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  1. MarcusDade Force Ghost

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    Apr 5, 2006
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    Hey all. I'm starting up a roleplay, but I can't decide what era to set it in.

    So I pose a question to you all.

    If you were to join a Star Wars RPG, which era out of these would you choose?


    1. Extremely Ancient (Marka Ragnos, Naga Sadow, etc)
    2. Ancient (Revan, Malak, Kreia)
    3. Near Ancient (the time span between revan and the new sith wars)
    4. historical (the time span between new sith wars and the birth of Anakin Skywalker)
    5. Jedi of the Dying Republic (time era between the birth of Anakin Skywalker and the Rise of the Galactic Empire)
    6. Rebellion Era (time between the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire)
    7. New Jedi Era (time between rise of the new jedi order and the death of luke skywalker)
    8. Legacy Era (Darth Krayt, etc)
    9. Future (some time after the death of Darth Krayt)
    10. Far Future (thousands of years after Legacy)


    out of those ten, which ones would you guys find more appealing?
  2. Kev-Mas_Colcha Force Ghost

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    Dec 15, 2002
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    I'd have to say, at the advent of the New Jedi Order. 10 ABY. My favorite era, as it mixes the general aspects of the PT and OT together, very well, too.
  3. witchdoctor187 Jedi Knight

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    Aug 14, 2007
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    I personally liks the Jedi of the Dying Republic era. becasue i like the whole clone wars. but i also like the far into the future idea, because you not limited to cannon
  4. Darth_Brutus666 Jedi Master

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    Dec 25, 2006
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    Far future would be fun, but it would be kinda of hard to do wouldn't it?
  5. LightWarden Force Ghost

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    Oct 11, 2001
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    NP edit: Please don't use this person's thread as an excuse to rant. You didn't even really answer his question.
  6. CmdrMitthrawnuruodo Chosen One

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  7. LightWarden Force Ghost

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    I totally answered the question and wasn't ranting. A good era to play in is the period before the Rebellion gets going, from 19 BBY until before the Corellian Treaty, when the Rebellion was just a flicker and everything else was dark. Relatively unexplored era, with plenty of relics from the Clone Wars still lying around and corruption spreading fast through the galaxy. The era bridging the trilogies is just starting to be explored, and probably will remain relatively unbothered until The Force Unleashed is released.
  8. Sith-I-5 Chosen One

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  9. NickLitYouAFlame Force Ghost

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    Feb 27, 2007
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  10. Mitth_Fisto Chosen One

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  11. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    2, 4, 6.

    6 especially, because I've always been kind of interested in how Vader hunted down the Jedi.
  12. Phantasmagoria Jedi Grand Master

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    Dec 4, 2007
    Personally, I'd recommend you formulate a plot and then decide from there, rather than crafting your plot around the era. It adds more independence to the game, and games based solely on time periods are prone to regressing to a random series of events within that period instead of a player-driven, plot-based adventure.

    But beyond that, I like 9, 2, 1, 10, and 4 the best. Empty spaces on the timeline allow for much more earthshattering consequences that still don't contradict canon. If your characters, for example, encounter Yoda during the Clone Wars, they already know (assuming the game stays within canon) that he's not going to die no matter what.
  13. MarcusDade Force Ghost

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    Apr 5, 2006
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    This is a good point, however knowing what era your story is going to take place is the best way to understand the story. There are only really seven different plots, so coming up with one first isn't really going to be able to let you have a fully fleshed out story until you have a time era.

    But thanks guys, this is really helping. :)
  14. Sinrebirth SWC and EUC Forum Moderator

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    Any time from 4 and 7-10, though I tend to only use one character per era, so it'd have to be pre-200 BBY or post-200 BBY, but pre-600 BBY, as all those slots on the Kya Family Tree are full. :p

    I dislike KotoR era RP's as they are usually of the same vein - True Sith, True Sith, True Sith. And no matter how much I love empty era's, games really have to stay within established canon wherever they are. That is crucial.

