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1:57
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Hi Dan & Jason !

1:57
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Can't wait for this to start. I've got my Atlas close at hand.

1:57

Daniel Wallace:  Hello!

1:58

Jason Fry:  Hey, how is everybody? Ready to chat!

1:59

Daniel Wallace:  Hang on guys, delay on posting...

2:00

Suvudu:  Sorry for the delay folks, we're getting situated

2:00

Jason Fry:  Yep, we're getting some technological ducks in a row; we'll be ready to go in just a moment. I blame Black Sun.

2:00
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Dan: Mandy (your Twitter buddy) can't make it because she's at work, so I'm here in her absence. (I'd be here anyway, of course.)

2:00
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Hello Mr. Wallace, Mr. fry.

2:01
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

I'm here now. Whew. Almost thought it wasn't going to work.

2:01

Daniel Wallace:  Eric, no worries! Glad you could make it!

2:02

Suvudu:  Jason Fry is a writer in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, son, and about a metric ton of Star Wars stuff. He is the author of The Clone Wars Visual Guide, The Clone Wars: Ultimate Battles, and The Clone Wars: Official Episode Guide: Season 1, and has written extensively for the Star Wars Insider magazine and Wizards of the Coast.

2:02

Suvudu:  Daniel Wallace is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters as well as a dozen more books that explore the underpinnings of the Star Wars universe, such as Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. He is a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine and assembled the questions used in the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game. In addition to his contributions to the galaxy far, far away, he has written for universes including Indiana Jones, Smallville, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics, with books including The Marvel Encyclopedia, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, and The Art of Superman Returns.

2:02

Suvudu:  Hello and welcome to our first Star Wars author chat on Suvudu. I am excited to welcome the masterminds behind the brilliant book, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, authors Dan Wallace and Jason Fry. How about we just dive right into the questions?

2:03

Suvudu:  So here's the first pre-submitted question, just to get things kicked off

2:03

Suvudu:  Are the grid coordinates given in the Appendix and the planet description pages an in-universe system or an out-of-universe system? Also, if in-universe, is it a universally accepted "standard" system used by everyone, or is it just one that applies only to that particular cartographer's map and would vary from map to map in-universe (just as two maps of the same area in real life might have different grid systems)?

2:03
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

*Begins by worshiping Dan and Jason* Okay got that out of the way. :P

2:03

Daniel Wallace:  I'm passing to Jason on this one

2:03
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Hey Dan! Loved the atlas, still trying to get through it all! So info-dense. Great little continuity hugs throughout!

2:04

Daniel Wallace:  He's a grid coordinates kind of guy

2:04

Jason Fry:  Great question. I'd call it out-of-universe, but it makes sense that the SW galaxy would have something similar -- every atlas needs a grid. I'd call it in-universe, but not a standard used for everything.

2:04

Jason Fry:  Ha, I changed my answer midway. Get an editor on that! Laughing

2:04

Daniel Wallace:  We still use the letter B, instead of "Besh," for example.

2:05
[Comment From Mikey B]

Jason and Dan, what are your favorite planets and why?

2:05

Daniel Wallace:  Good question! My favorite planet is Coruscant, since it simply has so much going for it. There's a little of everything there, from culture to entertainment to great architecture. And also history! I can't imagine being bored on Coruscant.

2:06

Jason Fry:  I'll take Bespin. You can gamble, good architecture, and apparently they have ice cream.

2:06

Daniel Wallace:  Runner up favorite: Mon Calmari, because I'd imagine the scuba diving is amazing.

2:06
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

So I went to starwars.com the other day to view the atlas supplement material, and noticed on the site graphic a new map that showed sector boundries. Any chance of that map getting uploaded to the web supplements area soon? It looked fantastic, and the atlas doesnt have anything like that!

2:07
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Hi everybody, I made it :)

2:07

Jason Fry:  It should be up pretty soon -- we're trying to space out the initial stuff. Modi did a wonderful job on it! Following that we'll have the Xim/Tion feature, and more stuff in the works that we hope you'll like.

2:07

Daniel Wallace:  Our intention is to make the Atlas a "living document," so be sure to keep an eye on starwars.com/atlas where we'll be able to post things like sectors and new additions (not to mention corrections).

2:08
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Yeah I would have liked to have seen you guys use the actual X, Y, Z numbers from Endor and the Moddell Sector, but Im sure it was an approval issue. No one wants anything too nailed down.

2:08

Daniel Wallace:  Fandom Comics: good point -- the X, Y, Z coordinates really nail things down to a pinpoint, and we don't think we're ready for pinpoint positioning quite yet. Grids were hard enough as it is!

