|Wajeb Deb Kaadeb
Joined: 07 Apr 2017
|Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:00 pm Post subject: 1E, Boba Fett, and the Sarlacc
|I've been thinking of how the scene in Return of the Jedi, where Boba Fett goes into the Sarlacc pit, happens, mechanically, in a 1E game.
I'm not a huge fan of the Wild Die. And, 1E should be able to model the movies using just the rules presented in the 1E core rulebook.
Well, I looked closely at the scene today, and it's simple. Han makes an attack, the attack hits. In 1E, the minimum that will happen is that a target will collapse in a stun.
The rest is just color--the GM describing the action in a swashbuckling, space opera way.
Han is blind. I'm sure the GM applied a penalty for that. Han's player rolled the attack on Boba Fett and hit, even with the penalty modifier.
Boba Fett was getting ready to use his wrist weapon, but his attack roll must have been lower than Han's attack. Therefore, initiative kicked in, and Han's roll was considered first.
Fett probably rolled well on his STR defense roll, but the character was still stunned and near the edge of the skimmer. Falling down means falling off (maybe the GM rolled to see if he fell within or off the skiff), and into the Sarlacc Pit.
The GM just described all the action in an exciting way--comical about how Han's attack connected, and instead of just having Boba Fett go over the side, the GM ad-libs the jet pack firing and slamming him into the side of Jabba's barge. Fett slides down into the pit, and then rolls to the open mouth. The GM burps in front of the entire group, and everyone laughs.
Mechanically, it's the same result. Fett is hit, falls in the stun, and falls into the pit.
The twig snap that Han makes when sneaking up on the Scout Trooper on Endor is often used as an example of a Wild Die Complication.
What happened, from the mechanical perspective of 1E? Han failed the roll. He wasn't sneaky. He stepped on a twig.