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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:34 pm    Post subject: LUZ´s Tramp Freighters Campaign main discussion thread Reply with quote

Greetings folks. First of all, sorry for any typo or language slip, English is second language for me.

I’m kicking off a Tramp Freighters campaign next Monday, and I see that a lot of forum members are fans of that setting. So, I decided I would “crowd-source” some help and ideas in crafting this campaign from fellow forum members. Basically, I invite everyone (who does not want the Tramp Freighters campaign spoiled) to chip in and voice their inputs and ideas. I have very little prep time available between sessions, so any and all help is much appreciated.

In order to help me both present my ideas and get feedback on them, I was planning on having this thread being sort of the “hub” of the campaign, and then branch out specific threads for specific topics, like first session, character progressions, planet related adventure ideas, etc. I will post each thread in the suitable subforum.

Also, I am writing down all the campaign information in this Google Dive, so I can update it and have it on hand and you can check the how the campaign takes shape. Please take a look.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OxVdhPXLeqh_oBdGtMomTHkfG6JK6R6GIJW9MHm4JEU/edit?usp=sharing

Ok, basic framework of the campaign:

• SW D6 Tramp Freighters campaign was voted by a wide margin. I have some hardcore Firefly fans in my RPG group. They all tend to prefer “independent” type of chars (more rogues than paladins in D&D).

• The PCs are quite a varied group and I’m very happy with it. Of course, char development is not equal, some players are way lazier than others. I gave them all extra 3D on starting skills plus an extra 2D on “normally-useless skills” like cooking, dancing and playing instruments so they can flesh out the chars. I also streamlined skill list quite a bit.

• I plan to use the Tramp freighters campaign from the sourcebook as a framework and weave both regular/classic adventures but also character focused adventures. I really look forward to giving the players a chance to develop their chars in a meaningful way, and not just the Jedi. I’m allowing a certain degree of sandboxing, letting them try fortune selling some wares in their destination of choice, have the setting evolve according to their actions and such.

• The players chose a VCX100 with shuttle as their ship and fitted them with 2 ton scanner resistant disguised cargo containers for the big ship and heavy lasers and extra maneuverability for the shuttle (some players are heavy Rebels fans). This piled up a ton of debt for it: 180.000 credits including loan shark interests, so 6.000 CR a month for 30 months. They mut feel “VERY” pressured to meet the payments for this to work out and make them regret sometimes not choosing a cheaper ship 😉. I plan on making the “pay the loan shark or else” the main theme of the first part of the campaign (please check the “Campaign outline” tab on the googlesheet above).

• Sourcebooks and other material that I´ve read:
o SW D6 REUP sourcebook as base, then Tramp Freighters sourcebook and both of Platt’s guides. I’m moving most of the NPC’s and locations found there into Minos Cluster or around it.
• Sourcebooks and other material that I would like to find time to read:
o Fragments form outer rim sourcebook, Wretched Hives of scum and Villany, Pirates and Privateers and Imperial Sourcebook.
• I look forward to use as much published material as possible (as I said, my prep time is short), so I really hope the forum will help be separate the good from the “meh” content that is available from WEG. I know there are some published adventures that might fit this sort of campaign, like Manhunt on Tattoine. It would be great to know what other ready-made adventures are out there that I can use.


Sister Threads (will add and update as campaign moves forward).

• First session ideas and troubleshooting: https://rancorpit.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=200724

• Extra WEG material suitable for a Tramp Freighters campaign https://rancorpit.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8143

• General campaign outline discussion thread: https://rancorpit.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8142

• Character A: the Astromech development thread: https://rancorpit.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=200760

• Character B: the Duro Pilot development thread:

• Character C: the Cathar padawan development thread:

• Character D: the Former Imperial Navy Doctor development thread:

• Character E: the Con-man with vendetta development thread:

• Character F: the Merchant Soldier development thread:
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really excited to read about your Minos campaign!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
I'm really excited to read about your Minos campaign!


Thank you! I'm really glad to share it and look forward for help on ideas to making it shine.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LUZ-TAK wrote:
Thank you! I'm really glad to share it and look forward for help on ideas to making it shine.


Something I am surprised no one has pointed out to you is the Minos Cluster Player's Guide and Minos Cluster GM's Guide found in the shared files section. All the information from Galaxy Guide 6 Tramp Freighters and additional information that should have been included. Hope it helps you out.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shootingwomprats wrote:


Something I am surprised no one has pointed out to you is the Minos Cluster Player's Guide and Minos Cluster GM's Guide found in the shared files section. All the information from Galaxy Guide 6 Tramp Freighters and additional information that should have been included. Hope it helps you out.


Yes! I saw that already! Txs!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in a very similar situation, running a Tramp Freighter campaign, with a slow buildup to be more involved in the war side of things.
All my players and I are Firefly fans, and I am also way to busy IRL with work and family and other projects, so for the first time I'm using more premade stuff than homebrew. Smile

If you want I can share some of my campaign notes via PM (not sure if my players are lurking here...). I also make title scrolls, check out the Tools section.

Good luck with your campaign!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Straxus wrote:
I'm in a very similar situation, running a Tramp Freighter campaign, with a slow buildup to be more involved in the war side of things.
All my players and I are Firefly fans, and I am also way to busy IRL with work and family and other projects, so for the first time I'm using more premade stuff than homebrew. Smile

If you want I can share some of my campaign notes via PM (not sure if my players are lurking here...). I also make title scrolls, check out the Tools section.

Good luck with your campaign!


Awesome! PM sent
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone created a spreadsheet or similar calculator to help out the "financial calculations" of this sort of campaign? Freighter costs, starport costs, insurance, etc? Supply and demand prices of different goods in different types of planets? Etc, etc, etc?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm following this too. We recently finished a Minos Cluster game, that moved away from the minutiae of buying/selling into a traditional star wars story of our smugglers vs scary imperial dark side bioweapons.

It has now rolled into the DarkStryder campaign, since the settings are adjacent.

Good luck with your campaign, its a really fun playground setting.

I put my original notes for the first adventure together in a TSR-style adventure supplement here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2lw6dqt0mtcyyq1/theMinosCluster.pdf?dl=0
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LTAaripJasall wrote:
I put my original notes for the first adventure together in a TSR-style adventure supplement here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2lw6dqt0mtcyyq1/theMinosCluster.pdf?dl=0

Hey! I came across that PDF at some point and decided that I was going to adapt "Escape from the Supersmelter" for my campaign. It won't be for a while. Thanks for making and sharing that PDF. I'd like to add it to the Rancor Pit Library.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I approve! I hope to hear how it goes.
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