Friday Feature 11/3/2017: The Friday Feature Archives!

Empire in Flames turns six months old tomorrow! Since we launched EiF a Friday Feature has been put together nearly every week! (except one, oops.) The staff and community has found over the past months that we’ve referred to these posts over and over and over! So now you have an archive of them to easily reference for personal use or to direct a new player to the information!

Sandarie, Community Manager

Friday Features: The Archives!
By the Numbers 5/5/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=330
Pauleh Plays! 5/12/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=361
Planetary Factional Alignment in EiF 5/19/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=376
Decorating in Empire in Flames 5/26/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=391
Enter the Cats! 6/2/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=415
EiF Character Builder Beta Testing! 6/9/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=424
Player Cities 6/16/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=433
Server Hardware 6/23/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=456
Player Goods and Services 6/30/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=461
Port Jato 7/7/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=474
Player Events 7/14/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=492
Creature Resources 7/21/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=505
Macros 7/28/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=514
Badges 8/4/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=527
Old Content – Racetracks 8/11/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=535
Teaser! 8/18/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=541
oops… 8/25/2017
Heavy Weapons Y’all! 9/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=560
A Chat with Halyn 9/8/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=586
Loot Kits/Recyclers 9/15/17 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=595
A Chat with Anishor 9/22/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=599
Invasion 9/29/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=609
RP on EiF 10/06/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=623
A Chat with Abi/Gail 10/13/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=628
A Chat with Kelta 10/20/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=638
EiF Combat 10/27/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=647
The Friday Feature Archives!  11/3/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=659
A Chat with BluePyros 11/10/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=667
 A Chat with Wefi  11/17/2017  http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=680
Bonus Posts!
Question and Answer Time with the Devs! 5/2/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=291
Racial Bonuses 5/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=282
Professions and Skills 5/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=271
Housing in EiF 4/27/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=245
Empire in Flames Contact and Social Media Information 4/22/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=216

Friday Feature 10/20/2017: A Chat with Kelta!

Woo hoo! Another chat with one of the Empire in Flames Staff! Enjoy getting to know Kelta!

EiF: Which versions of SWG did you play? pre-CU, CU, NGE?

Kelta: I only played NGE. Unfortunately, I was a late comer to the game.

EiF: Which server did you play on?

Kelta: I played on Starsider!

Kelta: I played a LS Jedi and a Commando/BM. I tried to do Jedi/BM, but when they put my tanking heal at the bottom of the tree, I had to give up my narglatch.  I also had–at various times–a tailor, dancer/image designer, and a medic/BM.

My jedi was my favorite because I really enjoy tanking, but my commando was a close second. Who doesn’t love to set things on fire? Plus, my commando had pets!

EiF: How many accounts did you own/manage?

Kelta: I had two accounts. They both started out as my then-boyfriend’s  and then became mine.

(He paid for them though, so I guess that made them technically his!)

EiF: What type of gameplay style do you most enjoy?

Kelta: I was and am mainly an RPer. Tanking during instances was a close second, and gunning during space events was third. I also enjoyed just playing the game. I loved exploring the planets, following the quest lines, and fighting with my various pets.

EiF: What’s a typical gaming session for you, what activities?

Kelta: My gaming sessions vary. I have a tailor that I horribly neglect–when I get the crafting or decorating bug, I play her and start some wild scheme like creating a swimwear line! Mostly I hang out on my rangers and play with my pets. I spend a lot of my time hunting, taming babies, or running missions with my friends. I’m slowly getting into the RP scene. I have lots of ideas and not so much with the time right now.

EiF: What do you most enjoy about SWG?

Kelta: I love the pets!  I usually run with a pack of cats, but the variety of species I can tame is awesome!  I enjoy ferreting out the new tamables that have been added and searching for the super rares. I’m very excited that now I don’t have to be a bio-engineer or have a ton of money if I want specific pets; all I have to do is go find them and tame them! Taming is probably my favorite change from the NGE.

EiF: What do you enjoy most about Empire in Flames?
Kelta: Cat mounts! xD
It’s having all my friends gathered back together in one place and getting to see familiar names popping back up both in-game and on Discord, honestly. When Galaxies shut down, we tried to find another game that we could all make a home and nothing ever clicked. Now I have my closest friends back creating a game together, while other friends come back to check out and enjoy what is being created. And I’m gaining new friends as well!

