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Another game we will never get to play…

It has been recently revealed that we had yet another Star Wars game in the pipeline that will never get to see the light of day. This time the game is based around the butt-kicking Sith Darth Maul, developed by Red Fly (the dev of TMNT: Out of the Shadows). Code-named Damage the game was to feature Maul set after his resurfacing to the galaxy. The game-play was to be heavily based around the Batman Arkham games.

This is the seventh game to be announced that it was canceled in a year. As a gamer this unsettling. I always love playing any Star Wars game, even the bad ones (looking at you Republic Heroes). Now I (and I am sure a lot of other fans do to), just need a game that is a fun time. With the last-gen consoles we didn’t see a single online multiplayer Star Wars game and this is the Golden Age of online gaming. That is why I was looking forward to First Assault so much. All of this looked like a revival of Star Wars games after a decade long drought. 

Seven games, while we know that at least one of this bunch would probably be a load of Bantha Poodoo it here was a good chance for a really nice game that would go down in gaming history’s annuals. If it wasn’t for Disney we would possibly be playing First Assault right now awaiting for 1313 and this Darth Maul game to come out for us to play. Why couldn’t LucasArts and Star Wars games have one last chance to shine before everything got canceled? 

Signing off,

LazyStormie

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My Crazy Theory about the Sequels and the EU…

Over the past month or so we have been obtaining more and more news about the upcoming Sequel Trilogy. Such as the release date (December 18, 2015 for you guys who are out of the loop) and our first open casting call. 

Earlier today I was sitting in one of classes day dreaming and pondering on these developments. Then I got to thinking about the role of “Rachel” and thought of something interesting.

SEEKING YOUNG WOMAN TO PLAY 17-18 YEAR OLD. MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, SMART AND ATHLETIC. OPEN TO ALL ETHNICITIES (INCLUDING BI AND MULTI RACIAL). MUST BE OVER 16.

 

Rachel

 

Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17, she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

 

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.

One thing I would like to point out is that this character is 17 years old. While most people over look that small almost insignificant point I did not. If the movie takes place in 45 ABY right after Crucible and we look back to seventeen years earlier we see that “Rachel” would be born during the Vong War.

Now hear me on this. What if “Rachel’s” parents were killed during the YV War and she was put into a orphanage which she later ran away from. She then have to become let’s say a spice runner or something to survive(first thing I came up with). Bringing the spice across town to a dealer. One day this blows up in her face and is now on the lam from the authorities.

She then meets “Thomas” (the other character from the casting call) and they help each other out and sooner or later get mixed up in the greater galaxy (similar to Luke’s story from A New Hope). This could easily fit with the existing EU and be a fun story.

The story would also show a new generation of characters to the audience that are repeatable. I mean we all have done bad or stupid thing in our lives and this story would show that we can work together with others to be redeemed.

Plus like said before my proposed plot reflects on Luke’s journey in the Original trilogy. Imagine the moment when suddenly these two characters are thrusted into a greater conflict other than their own problems.

Either way that is my crazy theory and feel welcome to give me constructive criticism on my idea because I would love to hear it. Have a nice day or night and may the Force be with you…

The Most Beautiful Slums in the Galaxy (The History of the Coruscant Underworld)

Some may be surprised to know but I think that the Coruscant Underworld is one of the most beautiful locales in the galaxy. Even though I would want to live their due to the crime, the pests, and never seeing sunlight. But it really is a truly beautiful place I mean look.

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That is just amazing scenery and also my wallpaper.

But now unto business. The history of the Coruscant Underworld is riddled with crime and bounty hunters. In the pre-Republic era the bottom fifty layer of the planet were covered and several mutant species evolved.

When the Republic came into power the government did little to improve the situation. Food shortages led to riots and smuggling and when the Republic started to fall the situation got even worse. Crime lords, spice dealers, everyday criminals, and other outlaws moved in and start to cause even more problems. The problem even got so bad that the government declared marshal law in some sectors.

When the Empire came it became even worse. Even though the Imperials had more presence due to the hunt for the remaining Jedi who survived the Second Jedi Purge, they paid a blind eye to crime much like how they treated most of the galaxy (Wow, I am sounding anti-Imperial).

During the New Republic era things yet again got worse. With the Imperial Remnant attacking every few years much devastation was caused to the lower levels, which let them open for attack from the Yuuzhan Vong whom terra-formed the whole planet including the Underworld. Even with efforts from the Galactic Alliance barely recovered but it still kept going.

Im the times of Cade Skywalker the Underworld the underworld was mostly controlled by the Hutts and still was effected by the Vongspawn virus. 

So there is a quick rundown of the history of the Coruscanti underworld I hope you all enjoyed.

A Brief Update

All,

It’s been a month-long sabbatical for me, but all will return to normal this week.  We will resume the comics and Clone Wars reviews, and although the episode of Star Wars: Rise will likely come towards the end of the month, it is still coming.  To quote one Emperor, my resolve has never been strrrrongger!

Thanks to the truly fantastic authors for keeping the lights on here, I have missed you all, but I appreciate everything.

Cheers,

Drew

A Longer Introduction

Hello everyone my name is Holden but I am better known on the internet as Lazy Storm Trooper. I already did a shorter intro in my post on the State of Star Wars Video Games I did a few weeks ago but since everyone was doing longer introduction I decided to do one to.

To start off I am the youngest member of the team being only in high school.  As a surprising fact at first I hated Star Wars. It was around 2005 and there was a marathon going by release date as a lead in to Episode III. I only saw two scenes. One in Episode IV (were Obi-Wan shuts down the tractor beams on the Death Star) and one in Episode II (were Padme falls out of the gunship). My younger self thought that it was boring and I did not even think about Star Wars for years.

