When I was a kid, I had a dream video game. It was basically “Wing Commander: Privateer”, only bigger, and it was set in the Star Wars universe. I’m still waiting on the video game, but Fantasy Flight have this year delivered much the same experience, only in board game form. Outer Rim is the company’s latest licensed offering, and as the name suggests, it’s set on the fringes of the Star Wars galaxy. This isn’t a game about galactic conquest or heroic journeys; it’s all about smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, as you fly around the edge of the universe collecting bounties and smuggling contraband. Designed for 1-4 players, everybody picks a character from an available roster of Star Wars scoundrels (including Han, Lando, Boba Fett and Jyn Erso), everybody gets a crummy spaceship and you’re then set loose on a board that has eleven star systems for you to travel to. The aim of the game is to become the most famous smuggler in the galaxy. … [Read more...] about Star Wars: Outer Rim
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The Star Wars fans of the world can finally rest easy knowing that someone, somewhere, has thought to produce branded merchandise that aligns with their interests. Williams-Sonoma, carrying on their grand tradition of selling IP-related kitchenware in irresistible bundles, has unleashed upon shoppers a tidal wave of intergalactic merch, including an exclusive line of Instant Pots designed to resemble the classically Instant-Pot-shaped R2-D2, the traditionally spherical BB-8, and the definitely-not-even-close-to-Instant-Pot-sized Chewbacca. (On the plus side, this does mean you no longer have to tape fur and a homemade bandolier to your unadorned Instant Pot to express your appreciation of film.) Advertisement In true Williams-Sonoma fashion, even their most niche, expensive, unnecessary kitchen items (or perhaps especially these items) are beautiful objects to have on display in your home. Provided, of course, that guests understand the references. Otherwise, a Han Solo Carbonite … [Read more...] about Last Call: Which of these Star Wars kitchen products is the most excessive?
Die hard Star Wars fan might know this already but for the rest, here's your next vacation: Tunisia. Four of the Star Wars filmed in Tunisia (as the planet Tatooine) and most of the buildings are still in good shape, which means you can visit it. It's Star Wars, but instead of being a galaxy far, far away, it's on Earth. The desert igloo above is of course Luke's home. According to Los Apos, the igloo is surrounded by nothingness. Originally, it was taken apart after the first trilogy but had to be rebuilt for the second trilogy. Supposedly, it's a perfect sunset spot. Advertisement The home of Obi-wan Kenobi is now used by local fisherman as storage. Image Credit: Hoylen Sue Tosche Station, which is known IRL as Sidi Jemour, on the Island of Djerba, Tunisia. Image Credit: Eckart1 Advertisement Mos Espa is mostly intact. The gates, the podracing arena, Watto's shop and the market are all there. Image Credit: Srdjan Djordjevic Advertisement The picturesque Jundland Wastes … [Read more...] about Star Wars on Earth Should Be Your Next Vacation
The trouble with prequels is that it’s hard to raise the stakes when you already know certain characters are going to live. And in the same vein, you can predict who’s going to die, but Solo: A Star Wars Story was able to capture the exploration of a pre-New Hope universe with fun dialogue and action and great performances from its cast. The movie, opening on the 25th, follows an adolescent Han Solo, navigating his way through life in the intergalactic criminal underworld, picking up friends and enemies along the way—two of them being the extremely hairy and iconic, and growling, Chewbacca and the charismatic, slick-talking smuggler, Lando Calrissian. Advertisement It’s always great seeing familiar faces (or, in this case, characters) who tie into the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s also nice not being overloaded with the computer-generated imagery of the second trilogy, aka Episodes I, II and III. CGI effects were definitely in the film, but they … [Read more...] about Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Since it's out today on GoG, meaning a bunch of people are going to be playing it for the first time, let's talk about X-Wing Alliance. And how it has the best ending of any Star Wars game ever made. Advertisement X-Wing Alliance, the third in Lucasarts' trilogy of space shooters, took away years of my life. It had — and this has been all but forgotten — a terrific multiplayer component, which for the first time let people engage in big, fun missions in the Star Wars universe without battling against primitive online lobbies or dial-up ping (unlike X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, which was probably a year or two ahead of its time). Yet over a decade later, what sticks with me most about the game — and what I think it best accomplished — was its finale, which let you play through the entirety of the Battle Of Endor. Or, at least the parts in space. The series had done this kind of homage before; 1993's X-Wing finished up with a replica of New Hope's trench run, as you … [Read more...] about Star Wars’