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Archive of Questions and Answers
with Star Wars® Authors and Artists

Over the years we have had the unique pleasure of speaking with various Authors and Game Designers about nebulous topics, incomplete story elements, and missing information in the Star Wars® Franchise. This page serves as a depository of behind-the-scenes information that can be used to enrich the experience of both Player and Gamemaster in adding enhanced detail to their campaigns. Some questions and answers were slightly edited for clarity.

  1. Bill Olmesdahl (West End Games) — Mestapol Zephyr Light Combat Fighter
  2. Kevin J. Anderson (Bantam Spectra) — Tenlos Syndicate Hornet Interceptor
  3. Storn Cook (West End Games) — Yevethan D-Type Fighter
  4. Simon Smith (West End Games) — Agorffi (sapient species)
  5. Simon Smith (West End Games) — Ailon (sapient species)
  6. Ann C. Crispin (Bantam Spectra) — Drell (sapient species)
  7. Ann C. Crispin (Bantam Spectra) — “Minions of Xendor” (explicative)
  8. Ray Winninger (West End Games) — Aplocaph (sapient species)
  9. Tim O'Brien & Pete Schweighofer (WEG) — Aggoron (sapient species)
  10. Ann C. Crispin (Bantam Spectra) — Grenna Base
  11. Daren Horley (freelance artist) — Amphi-Hydrus (sapient species)
  12. Craig R Carey (West End Games) — Stalwart-class Light Freighter
  13. Timothy Zahn (Bantam Spectra) — Paonidd (sapient species)
  14. Steve Luminati (West End Games) — C.E.C. INT-66 Heavy Interceptor
  15. Craig R Carey (West End Games) — Anxarta-class Light Freighter
  16. Roy Richardson (Marvel Comics) — Ualp Xathan the “Xacathan”
  17. Todd Quigley (West End Games) — Conjeni (sapient species)
  18. Todd Quigley (West End Games) — LT-9000 Rendilii Interceptor
  19. Tim S. O'Brien (West End Games) — BlasTech DL-87 Firespray
  20. Timothy Zahn (Bantam Spectra) — Bpfasshi Neighboring Systems(Planets)
  21. Mike Vilardi (West End Games) — Mystery Aliens (2 or 4 armed, eyes on stalks)
  22. Tim Eldred (West End Games) — Mystery Fighters (Platt's Starport Guide)
  23. James L. Cambias (West End Games) — Extinct Alien Race from “Loyalties”
  24. Peter B. Woodworth (West End Games) — KDY Starcat-class Light Freighter
  25. Todd Quigley (West End Games) — Morph the Polydroxol (sapient species)
  26. Carolyn Golledge (West End Games) — Ghawem (sapient species)
  27. Ryder Windham (Scholastic Inc.) — Malagarrian (sapient species)
  28. Randy Stradley (Dark Horse Comics) — The Original Nom Anor Concept
  29. John Betancourt (Bantam Spectra) — Chagar (culture)
  30. Chuck Sperati (West End Games) — SoroSuub Ambasador-class Shuttle
  31. Greg Gorden (West End Games) — Sumrias (sapient species)
  32. Pete Schweighofer (West End Games) — Shrines of Kooroo
  33. Craig R Carey (West End Games) — SoroSuub XC24 Heavy Blaster Rifle
  34. Patricia Jackson (West End Games) — Birjis Solar System
  35. Daniel R. Horne (West End Games) — “Riders of the Maelstrom” Cover Art
  36. Craig R Carey (West End Games) — KDY D9 Runner Light Freighter
  37. Greg Gorden & Eric Trautmann (West End Games) — Weapon Range Formula
  38. Tim S. O'Brien (West End Games) — LaserHone Talon Vibrodagger
  39. Craig R Carey (West End Games) — The Godfather of Wookiees!
  40. Kevin J. Anderson (Dark Horse Comics) — Kemplex IX
  41. George Strayton and Jennifer Sadler (West End Games) — Generic Gyro-Grappler

Mestapol Zephyr

The Politics of Contraband Cover, Artist: Ralph McQuarrie Battlestar Galactica, Modeler: John Dykstra Concept Imperial Shuttle, Artist: Joe Johnston Lambda-class Shuttle, Modeler: ILM Unidentified Spacecraft, Artist: Allen Nunis

