TORWars Podcast #173: Amber, Tait, and Star Wars Land

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Welcome, intergalactic friends and neighbors, to the latest TORWars Podcast.  In this week’s show, we cover some very tantalizing news bits about the SWTOR community team, as well as a couple of juicy, inside bits of information about the next Star Wars movie.  Trust me, you’ll be intrigued when you hear what we’ve got to say.  So, without further ado, on to this week’s show!

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NEWS

1.  Out with Amber!

She’s no longer a part of the Community Team, but it’s all good.  Her career has taken a jump to lightspeed as she’s now SWTOR’s Live Producer! 

Amber Green celebrated her promotion with some new work clothes.  Shiny!

Amber Green celebrated her promotion with some new work clothes. Shiny!

 

2.  In with Tait!

A big welcome to Tait Watson, the newest member of the Community Team!  Huzzah!

3.  Community Cantina in Phoenix on January 31st (and Atlanta, Georgia sometime in February!  Also, NYCC, and PAX East Cantinas are planned!)

We’re happy to announce that the next stop in the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Community Cantina Tour will be happening on Friday, January 31st, in Phoenix, AZ!

This is your chance to join the Star Wars: The Old Republic community for a development team Q&A as well as complimentary drinks*, food, and giveaways. Every attendee will be receiving a highly coveted Tauntaun Fawn code. Space is limited so be sure to come early.

If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and hang out with us!

Venue: Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Date: Friday, January 31st, 2014

Time: 8:00-11:00PM CDT

Address: 122 North Second Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

Space will be limited, so be sure to arrive early! You can RSVP on Facebook here (Facebook RSVP is not required for attendance).

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Team

INSIGHT:  BIG INCOMING CHANGES TO STAR WARS LORE?

In this segment, Deirdre and Jeff discuss the formation of the “Star Wars Story Group”, which offers fans a whole new take on what is, and is not, canon in the Star Wars universe.  Consider these quotes from Leland Chee, a member of the Story Team:

Star Wars Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which [Pablo Hidalgo] and I are both a part of.

Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing. More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy.

[Disposing of the hierarchy and having one cohesive canon is] definitely a primary goal of the Story Group.

DISCUSSION:  TOMORROWLAND IS YESTERDAY

In this segment, your hosts discuss the latest rumor (now confirmed!) that Disneyland is doing away with Tomorrowland, and replacing it with Star Wars Land.

There will be multiple rides and attractions based on the Star Wars universe.

Disney Imagineers have been briefed on elements of Episode VII, in order to include those features in Star Wars Land.

Three key attractions in Star Wars land were specifically mentioned:

  1. A Milennium Falcon “walk through” on the old People Mover platform is on the drawing board.
  2. The Mos Eisley Cantina is slated to replace the old Tomorrowland Terrace.
  3. A Speederbike ride through Endor is planned to replace Autopia.

SHOUT OUTS

  1. Enjin.com
  2. TORWars Guild
  3. PayPal Donations – Unfortunately, there were none this week.  ;(
  4. Corellian Run Radio
  5. Gamersaurs
  6. The ASF Podcast

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13 Responses to “TORWars Podcast #173: Amber, Tait, and Star Wars Land”

  1. M1-4X mechanic says:

    Good show as always.Today communication have been good in the dev tracker.Devs move your butts and out in cross server gameplay for PvP !!
    Anyways—>

    So tired of this PT hate from the very minor part of the “fanbase”
    Most fans love PT even thou most of us hate jarjar.
    Anyways most of the story in Emire was written by George with some
    by Lawrence Kasdan, Leigh Brackett. Leigh died during production and George to over again.Btw quote: A New Hope in perpetuity in all media worldwide. They also hold theatrical, nontheatrical and home video rights to the other Star Wars films through May 2020, but their ownership of A New Hope is without an end date.

    And George made big contracts with Disney that tok months to make
    were things like certain lore had to be respected and alot more.
    So the silly things in the EU will never be canon.
    Also George got a big share of stocks in Disney during the deal.
    And Kathleen kennedy is best friends with George the man who put her in charge and she will never do anything to lore etc that will piss off Lucas :)Also Papblo and Leland who have been in charge of the canon
    were put there by George and they actually talked to him alot, even on the set making the insider movies during PT production.Was a few more things that were alittle off but i will let it go.Check out rebel force radio for the ultimate star wars insider info and news.
    http://www.shotglassdigital.com/artist/rebelforceradio/

  2. J.W. Hollis says:

    Hi M1!

