Monday, April 7, 2014

Origin Story

Every good story has a beginning. The first appearance of the Tierfon Rebel base was in the 1987 Star Wars Sourcebook for the West End Games Star Wars RPG, written by Bill Slavicsek and Curtis Smith.

Ever since I first laid eyes on this small, out of the way outpost, one of thousands scattered across the galaxy, I was hooked. There is something very special about this base that I fell in love with. Perhaps it was the out-of-the-way nature of the locale. One of many. Anonymous. Small and secret.

We never did use Tierfon as our base of operations, but I always planned to make the place a central location in a campaign I'd run someday. That "someday" is today. This blog is to be a creative outlet for the pent-up ideas, jotted down over a decade or so, that somehow relate to a cool little X-Wing hangar, carved into the side of a mountain, in a galaxy far, far away.

Many of the WEG RPG materials had a certain vibe, I think, a certain philosophy concerning the actions of the RPG heroes versus the heroes of the original trilogy. There is ample room in the Star Wars universe to play heroic beings without having to kill Darth Vader single-handedly, for instance. We always preferred to slip into the universe, so to speak, without making a huge splash. Not quite like a "leave no trace" mentality one might adopt when hiking in a National Park, but perhaps close. Hopefully we'll hear more on this aspect from Nate, the other Tierfon Campaign founding blogger (and the GM for the old WEG Star Wars campaigns of which I speak).

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