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Outside Realm / Re: Solo: A Spoiler Thread
« on: 05/30/18, 02:14:44 AM »

This movie did a lot to make me excited for the next anthology installment.  I truly hope we well see an Obi Wan movie made and that it, too, will get the balance right.

So would I, but the more I think about it, the more I'd like to see a Boba Fett movie, where we can see him do more than get punked by a groggy blind guy.

Outside Realm / Re: Solo: A Spoiler Thread
« on: 05/29/18, 07:39:56 AM »

But... honestly, my biggest issue is the ending. The battle's done, good guys mostly won, Kira's Qi'ra's heading off to join... Darth Maul (...seriously, I know he survives to the Rebels series, but was he really in charge of a major crime syndicate at that point too?), and wow maybe Han helped birth the rebellion! Gasp!


It just saps A New Hope's scene with Han returning of a lot of heart. This time, he turned down the money for the right cause so much easier, Kira's Qi'ra's betrayal doesn't change that.

If I was writing it? The nascent rebels would've been wiped out, Kira Qi'ra and/or Woodie kill everyone but Han and Chewie and let them go for old time's sake. Give Han the unhappy backstory needed to justify why he'd turn his back on the Rebels in their hour of need, because these kids in this film? This wasn't their hour of need nearly as much. I... just can't see the Han that puts his life on the line to give some kids fuel and won in the end to turning his back on the Rebel Alliance because fuck you, he got paid.

So yeah. A generally good film, just hurt because it's a Star Wars film...

1) Maul *was* in charge of a crime syndicate in Clone Wars (the Shadow Collective, which isn't Crimson Dawn, but perhaps that relationship will be detailed later--is Crimson Dawn part of the Shadow Collective, or a new org founded after Sidious busted up the Collective?  I dunno.)

2) One of the things I liked most about this movie, actually, is Han's moral struggles.  Just my opinion, but I find it more convincing this way, not less.  The way I see it, Han starts out with a good heart, but the life he leads and his experiences convince him that it's just not worth it to be the Good Guy.  Just in this movie, Qi'ra leaves him, Beckett tries to kill him, Lando cheats him, and the Empire isn't his friend, either. 

And this is all 10 years before ANH, giving him an entire additional decade to become more cynical, more anesthetized to suffering in the dog-eat-dog galaxy under the Empire, until by the time he meets Luke, he's only looking out for himself, his Wookiee friend, and the Falcon.  But during ANH, he scrapes off all--or enough--of the hard-bitten cynicism, spurred on by the people and events of that movie, which are all perfectly positioned to counter the events of the Solo movie: Luke and Leia are young and optimistic, and neither betrays him, like Qi'ra and Beckett, and who knows how many others during the intervening 10 years; they don't try to cheat him, strand him, or oppress him.  Further, unlike all the hustlers, low-lifes, conmen, gangsters, and thieves Han must have dealt with in the decade prior to ANH, Luke and Leia are genuine and sincere; and they are willing to put their lives on the line to fight against the very same Empire that Han must surely despise, both for what it stands for in the larger sense (tyranny, whereas Han craves liberty), and for its impact upon his individual life.

In Solo, you see Han trying to bury the "Good Guy"--that conversation where he's directly saying that he's not the Good Guy, for instance--but I think the very fact that others still see him that way, and that he is trying to convince someone (and possibly himself) otherwise, is telling; at this point, the cynicism is not yet fully developed, only partially so.  That he's having to have that conversation, that he's having to try to bury it in the first place, indicates this, I would argue. Han's certainly not a stone cold badass, like we're meant to perceive Boba Fett as; no one mistakes Fett for a "Good Guy," or tries to convince him he's one.

For Han to go from young and eager to world-weary and cynical back to renewed hope is, to me, more convincing than if he'd been a hard-boiled, dyed-in-the-wool, "I got mine", unfeeling con man with no concern for ethics or morality all along, until he had a chance encounter with a farmboy, a geezer,  and a princess.  Sure, he falls in love with Leia, but all that's still in the future when Han comes back for the Death Star trench run, so I don't believe one can attribute his change of heart solely to that.  Especially since Leia's surely not the first female he's encountered since Qi'ra--if he were 100% Cynical Han all along, I don't see where Leia would be any different from any of the other women after Qi'ra, in terms of being able to effect a change in his outlook.

Make sense?

Roleplay Workshop / Re: Timelines
« on: 05/06/18, 05:51:16 AM »
I want something that looks like this:

Without having to build it manually in Google Slides.

Roleplay Workshop / Re: Timelines
« on: 05/06/18, 05:39:10 AM »
I'm the same as Jaydek! Some time ago, I developed this spreadsheet for myself and opened it up to the rest of the community. I have a more personal version for myself which lists the same events in addition to milestones in my characters' lives and their ages at the time. It's been very helpful for confirming details and in keeping game timelines more coherent in my head.

I have a very similar one; I want something graphical, however.  Hmmm.

