Hi Kat! My friends and I recently started our own EotE game and a few of them were worried about their lack of Star Wars knowledge. I was just wondering how much the Campaign players knew about Star Wars (EU or otherwise) when you started your game?
Ah! Players-wise, James probs knew the most. He watched the Clone Wars cartoon. And I’d read him an EU book back in college. He’d also read some different source books over the years. And played some viddy game. I dunno. He knew above average Star War for the time, but not a ton.
Johnny came in at second most knowledgeable. I know he’d seen the samurai jack clone wars cartoon. Maybe TCW? Maybe not by that point. No EU. If video games, I believe the scattered sort from being a kid in the US, not from being a person seeking out Star Wars games.
But the movies are SUPER important to him. The core materials. And since this new canon thing became a thing, he’s taken the opportunity to read the new books as they’ve come out, so he’s now surpassed James easily as he’s up to date on basically all current canon stuff.
I’m still not convinced JPC has seen Star Wars.
More seriously, JPC just had the movies and that jazzy podracing game I love as his experience coming in. You don’t need more than that. He’s since watched rebels.
This isn’t a game about knowing Star Wars. It’s about playing with some pretty core storytelling junk that Star Wars taught us in 3 movies a long time ago. The other stuff makes it easier for a GM to keep that interesting, and for players to keep the feel consistent, but I feel like Empire and ANH are all ya honestly need. If you want a third movie, watch The Last Crusade.
If your players are still worried about not knowing enough Star Wars, I think the Clone Wars cartoon is a fantastic and diverse intro to the universe past its first season. It’s available on Netflix.
And wookieepedia legends articles are interesting enough if they’re just curious as to the bad old days. But new canon has actual good books like Lost Stars and Bloodlines they could read instead.
*shrugs* I dunno. The thing I like to remind my players is that we’re all telling a story together. We get to choose what type of story it is. We’re not proving anything to anyone.
Your Star War can be whatever. It can be shopping and kissing.