The Movie I’ll Never Make

About six years ago now (wow – how times flies!) I ran a Star Wars RPG campaign. Its structure was to mimic a trilogy of Star Wars movies – tightly paced, action-packed, complete with credits, text crawl on starfield at the start, a full cast, etc.. The players knew going in that the game wasn’t going to be as ‘open-ended’ as some other campaigns I had run, in that we had plot points to hit and a pre-defined conflict to resolve. The three ‘films’ would take place between Episode III and Episode IV and covered the founding and establishment of the Rebel Alliance. They wound up being great, great fun.

Cast of Characters

  • Cordelia Algodon: The Last Jedi (so far as she’s aware), who’s been on the run from the ISB and Vader ever since the Jedi holocaust of Episode 3. A Padawan who saw her master murdered before her eyes by ISB Operative Sammar, her story arc saw her midwifing the Alliance into existence and, finally, sacrificing her life to ensure its survival. Played by my friend Melissa.
  • Bi-Fi Doon: A space pirate played by my friend Bobby who winds up finding his calling as the fledgling Allaince’s best operative. Love interest of Mon Mothma (who was a major NPC). Partners with Heidel Thann (played by my friend Fisher). Wound up as one of those bearded guys in the background at the Battle of Yavin
  • Heidel Thann: First officer aboard Doon’s pirate vessel, the Totally Legitimate. Though Doon retained his skepticism of the Alliance’s high ideals, Thann jumped in with both feet. Wound up being the founder of Red Squadron.
  • Kthaar, DC4P, et al.: There was a disaffected Nohgri Assassin, a grumpy protocol droid, and a variety of guest stars, all PCs, and, while they were all awesome, they weren’t central to the main plot of the ‘films’
  • Sammar: An Imperial Security Agent hot on Cordelia’s tail (and secretly in love with her). He is trained in the Dark Side by Palpatine in secret from Darth Vader (Palpatine was grooming him as an insurance policy should Vader betray him). Sammar killed Cordelia’s master prior to the start of the first ‘film’.

There were other characters, too, but I don’t want to bother going too in-depth here. Suffice to say we had a whole functioning trilogy with lots of awesome moments and tons of fun had. It’s very possible what we did conflicted with the Expanded Universe (I never read much beyond the Timothy Zahn novels), but we didn’t care (hell, Lucas doesn’t care, either, so whatever). Episode 3.3, Freedom’s Embers, involved the PCs rescuing Mon Mothma from Coruscant and establishing a safe haven on Dantooine; 3.6, Clash at Corellia, involved the theft of the plans for the X-Wing fighter and the rescue of key scientists from the Kessel Spice Mines; Episode 3.9 was about the recruitment of Admiral Ackbar and the first naval victory of the Alliance over Mon Calamari.

I even went so far as to write up trailers for the films, and, to be honest, if someone gave me a chunk of cash to write and produce the things we came up with here, they would make damned good movies. Anyway, what follows in the trailer to the second episode. I hope you enjoy it:

INT: MEETING HALL: NIGHT
(Mon Mothma stands at a podium. It is dark, and the shadows of various aliens in a variety of martial and rugged attire hang on her every word.)

MON MOTHMA
To the Emperor Palpatine, we say this:

CUT TO:
EXT: ORD MANTELL MARKETPLACE: DAY
(Sammar emerges from the crowd, blaster in hand, and shoots Tamik in the back of the head)

MON MOTHMA (VOICE OVER)
You have murdered and imprisoned millions…

(We see Cordelia in the crowd, screaming)

CUT TO:
EXT: SPACE
(A fleet of Star Destroyers comes into orbit around a blue-green planet)

MON MOTHMA (V.O.)
You have stolen our land and our property…

(We see TIE fighters strafing a city)

CUT TO:
EXT: BARREN MOONSCAPE: DAY
(Stormtroopers stand watch over a prison-camp, where exhausted slaves trudge into the depths of a mine)

MON MOTHMA (V.O.)
You have used your military for the sole purpose of oppressing your subjects.