2:09
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Forgive me if either of you have answered this elsewhere, but are there any plans for a web-based Atlas? I know SW.com has the online supplement section, but I'm thinking more of a full-on, web-based version of the book.

2:10

Daniel Wallace:  Eric, I think we're taking baby steps in that direction with starwars.com/atlas, but the book is a standalone as it is. But as mentioned the intention is to make things a living document, so we can use the web as a way to fix & supplement what has come before.

2:10
[Comment From Gisele]

AMAZING BOOK! CRAZY DETAILS! How did you even start the process of putting the book together?

2:11

Jason Fry:  Yep -- we want the book to stay the book, but /atlas will be a valuable complement and update. We'll see how it goes -- and would very much like your feedback as we go along.

2:11

Daniel Wallace:  Gisele, I think we were both helped immensely by the fact that we've been doing this kind of stuff for 15 years, as fans.

2:12

Daniel Wallace:  There's a good behind-the-scenes article on how it all came together linked at starwars.com/atlas We basically have been preparing for this for many, many years!

2:12
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

First question from me: It's really bugged me for years. The Atlas still hasn't really covered the concept of why there are so many -ooines and -aans, and in fact adds more to the galaxy, associated with the Kymoodon Era. Dan, you'll know how devoted I've been to this topic.

2:12
[Comment From David *Spectra*]

Hey guys--just wanted to let you know that every current Star Wars author got a copy of the Atlas, on the request of our editor here and Lucasfilm. That's gotta be pretty cool

2:12

Daniel Wallace:  Yes! We actually acknowledged it in a backhanded way, when we mentioned how many -ooine planets were settled during the Kymoodon Era.

2:13

Daniel Wallace:  But no, we never REALLY explained it. I think we were planning to, and it kind of fell by the wayside...

2:13

Jason Fry:  I got intrigued by the -ooines and -aans, but we just ran out of time and space to address it in the Atlas. Might make a good online feature -- maybe linked to galactic exploration?

2:13

Daniel Wallace:  Oh well, more material to create!

2:13
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

I noticed the Silken system in the appendix. Is this meant to be the Silken asteroid field from Galactic Battlegrounds?

2:14

Daniel Wallace:  And actually, I hadn't even really thought about all the -aans!

2:14

Belgoth's Beacon

2:14

Jason Fry:  Yep, I believe that's it. I don't have my mammoth Excel database handy (I'm at a beach coffee shop), so if something seems amiss with the identification, shoot us a note at essential.atlas@gmail.com....

2:14

Jason Fry:  Whoa, a flyby by a wonder of the galaxy!

2:14
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Any chance of an atlas sequel that focuses more on some planetary topography? I could see a similar book that just does a two page spread on each planet and gives us a planetary map with the various locations and the travel lines of the main characters as you show throughout the galaxy. The Inside the Worlds of Star Wars series did this very well, but seeing some more of the EU-planets in this way would be fantastic, or even seeing some of those same planets more in their entirety.

2:14
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Yes that would be very cool for you guys to add online. Thanks.

2:15

Darth Duff:  

Throughout the chat we're going to show some of the awesoem maps that Modi and Chris Reiff created along with some of the paintings from Chris Trevas. The image we just loaded is Belgoth's Beacon.

2:15
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Jason, any chance you could email me that "mammoth Excel database"? ;)

2:15

Daniel Wallace:  

Good question about topography. That's something that was covered to some degree in The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons, but which we didn't prioritize with the Atlas.

2:15

Daniel Wallace:  Would be a good "closer look" thing to add in the future. Although DK's "Inside the Worlds" has covered some of the same ground.

2:15
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Maybe it could be used for 'The Essential Atlas to Geography' :)

2:16

Jason Fry:  Hmm. I wish I could, Eric, but there's some material in there that's unpublished or from upcoming works, and I don't want Leland sending bounty hunters after me. But we may look into some kind of downloadable feature on starwars.com. Good idea, let me see what we can do.

2:16
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

As a geologist that makes me even more giddy. :D

2:16

MainGalaxy

2:16
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Besides the maps about Xim and Tion Hegemony, do you have any idea what else to expect from the online additions?

2:16

Daniel Wallace:  That picture makes my right eye twitch.

2:16

Jason Fry:  Ah, Modi's beautiful map. Makes me happy.

2:17

Darth Duff:  Main Galaxy map...Modi and Chris Reiff both worked on this one.

2:17
[Comment From Eric Geller]

We need a high-res version of that map.

