Star Wars Props

[This post is a companion to episode 113 of NPC Cast, titled “Edge of the Empire”]

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In acting (particularly stage acting) there’s something called ‘business.’ Business is a little thing or action an actor has to fill space when they aren’t currently speaking or doing something. Rolling a half-dollar over their knuckles, smoking a cigarette or cleaning their glasses are great examples. I love having that in my games as well, giving the players something to interact with even when they aren’t currently rolling dice or interacting with an NPC. The easiest way to get that is props.

Very early on in my Edge of the Empire campaign I decided I wanted money to matter, down to about the 25 credit mark. But rather than have pencil erasers wear their way through the corner of a character sheet, I decided to do something a little different – actually make galactic credits! I started by photoshopping up the credit symbols, using the SF Distant Galaxys font. Then I reversed the image in GIMP and had it printed on plastic transparency sheets.

How to Counterfeit Credsticks

Imperial Credits spend better than gold pieces

I then went to a craft store and got some spray glue and some reflective scrapbooking cardstock. A quick trip outside (safety first when dealing with aerosols, kids!) and glued the transparencies to the cardstock, with the glue and ink both on the “inside,” so the cover is clear. Scissors get everything sliced into tiny sticks and now when they dock, they actually have to hand over 50-100 credits (or use Negotiate to haggle that down to 25). Total cost to make these was about $8 (plus the cost of spray glue, but that stuff is useful so you should have it anyway)

I also used a similar process along with manipulating an image of a Star Wars datapad to create the infochant pipeline. Before each session, I can use a wet-erase marker to fill in juicy information (or worthless information) as a world-building exercise, and give them a heads-up on what’s happening in the Star Wars galaxy at large. If I want there to be a story or want to not immediately give up valuable info, I can attach a roll to getting it. These sorts of throwaway bits can go a long way to making players feel like they’re actually smugglers hustling to fill up their hold with supplies, and going to the location that they feel they have the best chance of unloading them at a profit.

I didn't have anything planned in Parsec 5, just making stuff up

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Speaking of supplies, I grabbed a fillable-form PDF of a Ship sheet from the Fantasy Flight Games community and completed the parts that were unlikely to change, then had it laminated. The crew has their own wet-erase marker to track things like crits, damage, cargo and upgrades. For 60¢ I have something that will stand up to the abuse of the DM’s bag, and is easily findable in the pile of papers every DM has with them all the time to hand out to the players.

They still haven't fixed their busted landing gear.

Laminated for your protection

I hope these ideas will inspire you to create your own props to give your world just a little more verisimilitude, and to give your players a little more business to interact with at the table. Happy gaming!

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Episode 112 – Magic Points

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In this episode, the guys design their own custom sets for Magic: The Gathering! (70min)

Things you may find interesting:

Tabletop Deathmatch

Unknown Armies

Time N Space
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Episode 110 – RPG Foreshadowing.

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In this episode, the guys chat about foreshadowing in Role-Playing games! (70min)

Things you may find interesting:

Angry Rants: Chekhov’s Gun – The Angry DM talks about why the famous literary concept doesn’t always work in RPGs.

Strike! RPG – A new RPG system with “tactical combat and exciting twists!” Checkout the website here.

Heroes of the Storm – A new MOBA from Blizzard! Share your bnet IDs with NPC Cast!

iOS Games from Playdek – Join NPC Chris online for some board game action!

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Episode 109 – RPG Preludes.

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In this episode, the guys chat about some different types of prelude adventures you can do to start your RPG campaign! (61min)

Things you may find interesting:

NPC Cast Episode 42 – Where the guys chat about character generation in RPGs

Horror on the Orient Express – A massive adventure for Call of Cthulu! MASSIVE.

Spyfall – A deception and deduction game in which the Spy just needs to figure out where they are! Introduced to NPC Chris by his friend @425Suzanne! Check out her Print and Play version.

