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Episode 1714: Half Empty, Half Fuel


Miniature figures can add a lot to a roleplaying game, especially during combat, when they can be set up on a map to show the positions of the combatants, making it very clear who is within range of whom, how far they can move, and so on. Traditionally gamers have used metal figurines, but these can be expensive, and also many come as bare metal that needs to be painted to look good. Nowadays there are cheaper plastic miniatures, and several series that come pre-painted.

A third option is something like Cardboard Heroes, which are gaming characters printed on cardboard, designed to stand up as folded triangles or slotted into plastic bases. These are cheaper still - you can get hundreds for the price of a few metal figures.

But another popular way of representing people and monsters on a battle map is to use Lego minifigures. Nowadays these come in hundreds of customisable styles which can be mixed and matched to produce thousands of different humanoid figures, with a wide array of hand-held accessories such as swords, bows, guns, and other objects that can represent adventuring gear. If you go this route, you can also use Lego baseplates as the map, and add walls and other setting objects made of Lego bricks.

(I noticed the resemblance before seeing Keybounce's comments.)

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

The trooper that we see from the back in panel 5 looks like it's from a Lego movie adaptation. It really does not look like a human in a suit of armor.

I'm curious about Pete's control of his units. The GM says that, "the nearest trooper hits the ship". Pete is able to tell what weapons that trooper is carrying.

This would imply that it is not an Imperial trooper attacking the ship, but one of the Rebel troopers.

So, we are to believe that a Rebel trooper chose to toss a grenade into the open cargo bay door...

"Okay Hal, open the cargo bay door".

— Keybounce


Bodhi: Cassian! Come in!
Bria: Cassian's dead. Is the ship full of fuel?
Bodhi: It's half full, but the pump is destroyed.
Bria: That'll have to do. Rig the autopilot to crash into the tower on my command.
Bodhi: Roger! By the way, Chirrut and Baze are gone. I'd say we have about a 3 in 20 chance of surviving the current combat round unscathed...
GM: <roll>...
GM: The nearest trooper hits the ship.
Chirrut: {dead} This one? He's only got grenades.
GM: <roll>... 37 hull damage.
Chirrut: But he's facing the open cargo bay.
[SFX]: toss... {the trooper tosses the grenade into the ship through the open cargo bay door}
K-2SO: The fuel!!!
{beat, Bodhi aghast}
[SFX]: Ka-boom!

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Published: Sunday, 07 October, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT.
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