Equipment Lab: Exploring the Galactic Fringe – The Jumpmaster 5000

Let’s be honest for a moment.  The selection of vehicles provided in the Edge of the Empire Beta is pretty sparse, particularly where suitable ships for a group of PCs are concerned.  Understandable, since the Beta was intended more to get people to stress-test the new system that Jay Little (aka Agent Y14) developed for Fantasy Flight Games’ new Star Wars RPG line.  But while we wait for the final version of the Edge of the Empire rulebook to come out, I thought we here at the GSA might offer up some interesting alternatives for a party’s ride as they travel from one end of the galaxy to the next.

For this installment, we’ll be assessing a vessel that has a humorously unique distinction in the old Saga Edition published by Wizards of the Coast, and has proven quite popular with independent bounty hunters, including the notorious Dengar.

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Hull Type: Light Transport
Ship Class: 5000
Manufacturer: Corellian Engineering Corporation
Hyperdrive: Primary: Class 3, Backup: 15
Navicomputer: Yes
Ship’s Complement: One pilot
Passenger Capacity: 1
Encumbrance Capacity: 85
Consumables: 4 months
Cost: 110,000 credits
Silhouette: 4
Sensor Range: Medium
Speed: 4
Handling: 0
Defense: 1/1
Armor: 4
Hull Integrity: 22
Strain Threshold: 16
Customization Hardpoints: 5

Weapons
Medium Laser Cannons (Fire Arc Forward; Range Close, Damage 6, Critical Hit 3, Linked 1)

Known more commonly as the JM-5K, the Jumpmaster 5000 is one of CEC’s less known designs, originally designed during the final years of the Old Republic.   Built to enable a single crew member to conduct long-term exploration and reconnaissance missions, the Jumpmaster performs admirably in many regards, being a sturdy craft with decent armament.  However, the stock hyperdrive is notoriously slow, leading many new owners to make replacing it with a faster model the first priority.  Given their solitary nature, many bounty hunters find the lack of passenger accommodations a benefit, particularly those that put more emphasis on the “dead” part of “dead or alive” bounty contracts.

Note: This ship’s humorous distinction?  It’s the ship that appears the most in the Unknown Regions source book, having over a dozen appearances on just the front and back cover alone.  Something that Rodney Thompson, Chris “Agent 22” Witt, Dave “Agent 42” Villegas, and myself noted with much mirth on an episode discussing the Unknown Regions.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this ship has more appearances in one book than even the venerable YT-1300.

Image is courtesy of Wookieepedia.

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