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  1. The episodes haven't been released for public consumption yet I believe. They just debuted at GenCon last weekend
  2. I may well be wrong but I can't ever recall the show depicting FRED in an evacuation or forced march scene. Usually it's just during the initial casual stroll exploration phase where they're trying to find a base camp. Hell, after a while they also stopped showing them even returning the MALP after they come through either because it slowed down the on-screen narrative or,jas as importantly,, I imagine as a means of reducing the location budget.
  3. My gut reaction is that's either just a case of your GM being flat out wrong, or the speed stat supplied being the unladden top speed and thus needing a notation of how mch to reduce that baed on how much cargo it's carrying (because abandoning the mission gear in order to speedily evacuate wounded characters is absolutely a scenario I can players being faced with). I'd go with the first though because logically, why would the military deploy a device that couldn't at least keep up with the troops it's supposed to support? There's a frustrating lack of information about the real-world vehicles used as the chasis for the FRED and MALP drones, but given the lack of engine noises (and the danger/difficulty of using one in a studio) one has to imagine they're electrically powered. Given we rarely see FRED deployed on missions that aren't about establishing a base camp of some variety, then logically they only have a limited range before they lose the grunt required to shift themselves and their cargo (whether that appears as a slowing of speed or just suddenly not moving is equally likely depending on theunderlying engineering). The modern (2018) equivalent of FRED is the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport. It has a top speed of 24 MPH (roughly 40 KPH), 450 kg (1000 lbs) weight capacity and a 72 hr/100 miles operational range before needing resuppy. Given the development of battery tech is thelast 2 decades, 10 KPH seem's entirely reasonable TL;DR -- FRED's logically going to be faster than people, but probably is only going to last (several) hours rather than days before needing to be recharged in some fashion.
  4. Okay, maybe you missed it or didn;t go to gencon, but the Dev's released a quickstart to people who did the living missions including a new encounter type which basically zooms out the tactical camera a bit. The salient part however is this: Okay, so we have here the established basic concept of officially being allowed to situationally modify within the current system the range based on a condition external to the weapon. Like far too many of this game's weapon mechanics the devs have misstepped, because the visual condition should also be affecting the short range of the weapons (ie, the distance before mandatory disadvantage is applied to the attack check, rather than just the maximum distance you can attempt to make a successful attack). Because rules as written here with only max range being affected, if the GM is imposing a major range reduction due to say extreme winds then you have the frankly nonsensical situation where your p90 attack is completely unaffected by the situation out to 50 m or 100 m and then the shot becomes impossible. The value in that visual range should be in percentages (75%/50%/25% at a rough take)
  5. Because you were the one who thought Dodge was too good, basically, so exploring? Though technically, RAW, it shouldn't apply to the AoO provoked by escaping melee range as your back is to them thus meaning you can't see them. (Also, I think AoO does needs to be updated to account for modern weapons, even if it provides disadvantage on a firearm attack in that circumstance. As the current status of prone indicates, the mechanical updates required for modern arms use haven't been fully integrated)
  6. Given the existence of System Lord Yu, I'd be extremely tempted to turn Mortal Kombat's Shao Kahn into either one of his immediate vassals or a completing System Lord in his own right. Similarly a number of the franchise's characters and iconic costumes could be recreated as servants and rivals.
  7. Which was entirely my point. You don't make the weapon less efficient just because you don't want better results on a less efficient RL attack move. You modify the check based on whether the tool is being used correctly, not modify the tool itself to bias the check into giving the results you want.
  8. As that's a rule from a game of muscle powered ranged weapons, I'd absolutely allow someone with a readied handgun to get an AOO freebie off against an enemy fleeing them or just moving right past them. But even if it is melee, chances are they're fighting jaffa who are at least very likely to be armed with staff weapons they can try to whack or trip you with.
  9. Disengage basically lets you charge right past opponents blocking your way without getting shot in the back, so not a bad idea as a present to give a team mate
  10. As explained above, that's a non viable option. Organ Targeting, because of its ease of application even if you take the more restrictive version currently printed in the Medic requiring advantage (which I believe is editorial oversight rather than intentional) is valued at 9 MP. Procedure feats have a cost of 5 MP (compare Vital Organ Targeting, which grants a smaller average damage that only applies upon the 5% chance of a critical)
  11. Those are situational modifiers, which as we've seen from the rules introduced in the gencon quick start guide are easily introduced. They have nothing to do with the physical capabilities of the weapon itself and trying to baseline nerf weapons to make up for the failure of GMs is poor design methodology Attacking following movement without taking the aim action aka "firing from the hip" should just flat out reduce all ranges by half; Surge serves nicely as a significantly priced character option to negate this inherent penalty on a once per combat basis. (Consequently, the Hip Fire feat really should be renamed to Point-blank Fire or even Melee Fire.)
