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  1. I remember a while ago, I asked you guys for any legends storm trooper stories and Allegiance was the recommend one. So yesterday, my friends mom took me, my brother and my dad to a supermarket named Savers and I found Allegiance in Hardback and in perfect condition for get this.................. $3.45!!! I HAD to get it and I did, it currently sits among my ever growing Star Wars Legends collection. It's also Mara Jade's chronological debut in the Legends timeline which will also be my first exposure to Mara Jade outside of Empire at War and the Reader's companion so I'm looking forward to seeing why she is such a beloved character. 

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  2. I just finished watching all of Battlefront Updates and Star Wars HQ's coverage of the Battlefront 2 game play, at first I thought it was some what anticlimactic. That was mainly because I was confused with what was going on, then as I saw more coverage on the game I grasped a better understanding. The new game play changes are a massive improvement compared to the first, like the Battle Points system which gives players incentive to fulfill various objectives and be a team player helping out the match instead of being unproductive. The Battle Points system is probably my favorite change so far in my opinion. Theed looks gorgeous as do the battle droids and clone troopers, the new classes look very fun to use as well. My favorite class is probably the heavy trooper mainly because it looks like my type of game play style. I do not mind the cross era play to be honest, as long as it's just the multiplayer and not the single player then I'll be fine. If there is one nitpick I do have with the game play, it's the name of the mode. Galactic Assault? Shouldn't it be Planetary Assault instead since the mode is focused solely on the one planet the Separatist are trying to invade. Other than that, I look forward to knowing more and more about the upcoming Battlefront 2, a pity I won't be buying the game due to obvious reasons. Alas, they announced a beta recently so I'll certainly try that out for sure. 

    EA also uploaded another Battlefront 2 trailer which I'll post below, nice trailer at best. I love the transition from First Order to Galactic Empire to the Republic. Enjoy :) 

    Also, Darth Maul is probably my favorite hero so far, he looks so much fun to utilize! I believe Kashyyyk is in the trailer as well so that's cool.

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    2. ZakoBattledroid

      ZakoBattledroid

      @Mikayahu I will say, in response to that, despite how much I dislike EA and their business decisions, they are still a business. I do not think that the 2015 game went as well as Disney, EA and DICE had hoped it would. I look at it this way, if they royally mess this up a second time in a row, they're cooked. Two screw-ups in a row will exhaust the potential customer base. Star Wars is not something you can shelve away like Mass Effect. Star Wars is a cultural juggernaut. If they screw up Battlefront twice in a row, people won't even give the other future games a chance. It will shut them down. The fans will still go see the movies every year and buy the novels and comics and toys to varying degrees, but EA will notice they aren't sharing in the spoils of the money pile.

      Compare it with Pandemic's Battlefront II. After over a decade, people still play the game. People still make mods for that game. That's when you can tell if you have a good game. If it exceeds its expected shelf life and the fan base continually makes mods for it.

      Ultimately, who knows what will happen? I need more information about the 2017 game before I can make an informed decision.

    3. Mikayahu

      Mikayahu

      It makes sense...I guess the theory that the first game was a "test" to see what the community wanted also makes sense if thats the case.  Although, you dont need to charge $60 for the game and another $50 for DLC's to add to an uncomplete game to see if the community likes that.  Its kinda obvious they wont. 

    4. ZakoBattledroid

      ZakoBattledroid

      @Mikayahu There are endless theories about that 2015 game. It could have been a rush job movie tie-in, yet the game had nothing to due with TFA until Jakku DLC showed up. Or it could have been just a cynical cash-grab for the first game and then they pretend to make up for it with the sequel, when they knew full well what they should have been doing from the start. Or maybe they just plain forgot how to make fun games and had their priorities all wrong. We'll probably never know the truth until years later when these companies are defunct and ex-employees are finally free to spill the beans on what was actually going on behind the scenes.

      In any case there was definitely an amount of greed going around. How much that can be divided up between Disney, EA and DICE I have no idea. The various prices for the various editions of that 2015 game were absurd. But the price has certainly dropped with time. Could be part of it was they were just cashing in on the hype train.

