Star Wars

40 – What Has the Empire Ever Done for Us!?

Well!? The Empire is obviously evil, I mean, obviously. However, we reckon most folks in the galaxy far far away were pretty ambivalent about it and might not have even noticed the change of the guard. Marcos and James discuss the Mandolorian and how the show depicts the regular folks in the margins of galactic…

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39 – Jedi, Good, Bad, and Ugly

Happy Star Wars day everyone! May the Fourth be with you! The Jedi are a staple in everyone’s worldbuilding imagination, most everyone wanted to be one at one time or another. Seth and I are gonna tell you why they’re terrible and not just cause they indoctrinate kids in their hokey religion or have a…

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26 – Star Wars, Good or Bad?

Ah yes, the brain melting question of every Worldbuilder. It’s clear that the worldbuilding that inspired 3 generations of writers and Worldbuilders can’t fairly be called bad but all of us can point to moments where it was real hard to call it good. Midichlorians, sar’lacs, the expanded universe, KOTOR, the Force Unleashed, James and…

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Revan and Mandalore

You’ll have to bear with me, I’m a little obsessed. You see, I played KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) at a young and impressionable age and it messed me up good and proper. I never really recovered. Though I loved the movies, it was this game and that novel that served as the true…

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Revan and Mandalore

Complexity Where It Counts

Atoms Knocking on Atoms I think worldbuilders are a strange bunch. We mostly grew up worshiping detail and intricacy because we’re the type of people that like to dive deep into detail. I knew this when my wife asked me what Tusken Raiders looked like under their desert regalia and I started talking about the…

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Complexity Where It Counts

25 – Magic: An Overview

Fantasy science or deus ex machina? What is magic? Is it a set of physical laws that govern elements of your setting? Is it the unknowable will of the gods? Can it be learned, mastered even? Is it opaque and mysterious? Magic is ever present in fantasy (some would argue it’s the essence of the…

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The Empire Did Nothing Wrong

Okay, so that was click baity, sorry. the Empire did tons wrong. Alderaan (autocorrected to Alfa tan which is a great band name) being blown up was pretty bad, killing all the Jedi too (especially the younglings), but, when you think about it the Jedi were kinda problematic anyways. You have an armed organization of…

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The Empire Did Nothing Wrong