In October of 2012 the Walt Disney Company acquired LucasFilm Ltd. and the Star Wars franchise in a four billion dollar deal. Included in the press release was a seemingly innocuous line that would soon take the entire internet by storm:"Episode VII is scheduled for release in 2015."Details were scarce. Would beloved characters be returning? When in the franchise's timeline would the film take place? How would the Expanded Universe be affected?The only clue to unlock this puzzle was a cryptic non-announcement delivered to E! Online via an anonymous inside source:"Episode VII will be an original story."This prompted more questions than it answered. Debate in online communities remains fierce.It was at about this time that two men were discussing the implications of this announcement in an online chatroom. Known only by their baffling aliases and the fact that both had, in their own times, served as managers of a small but vibrant corner of the internet known in government documents only as the JC RPF, they chanced upon an idea.It was an idea that would rock the foundations of the world to its very core.It was an idea that could only be called…Pretentious introductions aside, I'm pleased to present our first contest in far, far too long, with a very basic premise: Design an opening post for an RPG based on a hypothetical Episode VII plot. The pitch may be serious, comedic, or a mixture of the two, but you must include the following elements: A title of the form "Star Wars Episode VII: [Subtitle]" A premise, which should provide sufficient information for players to make and submit a character sheet At least four rules A character sheet with no less than five entries Aside from these elements, the sky is the hypothetical limit. Do you keep the EU? Do you throw the EU out? Does it even matter? Do old characters return for new adventures? Is it too far in the future for such things to matter? Is the tone of the game dark? Light? Tragicomic? How much of the old films do you incorporate? Is Episode VII even a sequel? All of these are questions you will need to decide in the course of designing your opening post.Ah, but what good is a contest without incentives? There are no less than four opportunities for a submitted OP to bring home the bacon for its game designer, and those opportunities are: The Formal Award - The Formal Award will be presented to the user with the best serious attempt at designing a hypothetical Episode VII scenario, as decided by myself and Penguinator. The Winner of the Formal Award will receive three days of colors, and a title for a week. The Informal Award - The Informal Award will be presented to the user with the best comedic attempt at designing a hypothetical Episode VII scenario, as decided by myself and Penguinator. The Winner of the Informal Award will receive three days of colors, and a title for a week. The People's Choice Award - The People's Choice Award will be presented to a user based on the OP that receives the most "Likes" from the userbase, regardless of tone. The Winner of the People's Choice Award will receive one day of colors, and a title for a week. The Succinctness Award - The Succinctness Award will be presented to a user based on the total number of words in their OP. The game with the fewest words conveying the required information will win. The Winner of the Succinctness Award will receive one day of colors, and a title for a week. We hope to see some great entries, and as always, have fun designing your game! Official Submission RulesProspective OPs must be posted in this thread by no later than 7 PM Pacific Standard Time (Board Standard Time) on November 19, 2012 OPs designed to incorporate more than one total post as part of aesthetic planning should clearly indicate where such a post division would occur. Entrants agree to not campaign on behalf of their own game for likes. Any entrant found liking their own OPs via a sock account will be disqualified from all categories. Entrants agree to accept the ruling of the moderators. Should a tie occur, the moderators reserve the right to petition an outside moderator for an opinion on the tied games. Good luck!