Video games, costumes, fanfiction… Followers invent their very own galaxy far (far)

It is a typical Wednesday evening for Jeremy, Paul and the remainder. These Star Wars followers get collectively as soon as per week to play Star Wars Legion. On the desk, ultra-realistic fashions recreate the setting of the battle from the saga: Mace Windu and his clones in opposition to Grievous and his droids battle within the marshland. However this battle has by no means been proven within the motion pictures… With the assistance of their figures (and really exact guidelines of the sport), gamers think about the event of battles with pleasure. Cube are thrown, screams of desperation are heard, the clones are victorious…

A part of the Star Wars Legion organized by the Daybreak Wakes Affiliation – P.Vailant/Daybreak Wakes.

That night, nevertheless, most Star Wars followers gathered in entrance of the display to find the brand new Disney+ collection. Andor. “We’ll watch it,” Paul assures. However Star Wars Legion on Wednesday evening is sacred. The night ended, the gamers fastidiously put away their collectible figurines, which that they had painted for a lot of hours. “It is a pastime that takes money and time,” explains Jeremy. However the recreation provides us rather a lot. In the long run, in movies and TV exhibits, only a few fights of this star Wars. This recreation enables you to dwell, inform it, and even make it up…”

“Followers are very choosy in regards to the high quality of collectible figurines”

At Asmodée, the writer of Star Wars Legion, we’re effectively conscious that this dimension is what drives the success of recreation packing containers. There have been fairly a couple of glitches and errors when launching the sport. The sport system didn’t match the narrative. The followers invested anyway as a result of they have been wanting ahead to it and instructed us, “Go away it, we’ll handle it, as a result of issues are going badly.” And so they reworked it in their very own approach so to not solely play, but additionally inform battles, feed the universe. As with fight wargames from the Napoleonic or World Struggle II eras, the miniatures and battles are “reasonable”. In any case, it suits the saga. Due to this fact, followers are very demanding on the standard of the collectible figurines. We have to be prepared for this. »

Part of the Star Wars Legion organized by the Dawn's Wake Association.
A part of the Star Wars Legion organized by the Daybreak Wakes Affiliation – P.Vailant/Daybreak Wakes.

“Most gamers come to Star Wars Legion as a result of they love the universe and accumulate collectible figurines,” says Mikael Diot, who runs the Univers Youngsters retailer in Troyes, the place members of the Leéveil de l’Aube membership specializing within the recreation meet commonly. “They’ve put collectively a small group that is rising fairly quick. I promote loads of packing containers with the sport, the success has been dazzling for a yr now. And the extra new gamers, the extra the sport is of curiosity and means that you can mix, problem. »

Right this moment, Star Wars Legion has dozens of packing containers that let you play all of the armies from the three trilogies (effectively, nearly, there’s nonetheless no First Order), and all of the heroes, together with lesser recognized ones earlier than they have been launched to the collection. The Mandalorian. “This collection has followers of all generations,” says José Chavez. The oldest who knew the unique trilogy and skim the comics. These knew the enduring characters of the expanded universe in nice element… And the youngest to find Star Wars with Disney. Whereas Disney and Asmodée know very effectively learn how to depend on these totally different generations to promote video games, motion pictures or collection, followers additionally know learn how to use official merchandise to gasoline their ardour and fulfill their creativity.

The lightsaber that hides the forest of tales

“Star Wars followers have all the time appropriated their universe in many alternative varieties,” says Loïc Quinet of Les Héritiers de la Drive, the organizer of the Star Wars Generations conference in Cusse. There are, for instance, wargames and role-playing video games, in addition to cosplayers, even the follow of dealing with a lightsaber … “Lately, the lightsaber has grow to be an unbiased martial artwork, with golf equipment and associations, competitions, demonstrations … “After all, these aren’t “actual” lightsabers However above all, the follow goes past hitting one another with items of wooden painted pink, blue or inexperienced.

Image of the Star Wars Generations convention at Cassette in 2022.
2022 Cassette Star Wars Generations conference picture – F.Dumas: Star Wars Generations

“In some lightsaber fights, it isn’t simply choreography,” explains Loïc Keene. Usually there’s historical past between opponents, backstory, Jedi versus Sith. Equally, not all cosplayers costume up as Darth Vader or Princess Leia. There are various who make fits for Imperial pilots or Mandalorians, “nameless”, and who think about a previous, a character, a historical past for his or her characters. »

The nice connoisseur of Star Wars fan follow additionally quotes Lego collectors who recreate or think about scenes with their Lego Star Wars minifigures: “We name it MOC, my very own creation. These are dioramas of Star Wars scenes that require much less time and talent than fashions constructed from scratch. »

Nobody actually is aware of why Star Wars has generated such artistic enthusiasm from followers, however Loïc Keene has an concept: “Star Wars is a saga and a universe that leaves loads of room for the creativeness. The story takes place over a reasonably quick period of time and on a restricted variety of planets, however the galaxy is big and most of the distant eras are unknown. There are various issues to inform. »

“We actually do not know the way Padmé acquired pregnant…”

To fill in these holes within the narrative, many followers by no means waited for Disney exhibits like Obi-Wan Kenobi and writing, from the start of the movie saga, fanfiction, unofficial different narratives. “However all Star Wars is big fanfiction,” says Mareva, writer and translator. Comics are fanfiction that has grow to be official. The Entire Expanded Universe is nice fanfiction, however written by individuals who receives a commission to do it. Moreover, there are individuals like me who do it for enjoyable…” 28 year old authora follower of the prelogies (“however not solely!”) interval, specifically episodes I to III, selected the Star Wars universe for writing novels.

“We write fanfiction to proceed the work we love or to fill a niche we really feel. For me, I feel Star Wars is cautious of affection tales. There are a number of steered tales, however they’re lacking. There’s a story between Padmé and Anakin, however that is about it. Additionally, there is no such thing as a intercourse in Star Wars both. Anakin from the Immaculate Conception… And we do not actually know the way Padmé acquired pregnant… It is not about fixing the unique work that Star Wars is, however about taking it to new territories. »

“I additionally need to inform my story. »

The fanfiction torch shouldn’t be going to exit. Beneath the pseudonym Aux 4 coin du LORE, an 18-year-old younger man is making ready a narrative that takes place after episode IX. “I’ve all the time been a passive fan since I used to be a baby. That is the primary time I am taking up one thing like this… My story takes place after the final movies. I wished to think about new challenges, new enemies…” Whereas many followers take pleasure in filling within the gaps within the story between episodes I and IX, our younger writer has gone into obscurity. “I feel the extra solutions we give, the extra questions we truly ask. It is countless…”

Nonetheless, like Mareva, the gamers and cosplayers of the Star Wars Legion, the approval of his personal story by different followers is essential for the younger man: “We’ve got to discover a stability between authentic creation and homage to the saga. For instance, I will go away the Jedi in my story, however for me, Skywalker’s story is over. I am a Star Wars fan, so I need to please different followers, however I additionally need to inform my very own story. »

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