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  1. Not that anyone cares but I've always viewed Legends as alternate universe and Disney as alternate universe and our games as alternate universes. They all count and matter but they don't have to interact with each other and probably shouldn't. When you are talking timelines and in-universe events though, it does help to reference which canon universe we are talking but never okay to beat someone over the head with. What's "Official" seems to be what is currently being made since those stories are being built on and are not abandoned by the current Star Wars creators. They are the most relevant of our moment and pop culture, for better or worse. The only consistency seems to be the original trilogy and even that could be argued oddly enough.
  2. In Thrawn Alliances, Anakin and Thrawn find separatists factories on the edge of Wild Space. They destroy them and then, years later, Vader and Thrawn are sent back out to discover that the Grysk, a kind of Yuuzhan Vong threat, have re-purposed the factories. The wookieepedia article says, "Thrawn also realizes that Dooku surprised the Grysks by producing both cortosis battle droids and clone armor. In secret, Vader knows that Darth Sidious was Dooku's true master and orchestrated the construction of the cortosis factory as part of his preparations for Order 66." This I felt laid the ground work for hidden Palpatine controlled shipyards in the Unknown Regions, working on weird things that extend beyond simply Order 66. I understand that this would be better explained in the movies, and I agree, but the novels did start laying the groundwork of bad guy factories out there. Also Thrawn is still out there in the Unknown Regions as well as Ezra. You know that they are going to explain more of this in one of their stories. I wouldn't be surprised if the next animated show is about the Yuuzhan Vo... ahem I mean Gryssk attempting to infiltrate the galaxy and hints of the Sith Cultists. I'm currently running a clone wars games where they are discovering weird factories in the Unknown Region. I'm hoping to tie it to the sequel trilogy in a future campaign.
  3. I ran a game in this setting. My players found it freeing because anything can basically be made in this setting without any of the restrictions of other eras. Force users, force traditions (i.e. church of the force), wannabe Jedi, Jedi that still are surviving the purge, mandalorians, former sith, sith, pirates, imperials, former imperials, politicians of all sorts from senator to princess, rebel sympathizers, rebel anything really, I mean the list goes on through everything in the universe being in one group as possibility even a rebel and imperial in a party. Being a former student of Luke that escaped Kylo's rage is possible and kind of cool. The connections are really endless since everything happened in the past and also the important events all happened in two or three days. We have years before the time before and the time after are filled in by books, comics, and tv shows. You can have ties to the Mandalorian TV show during this time, which I think will be the fill-in people are looking for. Just trying to sell it guys because I think it does have a lot of fun potential. One of my players was a former pilot of star tours. In our story, star tours started losing too many ships to random accidents and filled for bankruptcy. One player was a former Rebel spy that now found himself sensing things were not all as they seemed with the peaceful new republic. One was a former wookiee slave that acquired a damaged first order spy droid (another player) to which she was unaware until the first order came hunting for their missing droid. Having the first order madly hunting them while simultaneously trying to hide from the New Republic made for some great chase sequences. I also had the First Order taking over planets that were out of the scope of the New Republic. Players loved it and even got into a load of trouble on Canto Bight.
  4. Anything interesting going on with those species?
  5. That's awesome! I got a player in the Jedi career who will be happy to hear this. I know you just got it but wondering what that signature ability does.
  6. I was reading over the Clone Specs and found them to be pretty great especially Pilot. I was thinking to offer them to players of other eras, could swap Clone for Assault so that you have Assault Office, Assault Pilot, and Assault Trooper. The only unusual thing I can see is the Clanker Killer talent.
  7. I always thought Arkanian Off-shoots were being presented by the stats of Arkanian. They have done this a few times such as the Cosian and Nu-Cosian and the Bith and Y'bith. It wouldn't surprise me if they had intended it that way. That said Xexto/Quermian and Nemodian/Duros hail from different planets and have very different characteristics physically and intellectually as well as unique history write ups and do get split. I agree with these but the others I'm not sure. I kind of wish they went the Aqualish route with some of these and just noted the differences in the stats for Arkanians if there were any. Humans and it's offshoots kind of throw me too. I get the appeal though.
  8. You know, I sat for a good bit before posting that trying to decide if I should engage in this or not. I was hoping that we could discuss this book some more but you know what, you're right, this conversation has flowed to Rey is Mary Sue and the last thing I want to be associated with is controlling others. One of the themes of the Star Wars is this. Maybe I am wrong for liking Rey, I mean she's pretty much one of my favorite characters. I watched The Last Jedi in a rough time in my life and the journey of these characters resonated with my personal life in quite a few ways so maybe I'm just biased. I'll ignore this discussion. Your response has controlled me.
  9. Why are we doing this here, now in this forum? Rise of the Separatists. Clone Wars. This book and everything about it have nothing to do with Rey's character development other then yes, she probably should have the universal spec of Scavenger. Can we show some restraint in hating these movies. They are part of Star Wars. The end. You can have your own head canon or whatever but it's done. Is telling people that Rey is a Mary Sue new information? How is blasting this at us any different then a non-nerdy person yelling at us that RPG is adults playing make believe. If you don't like it or agree with it then whatever. That's your choice but it's entertainment and some people found it entertaining. I don't care that my entertainment has flaws. RPG has flaws. Whatever. This stuff is fatiguing. It's becoming bullying and I'm so over it.
