Monday, March 24, 2014

First Ever OKC Retro Gaming Convention

Finally!!! OKC is getting a new convention! Granted it's not Comic Con, but it's a start.

The folks at the Retro Gamers Society are bringing us Super Bit Con Saturday, March 29th in the Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building at State Fair Park.

The event runs from 9AM to 11PM and includes more than 50 vendors.

There will also be a Cos Play contest for kids and one for adults.

Organizers say on each side of the Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building will be game rooms.

One area will be Arcade style games donated by Cactus Jack's Family Fun Center and the other will be the home gaming systems.

RGS' Brandon Cole Phillips says the convention is based off a similar event in Portland.

I can tell you my son and I are thrilled to be attending Super Bit Con this Saturday.

For year's Oklahoma City has had only one convention to attend, Sooner Con every June.

While Sooner Con is fun, it couldn't measure up to events in other parts of the region.

Super Bit Con creates a chance to show the world that the geek culture has a place in Oklahoma City.

Hopefully, this will be the first of many conventions to start here.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids and veterans, and free for those under 6 or over 60.

If you need more convincing here's the story I produced for KOSU!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What Happened Between Star Wars VI and Star Wars VII?

This week we learned that Star Wars VII, set for release in December of next year, is taking place 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

This actually makes sense, seeing as how it's been 30 years since that movie came out.

The timeline of the Star Wars Universe is currently measured in whether the event preceded or followed the Battle of Yavin where the first Death Star was destroyed as depicted in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

For example, Luke Skywalker was born 19 years Before the Battle of Yavin or 19BBY

The Battle of Endor depicted in Return of the Jedi where the second Death Star was destroyed and the empire ended happens four years After the Battle of Yavin or 4ABY.

So, if Star Wars VII is taking place 30 years after that it would be in 34ABY.

While that seems to be a long stretch of time, there are actual events that happened in the galaxy far, far away according to a multitude of books and graphic novels.

Now, the history of those three decades is dependent on the Star Wars Continuity Working Group which is deciding on a unified timeline of the Star Wars Universe.

Here's what we know so far:

Han and Leia were married in 8ABY and got busy.

They had three children: the twins, Jacen, a boy, and Jaina, a girl, and their youngest son, Anakin.

In 20ABY, Luke Skywalker married Mara Jade, an employee of Emperor Palpatine who was at one point ordered to kill Skywalker.

The two of them had a son and named him Ben.

During this time the Jedi grew, the empire came back, then fell apart and Palpatine was cloned and killed again.

There was also a massive war with a race known as the Yuuzhan Vong who invaded the galaxy and nearly destroyed all sentient life there.

The Yuuzhan Vong war takes place between 25 and 29ABY.

The war began with the death of Chewbacca after saving Anakin Solo.

Anakin also gets killed during the war in 27ABY.

Not much is written about the years between 29 and 35, so J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have some free wiggle room.

If the working group keeps continuity in place, Jacen will eventually turn to the dark side, become Darth Caedus, kill Mara Jade and then be killed himself by his twin sister, Jaina.

This of course makes for awkward family get togethers on Life Day.

Now you are up to date on all that might have been between Star Wars VI and Star Wars VII.

Whether it all stays that way remains to be seen.

Friday, March 7, 2014

A New Day for Star Wars

I'm not sure if we can say it will be a "day long remembered", but at least it's a start.

Not long ago I bemoaned the fact that there would be nothing new from Doctor Who for about six months.

While Star Wars comics and novels are still coming out, the new movies are still about two years out.

The new Disney series Rebels isn't expected till Fall although there could be a feature length TV show during the summer on Disney XD.

The comics themselves are bitter sweet as Dark Horse is winding down its titles in anticipation of Marvel Comics, now owned by Disney, taking over the graphic novel expanded universe.

But today Netflix has added Star Wars: The Clone Wars to its list of products for streaming.

For those unfamiliar with The Clone Wars Saga, it was put together soon after the final movie in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.

While George Lucas promised no more movies, he did produce a feature length film using computer animation called Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

While the movie wasn't that great, the series that followed was different.

I am ashamed to admit, I missed the first couple of seasons of The Clone Wars I eventually started watching and found it enjoyable.

The series which like M.A.S.H. lasted longer than the war itself tells the story of what happened during the three years between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

Again the movie itself wasn't that great featuring a story of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi  trying to protect Jabba the Hut's child.

But, the series showed promise from the very first episode where Yoda and three clone troopers are trapped on a planet following an ambush by the separatists.

Yoda's talk to them of how they are still unique and part of the force reminds me of his wisdom from Empire Strikes Back.

The series eventually became part of canon, and story lines were being used in the expanded universe novels.

The show ended rather abruptly when Disney bought Star Wars.

Now Netflix has not only the first five seasons, but a sixth which will end the story line.

Not only am I excited, but so is my son, whose jaw dropped when he saw the trailer.

It's a fantastic time to be a Star Wars fan, and I look forward to the future.