#StarWarsRebels: The Force Has Facets Like Crystals

The Force has facets to it like the crystals of a lightsaber. Imperfect, blemished, clarity, cut, karat, etc. The two most familiar facets are the Light Side of the Force and the dark side. The Force is all the same one piece, that binds us and holds us together in the galaxy, according to the old Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Master adage.

In Star Wars Rebels season 3, those facets of a crystal will shatter and the shards will scatter like sand on a beach, since most crystals are smaller components to rock and sand.

The Star Wars Show on Youtube shows a clip of Star Wars Rebels season 3 at ~3:30 minutes. It shows what it is like before the crystal breaks through the Force.

Crystals used in the Force are responsive to the Force, and emotion of the user. The crystal and the Force user connect and share some type of bond, though imperfect. How does a rock bond to a human being? A sentient being? Life?

The basis of most life is the firmament or the soil that requires key components and nutrients to grow all other life. With a diurnal variation, oxygen and water, life will grow in a season. Seasons can vary from long to short, but the point them is to have a time to exist and then there is change. The only reliable thing about life that everyone can count on is that it changes, then it dies, which is a change.

During the time of Star Wars Rebels, they are finding what their eutectic point is as young people. Things must die so that new life can be born and evolution takes place. People can think that is not fair, and game the system and many characters do in Star Wars, but the Force is an act of nature and is fickle about its domination. It shifts like the eddies of a tiny brook to a tumultuous wave.

The key is, let the Force flow…

FYI: All this is being said because Ezra’s lightsaber (visit him on Facebook)  is green and where did he get the crystal? It looks like Kanan’s but it doesn’t seem like it is from him.

 

To understand more about the esoteric Force, read this Star Wars Legends book.

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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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How To Create Your Best Star Wars Character and Perform or Roleplay on Facebook.

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We just read this great article from Club Jade about:

The (completely unofficial) Star Wars style guide: Terms every fan should know how to use correctly

It got us thinking about how people set up their “Facebook Character Pages” and their backstories. Most people are eager to just be performing or “roleplaying”. It is because of this eagerness, it opens them up to cyberbullying and negative experiences. Most of these people perform with a lot “overpowering” and “godmodding” .

If you do not know what those terms mean, they are not performing and roleplaying. They are messing around and hurting innocent people.

The fact is to DEVELOP ONE’S CHARACTER!

First you need to have a character sheet. This character sheet is a modified form from the Star Wars: The Old Republic game forum.

At minimum you need fill out the top 5 items:

Species/Race:  Is your character human? Or Zabrak? Or some combination that makes sense in the canon? It is a good idea to be as close to the canon, or the Star Wars story arcs, as you possibly can be. Your character will appear as reasonable in the Star Wars Universe. Too many species combinations makes your character appear overpowered and it looks like you cannot perform or roleplay. Moreover, it says something about your roleplaying when you cannot decide your character’s species.

Name: Choose a name based on something that will make you proud and you would be honored to show others. If you name it after yourself, your character appears to be lazy, and that you are pretending you are some hotshot overpowering godmodder in roleplay.

Additionally, stalking pedophiles who appear to be nice online initially will wait to do something crazy like show up on your doorstep, if you reveal your real information… IT IS NOT SMART USING YOUR REAL NAME IN RP!

There are name generators can help you create a name. Creating a good name also assists you in starting your character’s backstory. Why did you name your character that name?

If you do not have a good cause for your character’s name, then it tells you something about your story — you need to work on it. Why? Because RP is ultimately about acting out a story for fun. Storytelling takes a talent and writing. Inherently on social media, particularly Facebook, writing a story is about key elements in creative writing: plot and exposition. You should have learned this in the 8th grade. You can claim whatever floats your fantasy boat online, but you still would look like an overpowered godmodder in roleplay when you name your character after yourself or lack a good story behind your character’s name.

Gender:  Be clear about your chosen gender even if fluid. If you don’t, and you have no justification as to why you do not, then you could be bullied. We think being bullied is WRONG, but there are a lot of simple-minded people on social media. Make sure your RP partners are open to diverse genders and are willing to go with it.

