Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

It’s been nearly a year since Empire in Flames was launched on May the 4th, (be with you)! I asked the staff and contributors of EiF to share a memory from SWG with me. To launch our Anniversary Week of Events! (AWE!) we are hosting a ball based upon my memory! There are a lot of events planned all over the galaxy, so pay attention to next Friday’s Feature, the Holonews Terminals, and the Discord channels!

Sandarie (Community Manager)
So many memories, but one which always stands out is the one that launched me (pun intended) into the Piloting RP community back on Starsider. I was going to quit playing SWG because I’d not found a good niche. I was an incredibly newb RPer and really had only been in SWG for a couple months. I was determined to learn to fly a starfighter before I quit though and spent hours on the SWG Pilot forums where I noticed Codyman was throwing one of his infamous parties in the Lucky Despot in Mos Eisley. People from all the servers were planning to attend, so I thought? “Why not do this before I quit?”

Whoa… when I got there, the server was soooooo lagged from the hundreds of people in attendance. I was in awe walking around and seeing the “famous” people from the Pilot forums. One in particular struck up a conversation with me, but the scroll from spatial chat was extreme. We formed a group and chatted ICly for the rest of the evening.

The next day on the Pilot forums I saw a lot of discussion about Leaph and the mysterious blue Twi’lek who stood around all night gazing into each other’s eyes. Suddenly, I’d gone from a nobody to a novelty. That single event changed my life, ICly and OOCly. It lead me to meeting Halyn, impersonating Abi in an intense RP, getting to know Anishor, and eventually Kelta! Now all 10 or so years later, it’s led me to EiF!

Wefi (Asset Contributor)
The thing that kept me in SWG after the NGE. I was lucky enough to play all versions of the Game, I also would make new characters on different servers to try out different things. This was true with the CU. I made a character on Radiant and in the NGE I made a toon on Naritus, Wefi.

I wasn’t too keen on the forums at the time, so I had little knowledge of the NGE. When I came back in December, I eagerly made Wefi, my Jedi. I met couple of players, even had a small guild at one point. But one time in Restuss’  new starport, before the city went boom, I ran into a player named Cye. He invited me into Dogs of War, a PvP guild based around family ideals. I was by far the youngest member. The guild took me in and showed me how to basically PvP in the new system. I came to the server as a nobody, but became one of the better known PvP’ers.

I don’t recall the waypoint on Corellia where we held our city, but we spend most of our time in Restuss. We were often the driving force behind the late night PvP. We defended the GCW bases on Naboo, Corellia, and Talus. If there was PvP to be held, we were there.

Savage (Continuity Contributor)
When I first started playing SWG, starting out on the Naritus server, I definitely thought the game was neat, but I was having trouble finding a niche of my own. I wasn’t sure what to do with my character, or where I was going in general. I was pretty clueless.

Then one day, I was walking through Mos Eisley heading to the bank/bazaar terminals near the Cantina after running some missions. There in the middle of the street I saw a group of players in full stormtrooper armor, acting like Stormtroopers. This was my first introduction into roleplaying. For some reason, it had never occured to me people would really fully immerse themselves into characters in the game, let alone as stormtroopers. I didn’t even know it was possible to get the armor- which I had always loved as a Star Wars fan.

I immediately started talking them up, asking them all sorts of questions. It wasn’t long after that they invited me to join their RP stormtrooper unit, helping me to level up, save money, and eventually buy my own set of stormtrooper armor to allow me to join in on the fun. This started seven years of adventures in stormtrooper roleplaying that would last my entire time in the game and introduce me to roleplaying as a whole, becoming the thing in Star Wars Galaxies that would give me the most joy and help me meet some amazing people.

