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A Few Thoughts on Bring Back Legends

Hey everyone!

I wanted to send out a link to an editorial piece that Brian of Tosche Station did about the Bring Back Legends experiences he and many other Star Wars fans at Dragon Con (and on the web) had. While I don’t agree with everything Brian says, I’d ask Star Wars fans, and specifically fans who identify with the Bring Back Legends movement, to consider some of the following thoughts. Disclaimers: I don’t represent SWR in this. Also, please be respectful and kind in the comments. I am open to considering that I’m wrong, and the following is intentionally based on impressions I have of the BBL movement, and NOT detailed research. My experience and what I’ve heard is limited, so I may very well be missing details, or have a very different experience than others have. This is intentional because I wanted this post to be from the perspective of a random Star Wars fan, not a journalist who has extensively researched it. Secondarily, in an ideal world I would love to see more Legends material along with all the new material, so I’m not here to bash on Legends. Heir to the Empire will probably be my favorite Star Wars books for a long time to come.

I went to Dragon Con 2015 as a media guest, panelist, and huge Star Wars fan. I also went to Dragon Con this year disabled, as I fractured my heel and toe at Air Force summer training. Dragon Con fans and the disability services were all so friendly and helpful that I left Dragon Con thinking: “Wow, this is once again a reminder of how friendly, awesome, and supportive the geek community can be.” In contrast, I heard (and saw) some experiences from other con-goers, some of whom are good friends of mine, some just mere acquaintances, who did not feel that their experience reflected the supportiveness and friendliness that the geek, and Star Wars, community should be known for.


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Star Wars at the Dragon Con 2015 Parade

Every Labor Day weekend, my family and I pack up the outdoor folding chairs and attend the Saturday morning Dragon Con Parade!  This amazing event brings out tons of Dragon Con cosplayers to march down the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia in some of the most elaborate costumes from all types of fantasy and science fiction genres.  We always get there two hours early to get a good spot, especially in the shade.  My kids are always excited to see super-heroes, Harry Potter, crazy animated characters, and the grand finale of Star Wars cosplayers.  Anyone attending can tell that Star Wars is the most popular section of the parade with all spectators giving big cheers and taking lots of pictures of the light and dark side characters marching with the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs.  We even saw characters from The Force Awakens!

Truly, Star Wars rules the parade galaxy, and here are some pictures from this past Dragon Con event!

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~ Bruce Gibson



I was Disabled Going in to Dragon Con, and was Surprised by This

Dragon Con is a flurry of costumes, hundreds of hours of paneling and entertainment, parties, and multiple hotels packed with people. More specifically, Dragon Con spans five hotels, has around 65,000 people, and contains programming on multiple levels of the hotels. You can see why I was a little apprehensive about not being able to walk at Dragon Con this year.

IMG_0667This past summer at Air Force ROTC Field Training I fractured my heel and toe, and am currently on crutches or a knee walker (like a scooter only raised up to have one knee on it). While I have my scooter and my protective boot around my foot, I was worried about constantly getting stuck in crowds, having people bang into my foot, possibly being knocked over, or even just the simple things like navigating a panel room filled with people and trying to find a seat at the end of a row (being unable to use the scooter to walk between the seats).

However, contrary to my concerns, my experience of not being able to walk while at the convention went quite well! While I was bumped into a few times, it definitely was not the number of times I expected, and I even had random people who would help me navigate the crowds, or make sure I was safe using the scooter on the escalators. Convention fans who didn’t even know me were polite, and cared about whether or not I was able to enjoy and navigate the convention. When I first arrived at the convention on Friday, the press room people who checked us in were very helpful, and suggested that I ask an information booth (stationed in multiple places throughout the hotel) where I could get a handicapped sticker so that I would be seated on the end of a row of chairs for panels (and not have to crawl over people). The information booth staff that we went to were extremely helpful, and got me the location of where I could find the nearest Dragon Con disability services station.

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Once at the disability services station, I was given a concise briefing on what all the handicapped pass sticker would do for me (sitting at the end of a row), and how best to navigate the convention while not being able to walk. In the end, the most noticeable impact on my experience of Dragon Con compared with previous years when I could walk was not being able to use the stair cases. That did meant that overall I traveled more slowly, which meant I was not able to see quite as many panels as I normally did. However, though I didn’t wind up taking advantage of the handicapped sticker, I imagine for most handicapped people at the convention that any time lost in transit would be made up for by being seated a half hour early to each panel. This means they wouldn’t have to wait in the really long lines as much as some people.

Kudos to Dragon Con for running a convention that, in my experience, was very welcoming and accommodating to someone with a (temporary) disability! Also kudos for the convention crowd being overall very friendly and helpful.

~ Bethany Blanton

Disney Infinity UK Launch

Another update on Disney Infinity, check it out below-



Star Wars, Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel Join Forces to Bring Families and Fans of All Ages the Ultimate Family Gaming Experience


LONDON, United Kingdom – (28 August 2015) – Disney Interactive today launched Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits, the latest instalment in the highly successful Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” franchise, bringing together Star Wars™ with Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel for the ultimate family gaming experience. The Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without LimitsStarter Pack is now available in major UK retail stores for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.