  3. Welcome! Glad to have helped.
  4. SPOILERS For SWTOR Sith Warrior Class Story are below

    Several minutes ago, I just finished creating what I call the "Plan Zero" poster, it's basically like the last one I made but for Chapter 2 of the Sith Warrior's story. I did finish Chapter 2 today so to celebrate, I made the poster. I wanted to add some color to it this time so I used a different effect instead. Plan Zero was certainly a fun chapter to play though, I did prefer the first chapter mainly because of build up and substance. Plan Zero does have its moments as well like when the Warrior confronts the War Trust, Lieutenant Pierce's black ops unit raids Durant's headquarters, Broonmark fighting Fetzellen, The Warrior confronting Jedi Master Wyelett and Jedi Knight Xerender in the ruins of "The Star Of Courscant", The Warrior and Lord Draagh teaming up to take down Darth Baras's master and so on. I look forward to chapter 3 because the Treaty Of Courscant has officially been broken thanks to Darth Vengean's failed attacks on the fringe systems so it will be interesting to see the new war between the Galactic Republic and the Resurgent Sith Empire, I'm personally looking forward to getting HK 51 as a companion, but that's after I complete the class story and after I make a level 16 Republic character so it'll be a while before then. 

    Plan Zero.pngSWTOR Also released their road map for the rest of the year today and I'm very excited for the upcoming content. Definitely need to catch up before update 5.4 as that's when "Crisis On Umbara" comes which continues "The War For Iokath" story line. 

    SWTOR 2017 Road Map: http://www.swtor.com/info/news/news-article/20170531 

    SWTOR EA Play Galactic Defender Event: http://www.swtor.com/info/news/news-article/20170601

  5. I absolutely recommend anyone who plays SWTOR to install a security key. Even if you don't have a phone, use a app emulator in place. I recommend the Nox App Emulator as it runs really well on any laptop or PC and it runs on my laptop very well. So that should say something, Swtorista has made a excellent video on how to get a security key so I will post it down below along side the link to the Nox App Player, enjoy! 

    Nox App Emulator: https://www.bignox.com/

     

  6. Also, I was on the Expanded Universe reddit forum(which I'll post the link to below) and was reading a page were user FN- 2814 asked about a official complete timeline for Legends and user Zapik linked a timeline that was unofficial but had everything and actually managed to fuse both clone wars timelines, something I wanted to do. So I've decided that for my EU collecting journey, I will use that timeline to help collection the rest of the Expanded Universe books.

    Here's the timeline I'm talking about: http://robertmullin.blogspot.cz/p/introduction.html 

    Expanded Universe Reddit Forum: https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsEU/ 

    Article about the timelines: https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsEU/comments/6b8ko5/has_there_ever_been_a_released_timeline_for_all/?st=j33mvd62&sh=16d9656a 

    On a side note, Matt Wilkins and some others made a website dedicated to the EU that I enjoy reading, here's the link if you want to view it. http://www.theexpandeduniverse.com/

  7. I remember I made a status update a while ago where I asked you guys if there were any Imperial oriented stories that I could read. Recently, I realized that I was overlooking something that was right in my face. Star Wars games like Battlefront, Battlefront 2, Battlefront Elite Squadron, Battlefront Renegade Squadron, TIE Fighter, TIE Fighter vs X Wing, Empire At War, Empire At War Forces of Corruption, First Assault(Cancelled Star Wars Game), Imperial Commando(Cancelled Star Wars Game), Rebellion, Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars Galaxies all have playable Imperial perspectives. Then I did some research and found out some more info about Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books and it's characters like Mara Jade, The Hand Of Judgement, The Empire Of The Hand and I was in love with his ideas. I still haven't read any of Zahns Star Wars books and I was planning on doing so regardless but now I'm looking forward to reading those books(though it will be a long while since I'm collecting the EU in chronological order). I know the new canon also has Imperial oriented stories like Lost Stars, Rebels, Battlefront 2, Inferno Squad, Scar Squad and etc. but in my opinion the aforementioned stories are more interesting to me. I saw the new star wars movie screenshots and they look cool, I like the way Ben, Phasma and Hux look the most.

  8. I've been busy playing SWTOR lately and I've been doing a semi walk through of the Sith Warrior's story on my Twitter by taking various screenshots and talking about them. So, I used Picsart(Recommend to me by @Mysterious Gamer Dude) and made this! It's a general summary of Chapter 1 for the Sith Warrior, I'm currently on Chapter 2 "Plan Zero" 

    I call it "The Padawan's Fall" 

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  9. I was thinking of the next Star Wars game to buy and for the longest time Knights Of The Old Republic has been on my mind of Star Wars games I wan't to get. So, after looking into it a bit more I found out that you can get both KOTOR games on the original XBOX. I could just get it on Steam and PC but I want to get the game on the original Xbox to experience KOTOR on my television. I looked into the video below and I'll certainly buy the KOTOR games on the Xbox, a lot of other star wars games are on their as well so that's awesome. The video below isn't particularly related to Star Wars it's just related to this topic at hand but it helped me out a lot and the original XBOX isn't that bad to my surprise. Also, I discovered the B3 Ultra Battle Droid today while reading a post on Facebook, very interesting droid to say the least. Lastly, today is George Lucas's birth day, happy birthday Lucas I sincerely hope you have a great day! :D  

     

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    2. tofu_waffle

      tofu_waffle

      The original and best Xbox One.

