Hi fellow SW-fans! After many years of hesitation, I have finally decided to take the bold step into the expanded universe. I have been a SW-fan since the video re-release in the mid-90s, but i guess my engagement with the franchise isn't that impressive on a larger scale: Apart from the movies (duh!) it has been limited to the Decipher CCG, a few computergames (primarily the Dark Forces: Jedi Knight-series), the SW visual dictionaries for the original trilogy and Episode I, the SW Incredible Cross-Sections for Episode I and II and that dreadful Holiday Special from 1978. I haven't even seen the Clones Wars animated series (saw the motion picture, though) or the ewok-spin offs. I am currently warming up to the release of The Old Republic MMO, and what basically I'm looking for is pointers from some experienced EU-masters on where to begin, if I want to broaden my knowledge of the expanded Universe. I'm primarily interested in everything that lies prior to the original trilogy. As far as i know, the SW EU spans several hundred books and comics, whereof most take place AFTER RotJ, and I'm never gonna get get around to all of that, so for starters, I'm interested in Old Republic stuff. However, there's sort of a catch, which I why I'm throwing up my inquiry here: I could easily run through all the pre-movie publications according to the wikipedia index of SW EU-literature (unless that's not as comprehensive as it seems?), but as far as I can deduct from what I've read, many of the post-RotJ-stuff contains background knowledge of the old repbulic era, and I would like to cover as much as possible of that as well. I've considered starting with a book I saw in the shop recently, I believe it's called "The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Chronology", which claims to be the complete guide to the galactic history. Can anyone tell me if that's worth anything? As bonus info I should probably point out that I have a bachelor of Comparative Literature and am currently wrapping up my masters degree in journalism, and as such this entire undertaking is sort of a research project for me; I'm not looking for entertainment, I'm trying to expand my knowledge of a subject. Put more bluntly, I would to avoid wasting time and effort on endless volumes of second grade pulp fiction, if it doesn't enlighten me on the SW EU. Not that I am disinterested in good EU stories, but information comes before aesthetics in ths venture. Hope someone can help me, looking forward to your input. Silas M., Denmark P.S.: If anyone feel like flaming a noob please don't wast your energy on this thread.