Basic Social Media Strategy Can Be Used For Roleplay

Even if roleplay is cursory, to start off on the best of your ability, consider creating a social media strategy that works for you optimally. Hypefury has a few suggestions.

There is a key to create SMART goals that can be measured. One idea to consider in the SMART system is if you WANT to do it. If you do not want to do it, then don’t.

What is your target audience. It cannot be broad. It must be honed in and the only way to understand your audience is deciding your research.

While reach and engagement is very important in social media, for roleplay there is a watching factor that inherently occurs with each performance and the more in character you maintain. Out of character discussion, while simpler in concept have to be maintained. Roleplay if staged must be organized for effectiveness. Nevertheless, metrics are important for business related posts, no so much for hobbies. And yes, vanity metrics, such as likes and followers mean nothing overall.

Have engaging content. Posting several different concepts in life is confusing to your followers. Posting consistent content sets your expertise for the social media you want. Then content should be a balance between content text and images. A picture is worth 1000 words. Some pictures are utterly controversial, not because of nudity, but because someone, somewhere, disagrees about the content and they want to make their point known. Links that post images are the most useful. Without that image, the text goes unread. Videos and gifs work better.

Social media calendars are essential for specific campaigns for roleplayers. Discussing overall your expertise is a good thing, but directing dates and times of your posts to optimize the interaction with the audience is what you use your social media metrics for.

The issue with strict RP accounts is there is a time where there lots of interaction, then there is a long lull period. Lost of interaction period is when the new content is released. Use your calendar for estimating the concept of that. Use holidays. Prepare featured product releases. All podcasts and video releases. Think about how you are going to lead your audience and persuade them to your ideas of your expertise. Be prepared for hecklers because there is always a schism. Have a plan for that. The lull periods should be used for all your ideas being written somewhere on a blog, or site, etc. Your audience can be referred to your sites that go in depth. Then you can charge for more exclusive information.

Roleplay to the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG77) means an outline and script written to perform on social media. Portrayal of a character is NOT roleplay to SWAG77. Portrayal is fun to do, but it does lead to wasted social media time. If all someone wants to do is distraction, shoot the breeze, piddle about, meaningless conversation, and/or trying to make friends you have never met, okay. Define what you want. But if you ever seen our roleplays, they are incredible. Lots of people wake up and watch. But it takes a lot of planning and practice.



The Thrawn Accords – #Thrawn In #StarWars

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Star Wars Rebels: The Vernissage: The Thrawn Accords on Mandalore II (8186 words) by SWAG_77
Chapters: 3/?
Star Wars: Rebels
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Thrawn | Mitth’raw’nuruodo, Sabine Wren
Additional Tags: Observations, Star Wars Actors Guild 77, SWAG 77
Series: Part 2 of Get Thrawn In Star Wars Rebels
Summary:

Only Captain Thrawn is able to invade and conquer Mandalore to Imperial rule. But he had to serve at a regent for Mandalore before a Moff was selected. What he discovered during his rule, is they Mandalorians, were more creative and inventive that what was let on by the rest of the galaxy. He took one Mandalorian child under his tutelage and taught her art and its interpretation, something forbidden by the Mandalorians and the Chiss, which he was.

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Truth and Trudge: The Thrawn Accords on Mandalore #StarWars fanfic

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Truth and Trudge: The Thrawn Accords for Mandalore I (6420 words) by SWAG_77
Chapters: 3/?

Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) – All Media Types, Star Wars – All Media Types, Star Wars: Rebels

Only Captain Thrawn is able to invade and conquer Mandalore to Imperial rule. But he had to serve at a regent for Mandalore before a Moff was selected. What he discovered during his rule, is they Mandalorians, were more creative and inventive that what was let on by the rest of the galaxy. He took one Mandalorian child under his tutelage and taught her art and its interpretation, something forbidden by the Mandalorians and the Chiss, which he was.

Read the following part: https://swrpu.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/mandothrawnaccords2/

All questions can be answered here: bit.ly/SWR77

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Potential New Star Wars Actors Guild 77 Script for Twitter

Conflict: Force vs Non-Force

SWAG 77 RPers mainly: Mara Jade, Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla

0. Mara Jade’s secret conference call with the Emperor turns ugly. The Emperor has ordered the orbital bombardment of Lothal. When it will happen is anyone’s guess.

