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Inquisitor Tremayne
04-08-2008, 10:48 AM
I have been inspired by the D&D setting polls.

So tell us, what's your favorite Star Wars era/setting?

Old Republic - Knights of the Old Republic: Where Jedi and Sith abound and the galaxy is just starting to take shape!

Rise of the Empire: Episodes I - III: The galaxy has been at peace for the past 1000 years and the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, is slowly rising to power and engineers the final destruction of the Jedi.

Rebellion Era: A few years after Episode III through Episode VI: Rebels striking from hidden bases attempt to overthrow the Empire. The Jedi begin to resurface and a final battle over the moon of Endor brings the Empire to its knees.

New Republic Era: The Rebel Alliance finds itself thrust into the publics eye as they try to reshape the galaxy. They must contend with political intrigue, rouge Imperial factions, and other outside sources that want to see the New Republic fail. Luke Skywalker searches out more Jedi and brings them to Yavin 4 to begin training a new generation of Jedi.

New Jedi Order era: The fledgling galaxy faces its greatest threat yet, the Yuuzahn Vong. An intergalactic race that is vacant in the Force.

Legacy era: Following the trails and tribulations of the Organa-Solo children or 140+ years after the New Jedi Order and the Skywalker bloodline still shapes events in the galaxy.

(There's more to those eras than that though!)

Vote!

Inquisitor Tremayne
04-08-2008, 10:52 AM
I think I am going to have to say, Rise of the Empire.

I admit it, I like Jedi. And this era allows for A LOT of Jedi and it is the height of the Jedi Order (however complacent they may have been).

Not a lot of dark siders though, but still open enough to throw some in every now and then.

Then there is the Clone Wars! How fun is that!? Killing Jedi is even more fun than playing as one!

vadersson
04-09-2008, 03:41 PM
Hmm, I voted for the Rebellion as it is a lot of fun having the big bad Empire out there. But in retrospect, it might be the New Republic era. There are a lot of options and Luke's Jedi Praxeum is great for allowing starting Jedi characters.

I also really like the Tales of the Jedi era, as opposed to KotoR. There was something in the feel of the TotJ books vs the KotoR stuff. But maybe that is just me.

Thanks,
Duncan

Inquisitor Tremayne
04-09-2008, 04:06 PM
I also really like the Tales of the Jedi era, as opposed to KotoR. There was something in the feel of the TotJ books vs the KotoR stuff. But maybe that is just me.

Thanks,
Duncan

THANK YOU!

Finally someone else who LOVES Tales of the Jedi and NOT KotOR!

When the Knights of the Old Republic game came out I expected it to be like the TotJ comics and have a very archaic feel to it. And it didn't even though it was set shortly after the same time period. It looked like everything else "new" Star Wars (Episodes I-VI) and THAT was disappointing.

I was hesitant to call the selection above "Tales of the Jedi" because it seems everyone is now only familiar with KotOR. Unfortunately.

GBVenkman
04-12-2008, 10:28 PM
I enjoy the thought of large sith wars with legions of jedi. So I guess I'd be interested in the ancient times atm.

Rise of the empire and rebellion are always going to be most easy to get into though since there is tons of actually movie material. (it's not like everybody reads the novels.. I don't at all, if I read a book, its usually more english/american lit.) Not to mention the fact that the clone wars is coming out.

anything after episode 6 I don't really care for.

Roderz
04-19-2008, 10:04 AM
Legacy Era, but only the comic setting, 100+ years after everything else.

I haven't read a single NJO or LOTF novel. Back when the Solo kids were born, they were pretty cool, especially Anakin. I don't like what they did to him, and I am on the Jacen-hating Band Wagon. Also, Luke FINALLY hooks up, and they kill her.

Legacy (as opposed to Legacy of The Force) allows everything to have happened, and then pick up the pieces from there. We get a Skywalker who is actually cool, as opposed to whiny/wanky or backward/confused/bumbling. I'm much harder on the Skywalkers there than I intended to be... Plus we get characters that existed even as old as Clone Wars Era, (How old is K'Kruhk? Little Chak grew up!) still kicking arse. Plus they'll be able to hint at possible futures of original characters, such as a possible Vos descendant, how cool would that be?