    3. ZakoBattledroid

      ZakoBattledroid

      You guys make me feel so old. I remember playing games like Super Star Wars and TIE Fighter.

    4. Reelando

      Reelando

      I almost never got a chance t play these old games back then. but I was always a spectator to my friends who played them when ever I came over to their place every weekend.

  10. So for anyone who plays Force Arena, if you log in now and before May 17th, you can get the 40th anniversary Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as the login reward. They're very good heroes to play and might just be my new mains, especially the new Vader. I still use the app emulator and it actually works better than it did the last time and that's awesome because now I can play the game more constantly. :)   

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  11. I requested Ladder to make this video so I'm very grateful he actually did make this video and I do agree with his reasoning. As I commented in the video, I do think Legends should be continued and completed so that every Legends fan can be satisfied that Legends got the proper conclusion it deserves. Do you guys think Legends should be continued? Also, this will probably be the last status update for today, just wanted to share this video here enjoy :)  

     

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    2. Mikayahu

      Mikayahu

      I dunno, heres the thing....There are lots and lots of books, and some of those books contradict eachother.  So you kinda just have to follow a path of books and go with it I guess.  In EU, it was Kyle Katarn I believe who captured the first death star plans. 

      Personally, I can see what he means to a point, but EU is amazing.  I love EU, and Timothy Zahn's books in particular.  Some authors might be better than others, and I mean, its EU, you can regard or disregard certain books if you dont like them. 

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    3. DarthBueno

      DarthBueno

      @TheDarkShadow8500 EU has some great story lines that are interesting and cool, but a lot of it isn't reallyl that great, most of what I see from "the new canon" is interesting and its not ripping off of anything. my points are especially valid when considering to myself that the old republic era looks like star wars World of Warcraft :P

    4. TheDarkShadow8500

      TheDarkShadow8500

      @DarthBueno For the SWTOR era, the developers did that intentionally from a game play standpoint since WOW was popular at the time and SWTOR wanted to bank on that all though they did it a little to late. The new canon takes a lot of things from legends like Thrawn(Star Wars Rebels), Malachor(Star Wars Rebels), Mandolorian-Jedi Conflict(Star Wars Rebels), A Solo kid turning to the Dark Side(Star Wars The Force Awakens), Living Rock Mountains(Main Star Wars Comic) and etc. I'm not criticizing the new canon because of that, I just wanted to point out various parallels the canon has to Legends. I like a lot of things from the canon like Force Awakens, Rebels, The Imperial oriented stories like Lost Stars, Thrawn, Scar Squadron, Inferno Squad, Battlefront 2, Rebels partially, Force Arena app and etc. I do know about how Legends has several contradictory instances like how in the Boba Fett series of books taking place during the clone wars Boba Fett says he's never been to courscant yet in the very first book of the series he is at Courscant. The Clone Wars is probably the most contradictory part of Legends but that's mainly because of TCW's inclusion. Other than that, it's just small contradictions throughout the course of the EU like Force Unleashed, the original Marvel era of Star Wars comics and etc. The canon also has inconsistencies that Star Wars explained points out in one of his recent Q&A and this just points out that not all canons will have one hundred percent continuity and that we shouldn't judge a story based on how it connects and how consistent it is but rather we should judge a story based on whether the story was actually good or bad. Again, I do see where your'e coming from @DarthBueno, I just think no one should judge a franchise based on continuity but instead, we should be focusing on good storytelling because if all we focus on is continuity,then that will kill the franchise before over saturation does. It's why I support both canon and legends,because I know that Legends has contradictions and so does the canon, but it's the stories that count, the EU has some of the best Star Wars stories told(in my opinion of course) and I love the EU because of those stories. It's fine if you disagree with me, I just wanted to tell you why I disagreed with you opinion. So once again, I hope Legends returns so that it gets properly fleshed out and finished once and for all not because I despise Legends, but rather so that it gets the closure it needed and deserves. Just try to imagine how a Legends fan who's been following the franchise for over 30 years might feel when their story gets discontinued in exchange for new films and they don't get the light of day, could you see why they would be mad? If Legends were to contiune and finish, it would calm down all the fans and at the point, it'd be back to focusing on storytelling rather than again, continuity. Sorry for the lengthy reply, I just like to show al of my thoughts to make my opinions very clear and understandable. 

