January 12, 2012

Brushing off the dust & SWRPG resources

Been a while since I really did anything here. Granted, most of that was due to not being able to access the internet from home, but that's an issue that has finally been put to bed.

Just thought I'd give mention to a couple of really great Star Wars RPG resources, particularly if you're of a Saga Edition mindset. I've got links to most of these places listed as Favorite Links, but thought I'd go into a bit of reason why some of these are listed as being favorites.

One of the first, and best in my view, are the d20 Radio Forums, home to an active Star Wars RPG forum that is both polite and helpful, something the WotC Star Wars forums have had a lot of trouble with in the past. It's also home to the Order 66 podcast, the first podcast totally devoted to Star Wars Saga Edition. At 150 episodes, it's a long-runner, and won a well-deserved ENnie back in 2009. They've frequently had various designers and developers as guest hosts, including such esteemed folks as Rodney Thompson and Sterling Hershey, as well as map maker extraordinaire Christopher West and even Sam Witwer, unabashed geek and co-star of Sy-Fy's Being Human.

Speaking of Christopher West, this fine upstanding gentlemen has been producing excellent quality maps for RPGs and Minis alike for many a year, and has his own webstore at Maps of Mastery. He frequently does Kickstarter projects for new maps, which is a great way to ensure you get a map you like by helping it to be funded.

Sterling Hershey is considerate enough to take time out of his week to discuss many a thing pertaining to Star Wars, many times providing insight from his years as an SWRPG author for every Star Wars RPG to date. You can find all sorts of neat crunch on his blog as well, ranging from new vehicle stats (including a bunch for vehicles found as part of various Christopher West maps) to new species write-ups, or even just a set of links to provide ideas for GMs running a Star Wars game. It's always worth a look.

For the other major Star Wars Saga Edition podcast, look no further than Threat Detected. Devoted not only to SWSE, but also to recording the live play of the Dawn of Defiance campaign offered by Wizards of the Coast during the run of SWSE. Garrett aka barefoottourguide and his crew are very entertaining to listen to, having a humor about it akin to that found in the Original Trilogy with the banter and interaction between the various players and their characters. That and Garrett also offers segments containing tips, suggestions, and even references for Star Wars GMs both new and experienced.

For those of you with a hankering for Clone Wars material that the TV series and Clone Wars Campaign Guide just can't satisfy, you need look no further than Fandom Comics. These guys have spent the better part of the past several years putting together what may very well be the definitive fan sourcebook, covering just about anything and everything to do with the Clone Wars, covering both animated series and the various EU novels, as well as offering a plethora of optional rules.

Speaking of informational resources, if you're a Star Wars fan and you don't have Wookieepedia bookmarked... why the blazes not?! Seriously, if you're curious about some odd tidbit of SW lore or want to make sure you've got your facts straight about some bit character that's making a cameo appearance in your game, Wookieepedia is bound to have all the information you'd need and then some. Granted, the articles about major characters such as Anakin, Luke, Obi-Wan, Han Solo, Leia, and so on get pretty dense given all the trouble they get into, but there's still good information to be had on all but the most esoteric aspects of Star Wars lore.

1 comment:

  1. All excellent resources. d20 forums are a fun bunch of gamer.