1. Sabine notices Mara’s distress who orders her to shore up the barricades, and does not say why, but says that Lieutenant Bo-Katan was here and told her to do it. Sabine argues with Mara, causing her to pull away.

2. Hera witnesses the behavior and is told “no” by Sabine. They agree to leave Mara alone. Then Sabine tells Hera that the barricades need to be strengthened when Hera intercepts a secret decoded message that a fleet of Star Destroyers have just come out of hyperspace.

3. Shocked they race to get the barricades in place when suddenly, the bombardment starts. It is across the planet. It looks like huge laser knives cutting across the planet like butter. Both Hera and Sabine are stunned. Then shuttles of troops fall from the sky with probedroids and some strange new metal beasts that are 20 feet high — AT-AT walkers, which slice open the city one neighborhood at a time while the stormtroopers kill the people.

Image of AT-AT walkers we will use

Possible image of probedroid

Partially what the lasers will look like from the AT-ATs

 

Holes left from laser attack

End Result of Orbital Bombardment
End Result of Orbital Bombardment

4. The Rebels do what they can to defend themselves but hide in their bunker where Mara is crying profusely muttering “they did it because of me.” repeatedly. Hera races to her GHOST to see what she can do, while Sabine escorts Mara to the ship dodging blaster fire and lasers. She pushes Mara into the gunner seat while she goes into the other and tells her to fight.

5. Meanwhile, the Inquisitor is gets reports of how successful the campaign is going. He senses Mara’s plight and says some “Darth Vadery” sort of thing… “It is the last of the Rebels. It is end of the Rebellion…” When out of no where, Bo-Katan and her ships fire on the Inquisitor blasting the Star Destroyers into pieces. And she talks major shit to the Inquistor. A Star Destroyer falls out of orbit into Lothalian atmosphere.

6. Everyone runs together and happy reunion.

7. Denouement: Vader steps in a holo and curses out the Inquisitor for failing and chokes him.

Oversharing as an #RP Character

How much is too much?

Review of the blog: When Everything’s Shareable, You’re Never Not Performing from a RP performance perspective

Our blog is about what is going on in RL regular profile, non-RP accounts. Imagine what happens in RP accounts when there is a MUSE vs MUN problem?

If 70% of 18+ are using social media and it affects their real interactions with people, and 60% are unhappy with their interactions on social media, think how it affects our RPs in performances? IF SOMEONE SEES RP LIKE A PERFORMANCE!

Most RPers are trying to develop relationships with one another. Some serious relationship that lead to dating, marriage or otherwise. To some people who is very strange, to others it’s the norm. In reality, from a socio-psychological standpoint, it’s unrealistic of how a relationship truly develop no matter the words of the intimacy. Historically it could be true, but humans need physical interaction and not through a keyboard.

Treating RP like creating a movie, television show or play production, makes it easier to digest the psychological connections people erroneously conceive as real relationships, even if on-screen there was a sexual filming. This is why not anyone is an actor without classes.

RP works the same way.

Roleplaying Help by King of Ravens – modified

This guide is a good one from a roleplayer who performs as “LOKI”.  The person has extensive experience in online RP and understands the verse they are from. Slight modifications have been made and while it was not requested if this content can be used, we are respecting the content and provide trackbacks to the original node.

Everyone should know this information if they call themselves creating a character and roleplaying it.

 

A simple guide to roleplaying terms to read and follow. Simple RP etiquette. If you violate any of these, chances are there will be no reply

Godmoding/Godmodding

v. THE ACT OF BEING A GODDAMN ASSHOLE.

No, really. This is essentially when your character is a perfect, flawless, cannot-be-killed God. If you play a God, you better not even fucking do this because it’s annoying and people will hate you.

This typically arises in fights. A Godmod will dodge every, or nearly every, attack aimed at them and will somehow become Hulk-strong and smash you to pieces without letting you have the chance to dodge or protect yourself.