2:17
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

That is a beautiful map! It was love at first sight for me.

2:17
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Congratulations to all on this masterpiece.

2:17
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Yeah I will say, having an excel file owuld be nice, you cant do any sorting of the planets in that online database! What if I just want to see the Outer Rim worlds or something.

2:17

Jason Fry:  Hey Sompeetalay -- let us know what YOU would like to see! I'd really like to explore some different areas of the galaxy -- a crowded Core sector, a frontier sector, etc. But tell us what intrigues you.

2:18

GalacticPopulation

2:18

Daniel Wallace:  We're hoping to update material online in batches, for example if a series of Clone Wars episodes come out we could supplement the appendix and explore some new worlds.

2:18
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Such a gorgeous map. Probably the most significant thing you will ever contribute to star wars. The addition of the newer trade routes you put in really made the galaxy feel real to me.

2:18

Darth Duff:  I love this Galactic Exploration map. I just find it fascinating.

2:19
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

So I noticed you guys have gone a long way toward consolidating the canon on the formation-era of the Republic, and fully canonized the celestials and rakata, Hutt origins and Xim the Despot, tying it all into one cohesive narrative. Is this an era we should expect to see get paid more attention to in the EU? Or was it just for this tome?

2:19
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

I'm very interested in seeing the itinerary of the Droids when they get separated from Antilles :)

2:19

Jason Fry:  Thanks Fandom -- we tried our best to make the galaxy feel like a lived-in place....

2:19
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

The Galactic Exploration map is immensely detailed and I can look at it for hours and keep seeing things I didn't before.

2:19

Daniel Wallace:  "Probably the most significant thing you will ever contribute to Star Wars?" You mean the illuminated mouth-linings of the Nosaurians doesn't count?

2:20
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

I cant believe you guys referenced the Star Wars Adventure Journal IHNs with the Kaela Cycle! Fantastic obscure references galore in this thing.

2:20
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Daniel, I don't think you went into enough detail on the Nosaurians.

2:20
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Did we get a map of the Koornacht Cluster in detail yet?

2:20

Darth Duff:  So Dan/Jason, I was fascinated to read that the the NJO books were the real driving force for creating a full on map. Could you speak to this a little?

2:20

Daniel Wallace:  

The pre-Republic stuff was mostly for this tome. I don't know if LFL is going to explore this timeline in more detail, but it's a possibility. At one point West End Games was going to publish a series set during the Xim era, but that fell by the wayside.

2:21
[Comment From sue rostoni]

you guys did such an awesome job. i love this book! I keep it handy at all times.

2:21

Jason Fry:  Glad to hear you liked the Kallea Cycle stuff -- that was my second-favorite part of the Atlas to write. I'd been waiting FOR YEARS and hoping no other author would jump on it!

2:21

Daniel Wallace:  

Hi Sue! Thanks!

2:21

Jason Fry:  Wow, thanks Sue!

2:22
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Wow, that commenter has the same name as Lucas Licensing's Executive Editor!

2:22

Daniel Wallace:  Darth Duff, the New Jedi Order books really drove the creation of the map. The invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong needed to take place against a backdrop, and there really wasn't one until then.

2:22

YuuzhanVongwarriors

2:22

Daniel Wallace:  There they are!

2:22

Jason Fry:  The Koornacht Cluster is included in the behind-the-scenes article on starwars.com. Not strictly canonical, but by Dan's own hand from the NJO era!

2:22
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Correct me if I'm wrong but did you once say that the planets from Star Wars Tales would be in the Atlas?

2:22
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

I'm having trouble identifying the planets if they are in fact in the book.

2:23
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

I really hope "Wizards of the Coast" will use the Atlas as well for their future books and Campaign Guides so there won't be any contradictions ...

2:23

Jason Fry:  Hi Alex, they are -- let us know if you think we missed any.

2:23
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Dan/Jason: I imagine that the Yuuzhan Vong invasion created so many planets just by virtue of all of that "The enemy has taken such-and-such planet!" dialog.

2:23
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Btw, nice inclusion of Rainboh, a planet from the Create an Alien contest, in the Hapes Cluster.

2:23

Daniel Wallace:  

Sompeetalay, I'm hoping too! But of course there will always be some contradictions despite our best intentions.

2:24

Jason Fry:  A difficulty we ran into was we could only list a planet/star system in one place in the book. We chose the name we thought folks in the galaxy would be most familiar with, but that can make things tough to find. We may try to address that online somehow.

2:24
[Comment From Mikey B]

It seems that Hutt space is largely unchanged over the long history of the Galaxy, why do you think this is?

