Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Wizards of the Coast)

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Star Wars
Roleplaying Game
StarWarsRPG Revised.jpg
Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Revised Core Rulebook
Designer(s)Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins,[1] JD Wiker
Publisher(s)Wizards of the Coast
Publication date2000
2002 (Revised edition)
Genre(s)Space opera, science fiction
System(s)d20 System
 
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Star Wars
Roleplaying Game
StarWarsRPG Revised.jpg
Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Revised Core Rulebook
Designer(s)Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins,[1] JD Wiker
Publisher(s)Wizards of the Coast
Publication date2000
2002 (Revised edition)
Genre(s)Space opera, science fiction
System(s)d20 System

The Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a d20 System roleplaying game set in the Star Wars universe. The game was written by Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins and JD Wiker and published by Wizards of the Coast in late 2000 and revised in 2002. In 2007, Wizards released the Saga Edition of the game, which made major changes in an effort to streamline the rules system.

The game covers three major eras coinciding with major events in the Star Wars universe, namely the Rise of the Empire, the Galactic Civil War, and the time of the New Jedi Order.

An earlier but unrelated Star Wars role-playing game was published by West End Games between 1987 and 1999. Bill Slavicsek was one of the designers of that former game as well.

This game from Wizards of the Coast is currently out of print. The current official Star Wars role-playing game is the game of same title published by Fantasy Flight Games.

Original and revised editions[edit]

The Original Star Wars Roleplaying was originally published by West End Games as a d6 product, enjoying many years of play before WEG went bankrupt.

The d20 rebooted Star Wars Roleplaying Game originally came out around the time of the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It included statistics for many of the major characters of that movie. The later Revised game included material from Attack of the Clones and changed various feats and classes.

The Star Wars Roleplaying Game uses a Vitality/Wound point system instead of standard hit points, dividing damage into superficial harm (Vitality) and serious injury (Wounds). A character gains Vitality points just like hit points in other d20 games, and rolls for them each level and adds their Constitution bonus. A character's Wound points are equal to their Constitution score.

Most game mechanics are familiar to players of Dungeons & Dragons and other d20-based games. Characters have six ability scores, a class and level, feats, and skills. Most actions are resolved by rolling a twenty-sided die and adding a modifier; if the result equals or exceeds the difficulty, the check succeeds.

Species and classes[edit]

As with most d20 System games, Star Wars offers playable races (called species) and classes to the Player Characters (PCs).

The species of Star Wars d20 that are included with the Revised Core Rulebook are: Humans, Bothans, Cereans, Duros, Ewoks, Gungans, Ithorians, Kel Dor, Mon Calamari, Quarren, Rodians, Sullustans, Trandoshans, Twi'leks, Wookiees, and Zabrak and the unusual option for d20 games, Droid (this is unusual because it allows you to create your own race to an extent, and also you are ruled - technically mastered - by another player).

The character classes are Fringer, Noble, Scoundrel, Soldier, Force Adept, Jedi Guardian, Jedi Consular, Scout, and Tech Specialist (added with the Revised Edition). Prestige classes allow advanced characters who wish to specialize in certain suites of abilities to join a class devoted to them. For example, Jedi with special talents at helping others can choose to specialize as a Jedi Healer, while a blaster-wielding mercenary might earn a reputation as a Bounty Hunter. The core rulebook includes the Jedi Master, Jedi Ace, Crime lord, Elite Trooper, Starship Ace, Officer, Darkside Marauder, and Darkside Devotee. Supplements to the core rulebook introduce many more prestige classes.

Saga edition changed things around and made Force Adept a prestige class.

Original and revised editions releases[edit]

The following books are available for the original edition.

TitleDatePagesISBN
Star Wars: Roleplaying Game Core RulebookNovember 2000288ISBN 978-0-7869-1793-8
Character Record SheetsNovember 200032ISBN 978-0-7869-1795-2
Invasion of TheedNovember 200096ISBN 978-0-7869-1792-1
Secrets of NabooDecember 200096ISBN 978-0-7869-1794-5
Gamemaster ScreenFebruary 20018ISBN 978-0-7869-1833-1
Living Force Campaign GuideMarch 200164ISBN 978-0-7869-1963-5
Rebellion Era SourcebookMay 2001160ISBN 978-0-7869-1837-9
Secrets of TatooineMay 200196ISBN 978-0-7869-1839-3
The Dark Side SourcebookAugust 2001160ISBN 978-0-7869-1849-2
Alien AnthologyOctober 2001128ISBN 978-0-7869-2663-3
Starships of the GalaxyDecember 200196ISBN 978-0-7869-1859-1
The New Jedi Order SourcebookFebruary 2002160ISBN 978-0-7869-2777-7
Tempest FeudMarch 2002128ISBN 978-0-7869-2778-4

The following books are available for the revised edition.

TitleDatePagesISBN
Star Wars: Roleplaying Game Revised Core RulebookMay 2002384ISBN 978-0-7869-2876-7
Power of the Jedi SourcebookAugust 2002160ISBN 978-0-7869-2781-4
Arms and Equipment GuideOctober 200296ISBN 978-0-7869-2782-1
Coruscant and the Core WorldsJanuary 2003160ISBN 978-0-7869-2879-8
Ultimate Alien AnthologyApril 2003224ISBN 978-0-7869-2888-0
Hero's GuideJune 2003160ISBN 978-0-7869-2883-5
Galactic Campaign GuideAugust 2003160ISBN 978-0-7869-2892-7
Geonosis and the Outer Rim WorldsMarch 2004160ISBN 978-0-7869-3133-0
Ultimate AdversariesJuly 2004160ISBN 978-0-7869-3054-8

Saga Edition[edit]

Star Wars: Roleplaying Game - Saga Edition Core Rulebook
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Star Wars: Roleplaying Game - Saga Edition Core Rulebook
Designer(s)Christopher Perkins, Owen K.C. Stephens, Rodney Thompson
Publisher(s)Wizards of the Coast
Publication dateJune 5, 2007
Genre(s)Space opera, science fiction
System(s)d20 System

On June 5, 2007, Wizards released Star Wars: Roleplaying Game - Saga Edition Core Rulebook. The game was streamlined to be easier to play and a greater emphasis was placed on miniatures. Some of the major changes include:

Saga Releases[edit]

The following books are now available.

On January 28, 2010, Wizards of the Coast announced on their website that they would not be renewing their license to produce Star Wars products for their roleplaying and miniature gaming lines. Their license ended in May 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenson, Stephen (June 2000). "ProFiles: Andy Collins". Dragon (Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast) (#272): 18–19. 

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