Heroforge Custom Miniatures – Custom minis for all of your RPG needs. So robust!

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Episode 108 – Switchers.

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In this campaign crucible, the guys take a suggestion from a live audience through the magic of the internet! (87min)

Things you may find interesting:

The WWE Royal Rumble – An over the top rope battle royale!

The Staufer Dynasty – A brand new area-control euro!

Podcaster Diplomacy – Follow along as NPC Chris takes on the rest of Europe in the play by post Diplomacy game!

 

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Episode 107 – Level Up.

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In this episode, the NPCs chat about Gencon housing and that feeling of “leveling up” at a game! (83min)

2:41 – Gencon Talk – How is housing at gencon going to be distributed differently this year?

15:46 – Leveling Up – Those moment during game when you feel like you’re getting better.

Things you may find interesting:

Akrotiri - A two-player tile placement game!

Fate Reforged – The newest Magic the Gathering Set!

Spirits of the Rice Paddy – Construct and tend to rice paddies!

 

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Episode 106 – Big Nothing

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In this episode, Chris and Del chat about running an RPG campaign without a big bad! 51min)

Things you may find interesting:

Sheriff of Nottingham – A bluffing game about sneaking goods to market!

Specter Ops – A new sci-fi stealth game from plaid Hat!

 

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Episode 105 – S3E1

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In this episode, the guys look back at the year that was and ahead to the year that will be!  58min)

Things you may find interesting:

Alchemists – A board game which uses a mobile app in order to uncover mysterious mixtures!

Shadows of Brimstone – A Wild West meets Cthulu dungeon crawl!

Black Mirror – A BBC Anthology-style show about the darker aspects of modern technology!

 

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Episode 103 – Bullet Buddies.

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In this episode the guys make bullet point games for one another! (62min)

Things you may be interested in:

Brawl

Tragedy Looper

Splendor

Hyperborea

Cash and Guns

Till Dawn – Nothing like Cash and Guns!

Sirlin on Game Design

Star Wars: Imperial Assault

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Episode 102 – Monstars.

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In this episode the NPCs talk about Monsters in RPGs! (76min)

Things you may be interested in:

Camel Up

The Witcher Adventure Game

Alien: Isolation

 

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Episode 101 – NPCCSMDND5E!

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The guys finally give their take on the latest (and greatest?) version of D&D yet! (84min)

Things you may be interested in:

 The D&D Website – I can’t believe they had the audacity to put a picture of Dragons up there.

 

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Episode 100!

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The guys go long! Recorded live, the NPCs answer questions from the NPC Cast Universe! (104min)

Things you may be interested in:

Mordheim – City of the Damned
World of Warcraft
The Mono-Black Pox Deck that NPC Chris modeled his after.

 

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Episode 99 – Why We Buy.

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In this NPC Chris-less episode, the guys talk about what it takes for them to buy a game!! (44min)

Things you may be interested in:

Fantasy Flight merges with Asmodee

Age of Rebellion: Stay on Target.

D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide.

 

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Episode 98 – The Methuselah Spark.

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Yet another Campaign Crucible as we get closer to Episode 100! (72min)

Things you may be interested in:

Aaron’s Descent painting challenge.

Chris is a Malifaux Henchman.

The Dracula Dossier, by Kenneth Hite.

 

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Episode 97 – Winging It.

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In this episode, the guys chat about improvising in your RPG! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Our Extra-Life Friends: Marguerite, Tiffany, Stephanie, Kyle, and Brittanie.

Dead Meat: Quarantine Zone America

Race! Formula 90

Night Witches

 

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Episode 96 – Malifaux System Mastery!

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In this episode, the guys gush about Malifaux, the miniatures game from Wyrd Games! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Malifaux. Duh.

Handcannon Online

Machi Koro

 

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Episode 95 – Magic the Boardgaming.