2:24
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

I do wish that in your atlas index, youd have made another column with a page number for any (or at least the best) map that planet might appear on in the book. Would have certainly been a handy reference.

2:24

Hutt rgb lg

2:24

Daniel Wallace:  Rainboh is an example of how comprehensive Jason's database is!

2:25

Daniel Wallace:  Hutt Space has existed since the pre-Republic era, so it largely remained unchanged. Instead, the Republic seemed to grow around it as the centuries went on.

2:25

Jason Fry:  Also re Hutt Space, what we tried to go for was that the interior is a secret place that few outsiders ever get to see. So there may be changes, but it remains insular and largely unknown to outworlders.

2:25
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

I loved the detail in the Kallea Cycle section. And was that the first time we got the origin to the name of the Hydian Way, or was that in Adventure Journal?

2:25
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Thoadeye is my favorite, so far (haven't been able to read the entire Atlas yet :$)

2:26

Darth Duff:  Hi Fandom, good idea about page numbers in the index. It just wasn't feasable for us to do that. Many of the planets appear in multiple maps throughout the book and we wanted to use the space to incorporate as many planets as we could. Adding another column would have meant fewer planets listed.

2:26

Jason Fry:  Yep, the origin of the Hydian Way is new. Viva Banu Hydia!

2:26
[Comment From David *Spectra*]

What did you like working on more: the world descriptions or the campaigns and history?

2:26

Daniel Wallace:  I think the Hydian Way name originates in the Adventure Journal (as does the Kallea Cycle). But this is the first time the Kallea Cycle was actually performed in-book!

2:27
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Right, so Hydian Way originates in AJ, but Banu Hydia is new.

2:27
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

I remember reading about the Tract on Makem Te in Geonosis & the Outer Rim Worlds. One of my favorite parts of the book was the Wonders of the Galaxy.

2:27

Daniel Wallace:  I enjoyed the campaigns & history more, because I come more from that background (with The New Essential Chronology). But the planets are great fun to describe, particularly mostly "new" ones like Boz Pity.

2:27
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Is Rainboh only visible in its star system after lots of planetary rainfall?

2:28
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Yes, Twenty Wonders of the Galaxy FTW. :)

2:28

Daniel Wallace:  Alex, I wrote that bit about the Tract in Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds, so I was hugely happy to come back and actually flesh out all Twenty Wonders.

2:28

ShawkenSpire

2:28

Darth Duff:  Shawken Spire!

2:28
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Shawken Spire. :D

2:28

Daniel Wallace:  There's one! The Shawken Spire, drawn by Chris Trevas.

2:29

Jason Fry:  Ah, Rainboh. That was an interesting one. Assume by now everybody found Koozebane? That was probably my favorite one to sneak in.

2:29
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Any chance we'll see more 'Wonders of the Galaxy', like Modern Wonders or Natural Wonders (Fire Rings of Fornax for ex.)

2:29

Jason Fry:  Riff, you've got it right. Hydian = AJ, Banu = Atlas.

2:29

Tatooine stoneneedle

2:29
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

No I haven't found Koozebane yet. *Scrambles through appendix*

2:30
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Wow! Koozebane. That's great! :)

2:30

Darth Duff:  Stone Needle on Tatooine. Is that Luke in one of those T16s?

2:30

Daniel Wallace:  Natural wonders is a good one. The Fire Rings of Fornax, the Corphelion comets, etc.

2:30
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Don't forget the Ancient Abyss on Felucia.

2:30
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Hmm, Koozebane doesn't show up on the Outer Rim map or the Hutt Space map...

2:30

Jason Fry:  A little space birdie tells me we might get a peek at Fornax before too terribly long.

2:30
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Rainbow Comets, Cloak of Sith :)

2:31
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Brogo asodi made the cut too, if not for the willow cut, thatd be the trifecta with koozebane.

2:31

Daniel Wallace:  

Think Koozebane is only in the appendix.

2:31
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

maw cluster would probably be a natural wonder too

2:31
[Comment From Eric Geller]

According to the index, Koozebane is T-9. But I don't see it.

2:31

Jason Fry:  Right, Koozebane's only in the appendix. I think about 1/4 of the indexed systems actually appear on a map.

2:31

Daniel Wallace:  Not everything in the appendix can be located on the map, just for reasons of clarity. I think Koozebane follows.

2:31

Deathtroopers

2:32

Daniel Wallace:  Death Troopers! Great book.

2:32

Jason Fry:  BTW, a couple of star systems from Death Troopers are in the appendix!