EiF: When you are not ingame, what do you enjoy doing?

Kelta: Sleeping mostly. 🙂 But I also enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, reading, writing, gaming, and spending time with my family.

EiF: What do you do outside of EiF / do for a living?

Kelta: I’m a high school English teacher. ( 1) No, you won’t hear me correcting your grammar. I only do that if I’m teaching, you’re a student, or you ask me to. 2)You probably have an urge to check for grammatical errors now. Go ahead. It’s okay!)

EiF: What is your role with EiF? What does that entail?

Kelta: I’m the wife of the owner and I have no programming skills whatsoever. Pretty much, I offer suggestions when asked, serve as a sounding board as needed, enjoy playing the game, and point out bugs as I find them. Occasionally I make wild suggestions that are either shot down or considered.  I also yell “Shuttle” whenever I miss them–which is frequently–and try to help the actual programmers remember to enjoy the game too.

Oh, and I enjoy being a helper when I’m in-game!

EiF: If you could have ANYTHING instantly in EiF, what would it be?

Kelta: Everything finished to the point where the team could play a bit more and my husband could RP with me!

EiF: What gives you Developer’s Crack?

Kelta: Ummm…Bringing one more person over the “Dark Side” and watching them join the CH fold! Or visiting the awesome player cities and observing the way they mold this virtual world into their own(which always gives me more ideas for decorating!) Or rping!

 

Friday Feature: 10/6/2017 RP on EiF!

Plopping down heavily into a chair in her work area, the station manager leaned forward to fold her arms on her desk and laying her head on them. A sigh escaped her lips while recounting the events of the past few days. It all started with the arrival of a quirky droid who apparently was, and still is, looking for teams to help protect the shipments of his master’s cargo. In an of itself, that wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a space station such as Port Jato. Jato was really more of a shadowport, turning a blind eye to illicit activities, clandestine meetings, and the like. Heck she was working to create some private meeting areas to facilitate such activities, including sections where special cargo could be safely secured.

Shortly after the droid’s arrival and solicitation of her customers for escort and protection services,  the group out to harm the droid arrived in the Mistell demanding the droid be turned over to them. The type of clients she catered to didn’t take too well to being interrupted with a possible job being negotiated and the firefight broke out. A fire fight! Dammit! Not on her station! It was one of the few things Halyn made sure she understood, keep the activities to things that wouldn’t destroy his station!

“Meh,” she muttered into her arms, “Gotta get the new security team trained and settled. Get the new meeting rooms set up too, maybe that would have kept the scum away from the business activities being conducted.” A little bump against the blue hair covering her head startled her. Looking up she found a durni had landed on her desk. “Gah, seriously? My desk now?” Looking about she noticed several of the durni’s had escaped their pen and were nibbling on the fruits and veggies she was attempting to grow.

“Ugh! I’ll deal with you bunch later, right now, I have to get some secure rooms set up.”

Empire in Flames successfully launched its first roleplay campaign last Sunday. The story continues on Sunday with the droid, Custos, looking for teams of 3 to help escort his master’s cargo and keep it from being stolen while enroute to it’s destination. Two teams have formed so far and more are encouraged to be created. Each team will split a 1 million credit payment for services rendered at the successful completion of the campaign.

The staff of EiF are all avid roleplayers themselves and we are excited about bring the campaign to our community.  While EiF does not consider itself a roleplay server, it does think of itself as a friendly roleplay environment and it attracts a large number of people interested in roleplaying.

Port Jato is developing into a joint effort between the staff and community. The nearly completed arena has been decorated entirely by a member of our Community, Doreen. She has also set up Megan’s work area, complete with a test kitchen, working stills for her custom brews, and a garden. Other players are creating other sections of Jato, such as our arrival checkpoint and medical center.  (see this Friday Feature to learn more about features and plans for Port Jato http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=474 .)

Join us Sundays at 9:00 PM EST for more in the ongoing story. The storyteller is our very own Halyn, who has created a lot of epic story content not only in SWG Live on Starsider, but is also a published author with two books to his credit and has had his work included in a complilation with other authors.

