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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:41 am    Post subject: Willow Stuff Reply with quote

Anyone played the Willow game? I got a cheap copy on eBay. Thoughts?

I hear there is a new tv series in talks but I don't believe in such things until I see photos of actors in costumes.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you talking about the board game, the Nintendo game, or something else?

Always liked that film, even though it was a D&D Star Wars remake.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pel wrote:
Are you talking about the board game, the Nintendo game, or something else?

Always liked that film, even though it was a D&D Star Wars remake.


It's like an Avalon Hill styled game from what I can tell. It's by WEG's own Greg! This is another listing for the same item. When I found out a WEG author made it, I had to get it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Willow-Game-Tor-Books-Board-Game-1988-Complete/254232017812

I am just about Willow's biggest fan. I wrote a 1200 word fan letter to Warwick Davis about it. I will talk anyone's ear off about the feminist/humanist importance of it, in that regard, SW has nothing on Willow.

Plus the material culture is pretty well done for an 80's sword & sorcery movie. even though some of the objects wouldn't actually work very well, there's an internal consistency to it. Willow's village is Anglo-Saxon, the rebel army is Neo-Classical, etc. The weapons, while fantastical and fake, all riff off of real swords and things, so they at least retain a kernel of verisimilitude. Sorsha's weird serrated sword is based on a real type of naval boarding sword, General Kael's spiky 70's Vallejo lookin' sword is an impractical application of a real design, and so forth.

Plus, collecting MOC Tonka Willow figures is waaaaay cheaper than MOC Kenner Star Wars! I once found 3 at a flea market for 50 cents apiece!
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed that one. Looks like a good game and we know the designer makes good stuff Smile .

Always enjoyed the film.

Had a friend years ago who was 6' 8". He was waiting to enter our workplace and a 5' 2" coworker was blocking the door with an animated conversation. My pal waited a bit, towering over the chatty obstacle, then leaned over him and said "Out of the way, Peck!"

I just about fell over from laughter. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TauntaunScout wrote:

I am just about Willow's biggest fan. I wrote a 1200 word fan letter to Warwick Davis about it. I will talk anyone's ear off about the feminist/humanist importance of it, in that regard, SW has nothing on Willow.


I'd be interested; if Whill wants us to keep the feminist/humanist stuff off the main board (and I suspect he does), feel free to PM me.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any way you can minimize that link?
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Willow stuff Reply with quote

TauntaunScout wrote:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Willow-Game-Tor-Books-Board-Game-1988-Complete/254232017812

CRMcNeill wrote:
Any way you can minimize that link?

Done. Just had to get rid of all the tracking crud after the item #.

TauntaunScout wrote:
Anyone played the Willow game? I got a cheap copy on eBay. Thoughts?

I have no memory of this game's existence prior this thread, but I only bought and played RPGs in the late 80s, not board games (Assault on Hoth was a gift from my players). I hope your cheap copy was less than $60!

TauntaunScout wrote:
I hear there is a new tv series in talks but I don't believe in such things until I see photos of actors in costumes.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/2/18526638/disney-plus-willow-series-ron-howard-jon-kasdan-lucasfilm-discussions-development

A sequel TV series on Disney+ is in development and would involve Ron Howard, Jon Kasdan, a grown up Elora Danan, and Warwick Davis. No, it hasn't been green-lit for production yet, but if it ever is, we'll have official confirmation before there would be any photos of actors in costumes.

TauntaunScout wrote:
I am just about Willow's biggest fan. I wrote a 1200 word fan letter to Warwick Davis about it...

Cool. I saw Willow in the theater. I still like it and have it on DVD. I showed it to my son last year and he liked it. I'd definitely watch a sequel to it.

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TauntaunScout wrote:
I will talk anyone's ear off about the feminist/humanist importance of it, in that regard, SW has nothing on Willow.

I'd be interested; if Whill wants us to keep the feminist/humanist stuff off the main board (and I suspect he does), feel free to PM me.

The best way to keep the opposite of feminism and humanism off the board is to keep it all off the board. TS, please feel free to PM me too. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read a novel by George Lucas and Chris Claremont that was a sequel to Willow.

Shadow Moon.

It was so bad that I couldn't finish it.
Captured none of the feel of the movie. I got the impression it was trying to be too grim and dark and brooding and serious.

Straight up changing Willow's name to 'Thorn Drumheller' for instance.

But it's been a long time since I tried to read it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dredwulf60 wrote:
I read a novel by George Lucas and Chris Claremont that was a sequel to Willow.

Shadow Moon.

It was so bad that I couldn't finish it.
Captured none of the feel of the movie. I got the impression it was trying to be too grim and dark and brooding and serious.

Straight up changing Willow's name to 'Thorn Drumheller' for instance.

But it's been a long time since I tried to read it.

I put it down too. It was story ideas from Lucas but the actual writing was Chris Claremont of The Uncanny X-Men comics fame. I remember that he fancied himself to be Tolkien with extreme detail and description. It was not engaging.
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dredwulf60 wrote:
Shadow Moon.


It was so bad I couldn't even finish the audio book on a long drive. It was just utterly awful. I assume it was a huge failure and will not even be considered when writing the new tv show if one is actually written.

My Willow game should arrive today.

I am psyched that I also snagged a MOC safety recall Willow Uffgood figure. He came with an Elora Danon toy that was considered a chocking hazard because it's basically a plastic oval the size of a windpipe. Which is too bad because as a kid, I felt she was shockingly missing from the toyline. If only they'd molded her into her wicker basket or something she could've been a part of playtime. Mine came with a double markdown sticker, as it wound it's way through forgotten clearance aisles. So apparently at least some made it to the general public.
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Willow stuff Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
I hope your cheap copy was less than $60!


I was (maybe stupidly) considering a shrink wrapped copy for $54. I got a used one which is purportedly complete for less than half that.
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