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Star Wars Roleplaying Game is the most recent incarnation of the Star Wars Tabletop RPGs, published by Fantasy Flight Games to succeed West End Games' Star Wars d6 and the Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars d20. It currently consists of three sets, all based on the same Game System set by default around the same time (between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back), but each with different narrative and gameplay focus:


  • Edge of the Empire (2013, beta since 2012): Pirates, criminals, exiles, and other scum eking a dangerous existence on the fringes of the Galactic Empire. Details the Bounty Hunter, Colonist, Explorer, Hired Gun, Smuggler, and Technician careers.
  • Age of Rebellion (2014): From the trenches to space, from behind enemy lines to a potential ally's tastefully appointed office, the Rebel Alliance's fight against the Empire can take you all over the galaxy. Details the Ace, Commander, Diplomat, Engineer, Soldier, and Spy careers.
  • Force and Destiny (2015, beta in 2014): The last Jedi to escape Order 66 (or perhaps their students), untrained Force-sensitives, wild talents from undiscovered cultures—all have to find a way to survive with the Empire outlawing the Jedi and the Force. Details the Consular, Guardian, Mystic, Seeker, Sentinel, and Warrior careers.

Each career from the core rulebooks comes with three specializations in their line's core book and an additional three in the career book for a total of six, but each specialization can be learned by any other career, even across game lines—it just costs more experience to do so. So, for example, a Hired Gun with the Mercenary Soldier specialization (Edge of the Empire) could be hired by the Rebellion and train with their snipers, picking up the (Age of Rebellion) Soldier's Sharpshooter specialization. They might instead/eventually turn faithful to the Alliance and become an Ambassador (from the Diplomat career) for their new cause. They could even, with the GM's permission, have a complete change of heart, unlock the Force potential within them, and learn to become a Seer (Mystic), Sage (Consular), or Hermit (Seeker). They could even do all three, and their original career of Hired Gun would not change: regardless of how the character develops, the player would be encouraged to retain a "you're paying, I'm fighting" attitude, even if their preferred currency stopped being money and their preferred method of fighting stopped being actual battle.


There are also "universal" specializations, which any character may purchase for the same cost as an in-career specialization but which come with some limitations. Initially, there were the Force-Sensitive Exile (people with the Force just trying to survive the Empire's hunters, often by hiding their talents, detailed in Edge of the Empire), the Recruit (basic training for people new to the Rebellion, covering everything from weapons to piloting to wilderness survival, detailed in Age of Rebellion), and the Force-Sensitive Emergent (people who have discovered the Force within them and are looking to use it for a greater cause—most commonly the Alliance, also in Age of Rebellion). Later books would add more; Dawn of Rebellion, focused on the timeframe from Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One, adds six more, including the Force Adherent (non-Force-sensitives who nonetheless have the Force as their religion, like Chirrut), Padawan Survivor (not-yet-Knights who survived Order 66, a la Kanan), Pirate (those who prey on the space lanes for fun and profit, e.g. Hondo), and Retired Clone Trooper (members of the Grand Army who survived the war and were decommissioned, like Rex).

After the final career book (Cyphers and Masks, for the Spy career from Age of Rebellion) was released, Fantasy Flight seems to have reworked their focus to make books that can be used equally in all game lines. Thus far, this has consisted of the aforementioned Dawn of Rebellion, Rise of the Separatists (detailing the galaxy shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, and the first non-core supplement to include new careers, the Jedi and the Clone Soldier), Allies and Adversaries (filled with various prebuilt NPCs and new PC options, including a playable Ewok species and characters like Han and Luke), Collapse of the Republic (the state of the galaxy at the end of the Clone Wars), and Gadgets of Gear (a collection of previously-appearing equipment as well as new gear options). Starships and Speeders, detailing vehicles of all types, including unique ships such as the Millennium Falcon at different points of its existence).

The game uses a unique set of dice to facilitate a fluid narrative in the flavor of the Star Wars movies (though a "conversion table" for using a "standard", read "D&D", set of dice is provided in the books and a official roller app is available if you want to cut costs):

  • The Force Die (white d12) is rolled by each player at the start of the game to determine how many Force Tokens they have for the session. Force Tokens let players (and the Game Master) enhance their rolls or introduce unexpected details to the plot. It is also used by Jedi players to represent their use of the Force.
  • Ability Dice (green d8) represent the Attributes of the character attempting a skill check. They only have Success, Advantage, and blank facets.
  • Proficiency Dice (yellow d12) represent the Skills of the character attempting a skill check. A Proficiency Die upgrades and replaces an Ability one in a roll and additionally has a Critical Success facet.
  • Difficulty Dice (purple d8) represent the Difficulty of a skill roll. They only have Failure, Threat, and blank facets.
