With a recent survey revealing that two thirds of fans believe the new addition to the Star Wars franchise coming this December will be the best movie thus far, it got those of us here at SWTOR-RP thinking about what our fellow roleplayers think. We also wonder whether or not many fans within our niche community feel the same. 

A new poll states that: 

"An impressive 63% of respondents were convinced JJ Abrams’s movie would trump previous installments, which include the original trilogy from 1977 to 1983, which broke box-office records and helped usher in the modern blockbuster era. Intriguingly, 36% said “more advanced CGI” was their prime reason for going to see the movie, while 15% cited the involvement of Abrams.

A quarter of respondents said a “more interesting story” was behind their interest, with another quarter mentioning the new installment’s potential for cleaving closer to the style of the original trilogy and 14% citing a better cast than previous episodes. Polling firm Harris Interactive spoke to 2,031 US adults, of whom 801 described themselves as Star Wars fans, for supply chain analytics company FusionOps."

You can read the full story here

What do you think? Do you predict the next big Star Wars movie to be a massive hit? Do you think it will blow the other movies out of the water?

Telden I haven't seen it yet, so I have no opinion. But, I haven't heard any reports of people being blinded by J.J....
Tiaisar Saw it, loved it, not sure if it will trump the first three for me, but it was a worthy next segment to an amazing story...
Doc It's everything the prequels weren't. Maybe the best? But if it is, it's only the best because of the ori...

George Lucas wanted this creature to be a cross between “a praying mantis and a velociraptor.” A pretty fearful combination if you ask us here at SWTOR-RP!

Wookieepedia has the following to say about this formiddible creature:

"The acklay was a non-sentient carnivore native to Vendaxa. Acklays had sharp claws, thick skin, and averaged 3.05 meters tall. Due to these attributes, as well as the species' ferocity, acklays were often exported from Vendaxa to be used in gladiatorial combat. The creatures could be found on Geonosis, where they were commonly brought in to fight other creatures—and sentients—in the Petranaki arena."

Ah yes, Geonosis. Who can forget the Petranaki arena, a place in which creatures fought for the entertainment of other more sentient beings (at least it is thought so). Do you remember the scene from Attack of the Clones, in which Obi-Wan and his companions are pit against these terrifying beasts? Take a look in the media clip below: 

"A single Exogorth first appeared in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the Star Wars saga, but was known simply as a "space slug" until 2007, when the eighteenth issue of the Knights of the Old Republic comic series identified its species as Exogorths."

We remember the Exogorth well; a large space faring, lumbering mass of hungering flesh, gnashing teeth and a penchant for consuming all and everything in its path. Or perhaps more aptly, a giant space worm. This monster is a truly terrifying creature and most certainly the more gruesome of those featured thus far in this series leading up to Halloween.

When we think of the Exgorth, the following scene in the aforementioned movie really does conjure up horrific visions: 

Hey there guys and girls! As many of you know, this week saw the start of early access to the latest upcoming expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire

If you were a subscriber from August 10th and October 19th, you will have been allowed access before its official release date next week, not excluding the following rewards depending on the time period in which players were subscribed: 

That is not forgetting the 12x class story XP boosts, allowing players to level characters up faster so that they can enjoy the new content.

Did you gain early access? How excited are you for the new expansion and how will it change your roleplay?

After last week, one has to wonder what beast might next feature in this series of horrific articles centered around the ghastly comings and goings of creatures most fowl in the Star Wars universe. 

Naturally, it might make sense therefore that our next offering after the towering monstrosity that is the Wampa, is none other than the often talked about Sarlaac. We are sure that most of you remember these terrifying creatures! Just take a look at the media clip below if you need a little refreshing:

It is that time of the year again: a month wherein those of us more inclined toward celebrating all-hallows eve become unusually enamoured with all things that bump in the night!

This month, we here at SWTOR-RP pay homage to spooky goings-on, thrillingly terrifying monsters, and those beasts that which abound at the very corner of your vision, hope that they stay there; the moment you see them clearly is a portent of your demise. At least that is what my mother would tell me; she had a morbid sense of humour, but moving on...

Are you ready for the first in a series of spine chillingly glorious stories about the beasts and monsters of the Star Wars universe? 

