kicked up and because there are nerfs in the way.

HUDSON: That is a wash.

NICK: You got nothing?

HUDSON: Nothing.

NICK: Bummer.

LAURA: What were the black dice for?

NICK: The dust and the amount of nerfs that make it hard to see through.

LAURA: Can I remove one of those because I have my scanner goggles on, so it’s just the nerfs that are the issue?

NICK: Sure. Yeah. You can take the die away then, because –

CAMERON: It was just one black die for the two reasons.

LAURA: Oh, just one? Okay. yeah.

NICK: Yeah. Take it off.

LAURA: And, I need difficulty.

NICK: Yeah, probably.

CAMERON: (snickers) Nah!

NICK: Average.

LAURA: Yeah. Oh my goodness. So that’s… six successes and two threats.

NICK: Ooh.

CAMERON: And Karma got four successes and one threat.

NICK: Okay. We definitely get this really cool shot of Xianna leaning out of the side of the speeder with her scanner goggles on, and she gets a big smile on her face and she starts marking targets. Karma, you’re right there too, you’re using your rifle and looking around. You don’t have a scope on it, but you tend to target. You all are very quickly able to recognize these things: The herd is probably about 90 nerfs. It was about 100, ten of them have started to fall off, but the ones up front haven’t spread out yet so it’s good. It’s kind of like gak in a funnel situation, like it’s gonna go real slow, but… Anyway. That’s not a great metaphor. What you see is there is this big herd ahead of you, at about 10 and 2 o’clock there are two more Selkath on speeders, and then on the 11 and 1 o’clock stage up around towards the very front of the herd there are two groups of four, one on the left and one on the right. That seems to be everybody you can see. They all look like they’re Selkath. They’re variably armed. Most of them have blaster pistols. Yeah, that’s what you’re dealing with. You’ve taken out two so far. If you’re trying to pick up live bounties you’ll have to go find them later.

CAMERON: Yeah. (laughs) Karma leans forward over Tink’ shoulder, hits him on the shoulder so he kind of is aware that she’s there, and then just points right since talking to him apparently does not work.

HUDSON: I swerve right.

NICK: (swoosh noise)

CAMERON: Vroom.

NICK: Go ahead and make me a Piloting check, Tink.

HUDSON: I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without making one.

NICK: Yeah, I’ve been nice so far.

HUDSON: What difficulty?

NICK: Average. You’re gonna get a series of options based on how you do.

HUDSON: A failure… (pause).

(laughter)

NICK: Well, okay. With a failure you pull up next to this Selkath on the right. You see him pretty easily. You start to maneuver to where you’re right behind him and he can’t see you, and then you hit a bump and you end up pulling up right next to him. He looks at you, and basically his weird fish eyes get real big and he pulls a hold out blaster and tries to shoot you with it before anyone’s able to react, because you hit that bump hard enough that everyone’s jostled a little. Can you make me a one green die against one purple die check?

CAMERON: Sure. An advantage.

NICK: Okay. He shoots and misses, you duck out of the way, and he immediately without seeing whether he hit Tink or the speeder or anything he guns it and he starts to rush up towards one of the bigger groups up front. What do you do?

CAMERON: I wanna shoot him.

NICK: Okay. It’s gonna be medium range, so it’s gonna be an average check, but with two black dice; one for all the dust and how hard it is to see, and another one because this person is on a speedy motorcycle going away from you very fast and he’s ducking low.

CAMERON: Karma takes aim, ha-ha-ha, adds a blue die, and then sighs wistfully thinking of how awesome it’s gonna be to have her upgraded carbine in a few days. I got a success and two advantages, which is 10 stun damage.

NICK: Yeah. You are able to shoot him off. The speeder bike continues to go forward, and I’m gonna say it bumps into the group of four ahead of you, and everybody roll initiative! This is gonna be Vigilance.

CAMERON: (smiling) I’d like my advantages to be so that doesn’t happen.

NICK: We’ll say the advantages are it doesn’t bump them, hang on to the initiative roll, we’re negotiating now. You have…?

CAMERON: (laughs) Sorry. Two advantages.

NICK: Your two advantages are that it goes off to the side. Can you make me a two green versus two purple Perception check on the part of this group of bikers to see if they notice this bike go by?

CAMERON: Do they get a black die because there’s a lot of dust and nerfs?

NICK: They sure do.

LAURA: Also, the groups of four, those are four individual speeders not one?

NICK: Yes.

LAURA: Okay.

NICK: To clarify, they are all on speeder bikes, like cool people.

CAMERON: That is a total wash.

NICK: Okay. They don’t notice shit.

CAMERON: Ha-ha!

NICK: What is your game plan now?

LAURA: Xianna’s actually gonna snort some impact, and then pull out her gun…

NICK: That’s gotta be hard to do in a speeding open top car.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: No, no, that’s why they’re in little baggies.

NICK: Okay…

CAMERON: Also, she’s in the front seat. She’s got a windshield right there.

LAURA: Yeah. I’ve got the windshield. That’s why you put it in the little baggie so then you can take the little baggie and put it right up to your nose.

NICK: Oh, like a feedbag, of course.

LAURA: Like a feedbag, but for drugs.

CAMERON: Great. (laughs)

LAURA: Because Xianna is a responsible drug user.

CAMERON: Mmm…

LAURA: (laughs) No, it’s a problem, and this will manifest at some point, but not today.

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: And she also draws her gun and shoots at someone.

NICK: You’re shooting at the group up ahead?

LAURA: Whoever is closest, yeah.

NICK: Okay. Right now you’re probably… If you see the nerf herd as the clock in the middle, you’re at about 4 o’clock. There’s a group of four on this side that’s at about 1 o’clock. You could hit them, they’re at about medium range now, or you could try to get Tink to drive you closer first.

LAURA: I might wait for Tink to drive a little bit closer.

NICK: Do you motion for him to do so?

LAURA: Yeah. I have like one hand holding my little baggie and then the other hand is motioning to move forward.

NICK: ‘Get me closer! I wanna use my sword!’

HUDSON: “Grenade?!”

CAMERON: (snickers) Gosh!

LAURA: “(sniffs) No Tink, no, drive closer!”

HUDSON: “Oh! Got it!”

LAURA: “You don’t shoot them! You drive!”

HUDSON: “I said nothing about shooting them!”

CAMERON: Karma says into her coms. “Y’all, just turn your coms on, this isn’t safe.”

HUDSON: “… Oh.”

(laughter)

HUDSON: I turn my coms on. I drive closer.

NICK: Okay. Make me a Piloting check.

HUDSON: Vroom-vroom.

NICK: Average.

LAURA: Vroom-vroom.

NICK: Piloting: Planetary to be specific.

HUDSON: What difficulty?

NICK: Average.

HUDSON: One advantage.

NICK: Dang. Okay. Would you like to spend your advantage to give her a blue die on her shot?

HUDSON: Ha, yeah.

NICK: Alright. You drive right into the middle of the group of four.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: The two on the edge hear you coming and spread out so you don’t hit them with the speeder, because they are on speeder bikes. If you had succeeded on any of these checks I would have given you the chance to just hit them, like it looked like you were going to, but you haven’t so good job. They spread out. I’m gonna say that Xianna’s gonna get the first shot, but they’re all very fully aware of you at this point. Do you wanna try and shoot some of them?

LAURA: Yeah. I’m gonna try and shoot one.

NICK: Alright. You’re at close range now, but you don’t have any black dice because you’re wearing scanner goggles and because there are no nerfs in between you and these speeder bikers.

LAURA: Close range is one?

CAMERON: Yeah. You should aim and take another blue, too.

LAURA: Oh yeah. I’ll also aim. Three successes, one advantage, so that’s 9 damage.

NICK: Okay. You’re able to take two of them out pretty easily. If there are two on either side of the backseat and two in front of the speeder right now, which two do you shoot?

LAURA: The two in front of the speeder.

NICK: Okay. We get (shooting noises) and they fly off. They hit the front of the speeder and you get a (thump-thump) and then you go over them. The speeder bikes drift off. One of them drifts into the herd of nerfs.

LAURA: “Oh no.”

NICK: It doesn’t explode, but you hear a lot of distressed mooing as they continue to run. The other two see you and are noticeably concerned, obviously, and now we’re gonna roll initiative.

CAMERON: Cool or Vigilance?

NICK: This will be Vigilance at this point, although dang, well executed for the first half of this. That was very impressive.

CAMERON: Ha-ha! Thanks.

LAURA: We got the same roll.

HUDSON: What are the odds~?

LAURA: Hudson and I both have one success and three advantages.

CAMERON: (smiling) You guys… karma also has one success and three advantages. (laughs)

HUDSON: Oh my goodness.

LAURA: (smiling) We’re a team!

HUDSON: We all go at the same time every time.

NICK: Can you roll me two green dice?

CAMERON: Three successes, one advantage.

NICK: Shoosh.

LAURA: That’s the opposite.

NICK: And can you roll me one green die?

CAMERON: One success.

NICK: And can you roll me four green dice?

CAMERON: One success, three advantages.

NICK: You have all these great advantages for your initiative roll. Is there anything about the situation that you would like to add to make the scene more interesting or give you some, I hate to say, advantages in this fight?

CAMERON: Who all is aware of us right now?

NICK: That speeder that started rolling into the group, that drew their attention.

CAMERON: The other five? The four and the one?

NICK: Mm-hmm. Also we’re down to about 60 nerfs at this point, because they’re starting to fall off. It was only a matter of time before they noticed you.

CAMERON: Okay. We have a lot of advantages.

HUDSON: Yeah. We need to think of some other stuff. They’re on motorcycles, right? Basically space motorcycles.

LAURA: Ooh. Can the nerfs start panicking a little bit more so they’re bumping into their speeders which makes it shaky, so they have black dice?

NICK: On driving over to you? Sure. We can make that happen. They’ll have to make a check to get there and it’s gonna be a not so easy check. You have nine advantages to work with. That one’s gonna be pretty big because it could kill them, so I’ll say that’s five out of the nine. The nerfs are getting aggressive.

HUDSON: Any more advantages we can use?

CAMERON: Four more.

LAURA: What time of day is it?

NICK: It should be noon-ish.

CAMERON: (laughing) yeah. We ate breakfast and then we drove out here.

LAURA: Oh yeah. I mean, I don’t know how long it takes us to eat breakfast.

CAMERON: Several hours.

HUDSON: Can their speeders be like a model that’s really shitty so that the engine and gas tank is very exposed in the back?

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Hell yeah. I’m down for that. Yes, they’re riding like lawnmower type things. It’s just got a glowing thing that says Weak Point on it, Do Not Step.

CAMERON: Everyone who had the really nice speeders are the ones we already shot.

NICK: Yeah. Those were the leaders. So first up is the group that rolled the best, the two NPCs that are on either side of your speeder currently. They look like they’re saying something in Selkath but you can’t hear them over the noise of all of the nerfs.

CAMERON: How convenient.

NICK: Yeah. They both take blaster pistols and they go to shoot at Xianna, because she’s the one that shot at their friends, and it’s gonna be two green dice. We’re using mass combat rules! Well, the mob rules anyway.

CAMERON: Woo! They’re at close range?

NICK: Yup. They get a black die for all the nerf dust. Yeah, roll it up and let’s see what they get.

CAMERON: An advantage!

NICK: Great. They shoot. You all are able to duck and cover in your speeder, because you got a speeder that specifically had things you could hide behind. Smart move. What they do is some of their shots go wide and it makes it very obvious exactly where they are, so they’re gonna give a blue die to whichever NPC group tries to head towards you on their navigation check, because they know exactly where they’re going. Up next we’ve got another NPC slot. This is the group of one. He was one of the vanguard so he’s on the back side of the herd, and he’s going to try and cut straight across to you so he can do it in one movement, and so he is going to have to make a Piloting check. He gets two green and it is going to be an average check. Yup. Why two black dice?

CAMERON: One for nerf dust and one for angry nerfs?

NICK: Yeah. That works. … Aw buddy.

CAMERON: Two failures and three advantages.

NICK: Oh. Okay, so we get this shot from the point of view of this Selkath bandit. He cuts straight through this herd. A lot of them are starting to slow down so you see like vroom, vroom, cut left, cut right, and he’s going straight towards where the blaster fire is happening. You see this massive bull nerf and it appears out of the herd. You just see this giant four-horned yak head coming towards the screen, and then the camera snaps out and you just hear (angry mooing, impact noise), and there’s a little explosion. That guy did not make it. He took a high risk move and failed. Next up we have a PC slot.

HUDSON: I’m gonna keep driving, but don’t use that as a slot.

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: I’m gonna shoot someone.

NICK: Okay!

LAURA: What range would be the closest person to me?

NICK: There are still the two on either side of you that were shooting at you. They are close range. They’re right next to the car. Speeder, my mistake. (singing) There aren’t no cars in Star Wars~

LAURA: I rolled two successes and three advantages.

NICK: Cool.

LAURA: (gasps) I crit!

CAMERON: (gasps)

NICK: Nice! These are mobs, so you can just straight kill one of them with a crit.

LAURA: Yeah. I do 8 damage and then… yeah.

NICK: Well, they have 5 HP a piece, so that takes out both of them.

LAURA: I want it to be that they line up and I aim and shoot and it goes through both of them.

NICK: Wow. Cool.

LAURA: And then I look at Tink and go, ‘Tink! That was really cool. Heh. Did you see that?”

HUDSON: “No, I didn’t see anything. What?”

LAURA: “Ah, damn it, Tink. (whines) It was so cool!”

HUDSON: “Grenades?!”

(laughter)

LAURA: “No! Tink, we are on coms now. What is happening?”

HUDSON: “Oh. I turned it off. (huffs) Okay.”

CAMERON: “Are you serious?”

HUDSON: “It’s on now.”

CAMERON: “Okay…”

NICK: Okay, so, we’re to another PC slot.

HUDSON: I can go.

CAMERON: Xianna just killed the two on either side of us, right? It’s just the four on the opposite side of the nerf clock?

NICK: Yup. There’s just one big group of dudes.

CAMERON: “Tink, can you drive over to those dudes?”

HUDSON: “Yeah, sure!”

CAMERON: Alright. (laughs) You’re gonna have to pilot.

HUDSON: Yeah. What’s the difficulty?

NICK: Average, but there’s also a black die because there are angry nerfs.

CAMERON: ‘Hey Tink, you’ve got this.’ I give him a Bardic Inspiration.

NICK: Wrong game system~

HUDSON: Crap. I almost took a blue die because I thought you were doing something for reals.

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: Oh. That’s what… Oh. Yeah. I have one failure and one threat.

NICK: Okay. (laughs) You try to cut in front of the herd and get near the other group, but you get clipped by a couple of nerfs that are still freaking out. One of the side engines starts to smoke and your speeder starts to slow down, and you’re not able to get all the way to them. You’re now in front of the herd slowing down and the herd is starting to Lion King around you, and you’re worried that if you can’t pilot away from there or be very careful that your speeder could potentially get wrecked up and you’re pretty far from town. That would be unfortunate. So, that’s what’s going on with you. Man, you tried to give Bardic Inspiration, I almost told him to mark Potential for failing a roll, this is… We’re playing too much games.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Alright! We’ve got another PC slot.

CAMERON: What range would you say we got to?

NICK: Medium range. You were at long range, but you moved far enough.

CAMERON: Okay. Karma’s gonna shoot at them.

NICK: Okay. They’re in formation.

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna aim~

NICK: They’re in formation, and they’re looking at you, and you can tell that they’re kind of talking to themselves trying to figure out how to get close to you.

CAMERON: There’s a black from nerf dust.

NICK: Yup, nerf dust.

CAMERON: One success, two advantages, so that’s only 10 damage.

NICK: You’re able to take out two of them. they’re in a box. Do you take out the two closest to you?

CAMERON: I take out the front and the back one.

NICK: Okay. I think you hit the front one and he falls off and hits the back one, and they tangle up and (explosion noise) and crash. There’s two left. They look very nervous, and they turn and use their NPC slot to just frickin’ boogie. They drive, just, left, just away.

CAMERON: My advantages are that the nerfs are like, ‘oh, all the people are gone, okay, I’m just gonna eat this grass right here,’ and the stampede stops.

NICK: Okay. Yeah. I think they were probably down to like 40 at this point. That’s part of why these two bailed, their payout isn’t worth it anymore because they haven’t captured enough of them. The rest of the nerfs just look around and we get a shot of contented moos as they settle down and go back to eating. We see this long pan shot, we see all of these nerfs that are camera close and they’re chewing and mooing at each other, and then we see two speeder bikes jetting off to the left of the screen and your slightly smoking speeder that’s kind of juttering along also driving along the horizon. We are back up to a PC slot because they used theirs to run. They used their maneuvers. They are currently at long range from you. They’ll be extremely further after this. Do you let them go or are you going after them?

LAURA: “My guns do not reach them, so someone else should shoot them or we drive closer, or we just let them get away. We still have the other ones to turn in and get money off of.”

HUDSON: “I haven’t thrown one grenade.”

CAMERON: “Because we’ve been in a speeder!”

LAURA: “Because you’ve been driving!”

HUDSON: “Ugh. I can do both.”

LAURA: “I mean, you can, but they are too far for grenades.”

HUDSON: I punch it.

NICK: Okay. Make me a Piloting check. This one is average, but with a black die because of your damaged speeder condition.

HUDSON: And a light side point which flipped does something, takes away…

CAMERON: (laughs) Upgrades.

NICK: It will make a green die into a yellow. Oh? Add a green die then.

HUDSON: Two successes.

NICK: hey! That’s enough. You’re able to pull up into… I’m trying to crib vehicle combat. Uh, you are at long range, you can get to medium range, you don’t hit anything… Yeah. That gets you to medium range. You’re keeping pace so far.

CAMERON: Karma’s gonna shoot them.

NICK: Alright. Tell me how you set up this great sniper shot in this long speed chase.

CAMERON: Karma’s just been standing in the back of the car, she probably leans down slightly, steps over it to stand into the front seat, and then just leans down on the windshield to take aim and shoots at them. There’s no more black die from nerf dust, correct?

NICK: No. Nerf dust is gone.

CAMERON: Cool.

NICK: Although, you should have a black die because you’re trying to hit two people driving away from you full speed on a speeder.

CAMERON: But we’re going the same direction… Fine.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: Doesn’t even matter.

NICK: Please tell me that’s three threats. (half dramatic bass noise)

CAMERON: It is not. It’s only two. Back off.

NICK: Damn.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: I really wanted someone to fall out of the car.

CAMERON: Nope. That is three successes, two threats, and a triumph.

NICK: Nice. We get the (heart beat noise –  deep breath) … pew-pew! And both of them fall off of their speeders. The speeders just keep going into the distance before bumping to a halt. The nerfs have been rescued. Congratulations, you have taken out an entire gang of nerf hustlers on your own. What do you do now?

CAMERON: “Alright. Let’s go get those bodies.”

HUDSON: “Alright. Celebratory ‘nade!” I throw…

(laughter)

CAMERON: “No! Tink! Stop!”

LAURA: ‘Tink! No…”

HUDSON: I throw a grenade as we’re driving off behind us, not in front of us.

LAURA: ‘Tiiink.”

NICK: Okay. (laughs) This makes me happy so you don’t have to roll for it or anything. There’s an explosion, and all of the nerfs moo and start running in all directions. Did you throw a stun or a frag grenade?

HUDSON: Oh… Stun.

NICK: So, it just (pulses). I think it actually stuns a couple of nerfs. They (grunted moo) and they fall over. You need to collect these 12 bodies or at least a majority of them.

CAMERON: No, we’re gonna get all of them.

NICK: You’ll remember that’s what the…LAW officer said. You had to get enough of them to prove that the group was gonna disband. What I need is a perception check to make sure you can track down all the corpses you’ve left scattered over several miles of prairie.

HUDSON: Is this from all of us?

NICK: It’s gonna be one check. People can assist each other.

CAMERON: Xianna’s got the best.

LAURA: Yeah. What’s the difficulty again?

NICK: Average. I would say at least Karma was probably marking where they fell because she’s been in this situation before.

CAMERON: So you get two blue dice from us.

NICK: Because of your Stalker talent? Oh, no, because you’re helping.

CAMERON: No, because we’re helping. Uh… No, my Stalker is on Stealth and Coordination checks. If I’m helping it does take her half the time to track them and we can remove a black die.

NICK: Cool.

LAURA: If this is a Streetwise check I can remove a black die.

CAMERON: (laughing) We’re not talking to anybody though. ‘Hey, excuse me nerf, have you seen a Selkath around here?’ (moo)

NICK: And the nerf is like, ‘Are you a nark?’

LAURA: That’s a triumph with a success, five additional successes, and two threats.

NICK: Okay. We’ll say the threats are that a bunch of these people died falling off the speeders. They got pretty crunched up. Still identifiable, but you didn’t have a bloodless victory here. Some of them got pretty messed up. Turns out if you throw somebody bodily off of a speeding motorcycle that it doesn’t always go well.

LAURA: “Wait. Were we supposed to bring them in alive?”

CAMERON: “Dead or alive.”

LAURA: “Okay! Um… Whatever.”

NICK: It was dead or alive. So, with all your successes and things, Xianna, you are very easily able to go, ‘Zere is one here, and here, and here,’ and I think you mark on everybody’s data pads exactly where they are and you’re able to scoop them back up. Is there anything you would want to spend that triumph on specifically?

LAURA: Ooh. Um… They have cool things in their pockets!

NICK: Yeah. I think they have some cool things in their pockets. You’re able to recover some blasters. I think you probably just collect like a flat sum of money.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: You find 500 Credits combined in their pockets. I think because you’re the one who rolled you probably find the 500 Credits.

LAURA: Oh yeah. I imagine what we do is we stop the speeder, and not-Xianna puts them on the back of the speeder, but Xianna will like reach into their pockets and take everything out while they’re loading up the bodies.

NICK: It takes an hour or two. We’re getting into afternoon now. We get a good shot of the speeder. It’s kind of floating up and down and juttering a little because of the damage it’s taken, but we get this nice silhouette shot of Karma and Tink tossing bodies onto the back of this speeder in a big pile and Xianna rifling through their pockets ahead of time. You’re able to gather all 12 of them up. You don’t have any issues whatsoever. The nerfs don’t bother you.

CAMERON: Were any of the bikes still in working order when we found them?

NICK: Yeah, four of them were.

CAMERON: Cool. I’m trying to figure out if we can tow them.

NICK: If you can figure out a way to try to get them back to town…

CAMERON: We can get at least one back if Karma drives it.

HUDSON: Why would Xianna be able to?

CAMERON: Well, Xianna’s agile, you could drive one too.

LAURA: I mean, I have some agile… Yes.

NICK: But it’s also just puttering back to town. Do you think Xianna has driven a speeder bike before?

LAURA: I mean probably, she’s just not super great at it.

NICK: Can she REMEMBER driving a speeder bike before?

LAURA: Probably. There’s probably a time she actually remembers driving one. (laughs)

CAMERON: It’s okay. Karma just went through the driver’s ed book with the boys for speeders so she can help out. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. Tink drives the big speeder back to town, Karma and Xianna each take a speeder bike for bonus, and we’re gonna go just quick montage smash through this. You’re able to go back to town, drop off your speeder, luckily your insurance covers the damage.

CAMERON: Ha-ha!

HUDSON: Yay! “We hit a bird.”

NICK: (laughs) The guy’s like, “Well, that seems to happen a lot when people that well-armed take my speeders out.”

HUDSON: “Yep. Those birds can be dangerous, you know.”

CAMERON: “If you think we’re well-armed now… (laughs)”

NICK: Yeah. I did that out of order, because first you have to drop off the bodies.

CAMERON: Yeah. I don’t wanna carry them. (laughs)

LAURA: Oh yeah.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: You swing by the LAW… office, and we get this classic western shot that they do a lot of the wagon coming into town with all of the bounties piled really high on it, so people are stopping and staring, but the atmosphere is pretty celebratory. ‘Nobody likes a nerf hustler, especially not these nerf herders,’ and everybody knows about the Slippery Nerfs. You’re able to drop them off with the bounty officer who pays you 2,000 immediately and thanks you for your time. “Thank you so much for what you’ve done for Nerftown. I really hope you choose to stick around a while. You’ve been wildly successful.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. This is just a Tuesday.”

NICK: (laughs) So, the stunned ones go in a jail cell in the back, the dead ones go in a pile in the backyard, and you’re able to drop off your speeder, and…

CAMERON: “You interested in buying some bikes?”

NICK: Are you talking to the rental guy?

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

NICK: ‘I might be able to put a few things together. These are particularly shitty though.” Because the nice ones blew up. (laughs)

CAMERON: No, there were at least two of them, for the first two that we killed, that just drifted back before we said that the rest of them were shitty.

NICK: Fine. They’re decent speeders.

CAMERON: (laughs) Okay.

NICK: “I can’t pay you full price, but I’ll make it worth your while, unless of course you want to keep them.” He offers you 500 apiece.

CAMERON: Would they fit on our ship?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: They’d super fit.

CAMERON: Okay. Do we want speeders?

NICK: Speeders are worth more than 500. You have so much storage space.

LAURA: Yeah. We have rooms that I haven’t even labeled yet.

NICK: You could make a motor pool.

CAMERON: Cool. We’re gonna have a speeder room!

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: Nineteen can be speeder room…

CAMERON: Nineteen is speeder room! Yay!

LAURA: …because it’s right by the entrance ramp with the exception of the wine/popsicle cellar.

(laughter)

CAMERON: Cool. “Never mind. I’ll think on it.”

NICK: “Yeah. That was a pretty bad deal.”

CAMERON: “Uh-huh.”

NICK: He just turns and shakes his head sadly at the speeder and kicks at it, and it goes )power down noises) and drops to the ground. “Great…”

CAMERON: Totally worth that 25 Credits. (laughs)

HUDSON: We turned in the bounty though before this?

NICK: Mm-hmm.

HUDSON: Okay. Cool.

NICK: “There’s a lot of blood stains on the back here in the cargo compartment.”

HUDSON: “We bought the insurance, pops!”

NICK: (laughs) “Right. Right. None of my business.” And you’re able to leave. Do you celebrate your successful day? By now it’s early evening.

CAMERON: It swipe cuts to all of us just eating ice cream cones.

NICK: Oh yeah.

LAURA: Yeah!

CAMERON: Because we promised Xianna ice cream.

LAURA: Xianna was promised ice cream! Heh. If she had to do work she wanted ice cream.

NICK: (laughs) Okay.

HUDSON: I’m enjoying my ice cream cone.

LAURA: What flavor is it?

HUDSON: Pistachio.

CAMERON: This is after we drop the speeders off in the ship.

NICK: Mm-hmm.

CAMERON: Karma’s eating lime ice cream, so it’s green and it matches her.

NICK: I think when you drop the speeders off the mechanic who’s working on your ship is there late and just sees you going to the ship with new speeders—

CAMERON: Zubo?!

NICK: Zubo—putting speeders on and then high-fiving and walking away, and he just shakes his head and then goes back to tinkering with something. Yeah, so you’re all eating ice cream. Are you just sitting on a curb on the side of the road eating ice cream?

LAURA: Yes.

HUDSON: yes.

CAMERON: We’re watching all of the speeders go by and we’re each counting a specific color of speeder.

HUDSON: From far away you can just hear, (singing) Lida Rose I’m home, GGG!

(laughter)

LAURA: No!

NICK: Because they’re a barber shop quartet apparently. Oh boy.

LAURA: No! Anyway! Xianna is eating an ice cream cone! … it is salted caramel. (laughs)

NICK: Nice.

LAURA: We’re not talking about any sort of singing. There’s no singing!

NICK: I’m gonna seize plot control here for a second. We get this nice view of the three of you walking back, walking down one of the wooden boardwalks on the side of the road. You’re talking to each other and you’re having a grand old time, and someone reaches out of an alley, I think Tink is walking behind Xianna and Karma, and grabs Tink and pulls him into the alley, and throws a large furry hand over his mouth. You hear a voice say, “Take a deep smell of this, brother.” Flip me one of those last dark side points… and Tink’s unconscious.

CAMERON: Uh-oh.

NICK: That’s all he remembers. Xianna and karma, you walk to the bed and breakfast and you’re greeted by the owner who gave you your breakfast that morning. “Good to have you back for another night, sweeties, but where’s your tall furry friend?”

CAMERON: “Huh?”

NICK: You look around and Tink is nowhere to be found.

LAURA: “Oh… Huh. Weird. Well I’m going to go to sleep now.”

CAMERON: “Alright… I’ll see you in the morning.” Karma’s gonna go back out and slink down and see if she can figure out where Tink was lost. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. You do that. We get the montage of Karma looking down alleys and things.

CAMERON: She’s like opening comically small trash cans that Tink definitely would not be in.

NICK: (laughs) Yeah. You make your way back to close to the space port part, and you see a shuttle lift off. It doesn’t look like an official transport shuttle. You’re like, ‘hmm, interesting.’

CAMERON: is it green?

NICK: It does have green stripes.

CAMERON: “(gasps) Oh no!”

NICK: And we cut to Tink. You wake up tied to a chair.

HUDSON: “Whoa. What?”

NICK: A low hum around you tells you that you’re on a ship and you’re underway probably in space. In front of you are four large Gigorans. Three of them have green streaks in their fur and the largest is completely green, a light pleasant color. The largest Gigoran leans forward in his chair and sets his hand on the table in front of him. You can see a brand on the back of his left hand in the shape of a Mandalorian crest. He makes eye contact with you. His black eyes don’t blink. Then he smiles. “So I hear you’re looking for work.” End of episode!

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: Da-naaa~!

OTHERS: Da-naaa~!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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We Don’t Talk About Wookie Fight Club

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## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

I have to tell you friends, it’s good to be podcasting this week. We’ve been having a blast, and on top of that we got two new iTunes reviews. Richard KL, dude, thanks for the review! We talk with Richard fairly regularly on Twitter and he’s a super cool guy. We also received a very kind review from Jules Cunningham. Jules said some very kind things about the squad and our show and it made us all smile. Thank you Jules! Anyone else who likes the show and wants to support us, run on over to iTunes and give us five stars. If that’s not your thing, check us out on Twitter at @Tabletop_Squad.

Music this episode is Hard Fight by Manuel Senfft and FeRiaN by Phillip Gross.

With that done, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Episode 22 of Tabletop Squadron, your favorite Star Wars shopping podcast. I am your host and game master, Nick. We’re gonna go around the table. Everybody say who they are, who they’re playing, and that’s it. Start with Hudson.

HUDSON: Hi. I’m Hudson. I play Tink a Gigoran slicer.

NICK: Oh boy. Up next we’ve got Laura.

LAURA: Hi, I’m Laura, and I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler.

NICK: Sweet.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Last but not least we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello. I’m Cameron, and I play Karma Nailo the Nautolan bounty hunter.

NICK: Wonderful. Before we get started let’s go ahead and do the Destiny Roll~

CAMERON: One dark side.

HUDSON: One light side.

LAURA: One light side.

CAMERON: Two light side, one dark side!

NICK: Great. Last time the crew did a lot of things, got a lot of their checklist done for their downtime here; got their ship started on getting repaired, got their medical conditions treated, mostly wounds, bought some drugs, bought some weapons, upgraded some weapons, bought some grenades which are also weapons, bought some stim packs, got some scanner goggles replaced, realized that there’s an old acquaintance here, went to a bounty office, got some bounties… lots of stuff. Just really tearing up Nerftown, just having a grand old time.

The last episode ended with you all leaving the weapon shop having dropped a bunch of your weapons off to be upgraded and the crew deciding to head back to the ship, so we’ll pick it up there. I think everybody is standing around one of the tables in the main receiving area of the Afternoon Delight. Actually, they’re probably on top of the hot tub with the lid over it. The vase of flowers that’s affixed to the top has been moved off to the side, and everybody has their haul spread out and they are either putting stuff away for storage or affixing it to various places on their kit. The camera also looks over the shoulder past the crew to a closet dramatically and zooms in to show a droid with rusty red armor tucked back behind some coats, and then snaps back to you all.

So, what’s going on?

LAURA: Xianna’s putting the grenades in her pockets, and getting her new scanner goggles, and then at some point she takes her little tote bag and goes, “Um, I’m going to, um, put these ones away in my room. Okay bye~!” and scurries off to her room and closes the door. Probably as it closes you hear her go (claps twice) and then just disco music starts playing.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: I bet there’s a fun Star Wars word for disco.

CAMERON: Probably.

NICK: Jizco!

LAURA: (laughing) Jizco.

CAMERON: Oh no. (chuckles)

NICK: Yeah. We get a shot of Xianna. Her bed is slowly rotating. There’s a disco ball shining lights everywhere. There’s happy music playing. I’m assuming you’re refilling your little snuff box.

LAURA: Yeah. I’m going to keep 8 doses in the little box, and then keep my other…

NICK: You had 30 doses there.

LAURA: Well I already had 6, so I ended up with 36, so 36 minus 8 is 28, right? Yeah.

NICK: Good math! Eights are hard.

CAMERON: (laughing) It even had 8s in it, yeah. I was impressed.

LAURA: Yeah. I’m gonna keep 8 doses in my box and then 28 on the ship. I’m probably gonna hide them in various places around my room, not anywhere specific, just like a few under the mattress, a few inside the disco ball, a few in a closet, a few are gonna get wrapped up in plastic and stuck somewhere in the refresher. Also, I still have that box with that weird mask in it.

NICK: Yup.

LAURA: It doesn’t quite fit on my face. I do while moving it kind of put it on my face again, just trying to decide if I like it or not, but it doesn’t quite fit.

NICK: As you put it on your face the camera zooms in. We see your eyes and then the mask comes up over it, and the space ship bass noise that it makes happens (low rumbles), and you put it on and we can see Xianna trying to adjust it, kind of rolling her eyes a little bit, and it gets louder, and then you take it off and it just cuts back to normal and the disco music is playing in the background. (hums a disco beat)

LAURA: (hums a disco beat)

NICK: Hmm. Wonder what’s going on with that. While she’s doing that, Tink and Karma, you’re in the lobby of the ship getting organized. What are you keeping on the ship? What are you taking with you?

CAMERON: Karma puts probably half of her stim packs in her bag with her extra battery pack, and then sets the emergency repair patches to the side, because we don’t have a droid with us yet, and then tosses the emergency med pack in her backpack, grabs the med pack and takes it into the bedroom that we’ve been using for our infirmary, and then heads to her room and comes back with a carbine. (laughs)

NICK: Oh yeah, because you had multiples of those.

CAMERON: Because I had an extra carbine, so I re-arm myself.

NICK: That’s the one you were talking about selling, right?

CAMERON: Yes.

NICK: Okay, but you have it for now.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

NICK: Okay. Cool. Tink, what are you doing with your stuff?

HUDSON: I load two frag grenades and two stun grenades into my utility belt. I take my light blaster and store it as well, because I have a light blaster. I think I picked it up in a previous adventure.

CAMERON: You have an Imperial one that I gave you on Unroola Dawn, or from Unroola Dawn, I don’t know when I gave it to you.

HUDSON: Yes. I load all that, also two stim packs. I walk over to the refresher and I clean off my face that is covered in red popsicle that is now dried.

NICK: Great. That’s probably sticky and uncomfortable.

HUDSON: Not anymore, it’s washed off.

NICK: Okay. You cleaned your face. Good. You have stashed your stuff. Xianna, were you taking impact or just hiding it?

LAURA: Just hiding it.

NICK: Cool. You are able to leave the ship. You had a couple leads on some bounties. You also had directions to the bar district if you wanted to relax. Several of you had mentioned wanting to go to maybe some of the less savory places to buy things.

LAURA: Yeah, that’s Xianna’s plan.

HUDSON: Me too.

CAMERON: “Before we head out, while we’re getting the ship fixed, we have an opportunity here to upgrade it if there’s anything we think we want.”

HUDSON: “Streamers.”

LAURA: “A second Jacuzzi.”

CAMERON: “I feel like y’all are not thinking… I’m talking like things that would assist the ship in fighting better, or not getting hit as bad, or not being seen.”

LAURA: “Little fire decals on the side. Yes.”

HUDSON: “That’ll scare them.”

LAURA: “To make the ship go faster. Heh.”

CAMERON: “We did discuss a paintjob. They’re gonna do a wash first after they do the repair, we’re gonna see how the decal lasted, but a new paintjob is a thing that we discussed if it’s not salvageable.”

LAURA: “Okay, but we are keeping the pin-up girl, right?”

CAMERON: “Depending on how she’s doing. If it’s severely damaged we may have to paint over her if it got messed up enough. I don’t think it did, but it’s pretty dirty, so we shall see.”

LAURA: “Okay. I guess we can always get a new pin-up girl.”

HUDSON: “As far as upgrades go, I would say something to protect the ship a little bit more. What are we talking here? What are our options?”

