Star wars is a big universe, and is so full of resources that just the task of finding out what you need to read, watch or play in order to know a specific era, can be a daunting task in itself. To that end I give you:
Star Wars the Old Repulic Era – Essential Reading
Centrius recently posted a great article on the lore of the Star Wars universe, yet after reading it i caught myself thinking “thats great, but how about people that just want to know the essentials”. So I went on the prowl, scouring the web for information, and have come up with four avenues for gaining information about the Old Repulic Era, within which SWTOR will take place: The SWTOR timeline, the KOTOR games, the Novels and the comic books.
Timeline: The official SWTOR timeline is a video diary, narrated by a Jedi master. This series is built as a historical review of the historical events that led to the current situation – starting with current events and working backwards. The Series currently consists of 12x 3-5 minute videos:
Games: SWTOR relies heavily on the canon establish in the two computer game titles KOTOR & KOTOR2, both of which provide great insight into the conflicts and personal motivations behind the events leading up to the start of the SWTOR period. Either play both KOTOR games, go to these links on Wookipedia where loads of information is available:
Books: Star Wars has such an astonishingly huge line of novels detailing the universe, that reading them all would probably take a decade. But for the Old Repulic Era there are only a few, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s easy to read all the books, but then few books also means that very little has been covered, and most of the events and characters of the era are unknown to us. The Books currently available that has are directly linked to the SWTOR era are:
Fatal Alliance: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Republic-Fatal-Alliance/dp/0345511336/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315244878&sr=1-1
Comics: The Star Wars universe also has a great range of comic books, the line of comics detailing events in the Old republic started with “Tales of the Jedi” which turned into “Knights of the Old Republic” just prior to the launch of the computer game. Later appeared a series simply dubbed “The Old Republic” and one called “Knight Errant”.
Tales of the Jedi:http://amzn.to/pOzacO & http://amzn.to/rgIfi4
Knights of the Old Republic: http://amzn.to/oj7KjS
The Old Republic: http://amzn.to/qTZ4yJ
Knight Errant: http://amzn.to/n0BXR8