Inspired by this Random Event from the award-winning rogue-like computer game FTL, ‘Large Asteroid Field’, in true roguelike form, presents a risky endeavor with the potential for either great rewards or dire consequences with the tantalizing bait of an abandoned starship in a large asteroid field, ripe for the plundering.
Do you have the guts to risk the safety of your ship and crew on the whims of fate?
You enter a new star system and long range sensors detect a single vessel of Silhouette 4 at the far end of the system.
Do you move in to investigate?
The edge of this star system is packed with a dense asteroid field, adding three Setback dice to all Pilot (Space) and Astrogation checks while in this region. Deftly avoiding the hurtling debris, you discover the remains of a starship embedded into an asteroid. The uncaring hand of fate then determines what surprises are in store by having the Galaxy Master roll a Force Die and adjudicating the Encounter based on the descriptions below.
Single Light Side
Close scans reveal the engines and missile bay of the wrecked starship to be mostly undamaged. One member of the Crew may salvage the fuel and missiles of the starship with an Average (DD) Mechanics check. After an hour of work, you recover a concussion missile (EotE Beta p. 150) for each two Successes generated and 10 credits in profitable fuel for each Advantage generated. With a Triumph, the missile tubes can be recovered and reconfigured onto your starship, provided it has enough unused Hard Points.
Double Light Side
In addition to the effects described under Single Light Side, you happen upon an abandoned mining site. A single mining droid has been left behind and could be re-purposed. One member of the Crew may program the droid with an Average (DD) Computers check. After an hour of work, the droid finally breaks down, but not before harvesting a number of crates of valuable rare earth mineral ores equal to the number of Successes generated. Each crate of ore occupies 5 Encumbrance and has a base worth of 100 credits. With a Triumph, the mining droid can be recovered. The droid itself occupies 10 Encumbrance and has a base value of 1,000 credits. If needed, use the stat block of a Maintenance Droid (EotE Beta p.205), but with no skills and no equipment.
Single Dark Side
Close scans reveal the starship to be a worthless wreck. While making these scans, you find the asteroid field to be more dangerous than expected and you must react quickly to avoid impact with the rocky debris. Your starship’s pilot must immediately make a Hard (DDD) Pilot [space] check, upgraded once, and including three Setback to account for the dense asteroid field. For each Despair, your starship suffers one Vehicle Critical Hit (EotE Beta p. 162). For each Failure, your starship suffers 1 Hull Trauma. For each Threat, your starship suffers 1 System Strain.
Double Dark Side
In addition to the effects described under Single Dark Side, a trio of space pirates flying Z-95 Headhunters are hiding behind one of the larger asteroids. In the blink of an eye, they fire up their engines and move in to attack you! Begin the combat with the Z-95 Headhunters at a Range Band equal to your starshsip’s Sensor Range and all starships at Speed 0. Roll a Cool check for the space pirates and a Vigilance check for the Crew to determine initiative.
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