(We see an old man collapse. A Stormtrooper stands over him, takes aim, and as the blaster fires we…)

CUT TO:
INT: MEETING HALL: NIGHT
(close shot of Mothma, her voice hard)

MON MOTHMA
This will not stand. We will fight you.

CUT TO:
MONTAGE
(As Mothma speaks, the following images are seen:)

(A heavily forested world where ancient ruins pierce the trees)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
So it is that we…

(A shot of Rebel pilots running to their Y-Wings)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
…the free beings of the Galaxy, do solemnly pledge…

(A shot of Doon running a hand along the underbelly of the Legitimate)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
…our property…

(A shot of Cordelia and Sammar raising their lightsabers in a dark hall)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
…our honor…

(a shot of K’thaar leaping in front of somebody to take a blaster shot)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
…and our lives…

(a shot of a massive space battle between Star Destroyers and lots and lots of corvettes)

MON MOTHMA (VO)
…until the Empire is destroyed…

CUT TO:
INT: MEETING HALL: NIGHT
(close shot of Mothma)

MON MOTHMA
…or we are.

CUT TO:
RAPID MONTAGE
(following images flash across the screen)

(A giant Imperial wheeled vehicle smashing through walls)
(Cordelia engaged in lightsaber duel atop some kind vehicle at high speed)
(A man throwing a tarp off of a concealed object)
(DC4P fleeing an explosion)
(The Legitimate pursued by TIE fighters)
(Cordelia running through an ancient stone hall)

CUT TO:
INT: STONE HALL
(Cordelia stops up short, her lightsaber drawn, her face terrified)

CORDELIA
Sammar!

CUT TO:
BLACK OUT
(block lettering appears: “Episode 3.6: Clash at Corellia)
(Vader’s tell-tale respirator starts up)

VADER (VO)
No more running, little girl.

(block lettering: Coming 11-13-05)

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About aahabershaw

Writer, teacher, gaming enthusiast, and storyteller. I write stories, novels, and occasional rants.

Posted on December 9, 2011, in Fiction, Gaming and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. That’s something I would have seen. Don’t drop the idea completely!

    • I calculate the odds of me getting the IP to write/produce a Star Wars movie about as likely as I am to walk on the moon, but thanks for the vote of confidence!

      (and if anyone with connection is watching, I can totally get you a rough draft of a script in a week. You know, just sayin’ ;))

  2. Nice. I have a friend running a SW campaign where he’s retelling the prequels.

  3. This is one of the things I’ve loved about the different games and campaigns we have played that you’ve created… in that each one has had its own unique format to encapsulate the type of story you’ve wanted to tell. Whether it’s the long-form novels of 7th Sea or Alandar, the ‘film trilogy’ of Star Wars, the ‘television season’ of our Star Trek game, the episodic short stories of Battlelords… each one is designed and presented to not only be a story in the particular world, but also be a great representation of the format and method to get the story across.

    So to have our Star Trek theme song played at the start of each game session following the intro scene bumper, or have the Star Wars crawl at the beginning of each of the three ‘films’, or to have the detailed mapping of the journey of our ‘Amazing Race’ game in Talislanta… it makes each individual game its own event, rather than just having a standard weekly roleplaying game with genres and characters changing occasionally. It makes each one stand out.

    • Thanks very much, Fish! Yeah, that has always been my intention. I want role-playing to be as immersive and ‘styled’ as I can make it (hence why I never rest with one system for too long).

      Hell, if I ever fully design and run “Our Man in Havanna”, I’d like to do it as a ‘dress up’ event, with classy cocktails and, optimally, me standing behind a felt table with a dealer’s visor.

      • I’m waiting for you to do a ‘Paranoia’ game, where we all dress in cheap jumpsuits and throughout the game you keep sending text messages on our cellphones. So all of us keep getting secret messages while we try to do things, ramping up the paranoia of what we are learning from Friend Computer that nobody else is finding out about. Heh heh.

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