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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 31, 2005, 05:48 PM »
I thought I read something about the resources being well integrated at least...  So that'll be good if it's teh case.  Like if yout ook a planet known for ores/mining, you have that for better ship production...

I like the concept of being hated by who you "control" too...  But I don't want to see too much interaction with the civilian population unless it's them acting to support or revolt against who it is controlling them.  Like I said, that's cool in a Civilization or Lords of the Realm, but when you get to Star Wars things become so vast that micro-management of civilians and their happiness becomes redundant and annoying.

I thing building strong militaries is cool, but I still don't want there to be any real way (or at least it's incredibly difficult) to become just a giant military juggernaught that's unstoppable.  Games just aren't fun if youhave no challenge from your opponent.  That was a problem with Force Commander and almost every RTS up till the "Total War" series (and even then, there was always a point in TW where you knew your winning was inevitable).  Force Commander though, it came way too early...  It was fun at the time, but it's noticeable in every strategy game so I hope they're trying to curb that... 

I will say, I always still liked mowing down my opponent even when I was unstoppable.  FC tried to curb that by making you want to conserve forces (as much as possible) toc arry over to the next mission.  That was a good idea often unrecognized (And something that EAW seemst o have incorporated in their game).  You could build troops from a weak rookie level to an advanced military if they could survive...  I liked that aspect, especially when you played as the Rebels in FC where unit conservation became kind of important since you were often limited.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 31, 2005, 11:30 AM »
I'm not a huge fan of gathering resources...  I'm not sure how they could improve on the Force Commander Point system either though.  I thought it was really perfect...  At least for combat.

I can see resource gather's place, but in galactic-scaled combat like this it is really almost trivial...  It's something that you shouldn't have to manage really,a nd it should just be assumed more than a facet of the game.  It makes more sense in games like Lords of the Realm where each county/shire's production was the means by which the county grew, survived, and defended itself...  But in Lords the control and care of the people was important...  In Star Wars gaming thepeople are too vast in number to be a micro-feature of the game, and they're more a macro thing where they're assumed taken care of.

Harvesting resources then becomes sort of silly...  At least controlling it in any real fashion...  It should be a more natural exercise that just comes with control of a planet or system...  I'd simply adapt the Force Commander point structure to the galactic conquest theme.  It's perfect.  The only thing I'd change is to make it so you can never get too much momentum going where you just become a steamroller and are unstoppable.  Not much fun in that.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Governor Tarkin
« on: July 31, 2005, 02:21 AM »
The Imperial every Star Wars fan LOVES to hate is hands down Grand Moff/Governor Tarkin.  The destroyer of planets, the cruel executor of the Emperor's "New Order", the scurge of the galaxy...  Eh, I'm getting carried away.

Governor Tarkin only had one previous figure based on his appearance in A New Hope and remains high on my list of resculpts I'd like to see at some point in the modern line...  His Revenge of the Sith figure isn't too bad though, and shows what potential for a new Classic Trilogy Tarkin exists.

The new Tarkin shows the character in his younger days, though he still closely resembles a walking corpse...  Just with better hair.

Hasbro nailed a lot of detail on the figure though, he's a solid base even for a potential classic styled variant of the same character, however I would like new legs/boots as the pants and footwear don't match up to the ANH style of Imperial Uniform...  I guess over 20 years or so the Empire changed their style somewhat.

He's not perfect...  He's a sign of the slipping levels of articulation on Collection 2 figures (nobody can tell me that a more flexible "skirt" and poseable knees isn't something they'd like on this figure just so he could sit and command people to do bad stuff), but overall he's a nice effort from Hasbro.

Anyway, go Read The Full Review, and as always hop on in and share your opinions with us. 

Since I've written this review, I will add that I have not seen the Tarkin wave of figures again...  Not once.  Granted, Hasbro's pipes seem to be pretty clogged (they need figure fiber I guess), but I hope you've got this figure in-hand because I haven't caught one on the shelves since that first day I saw about 8 of him...  *poof* all gone!

Enjoy folks!

Newbies / Re: Hola
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:39 AM »
And just as good to have you here my wafer-thin snack friend.

While I prefer regular old Lays chips (or BBQ chips), or on occassion some Ruffles, it's always nice to see Dorito's too.

Have a good time...  Any questions just ask one of us...  Enjoy the site, and have fun!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:34 AM »
She still is pretty good too...  Good for her.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:33 AM »
Indeed DR, it looks to be a bit graphic which suits me fine.  Star Wars can be too squeaky clean at times.  The movies skirt the line at times, but often times EU's just not visually intense.  This stuff looks good though.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Diorama Bits...
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:30 AM »
The mention of Build-A-Rama came up in another thread and I thought I'd point out that they DO have some little bits for Sci-Fi dioramas (I think even the real-world stuff like oil drums and such can carry over to Sci-Fi too though).

Dunno if you guys have seen them though, so here's pics of the sci-fi stuff.  Kinda neat.  If you do buy this stuff, push the owner (Mark) to do more Sci-Fi things...  Give him ideas, but bare in mind he works in resins which are costlier in general to produce items, and he does this stuff himself so things can get expensive if you go "big".
Cargo Crates & A Generator Thingie

I don't mean to do too much advertising for the guy as he's not a sponsor, but I do believe he's good for the hobby...  Mention where you came from, push the Sci-Fi stuff and that you'd dig seeing other items...  You just might get it (this stuff came about after I hastled him about simply DOING Sci-Fi stuff so he does listen some).

