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   Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Vintage Rebellion Podcast Episode 27 : The Knights of Rendahl
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Terminally Ill Fan Granted Dying Wish of Watching Rogue One
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2016 23:19

We're all keen to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but some of us are unfortunate enough to not have time on our side. One such person was Neil Hanvey, dying of terminal cancer, who was granted his wish to see the film before it was too late.

Terminally ill Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey saw his dying wish come true in the form of an early screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Hanvey, who died on Monday at the age of 36 after a three-year battle with cancer, was given the chance to watch the film on Saturday, months before its December release, at St. Michael's Hospice in Herefordshire, England.

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Daisy Ridley: It’ll Be ‘A While’ Before the Episode VIII Title Release
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2016 22:55

According to the always awesome Daisy Ridley the title of Episode 8 could be a long time coming. Speaking recently on a podcast she touched on the topic of the title.

"I heard a title, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything. I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released I imagine.”

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Roqoo Depot Podcasts In Review: 25th August 2016
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Official Site: The Creatures Of Marvel's Star Wars Comics, Part 1
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2016 22:46

Over at Adam Bray brings us the first part in his monster manual of the modern Marvel releases.

It’s hard to believe, but if we tally all of the various related series, we’ve nearly reached 100 issues of Marvel Star Wars comics! Amongst all that material, Marvel’s writers and artists have introduced us to a lot of new characters and creatures, but also reintroduced a few familiar beasts in entirely new situations. In this, part one of our look at Marvel’s Star Wars creatures, we round up the first batch of these memorable monsters…

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The Star Wars After Show: Star Wars, Disneyland, Comics, and More!
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2016 22:28

This week on The Star Wars After Show; Andi Gutierrez sits down with Lucasfilm employees and Star Wars fans Matt Martin, Amanda Jean Camarillo, Tony Sherg, and Katie Avila to talk about the history of Star Wars and Disneyland, talk new Stormtroopers in Marvel Star Wars, and more!

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Star Wars Oxygen: Vol. 34: "Frozen" Composer Robert Lopez
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Season Of The Force Comes To Disneyland Paris In January 2017
Reported by BrianC (Follow on Twitter) on 25 Aug 2016 12:36

Season Of The Force is coming to Disneyland Paris in January 2017.
For a limited period of 14 January to 26 March 2017, Disneyland® Paris will vibrate to the rhythm of the Force:

The Walt Disney Studios® Park will present an impressive night show that will transport visitors to the heart of the Star Wars saga. This show, offered exclusively at Disneyland Paris, combining breathtaking special effects, scenic action and a sound and light show projected onto the architecture of the park. Throughout the day, visitors will also encounter the heros of the Star Wars universe, come accross Stormtroopers patrolling, and confront the most powerful members of the dark side or join the Resistance with Chewbacca.

This experience is sure to amaze, from a young Padawan to wise Jedi Knights.

From January 14 to March 26, 2017, come to Walt Disney Studios Park so that the Force be with you during "STAR WARS SEASON OF THE FORCE". More information available soon.

For those who live Star Wars, there is a place where Star Wars lives ... #SeasonOfTheforce

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   Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Official Site: Comic Book Galaxy: BB-8's Excellent Droid Strike Team
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 21:38

Join Dan Zehr over at with his latest Comic Book Galaxy.

Comic Book Galaxy explores Marvel‘s Star Wars comic book releases and provides a discussion point on the culture and climate of the Star Wars comic book universe.
Comic book readers across the galaxy: rejoice as we made it to another Wednesday! This week, Comic Book Galaxy looks at the week that was with Poe Dameron #5, gets ready for issue #3 of the comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and prepares for more mayhem with Scar Squadron in issue # 22 of Star Wars. Plus, an examination of Charles Soule and Phil Noto’s brilliant droid storytelling in Poe Dameron #5.

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Warwick Davis: The Entire Universe
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 21:20

The busiest man in showbusiness Warwick Davis is going to be gracing our screens again this Christmas in a star-studded show "depicting the birth of the entire universe". So nothing unusual for Warwick then.

Former Monty Python star Eric Idle will star alongside Professor Brian Cox, Warwick Davis and Noel Fielding in a BBC Christmas special "depicting the birth of the entire universe".
Penned by Idle, the one-hour show will feature the return of Rutland Weekend Television, the haphazard station depicted in Idle's sketch show of the same name during the 1970s.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience, The Entire Universe will feature an "explosion of comedy, music and dance" and will air on BBC Two.
Davis plays The Big Bang and comedian Fielding is Einstein, while Game Of Thrones actress Hannah Waddingham tackles time, and Robin Ince attempts to keep order.