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Tenlos Syndicate Hornet Interceptor

The Jedi Academy Sourcebook (cover), Published by: West End Games The Jedi Academy Sourcebook, Published by: West End Games, Artist: Ray Lederer The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels (cover), Published by: DEL REY The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Published by: DEL REY, Artist: Troy Vigil The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Published by: DEL REY, Artist: Doug Chiang

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Yevethan D-Type Fighter

Cracken's Threat Dossier, West End Games, Artist: Chris Trevas Yevethan D-Type Fighter, Artist: Storn Cook

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Agorffi (sapient species)

Galaxy Guide 9 - Fragments from the Rim Cover, Artist: Lucasfilm Limited Angry Wookiee, Artist: Mike Vilardi Planet of the Apes, Gorilla Ponda Baba, Aqualish Gamorreans

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Ailon (sapient species)

Galaxy Guide 9 - Fragments from the Rim Cover, Artist: Lucasfilm Limited Ailon_Nova_Badge, Artist: Cathleen Hunter

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Drell (sapient species)

The Paradise Snare, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin The Hutt Gambit, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin

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“Minions of Xendor” (explicative)

The Paradise Snare, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin The Hutt Gambit, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin

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Aplocaph (sapient species)

Riders of the Maelstrom Cover, Artist: Daniel Home

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Aggoron (sapient species)

Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 8 Cover, West End Games

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Grenna Base

Rebel Dawn, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin

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Amphi-Hydrus (sapient species)

STAR WARS® Galaxy Magazine No. 7 Cover, Artist: Hugh Fleming STAR WARS® Galaxy Magazine No. 7 page 16, Artist: Daren Horley

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Stalwart-class Light Freighter

Alliance Intelligence Reports, Artist: Doug Shuler Pirates and Privateers Cover, Artist: Tom ONeil Stalwart-class Light Freighter, Artist: West End Games Slave One Concept Art, Artist: Ralph McQuarrie

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Paonidd (sapient species)

Heir to the Empire, Bamtam Spectra

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C.E.C. INT-66 Heavy Interceptor

Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 4 Cover, West End Games Gunstar, The Last Starfighter Starfury Fighter, Babalon 5

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C.E.C. INT-66 Heavy Interceptor (Gorgon), Artist: Steve Luminati C.E.C. INT-66 Heavy Interceptor (Gorgon), Artist: Steve Luminati

Anxarta-class light freighter

The Official Star Wars® Adventure Journal Vol. 1 No. 11, West End Games Star Wars® Collectable Card Game, Decipher, Death Star Gunner, A New Hope Unlimited Star Wars® The Visual Dictionary, back dust cover, Death Star Gunner's Helmet Prop

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Ualp Xathan the “Xacathan”

Marvel STAR WARS® No. 84 Cover, Artists: Roy Richardson and Tom Palmer Marvel STAR WARS® No. 84 Ualp Xathan, Artist: David Mazzucchelli

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a The actual spelling of “Xacathan” is “Zacathan” in Andre Norton's Novels.

Conjeni (Sapient Species)

Twin Stars of Kira, Cover, West End Games Raider of the Lost Ark, Movie Poster Starfish Durquist the Conjeni, Treasure Hunt, Twin Stars of Kira, Artwork by: Tim Eldred

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LT-9000 Rendilii Interceptor

Twin Stars of Kira, Cover, West End Games Treasure Hunt page 61, Twin Stars of Kira, Artwork by: Tim Eldred Lockheed YF-12 Prototype Interceptor Aircraft Millennium Falcon Studio Model

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BlasTech DL-87 Firespray Deck Clearing Blaster

Pirates and Privateers Cover, Artist: Tom ONeil

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b The typo was copied in “Gundarks Fantasic Technology: Personal Gear”, p. 30

Bpfasshi Neighboring Systems

Heir to the Empire, Bamtam Spectra

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Mystery Aliens (2 or 4 armed, eyes on stalks)

Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition, page 134, Artist: Mike Vilardi, Publisher: West End Games Wanted by Kracken, page 46, Artist: Mike Vilardi, Publisher: West End Games Galaxy Guide 11: Criminal Organizations, p. 79, Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear, p. 7, Artist: Mike Vilardi, Publisher: West End Games Operation: Elrood, page 75, Artist: Mike Vilardi, Publisher: West End Games