This week we look at the Wampa. Perhaps not your first choice of creature when thinking about that which might be considered terrifying to behold. But given the Wampa and their likeness to our own stories about abominable snowmen, how could it not take pride of place as the first in this series of stories?

When we think about Wampas. We think about this little YouTube treat:

We figured it might be handy to spotlight some of the more interesting changes purported to be coming to Star Wars the Old Republic in the 4.0 game update.  This month, as of the nineteeth of September, there have been some interesting announcements about possible changes that might be implemented with the Bounty Hunter and Trooper classes. Why don't you read about those here

"Whether you prefer bullets, missiles, or just plain fire, Bounty Hunters and Troopers have something for you! In Game Update 4.0, we wanted to give all Powertechs/Vanguards a quick way to jump into the thick of combat or instantly catch back up to a fleeing target. To accomplish this, we made Jet Charge/Storm baseline for all Powertechs/Vanguards."

From new passive skills and abilities to utilities of different tiers, it seems like players will see some interesting developments with regards to the aforementioned classes. 

Some of the more interesting changes possibly hitting our PC screens in the 4.0 game update are as follows:

This week, we figured that we would diverge away from the typical theme of roleplay to remind you of the up and coming new addition to the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens. 

This video, linked elsewhere by another player, really sparked our imagination: 

The release date for this new adventure will be around the eighteenth of December of this year. You can check release dates surrounding this movie here on IMDB. Will you be as avidly watching the booking screens of your local cinema as we are sure to be?

What are your thoughts on the new movie? Are you interested in how Disney's acquisition of the franchise will pan out? Do you intend to pull ideas for your roleplay from the movie? Let us know below!

Finchbutton HOW haven't I seen this?! Hnnnngh, so excited!!!
Bloodletter It's the number-one movie I've been anticipating all year. And the secrecy surrounding the film still when we&...
Alen More excited than is rational. Wheee!

The expanded universe and recent canonical changes are something of a hot topic of late and some people are perhaps still surprised to hear about Disney's much anticipated change to the lore that exists as an extended foundation to the movies that we all know and love.

So, as many Star Wars fans know, not all that long ago in a galaxy not so far away (in fact, it's this one -the Milky-way- but I am trying to sound cool and uh. OK let's get to the point... ), Lucasfilm made a decision that would send many a Star Wars fan into bouts of uncertainty, questioning, and debate about the way in which lore in the newly established 'Legends' classification was to be treated. You can read more about that here.

"Legends are a new classification of Star Wars material invented by Lucasfilm following the Disney acquisition. The new Star Wars films will significantly alter the story told in the Expanded Universe."

That all sounds rather interesting, and to some, perhaps concerning. But what does that mean for us?

"Previous post-Episode 6 story materials (including the Thrawn Cycle), are now regarded as Legends, still official Star Wars lore, but non-canonical."

Wait. What!? Non-canonical you say?

Cruallassar So...here is an intriguing stretch of the imagination... In the Clone Wars, Yoda confronts the spirit of Darth Bane, fou...
Balar Is it okay to claim your character is from Jakku, even if we're not really sure if the planet was colonized by then...
KYLEtheHUTT Meh... Disney and Lucas Story Group did the right thing. The EU was too diluted and a lot of the stories were total cra...

Today, we interrupt the typical Community Spotlight portion of the week to bring you breaking news about the game and the new expansion. An interesting article came to light and it quite simply needed writing about!

With the new expansion, pretty much everything is about to change; from the expansion content to the mainstream game! Not to mention those who have subscribed or purchased the expansion will be able to play an instant level 60 toon so that you the player can enjoy all of the juicy content that is to come.

On top of this all, it's out with the old and in with the new. New companions that is. Don't worry too much about your old ones. While you were frozen in carbonite for five years, they were chilling out somewhere in the wider galaxy getting on with their lives:

"While you were frozen in carbonite for five years, your companions still had to live through the passage of time. In your absence, their lives went on — but the choices you made involving them might have something to do with where their lives headed after you disappeared."

With the new expansion, the guys who brought us the game we all know and love focused on improving the game experience, giving you more content overall and importantly for some of us, if not most, our in-game decisions will have more impact on our companions and the decisions they make, thus impacting us! Not only this but to explain what some may consider an inconsistency:

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