Anishor (Combat Balance Developer)
There’s really only one spot I can point to, and that’s Chalmun’s Cantina.  This place was the center of starting some of the greatest RPs I had the pleasure of being apart of.  So many memories. It’s where Anishor and Halyn went from being compatriots to real friends. It’s where Anishor defied a cult of Sith to redeem a friend, twice with two different people.  It’s where the ‘three amigos’ formed. It’s where the Eisley crime wars happened and Anishor and another wookiee who’s purple and green fur will never be forgotten, Bycem talked and helped the non-wookiees who were being intimidated by the large criminal elements and sparred with trandoshans from one of the earlier slaver guilds. T’Dosk

Abi (In-game Items Developer)
My earliest memory of Star Wars Galaxies was during the first week or so of live. There were hardly any player houses around because everyone was still figuring out what to do and how to do it, and working so hard on levelling up. I was working on Medic/Doc at the time and ran into a Mon Cal Architect and we got to chatting while I was healing him. I wanted a house super bad, and he just wanted XP to keep levelling, so we reached an agreement. I brought him all the resources to craft a house and he’d call it even.

I spent a bunch of time hand sampling everything I needed to make a Small Corellian House, and we met up one afternoon and made the exchange. I gave him the resources, he did some crafting and I walked away with a Small Corellian House, Style 2. I had already picked out the perfect spot and started swimming west of Coronet, to an isolate island. It was bare of structures and I claimed it as my own, placing my house next to a tree on a small hill near the western beach of the island, and then logged out for the evening – satisfied with my new home in the game.

When I logged in the next day, there was a guild hall almost immediately in the middle of the island behind my house, and I cussed and cursed those fools for taking *my* home. I was here first, and they weren’t going to run me off. A few days later I ran into someone coming to that guildhall, and I went to go give him a piece of my mind. We ended up chatting and found out that the guild was a bunch of friends from other Star Wars games, they were Rebel aligned and were totally happy to have me along for the ride, and so I joined RSPA thanks to a guy named Xtremegene.

It was in this guild that I eventually went on to meet many of my online friends, including Anishor, Halyn, Sandarie and then Kelta. Without this key moment and this location I doubt that I would even be here working on EiF.

Kelta (Lead Developer Support)
When I started playing Live, Halyn already had his group of friends established and everyone he knew was a level 90. I was obviously grinding a new character by myself, so to keep me company, Halyn went and purchased me a pet. I clicked on this egg in my inventory; there was a cracking noise with green slime shooting into the air and my narglatch appeared in front of me. She was so adorable that I was instantly smitten and thus began my obsession with pets. I was determined to learn everything I could about my pet so that I could have those coveted green eyes. (And XP bonus!) I traveled to Moenia, Naboo, pulled her out, and her eyes went from blue to green! Naboo was her favorite planet and as I spent a lot of time there leveling, it became one of mine too.

Zephyr Base on Rori is where the rest of all my memories originate. Halyn was running the flight academy Rara Avis from there when I joined in late NGE. Eventually he would start a guild named HAZE. It was there I met Sandarie, Blue, Anishor, and Abi, gunned at Saturday night PVP events, and began to roleplay. As a member of HAZE, I interacted with the majority of the pilot community and made many friends. The transient nature of the guild concept–join, become a better pilot, leave once you were trained–meant that a lot of my friends left to join other guilds. But the core group remained. I have many friends that I would not know; dozens of rp memories that never would have existed; and a relationship that might never have become a marriage if I hadn’t spent time at that base on Rori. For those reasons, Rori is my other favorite planet.

Blue (Andarta) (Website and Forum Co-Manager)
My favorite memory is tied to a place I can’t go back to, a time I can’t go back to.  Another expansion had come out for the TCG, and with it all the new loot. In that month’s free pack I pulled the rare piece for the pack’s build-an-item, the Cloud City house.  I quickly searched the market and bought up the vastly more common (and cheaper) parts to build the deed. The house was plopped outside the city limits of our de-facto factional headquarters surrounding the Rori rebel outpost, AKA Zephyr Base.  After wandering around inside I was struck with the idea to decorate it as a new briefing hall for our weekly events and RP, and got to work. Halyn eventually approved of the idea and we managed to make the thing fit next to the old one in the notoriously unforgiving rori terrain, and our flagship “MC-40 Virtue” was born.  Within a week I had it done up, in a style reminiscent of the ROTJ briefing on Home One. Players were floored but it wasn’t until the next Saturday when it really sunk in. Not for the first time ever, but often for the first time in a long while, it really felt like Star Wars. We were there, in that universe, existing. It was all the more important because it was something I had built myself.  Not the devs, or lucas. Me. It was part of what made SWG really special. The hall is long gone, as is much of that community, but that first night we used it still sticks with me. Still proud of that deco job too (and I have a very potato recording of walking through it. The key room is the top https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u-ZGEXo3hg)

Violet (Original Art Contributor)
I recall the first day I entered the Dark Enclave and they took PvP that seriously that they were having training sessions and sparring tournaments in the enclave to remain fresh and well practiced. They had a sort of room for newbies to PvP, and a sparring room for the pro’s.

