Episode 1754: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something R2-D2

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Episode 1754: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something R2-D2

Welcome to our new story, which will run once per week (on Sundays) while we take 2/3 of a break before Episode IX is released.

Preparation before running an adventure is an important factor in making the story, the background, the setting, and the events engaging and compelling. But so is the skill of being able to run an adventure with essentially no preparation whatsoever. Because it doesn't matter how well prepared you are, you will have to make stuff up on the spot anyway.

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Episode 1753: Pan-Galactic Goggle Master

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Episode 1753: Pan-Galactic Goggle Master

At least Anakin's goggles in the pod race ostensibly served some useful purpose. Although maybe not the ones he wore here.

And in Darths & Droids administrative mode: This is the last of our intermission strips following Rogue One. A few days ago we didn't know what we would be doing next, but now we do know and can make an announcement:

We are not planning to start work on Episode VII: The Force Awakens until some point after Episode IX is released, so that we know the story through all three films before starting to plot our comic through those episodes. While we (and you) wait for that film to be released, we are going to present something else to fill the time, but we are also going to wind back our publication frequency from three times a week to once a week, to give us a bit of a break from having to produce three complete strips every week (as we've been doing for the past 11 years).

So, until further notice, we will be publishing one strip a week, on Sundays, with the intention to return to three strips per week when we begin Episode VII. This strip also marks the last comic that Keybounce will be providing guest commentary for, at least for the time being. He may return for Episode VII, but we haven't finalised that yet.

But in the meantime, what story are we going to tell until then with our weekly updates? We're going to keep that a surprise for now. Stay tuned and we hope you enjoy the ride. The new story will begin one week from this comic, on Sunday 13 January.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

Should I mention that all three of these happened?

Should I mention that the scene that they are in right now is one of the three?

Should I mentioned that since they are player characters, the most crazy, ridiculous, and unlikely things are pretty much guaranteed to happen?

Bria's last line is asking the odds that something is going to happen. She makes it sound like it's a million-to-one shot.

— Keybounce

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Episode 1752: Paling by Comparison

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Episode 1752: Paling by Comparison

Another version of Galen's holographic recording, in which Galen targets his message to Bria/Jyn, and tells her about a plan he has to undermine the Peace Moon. Ultimately, we didn't go this route in the comic, and Galen's motives remain mysterious, so we couldn't use this strip as written.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

Project Twilight Sparkle.

There are some fanfics of My Little Pony where Twilight really does become that destructive. "Nightmare Sparkle" or "Nightmare Twilight" are characters that we have seen; there was even one (in comic book format, no less) that had Pinkie Pie as the Star Wars Emperor, or Empress. (Let's just say she had a dark sense of humor).

And of course, a hologram recording is always going to be able to react to what the players are asking. That's just perfectly normal. Of course, some hologram recordings will manage to respond to the players' questions and comments without actually responding to the players' questions and comments.

But the idea that "no railings" is a fatal weakness? That was explained away in campaign number one. Or was it number two?

Still, what's the best that you could possibly expect from having a railing? We've seen people fall overboard even with a railing.

— Keybounce

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Episode 1751: Off Limbits

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Episode 1751: Off Limbits

In our first intermission strip, we have another explanation for how Kyle Katarn (a.k.a. Saw Gerrera in the film) ended up with one hand and no legs.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Keybounce writes:

The idea of a right-hand man can mean, "the person that you depend on", or it can mean the man whose right hand you use.

In this case, it goes even further. Kyle only has his right hand.

As much as Yoda has said that lightsabers are safe, this really seems to indicate they are not.

Still, I have to wonder: should Kyle have been speaking with a French accent?

— Keybounce

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