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try not to cry payoff at the end.
#humbleBrag my talented niece/big Star Wars fan was part of the team that made this.
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
There was a Jek Porkins fansite out there years ago, that had the craziest of all conspiracy theories that he actually managed to survive because of that particular inconsistency...
I've seen those theories [chuckle].
Not as compelling as Major General (Chief) Bast, Chief of Operations, surviving because you actually SEE him in the Star Wars Holiday Special.
He was the staff officer who warned Grand Moff Tarkin there was a danger to him and that suggests they move the Grand Moff to safety, and was quickly rebuffed.
Maybe in the last moments he took his own advice and got the hell out of Dodge.
I'm curious, how many FaWtL members, or close friends live in or are close enough to the New York City area?
I need my Star Wars gaming fix.
If I were to do a post Holiday party and start a mini Star Wars West End Games campaign or a short Fantasy Flight Imperial Assault campaign, would we have enough players, 5 - 6, to pull this off AFTER the Holidays ?
Freehold DM wrote:
HOLY S*@# I JUST MET BIGGS AND GOT HIS AUTOGRAPH!
I love you Freehold even though you are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take him away Brut squad!
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Why yes, that IS Grand Moff Tarkin kids.
Blast the volume up! I LOVE me some Imperial March.
Just read through Catalyst the Rogue One prequel novel. Not essential reading but will shed some light to the back story of the upcoming movie.
Some things I picked up from the novel (some very minor spoilers).
Spoilered for length
The actual construction of the Death Star started as a top secret Old Republic Project, not as a Separtist, as events from Attack of the Clones may have led us to believe.
Count Dooku brought the plans for the Death Star to Darth Sidious, he in turn, as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, used this to instill fear of the Separtists building a weapon, and the Republic needed to build one of their own first.
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine created the Strategic Advisory Cell to take charge of the Death Star Project, all of whom signed the Official Secrets Act, that would ensure no one, not even the Jedi, were made aware of the project.
The Death Star actually began construction less than a year after the events of Attack of the Clones.
The first part of the Death Star to be completed was the prime meridian.
Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic was formerly a member of the Core of Engineers of the Old Republic. Krennic never held any love for Grand Moff Tarkin, and was both envious and covetous of the Grand Moff's position in The Empire.
For his part, Grand Moff Tarkin always wanted direct operational and political control of the Death Star, but while it was being built, was content in Krennic taking the blame for the projects numerous delays.
The Old Republic had protected planets known as Legacy Worlds, worlds that considered important environmentally, historically or politically vital to the Galaxy and the Republic. Alderaan was one of the oldest of these worlds.
Then Empire ravaged many of these worlds for resources to fuel there ever growing military.
Kyber Crystals were impossible to synthsize in part because they are partially organic in nature (The Living Force).
Galen Erso (Jyn's father) was researching Kyber Crystals so that he could develop cheap and sustainable power for developing Republic worlds.
In secret, Galen was given access to the largest Kyber Crystal he had ever seen or heard about. Galen was a pacifist and believed his research was for energy enrichment. But all his tests ad data were moved to other facilities in hopes of weaponizing his research. One of this facilities failed to produce his tests properly, resulting in the complete destruction of a large city and the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians.
The Super Laser's cover name and agency was known as Project Celestial Power.
The Super Laser's first successful test fire was near two black holes (EU's Maw Installation?). The test Super Laser was 2% the size of the actual weapon.
Lyra Erso, Jyn's mother, is Force Sensitive, she could feel The Force.
Jyn Erso is born on the first year of The Clone Wars, making her 21 or 22 by the time of Rogue One.
Saw Gerrera (The Clone Wars) helped the Erso's escape The Empire.
The escape led to the complete breakdown of the time table for developing the Super Laser, and the demotion of Krennic.
The men who would later assume the Imperial titles of Grand Vizer Sate Pestage, Imperial Advisors Ars Dangor and Janus Greejatus make an appearance in this novel. At this time they are Special Emissaries of the Supreme Chancellor.
This is excellent because Grand Vizer Pestage has been mentioned since 1979's The Empire Strikes Back script. Imperial Advisor Janus Greejatus is seen in 1983's Return of the Jedi but is not named until 1988 by the West End Games roleplaying game. Imperial Advisor Ars Dagnor, who is a roleplaying game character, is Canon once again, and named by yours truly. (humble brag, this is something I share with Paizo's Lisa and Vic, who got to name some screen characters.)
The Officer rank insignia and bars of the Old Republic and The Empire not only indicated affiliation and seniority, but also acted as automated security clearance for restricted data and areas. More senior rank bars qualifying holders to more sensitive and classified information and areas. (also formerly a personal idea from my team at West End Games)
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I think you missed my post last page gents.
V has been casting Prismatic Spray for 3 years in real time now.
As of early this year best speculation from OotS forum
LG Human Fighter 14 (+/-)
CE Halfling Ranger 11+/Barbarian 2+ (total levels 16)
LE Dwarf Vampire Cleric of Hel 14
CG Human Bard* 14+/Dashing Swordsman 1+ (total levels 16)
*required for Cure Critical Wounds
Chaotic Good Human Rogue 16
N Elf Wizard (Evoker) 16 (+/-)
Barred School Necromancy
Something I found interesting last year after seeing The Force Awakens.