  12. Eh, sometimes a table just needs numbers, or the first time around was so aberrant you want a more 'canon' playthrough. As it is the whole living campaign is based on trust as there's nothing stopping you just registering another account here with a new character and replaying episodes to progress them. I don't see that as being much different to trusting that you're not going to ruin it for people doing it first time at your table. But as I said, I only think it's working that way.
  13. It came up on the discord following gencon that those playing more pacifist character types -- particularly the Aturen Noxian Pacifist -- found the idea of the mandatory gaining of the ability to do extra damage was a poor design choice either on a conceptual level or because it's actually mechanically impossible for them to utilise it and thus are left unbalanced and disadvantaged compared to other characters. There was some talk of moving it to a procedure feat but its value of 9 MP to the standard 5MP of that subtype means that's not going to happen for, similarly, reasons of game balance. Ignoring the soldier for obvious reasons and focusing on the medic as proof of concept, if the game provides a super pacifist as a starting character type, should the classes be designed in such a way that particular character is able to progress equitably?
  14. So it quite skipped my notice that the June update robbed the Scout of the longarm proficiency and replaced it with bow and shotgun. I think it's crazy and serves no particular benefit -- and is in fact the exact oppositeas it leaves the 2nd-most-likely-to-bean-actual-soldier non-proficient with the standard weapon of their profession -- but is this a changeup that my fellow scouts agree with? Instead of being forced into fixed proficiencies, would you prefer a more open ended "You have [blah] weapon proficiencies and [blah] tool proficiencies. Spend them as you wish; weapons can be swapped for tools but not the other way around."?
  15. I think you as a player can can, but it has to be with a different character. Similarly for GMing and accruing MP: any given PC can only benefit once from an episode.
  16. This episode's relation to canon seems more unstable the more I think about it, but I'm still sticking with my mostly positive opinion of it The Retcon: What you as PCs did in succeeding or failing to save the facility does not change. Thank you again for playing and we hope that this small change to the end of the episode alleviates the issues some had. The idea of Tawaret being Apophis's post Amaunet bride instead of being the one replaced by her remains uninspiring but it's not a deal breaker. While we know in real life that the US military is involved in some truly heinous deeds and even in-universe is clearly capable of being party to things like scientific slave labour, I am glad that the heroic fiction of the USAF can remain unsullied by knowingly participating in what would be considered by many a war crime. Even if that were not the case -- Stargate does like throwing moral quandaries at its characters from time to time -- I think the error lay more in introducing events on Pangara in the first place. An entire planetary population is at risk. We need you to persuade the civilians to let our science types use the base because it solves the goa'uld issue in the chain of supply for their cure. Come on. Even if the players aren't aware of what goes down on Pangara vis a vis chumming symbiotes, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to join the dots when you're talking about access to the ability to mass produce symbiotes. Turning around and telling character and player alike they have no business reaching that conclusion feels like being gaslit. Especially given we had no particular pushback indirectly manipulating one of our psychwar targets by convincing his jaffa allies allowing the base meant they'd have free symbiotes instead of having to murder and steal from their enslaved kin in order to maintain supply. My biggest sticking point is that tok'ra players get shafted over Egeria having been recovered after being farmed to death and the implication -- now removed -- of having a functional sarcophagus to hand. Yes they hate the thing but given their viability as a culture/species is at stake, what the stakes in ignoring that just this once?
  17. If you knew you were removing a character option that leaves tollan characters disadvantaged, why wasn't there a replacement option ready to go when the announcement was made?
