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When FanForce Meetings Go Bad
by Chris Knight, August 1st, 2001

On July 21 2001 the Atlanta FanForce chapter - the Hothlanta Rebels - convened at Dave & Buster's in Marietta, Georgia. A fun time was had by all! But then things got... a little carried away.

The meeting began like any other good-natured FanForce pow-wow. Some people showed off their rare Qui-Gon Jinn/Jedi Armor action figures to fellow fans. Others swapped war stories about waiting in line for tickets. A few shared tips on costume design. And some folks decided it was a good time to practice pro-wrestling sleeper holds, as the gang at the far end of the table is demonstrating.

Mandy, AKA Minacia Brightstar, head of the Hothlanta Rebels and de-facto Imperial Grand Poobah, holds court over the motley crew that had assembled at Dave & Busters.

Things were going exceptionally well. Then it happened: Jessica, AKA Stranded in space, brought the table to a screeching halt. Everyone "oohed" and "aaahed" at her amazing Force ability: the power to create hundreds of cute little origami X-Wings from the Dave & Buster's placemats!

More detail of the little paper X-Wings. Jeremy, AKA Gen. Madine's Hairpiece, is rumored to have ordered 30,000 of these versatile snubfighters... supposedly to be commandeered by origami clone soldiers in his mad bid to take over the entire Jedi Council forums.

Alas, the origami X-Wing could not be allowed to go unchallenged. A group of FanForce regulars (some of whom were hardened 501st vets... obviously) chose to retaliate with an origami TIE Fighter.

All that was missing were the capital-class starships. It was then that Luci Lockhart entered the fray, at the helm of the awesome Super Star Destroyer Executor ...

... which then met a gruesome fate, as Luci re-created, in stunning origami, the Executor's swan-song dive from Return Of The Jedi.

Unfortunately for the Rebel forces, the Imperials would win this day. Here we see Jimmy (AKA Jedireject and TK1025) reproducing the tragic death of Jek Porkins, using nothing but paper, a fork, and a match.

Things threatened to spin even further out of hand, but the Dave & Buster's crew stopped the Hothlanta Rebels from folding a working origami Death Star. The meeting (one of the first for Atlanta FanForce as an official chapter) continued, with members breaking bread together and discussing business. Introductions were made and it was REALLY fun to meet people who we'd only known as screennames from the Jedi Council forums! After the meeting adjourned, the Hothlanta Rebels proceeded to the Dave & Buster's gameroom, where the fare of choice was Star Wars Racer and the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Game. Thanks to the Atlanta FanForce for a really great time!

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