CAMERON: “There are so many options. The one I was thinking would be most beneficial would be night shadow coating to make us harder to see, because that would have come in handy with the blockade when we were trying to leave.”

HUDSON: “Ohh.”

LAURA: “Would make us more sneaky.”

HUDSON: “Pretty sneakyyy.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. This ship does not… fly well.”

LAURA: “We are a party boat.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “I not need to fly well, it just needs to fly!”

CAMERON: “I know, it does fly, we don’t need to fly well, but if we’re sneaking past a blockade we can’t do real fancy flying to evade things, so not being seen in the first place could be useful.”

LAURA: “Yes. Probably.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. That’s what I’m thinking.”

HUDSON: “I could agree on that.”

LAURA: “Uh-huh. Okay. So who is going to pay for that?”

CAMERON: “I was thinking we’d split it.”

LAURA: “Umm…”

HUDSON: “That sounds like a great idea.”

LAURA: “How much per person would that be…?”

CAMERON: Would it be per cost from the book?

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: “Because I already spent a few thousand already, and I have more things to buy, so…”

CAMERON: “I mean, same here. I paid to fix the damn ship already when y’all skipped out to go get Tink’s knee repaired.”

LAURA: “Yeah, but that tote bag was 3,000, and it’s a very nice tote bag. Heh.”

CAMERON: “That was a mistake on your part apparently.”

LAURA: “I don’t know. I did buy it from a doctor, so I don’t know how much of a mistake that could be.”

CAMERON: “It would be 3,500 Credits.”

LAURA: “Per person?!”

CAMERON: “No, not per person, dear lord.”

LAURA: “I do not know what ships cost.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “yeah, I was about to… I did big old eyes as well. I was like whaaat.”

CAMERON: “No. That’s the total, so you’d split that.”

HUDSON: “That doesn’t split evenly, does it?”

LAURA: “Uh, 3,5000 divided by 3…”

HUDSON: “Hold on. Let me get out my calculator—my space calculator.”

CAMERON: The calculator you have in your stomach? (laughs)

LAURA: “…is 1,000; 500 divided by 3…”

HUDSON: “That’s 1,166.666666666666667.”

CAMERON: (snickers)

LAURA: “Okay. I was rounding. I was just going to say AROUND 1,200…”

HUDSON: “I just did as well. Did you not hear the end of my number?”

CAMERON: (laughs) Oh my gosh.

LAURA: “yes. That is much better. I’m not good at math.”

HUDSON: “So, 1,167. That throws in a tip for them of like 3 Credits.”

LAURA: “Okay. Sure. Fine. I could have bought new toes. No, I wasn’t going to buy the new toes anyways. Who am I kidding?”

CAMERON: Alright. We go down and I tell Zubo.

NICK: You swing by Zubo and you say you want the night shadow coating. What does that do mechanically?

CAMERON: Mechanically that will reduce the range band of enemy ships’ passive sensors by 1 for detecting vessels with the coating, so it’ll just make us harder to see.

NICK: Cool. That’s like a paintjob, so.

LAURA: There’s also a secondary mod option. I don’t know if to do that, since we’re not the ones actually rolling, if that’s just…

NICK: It would just cost a little more. What’s the secondary mod option?

CAMERON: You can reduce the ship’s Silhouette by 1 in combat.

NICK: Ooh, that’s cool.

CAMERON: Which we probably actually want, because we’re Silhouette 5. We’re large.

LAURA: Yeah. How much would it be to do one of the secondary mods?

NICK: What’s the difficulty on the mod? Does it say?

LAURA: What is it to do a mod? Um…

CAMERON: It says 1, reduce the ship’s Silhouette. (laughs)

NICK: I think it’s per mod that you add it gets harder, and the ship doesn’t have any, so I’ll say another 1,000 Credits to do the extra mod. Pricy, but that’s super useful.

CAMERON: “Alright. If it was 4,500 what would the total be, Tink?” (laughs)

NICK: That one is very easy math.

HUDSON: “1,500 each.”

LAURA: “Okay. Sure.”

CAMERON: Okay. We do both.

NICK: Okay. You have the modded night shadow coating. That’s cool.

CAMERON: Close the ship sheet in there so I remember to update the ship.

NICK: Yeah. You go tell Zubo, and he’s like “Great!” and one of those little bonky droids with the nose comes out with a giant spray gun the size of itself and starts walking towards the ship. We get you all walking back into town. You are looking for something a little less legal I think.

LAURA: Yeah, Xianna’s gonna want to use that Streetwise and Street Smarts to try and find some underground dealings.

NICK: Okay. It’ll be an average check. This place isn’t super worried about the… LAW, and I don’t even have black dice for you because you’ve already started talking to people about stuff. You’re already becoming known, but like anonymously.

LAURA: That is…

NICK: Three successes and two advantages?

LAURA: Yes.

HUDSON: Welcome to Underground Market-o-Mart.

CAMERON: (chuckles)

NICK: Yeah. I think you walk back to the town square and you’re kind of putting your finger on your lips tapping it, thinking, and you’re looking around going, “If I were an underground illegal market for commodities and illicit dealings, where would I look?” And you see the Shistavanen doctor from earlier wearing a brown cloak, and he throws up the hood and his ears poke out through two holes in the hood, and he walks down an alleyway. You see some other people looking kind of shady going the same direction, so you head that way.

LAURA: “Oh look, our doctor. We are going to go that way.”

NICK: You head down an alleyway to a less traveled part of town and there is a hill that goes up, and there’s houses and stuff built over the hill, but you see a house that looks built into the side of the hill. There is a very dingy looking Duros leaning against the doorway of this house. He’s wearing just a shirt and some pants with a wide brimmed hat, but he looks very dirty and beat up and tired. He looks up, and I think your advantage is he goes, “Oh yeah, you’re the right kind of people. Go right in.”

LAURA: “Thank you~”

NICK: He holds open the door and you walk in, and it immediately opens up under the hill in a big cavern that’s lit up with glow lights and things. There are several people. There aren’t any stalls or anything, but there are groups of people standing around, and people standing on boxes holding up items, and you can see them being like ‘Glitterstim! Get your glitterstim!” And a lot of people will be like, “Me! Me! Me!” Somebody floating in the group just a little bit. You see other people with, ‘Get your disrupter rays here! All of your very, very illegal disrupter rays! Right here at Disrupter Rays Emporium.” Oh, it’s so good. I am so great.

CAMERON: (sighs, laughs)

NICK: So yeah, it’s an open market where people are just calling out what they have.

CAMERON: Is anybody calling out the outlaw tech data breaker?

LAURA: Or a shadow cloak?

HUDSON: (merchant/auctioneer voice) ‘Get your outlaw tech data breakers here~!’

LAURA: I imagine we would just mingle around in the crowd until we find what we’re looking for.

NICK: Yeah. What does a shadow cloak do?

LAURA: A shadow cloak basically cloaks you, and is shadowy…

CAMERON: Whaaat? (laughs)

LAURA: It does a few different things.

NICK: It boosts your Stealth, I’m imagining?

LAURA: Not so much. Ugh. Which book is it in?

HUDSON: It’s like on the History Channel when they’re doing something and they don’t want to reveal their identity, so they turn black and their voice goes (rumble, rumble).

LAURA: Yeah. It masks your face, and your body… I think it’s in Fly Casual, actually.

HUDSON: It’s in Fly Casual. It’s gonna be about Page 49.

NICK: I’m gonna be very impressed if it was Page 49.

LAURA: Yes. It is Page 49.

NICK: Wow!

LAURA: Hudson has it written.

HUDSON: I looked at Page 48 written for appraiser’s eye, and I was like, it’s right beside there.

NICK: Oh.

LAURA: When activated, a shadow cloak generates a field of concealing darkness around its user causing him to appear as nothing more than a black mass of shadows even in bright light. In addition to hiding the user from sight the shadow cloak field also baffles most sensors and scanners, and distorts the user’s voice.

NICK: Huh.

LAURA: It is relatively static and inflexible once activated, so you can’t be running around because it’s very localized. You can really only use it for about an hour. It would be useful if you’re going past a small section of cameras or if you’re meeting someone and you don’t want them to know who you are.

NICK: Cool. I think as you’re walking around you actually see someone who’s selling illegal pets, so really rare and exotic animals that you shouldn’t be trafficking around because they may or may not make people sick. They’re selling those, and they’re just a mass of shadows, and their voice is coming out, (low and rumbled) “Illegal pets. Get your illegal pets. All of the illegal pets. This guinea pig has wings~” and they’re wearing a shadow cloak.

CAMERON: Whoa…

LAURA: Or do I want a flesh camouflage set…?

HUDSON: It sounded like you said ‘flesh’ camouflage set.

CAMERON: That IS what she said.

HUDSON: Ew.

LAURA: That is what I said. It camouflages your skin and makes you look like a different person.

CAMERON: You do need a sample donated from the person you’re trying to look like.

LAURA: Yeah, but you don’t have to look like an actual person.

CAMERON: Yeah. You can obscure your genetic sequence or mimic one of another person.

LAURA: Yeah. So Xianna’s going to go up to ask about the shadow cloak, and then hears someone selling flesh camouflage set, and she’s like “oh, but or do I want that…? Oh. Tink! Tink, which one do I want? Karma, which one do I want? Do I want the flesh camouflage set or do I want the shadow cloak? Do I want to be… I mean, ugh. They both have their pros and cons. The camouflage set would make me look like a different person, but that means I have to actually look like a specific person, I have to think about that, think which kind of person I want to look like. I do not think that can change the fact that I’m a Twi’lek.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. I don’t think it could get rid of your head tails. (laughs) You could LOOK like you didn’t have head tails.”

LAURA: “I could look like an orange Twi’lek, or like a red Twi’lek, or a blue Twi’lek… any of the other colors. Heh.”

HUDSON: “So, do you want to be cool or a chump?”

LAURA: “I want to be cool~ Tink!”

HUDSON: “Get the shadow cloak. Duh.”

LAURA: “No, I am going to go get the flesh camouflage set. Okay.” (laughs)

HUDSON: Because I suggested one, isn’t it?

LAURA: Yeah. (laughs) She then runs over to the person selling the flesh camouflage set. They’re the same price anyway.

NICK: Okay. The person selling it basically has—Is there a descriptor of what the actual set looks like? Is it a box?

CAMERON: It’s essentially like a disguise kit.

LAURA: Is essentially a comprehensive disguise kit, allowing the user to temporarily but dramatically change his appearance and even foil bio scanners. It’s a set of items.

NICK: Okay. Cool. So it’s a box, it’s got some gak in it. The person demonstrates. They take a hair off of somebody walking by who’s like “hey,” “shut up,” and they put it in the gak and slap it on them, and you can see the skin tone changing as it goes up and then they scrape it off real quick and put it back. “Yeah, pretty standard. I got about three left.” Someone walks by and does a credit transfer. “Got about two left.”

LAURA: “I’m buying one~ Me!”

NICK: “Okay, to the purple Twi’lek. One for you.”

LAURA: And I buy one.

NICK: So you now have one of those goodies. I think while that’s all going on there is a flashing screen towards the back of this cavern that just says ‘TECH, TECH, TECH’ all over it. There’s a Chadra-Fan standing on several boxes that’s just chittering in a high pitch voice, but it draws Tink’s attention.

HUDSON: “Ooh!”

NICK: “Did you want something?”

HUDSON: “Oh yes, I would like an outlaw data breaker please.”

NICK: “Alright, but first you have to answer me this riddle.”

LAURA: Answer me~

HUDSON: “Ah, riddle me this.”

NICK: “Exactly. You’re the right kind of guy. I will sell this to you, but here you have to answer a riddle to be eligible to buy. The riddle is: What gets bigger the more you take away?”

HUDSON: Light side point!

(laughter)

LAURA: Xianna’s making some hand gestures thinking things out, and those hand gestures are not appropriate to say back onto a podcast.

CAMERON: Karma’s like, “Oh, I’ve got it.”

HUDSON: “Oh? What is it?”

CAMERON: “Do you… Do you not know?”

NICK: You’re so smart though.

CAMERON: “You’re so smart!”

NICK: “You seem so smart.”

CAMERON: You gotta use your Cunning for riddles, though. That’s the problem.

HUDSON: Can I roll?

NICK: Sure!

(laughter)

LAURA: (whispering) “Tink! Tink!”

HUDSON: “What?”

LAURA: “It’s a—“

CAMERON: “Don’t tell him. Shh!”

LAURA: “But I think I know it!”

CAMERON: “He’s gonna figure it out. Let’s give him a chance.”

HUDSON: What do I roll for this?

NICK: I like Cunning.

HUDSON: Just straight Cunning?

NICK: I like the idea that riddles are Skulduggery.

HUDSON: Still.

NICK: Yeah.

LAURA: Maybe Knowledge, Education… or Lore!

NICK: This one’s easy. Ooh, no, we’re Cunning. This is a smart brain.

HUDSON: Skulduggery.

NICK: Yup.

HUDSON: Three successes and one threat.

NICK: Okay. There are multiple answers. You pick the one that’s less classic. You say ‘debt,’ and he goes “Exactly! Good job. You’re obviously the right kind of person. You said you wanted an outlaw tech data breaker, did you?”

HUDSON: “yes!”

NICK: He holds it up and it’s a screen and on the backside it looks kind of like a microchip where it’s got all the plugs that go into it, but it also has a little port for the like R2D2 hacking prong. “Yup. I got this right here. I’ll sell it to you for the going rate.” He spins it on one finger.

HUDSON: “1,000 Credits then.”

NICK: “Is that the going rate?”

HUDSON: “Yes.”

NICK: “Is it actually?”

LAURA: Is it actually?

NICK: I feel like it’s more expensive than that.

CAMERON: I was just looking at it.

HUDSON: 1,000, it’s on Page 186 if you wanna—

CAMERON: Confirmed.

NICK: I’m very impressed with your notes.

LAURA: But then again, the camouflage set and the shadow cloak were 2,500.

CAMERON: Yeah. It’s only 1,000.

NICK: Oh. That’s a super good item.

LAURA: Yeah. Prices don’t always make sense.

CAMERON: The thing with those, the prices aren’t super high but the rarity is really high.

NICK: They’re hard to find. Well, you found one. “Alright, 1,000 Credits to the man with the crippling debt. Wonderful.”

LAURA: “I was going to say hole, like if you have a hole in the ground and you take some away it gets bigger!”

CAMERON: “Yup. That is the classic answer to that riddle. Yeah.”

LAURA: “Yes! Uh-huh.”

NICK: “Ah-ho!”

HUDSON: “Learn something new every day.”

NICK: As you’re leaving, you can hear the tech guy saying, “Ah yes. What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?”

Someone’s like, “A sick rancore.”

He’s like, “You got it!”

LAURA: “Oh yes, yes, a sick rancore. Uh-huh.”

NICK: As you look around this cavern with all the market and stuff you can tell that’s the main floor, but off to the side you can see a concession stand kind of bar place set up, and there’s a hallway that leads further in and you can hear the sounds of fighting from that direction. That’s what’s going on here.

LAURA: “Do we want to go see a fight?”

HUDSON: “I could go for a fight.”

LAURA: “I mean, I’m not sure if it is a pre-arranged fight that you sit and watch and bet on or if it is just a normal fight going on.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, okay. I’m gonna go talk to the bartender.”

LAURA: “Okay Tink, let’s go see a fight.”

HUDSON: “Okay!”

LAURA: “Let’s go!”

NICK: And we split.

LAURA: Ha-ha!

NICK: We’ll go to the bartender first. It’s a droid.

HUDSON: Linovo Jimmerson.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: Linovo Jimmerson.

NICK: I like that name a lot, actually.

CAMERON: If it’s a droid I don’t want to talk to it.

NICK: Okay, then it’s not a droid.

CAMERON: Because I want information on the bounties.

NICK: Oh, okay.

CAMERON: So I’m looking for a gossip bartender.

LAURA: I mean, droids can be gossips. That’s droidist. Heh.

HUDSON: Beep-boop, gossip droid.

NICK: Let’s do this. You walk over, and as you get closer it turns around and you can see it’s a droid with four long spindly arms. Each arm has a shaker built into the wrist, and it’s assembling a bunch of drinks. It’s the Profix120, a common bartending model, and it’s shaking up stuff. It has the round kind of head like L3-37 does in Solo. It’s shaking drinks, and you go ‘Ugh. A droid? How am I supposed to gossip with a droid?’ And leaning against the bar is a green Twi’lek that looks kind of familiar, and she has Sabacc suits tattooed into her lekku. “Oh, were you looking for a gossip? Because I do that fairly well.”

CAMERON: “I was actually.”

NICK: “You look familiar. Have we met before?”

CAMERON: “So do you. You were… You used to work in a casino on a herdship.”

NICK: She looks kind of haunted for a second. “Yeah. I did used to work on Ithor.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “and then you also had a job on Mustafar recently.”

NICK: “Yeah. That didn’t go well.”

CAMERON: “No! It wasn’t great for us either.”

NICK: “How come every time you end up somewhere everything goes, pardon the language, but lekku up really fast?”

CAMERON: “You know, I have no earthly idea. It is something we’re trying to avoid.”

NICK: No earthly idea?

CAMERON: No alderaanian idea. (laughter) I had this same conversation on Twitter earlier.

NICK: (smiling) I know, and that’s why I caught it.

LAURA: No planet-ly idea.

CAMERON: I have no alderany idea.

NICK: No planetary idea?

LAURA: No planetary idea!

CAMERON: I like Alderany idea.

NICK: Of Alderany.

CAMERON: Nope.

NICK: Okay. Heh.

LAURA: Alderaanian.

CAMERON: “But we were trying to avoid it. It’s not the best.”

NICK: “No but, you know, that’s all behind us. I’m really a fan.”

CAMERON: “it’s lovely to see you again. I’m glad that you both made it off the herdship and off Mustafar with all the fighting and stuff that happened.”

NICK: Yeah. She cracks her knuckles and kind of flexes her neck. “Well, I can take care of myself. I’ve gotten out of scrapes before and I’m sure I will again. You’re not planning on blowing up Engebo5, are you? If that’s the case I’d really like a head start.”

CAMERON: “That is not the plan. No.”

NICK: “That inspires confidence.”

CAMERON: “Yeah… Anyway! I’m Karma.”

NICK: “Oh, hi. I’m Nola. Nice to actually meet you.”

CAMERON: “(smiling) yes! So, I was looking for a gossip.”

NICK: “Well my fees are quite standard.” She actually takes a drink from the bartender and slides it down the bar, and you can see someone who’s leaning against the bar press a button and a little counter on her belt beeps. “Yep, mostly the service industry, but I do pretty well doing informant work, so.”

CAMERON: “I’m looking into several bounties while we’re here getting our ship fixed, but being relatively new to the area I have no idea where I should start, so I’m starting here.”

NICK: “Oh. I haven’t been here for long, but I’ve picked up some things from time to time. Who are you looking into specifically?”

CAMERON: “Well, my top three are the Slippery Nerfs…”

NICK: “Heh.”

CAMERON: “yeah. The GGGs, or Limaden.”

NICK: “Limaden? Uh… I wouldn’t go for him. I saw him get gunned down here yesterday actually.”

CAMERON: “Oh okay, nice to know.”

NICK: “Yeah. I mean, if you can figure out where they buried him you might get half price, but that’s gonna be more effort than it’s worth.”

CAMERON: “Hmm. Yeah.”

NICK: “So you’re looking for the Slippery Nerfs, heh, or what was the other one?”

CAMERON: “The Green Gregarious Gigorans.”

NICK: “Oh. Let’s just call them GGG, I think it’s easier.”

CAMERON: “That is what I did the first time.”

NICK: “Yep. So, the Slippery Nerfs are on planet. I think they tend to hang out to the north, if you know what I mean.” She smiles to herself.

LAURA: Somewhere Xianna’s like, “(gasps) Someone made a dirty pun! (whispers) I feel it! It was as if no one laughed… (laughter) and then suddenly silence!”

NICK: (groans and laughs) ‘They tend to hang out to the north. They have speeder bikes. They move pretty fast. They’re gonna be hard to track down quietly. If you scan from the air you could probably find them without too much trouble. The GGGs, they’re not on planet right now. They’re actually out running a job. They’re trying to take down a merchant shipment. You might be able to head them off, maybe stop, that one might be a lot of money because you could get a rescue reward as well as the bounty if you take enough of them in. One thing I will say, the… LAW here does tend to reward proportionally for these gang ones. You will have to bring enough of them in to prove you’ve disbanded it, so that is a little harder, but you seem pretty experienced.” She winks at you.

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm. Do you know if there is timing on them coming back, where I might want to be if they were to come back?”

NICK: “You know, they’ve been gone for a while. Ziller was in here a couple of days ago. He was the first person I saw. He was saying that they were planning on camping out on a merchant track for a while, because he was trying to recruit some more for the GGGs. Fun fact, the Green Gregarious Gigorans aren’t all Gigorans, so that’s fun.”

CAMERON: “Really?”

NICK: “Yeah.”

CAMERON: “That takes away some of the allure.”

NICK: “Well, that’s why they don’t talk about it much. Ziller is. He’s kind of green. He’s kind of fun. He was saying they were going to go do a stakeout for a while. I don’t know how long you’re planning on staying on Engebo5…” and she looks a little nervous, “but it may be easier to go to them rather than wait for them to come back.”

CAMERON: “Kay!”

NICK: “Hasn’t my information been so helpful?”

CAMERON: (laughing) “Mm. Not particularly, Nola.”

NICK: “What do you mean? I told you one of your bounties is dead and a waste of time, I told you pretty much exactly how to find another one, and the third one with a little more digging, I mean I don’t know exactly where they are, you could probably figure it out. You just need a ship. You do have a ship, right?”

CAMERON: “It was great talking to you, Nola. I hope nothing happens to this planet so that you can stay for a while.”

NICK: “I tend to move around a lot, but this place is pretty nice. Everyone pays really well for services.” She rubs her thumb and a couple of fingers together. ‘So yeah, I’ll probably be here a while. I hope nothing happens too.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Thank you for the information. Do you have any contact information for the Ziller dude? Not necessarily needing to get in contact with him immediately, but a way to send him a message that he might receive within the next 36 hours?”

NICK: “Yeah. He did give us the frequency of his emergency beacon, and it’s two-way which is weird, but yeah, I can get you the frequency.”

CAMERON: “I really just need a message that way, just that there’s a Gigoran on planet who’s looking for work.”

NICK: “Oh… Oh yeah, you do have one of those white furry guys, don’t you?”

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm. Just to try to draw them back towards me a little bit.”

NICK: “Yeah, here it is.” She pulls out a business card and holds it between two fingers. “But I mean, this is pretty actionable information. Girl’s gotta make a living.”

CAMERON: “I’m working on it. I was just asking if you had it before I paid you for anything.”

NICK: “Oh, it’s right here. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. He was kind of… He was okay, but okay doesn’t buy you too much loyalty these days.”

CAMERON: How much do I need to pay her?

NICK: I don’t know. That seems like some sort of skill thing, or you could just ask her.

LAURA: That almost seems like a…

NICK: That would be like a—

LAURA: Streetwise!

NICK: yeah.

LAURA: Xianna would know that.

CAMERON: To know how much to pay her?

LAURA: (laughing) We went to the wrong place.

NICK: Well, to know what’s appropriate. Basically Streetwise is how do you do illegal stuff and not seem like a nark.

CAMERON: Alright. What would the difficulty be on this Streetwise check? Knowing that I am a Skip Tracer, so I do this.

NICK: Easy.

CAMERON: Three successes.

NICK: Okay. You figure for the information you’d normally give someone like 20 Credits, that’s enough to buy a couple of meals. For the actual actionable lead someone in, because there’s a risk there, that’s probably like 150 Credits, or some sort of quid pro quo situation, like if you could offer her something else.

CAMERON: I just pay her.

NICK: Okay. You transfer the Credits. “Great.” She flips you the card, and it’s got a 22 digit IP address on it basically, but it’s something you could just type into a communicator and get them an email. Do you send them a message saying there’s a Gigoran?

CAMERON: I go to the ones down here, I don’t use mine, but I find one and tap into it.

NICK: Sure. We get a cool scene, if you want to, of Karma slipping someone’s communicator out of their pocket, sending a message, and then just slipping it back, because she’s very cool and good at this kind of stuff. That message is away.

Then we get a swipe cut to a fight pit. There is amphitheater seating in a circle. As soon as you walk down the hallway, Xianna and Tink, you can hear the roar of the crowd and the thud of fists. The amphitheater seating, there are people scattered around, it’s about half full so not like the biggest fight in the arena. You can see a Human and a Dug fighting. A Dug for those who don’t remember is like Sebulba, the walk on their hands, use their feet as hands people. The Dug has currently got its legs wrapped around the Human’s head and is punching the top of his head as hard as they can, and the crowd is cheering and going wild. As you enter you get this cool shot, and you see Tink and Xianna looking down, and then somebody slides over and goes, “Hey, there’s a 10 Credit cover, betting is on the far side, fight entries are on the near side.”

LAURA: “Tink, pay the nice man.”

HUDSON: “I’ll pay him my portion.”

LAURA: “Okay fine.” We each pay him the 10 Credits.

NICK: (laughs) Cool.

LAURA: “Tink, do you want to bet? No?”

HUDSON: “Mmm. I WAS a betting man, but…”

LAURA: “You were? Oh, do you have a gambling problem? Should I not have taken you here?”

HUDSON: “No… That was never a problem.”

LAURA: “Should I not have taken you here? Was this going to be a bad situation for you?”

HUDSON: “No, I’m just fine. No, I can—Nooo…”

LAURA: “So we should go gambling!”

HUDSON: “I can gamble a little bit. Yes.”

LAURA: “Are we going to party, Tink?”

HUDSON: ‘No. We’re going to gamble a respectable amount like adults.”

LAURA: You see Xianna, and she’s like, Tink’s thinking about it and before he says ‘like responsible adults’ Xianna already has a little baggy up to her face. “Wait, wait… like responsible adults?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. Not like I’m gonna snort impact right in front of me.”

NICK & CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “I mean, I’m going to do that…”

HUDSON: “(sighs)

LAURA: “(sniffs)”

HUDSON: “I have a lot of judgement.”

LAURA: “Okay, let’s go gambling! Heh.”

NICK: (smiling) The guy is just standing there watching this exchange. “Great. I also noticed that you have this giant creature here.”

HUDSON: “Whoa.”

NICK: “You’re gonna enter the fights, right? Whoever wins this one, I don’t think we have another challenger up. It could be really cool. The payout is pretty decent, and then obviously they’re gonna win so you could bet on them and double your money. Mark’s right around the corner … Marx with an X, because it’s Star Wars. You could go talk to Mark. Get you entered in, right now.”

LAURA: “Uh-huh. Yeah. Mm-hmm. Yeah. He does have a good point, Tink. You are pretty big.”

HUDSON: “What’s a decent payout?”

NICK: “For fighters, if you win, 400 Credits.”

LAURA: Xianna’s already over at the counter filling out a little form on a data pad. “Okay. I think it was something like Rall—Tink! How do you spell your actual birth name?!”

HUDSON: “(sighs)”

NICK & CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: “R-A-L-L-T-I-N-K-R-A-T-A-K-A-T.” (incorrect)

LAURA: “…T-A-K-A-K… Okay. Close enough. Okay.”

NICK: Marx is a really willowy guy. He has to crouch under the cabinets above the counter because he’s too tall for it. “You missed a T. You missed a T, right there.”

LAURA: “Oh, okay.” I just kind of smoosh it in.

NICK: “Any pre-existing medical conditions we should be concerned about?”

LAURA: “Uh, um… No!”

NICK: “I’m just joking. It’s just a little fight arena humor for you here in Nerftown.”

LAURA: “And he is… 2.-something meters?”

HUDSON: “2.1 meters.”

LAURA: “2.1 meters! Yes.”

NICK: “So he’s clearly 5 meters tall and weighs 800 kilograms. Don’t worry about that part. Alright. Here!”

LAURA: “What? No. (mumbles) Okay!”

NICK: He throws you a bundle of clothes. “Put this on. Go down those stairs. As soon as this fight’s over we’ll have you up next.”

LAURA: “Okay Tink, how much of your own money do you want me to bet on you? Do you want me to bet on any other fighters?”

HUDSON: Should I bet~?

LAURA: “Tink, just give me money.”

HUDSON: “(sighs)

LAURA: “Tink, Tink, come on. Give me your money.”

HUDSON: “(aggressively) Put 500 on me.”

LAURA: “Okay.”

HUDSON: “(aggressively) Yeah!”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: We exchange and I take 500 of Tink’s Credits. Do they have listed who Tink is fighting?

NICK: No.

LAURA: Awh.

NICK: You could ask Marx. He might tell you.

LAURA: “Okay. Marx, who is he fighting?”

NICK: “Alright, hang on one second. Hey Tink. Tink, right? Yeah. Head down the stairs. There’s somebody down there. He’ll walk you through it.”

HUDSON: “Alright. Fine.”

NICK: He walks down. “Oh man. We’ve got a Wookie, actually.”

LAURA: “(gasps) Oh shit!”

NICK: “It’s like this really big Wookie. He’s got all these scars.”

LAURA: “Okay, but do you know like what the payouts are? Because this is not my money. If I split it on both, how much am I going to win by doing that?”

NICK: “We’re not great at math. If you split it you’re gonna make nothing. It’s just 1 to 1.”

LAURA: “It’s just 1 to 1?”

NICK: “Yeah.”

LAURA: “What? But there should be odds.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: “That is… What?”

NICK: “Well I mean, we have a giant fur monster now, so…”

LAURA: “I mean, because like usually one of them would be like 6 to 1, and like… (sighs) I don’t—Okay.”

NICK: “Well the Wookie’s new too.”

LAURA: “Uhhh.” (laughs)

NICK: You see on the other side there’s a Human wearing a vest and pants looking kind of confused. “He came in with that guy a little while ago. We do this a lot. We saw a Gungan fight a frickin’ scorpion monster earlier today. It was nuts.”

LAURA: “Okay fine. Good byeee.” She runs over to the gambling. ‘Okay, 500 on the Gigoran. Tink. I do not know if he’s in the system yet. I do not know how any of this works.”

NICK: “Okay, so 500 on not the Wookie?”

LAURA: “Not the Wookie! The white Wookie.”

NICK: “Ze white Wookie.”

LAURA: “yes.”

NICK: (laughing) “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to imitate your accent.”

LAURA: “You are not the first person to do that today.”

NICK: “Yeah, I know, but I feel really bad, because I’m really about this being an inclusive atmosphere at the gambling… Anyway.”

LAURA: “yes. Uh-huh.”

NICK: “Okay, 500 on the white Wookie. Got it!”

LAURA: “Yes.”

NICK: “Cool.” At this point there’s a loud cheer, and the Dug has grabbed the Human by the nostrils and done a backflip and thrown the guy out into the crowd.

LAURA: Nice.

NICK: Some of the more rowdy crowd people are beating up the Human, and a… Hmm. Who do we want the MC to be?

CAMERON: One of those annoying two-headed with the different voices, from the pod racing.

LAURA: I was just about to say, what is the Greg Proops two-headed thing called? A Troig.

NICK: Alright. The announcer for the arena jumps down out of the chairs and you see it’s a Troig. That’s the two-headed aliens that comment on the pod racing in Episode 1. He’s wearing a tanktop with a lot of stripes on it and short booty shorts, and they have really scrawny limbs.

LAURA: (whispering) yes.

NICK: “Well, wasn’t that fight amazing, folks?! The Dug really dug his way out of that hole, didn’t he? A-ha.”

CAMERON: ‘Boo~’

LAURA: While this is happening, Xianna is sending a text to Karma that’s like, ‘smiley kissy face, Okay don’t be mad, entered Tink into a fight, you should come bet money on him, I already did, heart emoji.’ Heh.

NICK: The announcer makes his pun and the other head turns to him. “Aw, come on man. No… Don’t… Don’t do that. How many more are we doing? I’m so sleepy.”

“We’ve only got a few more fights to go! Don’t sleep on this one! We’ve got two Wookies going after it a little bit. We’ve got the supposed champion of several arenas around these systems versus Rallltinkraatakat, a newcomer fighter. Really supposed to be good, he’s an albino Wookie.”

HUDSON: (distant shout) “Gigoran!”

LAURA: “Yes. He is a Gigoran, not a Wookie~”

CAMERON: White Wookie! White Wookie! White Wookie!

LAURA: (joins chant)

NICK: The other head is going, “I’m pretty sure that’s a Gigoran, man. That’s really… Gigorans we’ve already established are on this planet, like people should know what those are…”

But the other head isn’t listening and goes, “White Wookie! White Wookie!” And all the crowd is going ‘White Wookie! White Wookie!’

You enter and a Wookie with red fur and covered in scars walks out. You can see the skin underneath the fur where these big, ropey scars on its arms and chest are. It’s wearing the UFC board shorts for some reason, so it’s got shorts that go down to mid quad on it and has a lot of product placement and things. It holds up its fist and you can see its knuckles which look very orangutan-like because the fur has been worn off by these big calluses.

LAURA: Xianna’s immediately sending a text to karma. “Okay, you might actually want to put money on the other Wookie. Oopsies. Winky smiley face.” Heh.

NICK: So, does Karma arrive on the scene?

CAMERON: Karma just shows up behind Xianna.

NICK: Batman style?

CAMERON: Yeah. (laughs)

LAURA: “Oh, ‘ello. Heh.”

CAMERON: “What?” (chuckles) “What is he doing down there?”

LAURA: “Heh. Okay, so you see what happened is that we came in here to see the fight, and then the guy who was taking our cover payment said that well Tink should just be in a fight because he is big and he is hairy and he probably would win very well, so I just went and signed Tink up to be in the fight and then I went and took Tink’s money to place a bet on Tink, but that is the other Wookie he is fighting. I keep saying other Wookie, but he’s not really a Wookie. The Wookie is that one as you can see is quite big and covered in scars and stuff.”

CAMERON: “So, what’s the setup for this fight?”

LAURA: “I think they just beat each other up until they decide one has won.”

CAMERON: “You think? You don’t know what the rules are for this fight?”

LAURA: “Oh no. (laughs) I just signed Tink up.”

CAMERON: “Oh, great. Alright. Cool.”

LAURA: “I have no idea.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Hopefully Tink’s hand-to-hand combat skills are pretty great, because I know he normally uses the axe.”

LAURA: “He agreed to it, so…”

CAMERON: “I mean, honestly though Xianna, does that really tell you much?” (laughs)

LAURA: “I mean, no.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. Think back to when he was using his medical skills.”

LAURA: “I mean, yes. So in my defense, when I signed him up I did not realize his opponent was going to be a Wookie. I thought it was going to be like,” and I point to the Human and the Dug, “I thought it was going to be one of the smaller ones, more our sized.”

CAMERON: “Oh, okay. Well…”

NICK: The Human is bleeding from the face really heavily and is just sprawled across a couple of empty benches.

LAURA: “I mean, because Tink would beat up a Human very easily. He could just sit on top of him.”

CAMERON: “Yeah… I mean, I guess good news is that Tink and the Wookie are gonna have comparable strength, so it may just be who lasts longer.”

LAURA: “So if you want to place a bet…”

CAMERON: “I really don’t want to bet on this.”

LAURA: “You don’t? Okay. Tink bet 500.”

CAMERON: “Well.”

LAURA: “yeah. I hope he has that money. Heh.”

NICK: So Tink, they threw you some clothes. What does your fight outfit look like?

HUDSON: It looks like a toga.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. It’s just a big sheet wrapped around?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: So it’s loose and floppy, and it might have been supposed to be a big cape for dramatic effect, but Tink’s wrapped it and tied it, so it looks very regal. You step out onto the arena and you see this Wookie that’s decently taller than you and covered in scars and pretty scary looking. He makes the Wookie noise.

NICK, LAURA & CAMERON: (attempt Wookie noises)

NICK: (smiling) We can’t make the Wookie noise.

LAURA & CAMERON: (more attempts, giggles)

HUDSON: Then I walk out, and I make my noise. … “Haalaalaalaah~!”

(laughter)

LAURA: He’s got the voice mod!

NICK: That’s great. Just ‘vowels~!’ (laughs) The announcer points and says, “He’s not our champion but he’s a champion, we bring you the Wookie from the outer rim, Crushbacca!” The Wookie flexes and you hear that twisting leather noise that it makes. “And a newcomer to the arena circuit, we’ve got… uh, man, that name’s really long. What do you want us to call you?”

HUDSON: “Tink!”

NICK: “Tink?! Nice toga, man.”

HUDSON: “Thank you.”

LAURA & CAMERON: (chanting) ‘White Wookie! White Wookie! White Wookie!’

LAURA: (laughs) You can see Xianna bouncing and chanting too.

NICK: We’re gonna roll for initiative! That would be Vigilance.

LAURA: “Karma, do you want any popcorn?”

CAMERON: What’s the Wookie’s Vigilance?

NICK: Three green.