  • Challenge Dice (red d12) represent a particular difficulty or enemy proficiencies in an opposed roll. A Challenge Die upgrades and replaces a Difficulty one and additionally has a Critical Failure facet.
  • Boost Dice (blue d6) represent advantageous external factors influencing a skill check. They only have Success, Advantage, and blank facets.
  • Setback Dice (black d6) represent external factors hindering the success of a skill check. They only have Failure, Threat, and blank facets.

All (non-white) dice applying to a skill check are rolled simultaneously, then the Successes, Advantages, Failures, and Threats are totaled up. If Successes outnumber Failures, then the skill check succeeds; otherwise, it fails. Additionally, if the Advantages outweigh the Threats, the situation as a whole improves for the character; otherwise, the situation worsens somehow—the players and the GM are encouraged to come up with creative explanations for both cases. It is thus perfectly possible for a skill check to succeed but leave the PC worse off in a long run, but it can also fail while bringing unexpected benefits.

The game contains examples of following tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: The Force and Destiny beta featured cortosis-jacketed rounds, said to be a favorite of bounty hunters going after Jedi. For those unfamiliar with the Star Wars Legends, cortosis is a metal that can block lightsabers, meaning any attempt to deflect a cortosis-jacketed round will meet with problems.
    • In Strongholds of Resistance, a source book for Age of Rebellion, characters get access to Verpine shatter weapons, also from Legends.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Vibro weapons are back and have the Pierce weapon quality to varying degrees, allowing them to ignore points of soak. The vibrorapier from Fly Casual deserves special mention for having Pierce 5 without any modifications, which means it can bypass the heaviest unmodified armor in the game off the shelf. (Lightsabers, of course, do better than that, with the Breach ability—which is equal to Pierce 10—but they're lightsabers, thus not available off the shelf.)
  • Ace Custom: In an almost literal example, the Rigger is an Ace who can designate a signature vehicle and get bonuses for modifying and customizing it. The Technician's Modder specialization shares some of Rigger's talents, although not to the same extent. Several of the career sourcebooks also include rules for building custom equipment important to or associated with that career (though anyone can make them, certain specializations are more suited to making certain equipment), which (if the Force or dice are with them) can end up significantly more powerful than equipment of a similar type:
    • The Guardian rulebook, Keeping the Peace, includes rules for making armor. (The Guardian has the Armorer as a career specialization.)
    • The Sentinel rulebook, Endless Vigil, includes rules for making lightsabers. (The Sentinel has the Artisan as a career specialization.)
    • The Technican rulebook, Special Modifications, includes rules to make weapons (except for lightsabers), droids, cybernetic implants, and specialist equipment. (The Technician has Droid Tech, Cyber Tech, Outlaw Tech, and Modder as career specializations.)
    • The Engineer rulebook, Fully Operational, includes rules for making starships. (The Engineer career has Shipwright as a career specialization.)
    • The Mystic rulebook, Unlimited Power, includes rules for the Jedi-forbidden art of alchemy, which covers both the RPG classic potion-making and "enchanting" items by imbuing them with the Force. (The Mystic career has Alchemist as a career specialization.)
    • In the additional rules found in the Force and Destiny GM's kit, players who construct their own lightsabers from the ground up get a say in how the hilt looks and possibly a free modification, depending on the roll.
  • Adventure Archaeologist: The Explorer's Archaeologist specialization, complete with an illustration of a Duros who might as well be named Corellia Jones.
  • An Axe to Grind: Vibro-axes are big, mean, and can cut through personal armor.
  • Armor and Magic Don't Mix: Averted. Force users suffer no penalties to their Force powers or talents no matter how heavy their armor is.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Anything with the Pierce quality will ignore some of the target's damage resistance. Breach, a more powerful version, is capable of damaging vehicles and starships.
  • Badass Normal: This game does an excellent job at balancing Force sensitive characters with non-Force sensitive characters, thanks in large part to Force users progressing in the same manner as normal folks. This means that Force users have to choose between spending XP on mundane skills and talents or on buying and upgrading their Force powers, which might give non-Force users an advantage in the early game.
    • Empowered Badass Normal: Any non-force user (except for Droids) can buy into the Force-Sensitive Exile and Force-Sensitive Emergent trees to become a Force-user.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Certain Force talents have a symbol on them that means simply having the talent is enough to give the character Conflict.note  Similarly, some Force powers can only be activated by using the dark side (specifically, the black pips on the Force die), such as Harm.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: The Bounty Hunter's Martial Artist and the Warrior's Steel Hand Adept are essentially this. The Guardian's Warden can function like this in a lesser degree. Although many of their talents can be used with other kinds of melee weapons, the Martial Artist has two that specifically call for being completely unarmed, and the Steel Hand Adept has more, while also fitting the concept slightly better.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: The Martial Artist's and Steel Hand Adept's "Unarmed Parry" talent allows them to use the Parry talent while unarmed and at a reduced strain cost, regardless of their opponent's melee weaponry.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Colossus specialization for the Warrior, which focuses almost entirely on soaking up or negating damage, to the point that the left column of the talent tree goes Toughened (increasing wound points)->Toughened->Toughened->Toughened->Improved Toughened (allowing you to heal wounds equal to your ranks in Toughened once per session).
