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Photonovels and Movies / Re: TSR #5 - The Mysteries of Trideeno
« on: September 12, 2005, 01:10 AM »
Sorry I haven't had time for more detailed comments and analysis yet, but I've read both the recent chapters and I'm still enjoying the hell out of this wonderful series!!!

Photonovels and Movies / Re: Photo Novel: Republic Intelligence
« on: September 7, 2005, 09:54 PM »
The movies paint a somewhat simplistic view of the hieararchy of the Army of the Republic.  In the films, there are only Jedi "generals" clones.

I like how you add another layer of command structure with non-Jedis.  I would like to see the relationship between the various branches and organizations touched upon a bit.

Any advice/instructions you could give on how you used photoshop to create the lighting would be very helpful!  I am very much a photoshop newb and I really need to make my photonovels a little more visually interesting and complex.

I will still comment more about the story so far a little later.  But it's great!

Photonovels and Movies / Re: RE#13 - Seeds of Betrayal
« on: September 7, 2005, 02:04 AM »
Hey, Chewie!

Another great photonovel.

I will return to doing my "play by play" analysis, which I think I skipped last time (oops!)

Anyway, love it, as always.  Now here we go:

Okay, miniscule nitpick here, but would it be possible for you to "scroll back" the text a la the Star Wars films?  I just think it might look cooler.

Really like the space battle scenes.  They always look great!

In the 3rd panel, your text says the Jedi ranks are growing thin, but we see Mace Windu, who obviously doesn't die.  Why not show a random jedi being killed?

Another great composite shot.  Dathomir looks very cool!

The Naboo shot looks great, too.  I will talk more about Rykrof and his family later...Excellent use of the custom speeder.  It's interesting to see how Naboo has been fortified during the war.

Really nice shot of the three shuttles and the moutain.  I'm really repeating myself here, but it's true.  The look is fantastic.

GREAT close up of Ryrkrof.  I can't get anywhere near this kind of close detail with my lousy digital camera.  Wow.  Very cool.

Nice hologram of Padme.  Very blue!  But you should modify the transparency (if you can).  And I'm not a fan of the Evolutions Anakin.  It has great articulation, obviously, but looks pretty lousy.  The head stinks and I don't like the soft goods.  "Secret Ceremony" is probably the best looking AOTC Anakin.  Though that's not saying much.  Since Padme mentions Ryrkof to Anakin, though, maybe we should have seen her running into them on Naboo.  And why would she mention that?  Maybe you should have written some dialogue.  It seems like Padme is being a "tattler" for no real reason.

I really like how you're making digital enviroments in some cases.  They look pretty good! 

The 2nd shot of the office, though, is a bit awkward.  The window is the exact same shape as the previous shot, so it doesn't look like they've moved to a different part of the room, but now the furniture is gone.  Nice gloomy clouds over Coruscant, though!

I don't know why you made Palpatine all gray like that.  It looks...interesting.  But Palpatine obviously didn't look like that in the films.  I'm just curious as to what your motivation for that was.

Okay, here's one thing I don't understand.  I very much liked, in earlier chapters, how you said that the universe wasn't going to revolve around Rykrof.  He's just one guy and he's not the most important man in the galaxy, just another guy doing his job.  Now, however, he seems very important - he has attracted the attention of Palpatine and Anakin, just for slipping away for a short time.  Would Papatine and Anakin really worry so much about one soldier?

Interesting use of "Star Trek" imagery for the office here.  However, I think there are lots of pictures of Palpatine's office on line you could have used.  Still, your compositing skills are first rate!

Another nice shot of the shuttles.  If only there were ample pictures of the ROTS shuttle Palp used in that movie.  Oh, well.  Still looks cool.

A couple more good shots.  Especially the explosion of the shuttle.  VERY nice.  Escape pod put to great use, too.

Hey, I really like the digital bride!  Nice work.  Where'd you get that control panel in the back?  Also great to see Grievous and the cool new Asajj figure.

