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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:
I don't recall the WEG rules ever specifically using the word "deflectors" when describing how shields operate.

I don't either but it is possible that they were somewhere since the term "deflector shield" was spoken in the films. At first I was just going to post a general comment in this thread that the word "deflector" being or not being used to describe shield technology has no bearing on the game mechanics of them, but then I realized a more in-depth reply is warranted here...

ClaytonH wrote:
Guide to the Star Wars Universe 1994 : Bill Slavicsek page 396
"Shield generators produce power needed to create and maintain deflector shields, then focus those shields around a given object be it a ship, building, or even parts of a planet. (source return of the jedi)"

This checks out.

ClaytonH wrote:
Not exactly "THE" rule book but that guy wrote the rule book and owned the company.

Bill Slavicsek is the quintessential father of the EU. But for the record, he never owned WEG. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend reading his book, Defining a Galaxy: 30 Years in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

More on point to this discussion, his important role in the EU doesn't add any authority on this matter because he just provided the wording of Shield Generator entries in his Guide to the Star Wars Universe books. He is not the source of the content. The RotJ film and/or novelization is the source of the information, which predate the RPG.

ClaytonH wrote:
This has definitely peaked my interest. I can delve more if you are interested. It is written as a dictionary and is a pretty good read and source for information that might have slipped your mind in the last 30 years or so Smile

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/A_Guide_to_the_Star_Wars_Universe

Is what the googlemachine popped out.

https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/A_Guide_to_the_Star_Wars_Universe,_Second_Edition,_Revised_and_Expanded
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It appears that the entire book is transposed on the wookieepedia word for word so no need to buy it (or me to delve.) It does not include the preface, epilogue, or any text from the margins (which is mainly acknowledgments and sources.)

FYI, the entire book is not transposed on Wookieepedia word for word. The Wookieepedia entries for the guides list all the the guide entry terms, and then each item links to the Wookieepedia page for that term, not the text word for word from the guides. Wookieepedia is like a Death-Star-sized, interactive, online, more up-to-date version of the guide to the Star Wars universe.

ClaytonH wrote:
The timeline and canon ends here for me.

Understood. To each Star Wars fan, his own.

ClaytonH wrote:
I do not wish to debate the canon and timeline but the basic "rules" of physics and equipment should be rather universal.

Earlier in the thread you acknowledge inconsistency in Star Wars lore. The body of the lore growing so much since then has not done anything to make it more universal. So despite what you feel about the way things should be, the unfortunately reality is that these things aren't always universal.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClaytonH wrote:
...In the forward Bill admits to writing this for the people he worked with at WEG while playing Star Wars the roleplaying game but it appears it is not published under WEG officially so by your definition it is not official. Although in the epilogue it says it is an official sourcebook for the roleplaying game. I guess your mileage may vary.

What forward and what epilogue? I realize you are maybe just using these terms to mean something else, so for absolute clarity, could you please provide page numbers?

There were three editions of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe. I have them all. All three were published by Ballatine/Del Rey. None of the guides were sourcebooks for the roleplaying game. The first edition came out in 1984, before the RPG even existed or WEG even had the game license. Bill Slavicsek wrote the second and third editions. RPG materials are some of the many sources for the information in the second and third guides.

ClaytonH wrote:
The guys who wrote the WEG books wrote quite a few novels as well

Which WEG authors wrote quite a few novels?
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