I remember stepping in and seeing a Dark Jedi Oppressor giving some advice or a lecture on how to maintain control of posture in a fight. My turn came to duel him, it was hard, but this was one of the ways I learned to fight and eventually rose to Templar III until I was teaching on my own.

Dax (Quest Developer for SII and EiF)
Coming out of Beta and going live with SWG was an amazing adventure.  So many new players all trying to understand and have fun with the new MMO. My main character, Daxamatic, was experimenting with different professions, trying to find that right build.

When the first Jedi was announced, it was pretty exciting among the players in our group.  Really not knowing what triggered it, we all speculated as we keep playing. Wanting to build items and deeds for my guild, I switched over to something new, Architect, my sixth profession.
Grinding away and taking breaks to travel to the POIs near my harvesters to keep it from being boring. With the last round of resource gathering on Corellia, Daxamatic ground out last of the XP.  Going into CNet I called out for training from a Master Architect. The shock of becoming glowy had me literally sitting at the keyboard.

Realizing that I needed to do something next, I quickly read online what was thought we needed to do.  Traveling with my new character as fast with no protection or skills, as fast I could, I arrived at the Jedi shrine south of Tryenna and at sunset, knelt and began my journey under, back then, the perma-death system which forced me into the wilderness and great adventures.

Halyn (Lead Developer and EiF Owner)
Anchorhead, Tatooine, was where I started my journey. The game launched in June; I joined in October and, like many newbies, made my way to Tatooine to start my journey.

Most of the first month was spent attempting to run missions and level and gain enough faction points to join the Rebel Alliance, while failing to be caught in the crossfire between Rebel and Imperial PvPers during the infamous base busting wars outside Anchorhead at that time.

To this day, the character creation/login music takes me back to a thousand stories…stories that all began, in some way, at Anchorhead.

Lasko (Sunrunner II Developer and EiF Contributor)
Awesome….. joined shortly after start
Mos Espa was my home for ages
Still my fave place

EiF Community!
Leave your memories here! From live or something from the past year with EiF. If you can, include a location! There will be a small commemorative gift for those who leave a memory.

Sandarie
Community Manager

14 thoughts on “Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

  1. One of the first Saturday Space PVP Events I attended. Was gunning for someone on a Nova or 1300, and swung the turret around to see 3 other crewed POB’s, a squadron of X Wings, B Wings, A Wings and Y Wings all flying together towards 0,0 … It felt like we were a real Fleet, a scene right out of the movies, and was one of the most immersive moments in any game I’ve had.

  2. You can blame my husband for me playing SWG to start with. He got the game first, then was amused when he saw that I tended to look over his shoulder at all the pretty graphics…

    So eventually, he installed it on my computer (for my birthday!). Well it was a few days past my birthday when I finally logged on for the first time.

    Having seen how many women there were in the game (one of them driven by my husband) and how many people in the game acted like 14 year olds….I decided to roll up a male human in the character creator as protective coloring, so to speak. Let those 14 year olds hit on me now!

    Tried to get the name Avon for him (I was thinking Avon Blake,or Avon Kerr as a Blake’s 7 fan, for the name) and couldn’t do it. Hubby suggested one of his old internet handles, Arithon, which was stolen from the Floating Vagabond RPG. Kerr then became Kerson, and the toon became Arithon Kerson, musician and scout and later, Jedi.

    He was loads of fun to play, and I met some fun people in the game. Some are on my friend’s list in FB now.

    Yeah, need to be in game playing an Imp. (Arithon would have conniptions, he was a rebel!)

