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Stargrave – Assembling a Crew

Stargrave – Assembling a Crew

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Project Blog by henrileite Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Leading up to the April 2021 release of Stargrave. I'm assembling a crew out of sic-fi mini's I have on the lead pile only.

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Creating a First Mate: Marcus Antonius Aetheck

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Also called first officers, XOs, lieutenants, and occasionally ‘Number 1’, the First Mate is the captain’s right-hand being. It is the first mate’s job to oversee the day-to-day running of the crew while the captain deals with higher-level plans.

Every crew features a first mate, and creating one follows the same system as creating a captain.

First you must pick a background for the first mate. This can be the same background as the captain, but does not have to be. It is perfectly acceptable to have a Tekker captain and a Cyborg first mate, or the other way around.

 

 

Creating a First Mate: Marcus Antonius Aetheck

Second Rummage

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Second Rummage

It’s fitting that in Spring, I just spent hours rummaging through my hobby closet.  I found a couple of things that I forgot I had purchased. I also found these five minis. I’m pretty sure that’s the last of the Kick Starter. I also went into the plastic bitz bin for pistols and carbines to convert crew members.

O Captain! My Captain!

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Captain

This “AstroSec Marshal” just oozes 80’s Inquisitorial disdain for anything outside his conviction. I’m going to use him as a Biomorph to begin with.

O Captain! My Captain!

Background

I’m going to base him on Robert E Howard’s Solomon Kane 17th century Puritan character. If you haven’t read his tales I highly recommend them. I may use one book as the inspiration for a Stargave campaign.

Captain Solomon E Kane – Somber-looking man who wanders space with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. Carrying his mystical cane of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful.

O Captain! My Captain!

First Rummage

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First Rummage

Back in 2017 I backed the Lead Adventure Forum  Astropolis II Kickstarter. Couldn’t decide on a color scheme, so I put them on the pile for the right game to come along. To me, these mini’s have that 80’s Rogue Trader look to them.

CREATING A CAPTAIN

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Every independent crew is led by a Captain. This is not necessarily a military rank, but simply denotes that the person commands a starship, even a small one. In game terms, the captain is your most important figure. The captain is both the leader of your independent crew and your most powerful figure. Essentially, the captain represents you on the tabletop.

The first decision you should make when creating a captain is their name and species. Neither of these decisions will affect the character’s in-game capabilities, but they will help establish them in your mind. Some people like to find a miniature they really love and tell a story around it. Others go the opposite direction and create a character first, then find a figure to fit. Either way is fine.

BACKGROUND

Once you’ve established a mental picture of your captain, it is time to select your captain’s background. There are eight different backgrounds open to captains, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. When choosing a background, it is best to study the capabilities of each and decide which fits best with your play style. If you like charging in and taking the fight to the enemy, you might consider a Biomorph. If you like to work from the back, manipulating people and objects, a Psionicist might be more your style.

Listed below are the backgrounds open to captains, along with a brief description of their abilities, their typical look, and their most common motivations for the adventuring life. Of course, all of these are generalizations, and it is fine to have a captain who is an outlier for their background.

Below each description is a list of stat modifications and core powers for that background.

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