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Full Cover of Star Wars: Scoundrels Revealed

Over at the official Star Wars Books Facebook page the full cover for the upcoming Timothy Zahn novel Scoundrels has been revealed.  Looks like some pretty interesting characters are on the roster including (from left to right) Kell Tainer, Winter, and new characters Zerba Cher’dak, and Bink Kitik.  Check out the image below.

 

- Aaron Goins

Cramming: I’m Stuffed – SWBTF #14

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Welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This time on Star Wars Beyond the Films, your hosts Mark and Nathan discuss crowding of content in the Star Wars timeline, specifically in certain areas where there seem to be so many (albeit good) stories set in one, short span of time that you wonder how the characters could possibly get from one place to the next so quickly, and when they might have time to go to the restroom.

They also both had several, exciting announcements to make!

On Friday, March 23rd, Nathan and his girlfriend Jodi got engaged!

On March 18th, Mark become a father once again when Jaina, he and his wife’s little sword of the Jedi, was born!

A hearty congratulations to both of them!

Do we need more Han and Chewbacca stories, more Luke stories, and more stories of that kind (especially if they’re set right after Yavin or in other, heavily explored time periods), when there are already so many stories of the “Big Three”…. Will these stories need to be forcibly shoehorned in just to fit with the continuity and specific time-frames? And, will this be a problem, or something that fan’s enjoy and want?

Are certain parts of the timeline too packed? Does adding one more adventure hurt other stories integrity? Does it even matter?

Star Wars: Scoundrels was brought up in the discussion, but are the Big Three the only characters who could be susceptible to cramming? Will Scoundrels be more like Fast Five Star Wars style? Wait, Nathan’s actually excited about Scoundrels?!

Rebel Force was one of the latest additions to these timeframes, as was Death Troopers, and Shadow Games.
Are there Original Trilogy time frames that are lost to fandom? (Older works that have not been re-written or re-printed.)
Should there be more “Don’t go there” places in the timeline? Places where the EU should have to leave alone for now?
Do fans want more cramming of the OT timeline with more Big Three tales in-spite of that time being already a bit crowded with the main characters tales?

Did the old way of publishing cause more issues with stories being tread over?

In the Insider issue 132 there was an article, Star Wars: Expanding Empire, by Ryder Windham which garnered high praise from both hosts. This Insider article deals with many of these publishing issues.

Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell,  the Death Star plans, and a couple other story-lines that have been covered from multiple angles sometime create the potential for issues, yet when issues come up they are sometimes glossed over.
The Death Star Plans have been chronicled in: Interlude at Darkknell, Jedi Dawn, Dark Forces, Death Star, Shadow Games and possibly others.

On the other hand, Invasion was held back until after other stories had finished/were settled.
Should stories that are so interconnected be more well thought out vs, added to over the years with new info added with each new additions?
Another factor in this is: Does the format matter to you as a reader? Meaning, are games less important than the comics to you? Or do the comics mean less than the books? Do the books mean less than the movies? Do they all mean the same barring conflicts, and is it different for each individual?

Has continuity been a less important issue from the corporate perspective?
After much discussion the hosts feel that between 4 and 5 is the most crammed of all the Star Wars timeline. But they do see the merit in telling the back-story of the main characters. What about the other EU Characters though? Mara gets page time, but what about the Solo kids?

The Big Three are the touch stones of the EU in a lot of ways. They ARE the gateway to the EU for many first time readers.
And sometimes you’re not the reader the publisher was aiming at.

Mark rants about the New Jedi Order Era being shoehorned by it’s own “series” and the need of more Tales books, Tales of the New Jedi Order and so forth. Corran Horn’s leave of absence could be fun to explore. And new characters’ back-stories being explored could feel more like mining new information, instead of cramming.
Mark continued with his occasional feelings he gets from the marketing and publishing of the EU. Nathan draws attention to series that play into the other side of things, and balance was achieved.
Nathan brings up the Star Wars Adventure Journals and why they were so much fun, and how many of the Tales stories came from the Adventure Journals.