HUDSON: I’m gonna lose so bad. (laughs)

NICK: Maybe.

CAMERON: The Wookie got one success and four advantages.

NICK: Okay.

HUDSON: If I only have one in Willpower but two in Vigilance…

NICK: That’s a yellow and a green. It switches.

CAMERON: The bigger number is their total number, the smaller number is always the number you got lowest.

HUDSON: What’s the difficulty?

LAURA: It’s not a difficulty. You just roll the dice you have.

HUDSON: Oh. A triumph and two advantages.

NICK: Cool. I’m gonna say the triumph means you get to go first. Player then NPC. Triumph lets you add something super cool and advantageous to the arena. What would you like to find before you go?

HUDSON: So, what’s advantageous about the arena?

NICK: Yeah, like the setting or the setup, something that would make it easier for you to win.

HUDSON: Hanging from the ceiling there is a giant spiky ball that hangs down all the way to the floor so you can push it into people.

NICK: Ah! Alright. We gotta retcon a little bit. We go back, and the announcer’s still here, and the sleepy head goes, “Man, this is gonna take… have you ever seen two Wookies fight? It takes so long. They just can take such a beating.”

And the other one goes, ‘Fine! We’re gonna make it a DEATH BALL MATCH!” The chains start to clank and this big, scary Morningstar comes down.

CAMERON: Karma just crosses her arms and turns to stare at Xianna.

LAURA: Xianna looks over. “Um… I’m going to get popcorn. Bye! Okay, I’ll be back. Okay~”

NICK: We snap back. There’s this big—How big are you picturing; basketball, disco ball, novelty beach ball?

HUDSON: Miley Cyrus swinging.

CAMERON: Wrecking ball.

NICK: Miley Cyrus wrecking ball sized.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Covered in spikes. (laughs)

LAURA: Like six feet across?

HUDSON: Yeah.

NICK: And it’s hovering like a meter off the ground on a chain, and it’s just slowly rocking in the middle. The Wookie is mugging to the crowd and flexing. The people he’s looking at are like “Crushbacca! Crushbacca!” and then—

SEVERAL: (joining at separate times) ‘White Wookie! White Wookie! White Wookie!’

NICK: You decide now is your chance. What do you do?

HUDSON: I go up to the spinning ball, and I take it from a diagonal angle, and I start running with it as fast as I can so that I can make it spin in circles continuously.

NICK: Are you trying to spin it on its axis or have it doing an orbit around the arena?

HUDSON: Doing an orbit around the arena.

NICK: Okay. That’s done. That can be your maneuver. You can also have an action.

HUDSON: It’s spinning around the arena?

NICK: yeah. You start running and you do a loop, and it’s in front of you swinging.

HUDSON: I go and I push Crushbacca into the ball that’s swinging.

NICK: Okay. You get it started. You swing it and you get it going. I’m gonna say it can go faster if you use more maneuvers into it later to make it go running. You run up to him and you try to shove him. That’s gonna be a Brawl check at average.

HUDSON: Ooh. Three successes.

NICK: Wow. Okay. You manage to shove him back into the ball. We’re gonna say the ball does a pretty solid smack. We’ll say it does like a light saber’s worth of damage. It sticks into his side and he makes the Wookie noise. (attempts)

CAMERON: (attempts)

LAURA: (meows)

(laughter)

NICK: He grabs you by the shoulder and grabs the chain from it and rips it free, and tries to just bring it overhand into your face. That’s gonna be Melee, two greens and a yellow versus average, but it’s gonna be two black dice because this thing is really big and heavy.

CAMERON: One threat.

NICK: One threat. Okay. We’ll say it slips out of his hand. He’s leaning towards ‘this isn’t gonna work, I should have just punched the guy.’ How do you dodge him throwing this giant ball at your face?

HUDSON: Forward somersault!

NICK: Forward somersault. Dust flies everywhere, it’s very dramatic, the whole crowd goes, ‘Ooooh!’

LAURA & CAMERON: ‘White Wookie! White Wookie!’

NICK: What do you do now? It’s your turn.

HUDSON: So, I rolled and I’m in front of him?

NICK: I was picturing you were in front of him and you rolled behind him to get away from the ball.

HUDSON: Yes. I karate kick him.

NICK: Where?

HUDSON: In the back.

NICK: (laughs) Straight in the back. Okay.

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Roll me another Brawl check. It’s still average.

HUDSON: Two successes and two advantages.

NICK: Okay. Your Brawn is 3, so that’s 5 damage, (mumbles). He’s actually not doing very well. You’re doing very well. You kick him. You feel all the muscle in his back, and you can tell that this is a kick that would have really messed up a person, but to a Wookie it’s like uncomfortable. He arches his back and he cracks his knuckles, and he turns around. If you want, you can spend the advantages on like, he slips a little bit, so the next time you fight him you can tell which side is weak and you can get a blue die on that. Does that sound like fun?

HUDSON: I would like to do that.

NICK: Okay, cool. It’s his turn again. He’s going to just straight up try to grab you by the neck and pick you up into the air. That’s a Brawl check too.

CAMERON: Yellow, two green?

NICK: Yup.

CAMERON: Four successes and two threats.

NICK: Nice. That’s gonna be 7 damage coming at you. The threats I think are his side is pretty well torn open. That big spiky ball that’s still just kind of roaming around the arena on the chain really got him good. You’re gonna have two blue dice on your next whatever you decide to do. He pumps his fists at you, because he tried to grab you and you skedaddled out of the way. What do you do?

HUDSON: For my maneuver, I run and grab the ball again, and I run with it into him and try to get him right in his side with it.

NICK: Okay. You’re aiming for the same thing?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Do you grab the chain and put your feet on the ball, childhood swing into it?

HUDSON: Yes.

NICK: Oh boy. Great. Roll it.

HUDSON: Average.

NICK: Yeah. It is gonna be your Melee attack since you’re using a Melee weapon too.

HUDSON: Oh, seriously?

NICK: Yeah.

HUDSON: One success, two advantages.

NICK: Yeah. You get him right in the side again with this. There’s a sickening crunch. He doesn’t fall unconscious, but he falls to one knee and you see him grab his side and pull the ball out of it. You see him raise his hand. He’s like I’m done, I’m done, I didn’t sign up for a death ball match. His friend in the vest and the pants that’s sitting on the other side is like, “Aw, come on. You still coulda did it.” You get this shot of this really irritated glare from the Wookie, and Crushbacca’s like nah, I’m done, and he gets up and just limps out of the arena. There’s this moment of pause… and then the whole arena goes wild! Woo~!

LAURA: Xianna plops back down in the seat next to Karma with a thing of popcorn. “Oh! Did I miss it? Tink won?”

CAMERON: “yeah. Tink actually did remarkably well. Yeah.”

LAURA: “Okay good. We won money.”

NICK: (laughs) I think we get a quick snapshot of Xianna collecting the winnings. Tink comes back out. There’s splatters of blood on the toga that they let him keep. The person at the betting counter is like, “Wow. Really good job. Yeah. I guess next time the odds will be more in your favor. Right? Hah. Just a little gambling joke for you, that’s what we do here.”

LAURA: “Okay…”

NICK: Everybody is leaving, and we get a shot of the crew of the Afternoon Delight wading through the market. They’re in the distance kind of pushing through, and the green Twi’lek is leaning against the bar. Nola is playing with one of her lekku a little bit and just watching everybody leaving. “Huh… Interesting.” And then you all are back outside.

CAMERON: “Xianna, did you give Tink his money?”

LAURA: “Oh. Here Tink is your 500.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, it’s actually 1,000.”

LAURA: “No. This was your 500.”

HUDSON: “But I won, so it should be another 500.”

LAURA: “yes, but I signed you up and I placed the bet.”

HUDSON: “I asked you to place the bet.”

LAURA: “Okay. Here is 750.”

HUDSON: “No. I needed the whole—I am adrenalined right now.”

LAURA: “Okie, here is 800!”

HUDSON: “… No, 1,000!”

LAURA: “Ugh. Okay fine. Here is 1,000!”

HUDSON: (shouting) Now a thousand and—No, I’m just kidding.

(laughter)

NICK: I think the conversation is with their faces really close together, and the camera zooms out a little, and Tink has Xianna like under the armpits holding her up. ‘I’m very adrenalined right now!’

LAURA: (laughing) And Xianna’s like ‘(gasps) Oh okay!’

NICK: (laughs) yeah. The sun is setting in the distance. The crew is walking through the streets. Were you planning on staying in a hotel? You can try and sleep in the ship but they’re doing a lot of work on it. It would be really noisy and it would smell funny since they’re spraying the whole ship down.

LAURA: “Karma, you were talking to people, right? Did you find any hotels? I mean, there was a brothel.”

HUDSON: Space B&B.

LAURA: “We can always go to the brothel. I mean, I don’t know how the rest of you feel about that…”

CAMERON: “There’s a really cute bed and breakfast on my map.”

LAURA: “Okay…”

NICK: (laughs) She says that, and she’s looking at the data pad, she looks up and it’s a little two story Victorian house that’s painted blue with white trim.

CAMERON: It says there’s scones for breakfast.

NICK: (smiling) This is such a mom thing. I like it so much.

LAURA: (laughing) Tink and Xianna are in the back like, “(huffs) Is there a bar?”

CAMERON: Guys, no, you don’t understand. They have a show on HGTV. I’ve been wanting to stay here for a long time! (giggles)

LAURA: “Is it one of the places where 5:00 in the afternoon they have free cocktails?”

CAMERON: “I don’t think they’re free, but it does have a full bar.”

LAURA: “Oh, okay.”

CAMERON: “I’m not playing around, Xianna.”

LAURA: “There’s a full bar. I am good.”

HUDSON: Are you talking about an Embassy Suites? (laughs)

LAURA: Yes. That’s exactly what I was referencing.

NICK: Embassy Suites has free cocktails?

LAURA: yeah!

HUDSON: Yes. Me and my sister got tanked, because it was free liquor cocktails, so we had like six each.

NICK: Oh shit. Wow.

HUDSON: They were like—

LAURA: They’re not good, but they’re…

HUDSON: They’re not great.

NICK: But they’re free.

LAURA: They’re free.

NICK & CAMERON: Damn.

NICK: Okay. Everybody goes skipping up. I think we get a quick shot of everybody in their own room at the bed and breakfast. Karma’s is a standard four-poster bed, and Tink’s is all pink and really frilly and has a bunch of dolls lining the ceiling, and I think Xianna’s is nerf themed so it has nerf hide chairs and the trim on the wallpaper is nerfs and when you turn out the lights their eyes glow.

LAURA: (deep breath) Xianna looks at Karma, she like yells. “Karma! I hate this! It is terrible! Why?! It is staring at me! That one’s eyes follow me around!” (whining)

HUDSON: “This is cozy.”

CAMERON: My entire room is done in shiplap.

NICK: In shiplap? What is that?

CAMERON: It’s what you use when you’re redoing an old home on HGTV.

NICK: Oh… Okay.

CAMERON: (incredulously) You use shiplap.

NICK: (smiling) Great. Shiplap.

CAMERON: Gah!

NICK: (smiling) Yeah. We get everybody’s shots, and it zooms out to the house, and the sun dips over the horizon and the lights start to click on. We see Karma through the window looking happy, and Tink through the window just chilling out, and Xianna has the window screen pulled down. We see her silhouette, and we hear her yell, ‘I hate zis so much!’ And then that’s where the episode will end.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: Da-naaa~!

OTHERS: –naaa~!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

I’m sitting here thinking about what to tell you, our valued listener, this week and I’m gonna be honest. I got nothing. Wanna see Falx and Thrawn in sexy velour track suits? That art is up on our Twitter. Talk to us on Twitter at @Tabletop_Squad and tell us how amazing our art is. …

Yup. That’s it. We hope you enjoy the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Episode 21 of Tabletop Squadron. The weather’s nice here. How is it where you are? I’m your host and game master, Nick. We’re gonna go around the table real quick. Everybody introduce themselves and say who you’re playing today, and if you have upgraded any skills or talents since the last time we sat down why won’t we tell the listeners what you did, starting with Cameron.

CAMERON: Hi! I’m Cameron. I’m playing Karma Nailo the Nautolan bounty hunter, and I am hoarding experience.

NICK: You are hoarding experience.

CAMERON: yes.

NICK: Like an aquatic, alien themed dragon.

CAMERON: Yes, exactly that.

NICK: Well, great, awesome. Up next we’ve got Laura.

LAURA: Hello. I’m Laura.

NICK: Hi!

LAURA: Hi~

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: I play Xianna’fan, and I am also hoarding experience.

NICK: Ooh. Saving up for a shiny new something.

LAURA: Probably.

NICK: Probably.

LAURA: We’ll see!

NICK: Alright, and last we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hey Nick! It’s great to be here!

NICK: (laughs) Oh great, I’m glad you’re happy to be here.

HUDSON: Alright. I’m playing Tink, a Gigoran slicer, and I’m a dirty experience hoarder as well trying to get some fancy new upgrades in the future that are EXPENSIVE.

(laughter)

NICK: Great. Awesome. For the record, hoarding experience is not a crime. Y’all go right ahead, you just hang onto it. Before we get started let’s go ahead and do the Destiny Roll~

CAMERON: One dark side.

LAURA: Two light side.

HUDSON: One light side.

NICK: What does that make our total?

CAMERON: Three light side, one dark side.

NICK: Sweet. When we last left off a couple of things were going on. Your ship broke down on your way away from Engebo 5. You were forced to return to the planet for repairs. You landed in a medium size rural settlement called Nerftown on the far side of Engebo 5.

HUDSON: There was no way we could have predicted that the crash would happen. It was a crazy, unexpected circumstance.

CAMERON: Oh yeah. We hadn’t been, like, not fixing the ship every time it got damaged at all. that wasn’t it at all.

HUDSON: I fixed it. It just decided to not fix anymore.

CAMERON: The duct tape came off.

NICK: Yeah, yeah, just a crazy coincidence.

HUDSON: Oh yeah~

NICK: Oh yeah~

LAURA: If you say so.

NICK: You landed on the planet. Tink was very brutally injured in your last combat against some gangsters from the crime syndicate, the Black Sun, so Xianna and Tink went to a hospital and Karma stuck around at the space port to negotiate for repairs to the ship, and you all agreed to meet up a little later. Starting off, let’s go to Tink and Xianna at the hospital waiting room.

LAURA: Tink was getting brought back in.

NICK: Tink was getting brought back. I think the camera opens up on Tink in a hover wheelchair that he’s way too big for getting rolled back through some double doors. Xianna follows afterwards. It’s a Human who’s having to strain a little bit to push it. You get put into one of those small – obviously not an emergency clinic – rooms with the paper pulled down over a mobile medical bed. Whatever you’re picturing for a low importance checkup, this is that room. There is a glass jar with tongue depressors in it. There is a poster on the wall of a loth-cat hanging off of a branch that says ‘Hang In There.’

The nurse helps Tink limp over onto the medical bench and says, “The doctor will be with you shortly,” and leaves the room.

HUDSON: Wait. Are there any magazines beside me that aren’t six months old?

NICK: “Well, the magazines were out in the main waiting room, but I’ll see if I can find you something.” He turns to leave and you see him roll his eyes and heave a heavy sigh and then leave. I don’t think he’s gonna be bringing you any magazines, so… You have a moment alone in the room.

HUDSON: “What do you think, Xianna? Are they gonna have to take my leg?”

LAURA: “I do not know. Does it really matter? I mean, you can just like get a new one.”

HUDSON: “(sighs) I mean… I never really thought about being cyborg-ish before.”

LAURA: “But you do the computer stuff. Did you never think about getting any implants?”

HUDSON: “No, I’m not that kind of slicer. I’m not into cybernetic enhancements, except for the temporary ones.”

LAURA: “What does that mean?”

HUDSON: “You can get like cool little lenses, and like gloves and things like that, but you can’t get—“

LAURA: “Oh. Outfits. Heh.”

NICK: Time out. (laughter) We jump to a flashback of Tink as an obviously awkward teenage Gigoran. Part of his hair is cut really short and part of it is still long, and he’s sliding on a nerf hide glove with some glowing lights on it. He clenches a fist and says, ‘It’s SO bad,’ and then we cut back to the hospital room.

(laughter)

LAURA: “So, outfits?”

HUDSON: “yeah, you could say that.”

LAURA: “I mean, I did.”

HUDSON: “It’s a term of phrase. Whatever.”

LAURA: “Okay. So, about this, you’re going to use your own money, right? I’m not paying for this.”

HUDSON: “I mean, I think I have insurance…”

NICK: –God damn it.

(laughter)

LAURA: I don’t think there is insurance in Star Wars.

NICK: Um… Actually, I think there is…

LAURA: Is there?

CAMERON: There is, but this is an out of network provider.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) I don’t want to make insurance jokes, it’ll just make me sad, but I feel like Lando’s involved in an insurance scheme at least twice. I feel like I remember reading that.

LAURA: But health insurance?

NICK: I don’t remember how it worked. What we’ll say is that as an illegal job runner from the underworld of society you luckily had a recent windfall of quite a bit of money that you could spend on this.

HUDSON: Yeah. No, I can do that.

NICK: Okay. If you want to have insurance we could roll for it?

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: (wincing) No. Don’t make us do that. Heh.

NICK: I’ve never—It’s like, two advantages gets you an HMO, three advantages gets you a You Choose provider clause…

(laughter)

LAURA: Ugh… Despairs mean you have preexisting conditions.

NICK: (groaning laugh)

HUDSON: PPO plan.

LAURA: Ugh.

NICK: Ugh.

LAURA: I’m sad. Heh.

NICK: To our international listeners, we apologize for our American health insurance style jokes.

CAMERON: They’re not really jokes, it’s just sadness.

NICK: Yeah, laugh or cry. Anyway. At this point a doctor kicks their way into the room. Group, what race is the doctor?

CAMERON: Selkath.

HUDSON: Gigoran?

NICK: No.

HUDSON: And then we high-five? (laughter) What is the one that is brown and looks like a hammerhead shark, and it’s from like the original—

NICK: That’s an Ithorian. You were literally just on that planet.

LAURA: That’s an Ithorian.

CAMERON: We were just there!

(laughter)

HUDSON: Okay.

LAURA: What’s the werewolf people?

NICK: Oh, I’m down for werewolf people, I don’t remember what they’re called, though.

LAURA: Yeah… Shistavanen.

NICK: Shistavanen! Okay. The doctor pushes their way through the door. It is a Shistavanen, which if you’re not familiar with that, because we totally didn’t just look it up, that’s the werewolf guy from the cantina scene in A New Hope. Just picture a werewolf. It is a werewolf a la Thriller. He says, “So what exactly seems to be the problem?”

LAURA: “Oh, his knee is gone. Just, I think it is gone.”

HUDSON: “It exploded.”

NICK: “Great.” He turns around and goes outside for like 20 seconds, and he comes back with what looks like a big hacksaw. “Alright, I’ll just take it off right there, and we can—“

HUDSON: “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Can we save it?”

NICK: ‘I already got the saw out, so…”

LAURA: “yeah. Apparently he does not want a whole leg replacement. Can you like just do the little knee part?”

NICK: (reluctantly) “I guess.” He puts the hacksaw down, but makes sure that it’s aimed within easy reach. ‘But when this doesn’t work you’re gonna feel so silly.” He takes out a big scanner thing out of the wall. I think he hits a button and a panel in the wall slides out. You know those magnifying glasses on the bendy arms that they have at the doctor’s office that they can move around? It’s that, but it’s a big scanner thing. It zooms through, it scans past and you see a calculator in his stomach area, and you keep going… He zooms in on the knee and it just looks like an impact crater from an asteroid. It’s just a mess. There’s bones that are pulverized. The werewolf clicks his teeth, which is a really cool sounding noise because he has big old sharp teeth. “Well, this is pretty bad.”

HUDSON: “Alright. So, I’m willing to get a cybernetic leg if it’s cheaper than saving the leg.”

LAURA: “I mean, but getting a whole new leg would just be better. You could be better and stronger.”

NICK: “It’s not cheaper, but we can rebuild him.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: “Better, stronger, faster!”

LAURA: (giggles)

HUDSON: “So, what kind of perks do I get with this new appendage?”

LAURA: “Literally, we just said that it would be better, stronger, and faster.”

NICK: “Well, you have two options, you see. There’s the prosthetic limb that boots your Agility score by one point…”

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: “…and there’s the prosthetic limb that boosts your Brawn score by one point.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: “But no, we can fix the leg. It’ll be a lot cheaper to do that, it’ll just take a while and the healing process won’t be a lot of fun.” He opens up a drawer and he pulls out what looks like a blood pressure cuff but if around the outside there were chambers of bacta surrounding it. “So, I can wrap this around your leg and then the medical procedure is we inject these as a slow release to slowly rebuild the bone over the course of about a week. The whole cost of the procedure is about 2,000 Credits.”

LAURA: (quietly) “Tink, just get a new leg.”

NICK: “The cost of a prosthetic with installation is about 13,000 Credits.”

LAURA: ‘yes, but then you could kick people. Kick them!”

NICK: (laughs)

HUDSON: Alright. What if I talk you down a little bit? (laughing) Can I negotiate for a leg?

NICK: You could try to negotiate for a cheaper leg, but I’ll tell you that a majority of that cost is hardware not labor, so.

HUDSON: Oh… Alright Tabletop Squadron listeners, if you want me to get a new cybernetic leg—

LAURA: Call into 555 – Press 1 for Tink getting a new leg.

NICK: Follow us on Twitter and Tweet #NewLegTink.

HUDSON: Press 2 so that I start describing my scene in Spanish.

NICK: Ah! Mi pierna! Ah! Mi perna! Que triste esta mi rodilla. Esta rota! I don’t know why I have an Italian accent speaking Spanish.

LAURA: (laughing) Why are you doing Italian?!

CAMERON: (laughing) What are you DOING?!

HUDSON: And, that should stay in.

NICK: (laughing) It might.

CAMERON: Your Spanish was… accurate, but…

NICK: Eh, accurate is a kind phrase.

(laughter)

CAMERON: I mean, you said “Ah! My leg! My knee is broken!” So…

NICK: Yeah…

LAURA: I just like the ‘it was accurate…’ (laughs)

NICK: Yeah. It’s just, not- not the best. Yeah! So you can try and roll a Negotiation to talk him down. It’s still gonna be a lot more expensive.

LAURA: “Okay Tink, how much money do you have?”

HUDSON: “Eight thousand.”

NICK: “Oh. The cost of the medical procedure is 8,000 Credits. Thank you for explaining to me exactly how much money you have on this backwater, probably ethically ambiguous, medical procedure clinic.”

LAURA: “I mean…”

HUDSON: (laughs) I’m tempted to threaten him with my vibro-axe, but I’m not gonna get into that.

LAURA: “So Tink, do you think Karma would front you the other five?”

(someone snickers)

HUDSON: “Nope.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “Okay… because I’m not going to.”

HUDSON: “Listen. I can always get a better leg in the future.”

NICK: “I was just joshing. It’s still just 3,000. I just- You should probably not walk around telling people exactly how much money you have.”

LAURA: “I mean, he was just going to give it all to you anyway, so.”

NICK: “What? You were gonna give me 8,000 for the repair?”

HUDSON: ‘No.”

LAURA: “No, for a new leg.”

NICK: “yeah, but the repair’s—Anyway.”

HUDSON: “What’s the total?”

NICK: ‘Total would be 3K to fix it, 15 to get you a new one.”

CAMERON: Wait, okay, hold on.

LAURA: “Fifteen?”

NICK: “Thirteen. I said 13!”

LAURA: ‘It is 13…”

NICK: I struggle with money. (laughs) That’s real life too.

CAMERON: Hold on, because there are cybernetic limbs and then there are just prosthetic replacements. They’re different. The cybernetic leg mods are 10K.

NICK: The ones that give you boosts?

CAMERON: The ones that give you a boost. You can just replace the limb, when it just does what your leg does now… for 2K, for just the price of it, but you’d still have to wire it up and stuff.

NICK: Okay. It would be a little more to prepare your actual leg and to still not have to deal with any of the complications of having not your leg. I think that’s a fair deal, don’t you? Also he doesn’t have those.

CAMERON: Yeah. You’re not gonna get any bonuses, though.

HUDSON: So this is repair leg?

NICK: Yeah. To repair your leg is 3,000 total. The Shistavanen werewolf man is just dangling this cuff of bacta at you. “So, you wanna go through this, or what do you wanna do?”

HUDSON: “Let’s just—Now wait, what if I get like a jetpack holo-chair, and I just never use my leg again?”

NICK: “You wanna be Professor Xavier?” I don’t know why the werewolf man knows that reference.

LAURA: “Tink, just get a new leg.”

HUDSON: “Alright. Repair the leg.”

NICK: “Great.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: He whips the cuff on there, kinda boxes Xianna out a little bit, and then goes to the wall and presses some buttons. We get a cool x-ray shot through the scanner he was using of the knee, and these bacta chambers actually go into your leg, which would hurt really bad except future tech so it’s just mildly uncomfortable. The actual canisters are like in under your skin, embedded in the muscle and bone and stuff. You can see before the camera cuts back the slow flow of bacta out through the stuff. It’s like a drip of healing junk. You’re gonna be limping and in pain for a while, but eventually you’ll be as good as new.

HUDSON: What’s the install time for the update?

NICK: For the—What?

LAURA: “Oh. He sometimes just says things like they are computers. How long will it be before his leg is fixed?”

NICK: “Oh. That was such a non sequitur I even lost my signature growly tone.”

(laughter)

LAURA: “yes.”

NICK: “Uh… It’ll take about a week.”

LAURA: “Okay. Also, while you are here…” Xianna takes off her boot and plops her foot up, and goes, “So like, can I get like fake little toes, or…?”

NICK: I wanna roll a d6 for how many toes it turns out Xianna lost. Does that sound fun? I think that sounds fun.

LAURA: Three toes.

NICK: I think it’s big toe and the two accompanying, unless it’s like big toe, middle toe and pinkie toe which makes no sense.

CAMERON: I was thinking it was the outside of her foot.

LAURA: Oh, I was imagining outside in, so I was imagining pinkie–So I still have big toe and… index toe.

CAMERON: Pointer toe!

LAURA: Pointer toe. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. You pull it off. The camera doesn’t show Xianna’s foot. It shows Xianna saying hey can you look at this, and it shows the doctor whose face is already permanently contorted into a scowl because his face is a Halloween mask, but he looks disgusted and turns away. “(sickened grumbles, resisting vomiting) Oh, that’s so gross! What happened?”

LAURA: “Um, I got my foot caught in an airlock as it was closing and it smooshed my toes off. Um, yes.”

NICK: “It’s also kind of infected now. Did you not even look at it before here?”

LAURA: “Look, it has been a weird number of days. I’m not even sure how many days it has been since I lost the foot. I have been either high, or passed out, or shooting at things. It has been a weird… few weeks? Tink, how long have we known each other?”

HUDSON: “Oh… Ages at this point.”

LAURA: “So like a week and a half?”

HUDSON: “yeah!”

LAURA: “I have no idea. Heh.”

NICK: He grabs your foot, and holds it up closer to his face, and then holds his face further away again like it smells. It doesn’t, he’s just sensitive. He grabs your foot and looks at it, and kinda squints at it. It’s still not on the camera exactly. “It looks like you’re not healing correctly. Have you been on impact?”

LAURA: “Oh yes.”

NICK: “That makes you not heal as well long term. You should really see somebody about that kind of addiction. Not good for you.”

HUDSON: “Yeah Xianna!”

LAURA: “I mean, I hear what you are saying, but um… no. Maybe later, when it gets bad.”

HUDSON: “Good enough.”

LAURA: “It’s still—I’m okay right now. Can I just get my foot fixed?”

NICK: “Yeah, we can work something out.” Question mechanically: Did we ever take your crit away, or no?

LAURA: No.

NICK: Okay. “Uh, to eliminate the effects of the infection and obviously your balance has probably been a little off, that would be about 500 Credits. I can get you some prosthetic toes just for looks and balance for another 300.”

LAURA: “(sighs)”

NICK: “Or we could just fix it and you can have a foot, and we’ll try to clear most of the infection, but no promises.”

HUDSON: “What are these discounts? My knee’s out and it’s suddenly like 3,000. She’s like oh my toes need replacement—“

LAURA: “Because toes are much, much smaller than an entire leg!”

NICK: “She doesn’t have to actually walk on the toes. It’s like a prosthetic testicle. It’s really just there to make her feel better.”

HUDSON: That’s the example?

(laughter)

LAURA: Yeah. You don’t actually need one. Just, you know, sometimes you don’t want to feel off balance, or uneven.

CAMERON: You know, they help with balance.

LAURA: You know, so that you don’t feel like you’re just missing something. (laughs)

NICK: (laughing) Stop making that hand gesture!

LAURA: (laughs) If for some reason this stays in at all, I absolutely am doing like—

NICK: Like a slinky.

LAURA: Like a slinky motion, but imagine that there were balls in my hands.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) Oh, no…

HUDSON: It’s like you’re a shitty juggler.

LAURA: Shitty juggler, because they’re connected and in a sack, and they don’t go anywhere.

NICK: (groans and laughs)

LAURA: Hello blooper reel.

NICK: “Hers is because the option is to either completely remove your leg and it’s still gonna cost a lot, or we can just clean the infection and over time she can learn to deal with not having feet.”

LAURA: “(huffs) Okay. So definitely clean my foot for the 500.”

NICK: (squeaky clean noises) … “That’s my cleaning droid.”

LAURA: “I do not want to spend an extra 300 on the fake toes. No, I will live. I will figure it out.”

NICK: “Alright. You’re gonna really wanna make sure you keep that foot clean, probably some sort of hot water bath on a regular basis to make sure that the joint doesn’t get inflamed.”

LAURA: “So like a Jacuzzi?”

NICK: “Oh no, no, no! Those are horrible pits for bacteria and things. Being in a Jacuzzi could be potentially life threatening.”

LAURA: “Ohh… Heh. Oh, okay. Oops.” (laughter) “Oh! So just not the foot? If I sit in the hot tub but prop my foot out, is that okay?”

NICK: “I mean probably, or just take the risk. You’re already on impact. Honestly, if we’re gonna rank things in order of things most likely to kill you that one’s a far first.”

LAURA: “I mean, I am not currently ON impact. I’m coming down from impact. A little bit of a difference.”

NICK: “Yeah. Your other leg’s jittering pretty hard. You should probably…”

LAURA: “It’s fine. Heh. I’m used to it.”

NICK: Okay. I think from there, there’s a little squeaking noise and the camera turns down, and it’s a droid that just looks like one of those desk lamps with the stretchy arms, and on the end there’s a camera eye and a little set of tweezers that are holding a Q-tip made out of shiny metal with just cloth on the end and then another little set of tweezers that has a little squeeze bottle of presumably antiseptic. It approaches Xianna’s foot in a very similar and menacing fashion to that torture droid that approaches Leia in A New Hope, but it’s just cleaning your foot, then the camera wipes to you two walking out. Tink still has a pronounced limp but is able to walk. Mechanically your crit is gone, so that’s good. You’re just gonna be in some discomfort, maybe a black die or something, while your knee regenerates. Xianna, your crit is gone, but I may occasionally just explain stuff that goes wrong with the fact that you don’t have toes, because that actually does affect your balance pretty significantly.

LAURA: It does.

NICK: Yeah, so, for 300 Credits. Such a character decision.

LAURA: I’ll erase it later… 300 or 500?

NICK: Well, it was 300 additional for the prosthetic toes.

LAURA: Oh, yeah. No.

HUDSON: So, mine is minus 3,000?

NICK: Yup, but your leg’s good as new.

CAMERON: In a week.

NICK: Cool. Let’s jump over to karma. Karma, you just finished negotiating the repairs of the ship. I think you paid for it in advance.

CAMERON: Yup.

NICK: Where ya going? Whatcha doing? You hooking up with the crew or are you going somewhere else?

CAMERON: I probably just send the equivalent of a text message to Tink. “Hey. Let me know when y’all are done at the hospital,” because mine did not take very long, so I’m assuming that they’re still at the hospital when I leave. Before I leave, I ask Zubo the mechanic where the bounty office is for Nerftown.

NICK: He considers for a second and then kind of hems and haws, and he puts a little coordinate thing on your data pad, so you have that. It’s in town. This place isn’t big enough – travel time isn’t very important. It’s not in the sketchiest part of town, it’s not in the prefab part of town, it’s somewhere in the middle. There’s like a sheriff’s office, if you will. They collect all the bounties and things.

CAMERON: Cool. I head that way.

NICK: Cool.

HUDSON: Do I respond to the text message?

NICK: We’ll say that you were so busy doing the medical stuff that you’re not gonna see the text message until you guys are done. She’ll get a scene, and then y’all can meet up if you want. You go to the bounty office. It is a wooden building. This is very much a western kind of town. Just picture dirt roads, a little stubble of grass poking up in places with less traffic, because this whole planet is covered in large, golden fields of grass that nerfs love. … That was weird. Anyway.

(laughter)

LAURA: I mean, it was a sentence.

NICK: Yeah, I’m not happy with it.

CAMERON: Alright. Cool.

HUDSON: Large, golden troves of grass (whispering) that the nerfs just love.

LAURA: Just large…

LAURA, HUDSON & CAMERON: …tracks of land~

NICK: (groans)

LAURA: ‘But father, I just want to sing~’ -NO (laughs)

NICK: And, we’re back. So, dirt roads with kind of some stubble of grass or it’s been beaten down by foot traffic and carts and things being pulled by nerfs, and the roads are lined with boardwalks on either side  that go into porches for various buildings. This is a smaller building tucked between a saloon / gambling kind of place and a boarding house. It says, “LAW” … over it. LAW.

CAMERON: (giggles) Great.

NICK: Yeah. The door is open, and you can go right in.

CAMERON: I’m assuming they’re not full doors. They’re like the little western hinge doors, but instead of swinging in they just ‘zhoop’ into the walls.

NICK: Oh shit. Yeah.

LAURA: (quietly) Yesss.

NICK: That’s how these work.

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: It doesn’t rain much on this planet. They don’t need to…

CAMERON: No. Well, it’s got a porch. It’s fine.

NICK: Yeah. It like goes from your chest to your mid-thigh, the length of the door, and they look like there’s a gap in between the two that’s sealed. You go to push them open, but instead they go ‘zhoop’ and they open, and there’s a little (bing-bong) from inside. As you walk in you hear someone from the back say, “I’m coming. I’m coming. I’m coming. Give me a second.” You hear some rattling and banging from the back room that you can’t see into. The main room of the LAW… office has a low wooden desk with a glow lamp sitting on it, there’s a couple of chairs, and you can see the chairs don’t get used much, the desk has some scattered paperwork on it and a terminal sunk into it, but otherwise it’s basically just a room you walk through to get to the back where presumably there are some holding cells.

A Human woman walks out. She’s wearing a fringed vest and some pants with stripes down the sides, she has short cropped dark hair, and she has darker tan skin and brown eyes. She says, “So, what brings you to the humble, LAW… office today?” Then she looks up and goes, “Oh, bounty hunter. Okay, cool, one sec,” and she goes and she sits behind her desk and starts typing in her terminal.

CAMERON: “Is the pause really necessary when talking about, this office?”

NICK: “What, LAW?”

CAMERON: “The… LAW… office?”

NICK: “You can’t really see it on the sign, because of the angle from the street, but there’s an underscore below it, so the pronunciation is… LAW… Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Okay… Alright, cool. I was just wondering. It was just a thing I had noticed from the several people who pointed me in the correct direction.”

NICK: “Yeah, well, Nerftown has some weird pronunciation things. It’s really best to just adapt to it, because if you say ‘Hey I went to the law office,’ a lot of people will go ‘what are you talking about’?”

CAMERON: “Okay. Cool. Good to know. Good to know.”

NICK: “Yeah, yeah.”

CAMERON: “Well, whenever you’re ready I’ve got a couple of bounties.”

NICK: “Oh, do you? Alright. I’ve got it pulled up. What do you have?”

CAMERON: “Cool.” I take out my 13 Black Sun patches.

NICK: “Ohh… Ah, I see one of these has a double stripe on it. That’s a captain patch.”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

NICK: She starts looking through, and she’s typing on the computer. “Were these procured locally or were we just the nearest planet?”

CAMERON: “I mean, it was reasonably locally.”

NICK: “What does that mean?”

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: “I mean, it was just in the area. You’re the first town that we’ve come across in this region.”

NICK: “Well I mean, but like, you got these on planet?”

CAMERON: “Yeah.”

NICK: “Okay, then I’m authorized to pay a little more, because you’ve kept them from gaining a foothold here. So far we haven’t had to deal with a lot of Black Sun or Crimson Dawn, any pirate organization, the Hutts, we’ve kept them away. We here at Nerftown really value our simple, pastoral existence.” In the background you hear blaster fire.

