It has been a very busy couple of months, with a job change and a trio of consecutive conventions consuming my time. I hope to catch up here over the next few weeks. I’ll be working in reverse order, with this week covering the just completed Star Wars Celebration Chicago, next week discussing Gamer Nation Con 6, and finally Planet Comicon 2019. So, on with Celebration…Read More
Solo released last week, and I had a great time watching it. There is room for all kinds of stories within the Star Wars universe, and this one is a more focused story on characters than obvious galaxy-spanning events. Go see it if you somehow haven't yet. Spoilers ahead.Read More
Back from another KC Game Fair. I had a good time. I intend to post some of the adventure information and possibly the characters I used for The Sabacc Incident, but given that it is more of an outline than fleshed out, ready to run adventure, it will likely take awhile to get it better organized.
This week, the music of and in Star Wars has appeared in a couple of places. I've heard the music of the movies, Clone Wars and Shadows of the Empire over and over for years. As I've said before, for me, the original Star Wars soundtrack was a stand-in for the movie itself in the days before VCRs and video.
Travel can really throw you off schedule. This is one of those kinds of weeks. The sort where you go "it's Wednesday, wasn't there some thing else I needed to do besides collapse at the hotel?" Right. That blog post....from a phone. There's an app for that...it just won't actually post any thing but a draft for some reason. No problem, that is what copy paste is for.
Next issue...I don't have all that handy Star Wars info with me.
I see from my site stats that a few eager GenCon 2011 attendees/players found my old post on CHAOS D&D, some through a google search. Thanks for the interest! I've gone back and edited the plot info out of the entry, but reading it may still give a way some spoilers on how the game itself is played. Though that in and of itself is not a secret (CHAOS has been running for years at ShaunCon and KC Game Fair), it's still more fun for some people to experience it first hand.
As to the plot info earlier readers or players may have read/played, CHAOS plots have a way of developing over time (and even in game), so I'm sure it won't be exactly the same this time around.
For those who aren't following all of that, the Roleplayers Guild of Kansas City, Ltd. is running two rounds of its long running Chaotically Hysterical Association of Systems (CHAOS) event at GenCon 2011.
Today, I've started a new feature on my blog that I hope to maintain week to week - Star Wars Wednesday. I'll be posting Star Wars gaming related freebies and/or general comments on whatever aspect of Star Wars has my attention at the momen. Exact content will vary from week to week.
Today's post features Stat Pack - Maps of Mastery I. Check it out here.
I had a great time attending my first Star Wars Celebration. I met a lot of people I'd previously only had professional or online contact with, made many new acquaintances and ran into the occasional old friend. I took full advantage of the panels. I often skipped some of the major ones that I knew I'd see clips from online and went to some that wouldn't be seen elsewhere. Among the event related highlights (of which there were many):
- The Force.net party, which was a big success attended by many Star Wars celebrity guests (artists, authors, directors, creators, etc.) and fans.
- Briefly meeting Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni, and having him comment on the end of the RPG line.
- Panels covering Del Rey, Dark Horse, Essential Guides, Blueprints, Knight Errant, Atlas and Star Wars Insider.
- Panels with Ben Burtt (sound), ILM model makers, SW and TESB producer Gary Kurtz and Lucas Licensing.
- Writing panels with Troy Denning and Aaron Allston (I couldn't make the third).
- Continuity-heavy discussion panel with Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo on the Clone Wars.
- Storytelling panel and Clone Wars Season 3 panel, both with Dave Filoni.
- Roaming the dealers hall, seeing the various sets and multitude of collectibles, toys, books and artists.
- And many other displays, events, etc.
It was a very fun show and a great time. I also managed to see the last half of the Main Event from one of the overflow rooms and...and...and....there was too much to do even in 4 days, though I covered a lot of it.
I'll be attending Star Wars Celebration this weekend. I'll be a guest at the theforce.net party with an increasing number of other Star Wars insiders, actors, artists, authors and fans. Beyond that, I'll likely be attending many events at the Behind the Scenes stage or wandering around the main dealer hall.
FYI, I've started a new journal page for long form posts and commentary here on the site. My first one is called Dots on a Map, and covers some thoughts on the new Star Wars Atlas and how it interacts with my earlier work. Click here or the journal link on the menu bar above. The news page you are now reading will continue to include news, information and shorter comments.