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Announcing the Winner!

Posted in Announcements, Fun with tags , , , on 28 March 2015 by Megan

And the votes are in! They have been counted and weighed and the winner has been found.

Thanks for joining me on this learning experience as I tried out the brackety thing and ran a contest for who fans would choose for their favorite! Out of a very tricky to choose 64 characters, we made it down to two. These two. These TrEU two whose legend cannot be made legendary, even by a mouse army.

(PS, anyone knows who originally did that image, I love it and want to credit them.) And now, to find out who the winner was — by eight votes —

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Final Battle!

Posted in Fun with tags , , on 24 March 2015 by Megan

Okay, whew! It’s been a long, strange trip, guys! I thank you all for playing . . . and now there is one last task you must do before we part ways (until my next bracket challenge). While I consider this final match up a little cliche, most people seem to agree that it’s interesting as well as fitting. These two characters sprang from the same mind, after all, the mind that gave us the EU in 1991 . . .

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MARA JADE VS. ADMIRAL THRAWN

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You must vote . . . for the top True Expanded Universe character! Who will be the TrEU Champion?

TrEU Round V!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , on 20 March 2015 by Megan

This has been a very fun journey, to be sure! And my stats are booming. I’m already planning to do more brackets in upcoming months, because I don’t see why they should be restricted to March! That being said . . . let’s take a look at the board!

It was dang close this time through. I actually had to resort to a tie breaker. And with all homage to our EU pioneer Timothy Zahn . . .

herovillains5That’s right! It’s boiled down to a face off of his three most popular characters . . . and that guy from our favorite computer game!

THE HEROES

THE VILLAINS

I’m still hoping folks will keep it more interesting than Zahn vs. Zahn, but can the great Kyle hold his own against the Emperor’s Hand, either in pitched combat, hand-to-hand melee, or the Star Warriors’ heart? I guess we’ll find out. I guess I’m not supposed to be influencing votes!

So go ahead and make your vote, tell your friends, and come back on March 24 to see who has survived to the final two, and your chance to vote for which favorite hero will stomp (or be stomped by!) which favorite villain!

Round Four!

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 16 March 2015 by Megan

Now here are some interesting matchups. With about double the votes from Round 1, the fight for top character has really taken some interesting turns. I’ve decided that next year, I’ll have the top half be Force-users and the bottom half be non-users, and maybe try to play up the “who would win in combat” side. As it is, we’re solidly running on popularity right now, and it’s not a bad thing.

Click the bracket to view full size and download if you want.

herovillains4No clean sweeps here! Still, the top 8 did for the most part all command an impressive lead over their opponents. Here’s what we’re down to . . .

THE HEROES

  • Kyle Katarn vs. Tycho Celchu — two former students and soldiers for the Empire who graduated into the service of the Rebel Alliance. Katarn also has training as a Jedi Knight, while Tycho Celchu’s reputation as a crack fighter ace means these two won’t be evenly matched in the sky or with a saber.
  • Mara Jade vs. Jaina Solo — specially trained Force sensitive private assassin to the Emperor vs. . . . erm, a 14-year-old girl. You know what, you’ve been voting for Jaina for your own reasons; I’ve established I don’t NJO/Legacy, so just you keep doing your thing.

THE VILLAINS

  • Darth Bane vs. Thrawn — one of the most boring popular Sith lords against arguably the EU’s most popular, most recognized, and most genius characters.
  • Pellaeon vs. Darth Zannah — the coolest badass in all the galaxy vs. somebody . . . I don’t know who she is. Maybe this was more successful without my trying to comment on the fights.

Well, there you have it! The top 8 contenders for title of Favorite TrEU Character. Put in your votes here or on the Facebook page, let me know some way or another! The final four will face off Friday! Woo hoo!

Madness Round III

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 12 March 2015 by Megan

Whew! I’ve learned many things in completing round two. First of all, I’ve learned a lot about how to construct the bracket when I do this again next year, ha ha. I apologize both for the clumsy voting mechanism (if it’s any consolation, it was as awkward to tabulate as it was to vote) and also for the clumsy organization that put Corran and Wedge against each other in Round II. By the time I realized how the second round might fall out, it was really too late to edit. (This thing was a pain to edit. Are there like official bracket building programs out there?!) Seriously, though, I have already learned a ton about how to set these up, so thanks for the constructive and less than constructive criticism.

Second of all, there were quite a few interesting surprises. There was a sweep on both sides: Mara Jade joined Pellaeon as the only two characters every person voted for. Thrackan Sal-Solo and Teneniel Djo were the unfortunates who could not garner even one vote. Also, out of the 32 men and 32 women I started off with, the women have been surprisingly resilient — it’s still at halves with 8 ladies against 8 men. And what men and ladies! Whew. There are some fights on here I’d pay to see, though I was very sad to have lost Exar. Still, Aurra Sing gutting that wench Erisi was nice to see. Okay, right — who is ready to vote in TrEU Round III!

Click the bracket to view full size and download if you want.

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It is really heating up now — 4 heroes against 4 heroines fighting it out for the dubious privilege of duking it with the top villain. Pick 8 characters you think would win in a fight or in combat, or choose your favorites. Tell me who wins!