2:32
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Can't wait for October.

2:32
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Likewise.

2:32
[Comment From sue rostoni]

Death Troopers is a really fun read.

2:33
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Same. So many great SW books on the horizon.

2:33
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

How far from Kubindi, Norval, Gestrex?

2:34

Jason Fry:  I'd put Koozebane up in the NE corner, personally. But author interpretation isn't canon, so your mileage may vary!

2:34

Jason Fry:  NE corner of T-9, to clarify

2:34

Darth Duff:  

Not to steer clear of ATLAS talk, but I'm almost done reading Dynasty of Evil and it is AWESOME!!!

2:35

Darth Bane-TEA

2:35

Kyle M. (Suvudu):  And that cover again, for your viewing pleasure...

2:35

Dynasty of Evil

2:35
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Okay closer to Yoribuunt and the Si'Klatta Cluster then

2:35
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

So what was the inspiration behind the complement/satellite galaxies, and how do they interact with that "barrier" stopping extra-galactic travel talked about in the early NJO books. And are you hinting the vong might come from more of a satellite galaxy as opposed to some far off one?

2:35
[Comment From Eric Geller]

I keep hoping they'll accidentally (or maybe intentionally) leak a new cover on here.

2:35

Daniel Wallace:  The satellite galaxies followed from the fact that even our own galaxy has multiple satellites, and it fit well with the Rishi Maze and the Nagai/Tof galaxy. The Yuuzhan Vong would be from another galaxy entirely, e.g. Andromeda vs. Milky Way.

2:35
[Comment From sue rostoni]

I want a three-dimensional map of the galaxy to hang off my living room ceiling, with correct rotations, etc. Can you do that? Maybe in origami?

2:35
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Yes thank you for covering the Companions

2:36

Daniel Wallace:  The 'hyperspace barrier' would presumably be outside the main galaxy & its satellites.

2:36

Jason Fry:  Pablo, Erich -- you hear that?!!!!

2:36

Daniel Wallace:  Sue, I can make you a paper crane. And draw stars on it.

2:36
[Comment From sue rostoni]

Only if it rotates, Dan.

2:36

Jason Fry:  The companions were fun to do -- lots of story possibilities, and provided a way of addressing some long-term issues with the extent of the Unknown Regions....

2:36

Darth Duff:  

Sue, maybe Bonnie can make that a craft!

2:36
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Or we can get Sue a holo-display. :)

2:37

HapesClusterMap-TEA

2:37
[Comment From sue rostoni]

Duff: How true! She can make anything!

2:37
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Hapes!

2:38

Darth Duff:  

What went into creating the art list?

2:38
[Comment From sue rostoni]

I love the transitory mists.

2:38

Jason Fry:  Love that Hapes one. BTW, Kavan is a planet in the Hapes system. Folks keep asking!

2:39

NewGalacticCivilWar

2:39

Daniel Wallace:  The collaboration on the art side was satisfying, because the artists (Chris Trevas on the illustration side, Chris Reiff and Modi on the map side) always hit the mark on pretty much the first time. There wasn't a lot of redoing, other than to fix mistakes we made on planet placements and such.

2:40
[Comment From sue rostoni]

The maps are totally gorgeous. And it is SO cool to be able to see where things are.... especially when I'm reading what's going on there.

2:40

Jason Fry:  We tried to balance the art list between iconic Star Wars views and things we'd never seen but always wanted to see. We had to see classic sights like Tatooine and Yavin IV, but we also wanted to see Freia Kallea, Uueg Tching and some surprises. Chris Trevas's art is just gorgeous in all cases.

2:40
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Jedi vs Sith & the Atlas are written in a different way than EG Alien Species & Droids, for instance. I like to compare them to The Illustrated SW Universe or The Wildlife of SW. Will the 'older' format still be used for new EGs or will the 'new' format be used?

2:40
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

It's unfortunate you guys couldn't get Modi to come to ComicCon. He deserves so much credit.

2:40
[Comment From sue rostoni]

I've gotta split for a lunch date -- you guys are the best. Thanks!!!!!!! Oh, and Jason, it's Yavin 4 now.

2:40

Jason Fry:  Eeek! You're right. Sorry!

2:40
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Have a good time Sue!

2:40
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Dan/Jason: How much coordination was there between the both of you and current and upcoming projects like The Clone Wars and The Old Republic?

2:40
[Comment From sue rostoni]

Always in motion, the names are.

