Cool. Very good find, Mel.
I don't know if I'd want it to take place around the time of the movies, though. Part of the charm is that it's set so far back into the past. Another part of the fun is discovering all the past "tie-ins" it kind of tips its' hat to. Like that of Bendak Starkiller (Starkiller being the name originally intended for Luke), Cassus Fett (ancestor to Jango and Boba), Darth Revan actually wearing a Mandalorian mask of the Mandalore he killed, the sword of Bacca (presumably one of Chewbacca's ancestor's), and so forth. I think that's one of the reasons they decided to do the Tales of the Jedi comic (which is around the same time frame at K.O.T.O.R., give or take a decade or two, and was the basis for the game), set so far back into the past. At the time Dark Horse published the series, it was during pre-production of the first three movies and there was too many things John Ostrander couldn't do because of continuity. However, setting it so far into the past, it kind of leaves everything open, but still has all the elements that make Star Wars so enduring over the ages. The fact they had Mandalorians just made it all the more great for me, but I'm biased, as I think we all are, in that regard. What's even better is that they now have the K.O.T.O.R. comic which takes place before the games (Taris is still intact). It's set during the Mandalorian War. Mandalorians everywhere. Good stuff.
You know, talking about all this makes me want to actually finish playing the first game. I'm still only half-way through, I think. I'm at that point where I get captured by that Admiral that use to be the commanding officers of the smuggler in your crew. It was just one of those games I didn't want to stop playing, you know? Kind of like Final Fantasy. I think it's finally time to finish it. Then I can move on to the second one.
Anyway, I think the series is better set in the past. Anyone else agree or disagree?