The Analog Gamer: Unleashing the Force Within
One of the reasons I began writing The Analog Gamer months ago was to point out areas where digital and traditional pen-and-paper overlapped. I’ve discussed how video games evolved from boardgames, miniature games and of course the classic D&D style RPG but video games also evolve from big media tie-ins like Star Wars and Batman.
The best form of media convergence for me as a gamer has to be when a video game spawns a good tie in back to either film/TV or traditional gaming because then I can take my favorite universes into my other forms of entertainment.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and the forthcoming Star Wars: Clone Wars are two such examples of games or animation translating across multiple media properties. Is it surprising that it’s George Lucas’s baby that is making this leap? Absolutely not, but the first of these two multimedia launches, the much anticipated The Force Unleashed is now on the streets as a novel, a multi-platform video game, an expansion for the Star Wars miniature game and of course the delayed Star Wars SAGA RPG campaign setting.
Along with the release of the game and the RPG book, it appears Lucas licensee Wizards of the Coast thinks that The Force Unleashed is the perfect gateway dru.. er property to lure gamers into its Star Wars mini’s line as well.
The publisher is offering anyone who purchases The Force Unleashed RPG guide or the video game $5 off of their The Force Unleashed Huge Booster packs. The discount makes the packs $14.99 which is actually pretty good if you’re intending to run the game itself or as a side benefit to help your RPG campaign.
Soon after the hype and excitement over The Force Unleashed dies down the next big Star Wars tie in will arrive. Coming in October, the next expansion for the miniature game based on the recent Clone Wars film and past and future animated series will hit retail. Wizards promises that starter sets and booster packs will feature characters from the Genndy Tartakovsky shorts, the animated series and other prequel era tales will grace the set. Some highlights include: Durge, Asaji Ventress, and Captrain Rex.