Then in 2008 I went the midnight release of The Clone Wars movie with my cousin. That was the day I became a fan. I read Tim Zahn’s Visions of the Future, Death Star, and Jedi Quest and loved it. I watched episodes of The Clone Wars when I could and started my collection Star Wars books.

Now six years later I own all but seventeen of the novels and have been registered on the Jedi Council Forums for a little over a year. You could say that my life has been influenced by Star Wars quite a lot and when when Disney brought the franchise and announced the Sequel Trilogy I was surprised.

So that me in a nutshell. Hoped you all enjoyed.

So here’s me

(So I started writing this a couple weeks ago, then got sick, so that’s why the dearth of content on my end. Sorry ’bout that everyone, and here’s hoping that won’t be a problem going forward.)

Hai guys, I’m Tristan, and I suppose we’ve already gotten to know each other a little bit already. I like to read (obviously), play games, and that’s enough of the canned singles ad kind of stuff. Why do people do that? It really doesn’t tell you anything about the person. When you say you like to take moonlit walks on the beach, why is that? Is it simply because it’s pleasant, or is a beach the last place you ever saw your dad and it brings back memories of him? And in the case of that last one, am I intruding? You see, all it does is make things even less clear than it was before. This won’t be one of those.

So who am I really? I’m a guy that loves Star Wars for a myriad of reasons, writing simply because it is interesting combining words to form maybe not poignant thoughts, but thoughts nonetheless, and making people smile. What better thing is there to give someone than a smile? You can’t take it away because the moment has passed, and they’re free and easy to cause.

I think in some way I’ve always been a writer, all you’d have to do is ask my mom about the stories I dictated to her before I could read or write a single letter. It was something I struggled with for years, because that’s what writing is, a struggle. Even admitting you like doing something as stressful as writing can be tough sometimes, as it took me more than a decade to finally admit that to myself, and now here I am writing on a blog simply because it’s something I like doing. I like it well enough to try going for a creative writing degree like Rachel, but unlike her I couldn’t handle some of the other required classes (damn that physics or chem requirement. My mind works with words and images, not numbers.) Now I’m working on a novel with Nick, and it’s somewhat shocking (and appalling far too many times) to look back at what we wrote three years ago and see how utterly mediocre it actually was. At least there was a good story in it, or we might have just dropped the whole thing.

Oh, speaking of images, I’m also something of an artist type person. At least I like to pretend I am, and that’s why I’m currently getting a Graphic Design degree. At least it means I’d be doing something different on a regular basis, because I am not one to deal with monotony well. I also don’t think I had much of a chance on this one. I’ve been surrounded by art and artistic people my whole life, from my Grandfather (he made totem poles and wooden statues in his back yard, I even got to help when I was nine), to my Dad with his Masters in Fine Arts, to my mother who’s been fooling around with the stuff since I was a wee little tyke. I do it because that’s what creative people do, they just have to find some kind of outlet to do stuff or they get depressed or a case of the crankies from hell. I’ve dealt with both, and neither one is terribly fun.

I suppose that’s probably enough rambling about stuff like that, and we should probably come to the point of this site: Star Wars (and the broader spectrum of Sci-Fi/Fantasy). I’m unfortunately too young to have seen it in theaters, but I’m hoping to remedy that as the 3-D versions come out (knock on wood). But what I wasn’t too young for was my Grandfather to show me the first one when I was seven or eight, and to have a marathon viewing of them because I was hooked. I even liked the ewok movies, which I suppose should qualify as a “dirty little secret”, but if you can’t talk about that kind of stuff around here, where can you? I suppose because of that I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for ewoks, with Tarfang easily being my favorite. Just the idea of an ewok with a deathmark and a dirty mouth is just funny.

From the movies it was an incredibly easy jump to reading the books, as I became an avid reader at a very young age. Maybe not to the point of my brother who read the Silmarillion at age seven, but you know, not everyone can do that kind of thing. I honestly don’t even remember what the first Star Wars book I read was considering how long ago that was, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was either the Thrawn Trilogy (doesn’t everyone start there?) or Shadows of the Empire, which is probably one of my favorite books and one I’ve re-read seven or eight times. There are few other things I’ve read as many times, but another Star Wars set of books is on that list as the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy is one of those few, and one of my favorite sets of books as well. As of right now I think I’ve read about 130ish Star Wars books, possibly more. So you could say I’m a bit of a nerd, and it’d probably be an understatement.

Incredibly, Star Wars has actually had a huge impact on my life in ways I never could have guessed. I’ve met some of my best friends as a result of my interest in it and finding boards.theforce.net way back in 2005. I’ve also met my current girlfriend because of that site. And then there’s Nick, who I’m currently writing with, as well as all of the other fine folk that are involved in this blog. It’s kind of amazing what kind of impact something as seemingly inconsequential as Star Wars can actually have on someones life. It’s the little things you could say. It was also role playing games on those same discussion forums that made me finally admit to myself that I enjoy writing, and where I started working on improving my abilities in regard to that. Sure, I wrote some fanfic, but it was definitely not the primary area that I worked on writing.

So where does that leave me now? I’m not terribly sure, as I’m still discovering myself, and still discovering Star Wars, which is something that I don’t think you can ever fully understand or know. Something as large or complex as an individual, or a universe like Star Wars, is always changing and growing, and hopefully we can all do some of that throughout the life of this blog. Maybe we’ll even have some fun along the way and find something thought provoking in that galaxy far, far away.

COMING SOON

Evil Anakin

 

This is where the fun begins.