RRIII Pop Up Shop

Over the next nine months we will be hosting a series of Pop Up events in the lead up to our third installment of the Realizing Resistance conference trilogy: Realizing Resistance III: The Expanding Universe.

Book Launch! Chris Kempshall’s The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy

August 13, 2022, 1:00 p.m. Central (US)

Dr. Sam Langsdale, the creator of Realizing Resistance, hosted this conversation with author Dr. Chris Kempshall about his new book, The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy (Routledge, 2022).

“This book provides the first detailed and comprehensive examination of all the materials making up the Star Wars franchise relating to the portrayal and representation of real-world history and politics. Drawing on a variety of sources, including films, published interviews with directors and actors, novels, comics, and computer games, this volume explores the ways in which historical and contemporary events have been repurposed within Star Wars.”

Chris Kempshall is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is a historian of the First World War as well as popular representations of history in modern media. He has authored numerous academic works, including The First World War in Computer Games (2015) and British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914–1918 (2018).

Interview! Dr. Justin Wigard talks with pop culture author and publisher Stu Horvath about 1980s & 1990s Star Wars role-playing games

October 28, 2022

Welcome to the second event in a series of Pop Ups leading up to our third installment of the Realizing Resistance conference trilogy: Realizing Resistance III: The Expanding Universe — A podcast interview with Stu Horvath about vintage Star Wars RPGs, conducted by Justin Wigard.

This interview focuses on the 1980s & 1990s Star Wars role-playing games published by West End Games. We take a deep dive into what makes those games tick, where they fit into the larger history of Star Wars, what makes them so influential, and how they foster modes of rebellious and resistant gameplay. No prior RPG experience required!

Stu Horvath is the founder and publisher of Unwinnable, an incredible independent popular culture criticism magazine. He’s also author of the forthcoming book from MIT Press in 2023, Monsters, Aliens, and Holes in the Ground: A Guide to Tabletop Roleplaying Games from D&D to Mothership, a decade-by-decade examination of the evolution of tabletop roleplaying games, from the 1974 release of Dungeons and Dragons through the present day. Last and certainly not least, Stu is the co-host of the Vintage RPG Podcast with John McGuire, and he posts every day about vintage RPGs on Instagram @vintagerpg and at https://www.vintagerpg.com/

Justin Wigard is the postdoctoral fellow in the Distant Viewing Lab at University of Richmond where he studies comics, games, bad syfy films, and digital humanities. He can be reached on twitter @JustinWigard and you can find more of his work at https://justinwigard.com/

Relevant Links: 

Star Wars West End Games:
http://www.starwarstimeline.net/Westendgames.htm 

SWTRPG 30th Anniversary Edition info:
https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-the-roleplaying-game-30th-anniversary-edition/ 

SWTRPG: Galaxy Guide 13, Rogue One:
https://www.erictrautmann.us/2017/02/08/i-am-one-with-the-force-the-force-is-with-me

SWTRPG: Darth Vader & Ming the Merciless: https://64.media.tumblr.com/7d4dee0a21a49fbb32a61c97a00b4b11/tumblr_p5gfpvNLcF1wo6q1so7_1280.jpg