  18. This felt like a benign version of the hoary old "an Enterprise crew encounter a godlike being" episode like that time Q stuck everyone in Robin Hood only without the benefit of any character exploration (because pit falls of writing episodes for randoms). I appreciate the desire behind the concept of episode 3 and the effort our GM made to run it, but this was just bad. Like alienatingly bad, and I say that as someone who got the whimsy of it. NPCs feel like they're there just as road markers and nothing more, with little or no weight or impost within the plot or to the PCs. The thing with Chucky is so utterly random it's farcical, especially as Puck makes no mention of the party having potentially unleashed another Anubis on the galaxy; the reveal is a haha gotcha slap in the face. I'm not against wacky adventures having repercussions, but this is just poorly executed. Given this whole thing continually runs over an hour short by all reports, I think you could easily establish that characters and items either do or don't migrate between set-piece scenes and have Chucky do the opposite (my preference would be for Chucky to display ontological continuity, thus signposting he's a real monsterboy, thus giving the party a scene to realise something is wrong and potentially correct their mistake). Speaking of poor design, a railroaded 80s nostalgia trip means nothing to people who weren't originally there for it (you're not going to remember the 80s unless you were born in the 70s), didn't care for it, or who are playing non-tau'ri characters and thus unable to bringing any of that fond familiarity into play without hugely metagaming. Everyone desperately rolling to try and figure out the Bowie song they play at the end was kinda excruciating. I mean, seriously, this is something that's being put out there as representative of a game that's already fighting almost 2 decades of lag between its setting and now in an attempt to appeal to new players? At the very least this mission should have been preluded with an 80s movie night in the SGP rec hall to give the alien characters -- who can potentially comprise an entire team -- and younger players some ground in the themes of the episode and some skin in the pop cultural game. Hell, given the module is using MGM properties -- certain time travellers illicitly appearing aside -- and the frivolous nature of the story I wonder if pre-circulating a youtube montage to that effect wouldn't be a wise step Naming the power behind it almost immediately the characters exit the gate also blows pretty much all of what little mystery the episode holds -- Oh, it's the trickster fairy, which means its an ascended ancient because english mythology is their thing. I think the story could have gotten its desired wacky shenanigans mileage out of an honest riff or pastiche of Midsummer Night's Dream. Frivolous relationships, comical misunderstandings, competing desires. That's something everyone can get into and cut loose with, especially if you get Puck coming in to give the speech at the end. On a final note, it might just be a personal thing, but I remain to be convinced of the place of "let's explore random new world" plots given the SGP comes across as being pitched as a semi-deniable special ops command designed to provide active support to ongoing anti-goa'uld efforts across the galaxy. Given the existence of cache worlds for Phoenix ops, I think if nothing else is changed about this ep, the reason for going through the gate needs to be recontextualised around that concept.
  19. This was a great episode in its own right and a fantastic one to open the Living Campaign with. It contained a nice mix of mental, social, and physical challenges, and as such presented opportunities for all character types to excel while not overwhelming parties where those characters were absent. Of note The combat training at the beginning flowed well into the armed conflict at the end in terms of getting people to think about use of environmental cover I think a lot of people are going to want to go up against Wepawet (and his scheming bride) again. He's enjoyably competent enough to trip player paranoia, and enough of a jerk players are going to want to take that smirk right off his face The cake mystery
  20. Blurb: You are tasked with exploring a world that appears earth-like, but from a part of its past. Can you infiltrate the culture and identify any allies, or will you make enemies that Stargate cannot afford?
  21. Blurb: As part of the SG Phoenix team, you have been pushed hard during your training and missions. With much-needed rest and relaxation in Haven, you come upon a dispute about water rights, as the river is low. Can you settle the dispute, and resolve the issues before catastrophe ensues?
  22. Blurb: New to the Stargate Phoenix Program, you have been selected as a recruit for training. If all goes well, you may graduate to become a Stargate Phoenix team member to go off-world and explore the galaxy. Are you up for the challenge?
  23. The current Prone condition text: The distance needs to be metricated, and the disadvantage applied only to melee attacks given the whole point of being prone while shooting is stability while presenting a smaller silhouette
  24. Rank 1 Tok'ra

    Class: Scout

    One of the few very members of the Tok'Ra who actively chose the path of resistance instead of being involuntarily drafted into it at birth. Glacya began her life as a member of the court of Sokar; as such, existence was savage and sensual, its members encouraged -- and expected -- to inflict their wants and desires and frustrations upon Sokar's slave populations in his name.The rite of passage into the higher echelons, as befitting a lord as cruel as Sokar, involved being joined to a randomly selected host and surviving a brutal gauntlet inside a huge death-trap filled pyramid while being hunted by unas similarly being tested for their fitness to serve as hosts. It was a harrowing experience designed to create monsters. Where as most survivors eventually gained the right to finally choose a host of their own liking, when presented with the choice Glacya was amongst the few who rejected it. She had grown accustomed to the body that fate had provided. Or so she told herself. In reality, the idea of being forced to assimilate yet another life just to prove her supremacy was gradually becoming... unappetising. As to were the excesses afford by life as one of the minor functionaries of Sokar's court
  25. I've been doing no such thing, I've agreed since the beginning that the range data is flawed. What I've been arguing is that ranges exceeding the space representable by existing RP aides like battlemats and the computational limitations of VTTs are not inherently bad nor the existential crises some people are making them out to be. Because that's not how 5e works. This game uses 5e; it can't change those baked-in parameters -- weapons have a short range then automatic disadvantage to their max range -- otherwise it defeats the whole point of using 5e. You can situationally decrease what the short range is, but that's it
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