2:42

Jason Fry:  Yes, Modi did a marvelous job -- as did Chris Reiff -- and saved us from lots and lots of mistakes. Hopefully he'll get to take a live bow at some point. Can't thank him enough.

2:42

Darth Duff:  Sompeetalay, each individual Essential Guide dictates the style its written in. Dan and Jason chose to go this route, and were clear fromt he beginning that this is what they wanted to do. The next book may be different. And there are some great Essential Guides yet to come!

2:42
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Bye Ms. Rostoni.

2:42

Daniel Wallace:  

We were helped out in the case of the Clone Wars by the fact that Jason has been writing a number of books related to the series, and was able to get advance scripts. For The Old Republic, it threw us a little for a loop. We were able to include info late in the game, but had to make adjustments (e.g. changing the founding date for the Hydian Way).

2:42
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

If I may go back to Hutt Space, was Bootana Hutta a new concept where the Huttese throneworlds were gathered? A good stronghold from the Vong invasion.

2:42

Mandalorians - TEA

2:42

Jason Fry:  Yes, the Bootana Hutta (Garden of Hutts, essentially) is new.

2:43

Kyle M. (Suvudu):   Darth Duff Post: Mapping Hutt Space

2:43
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Any news on upcoming Essential Guides? What will happen to the Essential Guide to Military?

2:44

Jason Fry:  We're coordinating with new projects now with an eye toward starwars.com/atlas. I'm reading Crosscurrent right now, for instance.

2:44
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

It was a nice addition, as if Hutt Space had its own Hapes Cluster.

2:44
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

With the revelation of Boonta the Hutt being an actual being, what exactly is the relationship between Boonta Eve and the Hutt? Is it just a hutt holiday?

2:45

Darth Duff:  Essential Guide to the Military is still a go. And we've got at least three others in the works as well.

2:45
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

It celebrates Boonta's election to the status of a god

2:45
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Yeah! More Essential Guides!

2:45

Jason Fry:  You'll find out more about Boonta in the Xim/Tion feature, and in Michael Kogge's beyond-awesome "Despotica."

2:45
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Jason/Dan: Will there be better maps included with future novels?

2:46
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Pretty soon we'll have The Essential Guide to K'Kruhk's Freakin' Sweet Hat :)

2:46
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Better? Better how?

2:46

Jason Fry:  We'll definitely include some kind of 3-D foldout in the Sweet Hat guide. It'll make Sue happy too!

2:46

Daniel Wallace:  One of those is the Essential Guide to Power Converters. You'd be surprised at how many kinds there are! And Chris Trevas did some amazing paintings.

2:47

Darth Duff:  

Eric, I think we're going to let the ATLAS stand as the essential source for maps for now. The problem with novels is that the maps would be b/w (instead of these gorgeous color maps in ATLAS). But one can never say no outright to something. So there may be a map in a novel sometime down the road.

2:47
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

It would be pretty sweet if in the future, novels on their back page included a small galactic map that showed the path the action takes in that novel. (having it in front would spoil!)

2:47
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

One Guide. One Hat. Pure awesomeness. :P

2:47

Jason Fry:  Fandom, that's the kind of thing we might address at starwars.com/atlas, too. We'll think on the best way to approach it.

2:47

Darth Duff:  Trevas has been begging me to draw hats and power converters!

2:48
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Fandom: Completely agree. And there should be a link to a turn-by-turn directions version of the route the characters take. We need Google Maps Star Wars Edition!

2:48
[Comment From David *Spectra*]

Also--while the novels may not include the maps, this Atlas is pretty much going to be THE source going forward for authors

2:48
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

It's a TRAP!

2:48
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

How about the Essential Guide to Food and Drink?

2:49

Daniel Wallace:  

Well, we know there's ice cream.

2:49
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Admiral Ackbar will soon be submitting a draft of "The Essential Guide to Traps."

2:49
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Hmm, there are plenty of fanon authors out there who wouldn't mind suggesting things into canon. :)

2:49
[Comment From Eric Geller]

And hot chocolate, Dan.

2:49
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

:P

2:49

Jason Fry:  When we get to the Essential Guide to Essential Guides, we'll know we're done.

2:49
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

And Wookiee's got it all. :)

2:50

Darth Duff:  These are actually some decent EG suggestions. Traps is my favorite so far!

2:50

Daniel Wallace:  

Jason, no. There's still the New Essential Guide to Essential Guides.

2:51

Jason Fry:  Serious aside: We're still collecting potential errata and answering questions about the Atlas -- if you see something you think is a mistake, or have a question (or even a compliment), please send to essential.atlas@gmail.com.

