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    by Published on 21 July 2006 03:22 PM
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    The Q1 WotC product catalogue has come out, it seems, and in it is some more information about the big project that Owen K.C. Stephens and I worked on together. After Amazon.com broke the news on the book early, I didn't know whether or not I could mention it, so I waited until the catalogue came out to post the announcement here. Regardless, here is the information on the product:


    Star Wars Roleplaying Game: Saga Edition
    Owen K.C. Stephens and Rodney Thompson*

    This new edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game encapsulates all six feature films while presenting a thorough revision of the rules, making the game easier to learn while improving the overall play experience. The new 288-page core rulebook includes new character abilities and options, a streamlined skill system, a revised combat system, new feats and Force powers, a world gazetteer, statistics for key characters from all six Star Wars films and the Expanded Universe, and guidelines on how to use Star Wars Miniatures and battle maps in play.

    *Based on the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook by Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, and JD Wiker

    Key Selling Points:
    • This is the first official Star Wars Roleplaying Game product to include Episode III content.
    • The core rules have been revised and streamlined to make the game easier to learn and more fun to play.
    • This new edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is more miniatures-friendly than previous editions and includes a battle map and guidelines for using Star Wars miniatures in play.
    • Fans of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game have been anxiously awaiting a version of the rulebook that includes updated information on all six feature films.

    March 6, 2007
    288 page Hardcover
    $39.95/$49.95 CAN


    Hopefully, after GenCon I'll be able to talk about the product more. ...
    by Published on 20 July 2006 02:56 PM
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    2. Star Wars Miniatures News

    The box art for the upcoming Star Wars Miniatures Starship Battles game has been revealed, and it looks as though the ships included are going to be rather large. Also, it looks as though both the Executor and the Mon Calamari cruiser are really, really big -- if the starter box is to scale with the Revenge of the Sith starter box, the ships could be as big as twice or three times the size of the WotC standard Huge-sized miniatures. If so, this set could be one of the best things to come out of WotC (especially for fans of the RPG) in years! ...
    by Published on 15 May 2006 03:30 PM
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    2. Star Wars Miniatures News

    Wizards of the Coast's product catalogue has been updated to include the releases for September through December of 2006, and one of the new products is a highly-anticipated starship combat game. Here is the blurb from the catalogue:

    Star Wars Miniatures
    Starship Battles
    Starter Set and Booster
    The Star War Miniatures gaming experience reaches a whole new level!

    Star Wars Starship Battles is a new collectible miniatures game based on the popular Star Wars Miniatures Game. Long anticipated by fans, Starship Battles presents authentic starship figures from across all eras of the Star Wars saga. This 40-figure set is made up exclusively of space vehicles of all sizes, from starfighters to capital ships, all represented in relative scale. The starter game also contains two exclusive, non-randomized figures not available anywhere else, the Super Star Destroyer Executor and the Mon Calamari Star Defender Viscount.

    Drawn from the popular films, computer games, comics, and novels, the starships in this set are presented in relative scale to each other and not scale with other Star Wars Miniatures figures.

    Starter Game Componants:
    • rulebook
    • game map
    • two exclusive, non-randomized figures
    • ten randomized figures
    • stat card for each figure
    • set checklist
    • Booster Componants:
    • seven randomized figures
    • stat card for each figure
    • set checklist

    Nov. 21, 2006; Starter $39.99, Booster $19.99


    Sounds pretty interesting. Also of note, I have a Dungeons & Dragons book coming out in September, co-written by Star Wars d20 author Owen K.C. Stephens. Here's the blurb on it:

    Dragon Magic
    Owen K.C. Stephens and Rodney Thompson
    An exploration of two of the most exciting components of D&D - magic and dragons.
    Dragon Magic changes the way dragons are used in D&D campaigns. By imagining a world in which dragons openly share their magical secrets with humans and other races, this supplement encourages characters to form associations with dragons and learn ancient dragon secrets. Intended for both players and Dungeon Masters, Dragon Magic offers players new feats, spells, and magical items tied to dragons, while it gives DMs information on how to run a challenging new setting or enrich a current campaign.
    Sept. 12, 2006; 160 page hardcover, $29.95


    Thanks to Thalmin at ENWorld for the update! ...
    by Published on 9 May 2006 06:38 PM
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    SWRPGNetwork Conversions webmaster GMSarli has alerted us to news that the Dark Side Sourcebook and Power of the Jedi are to be reprinted in June. This is confirmed with the uppity ups at Wizards, so those of you that missed them the first time around should be sure to check them out. ...
    by Published on 28 March 2006 02:45 PM
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    Wizards of the Coast has posted a PDF file written by SWRPGNetwork Conversions webmaster Gary "GMSarli" Sarli featuring extensive stats from Revenge of the Sith. Taken from web articles written over the course of several weeks, this all-in-one mini-sourcebook should help any gamers wishing to run adventures in the Clone Wars, or even post-Episode III. Take the time to download it, it's really worthwhile. ...
    by Published on 10 February 2006 03:15 PM
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    3. Star Wars Miniatures News

    SWRPGNetwork staffer GMSarli is reporting that the upcoming Attack on Endor Scenario Pack expansion for the Star Wars Miniatures Game will include new game material for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Apparently, the package includes statistics for several characters and creatures. Here's the scoop:

    New vehicle, new creature, bunch of NPCs ... some of these guys had stats previously (several from Rebellion Era Sourcebook), but they're updated to the revised rules. Ponda Boba, Dr. Evazan, and Baron Sootir Fel are all new (AFAIK), and Kyle Katarn is the only one who already had revised stats (Power of the Jedi, but then no one seems to be able to get a copy of PotJ anymore!). Complete list:

    • Admiral Ackbar
    • BARC Speeder
    • Baron Fel
    • Varactyl (the lizard, named "Boga," that Obi-Wan rode on Utapau in RotS)
    • Dark Trooper Phase III
    • Dr. Evazan
    • Grand Admiral Thrawn
    • Guri
    • Kyle Katarn
    • Ponda Boba
    • Prince Xizor


    A step in the right direction, at the very least. Here's hoping that sales do well and roleplayers show enough interest to encourage the production of more RPG material. ...
    by Published on 4 January 2006 02:44 PM
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    2. Community News

    We at SWRPGNetwork always like to see interesting new fan projects, and the guys over at the Star Wars fan comics site (responsible for the excellent Cracken's Crew fan comic) have come up with a great sourcebook for fans of the prequel era. This sourcebook covers many of the Jedi from the Clone Wars and is a great resource for anyone looking to add a little action to their prequel game. Nar Cranr sent us this brief blurb about the project:

    Fandom Comics has finally released the first chapter of their latest work in progress; a Clone Wars Sourcebook. The current chapter features thirteen NPCs that are either Sith or Dark Jedi during the Clone Wars era, along with a chronological write up of their involvement during the Clone Wars.


    Be sure to surf on over and check it out, and discuss it right here on the Holonet Forums. ...
    by Published on 1 January 2006 08:03 PM
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    2. Community News

    From all of us at SWRPGNetwork, we wish you a Happy New Year. We hope you are happy, prosperous, and have lots of Star Wars-related fun in the new year, and we look forward to continuing to be a place where members of the gaming community come to enjoy Star Wars roleplaying. Happy New Year! ...
    by Published on 20 October 2005 03:29 PM
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    A little late posting this news, but it still deserves to be posted. ENWorld member MerricB has posted a letter he received from Living Force director August Hahn. In this letter, he confirms something we've been suspecting for a while now.

    August Hahn:
    Dear readers and players,

    Before I begin, please forgive our delay in responding the many very pertinent, very worthy questions that have been bandied about on this forum (and others). Cynthia and I have been working tirelessly to ensure that every resource was exhausted, every avenue explored
    and every possibility spent before bridging the subject that has been on your minds - namely, the second Living Force campaign.

    Let me make this as clear to you as it has become to us (but hear me out after I say it):

    There will not be an LF2 campaign.

    Wizards of the Coast has no interest in pursuing the Star Wars license agreement with LucasFilm beyond its Miniatures product line. This final decision came only very recently, which is why there has been such a delay in an announcement. With no roleplaying products coming out or scheduled, the roleplaying organized play division (the RPGA) will not support a second campaign set in the Star Wars universe.

    Thus, I repeat, there will not be a sequel to what WotC gladly acknowledges as a hugely successful campaign. We have had a great run, but just as there hasn't been a Year Six of Babylon 5, there will be no continuance of these great stories once they are finished.

    At Winter Fantasy, all good things (and this campaign from its inception under the immensely capable leadership of Jae Walker and the creative gifts of Morrie Mullins has been so VERY, VERY good) will come to an end. This decision is final; it will not change.

    Angry letters won't dissuade the powers that be. Threats and wails and gnashing of teeth will avail nothing. For very solid, very understandable reasons, the RPGA will not sanction a
    second "season". When it's over, it's over.

    So please, we your humble Coordinators beg of you, let's conduct these last months with the same dignity and strength of character (and characters) that made LF worth the gnashing of teeth uncountable. Enjoy the last story arcs. Play your roles to the fullest.

    BE the heroes we know you are.

    -------

    And that, as they say, is the bad news.

    The ~good news~ is that we are currently discussing plans for an all new campaign to fill the schedule void that will be left by LF's conclusion.

    I can only inform you of what we have been told is acceptable to release at this early date.

    The RPGA wants another science-fiction campaign. They want Cynthia and I to handle it, write it, and manage it. They want to make sure that you the players have a rich selection of games to enjoy and that ~includes~ a sci-fi genre choice.

    I honestly can say nothing more.

    When we know anything else, you'll know it that same day. Why? Because we suck at keeping secrets.

    I think we can all agree that this is definitely a dark time for Star Wars Roleplaying.


    EDIT: As a co-webmaster pointed out, this is far from an official end to the RPG, but is instead another grim indicator. ...
    by Published on 27 May 2005 10:23 PM
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    5. Rise of the Empire Era
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    The Aggressive ReConnaissance fighter (also called the ARC-170 fighter) is the spiritual predecessor to the X-Wing starfighter that emerged in the later days of the Clone Wars. One of the few Republic starfighters to bear its own hyperdrive (even the V-19 clone fighter and the Eta-2 interceptor cannot perform hyperspace travel on their own), the ARC-170 is designed to undertake long-range and deep space missions anywhere in the galaxy. ...
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