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Video Games / Re: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
« on: April 14, 2019, 08:01:40 AM »
I've only ever liked single-player, offline games.
The Star Wars games are among the few games I've ever actually played to completion, usually multiple times.

Jedi Knight, Jedi Outcast, The Force Unleashed...
X-Wing, TIE-Fighter, Starfighter...
Rebellion, Force Commander, Empire at War...
Even the Lego Star Wars games
And of course... Knights of the Old Republic!

Hopefully this new one can live up to those classic Star Wars games!
What about Super Star Wars, Super ESB, and Super ROTJ?  :)
I loved those games on the old SNES.
Also loved Shadows of the Empire on SNES, SW: Rebel Assault on the Sega CD, Rogue Squadron on N64
Played (and loved) most of the ones you mentioned above, as well. Awesome single player games. I loved the old Battlefront ones for PS2, as well.

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Video Games / Re: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
« on: April 13, 2019, 09:35:09 PM »
I couldn't get to the panel on it today, but it does look really cool. I haven't played any games for a long time, but this one might bring me out of retirement  :winking0071:

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Wampa Cave / Re: Episode 9 Trailer
« on: April 13, 2019, 06:30:12 AM »
And it was confirmed later by JJ that Palpatine is indeed in RoS.  So it's not a bait and switch.
When was that? Other than seeing Ian McDiarmid, I didn't see any confirmation afterwards. I am sure he is in it, but whether alive or as a ghost or something, who knows?

I would add an Anakin appearance to those of the Force ghosts you mention, as well.

Apparently JJ asked George Lucas to help with the ending.  And he did!

 https://ca.ign.com/articles/2019/04/12/how-george-lucas-helped-finish-star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker

JJ was quoted in the above story that he was surprised that they were able to keep it a secret that Ian McDiarmid was filming on set.
Cool - Iím glad to hear Lucas was involved.

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Star Wars Trivia / Bounty Hunt trivia
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:42:19 PM »
Wow - first new thread in here in about 5 years!

As I said in the Celebration thread from the Wampa Cave, I will post some of the clues/trivia from the Bounty Hunt here. Some of them just wouldn't work in a forum, as they were puzzles using word search or other means, but I will include the ones, or parts of them, that would.

One of the cheap ones - worth 2500 credits - had "travel brochures", and based on the ad, you needed to guess the planet, and certain letters from each answer were used to spell out the target. Here they are:

1) You truly belong with us here among the clouds! Coe and experience the wonder of a gas giant as you float peacefully in the upper atmosphere. Tour the Tibanna gas refineries, explore the carbon-freezing chamber, and enjoy a break far from the heel of the Empire. Contact Lobot for booking information and landing procedures.
*use the 3rd letter of the answer
2) Two vacations in one! You'll never forget the classical architecture of the capital city, but just wait until you tour the underwater towns as well! Take a bongo through the planet's core, enjoy the night life, and meet friendly locals. One may just become an emperor some day!
*use the 1st letter
3) Come experience the best skiing the galaxy has to offer. Your whole family will enjoy day excursions to the North Ridge and the tantaun petting zoo. The night life inside Echo Base is sure to keep you warm.
*use the second letter
4) Beautiful warm sun, lots of sand, and certified to be sarlacc-free (unlike those other desert worlds). Kids will love to search for hidden treasures in the half-buried remnants of a former space battle - they may even be able to trade in their findings for a quarter portion. Drop them off for however long you want.
*use the third letter
5) Getting here is half the fun - and if you can do it in a short distance, you can boast about it to everyone you meet! Check out the spice mines or lead a droid rebellion. Black hole sight-seeing tours leave twice a day, and legend has it there's a secret imperial research station nearby. Book today!
*use the 2nd letter.

Post your 5 answers and the target below - try not to look at the other responses before you answer (although this one is fairly easy).

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Wampa Cave / Re: EP IX Trailer & Title Reveal (Merged)
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:29:05 PM »
Sorry to hear, JediPatrick - my sister just died last week of bowel cancer. You just never know. I hope that things work out well for your wife.

Star Wars can be a great escape, that's for sure. I think this one looks like it could be a fun romp in the GFFA. I guess time will tell, but I will remain optimistic and we'll see what happens.

