I’ve been looking forward to reading this publication ever since I heard about it. The Old Republic era has become the one that I’m most interested in, and I can thank the game Knights of the Old Republic for that. Sure, the Clone Wars era continues to entertain me, but nothing appeals to me more than a vast era spanning thousands of years and full of interesting plots and memorable characters.
While I have not played The Old Republic, I have kept up with the trailers, news and first hand reports from some of those who have played it. Technical aspects aside, it sounds like a pretty cool game, set in the era that shares its name. To aid players and to provide an entertaining and informative resource for those interested in the era such as myself, DK Publishing has produced The Old Republic Encyclopedia.
It should come as no surprise that this book is beautifully illustrated inside and out. DK publications are simply the best when it comes to eye-catching, fully illustrated books. The fully illustrated outside cover is itself covered by an attractive dust jacket. Inside the book is a feast for the eyes. The book contains incredible art, screenshots from The Old Republic game, and illustrations of characters, planets, weapons and much more.
The Old Republic Encyclopedia is made up of several sections.
The Jedi Order
The Sith Empire
The Hutt Cartel
Introduction: Includes a brief look at the current state of the galaxy, and an impressive timeline featuring key events during the Old Republic. c.30,000 BBY all the way to 3,640 BBY.
The Republic: From before the founding of the Republic, to the battles against the Sith, from weapons to military hierarchy, this section gives a comprehensive look at the galaxy-spanning government.
The Jedi Order: Want to know the origins of the Jedi? Their roles, training, weapon use and place in the Old Republic? Then this section is for you.
The Sith Empire: This section describes the workings of the government led by the Sith. The Imperial fleet, military, weapons and intelligence and overall organizational structure are shown here.
The Sith: Much like the Jedi Encyclopedia entry, this section too covers the origin of the Sith, as well as the Sith Emperor, training, the Dark Council, inquisitors and other key features of this destructive society.
Mandalorians: This is a brief section when compared to the others, but it does discuss who this culture is, along with allies, combat and armor.
The Underworld: Across the galaxy there is a corrupt society made up of gangsters, thieves, and even powerful criminal organizations such as The Exchange and Black Sun. Smugglers and bounty hunters such as Shae Vizla thrive in such an environment. This section highlights these organizations, along with the weapons, armor and ships that keep it strong and dangerous.
The Hutt Cartel: Hutts are known to be vile gangsters, but what may not be widely known is that they have been around for thousands of years, and were in fact brilliant military strategists and conquerors.
Species: A look at many of the life forms that make the Old Republic their home.
Planets: A look at key planets during the time of the Old Republic, including Korriban, Taris and even Hoth.
I considered myself fairly educated this era, but after reading the Encyclopedia, I came to realize that much to learn I still had.
Bottom line, anyone who is interested in the Old Republic, and not just the online game but also the era, should buy this book. For those not familiar with either, The Old Republic Encyclopedia is the perfect publication to get you up to speed with the essentials.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is an entirely new Star Wars story to explore. It is a dark and troubled age over 3,600 years before the rise of Darth Vader, in which the Jedi and Sith prepare to battle and decide the fate of the galaxy.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia is an unprecedented visual companion to this complex world. Written by a team of writers from the game and created in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and BioWare, the book reveals a wealth of new material on characters, weapons, equipment, vehicles, history, and locations.
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide a review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.
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