Hot Shot Pilot archetype?

jedion357's picture
January 31, 2019 - 5:20pm
Hey Frontiersmen! The magazine is back in action!

And of course we'll need content so what about a new Archetype article: the hot shot pilot? I don't believe this archetype has ever been done. 

What are the quintessential expressions of this archetype?
1. The maverick fighter jock aka Top Gun

2. Bush pilot? Examples?

3. The smuggler ala Han Solo from Star Wars

4. Any other expressions of this that should really be considered?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
January 31, 2019 - 5:23pm
I think the character development portion for this should be written from the stand point of "A Skilled Frontier" rule set.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
January 31, 2019 - 6:56pm
As I've been thinking about this it seems that the classic examples are not the leader types BUT have lots of personality. They are romantic that get the girl and charm their way out of trouble. To that end and in exact accord with a standard game mechanic the hot shot pilot should move 10 from LDR to PER at character creation. Perhaps even plow a few points of EXP into PER during charcter development. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Shadow Shack
January 31, 2019 - 9:01pm
Hey Frontiersmen! The magazine is back in action!

Well, shoot...time to start revisiting my old projects. When did this happen and what caused it? Not looking the gift horse in the mouth, mind you...this is good news.
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jedion357's picture
February 1, 2019 - 6:10am
looking back at the past articles

1. they started with Character concepts:

A. Maverick Fighter Jock

B. Bush Pilot

C. Brash Smuggler

D. ?

2. Then went into character development covering Ability Scores, Racial abilities, and skill development. transfer of LDR to PER discussed (i think that should be enforced) DEX and LOG are going to be important ability scores for this archetype, and charm so PER

3. Equipment was discussed. Although I dont see equipment being a big issue here other than "...nothing beets a good blaster at your side, kid."

4. Edges and flaws.

A. trusts in Luck edge/flaw "never tell me the odds" this would be both an edge and a flaw the character always trusts in luck, "who dares wins", he never plays it safe.

B Flaw: rebellious to authority.

C. Edge: Charming devil-

D. Edge: Cool under pressure

E. EDge/Flaw: wears his archetype on his sleave- bomber jacket with patches, flight suit, aviator googles etc. proud of what he is and everyone knows it at a glance. its a flaw because any mook in a bar knows exactly how to call him out and an edge because he so owns the image most people believe in his abilities from the word go.

does anyone even use edges and flaws anymore?

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

JCab747's picture
February 4, 2019 - 10:07pm

Edward V.Rickenbacker

  • Earned a reputation as an outstanding race car driver and founded Rickenbacker Motor Car Company in 1921
  • Awarded the congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of his efforts as a pilot on 26 successful missions during World War I
  • In 1934, assumed control of the North American Aviation Division of General Motors, the forerunner of Eastern Airlines

Eddie Rickenbacker credited his father for teaching him to work and hismother for teaching him to pray. Both lessons served him well in a highlysuccessful career.

A sense of daring spurred young Rickenbacker to attempt outlandish stunts suchas propelling a home-made roller coaster into a hazardous gravel pit. His survivalof such boyhood capers and serious World War I battles he credited to “Myangel’s wings...always hovering over me.” 

Although best known as a heroic pilot, Rickenbacker began his career onthe race course, first as a mechanic, then as a driver. He became owner of theIndianapolis Motor Speedway, applying his talents to promoting professionalracing until World War I.

Speaking up for free enterprise and the rights of the individual, Rickenbackeroften told audiences that the future depended on instilling youth with“self-reliance, initiative, rugged individualism and imagination.”


Joe Cabadas

JCab747's picture
February 4, 2019 - 11:05pm

"Just name a hero, and I'll prove he's a bum." - Pappy's self-assessment.

Undoubtedly the most colorful and wellknown Marine Corps' ace wasGregory "Pappy" Boyington, commanding officer of VMF-214.

Stories of Pappy Boyington arelegion, many foundedin fact, including how he led the legendary Black Sheep squadron, andhow he served in China as a member of the American Volunteer Group, thefamed Flying Tigers.  He spent ayear and a half as a Japanese POW, was awarded the Congressional Medalof Honor, was recognized as the Marine Corps top ace (more on thatbelow). Always hard-drinking and hard-living, Pappy's post-war life wasas turbulent as his wartime experiences.

Joe Cabadas