2:51

Kyle M. (Suvudu):  The above ain't quite an Essential Guide, but it's a great look behind the character just the same.

2:51

Darth Duff:  Dan/Jason can you talk a little about the contrustion of the Death Star map. Where did you find info about all the various locations that were mapped?

2:51
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Already on my wishlist ...

2:51

Daniel Wallace:  The Death Star map was Jason's baby, but really drew on so many sources -- video games, novels, the films, even board games. Understandably it was a bit of a nightmare to keep 100% straight.

2:52

Jason Fry:  Yep, there are so many bits to just "the Death Star plans" that that map and section were pretty daunting. But I loved the chance to explain the weird dialogue between Motti and Tagge.

2:52
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Alderaan is blowing up kinda funny....

2:53

Darth Duff:  Of all of the maps in the book, which were your favorites? The maps you were most excited to finally see as fans?

2:53

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2:53

Daniel Wallace:  I'm a big fan of the Galactic Explorations map, because it was so difficult to put together but it wound up looking so great when finished. I love the mix of colors and eras.

2:53

GalacticExplorations

2:53
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

The Big Map, the Galactic Explorations map, several of the war maps

2:54
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Heck the whole kriffing book!

2:54

Jason Fry:  I liked maps that did two things at once, showing you something of historical interest as well as, say, the course of a war.

2:54

Jason Fry:  Han Solo was a lot of fun to think up icons/categories for.

2:54

Daniel Wallace:  It was also nice to see the Corporate Sector map, which was originally drawn by Craig Carey for a cancelled West End Games product more than 10 years ago.

2:54
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

When I first opened the book and saw that first galactic map, it literally took me well over 45 minutes to even get to the next page. I just sat there staring at it. It is beautiful.

2:54

NewEmpire

2:54
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Oh, almost forgot the Senex/Juvex map

2:54

NewGalacticCivilWar

2:55
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

My favourites (though I like them all) are the ones that concern the movie itineraries, the Corporate Sector and the Solo stuff

2:55

Jason Fry:  Thanks, Fandom. We got so used to the main galaxy map that it was hard to remember how new it was and how much info it packed into one place.

2:55
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Yes the Han Solo map was very slick. Trouble with the ladies? :)

2:55
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

In one section of the book, (I can't remember where) Duchess Satine is mentioned as being a Mandalorian? Can you elaborate on that or is that officially off limits as of now?

2:55

Darth Duff:  

I really enjoyed the movie maps. I found it interesting to really see where things happened.

2:55

Daniel Wallace:  The movie maps were fun and a nice "entry point" into the Atlas for fans who aren't necessarily super-fans of the EU.

2:55

Jason Fry:  Someone pointed out that "Honest Work" on the Han Solo map had the fewest entries. I loved that someone noticed that!

2:56
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

you mean super-awesome fans of the EU?

2:56
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

The galactic population map was great.

2:56

Jason and Dan

2:56
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Though the film section of the Atlas is Out-of-Universe, in contrast to the rest of the Atlas.

2:56

Jason Fry:  Ah, Duchess Satine. Can't elaborate too much, but you'll meet her in Season 2 of Clone Wars. BTW, I think these episodes will be TREMENDOUS -- they're funny and really fast-paced.

2:57
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Canonical self-inclusion is pretty great too. :)

2:57
[Comment From Eric Geller]

The best thing this book does is give us perspective. Star Wars as a whole was always lacking in that area: how do sector proximities, cultural and poltiical boundaries, and other geographical issues affect what we see on screen on and paper? This book really nailed that.

2:57

Jason Fry:  That became our Facebook profile photos in about two seconds. You can spot Chris Trevas too a bit later in the book!

2:58

Darth Duff:  We're getting near the end of the chat folks. If you have any last questions, now is the time! Fire away.

2:58
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Alright, I look forward to it.

2:58
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Yeah, must be nice to join abel as having some star wars portraits.

2:58

Jason Fry:  Thanks Eric! That's exactly what we hoped the book would do, so it's very gratifying to hear that you think so.

2:58
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Yep playing Holochess

2:58
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Oops, that should say "and on paper," not "on and paper."

2:58
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

That's true Eric !

2:58

Daniel Wallace:  Eric, glad you liked that part. We really tried to take that approach, instead of just listing planets.

2:59
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

How long before we get a hyperspace short fiction detailing the exploits of two hyperspace explorers pictured above?

2:59
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

It's a lot more than just 'an Atlas' :)

2:59

Darth Duff:  Fandom, that should be the next movie trilogy!

