Season 2, Session 0 Part 1

In the season 2 premiere, join GM Ben and our Heroes: Kristine, Brandon, Leslie, and David as they make plans to travel to the Edge of the Empire and introduce you to the new cast of characters we’ll find there.

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Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil

Fun fact about Darth Bane, he’s actually one of the only characters we’ve seen in any of these books so far who is confirmed to have existed in the new canon. Revan showed up in a deleted scene from one of the episodes of The Clone Wars, but because it didn’t make it into the final cut his canonicity is dubious.

Bane, however, shows up quite clearly in the final episode of season six of The Clone Wars, played by Mark Hamill no less! Zannah too is referenced, but doesn’t actually appear in the episode. All that to say, it’s nice to see new canon taking good bits from Legends. Today we tackle the end of the Darth Bane Trilogy with Darth Bane – Dynasty of Evil, by Drew Karpyshyn.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

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Episode 208 – The Traditional Tale

We start talking about the different sorts of force traditions there are from the Gand Findsmen to the Dathomiri Witches and try to come up with ways to make it matter in your game.

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Trouble Brewing Introduction 5 – Brandon

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet Brandon, one of this season’s players.

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Trouble Brewing Introduction 4 – David

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet David, one of this season’s players.

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Trouble Brewing Introduction 3 – Leslie

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet Leslie, one of this season’s players.

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Legends Of The Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Rule of Two

Last week I praised Path of Destruction for going out of its way to set up plot threads for a video game that came out twenty some years ago. I also criticized it for seeming slavishly devoted to Darth Revan above all other Sith. It almost feels like Drew Karpyshyn somehow heard me, because book tells of the Darth Bane trilogy reaches even further back to 1993’s comic series Tales of the Jedi and ties the legacy of Bane’s Sith Order in with some of the older Sith that came before.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

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Trouble Brewing Introduction 2 – Kristine

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet Kristine, one of this season’s players.

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Trouble Brewing Introduction 1 – Ben

To kick off season 2 of Heroes of the Hydian Way, each day this week we’re going to introduce you to a member of the team. Today meet this season’s game master Ben.

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Episode 207 – The Character Finding Tale

We talk about finding the stories that specializations want to tell and learning to find the ones that are there and not always forcing our own onto the career and specializations.

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Friends Like These Discussion Part 3

In the final Friends Like These discussion episode, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Path of Destruction

If you’re coming into all of these reviews having only ever watched the Star Wars films before, you might be confused by a lot of the stuff that’s happened so far. Specifically, you may be wondering why there are so many dang Sith running around. After all, doesn’t Yoda make it pretty clear in The Phantom Menace that “Only two there are, a Master, and an Apprentice?” Why are there whole empires and families full of Sith running around. Today, we learn the answer to how the Sith of the past came to be the Sith of the actual Star Wars films.

Welcome to Legends of the Hydian Way, the chronicle of my attempt to read through and review all the novels that make up mainline Legends canon in chronological order. May the Force be with me.

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Episode 206 – The Cheese Wheel Tale

Ben, Rissa, and Leslie were talking about the absolute cheese that is in Star Wars and related products, how it’s baked into the essence of it, and discuss many ways to add it in and vectors to add some tension breaking levity to your adventures

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Friends Like These Discussion Part 2

In the second of a three part discussion, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way: Knight Errant

You may remember back at the beginning of all of this I that I remembered really loving a lot of the old Legends books back when I was growing up. So far, we’ve had some decent books, some interesting ones that didn’t quite measure up, and one really disappointing one. Today, my friends, we reach the first really, really good book in our Legends read-through thus far.

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Episode 205 – The Player Mayhem Tale

We talk about the players who shoot first and may remember to ask questions after they’ve looted the bodies. We get ideas on how to make the experience broader with them and how to try and how to make their actions matter to the stories you’re telling.

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Friends Like These Discussion Part 1

In the first of a three part discussion, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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