Cash Fan - I remember JJ's comment about Rose. I don't remember exactly how he said it, and at the time I didn't really think of it as a way of him trashing Episode 8 rather than just expressing how grateful he was to have been given the character of Rose (and Kelly who played her), but in retrospect, that was maybe what he was saying.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Episode 9 Trailer
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:23:27 PM »
And it was confirmed later by JJ that Palpatine is indeed in RoS.  So it's not a bait and switch.
When was that? Other than seeing Ian McDiarmid, I didn't see any confirmation afterwards. I am sure he is in it, but whether alive or as a ghost or something, who knows?

I would add an Anakin appearance to those of the Force ghosts you mention, as well.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Star Wars Celebration updates
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:20:12 PM »
Wow - an eventful day here today. The panel was a big start for sure. After that, I had to get my oldest son shipped off to the airport, as he has an exam tomorrow morning, so I missed a chance at some panels I was considering. Instead, we took the kids to the family room where they were learning how to make some Porgs (which my daughter loves!).

At 3:00, we started the Bounty Hunt. At Celebration Anaheim, my two oldest sons, along with my wife and I, did the Bounty Hunt and ended up winning 1st place, although it was specifically for families (meaning that they weren't teams of 4 adults, but usually 2 parents and 2 children). As a brief explanation, the Bounty Hunt is a scavenger hunt where you get a series of clues (in this version, you start with 7) that are really a series of questions that, when answered, give you the name of a target or a clue to figure out the target. The targets are Star Wars characters, and you then have a "passport" that lists a bunch of character names and where those characters were "last spotted". Basically, if you figure out who the character is, you go to the spot in the convention centre listed and you will find someone with a special badge, and if you tell them the name of the character, they will stamp your card. Each "bounty" is worth a certain value, depending how hard the questions were, and how hard the spot is to find in the convention centre (some were really challenging, including one on the 5th floor when the maps all only showed 4 floors! Once you get at least 4 of the 6, you can return and get another set of clues to solves - there were 5 in the second batch.

Of the 12 clues, we figured out 11 (although 2 of them, we couldn't find the location of the bounty). No one figured out the 12th clue - they basically had a bunch of character names - 30 in total - scattered around on a page, and you had to connect the dots in the order that they appeared on screen in episodes 4-6. And these were not main characters!  Some examples of the characters were Dathcha, Shane Children, Khurgee, Sim Aloo, Cecius (who I have never heard of, and couldn't even find online!)Jhoff, Shekil, and Hewix. There were some not quite as hard, like Dutch Vander, Crix Madine, and Malakili, and a few even easier like Paploo and Bib Fortuna.

In the end, we placed 5th, which was just enough to get prizes (top 5 one prizes). We one 4 cool Hallmark ornaments, which were Han, Leia, Chewie, and Greedo in these soft, stuffed-toy-like figures in vintage-like packaging (and the full set, pictured on the back, actually includes a blue and a red snaggletooth!). We were the only team with kids (I played with 3 of my children) to place in the top 5. We had a blast!

For anyone who attends any celebrations, you should try a bounty hunt - they are a lot of fun. Maybe I'll post some of the clues in the trivia section so people can try them out.

After the bounty hunt, we met up with my wife and youngest daughter (who had been driving a mini-motorized land speeder around a racetrack) and went and waited for a panel called "I'll take droids for $500, Obi-Wan; An Intergalactic Game Show". It was billed as Star Wars fans competing head to head against their favourite authors, namely Claudia Grey, Timothy Zahn, and Delilah S. Dawson. In fact, they had it as a jeopardy-style game show, and 3 fans would be picked to play, one each on a team with each author. To select the 3 audience participants, they would ask a question and whoever raised their hand first (in a room of like 2500, so it required a fair bit of luck for them to see that it was you that raised your hand first) would get picked.

They started by picking a partner for Claudia Grey. I don't remember the question offhand, but it was a medium-difficulty question. I felt like my hand went up first, but I was in the front row, but way off on the left side of the stage, and the guy was looking straight out and didn't even see me. The person picked got it right and became Claudia Grey's partner.

Next it was time to pick Timothy Zahn's partner. The question was "What odds did C-3P0 say the group had of successfully navigating the Ateroid field in The Empire Strikes back". My hand went up quickly, but a dozen or so hands shot up, and they just picked one of the people in the centre. and they guessed 3750:1, which is incorrect. They then picked a second person, and their guess was 3725:1 (which was close, but is actually a mix between the real answer and the odds of surviving outside of echo base on Both, which 3P0 quoted as 725:1). I was jumping up and down at this point, and they actually picked me, and I answered (correctly) that it was 3720:1. And just like that, I became Timothy Zahn's partner! :love0030:

Delilah S. Dason then insisted on having a female partner, so no males were allowed to answer the next question. They asked who was the commander of the Death Star (which I felt was a vague question) and the first guess was wasy off by saying Admiral Ozzel. The next one was correct (from a certain point of view) by saying Grand Moff Tarkin.