After conferring with a old friends from a long time ago, the very circle of gentlemen that would one day become the early contributors and site administrators of what would become Wookieepedia, we agreed that you could take over 80% of Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy whole cloth and still not contradict current canon in the movie.
If you make the assumption Kylo Ren and Rey are twins (I do not), then some 90%++ of Timothy Zahn's works still hold up.
Just because Disney said "reboot," (both understandable and necessary) does not invalidate and lessen all that has come before.
My two Galactic credits opinion.
(Ironically, one of the exceptions to the novel lore versus current canon is with Thrawn himself, because of the events of Rebels, Thrawn's promotion to Grand Admiral happens much earlier in the Saga's timeline.)
Black Dougal wrote:
To be fair that's not an AT-AT but rather an AT-ACT.
It does not have the firepower of its military counterpart, lacking the heavy dual chin mounted heavy cannons, but carrying similar temple mounted anti-personnel/vehicle medium blasters.
Supposedly AT-ACT are larger (I read this as wider), slower versions of their military counterparts, being used for cargo transport it may stand to reason they are not as heavily armored as well.
Yours truly will be busy updating the Wookiepedia during the Holidays.
Bothans are the ultimate political opportunists and back room politicos, they were always hedging their bets. They were not even loyal to themselves as a race.
If The Empire won out, "hey good thing we helped sell the trap with your plans to eradicate the Rebellion, high five Darth! Now how about you do something for us ... as you know, so many dead Bothans."
If the Rebellion won, "hey good thing we found out about the plans to eradicate the Rebellion, high five Leia! Now how about you do something for us ... as you know, so many dead Bothans."
The best kind of Bothan. A Bothan on his way.
I don't know what a bothan is but i better see a lot of dead ones
You are possibly thinking of the Death Star II and the events leading up to Return of the Jedi, but as a loyal Imperial, I always welcome the chance of seeing dead Bothans.
Freehold DM wrote:
Although Freehold I must take exception to you comparing Trumps cadre of yes men and women to The Empire.
That's a very wrong parallel.
Trump and his brood are more akin to Jabba's crime organization. Maybe with just a little less class.
And while Trump and Jabba have similar views of how to treat women, there is the notable difference that the Hutt is sporting a better shade of orange and has larger hands.
As a transplanted New Yorker, and a naturalized American, step son to a currently serving California state congressman, both of us who could not bare to have the idea of Trump entering the Office of the Presidency, the last months have been a whirlwind.
The last 48 hours nearly impossible to take in. I am still in near shock.
The past two days must be how it feels like when after a long running campaign, all Wayne Reynolds Iconics die in the final scene and fail to stop the BBG.
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I'll bring steak wrapped in bacon to the game sessions.
Freehold DM wrote:
I wish I could go, take pictures for me(of yourself and your hosts)!!!
Freehold DM wrote:
Are you wearing it to work? When are you wearing it?
I wear it in my meditation chamber every night.
And here too, The Night of The Fallen (Angels), we have six Victoria Secrets Angels hosting.
By the way, I thought of the name which sounds like an AP title, becuase we could not use "Victoria Secrets" on the logo.
Freehold DM wrote:
Freehold, Freehold, Freehold.
Who Sith anything about training Jedi?
We will bring Balance to The Force.
Only Two There Are.
Over on BMD, someone mentioned that Nine Inch Nail's version was better, and while I agree, I disagreed with them on the fact that Cash's version is more Iconic. A downer song in the heyday of downer songs (the 90s!) just doesn't have the same pop culture sting as the widely played swan song of one of musics most prevalent personalities, months before he dies as he's seemingly struggling to even get out a melodic sound.
Read about the history of this song.
When asked if Johnny Cash could take on the song, NIN’s rock ballad genius Trent Reznor at first said he was “flattered”, but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky.”
Yet, thankfully, clearer heads prevailed.
Cash's health was failing by the day, the original concept was abandoned and this bare bones video shot in his home of three decades was as iconic a video as any in the medium.
Reznor himself became a huge fan of Cash's version, however, once he saw the music video and heard the elder singer's voice.
"I pop the video in, and Wow... Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore... It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure. This was my song, but it no longer is. It found its way home."
Notes on the actual music video
The music video was directed by former Nine Inch Nails collaborator Mark Romanek who sought to capture the essence of Cash, both in his youth and in his older years. In a montage of shots of Cash's early years, twisted imagery of fruit and flowers in various states of decay, seem to capture both his legendary past and the stark and seemingly cruel reality of the present. According to literature professor Leigh H. Edwards, the music video portrays "Cash's own paradoxical themes".
Romanek had this to say about his decision to focus on the House of Cash museum in Nashville.
It had been closed for a long time; the place was in such a state of dereliction. That's when I got the idea that maybe we could be extremely candid about the state of Johnny's health, as candid as Johnny has always been in his songs.
71 years of age at the time of filming (in February 2003), Cash had serious health problems and his frailty is clearly evident in the video. He died seven months later (September 12); his wife, June Carter Cash, who participated in the video (she is shown gazing at her husband in several sequences), died three months after filming (May 15), closely preceding him in death.
In July 2011, the music video was named one of "The 30 All-TIME Best Music Videos" by Time It was ranked the greatest music video of all time by NME.