*This post is full of Star Wars spoilers for everything from Episode 1 thru The Force Awakens.
The time comes in every child’s life when they are officially initiated into the world of Star Wars. For some it’s as early as birth but for others, like in our family.. you must be ready to receive and ask for it of your own free will. Until then, the truth is shrouded in secrecy.
If you know anything about me, you know I am a fierce protector of storyline when it comes to any film or book series. Maintaining that secrecy for those who have not seen/read them yet is important to me, especially when it comes to my children and Star Wars. It becomes a secret much like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy – something you keep safe until the time is right.
Some of you may remember the decision we made to hold off on allowing our children to see any of the Star Wars stories/cartoons or short films that gave away those secrets out of context. You may also remember last January when we unknowingly walked into a 20 minute show that gave away every secret of the entire series and I was LIIIIVVVVIIID because there was zero signage to warn people. You can read about that here if you want.
Well, we’ve moved forward and now is the time.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, West End Games produced the original Star Wars RPG. First published in 1987, fresh on the heels of the award winning Ghostbusters RPG, West End Games (WEG) created one of the most entertaining and simple RPGs ever.
The Star Wars RPG perfectly immerses the player into the well known and well loved universe of Star Wars. Complete with images from the movie and full color fake advertisements from the Imperial Navy and Galaxy Tours’ Four Week Grand Galactic Tour. This hard cover book contains everything you need to join the Rebel Alliance against the forces of darkness and defeat the Empire. Everything except a few 6 sided dice that is. An elegant system, for a more civilized age, the conflict resolution system is entirely D6 based so you can simply pilfer the Yahtzee set and you’re ready to go. The resistance based system sets difficulty points for various tasks and the dice pool stats and skills determine the characters abilities. The system is smooth and painless for even the greenest game master with only the slightest of prep time. It would later evolve into the WEG core D6 system released as a stand alone universal RPG a decade later. Continue reading
We got them dressed.
Or what we would find when we got there… Continue reading
Join the entire Forbidden Panel crew and they once again wander the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center. This time, however, they are there for Star Wars Celebration!!!
To be honest for Adam and myself (Andrea), Star Wars week started for us Tuesday night at the Dodgers Baseball game. The stadium was invaded with Jedi, Storm Troopers and Darth Vader. They even gave out free T-shirts to commemorate the night.
So, now, onward to the first day of Star Wars Celebration and our further adventures into geekdom!
First things first;
This place was in chaos this morning! There were lines for panels, lines for registration and more lines to get to the exhibit hall.
People, aliens, Storm Troopers and “Slave Leias” were every where.
As you can see, it would have been hard for anyone to miss “the droids they were looking for”.
Once we got inside to the exhibit hall, it was sensory overload. There were booths for taking pictures in your favorite Star Wars Scene to buying your favorite toys, so much to see and so much to do it was hard to decide where to truly begin.
I will be posting updates and photos here throughout the four day experience as we wander, explore, see all we can see and do all we can do. It will be an exhausting amazing adventure and we will bring it all to you from our point of view!
More to come later…
CALLING ALL STAR WARS FANS!!! There is an awesome opportunity to be part of the creation of a new toy experience that I am SURE every geek I know will want to get in on!
Do you want to be part of an amazing new Uncle Milton Star Wars toy? Do you want your vast knowledge of the Star Wars universe to be immortalized forever in a toy that will be played with for generations of younglings, and their masters, to come?
Go to the 20Q website and play the Star Wars 20 questions game. It’s that easy! Share your knowledge to help create the Star Wars Holocron toy’s artificial intelligence! -That’s right, a piece of YOUR BRAIN could help create an AI toy. You will live forever in the form of your mighty brain full of geek wisdom!
Below is the official statement with a sneak-peek of the toy’s design. Check it out and GO PLAY!
“STAR WARS FANS BEING ASKED TO TEST JEDI KNOWLEDGE AGAINST THE FORMIDABLE 20Q ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE! GO TO http://starwars.20q.net/play AND PLAY!!!
Uncle Milton, creator of the innovative Star Wars™ Science brand of toys, is getting ready to challenge aspiring Jedi in a different way. This time, Uncle Milton will be bringing the popular artificial intelligence game of knowledge, 20Q®, into the world of Star Wars with the Jedi Holocron. Holocrons are artifacts that hold an indeterminable amount of knowledge, so what better way to bring the Holocron into our world, than with 20Q®. Even better, Star Wars™ fans can be part of the creation of this new Star Wars™ Science Jedi Holocron! Star Wars fans are encouraged to visithttp://starwars.20q.net/play and start playing the game! Think of any being, location, or technology based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q® will try and guess what you’re thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become. Look for the Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron on store shelves beginning in Fall, 2015.”
I will also be stopping by their booth during Star Wars Celebration 2015 to talk to them about this exciting new product. I will post updates, interviews and photos, too!
If you have questions about this toy or any of their products, please post them here so I can ask them, but if you are going, don’t forget to stop by and check them out in person!!
In every parent’s life, there comes a time when a mother and father must ask themselves a very hard question and then decide, for the future of their family, which choices they will make. The choice creates a path for their family that cannot be undone. The questions range from what age is best to which medium is used to share it. Do you explain it, read it, watch it…? All the while, knowing that with whatever you choose, a new path for your children will be laid before them and a new set of experiences will shape their futures.
The question seems simple but its complexity is is infinite. The question isn’t just about age or medium or timing. It’s about passion and how experiencing such a thing when that passion cannot be fully realized could alter perception and render children apathetic to the entire thing.
The question is important.
The question is… When do we let the kids watch Star Wars? Continue reading