Nathan ponders on stories that could happen in the crammed timeframe that could work very well, and both hosts feel that crammed eras can have great stories. The stories just need to be done well, and not rushed. A Boba Fett’s past Flow chart may be needed.

Star Wars has proved time and again that it can make things work. You just have to roll with the punches. You can’t have a light side without a dark side, but you do need a Chosen One to bring balance to both sides of the Force!

Enjoy this episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films, and may the Force be with you!

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Rest in Peace Ralph Mcquarrie – SWR #36

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Salutations and felicitations Star Wars fans! We have for you today another episode of the Star Wars Report!

During this episode we talk about Drew Karpyshyn retiring from BioWare, George Lucas getting the Vanguard Award from the NAACP for Red Tails, a successful Kickstarter, Star Wars project that went through and much more!

How much would a Death Star cost to build in real life?

LFL digital production facility plans move forward for Marin County CA. Is Lucasfilm growing as a successful, competitive company? And, could this possibly be related to the production of a certain Star Wars, live action, much talked about television show!? (Thanks to Anthony Madden for pointing that out!)

 

Drew Karpyshyn’s book get’s a title, the Nomi Sunrider book has been canceled, and Timothy Zahn’s Han Solo book will be out this winter!

This episode of the Star Wars Report is sponsored by Toy Hutt! Your source for toys and more from that galaxy far, far away!

Toy Hutt has an awesome deal for avid collectors this week! If you’re looking to purchase a number of Star Wars items in the near future, they have a sale right now where if you purchase $75.00 or more, you get a %20 percent discount!

We also discovered that they have a cool, collecting 101 guide. If you’re new to collecting, or like having your collecting information assimilated neatly (Yeah sure, Borg style. Props if you get this reference!), than take a look at their guide!

Riley also spoke of his conflicted feelings on the Star Wars Happy Meals.

We played a cool interview with Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, who seems like quite a nice guy!

Ralph Mcquarrie (June 13, 1929 – March 3, 2012) is now one with the Force. This episode of the Star Wars Report is dedicated to him.

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De Jabba No SOPA, Slimo! – SWR #28

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Star Wars Report!

On this episode of the Star Wars Report, special guest Pete Morrison joins us to talk all things Star Wars!

We discussed dancing in The Old Republic, (Yes, it really happened!) and Timothy Zahn’s upcoming Han Solo novel!

Our thanks go to Toy Hutt for sponsoring this episode! The guys over there are on vacation right now, and I hope they enjoy themselves as much as this trooper is!

Also, an interesting George Lucas interview, and the possibility of The Old Republic coming to Macintosh computers!

Nathan Butler joins us partway through the show to talk about the ebook release of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter!

And also, the Death of the Internet! (Ok, rather melodramatic, but it’s partly true!) SOPA!


Be sure and join us for our weekly live show on Middle-earth Network Radio! We often have exclusive, live only content over there; this week, we discussed Red Letter Media’s The Phantom Menace Rebuttal, along with other topics, with all the people in the  chat!

Thanks for tuning in!

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If Han Solo Died… – SWR #24

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Welcome back to The Star Wars Report!

Guess what! WE HAD NO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! I’M SO HAPPY! WOOT!

During this episode of The Star Wars Report, Riley, Bethany and Mark discuss a number of news stories.

Will The Old Republic threaten the revenue of World of Warcraft?

Also, George Lucas gives his autograph to help little Princess Leah, the baby girl we’ve spoken of before.

Thank you Toy Hutt for sponsoring this episode! Check out their site, and their awesome collectibles! This week, we admired a holographic Princess Leia, and talked about some of their new toys!

And, take a look at some recently unearthed story board art for The Empire Strikes Back!

Hah, Obi-Wan looks like Gandalf!

Geek is Awesome posted an old interview with some of the original trilogy actors, and it reveals a very different set of plans for how Star Wars prequels/sequels could have gone….

We welcomed special guest Nathan Butler on the show to talk about a new podcast he’ll be doing for the Star Wars Report! It’s called Star Wars Beyond the Films, stay tuned for more updates, and we’ll let you know when the show airs for the first time!

 

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And a shout out to Eric, thanks for the email! We always love listener feedback!

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