Note: I've written this post ages ago, I just rediscovered it and thought it might be useful for someone. Personally I've moved away from 3d props due to practical reasons (most of my games take place in places other than my home.
RPG's have never felt this much Star Wars!
In September I was running Games on Demand at Tracon (Tampere / Finland). I prepared materials to run Rebellion era Star Wars with a simple PbTA system, and it was a perfect hit! During 2 days I run 6 games with 3-6 players, shortest game being 50 minutes and the longest extending to 1h20min as no-one was in hurry.
Briefly: As a very picky GM I've fought past my prejudices and found a rules system that wasn't just great, it blew my mind. While the system initially seemed like a big turn-off, putting it in the right context made it crystal clear: Why aren’t all roleplaying games made like this? Well, D&D and many other games have their own place, but IMHO this is how pure roleplaying games should be done. Fiction and story first, and it's actions of player characters that really matter.
For some time, I've been looking at Future Armada's Invictus with a curious eye, but I haven't had actual need for it. A few days ago I run a session of Babylon 5 and went to check what DriveThruRpg has to offer. I had been looking at High Space's Euphoria as I was planning to use it's setting Lantern as a base for the game.
There's a few words I'd like to share with you about using 3d-terrain and/or maps/tiles - what to use and why, and share my experiences about some maps and tiles I've used. And while I love modelling and creating cool terrain setups in my games, I've been moving towards using map tiles in my games instead of 3d props, and there's several reasons for that, which I'm going to tell you more about below. I've also added a few review-ish about tiles/terrains on this post.
The story continues from last session; heroes are in almost hopeless situation!
The group starts to create a plan, but their time is limited; Imperial troops are starting to move towards the city very soon. Ferro's plan to run freighters towards walkers inside the city shield is abandoned as finding suitable one(s) would have required time and negotiations, and they would have been easy targets against heavy walkers' main cannons.
After all the recent setbacks, we really need a victory - bring me one! With these words from Admiral Ackbar echoing on their minds, the heroes left for planet Duram, where diplomatic negotiations have halted, apparently becausr of fear of fate of Calessia.
Second session confirms that this is the right way to do a Star Wars rpg campaign! A good sign of a great rpg session is that you ignore all the snacks in the table and reserved for the game for the whole session... This continues the story started in the first session. A new character, Chass 'Jazz' O'Brien entered the game in reinforcements arriving from Alessia II, flying an X-wing.
And so it begins - the Star Wars campaign done the right way this time! It's more than half a year since the beginning thoughts about a Savage Star Wars campaign, and now the first session is behind. While I wanted to run the campaign more improvising way, I wanted to plan the first session so it would have a lot of different elements the campaign would consist of: Flying in dangerous circumstances, doomsday weapons, darker aspects of war, spies, politicans driving their own agendas, chases, close combat (although this part was quite minimal), dogfights.