|Lando is all of us. Or me, one of the two.|
Before we begin, fun fact: ya boi John has seen like two episodes of Game of Thrones. It's on my to-do list, and the girlfriend and I will get to it (SHE'S a big fan) after, in order; Friday Night Lights, Star Wars, and then Gilmore Girls (I traded a Star Wars watch for Gilmore Girls. I stand by this trade, but I also enjoy Amy Sherman-Palladino, so.....). But as Eric pointed out to me, it's the Night's Watch, not the Knight's. So, uhhh, whoops? In any case, I took a slight renaming joke in there in that this is now the JEDI Knight's re-watch, wokka wokka.
|Jabba Brasi sleeps with the fishes|
When writing this whole series, I've had to craft some bits and make up some others. And while I'll admit to sliiiiightly phoning it in on that Empire one, the Rogue One one and the New Hope ones were pretty enjoyable and I felt impactful. I really don't have much left to say on this one, really, so this one isn't FOR everyone. Largely, it's for me. And I may pick some quotes I DO want to relate them to something Armada-based, I may pick some for their impact on me and my lists, and some I pick because I just enjoy them. But one thing I've enjoyed about Armada IS the fact that I'm willing to run in with some crazy list that may or may not work. I've crafted some.... insane things over the couple of years that I've been playing, but inventing the lists for me is a good chunk of the fun, just picturing the task force or whatever of Admiral Ackbar and 2 ships and squadrons or General Dodonna and 6 different small ships and a Liberty or just WHATEVER. Crafting those lists has been really enjoyable. Seeing how it all comes together is Armada to me.
|I wish I had your confidence.|
|Going to give it you, X is.|
The thing I've had to....let's say realize about myself is that in order to WIN Worlds, I'ma need about 45 million things to go my way. I honestly ain't sure if my list (or is it me?) is going to take it all the way. I've played against some of the GREAT Armada players and talked to several of the others. It's weird being able to name-drop Truthiness and Nathan on here, who won freaking US Nationals and Worlds last year, respectively. JJ and I recognized each other at GenCon last year, which was really more a confidence builder on my end than I assume his, haha. And I'm over here making Muppets jokes, which, uhhh, yeah, sure, seat at the table. I HONESTLY don't know if I'm making it to that top table, but I'm going to fight like hell to get there. And that's really all we can say about ourselves, right?
|One thing remains... you must confront Vader. Only then a Jedi will you be.|
|Luke's cousin, Braydienne|
I honestly don't know if I'm making it back to Worlds next year. It requires winning a Regionals, which, doable, but I may have to give up Leia (Gasp! Shock! Horror! Etc!) I'm not sure if I'm putting this quote here to describe me potentially leaving Worlds behind or leaving Leia behind. That's.... an interesting state to be in, that's for sure. I have some fun goofy lists to play and hang out with over the next month or so in recovery, of course, but then I've got GenCon coming up soon enough, too.... Hoo boy. Well, let's call those "Later Worries" and just rock what I can for now. If this be my final Worlds, gotta make the most of it. Which means hanging out with everyone I can, of course.
|He'll turn this shuttle around!|
|Your faith in your friends is yours!|
|Move as close as you can and engage those Star Destroyers at point blank range!|
|AKA: And the space horse you rode in on!|
So quick detour before we get there. When I've been writing these articles, I've generally had the laptop open, writing the quotes down as the movie goes on and coming back later to write up a thought or two on them all. But for Jedi, right about midway through, I put the laptop down and just grabbed them if I loved the quote. Jedi was always my favorite movie. Why did I watch the Special Editions? Because it's MY Star Wars. I remember going to the movies 4 times as a kid. First, Hook, because that was the literal first movie I remember seeing as a kid. The theater had like candy dispensors... anyways, nostalgia. I remember watching Jurassic Park because my sister and I were screaming most of the movie (those things looked REAL, man). And I remember New Hope and Jedi. Jedi came out on my birthday in 1997, I remember, and we were there that weekend. I don't hate the edits and blah blah blah because they WERE the Star Wars I knew and all growing up. I got the Special Edition VHSes, and that's what I remember. I saw the Originals eventually, and I've made my mind up about liking some things, keeping others, etc. Star Wars was my life growing up. Why would I pick something different than what made me the nerd I am today?
And it was that love of the movie and Star Wars and everything about it all that brought me back. The enjoyment of Star Wars (all 10 movies, so cram it, haters), Armada, my friends, my stupid list and my stupid hipster streak that's going to get me screwed over at some point, but I'm still fighting against it. Leia's a bad Admiral? MSU is dead? I aim to disprove you of that notion. And I'll be aiming for your flagship as I do. I'm a Leia player. Obligatory there's dozens of us joke, but we'll mess you UP.
But what does it all MEAN? The other reason I went Special Edition is that I like the new ending song more than the Yub-Yub one. Blasphemy to you, but here we are. See again about growing up with the Special Edition. And the thing that always stuck with me was the Endor celebration. The new song is wistful but fun.
|I need to use Wedge more.|
And just watching Lando describe to Chewie the maneuver he pulled in the Falcon, Luke greeting Wedge after the time apart, and Han and Lando hugging as old friends who just LIVED THROUGH IT, MAN.
That's Star Wars, that's Armada, and that's Worlds to me. Old friends getting together and celebrating each other and their achievements and just.... FUN. That's everything, man. I can't wait to start this all up again, and in the spirit of Minnesota and Kirby Puckett.... we'll see you tomorrow night!