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In this episode, the guys make Bullet-Point games based on Magic the Gathering cards! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Magic the Gathering Strategy Board Game

51:27 – Outer Earth

55:50 – twitch.tv/everblightWIP

59:01 – Catalyst RPG

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Episode 93 – Balance in RPGs!

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In this episode the guys discuss John Wick‘s recent blog post and whether or not balance is important in RPGs! (60min)

Things you may be interested in:

Chess Is Not An RPG: The Illusion of Game Balance – A blog post by John Wick, and what this episode is about!

Gritty Reboots

Houses of the Blooded

Wield 

Human Resources

Worldspinner

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Episode 92 – Adaptaptation.

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In this episode the guys chat about how to convert your favorite book, movie, or TV show into an RPG campaign! (60min)

Things you may be interested in:

SAGA

Deadlivers – A concept album by NW Underground Hip Hop group Grayskul

Dog Park

Southlands for Pathfinder

Star Wars Adversary Decks

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Episode 90 – Cinemax.

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In this episode, the guys chat about “Cinematic” vs. “Tactical” in RPGs! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

End of the World

Pathfinder Advanced Class Guide

Battle Systems Terrain

Legendary Encounters

2 GMs 1 Mic

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Episode 89 – The Boardgamizer!

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In this episode, the guys used the Boardgamizer to make games! (68min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Boardgamizer!

Doomtown

Vs. System Card Game

Spirit of ’77 

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Episode 87 – S.A.N.D. Blasters!

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The gang is back at it with another Campaign Crucible, and they are taking care of some unfinished business! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

Wizards of the Coast announces a new standard!

Asmodee buys Days of Wonder!

Blighted Bather alternate Spawning Vessel – A promotional model for Hordes!

 

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Episode 85 – We At Gencon!

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This week, the guys are at Gencon. NPC Chris took some time to chat with friend-PCs Tony and Matt about what they were excited about! Next week, we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled program! (36min)

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Episode 84 – Del’s Dont’s

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In this episode, NPC Del reveals his don’ts when it comes to playing in tournaments! (54min)

Things you may be interested in:

Machi Koro – A light city-building “intro” game!

WarmaHordes Faction Jerseys!

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Episode 83 – Travel.

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In this episode, the guys chat about Travel in RPGs! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Wizard Dodgeball – A fast and furious game for two-players!

Warmachine Tactics – A tactics game set in the world of Warmachine!

Unboxing Operation Icestorm – A sweet unboxing by the guys at Beasts of War for the upcoming Infinity starter set!

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TPK Behind the Screen – [redacted]

Behind the Screen -[redacted]

In this spoiler-tastic Behind the Screen, the guys sit down and talk about how the game went and the process behind [redacted].

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 4.

[redacted] – Episode 4

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of [redacted]! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 81 – Legen-Dary.

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In this episode, NPCs Aaron and Chris chatted with Devin Low, designer of Marvel Legendary! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Devin Low’s BGG Page

Marvel Legendary: Villains

Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds

Tianxia

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 3.

[redacted] – Episode 3

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Signals Media All Star Network.

Back in Fall of 2012, I was working in a shipping department. After exhausting every possible internet radio station I decided, “Hey, why not try one of those podcast things people are going on about?” I was still pretty heavy into World of Warcraft at the time and so I downloaded the Stitcher Radio App and just started listening to different casts, hoping to find one I enjoyed.

There were some not-so-good ones, and some good ones, but for me, one stood out among all the rest. It was a podcast called “Convert to Raid” and it was awesome. To be honest, after it everything seemed pretty lackluster. Convert to Raid had skits, a tremendous production value, a tight-nit group of hosts with varied personalities, and overall a cool feeling of POSITIVITY that many other WoW podcasts were lacking. It felt right. It is 100% because of Convert to Raid that I approached Aaron and Del about recording a tabletop gaming podcast. They truly inspired this whole thing.