2:59

Jason Fry:  Fandom, I'm holding out for a Hasbro figure. Hey, if they've made John D. and Cut-Scene Biggs, anything is possible....

2:59

Daniel Wallace:  Fandom, good idea. I bet they are knuckleheads who fly into trouble Three Stooges style. That's what they look like anyway.

2:59

Luke Skywalker EA

2:59
[Comment From Eric Geller]

I agree Sompeetalay, they should have named it "The Essential Guide to Everything You Didn't Already Know about Star Wars"!

3:00
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

Get Kevin Rubio to write it and they will for sure.

3:00
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Ah, 150-year-old Luke...

3:00
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

The usage of real-world star types and the main sequence. In using this classification, is the OBAFGKM series canonical at this point and likely to appear again, or do you feel that Star Wars shouldn't end up too much like Star Trek?

3:00
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

Hehe :D

3:02

Jason Fry:  It is canonical, but I wonder how often it'll appear -- not too many novels need to stop and note star types. But if some author can run with it, that would be awesome!

3:02
[Comment From Fandom Comics]

The only thing missing was somehow giving space a mysterious property that allows sound to travel through it in the star wars galaxy.

3:02
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Dan/Jason: what are your favorite Star Wars books and/or video games?

3:02
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Except it would have to be Osk, Besh, Aurek, Forn, etc :)

3:03

Caedus EA

3:03

Daniel Wallace:  Wow Riff, you knew those aurebesh letters from memory!

3:03

Kyle M. (Suvudu):  Yellow eyes means evil...

3:04
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Well it helps when the Companions are in Aurebesh as well. :)

3:04
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Hey look, it's that guy from Twilight! :)

3:04

Jason Fry:  My favorite books, hmm. I liked "Traitor" and "Dark Rendezvous" a lot. From the older side of the house, Brian Daley's Han Solo books -- Daley really gets the characters beautifully. I've loved Jeremy Barlow's recent classic SW adventures, which are fun and loose in the old Flash Gordon style. And don't miss "Scoundrel's Luck," an old WEG solo adventure by Troy Denning that's a terrific characterization of Han.

3:04

Daniel Wallace:  My favorite video game, going old-school, is the original X-Wing space combat simulator. More recently, I loved Knights of the Old Republic.

3:05

Jason Fry:  But honestly, I love every new tale that takes me to that galaxy far, far away for more tales. Thanks everybody for such great questions, and for reading the Atlas!

3:05

Daniel Wallace:  Agree with Jason: the Yoda novel Dark Rendezvous is underrated.

3:05
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Dan: I loved X-Wing! I had X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and I nearly broke the joystick. It got to the point where I'd be humming the battle music. (See Family Guy for that.)

3:05
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

And even though they were alluded to, I'm going to assume the rest of those Companions going up to Grek simply follow the lettering pattern

3:05
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Both great games. And Dark Rendezvous was also a favorite of mine.

3:05
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

I hope to see you guys at Celebration V should that be next year.

3:06
[Comment From Eric Geller]

No Jason, thank YOU and Dan for doing such a fantastic job.

3:06

Daniel Wallace:  Thanks to everybody for coming by! And please continue to send us observations and corrections!

3:06
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Thanks for answering all our questions.

3:06
[Comment From Sompeetalay]

X-Wing was sometimes extremely difficult. You were not allowed to miss one shot sometimes :s

3:06

Jason Fry:  Thanks everybody -- really appreciate your taking the time!

3:06

Daniel Wallace:  Hope to make it to Celebration V, wherever it is!

3:06

Kyle M. (Suvudu):   Star Wars Atlas online companion

3:07
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Bookmarked!

3:07
[Comment From Leland Chee]

Greaty job, guys. Gotta go put those bounty hunters back in their pens now.

3:07
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

We'll continue Facebook discussion I'm sure. :)

3:07
[Comment From Alex Johnson]

Look forward to your upcoming work.

3:07

Darth Duff:  

Thanks for chatting everyone! Our first STAR WARS chat on Suvudu! Look for more great chats with our Star Wars authors and more great Star Wars coverage on Suvudu!

3:07

Daniel Wallace:  Hey Leland!

3:07
[Comment From Steven "Riff" Greenwood]

Hey it's Leland.

3:07

Darth Duff:  May the Force be with you!

3:07
[Comment From Eric Geller]

Thanks Suvudu staff!

3:08

Kyle M. (Suvudu):   Jason Fry's Website

3:08

Kyle M. (Suvudu):   Daniel Wallace's Website

And remember to use essential.atlas@gmail.com to report any possible corrections.

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