EXCELLENT combination of the Trade Federation picture and your own digital creation as Asajj leaves the bride. 

Tylin Gere, what a kiss ass!  How did he weasel himself into a cushy officer's commission while Rykrof is out there on the front lines? 

Why are these pics so washed out and gray looking?  Just curious.  Also, why does Tylin have black pants? 

I love Palpatine trying to pry Tylin apart from his friend!  I can't wait to see how this plays out!  My money's on Tylin screwing over Enloe!  again, though, it seems like Rykrof's just a little too important.  I wish there was just a little more justification for all the attention he's getting from the very top.

Also, love the use of Owen's sets!  I'm very envious!

I love how Palp is turning Tylin on Rykrof.  Very ROTS.  Nicely done.  And "not sparing the resources for a rescue!"  Great!  Ice cold, man. 

Don't really love the look of the custom Jedi.  Why is his hood black, but his tunic tan?  I was never crazy about that...

And again, this conversation between two top Jedi assigns Rykrof an importance that I don't think he's quite earned yet.  Obviously, Ki adi Mundi is a friend, they fought together.  But it seems like there is way too much time spent talking about Rykrof while the war is on.  Just a little more justification is needed.

Excellent series of shots on the surface as Rykrof regroups.  Love the rocks, of course, and the additions of the plants digitally looks great.  A very fine scene all around, writing, direction, etc.

Rancor!!  Awesome!  Great shot!  Hopefully, we'll see more of this guy.

great episode and a fantastic cliffhanger.  Can't wait to see the next friggin' chapter!!  Lots of threats brewing out there!  Ventress, rancor, Palpatine.  All in all, a very exciting addition.

Now, here was my thought about Rykrof and his family.  This isn't a criticism at all.  It's just a thought I had.  I was thinking that it might be very poignant if Rykrof NEVER got a chance to go home and see his son.  You mentioned that you would eventually take the story into the GCW era and would focus on Rykrof's son.

I thought it might have been very cool if Rykrof was killed at the end of the Clone Wars, never having gotten the chance to go home again and then, years later, his son could make discoveries about the father that he never knew.

Anyway, like I said, not a criticism at all, just an alternative idea.  I DO like how you used the family visit against Rykrof and how it might lead to his undoing, as Palpatine is using it to turn everyone against Rykrof.  Again, I wish there was a litttle more explanation for why everyone is suddenly interest in Rykrof, but, beyond that, the plotting is working very well.

All in all, another terrific job!  Thanks for your hard work and creativity!  Can't wait to see the next one....

I commented on this somewhere else, but I'll say it again.

I LOVE the droid.  It's fantastic.  The Sith and Jedi are great, too.

I like the Mace, but I don't love it.  The shoulders look just a tad goofy, but that's probably just the source material.

Anyway, great work all around!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Diorama/Playset Spotlight
« on: September 7, 2005, 12:49 AM »
Yeah, I saw this on Owen's site and it's damn amazing!

I'm sure we'll be seeing it a lot in the upcoming adventures of Ryrof and company!

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: September 5, 2005, 08:19 PM »
Definitely use the Callie, er, Scarlett head from GI Joe.

The hairstyle is almost a perfect match.  Just paint brown!

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Diddly's Customs - 9/4/05: TSR Teaser!
« on: September 4, 2005, 12:36 PM »
I can't wait to see the return of this fantastic photonovel series!

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: SA E2 Obi-Wan Kenobi
« on: September 4, 2005, 12:33 PM »
Hey, great job!

The "battle pack" head is not perfect, but it's better than ALL the other AOTC era Obi Wan heads, with the possible exception of Coruscant Chase (but that one has a dreaful body.)

I'd love to try this one if I could ever find the Pilot ROTS Obi Wan.