The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack includes the Disney Infinity3.0 video game software and base, the Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

“With the addition of Star Wars to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits, we are delivering a family gaming experience unlike any other,” said James Pitaro, President, Disney Interactive.  “Disney Infinity 3.0 is the only video game that brings together the most iconic stories and characters from across The Walt Disney Company, allowing players to create their own interactive experiences.”

In addition to new, original true-to-property experiences in the Play Sets, Disney Infinity 3.0 features an updated and improved Toy Box mode where families can mix and match some of their favourite Star Wars, Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel characters and play with them together. A newly enhanced Toy Box Hub makes it easier for players to choose from a wider selection of gameplay experiences – including platforming, racing and farming simulation games.


Disney Infinity 3.0 represents the end of the introduction phase of Disney Infinity, as we have now brought together all of the major brands from The Walt Disney Company into a single game experience,” said John Blackburn, SVP and General Manager, Disney Interactive.  “This year’s edition offers a wider variety of gameplay than ever before, with new Play Sets and Toy Box enhancements that are different from anything we have ever developed.”

Also available today for Disney Infinity 3.0 are the following standalone Play Set and figures based on Disney•Pixar’sInside Out, standalone Star Wars and Disney character figures, and more:

·        Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Play Set with Joy and Anger character figures included

·        Disney•Pixar Inside Out character figures Sadness, Disgust and Fear

·        Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set for players who choose to digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Software

·        Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic character figures Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi

·        Star Wars Rebels™ character figures Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios

·        Disney character figures Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Olaf, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy 

·        Star Wars Special Edition for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3  

·        Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Power Disc Pack

·       Tomorrowland Power Disc Pack

Fans who already own Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity 2.0,but want to play Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits, will once again have the option to purchase and digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 video game.  Disney Infinity players with an Internet connection can digitally download the game on their PS4, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One and Xbox 360 game systems and use the Disney Infinity base, figures and Power Discs that they already own with the newly improved Toy Box 3.0 – without having to purchase a new Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack. To expand the experience, players can also purchase all of the available Play Sets, Power Discs and figures for Disney Infinity 3.0.


Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits is rated PEGI 7 and developed by Avalanche Software in partnership with Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo and United Front Games. Additional Disney Infinity 3.0 Play Sets, Power Discs and figures will be available throughout the autumn. 


All character figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 in the enhanced Toy Box 3.0.


Top Gaming Talent Comes to Atlanta for Dragon Con

Designers and Voice Actors for Best Known, Top Selling and Fan Favorite
Video and Table Top Games Make Plans To Share Their Thoughts at Dragon Con 2015

Gamer and actress Felicia Day, voice actor Mark Meer, top video game designers Jonathan LeCraft and Ian Frazier, and a Murderer’s Row of table top game designers will be part of the fun at Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.


“While the cosplay and our celebrity guests get a lot of attention, Dragon Con is actually one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. Our panel discussions and presentations are as good as you will see anywhere,” convention co-chair Dave Cody said. “Our overall games programming features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.”

Video game pioneer and American astronaut Richard “Lord British” Garriott, who created the Ultima and Tabla Rasa games, will be on hand to talk about his latest project, Shroud of the Avatar, which is expected to be released this year.

The returns this year with an exhaustive schedule of HeroClix competitive play including the Realms Open Championship and 2015 ROC World Cup Super Qualifier Event.
And the National Security Decision Making Game (NSDMG) led by Mark McDonagh, a retired Navy Captain and co-designer of the game, returns to Dragon Con 2015.

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in BioWare’s acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy. Actress Felicia Day became an internet sensation after launching her web series The Guild, loosely based on her life as a gamer and continues to appear in gaming-related Internet media.
Designers from the top game studios including Blizzard (World of Warcraft), Bioware (Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic), Cloud Imperium (Star Citizens), HiRez Studios (Smite) will be on hand, as well as designers from Artix Entertainment and several other independent developers and studios.

“We are very excited to welcome Jonathan LeCraft, sr. designer from World of Warcraft and Ian Frazier, lead designer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, to Dragon Con 2015,” said Kevin Stallard, director of the Video Gaming track.

“We also have the talent behind the three bestselling table top games on the market, including Monte Cook (Dungeons & Dragons), Rob Schwalb, (Dungeons & Dragons), Jason Buhlman (Pathfinder), Kenneth Hite (GURPS), and Erik Mona (Dungeons & Dragons),” Cody said. “Add to this Jay Little, who designed both the hit miniatures game X-Wing as well as the leading table top RPG Edge of the Empire, and we have a dynamite line-up of table top game designers this year.”

The National Security Decision Making Game presents players with a range of real world issues that they must decide how to solve, with each play assuming the role of a different political leader or deliberative body. The game will be offered seven times, five using current global geopolitical issues and two relying on historical scenarios. In addition to the game scenarios, each lasting 4 to 6 hours, McDonagh and his team will offer more than a dozen lectures on various geopolitical subjects, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the evolution of submarine warfare or apocalyptic scenarios.

About Dragon Con:
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on HeroClix, please visit
For more information about the National Security Decision Making Game, please visit or look for NSDMG on Facebook.