I thought I'd take today to give an example of how the Story Mode can work out.
Our Story revolves around a squad of Unity troopers, tasked with hunting down a pirate lord.
In the narrative, there's Unity strike teams throughout the asteroid belts but our Focus will be on just one squad, the one we're currently following.
We pick out a couple of characters in the squad as our protagonists: The Sarge, the second in command and the captain they report to.
The pirates are represented by two antagonists: The pirate scum themselves (given a strength of 2) and the inner circle of the pirate lord (strength 3).
The first game is a standard fight as our troopers come down on a pirate crew, trying to apprehend them before they can make their escape with a bunch of loot.
We can use the normal mission cards to set this up, any objectives are simply crates of contraband to be secured.
Assuming we win, we can roll a D6 with a 1 causing the antagonist we fought to lose Strength.
In this case, we roll a 3. Losing a few starport scummers aren't going to bother any self-respecting pirate gang.
The Story Action is an open-ended way to let the player modify the narrative based on the game we just played.
It's inspired by the "Player action" in the original Five Men in Normandy campaign.
Since we defeated the pirates, we'll figure there's a good chance one of the captured cretins will tell us where one of their refuelling bases are.
Any Story action needs a 3+ roll to apply. We score a 5 so we have a clue that will let us get at them.
Story Actions don't have to just be story bits. We could have given a new weapon to a character (pirate loot), a wounded character might have developed a special ability etc.
Finally, a D20 roll will give an unforeseen element.
In this case a roll of a 4 is a Hindrance.
Something happens to the narrative to make our lives more difficult.
Well okay, we just trashed a bunch of valuables that the pirates were securing, so odds are they are out for revenge.
We'll play the next battle as a Unity troop ship is raided by space-psychos in retaliation.
All in all, this took maybe 3 minutes to do and we now have an on-going story with a deepening plot.
Not shabby huh?