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted when it comes to slugthrowers, missile launchers, and any weapon with the Limited Ammo quality. Played straight with blasters, until a Despair result causes your trusty DL-44 to run out of ammo in the middle of a firefight. Fortunately, there are extra reload items that can be almost universally applied, and several specializations have a talent called Extra Reloads, which allows the character to ignore this result. (Of course, that doesn't mean the Despair result goes away—it just means you can't run out of ammo from it. The GM might think of something worse...)
  • Bounty Hunter: As might be expected in a Star Wars game, it's one of the careers available in Edge Of The Empire. Their specializations include Gadgeteers, adept at upgrading and modifying their weapons and armor; Assassins that inflict high damage and severe critical hits; and Survivalists able to track and operate in harsh wilderness. Three more are added in No Disintegrations: Martial Artist, trained in close combat, both armed and unarmed; Operators, pilots specializing in chasing and disabling (but not destroying) enemy ships; and Skip Tracer, detectives skilled at tracking through the urban jungle, socializing, and negotiating.
  • Break Them by Talking: The Scathing Tirade talent allows characters to inflict strain on a target via social skills. This can be explained narratively as anything from cowing a group of pirates with tales of your might to telling Mara Jade that her outfit doesn't match.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Edge of the Empire was released not long before Disney rebooted the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but FFG continues to draw heavily from Legends materials. Generally this means that the fluff in the books doesn't represent current canon, but the developers make reference to new canon material in the newer books, and the Lucasfilm Story Group has been said to be involved in the development process. However, in the case of the latter, all indications are that approval comes in a Broad Strokes form, and Lucasfilm doesn't necessarily vet every little detail.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Many active talents require a character takes strain to activate them, usually 2 or 3 points of it. As implied, strain isn't exactly hit points—characters also have wound points—but you if you run out of strain, you do lose consciousness. The lowest strain threshold can be is generally 10, meaning you could activate these talents up to a minimum of five times. However, you can also take strain from rolling Threat in combat, which can lead to your character getting KO'd after activating a particularly impressive ability.
    • Of course, you can reduce your strain by rolling Advantage or making a Resilience check after the end of an encounter, which can prolong your "casting" ability. In that case it depends on how much the Random Number God likes you on a given night. Some specializations also have a talent that allow a character to recover more or even full strain at the end of an encounter, representing their serenity, bottomless confidence, or sheer cussed stubbornness.
    • The "Channel Agony" talent is a more traditional example. Allowing Force users to inflict wounds on themselves to generate dark side points on Force checks.
    • Similarly, "Power From Pain" is a conflict-generating talent that allows a Colossus to gain Force rating equal to the number of critical injuries they currently suffer from.
  • The Charmer: A specialization for the Smuggler career.
  • Character Class System: Each core book has six careers, which determine your career skills, and each career has three specializations, which add bonus career skills. In addition, each specialization gives you access to a particular talent tree. While you can buy ranks in skills outside of your career skills, and can learn specializations outside of your Career specs (which broadens what skills are considered Career skills), you do both at a cost penalty, and you can't gain access to any other careers' powerful signature abilities.
    • Universal specializations can be bought without penalties, but the Force-related ones don't add career skills (instead, if you don't have a Force rating, you gain one immediately upon buying the specialization), and they can't be used to unlock signature abilities.
  • Character Development: The books encourage using this as a narrative tool when cross classing. Since a character wouldn't just decide to pick up a new skill set, or instantly learn it overnight.
  • Combat Medic: The Soldier's Medic specialization.
  • Cool Teacher: Teacher is a possible specialization, potentially allowing a character to become this. They have utility both off and on the battlefield, with a number of neat tricks to pull.
    • Both the Force and Destiny core book and the Disciples of Harmony splatbook (where the Teacher specialization is found) recommend Game Masters use this archetype when designing mentors for Force users. Which makes sense, considering the wealth of Cool Teacher characters in the game's source material.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Generally avoided; numerous talent trees address the same basic character function or concept but come at it from different angles, having few abilities in common (such as the Rigger vs. the Modder). Sometimes the difference is "this talent tree is for Force-sensitives; that talent tree is not". But even when the two trees are largely similar, such as with the Doctor (Colonist) and Medic (Soldier) trees, a character can skip right over having to buy non-ranked talents they already have from other sources. That said, if a character only gets specializations that fit into a narrow focus, they will end up very, very good at one thing—and not much else.