(Once more for the broken record: no NJO/Legacy eras or TCW. It’s my website and I’ll shun if I want to, shun if I want to, shun if I want to.)

And for the third — you have four days to put in your votes — March 16, I will announce the winners of Round III! To find out more about your fighting characters, follow the links — for your convenience, they go to the Wookieepedia articles.

THE HEROES

THE VILLAINS

TrEU Round II

Posted in Fun with tags , , , on 8 March 2015 by Megan

I can just officially announce that I’m excited by the turnout for this project and may even make it an annual thing! I just wish I had a better voting mechanism for you all and I apologize for its shortcomings.

In celebration of TrEU, I offer you — MARCH MADNESS, ROUND II.

I was surprised by some of the results of round 1 and not surprised at all by others. Pellaeon is the only character with a 100% sweep, receiving a vote from every single person who voted and leaving Kueller with zero. In retrospect, probably pitting one of the most beloved EU characters against one of the least known villains was probably a mistake if I wanted fairness. But in the words of the Admiral himself, if you want fairness, go organize a football game and don’t look for it in battles. (I’d quote that exactly if I had my copy of Specter of the Past. It’s on page 1 or page 2. Look it up for yourself, you lazy.)

I was personally disappointed that Sariss did not whip Erisi’s traitorous behind (as she would so roundly do in real life), and also personally surprised at which contests were extremely close. Zsinj and C’Boath, and Barris Offee and Galen Malek were near ties. Better luck to the barely-scrapers in the next round! So! Out of the original 64 characters (divided up equally between men and women, half villain and half hero), who survived? Who will make it to round III? It’s up to you! Now your task is to pick

Your task is to pick the 16 characters worthy of making it to round 3! You can decide either who would win in a fight, who would beat the other in combat, or simply who you like better. Tell me who wins!

(Keeping in mind that I do not include any characters from NJO/Legacy eras or The Clone Wars series because these things aren’t canon in my universe and my website is my universe. If you have a problem with that, maybe think about being a little more open minded. I don’t mind if you put your canon on your website, after all.)

Once again, you have four days to put in your votes — March 12, I will announce the winners of Round II! To find out more about your fighting characters, keep reading after the bracket — I’ve provided the list for your convenience with Wookieepedia links. Also, click the bracket to view full size and download if you want.

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THE HEROES

THE VILLAINS

Erisi Dlarit

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This. Is. Madness!

Posted in Announcements, Fun with tags , , , on 4 March 2015 by Megan

Things are afoot. I promise. One of these days when I’m not crazy tired, I’m planning another refreshing revamp of the canon section, including 1) a modest defense of canon, 2) stronger definitions of what is not Star Wars canon, what is Star Wars canon, and what is personal apocrypha; also, an update to my most popular post ever, my simple list of sentients. (It’s come to my attention there’s some major gaps up in there.) Yes, I’m still simmering plans for an Orangecoat store, working on getting out wristbands for the masses, and other attention-grabby stunts. It’s all in my head and will soon be on the site. Really.

But right now, to kind of get things cooking again, allow me to toss out the following: I’ve been working on the idea of unified hashtags, something we can all remember and use whenever we want to call attention to the real Expanded Universe. #GiveUsMoreLegends is fine, but what if the cause isn’t continuation? What if the cause is just keeping it alive, in people’s hearts and minds? I’ve picked up #EUForever, #LegendsNeverDie, and also coined #realcanon. But I had an idea the other day for another one, #TREU, for true EU. Then a fan reminded me that treu is German for faithful and the appropriateness skyrocketed.

So in order to celebrate TrEU, I offer you . . . MARCH MADNESS. I don’t know the first thing about whatever sport is associated with March madness, but I do have a vague understanding of how a bracket works, but I have put one together and I believe I get the idea.

I’ve chosen 64 characters from the Expanded Universe — 16 heroes, 16 heroines, 16 villains, and 16 villainesses. I did not, on any level, try to be comprehensive. Some characters are more major than others. I tried to make sure I hit all the big names, and to be as fair as possible about including people I’m not familiar with who seem to be popular nevertheless. There are plenty of minor players as well, because apart from making sure the male : female and hero : villain ratios were equal, I wanted to make sure I had a decent representation of all sorts of people from the Era Before the Republic to the New Republic Era. (No, NJO and Legacy aren’t on here. It’s my website and I don’t have to acknowledge what I don’t want to acknowledge. Which is why no TCW, either. “15, Jabba, don’t push it.”)

The arrangement is slightly randomized. I organized them chronologically and then sorted them so that they would roughly be facing off with their own contemporaries without matching them against people they matched in their actual stories.

Your task is to pick the 32 characters worthy of making it to round 2! You can decide either who would win in a fight, who would beat the other in combat, or simply who you like better. Click the image to see it full-size. Print and fill it out for your own use, if you like. But far more importantly — in order for Round 2 to even happen, you must tell me who wins!

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Depending on response, Round II will either publish on March 8 or a week from today. To find out more about your fighting characters, keep reading — I’ve provided the list for your convenience with Wookieepedia links.

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