Force and Destiny (P)Review
Presented here is an overview of what one can expect from the new Force and Destiny core rulebook.
Pages 1-2: Inside title pages
Page 3: Opening crawl
Page 4: Credits
Page 5: Table of contents
Introduction (pages 6-13)
This chapter provides some introductory fiction, an example of play, an overview of the game's style and focus.
Chapter 1 (pages 14-39): Playing the Game
This is pretty familiar fare, consistent with material from the previous two core rulebooks.
Chapter 2 (pages 40-109): Character Creation
While the layout of this chapter is standard, it presents numerous new possibilities for players.
- Morality, of course, is the new mechanic akin to Obligation and Duty.
- The species for this game are Cerean, Human, Kel Dor, Mirialan, Nautolan, Togruta, Twi'lek and Zabrak.
- There are six new careers, each with its own specializations—Consular (Healer, Niman Disciple and Sage); Guardian (Peacekeeper, Protector and Soresu Defender); Mystic (Advisor, Makashi Duelist and Seer); Seeker (Ataru Striker, Hunter and Pathfinder); Sentinel (Artisan, Shadow and Shien Expert); Warrior (Aggressor, Shii-Cho Knight and Starfighter Ace).
- New motivations specific to Force-users
- Suggestions for group resources, including a starship, along with a Jedi holocron or mentor
Chapter 3 (pages 110-133): Skills
This is pretty familiar stuff, too.
Chapter 4 (pages 134-153): Talents
This chapter breaks down the talents for the new careers and specializations. There seems to be a lot of new material, given the Force-centered nature of those character options.
Chapter 5 (pages 154-201): Gear and Equipment
While much of this is similar to what one can find in the other core rulebooks, there are some notable exceptions.
- For one thing, there's new material involving different kinds of lightsabers, various cortosis items, types of robes, etc.
- There's information about holocrons and ancient talismans, too.
- Lightsaber modifications are added to the list of those for other weapons, including different types of crystals.
Chapter 6 (pages 202-227): Conflict and Combat
This is pretty familiar stuff.
Chapter 7 (pages 228-271): Starships and Vehicles
The mechanics in this chapter are much the same as those in previous core rulebooks, but the different types of vehicles detailed provide some variety.
- Airspeeders: Civilian model, Talon 1 cloud car
- Landspeeders: Passenger model, A-A3 light speeder truck, 85-XS Odyssey heavy speeder bike
- Wheeled and tracked vehicles: Gallis-Tech 48 roller, groundcar
- Walkers: AT-HCT
- Starfighters: Y-Wing, Delta-6, Delta-7, Delta-12, Lambda shuttle, Pathfinder scout ship, X-Wing, TIE/LN
- Freighters and transports: G9 Rigger, HWK-290, HT-2200, Simiyiar light freighter, ZH-25 Questor
- Capital ships: ADZ-class destroyer, CR90 corvette, IR-3F light frigate, Victory-class star destroyer
Chapter 8 (pages 272-305): The Force
This chapter provides, not surprisingly, a lot of new material.
- There's a lengthy overview of using the Force in play.
- Eleven new Force power trees: Battle Meditation, Bind, Enhance, Foresee, Heal/Harm, Influence, Misdirect, Move, Protect/Unleash, Seek and Sense.
Chapter 9 (pages 306-339): The Game Master
The material in this chapter resembles that from other core rulebooks, except that it is tailored to adventures and campaigns involving Force-users.
Chapter 10 (pages 340-375): The Galaxy
This chapter provides an overview of the Star Wars galaxy, as expected, along with new planetary profiles: Cerea, Coruscant, Dagobah, Dorin, Ilum, Moraband (Korriban), Ossus, Weik.
Chapter 11 (pages 376-397): The Jedi and the Sith
There's a comprehensive account of these two organizations' histories, along with overviews of other Force-using sects and their lost artifacts.
Chapter 12 (pages 398-421): Adversaries
The NPCs detailed in this section include some interesting new ones, including the Imperial assassin, the IG-100 Magnaguard, different types of Force-users, and new creatures: acklay, jackobeast, jubba bird, kaaten, kouhun, maalraa, tusk cat, vornskr and ysalamir. There's also a section specific to the Inquisitorius.
Chapter 13 (pages 422-440): Lessons from the Past scenario
I didn't read this one, because I intend to play it at some point.
Pages 441-444: Index
Pages 445-8: Character sheet, ship sheet and base of operations sheet
All in all, this book provides lots of new material for using the Force in Star Wars adventures. Most notably, I think it would be invaluable for running adventures and campaigns set in time periods other than the Rebellion Era.