Year of Birth (BBY or ABY): Birthdate is needed due to timeline in Star Wars. If all the RPers are roleplaying in The Old Republic, like Darth Malgus, and you are a part of the Legacy One Sith, Darth Nihl, then you to reconsider your character’s birthdate. Why? It is a “soul-searching” get over it kind of thing – your character being 100,000 years old is lame in RP. If  you chose the “Yoda’s species” or a “Hutt species” or another justifiable long-lived species, you had better have images and pics reflecting your character. Do not appear a “Draco in Leather Pants” kind of character or a Mary Sue. Seriously, no one will RP with you when it is like that.

Age: Same issue as above. It is easier to play a character at an age you have passed because of your life experience. But there are some people who can perform really well as characters older than themselves. It is what you are comfortable with as the age you are. But choose wisely.

Home Planet: CHOOSE A STAR WARS CANON PLANET NOT EARTH! It is called a “Long ago in a galaxy far, far away” that means before the dinosaurs, before there was air on Earth, which means there is no way you can time travel and go back to other planets. You are doing alternate universe that is NOT STAR WARS! Besides being from Earth is not an interesting story. What you are doing is living your real life through your roleplaying character page. People do not want to see YOU as your real named from Earth in a fictional Star Wars universe!

Final Insights: Be about storytelling. Be about roleplay in the verse. Be about acting and performing. Learn how to do these things and you will come out on top where people enjoy your character as well as your performance.

Star Wars Performance University is a project under SWAG77

Star Wars Performance University started as “Star Wars Roleplaying University” in 2011 to assist new performers in improvisation techniques and writing. There were several courses organized. Due to circumstances, beyond our control, SWRPU had to change.

By December, 2011,  the “Star Wars Actors Guild 77” or SWAG77 separated from the Isle Sanctuary Creative Artists (ISCA) to be dedicated solely to fans of Star Wars.

All pages associated with Star Wars that were under ISCA were moved to SWAG77 for one unifying page dedicated to the promotion of Star Wars fandom on social media. To unleash one’s inner fandom online and promote real life fan related activities.

One page was SWRPU. However, to be fair to other groups, it was decided to allow SWRPU should be an autonomous entity. Its sole goal was to help performers write creatively, set up their social media and market their efforts in a professional manner. The goal for SWRPU was to show Lucasfilm a novel form of entertainment and performance of their products on social media.

However, in the business of social media entertainment and performance, things rarely go as planned and business expectations could not be predicted. The owner of SWAG77 and SWRPU was cyberattacked, late 2011 and partially resolved until early 2012.

SWAG77 retooled and shifted its policies to a traditional form of social media and introduced several products to the market. The shift changed the goal and name of the SWRPU to “Star Wars Performance University”.

In May, 2012 SWAG77 was accepted to have a fan table at Star Wars Celebration 6 in Orlando, Florida on August, 2012.

All activities of SWAG77 must comply with Lucasfilm standards and one of them is removing the word “Roleplaying” from the activities on social media.

SWAG77 also has to agree to perform canon characters only and stay within the continuity of the canon.

SWAG77 are like “Costumed Players” or “Cosplayers”, but we are online. Everything we use to perform is from Lucasfilm licensed and published materials.

As such, SWAG77 and Star Wars Performance University (SWPU) must follow the guidelines of the social media platform, such as Facebook and only use pages to represent their fictional characters. SWAG77 will no longer use profiles to perform. Anyone using a profile to perform will only be seen as a member of the audience or a heckler.

All characters or entities will be performing “in character”. RARELY will the person behind the character release personal information from the page.

“Roleplayers” who lack a page and a character sheet will be seen as a member of the audience and any responses by the Page Character, if there are any responses will be made in character.  If there are altercations, the person will be banned from the page.

“Roleplayers” who have inappropriate names for said characters, usually aligning with a lack of a character sheet, will be seen as a member of audience and any responses by the Page Character, if there are any responses, will be made in character. If there are altercations, the person will be banned from the page.

Be realistic, it took many hours of hard work to make this project happen and to catch Lucasfilm’s eye. When someone refuses to follow our rules belligerently in both SWAG77, SWPU and ISCA cannot be tolerated.  What we are talking about here is just posting and interacting on our pages… Not “roleplaying” or setting up a story arc for performance. Simply to post and interact.

