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Episode 2004: Oi, Kanata! We Scanned a Bar for Thee


Following on from the previous commentary, it can also be useful if some of your players have not only special real world skills, but special equipment. You probably have a printer, but maybe someone in your group has a laminator, which can be used to make nice laminated character sheets or inventory lists that you can write on with dry-erase (or wet-erase) markers.

If one of your friends has a 3D printer, then it can produce many useful gaming props. There are many existing models for things such as dice, spell-trackers, initiative count trackers, and of course figurines to represent both PCs and monsters. (e.g. the array of never-seen-before alien species one might find in a bar...) And if someone else in your group has the gear to scan objects and/or make their own 3D model files, then you have the workings of a complete factory for producing your own custom props.

People with woodworking or modelling tools can also fashion small props for use on the gaming table. For example, miniature dungeon or castle walls to add depth to your maps. Similarly anyone who has the means to make clay or modelling putty items.

(Thanks to reader Elrola who suggested this follow-up to the previous commentary.)

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Ah here we go! Lots of crazy looking aliens here; it's quite a shame I can't really see them that well. Star Trek might have had better personable stories, but Star Wars wins hands down on cool alien designs. I see a few beings with goggles too, but no proper glasses yet. Maybe Chewbacca is calling goggles "glasses" for some in-character reason? The guy in the middle of the first staring panels would fit the description reasonably well if so.

Wow, did Han really shout something out in the movie that got everyone's attention? Someone must have done something with all of these looking-over reaction images. I give it 50-50 odds that this leads to a brawl instead of finding this Kanata guy. This would be too easy if the group finds him without any complications after everyone turning to look. On the other hand, this isn't the usual Tatooine bad guy bar, so perhaps the patrons are going to wait until the good guys have their guard down before starting a fight.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

[Keybounce's comments will appear here when received.]


GM: The bar is full of bizarre boorish-looking aliens, boozing, banqueting, playing board games.
BB-8: How can we tell they’re boorish-looking if they’re aliens?
GM: Some of them look like boars.
Finn: How are we going to find this Darth Kanata?
Yanni: Hey everyone! We’re looking for Darth Kanata!
GM: The band stops playing and everyone turns to look at you.
Rey: Subtle.

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