  • Critical Existence Failure: When it comes to your wound and strain thresholds, you receive no penalties until you've exceeded one or both of them, at which point you fall unconscious (or are otherwise incapacitated) and take a critical injury. However, you can receive critical injuries before you exceed your threshold, at which point you may suffer debilitating effects like upgrading the difficulty of checks made using certain characteristics. Character death is treated as a critical injury result, albeit a very high one: you're not likely to get it unless you've already accumulated a number of other critical injuries or you get hit with a particularly nasty weapon.
  • Critical Hit: Called "critical injuries," the most common way to receive them is if your opponent rolls enough Advantage or a Triumph to activate their weapon's critical rating. Even worse, critical injuries are cumulative, meaning the more you take the more likely you are to get a worse one next time. This can happen at the personal or vehicle scale.
    • Personal scale critical injuries range from taking a point of strain or dropping whatever you're holding to losing a limb or dying.
    • Vehicle scale Critical Hits run the gamut of the vehicle taking system strain, getting knocked off-course, losing shields, suffering a hull breach, and being vaporized.
  • Death Glare: The Warden's "Baleful Gaze" talent allows them to shoot enemies one so mean it actually makes the Warden more susceptible to the dark side.
  • Determinator: The lore for the Warrior's Colossus specialization describes its users as such. Being impossibly tenacious and unyielding combatants, capable of fighting through the most daunting odds and enduring unimaginable pain. In-game this is reflected by the spec's numerous bonuses to toughness and endurance.
  • Deus ex Machina / Diabolus ex Machina: One of the uses for Destiny Points. See Luck Manipulation Mechanic.
  • Demolitions Expert: The Hired Gun's aptly named "Demolitionist" skill tree focus on increasing the effectiveness of explosive weaponry. With talents that make it easier to trigger blasts, increase their damage, and even allow the user to prevent certain character from being hurt by them.
  • Dual Wielding and Guns Akimbo: The rules for for dual-wielding one-handed weapons are simple. Essentially, you take an additional difficulty die on your attack roll, but if you hit, you may use two Advantages to hit the same target with the second weapon, potentially doubling your damage output.
    • The Fly Casual sourcebook for Smugglers includes the Gunslinger specialization; aside from a high-tier talent they have, there are no other rules in the game for targeting two enemies at once.
    • In Force and Destiny, each "Form" of lightsaber combat has its own specialization tree. There isn't one for Jar'Kai, which focuses on dual wielding—yet, anyway.
  • Early Game Hell: Starting Force-users have an extra set of abilities, in the form of Force powers, to spend their starting points on and therefore will not be as skilled as their allies. Starting Force-users generally don't get a lightsaber either, they have to find them in play. And finally, with a starting Force rating of 1 it's more than likely that you'll have to draw on the Dark Side—with its accompanying costs in strain, Conflict, and Destiny Points—to make any Force power work. This is compensated for by eventually becoming more powerful than other characters once you get further through your talent trees and upgrade your Force powers enough.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the earliest releases for the game line, they not only don't include statistics for canonical characters like Vader or Luke, but even seem to quietly discourage providing statistics for such characters—at one point all but saying an encounter with Darth Vader should be "you lose"—presumably due to the ancient GM's rule of thumb that if you give a character statistics, your players will try to kill it. Starting with Dawn of Rebellion, however, books that include NPCs have started to give statistics to named canon characters.
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Aside from the Force being, as ever, largely this, the Ascetic (Consular) specialization's focus is self discipline, meditation, and learning to do without unlocking wondrous powers, granting them abilities such as upgrading any skill check, shaking off Force powers, and adding Force dice to soak. The Hermit (Seeker) and Seer (Mystic) specializations might also count, the former relying on withdrawing (at least partially) from and surviving without society to contemplate the Force, the latter being about using the Force to unlock greater wisdom and even powerful visions. (Notably, both the Hermit and Seer specalizations are the only specializations that offer two Force rating increases in a single spec.)
  • Expy: Like many RPG supplements focusing on urban adventuring, Endless Vigil takes the opportunity of its setting to include a few pieces of art that wouldn't be out of place in a Batman comic—save that they feature Jedi and Star Wars species instead of the Dark Knight.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The Shien Expert specialization has a branch of its talent tree representing a variant more focused on raw physical power, Djem So; rather than using Cunning, the talents in that branch rely on Brawn. Similarly, the Juyo Berserker specialization might be the most difficult tree in the game to fill in, and further splits at one point, allowing one to follow a quick path to "Juyo Savagery" or a longer yet gentler path to Vaapad Balance, Juyo being a dangerous lightsaber form relying on aggression and Vaapad being Mace Windu's slightly more refined and controlled variant.
