[WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

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[WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:22 am

First buy of 2020. Couldn't resist grabbing it when shopping at a brand new gaming in the suburb of Montreal. The reproduction of both books is very well made. The slip case is sweet. This one is a keeper. Hoping to play a mini-campaign with my regular group this winter. ;)

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Started reading. The system is amazingly simple yet flexible. I had forgotten many details. The main one being that a character can do as many actions has he wants during an «action segment» but gets a penalty of minus x-D6 per extra action after the first. So with Shooting 3d6 you can shoot three times but each shot will be at 1d6 only.

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by Havard » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:48 pm

I love this rpg. I have the originals and the 30th anniversary edition as well as the later editions. The later editions add more rules, but that's not necessarily an advantage depending on your preferences.

The one rule I recommend adding from the second edition is the wild die which allows a single special die to be re rolled if it turned up a 6. It also had so.e rules for rolling a 1 on the wild die, but I'd just ignore those personally.

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Post by Kythkyn » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:08 pm

I love it! Also, if you'd like a character sheet, here's a custom 1e sheet
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Post by Big Mac » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:02 pm

Do FFG have the rights to print every other Star Wars RPG book?

Could they just get DriveThru RPG to put up a "Star Wars Classics" website,similar to the "D&D Classics" website?
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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:30 pm

Kythkyn wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:08 pm
I love it! Also, if you'd like a character sheet, here's a custom 1e sheet
Got it! Thanks.

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Post by Havard » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:51 pm

Big Mac wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:02 pm
Do FFG have the rights to print every other Star Wars RPG book?

Could they just get DriveThru RPG to put up a "Star Wars Classics" website,similar to the "D&D Classics" website?
Wish they would do that. Not sure about the rights for those anymore. Might stay with Eric Gibson who was the last owner of WEG, but he split up the various properties. The WEG label now resides with Noctural Press. Could be the Star Wars books are owned entirely by Lucas Arts / Disney actually

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by Angel Tarragon » Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 pm

Isn't the original publication of the book far meatier? I could have sworn it was.

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:13 pm

Angel Tarragon wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Isn't the original publication of the book far meatier? I could have sworn it was.
It's the same. You probably bought the 2e which was thicker.

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by Big Mac » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:41 am

shesheyan wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Angel Tarragon wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Isn't the original publication of the book far meatier? I could have sworn it was.
It's the same. You probably bought the 2e which was thicker.
I think modern publishing methods use thinner paper.

When I first saw Hackjammer it was much slimmer than a typical Spelljammer book, so I assumed it was about half the size of a Spelljammer book, but after I picked it up to have a browse through it, I was very surprised to see it had twice as many pages as most Spelljammer books.

I guess that, if a modern reprint of a classic Star Wars book did make that thinner too, that would give them a design problem, as the original spine of the book would no longer be the correct thickness. And if they scaled the spine down to match a decreased width, anyone looking at the spine of the book (and that's usually the thing you see in a RPG store) would see much much smaller writing and logos than the original book had.

Having said that, I don't have the original WEG books or these reprints, so I don't know how thick they were...or are now.
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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:21 pm

Big Mac wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:41 am
shesheyan wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Angel Tarragon wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Isn't the original publication of the book far meatier? I could have sworn it was.
It's the same. You probably bought the 2e which was thicker.
I think modern publishing methods use thinner paper.

When I first saw Hackjammer it was much slimmer than a typical Spelljammer book, so I assumed it was about half the size of a Spelljammer book, but after I picked it up to have a browse through it, I was very surprised to see it had twice as many pages as most Spelljammer books.

I guess that, if a modern reprint of a classic Star Wars book did make that thinner too, that would give them a design problem, as the original spine of the book would no longer be the correct thickness. And if they scaled the spine down to match a decreased width, anyone looking at the spine of the book (and that's usually the thing you see in a RPG store) would see much much smaller writing and logos than the original book had.

Having said that, I don't have the original WEG books or these reprints, so I don't know how thick they were...or are now.
The page count for the original and the anniversary is the same (142 pages). The paper is thinner than the original version hence the slimmer appearance.

• 2e 178 pages
• 2e expanded 286 pages

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:29 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Angel Tarragon wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 pm
Isn't the original publication of the book far meatier? I could have sworn it was.
It's the same. You probably bought the 2e which was thicker.
I did have the second edition, so that explains it.

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:12 pm

Havard wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:48 pm
The one rule I recommend adding from the second edition is the wild die which allows a single special die to be re rolled if it turned up a 6. It also had some rules for rolling a 1 on the wild die, but I'd just ignore those personally.
Enjoy the game!
I looked it up and will use it. ;)

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Post by Doc Necrotic » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:36 am

I missed this during the actual anniversary. Hopefully, I can still get this, especially given FFG's situation. WEG Star Wars was a great time. Though, while I loved the simplicity of 1st edition, the 2nd edition had some great rules to sample from too.
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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:54 pm

We will be playing our first game on January 31st. My oldest player actually played this a while back. Just have to find a mission that fits into hour 4 hours time slot. Suggestions welcomed. ;-)

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by Nate Christen » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:54 pm

If the players haven't experienced it yet, the scenario "Rebel Breakout" from the rulebook is a good introduction to the game, with plenty of Star Warsy action.

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Re: [WEG] Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition

Post by shesheyan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:11 pm

Nate Christen wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:54 pm
If the players haven't experienced it yet, the scenario "Rebel Breakout" from the rulebook is a good introduction to the game, with plenty of Star Warsy action.

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Thanks! Read it and I'll be using it with a few modifications of my own.

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