If these guidelines are ignored, then membership into SWAG77 is compromised. These are courtesies so that posters avoid being banned from our pages.

These are about respecting the process of character development and the work that has been done.

If  the SWAG77 organization is for you, we would love to have you come on board through our membership intake process.

If you prefer another group, we wish you much success in your goals!

Take care!

Dr.G-

Star Wars Performance University Tidbits: DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Performance tidbit: If you choose to Perform Improv on FB, BE CREATIVE! In order to be creative, you have study MORE than Wookieepedia – even they said it’s a jumping off point.

You got to get to the Star Wars Books. You need to read Star Wars Insider Magazine. And learn how to write! You are lame if you don’t do it.

Added:Vordis Korrupto StarkillerWookieepedia is a guide, nothing more. A quick and easy research tool, or a search engine to find good books to read based on your interests. It should not be the sole basis of any performer’s knowledge

Visit us more on Star Wars Performance University on FB

Who is Star Wars Performance University?

Summary

Star Wars Performance UniversityThere are many reasons to “perform improv” or “roleplay” or RP or pretend you are a character in your favorite movie, television show, videogame, novel or comicbook.

Star Wars Performance University is here to help fans who wish to perform improv and develop their creativity as social media entertainment.

A character can be part of the Star Wars canon or characters that are made up–non canon, but first and foremost we are FANS OF STAR WARS!

What is Performing Improvisation on Social Media?

Our Talking Points


This blog focuses on this particular of the Star Wars “Universe” or “Verse” and provides synopses and narration for upcoming performances with an understanding new concepts into the stories we tell, based on scientific facts.

History of Performing On Social Media

Performing Improv in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) is not new. Since 1977, people have created many stories–also known as Fan Fictions. More excitingly, the advent of Social Media has shared these stories with millions of people.

For those new to performing, this link provides the best explanation that is from the top Star Wars related video game design companies.

Star Wars Performance University’s mission is:

To be the resource for Star Wars Performers for social media.entertainment

This group does the following, but not limited to:

  • Storytellers
  • Writers
  • Readers
  • Background researchers
  • Promotional Campaign Organizers
  • Advertisers
  • Graphic artists
  • Social Media account managers
  • Customer Relations Managers
  • Professional Liaison Managers
  • Event Planners
  • Online Event Managers
  • Socialites

This list is incomplete…


WIIFM: What’s In It For Me?

THIS IS MANDO!At Star Wars Performance University, a performer of any age or profession can develop their skills with the guidance from various professionals, who range from professional writers to research scientists. These skills help a performer to share their ideas about Star Wars on Social Media.

Some of topics a performer can learn are:

  • Basic storyline and arc construction and tropes
  • General writing techniques: grammar, spelling and conciseness
  • Character development: Protagonist, antagonist, hero, villain, accessory character
  • Writing combat maneuvers in Star Wars

If you think this is something you might be interested in doing, take our courses at Star Wars Performance University on Facebook!

#RP Performance Terminology and Common Abbreviations

RP Performance Terminology and Common Abbreviations – modified from ForceNet Jedi Council Forums

This list will be updated frequently

Star Wars Performance University (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook) is where we talk about how to perform, to develop techniques, to write, to form plots, to develop story arcs, and actual performances, etc. The University is a trans-platform social media program. Anything that has to do with Star Wars and Improvised Performances will be posted on our sites.

 

Basic Social Media Terms for Oldbies

RL – Real Life

IRL – In Real Life

FB – Facebook

TT – Twitter less frequently used on FB or Twitter

Blr – Tumblr and used very infrequently

SW – Star Wars

 

STAR WARS SPECIFIC COMMON ABBREVIATIONS

Movies:

  • TPM – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • AOTC – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • ROTS – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • ANH – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • ESB – Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
  • ROTJ – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • TFA – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • R1 – Star Wars: Rogue One Anthology
  • TLJ – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Solo – Solo, A Star Wars Story
  • TROS – Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker

Television:

  • TCW – Star Wars The Clone Wars
  • SWR – Star Wars Rebels
  • Resistance – Star Wars Resistance
  • The Mandalorian – Star Wars The Mandalorian

RARELY discuss Ewoks or Droids, but… There are some of us geeks out there

 

Games:

  • TFU I and II – Star Wars The Force Unleashed I and II
    • USE – Ultimate Sith Edition
    • DLC – Downloadable Content
  • BF – Battlefront 1, 2, and 3
  • KOTOR I and II – Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
  • SWTOR – Star Wars The Old Republic
  • Battlefront I and II
  • FJ – Star Wars Fallen Jedi

A more exhaustive list of all the games is on Wookieepedia

 

Novels in the current lexicon being used:

  • TCW – The Clone Wars
  • Aftermath
  • Bloodlines
  • Rogue One Catalyst
  • dTTT- Disney’s The Thrawn Trilogy
  • dTA – Disney’s Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising

 Many more books now: support us http://bit.ly/SWStuffWAG77

Legends novels in the current lexicon that were used:

  • TFUI or II – The Force Unleashed
  • NJO – New Jedi Order
  • FOTJ – Fate of the Jedi
  • LOTJ – Legacy of the Jedi

PLEASE be respectful on the novels, artwork and pictures, because there are quite a few RL LFL approved Star Wars Authors, Artists, Filmmakers and Actors following various performers on FB and Twitter!

Do not be disrespectful to them and use profanity. That is just plain dumb! It’s almost like your job interview, they do a search on you.

 

STAR WARS TIMELINES:

ABY – After the Battle of Yavin in ANH. The standard zero-year; all dates in the SW universe are usually given in years relative to the Battle of Yavin. Also refers to the ABYverse, a group of games set in roughly 130ABY.

BBY – Before the Battle of Yavin in ANH. The standard zero-year; all dates in the SW universe are usually given in years relative to the Battle of Yavin.

(Disney a different timeline system that is confusing to most fans. Most fans use the above designations.)

 

PERFORMING (ROLEPLAYING):

At  SWAG 77 – the Star Wars Actors Guild 77, we prefer the term PERFORMER, because we follow canon, continuity and timeline Star Wars, closely. We take our cues from StarWars.com site and other sites for background of our performance characters, which are 99% canon character. All characters follow a storyline within their story arcs. We do this by a research scientific method. Moreover, Lucasfilm told us to follow canon, continuity and timeline, and we follow their rules, voluntarily.

We refrain the label as “roleplayers” (RPers) because it marginalizes us on social media.  We feel that PERFORMER is an accurate term for our workload. Another name for performer is MUN or mundane – the person who types and interacts with other accounts.

CS – Character Sheet. The character sheet is a form that you fill out before playing in the performance; it lists basic categories about your character: name, age, species, gender. Most managers will require a character sheet to start. We require it for canon characters because it will be the performer’s opinion of how to perform the character – also called the MUSE.

IC – In Character. It shows where you are writing the actual story of the character.

OOC – Out Of Character. Can be used as:

  • OOC
  • ooc
  • /
  • //
  • ((…))
  • {{…}}
  • [[…]]

OOC is used as a representation of the MUN, as opposed to the muse, that needs to remark quickly on the feed. Typically done before your post.

Information posted on your OWN personal profile wall is out of character. SWAG77 refrains from self-inserts in our RP performances. We created characters.

In general, OOC should be used sparingly on social media even though fans do not read or care that your character is a roleplay performance character. How to manage the discrepancy is what SWAG77 rehearses.

 

Mainly for Facebook, but can be used for Twitter:

  • Refrain from performing on a Facebook (personal Twitter) profile or creating a new fake profile because Facebook is notorious to deleting secondary accounts without any notice. (Not so much for Twitter, but they might be changing). All work as an RPer will be erased. 
  • Perform on a Facebook Page or a set aside account on Twitter.
  • Also, Facebook Statements of Rights and Responsibilities clearly states no fake profile accounts. Twitter’s TOS is ratcheting up that issue, too. It is a matter of how many text phone numbers you have.

Seriously, if you perform on your RL account, the performance interspersed to real life activities appear bizarre even in groups. What are you roleplaying for? If it for fun to self-insert and live out a fantasy? Or is it to perform like you are in a play that has meaningful entertainment for all those who watch – what SWAG77 does? Show fans your social media skills and pretend to be the character as portrayed. Because when you perform on your RL account, your brain is incapable to psychologically separate from what is real vs fake on social media. If your brain thinks it is real, then to you, it is real, even though it is not. It can make you mentally ill.

