I ran an STA adventure recently, and afterwards, one of the players asked about the meaning of rank in the game mechanics. I struggled, a bit, because off the top of my head only few things came to my mind. I checked the rules: turns out there is not much more than I had in my mind.
- may be relevant once per scene for the direct combat task,
- may be relevant for reputation rolls (positive/negative influence based on whether the character (dis)obeyed orders by their superiors)
- in seldom circumstances may be relevant for directives, as Flag Officers can modify directives (cf. Command Division p. 105); this is limited to NPC
STA is in no way designed to be a military science fiction simulation and I’m glad about that. Yet, I would have expected more than this.
So I wonder: Have I missed something? And how do you deal with rank in terms of game mechanics? And what, according to your opinion/your group’s practice, does constitute an “order” in the meaning of the reputation roll influences?