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Wampa Cave / Interesting read about Episode 1
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:42:30 AM »
While I might disagree with his 5 points, I think I agree with the overall sentiment of this writer.  I think we all wanted TPM to be so awesome, that we couldn't allow it to be good.  Hopefully Episode 7 is better, but IMHO, Episode 1 is not that bad, and not the worst of the prequels.

I just saw this on Saturday night.  It was a really good movie.  I saw the first X-men, but I am not sure that I saw any of the others until First Class.  I thought the first one was ok.  This one, in my opinion, was much better, and also better than First Class (which I also liked better than the first one).  Good story, good action, and the scenes with Quicksilver were entertaining. 

Anyone else seen this yet?

Wampa Cave / Spin-off movie announcement
« on: May 25, 2014, 08:51:35 PM » (and many other places) have posted that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will be directing a Star Wars Spin-off movie due out in 2016.  I haven't noticed any details as to who will feature in it.  The script will be written by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli).  Both are apparently big Star Wars fans.

Wampa Cave / RIP EU
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:11:38 AM »
Well, although not truly a surprise, just a disappointment, but Lucasfilm has announced that the EU is being dumped like a pile of garbage.  They try to say the right things, but the reality is they were willing to rake in the profits from the stories, but not willing to let them count for anything at all.
The news release says that everything from now on, including books and comics, will be canon, but who is to say that in a few years, they won't wipe the slate clean again? 
Now, let me be clear, I was not surprised, and certainly didn't want episodes 7-9 to be a film version of previous books (like the Thrawn trilogy, or whatever).  I'm also fine with them veering off in a different direction.  I just wish it wasn't a complete wipe.  There are some EU stories and characters that are awesome and will be missed.  If they did this right, we could keep some of the best, and the rest could fall under "legends" (their term) appropriately - with heroes like Han, Luke, and Leia, there are bound to be stories told which aren't quite truth, but rumor.  But to have dozens of stories referencing Luke's wife, Mara Jade?  They can't all be rumor.
Anyway, I know this is a polarizing Star Wars topic, but I, for one, am disappointed with how this is being handled.

You can read the news release here

Wampa Cave / Star Wars Celebration 7
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:10:49 AM »
So, I am sitting here in the Orange County Convention Centre, supposedly to be learning about medical stuff (my current session is on endocrinology), but my mind keeps drifting to Star Wars celebrations 5 and 6, the last (and only other) two events that brought me here.  Great memories!

Which has got me thinking about Star Wars Celebration 7.  It is 1 year away now, and while it will be in sunny California instead of sunny Florida, I am hoping for another great convention.  The last few, there have been good intentions of meeting up as a group of snow troopers, but they have generally failed (at both, as far as I recall, just Jason (AKA Canadian Jedi) and I met up at the scheduled time, although I did meet a few others along the way.

So, this time, I am hoping that more people can make it, and that everyone can make a get-together of snow troopers.  Maybe we should try it the evening before the convention starts, so it doesn't interfere with the show.

So, who is coming for sure, who is hoping to come, and who is out for sure?  And thoughts on a meet-up the evening before it starts?

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Crucible
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:24:07 PM »
Hardcover by Troy Denning

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Hardcover by Martha Wells

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Winner Lose All
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:20:54 PM »
E-book by Timothy Zahn

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / The Last Jedi
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:19:34 PM »
Paperback by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Kenobi
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:18:02 PM »
Hardcover by John Jackson Miller

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Maul: Lockdown
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:16:57 PM »
Hardcover by Joe Schreiber

Plot Summary
This story almost entirely takes place on a station called Cog Hive Seven. It is a detention center, also the site of gladiatorial-type combat among the prisoners. These fights are broadcast across the HoloNet, and betting on these fights brings in millions of credits.

The first chapter begins with Darth Maul having recently been admitted to the prison, and he is involved in one of these battles with the reigning prison champion. He has trouble sensing his opponent, and later it is revealed that his opponent is a Yuzzhan Vong, which is why Darth Maul has difficulty sensing him. He is almost subdued by the Yuzzhan Vong’s amphistaff, but he manages to rip the head of the serpent/staff off and shove it down the throat of his opponent before finishing him.

As the book continues, we find Darth Maul is in the prison on a mission from his master, Darth Sidious. The mission is for him track down an arms dealer by the name of Iram Radique, who apparently is creating a powerful nuclear device. Maul is then supposed to get the device into the hands of the Bando Gora. Although he does not know any more than this, the plan of Darth Sidious is then to have the Bando Gora use the device against Darth Plagueis.