Anyway, that's my vote.

jayphailey
04-19-2008, 02:40 PM
I like to try to make my own homebrew settings.

I suppose I could have set a game sometime between the TotJ and the Clone wars.

I wanted to avoid a setting where my players knew more than I did.

I also think that some of the Extended Universe material is drool.

Jay ~Meow!~

Phanuel
05-20-2008, 10:57 PM
I like the classic Star Wars era. The Force is a hokey religion and no one really remembered the Jedi. That and the HUGE 20 year gab between episodes III and IV makes for a fun playground for RPGs in my humble opinion.

Webhead
05-21-2008, 11:18 PM
Maybe it's just my nostalgia flaring up, but for me nothing beats the good old Rebellion Era for a romping Star Wars game. Blasting Stormtroopers, outrunning TIE fighters and the Force as an "ancient religion" virtually lost to the ravages of the Emperor's New Order. It just doesn't get better than that.

I'm also a fan of the Tales of the Jedi comics and thus have some fondness for the period.

In an upcoming campaign that I'm preparing to run however, I have decided to set it just after the events of Revenge of the Sith and intend to run it up bascially to the signing of the Corellian Treaty and Mon Mothma's drafting of the Declaration of Rebellion. Of course, that leaves a large period of time to explore and adventures to be had. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Moritz
05-22-2008, 08:47 PM
4000 or so years before the battle of yavin.

My whole game was based in that era. Mandalorian wars had already happened, the Sith were working behind the scenes and about to wage serious war.

tesral
05-23-2008, 10:00 AM
4000 or so years before the battle of yavin.

My whole game was based in that era. Mandalorian wars had already happened, the Sith were working behind the scenes and about to wage serious war.

So, they were Sithpering behind people's backs were they?

Inquisitor Tremayne
05-23-2008, 03:05 PM
So, they were Sithpering behind people's backs were they?

:drum:

Kryser Kanos
05-23-2008, 09:56 PM
Im pickin rise of the empire cause it suits me:)

alarnik
06-14-2008, 11:58 PM
I have to go with the New Republic. Probably partly my choice is because I'm reading the Thrawn Trilogy. It's a great time, I think, because you still get the "classic" Star Wars feel (Empire vs Rebellion, etc. Yes, the Rebels are now the New Republic, but they feel like rebels, being underfunded and poorly staffed), but there's so much room to explore.

Engar
06-17-2008, 12:32 AM
Hmm, I always played d6 (tiny bit of d20, no Saga). That was all Rebellion. Not that you couldn't do something else. But typically the group was about smuggling and surviving (which meant keeping the ship from falling apart). Politics only mattered when it got in the way (which it often did), then you killed the stormtroopers got a nice new bounty issued and went on your way... loop to sentence start. If they started caring about you, well, that was when real trouble started. If the starmaster (that's right, Starmaster, and it was often said in the same whine Luke used about Toshi Station)... so, if a starmaster gave a bounty hunter a unique name and cool armor, that was the apex of trouble because mark my words, that guy can shoot. Of course eventually the group might have a bounty hunter of it's own. That character is probably fine as long as he doesn't get in the way, it's the bounty hunter code and all (You only tag another hunter if the creds are so good you can't help it).

Webhead
06-17-2008, 09:24 AM
Hmm, I always played d6 (tiny bit of d20, no Saga). That was all Rebellion. Not that you couldn't do something else. But typically the group was about smuggling and surviving (which meant keeping the ship from falling apart). Politics only mattered when it got in the way (which it often did), then you killed the stormtroopers got a nice new bounty issued and went on your way...

Ah, yes. Good times...good times...:)

Cortosis
08-04-2008, 02:26 PM
My favorite era is the Rise of the Empire era, definitly. Though I prefer to call it the Clone Wars era. :D

I'm a fan of episode I-II-III, there was so much trouble, so many jedi and so much epic war. Also I love the separatists. :cool: Especially to play them as enemies, they're so interesting, diverse and because I agree with them. (if the separatists dont like the republic, just leave them alone. They only wanted peace!) And above all I like the battle droids with their funny voices. :lol:

Inquisitor Tremayne
08-07-2008, 11:32 AM
Finally another fan of episodes I-III!

