News for August 2013
Restore Freedom to the Galaxy
Join the STAR WARS (R): Age of Rebellion (TM) Beta Test
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beta | Published 09 August 2013

“Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself.”
    –Dak Ralter

Strike a blow for galactic freedom as a hero of the Rebel Alliance! You’ll soon have your chance to join the beta test for the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ Roleplaying Game.

The second of three epic, cross-compatible Star Wars roleplaying systems, Age of Rebellion will soon be made available for beta testing through our webstore and participating retailers.

A Period of Civil War

To encapsulate the operatic grandeur of the Star Wars universe, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is related across three epic, cross-compatible roleplaying systems. Each system offers a unique approach to the Star Wars universe, each Core Rulebook contains all the information you need to run a full campaign, and all three systems share the same core mechanics, meaning you can easily use materials from all three systems within a single campaign.

Help us make Age of Rebellion the best possible Rebellion experience!

You have questions about the beta test? We have answers:

The first of these installments, Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™, focuses on the adventures and struggles of those smugglers, scoundrels, colonists, and other characters who live on the fringes of the galaxy, just at the edge of the Empire’s influence.

Age of Rebellion is the second of these installments and focuses squarely on the two military powers that are warring for the fate of the galaxy – you and your friends take the roles of heroes of the Rebel Alliance and fight against the tyranny of the Empire. Accordingly, characters and adventures in Age of Rebellion lead to an entirely different experience than those in Edge of the Empire. When your X-wing squadron is flying into battle against a swarm of TIEs, or when an AT-AT’s cannon fire has pinned you down, you’re not likely to worry about the outstanding debts that you may owe a Hutt crime lord. Instead, Age of Rebellion explores the challenges the Rebel Alliance face while trying to fight for freedom against a much greater military force. You’ll find opportunities to gather intelligence, rally support for your cause, take part in guerilla strikes, and dogfight opposing starfighters in dramatic space battles.

Producer Andrew Fischer offers further insight into the unique place Age of Rebellion holds in Star Wars roleplaying:

“In Age of Rebellion, players jump right into the heart of the galaxy-spanning conflict that defines the original Star Wars trilogy. Whether you step into the flight-suit of a hot-headed X-wing ace or assume the role of a cunning diplomat working to gather resources and support for the cause, you will work to help the Rebel Alliance secure victories both big and small in its war against the Empire. This war of guerilla tactics and spectacular heroics offers a unique experience in our Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Whether you’re fighting alongside iconic characters in a pivotal battle, or working in the shadows of a distant system, Age of Rebellion allows you to experience the galactic Civil War firsthand.

“Whereas Edge of the Empire focused on characters on the fringes of the galaxy and immersed players into their conflicts with its Obligation mechanic, Age of Rebellion immerses you into your role as a member of the Rebellion with the Duty mechanic.

“Members of the Rebellion are not brainwashed conscripts who blindly follow orders; they are individuals with their own motivations and goals in helping their cause succeed. Their Duty represents how they use their unique skills to forward the Rebellion’s cause. Your Duty will seriously affect how you play the game, and multiple characters in the same group may each have very different Duties. The combinations of these different Duties make Age of Rebellion a very grounded game, in which you can feel the impact of your efforts, and that makes it a very rewarding experience.”

Man Your Ship, and May the Force Be With You!

The Rebel Alliance needs your support!

The Star Wars: Age of Rebellion beta is a limited edition, 244-page softcover rulebook, and it includes all the information players and GMs need to begin epic campaigns set within the Star Wars galaxy’s Civil War.

However, it is important to note that some of the elements in this beta are not representative of the final product. Much of the art and background material has been removed to provide a more concise playtesting experience.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the Age of Rebellion beta. Otherwise, as you wait for your chance to get involved, you can learn more about the game from its description page.

In the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ roleplaying game, players assume the roles of heroes of the Rebel Alliance, waging guerilla warfare against the evil Galactic Empire. The Age of Rebellion beta is an opportunity to be among the first to play and to contribute useful feedback to the game's developers to ensure that the final Age of Rebellion system offers the best possible Rebellion experience.

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