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Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Havard » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:37 pm

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Bill Slavicsek, designer of WEG's D6 Star Wars RPG has written a book called Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy.

It retells his experiences with creating the Star Wars RPG and how he was allowed to flesh out the Star Wars Galaxy, in many ways having the RPG lore make its way into comics, novels and movies.

You can read a review here:

http://www.theforce.net/story/front/Sta ... 183835.asp?

Buy it on Amazon here: Defining a Galaxy: 30 Years in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
It Was a Dark Time for the Galaxy
In the late 1980s, Star Wars was becoming a fading memory. The movie trilogy had concluded. The comic books and novels were winding down. The action figures had run their course. As the franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary, there was a new ride at Disneyland and … not much else. Not until a small hobby game company released Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and The Star Wars Sourcebook. And suddenly the galaxy began to expand. This is the story of how a group of dedicated fans and gaming professionals helped pave the way for the Star Wars Expanded Universe — as told by one of the original architects! This book explains how material created for roleplaying games helped shape the Star Wars universe — and continues to influence it to the current day.

I think this could be of great interest to fans of the RPG? :)

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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Havard » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm

Looks like you can get it at a lower price from DrivethruRPG.

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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Big Mac » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:25 am

Havard wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Looks like you can get it at a lower price from DrivethruRPG.
The Amazon link says it's published by CreateSpace, so Bill Slavicsek must have self-published this book on CreateSpace and DriveThru to get access to both their Print on Demand options.

That wouldn't have happened a few years back. I would have expected a "proper" publisher to be putting this out, but we live in interesting times and a lot of RPG designers have "multiclassed" in publisher, so that they can crank out products that they believe in.

Given the Star Wars connection, I'll be interested to see if this stays a cult PoD book or if non-RPG fans go crazy over it, down to the fact that it covers the creation of the Extended Universe.

I could easily see this book being reprinted in a full-blown print run and Bill turning up to Star Wars conventions and RPG conventions to sign copies. :)
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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Sharkbelly » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:52 am

That would be cool.

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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Falconer » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:17 am

Havard, would you be willing to repost this at Beggar’s Canyon as well, by any chance? If not, may I? But I would be happier for you to.
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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Coronoides » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:05 am

I only knew Bill’s work from Council of Wryms and I’m constantly surprised at where his name shows up. Star Wars fans can probably say more about this, but I hear the Star Wars RPG actually defined much of the lore. Given the deep themes embedded and adventure hooks in Council of Wryms I suppose it’s logical that Bill kept world building in future projects.
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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Havard » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:02 pm

Falconer wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:17 am
Havard, would you be willing to repost this at Beggar’s Canyon as well, by any chance? If not, may I? But I would be happier for you to.
Done.

Thanks for suggesting it :)

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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Havard » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:13 pm

Coronoides wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:05 am
I only knew Bill’s work from Council of Wryms and I’m constantly surprised at where his name shows up. Star Wars fans can probably say more about this, but I hear the Star Wars RPG actually defined much of the lore. Given the deep themes embedded and adventure hooks in Council of Wryms I suppose it’s logical that Bill kept world building in future projects.
From what Scott Palter (President of WEG at the time) has told me, they were given very much creative freedom by Lucasarts. And when they started launching Star Wars novels again in 1991, Timothy Zahn used the RPG books from WEG to familiarize himself with details of the universe. Even just with the core book, Bill Slavicsek helped define things like how The Force worked. Concepts like being Force Sensitive became a thing. I'm guessing details on how Hyperspace works ("Astrogation") and types of droids being pinned down could have been his work. Later books (not by Slavicsek) like the Alien Guides were allowed to name alien home planets which then found their way into EU "canon".

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Re: Bill Slavicsek's Star Wars: Definining A Galaxy

Post by Coronoides » Wed May 01, 2019 12:06 am

Havard wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:13 pm
From what Scott Palter (President of WEG at the time) has told me, they were given very much creative freedom by Lucasarts. And when they started launching Star Wars novels again in 1991, Timothy Zahn used the RPG books from WEG to familiarize himself with details of the universe. Even just with the core book, Bill Slavicsek helped define things like how The Force worked. Concepts like being Force Sensitive became a thing. I'm guessing details on how Hyperspace works ("Astrogation") and types of droids being pinned down could have been his work. Later books (not by Slavicsek) like the Alien Guides were allowed to name alien home planets which then found their way into EU "canon".

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A similar thing happened with Larry Niven’s Known space. When he opened up the setting to allow other authors to contribute to the “Man-Kzin Wars” series of anthologies Larry would send contributors a copy of the Ringworld game as a guide to the canon.

P.s. I hate many of the new ideas raised in the Man-Kzin wars stories and don’t personally regard these as canon, so there is that.
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