IF YOU ARE THIS ASSHOLE, PEOPLE WILL HATE YOU.

A few other things that make you a Godmod

  • Killing/maiming/severely injuring/kidnapping another person’s character without their direct permission (and by this I mean you messaged and asked them for permission BEFORE YOU REPLIED. You do not get to reply with your Godmodding bullshit and then ask them if that was okay. NO NO NO NO NO).
  • Powerplaying can sometimes fit under this category, but I like powerplaying all by itself since a lot of people do it and it pisses me the fuck off.

Powerplaying:

This is huge for me. H U G E. I’m honestly so upset that most you have never even heard of this term because it’s extremely important.

v. The act of controlling someone else’s character along with your own (and without permission).

Essentially “Sue” forces your character do something. YOU, AS THE PLAYER, CONTROL YOUR CHARACTER AND YOUR CHARACTER ALONE. You do not, in any way, shape, or form, get to choose the actions, thoughts, etc that another character does UNLESS HIS OR HER PLAYER GIVES YOU PERMISSION!

This also relates to characters who have an NPC (non-player character) with them. YOU DO NOT GET TO CONTROL THAT NPC UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION.

 

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v. “The act of using outside or previously gained knowledge within a [RP] universe for personal gain or advantage” [x]

EVERYONE WILL HATE YOU IF YOU DO THIS, TOO.

A great example of this is: “Sally” is a goddamn stupid muggle (I mean Midgardian) who only knows Loki because he tried to take over Midgard. She’s never read the myths (not that they’re entirely accurate for him), she doesn’t know anything about his life, nothing.

So one fucking day, when Loki is threatening her because she spit on his brand new, shiny shoes, and she goes “Well, at least I’m not adopted like you, you poor miserable soul.”

SALLY YOU GODDAMN SHIT. WHERE DID YOU GAIN THIS KNOWLEDGE?

Do not use OOC (out of character) knowledge IC (in character). DO NOT!  Just because you, as the player, knows Loki is adopted doesn’t mean “Sally” the character does.

To be completely honest, no Midgardian should know he’s fucking adopted, not unless he, Odin, Frigga, or Thor have directly told you that. Don’t get me fucking started on that.

Mary/Gary Sue

n. A character who is flawless and perfect with absolutely nothing wrong with them, with all the perfect traits/qualities, and is so fucking boring that no one wants to RP with them.

Don’t be this fucking person. Dear fucking lord. There are quizzes online to help you decide if your character is a Mary/Gary sue or not, though YOU HONESTLY SHOULDN’T NEED TO TAKE A QUIZ TO KNOW.

Plagiarism

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To put it bluntly, don’t be friends with Sally.

If you do any of the above to me, I will break something.

If you plagiarize me, I will literally hunt you down and shove a golf club so far up your fucking ass that it’ll rip out of your chest.

That’s all. Have a good day.

STOP NECROPOSTING!

Please. Stop necroposting on Character pages on Facebook. It’s really not smart. The administrators cannot respond because you MISSED OUT! There won’t be a rerun. Facebook doesn’t append pages past a certain date. So expecting any page response from an administrator on a post older than 3 months means you are ignorant on how to use Facebook pages. You need to learn how to do that.

The first way is to STOP NECROPOSTING!

 

What is necroposting:

Any post made 2-3 months ago, often associated with an image and specifically associated with a “fictional character” page – and you the post runs as fast as you can trying to put your 2 cents worth of an opinion that is IRRELEVANT to the post or discussion.

 

Not all pages are FAN PAGES!

FAN PAGES generally do not PERFORM or ROLEPLAY! They do not ACT IN CHARACTER! They are NOT PORTRAYING the character. Fan pages are because Fans made the page and the company, Lucasfilm, does not know about them.

SWAG 77 pages are PERFORMANCE PAGES which means page ACTS like and responds IN CHARACTER to your questions. Pointing out fan or lore related information is NOT PERFORMANCE. It’s not ROLEPLAY! It is stupid. If we behaved in character to your requests, we’d kill you. You would not know what hit you and you would not know how to respond.