  3. Made an account just to share a story here, you know… asking for a memory of this game that stands out isn’t exactly easy as this was my first REAL mmo, but the one that comes to mind the most was my very first interaction I had with other players. let me set the scene;

    The server, Bria. A fresh faced toon logs into SWG for the 3rd or 4th time ever, wandering the streets of mos eisley asking one simple question – “how do I heal my wounds’. See what had happened is in an effort to get better skills I got myself into a few fights with some woorts and rylls(?) around the town, after a few successes I started going further afield where creatures started to get stronger. I wasnt deterred by this, after all fighting stronger creatures gets you stronger fast right? of course this led to a couple of deaths, and the problematic wounds that come with them.

    I had no idea wheat to do, my health bar now having a good slice missing from it… I did the only thing i could do and turn to other players happily going about their daily business, luckily for me I was able to grab the attention of a player clad in stormtrooper armor, and for a small fee of 100 credits he offered to show me where the doctors were (remember, I had only been playing a few days and hadnt even noticed medical centres on the map) so after tipping the guy his fee, he invited me to a group and we set off. Now at the time i was stood outside the starport and for everyone here you will know that the docs is LITERALLY 10 meters away.. I felt so stupid.

    Within no time I was healed, my escort had decided to hang around for a bit so we got talking, I noticed that under his name he had a bunch of extra writing saying ‘the emperors hammer’, i asked him why that was there and he stated that this was his guild. ‘guild?’ i said ‘whats that?’. He explained to me what a guild was, and that if I was interested him and a group of fellow guildies were about to run some mission terminals and that if I liked I could come with them. I accepted…

    We all met up just outside the cantina, and what i saw blew me away, you had people with rocket launchers, massive rifles, huger spears and one guy had a pet rancor, everyone clad in mad clothes and armor sets I had no idea existed… I felt like the most useless player there stood in my standard brawler outfit and wooden pole thing alongside what felt were like titans. Nobody in the group cared about this however and all welcomed me with open arms, before you know it, were rolling out in this huge group of speeder bikes on our way to murder banthas.

    we spent the next few hours going thru everyones missions, raking in the xp and the monies. I didnt really do much in the fights but I helped as much as I could. every few missions we would camp up and heal our battle fatigue (a thing I didnt know existed until then). afterwards we retired to their player owned city, now for a guy who had never really been outside mos eisley to much this was a sight, everyone had their own homes as well as their own personal shopping mall. After spending some time looking at other peoples houses I decided, I want to be part of this guild. the owner who had previously conned me out of 100 credits not only accepted me, but gave me my own first house AND a swoop to upgrade from my normal bike.

    I logged off that day feeling that I was now part of the game proper, I havent played an MMO since that has had the same effect… and a lot of this experience still carries over to me today (Such as how you will NEVER see me play rebel, or my unhealthy fascination with DWB), honestly I wish I could tell this story in greater detail, but the memories are lost to time and even if I could remember every little detail we’d be here for a while.

  4. My brother conned me into the game. or rather, begged me. He knew I would like it once I got there, it was the getting there that was not easy. I was in another game and enjoying it (still am) when he starts up about SWG again. “I need a healer, and someone that can entertain, and we really need a dedicated harvester, and you don’t have to craft if you don’t want to.” It seemed that after NGE hit, his guild suffered like many had, people left in droves, it was early enough that no one had come back yet, he was splitting off to create his own guild so I would have that extra feel of safety. To add a cherry, I could play a Wookiee.

    I think her name was Kish, or Takisha, she was chocolate brown and pink, an Entertainer, she danced, and later, sang, I managed to get some sort of medic in her, I poked crafting, thought it was cool, but was way too restless for such things. I flew, explored, harvested, and Ayenn stuffed me into a turret in his Lovefood and we terrorized the Imperials.

    Tatooine’s endless suburbia eventually got to be too much for us, so we moved to Corellia’s endless suburbia, scoring a spot not far from where Broken Bridge is now. I was willing to risk dancing for Jedi, singing for Rebels, and as the Twi’Leks wanted nothing to do with Wookiee hair in their sequins, I gave up dealing with them and moved my act to more out of the way places, moving around to avoid patrols that were IC and OOC.

