Suvudu Interview with Ryder Windham

January 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Interview, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Suvudu has an interview with Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual author Ryder Windham today. The interview covers Windham’s work with both novels and reference books, the differences between the two, and of course the Millennium Falcon.

What did your collaboration with Haynes involve? How did they assist you in writing the book?

I worked very closely with Haynes editor Derek Smith, and also the artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. I wrote a rough outline with proposed topics for each spread, and then Chris and Chris added more stuff, and then we shuffled things around until we filled 125 pages of material, including the inside back cover. All involved can correct me or beat me up if I’m wrong, but I think it was my idea to present other ships in the YT-series to help illustrate the evolution of the YT-1300. If I had a question about some part of the Falcon and I couldn’t find information in a reference book, Chris and Chris either sent me the info or gave me their own suggestions for how I might write certain bits. The project was very collaborative.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Book Review: ‘The Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual’

January 31, 2012 at 8:18 am | Posted in Reviews, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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My dad was always the kind of person who wanted to try fixing something first before resorting to outside help. This meant that every time he bought a vehicle over the years, part of the process would include heading to the Shucks Auto near our old home to buy a Haynes repair manual. First one I can remember him getting was for his beat-up Volkswagon Rabbit pickup truck, and did he ever need the manual for that lemon. Some of my fondest memories growing up was sitting on the front porch while he tore into that unreliable engine bay to fix the latest leak or blown gasket. I remember very distinctly that he’d have the old, beat-up, oil-stained Haynes manual sitting atop the engine, waiting for him to open it up to reference the exact issue he was working on.

A little over a month ago, the great people at Del Rey sent me an advance copy of a book that took me back in time to those days watching my dad fix his truck: The Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff, and Chris Trevas.

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New Release: ‘Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual’

January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual is out. Written by Ryder Windham and illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff, the hardcover book is going for $15.94 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This Haynes Manual traces the model history of the Corellian Engineering Corporation’s YT series of spaceships and the development of the YT-1300 model line before focusing on the Millennium Falcon, itself a modified YT-1300. Onboard systems, controls, and their operation are described in detail and supported by a host of photographs, line art, floor plans, exploded diagrams, and stunning computer-generated artwork, all newly created by acknowledged Falcon experts Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. Text is by Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books.

Covering operational history, piloting, propulsion, weapons, engineering systems, sensors, and crew facilities, this is the most thorough technical guide to the Millennium Falcon available.

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New Release: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

January 31, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | 7 Comments
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Today the re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hits book stores. The new version features a new cover, and a new short story by James Luceno.

There was a lot of back and forth with Dave about Maul and Maul’s background. The two short stories that I’ve written for the re-release of Shadow Hunter and the re-release of The Phantom Menace novelization are going to deal a lot more with Maul’s background and Maul’s early years. They almost could be chapters lifted from Darth Plagueis, but I didn’t want to change the point of view and take the story into recounting Maul’s episodes as well.James Luceno

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First Look at ‘Knights of the Old Republic: War #5’

January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Coming this May from Dark Horse Comics, here is an exclusive look at Knights of the Old Republic: War #5!!

KotOR – War #5 is on sale May 9th, 2012!

Pacifist Jedi Zayne Carrick is both saving and fighting Jedi in this final issue!

Part one of Zayne’s plan to foil the Mandalorian Knights and their misguided leader is complete—but the battle is not yet won. Taking on the Mandalorians face to face is still on the agenda, and Zayne’s questionable team could blow the operation at any moment . . . With everything on the line, all Zayne can do is have faith!

The Knights of the Old Republic video game and comics are set in one of the most popular eras of Star Wars!

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‘The Clone Wars’ Reviews

January 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Regular Feature, Reviews, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment
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We’ve been entertaining the idea of writing our own TCW episode reviews, but Pete Morrison does such a good job reviewing each episode for his own site, LightSaber Rattling.  So we asked Pete and, being the nice guy that he is, he consented to allow us to link to his reviews.  We’ve decided to start with the current arc so this week there will be two episode reviews: Deception and Friends and Enemies.  Enjoy the reviews.  Hint: they’re all about Obi-Wan — which makes some of us here at Roqoo Depot very happy. Continue Reading ‘The Clone Wars’ Reviews…

‘Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse’ Book Tour

January 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Posted in Events, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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The last book in the Fate of the Jedi series will be out in March. To celebrate the event, Del Rey will be sending author Troy Denning on a book tour across the country. Check below to see if he’ll be coming to a town near you.

UPDATE: Christie Golden will also be joining the tour, but for only one stop.

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‘The Essential Guide to Warfare’ Update

January 30, 2012 at 11:57 am | Posted in Art, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted two new images from The Essential Guide to Warfare on their Facebook photo album. Both of them feature the Millennium Falcon, a nod to tomorrow’s release of the Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual. You can check them out here (by John Van Fleet) and here (by Dave Seeley). The second picture features a scene from Legacy of the Force: Fury by Aaron Allston. The scene depicts the Falcon‘s escape from Kashyyyk as it’s set ablaze by Jacen Solo.

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Monday Funny: Celebration 2012 (Not What You Think)

January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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In keeping with Roqoo Depot’s year long celebration of the end of the world, we’re presenting this video.  Enjoy.

Posted by Synlah for Roqoo Depot.  It’s the end of the world as we know it.

TCW Voice Actor, Ian Abercrombie, Passes Away

January 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Posted in The Clone Wars | 1 Comment
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The man behind the voice of TCW’s Palpatine passed away on Thursday.  Ian Abercrombie had a long and varied career, and counted among his credits such films as Young Frankenstein and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  He also had roles in numerous television shows as well as voicing Palpatine/Sidious for Clone Wars video games.  He was 77 at the time of his death.

On Facebook Dave Filoni (TCW director) wrote this tribute to Abercrombie:

Today is a very sad day for Star Wars fans, as we lost a dear friend in Ian Abercrombie. You know him better as the voice of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine on The Clone Wars. I cannot express how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to work with Ian. He was extremely passionate about his role on the series and he was brilliant at it. I always called him “Chancellor” no matter where we were, in the studio or out at a restaurant. I think he enjoyed that a great deal. I learned so much from him about directing actors, and working with dialog. His advice and mentoring will be sorely missed by all of us. Though he played a villain on our show, you would be hard pressed to meet a kinder person. He loved to laugh and his sense of humor always lightened our record sessions. I will miss his stories, I will miss his performances, and I will miss his contribution to our show.

My friend, the Force will be with you, always, and you will never be forgotten.

Farewell

Dave

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