She bangs on the wall, and you hear someone yell, “Shut up out there!”

“Our simple, pastoral existence. I mean, sometimes people get a little trigger happy, but it’s not the same as slave trading or drug running. Of course we take all of that very seriously.”

CAMERON: “Of course. Yes.”

NICK: “So, for each of these I’ll be able to get you… 100 a piece for the grunts, assuming that these are not counterfeit, and I’ll give you 500 for the captain patch.”

CAMERON: “Okay!”

NICK: “Alright.” She taps into the desk and a little shredder slot opens up, and she starts feeding them in. It goes really slow. She puts it in and it starts (labored shredder noises), and you can see the patch being slowly, slowly, slowly fed in, and then it goes (PING) and a little number pops up, and it looks exactly like the ticket counter from Chuck E. Cheese. That’s what I have in my head.

(laughter)

LAURA: Okay~

NICK: We get an overly long shot of (labored shredder noises, PING, labored shredder noises) times 12, and then the bigger one—

CAMERON: The bigger one makes a different noise. (laughs)

NICK: Yeah. Anyway. She feeds it all in. There’s a total count number which is 1,700 Credits. “Alright. We’ll just transfer that over to your data pad real quick.” She pulls out a cable, and plugs it in, and you have your money. “Well that’s wonderful. Not many people can bring down a search and destroy squad by themselves. You must have been doing this for a pretty good amount of time. What’s your name?”

CAMERON: “It should be on the sheet. I just typed in my number for the transfer.”

NICK: “Oh yeah, I guess that does make sense.” She looks, the monitor flashes. “Oh… Karma Nailo. Yeah, mid rank, pretty good, yeah. Great. Were you interested in helping us out with any of our other issues around here? We don’t have organized crime, but we do have some people I could use some help with.”

CAMERON: I’m assuming while all of those were slowly being fed into the machine there’s like a bulletin board up on the wall, or the equivalent to an old western bulletin board with the wanted posters and stuff, but it’s Star Wars so it’s a screen.

LAURA: It’s a rotating screen, and there’s just some little (elevator style) music coming from it.

CAMERON: And you can walk up to it and swipe through.

LAURA: It’s got the little dots at the bottom.

CAMERON: You click a button to email it to yourself so you can look at it later.

LAURA: You like know how many have been cycling.

NICK: All of that, except it’s like a jukebox, so you have to press a real button at the bottom and they slide across to see the new one…

CAMERON: Oh god. (laughs)

NICK: …because it’s Star Wars, so everything’s weirdly analog.

CAMERON: It’s like a weird slide projector.

NICK: Yeah, so there’s like a rotating folding folio back there that she has to reload occasionally. Everybody invent a bounty right now.

CAMERON: You obviously got nerf kidnappers

NICK: Okay. There’s a gang of nerf hustlers. The actual crime things are less important to me than who they are. Tell me about a nerf hustler group.

CAMERON: Okay. There’s a group of Selkath that really like nerfs, because I wanna use Selkath. (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) Okay. There’s a group of Selkath, they’re like catfish coy looking people that are not Mon Cals, they’re different. They talk really slow and gurgled, and there’s a group of them here on this arid plains planet, and they are trying to steal nerfs. They are hustling them off planet, and they’re called the…

CAMERON: The Slippery Nerfs.

NICK: The Slippery Nerfs. Everybody fears the Slippery Nerfs and their theft. No violent crimes as of yet, but here on a planet whose entire economy is basically around cattle herding, nerf hustling is a dead or alive crime. They just want proof that the Slippery Nerfs won’t bother them anymore, and they’re offering, eh, 2,000 Credits for bringing in the Slippery Nerfs.

CAMERON: That is dead or alive?

NICK: Yeah, dead or alive. Laura, Hudson, bounties?

LAURA: There’s a Duros bounty hunter, no, Duros mercenary named Limaden. I was just looking—I did pull a Keyser Soze. Limeade is written on my Sonic cup. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) A Duros mercenary named Limaden. What do we think he did? Did he shoot up a bank? Is he just hiding here? Is he a bigger bounty?

LAURA: He shot a bartender in an argument.

NICK: Ooh. Yeah, so wanted for assault. He’s hiding somewhere out on the plains. I think he’s worth 1,000 Credits because it’s just one guy.

HUDSON: So, there’s a roaming group of bank robbers…

NICK: Okay.

HUDSON: …that are Gigorans that have green tints in their hair.

NICK: Tents?

HUDSON: Like a tint, like T-I-N-T.

NICK: Oh. (emphatically) Their hair is tinted green.

HUDSON: Their hair is tinted green is the right way to say that.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. I was picturing like, these little tents…

LAURA: These little green tents.

NICK: Why, do they keep like little birdies in it? What’s going on?

CAMERON: It’s a hat!

NICK: Okay. Okay. Green tinted Gigorans.

HUDSON: Green tinted Gigorans called the Green Gregarious Gigorans, or GGG (Triple G).

NICK: GGG. Alright.

HUDSON: They rob banks, and they recently got away with a heist. The odd thing was they had masks on, but they were Gigoran masks, so it just looked like a different Gigoran for each of them.

(laughter)

NICK: The GGG gang actually has—There’s not a ton of banks here. They’ve obviously raided the Nerftown bank a couple of times, and they hide somewhere on the planet, but they’ve also gone to neighboring systems and they’re using this place as a hideout. The… LAW… keeper is particularly interested in bringing them down. Normally they would be 3,000 Credits, but she’s chipping in another 1,000 from the planetary coffers to try to get them to go away. Cool.

The law keeper says, “So, you see anything that draws your fancy there? We got a few that tend to be a little bit higher stakes than anybody in this town is willing to go after.”

CAMERON: “I was interested in the Slippery Nerfs, Limaden, and the GGG group.”

NICK: “Oh yeah, the Green Gregarious Gigorans. They’re quite a bunch.”

CAMERON: “They looked… interesting.”

NICK: “Interesting is a good word for it. They’re particularly violent, too.”

CAMERON: “Oh nice, great.”

NICK: “They’ve killed a few people. Yeah, not the best.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Cool. Yeah, I’m just gonna keep them on my radar, those three, and then we’ll see how it goes. I’m here for a few days.”

NICK: “Okay. Great. If you need anything just look us up at the… LAW… office.”

CAMERON: “I actually did have one additional question. I was looking to get my gun modded. Can you recommend one that you normally send y’all’s stuff to?”

NICK: “There’s a couple of gun stores in town, but there’s only one gunsmith. If you want someone to actually upgrade gear you’re gonna wanna go to Krylon Sirel. He’s a Devaronian who set up camp in town. He’s just down the street, actually. He does good work.”

CAMERON: “Okay great. Awesome.”

NICK: “Yeah. Cool. Have a good day~”

CAMERON: “You too.”

NICK: And we get a swipe cut. Do you all meet back up?

HUDSON: Yes.

LAURA: “(sighs) No, Tink.” So I see Tink starting to answer the message, he’s typing in yes, “No, no, no, Tink,” and I hit the backspace, “let’s go shopping before we meet up with Karma.”

HUDSON: “But, but, Karma’s our friend.”

LAURA: “Yes, and I know that, but I want to buy a few things, and I do not want to feel judged. Okay?”

HUDSON: “(gasps) You want to buy a gift for Karma. I see what’s going on.”

LAURA: “Sure. Let’s say that. We can. Okay.”

HUDSON: “Alright. We’ll go to your places, and then we’ll text Karma.”

LAURA: “Okay.” I send a message like, taking longer, see you later… smiley face, winky face, heart emoji.

CAMERON: (laughing) Karma gets it: “Yeah, that seems like Tink.”

NICK: (laughs) Okay. Karma is going to the gun store and Xianna and Tink are going… What are they looking for?

LAURA: Xianna’s gonna try and go buy impact, because she’s had a hard day, and yeah.

NICK: Okay. It’s about 2 in the afternoon.

LAURA: I mean, not the ideal time to be buying illegal drugs, but…

NICK: You can make me a Streetwise check, average. This place isn’t super regulated. There will be two black die, because it is 2 PM on a Sunday. (laughs)

LAURA: So I can remove one of those.

HUDSON: Street Smarts.

LAURA: Street Smarts!

HUDSON: That’s an actual—

LAURA: It is Street Smarts! Yeah! … That is two advantages, a success, and a triumph with a success.

NICK: Oh… Okay.

LAURA: I am very good at finding drugs, apparently.

HUDSON: Wait. You didn’t roll any difficulty, did you?

NICK: Did you forget your two purples?

LAURA: I did. (laughter) Okay, so it’s a success and a triumph with a success.

NICK: Okay. You basically walk out of the hospital, go ‘hmm,’ turn around a corner, go back behind the hospital, and the Shistavanen doctor is back there talking to somebody and they’re trading baggies and money back and forth. “Oh, um… Yeah. Did you need something a little more … under the counter?”

LAURA: “yes. I believe I already told you what kind of drugs I take. So…”

NICK: “I thought you might be over here.”

LAURA: “Yes. Heh.”

NICK: It turns out that there had been a whole conversation going on between Xianna and the doctor that was all just hand signs and winks and tapping of noses. He brings out a case of just baggies of impact. “So, what are you looking to buy out of all this?”

LAURA: “Okay…” Xianna starts doing the math, and she’s scratching at one of her lekku.

NICK: What’s the going rate for impact?

LAURA: I have it written down.

NICK: We’ve talked about this before.

LAURA: Yeah. About 125 a dose, 10,000 for a crate, which I think was like—

NICK: That’s if you’re smuggling it. You wouldn’t buy a whole crate of it to do.

LAURA: No, but she starts doing math because there are other things she wants to buy.

NICK: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: “Okay. Um, can I get like 3,000 Credits worth of impact?”

NICK: “Yeah, 3,000 easy.” He pulls a handful of baggies out and sets it down. I want you to make me a Negotiation check.

LAURA: “Okay. I mean, how many baggies does he have out there?

NICK: That will have something to do with your Negotiation check.

LAURA: Okay, I don’t have Negotiation… I have Charm, and Deception, and Streetwise. (smiling)

NICK: This one is a pure business transaction.

LAURA: Okay. Good thing I have Presence at least.

NICK: This one’s average.

LAURA: I’m gonna flip a light side point, because this is important to Xianna.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: Okay. That’s fair.

LAURA: Like, I know I’m wasting it for everyone else, but this is what my character would do! (laughs)

NICK: Drugs!

LAURA: Okay. Three successes and two threats.

NICK: Hmm. So, you get 30 doses of impact.

LAURA: Nice.

NICK: He’s actually giving you a bulk rate. Normally it’s like 125, he gave you some extra for buying that much, so you have a lot of it. “Did you want like a bag to keep this in, or were you gonna do it all right now?”

LAURA: “I mean, I’m not at that point yet. I’m going to want a bag.”

NICK: “As a medical professional I do appreciate that you realize that eventually you’re gonna end up there if you continue on this path.”

LAURA: “I mean, I can stop if I want to, I just don’t want to right now. It is… I’m fine.”

NICK: “As your doctor, I would encourage you to seek help. As your dealer, here you go.”

LAURA: (laughs) “Uh, no… and thank you.”

NICK: I think some of those threats roll into the guy who he’s with and the Shistavanen have all noted that you just threw out 3,000 Credits like it’s no big deal, and this is after Tink loudly proclaimed exactly how much money he had. It’s a pretty solid amount of money. Maybe somebody who is a doctor/drug dealer would take interest in someone who has a decent amount of money and is just buying stuff. We get a close-up camera angle of the werewolf and this small Human person making eye contact at each other, and ‘dun-dun-dun…’ (trouble/suspense sound) … and then we move on.

HUDSON: Where was I during this? I know I wasn’t with Xianna.

LAURA: Oh. I probably left you… I probably looked down behind the building, saw this, and was like, “Uh, Tink, stay here. Ooh! Look! There is a little snack cart right over there. How about you get us whatever fun treats they have?”

HUDSON: “Oh, Kriff Cakes.”

NICK & LAURA: Nooo!

CAMERON: (squeaks) No! (laughs) What?!

NICK: That’s staying in, because Tink is walking down and he sees a brothel, and he’s like ‘Oh, Kriff Cakes. I know her.’

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: ‘She’s very nice.’

LAURA: That’s my stage name. (laughter) I bet it’s just like a fun popsicle stand. “How about you go—“

HUDSON: Behind the brothel. (laughs)

LAURA: “Go buy some popsicles.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

CAMERON: Tink does like popsicles.

HUDSON: yeah!

LAURA: Yeah, so I leave him in line, and then I come back…

NICK: It’s like a frozen ice thing!

CAMERON: It’s like a frozen ice sculpture on a stick! You know, like a popsicle! (laughs)

LAURA: Like a popsicle.

NICK: Y’all are mean. (laughs) yeah, so you’re at the popsicle stand, and there’s a guy. “Yeah? What can I get you, tall, white and handsome?”

HUDSON: (mimics voice) ‘Yeah!’ No. (laughter) “I’ll have two Galactic Cherry.”

NICK: “Wonderful choice!” They look like light sabers, but they’re popsicles, so they have little handles. He hands you two red ones. “Those will go really good with the impact your friend is buying.”

HUDSON: “What?!”

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: He just scoots the cart away.

HUDSON: “Wha—Imp—What?!”

LAURA: Xianna comes back with—I’m assuming the bag has little shoulder handles?

NICK: Yeah, you got the tote.

LAURA: I got a little tote, and she grabs the popsicle. “Ooh, I like popsicles.”

CAMERON: The tote has some inspirational saying on it, like ‘Make An Impact’ or something like that. It’s obviously a drug reference, but it’s just an uplifting thing for someone who doesn’t know.

HUDSON: “Xianna, where were you just now?”

LAURA: “Oh. I was talking to the doctor from earlier.”

HUDSON: “About what?”

LAURA: “Uh, my medical health.”

HUDSON: “We’re not at the hospital anymore.”

LAURA: “It was behind the hospital. I saw him and wanted to ask a question, which I know you’re not supposed to talk to doctors when they are not on their shift because it is rude and like, you should respect their time… but you know.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, you shouldn’t.”

LAURA: “I had an important question.”

HUDSON: “Alright. What was the answer he gave to your question?”

LAURA: “Uh, it’s okay.”

HUDSON: “Is it like Twi’lek things that I don’t need to know about?”

LAURA: “yes.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “… Twi’lek things. Uh-huh.”

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: Okay, so, Karma is at a gun shop with a Devaronian with a peg leg I guess. He’s there. The camera zooms in and it’s like a wooden building but you go in and it’s all durasteel floors and walls on the inside. It’s very mechanical. There are a couple of droid arms that are sticking out of the walls that are holding parts and things. They look like the car assembly bots, but they’re AIs because it’s Star Wars. They’re doing things, and he’s got a very, very, very big rocket launcher on a table. There’s a rocket sitting fins down up like a two-liter bottle of soda, and it’s sitting on the edge of the counter, and he’s working with the launcher, and as he does stuff it bumps and the rocket wobbles a little occasionally.

He looks up. “Oh hey. Welcome to Krylon’s. I’ll be right with you.” He slides the rocket launcher and the rocket wobbles really hard. He just kind of looks at it, “heh,” and he walks over to the counter. “So, uh, how can I help you be better at killing today?”

CAMERON: “Well,” Karma swivels her carbine around from her back and detaches it, sets it on the counter. “I’m looking to upgrade this.”

NICK: “Oh, it’s already so nice. I can see it’s got a lot of mileage but it’s been well taken care of. Yeah. What were you hoping to do to it?”

CAMERON: I take out the upgrade kit that I found. “Well, I was looking to get the night vision scope installed on it.”

NICK: He opens up the kit and turns it around, and it’s a night vision scope sitting in there.

CAMERON: Yeah, I know. (laughs) That’s why I picked that one. (smiling)

NICK: Yeah. There are a surprising amount of wires sticking out of it. Your carbine has iron sights on it. “Alright. I’d be able to hook this up for you. It’ll be kind of expensive as I’m gonna have to strip most of the rifle down to integrate it, but could probably get it done in a couple of days.”

CAMERON: “Alright. I’m here for three. Can you do three days?”

NICK: “I could do two.”

CAMERON: “Fantastic. That’s even better.”

NICK: “Yeah. That’ll be 200 Credits.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Sounds great.”

NICK: “You know, just labor. Easy. No problems there. I notice you also have quite a few other weapons around. Need some help with those?”

CAMERON: “So, I know you’re just the gunsmith shop, you’re not the guns shop.”

NICK: “Yeah. My brother runs the gun shop across town. We don’t speak much.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Do you do any… Some of the guns in here are very nice. I notice they’re just sitting in here, they don’t look to be orders, so I’m wondering if you buy any base weapons to then upgrade to sell? Or should I hike across to your brother? Because I’ve got a couple to offload.”

NICK: “I’ll buy them. that’s fine. Yeah. What have you got?”

CAMERON: Well, let’s see what I want to sell. (laughs) I’ve got four light blasters and another carbine.

NICK: Take the lot at going rate.

CAMERON: Cool. We will figure that math out!

NICK: Yeah, we’ll just look at the cost. “Yeah. When you come back to pick up the gun I’ll have your money ready for the other thing.”

CAMERON: “Cool. They’re on my ship, so I will bring them to you.”

NICK: “Yeah, just bring them back and we’ll sell them.”

CAMERON: “Alright.”

NICK: “Sure.”

NICK & CAMERON: “Sounds great.”

NICK: “Thank you for stopping by Krylon’s~”

CAMERON: “Awesome. Thanks.”

NICK: “Don’t forget to shoot straight.” He winks, and his teeth go (TING). … He’s handsome.

CAMERON: (smiling) Karma gives him a thumbs up and kind of awkwardly walks out. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. You have dropped off your carbine to be upgraded. Tink has bought popsicles. Xianna’s bought a shit-ton of drugs. Everybody’s health is looking better. What now?

LAURA: “Okay Tink, let’s go meet up with Karma. We can go buy things. You want to get things, right? You have lots of money. Yes.”

HUDSON: “Yes. I can definitely buy things. I have some things in mind. I’ll text Karma.”

LAURA: “Okay. Let’s go.”

HUDSON: I text her, and I say: “Leg fixed. Infected Xianna. Popsicles bought. Meet at ship.”

CAMERON: Okay. I think Karma gets this text and just calls Xianna. “Hey. Xianna? Are you all done?”

LAURA: “Oh, ‘ello! Well, we are done at the doctors, so…”

CAMERON: “Fantastic. Tink said he infected you?”

LAURA: “No. My foot was infected, and the doctor also looked at the foot, but we are wanting to go shopping now.”

CAMERON: “Fantastic. Me too. We need to work on his texting shorthand.”

LAURA: “Yes.”

CAMERON: “That’s why I called you. Great. So, I don’t know where the hospital—Actually, I do know where the hospital is in town. One sec, let me look at my map that’s on my data pad!” How far apart are we? (laughs)

NICK: You’re not that far apart. There’s a nice square in the middle of town you can meet up at.

CAMERON: “Cool. It looks like y’all are pretty close to the town square. Do y’all just wanna head there, I’ll meet y’all there, and then we can go buy stuff?”

LAURA: “Okie.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Cool.”

LAURA: “We can do that.”

NICK: (blabbered scene transition noises) You’re standing in an open dirt square. There’s a boardwalk all the way around it. There are businesses facing it. There are some people walking around. They’re all dressed like cowboys. … Welcome to western town. There’s a fountain in the middle that looks like a group of nerfs. There’s five or six nerfs clustered around in a herd and one is rearing up in the middle, and the fountain water is coming out of its mouth and it’s trickling down over all the nerfs. If you get close enough the water looks kind of dusty and not super idyllic, but it’s a nice little piece of localized architecture.

LAURA: Xianna and Tink are sitting on a bench in front of the fountain still eating the popsicles, although I bet Tink’s is all over his face and just dripping.

HUDSON: (smiling) Why do you assume that I’m bad at eating popsicles?

CAMERON: Ugh. You have white fur, and you’re eating a red popsicle. (laughs)

HUDSON: Yeah. Alright. (mummers) It actually is messy.

CAMERON: (laughing) It’s gonna look like there’s blood dripping from your mouth.

LAURA: No, it’s like that bright pink red, so it’s very obviously some sort of popsicle snack thing.

HUDSON: At least I didn’t get a green one so I’m not mistaken as GGG.

CAMERON: That’s true.

NICK: Yeah. Heh. Aw, missed plot from me. Maybe next time.

HUDSON: Whoa. I walked through this artist alley and I fell in some chalk. Whaaat?

CAMERON: They were doing a color run and I got thrown the green stuff. (laughs)

NICK: There’s a parade to find the Hulk.

LAURA: No.

(laughter)

HUDSON: Nope.

LAURA: No green powder.

CAMERON: (exhales) Anyway.

NICK: (weakly) We just watched that movie. … Yeah! So you all meet up. As you’ve walked around town you found a few things that drew your attention. There are most types of businesses that you would need, but you did notice that there’s a whole bar district. That’s where Karma came from. That’s where the… LAW… office is. There are some bars, some saloons, we talked about a brothel earlier, not really a brothel but like a company service?

LAURA: Escorts?

NICK: Yeah, but it’s a “company” company kind of thing. Yeah. There is a bar district with all of that. There is the market area which is where Karma also went. You also had walked circles kind of near each other a couple times, because the market area backs up towards the hospital. There’s weapon stores, armor stores, pretty much anything that you would need that’s general adventuring gear. There’s the hospital that you saw, and then you can probably tell from the fact that there were open drug deals going on that there is some sort of elicit underbelly to this settlement, but you haven’t seen a ton of evidence of where that might be localized around, because you haven’t really looked yet. That is generally the layout of the town. You have met up by the fountain. Happy trickling water sounds.

LAURA: “Hello.”

CAMERON: “Oh hey. How are y’all feeling?”

LAURA: “Much better. So Tink, what were you wanting to buy?”

HUDSON: “Ooh. I wanna get some grenades. I wanna get some glow rods. I wanna get a com jammer, so that’s gonna be cool. Right? Is that cool?”

CAMERON: “Yeah.”

LAURA: “Okay.”

HUDSON: “That’s cool? That’s cool. I’m gonna put some stickers on the back and make it mine.”

CAMERON: “Nice. Yeah?”

LAURA: “Okay. yes.”

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm.”

LAURA: “Uh-huh. Okie.”

HUDSON: “And then, if I can find it, an outlaw tech data breaker, probably.”

LAURA: “Okay, um, maybe.”

HUDSON: “That’s a little bit harder to find. That’s a little (lowers voice) underground.”

LAURA: “I mean, I’m pretty sure there is a decent underground community here. Just, no reason why I would know that, just some broad guesses. I am assuming there are lots of underground people.”

HUDSON: “So where should we start? Well actually, what do you want, Xianna, anything?”

LAURA: “Oh. Well I need new scanner goggles, and I already bought that…”

HUDSON: “Bought what?”

LAURA: “Nothing.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “Ooh! A shadow cloak would be fun. Maybe some more stim packs, and some false credentials… So yeah, we are just going to have to find a real shady person. Yes.”

CAMERON: “Mine’s more weapons and medical supplies.”

LAURA: “Okay. Yeah.”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

HUDSON: Why do I have zero Streetwise?

CAMERON: Because you’re Tink.

LAURA: Because you are Tink.

HUDSON: I guess. I can’t find shit.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: So, a majority of the stuff Tink would want, that’s mostly just above board stuff. You could get that at a general store, same with the medical supplies. There is one off of the square that you would be able to go to pretty easily. Shadow cloak, you’re probably gonna need someone sketch. The weapons you got pretty much taken care of, but you’ve met the person who upgrades them if anybody else wants to get their weapons looked at. There is a weapons store if somebody wants something. Like I said, there is potentially an armor store. So, where would y’all like to go first?

LAURA: “Let’s go to a general store to get all the little things. Yeah?”

HUDSON: “Yeah.”

NICK: Great. The camera pans from you all sitting in front of this fountain up to the face of the nerf shooting water, and then over without doing a cut to nearby and shows you all walking into a general goods store. It looks like how everyone’s picturing, because I keep saying the word general goods. There’s a wooden counter, and there’s a really tall shelf with a sliding ladder in front of it. The ladder is durasteel not wood. It has pretty much basic frontier gear, everything like that. The person standing on the counter has red hair, he’s kind of a big guy. He climbs down. “Welcome to the newest bit of Zebwak’s Goods.” He turns around and he sees Karma and Tink, and I think Xianna’s probably a little behind. “What exactly can I be getting for you?” Then he looks up and he sees Xianna. “Ohh… This is fine.”

LAURA: “Oh, um, hello~ Heh. So uh, do you have scanner goggles? Heh.”

NICK: “Yes. I have scanner goggles.”

LAURA: “I cannot tell if you are trying to make fun of my accent or not, because yours is very interesting.”

NICK: “Distinctive one might say.”

LAURA: “Distinctive, yes.”

NICK: “Yes.”

LAURA: “So, scanner goggles? Please? Yes.”

CAMERON: Karma just grabs a cart and basically just starts going grocery shopping to restock the ship.

NICK: Yeah. I think as far as the actual individual things Tink and Karma can get pretty much anything on their list at the going rate, but we have this scene while you all are collecting your stuff of Xianna and the person running Zebwak’s Goods saying, “So the last time we saw you we got robbed immediately afterwards. You wouldn’t know anything about that, would you?”

LAURA: “No. Of course not.”

NICK: “And then the Empire showed up. What’s up with that?”

LAURA: “Oh. Is definitely not anything to do with me. Twi’leks usually do not work for the Empire because, you know, we are not Humans and they really hate us.”

NICK: “Yes, but they often hunt people like you, I have noticed. Also—“

LAURA: “I mean, what do you mean by that?”

NICK: “Twi’leks, and people who steal things.”

LAURA: “I mean, you can’t prove that.”

NICK: “You don’t think so, huh? I didn’t have a bunch of security cameras pointed at all my things”

LAURA: “I mean… Okay, so maybe there were.” (laughs)

NICK: “Give me one reason right now why I shouldn’t call the… LAW… office.”

LAURA: “Um… One, technically I am dead. Heh. Legally speaking, I did die, so I do not think I am in the records anymore. Would make things more difficult. Two, I am going to buy things from you and not steal them. I was considering stealing them, and then I thought no, small local business owners, should support that, I will pay for it.”

NICK: He looks super nonplussed. “Well thank you for your consideration.”

LAURA: “Three, do you want some drugs?”

NICK: “Yes.”

LAURA: “I got some glitterstim that I’m not really using.”

NICK: How much glitterstim is it?

LAURA: Five doses.

NICK: “If you give me the glitterstim I’ll give you a head start before I call the authorities, and I will sell you everything you need. I’m a business man.”

HUDSON: Say she sells sea shells down by the sea shore.

NICK: (accent applied) She shells shea shells by the shea shore. This accent actually makes it easier, because you don’t have to pick between the two.

HUDSON: Huh.

LAURA: Okay. Xianna reaches into her pockets and she opens up her little drug box, takes out some glitterstim, throws it down on the counter. “Okay, and scanner goggles. Yes? Is that happening or not? I need new ones, so please?”

NICK: He doesn’t say anything, but he climbs up on the ladder and then does a push off the wall and goes sliding across very elegantly, and he goes up to the top and pulls some goggles down. I think they’re a cool color. What color would you like your scanner goggles to be?

LAURA: Ooh. They’re a nice sky blue.

NICK: Yeah. They’re pretty. He slaps those on the counter. “Alright. Pay me for the goods, I’ll collect money from your friends, and then hopefully we won’t see each other again. I have bad memories. They closed my shop.”

LAURA: “I mean, is that really my fault?”

NICK: “Yes.”

LAURA: “And again, no, I was about to say sorry, but… I guess sorry? I do not know. I stole one little thing.”

NICK: “At least you’re honest. Also you stole multiple things from me.”

LAURA: (laughing) “Did I?”

NICK: (laughing) “Yeah.”

LAURA: “I don’t really remember. Oh, yes I did, okay. Okay.”

NICK: “If you return what you stole—“

LAURA: “No~ Heh. I do not have some of the stuff I stole anymore. I think I know what was in that little box that I stole. I think that is gone.”

NICK: “Well, that’s disappointing.”

LAURA: “I mean, in many ways it is disappointing, yes.”

NICK: (laughs) We see Tink and karma approaching the counter with all the stuff. Everything that you all listed off that isn’t illegal you can get here for whatever is stated in the book, I just need you to tell me how much money you just spent.

HUDSON: Can I get an appraiser’s eye here?

NICK: An appraiser’s eye?

HUDSON: Yes. It’s a lens implant or a cybernetic eye, in my case it would be a lens implant, and it gives you automatic advantage on Negotiation and Streetwise checks.

NICK: A lens implant is still a thing that gets stuck in your face. This guy’s not gonna have that. You’re gonna need a specialist.

HUDSON: Ah, okay. I might not even get it.

CAMERON: (incredulously) I thought you didn’t do cybernetic implants.

HUDSON: That’s the thing, I thought this was like pop it in your eye. Is it not?

LAURA: No.

HUDSON: Oh, then I’m not gonna get it then.

NICK: Nuh-uh.

CAMERON: It’s like changing the lens in your eye.

HUDSON: Oh.

NICK: It’s like cornea surgery that lets you see stuff good.

HUDSON: Nah, I don’t want that. I thought it was like cat eyes but for appraisers.

NICK: No. I can make you a custom item at some point if it’s something you want. I’ll get you like a Dragon Ball Z scanner or something.

HUDSON: I thought it was cool, and I was like I don’t have Negotiation or Streetwise, so I was like this would be a good item upgrade. If I think of a custom thing I’ll let you know.

NICK: Yeah. Well, I’ll get you something that looks like that. That’s just gonna be… You’re not gonna pull it off the shelf at space Wal-Mart. You’re gonna need somebody to make it for you.

HUDSON: Oh. Can you get grenades here?

NICK: Nope. That’s the weapon store.

HUDSON: Okay. Stim packs here?

NICK: Yeah. They sell stim packs.

LAURA: How much are stim packs?

CAMERON & HUDSON: Twenty-five.

LAURA: Twenty-five. “Can I also throw in a few stim packs?”

NICK: “Yes, of course.” He gestures behind you and there’s one of those bulk candy bins that you see at the grocery store that’s just full of stim packs. It says Sale, but they’re 25 Credits.

CAMERON: I spent 1,025 Credits.

NICK: Okay. What did you get?

CAMERON: I got a big med pack for the ship, an emergency med pack to carry around with me, eight stim packs, and extra reload for my battery pack for my gun, four emergency droid repair kits… Yes. Wait, no, subtract 200 from that, 825.

NICK: What was the other 200?

CAMERON: The hold out blaster I’m gonna buy at the gun store.

NICK: Oh. Yeah. Okay.

HUDSON: I bought four stim packs, four glow rods, and a com jammer. I did that for a total of 540, which leaves me 4,704 Credits left.

NICK: Nice.

LAURA: Xianna bought the scanner goggles and eight stim packs for 325.

NICK: Nice. We get a shot of everybody walking out with the boutique looking bags. None of them match because it makes a better shot. You’re standing in the doorway and the person running the store is kind of glaring at the back of your heads from the background. You have successfully bought quite a bit of gear.

LAURA: “Also, we should not come back to this store, or maybe this area of town.”

CAMERON: “Why?”

LAURA: “So you remember way back when we first had our little missions to see if we were going to get picked for the big mission for Sentinel?”

CAMERON: “Oh yeah, a week and a half ago.”

LAURA: “Yes, like a week and a half ago. My particular little mission was stealing a little gray box from a store. The guy who owns this general store owned that store, and knows me.”

CAMERON: “Oh.”

LAURA: “I also at one point fell out of an air vent into the room. There was a security camera. I did wave at it, so it’s very clearly me on the film.”

CAMERON: “Great.”

LAURA: “Fun little tidbit, though. I’m pretty sure that little gray box thing that I stole was that little box with whatever creature in it we used later. It looked very similar. Probably the same one. Yeah, so weapon store now?”

CAMERON: “Yup.”

LAURA: “Yes. Weapons. Okay, let’s go!”

HUDSON: Dun-dun, dun-dun, (singing) What I want you got, dun-dun…

(snapping)

LAURA: Bum-bum, (singing) gonna get sued~

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Yeah, so—

LAURA: (singing) We don’t have the rights~

NICK: It cuts—

LAURA: (singing) …to siiing this song~

NICK: (laughs) You cut to the weapons store. You can see it’s kind of a weird layout. It says, _weapons, there’s an underscore in front of it.

CAMERON: Dear lord. “Okay, apparently you pronounce the underscore? I went to the… LAW… office earlier.”

HUDSON: “I always pronounce underscores as *whispers* scores because you say it under your breath.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: “Apparently that’s not how they do that here.”

HUDSON: “Oh, okay.”

LAURA: “I’m not going to say the name of the store. I’m just going to go in. Okay.”

CAMERON: “Okay. It was just a weird thing I wanted to share. Anyway.”

NICK: You go in and there’s wooden floorboards, wooden walls, and there is a steel motor pool wall. It’s like a parts cage kind of setup. There’s a screen in the wall with a place to put a credit transfer and a push button menu of everything they have. You can see into the warehouse in the back, or like the stock room in the back, and there is a Devaronian back there sorting things and stuff. It looks like all you have to do is press buttons and get what you want.

CAMERON: I go and press the button for a hold out blaster?

NICK: Okay. It gives you some color options and stuff. Do you want a super sleek looking one, or…?

CAMERON: Ooh. I want a gunmetal gray. It’s pretty boring, but it sparkles a little bit.

NICK: You press the button and a light turns on in one of the cubbies. The guy who’s back there managing the inventory pulls the drawer and pulls out what looks like a blaster that hasn’t quite been finished. He puts it into a box and presses some buttons and you can see it getting painted and adjusted and sided. It takes about 30 seconds. Then he drops it onto a conveyer belt and it clicks along up to the drop window and it drops into the box, but the box won’t open until you pay for it.

CAMERON: I pay for it.

NICK: You get a hold out blaster. It’s gunmetal gray.

CAMERON: Cool. “This is a very interesting gun vending machine.”

NICK: You say that and the guy looks up, and in the corner you can see there’s a speaker. He turns around and kind of shrugs at you, and then does a thumbs up, and even through the thick transparasteel you can hear (TING) at his smile, because he’s related to the other guy.

CAMERON: Great.

NICK: And then he goes back to tinkering with some stuff back there. Did anybody else want weapon things?

HUDSON: Yes. I walk up to the counter. I would like to buy four frag grenades and four stun grenades.

NICK: (smiling) The guy at the back just points at the button menu.

HUDSON: “What?!”

NICK: (smiling) Points at the button menu.

CAMERON: “Tink, you have to press the button.”

LAURA: “Use the menu!”

HUDSON: “Oh! Oh, okay. Oh, this is… Oh. Is it like a red button?”

CAMERON: “Here, Tink, what do you want?”

HUDSON: “Four stun grenades and four frag grenades.”

CAMERON: Okay. I push the buttons.

NICK: Okay. Lights pop up on a couple of cubbies. The guy pulls it out and he grabs the grenades and chucks them onto the conveyer belt, and they click along and go around the edge of the stock room, and drop into the box. If you pay for it the box opens and you can get your grenades. Do you buy your grenades?

HUDSON: Yes I do.

NICK: Okay. Tink has eight grenades now. The guy from the stock room also points and there’s a ‘for your convenience’ rack on the side, and it’s paper bags that you can put your stuff in.

HUDSON: Nice.

CAMERON: I slipped my hold out blaster into my armor.

NICK: Yeah. I’m sure that’s fine.

LAURA: How much are the grenades?

HUDSON: So, a frag grenade is 50 each and a stun grenade is 75 each. I still need my… Would this not be a place to get the outlaw tech data breaker? This is too legit?

CAMERON: This is a gun shop.

HUDSON: Oh, yeah. I didn’t know if this guy was like, maybe a little outlaw.

CAMERON: He doesn’t look sketch. (laughs)

LAURA: Xianna’s gonna buy two grenades.

CAMERON: Frag or stun?

LAURA: Frag.

NICK: Okay. Beep-beep, ding, click-click. Box. Pay. Take. The whole thing looks extremely secure. Xianna, to your thief’s eye you can’t really see how he got into the stock room in the first place, but it looks like a vault.

LAURA: Huh. “Maybe he lives there.”

NICK: (laughs) yeah, maybe. To your practiced eyes, as people who deal with star ships a lot, this thing if it is as intense as it looks might even be able to stand up to turbo laser fire from orbit. It’s super secure.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Cool. Great.

NICK: Anything else from the weapon shop?

LAURA: No.

CAMERON: “I already dropped my blaster off, but if y’all want any gun upgrades I was with this guy’s brother earlier. He apparently does a really good job.”

HUDSON: “I would like a vibro-axe upgrade.”

CAMERON: “Okay cool. Let’s head that way.”