  10. lol Jedi having knowledge (warfare) during this period of time does feel right but also buying it out of career could just be the norm for Jedi or they pick up Clone Soldier, Officer, or Pilot to gain those talents and skills needed for the clone war lol. It would be interesting to see a Jedi take up one of the Clone Specializations if we are going with the name of the career not meaning a whole lot. Or a clone taking up Jedi Padawan... Force Sensitive Clone? Would a Jedi who sensed one of the clones as Force Sensitive, train that clone to control themselves? Can a clone be force sensitive?
  11. I got my book last night and read the description and found it to be wildly appropriate. This book frames an intergalactic war with individuals being blockaded from food and supplies and battles being waged on countless planets. People are going to need to scavenge to get by and the ruins of war are great places for this to occur. I don't think Anakin is the reason this is included in this book. I think it's included here because it is thematically appropriate. When I saw the picture for the Universal Spec that had a Geonosian who looks like a mechanic that crossed into Scavenger with worn Clone armor and pieces of tech on him from the battles of his world, it sparked wonder in me of who this character is. He looks like so much fun to play. Pick any planet where a clone wars battle takes place and you have a character who may have had to turn to scavenger to get by because of the era in which you play. I love it.
  12. Anakin COULD be a scavenger or not but that's not the only reason we could be seeing scavenger in the book. Episode 1 did have a LOT of scavenger references in it. Pod Racers, Jawas, Tusken Raiders, Qui-Gon needing parts, Watto's junk shop, Slaves in need, Jar Jar exiled in the forest, etc... Clone Wars had Gah Nachkt and I would argue Darth Maul and the planet of scavengers. Wasn't there the street urchin girl, Cassie something in an episode as well that was kind of a pickpocket/scavenger? I haven't seen all of the Clone Wars, sorry. My point is that a lot players, myself included have made scavenger like characters and a specialization could make for some cool Dickens like characters. Also we got Jawas and Tuskens as playable species a few weeks ago and the timing is great on that. I see no problem with them being included here finally. I've been craving this specialization for awhile now. Also Entrepreneur and Performer are specializations lol.
  13. Kid (31 lol) who grew up with the Prequels here. My first EU book was The Essential Guide to Characters followed by The Essential Guide to Species. The diversity of species in Star Wars each with its own culture and fleshed out history was literally my favorite thing about Star Wars as a kid. Prequels definitely brought me into Star Wars. My brother always tried to get me to watch Star Wars but I was a lot more interested in Indiana Jones at the time. I had to go back and watch the OT after seeing the prequels and then fell in love with them. My point is I think I may be the one whom you are referencing in your comment so I thought I'd shed some light on my perspective. I specifically LOVE the issues of the species of Star Wars and find them to be so much better fleshed out then the ones of the OT (ignoring the fact that every species is based on the one and only one we see on screen which thankfully the ST is pulling away from). My very first introduction to RPG was Star Wars and I wanted to play a Dug and my buddy wanted to play a Gran. I wanted to show a Dug that actively fought the prejudice of his species, while still being a criminal to make it in a galaxy that feared him. He was perceived with prejudice that he would be selfish but he was very giving to those who were underdogs of the galaxy. His first mate was a brilliant Gran, whose uncle was senator Baskol Yeesrim, and he hated that his family expected him to be involved in corrupt politics. He allowed a terrorist attack to occur on Malastare which caused him to experience the feared Gran exile to the Dug side of Malastare where he met my dug who ended up helping him through his depression and loneliness and they formed a Chewie/Han bond that was a love/hate relationship. The species informed our characters even then when we were 13 for the better and made for story telling experiences that I still carry with me as an adult. The idea of a perfectly functioning multicultural galactic society where all tensions are extraneous to species is not even a thing for me and feels more like it lends itself to Star Trek then Star Wars. Gungans and Ewoks from two eras of movies prove that Star Wars has always embraced developed cultures with tensions and works great also for cartoon shows and even younger audiences. When players stick with Humans the tension will only be character driven and doesn't carry as much culture (which is fine) but the potential for inter species conflict with a party really excites me. TLDR: I grew up with the prequels and embrace them and I love species tension even when I was a kid. I want MOAR!
  14. Yeah, I agree. I wouldn't do the whole kill Jyn Erso thing either. My comment was more in regards to the book existing at all. I want to use these characters as action scene threats and I feel like not having the option to murder them outright but having HP represent removing them from the scene was a cool way of capturing that overwhelming feel and episodic bad guy element to a story. That said I realize that the PCs should be able to remove the villain from the scene without dropping the HP if they come up with a creative solution. But I was just thinking this would be a fun way to essentially put rules to the Dooku, Grievous, Vader, etc... villians where they are unbeatable but still a threat that can be introduced and then removed without oops I killed Boba Fett, which has happened to me in my gaming career. Was more awkward then anything. Not as satisfying as it should have felt.
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