Mark is definitely a nice guy to deal with though, he does great work too...  Just look at the more expansive military lines.  He even does figure accessories too, so imagine what he could do for Star Wars figures even!


I'd dig seeing:

-VOTC Stormtroopers (shipped by the truckload)...  Pack in a shoulder pauldron, variations (shot, dirty, clean, etc.), and I'm there.

-VOTC Chewie with collar/chains

-VOTC Leia (with a softgoods hood that works in place of the plastic hood).

-ROTS Royal Guard (Blue and Red), but include pikes (with or without the rifle, but nice if it had that too).

-ROTS 3PO...  Good 3PO to see re-release with a silver leg.

-Ree Yees.

-Kitbash DST (ROTJ)...  DST head w/POTJ Imp Officer body.

-Admiral Motti.

-Clones...  SA Sculpt with Utapau, 501st, Red Shocktrooper decoes, as well as a green (maybe Kashyyyk camo?) paintjob.  Include the right rifle too, ditch the carbine.  I'd take lots of EU variants though like the Neeyo Grunt Target figure, Night-Camo/Stealth one, etc...

-VOTC Boba Fett (ROTJ and ESB paint variants).

-VOTC Fett w/Jango Paintjob (kitbash a removable helmet/Kamino Jango head on there, and sweet!).

-Imperial Officer (all 3 headsculpts), as well as black/grey suit variants.

-POTC Figs (Pablo Jill, Yarua, Cantina Trio)

-Battledroid from the Naboo 4-pack (red and tan variants)

I'm sure I could think of others...  Lots of stuff worth repacking.  I agree with figures like the Cantina band Member, Muftak/Kabe, and perhaps some others too...  Like I'd take a repaint of some of the Cantina Cinema Scene figures too.

Hell I'd even kinda dig the Dianoga (2-piece) from the Trash Compactor sets to be released on a basic card. :)  It was THE reason to get those sets if you ask me (I have mine attacking Kyle Katarn).

Speaking of...  I'd put Kyle and the Darktrooper out together just to see how they maybe do?  I like both figures, wouldn't mind a new Kyle being made, but I'd like seeing how they did released with film figures.  Test the EU waters with what you've already got that sold well the first time around.

Yeah, those are a dime a dozen here now too...  It's a pretty weak little set too.  I worried that it would be the last item to really gauge interest in playsets, and it's not gonna leave a very favorable impression.  Whatcha gonna do though, ya know?

Like other GOOD ideas executed poorly, this one'll just be labeled as "Well, yeah, those don't sell well, so we're not doing any more of them".

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Cool Kid Collectors
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:03 AM »
I've seen a couple little bastards over the years too...

Actually though I'm back to seeing less kids in the aisles...  Still though I see the odd kid here and there, or mom looking for kid...  I tend to only interact when I see they can't find something...  I did send one lady to the WM down the street not too long ago because what she said her son was looking for wasn't at Target but I'd just been to WM and they had it...

The funny thing I heard from her though was, "Wow, this green guy must be popular, there's a lot of him".  About the Neimodian Gunner...  Eh, it gave me a chuckle anyway.

My gf's kids have bought some stuff, but not much...  They're into the Lego's though, and we've watched all 6 films together at home too...  They still laugh at me when I've got them with me on a toy run and I can't find anything but they always find Lego's to buy...  Damn kids.   ;)

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Advertising
« on: July 30, 2005, 12:59 AM »
Do they do basic commercials much Rob?  Funny about it being for the sabers or helmet...  That kinda stuff is interesting.

Once again it makes it funny that those are obviously more geared to kids, but if they don't do basic fig commercials then how much water does their "This is a kid's toy line!" bs actually hold ya know?  :)  Perfect question for Matt to shove up their ass the next time he gets a chance.

Yeah, I was talking about Build-A-Rama...  Good stuff.

BTW if you guys want SW diorama stuff they have cargo containers and a "generator" piece for "Sci-Fi".  Generic looking...  Neat though.  They don't tap the sci-fi market enough if you ask me...  They don't "go for it" by getting active in customizing communities or talking to websites like here or FFURG.  BAR needs to consider that though because they've got a market for it.

I hold hope for a good modular playset system from Hasbro, but I get doubtful about it every year...  Or I just see Hasbro botching it somehow like they have with other great ideas...  I mean, they can evolutions after 3 sets, but Battlepacks will go for quite a while it seems (and with horrid figure choices at times).  No reason to expect good things even if they DID do a modular playset assortment.

$20 a piece though and I know they could do a simple playset system...  Pack in those incentive figures like VOTC Stormtroopers, or Clonetroopers, or an Imperial Officer sculpt with a new head (Ozzel figure with a generic headsculpt) and it could be pretty sweet.

JD Sports Forum! / World Eating Championships (On ESPN)
« on: July 29, 2005, 08:09 PM »
I'm watching this, simply in awe of what I'm witnessing, and as dumb as this is I can't take my eyes off it.

Newbies / Re: jimmyfortuna
« on: July 29, 2005, 08:02 PM »
He's been dealt with...  :)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 29, 2005, 05:54 PM »
I'm thinking not from what I've read but that's all jumbled together in my mind right now...

If I'm correct though, I think there's certain resources are good for different things on different planets...  It's not so much a game about resource gathering as much as it is about conquest though...  I think.  There's a lot of stuff about this in gaming rags over the last few months since it has been released.  I've read a lot of it and still can't figure out how they're going to make the final game play out.

It does look good...  I thought it looked like space-age Medeival: Total War! or something. :)  That's pretty great if it's the case.

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