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The Paint Adventures Newcomer/Recap Thread (READ FIRST)

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Paint Adventures' started by teline, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. teline

    teline True Biscuit

    Nov 9, 2016
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    Hello and welcome to the Old Republic Paint Adventures!

    If you are interested on joining in on all the fun and to see what all the fuss is about, you can read this FAQ, introduction and recap. If you randomly found your way here and have no idea what's going on, then you can also read this FAQ, introduction and recap.


    Wait, who the hell are you and what the hell is this?
    I'm Teline, a reader of Old Republic Paint Adventures, an interactive Star Wars webcomic made by @Alamact (colloquially referred to as the Rear Admiral). This part of the Cantina hosts the comic and the discussion threads concerning it.

    What's the comic about and why is it so appealing?
    According to the author, the story takes place in the twilight years of the Old Republic where the galactic war between the Republic and the Sith Empire has come to its second climax. We are flung into the middle of this conflict through five distinct viewpoints where each represents a protagonist.

    Objectively, the greatest appeal of the comic is its interactivity and strong characterization. @Alamact has given a lot of effort into creating a genuine Star Wars experience with intriguing characters and an epic villain that mesmerizes you almost every single time he's on the screen. Since the comic is interactive, you and all of us have a direct influence into the way the story evolves and how our heroes grow.

    How does this... interactivity work, exactly?
    @Alamact calls this an update cycle. An update cycle begins whenever the comic gets updated with the next batch of panels (imagine a string of images telling the immediate story). Since we're always in control of one protagonist, us (the players) are now prompted to make suggestions on what our protagonist should do next. The suggestions which get picked depend on their humor or story value, how much endorsement they have and the author's own discretion. The comic gets updated using these suggestions as its foundation, and the next update cycle begins.

    Okay, how serious is this?

    The comic started out as just a humorous game thread, but evolved over the months into something so much more than that. The humor stayed, but the characters and the plot have become much more complex and the writing style has spectacularly improved (not that I had any personal problems with it, but Act 2's quality is absurdly better by comparison).

    How do I get started?
    Lots of different ways! I joined the comic via Reddit when Act 2 launched. I played through the Prologue, but wanted to come back and read Act 1 to get a better understanding of our characters. So, I did!

    More seriously though, you can either go slow and read through the entire comic starting from Page 1. You can also read a recap written by @Alamact here below for an abridged version and join us that much sooner. Or... you can pretty much join us at the latest page of the comic (although I personally don't recommend this because there is a chance you'll just end up feeling lost).

    I've seen this mentioned here several times: what are Acts?
    Acts are to the comic what Episodes are to the movies. They literally even have an opening crawl to spell you this connection. They are the large segments of the comic that usually last for the duration of an entire year and are structured to feel like a single movie entry in the Star Wars universe.

    Wait, is this canon?
    No, but it's the closest to canon an unlicensed project could possibly get. The author is a continuity nut, and outside of allowing leeway with funny suggestions, the story itself is presented with adherence to the new canon.

    Okay, what suggestions shouldn't I post?
    Everything goes. The comic allows mild profanity (and is the only place on the Cantina that does so), but anything that's explicitly Adult-Only territory is forbidden and will result in moderator action. @Alamact has been known to skirt the edges of what a PG-13 rating normally allows, but it's probably for the best if you stick to what's usually a part of that rating.

    Grand Admiral Snote? Who's that?
    One of the single greatest villains that have ever graced Star Wars material. No, I'm not exaggerating here. He started out as a clear parody of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Emperor Palpatine, but grew into one of the most nuanced, humane and morally complex antagonists who's easily on par with the big guns like Vader. He is 50% of the reason why the storyline of the comic grips you into wanting to find out more.

    Well, I'm sold, but I could really use more info.
    Sure! If you have any specific questions, just send a private message to @Alamact. He is best equipped to answer you and who knows? It might just drowse him from his laziness. :D

    Here is a link to the official archive recap which you can read at your own leisure. This FAQ will be updated and expanded upon need. Feel free to also post quick questions in this thread too.
    #1 teline, Apr 14, 2017
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  2. skychafer

    skychafer Rebel Official

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    Hmmm... I wonder if those planets behind the logo have any significance or are they just random? Every Act has different planets featured.
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  3. SaberingTime

    SaberingTime Rebel Official

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    The Fallen Knights has Nar Shaddaa, Nal Hutta, Dantooine, Ilum and Taris featured if you compare it with the official galaxy map. These really are the planets we have been on in Act 1, minus Nal Hutta I guess.

    The rest are probably placeholders.

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