Episode III is my favorite! Man it is so awesome! It's everything I expect Star Wars to be, Jedi, EVIL villains, awesome planets, and you really get to see just how much someone's point of view shapes their perspective!

I love it!

Iceberg
08-08-2008, 09:28 PM
I'm very torn between the Knights of the old Repblic era and the Rebel era. I tend to enjoy playing in a universe largely unexplored with the old republic with hordes of Mandolorians still out there with a REAL Sith threat and Jedi being commonplace. Yet I also like the Classic Trilogy, or Holy Trilogy as it was referred to in Chasing Amy. It's where it all began, anytime I play there I feel like I'm a kid again seeing Star Wars for the first time and having it change my life.

tesral
08-09-2008, 12:28 AM
If I did play Star Wars, which I've not had a chance to do, I would go Old Rebublic. Much political byplay and anything can be run in Star Wars.

It also stays away from the Canon heroes problem.

Inquisitor Tremayne
08-09-2008, 01:49 AM
It also stays away from the Canon heroes problem.

You know, I've never really had a problem with that.

What's fun as a gm is to interject the "main" characters into a scene and describe them kind of discretely and see if the PCs pick up on it. Sometimes they do sometimes they don't.

The largest problem with star wars canon is the story lines. Unless you drastically alter the time line up front and inform the players that can be quite a bit of confusion.

I had this happen in my game where the Emperor is Emperor Vader! And that had a drastic affect on the galaxy and the players didn't really have a hard time adapting but I had to constantly correct them on assumptions that they were making based on player knowledge.

It took the PCs a session with Mon Mothma to explain how the state of the galaxy is now in my game, with rogue Admirals from the clone wars and Rogue Moffs, etc...

Anyway, as a player I think its cool to meet some of the heroes especially if it before they become galactically famous, when they are nobodies!

tesral
08-09-2008, 02:40 PM
The largest problem with star wars canon is the story lines. Unless you drastically alter the time line up front and inform the players that can be quite a bit of confusion.


The Game ownership issue. Once you start a game it is yours, not the canon timeline's.

Webhead
08-09-2008, 03:15 PM
The nice thing about Star Wars is that there is such scope to the galaxy that you might never have your party come across any characters from the movies, or get tied up in those plots.

I ran an entire campaign that started 1 year after A New Hope and ran through until 2 years after Return of the Jedi and the party never once ran into or came near any of the personalities from the trilogy. I had plenty of my own plots and NPCs going on that kept them more than busy.

It really depends on whether the GM wants that kind of presence in the game. I personally avoid inserting "mains" into my storylines because I want to emphasize that the PCs are the movers-and-shakers of the campaign and I don't want them to feel overshadowed by others or seek the "big boys" to come solve their problems for them. Sure, Luke and his buddies are still somewhere in the background...but it's just that...background.

tesral
08-09-2008, 09:42 PM
The nice thing about Star Wars is that there is such scope to the galaxy that you might never have your party come across any characters from the movies, or get tied up in those plots.


It's a big galaxy.

Thriondel Half-Elven
08-15-2008, 10:46 PM
I vote the Old Republic. Fell in love with it while playing the KOTOR games on XBOX. I don't know if it is just all the Jedi and Sith running around. Big fan of the Sith.

canadiansatan
08-21-2008, 12:43 AM
I was honestly torn between Old Republic and Rebellion era.

Old Republic (which I interperate as ancient republic) I've got lots of sith lords and Jedi to choose from. I can make up my own political situation. For a Jedi heavy party, it's really the best era for me.

Rebellion era (after order 66 until Luke Skywalker gets a lightsaber as I see it) is also up there. Players get to be the underdogs of a repressive government and probably become part of the rebellion. Though Jedi charactors must eventually... die. So if you're light on Jedi, it's all good.

tesral
08-21-2008, 09:46 AM
Putin' on the Sith
TTTO Puttin' on the Ritz.

