Happy Birthday, Sean Williams

May 23, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Birthday, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Today Roqoo Depot would like to wish a very happy birthday to Star Wars author Sean Williams! Mr. Williams has written several Star Wars novels including Force Heretic I: Remnant, Force Heretic II: Refugee, Force Heretic III: Reunion (all of which were co-authored with Shane Dix), The Force Unleashed, The Force Unleashed II, and The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance as well as the short story Or Die Trying. Beyond Star Wars, Mr. Williams has written over 30 novels and over 70 published short stories including his latest novel Troubletwisters (co-authored with Garth Nix).

Born in Whyalla, South Australia, Sean’s parents were both teachers. Later in life he studied in both science and music winning a Young Composer’s Award for his work. After working a lot of odd and end jobs, he finally accomplished his goal of making it as a science fiction writer. His first novel Metal Fatigue was published in 1996, and since 1999 he has made a living as a full time writer. He still resides in Australia and among his many awards and accolades, he is currently the Overseas Regional Director of the SFWA.

If you would like to read more about Sean Williams you can visit his official site here or you can head on over to his blog.

Posted By: Skuldren

Talk Like Yoda Day It Is

May 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today is Talk Like Yoda Day! Yes, May 21st is unofficially Talk Like Yoda Day as it coincides with the day Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released in the United States, hence Yoda’s debut to the world at large. Thus today is Yoda’s 31st anniversary! So while you’re out and about today, feel free to share some sage wisdom with backward cryptic sentences. To kick things off here on Roqoo Depot we would like to share some of our favorite Yoda quotes…

Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.

Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.

Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

Luke: Vader… Is the dark side stronger?

Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.

Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?

Yoda: You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.

Posted By: Skuldren

Big Apple Comic Con May 21-22

May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Events, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Tomorrow another comic con will be kicking off as the Big Apple Comic Con gets underway. Among the attendees are Star Wars notables Dan Fogler (Fanboys), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), Dave Fox (illustrator for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith), Brian Kong (artist for Star Wars: Galaxy 6), Luke Ross (artist), Bob Wiacek (inker), and Daxiong Guo (artist for Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, and Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear).

For more information you can visit the official site here.

Posted By: Skuldren

Dallas Comic Con May 21-22

May 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Events, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

The Dallas Comic Con kicks off tomorrow running all weekend (May 21-22) and featuring a slew of celebrities. Some of the biggest name guests include Carrie Fischer, Stan Lee, and Leonard Nemoy, but many others will be in attendance including some Star Wars notables…

  • Richard Leparmentier (portrayed Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
  • Cal Slayton (sketch card artist)
  • Lawrence Reynolds (Star Wars artist for TOPPS)
  • Scott Zirkel (sketch card artist)
  • Jason Adams (Star Wars Galaxy 5 & 6 TOPPS artist)
  • Robert Luedke (sketch card artist)

The two day convention will be taking place in the 300,000 square foot Irving Convention Centre. You can find out more by visiting their official site here.

Behind the Blaster Bolt: Star Wars The Old Republic and Combat Audio

May 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Star Wars News, Video Games | Leave a comment

Over on the Star Wars The Old Republic website they’ve release a new game development post that looks into the stages involved in creating the sounds for the game. In this instance Audio Designer Scott Morton takes a detailed look at how the sound file for a bounty Huhter’s rail shot laser was created, layer by layer, as well as how the various classes will have slightly different sounds. You can check it all out here followed by a short Q & A covering the art aspects in the game.

And if you’re looking for some fan art, check out the new Fan Friday post.

Posted By: Skuldren

Daniel Wallace Talks About Talk Like Yoda Day

May 20, 2011 at 11:44 am | Posted in Interview, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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For those who didn’t know, tomorrow is May 21st the 31st anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and the debut of Yoda. To celebrate the event, every May 21st is the unofficial Talk Like Yoda Day. Getting a head start, the St. Petersburg Times did a short interview with Star Wars author Daniel Wallace discussing Yoda’s peculiarities be it his speech patterns or his cooking.

Posted By: Skuldren

Shelly Shapiro Live Chat

May 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Interview, Star Wars News | 1 Comment

Today Star Wars Books conducted a live chat with editor Shelly Shapiro on their Facebook page and a lot of questions were answered concerning the future novels we can expect as well many others. We have prepared an edited transcript below for your reading pleasure…

Continue Reading Shelly Shapiro Live Chat…

More Star Wars novel schedule changes (2011)

May 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment

Star Wars Books announced another schedule change for Choices of One, Heir to the Empire: 20th Anniversary Edition, and The Old Republic: Revan. The date changes are:

STAR WARS: CHOICES OF ONE moves back to July 19, 2011
STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE 20th Anniversary Edition moves to September 6, 2011
STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: REVAN moves to November 15, 2011

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Darth Revan: Video game vs Novel

May 19, 2011 at 10:59 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn updated his site yesterday with a nice little post that took the time to discuss the differences between the Revan portrayed in the video games versus the Revan we can expect to see in the novel The Old Republic: Revan. In Knights of the Old Republic gamers were able to enjoy playing as Revan as they slowly super powered his stats to the point that they could rain down Force lightning and kill their foes in droves. Mr. Karpyshyn warns us that the Revan we see in the novel will not be a super powered gary stu character, instead we will see a realistic character who struggles to overcome the obstacles set before rather than easily destroying them. All in all it’s a very good point to bring to light. You can read the full post here on Drew Karpyshyn’s site.

Posted By: Skuldren

Happy Birthday, Peter Mayhew

May 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today we wish Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew a very happy birthday. Mr. Mayhew portrayed the loveable, humorous, and iconic Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Born in Barnes, England on May 19, 1944, he eventually grew up and took on a job as a hospital attendant in London where he was noticed by a film producer and cast into his first film role in the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. A year later he was asked to play another role as the mighty Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars. Interestingly enough, he was actually given the choice between Darth Vader and Chewbacca and chose Chewbacca because he wanted to be a good guy. From there a legacy was born.

Mr. Mayhew is now a naturalized citizen of the United States of America and currently resides in Texas. Along with continuing his film work, as well as making the Star Wars convention ciruit, Mr. Mayhew has written several books lately with deal with the very serious topics. My Favorite Giant deals with childhood bullying and strives to give children the confidence they need to persevere. His other book Growing Up Giant is about himself and how he dealt with gigantism. Both books are illustrated and provide positive messages for younger audiences. You can find out more by visiting Peter Mayhew’s official site.

Posted By: Skuldren
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