Session 14 - It's Full of Stars!

So, what’s going on?

We have finished the Expedition on Feros.

Now that we’re in the Control Room, what are our options?

  • Can we move the ship?
  • Are the control runs intact?
  • Energy ghosts.
  • Solar flare.

Get the Habitat Ship Guiding Light back to Ariel? Or to Faros?

Earl tries to get the lights on, Gather Information-wise ==> Weak Hit + Mo ==> Strong Hit!

Bad News: The ship is not meant to move quickly. It prolly won’t get out of the way fo the solar flare. Also the controls are sabotaged.

They … did it themselves? The sabotage? Bleys is aghast.

Good News: We have plenty of time for … Information.

Getting the ship moving? Iffy.
Wayfinder moving? Maaaaybe not. Sabotage. Booby traps. Ghosties.

Earl: Not much success until we know what the spooks are going to do. But … maybe they are wanting to merge with the Sun.
Bleys: Wow, getting closer to God, wow. But, also, they might not want to be absorbed/destroyed.
Nails: We also have folk in pods and folk out of pods.

Who’s going to talk with the ghosties?
Earl: Get ALGO hooked up? Face Danger (Wits) ==> Weak Hit. Successful, at a troublesome cost. Pay the Price: get connected, but data connection inhibiting voice feed, so comms are dodgy.
Bleys: Gather Information ==> Strong Hit
… yeah, that’s bleak …

Gates close.
Everyone panics
Lose comms with the other stations (!) and the planet.
Captain says we wait.
Science Lab 8 … Let’s combo research on Gate comms with DNA samples!
Hilarity ensues.
Good News: They can open a Portal!
Bad News: Only one thing can travel through the Portal … information/energy.
Trying to make it work caused lots of … accidents.

So … civil war. Sabotage. Booby traps from both sides.
Last entries on the captain’s side. No opposible thumbs.
Oh, and the energy beings can possess people.
They were trying to prevent that in Containment Chamber 7.
Gate communication tech … galactic range portal … energy beams …
Extensive info on the Gates … in Science Lab 12.
Some things did get through the Portal … before it was shut down (because of the strain on the energy system, life support) … which started the fighting.
About a dozen energy beings, out of a group of 300-400 people.
Where are the bodies?

Bleys needs to go to Science Lab 7 … gate data. Plus, also, portal.

Bleys will Set a Course.
Nails will be the assist in the execution of the course. Assist with Iron ==> Strong Hit.
Safe Path +2 ==> Strong Hit

We make our way through the safe path. Darkness. Blinking light. Bulkheads that Nails goes through

No energy beings or booby traps encountered.
Earl is hearing the hum of atmo scrubber working poorly.

Science Lab 7

It could be sectioned off into smaller labs, but is now one large room.
Far wall: a very tiny recreation of one of the gates.

Also, data records!

Gate. Booby trapped? Let’s not approach.

Power relay between here and main power is completely trashed.

Bleys: No moral issue (people dying) if we restore the portal.
Nails: But we need the power to move the ship.
Bleys: So … time to try to fix the power to the engines?
Nails: And we may not need the precision of the control center.
Bleys: What happened to the hundreds?
Nails: Can’t right now. Command Center, or get the data back to the shuttle. Energy field that was on the pod. Weapon? Shield? Containment?
Earl: Let’s tow. Booby traps. Ghosties. Body possession. So, let’s get back to the ship.
Bleys: They may have some insight into the universe we cannot understand.
Earl: Crazy-town.

Bleys: Fast Course ==> Strong Hit!
Expeditious route back to the shuttle. Back to the docking bay. No ghosties. The room is apparently empty. Back to the Wayfinder!

The Wayfinder

The towline will be a solution in two parts:

  1. Manual labor. Nails!
  2. Piloting whilst pulling a trailer. Bleys.

Earl kludges together some solutions. ==> Strong Hit →
Nails: Face Danger ==> Weak Hit!
Succeed, with a troublesome cost. In vacuum suit for waaaay too long, physical strain, Spirit-1.
Cable connections are important.

Bleys charts the path for ALGO … ==> Weak Hit
+1 on roll. ==> Miss … +Mo ==> Weak Hit

1 Suffer move. Impact on the Wayfinder integrity.
But safe!

Orbit it to the Astrid Gate.
Chart Course ==> Strong Hit.

Put in stable orbit at the Astrid Gate.

Odds are in our favor.

Get the ship ship-shape.
Crunch the data. Earl chats with ALGO over it. Chatting about whether the Habitat Ship is what the Wayfinder used to be.
+3 Momentum, +1
Try to get the Gate to ping us. ==> Weak Hit + Mo ==> Strong Hit.
Gate pings us! Valid ship.
Open the Gate …
Nails is supporting … last second patches … internal refit … ==> 10!

Bleys: Praying, even if it has no mechanical effect in the game. (Sounds like prayer, then!)

Earl: Fulfill ==> Weak Hit, but MATCHED TENS.
The Gate deep spins up …

The Portal deep in the Habitat starts to spin up …

ALGO: We are getting an anomalous reading from the Guiding Light
Earl pales.
The Portal rips out of the Guiding Light and into the Gate. Debris. The Gate flashes a weird-ass color. ALGO informs us that gravity pull of the Gate is … now pulling us. It’s less a gate than a conveyor belt …

In fact …

We wanted to find out why the stars winked out?
Let’s go talk to the person who did it.

And the last thing we see is a young star, incubated in a molecular cloud … before we arrive at …?

(Or maybe … the beginning?)

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And with that, we say goodbye to Starforged. Lead to some interesting stories and fun times, but now we get to look forward to the next game. :smiley:

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Well, Thanos certainly didn’t say that.

FYI, talked about the game on the Starforged Discord and Doyce apparently has a fan (Joshua is the artist for Starforged).


And a final look at the map.

The feedback from the solo Ravenloft Ironsworn game has been some of the most active I’ve ever had on youtube. It’s been really cool.

The most recent session, I went up against the whole Catacombs level of Castle Ravenloft using the anomaly rules in Delve. I can’t WAIT for that video to go live.

One thought I wanted to add about the game as a whole

  • Going into it, knowing how critical getting a lot of Vows cooking to generate XP was in Ironsworn, I definitely talked up ‘get a lot of Vows going’ as a critical thing, which (in part) led things into a LOT of vows.
  • In Starforged, it’s a lot less critical, which I didn’t realize at the time, because there are other equally valid and productive ways to generate XP, via exploration or building relationships with contacts/bonds.
  • I think it’s only because those channels aren’t there in IS that I made that wrong assumption in SF - it’s not really the fault of the text - they’re all presented equally.
  • One thing I have done in Ironsworn with more players is have WAY more shared vows. Mostly players have their background vow, MAYBE one other solo vow, and the rest are shared. Definitely helps with having too much to do, but it can also be addressed by having more situations where one action addressed multiple vows on different sheets.

I also think these ‘xp tracks’ would be cool ported back into some ironsworn games, though it really depends on the type of fantasy game you’re doing. I laid out Ravenloft to suit the original ironsworn conceit, so exploration/discovery and building a network of contacts doesn’t come up with you’re waist deep in dank catacomb water.