Star Wars Facts

Ringmaster, an iOS Pro Wrestling Promoter Sim

There aren’t many things in this world that I like as much as or more than Star Wars. A few things come to mind:

My Wife
My darling daughter

And Pro Wrestling. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been captivated. Sure I know it’s predetermined (fake as some would like to call it) but many of my favorite things aren’t real. So in a way it makes sense.

A couple of days ago while listening to my favorite podcasts (of which most are either Star Wars or wrestling related) I stumbled upon a kickstarter for Ringmaster. It’s an iOS Pro Wrestling Promoter Sim. I was immediately enthralled. Especially after watching the presentation.

I know a lot of my followers will chalk this up to not being Star Wars related and gloss over it but I want to make it worth your while. If this kickstarter is successfully funded, I will be giving away a complete series set of the New Jedi Order books in paperback to one of my followers. That’s 19 books! And for those who are fans of wrestling it’s a win win. You’ll get a great app and potentially a set of Star Wars books!

Here is the link for the kickstarter, check it out and maybe pledge a few dollars.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bpmapps/ringmaster

Also follow Brian on twitter, he’s a awesome and talented app developer.

http://twitter.com/bpapa

May the Force be with you, always!

On Star Wars and Technology Paradigm Shifts

Star Wars has and always will be about wars. It’s in the name. For a giant part of the galaxy far, far away’s history those wars have had a common enemy—and my personal favorite bad guys—the Sith. From the Old Republic to the Legacy of the Force, the Jedi and the Republic have had a go at the Sith, whether they came in an overwhelming somewhat organized army (they were always in-fighting and could never be truly organized) or in pairs like Sidious and Maul.

This week on Fangirls Going Rouge Teresa brought up something she wanted to engage in discussion on so I would like to hear your theories on it as well as my own. She said in her opinion one of the most underrated aspects of Star Wars is the sudden grimy degradation of technology in the galaxy from the time between the prequels and the original trilogy. I tend to agree with her. Not a lot is ever spoken on this aspect of the Star Wars universe and maybe it tends to go unnoticed by many causal fans, but for us who live and breathe the universe it seems a bit odd. How did something as pretty and shiny as a Jedi Starfighter become a dirty beat up X-Wing?

I have my theory on the matter; perhaps it’s wrong and perhaps not.

The prequels take place in a time of what had been relative galactic peace. Sure there were still wars and battles but as a whole the galaxy hadn’t seen a threat as destructive as the Sith in quite some time. Technology can flourish because the Republic does not have to spend its funds on wartime necessities. They can construct large capital ships that are majestic and awe inspiring in their beauty. The same can be said for the Jedi. The threat of the dark side of the Force is always going to be there but at least for this period of time it isn’t at the forefront of their minds. Lightsabers can be built intricately. And so on. Surely this trend begins to change as soon as the Invasion of Naboo began and Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan stepped foot on that Trade Federation ship inevitably bringing the Sith out of hiding and starting what would be the Clone Wars.

For me that is the turning point in the galaxy as far as technology. The Clone Wars began what would be nearly 40 years of galaxy-wide war. In the beginning these warships and weapons were still nice to look at and while the Republic had the upper hand during the Clone Wars they would stay that way, but with Sidious secretly getting himself into the position of Supreme Chancellor under the guise of Senator Palpatine things would quickly spiral out of control. At the conclusion of the Clone Wars Palpatine turns on the Jedi, executing nearly every one of them during Order 66. He declares himself Emperor and by ridding himself of the only prominent force of protection in the galaxy the people have no choice but to accept his rule.

Palpatine was a cunning but simple man in his elegance and control. His empire would be built big, but it would also be built simple. From Star Destroyers to the Death Star everything was monotone in color, gray, so it could be recognizable. You knew it was him. Gray also exhumed his cold personality.

The Rebel Alliance wanted to stand up to Palpatine but did not have the same resources as he did. Everything they had was in disrepair or was salvaged. Palpatine controlled everything in the galaxy and he surely wasn’t going to give a bunch of Rebels ships to fight him with. They had to scrounge and take whatever they could get to fight him. This is why, I think, technology in the original trilogy seems less impressive and pretty to look at than in the prequels. By the time we see the rebels for the first time they have been fighting the empire for years, and never had really won decisive battles. That is why Leia had the plans to the Death Star. If it had been left unchecked the Alliance was done for sure.

The story of the original trilogy is largely told from the Alliance’s point of view. Do I believe that if we had spent more time with Palpatine and Vader that we might have seen some cooler tech? Sure, but even then with Palpatine being the kind of ruler he was, it wouldn’t have been as impressive as what we saw when the Galactic Republic ran the show.

Tricia hit upon this point of view momentarily during their discussion but I though I would try to flesh it out a little in a blog post. What are your thoughts? Are there other reasons why technology seemed to decline between the trilogies? Reply to me here or on twitter and keep the discussion going!

