West End Games Star Wars
The focus of the episode is West End Games’ Star Wars RPG (06:08 ). Discussion starts with how completely Star Wars has penetrated popular culture (06:12 ) and Hambone gives a quick history of the game (06:48 ). Stu breaks explains how the RPG kept Star Wars alive. (07:40 ). The Ewok Movie comes up (08:20 ). Stu theorizes that the initial appeal of the Star Wars RPG laid in the fact that the books gave you access to more material from the movies (09:28 ).
Stu explains the basics of the system (10:31 ) and explains how the game gave birth to the Expanded Universe (11:13 ). Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy comes up (11:53 ) and Stu explains how those books paved the way to the larger Star Wars’ modern pop culture explosion (12:37 ). The Science Fiction Book Club comes up (13:22 ). Hambone runs through some of the publications dates and cover art for the various editions of the rules (13:50 ) and Stu voices his disappointment in the design and illustration in the third edition (14:18 ).
Conversation turns to the game’s approach to universe building (15:00 ). They discuss adventure modules, the Kathol Rift campaign (16:38 ) and the Galaxy Guides, which brings the guys to the topic of toys (17:27 ) and the joy of weird aliens. There is the inevitable comparison to Star Trek (19:57 ) and that segues to a quick chat about angry Star Wars fans (20:54 ) and inclusivity (23:43 ). Stu talks about his up and down relationship with Star Wars (25:00 ).
Finally, we end on a happy note, as Hambone is excited that his copy of the Big Trouble in Little China board game finally arrived (29:00 )
The guys say their good-byes (31:13 ).
Correction: Stu has a tick and keeps calling it the Star Wars Extended Universe. While that word usage isn’t wrong, the moniker is actually the Star Wars Expanded Universe.