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[SWSE] Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:47 pm
by Yaztromo
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I just realized that in this forum there is no dedicated thread to dawn of Defiance (https://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dawn_of_Defiance), a fantastic free resource by the Wizards.
It is particularly good for supporting poor Game Masters [rises his hand resolutely] while learning the ropes (allowing characters growth from 1st to 20th level) and I'd recommend it to everybody.

EDIT: Just in case, here is the official guide for converting SWRPG to SWSE: https://web.archive.org/web/20090602085 ... ersion.pdf, so you can enjoy this great material wheather or not you have exactly that specific ruleset.

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:17 am
by Yaztromo
Surfing youtube you can also find the opening crawls! :)

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:37 pm
by agathokles
I did run Dawn of Defiance once -- it took a year or so. It is unfortunately the only campaign available for SWSE, which is my favorite SW iteration.

It is indeed an excellent resource, although growing from level 1 to level 20 puts the system under a lot of stress, as the gameplay and the character building change a lot. Personally, I'd recommend to run one or two brief introductory adventures where the characters can meet and establish confidence before starting the DoD run, and possibly run a few of the later adventures at a slightly lower level, since AFAIR they were quite easy for top-level characters.

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:12 pm
by Yaztromo
agathokles wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:37 pm
It is unfortunately the only campaign available for SWSE, which is my favorite SW iteration.
Without too much hassle you can run also Living Force viewtopic.php?f=93&t=19491 that requires just minor adaptation to be run for SWSE. Although it is not exactly the very same timeline, with some minor effort you can move characters from Living Force to Dawn of Defiance and vice versa (if I can do it, then everybody can! :halo: ).

This option of using adventures from both campaigns allows you (if you don't have enough time to draw new adventures with a pace adequate to the pace of the games you run, like me) to start with some introductory adventure, as you suggested, in Cularin (i.e. Living Force: maybe you can run the Eye of the Sun adventure arc or the Price of Business standalone adventure), then run the initial adventures of Dawn of Defiance up to a point (after the third adventure, if I remember right) where the DoD campaign itself suggests you to provide alternative adventures to your characters (as the campaign moves to a timeline sometimes in the future and you may want to fill this gap with alternative adventures), so you can go back to the Cularin system (for example to the Clouds of Genarius and/or Between the Worlds adventure arcs) and then you can return again to DoD to terminate the Sarlacc project, before moving to the Cularin system for the last time.
It works fairly well.

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:40 pm
by agathokles
Cool! I've still to read the Living Force material in detail. Seems I need to find some time to do it.
GP

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:21 am
by Yaztromo
There is indeed a lot of Living Force material: about 150 adventures (some stand alone, some more in trilogies) and lots of extras, such as articles, interactive sessions, campaign notes, guidelines, etc. It takes quite some long time to read it all in detail.

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:17 am
by Sharkbelly
I ran Dawn of defiance as well. We enjoyed it but it ran into some of the problems that high-levels D20 campaigns can have. The characters can become quite cumbersome.

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:11 am
by Yaztromo
I still don't have enough experience of high levels for this specfic ruleset to make my mind up, but in general there are often issues with rulesets with levels when you reach high levels...

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:56 am
by Yaztromo
Just in case you are interested, I am currently recruiting for my Dawn of Defiance campaign: https://www.rpol.net/display.cgi?gi=4&t ... 1577367290

Re: Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:06 pm
by Havard
Yaztromo wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:56 am
Just in case you are interested, I am currently recruiting for my Dawn of Defiance campaign: https://www.rpol.net/display.cgi?gi=4&t ... 1577367290
Man, I love how much you get to play!

I wasn't sure what Dawn of Defiance was, but from what I understand it was a campaign for Star Wars Saga Edition (SWSE) covering the following modules:
  • 1 The Traitor's Gambit Rodney Thompson November 29, 2007
  • 2 A Wretched Hive Rodney Thompson December 20, 2007
  • 3 The Queen of Air and Darkness Rodney Thompson February 28, 2008
  • 4 Echoes of the Jedi Abel G. Peña and Jean-François Boivin April 3, 2008
  • 5 The First to Strike Owen K.C. Stephens June 13, 2008
  • 6 The Core of Corruption Sterling Hershey August 6, 2008
  • 7 A Reckoning of Wraiths Gary Astleford November 7, 2008
  • 8 The Gem of Alderaan Gary M. Sarli February 5, 2009
  • 9 Sword of the Empire Rodney Thompson, John Jackson Miller May 7, 2009
  • 10 Jaws of the Sarlacc Rodney Thompson October 28, 2009
-Havard

Re: [SWSE] Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:59 pm
by Yaztromo
RPGs adventures are made to be played, not to be downloaded to a hard disk and die there :)

Dawn of Defiance was published by the Wizards to provide the players with an introductory campaign to the worlds and the rules of Star Wars Saga Edition. It is therefore very GM friendly, offering quite some handholding for inexperienced (poor) GMs (and it is something I sorely need) and a number of different situations to provide the perfect gym for the players, that see their characters progressing from level 1 to level 20 in ten episodes, allowing them this way to experience the full ruleset and its applications to the most different scenarios (even if the GM is... hem... not a great expert).

Between Episode 3 and 4 of the campaign there is a hiatus in the story and it is a good time to bring new blood to the campaign. That's why I am recruiting right now! Episode 4 is for characters at level 7.
YOUR opportunity to join!

Re: [SWSE] Dawn of Defiance!

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:29 pm
by agathokles
DoD is an excellent campaign, and unfortunately the only one for SWSE (except for the RPGA series). I've already played it, and I totally recommend it!
GP