  12. Day 30 Would I like Disney to revive TCW? Yes I would like for the show to be revived. While at times the Separatists where just bad villains and the show does contradict a lot of previously established material. It's what truly got me into Star Wars in the first place, I saw the films and enjoyed them but The Clone Wars, every time I hear that intro theme, see the promos for the next episode it just gets me excited every time, I remember being there since Ambush premiered on Cartoon Network when they would have hidden facts appear through out the episode. So seeing the show grow as I grew really means something to me and while now the Expanded Universe is what got me into Star Wars just as much if not more than TCW did, TCW has a special place in my heart. Also, TCW is in a similar situation with Legends, they were both discontinued because of Disney and both have fans that want the stories of their respective series to be told so it would be unfair if I discounted TCW just because it contradicts the EU when TCW and the EU are in similar situations. Clone Wars was cancelled because Lucasfilm felt it was satisfying where the show was and wanted to make Star Wars Rebels in its place the show has since been continued in Clone Wars Legacy, funny how a Legends story gets canned for a canon story.Star Wars Legends was discontinued because Disney announced the sequel trilogy and Lucas film decided that to give more creative freedom to the writers of the sequel trilogy, they deemed all of the EU non canon and did a reboot thus giving birth to TFA and the new canon. Speaking of Clone Wars Legacy, why doesn't Lucasfilm just tell the final stories of the show on Legacy, whether it be by releasing a novel, comic book or unfinished story reel, I would take that over nothing any day, they just have 2-3 seasons left of the show to tell and a series of Clone Wars Legacy labeled material being released throughout the year would be awesome to see occur. Overall, this challenge was a fun challenge to participate in and it was nice to talk about TCW on a consistent basis. Thank you @Sith Lord Cookie for providing the community with this challenge. Also, if it's a challenge what were the rules? Like was I supposed to post daily and if I didn't I'd lose because if that's the case then man did I lose. Lastly, any one remember these commercials? Source for Clone Wars cancellation: http://www.starwars.com/news/a-new-direction-for-lucasfilm-animation Source for Legends Discontinuation: http://www.starwars.com/news/the-legendary-star-wars-expanded-universe-turns-a-new-page
  13. Ok, I got some minor but good news for me. Turns out after giving Republic Heroes another chance, the game actually does work(unlike battlefront ea), I forgot that I used my current Xbox live account(Thank gosh I had it in the first place) for the game so I can play the game which means when I ever finish the game, I'll post a review on it. Also, apparently after looking into Star Wars Blue Ray releases, the 2015 re-packing has the exact same contents as the 2011 packaging(9 discs, 6 of them being the saga while the other 3 are bonus goodies that have over 30 hours of content which makes me excited), just different art and casing. I like the 2011 packing more because while the disc placement is questionable, I adore the theme of the general package compared to the 2015 one. Here are the images of the Blu Ray cases, which one do you think is better? 

    2011 Blu Ray

     Star Wars The Complete Saga 2011.jpg

    2015 Blu Ray

    Star Wars The Complete Saga 2015.jpg

  14. Two days ago I was blessed with a undamaged copy of The Empire Strikes back found hidden within my couch for over 7 years. I cleaned the film from any potential damage it might have received whilst being in the purgatory that was the couch and watched the film. Plopped the disc in my PS3, listened to the mighty Star Wars theme, awestruck by the creative dvd menu's that were produced. I saw the film, enjoyed the film, loved the film,and it might be my 2nd favorite Star Wars film number 1 being Revenge of The Sith. Watching the film made me want to buy all the other star wars films based on the original DVD releases, I don't have the other 5 saga films on DVD but I will buy those again sooner or later. I also finally pre ordered Darth Maul Son of Dathomir after the whopping disappointment of Star Wars Battlefront EA's graphical performance, I gave the game numerous chances, altered many files, looked at various performance guides all to no avail, I hope Son of Dathomir will be a good read considering it was the last Star Wars Legends comic published by Dark Horse and the first and last canon comic published by Dark Horse. I also played Empire At War and started the Imperial campaign on Hard difficulty and I've been loving the game so far, I have to punish the Geonosisians for not building my dam Death Star! The game has been a very challenging experience as those rebel scum kept invading my planets so I asked my brother for his "Senior" advise and his advise has helped me A LOT! I couldn't have done it without him. 

     

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    Also, I hope the cover art for the marvel reprint for Son Of Dathomir is the cover art above. 

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    2. tofu_waffle

      tofu_waffle

      Oh wells. Even though it has its own flaws, ROTH was FAR more enjoyable than god damn Attack of the Clones.

    3. Mikayahu
    4. tofu_waffle
  15. Here's the official Vintage Collection voting page, Darth Marr didn't make it unfortunately so I voted for ARCTrooper Fives instead. In fact, not a single Legends character was on the list, even though Ben Skywalker was one of the most popular votes. 

    http://www.starwars.com/news/vote-now-for-the-next-3-75-inch-star-wars-vintage-collection-figure