Picking up this campaign again. Some time has passed. Sara is not on this mission while Ulrich and Corde have picked up a few other bodies just in case. To make it more solo friendly I have generated a simple AI, inspired by an AAR of Blood in Space over on ...
Here are the stats for the three heroes:
Ulrich Nolan – Hero
C Tracker: +1D6 against target after the first time targeted by this character.
C Sharpshooter: +1D6 over 18”.
S Explorer: Discover hidden items with 4+.
Lenherr Rifle: -1D6 defense against this attack.
Survival Gear: +1D6 to pass environmental tests.
Corde Tane – Hero
C Veteran: +1D6 on combat.
L Inspiring: +1D6 on morale test.
S Tinkerer: Succeeds on a 4+ on repair rolls.
HySys 2212 Shotgun: +1D6 within 12”. No shot over 12”.
Lief Weyer – Hero
C Brawler: +1D6 on melee combat.
S Can be bribed: Roll 1D6 when in contact with an enemy leader. On a 6 he switches sides.
S Looter: +1D6 fistfuls of credits after encounter.
Nordarms Assault Rifle: +1D6 on ranged attacks
As the team approach within 8 inches of one of the event markers, it is flipped and something appears.
On the left, the goons, cannon fodder, hired guns. On the right, Lief Weyer, Corde Tane, Ulrich Nolan.
Exploring habitable planets pre-colonization was a good gig. Identifying suitable settlement areas, rich mineral deposits, arable land, or dangerous zones is an invaluable service and many corporations and governments will willingly outsource this job to nameless, faceless, expendable nobodys. Ulrich Nolan and Corde Tane are such nobodys. Scans from orbit had shown activity in this area, and as such it needed to be investigated. It could have been anything from local fauna, other exploration teams, pirates lying low or even an illicit colonization attempt.
"What are you doing out ahead here?" he asks.
"Just scouting ahead," comes the reply. Happy for an extra body Weyer calls over to Nolan to let him know what is happening.
"Who are you, and why are you here?" asks Corde.
"And what the hell was that giant creature?" adds Lief.
"Come inside" is the only response they get.
I loved the random event generator. It made me have to think less and be less worried about being biased in any way. I have missed playing Starport Scum.