Roleplay Workshop / Timelines
« on: 05/03/18, 06:57:50 AM »
Do you ever set up timelines for your characters stories, or even just when each of them met any of the others?  What software do you use, if any?

I've used Aeon Timeline in the past, for other purposes; was going to play around with it here, too, but also considered just using Google Sheets to make a simple chart of some sort  -- like a vertically descending timeline, with branches to the left and right, or possibly just branches to the right with notes like, "7 ATC - Sotekh meets Kharys", or even dates on the left, notes on the right. 

Cantina / Re: Character Faceclaims!
« on: 05/01/18, 02:54:07 AM »
As the name indicates, Sharrukh was based on Shah Rukh Khan:

Roleplay Workshop / Awareness of Sith history
« on: 04/27/18, 04:58:38 AM »
How common do you all think knowledge of Sith history more than a few hundred years back is among the Sith order?  Like, does the Academy talk about/teach about Dathka Graush, or the Jedi Exiles, or even Marka Ragnos, Naga Sadow, Ludo Kressh and the Great Hyperspace War?  Or is it just Force techniques, weapons training and current politics, do you think?

Cantina / Re: Your RP character's voice
« on: 04/25/18, 04:06:48 AM »
I'm late to the party, but for Sotekh, I imagine him sounding like Yul Brynner as Pharaoh, just as the faceclaim:

Saaret I imagine sounding more or less like the in-game voice for a female Sith Inquisitor.

Their older sister Thaavah's voice eludes me--will have to keep searching.  The female Sith Warrior voice is close, but not quite it.

Their Sith Pureblood mother I imagine sounding like Aaliyah as Akasha in Queen of the Damned:

Their human father, Kongar-ol, sounds in my mind like Toshiro Mifune (go about 8 mins into this video):

I like the Imperial Agent in-game voice for Thanaj, my Ratattaki agent.

Not sure about the rest of my 36 chars, except that I usually don't like the voice they have in game.  The Jedi Consular female voice is okay for my Togruta Jedi Shadow, but not my Miraluka sage, who should sound very young, and perhaps Spanish or Italian.  I don't like the smuggler voices of either gender, nor the bounty hunter voices of either gender, especially for my Chiss bounty hunters.  They should sound -- I don't know.  German or Scandinavian, I'd think, with the crisp pronunciation standing in for Cheunh. 

Kor Koloth I imagine sounding like Michael Dorn as Worf--a rich, deep voice. 

I can't stand the female Sith Warrior voice for my Jedi-turned-Sith; the female Jedi Knight voice was acceptable, but she absolutely should not have an Imperial accent.  Maybe something more like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous?  Do we know what an Echani accent sounds like?

For my Republic troopers, both the male and female voices are fairly close to what I had in mind for them, though I have an older Trooper who should sound like Michael Douglas.

For my Zabrak brothers, Khoris and Duvok Gere (Jedi Consular and Smuggler), I think of Zachary Quinto and Jack Nicholson, respectively. 

And for Chimaerys, my male Assassin--something high and reedy, like the voice of Leader Desslok in the American release of Starblazers in the '70s: (minus the mad cackling)

Cantina / Re: SWTOR Encyclopedia - Electronic/Online Version
« on: 04/25/18, 03:21:57 AM »
Have also posted to support.

Cantina / Re: Character Faceclaims!
« on: 04/11/18, 08:18:55 AM »
Sotekh is every Egyptian movie Pharaoh, but especially Yul Brynner:

Honorable mention also goes to Arnold Vosloo:

Cantina / Re: The Absent Thread
« on: 03/18/18, 06:23:22 AM »
Will be absent one more week--it's finals week this semester.  Yay.

Events and Occasions / Re: Return to Rishi - Indie Night V3
« on: 03/08/18, 12:33:40 AM »
Monday actually works better for me, so I appreciate the current timeslot.

I've been a couple of times--once on Duvok, once on Jerekh (just lurking last week, as I was doing homework).  I have a few more indies, but will probably stick to one of those two for now.  As my familiarity with the people [Edit: other players, that is], and their characters, grows, so too will my participation.

I've never done it before, and am keenly interested, but I'm only available Sun/Mon/Tue nights.  What time were you thinking of running it?

Cantina / Re: The Outfit Designer WIP Advice Thread
« on: 02/26/18, 10:54:53 PM »
Kor Koloth, reformed Revanite.  I like the armor, but loathe the hood that comes with it.  So, option 1 is Tulak Hord's helmet, which is what he's currently wearing:

Option 2 is Revan's mask:

The mask looks weird without a hood, so in this case, the hood isn't nearly as heinous. 


Cantina / Re: The Outfit Designer WIP Advice Thread
« on: 02/22/18, 05:51:51 AM »
Ok, last post on this, then I'll stfu about it. 

Revised Mako:

The blues don't quite match in this shot, as Mako's is highly reflective, and is picking up the overhead lights; in other conditions, they're closer.

At least they look like they're on the same team, without Mako's armor being the exact same set (as with the scalene).

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