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Beds Needed in Shelter for Homeless RPG Bloggers

The first thing that hits you, even before the smell, is the pervasive feeling of despair.

Or at least, that's the first thing I notice when I step into Saint Morrigon's Mission, a shelter and kitchen many consider to be the last place where Star Trek-focussed RPG bloggers can get a meal, a warm bed, and a wi-fi connection.


I spoke briefly with Jane Sinclair, the one-woman team who single-handedly runs Saint Morrigon's. 
"Look at all these poor souls," Jane said, gesturing to rows after rows of beds filled with people typing away on their phones. "It seems wherever they go, they do something that pisses someone off. Within a few days, they're banned."

I spoke briefly with one of the people living at Saint Morrigon’s. "I show up, post a few articles, and within a week I’m on the streets!" said a person identified as Major Tom. He showed me some of his work and I understood why. To verify my understanding, I tracked down a few of those in ch…
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Star Wars New Canon: The Force Awakens: Starting Anew

I remember in 2012 hearing the announcement that Disney was purchasing Lucasfilm and all of its properties, including Star Wars. This included an announcement that they were going to produce new films. I was excited! The last Star Wars movie (not counting The Clone Wars) was more than seven years behind us. We were certain there would be no new films, and suddenly now there would be.

I remember making a point to avoid spoilers. I watched the trailers, but kept off social media in the weeks and months leading up to the movie's release. I bought books marketed as "Journey to The Force Awakens", but refused to read them until after I had seen the movie (in hindsight, none of those spoiled anything).



I missed opening night, as I was traveling for work that week. But I managed to get tickets to see it with my wife and her sister closer to Christmas.

For this post, I consumed the following stories:
Episode VII: The Force Awakens (film directed by JJ Abrams, 2015)Episode VII: Th…

Star Wars Read-Through Part 12: Post Episode I: Jedi Adventures

Episode I: The Phantom Menace established the status quo for the prequels going forward. We have Obi-Wan Kenobi, recently graduated Jedi Knight. His apprentice, young Anakin Skywalker, who just won his freedom from slavery on the desert planet Tatooine. A Republic plagued with corruption.

We don't know much about where the story is headed. But we do know Anakin and Obi-Wan will have more adventures, as will countless Jedi and other heroes and villains.

For this post, I consumed the following stories:
Republic 7-12 (comic arc by Timothy Truman, 1999)Republic 13-18 (comic arc by Timothy Truman, 1999-2000)Republic 27 (comic issue by Doug Petrie, 2001)Rogue Planet (novel by Greg Bear, 2000) I read the novel in the hardcover format. Republic 7-18 were collected in the graphic novel Omnibus: Emissaries and Assassins. Issue 27 was collected in Omnibus: Menace Revealed.



I originally had the video game Obi-Wan on my list, but it turns out that it takes place prior to Episode I, and should&#…

Star Wars New Canon: Battlefront: New Perspectives on Important Events

I first became familiar with the Battlefront games around 2005 or 2006, when the first game titled Battlefront II was put out by LucasArts and Pandemic Studios. It featured a story mode where you played as one of many nameless clone troopers during the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (which had just come out) and then through the years as a stormtrooper during the events of Episodes IV and V. The game's story was fantastic (and I will cover it in segments in future posts), but its main purpose was as an arena game for both single player and multiplayer fun. I never once connected the game to the internet to play online, but I had as much fun with the "Conquest" mode (defeating your enemies on arena maps of each planet in the game plus several bonus worlds) as I had with the story mode. I later picked up the first Battlefront game (from 2004), which had no story and was less fun.

In late 2015, under the New Canon, Electronic Arts and Digital Illusions CE releas…

James Bond and Tom Clancy Introduction: Spies and Political Intrigue from the Past

In my recent post about challenges and opportunities in my reading, I announced that I would take a short break from reading Star Wars after my coverage of Episode I, so I could try something else for a bit.  This would break up the monotony of Star Wars coverage and permit me to read something non-Star Wars in the next few years.  I opted to begin with some books about spies, war, and political intrigue: the original James Bond novels from Ian Fleming and some Tom Clancy novels.

I've enjoyed James Bond movies since I was a child.  My parents took me to see the Pierce Brosnan movies in theatres, and we would watch the Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton ones on TV whenever they would come on.  I didn't understand much about the world of spies then, but as an adult I've come to know a bit more about the time period, as well as the tropes of such stories.

I first read Tom Clancy novels in high school, starting with Rainbow Six, because I had begun playing the video game of the sa…

Star Wars Read-Through Part 11: The Phantom Menace: The Return of Star Wars

I've read all published Star Wars Legends stories taking place in the days of the Old Republic and even earlier, depicting ancient wars between the Jedi and Sith.  I've read the stories of the Sith transformation, permitting them to survive extinction and build their strength for an ultimate return.  I've read the stories that set the stage for the first of the Star Wars movie prequels.  Now: I start the movie era.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out in mid-May 1999, less than two weeks before my 13th birthday.  I don't remember the exact date I saw it, but I believe it was late June, just after school ended.  I seem to remember seeing it with my older sister when I spent a week visiting her after school was over.  Unlike many Star Wars fans I only ever saw it in theatres once (seeing a movie multiple times in theatres wasn't something I did back then, though I did see the theatrical re-release in 3D in 2012).  I don't remember being bothered by the things th…

Reading Progress Report + Challenges and Opportunities

Dear readers, my Episode I coverage represents a major point.  Episode I is the first movie being viewed in my chronological read-through of Star Wars Legends material, and represents renewal of Star Wars in my youth.  The original trilogy movies were all released before I was born, and in my childhood I did not suspect that George Lucas would ever make the prequels.  The release of Episode I (shortly before my thirteenth birthday) marked a point when new Star Wars was being made, and we found ourselves in a time when novels and comics could explore a whole new era (first that of the training of Obi-Wan and Anakin, and later the Clone Wars first mentioned in passing in the original movie and the rise of the Empire).  This feeling of renewal came back in 2014, when we learned of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and the promise of new Star Wars movies (something that we could have never predicted in 2005, when Episode III was released and we all believed the movie saga of Star Wars…