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.

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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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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Annihilation

We come full circle in The Old Republic this week, ending as we began five weeks ago with a novel by Drew Karpyshyn. Now, if you’ve read my review of Revan you may think that’s a bad sign considering my thoughts on that one but honestly, I tend to really like Karpyshyn’s work, so let’s see how we fare with The Old Republic: Annihilation.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

The Old Republic setting provides a unique opportunity for Star Wars storytelling. Set against the backdrop of a cold war between Jedi/Republic and the Sith, authors can play both sides off of the other in a time of tenuous peace. Most other times in Legends the Jedi and the Sith are aware of one another pretty much go down like Mace Windu marching on Palpatine’s office. In order words, this is one of the only settings where both Jedi and Sith have to play nice and smile at each other instead of immediately going for the lightsabers.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Red Harvest

I suppose it was inevitable that even Star Wars would get caught up in the zombie fad that held most of Western media captive for more than a decade. The result is two books, one which we’ll get to down the line a ways, and this one: Red Harvest by Joe Schrieber.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Deceived

After last week I did not have high hopes for the rest of The Old Republic tie-in books. However, while Deceived is nothing groundbreaking, it is a nice, self-contained story that does an admirable job of setting up plot for the MMO while still telling a story in it’s own right.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Revan

Hoo boy. Strap in folks, we’ve hit our first really bad one. I’ll warn up front that this review and book contain full spoilers for Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Lost Tribe of the Sith

One of the strangest things about reading Legends in chronological order is that it definitely wasn’t written that way and it shows. Much of the ancient history of the legends canon was told through comics in the 90s, with names like Naga Sadow and Marka Ragnos or  Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun taking the spotlight. Later works will reference events in these comics but there was never an actual novelization of them which can confuse readers who wonder if they missed something. They did, but it’s in a comic series not included on the official timeline of books printed inside the cover.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Dawn of The Jedi: Into The Void

What’s this? Another “Something From the Hydian Way?” And it’s a text post? What could it mean?

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Friends Like These Act 2, Episode 1 – “Puffer Pigs are the Best”

In search of the Mandalorians of Clan Beroya, Matu, Kith, and AMP arrive at Vlemoth Port to meet with their contact Kad Solus.

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Dead in the Water Epilogue – The Force and Matu

When Matu fell into his Force vision, it wasn’t just a simple thing. He soared among the stars and found a calling to several worlds before him. As well as a person he never expected to find.

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Dead in the Water Interview with Writer Keith Kappel

In this special interview episode Ben, Kristine, Brent, and Leslie are joined by guest Keith Kappel, writer of the Age of Rebellion Gamemaster’s Kit, the “Dead in the Water” adventure module, and the upcoming Heroes adventure Friends Like These.

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Dead in the Water Discussion Episode

In this discussion episode, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Brent, Leslie, and Chris reflect on their experiences playing the “Dead in the Water” module from the Age of Rebellion Gamemaster’s Kit. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and hint at what’s coming next on Heroes of the Hydian Way.

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Dead in the Water Act 2, Episode 2

Now that TV-93 is equipped with a passkey, the squad embarks on a mission to save the Shadow Raptor from the mutinous droids that have taken control. With life support thinning, and most of their gear 11 decks above them, the squad has to move fast to secure the ship before the droids realize what is happening.

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Dead in the Water – Act 2, Episode 1

Mutiny! Following an attack by a newly purchased protocol droid, Neema, Teevee, Kith, and Matu find themselves trapped in a conference room aboard the Alliance starship Shadow Raptor. With the situation growing more dire by the second, the squad must learn how far this droid uprising goes and take whatever steps are necessary in order to protect the Raptor‘s crew.

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Episode 140 – The Brave Sir Robin Tale

A question arose about hinting to your players that it’s time for their characters to run away. This is our answer, and we give a few ideas on how to make baddies even more present in your adventure. Tess, David, and Ben all have some wicked ways to make your players realize their characters are about to die.

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Dead in the Water – Act 1, Episode 3

Having secured their cargo of droids, the task before the squad is simple: find a way to transport them safely back to the Shadow Raptor. With an ancient tug, a grumpy Wookiee captain, a tactical droid who won’t stop complaining, and no coordinates for the Raptor, perhaps this task isn’t so simple.

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Episode 139 – The New GM Tale

Every now and then we get asked by new GMs how to I get started, I love the universe but this RPG thing scares me. This is David and Ben giving a few pieces of advice and telling a few tales of how they learned to use the dice. Continue reading “Episode 139 – The New GM Tale”

Dead in the Water – Act 1, Episode 2

As the squad searches Port Tooga for their Rebel Privateer contact, Captain Oglerk, and her cargo of droids, Matu learns an important lesson: it’s not wise to upset a Wookiee. Continue reading “Dead in the Water – Act 1, Episode 2”

Episode 138 – The Diplomats Tale

This week we talk about the kinds of campaigns that a diplomat would excel in. From negotiating treaties all the way down to keeping two rebel groups working together. David and Ben give ideas for several campaigns and scenes for you to use and give a few spins on dealing with interpersonal relationships that a GM might not always think of.
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Dead in the Water – Act 1, Episode 1

In the premiere episode of Heroes of the Hydian Way, a squad of misfits: the Mandalorian warrior Matu Ordo, the dispirited tactical droid TV-93, explosives expert Kith Ursi’bek, and Lieutenant Neema Talemy are assigned to the frigate Shadow Raptor in order to take possession of a large shipment of droids. With four million credits in hand and a Hutt controlled station, what can possibly go wrong? Continue reading “Dead in the Water – Act 1, Episode 1”

Episode 134 – The Downtime Tale

We talk about how your characters got their first experience and a give few ideas how they spend time between campaigns. From ways to give out experience to ideas for training montages we give you many ideas for passing the time between and before your main adventures. Continue reading “Episode 134 – The Downtime Tale”

Heroes of the Hydian Way Teaser

We haven’t said much about the Heroes of the Hydian Way yet. We record the first actual session today, we’ve had a session zero to get a feel for each other and work out most tech bugs. To give an idea of what Heroes is Ben answers here some of the questions that could be (and should be) poking up about the new podcast. Continue reading “Heroes of the Hydian Way Teaser”

Episode 128 – The Real Force Tale

We talk of how the force can guide your view of the galaxy and how it makes your character deeper to have few beliefs behind the reason they step out into the galaxy.

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Episode 121 – The Forged in Battle Tale

Ben and Joshua talk about Forged in battle and tease out some very interesting rebellious ideas for players to bring to the table. From the stealthy Trailblazer to the Vanguard that’s in your face we bring some very militant ideas to the table Continue reading “Episode 121 – The Forged in Battle Tale”