    I RP’d with those that would, but did not get involved in any of the storylines, SWG was not my primary game, my kids were still young, and I was going through some rough RL. SWG was somewhere I went to not have to be anyone, though the Wookiee had a story of sorts as she must. I remember some names from then, in today’s EiF, seen from afar, ran from, shot at, but I doubt I made any lasting impressions. Even so, I was very sad that day SWG went dark on Starsider.

    I resisted the EMU’s, did not even really think about them much, until late last year when our private ARK server had a severe failure. My brother suggested we retry SWG. Basilisk, he had hopped on, found it stable enough and after several wringing me through recreating everything from scratch again on ARK, I agreed.

    There were people, I was trying to find a community to RP in, but was not feeling it, even though I had only been there a couple weeks. Then he told me to stop. Stop? I just got there? He found out that Bask was going to wipe, maybe not soon, but it will. We had to find a new home, again. Here, though is where we split. I loathe bouncing around, making toon after toon, setting them up only to lose them, or the work I had made, and I was an RP’er, darn it all, I wanted people to RP with. He was not so much.

    I read over forums, looked at a few places, then hopped into EiF. Where were the people? And WTF?? I died in a sandstorm?? Really? And why was the bazaar so empty? I thought I was looking at a ghost town. I also was around in the daytime, so even more eerie. I took a chance to say something in Galaxy chat, was directed to Broken Bridge, player cities were where it’s at, and oh yeah, there is a GCW tonight. GCW?

    I was told there would be players there. It was going to be a huge sever event! Okay. I still had no idea what the heck a GCW was, but sure, why not? I had long ago given up PVP, eventually even raiding, but what I saw, even if I could not /declare, watched horrified and laughing like crazy, as Lord Turret took out everyone in range, was given a backpack for at least attempting to help the poor rebels (sorry, they were NR thank you very much), and the good humor of everyone involved, made me happy.

    I was sold once more on SWG, but this time I determined to actually be a part of the story, these people’s story.

  5. The fondest memory of SWG for me was as a new rp’er and getting involved in the FATE storyline. Being part of what started off as an acorn and riding it as it grew to an oak was amazing to me. While my memory is not good anymore, I do remember the thrill of this massive Rp event that had my character Feruso Custos aka “The chief” leading Fate Security as just one of many other detachments to an attack at Fort Tusken. It was an huge event and so many people were part of it, playing their characters and turning a pc game into an epic movie-style activity. I sure hope others here had as much fun there as I did!

  6. SWG was my first real MMORPG experience, I was in middle school at the time and spent many nights role playing on various JKA servers. I used a third party program called Xfire to keep track of my game hours, and talk with friends I made.

    One day in June 2004, a person on Xfire pops up under the “Friends of friends” category, and I see him playing a Star Wars game I never heard of. Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided. I quickly friended him, and began interrogating the poor guy asking all sorts of questions. What is SWG? Is it multiplayer? Etc… to this day, I am so happy the random person I contacted was super patient with me. Eventually he gave me the url for SWG’s website and I was blown away with how awesome everything looked. A online game of this scale, with such amazing customization, was so unbelievably cool to me.

    Needless to say, I couldn’t mow my lawn fast enough and beg my dad to buy me SWG. I spent hours watching the one or two trailers available on the SWG website, over and over and thinking how awesome I was going to be when I got the game. A week later, and several “DAD! Do I click OK!?” every time SWG install asked a question I was there. Nothing killed my excitement as much as finding out that simply install the CD data was not enough. Once my account was made, and I logged into the launcher it was like being slapped in the face, over and over and over. I would see the little green bars under play get to 100, thinking I was finally one patching only to see it switch to a different file and begin downloading all over again! I sat there all night, til I fell asleep. Of course… it was a school night so I still had to wait til 4PM the next day to even get in-game.