    • In Knights of Destiny, the final career sourcebook for Force and Destiny, the last chapter of the book includes a history of lightsaber combat which also attempts to explain why and how different forms are able to use statistics other than Brawn with different forms of lightsaber combat (Presence with Form II, Intellect with Form III). It's up to the reader how good a job it does.
    • Many specializations tell stories even with the generic ranked talents they include. The Surgeon talent, for example, simply increases the number of wounds healed by Medicine checks, and is found in several specializations: Cyber Tech (specializing in cyborg implants), Doctor, Healer, Medic...and Interrogator.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back imply that actual training with the Force isn't all that important when it comes to moving huge boulders or X-wings around. Instead what matters is believing you can do something with the Force. In game, for obvious balance reasons, it doesn't matter how much you believe; beginning characters are stuck straining to move lightsabers and blasters around until they can increase their Force rating enough to handle larger objects.
    • The effortless deflections of dozens of blaster bolts shown by the Jedi in the movies is not really possible in the game. The Reflect talent does allow you to negate some of the damage from a blaster bolt, but you would have to master multiple Lightsaber talent trees in order to buy enough levels of Reflect to completely negate a single bolt from a low-end blaster pistol. You'll also suffer strain with each Reflected bolt, so it's not "effortless" even for a master of Reflect. Reflecting vehicle-scale weapons is effectively impossible, as they do 10 times as much damage as regular blasters, and there aren't enough levels of Reflect to buy across all of the available Lightsaber talent trees to negate that much damage.
      • The Peerless Deflection signature ability, for the Jedi career introduced in Rise of the Separatists (though the ability is printed in the companion book Collapse of the Republic, somewhat mitigates this—with the right upgrades and supporting talents, a Jedi can protect an entire party if they stay close enough for up to four rounds, twice per session, at the cost of 1 strain per round, if all they do is deflect, while also requiring fewer ranks in Parry and Reflect. It still costs strain and destiny points, so it's not "effortless", and it still can't do much against vehicle-scale weapons. It's also at the end of a talent tree and therefore rather expensive to get to and upgrade.
  • Gladiator Games: Comes up in the Friends Like These adventure, with Mandalorians, even. One could also consider the "Grand Dinner" modular encounter in Lords of Nal Hutta to be this, albeit with a distinctly Huttese flavor.
  • Heroic Willpower: The Heroic Fortitude ability allows the user to ignore critical injuries affecting Brawn or Agility for the rest of the battle. The Soldier career's "Unmatched Heroism" signature ability allows them to ignore all critical injuries for the rest of the battle. ("Instant death" is on the critical injury table.) The Force power Endure allows for similar resilience, but as it is not a signature ability and accessible to anyone, requires some leveling to reach that point.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The most obvious Star Wars example is averted in Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion: lightsabers are incredibly expensive and are at the highest rarity level so you won't be getting them anytime soon. Played straight in that player characters are able to use various kinds of vibro weapons, which when combined with a high Brawn rating and weapon attachments such as a monomolecular edge, players can still be very, very deadly, if not to Jedi levels.
    • Can still be averted even in Force and Destiny. Starter lightsabers, while formidable, are usually only awarded at the end of a major quest, meaning PCs will be using other weapons (and putting ranks into those skills) up until that point. Even then, only one talent allows lightsabers to reflect blaster bolts back at the target, and it's not found in all the lightsaber trees, limiting the weapon to melee effectiveness. At Engaged range, if the lightsaber-wielding PC misses, the stormtrooper can just step back out of Engaged and shoot the PC with a lower difficulty than the PC had in the melee. Played straight once the PCs have invested plenty of XP in their lightsaber talent trees.
  • Hired Guns: A possible career in Edge Of The Empire. Their specializations include Bodyguards, able to boost the defense of allies; Marauders, skilled at melee combat; and Mercenary Soldiers that provide all-around combat skill and leadership. Enforcers, adept at intimidation and moving through the underworld; Demolitionists, explosives experts; and Heavies, who use the biggest (barely-)portable guns, are added in Dangerous Covenants.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Made possible with the Computers skill and many Slicer talents. Cyphers and Masks, the Spy sourcebook, includes numerous extra options for slicing computers, including full-fledged slicing encounters.
  • Item Crafting: Mostly figures into supplementary books (see Ace Custom, above). Players can craft weapons and armor with Mechanics skill checks, spending Advantage and Triumph to grant the item additional bonuses and perks. Disadvantage and Despair adds flaws and mistakes though. Several specializations, talents, and at least one Force power include ways for characters to use the Force to temporarily or permanently enhanced crafted items. With a high enough Force rating items can become extremely powerful using the custom crafting rules.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Humans start with balanced stats in all six characteristics.
