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    Question Stormtrooper Variants.

    Two questions to our esteemed assemblage regarding those crazy specialized stormtrooper units:

    1. Do the non-standard Stormtrooper units see much use in the average campaign? (Spacetroopers, Sandtroopers, and Snowtroopers - oh my!).

    2. Has anyone made their own Stormtrooper variants? (Urbantroopers with integral jetpacks, and such).
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    I've used snowtroopers and spacetroopers (very scary) in my campaigns. I think they're very useful for a bit of variety and character to a game and any time you're in a distinctive environment you can use a specialised stormtrooper (although you can also make a point by not using them and allowing the players to get an advantage).
    Not come up with any of my own, though I might if the situation ever demands it.
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    i have used most, except the Rad troopers and sea troopers. Love using the storm commandoes...
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    I've used sandtroopers, but only once. Once the bolts were flying, they pretty much performed like regular stormtroopers.

    Storm Commandos are great fun, especially when the group gets up to higher levels or high skills.

    Our resident starfighter pilot "shot down" a squad of spacetroopers as they landed on a Rebel base (D6 Force points are so much fun!). And a Jedi in our group got into a battle royal with one spacetrooper on board a Mon Cal ship.

    My most interesting variant is a clonetrooper flash-imprinted with the combat skills of a character I used to run who is currently MIA. In d20 the clones are Soldier 6/Elite Trooper 2, and run around with an Imperial Inquisitor (who's running the cloning program). It was fun the first time he showed up with the Soloman clonetroopers, squared off with the group, and instructed one of the clones to remove his helmet. The clones are complete down to the detail of having their left arm surgically removed and replaced with a military-grade cybernetic left arm...
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    I can remember once our frigate was boarded by what we thought were stormtroopers. So, our fairly powerful characters charged off to repel the intruders only to run into the brick wall that was the squad of Storm Commandoes. Man, did we get our backsides kicked. Ever since then we've had a healthy respect for those guys!
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    Where can I find stats on these Stormtrooper variants?

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    For D20 you'll find stats for assault, space, snow and sand troopers and storm commandos in the Rebellion Era Sourcebook. I'm pretty certain there are stats for other kinds of stormtroopers and their equipment in the swrpgnetwork databases as well if you look for them.
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    Chello!

    WEG Source Material said that the emepror's Guard would rotate members out to regular line units to keep them in fighting trim. When doing so, they would use standard issue armor and equipment.

    Imagine my players' surprise when they ran into a squad of said troopers and the players began, to quote PVT Hudson, "....getting our @$$e$ kicked down here!"

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    Imperial source book has stats on all but the corscuant guard, rad trooper and storm commando.
    GG9 fragments from the rim has the latter 2 troopers and
    Rules of engagement has them all.
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    We've used all variants. Assault, Sand, Space, Rad, Sea, Storm Commandos, Swamp, Raptors, Royal Guards, Imperial Sovereign Protectors (yes, they're not the same as Royal Guards)...

    It's safe to say that most troopers perform like any other once the lightfight starts, but a smart GM uses the terrain advantage their training provides to put them in better position. I've used Storm Commandos to ambush the group (that thought it was ambushing an unsuspecting Imperial convoy). Swamp troopers appearing out of the murk is always dramatic. Seatroopers are the hardest...they're so well equipped for sea operations, it's unlikely the group will ever get anywhere near that level of preparation, so you need to be sparing with them or the group will be overwhelmed.
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    Question Swampies?

    Swamp troopers? Are those a new D20 thing?

    Oh, has anyone run a PC Stormtrooper campaign with the opportunity for some of the advanced training and promotion (e.g. Storm Commandos, Royal Guards)?
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    Swamp Troopers are in the game Jedi Knight II. I think that's the only place they're from. (They wear heavy green armour and carry flechette launchers (the JKII version though) btw.)
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    Had an Imperial Sovereign Protector PC for a while in the Imperial SpecOps campaign, and a Storm Commando, but the rest of the group had nothing to do with the Stormtrooper Corps.

    Our Swamp troopers carried modified E-11s that aren't as susceptible to water damage (although firing one submerged is still not a good idea), Light Reapating Blasters (also modified) and only a few of them handled Golan Arms' flechette launcher (which is in A&EG btw).

    They were very cool minor villains, and I sort of regret not having had the foresight to include more trips to swampy places so they could return.
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    The closest i have had to using any stormies in game as PC's was my current sparks character. He has a driving goal to get one set of every stormtrooper armor there is. He already has several regular sets, 2 scout trooper sets (one he has modified so it looks nothing like a scout trooper suit, and painted it forest cammo), 2 sand trooper, 3 storm commando (2 with chest holes, and one with a hole through the visor in the helmet from damn fine sniping with a slug thrower rifle). Still need, aquadic, snow, space, and the corsucant guard, and imp royal guard (they will be the most hardest to get).
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    Default Made-up Stormtrooper Variant

    Years ago I used a variant of Stormtrooper in a Jedi Purge campaign. There backgrounds, stats (D6) and equipment are all included in this old thread. There is a slight correction for their weapons in that it does not have a fire rate for semi-automatic operation.

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