-SWF

A List of Darths

Darth Andeddu
Naga Sadow
Darth Vitus
Darth Revan
Darth Malak
Darth Voren
Darth Bandon
Darth Glovoc
Darth Traya
Darth Nihilus
Darth Sion
Darth Desolous
Darth Phobos
Darth Acharon
Darth Achelon
Darth Andru
Darth Angral
Darth Arctis
Darth Arho
Darth Aruk
Darth Atroph
Darth Azamin
Darth Baras
Darth Caba
Darth Charnus
Darth Chratis
Darth Decimus
Darth Drear
Darth Ekkage
Darth Enraj
Darth Fastus
Darth Gravus
Darth Gorgos
Darth Hadra
Darth Howl
Darth Igrol
Darth Ikoral
Darth Iratus
Darth Jadus
Darth Jaga
Darth Kallous
Darth Karrid
Darth Lachris
Darth Lokess
Darth Malgus
Darth Marr
Darth Mekhis
Darth Minax
Darth Morias
Darth Mortis
Darth Nurin
Darth Nostrem
Darth Nox
Darth Nyriss
Darth Ouzal
Darth Qalar
Darth Ravage
Darth Rictus
Darth Sajar
Darth Scabrous
Darth Serevin
Darth Shattra
Darth Silthar
Darth Skotia
Darth Sorranos
Darth Synar
Darth Thanaton
Darth Tormen
Darth Venemal
Darth Vengean
Darth Vich
Darth Victun
Darth Viktus
Darth Vilus
Darth Vowrawn
Darth Xedrix
Darth Zash
Darth Zavakon
Darth Zhorrid
New Sith Wars
Darth Ruin
Darth Rivan
Darth Malus
Darth Sidious
Darth Bane
Darth Zannah
Darth Cognus
Darth Millennial
Darth Vectivus
Darth Guile
Darth Gravid
Darth Gean
Darth Ramage
Darth Tenebrous
Darth Tenebrous’s Sith Master
Darth Venamis
Darth Plagueis
Darth Sidious
Darth Maul
Darth Tyranus
Darth Vader
Lumiya’s Sith
Darth Caedus
Darth Krayt
Darth Azard
Darth Havok
Darth Krayt
Darth Kruhl
Darth Luft
Darth Maladi
Darth Maleval
Darth Nihl
Darth Rauder
Darth Reave
Darth Ruyn
Darth Stryfe
Darth Talon
Darth Vurik
Darth Wredd
Darth Wyyrlok I
Darth Wyyrlok II
Darth Wyyrlok III
Darth Karnage
Darth Simi

This is the most complete list I could come up with.

A challenge for this week: Find a Darth you aren’t familiar with and look him/her up. Then let me know who you chose! I’ll do the same.

-SWF

Dooku Week Facts

I hope to get back in the habit of this, even for weeks that don’t share a theme. Here are all of the facts from Dooku Week:

Dooku was born on Serreno to a wealthy family of nobles who were proud of his abilities with the Force. #starwars #fact

Like all younglings Dooku was taken and trained at a young age. Unlike most, he knew he was special and strove to prove it. #starwars #fact

Being particularly good at telekinesis, Dooku won the push feather contest at the age of nine. #starwars #fact

Dooku studied diplomacy and senate procedures before becoming a Padawan. #starwars #fact

At the age of 13 Dooku was taken as an apprentice by the historian Jedi Master Thame Cerulian. #starwars #fact

A jealous youngling Lorian Nod stole a Dark Holocron that Dooku tried to talk him into returning. #starwars #fact

Nod accused Dooku of stealing the holocron to their masters but Dooku could not defend himself. #starwars #fact

Nod was eventually found out to be the thief and banished from the Order. This experience made Dooku wary of friendship. #starwars #fact

Although Dooku had a Master, Yoda often trained the Padawan. Especially in the ways of the Lightsaber. #starwars #fact

In his early twenties Dooku became a Jedi Knight, taking Qui-Gon Jinn as his first Padawan. #starwars #fact

On a mission to recover a kidnapped Senator, Dooku discovered that one of the pirates was his old rival Nod. #starwars #fact

Eventually the two dueled and Dooku intended to kill Nod. It was only at Jinn’s insistence that Dooku did not. #starwars #fact

Dooku’s final teaching to Jinn was to always be wary of the inevitable betrayal. Dooku was made a Master. #starwars #fact

As a Master Dooku was regarded as one of the best lightsaber trainers in the Order. #starwars #fact

Dooku was offered a place on the council but refused to remain a peacekeeper. A second time he was asked and joined. #starwars #fact

Dooku took another Padawan, Komari Vosa, who was a great swordsman. However Dooku denied her access to the Jedi Trials. #starwars #fact

His decision was attributed to the fact that Vosa showed signs of affection for Dooku and had a volatile personality. #starwars #fact

Vosa managed to tag along on a Jedi mission to prove him wrong and was lost and thought dead. #starwars #fact

This circumstance led Dooku to protest and question why the Council wasted Jedi lives for political reasons. #starwars #fact

Leia: I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee.
Han: That can be arranged. He could use a good kiss!
Some Star Wars Facts from May and June


I’ve been neglectful, so without further wait, here are most of the Star Wars facts tweeted during the months of May and June.


