If your just tuning in, here is part one of the post.
Also check out this Penny Arcade strip.. Cracks me up.. Both are me, so I’m double screwed.
My players aren’t Star Wars nuts like me…
What a shocker right? Most of my friends have a love for Star Wars, the Holy Trilogy, or the Legacy or older comics, but really I’m the only one that has a deep deep DEEP love for Star Wars ( I have Star Wars tattoos for fuck sake).
Now as I mentioned in the previous post that with my players I usually avoid the whole canon argument, and this is because they don’t know Star Wars like I do. So this is both good and can be frustrating (in really a minor way). In the game I was running in the New Republic area, they eventually ran into Booster Terrik. Almost anyone who has read the expanded universe books, knows who Booster is.. My players, no. This did not illicit any type of response, which I expected and was prepared for.
Yes it is a little frustrating, yes, but not horrible. I just had to explain a very brief history that he was a major shaker in liberating Coruscant from the Empire, etc. So they knew he was important. They also learned his was more than an old man when a player insulted his daughter to his face. Got the beat down.
This is easier because I don’t have to worry about players trying to take a pot shot at him just to test the waters, or try using player knowledge as a character trying to glimmer some information that they wouldn’t have access to or knowledge of.
Running a Star Wars game is a pain in the ass!
It is very true that it can be, but for many people and gamers Star Wars holds a very special place in their hearts and this can make the games really rewarding.
Star Wars has a rich history and the expanded universe is awesome (when it isn’t being contradicted and deconstructed by a maniacal megalomaniac)
So if the Star Wars universe is somewhere you are wanting to run a game, and you are worried about canon and player conflict, all you have to do is have the birds and the bees talk about how the canon will be handled in your story and why. The players shouldn’t feel hindered by this because, yes it is their story, but a selfish/poorly made choices can ruin it all for everyone, and generally no player wants that to happen!
Hrm.. All this Star Wars talk makes me thing in the coming months I should run another campaign.. *gears start turning*