NICK: You run across there. He’s like—

CAMERON: “Hey Krylon!”

NICK: “Oh, you brought friends.”

CAMERON: “I did~”

NICK: “Wonderful.”

HUDSON: “I’m Tink.”

NICK: “Hi Tink. Nice to meet you. You’ve got some red on your fur.”

HUDSON: “Oh…”

LAURA: “It is a popsicle.”

NICK: “Oh.”

HUDSON: “It’s no longer a popsicle, but it was a popsicle.”

NICK: “I see.”

LAURA: “yes.”

NICK: “Thank you for that very specific relativity. I appreciate it. What can I do for you fine people?”

HUDSON: “I would like an upgrade for my vibro-axe.”

NICK: “Wonderful. Let me see it.” He holds out a hand, you toss it to him, he catches it. He swings it a little bit, and you can tell he’s very comfortable with this which is a very large, very scary weapon that most people don’t use. He puts it on the bench. “What exactly am I doing to this bad boy?”

HUDSON: “Uh, monomolecular edge please.”

NICK: “Yeah, I could put that on there. Probably take a couple days.”

HUDSON: “Alright. Couple meaning the literal couple of two?”

NICK: “Couple meaning the literal couple of two. I appreciate your attention to detail, my friend.”

HUDSON: “Thank you.”

NICK: “That’ll cost you…”

HUDSON: “That’ll cost me 1,000 Credits.”

NICK: “Yeah. It’s a little bit more pricey at 1,000 Credits, but thanks for filling it in and reading the menu off back behind my head. Yeah, I’ll get that taken care of for you big boy. Come back in a couple days. It should be ready about the same time as your friend’s carbine.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

NICK: “Wonderful. Anything else?”

LAURA: “We’re good, I think. Yes?”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Did that popsicle upset your tummy, Tink?”

HUDSON: “It gave me the hiccups.”

CAMERON: “Aww.”

LAURA: “Oh, I am so sorry. Okay.”

NICK: Aw.

HUDSON: “Again, I cannot get the outlaw tech data breaker here. I really need to use my street smarts.”

CAMERON: No.

LAURA: “No, it’s okay Tink, we will get that in a moment.”

HUDSON: “Great.”

NICK: The Devaronian looks at you. “No… I don’t- I do guns.”

HUDSON: “Oh.”

NICK: “Yeah, guns and swords mostly.”

LAURA: “We’ll figure it out later, Tink. I promise. We should’ve maybe done this in reverse order now that I am thinking about it, but it’ll be fine. It will be fine.”

CAMERON: I place my vibro-sword on the counter.

NICK: Ooh.

HUDSON: Oh shit.

CAMERON: While I’m here.

NICK: Oh. Sure.

CAMERON: “Alright Krylon, looking at the mods you got, I think I’d like to do the balanced hilt as well as the monomolecular edge.”

NICK: “I can make that happen. There is one downside. There’s just the me. This is a cottage industry. Doing all these as a rush job it is gonna take me probably an extra day, so it’s gonna take three days to get these weapons back to you.”

CAMERON: “That’s alright.”

NICK: “Alright. So come back on the dawn of the third day, and I’ll be able to get you your weapons.”

CAMERON: “So that’ll be 2,500?”

NICK: “Yup, 2,500 Credits.”

CAMERON: “Alright.”

NICK: We get the team walking out, much less heavily armed, and that’s where we’re gonna end the episode. Ba-naaa~!

OTHERS: Ba-naaa~!

CAMERON: Wee!

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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Loot and Scoot

Transcript by Tyler (Twitter: @Tyler_MoonSage)

## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

Welcome back to our regular release schedule. We’ll be coming out with our next goal in a few weeks, but for now I just want to say Laura’s working on a secret project with some friends, and it’s going to be adorable and perfect. Keep an eye out for it soon. Until our next social goal, tell a friend about the show. It’s a great way to share our story, and if what we do is something you like I’m sure you know a friend who’d like it too.

Well, without further ado, we hope you enjoy the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Tabletop Squadron, flying the friendly skies with the Afternoon Delight. Your cruising altitude will be 20 episodes. Yeah, so we’ll go around the table, say who you are, who you’re playing, and if you spent any experience since the last time we spoke let our listeners know what you spent it on. We’ll go to Cameron first.

CAMERON: hello!

NICK: Hi.

CAMERON: I’m Cameron, and I’m playing Karma Nailo the Nautolan bounty hunter. I purchased the third rank in Ranged: Heavy.

NICK: Ooh.

CAMERON: So I can shoot guns real good now.

NICK: Cool. Very neat. Up next we’ve got Laura.

LAURA: I’m Laura. Yes. That is who I am… and I am playing Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler. I bought Shortcut. During a chase, I can add a boost die to any checks made to catch or escape an opponent. So I can run away now.

NICK: Neat. I’m sure that won’t ever come up.

CAMERON: Well, it’s just her, though, so… (laughs)

LAURA: (smiling) It’s just me, which is fitting. I wasn’t gonna bring the rest of you with.

NICK: Alright. Last up we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Hi, I’m last. I’m playing Tink, also known as full name Rallltinkraatatat, a Gigoran slicer~

NICK: Is it –raatatat or -raatakat?

HUDSON: … Rallltinkraatakat, thank you.

(laughter)

NICK: Ah…

HUDSON: No, Ratatat is a really good music group.

LAURA: Yeah!

NICK: Oh. Okay. Have you spent any experience this time?

HUDSON: No, I’m hoarding that shit so I can get something that’s worth 20.

NICK: Great, just like real life.

HUDSON: Yes!

CAMERON: (laughing) I wish people could see your facial expressions.

LAURA: We’re gonna have a Twitch stream where it’s just a Hudson camera, no sound because we don’t wanna give spoilers, just a Hudson camera.

CAMERON: You could just see what’s happening, though.

NICK: And I’ll GM like this…

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: And we’ll have a little sign that we put on the chair that says… Oh, it has to be some stupid bathroom pun. “Gone to feed the Sarlacc” is an actual one they have used in books.

NICK: Yeah, that means you’re pooping.

LAURA: It means you’re poopin’.

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: Before we get started, let’s do the Destiny Roll.

CAMERON: One light side.

HUDSON: Two light side.

LAURA: One light side.

CAMERON: (gasps)

NICK: Ooh. Not giving me a ton to work with.

CAMERON: Four light side!

NICK: Alright. When we last left off you all had just finished a very large gunfight against the Black Sun Corporation. You were both after a droid. Sentinel had sent you to fetch it and warned you that some other people may also be attempting to do the same thing. When you arrived at the base you discovered that things were not going as you had expected. There were a lot of dead people, a lot of explosions, and the droid had actually been damaged in some way. You ambushed these poor fools and blew them apart. Tink, you got shot quite a bit, and we last left off with Tink saying, ‘I got your boots, Xianna.’ They were not good boots, but then Karma found very nice boots in your size. So, that was what you spent your light side points on last time.

LAURA: Yes.

CAMERON: It felt pretty safe at the end of the episode to do that. (laughs)

NICK: So, the boots were not the right size, but karma found someone wearing very nice boots that were a galactic standard 6 ½. The facility is smoking with blaster fire and the scent of char and blood fills your nostrils. Describe these boots.

LAURA: Ooh. SO they can’t have any buttons or things like that, because that’s not allowed in Star Wars, but they’re shiny, and they’re black, and they have a little bit of a heel. Not too much though, like riding boot level of heel. They’re knee high, and they probably have little bits of a snakeskin pattern that’s a slightly oil slick pattern.

CAMERON: Ooh.

LAURA: So not true metallic rainbow, but if the light catches it there’s a little bit of a rainbow gleam.

NICK: Nice. So you pull these boots off of this corpse. Do you just slap them on right there, put on your new boots, get rid of your old ones?

LAURA: Well I mean, do they have blood on them?

CAMERON: No, they wouldn’t, because it’s not off of a corpse, it’s off of one of the ones that I stunned, because I found them in my hallway.

NICK: Oh yeah. That’s fair.

LAURA: Oh, then yeah.

CAMERON: So they’re perfectly clean unless the guy stepped in something earlier.

LAURA: I just trade out the boots.

NICK: Cool. So you’re basically in the entry hallway of this facility. You made your way most of the way back to the main entrance when you were ambushing these people. Karma is towards the back in a hallway with a couple of stunned people that she took down. There are another five thugs in various states of disrepair scattered around this hallway. The walls are scattered with blaster fire. There’s smoke, remnants of explosions that were there before you came in, overall there’s just a haze in the air. People are dead on the ground. Tink, you are bleeding pretty heavily from the wounds that you took. Your leg is just a mess. Your kneecap is pretty much blown off at this point.

HUDSON: “(groans in pain)”

NICK: The droid that you came to collect is laying in the middle of the hallway with the body of a Black Sun gunman sprawled over it from where he dropped. What do you do?

LAURA: “Tink… Are you okay?”

HUDSON: “(groans)”

LAURA: “So no… Okay.”

CAMERON: “Your leg looks really messed up.”

LAURA: “We are going to have to get him to some sort of medic, pretty sure, because I don’t know what to do for that.”

CAMERON: “Tink? Hun? Can you stand?”

HUDSON: “I think I c—(groans) … No.”

CAMERON: (laughing) How are we getting him out of this?

LAURA: “So Tink… I know you said you are straightedge, but—“

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: “So hear me out. If I give you some impact, you will have the energy to get out and get to the ship, and then, you know, you won’t be on the floor, because I cannot pick you up.”

CAMERON: “We can also try some medical stuff beforehand, with no pain meds or anything, just tourniquets basically, I think, at this point.”

LAURA: “Oh, I will not.”

CAMERON: “Actually, hold on.” Karma starts looting all the dead people.

NICK: Okay. So, you did last time, you pulled patches off of everybody.

CAMERON: Yes. I have all of their patches, and I take the patches from the guys still living too, but I leave them with like… their stuff. I’m just now totally looting the dead guys.

NICK: So, you leave your friend bleeding in the hall, and you are looking for what? Weapons, pockets? How deep of a search are you doing here?

CAMERON: I am trying to find stim packs, basically.

NICK: Alright. I would say looting the bodies would be a Skulduggery kind of move, don’t you think?

CAMERON: “Hey Xianna, come help!” (laughs)

LAURA: “Okie! I was going to loot the bodies as well, not looking for stim packs.”

CAMERON: “Oh. Well, if you find any stim packs—“

LAURA: “(huffs) Sabos owed me three stim packs.”

CAMERON: “Those would be real handy right now…”

HUDSON: (whining) “Sabos~?”

LAURA: “They would—No! No one said anything!”

HUDSON: (whining) “Okay… Did you say impact?”

LAURA: “Oh! Do you want the impact right now?”

HUDSON: “No. No… Come closer. I can’t- I don’t have the energy…”

LAURA: She does the thing where she kneels down next to him and is doing that deathbed thing. “(solemnly) Yes…? What is it?”

HUDSON: (weakly) “I gotta keep the edge…”

(laughter)

LAURA: “Okay, but like, it will make you feel good. In a fun way. Heh.”

HUDSON: “No. I’ll just rely on the stim packs.”

LAURA: “I think I might have some whiskey.”

CAMERON: “We have to find them first. Hold on. Xianna, come on.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Okie.”

HUDSON: “I believe in you~!”

CAMERON: ‘Tink, can you tie a tourniquet around your leg?”

HUDSON: “yeah. I learned about that.”

CAMERON: “I figured your medical book probably taught you.”

HUDSON: “Yeah, it’s called a tourniquet because you turn it… on your leg.”

CAMERON: “… Uh-huh. Yes.”

NICK: Well, technically French doesn’t exist in Star Wars, so…

CAMERON: That is why it’s called a tourniquet, because you turn it… on your leg.

LAURA: Difficulty?

NICK: Average. Are you both doing individual or are you helping each other?

CAMERON: If I help you can have another yellow.

LAURA: yeah.

CAMERON: Let’s do that. I’m assisting.

NICK: Cool.

LAURA: Also, Xianna would be looking for more than just stim packs. She’s looking for binders, and weapons, and drugs, and any like fun snacks they have, like if they have some cool granola bars, like if one of them was the mom of the group and definitely had a bag full of baby wipes and snacks.

CAMERON: (giggles) We want that bag.

LAURA: Oh, and Band-Aids. There’s always the mom of the group. We want to find the mom of the group. (laughs)

NICK: Well, now I’m picturing this team as like an eight year old soccer team, so that’s great.

CAMERON: Ooh. If they have Capri-Sun, I want one.

NICK: Great.

LAURA: So, one success, one advantage.

NICK: Interesting. You find a couple of things. They have guns, because they were shooting you with them.

CAMERON: (laughing) exactly.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: They all have light blasters except for the head honcho guy who had a carbine rifle.

CAMERON: I’m taking every single gun that these guys have. Not the stunned ones, they still have a life to live.

NICK: Three of them were stunned, and there were nine total, so you get five light blasters and one carbine.

CAMERON: And you want a light?

LAURA: Oh no, Xianna’s gonna take one from one of the stunned guys. She doesn’t care.

CAMERON: Oh, okay.

NICK: Okay, so you can have those. They’re just standard, nothing fancy. You do a pretty cursory job patting them down with a success and an advantage. You’re not really getting up in there or anything. I would imagine that patting down blaster killed corpses is not the most pleasant of experiences. How used to doing this are Xianna and Karma?

CAMERON: (laughs) Some of them are axed.

NICK: Yeah…

CAMERON: (laughing) Some of them were worse.

LAURA: Again, Karma is ONLY searching through the dead ones, for some reason. Xianna’s also going through the living ones. She steals from people. She doesn’t care. If anything she thinks it’s weird that Karma’s only taking from the dead ones. Like, ‘they’re dead, ew.’

CAMERON: Karma’s pretty okay with the death and gory stuff, because stuff happens when you’re bounty hunting. You know, like the person you’re chasing goes off of a chasm and you have to go down there, and it’s real nasty when you get down there, but you have to bring them back, so… She’s probably very clinical about it, and is trying to not get super dirty, but if she has to move a limb she isn’t very concerned.

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: Xianna probably would care too much either, being from an Empire occupied planet where there is an active resistance. Stormtroopers just kind of patrol and shoot people when they feel like it.

HUDSON: Just real quick, out of character, this whole time I’ve been trying to think of a Black Hole Sun pun and it just hasn’t been working.

NICK: Wash away the pain?

HUDSON: I was thinking Black Hole Sun, wake them up, and they better not complain. That was as close as I got, but that’s not…

LAURA: No, that’s nothing.

HUDSON: Nope. Never mind, I give up.

NICK: It was a good effort.

CAMERON: How many total badges did I get? There’s nine with the dudes right here…

NICK: Plus there were the additional…

CAMERON: There were three or four last time?

NICK: Four. Yeah.

CAMERON: So there’s 13 total?

NICK: Yep, 13 anonymous Black Sun badges. You get two stim packs, you get those assorted blasters, that’s about it. They traveled pretty light.

CAMERON: Wound-wise, what are you at, Hudson?

HUDSON: Five.

LAURA: Out of what?

HUDSON: Seventeen. Five left, sorry.

CAMERON: Okay. we will stab you with one of the stim packs and get you back up to 10.

HUDSON: Alright.

CAMERON: Your leg is still gonna be messed up because of the crit.

HUDSON: Okay.

CAMERON: Feeling better…?

NICK: Just to remind our listeners, what is the damage to your leg?

HUDSON: Sure. So my leg is jacked up. It got shot up, and kriffed up, and it’s just all kinds of mess. As far as my critical injury chart goes, I’m crippled. One limb is impaired until healed or replaced. Increase difficulty to all checks using that limb.

NICK: Great. You’re injured. You all found some stim packs. What are you gonna do?

LAURA: We gave Tink a stim pack.

CAMERON: Gonna stab him with the stim pack.

HUDSON: (pain noises)

CAMERON: So, you gain 5 wounds back. “Xianna, you can have the other stim pack, because you seem to need it more.”

LAURA: Yes~ “I do. I am, how you say, squishy…”

CAMERON: “Fragile?”

LAURA: “Squishy!”

CAMERON: I load up all my guns and my patches.

HUDSON: I crawl over to assassin bot.

NICK: Mm-hmm?

HUDSON: After I crawl to assassin bot, I check to see how many restraining bolts it has.

NICK: What an interesting idea to check the droid that you came to see. So, the droid is the size of an average man, about 5’11” or 1.8 meters tall. The torso is heavily armored with rounded shoulders and well-defined limbs. I realize that this is not what you asked, but I wrote this description and I’m gonna read it, damn it. The entire thing is covered in rusty, red-colored armor plating. The face has an upright rectangular panel where the mouth would be on a human with a sloping forehead and skull-like sunken cheeks. There are two short, thick antennas sticking out of the back of the head. There’s a lot of carbon scoring on the armor of the droid, evidence of the battle it had with the Black Sun syndicate. One thing particularly stands out—well, two things. There are no restraining bolts on it, and can you make me a Mechanics check, please? You should be good at that.

HUDSON: I’m okay at it.

CAMERON: You’re real smart, though.

HUDSON: I’m real smart, though. What’s the difficulty?

NICK: It’s gonna be average.

HUDSON: Oh. Three successes.

NICK: Lovely. One thing particularly stands out. There is a neat hole in the left side of the chest. You crack open the armor plating and pull it open, and you see that the central processor on this unit is actually kept in the torso—most of the time it’s in the head, this one has it in the torso—and there is a smoking hole in the middle of the central processing unit. Basically that’s the brain of the droid, most of its memories and personality are kept in there, and that thing is totally blown. With that amount of successes you would know that you either need to find an identical central processing unit, which would be pretty difficult to do since you’ve never seen a droid like this before, or some sort of powerful program AI type thing that you could plug into it to run.

HUDSON: Oh… I look down at my Rancore Protocol.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) Do not plug that in right now!

HUDSON: By the way, out of character, I know you just made an awesome description for that robot, but all I can think about it looking like is that droid from Hoth that goes and inspects things and has all the really skinny legs and the round head.

CAMERON: So nothing like that.

LAURA: But nothing like he described.

NICK: (laughs)

HUDSON: Exactly. That’s all I can think of, because that’s how I pictured it before.

NICK: Think like a red metal dude.

HUDSON: Yeah, I…

NICK: Do you want me to pull up a picture of him so you can see?

HUDSON: Oh, do you have a picture of it?

NICK: Yeah.

CAMERON: Think HK47 from KOTOR.

CAMERON: He doesn’t play KOTOR. That doesn’t mean anything.

HUDSON: I played it when I was a kid. I don’t remember very well.

CAMERON: It looks like a scary, red robot man.

HUDSON: Cool. Okay.

NICK: Now that you’ve seen the picture, wasn’t my description great?

HUDSON: Yeah, I liked it.

NICK: Yeah, I thought it was awesome. So, Tink, you pull out your Rancore Protocol and you’re holding it in one hand and part of the droid in the other, and favoring one leg that isn’t bleeding, and Karma says—

CAMERON: “Do not plug that in right now.”

LAURA: “Tink, what are you doing?”

HUDSON: “I mean, the operative phrase that she just mentioned was right now.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, later. Later.”

LAURA: “Okie. Tink, you are bleeding out everywhere. Maybe we should just get things on the ship, get out of here in case more people come.”

HUDSON: “Listen—“

CAMERON: “Do you remember how the last time you plugged that into a droid it turned into a [murder robot? Murder droid?” (laughs)

HUDSON: “Vaguely, but to be honest I’ve lost a lot of blood, so I’m just gonna go with what you guys say, because I don’t remember any murder droids.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Cool. Don’t plug it in. we will do that later.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

CAMERON: “Let’s get back to our ship.”

HUDSON: “Okay. we’ll go back to the ship. Can I crawl?”

CAMERON: “I think you—Hmm.”

LAURA: “Whoa. How are we going to do this?”

HUDSON: “I know I can crawl, but should I crawl?”

CAMERON: “Okay. Xianna, if you grab the gun and let Tink put an arm around your shoulder…”

LAURA: “I will fall to the ground. (laughs)”

CAMERON: “Yeah. Tink, do not put a ton of weight on her. I can carry the droid. I can’t carry the droid and be a crutch for Tink.”

HUDSON: “Why are you avoiding the most obvious solution, which is finding a mine cart for the track?”

LAURA: “Oh, that would help.”

CAMERON: “Hold on!” Karma turns around and goes back into that big room, because there was a speeder in there.

NICK: That’s true. There was a speeder in there.

CAMERON: I go back in there.

NICK: So, the speeder… The thing about this place is the speeder is too big to come through those hallways. There is a garage door that swings up, but when you look it actually goes out on the far side of a hill, further than you would expect. You would need to swing it around to get it back to the front, if you could find the keys to turn it on. There is a little hover cart full of tools, because this is a mechanics place.

CAMERON: Is it like a hover cart that say, I don’t know, Tink and a droid would fit on?

NICK: One or the other, it’s probably not big enough for both.

HUDSON: What if I hold it in my arms?

CAMERON: (loudly) Is it a hover cart that maybe Tink, and the droid, and the gun would fit on?

NICK: Hey, listeners…

CAMERON: Flipping a light side point. (laughs)

NICK: Yeah, so, Cameron flipped a light side point. So, you see this little hover cart, it’s got some hydrospanners on it, and a hammer, and it’s pretty small. The camera zooms in on Karma scratching at one of her head tentacles, and then she kind of shrugs, and then the camera goes a foot to the left and there’s a much larger one with some padding that looks like it’s for a person. It’s like a medical gurney and it looks like it’s for two people with a cargo slot underneath. You have a perfect thing that could carry both Tink and the droid, and the gun.

CAMERON: Cool. While I’m in here, is there anything else that looks nifty? (laughs)

NICK: That would be a Skulduggery check. Your friend is bleeding out in the other room, but if you want to try and loot that is fine.

CAMERON: I gave him a stim pack. He’s fine. What’s the difficulty?

NICK: He’s “okay.” (chuckles) This one’s gonna be hard to find anything useful.

CAMERON: As I’m walking back… Wow, interesting. Two successes, three threats, and a triumph.

NICK: So, you fall prone while you’re searching. (dramatic bass noise)

CAMERON: I use my Jump Up talent to get back up as an incidental. (prone sound rewinds)

NICK: Ooh. Oh-hoh. Fancy.

CAMERON: (laughing) For no reason.

NICK: (laughing) So, we get this shot of Karma, the legs sticking out of a crate kind of kicking in the air, and there’s a loud bang as she falls forward into the crate, and then a really cool legs-first jump out of the crate on the other side. Super important. Besides that, with that triumph, I think you find a small case of weapons mod parts.

CAMERON: Nice.

NICK: Technically in Star Wars each modification, in this game, needs its own very specific equipment. What we’re going to say is this is kind of a wild card that you can plug into something. The only one I’m gonna say out of hand that you’re not gonna be able to turn that into is Masterwork, because that’s very expensive.

CAMERON: No Masterwork.

NICK: But that’s the parts for modding a weapon, if you would like to install a mod later on.

CAMERON: So one weapon?

NICK: Yeah. It’s just a little carrying case with some tools and some little doodads and things. It looks like a weapon maintenance kit you might be able to repurpose.

CAMERON: Cool. I pop it into the cargo section of the gurney and hover back over to my friends.

NICK: Sure. (whoosh noises)

HUDSON: “You got a hover bed!”

CAMERON: “I did, and it’s for you, Tink!”

HUDSON: “It’s exactly what I told you to get. I’m so smart.”

(snickering)

CAMERON: “Yup! Come on. Can you get in it, or do you need help?”

HUDSON: “I can roll…”

CAMERON: “Well, it is not on the ground, it is—“

HUDSON: “No, I can roll to it, and then I can climb.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

CAMERON: “Okay cool, okay. I’ll hold it right here. You go ahead and get in.”

HUDSON: “(groans) Do I take the robot?”

LAURA: “No, no, no.”

CAMERON: “No, leave the robot on the ground. I’ll put—(laughs) Leave the droid on the ground. I’ll put the droid in.”

HUDSON: “Alright, just like I’m putting out a fire… (whispering) That one time…” I roll, and roll…

LAURA: “Tink—What?”

(laughter)

HUDSON: And I just roll all the way to the gurney-mobile.

LAURA: “Did anyone else hear Tink say that?”

CAMERON: “Yeah, stop, drop and roll. Obviously he caught on fire at some point.”

LAURA: “No—What? (exhales) Oh… I think I’m just coming down in a very not-so-good way.”

CAMERON: (giggles)

LAURA: “Is there room in there for me, Tink? Because… Oh boy.”

HUDSON: “How much do you like getting blood on you?”

LAURA: “I mean, I would not say that I like it, but I was going to take a shower anyways.”

CAMERON: Karma puts the droid and the gun on it while they’re talking.

NICK: After Tink flops into the cart it noticeably sinks. It was hovering about three quarters of a meter off the ground, and it goes down to about half a meter. With the droid on, it goes down to about a third of a meter off the ground, so you have to actually lean over a little to push it. You could try and see if it would fit. Also, you do remember that big gun they were carrying, right?

CAMERON: Yeah. I put the gun and the droid on.

NICK: Okay. The gun is reasonably heavy. Taking a second to look at that more closely, it appears to be some sort of long distance blaster rifle. It doesn’t have any sort of electronic scope on it, though. It has iron sights, and it also has multiple barrels underslung on the bottom, kind of like a mini gun or something, attached under the sniper barrel that also appears to attach to the power source. This is a very strange gun you haven’t seen before.

CAMERON: Huh.

NICK: Yeah. Another thing you notice about the gun is it doesn’t have a trigger, which is very interesting. The place where  normally a trigger and a trigger guard would go is just a little slot in the side of the gun and that’s it.

HUDSON: Ooh, wireless.

CAMERON: “Huh. That’s interesting.” And I just pop it on the cart.

LAURA: For the droid.

HUDSON: Ohh…

CAMERON: Eyebrow wiggle.

NICK: Eyebrow wiggle. (laughs) Okay, so do you leave? Is there anything else you wanted to look at? You’ve got the droid and Tink loaded up into the cart…

CAMERON: “Should we get him medical attention, or do you want to go in that other room that the stunned guys came from?”

HUDSON: “I vote medical attention.”

LAURA: “(sighs) Yes.”

CAMERON: “I’m kind of feeling like that’s the better option.”

LAURA: ‘I vote medical attention as well.”

CAMERON: “Okay.”

HUDSON: “I’m offended you even had the choice.”

LAURA: “I mean, we did have a choice, like…”

HUDSON: “No, I mean that you explored the options.”

LAURA: “… Why?”

CAMERON: I start pushing the cart.

HUDSON: “I’m so hurt right now~!”

LAURA: “I mean, we picked You.”

NICK: So, we get Karma pushing the cart. It’s running pretty low. There’s a pretty bright glow coming from underneath it as it is working overtime with all the weight that’s been piled onto it.

LAURA: Xianna is trudging along, because it is after an encounter. Previously all post-impact encounters have just been sitting around talking so it hasn’t been an issue yet…

CAMERON: But now she has to move.

LAURA: …but I do have negatives after encounters if I take impact, so I’m just slow and sad.

NICK: Okay. Xianna is trudging along, harassing Tink, and we get a low shot from behind as little drips of blood are coming off of the cart from Tink. You go outside. The crew sees the blockade runner ship that had the face paint job and the lightning bolts on it lifting off and taking off for orbit really fast.

CAMERON: “Hmm.”

LAURA: “Oh… Huh.”

NICK: So that ship’s leaving.

CAMERON: Bye~

NICK: Besides that, you can see a few nerfs calmly grazing. A couple of them galloped away from the ship as it took off, and as soon as the ship got more than 50 meters into the air they just stopped and started eating again. You can see the low ridge which your ship is parked behind. Do you go to the ship?

CAMERON: Yup.

NICK: Alright. You go to the ship. When you say you’re seeking medical attention… what are you all thinking, exactly?

LAURA: I was assuming a city.

CAMERON: We’re gonna need to find a town or something, with other people more talented than us.

LAURA: I was picturing finding a true city, that would have a real doctor, and other shops, and possibly robotic pieces in case we decide he has to just lose the leg.

HUDSON: Um…

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Okay. This is not in character.

(laughter)

HUDSON: I know.

CAMERON: Tink looks real concerned all of a sudden.

LAURA: In case you couldn’t tell by the voice difference.

NICK: Okay. Are you looking to leave Engibo 5 and go to a nearby planet, somewhere with some civilization on it? This one mostly has settlements. It doesn’t have anything particularly large.

CAMERON: Probably, yeah, then go to one that actually has people’s living on it.

NICK: Great. So you go back to the ship, you lift off, and you start flying to orbit.

CAMERON: Can we take our cart with us?

NICK: Sure. Yeah. Toss it in the cargo bay or whatever.

CAMERON: Yay! We have a cart in the cargo bay. I’m gonna write it on our ship sheet.

NICK:  got a holo-gurney.

CAMERON: Holo-gurney!

NICK: A hover gurney, I mean.

CAMERON: (laughs) it’s a holo-gurney. It’s just a blue image of a gurney.

LAURA: But it works. (laughs)

NICK: (laughs) If you believe.

CAMERON: How do you spell gurney? (laughs)

NICK: G-U-R-N-E-Y.

LAURA: That’s—I think that’s right.

HUDSON: That’s right. That’s what I was about to say.

CAMERON: Okay. My brain was just like… I don’t know!

NICK: We’ve had trouble with spelling today.

HUDSON: J-U-X-R…

NICK: (laughs) Don’t stop believing. So! We get a shot of the planet down below looking like a golden ball, the ship flying up, as you clear the atmosphere you see the blockade runner ship that belonged to the Black Suns jump to hyperspace. It was very much just booking it out. They didn’t know what happened, but most of the people who were in there were dead so whoever was still on the ship decided to cut their losses. You see there’s a couple of planets nearby, some of them with cities. There are some good options. As you’re starting to calculate it there’s a loud bang, and from outside the ship you see the ship actually lurch in space, and one of the emitters sputters and goes dark, and a big piece of paneling just floats off of it, and a bunch of alarms start going off in the cockpit.

CAMERON: “Tiiink!”

LAURA: Oh no.

HUDSON: “Waaah!”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughs) “I thought you fixed the ship.”

HUDSON: “You know, the operative word there is fixed, and I would say I thought it was fixed.”

CAMERON: “Okay… I’m seeing hull float away…”

NICK: (“woop” alarm noises)

CAMERON: “…and everything’s beeping at me!”

LAURA: “Tink, I’m just going to roll you in there. Okay?”

HUDSON: “Okay!”

CAMERON: “I’ma have to land again…”

LAURA: Xianna runs over to Tink’s room with the hover gurney, the hover cart, and helps toss him in there and then runs it up to the computer cockpit area. “Okay. You fix now.”

HUDSON: Do you walk away? Are you looking at me?

LAURA: I kind of just stand there expectantly. “You, you fix, okay you go.” (laughs)

HUDSON: Alright. I look left and right to see if anyone else is around.

CAMERON: I’m in the cockpit too.

HUDSON: You’re in the cockpit, and you’re like, beside me?

LAURA: Yeah.

HUDSON: I just like quickly press the mute button on the alarm, and that’s all I do right then.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: “Tink, that is not helpful!”

LAURA: “Tink, you just pressed the mute button. I could see you. I am right here!”

NICK: (“woop” alarm noises)

HUDSON: “Alright. Alright. Wait, it’s—“

NICK: (noises abruptly stop)

HUDSON: –Oh.

(laughter)

LAURA: ‘Tink! Fix it!”

HUDSON: “Alright, fine.”

CAMERON: “I just saw plating float away. I don’t think that’s something he can fix with the computers. I’m landing.”

NICK: The ship is also lifting pretty hard to the port, as if half of it stopped {propulsing}, so it’s kind of doing a weird spinny thing.

CAMERON: Yeah, I’m going back down.

HUDSON: Yeah, there’s nothing I can do. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. A couple of things happen at that point. As you head back down you do a scan of the planet and you see that there is a decent sized settlement on the far side that y’all missed on the way in because you all failed your Planetary Knowledge check. Xianna super did not remember this place even though—

LAURA: Nope.

NICK: Maybe she didn’t go there.

LAURA: Who knows.

NICK: Maybe she… did something else. Hard to tell. Your data pad, Karma, that you have in a seat in the cockpit pings at you once.

CAMERON: I look at it.

NICK: It’s an Imperial missive.

CAMERON: Cool. I disregard for the moment, because it’s not good to look at your data pad while you’re flying.

NICK: What great advice. So, you start to head back towards the planet. The ship is struggling pretty hard. I’m gonna need a hard Piloting check from you to bring this in under control, as you are flying under half power trying to re-enter atmosphere.

CAMERON: (nervously) “Xianna…?”

LAURA: “yes?”

CAMERON: “Do you know how ships work?”

LAURA: “I mean, not really, but…”

CAMERON: “Can you follow instructions if I give them to you?”

LAURA: (cheerfully) “Maybe.”

CAMERON: (laughs) “Okay. Come sit up here.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

HUDSON: “I can fly it.”

CAMERON: “We don’t have time to get you into this seat.” (laughs)

HUDSON: “(huffs)”

LAURA: I slump down into the chair. “Okie. What do I press?”

CAMERON: “Pres that button.” Karma points at something, “and pull that lever.”

LAURA: “Okie.”

CAMERON: (laughing) I want a blue die for her helping.

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: Yeah, do we need to do any checks?

CAMERON: Yeah, probably Piloting: Space?

NICK: yeah.

CAMERON: Okay.

LAURA: Does it do anything if I would have a black die to that roll, since I’m just helping her?

NICK: There’s two ways that this can work. I’m open to either, it’s up to you. One, you can do a Co-Piloting check, which will let you add any successes to her roll which is pretty cool, or you can both contribute to the Piloting check which would give her a blue die.

LAURA: Because I’m pretty agile.

CAMERON: Yeah. Try a Co-Pilot check, and we’ll see how it goes. (laughs)

LAURA: You know what, I’m gonna flip a light side point.

NICK: Aw, you beat me to it.

LAURA: Ha-ha. What’s the difficulty?

NICK: Hard.

CAMERON: Oh no.

LAURA: Oh no.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: Shit. Yeah, so four failures. Just four failures. Yup.

CAMERON: You know what, I did so much better, and I only have one failure and one threat.

NICK: Alright, so we’re coming in hot.

CAMERON: Coming in hot!

LAURA: Oh wait! No! Four failures and an advantage. I can’t read.

CAMERON: Ha-ha! It improved so dramatically!

NICK: So, you can get rid of the threat.

LAURA: Cool.

CAMERON: So just five failures, total, between the two of us?

LAURA: Oh boy…

NICK: I’ll just say if you fail at a CO-Piloting check I’m not gonna do the thing where it does minuses.

CAMERON: Okay, so, a failure.

NICK: Yeah. (laughs) So, what does the scene look like as Xianna tries to help you and just does the opposite?

CAMERON: Both of our yellows were blank. That is bullshit.

LAURA: I imagine that Karma would say like, okay press that red button, and Xianna would press like a pink button way off to the side, like ‘Okie!’

CAMERON: Karma goes into full teen learning to drive mom mode and is like phantom pressing things as Xianna pushes the wrong things, and is doing the freak out bracing herself in the seat, and it’s just very distracting and does not go well.

NICK: There’s a lot of yelling. The ship goes rattling down.

LAURA: “If you keep reaching in front of me I can’t press the buttons that you tell me to press!”

CAMERON: “But you’re pressing the wrong ones!”

LAURA: “And I know that, I know I’m pressing the wrong buttons but I cannot help it! I do not know how to fly! The last time I flew I crashed the ship into a lake, and if you just, you just keep yelling at me, and I am very stressed out, and I am not having a good time. I’m coming down from the impact and I am so stressed out!”

HUDSON: “Uh… This doesn’t sound good. What’s going—“

LAURA: “You stay out of it, Tink! You stay out of it!”

HUDSON: (weakly) “Okay…”

CAMERON: “Tink, Tink, just breathe. We’re gonna be fine.”

HUDSON: (dramatic labored inhale)

CAMERON: “Yup. Good job, sweetie.”

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: “I do not think that is how you breathe.”

(laughter)

HUDSON: (dramatic labored inhale)

CAMERON: “Tink, you’re breathing wrong.” (laughs)

LAURA: “Tink, please just let me give you some impact. I promise it is all fun.”

HUDSON: “Nooo. Keep, the, edge!”

(laughter)

NICK: So, we get an outside shot of the ship careening down out of the atmosphere. As you start to crash down you pass the terminus of the planet where the sun is rising, and you go to the night side, and you see this settlement lit up beneath you. It has two very distinct parts that you can see lit up. It looks like a wooden monster eating a durasteel snail. The space port that is the planet’s connection to the greater galaxy is nestled in the west, but you can see a majority of the settlement is made of wood and stucco buildings. It sprawls away from the space port in neighborhoods and slums, and the ramshackle part of the settlement stretches around the space port. Everyone can make me a Knowledge: Outer Rim check that’s looking at this place if they would so choose.