IG-88 droids were required to have highly adaptive programming and subsequently many turned on their masters.

Jagged Fel was an ace pilot with a love for the military. He was also the Head of State for the Imperial Remnant.

During the Battle for the Katana fleet the New Republic had discovered that Thrawn was using cloned troops.

Nom Anor was born in the intendant caste, and was groomed to live his life as a politician.

The Epsilon Four was a Lambda-class shuttle used for resupplying the Star Dreadnought Terror.

The yorik-et, also called coralskipper was the Yuuzhan Vong version of a starfighter during their invasion of the galaxy.

The Rendili StarDrive light corvette was an Imperial light starship commonly used for patrol and inspection actions.

The Flare, a modified Kuat Leisure 121-B pleasure craft, was used by Jedi Knights on a rescue mission during the Clone Wars.

Lowbacca, meaning dutiful friend Shyriiwook, was a Wookiee Jedi that wielded a bronze colored lightsaber.

Been L’tot was a male Dornean who directed the Astrographic Survey Institute.

Until next time,

EricxDu

Han Solo to old friend and mentor Roa: “I remember that first Kessel Run like it was yesterday.”

Roa’s smile became enigmatic. “Speaking of Kessel, I’ve been meaning to ask you something. Now, granted, stories can change quite a bit in traveling from Tatooine to Bonadan. But the way I heard it, you claimed to have made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”

Han said nothing in a blank-faced definite way.

"Well?" Roa pressed.

"Ancient history, Roa. And that was always my worst subject."

"Think hard. I’ll grade you on a curve."

Han showed the palms of his hands. “Look, Jabba was breathing down my neck for dumping a load of spice. Chewie and I needed the work, and sometimes you do or say whatever you have to.”

"But it’s true—you actually made it under twelve?"

Han brought his fingertips to his chest. “Would I make up something like that? When I brag, I mean every word of it.”

- Excerpt from Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial, by James Luceno.

Star Wars Facts Digest from 3-8-12

Here are the Star Wars facts from March of this year. Enjoy!

"Chewbacca had a wife named Mallatobuck and a son, Lumpawaroo."

These characters were introduced in the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) as Malla and Lumpy. Check out the website dedicated to the Star Wars Holiday Special presented by [starwarz.com] and [starwarscutscenes.com].


"Kendal Ozzel was assigned as the captain of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Reprisal."

Fleet Admiral Ozzel was the officer who first disagreed with Vader’s assumption that they had found the Rebel base on Hoth, then attempted to surprise their enemies by reverting from hyperspace too close to the planet, before being executed telekinetically all in The Empire Strikes Back.


"Although the term Mandalorian used to refer to only the Tuang, other races were soon accepted to be Mandalorian."

"A Mandalore year was three hundred sixty-six days, each being 19 hours long."

"The Hydian Way trade route made its way near the planet Mandalore."


"The Kaminoan Taun We ultimately took on the role of being a foster mother to Boba Fett."

"Boss Nass was informally known as Rugor Nass."

"The rescue at the Imperial garbage pontoon released hundreds of slaves during an anti-slaver campaign."

"Rancors are inherently benign and have been domesticated by the Witches of Dathomir."

Remember to follow @starwars_facts on Twitter.

Until next time,

-EricxDu

Star Wars Facts Digest from 2-5-12

I’ve been a little behind on this digest, so without further delay I present the Star Wars Facts from February of 2012!

"The year 20,000 BBY marked the end of the Expansionist Era and the beginning of the Great Manifest Period in the Republic."

This refers to a broad period in the fictional developmental history of the Star Wars galaxy. After the hyperdrive became mass-produced, explorers needed to forge safe routes between the stars, as implied by Han Solo in A New Hope when describing the intricacies of hyperspace maps and course plotting. Apparently the need for expanding safe routes dropped off sharply in 20,000 BBY.

"The Second Galactic Civil War was a conflict between the Confederation and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances."

The Second Galactic Civil War was the main conflict described in the Legacy Of The Force novel series, taking place after the New Jedi Order. The First Galactic Civil War was the conflict described starting with the film Star Wars A New Hope.

"The Coruscant Weather Control Network was responsible for various weather conditions on Coruscant."

The concept of weather control stations in the Star Wars galaxy was first touched upon in Brian Daley’s 1979 novel Han Solo’s Revenge. Weather control systems were a routinely used technology for public safety, maintenance, and agricultural purposes on many planets.

"The Columi were one of the oldest sentient species in the galaxy.

"Ima-Gun Di was a male Kajain’sa’Nikto Jedi Master who served during the Clone Wars.

"Ima-Gun Di gave his life on Ryloth holding off pressing droids while the Republic broke through to deliver supplies.

"The Je’daii Order were an order of Force-sensitives based on the Deep Core planet Tython, founded circa 36,453 BBY.

"Hego Damask was better known as Darth Plagueis the Wise.

I had a lot of fun writing about this batch of facts. Stay tuned for the next collection of Star Wars Facts. Until then, see ya later!
-EricxDu.