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Traveller: Warp to a New Game

MTnb: Warp Ships 1Warp to a new game with Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Warp Ships 1. This presents three new ships each with full deck plans: the cargo-carrying Startrotter, the Starblazer missile destroyer, and the torpedo-carrying destroyer Novabringer.

Meet adventure on a new frontier of play today. Download Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Warp Ships 1 today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and at d20PFSRD.

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Traveller: Tomorrow Starts Our Star Wars Day Sale

Have you been eyeing up our Traveller RPG books for some time but been putting it for another day. Well wait no longer. Tomorrow starts our Star Wars Day Sale. Grab all the titles your protocol droid has been talking nonstop about. At an R2 unit screaming 25% off, you can’t pass these up.  Get the fastest hunk of junk on the sector with Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships or all the stats on monsters that swallow your guards in Creatures of Distant Worlds Compendium 1.

But what’s more, we’ll be selling print copies of Mech Tech ‘n’ bot:  Mech Squadrons direct from our website for 50% OFF and it includes the PDF FREE. How can you not step on Jar Jar with these deals!

So be here tomorrow before the Empire shoots down our rear deflector screen and grab these awesome Traveller titles! And May the Fourth Be With You!

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[Star Wars] What Makes the Empire Evil?

Its easy to see why SkyNet is so evil: they want to exterminate humanity. Its easy to see why Romulans are evil: they want to destroy the Federation. The Empire … they want to … put down a rebellion? So they’re as evil as George Washington during the Whiskey Rebellion? They change for form of government. Ok that’s bad, but its not exterminate humanity evil. They destroy a planet with plenty of innocent civilians that also was a hot spot of rebellion. Ok, that’s (recent political figure that authorized torture that shall remain nameless) evil, but not Adolf Hitler evil. But that’s it? One incident that occurred after the Rebellion started?

I was thinking about this is morning and the more I think about it the more I realized that Star Wars doesn’t do a good job of showing why the bad guys are bad. A classic example of “Telling” and not “Showing”, something all authors should avoid. As I work on my setting, I’m making sure that the race generally assumed as the bad guys demonstrate their evil ways repeated instead of just saying “They’re bad because they’re ugly.” Slavery is present, so is mass genocide, underhanded dealings, and a desire to oppress those simply because they can. There are perfectly good reasons for all of this from the point of view of the bad guys as well as reasons to see why they do not see themselves as bad. But they do commit some rather nasty acts nonetheless.

The one thing in this setting that I feel is most important is room for individuals to make a difference. In this setting, a single person can mean the difference between home and hell.