Static Target Numbers
Static target numbers are actually the default in 1E; the ranges are shown on the tables in 2E, but generally, just use the high numbers to have the same as in 1E.
From 1st Ed rules:
Very Easy: 5
Very Difficult 30
If you want to have static TN's for opposed rolls, use dice x3 plus the pips.
*EG: 3d+2 would be (3x3)+2=11; 4d+0 would be 12, etc.
Other speedups from earlier editions
Dodge, shields, and Parry can be allowed only as reactions - this makes all characters a little less adroit at defense, but is faster to play. Spend an action as a reaction, if made, the roll applies only to that one attack. Any rolls made after take the 1D penalty for multiple actions
Shields as a reaction: rather than angling shields as per 2E, simply roll shields at the time a hit comes in; if dodge+TN from Range or Dodge is greater than the to hit roll, then the shield's dice are applied.
No Initiative Rolls
Everyone declares actions; everyone rolls their first action - then, in descending order of roll, resolve each action (and make any reaction rolls needed). Then if anyone has second actions, repeat, and so on.
It's actually much quicker, but relies upon people's dice being visually distinct on the table. (It's also from 1E)
No scaling Tables
The 1E scaling is simpler... the following is an adaptation of it.
Shooting up a scale: (personal to walker/speeder; walker/speeder to starfighter; starfighter to capital)
Smaller rolls double on To hit;
larger rolls double on hull resistance and shields.
Shooting up two scales
Smaller rolls double to hit, but only 1/3 the damage (0-5d = 1d, 6d-8d rolls 2d, etc)
Larger rolls double on hull and shields, but only 1/3 the pilot or shield skill rolls on defense.
Shooting down one scale
Smaller rolls normally
Larger doubles damage rolls
Shooting down two scales
Smaller doubles dodge may rolls only 1/3 the dice to resist damage
Larger doubles damage rolls
Shooting down three scales
Smaller dies if hit. Dodge doubled
Larger kills on a hit, only rolls 1/3 the dice to hit.
No CP in play
Don't allow spending Character Points for bonus dice except when resisting damage. One less decision to make.
Ignore the pips
Treat Pips as just a placeholder to advancement. Ignore the +x when making rolls.
Borrowing from Star Wars Minaiture Battles...
A simplification used in the miniatures rules reduces things down to 1d6 for all rolls. THe score used is the same as the dice from the RPG. As in a 3d+1 blaster is rolled on 1d6+3 vs the target's dodge.
Note that the mechanics for damage need to be adjusted, as well.
Dam = Res : Stunned
Dam > Res : Wounded
Dam ≥ Res +3 : Incapacitated
Dam ≥ Res +6 : Mortal Wound
Dam ≥ Res +9 : dead.
note: this does not exactly replicate the core nor the SWMB table for same. It's harder to kill unless you open end 6s.