Anyway, I am going to take a long story short and just say that Timothy Zahn and I emerged victorious! Unfortunately, they just gave the same generic prize bag to all 3 winners, which had a Star Wars Pop Socket (if you don't know what those are, neither did I, but they are basically a smart phone accessory), a couple of Star Wars pins, and a T-shirt that says "I (heart) books". Not the greatest prize pack, but the chance to play (and win!) with Timothy Zahn - priceless!

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Wampa Cave / Re: Star Wars Celebration updates
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:14:48 PM »
I should have mentioned here, and alluded to it in the thread on the trailer, that right before the trailer, all of the panel (which included Stephen Colbert as the host, JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Anthony Daniels, Lando Calrissian, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and a new one named Naomi Ackie (she plays some character named Hannah) left the stage. Then, right after the first viewing on the celebration stage, the lights came up and Ian McDiarmid is standing there. In his Darth Sidious voice, he says "Roll it again" and then they showed it again.

Certainly, the emperor laugh and him being there could all be misdirection to get fans off on a wild goose chase, but man, it made for some interesting speculation!

Also, I thought it was interesting and cool that the biggest ovation of all of the cast went to Kelly Marie Tran. I think a big part of that was to show her SW fans love her, despite the bad comments from trolls on social media after episode 8.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Episode 9 Trailer
« on: April 12, 2019, 07:08:37 PM »
Brianakarobin, that must have been bananas sitting in that hall with that audience and seeing that trailer! I remember being at Celebration when the Ep3 trailer and title dropped - everyone lost it and went nuts!
It was bananas, for sure!

There was a ton of excitement for all of it - the Rey flip (I actually thought it was awesome, too, but to each their own), the scene with Kylo stabbing some dude with the side blade of his sabre, the Lando scene, etc. But nothing got the crowd going like the emperor laughing and the title reveal. No one knows what it means - bait and switch is very possible at this point. But, man, the possibilities. So when the lights came on and then Ian McDiarmid was standing there and, in his Darth Sidious voice, said "Roll it again", people went truly bananas :party0007:

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Wampa Cave / Re: Star Wars Celebration updates
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:22:33 PM »
Just started one for the trailer.

The panel was quite cool, as well. Not much revealed, of course, but nice comments, especially from Billy Dee Williams. It was great to see him there (as well as in the trailer).

And Joonas whatever his name is (the new chew) can do a pretty mean Shyriiwook, as well  :love0030:

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Wampa Cave / EP IX Trailer & Title Reveal (Merged)
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:20:48 PM »
Oh

My

Gosh!!!!


 :party0007:

Did you guys see that trailer? So many questions, but it looks awesome!

The emperor laughing right after Luke says "no one is really gone", along with what looked like a crashed fragment of Death Star?

The title " The Rise of Skywalker"?  :luke:

Rey back-flipping over that TIE fighter?

Lando!!! :character0005:

Just so many cool things. I can't wait for it!

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I agree. The things I am most passionate about, like Star Wars, ed up in my personal library. I noticed all of the SW stuff EXCEPT the Clone Wars was gone a week ago, and it sounds like CW is now gone, too. You just never know, so better to have it.

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:56:38 AM »
There is a panel on this at Star Wars Celebration. Hopefully we will be able to update you by the end of the weekend.

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Wampa Cave / Star Wars Celebration updates
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:54:11 AM »
Hey guys,

I am sitting at the Galaxy Stage, waiting for the Episode 9 panel to begin. So excited!

I am going to use this thread (and any other attendees, please use it, as well) to post news, updates, and other awesomeness from Star Wars Celebration Chicago to share with our Snowtrooper brothers and sisters who couldn't make it down.

The panel starts in about an hour. I'll post updates right after if I can.

Yesterday was really just the Exhibit Hall, which is incredible. So much to see there. I didn't get to see it all - I couldn't spend as long as I wanted, as some of my kids were getting cranky after walking for hours on end exploring the place.

If you have questions and comments, please post, as well.

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Wampa Cave / Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago - April 11-15, 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 05:16:13 PM »
Yes, but I have 6 tickets (my wife and I and 4 kids), so I have 6 entries into the lottery.

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