From the Welcome article
Role-playing scenarios, often called “Patron Encounters” or “Amber Zones”, are an important part of Xboat, where the referee presents a situation to the players, and the players take it and run with it. The types of scenarios fall into various categories, with varying degrees of danger and number of possible outcomes. The first one is written by Chad Russell; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
This issue also has two profiles of ships commonly found in the Republic of Regina. One is found in the core of the Republic, while the other is used by frontier worlds. I’ve associated some standard equipment with them as well.