Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a television show currently (as of this writing) entering its fifth season. It fills the gap between Episode II and Episode III. As I see it, it is the Star Wars content that everybody thought they were going to see with the prequel movies. It revolves around the Clone Wars, it displays a galaxy at war, and shows us the slow degradation of our alleged protagonist, Anakin Skywalker.
However, as it is an ongoing television series, it is much more than that little piece of story about the man who would be Darth Vader. It is about the entire war, not just the few characters who's names we remember from the movies. The creators of the show might be some of the world's biggest Star Wars fans as they often go out of their way to fill the show with bits and pieces of Expanded Universe trivia while crafting out a galaxy we thought we knew so well. Quite frankly, I consider it the best Star Wars I have ever seen.
But what does this have to do with Dungeons & Dragons? When I started making pre-generated characters for Dungeon & Dragons: Encounters, it was because there had been a definitive drought of characters provided by Wizards of the Coast. Although I understand their intent in doing so, I felt like many players liked the ability to try out new character classes and features via the Encounters program yet did not have the time to make their own characters.
As I found interesting, iconic characters to convert to D&D format, I started to realize that I had made a significant number of Star Wars characters. Star Wars characters seemed like an easy thing. People would walk into Encounters, never having played Dungeons & Dragons, but could immediately get a sense of what their character would do because they knew the character. Anakin Skywalker? Whine a little bit and then start killing things with reckless abandon. Obi-Wan Kenobi? Talk a lot and belittle Anakin. C-3PO? Complain a lot. I considered these iconic character a resounding success.
|But why are we fighting Drow and Spiders, Master Plo Koon?|
|I am more powerful than any Dragon, my dear Obi-Wan...|
|Alright, brothers. We have to save the Republic from the clankers.|
That sounds like a perfect one-shot D&D adventure! So, what started as an attempt to liven up my Wednesday D&D Encounters game has turned into a project building Star Wars themed adventures and encounters. Although not for everybody, it demonstrates that with the right homebrew mindset, the Fourth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons can do quite a bit and make it fun.