Part of doing the final round of edits to the beta test document is giving everything a little more attention and polish. I was never really enthused about the name, it was something I just kind of settle on and was felt it was too generic or evocative enough for what I was going for. After re-watching The Force Awakens (for probably the fourth time…), I realized that the Empire is what made those original movies: powerful, intimidating, and widespread. Heroes are defined by adversity and the Empire was an excellent counter-point, making the Rebellion that more desperate and heroic by comparison.
With that, the next version of the ruleset will be Star Wars: Age of the Empire. This is an excerpt from the forthcoming document of what that entails:
Place in the Star Wars Timeline: Star Wars is a vast setting that spans thousands of years and decades of multi-media. The era that this adaptation takes place is from the end of the Clone Wars and the proclamation of the First Galactic Empire to their defeat at the Battle of Jakku and the signing of the Galactic Concordance, a period known as the Age of the Empire.
During this time and across the original movies, the dominance of the Empire suppressing cultural and technological growth, what technology that could be produced outside of the Empire was less polished and more rugged, and force-users were far more rare.
Also, in case you missed it, there is a new Star Wars: Rogue One trailer.