Star Wars Fun Day: Saturday 27th August 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 20:34

We have a very busy weekend ahead down in the New Forest as Farthest From, The Star Wars Vintage Toy Show lands at Fordingbridge Town Hall on Sunday 28th August. Before that on Saturday 27th is the inaugural Star Wars Fun Day at the same location. The show brings artist JAKe, Greedo actor Paul Blake, Phoenix Command and the ILMxLAB virtual reality exhibit, "Trails On Tatooine". For a small charge you can take part in this amazing 8 minute full virtual reality experience. Limited slots will be available throughout the day.

We said we would announce something really cool for this weekend. Appearing both Saturday and Sunday, you will have the chance to truly immerse yourself into the Star Wars universe thanks to Phoenix Command and the ILMxLAB virtual reality exhibit. For an additional charge take part in "Trails On Tatooine", an 8 minute full virtual reality experience like no other. Available slots will be limited throughout each day, it is recommended you reserve yours as soon as you can.
How excited are we for this? VERY!!!

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What A New Hope Tells Us About Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 20:12

Ted Davey over at The Cantina Cast takes a look at December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and wonders just how much A New Hope tells us about the film.

The recent release of the latest trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has raised my excitement level for the upcoming film to new heights; I dare say that it most definitely goes to eleven. It feels like the Summer of 2015 all over again. Anyone remember those days? To sate my desire for more Star Wars, I decided to watch Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope to see what insights it gives about Rogue One. The first ten minutes alone provide much that I’m hoping to learn more about this December.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the opening crawl for A New Hope sets up the premise for Rogue One.

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Official Site: Jason Fry On Exploring Rodian Culture In Star Wars: Aliens Of The Galaxy
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 19:43

Join Jason Fry over at as he discusses his new aliens guide including characters from the saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars is full of interesting alien species, from diminutive Jawas to hulking Dowutins, and now there’s a new guide book to the galaxy’s lifeforms to help younglings know their Abednedos from their Weequays. Out for sale this week, Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy is a treasure trove of information written by Jason Fry and published by Studio Fun International. No stranger to writing both reference books and fiction in the galaxy far, far away, Jason Fry shared with via e-mail his experience in writing this pictorial guide about such aliens as Kel Dors, Sullustans, and Dybrinthe.

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The Star Wars Show: Trevor Noah Interview, Shanghai Disneyland, and More
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 19:41

Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, stops by to talk Star Wars and loving The Phantom Menace, we visit Shanghai Disneyland and check out their Star Wars stuff, preview this week’s Star Wars comics, look at Empire magazine’s Rogue One covers, and much more.

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Rogue One Collectible Glasses Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 19:29

Via el presidente Dustin Roberts over at The here's a look at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collectible character 3D glasses.

Check out these awesome collectible character 3D glasses created for Rogue One by Look3D. Choose from Stormtrooper or DeathTrooper and watch Rogue One in style for only $10-$15.

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Databurst From The 501st
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 24 Aug 2016 19:00
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Jedi News is working with Roqoo Depot and the 501st Legion to bring you the very latest activity from garrisons across the planet.

Be sure to listen in to the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Legion International Star Wars Costuming Organization for all the latest Legion related news. Here's this weeks events:

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Cloud City Cantina #58: The All New News News
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   Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Star Wars Report #236: Kaytoo’s Kayso-Quesadillas
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 23:43
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Sci-Fi Central: Ray Park Keen To Continue As Maul
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 22:34

Darryl James has flown out from Australia to film Star Wars interviews in Wales, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, Anaheim, London, Tokyo and Germany - not to mention exclusive opportunities at Lucasfilm in San Francisco and Skywalker Ranch. With a stockpile of over 300 interview segments filmed with one hundred performers who have appeared in Star Wars films, Darryl hopes to be releasing exclusive content for years to come. Today we celebrate with Darryl and his small crew at Sci-Fi Central Australia as he releases interview 50. This time it is with Darth Maul himself, the birthday boy Ray Park.

For our 50th of 100 Star Wars interviews, we travelled to Tokyo, Japan where we met Darth Maul actor Ray Park. And his excitement for continuing as Darth Maul is infectious, as you can see here.

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Full of Sith Episode CLXXX: Rogue One and the Force
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 19:30
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Wizard World Chicago: Carrie Fisher Panel Recap
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 18:18

Check out this excellent recap of Carrie Fishers talk at last weekends Wizrds Wiorld Chicago convention by @Geek_Kay over at Fangirl Blog.

If you ever have a chance to attend a Carrie Fisher panel, I recommend it. I cannot promise that you will be as delighted, entertained, and moved as I was, but if you’re a fan of Carrie’s wit, there’s more than a good chance you will be.
As much as so many of us love Carrie for her portrayal of Princess/General Leia in the Star Wars movies, it was clear so many of the audience members at Wizard World Chicago loved her for many other parts of her life too. In addition to a variety of thoughts about the galaxy far, far away, we got to hear about Carrie Fisher the author, script doctor, mental health advocate, and mother. Above all, Carrie Fisher is one hell of a storyteller who knows her audience.