    • This can be a criticism of high-XP games, where characters can become indistinct if players put their XP into a broader and broader selection of skills and talents so that they're never completely useless in any one situation. Combat can be the most obvious example, with every character being able to handle every type of weapon, at least a little bit. This is especially true if the GM tends to focus on particular scenarios, which often leads players to give themselves ranks in skills that come up most often. The different careers and specializations help somewhat, especially as adding more talent trees has an increasing XP cost.
  • Karma Meter: Force and Destiny features a Morality score that represents the character's standing with the Light and Dark Side of the Force and is swayed to either side by performing virtuous or evil acts, frequently tied in to a character's emotional strengths and weaknesses. It's not simply cosmetic, either, as being a paragon (over 70) or dark-sider (under 30) has mechanical benefits and drawbacks, but only with Force abilities; players can have a Morality score (i.e. it can be used with Age of Rebellion and Edge of the Empire) without being Force-users, but there's little mechanical point to it.
  • Luck Manipulation Mechanic: Light side Destiny Points can be flipped by the players to upgrade their own skill checks, upgrade the difficulty of enemy skill checks, remember a small item they forgot to bring with them, or already know an NPC in a given scene (subject to GM discretion, of course) among other things. Be warned, though: the GM can flip dark side Destiny Points to make things harder for the player or easier for the NPCs. In many games, this back-and-forth leads to a vibrant Luck Manipulation Economy.
    • This is the Gambler (Smuggler specialization) skill tree's specialty, and the Hotshot, a high-risk high-reward flavored Ace specialization, has a couple of talents in this vein as well.
    • Curiously, the Juyo Berserker perhaps has the most direct use of the Destiny Point pool, with the tree splitting into two branches, one that gives combat bonuses based on light side points in the pool, one that gives combat bonuses based on dark side points in the pool.
    • The total number of points in the Destiny pool and the initial balance of Light side to Dark side Destiny Points is itself determined by random die rolls at the beginning of each play session. It's therefore possible for the pool to start off all Light side or all Dark, and for the number of Destiny Points to be as few as the number of players or up to twice as many. A group that generates a pool of twice as many Dark side Destiny points as there are players with no Light side points is probably in for a rough night.
  • Made of Indestructium: Anything made or imbued with cortosis, which in the Legends continuity was resistant to lightsabers, is immune to certain rules that could otherwise damage or bypass them—cortosis weapons ignore other weapons' Sunder quality, for example (and yes, lightsabers have the Sunder quality). A recent novel has re-introduced cortosis into the canon continuity, and while useless until refined, cortosis is, in fact, very very tough towards normal attacks and resistant to lightsabers nearly as described in the game book.
    • Also, vehicle or starship armor when characters with most personal weaponry try to take them on, or larger ships when significantly smaller trips try to damage them.
  • Magikarp Power: Force-users have a rougher time in the early game compared to those who don't have it. Other characters only have to split XP two ways, between skills and specializations/talents. Having a third way to spend XP, in Force powers, can slow their progression relative to other characters. However, once they hit their stride, even having a single fully-upgraded Force power can change the course of, potentially, every encounter. (If signature abilities were not already as powerful as they were, they might count, as their upgrades take them from merely powerful to almost game-breaking.)
  • Mega Manning: One of the talents at the finish of the Teacher tree lets them copy a talent or Force power from any character in an encounter (allies or enemies) and use it at the same level until the end of the encounter. Only works once a session, to prevent endlessly copying allies' abilities without needing to buy them.
  • Mythology Gag: Fully one-third of the career rulebooks are named for lines from the Star Wars movies that link to the career, at least in concept (such as "Fly Casual", for Smugglers, "Stay on Target" for Aces, and "Unlimited Power" for Mystics.)
  • Nemean Skinning: The "Hunter's Trophy Armor" in No Disintegrations is made of skinned animal pelts, with claws, horns, and the like.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: All of the books are generally written with the assumption that a PC will be a light-side Force user, a rebel against the Empire, or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Only a couple of sidebars spread out across the entire game system mention playing an "evil" campaign. However, the rules for playing a dark-sider are well-established in Force and Destiny,, it's easy enough to take the rules for rebels in Age of Rebellion and turn them around to use for Imperial characters, and all you have to do to be a jerk in Edge of the Empire is not have a heart of gold. It helps that all of the Careers and Specializations are archetypal, meaning they could be applied to any number of PC builds. (For example, the Vanguard is simply a specialization of the Soldier that closes the distance to the enemy, distracts foes, and takes hits. It's very easy to play such as either a brave selfless soldier looking to protect his comrades, or as a kill-crazy Blood Knight who likes to charge in because they prefer the brutality of close combat.)
  • No Saving Throw: It's generally accepted that certain Force powers (like Influence) should just work when applied to NPCs of little or no consequence, such as Minions and some Rivals, and should only trigger an opposed check when they're used against important Rivals or any Nemesis. It's also accepted that any Player Character who's targeted by such a Force power should always be able to make an opposed check to resist, since PCs should always be considered "strong willed."
