News for June 2013
Beyond the Rim
The First Full-Length Adventure for STAR WARS (R): Edge of the Empire (TM)
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire | Published 06 June 2013

“The Sa Nalaor is infamous for disappearing. Well, and the way it disappeared.”
    –Grinner, ex-smuggler and infochant

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Beyond the Rim, the first full-length adventure for the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Roleplaying Game!

When new rumors add credence to old smugglers’ tales of the long-lost Separatist treasure ship, the Sa Nalaor, it’s time for a handful of intrepid explorers, scrappy smugglers, and adventuresome academics to fire up their hyperdrive and embark upon a fantastic journey to the farthest regions of the Star Wars galaxy!

Beyond the Rim is a full-length adventure in three acts that carries players from the bustling, hub-and-spoke space station known as the Wheel all the way to the surface of a deadly jungle planet at the edge of Wild Space. In this epic tale of exploration, your characters will seek fame, fortune, and opportunities to repay old debts. You’ll dodge Imperials, explore distant worlds, run into rival parties, confront new adversaries, and uncover decades-old secrets from the Clone Wars. The ninety-six pages of Beyond the Rim contain enough material to make veterans out of new characters, or heroes out of veterans, and optional hooks for extended campaigns allow GMs to make further use of the book’s fleshed-out setting and NPCs.

The Edge of the Empire and Beyond…

Characters in Star Wars: Edge of the Empire live on the fringes of galactic society, literally or figuratively. They have their checkered pasts, they owe their debts, and they have their reasons to steer away from agents of Imperial law. They are smugglers, scoundrels, explorers, mercenaries, political refugees, and renegades. By fleshing out a number of frontiers and taking you far beyond the Empire’s reach, Beyond the Rim offers exciting new ways to explore life at the Edge of the Empire.

The events of Beyond the Rim will challenge your characters with a wide range of encounters at the edges of the galaxy, and you and your friends will need to work as a team to survive. You’ll need to make good use of all your characters’ skills and talents as you navigate the jungles of Cholganna, broker deals on Raxus Prime, and encounter the deadly nexu. You’ll also have cause to fend for yourselves in dramatic space battles.

Moreover, Beyond the Rim provides GMs with guidelines for engaging the player characters. These include optional recommended Obligations and Motivations that forge strong connections between new characters and the adventure’s events and NPCs, and a number of potential subplots offer GMs the means to customize the adventure for experienced parties.

Peril and Possibility

Life at the edge of the Empire is rife with both peril and possibility, and producer Katrina Ostrander offers a few more words about the adventures awaiting your characters Beyond the Rim:

In Beyond the Rim, players must journey to the true edge of the Empire: the fringes of Known Space. They’ll be among the first to explore the dense jungles of Cholganna, and come face-to-face with the deadly nexu in its natural habitat. Fans of the Star Wars comics will recognize the Wheel space station, where the Millennium Falcon and the heroes of the Battle of Yavin once fled from the Empire. You’ll even have a chance to explore the junkyard planet and Outer Rim haven, Raxus Prime – if you can get past the Imperial shipyards and TIE fighter patrols.

We made sure that this introductory adventure would reward all specializations and styles of play. While working for the black-market tech company, IsoTech, Smugglers and Technicians will find their piloting and mechanical skills invaluable. Colonists and Explorer characters will have their chances to forge new hyperspace routes, survive savage environments, and pioneer an unsettled world. Finally, Bounty Hunters and Hired Guns can prove their mettle in skirmishes with deadly creatures, rival treasure-hunters, and relentless Imperial forces. To uncover the mystery of the long-lost Confederacy of Independent Systems treasury ship, the Sa Nalaor, the players will have to work together, and everyone will have a chance to shine!

One of the most exciting parts of working on Beyond the Rim was being able to bridge the Clone Wars with the Rebellion era in the adventure’s backstory. We were able to draw from the original trilogy, the prequel movies, and The Clone Wars animated series in order to bring this adventure to life, and it led to some fun and interesting developments. You don’t often get to see B1 battle droids pitted against scout troopers or Imperial Security Bureau agents pursuing Separatist traitors. We even managed to give a nod to the Old Republic, so players should look out for that as they play through the adventure.

What really happened to the Sa Nalaor? You’ll soon have your chance to solve this decades-old mystery as you hunt for lost treasures, explore distant worlds, and enjoy life at the edges of the Star Wars galaxy… Beyond the Rim is scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of 2013!

Participate in grim and gritty adventures on the fringes of the Star Wars universe with Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™. Edge of the Empire is a complete standalone roleplay system that transports players to some of the shadiest locations in the Outer Rim, the underbelly of the Core Worlds, and everywhere else in-between!

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