    Starting the game… that iconic login music we all know today just psyched me up to unreal levels. I spent a good 2 hours on the creation screen, before creating a human male. Gee, what a unique character type huh? Regardless… Ikarison Diveg of Lowca was born. I chose Lowca purely because the Xfire friend I spoke of before played here. He wasn’t online, so I was left to my own devices on learning the game. The tutorial at the time had a really cool cinematic, featuring a freighter being captured by a ISD. I was like, WHOA am I a rebel on the run? Well of course not, but I didn’t truly understand the “Live the greatest saga ever told… YOURS” quite yet: That any path you take, choice you make, or friend you group with was entirely up to you.

    Crazy guy defeated, a rifle in hand, and 5,000 credits to my name I was off to Eisley.

    Oh man, I was not ready for Eisley. So many players, so many buildings, and barely a hint of where to go and what to do. Needless to say, I did not know how to view key binds, or that there was several menus such as options of planetary map. Pushing through afk chat spammers, duelers, and a few other noobies I eventually got to the outskirts of Eisley. Aha! Womp rat!!! Finally, I can show the galaxy how much of a badass I was.

    It incapacitated me.

    I was never taken off a gaming high as quickly as that. I was confused, I didn’t understand basic combat mechanics despite doing the tutorial. It simply didn’t give me enough context. Or… that’s what I told myself. Looking back, I surely ignored just about everything and gawked and all the pretty things happening on my monitor instead.

    I did learn quickly that sitting down made my ham bars regenerate faster. Needless to say, I didn’t want to mess with that womp rat again. So I did the next best thing a new player can do. Walk in a random direction into the deserts of Tatooine. Again, I had no idea what a planetary map was… or a overhead map… or what the hell North was on the compass. I spent the next several hours, avoiding enemies and exploring the world. I saw so many cool things, sometimes others players but they often passed by quickly.

    With my current knowledge, I know I ended up somewhere between Eisley and Anchorhead, at a low rank player city. I was excited to find another town, and quickly ran up to it. No sooner did I turn the corner around a building did I turn right back around and got the hell out of dodge. There was a GODZILLA! I was terrified I would be killed by it, and never looked back. Of course… it was just a creature handler’s kimogila. But what did I know? Back to the sandstorms and howling winds, I made my way further into the unknown regions. Finding unique decorations, spotting another player, and running away. Lots of running away.

    I spent the entirely of my first day in Galaxies completely lost, and ignorant. And I never had so much fun in my life. This was Star Wars… this was MY character, and this would be my SAGA.

  7. I was nine years old when the game launched. My grandmother was in town visiting and my family took a thirty minute trip to the nearest Circuit City (remember those?). When I was a kid and I saw a new Star Wars game I had to have it. So when I saw a new one, Star Wars Galaxies, it was love at first sight. I didn’t know what it was until my older brother who had shown me my first MMO (a wonderful Korean game called Conquer) explained to me that this was in that same vein. Instantly I was in love with the idea, though was almost shot down when my brother mentioned to my parents that it required a 15 dollar a month subscription. I begged, I pleaded, and I promised I would do every chore that ever existed in order to pay for the game. My father gave in and I couldn’t wait to get home.

    The installation took an eternity but every time a new image showed up I sat back down at the computer and read it over and over again. I’m certain it took hours to complete, but once I saw the screen tell me that my story was the greatest to be told and it was about to begin, I was in love. I joined the first server that was recommended to me, Bria, and looked at all the races that I could be. I had no idea what the racial abilities meant, what each species would be best suited for. I didn’t even know what possibilities would be open to me. So I created a Rodian. He was green, short, had a frilly mohawk, and black eyes. His name was Agora.

    The following months were filled with some of the best video game experiences of my life. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I loved every bit of it. I fell face-first into creature handler while roaming around Tatooine with a looted E-11 that I thought was the best thing ever. I was given faction points by a very kind smuggler in Mos Eisley and joined the Empire, not knowing what combatant or special forces meant. After seeing Jabba in person, a great many deaths, and a baby dewback at my side I ventured to my favorite planet from the movies, Naboo. It was here I bought my first set of stormtrooper armor, helmet included. And I was distraught when I learned I couldn’t wear the helmet I had spent my hard-earned credits to buy. But then someone tipped me off to the Imperial Theme Park and my adventure was reignited. I struggled with it for days but persisted to meet Vader himself then the Emporer.

