STAR WARS (R): Force and Destiny (TM) Beta Update 11

News From the Developers of the Force and Destiny Beta

Hello Force and Destiny beta testers,

This week’s update (pdf, 344 KB) contains the final errata for the Force and Destiny beta. In the past several months, we’ve seen this game undergo some important changes, and that’s thanks to you and the effort you’ve put into testing it. Now, it’s time for us to focus on polishing up the final version of the game, implementing your valuable feedback, and get the Core Rulebook finished and out to fans.

Will This Final Update Match the Core Rulebook?

When we first started this beta, we talked a bit about what feedback made it into the weekly errata, and what feedback did not. It’s important to reiterate that these updates are not the sum total of the changes we have made and will make to the final game; simply the ones we felt it most important that you have available so that we could get your feedback and see the rules tested.

That being said, not every potential change that you have brought to our attention will be made in the final book. There are a plethora of reasons for this, many of which go beyond whether your suggestions were good ones or not. As we’ve run this beta, we’ve had to consider whether proposed changes would break rules mechanics in unexpected ways, unbalance careers or specializations, or simply make the game less accessible to players new to Star Wars Roleplaying. We’ve also had some good suggestions that would fit better within a future supplemental product, and other good ideas that would clash with our future plans. In the end, not every change you suggested could be implemented, but we considered your feedback very carefully before making that decision.

What’s New in This Update?

For this final update, we have some slight changes to melee weapons and gear. However, we have more robust changes to the mechanics governing triggering Morality. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve learned that Morality is an engaging enough mechanic during gameplay that “triggering” it is less important than it is for Duty or Obligation, so we’ve transitioned the rule to an optional mechanic. Because of this, we’ve changed how the GM triggers Morality. This also gives us some interesting space to play with when it comes to integrating the three Star Wars Roleplaying lines.

The final part of this update is our proposed guidance for integrating Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, and Force and Destiny. We’d love to hear what you think of it.

Over the next few weeks, we will not be releasing any more beta updates, but we will continue to monitor the forums and accept feedback. Pressing issues and concerns will still be considered and addressed if need be. We simply need to shift our focus from updating the beta to completing the final book.

Thanks again for all your hard work and enthusiasm, and may the Force be with you!

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