May 242012
 

HoloNet Links #47

artwork by Joe Hogan

Last week I was researching and came across a Star Wars podcast known as the Wampa Lair. Their guest was Chris “Hothiceplanet.” Chris works on his own Star Wars podcast known as The Sarlacc Pit. He was on their podcast to discuss their favorite Star Wars film and to rank them. On top of this, Chris was there to talk about his Star Wars Trivia book project. He has a real passion to help the newer generations of Star Wars fans learn some of the facts, that some of us may take for granted as knowing.

 

More about Chris’ book project & plenty SWTOR tid bits after the Jump…

 

 

  • SWTOR Community Spotlight

This is the third Community Spotlight section for HoloNet Links. It is my priority when writing to showcase the community. The community really is the “backbone” of the game and the environment surrounding it. So if I get a chance to interview someone doing something creative in the community, I’m going to try and get in touch with these folks. This project is near to my heart as I am helping train my sister’s kids as my young padawans. A trivia book that is geared to an intro level would be great for them. With all that said, let’s meet this week’s community spotlight, Chris “Hothiceplanet” Smith.

 

Community Spotlight Q&A

Tell our readers a bit about yourself and how you got the idea for your Star Wars Trivia Book idea?

My name is Chris “Hothiceplanet” Smith creator and co-host of the “Sarlacc Pit” podcast. I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw the movie in theaters a week or two after its original release in 1977. I was blown away and have been hooked ever since. The idea for this book basically came from my love of the movies and wanting to see a “Star Wars” trivia book based solely on the movies.

The main question is. Why do you love “Star Wars”? …Because of the movies right? For the most part that is why all of us fall in love with “Star Wars”, is the movies.

 

What will make this different than the other trivia books out there for Star Wars?

The main difference in my “Star Wars” trivia book and the ones we’ve seen in the past is this book doesn’t have any behind the scenes and expanded universe questions. This book focuses only on the movies themselves.

 

Besides the trivia books, are there other possible book ideas you are thinking about pursuing?

Well this book is based on the original trilogy and I have two more books planned in this series. Book 2 on the prequel trilogy and book 3 on the “Clone Wars” animated series. After this series, I have an idea of something along the lines of a “Star Wars” based quote book.

 

What is Kickstarter and why did you decide to go through them instead of just publishing an e-book or going another route?

I chose Kickstarter for the simple reason of I wanted to let the “Star Wars” community to have a chance to be involved in this project. I have helped to fund a couple of Kickstarter projects before and each time I truly felt like I was a part of helping that project come to fruition. Plus when you pledge to a Kickstarter project you can get a special reward if you choose.

 Plus this book is mostly designed for adults to share the love of the “Star Wars” movies with our 3rd generation of fans. A huge part of the 3rd generation of fans only know “Star Wars” through the “Clone Wars” TV series and haven’t seen the movies yet. This book will help to intrigue the younglings of the galaxy to want to watch these great movies and search for answers to these trivia questions.

 As far as an e-book, with this book being designed for the 3rd generation, we want and need this book to be available in book stores as well as online e-retailers. Even in this day and age, the younglings don’t shop online. So this book will need to be in book stores to reach our targeted group.

 

How can folks help out your project and can you explain more about the deadline for the project?

You can help out a couple of ways. First head over to our Kickstarter site, once there you can simply pledge your money to the project and choose from several reward packages. Also you can help spread the word for this project by simply sharing the link on your Facebook, Twitter, blog or websites. Any help we can get to spread the word is always a big plus.

The project deadline is May 31, 2012 at 11:59pm central time. We have set a project goal of $6,000. We have to reach this goal or the project will NOT be funded. Kickstarter works by when you pledge your money to this project, you will only be charged at the close of the project (May 31st) and only if we reach our targeted goal. If May 31st comes and we haven’t reached our $6,000 goal, one gets charged and the project is NOT funded. Once we hit our goal and we will, everyone is charged the amount they chose and we move forward with the book publication process. Once you pledge to the project you will be kept up to date with us every step of the way until the book is in stores and you receive the reward you chose. You can keep up with the project through Kickstarter of course, but also on our Facebook page.

 

I think that the great community of Star Wars fans can help make this happen, but if on the off-chance the goal does not get met will there be another attempt and how can people stay informed on your Star Wars Trivia Book project?

