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Episode 1903: The Good, The Bad, and the Sassy

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The "good news, bad news" formula is a tried and true classic. Try working it into your games every now and then.

Good news: The room is full of treasure!
Bad news: It's also full of dragon.

Good news: Your arrow hits the dragon!
Bad news: It bounces off harmlessly.

Good news: The wizard blasts the dragon with a lightning bolt!
Bad news: Now the dragon is angry.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

So we have some PvP here. And it's not just Team Sane vs Team Crazy.

If you detect one set of footprints walking away, but don’t detect a set of footprints walking towards it, then something is wrong with your detection ability.

Now, if you detect, but do not mention, and don't bother correcting your superior's mistaken assumption, then clearly your goal is their position, right? There is no mention of the ejector seats, nor of the tracks from the ejector seat crash site (seat, parachute, etc) to the main crash. Only that one set of prints lead away.

Clearly, Sally doesn't realize that this is a game of Diplomacy :-)

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

So.... Kylo is Bizarro now? Bizarro works as a Superman villain (from what I've seen) because he's not a leader that needs to clearly communicate what they want done. General Hux must be the one the one actually holding the First Order together as they seem actually capable of coordinating actions. Maybe Kylo bullied their way to the top of the organization with Force powers. Those are pretty hard to deal with if you don't have range and/or overwhelming firepower.

It's a bit hard to tell if Kylo is actually angry or not with the minimalist faceplate and the camera angle in the third panel. Just the way the light reflections are there, it feels like they're leaning into Hux's face. Hux doesn't seem that concerned though, so maybe it's just part of their usual working relationship.

Hm. Only one set of tracks. It's probably Finn's, but there's no mention of tracks leading towards the fighter. That means either the ground crew missed that set of tracks or Hux isn't sharing that part of the report. I'm going to go with the second because that could lead to some unwanted conclusions by Kylo and needlessly imperil the ground crew if the search isn't focused on the single survivor that could give them better information than randomly combing the area.

Transcript

GM: Meanwhile, General Hux has received a report... Here, Ben.
General Hux: Good news and bad news, Lord Ren.
Kylo Ren: Give me the bad news first. I like bad news. I like everything bad.
General Hux: It looks like only one of our agents survived. The fighter exploded. One set of footprints leads away from the crash.
Kylo Ren: And the good news?
General Hux: My squad is following the tracks. We’ll soon know which one it is.
Kylo Ren: Yes, I preferred the bad news.
General Hux: Given the general soundness of this whole plan, I assume you prefer bad ideas too.
Kylo Ren: I do indeed. Including your decision to backchat just now.


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Published: Sunday, 11 October, 2020; 02:11:18 PDT.
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