CAMERON: Is there difficulty?

NICK: Average.

CAMERON: Oh shit. A success and a threat. Karma knows something. This is crazy.

HUDSON: One advantage and five successes.

CAMERON: Okay. Karma doesn’t know that much.

NICK: Damn.

HUDSON: And this, I used all green.

LAURA: Two advantages, and two failures.

NICK: Whatever Xianna did on Engibo 5 she does not remember much of it. For those of you who succeeded, you actually have heard of this place before now that you see it. Tink, it really rings a bell, it’s something that’s come up as a place to hide out and recuperate in some of the underground circles. This settlement is called Nerftown.

We see the ship come streaking towards the space port. As you get closer to it your com starts to go off very stridently as someone attempts to hail the ship.

CAMERON: “Hello?”

NICK: Beep. Beep. Beep.

CAMERON: “Hello—Stop beeping ship! I pressed the button!”

LAURA: “I did not press anything!”

NICK: The ship comes streaking in. You hear, “Unidentified ship, you are approaching too quickly. Peel off and approach at a normal vector.”

CAMERON: (assertively) “We are trying, trust me.”

NICK: “Oh, is this some—“

CAMERON: “This is going down!”

NICK: ‘Emergency procedures in effect!”

CAMERON: “Thank you.”

NICK: And you can see the space port starts to scramble and some search lights hit the ship. You are coming in hot, and there are some snub fighters, they look like little X-wings with no guns on them that come up and start spraying fire retardant spray all over the outside of the Afternoon Delight. They scramble very quickly.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) Tink makes a really excited face, because it looks like we’re going through a car wash on the windshield, and he’s very excited.

HUDSON: Yes. That’s exactly what happens.

NICK: The ship comes in and there’s a sickening crunch as it bottoms out. So, it’s a space port so there isn’t a runway, because ships land—

CAMERON: Ships shouldn’t come in like this!

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: But there’s a big, round parking space, and you smash into the ground and kind of start donut skidding through it, and you’re getting really close to another yacht, and the ship is grinding and there are sparks going everywhere and bits of metal are flying off, and it’s getting closer and closer to this other yacht… Can y’all roll me a force die, please?

CAMERON: (reluctantly) Yeah…

LAURA: All of us, or just one?

NICK: No, just one.

CAMERON: Two light side.

NICK: Ooh. So, the ship is skidding and starting to slow down. Some of the anti-fire spray is sticking to the ground. The ship’s leaving this big black streak behind it, and it gets to within a couple of inches of this other ship and stops. You can actually see the cockpit of the Afternoon Delight is right up next to the cockpit of this other ship. It’s got all these delicate spires coming off of it in this twisty architecture. It’s definitely a pleasure vessel. You see two Duroses staring open mouthed into your view screen as they are sitting in the cockpit of this vessel.

LAURA: Xianna pops up, because she definitely at some point fell onto the floor. “Oh, hello~!” and waves at them.

CAMERON: Karma puts up a tentative (laughs nervously) wave, and then just drops her head back in the seat. “Oh my gosh…”

NICK: There is a Duros sitting in the pilot seat who was doing stuff, and there’s a Duros standing behind the pilot seat who is leaning over, and the Duros that was standing looks really upset and angry, and the Duros that was sitting looks just shocked and tentatively waves back, and then gets slapped in the back of the head by the guy standing behind it. But the ship has landed.

LAURA: “Okay Tink, you said you fixed this.”

CAMERON: “Oh my gosh.”

HUDSON: “You know, what if it was something other than the thing I fixed? We’re not sure, are we?”

LAURA: “So, that is why you should be checking these things. You do the mechanics.”

HUDSON: “I can’t predict everything that could possibly go wrong.”

CAMERON: “I lost all power to the port side of the ship.”

HUDSON: “… That could have been a crazy coincidence.”

(laughter)

CAMERON: “Really?”

LAURA: “I mean, I think you just didn’t do something you are supposed to do.”

HUDSON: “We can point fingers all day, or we can get my fucking leg fixed.”

(laughter)

NICK: Alright. We’re gonna get a swipe cut on that line to you all stumbling down the access ramp. Is Tink still in the gurney or is he limping?

CAMERON: Yup.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Okay, we’re pushing Tink in the gurney.

CAMERON: We set up the droid in probably one of the lounge seats.

NICK: Okay, and you just left it?

CAMERON: yeah, we’re just leaving it on the ship. Well, are we gonna carry this droid around this whole time?

HUDSON: No, but…

LAURA: I mean, do we have any… Oh.

CAMERON: Can we lock it in one of the bedrooms?

NICK: Sure.

LAURA: Does the 0G relaxation table that this ship has, do you think that has restraints?

CAMERON: (laughing) Restraints for the 0G table?!

NICK: Uhhh…

LAURA: Because it’s a table! Okay, I’m imagining a table you strap yourself to.

CAMERON: Uh-huh…

LAURA: That’s what I’m picturing. Also, we do somewhere have a sex room, and I’m sure there are restraints in there.

HUDSON: So, with droids we have restraining bolts, and no one has asked me to put them on the droid yet.

LAURA: Wait, we have those?

HUDSON: I have some lying around.

NICK: Yeah. He pulled some off of another droid earlier.

LAURA: Okay.

HUDSON: Yeah. So before we go can I put some restraining bolts on this thing?

CAMERON: “Before we leave: Tink, is this droid going to get up?”

HUDSON: “I can’t predict the future, but in case it does I can put a bunch of restraining bolts on it so it wouldn’t be that violent.”

NICK: I will say, the droid’s brain is blown out. It looks super dead. If you’re worried about it coming back to life or having some sort of backup because it’s a combat droid then restraining bolts are an option. You could tie it up. The 0G table I’m picturing is like a square pad that you float above.

LAURA: Oh…

CAMERON: No, that’s not fun.

NICK: Well what else would it be?

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: A table you strap yourself to.

CAMERON: You know what it is!

LAURA: And then the table floats!

HUDSON: Yeah, you know what it is.

NICK: … The table floats?

(laughter)

LAURA: Yeah!

NICK: God. For the listener, the book says that this ship has a 0G relaxation table. The internet does not know what that is. It’s not in Wikipedia. We can’t find it anywhere. So, the word is out. Maybe that will be some sort of stretch goal, we’ll draw the table, but for now we’re just gonna leave that delightfully ambiguous.

LAURA: I mean, if we draw the table there will be two different variations.

CAMERON: Yeah.

LAURA: One that everyone else agrees on, and then the version that Laura agrees on, and that’ll be a thing that will have to be censored in some way.

HUDSON: There’s two canons.

LAURA: … Yeah. Heh-heh. You know. (laughter) That’s how you strap yourself in.

NICK: Oh… I was gonna make a gunnery joke. I didn’t—

CAMERON: No, this ship does have two medium laser cannons.

HUDSON: Ohh.

CAMERON: yeah.

HUDSON: Learn something new every day. I should really know the ship better. (laughs)

CAMERON: Yeah, you should, mechanic!

NICK: So, do you install these restraining bolts on the droid?

HUDSON: Yes I do.

NICK: Roll me a Mechanics check, would you? Easy. They’re basically like sticking command hooks to a wall.

HUDSON: Three successes, two advantages.

NICK: Cool. How many do you want to stick to this thing? One should do it in any conceivable format.

HUDSON: Two!

NICK: Great.

(laughter)

HUDSON: If it wakes up it’s not gonna move.

NICK: Yeah. No, that’s fine. You can set a restraining bolt to completely make a droid immobile.

HUDSON: If you put three does it wrap back around and become real violent?

(laughter)

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: You just very easily strap those restraining bolts on. Your muscle memory is going right now because you have lost a lot of blood, and you actually find yourself trying to stick a restraining bolt right where the hole in the droid is, and then go oh, and move it a couple inches to the left and stick it on.

CAMERON: Eh. Maybe we should just toss it in the closet.

NICK: You just did the equivalent basically of chaining a corpse down, but if it makes y’all feel better then go right ahead.

CAMERON: Well, I’m gonna take the droid and go pop it in our costume closet, just like underneath all the capes and stuff.

NICK: We get a funny shot of Karma, she has the droid in a fireman carry over her shoulders, and chucks it into the closet with a clang, and she walks away and right before the door slides shut you see a floppy, big hat on the droid’s head and a feather boa wrapped around its neck, and then the door slides shut over it.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm.

LAURA: Yes.

HUDSON: The reason for having the droid hidden is if someone has to come on the ship to repair it other than me.

CAMERON: To repair it. I just don’t want an assassin droid chilling out in the open.

NICK: Yeah, that’s a pretty good idea. Makes sense.

HUDSON: “Where’s your drugs, Xianna?”

LAURA: “I mean, on me?”

CAMERON: ‘Do you want some?”

HUDSON: “No, if someone comes into the ship to repair it.”

CAMERON: “Oh no, they’re on her.”

LAURA: ‘Oh, no, no. All I have in my room is some empty alcohol bottles, some Twi’lek totems, they probably won’t steal those, and some weird mask in a box. I don’t know, I’m keeping it. It’s mine now.”

HUDSON: “Is it haunted?”

LAURA: “Probably.”

HUDSON: “Okay.”

LAURA: “But no, I keep my drugs in my pockets.”

HUDSON: “We’re just gonna skip the mask thing. Let’s head out.”

LAURA: (laughs) “Cool.”

CAMERON: “Tink, do you want medical attention?”

HUDSON: “yeah, that would be real nice right now.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Let’s go.” Push the gurney off, pop the ramp down.

NICK: Yeah. You pop the ramp down and you push the gurney off. When normally your exits are accompanied by the cool atmosphere mist, this time there’s just a lot of smoke and foam. You can see one of the landing gear is snapped off, the ship’s canted at a weird angle. Actually, as you roll out, the camera pans up to one of the pit droids from Episode 1 with the little boopy noses, and there’s a fire on top of the ship in some wiring and it’s spraying it with a fire extinguisher. As you come down the ramp you see an Ardennian mechanic waving at you from the tarmac. Ardennians are the four-armed little aliens with the kind of monkey faces that are in Solo, the pilot guy is an Ardennian.

CAMERON: (hushed) Yeah!

NICK: He’s wearing a bright orange jumpsuit that leaves his arms bare, and he has a firefighter helmet on his head, but he has it pushed back now that the disaster is over. “Well, that was certainly an entrance. Hi, and welcome to Nerftown space port.”

CAMERON: “Thanks.”

NICK: “You’re gonna wanna leave your financial information with me.”

CAMERON: “Yeah…”

LAURA: “Um…”

NICK: “Looks like your ship needs some repairs.”

LAURA: “Yeah…”

CAMERON: “Yeah. See that part?” Karma points to the giant missing area that should have plating over it. “That just fell off.”

HUDSON: “And we have no idea why.”

LAURA: “He did not fix it.” And I point at Tink.

NICK: The Ardennian looks very patient, like he’s listened to crew argue about whose fault it was many times. The part of the ship that appears to be missing is some sort of rear stabilizer flap, but you can also see there’s a pretty decently sized crater blown in the rear hull plating as if it had taken a hit from a turbo laser at some point.

CAMERON: Weird. (laughs)

NICK: And the engine module on that side, the ship has multiple engines, but that part of it looks pretty bad. The Ardennian goes, ‘Ah. Well there’s your problem right there. It appears that you’ve been hit by some sort of turbo laser.”

LAURA: “yes. We know.”

NICK: “So, I’m guessing you’re looking for some mechanic work.”

CAMERON: (reluctantly) “Yes please.”

LAURA: “Uh-huh. Yes.”

NICK: “Alright. Well, if you step into the office I’ll do a quick inspection and I’ll get back to you with some estimates.”

CAMERON: “That would be fantastic, mister—Sorry, what’s your name?”

NICK: “The name’s Zubo. I’m the mechanic, well the head mechanic anyway.” One of the droids is chittering at him from on top of the ship. “Well hurry up and let’s get some estimates for these fine people!” He flips up into the underside of the ship with one arm and then flips over and climbs up on top. He flips down some glasses like Mozz wears in Return of the Jedi and starts—not Return of the Jedi.

LAURA: What?! (laughs)

NICK: The Force Awakens—and starts flipping different lenses down, but you can see some of them are electronic like he’s looking through the hull at some of the wiring and stuff. “I’ll be in there in a jiffy. Hang on.” He starts climbing all over the ship.”

LAURA: “Okay, so… How about I take Tink to go get medical attention, because you know he is bleeding…”

CAMERON: “Yeah, yeah.”

LAURA: “…and you stay with this Zubo and get the ship fixed, because you are the captain?”

CAMERON: “Okay.”

LAURA: “yes.”

HUDSON: “What if we find a real cool café that we all wanna eat at?”

LAURA: “We will hold a table, and then we will—“

CAMERON: “Everyone. Did you take your coms with you?”

LAURA: “yes!”

HUDSON: “yeah…”

CAMERON: “Okay.”

LAURA: “So, we will just get a table for three, and then com her, have her come by.”

HUDSON: “Okay. I guess that’ll work.”

LAURA: “There will probably be a wait anyway, so by the time she gets there our table will be ready.”

CAMERON: “And it’s probably going to take a while for them to fix your leg up, so by the time you’re wrapping up there I should be done here.”

LAURA: “yeah, and then we will find a lovely café to eat at and have, uh, brunch or something.”

HUDSON: “Everything you’re saying is working out, but everything’s getting real dark.”

LAURA: “yes. That is why I’m going to go take you to a doctor.”

CAMERON: “yeah. Okay.”

LAURA: “Okay.” I start wheeling Tink away, and once I’m out of earshot of Karma I lean down and go, “Okay Tink, after we get your leg fixed, let’s just go shopping instead! No café. We tell Karma the wait for the café is way longer than it actually is and instead we go shopping!”

HUDSON: “But, but, what if we want Karma to go shopping too?”

LAURA: “No. Heh. She does not go shopping with us. We do fun shopping!”

HUDSON: I say okay, but hold onto my com link and give myself a wink—(laughter) I don’t tell her why I just winked.

LAURA: And then I do try to find a doctor. I don’t know.

NICK: That would be a Streetwise check. I’m gonna go ahead and give you a black die to that, though, because you can’t remember this place. Also you may have a reputation here.

LAURA: I mean, okay… I’m going to remove the black die.

NICK: How come?

LAURA: Because I have Street Smarts!

OTHERS: Street Smarts!

LAURA: Okay, so let me see what roll that is.

NICK: This will be average. Are you looking for an underground street doctor kind of thing or like a hospital?

LAURA: I’m looking for more of a real doctor. I think at this point he needs true medical attention. If we already established where the town vet was that helps with mob injuries—you know, there’s always one of those. I don’t know why it’s vets in those mob movies that they always take them to.

NICK: Because they have, like, medical-ish.

CAMERON: Well, because they’re actually better doctors, right?

NICK: Yeah. What do you call a vet that only knows how to work on one species?

CAMERON: A doctor!

NICK: A doctor. Boom. I’m cutting out the part where I was mean to vets and instead we’re gonna talk about how great vets are.

LAURA: Suck it!

CAMERON: Oh, we’re just gonna be mean to doctors. (laughs)

NICK: I know at least one doctor.

CAMERON: … (laughs) That’s awful.

LAURA: I know at least one doctor.

CAMERON: No, it’s okay, I don’t hate doctors, one of my friends is a doctor.

HUDSON: I know Dr. Seuss.

NICK: (laughs) I have a friend who’s a doctor.

LAURA: Uh… So I still also have a black die because of the impact. I’m gonna still say I’m sad and all hung over.

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: yeah, so just three advantages. That’s it.

NICK: Oh. So you push your cart through these rather busy streets. The area immediately surrounding the space port where you’ve set off from is like a tarmac and an airport kind of look. It’s a lot of durasteel and, what is it called, is it called duracrete?

LAURA: Duracrete.

NICK: Duracrete buildings. It’s all very prefabricated. It looks like some big corporation dropped this here. As you progress away from there there’s a sudden line and it goes to dirt roads with wooden boardwalks and kind of ramshackle buildings that are put together, some nicer than others, and you’re wandering around. Tink starts by talking to you about shopping and being excited and then pretty quickly starts to trail off, looks pretty tired. That blood loss is getting pretty bad. There’s a point where his leg is hanging off the gurney at a really unnatural angle, and you grab it by the toe and put it back, like oh I’m sure it’s fine.

LAURA: “It’ll be fine.”

CAMERON: He has a tourniquet on.

NICK: yeah, that’s always great for long term health. Tourniquets, you know.

CAMERON: yeah. (laughs) The best.

NICK: You’re going around and around, and you realize you find a small drop of blood that’s probably still like a cup of blood, a decent amount of blood, and you’re like ‘hmm, that looks like Gigoran blood. I think I’m going in circles.’ At that point a street urchin appears next to you. It’s a small Human girl with really dirty pigtails. She says, “Uh, you look like you need a doctor.”

LAURA: “yes. I do.”

NICK: “For 30 Credits I’ll take you to one.”

LAURA: “Five.”

NICK: “Uh… 40 Credits.”

LAURA: “Five.”

NICK: That sounds like a Negotiation roll.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Okay! Let’s see. What do I have?

NICK: That’s gonna be hard. No… yes, hard.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: This little girl knows her shit!

HUDSON: (laughing) It’s against a little girl.

CAMERON: yeah. This is her job, Hudson.

NICK: ‘Say that to my face, you big, hairy Wookie!’

HUDSON: (grumbles in nervousness and confusion)

CAMERON: (giggles)

LAURA: (mimics Hudson’s noises)

HUDSON: That’s me when I’m trying to talk to people while I’m out.

LAURA: Two threats.

NICK: “Like I said, 50 Credits.”

LAURA: “(huffs) Fine! This better be a good doctor. If this is a fake doctor—“ I point at her. “If this is a fake doctor I might stab you. I am at that point. I will stab a child. I will do it.”

NICK: (laughs) We get a shot of this little girl, and she’s got dirt smudged on her face, and she’s wearing sack cloth robes. She looks at you and does the most smug Lando Calrissian style smirk you’ve ever seen. “Yeah okay, sweetheart,” and leads you off down a very narrow and dark alley.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: I whisper to Tink. ‘Tink, have you ever killed a small child before?”

HUDSON: “… I have a small child?”

(laughter)

NICK: We’re cutting away on that. We cut away from that. Karma.

CAMERON: Yeah?

NICK: You’re sitting in a waiting room.

CAMERON: I take out my data pad and I look at that ping that I got.

NICK: Great. It’s an Imperial missive. As you open it, it’s actually an invoice for services rendered, and you have been transferred 7,000 Credits for bounties returned. There’s also an inquest that you report to your nearest Imperial office to report anything you might know about the scuttling of the ISD Vengeance.

CAMERON: Cool. I do a quick holo search and see if that blockade is off of Ithor yet.

NICK: So, you are connected to the Star Wars Wi-Fi of a Star Wars mechanic’s office so it’s very slow. It first brings you to a page that’s like, “What do you need to know about getting your ship breaks checked?” Once you accept the terms and things it does eventually load. It looks like the blockade is gone, but the Empire has started ground patrols.

CAMERON: Cool.

NICK: Not big ones, but police action is currently going on.

CAMERON: Just wanted to make sure that me being off of the planet was an acceptable thing at this point.

NICK: Oh. Yeah. That makes sense.

CAMERON: Because if I went and reported to an Imperial office and they were like ‘but there’s still a blockade’ it would have been awkward.

NICK: Yeah. You also know from your experience that you can delay that kind of request for quite a while. They’re not gonna arrest you for not doing it. There is a different level of urgency that would happen if you were being summoned. Not arrested, but what’s the word when you get served? Subpoenaed. If you got subpoenaed for something it’d be a lot bigger. This one is like a professional inquiry kind of thing since you were near the area when it happened. But yeah, you’re 7,000 Credits richer now from your bounty.

CAMERON: Nice.

NICK: It looks like there’s a lot of legal jargon around them contemplating paying you less since the bounties are now dead, but there’s a lot of language that’s basically like ‘in light of your service to the Empire we have decided not to,’ and they’re trying to use that to leverage you to come in.

CAMERON: Okay.

NICK: So, you have more money. As you’re flicking through that the Ardennian comes walking into the office. The bell above the door dings. This is literally—There’s a holo-screen on the wall playing a thing about ship maintenance. There’s a little coffee table with really old holo-pads of old magazines. The chairs are uncomfortable. It’s dusty. There’s a counter with a really bored looking Gungan receptionist, and she’s polishing her nails and didn’t say anything to you as you came in.

CAMERON: I’m sitting in one of the chairs, I got my legs crossed, I’m looking at my data pad, and I have like a Styrofoam cup of the cheap, shitty caf that they have for free while you’re waiting.

NICK: It has the taste of caf that has been in that machine for at least a week longer than it was designed to do, but the caffeine is still good.

CAMERON: Yeah. At this point she just needs something, because that was a stressful landing.

NICK: For y’all, specifically just for y’all, I’m picturing the Jiffy Lube right up the street, like it’s that waiting room.

LAURA: Yeah!

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: Nice. Okay.

NICK: So, the Ardennian, Zubo, comes walking in. his arms are longer than his legs so he tends to keep them kind of {kiltered} out as he’s walking, which looks like he’s always gesturing like Jerry Seinfeld about like ‘what’s up with this?’

CAMERON: ‘Hello~ Welcome.’

NICK: Yeah. He says, “Well, it looks like your ship’s got a pretty decent amount of repairs to be done. We’re gonna have to fix that propulsion unit, we’re gonna have to replace some of the plating, your landing gear snapped off, and honestly most of the fluids in your hyperdrive needed to be cycled about, uh… a long time ago.”

HUDSON: Do they bring out the air filters and show you how dirty it is?

CAMERON: (laughs)

NICK: (smiling) Not on this one. The body shops don’t tend to do that.

CAMERON: They don’t do that if you got in a wreck.

HUDSON: (laughing) True.

CAMERON: (laughing) Which is what just happened to us.

NICK: I really like that, though. But yeah, so he says, “Well, you got a few things. One, the parking fee for this space port is 50 Credits a day. It’s pretty light. Repairing the ship’s damage will be 3,000 Credits for parts and labor, and then there’s another 1,000 Credits for damage to the space port.”

CAMERON: “yeah…”

NICK: “So that’s gonna be our rate. If you could go ahead and pay that, that would be awesome. Parts are gonna be about 2,000 Credits. I’m guessing labor is about 1,000, plus or minus a little, but that’s gonna be your best bet. I’d say you could go to a competitor, but honestly we’re the only people here.”

CAMERON: “And getting the ship to a competitor would probably not be worth my time at this point.”

NICK: ‘I can tell you the towing fees would be more than the repair.”

CAMERON: “Yea. You know, I’m not surprised by that.” Throughout the time that he was talking about the prices of stuff Karma was trying to make it look like, while she was sitting there thinking through it, okay this is fair, I’m not happy about paying this amount which is true, but wants to look slightly more stressed than she probably actually is. She just got 7K in bounties, she can cover the ship, it’s not a big deal, but doesn’t want to seem as if she has a lot and it’s no big deal that it’s that, because that’s still a substantial amount of money.

NICK: Right.

CAMERON: “Do the services include a ship wash for all of the foam?”

NICK: “So, it doesn’t, but considering you didn’t hit that other ship I’ll throw one in.”

CAMERON: “Awesome.”

NICK: “We’ll just take it off. Honestly, we’ll have to remove most of it to get to where we need to anyway.”

CAMERON: “Yeah. I figured you probably need to in order to get to the ship, so…”

NICK: “Yeah. We’ll just… I like you, so we’ll just make that happen.”

CAMERON: “Alright. Cool.”

NICK: “You know, for another 400 Credits we could give it a paint job too, if you want.”

CAMERON: “You know, I think my crew’s rather attached to it.”

NICK: “It being the ship?”

CAMERON: “No, it being—There’s… If you look on the other side, you can’t see it from here, but there is an artistic rendering on the ship.”

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: We get a quick jump cut to that, and it’s the Afternoon Delight with the pin-up girl Imperial painted on it, but it’s smudged and there’s still some sparks all around it and it’s very battle damaged, and the smoke has smudged on it in such a way that the girl looks very frowny face right now.

CAMERON: Oh, well.

NICK: And then it jumps back to karma.

CAMERON: “I’d have to confer with my crew for color choices and stuff, so can I give you an answer on that after we get the wash and see what it looks like? Once it’s repaired, see how much it really needs it?”

NICK: “Yeah. There’s no rush. I also noted that several of the modules on that ship are pretty outdated. If you wanted to upgrade we could do that here too.”

CAMERON: “Hmm.”

NICK: “You know, it’s just services we offer.”

CAMERON: “I’m obviously going to get the ship repaired, all of the things you listed, yes I want those so that my ship flies. What timeframe would I need to get you any upgrades we wanted if I wanted to?”

NICK: “Well, they’ll take some time to install depending on what you want, but the repairs are probably gonna take about three days, so within 24 hours or so?”

CAMERON: “Okay, yeah. Okay. Yeah, we can do that.”

NICK: “Great.”

CAMERON: “So let’s move forward with the repairs and the wash right now, and then maybe add on some other stuff, depending.”

NICK: “Great, sounds good!” So, his top set of arms are all making very friendly gestures, his bottom set are rubbing the hands together right now. He doesn’t give off an air of someone who’s trying to screw you, just someone who’s excited to get that kind of work. He holds you out a data pad for you to make the credits transfer. “If you’ll just sign here please we can move on.” As Karma reaches to sign, it zooms in on the blue of the data pad, and then zooms out on a time wait estimate screen of a hospital as Xianna comes pushing Tink into a hospital.

HUDSON: So, you forgot the tree air freshener scent for her to pick one.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: They do that at the end!

NICK: That’ll be when you pick it up.

HUDSON: That’s when you pick it up? Oh. Okay, you’re right. You’re right.

LAURA: yeah. Duh~

NICK: The street urchin says, “Well, thanks for the credits, sucker,” and just takes off into the street.

LAURA: “(huffs) I hope she gets run over. Okay, Tink.”

HUDSON: “Huh?”

LAURA: And I wheel him in. I’m assuming there’s like a front desk area with a reception droid.

CAMERON: (laughs) Tink, do you have your insurance card?

NICK: Yeah. It’s not a droid, it’s a Human.

LAURA: Okay.

NICK: It’s a Human guy. He’s pretty bulky. He’s got his head shaved. He’s wearing Star Wars scrubs, which are just normal scrubs. He has a data terminal in front of him and there’s a data pad sitting on the lip of the counter on the way in. this is a waiting room that looks oddly similar to the waiting room that Karma was in earlier, it’s just bigger, but the exact same uncomfortable chairs, exact same data screen which weirdly is giving tips about ship maintenance, there are data pads on the tables that are very dated that are talking about senatorial elections that happened decades ago.

The guy says, “Hey, just sign in. we’ll get to you in a minute.”

LAURA: “Okay, but uh…” And I just point into the cart. (laughs)

NICK: He stretches up to look over the counter. “Hey, if you could just make sure that no fluids are dripping into the waiting room, please.”

LAURA: “I mean, they are dripping into the cart, but…”

NICK: ‘I just noticed this trail on the way in,” and there’s a little mouse droid that’s just (squeaking).

LAURA: “Okay, well he is bleeding out, his knee is practically gone, what do you want me to do?!”

NICK: ‘Look. We do everything triage by order of severity of the wounds,” and he looks at the screen and there’s three names that are already on the screen that are bright red and then a bunch of names in Aurebesh that are blue…

LAURA: “(huffs)”

NICK: …and then two of the names get red Xs through them. “But it looks like two of the people ahead of you in severity have just died, so if you’ll just wait a little longer we’ll get you in to see the doctor in a minute.”

LAURA: (exhaling) “Okay. What forms do I need to fill out?”

NICK: Well, here in Star Wars we have a single payer system.

(laughter)

CAMERON: Okay. I guess I’ll list myself as his emergency contact.

NICK: That was a shitty joke. I don’t like it. (laughs)

LAURA: Well, you’d still have to list emergency contact, name and species… You don’t have to fill out health insurance information, but you would need to put like known allergies, why are you here today. (laughs)

NICK: Yeah. He just kind of grunts and knocks a data pad towards you, and you get stuck trying to ask Tink these questions.

LAURA: “Okay Tink, do you have any allergies?”

HUDSON: “(grumbles) … Macadamia nuts.”

LAURA: “Okay. Macadamia nuts. Okay…”

NICK: Oh yes, Macadamia, that planet in Star Wars. (laughs)

LAURA: “Tink, are you on any medications?”

HUDSON: (winded) “No.”

LAURA: “Any drugs?”

HUDSON: “Heh. No.” I do an X.

(laughter)

LAURA: “I mean, I figured, but just making sure.”

CAMERON: Is there a history of heart disease on your father’s side? (laughs)

LAURA: “Do you have a history of heart disease on either side of your family?”

HUDSON: “A history of art disease? No, nothing about that disease.”

LAURA: “Heart! You know the thing that beats in your chest.”

HUDSON: “You just said art.”

LAURA: “I have problems with the Hs.”

HUDSON: “Oh, it’s a hurt degree…”

LAURA: “… Yes. Okay. Do you have any long term illnesses?”

HUDSON: “Uh… I’ve had bad dandruff for a while, all over my body.”

LAURA: “Okay, dandruff. Okay, reason why you are here, knee gone.” (laughs)

NICK: And on that, another red X appears on the screen. (buzzer noise) There’s a nurse that comes out of the back. It’s a Dugg. That’s the kind of alien that’s Sebulba that walks on its hands and uses its feet as hands, and it’s holding a data pad. “Well, that was Mr. Smith. I guess he won’t be needing our services anymore, so up next we have…” and you hit Enter on the data pad and your name shows up in flashing red. “I guess that would be a… hmm, I’m just gonna say Tink on that one. If you could come on back, the doctor will see you now.”

LAURA: “Oh! That is us. Okay Tink,” and I push him.

NICK: You roll back through the double doors, and as they slide shut that’s gonna be the end of the episode.

LAURA: Ba-naaa~!

OTHERS: Ba-naaa~!

LAURA: (singing) Waa-oh~

LAURA & HUDSON: (singing) For the longest time~

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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## Intro

NICK: Hi everyone, and welcome to Tabletop Squadron, a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire actual play podcast. I’m Nick, your game master. Every other Thursday our story follows a thief, a bounty hunter, and a slicer as they explore the galaxy helping a mysterious benefactor and each other.

Still not many announcements. We hope you enjoyed the Jedi Adventures with Moa and Rae, and look forward to our first set of bloopers next week.

Even though we’ve met our goal, come join the squad on Twitter at @Tabletop_Squad and talk to us about Star Wars, or leave us a review on iTunes. If you want to make people happy with five minutes of your time, it’s an easy way to make everyone on the squad smile.

We hope to talk to you soon, and we hope you enjoy the episode.

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NICK: Hello! Welcome to Episode 19 of Tabletop Squadron! Thank you so much for joining us. We’re really glad to see you. Pull up a chair, metaphorically, because we’re in a podcast. We’re gonna go around the table real quick and talk to everybody. Introduce yourselves and say who you’re playing today, starting with… Laura.

LAURA: Hi. I play Xianna’fan, a Twi’lek smuggler… and I mean yeah, it’s gonna be fine. Gonna go great.

NICK: Yeah. Everything’s fine. Up next we’ve got Hudson.

HUDSON: Little tidbit here, even though I do this every single episode, I still turned over my sheet to make sure that I remembered everything about me.

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: So, I’m Hudson and I play Tink, the Gigoran slicer, it says right here.

NICK: (laughs) Great. You know, it’s that commitment to quality that’s gotten us all the way to Episode 19.

HUDSON: (sarcastic) Heh!

(laughter)

LAURA: You also had me write it down on your sheet so you could actually read it.

HUDSON: You have good handwriting.

NICK: (laughing) Up next we’ve got Cameron.

CAMERON: Hello!

NICK: Hi.

CAMERON: I play Karma Nailo, the Nautolan bounty hunter.

NICK: Wonderful. See, like that, Hudson.

(laughter)

CAMERON: It’s okay. Because Hudson brought it up, I glanced at my sheet as I was talking too.

HUDSON: There we go!

LAURA: Guys! Guys. I just now realized that there is actually a small section on our character sheets for Player Name.

CAMERON: Oh yeah. I have Cam written in it.

HUDSON: I don’t have anything in mine.

LAURA: Oh, I didn’t. I assumed I would recognize my own character sheet! (laughs)

CAMERON: I just wanted everyone to know that it was mine.

HUDSON: What if it gets lost when we’re out and about on the city?

NICK: I’ve always put my name on my character sheets. Now that we’ve updated everybody on our handwriting situation…

CAMERON: It’s important!

NICK: It’s very important. Let’s go ahead and do the Destiny Roll!

CAMERON: Two light side.

LAURA: One light side.

HUDSON: Two light side.

LAURA: (sings magical/angelic note)

HUDSON: Whoaaa~

CAMERON: Okay. we need to actually use these this time.

LAURA: We won~!

CAMERON: We have five light side points. (smiling)

HUDSON: What could we have possibly used these for last episode?

CAMERON: We could have just like made shit occur.

HUDSON: … Okay. (laughs)

LAURA: We could have just flipped it and had any room we wanted.

CAMERON: And been like, this is a thing now, Nick.

NICK: Sentinel farts.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: We’re not gonna make him fart. It would have been Tink.

HUDSON: Sentinel comes in for a deep kiss.

CAMERON: Whoa.

LAURA: I mean yeah, we should’ve done that.

NICK: Hey. Even with light side points you still need consent, guys. Come on.

HUDSON: What would be Tink and Sentinel shipped? That would be what?

NICK: (snorts) Tinkinel?

OTHERS: Tinkinel! (laughter)

LAURA: Um… Sink!

CAMERON: Sentinink.

NICK: Sink?

HUDSON: Sink! I just like Sink.

NICK: Alright fan artists, get at us. Sink, make it happen.

CAMERON: Oh no.

LAURA: (laughs)

NICK: Alright. Last episode, you flew away from a ball, got to know each other a little bit better, really touched base, really had a soul meeting I think. Then you went and you saw Sentinel, and he told you that he had found a murder droid, an assassin droid that you were going to need to boost your survivability, and that also Black Sun, the Star Wars crime syndicate, had also gotten a line on this assassin droid and had sent an entire enforcer squad to go and get it, so that you are in a race against the clock. You jumped to hyperspace, and that’s where we ended last time.

We’re gonna jump right in as the ship jumps right out of hyperspace above Engibo 5. Engibo 5 is a golden ball floating near its red giant sun. as you come in to land you see that most of the planet is covered it tall, golden grass. Gentle breezes rustle miles of the plains at a time. You scan from orbit and you can see that there are several small settlements and single homes spaced far around this quiet world. One thing especially catches your eye, some sort of heavy fortification  on the equator. It’s mostly underground, but the ship picks up heavy starship plating. Nothing else on the planet is built like that. Can I get a Perception check please?

CAMERON: Sure!

LAURA: Can do!

NICK: This would be from anyone in the cockpit, or being near sensors, or being on the lookout as you come out of hyperspace.

LAURA: Oh, then no.

HUDSON: I think I would be on sensors. Yeah.

CAMERON: What’s the difficulty?

NICK: Average.

CAMERON: Average…

LAURA: Heh…

NICK: It’s the first time we’ve rolled in three episodes.

HUDSON: Ooh! Two successes and three disadvantages.

LAURA: Threats.

HUDSON: Three threats! What is disadvantage from?

LAURA: Uh, D&D?

HUDSON: Oh. Okay.

CAMERON: Ooh, shit! Okay… A success and a triumph!

NICK: Nice. Think about what that triumph is. Tink, where are you that you make this Perception check? You see a ship that is also going through landing procedures. They’re ahead of you.

HUDSON: I’m watching a screen ear the electronics room.

NICK: Do we have a server room in this…?

LAURA: There could be a server room. Yeah.

HUDSON: I’ve been to it before to fix stuff…

CAMERON: The engine room!

NICK: Engine room.

LAURA: Okay. There we go.

NICK: It’s more makes it go-go, less computers, but…

HUDSON: Yeah, yeah.

NICK: Okay. you get a sensor alert that shows a ship. You turn to go inform the rest of the crew and you fall prone (dramatic bass noise), so that’s happening. You trip over the doorway. It has the like battleship doors in this part of the ship. The rest of it is all very nice, they’re swooshy doors, this one though has the metal door with the corkscrew wheel in the middle and you trip over the bottom of it.

HUDSON: “Oh kriff!”

LAURA: I mean, nothing really bad happens, you fell in non-combat, except Xianna saw it and starts laughing at you.

HUDSON: I just look embarrassed.

CAMERON: Aww.

LAURA: “Ha. You fell.”

