Video Call and Mission Lead
The party recently met a Mexican themed Rodian Fixer and promptly started calling him Juan Solo. I’m not one to pass up great player ideas so now they have a contact Jannick “Juan” Solo a sombrero wearing Rodian.
I like it when the players make contacts or friends with NPCs because it allows me to interject parts of the story and plot hooks in novel ways. For instance I had ideas for a salvage mission (much more to come on that!) and now that the players have already asked Juan for other work this fits nicely. So i made this handout as a video call. I only regret not seeding the mission when the players first talked to the Rodian. Way to much to juggle at times.
I made this in PowerPoint working from my basic Datapad graphic. The Rodian is from the web layered with a stock sombrero image. I wanted it to look like Juan was calling from a bar so I found a couple of “Future Bar” images to layer behind him and put his name in GalBasic above like a contact list. To help the datapad display pop out I used bright blue for the text and the video feed highlight square. Then made some light maroon boxes which add depth to otherwise boring text. Finally I added a few menu symbols on the datapad so it feels in use and part of something larger. These show the datapad has full signal strength, the player has an unread text message, and that he’s connected to his ship’s and the station’s wifi.