Have you seen the power mad
Wanting all that they can grab.
Corsacant is where they play
Stealing freedom every day
Dark cloaks, and evil grinnin'
Light sabers, lots of minions
Spending every life For a wonderful strife.

If you're blue and you don't know
where to go to why don't you go
where evil is
Puttin' on the Sith
Different types with an eye glow
Tattoos across the face go
with perfect wit
Puttin' on the Sith
Dressed up to command the Clone War troopers
Clouding minds into a Jedi stupor (super duper)
Come let's mix where Palpentine
schemes with Dukos and Skywalkers
in his fist
Puttin' on the Sith

(tap dance break)

Dressed up to command the Clone War troopers
Clouding minds into a Jedi stupor (super duper)
Come let's mix where Palpentine
schemes with Dukos and Skywalkers
in his fist
Puttin' on the Sith
Puttin' on the Sith
Puttin' on the Sith
Puttin' on the Sith

If you're blue and you don't know
where to go to why don't you go
where evil is
Puttin' on the Sith
Puttin' on the Sith
Puttin' on the Sith

Thriondel Half-Elven
08-22-2008, 12:07 AM
Finally another fan of episodes I-III!

Episode III is my favorite! Man it is so awesome! It's everything I expect Star Wars to be, Jedi, EVIL villains, awesome planets, and you really get to see just how much someone's point of view shapes their perspective!

I love it!

i definately still say the old republic. i think it is because of all the time i spent there (KOTOR and KOTORII) but episodes I-III are awesome

Jedi Viktor
10-04-2008, 05:35 AM
Yeah I'd have to say KOTOR era. I always like Star Wars, watched the movies as a kid. But it wasn't until I discovered the KOTOR games (actually played the second one first) that I really started to love SW. It opened me up to the Expanded Universe and let me explore it like crazy. Though the eras between movie 1-6 are great, going through the Enclave at Dantoonie, exploring the crystal cave there, going to Korriban, Rakata Prime, and meeting the race who ruled the Infinite Empire, were really cool things.

masterjudge
10-15-2008, 04:12 PM
KotOR all the way. I love the Sith and the Old Republic is the perfect time to run campaigns with lots of Sith! I'm also a fanatic about the KotOR games, because of all the awesome characters.

Inquisitor Tremayne
10-15-2008, 04:47 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with KotOR.

Could be I am an old stick in the mud and prefer TotJ.

Webhead
10-15-2008, 05:06 PM
I have a love/hate relationship with KotOR.

Could be I am an old stick in the mud and prefer TotJ.

I liked TotJ as well and was glad to see some of that material make it into the KotOR Campaign Guide.

Of course, if need be, I've always got my TotJ Sourcebook from WEG.

Not that what I've experienced of KotOR was bad by any stretch. I still have enjoyed what little I have thus far managed to get through of the first KotOR game. It's one of those things that I keep meaning to go back and play but never get around to. I have a lot of games like that, actually.

Inquisitor Tremayne
10-16-2008, 11:13 AM
Of course, if need be, I've always got my TotJ Sourcebook from WEG.

Not that what I've experienced of KotOR was bad by any stretch.

Same here.

I am getting ready to do a "flash back" of sorts in mu current Infinities Dark Times game, where the PCs will play Dark Siders set in the pre-KotOR era!!!

Webhead
10-16-2008, 11:21 AM
Same here.

I am getting ready to do a "flash back" of sorts in mu current Infinities Dark Times game, where the PCs will play Dark Siders set in the pre-KotOR era!!!

Interesting. I'd be curious to hear about what happens.

A time or two, the idea has played across my mind of running a game set just before the first Great Schism, with the players portraying the very first "Jedi" and battling the very first "Dark Jedi". So little is known about that era, but I see the possibility for some interesting potential.

Inquisitor Tremayne
10-16-2008, 12:45 PM
that sounds cool too.

Right now all I know is that it will be set around the time when the prophecy of the chosen one will be proclaimed and that the events that take place then should shed some light on the current happenings.