Perhaps a FAN page or LORE page is more suited to your faire and questions. Consider joining those communities first before joining a full performance page.

ALL PAGES THAT ARE ENDORSED BY SWAG 77 ARE LISTED IN OUR SWAG77 NAV COORDINATES

 

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SO SICK OF #RP MARY SUES!

What a Mary Sue is

In “Roleplay” or RP you will meet one of a Mary Sue, eventually. While mostly dedicated to girls, guys can be “Mary Sues” or “Gary Stus”.

What is a Mary Sue: think of an individual who does not want to tell a story, but be everything to everyone in every story. The lines of demarcation are blurred. They will have all their “objects of desire” fall in love with them, including her villains. Mary Sues can do no wrong, and if she does wrong, it can be easily overlooked.

They have no story and their backstory is so confusing to listen to, it will be like “Mommy and Daddy didn’t give me a pony for Christmas and so I’m mad at them”, but then the character is an orphan.

For guys it’s the “Ultimate Power of the Universe” and it I build my super saiyan powers to maximum with a COD lightsaber pistol with a grew up hard, gangster lifestyle as a Sith Lord, then no one will beat me, ever.

In essence it is a form of GODMODDING!

Example of a Mary Sue character sheet: More than 1 story & it’s the first 1 = mary sue.

It ruins storytelling. Those that delve in it are NOT RPing, hence they are not performing with SWAG 77.

What a character has to have:

A character sheet somewhere. What are their reasons for existing? What is the plot to their story? Exposition? Theme? What is here that I want to see a character.

A believable backstory based on the facts of the genre and a reasonable continuity.  Making up new stuff is a flow of creativity, but not a fairytale that makes it impossible to believe.

Why do people do this? LAZINESS! They don’t care, they just want to plug and play. They have not qualms or quips about being better. All they want on social media is to be distracted from their mundane lives than to build anything positive. They are TROLLS in the RP community and when they are discovered, they resort to cyberbullying the individual who has discovered their insecurities.

These same individuals will cry foul on you, when you delve deeper into their motivations. When you review their feeds, they are of no substance.

They are fantasizing about their “character” really being with your character and they LIVE THEIR LIVES BEING THEIR CHARACTERS. They actually believe they ARE ________________ (insert latest popular movie/book/RL celebrity) — an no, not talking about cosplayers, or page or Twitter managers. If you ask them their true name, they will say their character as their name. They LIVE through their character’s lives and they want to be that. It’s a dissociation identity disorder hiding behind a mask with a mix of narcissism.   It’s like, “I am Napoleon…”

What to do: If all you want to do is be distracted, there are other ways than misleading the public that you are a badass character from your favorite story, then switching your character when their popularity wanes.

You TELL YOUR STORY! If you don’t know how? We offer resources to where you can learn how to do that on our Facebook page.

Write your character sheet and test your character in this litmus test.

OUTLINE the story you wish to tell. Be prepared to receive criticism. Don’t be afraid of that. Because if you are, it means you refuse to grow into something better. And most of the time, people are well-meaning.

Participate in writing activities. Do you blog? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If you are a good performer, step up your performance and put in the written word. Show what you’ve got. And remember:

Break a leg!

Basic Rules of Roleplaying – modified from ForceNet’s Jedi Council Forums

Not even the basics of RP are known…

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SWAG 77 does not RP. There are reasons for that.

 

But newbies want to and no one is really educating them on the basics. Sadly, we are re-posting this blog because we are tired of individuals appearing on our pages violating our rules. So here are the basics of RP originally from the ForceNet’s Jedi Council Forums, as modified.


Basic Rules of Roleplaying – modified from ForceNet’s Jedi Council Forums

This is a suggested resource for Basic Rules of Roleplaying (RP) and is a modification of the Force.Net Jedi Council Forum boards. MOST legitimate roleplaying sites follow similarly. There is a difference between “forum based roleplaying” and “roleplaying on very public social media sites”, such as FB due to more social interactions.

SWAG 77 no longer roleplays (RP) as of May, 2012.

 

Each RP has its own rules according to the group’s desires. But there are four fundamental rules that you will come across in virtually every RP. Understanding what these rules mean will help you become a better RPer and into RP faster.