You can always ask if someone is IC or OOC.

Avoid posting anything on a performance account related to RL events or political positions, no matter how much you want. Reason is you will invariably get responses some may not like. Better to STAY IN CHARACTER and practice that than to make a lot of individuals, some of these individuals are emotionally unstable angry with your RL positions in life.

Careful what you post because you are responsible for the information. And there are no First Amendment Free Speech protections on Social Media — you have the right to say what you want, but if you defame someone, the other person can sue you. Moreover, employers always look at your social media. REALITY: You are what you post. The Internet Is Written In INK–NOT PENCIL! Your boss may ACTUALLY BE watching – which is ANOTHER reason why you do not perform with your RL account!

HOW TO PERFORM ADDING AN EMOTION OR ACTION:

*saying your favorite emotion or action* – wrapping your phrases with the use of the

  • *…*
  • -…-
  • ~…~
  • {…}
  • […]

Are arbitrary “emotions” or “actions” you do on Social Media sites:

e.g.: *She yawns* I think I am tired…

It can be written into prose like this:

e.g. She yawns, “I think I am tired.”

 

CHAT:

Chat should be used for organizing the performance and discussing deep ideas for clarification. NOT for doing performances. 1) If you cannot perform in public, then you probably should not be doing it in private; 2) Performing in chat blurs the lines of RL vs Performance Life (PL) – people really connect to others by chat. Some people cannot separate the two and it is psychologically unhealthy. And 3) Chat is during performance helps you focus on the performance rather than being blind to the story arc.

IM – instant messaging

DM – direct message — more prevalent on Twitter

PM – private message — on older forms of Social Media

Services for chat is: DM on Twitter, and Facebook Messenger. SWAG77 isn’t at Discord Servers, yet. Have not had time. But, eventually.

 

STAR WARS PERFORMANCE SPECIFIC TERMS:

COMMUNICATIONS: HUGE DISCUSSION AND CAN CHANGE!!! Most are stated as an emotion or action during performance.

 

-com(m) – communications

-holo – have a Hologram communication

-holocom- – same as a hologram

comlink – Sometimes said, most times referring to Com

-villip – The organic equivalent of a communication device used ONLY by the Yuuzhan Vong

More to be added…

SWTOR Character Sheet LONG FORM

Performing improv on Facebook is NOT roleplaying on board games or video games. But there are similarities. This blog is one of them. Performing improv on Facebook is not about 20 sided dice. It is more like a TV show using creative writing and techniques.

What performing improv is not is posting on random pages or in individuals’ chats and instigating a story. That is called trolling, which can also be called cyberbullying on Facebook.

You want to strike up a conversation with your favorite character and performing improv with them, then it is wise to read their character sheet and have yours ready. If the other person does not have one or a backstory, then ask. If they are not open to it, that should tell you something about the kind of performing they do. Interacting with unknown performers on comments and posts randomly is lazy and disrespectful on your part.

Creating a character sheet can alleviate this issue of performing on Facebook. This sheet is an outline for character creation from the SWTOR game forums in 2010 (link archived). A character sheet’s purpose gives the audience a general description of the character and assists the writer in developing a character. You may also add to it if you wish.

Create your own character using this sheet to use in performing improv, developing story arcs and writing. Readers gain insights into your character, personality, background, and travels. Please remember that this is your character, and you do not have to follow this outline. We implore you to follow this recommendation.

Species/Race:

Name:

Middle Name:

Last Name:

Nickname:

Gender:

Date of Birth:

Place of Birth:

Date of Death:

Place of Death:

Age:

Height:

Weight:

Hair Color/Style:

Facial Appearance:

Eye Color:

Body Appearance:

Home Planet:

Current Residence:

Ship:

Allegiance:

Profession:

Armor:

Primary Weapon(s):

Secondary Weapon(s):

Miscellaneous Item(s):

Biography (more detail and 2 paragraph backstory): —

Additional Categories:

Bounty Hunter:

Number of Bounties Captured:

Number of Bounties Killed:

Sith:

Number of Jedi Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Jedi:

Number of Sith Killed:

Lightsaber Color:

Smuggler:

Number of Shipments Smuggled:

Trooper:

Rank:

Specialties:

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