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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Encyclopedia Hardcover – Lay Flat, October 15, 2012
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The Book itself covers several topics including The Republic, The Empire, seperate sections for the Jedi and Sith, as well as an entire section on the Hutts, Mandalorians and the criminal elements of the Galaxy. Towards the end of the book it covers all planets currently in the game with one planet every two pages.
As a Roleplayer this has provided me with valuable insight in to the era that The Old Republic is set in, as well as source material to fill in gaps in my information. It outlines Imperial and Republic military rank structure, the ideologies behind both the Republic and Empire, as well as philosophies and structure of the Jedi Order and Sith.
In addition to the above it includes several biographies of key figures we've seen throughout the game like Darth Malgus, and it also has a summed up play by play of the class stories and an overview of the class itself (So maybe skip over the classes you haven't played!)
All in All I've gotten every dime out of this book that I was hoping to.
Be warned, this book is a cofee table book and reads most comfortably resting in your lap or on a table.
The Dust Cover is removeable and the hardcover underneath is just as well designed and artistic as the dust cover itself without the writing getting inthe way of the art
Must Buy for any enthusiast of Star Wars interested in this Era.
If you're a fan of the game you will love this book. It serves as a great companion to further enrich the story and characters you experience in the game. If you're a fan of Star Wars, but never played the game, this book serves as a great introduction to the timeline and what happened before the Prequels.
Overall I highly recommend this book to all fans of Star Wars. It's easily worth the money and should be a must have for players of the game.
First off, the book covers a lot of ground. Near the front, there is a timeline covering events from the reign of the Infinite Empire in 30,000 BBY all the way to the breaking of the Treaty of Coruscant in 3,640 BBY. At the end, there's a 24 page guide to alien species (18 pages for sentient species, 6 pages for non-sentient), a 4 page guide to droids, a 60 page guide to planets, and a two page teaser for where The Old Republic MMO will be heading next. In between is 230 pages of history and overview of every faction loaded with interesting details. There is information on ships, military ranks, important individuals, weapons, game events, unit sizes, etc. It's just about everything you need to know to be well versed in every aspect of the game. As a non-gamer, I found it to be extremely useful in familiarizing myself with what happens in the game and its impact on the greater EU.
Beyond all the information is a ton of artwork and imagery. Every page is littered with concept art, paintings, illustrations, and a lot of game stills and screen shots. Many of the pictures are in the form of full, two page spreads. It's worth noting that the artwork in the TOR: Encyclopedia is very different from the artwork in a book like The Essential Reader's Companion. For one thing, much of the artwork in the Encyclopedia is computer models and scenery, where as The Reader's Companion used extensive paintings.Read more ›
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Great book. Over 350 pages of amazing art with inside knowledge of Star Wars the Old Republic time period and lore from the game. A must buy for any avid fan.Published 5 months ago by 78tbear8
Having gotten this year's after starting the game I'm glad I didn't get it sooner. The Encyclopedia spoils the major events of each class storyline in the original games release. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darthirian
Excellent product and it came very fast
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Aside from every page being visually beautiful this Guide covers "everything" pertaining to Star Wars The Old Republic including the history that brought us to this time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by HC51
Was looking for something to give me an insider into the mmo gameplay but it really is more of a book for those interested in the lore vs the mmo aspects. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marion Landerson