If by some chance we do not reach our goal, I will have to step back and re-organize and re-launch on Kickstarter with the possibility of scaling it back for another run. We want to be positive and we are certain we will reach our goal.

I have already started in the pre-production stage with this book. I have started the funding myself up to this point, but I do need the “Star Wars” communities help in order to get this book completed and out into stores.

Huge thanks to Chris for taking the time to answer all my questions and share with us not only his Star Wars Trivia book Project, but his deep love for Star Wars. I strongly urge…hmm better yet I challenge our readers to help Chris meet this project’s goal. Yes, we only have till May 31, 2012 at 11:59pm CDT to make it happen, but I know a certain green Jedi Master who might say…

This short deadline matters not, for Chris’ and our ally is the Force and a powerful ally it is.

Let’s make this happen, folks. If you are unable to donate, please pass the word along about this project.

 

Do you know someone helping the community? Or do you have links to artwork, music videos, game tips, etc. helping to showcase SWTOR? Please send these links to us here at Corellian Run Radio’s email, corellianrun@gmail.com. We will sort through them and shine the spotlight on members of this great community!

 

Star Wars Community News & Events

  • Corellian Run Radio’s Weekly Nav Coordinates

Wow, another whole month has almost passed by. Time does seem to fly. Many of us have been attending graduations and many congrats to all of you completing that stage of your life and all the best on your next “quest!” If in all the running around you have missed an article or this week’s podcast, here is your chance to get caught up or take a break. We have them listed below for your convenience. Please let our writers and podcasters know what you think by leaving a comment in their articles.

05/18 Operation: Information – Min-Maxing by Ghoztt

05/21 Guild Checkpoint featuring Pillars of Ashla by Jason Taylor

05/21 Update 1.3 “Allies” Revealed by Carla

05/22 Episode 57: Let’s Talk PVP – podcast

05/22 My Two Credits: SWTOR Favorites by Maer

05/23 Our “Conductor” by Jason Taylor

 

Dev notes

This past week has seen some changes in Star Wars: The Old Republic…some good news with the announcement of Group Finder feature will be in Patch 1.3, but there was also the issue with layoff at BioWare. As with any project, there is a build up and several people needed to get it going and launched. The downside is it usually doesn’t last, with anything it typically takes less or different people to keep a game going. Add to that the tight budgets everyone is on in this economy and you have the announcement of layoffs. In the forum post below Joveth Gonzalez explains how the development team is going through changes, but are still just as committed to bring great content and making changes to improve SWTOR.

 

JovethGonzalez General Discussion -> A Message from the Community Team

Hi everyone,
I’ll start off by calling out the elephant in the room: yes, there was some restructuring here at the studio recently and we had to bid farewell to some of our colleagues and yes, we are all deeply saddened by this.
Their work and dedication to SWTOR will not be forgotten.
Here on the community team, we’ve had a bit of time to process this and we’re beginning to look towards the future of SWTOR’s community and what it means for you and for our team.
In the upcoming weeks, we’re going to be making a few changes and working on new initiatives in order to enhance our relationship with you, the fans, and with our developers. We’ll also be reintroducing the team so that you can get to know us a bit more.
As Greg Zeschuk mentioned in his forum post, we still have plenty of new, exciting content and features for the game, and we’re going to need your continued involvement and feedback.
Rest assured that the community team is still here, still listening: whether it’s here in our forums, on our official twitter account, one of the many fan sites, or the SWTOR subreddit.

Thank you all for your continuing support.

From all of us at Corellian Run Radio, we hope everyone affected by the layoffs are able to find jobs soon. We wish you all the best in all that you do.

 

 

photo by Lau Barrios

What is your favorite or most memorable Star Wars moment? Maybe it is a particular movie or scene in one of the films…or perhaps a specific character, toy, etc. that sparked the moment you became a Star Wars fan.

Let us know what it is in the comment section below. 🙂

 

 

 

That is it for this week’s HoloNet Links. Please leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Would you like to see your favorite SWTOR fan fiction author highlighted or have links you would like to share with the SWTOR community please send them to us here at Corellian Run Radio and it might just get highlighted in future articles. You can email me at corellianrun@gmail.com, or you can leave link suggestions in the comments below, or in the Facebook group. See you all next week! For those of you in the USA, have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

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