On Episode 12, I relayed much of this story and through the medium of Twitter that episode found it’s way to the ears of Pat Krane, the host of Convert to Raid. He emailed us with some kind words, thanked us for mention, and encouraged us to keep at it. I geeked out a bit.

Cut to a full year later, and I receive another email, this one out of the blue, from Pat. He tells me he has kept up with our show and has been impressed with the quality of our product. He asks us if we would be interested in joining the podcast network he has put together, and of course we were intrigued. A few emails exchanged and a meeting over Skype later and we are proud to announce that we will be joining the lineup on the Signals Media All-Star Network this month.

We’re excited about the chance to be another representative for Face to Face games on the network, and encourage you to check out the other offerings there. Naturally, they have a collection of the best World of Warcraft podcasts on the net, but there also shows about podcasting, television, and popular culture. Make sure to check out Death D4 Dishonor, which is a D&D Actual Play podcast. The thing that binds us all is that we love what we’re in to, and want to share it with as many folks as possible.

What does this mean specifically for the NPC Cast? Well, not much really. You’ll hear a bumper from time to time but other than that you’ll get the same exact show we’ve done for the last year and a half. There will be other perks though. Forums will be up and running soon, we may be able to do some cross promotional stuff, and there is even talks about other avenues for more content. Most importantly for me, is I now have Pat Krane’s skype info and can call him if I ever have an audio question…and I have a ton.

Thanks again for supporting us like you do, time and time again. It really means the world to us. We promise that we are going to keep doing what we set out to do back on January 4th, 2013: Share our LOVE for tabletop games with everyone we possibly can.

– NPC Chris

TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 2.

[redacted] – Episode 2

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 1.

[redacted] – Episode 1

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 78 – Luchicago.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with the designer of Trail of Cthulu and Night’s Black Agents: Kenneth Hite! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Ken Writes About Stuff.

Lucha Libre Hero! – A wrestling RPG, but they’re superheros too!

Piledrivers and Powerbombs! – Another wrestling RPG!

World Wide Wrestling – A wrestling game powered by Apocalypse. Designed by Chicago’s own Nathan D. Paoletta!

Journeys to Somewhere Else – A Kickstarter featuring a book of John Avon art.

Penny Press – Be a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City!

Pack the Pack – A fast paced tile laying game of loot hoarding, satchel stuffing, gem matching and inventory management! I interviewed the designer, Meg McGinley, right here!

The Shadow Over Westminster – A co-operative horror deckbuilder set in modern day London!

Istanbul – NOT Constantinople.

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Episode 76 – Lost Vegas.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with Friend-PC Michael of the RPG Academy! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

The RPG Academy – Friends of the show!

The Amberden Affair – A deception/intrigue game with a revolving miscreant imposter!

Sail to India – A neat game that is basically a sack of wooden cubes.

Origins – One of the largest gaming conventions in the country!

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Episode 75 – Going Starside.

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In this episode, the guys kick off Crucible Month by going starside with Mark Diaz Truman! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

Magpie Games – The company that Mark Diaz Truman co-founded!

Urban Shadows - An Urban-Fantasy RPG currently on Kickstarter!

Ghost Lines – An RPG by John Harper based on Apocalypse World.

The Propnomicon – A blog with sweet mythos-related things!

ArcheAge – A new fantasy sandbox-MMO!

NPC CAST T-SHIRTS!!!

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Episode 72 – Cartoons!

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In this episode, the guys make games based on Cartoons! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament on May 18th!

Privateer Press Pins.

The Queen’s Cavaliers – An inclusive  “clockpunk” RPG!

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Episode 71 – Chris’ Don’ts.

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In this episode, NPC Chris explains the 5 things he doesn’t do when running games! (61min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament on May 18th!

Dresden Lives – A Dresden Files LARP by Evil Hat!

Star Wars Age of Rebellion – The next installment of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG!

The Bundle of Holding – Bundles of inexpensive RPG PDFs!

 

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