Top 10 events of 2008
December 25, 2008
I thought I would release
the top 10 events I thought hit the Star Wars Community
in 2008. We have seen a lot happen to the community this
year. Some of it was good. Some of it was not so good.
Here are #10-#6 this week. Next week will release #5-#1.
So here is the year as I saw it:
10) Full Year of Support – This is perhaps the first
year in the history of the game where we received a full
year’s support. We had 3 sets released. We had a new
starter set as well as a new scenario pack.
Post-Universe they were not ready to keep the game
going, so it took a year to get things going and even
then it was only one set. I think we had two that year
and that was it. It was nice to finally have a year
where the game was finally cranked up to its full
potential. It is a shame that the game had to take the
hit that it did during that time, but regardless its at
full power now!
9) Conversion to 40 Pieces – The days of having to chase
down 60 figures is over. From here on we only get 40
pieces a set. Completionists are rejoicing as their
wallets breathe a sigh of relief, but was this a good
thing? It is fewer figures to collect, but it means
every figure has to count that much more as five junk
figs before meant little. Five junk figs now means a
whole lot more to the success of the set. Also, Will
people buy less because it will be much easier to
complete? Will it drive down individual prices?
Honestly, I think it is too early to tell. This will be
something to watch in ’09.
8) JediCartographer’s map packs – We have gone so long
without maps that when board member JC posted up some
maps he had been working on, they were gobbled up
gleefully by players across the states as well as some
players across the pond. In fact it led to a second map
pack later in the year. The quality of these maps led
many to wonder what Wizards was doing. Not only were
they not making maps, but the last few we received were
completely unplayable in a gaming setting. Well done JC.
7) All Faction Support – For the first time ever every
single faction of the game received support this year.
While not all are competitive yet, at least all the
factions are now playable. Mandos, Old Republic, and
Vong all jumped in support. This was led by a LOT of
expanded Universe support, which is something the SWM
community had been wanting for quite some time.
6) Jar Jar Binks arrives! – LOL, yep, everybody’s
favorite Gungan finally joined the gaming scene, and
what an impact he had. Immediately, he began chalking up
the self-imposed kills on figures Like Vader, Luke, etc.
Rob has really hit some figures, and missed on
interpretations of others, but I have to say that he hit
Jar Jar right on the nail. I could not have asked for a
better version. He is annoying, deadly, and the biggest
nuisance the game has seen. Jar Jar to a T!
Well those are the bottom 5 events of 2008. Next week I
will do events 1-5 so stay tuned! Until then everybody
have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and whatever
other holidays we have going on right now. Have fun and
be safe this holiday season as many of us have time
warped into Hoth like conditions. May the Force Be With