  • No-Sell: The Force Endure power in the Knights of Fate sourcebook allows a PC to ignore the effects of Critical Injuries, up to and including death, for a short time.
  • Non-Combat EXP: The books generally support awarding XP in one of two ways: either by encounters completed, which don't necessarily require combat, or as a function of time played, such as 5 XP per hour (provided the hour was spent productively). Notably, the adversary stat blocks don't contain XP awards for overcoming the listed foe, through combat or otherwise.
  • Point Build System: Character creation and development revolves around spending XP to buy skills and talents. You can also spend XP to buy additional Specializations, which is the way to multi-class in this system. The game tracks two different values of XP: total, which only goes up as you're awarded XP, and available, which is the amount of XP you have to spend on skills, talents, or additional Specializations, and goes down as you spend it.
  • Poisoned Weapons: An option for bladed weapons.
  • Private Investigator: The Investigator and the Skip Tracer can both be this. The Investigator is a Sentinel specialization, meaning they are a Force-using character type, while the Skip Tracer is under Bounty Hunter, and can either be this or more of a Loan Shark enforcer; the Skip Tracer even has a talent called Hard-Boiled.
  • Purposely Overpowered: In the Edge Of The Empire and Age Of Rebellion books lightsabers were an Awesome, but Impractical Infinity +1 Sword—one of the most powerful weapons in the game, but hard to find, dangerous just to possess, and with no way of gaining the skills necessary to use it correctly (though a house rule allowing characters to use the Brawl skill is suggested). Though still powerful after being toned down to more balanced levels in Force and Destiny they're still high on the power curve, with high damage, and low critical thresholds, while ignoring all soak, and all this before attachments and mods are factored in. But then...they're lighsabers.
    • Each career's signature abilities, meant to represent a character's mastery of some aspect of their career, such as a Colonist reducing the difficulty of all their skills checks for a time, or a Hired Gun instantly killing all the minions in an encounter. They're only available after reaching the end of a career skill tree, and only one can be taken.
    • Force Powers become obscene at later ranks, with Jedi sending entire groups of enemies flying with Move, automatically generating success or advantage on physical checks with Enhance, and making others unable to see them or objects with Misdirect. These come at a steep XP cost, though. In addition, while it's difficult to take a character to such levels of power, and the game's default setting is the relatively "low-magic" time frame of the original trilogy, it's entirely possible with the rules as written to take powers to the levels seen in the Old Republic games and books, such as Battlemind influencing conflicts on a planetary scale. But again: it's the Force.
  • Random Number God:
    • The custom dice take some getting used to, with the symbols used for some of the results being rather abstract. The Force dice are simple white or black pips and fairly easy to read. Threat looks somewhat like the Imperial symbol, so that's appropriate. Successes are explosions, and Triumph is a cool Jedi-like sign, both not too bad, though some players have found it difficult to remember that explosions are good. Nobody seems to know what the Advantage symbol is supposed to be, though (laurels? A pair of headphones?) or why something that looks like caltrops are Failures. Or why Despair, the worst result you can get, is a triangle in a circle. Many players also refer to the dice by color rather than their name in the rules. "Hand me a yellow and two greens" is more common than "I need a Proficiency die and two Ability dice."
    • The dice mechanics also mean that the GM of these games needs to be ready to improvise at all times. Results like rolling no net successes (and so failing at whatever the character was attempting to do) but a lot of Advantage, and a Triumph (indicating something very good has happened to the character) are not only possible but not at all uncommon with experienced player characters rolling lots of dice on their checks.
    • It also means that assembling all the dice for a roll, picking what talents should apply, rolling, deciding whether other talents should change the results, and finally interpreting the results tends to take much longer than in systems that use fewer dice and a more simple "success or fail" mechanic.
  • Rank Up: The Duty mechanic for Age of Rebellion tracks how much you do for the Alliance, and every time the group's total reaches 100, they get a group promotion or reward.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: The Scathing Tirade skill lets players do one, making a coercion check to inflict strain on the target and nearby enemies as they tear into them.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Obligation, the unique mechanic for Edge of the Empire, can have elements than this, as no matter how many debts you pay off or favors you return, you can never reduce your obligation to 0 without, in effect, changing the game you're playing.
  • Restraining Bolt: An actual item. When attached to a droid, it must follow your orders and can't do anything to remove it. PC droids and particularly willful NPC droids have a chance to resist, though overcoming a restraining bolt requires a Daunting Discipline check.
  • Right Makes Might: Averted. The Force die, which controls a Force user's ability to tap into the Force, has an equal number of dark and light pips on it. There are more sides with dark pips, but the light pips are usually doubled up. This means that, while you're more likely to roll dark pips and either not use the Force or take strain (and a Morality hit in Force and Destiny) to convert them, when you roll light pips they're more likely to give you the points you need to use some of the more intense Force powers.
