Im kinda sad they didn't change it. But, I don't have the nostalgia for weg Star Wars, and think it should disappear along with the d20 version, erased from the collective consciousness.
Interesting! Considering WEG barely sketched the species, what would be gained by renaming them a 'Glaxnorz', or something? On that note, would you prefer that Greedo was actually a 'Shmerkalerk'?
That sounds snide, but I don't mean it that way. I'm honestly curious!
Actually, as I stated, I don't have any nostalgia for the WEG Star Wars RPG - never got to play it, I am just a little sick of seeing, all the "well, WEG did it this way.." posts, both here and on the d20 boards.
If changing the common things works better for this game, I'm all for it. I don't think we should be so beholden to the past. I would honestly like to see some NEW star wars content, rather than redoing the same stuff again and again.
I just don't give a zarking fardwark about WEG or WotC's Star Wars at this point. They are dead to me.
Wow, I just... wow. I thought I was being nice.
Yes, WEG told us that that guy is a Lasat. But they also told us that Greedo is a Rodian. And that a Medical Frigate is a Nebulon-B. And that the Falcon is a YT-1300.
I'm not saying everyone needs to bow down and worship WEG, but why on earth would you want these names changed, just for the sake of changing them?
If I'm not getting what you're saying, I apologize - but I would need a little more detail.
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I never said I WANTED the names changed. All I am trying to say is that, I personally, am tired of seeing people compare everything to the WEG's RPG. I'm sorry if you think anything I said was rude, as that was not my intent.
While I acknowledge that WEG did a lot for the current EU and star wars lore, I don't think it should be necessarily held as gospel. If WEG still had the license, sure, but they don't. If Disney/Lucasfilm (or Fantasy Flight) want to change the name of something, or say that a YZ-775 has no room for passengers, then they should be allowed and not feel beholden to something like a defunct RPG, because some people hold it as gospel.
Just because something was done a particular way (or had stats written) doesn't mean that it has to be that way. Fantasy Flight is crafting a very good RPG currently. If they have a vision of how things should be, I say let them do it. Change is not necessarily bad. We may get something even better, but you may have to take off the rose coloured glasses to see that.
I write this from the standpoint that WEG's rpg legacy means bupkiss to me. Zeb's species could have been called anything. They kept Lasat because of an RPG book from the 80's that a minority of star wars fans will know of. In a time where much of the EU is in danger of being purged, keeping little things like this is insignificant. So, while the name of the species doesn't matter, and won't affect my enjoyment of the show - If a greater story can be accomplished by altering a detail from old sources, I think the powers that be should be willing to do that - especially if the detail is so very obscure like the name of Zeb's species which appeared in an RPG book from 1988.
I hope I cleared things up, but to sum up. I've written far more about my original comment than I figured I would. It was a flippant remark about not having any nostalgia towards WEG's product. Whether Zeb's species is lasat or glaxnorz doesn't matter in terms of the show - the name was left to cater to a small group of people who have Nostalgia towards the RPG. If they changed the name, most of the people who watch the show wouldn't have known what it was originally called.
Also, another fact, if Episode VII nullifies the existence of Thrawn, I personally don't care. I enjoyed those books, but if the new movies are good, I would gladly take the loss - but, I know people will scream murder over it. A certain writer is rumoured to have gotten death threats for killing Chewbacca..
You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of EU.