What books should I read before Star Wars the Old Republic MMO?

I like reading the corny video game books that are out before any rpg I really want to get into. I read all the warcraft books back before the WoW launch.  I've read all the Mass Effect and Dragon Age books, the Witcher books, some Starcraft books etc etc. 
 
I wanted to read some Star Wars books before the MMO is out but I have no idea where to even begin. There are tons of star wars books out there, so i thought I'd ask if any of you fine gentlemen could give me a list.

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I like reading the corny video game books that are out before any rpg I really want to get into. I read all the warcraft books back before the WoW launch.  I've read all the Mass Effect and Dragon Age books, the Witcher books, some Starcraft books etc etc. 
 
I wanted to read some Star Wars books before the MMO is out but I have no idea where to even begin. There are tons of star wars books out there, so i thought I'd ask if any of you fine gentlemen could give me a list.

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Play the kotor games instead, that'll lead into the Old Republic.  They're also fucking amazing.

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@Skytylz: Seriously go on steam and buy at least the first KOTOR at least. You could run that game on modern hardware and it's still fun. I still play it from time to time. 
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@RE_Player92 said:
" @Skytylz: Seriously go on steam and buy at least the first KOTOR at least. You could run that game on modern hardware and it's still fun. I still play it from time to time.  "
Yeah, he should probably skip the second.  It's kind of a bummer.
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The majority of the expanded universe novels are set thousands of years after the events of the KOTOR games.  With a few exceptions, the books can be divided into three categories ; those that follow on from the classic trilogy; those set around the events of the prequel trilogy; and the New Jedi Order series, beginning many years after Return of the Jedi and focusing heavily on Han and Leia's children.  Most of the novels are of a MUCH higher standard than your typical movie/game spin-off literature. I can highly recommend Timothy Zahn's Heir to The Empire trilogy, which has a much better plot than any of the movies, in fact you should probably start here.  I also really enjoyed the Mandalorian Wars trilogy (Three books about Boba Fett!) and the Jedi Academy trilogy, whose authors name escapes me right now.  There are a few books dealing with the time period that the MMO is set in but to be honest I haven't read them.  Oh and one more thing - The New Jedi Order is heavy stuff, one of the lead characters from the original movies is killed in the first book! :-)

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3600BBY (Before Battle of Yavin - 1st Death Star blowing up. Star Wars: A New Hope) is roughly the time of comic book series only when it comes to the expanded universe/fiction. I don't think there were any big books published about this era.
 
Here is the timeline from Bioware's point of view. They use a point in the timeline which is correct when it comes to the current point in the universe (being so far 'back' in history, the Battle of Yavin has no place in the timeline, so they use the Treaty of Coruscant as their basing. I don't know about that, I'm a book guy, never really got into the comics/graphic novels) called BTS (Before Treaty of Coruscant) which happens about 3600BBY, or in this case, 0BTS. 
 
Here is the timeline from an expanded universe point of view. It takes into account all books, movies, audio dramas, etc. that have ever come out. This is the timeline I'm much more familiar with, simply due to me knowing more about the books, not really touching the other forms of print. 
 
Probably a bit confusing to you, but I'm a bit rusty. Haven't bought an expanded universe book in over 3 years, so let me know if I can clarify anything from up there.

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@ClaritySam said:
" The majority of the expanded universe novels are set thousands of years after the events of the KOTOR games.  With a few exceptions, the books can be divided into three categories ; those that follow on from the classic trilogy; those set around the events of the prequel trilogy; and the New Jedi Order series, beginning many years after Return of the Jedi and focusing heavily on Han and Leia's children.  Most of the novels are of a MUCH higher standard than your typical movie/game spin-off literature. I can highly recommend Timothy Zahn's Heir to The Empire trilogy, which has a much better plot than any of the movies, in fact you should probably start here.  I also really enjoyed the Mandalorian Wars trilogy (Three books about Boba Fett!) and the Jedi Academy trilogy, whose authors name escapes me right now.  There are a few books dealing with the time period that the MMO is set in but to be honest I haven't read them.  Oh and one more thing - The New Jedi Order is heavy stuff, one of the lead characters from the original movies is killed in the first book! :-) "
Zahn's books are easily recommendable. They literally started the idea of an expanded universe concept back in the early 90s. One of the books I can wholeheartedly tell somebody they should read is Traitor in the NJO. It just takes a handful of the characters we've been reading about for years, and puts them in a situation we've never seen before. That one I can just pick up and read any time.
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@Skytylz: Yeah I've played through both of them, and they were amazing.
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@shakra: In that case, the only star wars book I've read was Shadows of the Empire and it was pretty good but it wasn't Old republic stuff.
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@ClaritySam: Thanks, just ordered heir to the empire. I hate it so much when books arent on the kindle store :(
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@shakra: If you want actual prep to understand the set up of the world during the time this game takes place in, read the Darth Bane series. First though, I recommend getting on Steam and playing KOTOR, then reading the books. The books kind of pick up shortly after the first KOTOR games end, as it calls back to Darth Revan and things she did in the game a little bit. You don't have to have played the game first, but it will have a lot more of an emotional impact on you if you do.
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Read Fatal Alliance. I just bought it a couple of weeks ago and it's realy good.
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I think there are a few Dark Horse comics that cover that time period, but the best thing is just to play (or replay) KOTOR 1 and maybe 2.

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You should go find some good star wars fan fiction, read it and then hang yourself.

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5,000 BBY

3,998 BBY

  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic by Tom Veitch
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising by Tom Veitch

3,997 BBY

3,996 BBY

3,993 BBY

3,986 BBY

 
thes are the one you should read. all take place before the old republic but have some bearing on the old republic series.
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There are books based on the MMO.  Deceived and Fatal Alliance.  Just read them. 
 
Everything else takes place before or after.

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@Meowshi said:

" There are books based on the MMO.  Deceived and Fatal Alliance.  Just read them.  Everything else takes place before or after. "

Awesome thanks. And of course Fatal Alliance isn't available to get on the kindle. Goddamn publishers are just asking me to steal content.