    • This was done specifically because FFG wanted to allow players to be dark-siders if they wanted to. It also applies to benefits for falling to the dark side or being a light side paragon: falling to the dark side increases your strain threshold, but staying in the light increases your wound threshold.
    • It also fits well with Yoda's statement that the Dark Side isn't stronger, just "quicker, easier, more seductive."
  • Rule of Cool: The point of the narrative dice system. While there are some recommended uses of Advantage, Threat, Triumph, or Despair, particularly in combat situations, it's left up to the table how to interpret the results, which will often lead to Rule of Cool rulings.
  • Secret Art: Just about anything relating to Force powers and Lightsabers were this up until Force and Destiny made Force-using careers and lightsaber crafting available.
  • The Six Stats: The stats include Brawn (which covers both physical strength and endurance), Agility, Intellect, Willpower, Cunning and Presence. Notably, the six careers for each game line correspond roughly to one of the six stats (it's more obvious in Force and Destiny, where each career has a specialization for lightsaber combat that relies heavily on one of the stats)—and in some cases it's even possible to puzzle out that each of the six specializations for each career relies more heavily on one stat, thematically if not mechanically, than the others.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: Understandably, as this incarnation of the roleplaying game began around the time the Star Wars franchise was sold to Disney and was rebooted, the information used here is a combination of Legends material and new canon material. It is officially considered Legends, and as such, info from new canon is instead renamed or squeezes around Legends material. However, Pablo Hidalgo from the Lucasfilm Story Group has gone on record to say that the information in the RPG are not thoroughly looked through and filtered by the group, meaning that information here might contradict upcoming information in new canon at some point.
    • For example, the Journeyman Protectors shown in Rebels were brought into the game, but was renamed to the Concord Dawn Protectorate in order to differentiate from the original Journeyman Protectors the new canon is based off of.
    • Another example is that that the "True Mandalorian" faction (otherwise known as the faction that supported Mandalorians following the Supercommando Codex and the honor code) is renamed to "Old Mandalorian", now including the Concord Dawn Protectorate.
    • Lothal and its Jedi Temple are locations in "Nexus of Power" which also says that the temple is the site of a vergence in the Force. A Siege of Lasan is also mentioned (and there was an Apprehension of Lasan in Legends), having been massacred by Imperial Security Bureau agents wielding T-7 disruptors.
    • Sabine can be seen in an illustration for "Friends Like These", as well as Ezra in an illustration for "Forged In Battle". "Forged In Battle" also features an illustration of rebel soldiers in similar attire to that of Phoenix Squadron. Ezra and Sabine can both be seen in "Endless Vigil", as well as Ezra next to Kanan in "Disciples Of Harmony". Ketsu can also be seen in "No Disintegrations".
    • Picaroon and Gorc from the Dark Forces Saga can also be seen in "Disciples Of Harmony".
    • The "Dawn of Rebellion" supplement features Kanan on the cover, and almost all art in the book is based on the show (with some from Rogue One), on top of every member of the Ghost cell getting stats, as well as other characters from the show.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The Entrepreneur specialization has abilities that allow them to ignore obligation, upgrade social checks, and automatically pass knowledge checks by spending money.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: One of the Smuggler's signature abilities, "Narrow Escape", allows them to immediately get out of whatever situation they find themselves in. This does not resolve the problem, but does let them avoid it. (Noteworthy: the rules as written only refer to the Smuggler with the ability being affected by it; other party members could theoretically be left behind.)
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: A high-level use of the Force Influence power.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Not inherently villainous (although they are described as being favored by criminals and bounty hunters), the Guardian sourcebook allows characters to upgrade their armor with spikes or blades. They deal damage to targets that come into contact, and can be further upgraded to help in intimidating others.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: The Conjure Force power allows the user to create ghostly melee/brawl weapons and simple tools.
  • Staff of Authority: The Staff of Office item, which also doubles as a melee weapon.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: The Guardian's "Fated Duel" signature ability locks a chosen enemy into a duel with them, which neither allies or enemies can interfere with.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The in-universe purpose of the "Recruit" universal specialization. It provides access to weapon skills and talents to non-combat characters like Colonists or Explorers, representing the Alliance's basic training, though combat characters can benefit from it as well. Similarly, the Imperial Academy Cadet universal specialization, from Dawn of Rebellion, is about turning characters into an Officer and a Gentleman sort of badass.
    • Any Force user who goes from Force Rating 1 to Force Rating 2 will suddenly find their Force powers much more potent. With a higher chance for success, and the chance of opening up higher-level results, other characters will start viewing the Force user this way.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: The "Cybernetic Cavity" implant puts one somewhere on the PC.-

Alternative Title(s): Edge Of The Empire, Age Of Rebellion, Force And Destiny


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