Space Fantasy Article

What’s Space Fantasy?

First, you have to realize that Star Wars isn’t hard science fiction. Those who write the movies and novels don’t worry too much about scientific accuracy, and neither should you. Anything is possible, as long as it makes for a good story and the special effects look cool.

Star Wars isn’t superscience, either. Characters and story are more important to a Star Wars adventure than the newest gizmo – though cool equipment does have its place. But technology never overshadows the human elements. So although characters might routinely have to buy and repair equipment, they don’t usually have to invent new gadgets to save the day and defeat the enemies of the Republic. Whatever they need probably already exists in the universe.

Here are some tips to help you incorporate the key elements of space fantasy into an adventure.

Plenty of Action

In a space fantasy story, there’s a lot of action, including combat, chases, and dramatic conflict. Events happen fast and furiously, and they usually involve a lot more reaction than planning. So the Gamemaster should never let the heroes stand around quietly for too long – that’s not in the spirit of space fantasy.

Opportunities for Combat

Every adventure should have at least one combat scene, plus the potential for several more. Combat is action, and it’s usually more exciting for characters to blast their way out of trouble than to talk an enemy into surrendering – although the latter can be fun as a change of pace.

So be prepared. Every scene you present may erupt into combat, and that’s okay. After all, that’s space fantasy – that’s Star Wars!

Cool Villains

In most cases, the heroes are good guys and the villains are exceptionally evil. But they’re also cool! Nothing makes an adventure more memorable than a nasty, evil, powerful, and ultimately cool villain who threatens the heroes and opposes them at every turn.

Of course, not every villain the characters face has to be super-cool. Minor opponents and lackeys of major villains are foten weak, cowardly, and even outright stupid. (They may still be dangerous – in large numbers, even weak opponents can seriously threaten a group of heroes.)

Epic Plots

In space fantasy, everything is bigger, better, and larger than life. Overwhelming odds, galaxy wide conspiracies, unthinkably large armies, planet-destroying super weapons, masters of ultimate evil – these elements are present on a grand scale in every Star Wars adventure. Heroes rescue planets from total destruction, cross light-years of distance in a heartbeat, and battle weapons the size of small moons as they struggle to save the galaxy.

Clear-Cut Motives

In most cases, space fantasy presents the epic conflict of good versus evil. The good guys clearly have the best interests of the galaxy at heart, while the bad guys simply want to conquer or destroy it. There’s room for the occasional shade of gray, but in general you know that Darth Maul is EVIL, and that Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are GOOD.

So when the heroes encounter a band of pirates, they know they’re facing vile thugs who like to hurt people and accumulate wealth (usually by hurting people). And when they encounter battle droids, they know there’s no use trying to talk sense into them. They’ll have to blast or be blasted!

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