Sandarie
Community Manager

Grand Opening of the Gnorton Zoo and Sanctuary!

The city of Gnorton is hosting a celebration for the grand opening of the Gnorton Zoo and Sanctuary. Many events are planned for the evening. Bring a loved pet or come out to find a new pet to love!

Adoption drive (dirt cheap pets)

Raffle

Lottery

Pet Show

Pet Contest (with a Master Creature Handler Prize)!

Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 8 pm EST.

Location: Outside of Keren, Naboo 196 1331. A shuttle beacon will be placed the day of the event.

The event will be conducted in character, but everyone who loves pets will want to be sure to attend (even if you’re not exactly a CH!)

For more information contact: Doreen in-game and SquirrelGirl in Discord/Forums

Friday Feature 8/11/2017: Old Content – Race Tracks!

While the EiF developers do have new content soooo close to being released, I have started spending time checking out the old content. One of the features from live I never participated in was the Old Swoop Tracks! I found this information on the Internet archive the Way Back Machine. Now that name alone is a flashback from my childhood days!

Enjoy! EiF might just have a day at the races planned soon(TM)!


Old Swoop Tracks

“First things first, swoop racing is illegal. The Emperor doesn’t allow for formal competitions. Get it out of your head right now that your holo-picture will be idolized by little beings across the galaxy. There ain’t no official races. Now for a fee, I could be inclined to give you the waypoints of some old tracks that us swoopers used to run. Some former champ left a protocol droid behind at his favorite tracks, you know, just as an historic marker. If they ain’t rusted out, I think they still record times. I’ve even heard of some small time chumps using those droids as official time keepers for their own racing events. Some don’t even use swoops, they run it or ride animals around it. But I ain’t part of that. No sir, the Empire treats me too well to want to break the law. “
– Former Professional Swoop Racer

Agrilat Swamp Circuit – Start at Corellia 1680 4700

Star Wars Galaxies now feature the following race tracks: Old Mos Espa Arena CircuitAgrilat Swamp Circuit and the Keren Street Race. The Old Mos Espa Circuit will allow you to relive the exciting pod race featured in Episode I. The Agrilat Swamp Circuit takes you into and through dangerous Agrilat Swamps on a race reminiscent of the one between Han Solo and Dengar. Finally, the Keren Street Race challenges your skills by leading you through the narrow lanes and tight bridges in the city of Keren.

To begin, simply converse with the race protocol droid. If you have never raced that track before you will be given some options to describe how the race is run or to start a race. When a race is started, you are given a waypoint to the first leg of the race. Jump on your vehicle or mount or start running as fast as you can. Upon reaching that waypoint, you are given a waypoint to the next leg of the race and receive a message listing your current lap time.

Upon completing the entire circuit you are given your total time. If you have beaten your personal best time, you receive graphical text for all to see. Conversing with the protocol droid again will register your last time with it and it will announce the time registered for all to see. If you beat the current daily record, you will receive a badge appropriate to that track.

Old Mos Espa Arena Circuit – Start at Tatooine 2380 5000

If you have already completed the circuit, you can speak with the protocol droid again to do one of the following:

·  Race the circuit again.

·  See who the current record holder of the day is.

·  Have the droid announce your personal best time in spatial chat for bragging rights.

·  Reset your personal best time.

Please note that currently you cannot adjust the speed on vehicles. Getting the best time will require careful negotiation of terrain, avoidance of obstacles and enemies and planning at least one leg ahead to hit the turns from the best angle. Remember to use the SHIFT key (by default) to slow down around tight corners.

The true purpose of the tracks is to assist players in running their own races. See the Events Team’s Host a Race for suggestions on how to run your own player event race and check the Player Events Schedule to see if there are any races being held this week.

Keren Street Race – Start at Naboo 1396 2686

Swoop Racing in the Galactic Empire

As old as the Old Republic, swoop racing has been around since the second swoop was built. Swoop racing is a very dangerous sport. So dangerous in fact, that swoop racing was only allowed on sanctioned racing tracks and illegal outside of all official tracks and arenas. This high speed sport was originally kept under tight controls because it was as dangerous to bystanders as it was to the racers themselves. At over 400 miles per hour, an unsuspecting street merchant or innocent bystander exiting their homes was at lethal risk simply by being in the right place at the wrong time.

