At a recent luncheon of the Hothlanta Rebels, Carol White asked me if I would portray the Emperor in William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return at Dragon Con. I didn’t hesitate to accept her offer since I’m a die hard Star Wars fan who appreciates and studied Shakespeare one summer in Oxford University in England. Although it is surprising to me that I hadn’t read any of the Shakespeare Star Wars books written by Ian Doescher, I’d thought about listening to the audiobook versions. Now was my time to delve into the script! Continue reading
Review: Star Wars: Starfighter Workshop (or, The Child Within Is Happy. The Child Without, Not So Much)
Today’s review is of Star Wars Starfighter Workshop by Egmont Publishing. For those regular readers, on here, or on twitter, you will know that Niece and Nephew have disavowed any and all interest in Star Wars. As such, it falls to me to play with these cut-out X-Wing and TIE Fighter models. It will be difficult, but I’ll be sure to try my best.
For that, much like its counterpart, R2-D2’s Droid Workshop, is what this book is about. It gives you the pieces to build little foam models to play with (or just admire from afar). But unlike the Droid Workshop, this comes with not just one model, but both the aforementioned X-Wing and TIE Fighter. I know. Oh I know. I made vroomy noises just while making them.
Following the same layout of Droid Workshop, Starfighter Workshop is comprised of two parts. The latter and – in terms of size – more meatier part of the book is the model parts storage. The former is a small booklet filled with various games and puzzles to wile away your time. I’ll examine that first. Continue reading
The following sentence is something I never thought I would write. At this past Dragon Con, I had the extreme privilege of hosting the Saturdays Stars of Star Wars panel with Hera herself Vanessa Marshall and the man behind the mask of Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew.
Ever since I first saw Star Wars so many years ago, Chewbacca has always been one of my favorite characters. He’s always such a lovable teddy bear, but also such a great sense of safety and security for the heroes as they go through their journey. Vanessa Marshall was an absolute treat to be around. She’s been a central part in ushering in a new era of strong women in the world of Star Wars television. It was an amazing privilege that I got to share – in some small part – the Dragon Con stage with two such incredible people! Continue reading
Check out the newly launched Star Wars: Uprising app. It looks to be a great game.
Kabam, Disney Interactive, and Lucasfilm Launch Star Wars™: Uprising
A highly anticipated, next generation role-playing mobile game set in an entirely new Star Wars™ chapter
San Francisco – September 10, 2015 Kabam, in collaboration with Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm Ltd., today announced the launch of Star Wars™: Uprising, the first mobile role-playing game that takes place between Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi™ and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, following the death of the Emperor. The game is available now for free on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Play for Android devices.
Star Wars: Uprising introduces players to the Anoat Sector, where they can band together with smugglers, freedom fighters, bounty hunters and gangsters to rise up against the Empire as it tries to maintain control of the galaxy. They can also create unique characters, go on missions, develop skills, build up their gear, and recruit crew members for sector battles, all in an effort to create their own version of a Star Wars hero.
“Star Wars: Uprising introduces players to a whole new Star Wars storyline in a deeply immersive RPG experience,” said Aaron Loeb, Senior Vice President of Studio, Kabam. “The community will be excited for massive sector battles that will shape the game’s future. It’s an amazing design that has a lot of surprises in store.”
Key features include:
Create the Hero the Galaxy Needs: Choose from a wide range of special skills, species, visual customisations and classic Star Wars gear to become the next Han Solo, Boba Fett or unique hero of your own design.
Shape the Future of the Game Universe: Join players worldwide in massive sector-wide battles to dictate the expansion of in-game content, including new planets, exclusive gear and unique crew members.
Real-Time Co-op Against the Empire: Explore the secrets of the sector, build a powerful crew with allies, and play alongside friends in synchronous cooperative play.
Brave Challenges on Classic and New Worlds: Battle your way through missions on Hoth, Cloud City and more, fighting against powerful bosses led by an ominous new adversary.
The creative power behind the game comes from Kabam RPG Studio in San Francisco. The studio is made up of the top art, design and storytelling talent from the RPG world, and technical masters from across the video game industry. The team is dedicated to bringing the best RPG experiences to mobile and includes Daniel Erickson, former creative director of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ and Danny Keller, Emmy award nominee for Star Wars™: The Clone Wars™. The studio’s most recent game, Spirit Lords, received the highly coveted Editors’ Choice Award on the App Store.
For more information on StarWars: Uprising go to: https://www.playstarwarsuprising.com/
To download the game go to:
Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpW6fOEvuSg&feature=youtu.be
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.