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Review: “Kenobi” by John Jackson Miller

September 14, 2013

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Ben Kenobi’s home in the Jundland wastes from Star Wars Galaxies, Image: Sony Online Entertainment

At the end of “Revenge of the Sith”, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes baby Luke Skywalker to Tatooine and turns him over to Owen and Beru Lars. Nineteen years later he is still there, watching over the son of Skywalker. This book is the story of Kenobi’s first period on Tatooine, trying to settle into the Jundland wastes without revealing he is a Jedi.

Apparently it wasn’t easy. Kenobi can’t help trying to help the people he meets in their conflict with the Sand People. But things aren’t always what they seem. He befriends a young widow, reaches a kind of accommodation with the Tuskens, and keeps his Jedi powers mostly secret, but there are some surprises along the way.

In the background lurks Jabba the Hutt and his minions, who also have to be dealt with. Along the way we learn a bit about the life of a moisture farmer, and the dangers of Mos Eisley.

While there’s no answer to how Luke is supposed to be kept hidden while bearing the name Skywalker, we learn how Obi-Wan became Ben, and why he can continue to call himself Kenobi.

This is one of those books that has you looking to read the sequel as soon as you reach the end. (In Star Wars Galaxies, Tatooine was my home planet, and it was fun to visit it again.)

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The Decline of Anchorhead

February 3, 2012

As I play more and more of Star Wars The Old Republic, I plan to write more about that game and less comparing it to Star Wars Galaxies. But there is one location where the two games intersect, and while this is just a quibble, I found it a little disconcerting.

The planet is Tatooine, and the place is Anchorhead.

Tatooine was the planet where Luke Skywalker grew up, and the Star Wars saga (in the order  the films were released) began there. Anchorhead is mentioned, but never seen (although apparently there was film footage of Anchorhead that didn’t make it into any of the various cuts of “A New Hope”.) Tatooine is the starting planet for Star Wars Galaxies, and Anchorhead a key location.

In SWG I started playing in the larger city of Mos Espa and eventually when I had leveled up a bit I decided to take a shuttle ride and traveled to Anchorhead. I was amazed when I got there, the tiny place was massively filled with other players. At that point in the game, Anchorhead was the place to hang out.

Anchorhead as viewed from the top of an overlooking hill in Star Wars Galaxies

It was a small place, however, without even a spaceport for travel to other planets. All it had was a shuttleport for travel around Tatooine. Yet everyone seemed to gather there, and in the early days the cantina was always filled. (This was before the hated NGE, which removed entertainer buffs and emptied the cantinas, removing one major source of player interaction.

I was particularly interested in how Anchorhead and its vicinity would appear in Star Wars The Old Republic, because I had made my home there in SWG. That might sound very silly, but after the NGE, when so many players left the game, I ended up as the Mayor of Mos Vegas, what was then a rather large player city just to the west of Anchorhead. As more and more more people left the game, the town’s base shrank, and it turned into an outpost, without a shuttle or bank any more. In fact, all the citizens were my various characters.

Yet it was close enough to Anchorhead to enjoy the amenities, and I spent much of my time in the game collecting different kinds of housing (there were many) and decorating them.

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