    But Phantasmagoria has it right. The plot is more important than the era. My own RP's have been set in 200 BBY and 128 ABY. Very different era's, but both have a lot of freedom to them.
  15. SnubfighterKnight-06 Jedi Knight

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    Dec 14, 2007
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    Well, Ive already played in the Rebellion Era and played through to juuuuust after that pesky Dark Empire thingie in the old WEG system. Then, with new GM in tow, taking several of those characters and going into the Vong War (YAY! shoot me now).

    Anyway, I guess I've rambled on enough. I like anything from the Rebellion Era all the way through the Vong war. Why? Becasue I know the most about it. Although there is currently talk of a Clone Wars game and I've expressed interest in an ARC trooper...
  16. Hammurabi Force Ghost

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    Jan 14, 2007
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    Well, as a person who isn't really into the EU, Rebellion Era and Dying Republic are certainly easiest for me. Anything else will probably require some extensive use of wookieepedia...

    Of course, I've found that sometimes, wookieepedia's the necessary route. Earlier this year, I was trying really hard to find a good, long-lasting RP. I joined every decent-looking RP - except the two Legacy-era ones: 128 ABY and Fool's Gamble. Within a few months, those were the only two that remained prosperous. :oops:

    Suffice to say, those are two huge regrets. I still intend to get in on 128 some day. Maybe over summer break, or perhaps this coming break...

    In another note, far past and far future tend to work out for me. I think the GM really has a lot of power in these instances - as evidenced by Titanomachy and the comatose Seven Orphans of Ossus.

  17. MarcusDade Force Ghost

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    Apr 5, 2006
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    okay, so I've narrrowed the choices down to the most popular, using both this thread and personal suggestions from others.

    Out of these three, which one would you rather RP in?

    1. Future (some time after the death of Darth Krayt)
    2. New Jedi Era (time between rise of the new jedi order and the death of luke skywalker)
    3. Ancient (Revan, Malak, Kreia)


  18. Sith_Lords Force Ghost

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    May 17, 2004
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    Completely off topic, but I am the only one who figured there may be some sort of RPF Newsletter in this thread?
  19. BLemelisk Force Ghost

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    Sithy, thats what I thought when I first clicked, haha

    But to answer the question out of the narrowed three, I'd say the New Jedi Order era, because the Warlord period is something that is rarely ever covered lately from what I've seen.

    It's always seemed the New Republic's troubles, coupled with their fighting the different incarnations of the Empire, would serve as a good roleplaying ground, even if you were creating your plot in it for the first time.

  20. Hammurabi Force Ghost

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    I'm generally opposed to New Republic era, as that's probably the most EU-heavy.
  21. LightWarden Force Ghost

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    Unfortunately, there are approximately two eras and maybe six days that *aren't* solely EU, and those are rather EU-heavy as well.
  22. Hammurabi Force Ghost

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    Yeah, but New Republic has by far the most well-developed and intricate EU. Dying Republic and Rebellion era are about as dense, but they're dense because of the films. New Republic era's dense because of the EU. The other eras are nowhere near as dense, allowing for more GM creativity to fill in the holes. That's partly why Titanomachy appeals to me - it's not things I know, but it's not like everyone else knows it and I'm desperately sifting through wookieepedia to figure it all uot.
  23. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    Sep 12, 2002
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    Yeah, that's why I picked 2, 4, 6. I haven't kept up with the EU at all in the last few years so I basically have to wookiepedia everything, and it's annoying.

    Future, though, simply doesn't really appeal to me. Games that do Future/Far Future always seem to revolve around Skywalker's descendants, and frankly, I don't really care about them.

    edit - and yes for some reason every time I click on this thread I half expect it to be a newsletter, too. :p
  24. darth_nemisis Force Ghost

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    May 15, 2004
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    I guess you could say the only one I am NOT very interested in is even though, IMO, that is the most developed. Though, some of those have been RPed a lot.

    I would love to delve into the unknown parts of the EU, such as the time between RotS and ANH, the Far Future, and the Ancient. Those interest me a lot because I do not know what stories there are, and would love to create some stories in those areas.

    Although, I have to say...I am very interested in AU. Does anyone else like the AU?
  25. Sinrebirth SWC and EUC Forum Moderator

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    Personally, I hate it. Despise it. But others quite like it, so that's upto them. Hammurabi, you're welcome to join 128 ABY anytime you drop me a character sheet. [face_peace]
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