 

It is important to know the rules of RP, because if you do not abide by them, RPers do have the right to block or ban you from their pages.

 

1. Obey the TOS of the Social Media:

 

The TOS stands for the “Terms Of Service”, and it sets out what you can and cannot do on the Social Media site. Since you do not own it, then you need to read it, comprehend it, and post accordingly, and you will prosper. Swear, flame, bait, or spam a feed or wall – especially when the person does not know you will cause you to be blocked and banned.

 

Facebook’s Terms of Service clearly states no FAKE OR IMPOSTER PROFILE ACCOUNTS. They will delete an account that has been deemed as fake. How they do it is up for speculation, usually reporting my comments made by others. It is unfair, but if you do not have a legal government document of your name on the account, then it will be deleted or purged. If you make another one, it will be deleted and purged.

 

 

2. No Godmodding:

 

Godmodding is named for the “godmod”. It is often find in a computer game  where you are in a cheat mode and you are invulnerable, have unlimited ammunition, can walk through walls, and etc.

 

In a RP there are two types of godmodding:

  • Creating and using a character with no weaknesses, or a character with limitless or unbelievable resources or abilities at his disposal
  • Writing your character doing things in the game that your character really has no plausible chance of achieving:

 

     For example, a ten-year-old padawan character taking on Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel and whipping the Sith Lord’s butt.

 

    Or saying you survived the explosion of the Death Star 1  because you created a Force Field.

 

Godmodding, in short, is CHEATING! It is looked down upon severely by all RPers.

 

DO NOT DO IT!

 

 

This is important because it alerts FB to question and investigate your account.

 

 

 

3. No RIDICULOUS Auto-Hitting also known as being a puppet master:

 

Normal autohitting is allowable so as long as it is not a mortal wound where death is achieved. Loosing hands and feet is par for the course for Star Wars. Other RPers will not like it done to them, but the technology is advanced enough to have replacement parts.

 

ACCEPTABLE:

 

  •      “Luke swung at Darth Vader, and  hits him cutting off his cybernetic hand”

 

UNACCEPTABLE:

 

  •      “Luke Force Severs Darth Vader, and then allows the Force Cancelling Ysalamir allow his Kaiburr Crystal Double-Bladed Sith Blade to chop him up so that he can serve to the Rancor on his Lambda Shuttle like Darth Malgus told him to do.”

 

The above is RIDICULOUS AUTO-HITTING because you are not giving the person RPing “Darth Vader” a chance to come up with a defense.

 

 

 

That goes without saying you do not kill another person’s character without his or her permission. This is called a “no kill” order. While it is fun to have “rage” and kill everything in site, your RP ought to reflect some semblance of a plot or reason for your presence on a RPer’s wall or in a RP group.

 

 

 

RP etiquette and protocol that deals with how to speak to people and engage them in RP is part of an advanced techniques course at SWPU.

 

In a more general sense, do not manage other people’s characters in any way, shape, or form. This means that you cannot control them, “character jack” them = doing wild things to them while they are absent, etc. unless they give you EXPLICIT permission.

 

 

 

Conversing with ANY RPers is by the privilege of the RPer. It is called SOCIAL MEDIA for a reason! You become sociable through decent casual conversation, pleasantries and allow the RPer to warm up to you on HIS or HER time!

 

DO NOT spam their wall with stupid apps, or demand them to play app games, post irrelevant lame one-liners that comes on to them or hits on them. DO NOT perpetuate vicious rumors that you think you may have heard about them. You also do not blowing up his or her chat unless they approach you directly or you are pleasant with them. Messaging them could get you blocked unless they are civil.

 

 

Watch and learn is a good rule of thumb.

 

Since you want to speak to veteran RPers, then YES, you DO have to impress them. The best way is to LEARN about their characters, is to discuss STAR WARS and their character in it!!! The WHOLE RP is about this one fact!!! Speak to RPers in a PUBLIC location, preferably in groups with civility, diplomacy, etiquette and protocol.

 

Basically, don’t be an asshole on someone’s own page, especially when you want the “job” of RPing with them.

