We played last night. That was damned fun. Every character was taken but Snargle, who I NPC'ed as a rather comical shape-shifting wookie.
Refresh Scenes and Uriah Flint
The first scenes, escaping from the brig on the Hand of Sorrow, I could feel everyone trying to figure out their pasts, their current relationships.
So, after a bunch of them had spent some of their pools and had some Conditions, we did our first refresh scene. I kind of took control of them a bit. In TSoY, we have pools to give the refresh scenes a baseline. So, I suggested that we make refresh scenes flashbacks and it worked wonderfully. Having refresh scenes after big action pieces really gave the game a nice kind of structure that felt really solid.
The first refresh scene was how they all met, with them all together in a bar in Ilysium, Lady Blackbird hiring the crew to take her to the Remnants. It was fun.
The second refresh scene was how every person involved met Uriah Flint, which was really solid. Jeff was playing Lady Blackbird and I started to frame a scene of how Uriah first seduced the 16 year old lady but that was pretty flat (unless watching me RP a pirate trying to seduce Jeff is sexy to you) but the scene that was interesting was Uriah convincing the girl that he should ransom her back to her father and that he'd come back to get her.
I had to make a private decision about Uriah and honestly, though the game was fun, I made the wrong one. I made the decision that he was a mercenary bastard who didn't care about her. That was a dull decision and it made the end of the game rather flat.
I'd rather he was a mercenary bastard who really did love her but didn't think the pirate life would be good for her and more importantly that he didn't feel he was good enough for her. But here she is, having made it to the remnants on her own steam and coin, right in his face, proving him wrong. Now what?
That is where its at.
More on the dice and such later.
Next to write about:
My Pre-Game Solar System XP Speech
Conditions and Mechanics