Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine spotlights two Dramedy Productions productions


The latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine has two articles which each make one think of a different Dramedy Productions production!  One article brings to mind the beginnings of the main characters from our Star Wars: The Scar Destroyers series, while the other article features a character's name that was used in Vision Man: Eye Contact.


The article "Rolling Initiative: The impact of Star Wars RPGs and how they shaped the Expanded Universe" relates to our Star Wars: The Scar Destroyers series of movies.  The article explains how West End Games created Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game in 1987.  The game was responsible for introducing many things into the Star Wars universe, including the names of alien species and the struggle between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren.  So, what does this game have to do with The Scar Destroyers?  Well, you see, in the early 1990s, Tracy Walters and his good buddies played Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and each created a character based on the Character Templates that were found in the back of the book.  A few years later, when Dramedy decided to make a Star Wars series of movies, Tracy Walters wanted to use the characters that he and his good pals had created from the game...and the rest is history!  (By the way, this article is actually Part 1 of a 3-part series on Star Wars RPGs.)

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game also had the first mention of the Jedi Code.  And who can forget Commander Ral Iney reciting THAT??

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Another article, entitled "The Star Wars: Step into a galaxy both strange and familiar...," harkens to our movie Vision Man: Eye Contact.  The article talks about a new comic book mini-series called The Star Wars, published by Dark Horse Comics.  The Star Wars is based on George Lucas's original rough draft of Star Wars.  Obviously, there are many differences between Lucas's original rough draft and the final movie.  One difference is that in the original draft, Emperor Palpatine was called Cos Dashit.  This is because when it came to a lot of the bad stuff in the movie, he "caused da shit."  Well, in Vison Man: Eye Contact, we have an optometrist character named Dr. Dashit.  Jeff Thompson wants to get his eyes checked, but Dr. Dashit forgets and tells Jeff they'll do it the next day.  Jeff, determined to get his precious eyes checked right that very second, "checks himself out," gets struck by lightning while doing so, and thus becomes Vision Man.  Which means that, in terms of the Vision Man movie, Dr. Dashit "caused da shit."

Dr. Dashit's causing of da shit may or may not have been a good thing, but Cos Dashit's causing of da shit was definitely bad.
Star Wars Insider #144 is on sale now.  You can read more about it here, and then you need to go to your local newstand or local digital device and buy it!

The Star Wars #1 went on sale last month, and The Star Wars #2 went on sale today.  You can read more about #1 here and #2 here, and then you need to go to your local newstand, local comic book store, or local digital device and buy them!

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game went on sale 26 years ago, so you may have to find it on eBay or something.  But wherever you find it, buy it!

Katie reading Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Tracy reading Star Wars Insider #144 (with Subscriber's Cover), and Kari reading The Star Wars #1.  The family that reads Star Wars together stays together!

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