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Episode 101: Amaranthine


It's difficult conveying speed and action in a static medium. Especially when the vast majority of the screenshots available contain enormous amounts of motion blur. You might think that motion blur would help convey the sense of movement, but in reality it's so blurry that it's almost impossible to tell what you're looking at from a single still frame outside the context of the moving video.


Anakin: <roll>
[SFX]: Vreeoooow!!
{the pod racers fly through a tight canyon, whipping around the curved walls of unforgiving rock}
GM: <roll> <roll> <roll>
{close up of one of the other racers shaking a fist at another driver}
{a pod hits the rock wall of the canyon and explodes}
[SFX]: Kapaff!!
GM: <roll> <roll>
{the other racers zoom past}
[SFX]: Zyeooow!!
Anakin: <roll>
[SFX]: Vrahooom!!
{Anakin's pod overtakes around the outside of another racer with a burst of speed}
GM: <roll> <roll>
[SFX]: wubwubwubwub...
{close up of Sebulba, complacently driving in first place as his engine ticks over with a soft purr}
Anakin: <roll>
GM: <roll> <roll>
{other racers strung out in a line behind Sebulba, hurtling headlong across a desert plain broken up with dramatic spires of rock}
[SFX]: Zyeeoooo!!
Anakin: <roll>
[SFX]: Vyeeooooo!!
{the racers enter a long banked turn to the left}
Anakin: <roll>
[SFX]: Zyeeooo!!
{shot from Anakin's perspective, showing the other racers in front of him, streaking across the plain at breakneck speed}
GM: <roll> <roll> <roll>
[SFX]: vrrrowWW!!
Anakin: <roll>
[SFX]: vyooom!!
{they fly through a narrow canyon, turning gently to the right past cliff dwellings carved into the rock; a mysterious female bounty hunter watches the race from a balcony}
Anakin: <roll>
{Anakin overtakes another racer further along the canyon, where the walls are carved by erosion into a series of eerie stalactites and stalagmites}
[SFX]: vzoo!! vzoo!!
GM: <roll> <roll> <roll>
GM: <roll> <roll>
GM: <roll> <roll> <roll> <roll>
{emerging from the canyons, another racer loses control and ploughs headlong into the desert sands at incredible speed...}
{... the pod explodes in a huge fireball, sending giant shards of shrapnel into the path of the other drivers}
GM: <roll> <roll>
Anakin: <roll>
{Anakin dodges the flying shrapnel and fights to maintain control of the pod}
[SFX]: Vazooow!!
{the racers tear across the shimmering heat of the open desert plain}
Anakin: <roll>
Anakin: How much longer is this race going to take?
GM: We've almost finished one lap of three. It's... 2am. Do you want to keep going?

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Published: Sunday, 02 January, 2011; 14:36:51 PST.
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