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Quote of the Day – September 19, 2014

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

Han Solo (Played by Harrison Ford)

Star Wars Recap

No, this isn’t a recap of any of the movies.  Besides, I could not give a recap of Episode 3 anyway since I still have yet to see it.  No, this is a recap of the Star Wars announcements from Fantasy Flight Games at GenCon this year.

I have to admit that the announcement I am most excited about was for Star Wars X-Wing, specifically the announcement of a third faction, the scum and villainy faction.  It is going to be interesting to see how these ships will play into the current Imperial versus Rebel dynamic.  And while there are two repaints in the series (Z95s and a Y-Wing repainted for the new faction), the set will feature cards to rebrand the HWK and Slave 1 (Boba Fett’s ship) for the new faction.  If these two ships can be rebranded, I get the feeling that other ships may get the same treatment in the near future.

I am also curious about the new fleet scale miniatures game, Star Wars: Armada.  Most of my curiosity comes from by interest in Sails of Glory, where players take on the roles of captains of tall ships in the Napoleonic era.  Initial previews suggest that there may be some similarities (planning multiple turns in advance, controlling larger vessels), but there are some significant differences.  Movement does not seem anything like X-Wing (set templates for the ships), nor like Sails either (which use maneuver cards specific to the ships involved).  Whether the movement gizmo (for lack of a better term) is any better or worse will remain to be seen.

Finally, there was the last big announcement that has me quite intrigued.  Star Wars Imperial Assault looks like a branded version of another Fantasy Flight game, Descent.  That alone has be interested in checking this out.  While I have never played Descent, I have been curious about the game and would one day like to try it out, even if it isn’t a full campaign.  Imperial Assault looks like it follows the same game logic (players explore an area while one tries to stop them), but there’s more to this game than an interstellar dungeon crawl.  Imperial Assault can also be played at a ground tactics game, pitting rebels against Imperials.

 

Saturday Songs – April 26, 2014

This week’s choice may seem a little premature, given that a week from Sunday is May the Fourth (be with you).  But it seemed appropriate given recent developments in the Star Wars Universe, and more specific, the expanded universe.

For those who may not know, the Star Wars expanded universe encompasses everything that was written outside of the six movies.  This includes comics from Marvel and Dark Horse as well a a multitude of books that have come out since Return of the Jedi.  At the time, these books continued the story began in the first trilogy and filled the void for those of us who clamored for more Star Wars (myself included).  While not everything was great, there was a lot of wonderful material that came from those books.  The expanded universe was not considered official canon, but with so much of it being of high quality, a lot of fans accepted it as unofficial canon.

Now, with Disney working on returning Star Wars to the silver screen with Episode VII, it would seem that the expanded universe is being set aside.  Granted, I understand that with the new movies continuing the story from Return of the Jedi some of the expanded universe really could not connect with what is to come.  Still, it’s right to see books like Heir to the Empire (the first of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn) or comics like Dark Empire fall by the wayside for what we can only hope will be worthy successors.  And I really mean hope since Episodes 1-2 disappointed me so much (I still have yet to see Episode 3).

Still, we can hope that some of the expanded universe may still be accepted as canon.  I mean, given that the next trilogy is set 35 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, there is still a lot of “wiggle room” for some of what we have seen come before to continue to be.

At least, we can still hope.

In the meantime, here is a performance of the Imperial March.

Quote of the Day – April 13, 2014

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford)

Star Wars

Quote of the Day – December 11, 2013

English: Sir Alec Guinness (black & white)

English: Sir Alec Guinness (black & white) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (played by Sir Alec Guinness)

Star Wars

5 Spaceships I’d Want To Pilot

If you’ve read my past posts, you know that I am not a big fan of flying.  In fact, I often say that if God had intended me to fly, I would have the most awesome set of wings.

That being said, there is still something about spaceships that capture my imagination.  While you cannot get me into the sky, I would love to fly through the stars.

The following is a list of ships that I would love to take me to the heavens.  Like most of my lists, it has the usual criteria (I had to have seen it in a movie/TV show, etc.)

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5 Movie/TV Vehicles I Want to Drive

We have all seen them.  That super cool, too good to be true vehicle on TV or the movies made you say, “Yeah, I want to drive that.”  The following is a list of the five that I still want to drive.

For the sake of clarification, I have limited this list to terrestrial vehicles.  I have left out planes (which still kind of freak me out) and space vehicles.  I may even create a list of favorite time vehicles as well.  Who knows?

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Saturday Songs – May 4, 2013

It was a bit of a dilemma.  Do I pick a song that is oriented towards comics since this is Free Comic Book Day?  Or, do I pick a song that is Star Wars in theme, since it is May the Fourth (be with you… sound it out).

I decided on this.

and this.

Enjoy!

5 Reasons Why Star Wars Is Dead To Me

Français : Logo de la trilogie original de Sta...

Français : Logo de la trilogie original de Star Wars retouché. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I used to be a Star Wars fan.  Used to being the operative phrase.  You could say that Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones was the one that hammered the final nail into that coffin.  But really, it had been happening for quite some time.  And it isn’t simply a matter that I have been getting older and now Star Wars is meant for a younger audience.  There are some very specific points in which took shots at my former love of Star Wars.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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5 Changes Resulting From Disney Buying Lucasfilm

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Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you all undoubtedly know by know, Disney has bought Lucasfilm for $8 billion.  The biggest announcement out of this has been that Star Wars VII will happen.  But, there are a few other changes that you may not have known about.

  1. Jar Jar Binks will be digitally replaced in all Star Wars movies with Goofy.
  2. Spaceship Earth redecorated and renamed The Death Star.
  3. Howard the Duck gets a sequel, though it ends abruptly when Donald shoots Howard.
  4. The next Indiana Jones movie will be called Indiana Jones and the Search for the Shortest Line in the Park.
  5. Snow White and the Seven Ewoks.
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