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On The Shelves UK: Hot Wheels Die-Cast Ships On Offer At Bargain Buys
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 17:39

Via @SWIFagent24 on Twitter check out this fleet of Hot Wheels die-cast vehicles on very special offer at Bargain Buys. £3.00 for the individual ships and £5.00 for the twin packs is a crazy good price, so hunt them down if you can find them.

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The Expanded Fandomverse: Episode 53: Best of The Trench Run
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 17:11
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The Audette Set: August 23rd 2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:58

It's time to join Mike Audette over at Retrozap for the August 23rd edition of The Audette Set.

It was a slow news week in Star Wars. Gamescom in Germany brought new details on Battlefront VR for the fall. Rogue One gets the Beastie Boys treatment.

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Coffee With Kenobi: The First Jedi Master of Star Wars
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:42

Head on over to Coffee With Kenobi where Dennis Keithly takes a look back to The Phantom Menace and the original first master, Qui-Gon Jinn.

I remember the promise of Episode One as it neared release. Not only would The Phantom Menace be the first new Star Wars movie in sixteen years, it would tell the story of a previous generation of heroes. Set in the days of the Republic, it would feature Jedi in their prime. Sure, Luke Skywalker was a cool Jedi Knight in Return of the Jedi, but he was barely trained. The thought that Jedi Masters would be gracing movie screens was exciting. The obvious expectation was that Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, would feature in these films. And, he did. However, it was his mentor, Qui-Gon, that was the first full-fledged Jedi of the prequels. Beyond being the first, Qui-Gon Jinn was significant for many reasons.

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Official Site: The Playlist: Darth Maul
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:25

It's time for Bryan Young to bring the latest edition of the playlist to with a look at the fearsome Darth Maul.

Darth Maul is one of the most evil and enigmatic characters in the Star Wars mythos. As the first apprentice of Darth Sidious, we thought we’d seen the last of him on Naboo after he faced off with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the Force had other plans for him. This playlist gives us everything we need to understand how he survived and what’s become of him since.
It will also prepare you for his further appearances on Star Wars Rebels, which are sure to be great. And who knows where he may turn up next?

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The News From Anchorhead - 8/23/2016
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 23 Aug 2016 16:10
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   Monday, August 22, 2016
Sky Cinema Star Wars Channel Returns
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 22:38

With thanks as always to our great pal Kamino-ghost here are the details regarding the return of the saga to Sky Cinema and where and when to find them.

Hi Mark, hope all is well at Jedi News HQ. Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the Sky Cinema Star Wars Channel kicks off tomorrow at 6.00am in the Sky Cinema Greats Slot. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premieres on Friday August 26th at 1.10pm & 8.00pm on Sky Cinema Premiere. Also a quick note on the Star Wars: Greatest Moments programme that was on Sky One this past Friday & Saturday - this is an updated version, it now includes the Greatest Moments from TFA, as well as all new links recorded at SW Celebration London by host Alex Zane. You can catch this again Saturday August 27th at 4.00pm & Sunday August 28th at 11.20pm.

For Sky Cinema Star Wars aim for channel 331 and for Sky Cinema Star Wars HD head towards channel 304.

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Superb Fan Edited Star Wars Compilation Trailer
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 22:24

It has to be said, there are some first class video edits and compilations out there and this is among the best of them. Check out this short fan-edit bringing together key themes and elements of the 8 movies into one trailer.

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Sarlacc Pit 97: Rogue One Awesome
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:52
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Official Site: Star Wars At London Film And Comic Con
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:43

My latest article lands over at as I look back to late last month and London Film and Comic Con, a convention packed with Star Wars treats which would turn out to be the final convention appearance of the late Kenny Baker.

Launched in 2004 and initially taking place at Wembley Exhibition Centre, London Film and Comic Con quickly established itself as one of the top-tier events in the UK, bringing guests from every corner of the genre and entertainment world to the capital every year. The event has moved around London, from Wembley to Earls Court and now Olympia.

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Star Wars Story Talk 8/22/16: Rogue One, Celebration, Comic-Con, Life Debt
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:33

Join Jawa James as he looks back at Celebration Europe, San Diego Comic-Con and Life Debt among other topics and gives us by far my favourite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer reaction vid.