Maul gets to know various people in the facility, including Zero, a mysterious Twi'lek who seems to have special privileges in the prison; Coyle, a Chadra Fan who speaks in a bizarre fashion and also seems to have a lot of information; and two prison gangs, the Gravity Missive and the Bone Kings, along with their respective leaders, Strabo and Vas Nailhead.

Over time, through both his excellent fighting abilities (although he is forbidden by his master to use the dark side), along with careful plotting and stealth, Darth Maul takes over control of the two prison gangs. He also is selected several times to be involved in the gladiatorial combats, always coming out on top, including one memorable match against a Wampa.

As time goes on, although Maul is moving up the ladder in the prison, he seems no closer to finding Iram Radique. His master becomes impatient with him, and their communications continue to show his displeasure with Darth Maul. Nevertheless, as he continues searching, clues begin to come forth.

Initially, he thinks that a prisoner by the name of Rook may be the one he is looking for, or at least have information. He arranges to have Rook selected to fight him in combat. He is able to glean a bit of information before finishing him off.  This annoys Radique, though, and he has Izhsmash, a Gravity Missive member who helped Maul by slicing the system, killed for it.

Maul eventually finds a prisoner, Artagan Truax, who is in the prison with his son, Eogan. Artagan knows Radique, as he had previously saved his life when the Bando Gora were trying to kill him.  Artagan had come looking for protection and help from Radique, but Radique refused unless Artagan would have his eyes removed.  Artagan participated in several of the combats, winning them all, but is no longer able to fight.  He now trains his son, hoping he will never be selected, but hoping that he can get him ready in case he does.  With their help, Maul slowly begins to come closer to his target.

As this is going on, Sadiki Blirr, the warden of the prison, is under some pressure. The head of the Galactic Gaming Commission, Dragomir Chlorus, has had some concerns with the way Sadiki has been operating. His concerns are largely that Jabba the Hutt is becoming dissatisfied with the way that the house (essentially, Sadiki) always seems to come out on top in the betting. In addition, the fact that an arms dealer seems to be operating from the prison is bothersome to Jabba. He has infiltrated the complex by placing some of his men as guards, but Sadiki finds out and has them killed. Jabba then comes in force, and a large riot ensues in the prison.

Meanwhile, Maul has teamed up with Vesto Slipher, a Muun working for the Intergalactic Banking Clan. He has been sent there by Darth Plagueis. Slipher does help Maul to some extent, but betrays him, only to be killed inadvertently by a droid. Eventually, Maul finds his way to a Weequay, who he initially thinks is Radique.  He kills the Weequay, and is disappointed because he thinks he has failed his mission, not only because he has killed the person he has been trying to contact, but because he used the Force in doing it.  However, the Twi’lek, Zero is, in fact, Radique. He finds his weapons facility, and calls the Bando Gora.  Around this time, Radique sends a group to finish off Artagan, who is already wounded and dying of an infection.  They attack him, but are defeated by his son, who has finally mastered the Fifty-two Fists, surprising his father that he can be a fighter, after all.

The leader of the Bando Gora, Komari Vosa, is a former Jedi. She arrives, and she and her cult battle Jabba first, and win.  However, they then meet up with the Wolf Worm, a bizarre, supernatural creature in the prison that has been feeding (and growing) off of the blood of the prisoners.  It is massive now, and kills most of the Bando Gora.  Komari Vosa survives, and she and Maul fight, but in the end, a truce is made. They wind up defeating Radique and securing the nuclear device.  They end up fighting some of Jabba’s men during the escape (accompanied by Eogan), but eventually, Jabba allows them on his ship to escape the station, which ends up destroying itself.

In the end, the mission was successful. The weapon was delivered into the hands of the Bando Gora, and Maul escapes to fight another day

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Old Republic: Annihilation
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:15:31 PM »
Hardcover by Drew Karpyshyn

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Lost Tribe of the Sith
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:13:54 PM »
Paperback by John Jackson Miller

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:11:05 PM »
Hardcover by Tim Lebbon

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Wampa Cave / Clone Wars season 6 to air on Netflix March 7
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:52:49 AM »
As I suspect many troopers don't venture out into some of our other forums (including the Star Wars movie and TV forum), I wanted to mention this news here, but also provide the link to that forum so you can read the comments and chime in.  You can head there by clicking HERE

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