    Agree on the Kennedy-Lucas friendship, and you make a good point – that make affect the integrity of current lore.

    I think the contracts with Disney took a very long time, and it’s possible that certain limited elements of lore were in the contracts, but that would be highly unusual.

    I disagree, however, that Pablo and Leland communicated frequently with George. In an interview back in the day, they described their process, and that process was entirely George free. They had to do a substantial amount of guessing, including that specific example about the planey Stewjon. Urrrrgggg….STEWJONNNNNNNNNN…..

  3. Altoholic says:

    give me a Varactyl pet. I love the mounts, my sniper have has one.

    Canon levels go like this: G-Canon > T-Canon > C-Canon > S-Canon > N-Canon (non-canon). the star wars movies are G-canon, for example. Clone wars series is T-canon. The children of Han and Leia and Luke (Legacy of the force books and such) = C-canon. S-Canon is stuff like the game Star Wars Galaxies.

    I hope they wont re-release the first 3 movies. I want G-canon or C-canon please in 7-8 and 9.

    Now a comment on what I felt was missing in this podcast: why no discussion on patch 2.6, which for me, killed SWTOR? Snipers/gunslingers are not a useless class come 2.6, 62.5% nerf to orbital strike/ Freighter flyby damage says it all. they also killed the hybrid PT/VG dps spec, which currently is the best dps spec for VG/PT.

  4. Caligari says:

    Amber’s new suit…haha! :D

  5. SubFT says:

    I loved the conversation about the change to the setup of Star Wars cannon organization. One thing though, 20th Century Fox never owned the Star Wars films, only the distribution rights. This included the right to put films in the theaters under the 20th Century Fox banner, but also Fox Home Video. Lucas retained ownership of the actual films and merchandising until the sale of Lucasfilm, Ltd. in 2013.

    On a related topic, Lucas’ haphazard treatment of Star Wars cannon has alienated some from the brand. An example was the Republic/Imperial Trooper series, along with some of the Legacy of the Force series of books by Karen Traviss. Much of the background for Mandalorians was fleshed out by Traviss, including the Mandolorian language, Mando’a, which is heard in SWTOR at times. Lucas made changes to the culture in The Clone Wars cartoon show that went against Traviss’ work. As a result, Karen Traviss never completed the Republic/Imperial Trooper book series story.

    • SubFT says:

      I should have mentioned as well that because Traviss only worked in novels, what she did was trumped by the TV show according to the multi-tiered makeup of cannon under Lucas.

    • Altoholic says:

      of the 3 writers of the Legacy of the Force books, if you ask the fans, Karen Traviss was the worst one. Personally, I don’t think she was so bad, but the other 2 were better. She had this thing about Mandalorians, so all 3 of her books (they did 3 each) were full of mando crap about Boba Fett (I dislike Mandalorians). Some said it was her Idea to kill off Luke Skywalker’s wife, Mara Jade. This angered some of the fans, as someone else had plans about writing a book about them after, but that couldn’t happen now she was dead.

      • SubFT says:

        The point I was making was about the screwed up situation created by the multileveled nature of Lucas’ cannon. Your opinion as to the quality writings of Karen Traviss versus the others who wrote the remaining books of the “Legacy of the Force” series is irrelevant to the conversation.

        • Altoholic says:

          it is not my opinion of her work, it’s everyone elses. The majority of the fans that have read her work say she isn’t very good. I say, she isn’t bad, just not as good as the other 2 that wrote the other 6 books. And Personally, I hate Mandalorians and her 3 books were full of them. Why do I hate mandalorians? Because they are Glory Hunters, that is what they live for. They don’t care if they win or lose, so long as they go down in history as something great. which makes them have loser mentality. If you don’t want to win or care to, you don’t deserve to.

    • Ahhh, good to know, thank you for the correction. Still, do you think we’d ever see a re-release of the original trilogy in it’s original un-enhanced form?

  6. Saratje says:

    Hah on the image. I guess that must be ‘Bossk Hog’?

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