What about a comprimise of sorts, hide it, then go somewhere else and call her? That way if she is in league with the bad guys they aren't led right to you. And if not you can go back and pick up or pass it off on someone else. It is possible (however unlikely) that it wasn't even her that put it in there. This is our uncle's comm isn't it? The stormtrooper we shot earlier at our uncle's house could have put it there, in case Uncle Lance came back for it, and that is why they came to the bar looking for us.

The comm link is yours, you brought it from home.  The stromtrooper could not possibly have planted it, since it was in your possession the entire time, save for those few moments in the bar when you handed it to Callie, who "fidgeted with it beneath the bar for a few minutes."  Ergo, you're almost certain Callie put it there.  (Unless it was your mom back at home - she IS rather overprotective.)  The only other possibility is that someone swiped it off you and then managed to slip it back into your pocket, all without your knowledge.

SLC, how would you determine whether or not Callie is "in league with the bad guys" just by calling her?


Two more off-site replies!

Looks like Ashared_Hett pushes the "stick it on a passerby" suggestion further into the majority with this post:

I'd plant it on the sleeping guy outside the restroom. Flushing it may make it end up in a place that may tip off Callie that you ditched it.

And newcomer Jedistyle chimes in with an echo of 187_Maul's idea -
i'd stash it somewhere i could pick it up later and if someone came to interupt my meeting they'd show up to find noone. then i would go to my meeting and pick the tracer up later to confront callie about it?

This has been really great, folks.  An overwhelming number of replies, some really terrific and surprising suggestions and some great discussion/anaysis.

I think perhaps it's because the plot is beginning to grow more complex (finally) that we're seeing more responses.  With that in mind, I will continue to endeavor to make the story more you all soon!

Photonovels and Movies / Re: Photo Novel: Republic Intelligence
« on: September 3, 2005, 06:06 PM »

This is GREAT!

I don't have time for detailed comments, will post more later.

But the "look" is fantastic!  The lighting, the dramatic use of camera angles, the amazing effects (Force lightening NEVER looked so cool - even in the films!).

A wonderful, amazing effort!  Keep it up!!

smartypants is correct.  Over at FFURG, Dan Binks has tipped the scales in favor of....sticking the tracking device on another person.

But, since I won't start working on a new scene until Monday at the earliest, consider the polls still open. 

However, if nothing changes until then, that will be the course of action.

Here's Dan Binks' reply:

My first thought was to "flush it", but now I think sticking it on someone else is the better idea.

Though Callie is definitely up to something more than she is telling us, I still would not jump to the conclusion that she is an Imperial. I think it is possible she has some unfinshed business with our uncle. Then again my judgement may still be clouded by that Mara Jade like Red Hair , or not. 

Hey, gang...after begging and pleading rather pathetically, I finally got one of the MIA regulars to post again back in one of the other threads...

...and it was a very intriguing and original suggestion.  Alas, it doesn't help break the tie, but it's an interesting idea worthy of discussion and consideration.

So here's 187_Maul's suggestion:

Although this only makes the decision for you what to do more difficult, I'd hide the tracking device behind the toilet or somewhere in the bathroom, and then leave for the meeting with Blondie. This tracking device may prove to be more important in the future than it does at the moment, so I wouldn't get rid of it immediently. Hiding the device leaves the possibility of revtrieving it afterwards. After the meeting with Blondie I'd definitely confront Callie about this though.

I do not fear Callie. The tie is broke.  ;)

"You will will be."

No, just kidding.  But, I'm afraid Chewie is correct.

It's still 6 "ditch it's" versus 3 "keep it's"...and I don't think there are enough hanging chads out there to bail out the "keep it's"....

But we still need a decision on the "flush it" or "plant it" issue...

Wait a minute, isn't this website for really geeky, die-hard "Star Wars" fans?

I was expecting a picture thread to be filled with "Comic Book Guy" esque mutants.

Everyone here is too damn good looking!

Sorry, folks, I won't be playing this game!  Good luck!

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