NICK: I’m gonna tell you what you see, and then Karma if you wanna tell me how you want that triumph to go let me know. You see a blockade runner, like the Tantive IV from A New Hope, Episode 4 of Star Wars. It’s like a hammerhead shaped ship—wow, that’s hard to say—hammer head shaped ship that is about a third rocket boosters. It is faster than you and it got here before you, so you figure it’ll probably land about 20-30 minutes before you manage to set down even if you’re pushing the ship. It’s breaking the lower atmosphere, and then it drops off the sensors. It looks to be headed for that heavily armored fortress type thing.

CAMERON: I want them to not see us…

NICK: Sure. Done.

CAMERON: …and then monitor as they’re going down to try and make it so that I’m not landing in sight of them.

NICK: Sure. With the triumph we’ll say that as you get close to landing there’s kind of a divot in the land that’s about 50 yards away. You’re able to cut the thrusters so that the sound doesn’t go towards them, and you’re able to drop right out of sight.

CAMERON: I want to be a surprise.

NICK: Yeah. You’ll totally be a surprise. As you land in that hollow you see the grass has been flattened in a wide radius. The blockade runner has a grimacing face painted on the forward cockpit with red lightning bolts streaking over the hull. It’s been obviously patched and repaired dozens of times. This is a working ship, not some diplomatic pleasure cruiser. Ahead of you is a massive set of doors sunk into the side of a rolling hill. They are closed. You do not see any people around as far as you can tell. It looks like you landed without being detected.

CAMERON: Ha-ha! “Guys, I think we landed without being detected.”

LAURA: “What? Oh. Okay, cool.”

HUDSON: “Looks that way.”

CAMERON: “Oh, Xianna, there’s another ship here.”

LAURA: “Oh. I was not near a window.”

CAMERON: (laughing) ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m telling you.”

LAURA: “I know. I am just telling you why I did not see the other ship.”

CAMERON: “… Okay. we can wrap up this conversation. This is fine.”

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: “Okay. I will get dressed.”

CAMERON: “Everybody gear up!”

HUDSON: (laughing) Has that ever been said before?

CAMERON: (laughing) Nope!

LAURA: Magical Girl Transformation!

CAMERON: Yeah~!

NICK: We get a cool quick shot montage of gun belts being snapped into place, vibro-swords and vibro-axes being slotted, coat being thrown on and buttoned up but just enough to look cool. Is there anything specifically you all do to prepare for this situation?

CAMERON: The vibro-axe looks very shiny and clean now.

HUDSON: I thank Karma for prettying up my vibro axe. “It looks beautiful.”

CAMERON: “Yeah, no problem. I sharpened it too.”

HUDSON: “Oh…”

NICK: That’s not how that works at all. (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) Yeah it is. I just said so.

LAURA: Would I know any pertinent information about this planet? Can I make an Underworld check, maybe with a boost die since we said I had been here before?

NICK: You can have the boost die, but it’s not gonna be Underworld. It’s going to be Outer Rim, because everything you would know about this planet doesn’t actually have much to do with crime.

LAURA: Okay… What difficulty?

NICK: Average. I’d flip a dark side point to make it harder, but (halting screech).

CAMERON: Ha-ha!

LAURA: What is that? So, two failures and three advantages.

NICK: Oookay. Do whatever you want with those advantages.

LAURA: I don’t know shit.

NICK: Yeah, you don’t.

LAURA: Only crime stuff!

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Yeah, I just don’t remember much. I was too high, it was a while ago, someone else was leading the crew I was on at that time.

NICK: Well, and you remember this planet being particularly boring, you landed in one of the larger settlements, but even that is, like, think small Western town. Not a lot there. There whole planet is these sweeping grasslands. Anybody wanna do anything else before you leave the ship?

LAURA: No. I think Xianna would just put clothes on, boots on, that’s it.

NICK: So, you keep saying ‘I’ll put clothes on.’ Are you just mostly naked on the ship usually?

LAURA: Okay. I don’t know if I’ve ever figured out what’s on underneath the coat. She definitely doesn’t have pants on. It’s coat that goes down to like mid thighs and then boots.

NICK: Uh…

LAURA: No, no, no. She’s just usually in the hot tub. (laughs) It’s either she’s in the hot tub or she’s in her room napping, so that’s why.

NICK: I’ve just always pictured Xianna under the coat is wearing Lara Croft clothes, so like shorts with holsters and a tank top kind of situation.

LAURA: I’m sure there is tiny dance shorts, but then I’m picturing more of the really just standard, traditional Twi’lek wrap bra thing…

NICK: Oh… yeah.

LAURA: …that’s just not practical as an actual top, and should be worn as a bra, but for some reason is a top.

HUDSON: Does it look like Leeloo Dallas Multipass? Like the wraps?

LAURA: I was imagining more of what Aayla Secura wears.

NICK: It’s kind of like sports bra and lingerie had a baby.

HUDSON: Okay.

LAURA: But I would imagine Xianna would probably pick one a little bit more like the Leeloo Dallas Multipass, that has a bunch of useless straps that are just there for decoration

NICK: We can just say Twi’leks are aliens, and that kind of clothes is more comfortable for them. it makes perfect sense.

LAURA: Star Wars!

NICK & CAMERON: (half-enthused) Star Wars!

LAURA: Yay~ (musically) Practical female clothing!

CAMERON: Karma removes her headband.

NICK & HUDSON: Ohh…

LAURA: My scanner goggles are broken!

NICK & CAMERON: Oh yeah.

NICK: It’s a bummer you didn’t have a bunch of downtime with a mechanic to get that fixed.

CAMERON: (laughing) Yup!

LAURA: Shit! (groans)

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: You were too sleepy. You slept and forgot.

LAURA: I mean, you know what, thinking about it that’s just more in character, because Xianna would have stuffed them in a pocket… That’s probably what she did. She stuffed them in a pocket, and then was on the down side so she was not thinking about that, and then sleeping a bunch, and so she probably didn’t even remember again until she was getting dressed to get off planet here, and was like ‘aww, shit.’

CAMERON: Yup. So karma’s just a regular Nautolan now.

NICK: Hmm. Interesting. So, we get a shot of the ramp to the Afternoon Delight coming down. The crew exits. Nobody notices, nobody says anything, except for you see some nerfs that have already gathered under the ship and are eating grass. The first one that you notice is one that comes up behind Xianna and licks the back of her head. You see the lekku come up and then fall back down, and they look kind of slimy.

CAMERON: Eww.

LAURA: “(sighs) Eww… (groans)”

NICK: Nerfs, for people who don’t know Star Wars, are like yaks with five horns basically. They’re very hairy. People who herd them tend to be scruffy looking. You never see them in the movies, they just get talked about a lot, but it turns out that they just look like big old yaks. This planet, Engibo 5, is famous for their herds of nerfs.

LAURA: (smiling) It’s canon that Han Solo actually herded nerfs into the Millennium Falcon, and that’s why Leia calls them that.

NICK: When I researched it, the only picture is of Luke and Han in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon surrounded by these giant yak things.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: (laughs) Yeah. It’s in the comics. Read the Star Wars comics. They get bonkers.

NICK: Yeah. So yeah, you get licked by a space cow.

CAMERON: Karma locks the ship, but not with the remote lock. She presses the button to lock it so it’s quiet.

NICK: So it goes… (quietly) boop-bweep.

CAMERON: (whispering) It goes… boop-boop.

NICK: (laughs) It does the quiet boop-boop.

LAURA: Oh. Xianna’s loudly going like, “Ew! Gross! Tink, come over here!”

HUDSON: “Shh!”

CAMERON: (whispering) “Xianna, shh!”

LAURA: She starts rubbing her lekku on Tink’s fur to try and get any of the slime off. (laughs)

HUDSON: “Ew. No, no, no. Get off.”

LAURA: “What? You never-? You pissed yourself a few days ago! Like you care.”

HUDSON: “Uhh… No. That never happened.”

CAMERON: (whispering) “Xianna! Xianna, we’re being sneaky right now.”

LAURA: “For who?”

CAMERON: (smiling) “The nerfs.”

LAURA: “The nerfs know we are here.”

CAMERON: ‘Remember I said there’s another ship?”

LAURA: “Okay. So the ship is going to hear us?”

CAMERON: ‘No, like the 20 bad guys who got off the ship are gonna hear.”

LAURA: “Ugh. Whatever. Okay, I’ll be quiet. Eh…”

CAMERON: “Okay. Thank you.”

LAURA: “You’re not my mom…”

(laughter)

NICK: You come up over the rise, you don’t see anyone, the other ship appears to be deserted, and these big doors that are going into the side of a low hill look to be closed. As you get closer you see that there is actually a panel placed into an alcove next to the door.

CAMERON: “Tink?”

LAURA: Oh. Xianna already is up and like pressing it.

NICK: Pressing it, it goes ‘bee-berp,’ and doesn’t do anything.

LAURA: Aw.

LAURA & CAMERON: “Tink?”

HUDSON: I go and inspect it.

NICK: (laughing) Okay. What are you looking for?

HUDSON: To see if I can do anything to make it open.

NICK: Yeah. You could probably slice it or something if you wanted to.

HUDSON: Yeah, let’s do that.

NICK: That would be a Computers roll.

HUDSON: Which I just upgraded, last time I was able to upgrade things.

CAMERON: Hey, hey!

LAURA: Nice~

NICK: This is gonna be easy, actually.

HUDSON: I have two successes and three advantages.

NICK: Great. I’m gonna go ahead and spend those advantages for you.

HUDSON: Great.

NICK: So, you see Tink, he goes over, he plugs his data pad into it and he presses some buttons. It goes boop-boop, and the door goes (heavy clunk, whooshing, long buzzing) and opens. It’s a very thick door. It’s probably three feet thick, solid durasteel. You look down and there’s a trench that goes down. The doors seems to fall flush. It’s like this thing was designed to survive a bombardment. Tink, with those advantages, you notice this door has been sliced. This was way easier than it should have been to get open. It was locked, but you just followed somebody else’s footprints electronically and got into it, no big deal, but you do know that the slicer did not close the doors again. Something else made the doors close behind them. So, that could be concerning.

CAMERON: It was one of the yaks.

NICK & LAURA: Nerfs.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: The door opens, you get that kind of stale smell of a cave that’s been closed for a really long time without a lot of air circulation. There’s a little bit of dust on the ground, but you can see multiple boot prints going further in. the building gets kind of dark, and that’s all you can see from here. Do you go further in?

LAURA: Can Xianna just hold her scanner goggles up to her face? It was just the strap that was broken.

NICK: Yeah. It’s just a black die.

LAURA: Yeah. Okay.

NICK: You wanna do a perception?

LAURA: yeah. Is the black die for the strap being broken, or…?

NICK: We’ll say… We’ll do it this way, because weirdly the book doesn’t have anything for broken elastic.

(chuckling)

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: We’ll say you won’t get a black die for the Perception check, but if you want to use them and do anything else it will give a black die to that action, like if you’re in combat or something trying to wear them.

LAURA: Yeah, if I have to hold it to my face with one hand that’ll be something. I just want to hold them up for this moment and look in.

NICK: Sure.

LAURA: Difficulty is…?

NICK: Average, with two black dice for darkness, which you ignore, so then take those away.

LAURA: yeah. That would be three successes and one advantage.

NICK: Great. About 50 meters down this hallway, it’s built like a bunker so you know there’s lots of long stretches in case there was an explosion or some sort of burning gun fight, you see two bodies lying face down and a crater blown in one of the walls. Beyond that you can see a couple of doors, and that’s it. That’s about the furthest you can see with your goggles.

LAURA: “Oh. There is some sort of crater, maybe from some explosion, and two bodies.”

HUDSON: “What kind of bodies?”

LAURA: “I don’t know, like on the floor? Just two bodies, probably dead.” Human-ish? Or at least humanoid.

NICK: Humanoid. Yeah.

LAURA: Okay, but not obviously something non-humany.

NICK: You see like an ear cone sticking up out of one of them. They’re lying down.

LAURA: “Um, fairly human-ish? I mean, I can’t really tell from here.”

HUDSON: “That’s enough information.”

LAURA: “So, I mean, we should be extra sneaky then. Like actually sneaky.”

CAMERON: “(whispers) Okay. Let’s sneak.”

LAURA: “So, stick to the wall, crouch, be quiet, and look for traps. Okie?”

HUDSON: “I’m not the one who was yelling around nerfs.”

(laughter)

NICK: With that, it sounds like you all want to make a Stealth check, probably?

CAMERON: Yeah.

LAURA: Yes.

HUDSON: What’s the difficulty?

NICK: This one’s gonna be average.

HUDSON: Two advantages.

NICK: Mm.

CAMERON: Karma got two successes and an advantage.

NICK: Great.

LAURA: One success, a triumph with its success, and one advantage.

NICK: Okay. I have a thing for y’all’s advantages we’ll use in a minute. Xianna and karma, you’re able to blend into the shadows and traipse down the hallway without any problems. Tink, you’re not super quiet but you’re not super loud, you’re just kinda following, making some noise, kicking stuff, running into some things, but you’re not yelling or anything. You make it to the bodies. There is a Human and a Rodian. One of them is face down, the Human is face down on the ground, and then the Rodian has been clearly smashed into a wall. There’s a red splatter of blood into a crater that was obviously made by the body, and on the opposite wall it looks like there’s a crater that’s been blown in the wall like there was a mine or something there, some sort of booby trap that took at least that one out.

HUDSON: I check for signs of life.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. The Rodian’s super dead. You roll it over and you see most of the face is missing from where it smooshed into the wall. It’s real gross. It makes a shlorpy noise. You roll the Human over and you see that it’s a Human man with dark hair, and his torso is just completely riddled with blaster bolts.

HUDSON: You don’t need all that in there. I check for a pulse.

NICK: (smiling) Okay. Make me a Medicine check.

LAURA: “(whispering) Tink! What are you doing? They are dead.”

HUDSON: “(whispering) I’m the doctor here.”

LAURA: “You do not need to check them.”

HUDSON: “(angrily) I’m the doctor here!”

LAURA: “They are obviously dead!”

HUDSON: “Shh!”

LAURA: “you get back here right this moment.”

HUDSON: What’s the difficulty?

NICK: (smiling) Easy.

LAURA: ‘I will leave you in this hallway!” (laughs)

CAMERON: It would be so funny if you weren’t successful.

(laughter)

LAURA: He’s not! Wow.

HUDSON: (laughing) Five advantages.

LAURA: (laughing) Jesus. What?!

CAMERON: (laughing) Oh no…

HUDSON: Everything… I don’t know what they are, but I have so much other good stuff happening.

NICK: Yeah. You’re able to stop the bleeding. The pulse is faint, but you’re pretty sure you can feel one. Yeah, you have this patient. Are you gonna leave them here? You’re not sure if he’s stable yet.

HUDSON: You don’t leave anyone behind.

CAMERON: Oh god.

NICK: (laughs)

LAURA: (through gritted teeth) “Tink! That man is obviously dead. Get, back, here!”

HUDSON: “I feel a pulse. I feel a pulse. I’m bringing him with.”

LAURA: “No you do not!”

HUDSON: “I’m bringing him with.”

LAURA: ‘He has no chest anymore! (laughs) He is so dead! Tink, do not make me go over there.”

HUDSON: I pick him up and I start carrying him along. “No. I fixed the bleeding. Let’s go.”

CAMERON: While they’re having this argument, since I guess Tink picked up the Human, Karma goes over and checks the Rodian for an ID badge or something.

NICK: They’re wearing orange jumpsuits with brown vests over them. on the vest you can see, it’s like the only part of the Human that’s not been obliterated, the Black Sun symbol. Besides that there’s no ID.

CAMERON: Okay. I’m gonna rip the patch off, and I’ll walk over to the Human and take the Human’s patch too. I’m just gonna start collecting Black Sun patches to turn in for bounties.

NICK: Hey! Good idea. You take those. Yeah. Y’all wanna move on? You’re carrying your new Human friend.

CAMERON: Our new pet.

LAURA: Xianna’s just shaking her head and just continuing to argue with Tink in whispers as we move forward.

HUDSON: Yeah.

NICK: Okay. So, as you continue on from there, there is a section of wall on your right that has been hit with some very heavy blaster fire. You can see a lot of dents and scorches on it. It looks like somebody just really laid into it. Off to your left you see a swooshy door that has been propped open. It looks like it was sliced and then someone jammed something into the track.

HUDSON: Okay… I’ve had a general purpose scanner this whole time. Sure.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: You ever wanna use that? (laughs)

NICK: What does that do?

LAURA: It says what it does right there.

HUDSON: Motion sensor, lifeform tracking, up to 0.5 kilometers. Metal detection and intercepting standard frequency com transmissions, up to 1.5 kilometers.

NICK: That’s super useful.

CAMERON: We’ve had this the whole time?!

NICK: (laughs)

HUDSON: I’ll remember that this time.

CAMERON: Do you wanna scan for life signs?

HUDSON: Lifeform tracking… I guess it would be able to, but I already checked and it’s alive.

CAMERON: No, no, we’re not worried about your dude.

HUDSON: Oh.

NICK: Just the building in general?

CAMERON: We’re worried about the other 18 people.

LAURA: I imagine this happens, Tink walks a little bit ahead of Xianna, and Xianna’s like, “Tink… What is- Is that a scanner in your…”

CAMERON: (laughing) Sticking out of his backpack.

LAURA: “…in your little backpack?”

HUDSON: “Yeah. It’s just a general purpose scanner.”

LAURA: “We should use that! Does it not pick up lifeform sensor or something?”

HUDSON: “Ah. Yes, that is one of its many features.”

LAURA: “(huffs) So use it~”

HUDSON: “Great. Great. Hold on.” I take it out and I use it.

NICK: Sure. You find about nine lifeforms further into the area. You’re not sure exactly where, because you’re in a metal-lined underground bunker. It does mess with the sensor a little bit, but you can see a good pile of blips, looks to be about nine of them further in.

HUDSON: “There’s about nine figures further in to this hallway.”

CAMERON: “Okay. Keep us appraised.”

LAURA: “Yes. That is useful.”

HUDSON: “Alright. I mean, I’m dealing with, you know, this person right now, and the general purpose scanner, there’s a lot going on…”

LAURA: “He is so dead.”

CAMERON: “I’m not concerned about this person.”

LAURA: “So dead.”

NICK: I’m picturing this sensor as like the heartbeat scanner from Aliens. That’s what I think it looks like.

LAURA: Okay. Yeah.

NICK: It looks like a store scanner with little BBs.

LAURA: Yeah. I would imagine it’s that really standard Star Wars 70s-ish tech, so it’s not a digital readout screen, it is just…

NICK: Lights.

LAURA: …a few lights that light up on a little grid or something, so it’s not super informative.

NICK: Yep. Anyway, so you see the blaster fire on the walls. You can continue onward and you see a door that looks like they sliced it open electronically and then wedged something into it so it would stay open. In that room you see another body laying down, kind of around the corner, and then it looks to be some sort of lab. You can go and look in there, or you can continue onward.

CAMERON: I wanna get that badge.

NICK: Okay.

CAMERON: “I gotta go check out this body.”

LAURA: “Okay. Tink, you stay at the door, you keep watch, and then we will go in and get the badge I guess.”

HUDSON: “So, if this guy comes back to life, he’s our new squad mate, right??

LAURA: “Sure, why not. Uh-huh.”

CAMERON: “Mm-hmm.”

HUDSON: Alright. I’ll make sure that he’s kept safe, and I protect you guys too.”

CAMERON: “Great. Thanks.”

LAURA: “Got it. Okie.”

CAMERON: Sneak, sneak, sneak.

LAURA: And, sneak.

NICK: Yeah. As you enter through the doorway you see that the body is actually sliced in half. It looks fully cauterized, so the part of the body that you saw was torso to head and the legs are on the other side of the door. It is another Black Sun operative. I’m gonna go ahead and spend all those advantages you had earlier to just tell you, hey, this room is trapped. There’s traps in it.

CAMERON: Whaaat? Oh shiiit.

NICK: We’ll say, Karma, off of your advantages and probably Xianna, this looks to be some sort of motion detecting laser situation.

CAMERON: This looks to be a murder room.

NICK: Could be, yeah. Actually, when you look at it, it looks like a robotics lab. (laughs)

CAMERON: “A murder room.”

LAURA: “Is a murder room. Yes. Okie.”

CAMERON: So, for traps, do we make Perception checks as we go?

NICK: yeah, or Skulduggery. Probably Skulduggery for traps.

CAMERON: Oh. That’s not that much worse than my Perception.

LAURA: (musically) What is my thing for Skulduggery…? Skulduggery… What do I have in Coordination…?

CAMERON: What was the difficulty check?

NICK: This one’s gonna be hard.

CAMERON: Err, okay. Can I have—So this isn’t exactly what my talent does, but I want to argue for a blue die for it.

NICK: Okay.

CAMERON: Okay. For my Expert Tracker talent, I can remove black dice from checks to find tracks or track targets. I want to try and track the cut in half person’s path through the room to try and help me identify where the trap sprung.

NICK: Okay. I buy that, except that removes black dice.

CAMERON: yes, I know. I’m saying it doesn’t exactly fit, (laughs) but I’m looking for traps, and I’m trying to use the fact that I’m an Expert Tracker to do that.

NICK: Yeah, sure. If the blue die is your only success I’m gonna throw a monkey wrench in there, but otherwise go ahead.

CAMERON: (deep breath) Okay… It’s not my only success.

NICK: Okie-dokie. For our listeners at home, that’s absolutely not how that works, but I’m doing it anyway. Eh.

LAURA: Ooh. One success.

CAMERON: One success, one threat.

NICK: You’re able to see that the laser emitter isn’t in the walls like you expected. It’s a small box that’s actually sitting on one of these work stations. In this laboratory there’s a bunch of cybernetic parts in a rack along the wall, and you can see a kind of pillbox looking head sitting in a glass locked case up against another wall. There’s a computer terminal, and there is a small box with a laser emitter sitting on one of these work benches. There’s four work benches. It appears to be slowly tracking back and forth. It looks to be some sort of high powered weapon of sorts. You found it. Good job.

CAMERON: “(whispering) It’s that box.”

LAURA: “(whispering) Yes, it is that box. So, yes? You wanted the patch off the body?”

CAMERON: “I do. Yeah.” I want to try to get to where I’m behind its field of vision when it tracks to the other side, if it’s tracking back and forth.

NICK: Okay. it’s tracking back and forth. As you enter the room, the body is probably about two meters inside the room, and as you enter… I’m gonna need a Coordination check.

CAMERON: Ooh. Okay.

NICK: This one’s gonna be hard.

CAMERON: That’s okay. I have two blue dice on my Coordination checks.

NICK: Due to your Stalker talent!

CAMERON: Yup. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

LAURA: (musically) It’ll be fine.

CAMERON: yeah! Ys, wait… Ha-ha! One success. (laughs)

NICK: As you enter the room, you reach for the patch, you’re able to grab it, and then you see that laser emitter is a motion sensor, and the motion sensor must be in the box somewhere not on the laser emitter part, because as soon as you enter the arc where the body was cut in half it snaps to you and shoots a purple laser beam at you. It’s about as thick as your forearm. You snap your hand back and it blows a hole in the corpse, and it smells really bad. As you scramble backwards, using your threat from earlier, it actually fires again at you and goes over your head and hits the computer terminal, and the computer terminal catches on fire and shuts down. So, yup, but you got the patch. Good job.

CAMERON: Ah-ha!

LAURA: “Okie. Let’s get out of here… Let’s go! Okie!”

NICK: Tink, from where you’re sitting you hear them kind of crawl and then you hear a really loud BZZT, BZZZT, and then they come walking out. Karma is crouching pretty low on her way out of the room.

HUDSON: “What? What happened?”

CAMERON: “There’s a laser.”

LAURA: “There was a laser.”

HUDSON: “Oh. Oh… You know, I really should have mentioned that I actually have a mode for motion sensors on my general purpose scanner. It could have been useful, maybe. This has a lot of features.”

CAMERON: “But…”

LAURA: “I don’t think that’s how that works…”

HUDSON: Wait. Did they not go through a motion sensor?

CAMERON: No, we did, but…

NICK: It senses motion.

CAMERON: Does your motion sensor sense motion sensors?

LAURA: It’s motion sensor / lifeform tracking.

HUDSON: Oh!

(laughter)

NICK: It senses motion.

LAURA: It doesn’t sense motion sensors. It senses motion! (laughs)

HUDSON: (laughing) I thought it sensed motion sensors and I got really excited.

NICK: Actually, nope, canon. His senses motion sensors. He got the weird off-brand one from Tatooine.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Yeah. That’s official. That is now what that does.

CAMERON: You should walk in front with that then.

HUDSON: (laughing) The problem is now it doesn’t actually sense motion.

NICK: (laughing) yup.

HUDSON: It just senses motion sensors. (laughs) That’s so much less useful.

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: (laughing) It still senses life signs though, so that’s okay.

LAURA: It senses life signs, but it doesn’t tell you exactly where they are. It just tells you like a number, but it will sense motion sensors.

NICK: I love that so much.

CAMERON: Gosh.

NICK: Whatever electromagnetic pulse comes off of those, yours senses it.

HUDSON: Yup.

LAURA: I mean, it’s written on his character sheet now.

NICK: Yeah. I can’t wait until you walk into somewhere with technology. That’s gonna go great. It’s just gonna shut down.

LAURA: Okay. We continue down the hallway.

NICK: Great! So, as you continue down the hall you come to a small alcove. There is another Black Sun member. He has his back up against the wall. He’s a male Twi’lek, looks like he was gut shot, there’s a wound and he’s got one arm wrapped around it, and he’s leaning back, maybe unconscious, maybe dead. It looks like he took cover there and his compatriots left him. Looking into the alcove you can see some security monitors and what looks like some janitor stuff. It’s like a security monitor / janitor closet situation.

CAMERON: “Alright. The dude who was cut in half makes sense: lasers; all the people being shot are confusing and concerning me.”

LAURA: “No, no, no. So like, someone came in here with the exact same intent we have, just ahead of us, so they are killing the Black Sun members they encounter.”

HUDSON: “What if it’s someTHING?”

CAMERON: “I thought they WERE the Black Sun members?”

LAURA: “No, no, no. Somebody else.”

CAMERON: “There’s multiple groups in here?!” (laughs)

LAURA: “So, from what I think is happening, another group came in here and is killing the Black Sun members they encounter. I’m going to call them the B Team. The B Team is the ones who are sneaking into here. They are the intruders. The Black Sun members are just the collateral damage for them trying to get to the assassin droid as well.”

HUDSON: “Alternate theory.” I raise my hand.

CAMERON: “Okay. Yes? Yes Tink, please share.”

HUDSON: “Alternate theory: So, what if it’s the assassin droid with a gun?”

LAURA: “No.”

CAMERON: “See, that’s what I was thinking.”

LAURA: “But why would the assassin droid be going further into the building?”

HUDSON: “What’s its one function?”

LAURA: “I don’t know!”

CAMERON: “Assassinating!”

HUDSON: “Assassinating things.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: ‘I think it might actually have more than one function.”

HUDSON: “It’s the only one we know about right now.”

CAMERON: “We don’t know what its programming is.”

LAURA: “I mean, assassin, but…”

CAMERON: “Well, yes, but like skill-wise. Obviously assassinating, but what else? We don’t know what its programming is, if it’s supposed to defend the base. Is this a base? I don’t know.”

HUDSON: “What if it really doesn’t like Black Sun?”

CAMERON: “That’s true. Yeah.”

HUDSON: “Maybe it like, I don’t know, hurt its family. You know what, this is all speculation at this point, but I’m pretty much 100% sure it’s the assassin bot.”

LAURA: “Okay, so it is the assassin bot. What? I don’t… (groans)”

HUDSON: “let’s just keep going, and then we’ll find out.”

CAMERON: “Okay. I’ma take this badge.” (laughs)

NICK: You grab the badge. The body slides to the ground with a thump leaving a thick red streak behind it on the wall.

CAMERON: Do they have a blaster?

NICK: No, actually.

CAMERON: Dang! Guys, none of these guys have had weapons.

LAURA: “Actually, that makes no sense.”

CAMERON: “Yeah.”

HUDSON: How’s my buddy doing?

NICK: Um, kinda soggy. You did stop the bleeding, you used  a lot of tourniquets and things, no more blood is coming out, but pretty blood drenched in general. You can make a Medicine check to check on him again if you’d like.

CAMERON: We’re adopting a gang member. (laughs)

LAURA: “Tink! That body is dead!”

HUDSON: “It’s not dead.”

LAURA: “Even if not, they are Black Sun.”

NICK: It’s going to be easy again, but with two black dice because you’re very convinced at this point.

LAURA: “We do not need this in our lives.”

HUDSON: “They’ll be so relieved that they’re alive that they’ll have to join us.”

CAMERON: “Hmm…”

HUDSON: Three successes, one … threat?

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: So, while they’re busy trying to loot this dead Twi’lek, you sit your buddy down and you feel for a pulse. You don’t feel anything. You get concerned. You check for other life signs. He’s not breathing. He’s got no pulse. It seems that he slipped away since you saved him earlier.

HUDSON: Without yelling or anything, because that would be too emotional, I do the actions like I’m yelling and slam my fist onto his chest.

CAMERON: (laughs) In agony.

LAURA: “Tink! We told you. He was already dead!”

NICK: There’s a soft crunching noise…

CAMERON: Ew.

NICK: …because you’re real strong. The body jerks a little, but yeah.

LAURA: “Tink, I swear to the goddess, I fi have to come over there and just shoot you I will.”

HUDSON: I take my two fingers and close their eyelids.

NICK: They go down and then they pop back open, because that’s super not how that works.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: yeah, that is not how that works in real life. It’s difficult.

NICK: Yeah. Eyes, once they stay open they’re open.

HUDSON: It didn’t work, so I’m just like “Okay,” and then I leave the body.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. there’s a crunched, no longer bleeding corpse in the hallway.

CAMERON: “That was an admirable job you did there, Tink.”

HUDSON: “Thank you. I wish more people appreciated my work and long hours to become a doctor.”

LAURA: (through gritted teeth) ‘He was already dead, and you are most certainly not a doctor! You didn’t even graduate from just computer school.”

HUDSON: “Whoa. Hit me at the core here.”

LAURA: “Yes! You have to go to school and get some sort of license to become a doctor!”

CAMERON: “Not if he’s a con artist doctor. I mean, he knows his medicine. That much is obvious.”

HUDSON: “I do know my medicine. I read a book.”

CAMERON: “He knows that if you’re trying to remove glass, if you push on the skin around it the glass just pops out.”

LAURA: “(sighs) I mean, Tink, are you an… Okay. We used to have this conversation with Sabos. Are you a con artist as well?”

CAMERON: I feel like it’s very obvious to Xianna that Karma’s being sarcastic, and I feel like Tink does not get it. (smiling)

HUDSON: No. (laughs) “Con artist? Depends on your definition. (exhales)”

LAURA: “Okay, so no.” Xianna just turns around and starts walking away. “I am so done with this.” You can just hear her, like… ‘I don’t understand why this keeps happening to me. No. Just, why can’t I get competent crew members?”

CAMERON: Um, excuse me. (laughs)

NICK: So, you continue down the hallway. The hallway branches in kind of a Y shape. You hear some blaster fire, and you hear someone yell “Get it! Get it! Get it!” There’s gunfire as you’re approaching. You’re not sure which direction it came from, but you can make me a Perception check if you want.

LAURA & CAMERON: Okay!

NICK: This one’s gonna be hard because of the acoustics of the room. That’s not really a thing I thought I would say.

CAMERON: Karma got a success and two threats.

LAURA: Two failures and three advantages.

HUDSON: Three successes and three threats.

NICK: Okay… Here’s what happens. Xianna, you’re pretty sure that the gunfire must have come from the left. It’s a more narrow corridor. There’s a lot of crates and stuff lining it for cover. If there was a gunfight it must have come from that way. Karma and Tink, you’re pretty sure that the gunfire must have come from the right direction which is a wider empty hallway that curves around a corner and you can’t really see what’s further that way.

LAURA: “Okay, so it is the left.”

CAMERON: “Right.”

HUDSON: “Mm… Right.”

CAMERON: “No, no, not left.”

LAURA: “Yes. Correct.” (laughs)

CAMERON: “No. Not correct. It is the right hallway.”

HUDSON: “I agree with Karma.”

CAMERON: “Not the left hallway.”

LAURA: “yes, the left hallway is the right hallway.”

CAMERON: “No. No, no, no. Not the left hallway.”

LAURA: “But yes, the left hallway…”

CAMERON: “Nope. We’re gonna go down the correct hallway which is the right hallway.”

LAURA: “Tink!”

NICK: Tink falls prone. (dramatic bass noise)

(laughter)

LAURA: No!

NICK: He had three threats. He falls prone.

LAURA: “Tink.”

HUDSON: ‘Whoa!”

LAURA: “Okay. Which direction did you hear?”

CAMERON: “What are you doing, Tink? Get up.”

LAURA: “What are you even doing?”

HUDSON: “I… I fell. Listen, I—“

LAURA: “How are you-? Why do you fall all the time?!”

CAMERON: “We were just standing here!”

HUDSON: “Coordination…” I literally have nothing in Coordination.

(laughter)

LAURA: “Just stand up! It is not that difficult! Which direction did you hear?”

HUDSON: ‘Right.”

CAMERON: “Right!”

LAURA: “(sighs) Okay, right.”

HUDSON: “Right!”

CAMERON: “yeah! Correct.”

NICK: Alright. So you go the right fork?

CAMERON: Yes.

LAURA: Whatever the successful people were told.

CAMERON: (laughs) The right fork.

LAURA: The right fork.

NICK: Okay. You continue down that hallway. It’s surprisingly long before it turns. The corridor makes about a 45 degree turn to the left. You see two corpses littered with blaster fire right there, like stuff stuck in a grease trap in a sink, just kind of smooshed up against the wall. You hear a loud explosion, and you turn around the corner and you see what looks like a motor pool. It’s a wide open room, it’s got a speeder in the far left corner, and then large toolboxes with a lot of tools and parts on it. There’s about four of those scattered around. You see five Black Sun members. One of them is standing over a fallen droid. It’s rust colored, it’s kind of spindly, but has an armored front chest plate and has kind of a bug-like looking head with little slits for eyes and two antennae sticking off the back that are kind of short. The droid is smashed up against the wall and appears to be down. The guy kicks it and says, “Well, it’s no good to us dead.” That’s the scene that you walk up to.

CAMERON: I’m gonna say we don’t step around the corner. (laughs)

HUDSON: Yeah, let’s chill here for a second.

CAMERON: Yeah. (laughs)

NICK: Do you guys get the three heads peeking around the corner Scooby Doo style?

LAURA: Oh yes, certainly.

CAMERON: yes, but Tink is on the bottom.

HUDSON: Yeah.

CAMERON: It doesn’t make sense what order our heads are in.

LAURA: Yeah, it goes Tink, karma, Xianna.

CAMERON: yeah.

LAURA: That’s how that works.

NICK: Well that’s what I was picturing.

LAURA: Yeah!

CAMERON: yeah. I mean, that’s the only way we could have done it.

NICK: Okay. So you look around the corner, you see that, and the guy who was poking at the droid… They’re all wearing those orange jumpsuits with the brown vests. He is a Human with blonde hair that’s kind of spiked up. He turns around and they start arguing with each other about what they’re gonna do now.

LAURA: How close is the nearest pile of boxes? In my head I’m imagining like… crates?

NICK: Yeah, but they’re like the really big, metal ones that don’t make a lot of sense.

LAURA: Yeah, but so like a large 5 by 5, kind of?

NICK: From where you are in the corner you’ve got probably 30 meters into the actual room and then another 10 meters to the first set of boxes to hide behind. It’s a decent distance.

LAURA: A decent trek to the boxes.

NICK: yeah. One might even say you are at a long range band from them right now.

CAMERON: Ooh.

LAURA: “Okay, so…”

HUDSON: “I have an idea.”

LAURA: “My gun does not shoot very far. Tink, you do mostly the close quarters combat. So Karma is the only one really who does the long range.”

HUDSON: ‘I have a thought.”

LAURA: “yes?”

CAMERON: “yes? What’s your thing?”

HUDSON: “So, my idea is that we actually don’t engage yet for once, and we just wait and see if they come to us or if they keep going down the corridor and leave the robot.”

CAMERON: ‘if it’s no use to them dead, it is use to us dead.”

HUDSON: “What’s a robot? They leave the droid.”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: ‘I was just gonna bypass that weird term you used, but yes.”

LAURA: “yes, I’m not sure what a robot is. If they just said it is no use to us dead, that is probably the droid they were trying to get, meaning the droid we were trying to get.”

HUDSON: “What if we wait until they walk away?”

LAURA: “But they probably won’t walk away if that is the droid they are here for.”

HUDSON: “Ohh.”

LAURA: “Do you understand that they are probably arguing over what to do now that they think it is broken? So, I was thinking we would sneak to the boxes, they are pretty far away but it would be cover, and then we shoot them.”