In this episode of Star Wars Story Talk, Baby Jawa gives her reaction to seeing the Rogue One trailer, Yowie and Jawajames talk about Star Wars Celebration Europe and San Diego Comic-Con, and discuss a little bit of the novel Aftermath: Life Debt as well as check in on Wear Star Wars Every Day

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Star Wars *Original* Sequel Wasn't The Empire Strikes Back
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:22

Digital Spy run with a very old story which 'reveals' that The Empire Strikes Back wasn't the first story considered as a sequel to A New Hope. There was another...

But before Empire, a very different second Star Wars movie was planned. Allows us to introduce you to Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
Splinter was an exercise in caution on Lucas's part. It was written by Alan Dean Foster, the author who was brought in to work on the novelisation of the first film, and was designed to be deliberately simple in its setting and scope. If A New Hope was a flop, it could be used as the basis for a low-budget sequel, and if it was a success (as it of course turned out to be), then Splinter of the Mind's Eye could be released as a novel to tide fans over until the next film.

And no, Foster didn't have to wait 30 years to come back and write another Star Wars tale. Between 1978's Splinter of the Mind's Eye and his adaptation of The Force Awakens in 2015 he wrote 2002's The Approaching Storm.

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Lucasfilm Announce Five Rogue One Corporate Sponsors
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 21:06

Given that it's unlikely we will ever see Wayne's World-level product placement in a Star Wars movie, sponsorship deals are increasingly essential. Today the General manager of Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan announced that Duracell, General Mills, Gillette, Nissan and Verizon would be the five chosen corporate sponsors for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with such a remarkable group of promotional partners for ‘Rogue One. This first in a series of Star Wars standalone films represents an exciting new era for both Star Wars and Lucasfilm, and the partners joining us on this exciting journey have each designed a stellar campaign capturing the spirit and camaraderie of ‘Rogue One.'”

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Official Site: Becoming K-2SO: Talking With Rogue One's Alan Tudyk
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 20:44

He's about to enter the Star Wars galaxy as K-2SO in December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and here he chats with Jon Waterhouse over at about the role. In Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards describes Kaytoo as the antithesis of C-3PO with a little bit of Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body. Do you agree?

Alan Tudyk: Kaytoo was formerly an Imperial droid, so he used to be on the other side. He was a security droid and then Cassian, Diego Luna’s character, who owns Kaytoo, has done a memory wipe and reprograms Kaytoo to be a Rebel with the Alliance. Through that process, Kaytoo’s personality changes. I approached it as if he were freed, almost like a governor on an engine that holds the personality back. The Empire was much more of a regimented world where you’re much more forced to be in servitude of the Empire, which historically is the case. When he is reprogrammed, his personality comes out, which is a bit odd. At Star Wars Celebration Europe, they showed a little bit of a clip of him. There was no sound to it; I narrated it. You see Felicity Jones’ character hand me a bag, and she and Diego Luna’s character walk off. And I stand there holding the bag for just a moment, and I just drop it, because I’m not into holding her bag. [Laughs] C-3PO would definitely hold the bag and watch over it. Kaytoo is maybe a bit too honest. At that moment, he’s willful. It makes him a really fun character. For me, it made him much more human. I was very free to act within the confines of the script, but there were a lot of moments I could find, especially with such good actors, to express and be the unique character that Kaytoo is.

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Empire’s Exclusive Rogue One Subscriber-Only Cover Revealed
Reported by Mark (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 20:30

Last week they rolled out the first two covers which will be available on news stands, but here is the exclusive K-2SO subscriber cover which quite frankly is a thing of beauty.

Last week, Empire revealed two exclusive new Rogue One covers for our latest issue. The first featured the merry band of rebels – lead by Felicity Jones – tasked with stealing the Death Star plans in the Star Wars standalone. The second featured the fearsome Director Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn. Both covers will be on sale from Thursday – but this cover of considerable beauty will be plopping onto the doormats of subscribers from today.

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Fantasy Flight Games: Soldier On!
Reported by Jonathan (Follow on Twitter) on 22 Aug 2016 13:53

Fantasy Flight Games announce Forged in Battle, a forthcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion adventure.

From the website:

The Galactic Civil War rages on numberless planets. It rolls through the deep oceans of Mon Cala, throughout the public fora of Chandrila, in the lush jungles of Naboo, and across the deserts of Tatooine. There are myriad battlefields, myriad means of warfare and, within the Rebellion forces, myriad kinds of soldiers.
Forged in Battle, a supplement for the Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ roleplaying game, introduces new playable options for Soldiers of the Rebel Alliance, those who work alongside them, and fighters of all kinds, along with providing options for military-themed campaigns and shorter Strike Missions. In our first preview we looked at those campaign options and the new Soldier specializations. Today, we’ll introduce the new playable species of Forged in Battle, and glance at the expanded rules for different combat environments, so that you can consider ways to diversify your forces and then prepare them to fight on any battlefield in the galaxy.

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