Nov 27 2014

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TBT: Star Wars

It’s Throw Back Thursday time.

I spent all of last night putting up our brand new flat-screen TV and surround sound. It is awesome and a welcome replacement for our 37″ CRT that’s over a decade old. And weighs 4000 pounds. And I had to move UPSTAIRS to the master bedroom to replace the smaller TV upstairs.

When I was a kid, we rarely went to the movies. It just wasn’t something our family did. But when I was 11 years old, my dad took me to see Star Wars. I was reminded of that experience when I watched movies on the new flatscreen last night.

For you whippersnappers out there, who have lived with CGI and special effects their whole lives, you just can’t imagine how transformative Star Wars was when it came out. Here’s an attempt to show you so you “get it.”

“Logan’s Run” was the biggest Sci-Fi movie in 1976. It was so successful that it made it onto TV as the Sunday Night Movie (which was a big deal when you only had three or five channels), and I remember watching it when I was 10, thinking, “Wow, that’s neat!”

Here’s the trailer for “Logan’s Run”:

Yeah…I know. But just to nail home the point, here’s the trailer for Star Wars (back then, it was just “Star Wars”, ’cause at the time, nobody including Geoge Lucas envisioned a sequel):

Note that the style of the trailers is similar and both are about the same length. But it’s like in 1976 my parents went to work on horseback, and then in 1977 brought home a Ford Mustang.

My friends had all seen Star Wars by the time my dad took me — it ran in theaters for months, and for months I had heard how awesome the movie was. The opening credits enthralled me, but when Tantive IV came flying from over my shoulder being chased by a Star Destroyer, my mind was blown. I still get goose bumps to this day.

I have been to every opening night of every Star Wars movie since. My kids are Star Wars fans, and we have every version of all the movies (including the original trilogy on VHS). I’m a big board game collector and player, with over 100 games (most of which you probably haven’t heard). Star Wars games include:

  • Star Wars Epic Duals (mano e mano lightsaber battles)
  • Star Wars Monopoly (Limited Edition)
  • Star Wars Monopoly (Saga Edition)
  • Star Wars Monopoly (Episode 1)
  • Star Wars Life
  • Star Wars Risk (Clone Wars edition)
  • Star Wars Stratego
  • DarkStryder Campaign (RPG)
  • Star Wars Minatures (Revenge of the Sith — although our miniature mix includes characters from all genres including Splinter of the Mind’s Eye)
  • Star Wars The Qeen’s Gambit (A battle for Naboo game that is one of my favorites off all my games)

I’ve also got dozens of Star Wars books, including the original book version of Star Wars, and Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.

One might say that Dreamer’s Way in Ships & Stones is Adriel Finlay’s Millennium Falcon, as they are both tramp freighters. The space game I’m slowly working on, Space Reign, was inspired by someone I know saying “I want my own Millennium Falcon.”

Definitely a huge influence on me, particularly Star Wars: A New Hope.

I’m looking forward to see J.J. Abrams’ take on Star Wars.

You know I’ll be watching it on midnight 18 December 2015.

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