CAMERON: Does there look to be an exit from this room, or are they gonna have to come back down this hallway?

NICK: It’s hard to tell, because you’re in a narrow corridor and the room spreads out. You can’t see any doors from where you’re at. It’s pretty obvious from the trail of bodies at this point that they came this way.

HUDSON: “What if we cause a distraction by throwing something down the hallway so they have to come this way, and then I just get them all with my vibro-axe, like bang, boom, bang.”

LAURA: “Okay, so there are five of them. Maybe if we made a slight distraction we can pick them off one by one, but all five would probably be a bit of a difficult situation.”

CAMERON: “If we want to hide, we think they’re gonna come back this way, we can duck back into that other hallway that had the boxes in it where they wouldn’t see us. Then they’d walk past us to get to the exit. Their ship’s over by that exit, so they’re probably gonna walk back this way. Running into this giant room when they all have blasters and we’re not the most heavily equipped blaster-wise just doesn’t seem all that bright to me. It’s something Sabos would have done, so I’m kind of cautious against it.”

HUDSON: “I may have been distracted for part of that, so I’ll follow Karma to the end of the earth.”

CAMERON: (laughs) Perfect.

LAURA: “Okay. So let’s go back to that like janitor closet, go in there, maybe there will be something useful, and then wait for them there? Is that it?”

CAMERON: “Somewhere back along the hallway where they’re gonna have to walk past us, behind a crate or something. If we can get cover and be in cover as they come towards us this is ideal.”

LAURA: “Assuming they come back this way. Yes.”

CAMERON: ‘Yes.”

NICK: So, you’re going towards the hallway with the crates, or you’re going to the janitor closet?

CAMERON: Probably janitor closet first.

NICK: That’s further away. Is that okay?

HUDSON: Oh, it is?

NICK: Yeah. The janitor closet was before the fork. The hallway with the crates is at the fork.

HUDSON: Oh.

LAURA: “Assuming they have to come back here, if we go now before they come back it probably won’t matter too much which.”

CAMERON: “Okay, here. I’ma go setup behind one of the crates in the other hallway so that I’m here at this fork in the hallway. If y’all wanna go look at the janitor closet and then melee it up, Tink, you can do that.”

HUDSON: “Alright.”

CAMERON: “I’m gonna have my blaster out though and just be sitting here and wait.”

HUDSON: “Alright. I can go with this plan.”

CAMERON: “And I can com y’all when I hear them coming.”

LAURA: “Okay, so yeah. You can flank them! Wait for them to walk a little bit, and then you are behind them… and then you can shoot them, in the back. Yes! Okay. Tink, you and I, janitor closet.”

HUDSON: “Janitor closet!”

LAURA: “Janitor closet. Go!”

NICK: As you take off down the hall, Karma you’re a little bit behind them, you hear the leader of the group go, “Well, I guess we’ll take it with us. Maybe they’ll be able to salvage something.”

Two of them try and pick it up and go, “Aw man, it’s heavier than it looks.”

The leader says, “Well, grab that weird gun too, because I think that’s important.” And they start to head down the hallway.

CAMERON: Since I’m at the corner, and you said it’s a fair distance to get to where we were at the corner, I probably waited until they started moving to head to the other hallway to get cover so that we had more of a range of knowing closer to when the time was.

NICK: Sure. You come to the fork…

CAMERON: “They’re coming down the hallway now.”

LAURA: “Okie!”

NICK: The first crate is about 15 meters from the fork. You can see it’s a narrow hallway with crates. They’re just wooden crates full of (mumbles). They stagger left and right down the hallway so it’s kind of a windy path. You set up. Can I get a Stealth check, please? This one’s gonna be average.

HUDSON: Who’s doing the Stealth check?

NICK: karma is. Don’t worry about it.

CAMERON: I’m sure it’s fine… One success, four advantages.

NICK: Alright. I’ll say you can use those advantages to boost your potential initiative roll after you ambush them, so remember that. You’re able to duck quietly behind some of the crates, and you hear something further down the hallway but whatever it is doesn’t seem to notice you.

CAMERON: (whispering) “Guys, I think there’s something in this hallway.” (laughs)

LAURA: ‘I mean, you are in the hallway.”

CAMERON: “I mean, obviously it’s not me.” (laughs)

LAURA: ‘Is it the Black Sun? You know they are here.” (laughs)

CAMERON: “I don’t know~ We’ll see. I’m just gonna watch both directions.”

LAURA: “Okay~” (laughs)

NICK: Around then you start hearing the clip-clomp of gangster feet as people come around the hallway.

CAMERON: (whispered) “They’re coming!”

NICK: They make it to the fork. You can hear them arguing about who has to carry this stupid droid, it’s so heavy, they stop and trade out. Everybody seems to be carrying either the droid, or you see a long looking rifle but it has a lot of different barrels on the front and they’re not all the same length, and it appears to be fed with a different kind of power pack. It’s a very weird looking gun. It also looks kind of like a prototype, like it’s not a finished product, it’s just a thing. They stop there for a minute. Do you do anything, or do you let them continue on?

CAMERON: I let them continue on until they all have their backs to me.

NICK: Okay. They continue down the hallway. I’m gonna need Cool checks from everybody.

LAURA: Cool!

CAMERON: Hey.

HUDSON: Oh no…

(laughter)

NICK: This is how well you do ambushes.

LAURA: Any difficulty?

NICK: A Cool check, it’s just initiative.

CAMERON: Karma got three successes and two advantages.

NICK: Nice.

LAURA: Xianna got three successes and two advantages.

NICK: Wow.

LAURA: I’m cool~

HUDSON: Rolling two green, I got two successes and two advantages.

NICK: Wow.

CAMERON: Nice!

NICK: Can you roll me two yellows and a green?

CAMERON: Two successes, two advantages.

NICK: Can you roll me a yellow and a green?

CAMERON: One success, two advantages.

NICK: And two green?

CAMERON: A success and an advantage.

NICK: Alright. Let me throw this initiative order together real quick. We got Player, Player, NPC, Player, NPC, NPC. That’s how it’s gonna work. Y’all have about five advantages to work with here. Is there anything you would like to add to this setting or scene that you would like to use in your favor.

HUDSON: Can I happen to have something, maybe like a robot defibrillator?

CAMERON: (giggles)

HUDSON: Sorry, a droid defibrillator, something to revive a droid.

LAURA: I mean, that would just be like a toolkit.

HUDSON: yeah. I feel like I just would have that. Right?

CAMERON: Yeah, you just have that.

LAURA: If we get to the janitorial closet…

NICK: There’s probably  a bunch of tools and stuff in there. Yeah.

LAURA: …there’s gonna be toolkits.

HUDSON: Perfect. Okay.

LAURA: I would like there to be some sort of can of grease or oil that we can pop back out of the closet and throw further down the hallway so that when they walk that way it’s slippery.

NICK: (smiling) Sure. There’s a big can that says Star Wars Lube.

CAMERON: Yes!

LAURA: (laughs) Just an industrial tub of KY jelly.

NICK: It says Star Wars Lube, Danger: Flammable.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: Yes!

NICK: Okay. That’s probably three of them. you got two left. Want to spend something, Cameron?

CAMERON: Um… I have cover already. What range are they at from me now, having walked a little bit past me to be in front of me?

NICK: Medium.

CAMERON: Okay.

NICK: The other thing you’re gonna run into is if they make it all the way to the janitor closet there’s gonna be a wall in the way, you’re not gonna be able to see them from the crates, so you may have to move up. Right now you can still see them. they’re about half way between your hallway and the closet.

CAMERON: I guess if there’s some sort of pipe we could shoot to have steam go everywhere or something.

NICK: Oh yeah. The whole facility has those all over the ceilings.

HUDSON: (laughs)

CAMERON: Yeah. I just want some pipes that we can make steam go to make visibility a little more difficult for them.

NICK: Sure. That’s there. You identify it quite handily from your experience. So, there’s a player slot first. They’re about half way between the two of you, probably at medium range to each. Who wants to go first.

LAURA: Tink and Xianna are in the janitor closet waiting. Before this all goes down as we’re just on the com setting things up, Xianna’s just sitting there shaking her leg up and down. ‘Uh… Okay. I’m just gonna go ahead and do this.” She reaches into her pockets and pulls out a bag of impact, and takes it, and is just… “Okie. Heh. I’m a lot better. That is, uh, going to help.”

HUDSON: “Good for you.”

LAURA: “yes. You want any?”

HUDSON: “No. you should know by now. No.”

LAURA: “I mean, I also have some glitterstim. That will really mess you up. Yes.”

HUDSON: “Ugh. I need to be focused. I need to be on my game.”

LAURA: “yeah, so the impact.”

HUDSON: “No…”

LAURA: “it really helps you focus. It does.”

HUDSON: “Uh… N- I’m- … I am drug-free, I’m proud to say.”

LAURA: “I mean, okay.”

CAMERON: Dare to be drug-free!

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: ‘I will respect that, but you know, if you want it I have it. Cool.”

HUDSON: “Cool.”

LAURA: “Okie. Let’s kill some people!” (laughs)

CAMERON: Probably since they’re in the closet and Karma can see the Black Sun members, she probably goes first so that her blaster shot lets them know hey they’re in position.

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: I would imagine that.

HUDSON: And if they turn around I can come from behind.

CAMERON: And then they turn around to face me, and Tink can axe them in the back.

NICK: Sure.

CAMERON: Since Karma’s already in cover, she’s going to use her maneuver to take aim at the gang member who’s carrying the big, weird-looking gun.

NICK: Okay. You’re at medium range, so that would be average.

CAMERON: Mm-hmm! And I got my blue die. That is two successes, two advantages.

NICK: How much damage does that do?

CAMERON: Eleven~

NICK: Phew. Okay. Yeah, so you pop up from cover and shoot that guy. You hit him right between the shoulder blades and he just drops. Yeah. He goes down, the gun goes skittering down the hallway in front of him, and people start to turn around and try to see where the gunfire came from. Yeah, so that guy is down, good work.

CAMERON: I did shoot with stun. My gun is default to stun.

NICK: Right, so you stun that guy. Okay.

CAMERON: And my advantages, I want them to be that everyone turns to look at where the blaster came from, so whichever one of Tink or Xianna goes next gets a blue die, because they’re now coming from behind.

NICK: Yeah, that makes sense. You confuse them. Up next is another player slot.

LAURA: Xianna will go next since we are shooting. She’s gonna lean outside the janitor closet and… medium range?

NICK: Yup.

LAURA: Okay, and shoot just whichever one is closest.

NICK: So mechanically there’s the grunts, there’s three of them, and then there’s the leader guy. He’s got his own slot. Do you want to shoot at the group or the leader?

LAURA: I’ll do the group.

NICK: Okay.

LAURA: That’s two?

NICK: Should be, unless yours is short range. If it’s short range then it’s…

LAURA: The range of my gun is medium, but I do increase the difficulty by one for beyond short range.

NICK: Okay, so then it’s three I guess.

CAMERON: I thought it was within short range, or less.

NICK: Hers is because it’s a short range gun, or it’s a medium range but she filed it up.

CAMERON: Oh, okay.

LAURA: Yeah. I have a filed frontsight so I get innate Quickdraw, but it means anything beyond short range is increased in difficulty.

CAMERON: Okay. I thought it was flipped. I thought it was anything less than short range was increased difficulty.

NICK: No, that’s you. Your gun gets harder if you’re closer.

CAMERON: Well yeah, it’s big. (chuckles)

LAURA: I would also aim since I’m not taking any other maneuvers.

NICK: Sure.

LAURA: Oh shit. Heh… There’s a triumph but no success, one failure, and three advantages. (pause) yeah.

(laughter)

NICK: So… Since it’s group combat I’ll say you can use the triumph to take one down, because that’s how that works. If you’d like to do that you can.

LAURA: Yeah. I’ll do that for the group, and then I’d like those advantages to be passed, that my laser blaster kind of ricochets so they don’t actually look back at the janitor’s closet, they’re kind of looking the other direction because they think that’s where it came from.

NICK: Sure. They’re confused.

HUDSON: (laughs)

LAURA: Yeah. They’re just confused about where the laser fire actually came from, which would give Tink a blue die, because they might not expect him to come from that direction.

NICK: Sure, makes sense to me, and I don’t have any dark side points to play with so this ambush is going very well for y’all so far.

CAMERON: Ha-ha!

LAURA: Ha-ha.

NICK: So yeah, you drop him, Tink’s gonna have a blue die on whatever he chooses to do, but it’s an NPC slot right now. The leader of the group is going to pull a blaster rifle off of his back and he’s going to see that Karma has leaned out from behind cover and taken a shot at him. He is going to do a really cool action roll forward. ‘They’re trying to shoot us!” And takes a shot at Karma.

CAMERON: How observant. (laughs)

NICK: He is two yellows and a green, and it’s medium range so it’ll be two, but he’ll get a black die because you’re in cover.

CAMERON: Hey, good job, Cameron. That’s two failures and one advantage.

NICK: Great. The advantage… don’t worry about it. The failure, he shoots at you but his action roll was so cool that he didn’t actually aim particularly well. His maneuver is he is moving towards you, but he misses, so that’s his turn. Now we’re up to another player slot. Tink, whatcha gonna do?

HUDSON:  Alright. I haven’t fought in a while. Maneuver, and then I get to do an action?

NICK: Yeah. You can do an attack or a main action, you have a maneuver, you can do little things no big deal, and if you take a strain you can do an extra maneuver if you want.

HUDSON: Got it. My maneuver’s gonna be running towards them.

NICK: Yeah. For medium range, if you maneuver and then take a strain to do another maneuver you can close with them, you can be in melee range in one go and hit them.

HUDSON: Okay. I’ll do that, actually.

NICK: Okay, so take a strain, because it’s one to get from medium to short and another to get from short to engaged.

HUDSON: Okay. I’m going to go to the group and just try to axe one of them in the back. I don’t think they were facing me.

NICK: (smiling) Everybody made their advantages that people weren’t going to wonder what was going on with the janitor closet, so you’re able to basically just activate your axe, run right up to them, nobody knows you’re there… which is a little messed up.

CAMERON: And you get a blue die.

HUDSON: Ooh, yeah, I do. And the difficulty is?

NICK: Two.

CAMERON: Always two.

NICK: Always two, but they’re not exactly wearing body armor, so…

HUDSON: Oh my. Three successes, three threats.

NICK: How much damage does your axe do? I think it’s three plus your Brawn.

HUDSON: Yes, so six.

NICK: Plus the successes, so nine?

CAMERON: Plus another three.

HUDSON: Yeah.

NICK: Cool. The two guys from the group who are still standing are carrying the droid. How do you want to cut one of these guys up? What are you aiming for?

HUDSON: I only get to cut one?

NICK: Yeah. You only kill one of them. They have a decent amount of health.

HUDSON: Dang it. Alright. I do this cool anime jump with both of my legs in the air, knees bent, and come downwards and cross it across the top right corner of his head all the way down through his torso.

CAMERON: (laughing) Oh gosh.

NICK: Okay. You bisect this guy pretty cleanly. We get that horrible shot of the body sliding a little before it collapses.

HUDSON: Just like from that Star Wars movie when the ship’s like cut open.

(laughter)

CAMERON: I gotcha. Yeah.

NICK: And then the legs of the droid get dropped, there’s a really loud clang, that guy is very down, and this group is having a rough time. Good ambush, y’all.

CAMERON: We did so good at planning! (smiling)

NICK: Yeah! You do that. The final guy holding the droid says, “Kriff this!” and drops the droid, and pulls out a blaster pistol. He is very close to Tink, but he is going to try and shoot him in the face real quick.

HUDSON: (feigned fright) “Nooo…”

NICK: That is one green die. It’s only one purple though, because he’s at short range and he’s got a pistol.

CAMERON: Okay. Do you wanna roll it, Hudson?

NICK: Yeah, that’s it.

HUDSON: Really?

NICK: Yup.

HUDSON: One advantage.

NICK: Yeah, great. So, he shoots and the head honcho man sees that you are there, Tink, and he is now thinking quickly and tactically. Also, down to the next slot, three people from further into the box hallway having been alerted by all the gunfire and the threats that my characters have rolled, poke their heads up and go… “What the kriff?!” and they start to shoot at Karma. They’ll have cover this time. They’re going to spend their maneuver to get up to the first row of cover. They’re running and gunning so we won’t mess with that, but next time you’ll have to pick who you’re gonna have cover between.

CAMERON: Okay.

NICK: They are going to shoot at Karma. I need you to roll one yellow and two green. For those at home, I’m using the Mass Combat rules for groups of henchmen. It’s pretty great.

CAMERON: They’re at medium, so it’s two?

NICK: Yup.

CAMERON: Two advantages.

NICK: (huffs) So much for my high-stakes fight, huh? They shoot some more, there’s some lovely pyrotechnics, you all are protected by your plot armor…

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: …and the head honcho boss guy is wondering what he pays these people for.

CAMERON: We’re being protected by our great planning skills.

NICK: Well, that too.

LAURA: And the dice.

CAMERON: (smiling) And the dice, the dice liked us.

NICK: In fact, the head honcho boss man says, “What am I even paying you all for?” And we’re back to the top of the initiative with a player slot.

LAURA: Xianna will shoot the head guy this time.

NICK: Okay. He’s at medium range.

LAURA: She’s gonna aim, and I’m gonna go ahead and flip a light side point for that.

NICK: Might as well.

LAURA: Because might as well.

NICK: Ah-ha-ha. … Oh, swap one of those purples out for a red. He has Adversary 1. I forgot to mention that. You can pick which one you want to get rid of since I didn’t tell you soon enough.

CAMERON: A despair. (laughs)

LAURA: Thank you!

(laughter)

LAURA: Two successes and a despair that has no failure.

NICK: Okay. Hey, one of the despair things I can do is ‘ranged weapons run out of ammunition.’ Isn’t that interesting?

LAURA: Cool…

NICK: Another one is ‘ranged attack hits character engaged with target.’ He’s not technically engaged.

CAMERON: No one is currently engaged with him. (laughs) They’re still in the courting phase, not engaged yet.

LAURA: Yes.

NICK: Yeah… So, what I’m going to do is, that initiative slot is now being used last in the initiative order. That’s one off the sheet. Isn’t that cool? That doesn’t mean you get to reuse it. It means if it goes to another round it’ll go down. What that looks like is, Xianna pops around the corner and she takes a shot. How much damage does she do?

LAURA: That would be eight damage.

NICK: Woo-hoo. He does not like that. It hits him pretty good. It hits him in the back of the arm and he drops. Xianna starts to get real, real, real jittery, and kind of has some muscle spasms going on and some double vision, and has to duck back around the corner and collect herself, and loses some time trying to get back in the zone.

CAMERON: Auto Zone.

LAURA: (laughs) Yeah.

HUDSON: God.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: But yeah, that fun side effect brought to you buy Fantasy Flight Game, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying game. You hit him, he did not like it, it appeared to do some pretty solid damage to him… and we’re to another player slot.

CAMERON: “Y’all got this, right?” Karma says, turning away from the fight that she was fighting in and facing the guys coming down her hallway now.

HUDSON: “Yeah.”

LAURA: ‘Maybe. I think so! Maybe. (giggles) Sure!”

HUDSON: “Of course.”

CAMERON: She’s gonna run from the crate she was at to the one in front of her so that she’s still shooting over a crate and has cover, but is now just having cover the other way.

NICK: Sure.

CAMERON: And she’s going to shoot at those dudes.

NICK: Okay. You’re at close range, because they’re also running towards those same crates. Is that going to negatively affect you?

CAMERON: I don’t know. Hold on.

NICK: What are your weapon’s trait things?

CAMERON: Ranged heavy, medium, stun setting.

NICK: Yeah. I think you can just shoot them, so it should be easy.

CAMERON: Okay, but do they have cover currently if they’re running towards the boxes, or are they in between at the moment?

NICK: We’ll say they’re up in the air.

CAMERON: If I ran up to get cover again, that was my maneuver. Right?

NICK: Yup. You could take a strain to still aim if you wanted to.

CAMERON: Nah. I’ll flip a light side point though to really upgrade this.

NICK: Great.

CAMERON: (laughs) Three yellows against one purple. Four successes.

NICK: How much damage is that?

CAMERON: Thirteen.

NICK: Ooh. Yeah, you got enough to roll out. You take out two of the dudes.

CAMERON: Ha-ha!

NICK: What does that look like? You shoot them in the face with your stun setting?

CAMERON: Well I shoot one of them, as he’s running towards me he kind of does a thing where his upper body falls backwards but his legs keep moving for a second, and his blaster comes up and he just smacks his friend in the face and it breaks his nose into his brain and he dies.

NICK: Oh. Great.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: That’s pretty intense.

CAMERON: Yup! (laughs) But it wasn’t Karma that killed him, his friend killed him, so it’s okay!

NICK: I think Karma probably killed the drug lord.

CAMERON: Eh, it’s fine.

NICK: Get it? Like karma, like karmic justice. I made a joke. (smiling)

LAURA: No.

HUDSON: Nuh-uh.

CAMERON: What?!

NICK: No?

CAMERON: I don’t think that was a joke, babe.

HUDSON: (laughs)

NICK: Oh… Okay. Anyway! That brings us to an NPC slot. Boss guy is going to level his gun at Tink who is at close range and try to shoot him while Tink is busy dealing with the guys standing over the fallen assassin droid. That is two yellows and a green. Can you flip me a dark side point to upgrade that to three yellows, please?

CAMERON: It’s one purple, because you said close?

NICK: Yes. This might hurt real bad.

CAMERON: I’m sure it’ll be fine. … Oh shit, no. That is three successes and a triumph.

HUDSON: Egh…

NICK: So that’s 13 damage, because he’s using Karma’s gun.

CAMERON: You get soak.

HUDSON: Yeah.

NICK: And I would like to roll a crit please, with my triumph.

LAURA: We have a chart.

CAMERON: It’s a 96.

NICK: OOH!

LAURA: OOH! Bye Tink! (laughs)

HUDSON: Nooo!

CAMERON: No, it’s not 140-something.

NICK: Crippled: One limb is impaired until healed/replaced.

HUDSON: Not my typing arm!

CAMERON: Shit! (laughs)

NICK: Plus one difficulty to all checks using that limb. I’ll let you pick. What limb do you want to be impaired?

HUDSON: My left leg.

NICK: Your left leg. Any kind of moving that you’re doing, and I’m gonna say attacking with your axe you probably attack with your legs for more strength, so it applies to attacks too. He rolls towards you, and from very close range he sets the gun to burst, and he says, “I’ve always hated Wookies!” He shoots a three-blast into your kneecap and just tears it up real bad.

LAURA: (shouting) That is racist!”

CAMERON: (shouting) “He is not a Wookie!”

NICK: “Uh- Oh, really?” And then we’re gonna go to the next initiative slot. (laughs)

CAMERON: “Learn yourself!”

NICK: I guess it’s Tink, actually.

HUDSON: Yep. Give me a second, I’m writing down ‘left leg goners.’

CAMERON: Yup. (laughs)

NICK: Crippled. You didn’t actually lose it. It’s savable.

HUDSON: So, I’m like, “(shouts and groans in pain).”

NICK: “See, a Wookie!”

CAMERON: (smiling) ‘No!”

HUDSON: “No, I’m a Gigoran you kriffin’… (grumbling snarl).” Alright. Am I close? Am I like short range to him?

NICK: You can do a maneuver to get to that guy if you want.

HUDSON: Yeah, I want to get to that guy in particular.

CAMERON: (laughs) He’s got a purple and a red, right? Because he’s Adversary?

NICK: Yeah, one of those purples is a red.

HUDSON: Oh. That’s right, because from now it’s that way.

NICK: Well, yours is an extra purple, so it’s two purples and a red, because it adds a difficulty and the red is because he has Adversary which means it’s harder to attack him. Those are for like big bads. He’s just not that big or bad.

HUDSON: Three threats and two successes.

NICK: Okay… You hit him, it does eight damage. Ooh. He takes it in the shoulder, he looks like he’s in very bad shape and he’s not doing well. There’s a lot of blood and he gets a look on his face of someone who’s thinking, ‘I’m at least gonna take one of these suckers with me.’ He kicks out at you as the axe bites into his shoulder and hits you in your injured knee, and you fall prone. (dramatic bass noise)

HUDSON: “Ow! This always happens to me!”

LAURA: “Your center of gravity is just off.”

CAMERON: (laughs)

HUDSON: “No, this was a leg this time!”

LAURA: “I know, but I think your center of gravity is also off! Maybe you should try some yoga or something, maybe center yourself!”

HUDSON: “Where’s the lube?! Knock them prone, all of them!”

NICK: (laughs)

CAMERON: “We do have that yoga studio if you sink the hot tub!”

LAURA: ‘Wait, are we inviting them back? Is that why the lube is…?”

CAMERON: “No!” (laughs)

LAURA: “Oh no! Yes! We were going to throw it down the hallway! It is too late for that!” (laughs)

CAMERON: ((laughs)

HUDSON: (weakly) “Alright…”

NICK: We are up to an NPC slot. We’re going to do the one dude left facing Karma. He’s going to actually get up close and pull out a vibro-knife and try and stab Karma. “You shot Morty!”

CAMERON: (snorts, giggles)

NICK: He only has one green, because you took out all his buddies.

CAMERON: Aww. Nada.

NICK: Yeah. How do you stop him from stabbing you, like a cool person?

CAMERON: So, I have my carbine on a harness, so I’m gonna let go of my carbine for a second and I want to turn and pull out my vibro-sword slightly and catch his knife on my vibro-sword.

NICK: Ooh, very cool.

HUDSON: Ooh.

CAMERON: Yep.

NICK: Then do you re-sheath it or do you draw it?

CAMERON: I re-sheathe it.

NICK: (laughs) Okay. You just (sound effects of unsheathing, blocking, and re-sheathing), and then grab your gun again?

CAMERON: Yeah.

NICK: Cool. Well, he’s useless. We’re back to the top of the order with a player slot. Right now we have one guy engaged with Karma, one guy standing over the assassin droid just waving his gun around looking useless, and the big boss man who just kicked Tink down to the ground and is standing over him with an assault rifle.

LAURA: Xianna’s gonna lean out of the closet and shoot the big baddie by Tink, help him out. She’s gonna aim and everything. Let’s see…

CAMERON: Two purples for the distance.

LAURA: Yeah.

NICK: Yes! Yes!

LAURA: (nervously) Okay!

(laughter)

NICK: Here we go.

LAURA: So what I have is a despair and a triumph. I don’t… I would assume the success of the triumph cancels out the failure of the despair.

CAMERON: Yes.

LAURA: So I have a failure-less despair and a success-less triumph.

NICK: Here’s what the despair is going to be. I was reading it earlier. Ranged attack hits character engaged with target. So you’re gonna hit Tink. You didn’t have any successes so it’s just going to be the base damage.

HUDSON: Nooo.

NICK: What’s the base damage on your pistol, Xianna?

LAURA: Six.

NICK: That’s six damage going at Tink. Are you still conscious?

HUDSON: Oh yeah. I have five left.

NICK: Oh bummer.

CAMERON: He’s strong.

HUDSON: I’m stronk.

NICK: Oh I know, he can take it.

CAMERON: (mimicking Xianna’s accent) ‘Oh sheet! You are just so beeg!’ (giggles)

LAURA: “Tink! Stop being so big. You are in the way. It is your fault.” (laughs) “Sorry Tink! Sorry~!”

HUDSON: “Ow!”

LAURA: “I did not think you were going to be there!” (laughs)

HUDSON: “I was literally- How did you not think that?”

LAURA: “I don’t know, honestly.” (laughs)

NICK: At this point you can just hear the boss guy going, “Heheheheheh.” That was a player slot, now we’re to an NPC slot, and it’s going to be him. He is just going to shoot Tink. He gets a black die because Tink is prone. He is two yellows and a green.

CAMERON: One advantage.

NICK: Okay. He misses.

HUDSON: Ha-ha!

NICK: I’ll give a blue die to Knifey McKnife or whoever goes next. How do you dodge this guy shooting you at point blank?

HUDSON: I do a roll and roll over my very, very injured left leg and go, “Aghhh~!”

NICK: “See! A Wookie!”

CAMERON: “Still no! That’s incredibly … speciest?”

HUDSON: (growling through pain) “I’m. A. Gigoran!”

NICK: With that, we are to a player slot.

CAMERON: Alright. Karma’s gonna take it. I want to look at the guy who just tried to stab me. “Sorry babe, you’re not worth my time,” and turn around and walk away and go shoot the boss man. (laughs)

NICK: Okay. We’ll say you use a maneuver to get out of the hallway and back to where you can see him. It probably puts you at medium range.

CAMERON: Cool. That’s a red and a purple?

NICK: Yep.

CAMERON: (laughs) That’s just a threat. (heavy exhale)

NICK: Okay. You do that. I think the guy goes, “Hey!” and shoves you from behind as you’re shooting, and your shot goes wide.

CAMERON: Two of my dice came up blank.

NICK: That’s a bummer.

LAURA: Why are we like this?

NICK: (laughs) I don’t know.

CAMERON: I was doing real good before I tried to help y’all.

LAURA: I mean, I just keep rolling the weirdest shit, just… a triumph and a despair! Because why not.

NICK: No, that was fun. That was a player slot, so we are to an NPC slot. We’re gonna say the guy who shoved Karma is going to stab her again since she faced away. He was able to bump into you so that you couldn’t shoot his boss, Karma, and now he’s going to try to follow that up with a stab. He gets a blue die, because you were obviously ignoring him.

CAMERON: One success.

NICK: Yay! A vibro-knife does two, he has two Brawn, and one success, so that’s five damage.

CAMERON: (smiling) Karma soaks all of it. (laughs)

NICK: Yeah, so he drives a knife into you and… you’re the combat character, and it does nothing.

CAMERON: I look over my shoulder. “Oh, are you still here?”

HUDSON: (scoffs) Oh dang.

CAMERON: (giggles)

NICK: (laughs) Roll for sad.

CAMERON: (laughing) Alright. What’s that gonna be?

NICK: The last one is the guy standing over the assassin droid who is still up because everyone has decided he’s not important. He’s actually going to use his maneuver to get to close range with Xianna, and he is going to shoot Xianna.

LAURA: Okay. I have some cover from the closet. I also have one defense for ranged.

NICK: Great. That’s two black dice, and he only has one green.

CAMERON: So it’s a green, a purple, and two black?

NICK: Yeah. Let’s flip a dark side point though. He’s really motivated.

CAMERON: Ooh, it’s a yellow.

NICK: I only need one crit. I’m gonna shoot her in the foot again.

(laughter)

LAURA: If you take my foot! (laughs) I will only come back more powerful!

CAMERON: One failure.

LAURA: (quietly) yes!

NICK: Alright, so he comes running around the corner, and he sees you. “Ha!” Then he reenacts that scene from Pulp Fiction where he empties the clip of his blaster pistol, even though they don’t have clips, and it goes all around you and does not hit you at all, and you end up just kind of staring at each other awkwardly for a second. Now we are at the bottom of the initiative order where the player slot that used to be at the top is. That’s Tink.

HUDSON: Yeah, I’ll go. I’m lying there. I just dodged a bullet, or a laser blast, a sblaser.

CAMERON: Blaster shot.

HUDSON: A blaster shot.

NICK: A sblaser. (laughs)

HUDSON: A sblaser. So, I grab my vibro-axe and I go after boss man.

NICK: Okay. Do you stand up?

HUDSON: I could just do it from the ground. Does that give me a disadvantage?

NICK: Yeah. That would give you a black die to do it.

HUDSON: For the theatrics, sure.

NICK: Sure.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Do you want to flip a light side point?

CAMERON: Yeah!

HUDSON: Yes.

LAURA: That adds a green.

NICK: I will say, it won’t add another purple, because if you’re swinging from the ground you’re not using your legs so you won’t get that crit issue. All upper body.

HUDSON: Three successes.

NICK: Whoa… Alright. How do you wanna kill this guy?

HUDSON: Oh. I don’t even need to give you damage, do I?

NICK: No, you got him.

HUDSON: I’m on the floor, and I swing around and I cut him off at the knees and watch him scream in pain, and then cut him off the middle.

NICK: Phew. Tink has a vendetta there. Yeah, you silence him. He is done. If you, with that description, can you roll me a green versus two purples please?

CAMERON: A threat.

NICK: Just a threat?

CAMERON: Just a threat.

NICK: Okay. They’ll have a black die, but they’re not gonna totally break. I was thinking these two henchmen were probably like super done, they don’t get paid enough for this, but apparently they’re very loyal to mister now has a hole in his chest. Up next is a player slot. We’ve got a goon standing near Xianna, we’ve got a goon standing near Karma.

LAURA: Yeah, Xianna will shoot the goon.

NICK: Okie-dokie.

LAURA: The goon is at what range?

NICK: Close range.

LAURA: Close range? Okay. I don’t have to upgrade~

NICK: Yeah, he came to you.

LAURA: I’m gonna also aim, since…

NICK: Weird.

LAURA: …I can.

NICK: (musically) Playing Star Wars.

LAURA: Yes. Two successes and two advantages.

NICK: That’s how much damage?

LAURA: Eight damage.

NICK: Yeah, you kill him.

LAURA: yeah!

NICK: You just shoot him in the face?

LAURA: Oh, I shoot him in the neck.

NICK: You shoot him in the neck? Oh, so we get that lovely—

LAURA: oh. There’s that gigantic just Monty Python level blood spurt, where it just goes, and he falls, and it keeps going. (giggles)

NICK: So, for the listeners at home who wonder why our combat usually ends pretty quick, it’s because when I let this team get going it gets real bad. He drops, you get his boot heels rattling on the ground as he suffocates under his own blood. Thank you so much for that. My mom listens to this show.

LAURA: Hi Nick’s mom!

NICK: Hi~!

LAURA: (smiling) I shot a dude in the neck. I’m sorry.

NICK & CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: Not really. (laughs)

NICK: Yeah, me neither. Well, that was his thing, so another player slot.

CAMERON: Can I have a blue die from your advantages?

LAURA: Sure! I’ll say that the blood spurt was so dramatic that it just was going so much, and the guy made a horrible yelping noise that it distracted the goon that Karma is facing, and he did that wide-eyed stare giving Karma a bit of an advantage.

CAMERON: (laughs) Alright. I’m gonna flip another light side point to upgrade again, because we got them so might as well.

LAURA: (musically) We wanna kill them.

CAMERON: I’m going to back up from the dude again, “You can do better than this,” and shoot him. (laughs)

NICK: (sad laughs)

CAMERON: Because my gun’s on stun, so he’s gonna be okay.

NICK: Maybe.

CAMERON: We’ll see. That is one success, one advantage.

NICK: That’s what, 10 damage?

CAMERON: Ten damage.

NICK: Yeah. You shoot him with that blue, weird ringy thing. He does a fun electrocuted hand gesture and collapses to the ground, and the building falls silent.

CAMERON: I stand up and start collecting badges.

NICK: Alright. You get badges from all of them.

CAMERON: Ah-ha!

HUDSON: I crawl with my broken leg over to the one that’s really bloody that Xianna shot in the neck and I just slowly pull off their boots. “I got boots for you, Xianna.”

(laughter)

LAURA: “Those boots are not my size.”

HUDSON: ‘You haven’t even looked at them yet. What is your size?”

CAMERON: “Yeah. What size do you need? I’ve got three guys over here.”

LAURA: “I wear a galactic 6 ½ women’s.” (laughs)

CAMERON: Can I flip a light side point for one of the guys to be wearing a galactic 6 ½ women’s, and they’re very nice boots?

NICK: Sure… and that’s how we’re gonna end the episode.

CAMERON: “Oh hey! This guy’s got a pair!” (laughs)

LAURA: “Oh! Fuck yes!” (laughs)

CAMERON: ‘They’re nice, too!” (laughs)

NICK: End of episode!

ALL: Ba-naaa~!

CAMERON: Yay~!

NICK: Gosh.

CAMERON: (laughs)

LAURA: (singing) …ooh-ooh, for the longest time.

## Outro

CAMERON: Thanks for listening to Tabletop Squadron. If you’ve enjoyed our show please consider logging into iTunes and giving us a five-star review. Five-star reviews will help new listeners to find the show and give the squad warm fuzzies when we read them.

Xianna’fan is played by Laura Penrod. She can be found on Twitter at @cheerio_buffet.

Tink is played by Hudson Jameson, and he can be found on Twitter at @hudsonjameson.

Karma Nailo is played by me, Cameron Robertson. You can find me on Twitter at @midnightmusic13.

Our game master is Nick Robertson, and you can find him on Twitter at @alias58.

Our intro song is Space Jam by Pablo Ribot.

Additional music by James Gunter.

Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram at @Tabletop_Squad. For real, we’re real people and we want to talk to anyone who listens to the show. Reach out! See you next time.

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