 

Don’t cut off your nose despite your face…

 

 

 

4. The ADMINISTRATOR(S) word is final:

 

This is plain old common sense, but it is important to say it anyway. The RPers or administrators who started the page – or ADMINS – have the final say on any issue in the RP.  It does not matter how harsh the decision is; it is their RP – their house, they are your hosts, and you are their guest. A guest does not make a mess in their host’s house.

 

If a decision is bothering you so much that you do not want to continue RPing, you are always welcomed to take the liberty to leave – or why not consider starting up your own RP group?

 

CAUTION! These modified rules are a part of the SWAG 77 and the ISCA. It is plagiarism to use them without acknowledgement.

 

5. POST YOUR CHARACTER SHEET ON YOUR PROFILE:

 

You enter most RPs by posting a “character sheet” (character description – search for templates or wait for the course) . Everyone should be able to READ A CLEAR, CONCISE CHARACTER SHEET!

 

If you are new to RP, it is BEST for someone to “vouch” for your RP abilities that can be seen: in groups and other Social Media sites as Fan Fictions. Or be “mentored” by someone until you get your sheet completed.

 

Recommended: The RP should be seen and proven. Doing this avoids superfluous interactions, repeating your backstory or getting cyberbullied.

 

Some RPers will not friend you unless they can see your character sheet. Trying to figure out your character, cannot be done at the time of RP. It frustrates the others and they will tease you mercilessly if you flip flop between characters. Get at least some basics of your character down and work from there. Moreover, it improves your writing.

The Warped World of the Unmedicated Star Wars Fan Online

Definition of Canon

SWAG 77 follows the canon, continuity and timeline of Star Wars as outlined by the Holocron Keeper, Leland Chee and his team. Lucasfilm hired him to specifically conform all the stories to align to what is said in “G-canon” – “George-Canon” which are the movies.  According to Star Wars Infinities, the Star Wars canon follows as outlined:

What is Star Wars Canon

Canon is what is licensed, approved and paid for by Lucasfilm and supports the vision of George Lucas, or the leaders of Lucasfilm. which is Disney and Kathleen Kennedy.

In a story, canonicity shifts to tell a great story. Just like politics, medicine, morals and ideas shift, so do stories. Old theories change with new data. To evolve, we have to change. It is about survival. If the story of Star Wars is to survive, the canon will change. Getting too wrapped up in story absolutes limits everyone’s potential.

Ironically, all the content creators at Lucasfilm understand this fact. However, fans are a different breed. Fans that have been involved with Star Wars Fandom and know few of the Star Wars celebrities, are okay with new content creation.

It is the casual or the new fans, that don’t cosplay, have not read a novel or seen the latest TV show – they just have not had the full Star Wars fan experience that lacks the open-mindedness to change. And with every organization that has a hierarchy, a sociological design, there will always be fans that if you mess with their equilibrium, there will become some explosive diatribes on social media. From “George Lucas raped my childhood” to “Disney is going to destroy Star Wars”.

Those of us who perform on social media (or roleplay) and like to write fan-fiction in Star Wars get the brunt end of those vocal few that are closed-minded. We suffer the litanies of the big-bad-corporation dominating over “THEIR” Star Wars! And it is weird to us because what we do is take all the information we can get from Lucasfilm and incorporate it into a presentable story for Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

At SWAG 77, EVERYDAY, we read a lot of material from EVERY source to understand the characters we portray. We talk to cosplayers, actors and if we can, the writers and directors, who can guide our understanding of the thoughts and ideas behind a story so we can effectively bring characters to life on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. There are several ways we do this process.

Sadly, our work gets diminished by rabid fans in their “warped world being unmedicated”.  Sometimes it gets downright ugly. We get called real-life names, such as racial and gender-preference epithets on our canon character pages. We are trolled. We are attacked sexually – called e-raping by some fans. Our real-life gets outed and mocked, and we are not protected by the content creators of Lucasfilm or Disney.

All for portraying a movie/TV character on Facebook and Twitter.

No story is worth that much by telling it social media, and we do it out sheer love, no remuneration or perks all for Star Wars.