After the rise of the Empire, the Emperor was more interested in imprisoning the fringe and criminal elements whose vehicle of choice were swoops and also making sure to take these powerful vehicles away from anyone who could oppose him. Swoop racing was made illegal and used as a tool to imprison all of the best swoop racers to jail racing criminals and insure there would be no one to teach the best techniques to a new generation of racers.

“First things first, swoop racing is illegal. The Emperor doesn’t allow for formal competitions. Get it out of your head right now that your holo-picture will be idolized by little beings across the galaxy. There ain’t no official races. Now for a fee, I could be inclined to give you the waypoints of some old tracks that us swoopers used to run. Some former champ left a protocol droid behind at his favorite tracks, you know, just as an historic marker. If they ain’t rusted out, I think they still record times. I’ve even heard of some small time chumps using those droids as official time keepers for their own racing events. Some don’t even use swoops, they run it or ride animals around it. But I ain’t part of that. No sir, the Empire treats me too well to want to break the law. ”

– Former Professional Swoop Racer 

Swoop Racing
From starwars.com

At the heart of swoop racing is a simple vehicle called a swoop. Designed for one passenger, the vehicle is basically an engine with a seat. To drive the swoop at speeds that can exceed 400 miles per hour, the driver is equipped with kneepads, footpads and handgrips that control speed, steering and altitude. To enhance the handling, the driver must carefully shift his weight in the seat. This vehicle has no armor, no weapons and no crash protection, but it does have a seat belt.

Swoop racing is a popular sport that takes place in huge domed arenas called swoop tracks. The arenas hold tens of thousands of spectators. The race is made up of circular flight paths and obstacle courses designed to challenge the agility and skill of each driver.

The Return of Swoop Racing

Since the discovery of the first illegal swoop tracks earlier this year, swoop racing has begun to emerge. Too small to be cared about by the Emperor as he plans his attacks on the Rebellion, swoopers have used the modules from the original race droids to create new race droids and new tracks. Here are the latest reports on the new swoop tracks:

Lok Marathon

“This is one of the longest and most arduous races in the galaxy. Don’t bother with it unless you have the time and stamina. The Empire doesn’t come here often, so it gets a lot of use from swoopers looking for an illegal race. The trouble is most of them do not complete the marathon. Beware of dangerous beasts, pirates, confusing mazes and a very large and active volcano.”

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Corsair Flow
Mosseru Run
The Labyrinth
The Old Great Wall
Base of Mount Chaolt
Mouth of the Beast
East Rim
South Rim
West Rim
Keldarin Highlands
Spine Snake River
Perlek Patch
Nine Day Island
Grendin River
Smuggler’s Bend
Stronghold Boundary
West Gate

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Nashal River Race

“Mostly this track has been used for recreation and youth races; very few professional events have been staged here. The course primarily sticks to major waterways around Nashal and therefore is impractical for mount or foot racing. On a hover vehicle, it is considered a delightful afternoon outing.”

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The Narrows
Krisa River
Xahn’s Crossing
Virrago Bend
Garva’s Turn
Quid Embankment
Snaykinn Pass
Jeassa River
Kyuu’s Twist
The TH Causeway
Lake Thorn
Aximia River
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Narmle Memorial Rally

“Legends say that this track retraces the route used by local smuggler, Trein Veltin as he tried to elude authorities intent on his arrest. Weaving through the streets desperately trying to lose his pursuers he made it out of the city. Unfortunately his escape was cut short due to a fatal collision with a flesh eating chuba. Since that time many have made the run in his memory. Eventually it became a semi-formal track for a thoroughly illegal street race.”

 

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Southern Archway
Crafter’s Alley
Hotel Square
Academy Row
The Back Alley
Overlook Entrance
Overlook
Overlook Egress
Vendor’s Alley
Rorgungan Ruins
The Forgotten Heroes
Garyn’s Lookout
Squall Patch
Chuba Grove
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