The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG beta from Fantasy Flight Games (which is now out of stock) is, for all intents and purposes, a low-powered Star Wars RPG. It is meant to concentrate on smugglers and others flying under the radar of the on-going conflict and – as such – it does not contemplate high powered force users like Yoda, later Luke, or Darth Vader. However, the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG does provide for Force. Characters that can use the Force gain a stat that shows how close they are to Force and is chosen during character creation like all other specializations and can be taken by any character (so it is not a Career in and of itself, it enhances other Careers and provides access to its own talent tree). Force powers work like other skills and there are three Power Trees included with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, with moving through the various skill trees increasing the potency of those base powers in a variety of ways. The game does not provide extensive rules or separate rule sets for a Jedi falling to the Dark Side and – instead – in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG the light side users can tap the dark side (which might cause harm to the user in the short term but has no mechanical effect, just whatever narrative effect you give it) and dark side force users work basically identically to their light side counterparts. It’s interesting that Force users in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG use their own die. In any case, the support for Force users in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG seems to be concentrated on creating Jedi that are in-line power-wise with the other characters from this game (there are two other RPGs that will follow this one that will concentrate on other facets of Star Wars). So, that’s an overview of how the Force and Jedi work in the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG. As always, the book in question is a beta, so this may not be representative of the final product.
What Force powers do you think are important to Star Wars? What’s your favorite system to play a Jedi in? I was fond of the old WEG d6 version, but I haven’t played it in so long that I’m afraid that my experience is pretty irrelevant now. I had the original Wizards Star Wars RPG, but never upgrade to the Saga edition, which I understand is a pretty big step forward. Sound off in the comments! If you’re done reading about the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG why don’t you check out the Related Posts below, the Recent Posts in the sidebar, or go to a random post on Futile Position!