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Mystery Fighters — “Platt's Starport Guide”

Platt's Starport Guide, page 94, Artist: Tim Eldred, Publisher: West End Games Platt's Starport Guide, page 94, Artist: Tim Eldred, Publisher: West End Games Platt's Starport Guide, page 94, Artist: Tim Eldred, Publisher: West End Games Platt's Starport Guide, page 94, Artist: Tim Eldred, Publisher: West End Games

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Extinct Alien Race from “Loyalties”

Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 4 Cover, West End Games

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Starcat-class Light Freighter

Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 13 Cover, West End Games Starcat-class Light Freighter from Star Wars Adventure Jounal No. 13, page 260, Artist: Scott Neely

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Morph the Polydroxol (sapient species)

Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 12 Cover, West End Games Twin Stars of Kira, Cover, West End Games Morph the Polydroxol, Treasure Hunt, Twin Stars of Kira, Artwork by: Tim Eldred

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Ghawem (sapient species)

Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 8 Cover, West End Games

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Malagarrian (sapient species)

Marvel STAR WARS® No. 84 Cover, Artists: Roy Richardson and Tom Palmer

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The Original Nom Anor Concept (sapient species)

Crimson Empire: Council of Blood Cover, page 2, Artwork: Dave Dorman Handbook 2: Crimson Empire, page 2, Colorist: Dave Nestelle Dr. Who, Season 2, The Daleks (c. December 1963), Production: BBC TV

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Chagarian Ale

Tales from Jabba's Palace Cover, Artist: Stephen Youll

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SoroSuub Ambassador-class Shuttle

Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 3 Cover, West End Games Sentinel Landing Craft from The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Artist: Doug Chiang

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Sumrias (sapient species)

Imperial Sourcebook, 1st Ed, Cover, Publisher: West End Games

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Shrines of Kooroo

Platt's Starport Guide, Cover, Publisher: West End Games Shrine of Kooroo on planet Gelgelar, Artist: Christian Gossett Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 14, Cover, West End Games Gree, Artist: Christian Gossett

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SoroSuub XC24 Heavy Blaster Rifle

Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 4 Cover, West End Games Star Wars Adventure Journal, Number 4, page 231, Artist: Robert Duchlinski

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Birjis Solar System

Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 12 Cover, West End Games Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 15 Cover, West End Games Star Wars Adventure Journal, No. 15, page 116, Artist: Mike Chen

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“Riders of the Maelstrom” Cover Art

Riders of the Maelstrom cover, Artist: Daniel R. Horne Riders of the Maelstrom cover artwork, Artist: Daniel R. Horne Riders of the Maelstrom cover artwork, Artist: Daniel R. Horne

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Kuat Drive Yards D9 Runner Light Freighter

Secrets of the Sisar Run Cover, Artists: Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt Slave One Concept Art, Artist: Ralph McQuarrie The Robotech Role-Playing Game Cover, Artist: Kevin Long Mil Mi-28 Helecopter

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Weapon Range Formula

Gunport Concept Art for the Millenium Falcon, Artist: Joe Johnston

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LaserHone Talon Vibrodagger

Pirates and Privateers Cover, Artist: Tom ONeil LaserHone Talon Vibrodagger from Pirates and Privateers, Artist: Storn Cook

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The Godfather of Wookiees!

Rebel Dawn, Artist: Drew Struzan, Author: Ann C. Crispin Angry Wookiee, Artist: Mike Vilardi

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Kemplex IX

Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 4: Jedi Holocaust Cover, Artist: Hugh Fleming Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 4: Jedi Holocaust inner panel, Penciller: Dario Carrasco Jr, Inker: Mark G. Heike, Bill Black, David Jacob Beckett, Letterer: Willie Schubert, Colorist: Pamela Rambo Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War 4: Jedi Holocaust inner panel, Penciller: Dario Carrasco Jr, Inker: Mark G. Heike, Bill Black, David Jacob Beckett, Letterer: Willie Schubert, Colorist: Pamela Rambo

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Generic Gyro-grappler

Tales of the Jedi Companion Cover, Artists: Dave Dorman and Tim Bobko Gundark's Fantastc Technology - Personal Gear, Atist: Tim Bobko

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