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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:16 pm    Post subject: Hiring & Managing NPC Ship Crew Reply with quote

Pretty straight-forward. As ship sizes increase, you start needing more and more crew to operate them, and only some of those slots can be filled by droids.

Have any of you ever GM'd or played in a game that introduced NPC crew to help operate a larger ship? If so, how did it work, and what rules did you use?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the time, it never mattered. Either we had "droids for that" or the crew were incidental to the story and we never really worried about what they did or how much they cost.

Having some charts, though, would be good.

A professional crew (all relevant skills at 4D-4D+2) might cost x credits per day per crew member.

Bump up x exponentially (^1.5 or 2 or so) for each D range above "professional." If x = 100 credits, then a 5D crew might command 150, a 6D crew might command 300 and a 7D crew might cost as much as 1000 per day per crew member.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having been in a Far Orbit campaign, I'd have thought we'd have dealt with rules on that, but I can't for the life of me remember.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Most of the time, it never mattered. Either we had "droids for that" or the crew were incidental to the story and we never really worried about what they did or how much they cost.

Having some charts, though, would be good.

A professional crew (all relevant skills at 4D-4D+2) might cost x credits per day per crew member.

Bump up x exponentially (^1.5 or 2 or so) for each D range above "professional." If x = 100 credits, then a 5D crew might command 150, a 6D crew might command 300 and a 7D crew might cost as much as 1000 per day per crew member.


Since lots of costs for weapons and other gear, are almost a comparison to modern stuff, such as a pistol costing 300 credits, while in some stores you can get a cheep 9mm pistol for 300 bucks, how's about lookng up sites that list prices of merchant marines...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anybody checked D20? WotC loves having stuff for everything.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raven Redstar wrote:
Has anybody checked D20? WotC loves having stuff for everything.

I recall stumbling across the edges of something like that with my Starship Factory Upgrades topic. The high-end Luxury Interior mods' only listed in-game effect in the WotC was to upgrade the Quality of the ship's NPC crew by one level (IIRC).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naaman wrote:
Having some charts, though, would be good.

Once could potentially repurpose the Coordination charts from 2E...

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A professional crew (all relevant skills at 4D-4D+2) might cost x credits per day per crew member.

Bump up x exponentially (^1.5 or 2 or so) for each D range above "professional." If x = 100 credits, then a 5D crew might command 150, a 6D crew might command 300 and a 7D crew might cost as much as 1000 per day per crew member.

Makes me wish there was a workable Wealth stat. Way easier to just roll the dice to see whether or not you have enough money...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:

Makes me wish there was a workable Wealth stat. Way easier to just roll the dice to see whether or not you have enough money...


What do you see wrong with d6 space's Funds attribute?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why I didn't think of this before. But, typically when crewing a large ship, you can use the loot shares as a pay scale. Each standard crewman gets 1 share, each skilled crewman gets 2 shares, Officers get 3, captain gets 4.

Then you just have to start cutting in your crew on the take for the million credits worth of blasters you sold on the black market.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrNexx wrote:
CRMcNeill wrote:

Makes me wish there was a workable Wealth stat. Way easier to just roll the dice to see whether or not you have enough money...


What do you see wrong with d6 space's Funds attribute?

I'm still trying to grok it fully, but at the moment, I'm not entirely comfortable with how the Funds Attribute is depleted by overuse, then replenished.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did some digging around, and I found http://christophedia.com/Repository/3.65-Star%20Wars%20Saga%20Edition/Excel/

If you take a look at the Excel file, it has a tab for services. I'm specifically looking at upkeep: lines 23 - 29.

Luxurious: 10,000
Wealthy: 5,000
Comfortable: 2,000
Average: 1,000
Struggling: 500
Impoverished: 200
Self-Sufficient: 100

I'm assuming these are monthly costs. So, I'd assume that fair wage for a crew member might be Average upkeep plus maybe 25-50% so the person can afford to save up?

Call it 1250 to 1500 credits per month per crewman?
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