    Soon after that I quit the game for a while but came back when going through that same Circuit City I saw that there was an expansion out, Jump to Lightspeed. Again I begged and pleaded and promised manual labor. Again my father gave in.

  8. I remember seeing reviews for a game called Star Wars Galaxies a week or so after the game launched. They weren’t kind. Talk about a beautiful sandbox of a game that was completely devoid of content at the time. So I kept an eye on it for a month or two. Finally, I just got the itch to give it a try. It just looked way too interesting.

    Two of my good friends decided to get the game and load it up the same night I did. For reasons lost to time, we chose to start on Corbantis. It turned out to be a medium population server over time… but it had one hell of a community. I created a Wookie named Kyzara and never looked back. Kept that toon all the way through the day the server powered down for good. We were rebels, of course. Fighting the good fight…

    I remember the feeling of utter awe when we started playing. SOE just seemed to get the feel of everything so right. From the music playing at the load-in screen…. to the random soundtrack music that comes out of seemingly nowhere (but did so much to add to the immersion factor of the game). The feeling of walking into Theed for the first time (along with the music)… Driving by all the POIs on Tat and going into Jabba’s Palace!! We all started the game on Talus, as we knew little about it and it looked interesting (back when you could start on Naboo, Rori, Corellia, Talus, or Tat). There was so much to see and do. Soon my wife was wondering why I was spending so much time with a game…. and before long, she gave it a try and she ended up playing more than I did. You know… we spent the first five or six months on Talus. When I say that, I mean… we actually didn’t leave the planet! When we finally did, it just added a whole new level of “holy crap!” to the game.

    I was the second Wookie jedi on Corbantis, to my knowledge. Got in there right before the village hit. 19 professions on the hologrind was enough to do it for me (thanks, Dancer!). Then the CU hit, and I enjoyed the game even more. I made my money once upon a time as a resource hound. Think RollySolco, but not as organized. Never got into the crafting seriously. It was too intimidating. But I loved the hunt for new resources. Without automatic scripts to Galaxy Harvest, I was constantly looking, everyday… for the next big resource. Of course….nothing lasts forever. Once the NGE dropped…. we did too not that far behind it. For all that we loved about the game, we loathed SOE’s customer service and disregard for what their player base was asking for.

    We’d drop back in every now and then, just to see if things got any better. Some things did, some things didn’t. And that was that…. off to play WoW for far too many years. But I never forgot SWG. In fact, my primary WoW character was named Corbantis. The game has always had such wonderful meaning for me. So once SOE turned the lights off for SWG for good, I remember hearing later about some project called SWGEmu… and I gave Liberator a try. It was great! But it wasn’t Corbantis. Everything had gotten even more cut-throat than it was on live. I can tolerate that quite a bit… but it just wasn’t the same. I came back later and played on Basilisk some. But I kept reading on their forums about OTHER servers. Two caught my eye: Aftermath, and Empire In Flames. Aftermath seemed like it had some drama on it, so I decided to give EiF a shot. Small population, but an incredible community. I’m not a big roleplayer… but I AM willing to give it a go every now and then. That aside, the community is what makes SWG fun. Even if the game was completely perfect, without a good community…. it’s meaningless.

    So here we are! Thank you to Halyn and the EiF staff for giving us a community and a place to call home!

  9. I remember the first time someone tried to help me learn how to duel on bloodfin. Was Pre-cu and Ciiv (iirc) , one of my in game friends and I were both TKM. He wanted to duel and i said ok. He never attacked and i just spammed my attacks till I could attack no more then he hit me once and I incapped due to having no action. He laughed and I learned how to better do combat that day.

    I remember being invited from my small mos eisley location into the best vendor house on the server. Was a Large naboo house on naboo near theed. I went from tens of harvesters and structures to making hundreds and thousands of them and needed to keep pace with sales so I did lot trades with as many servers as I could and amassed a field of Factories and harvesters in my multi acre oasis on tat. It was just me , my 30 factories, and 200 heavy harvesters out there for the longest time but several folks too up residence nearby eventually. The money and orders just flowed in and never stopped. Soon i was trading 750m wookie painting sets bought for 100m, and 200m JTL painting sets bought for 20m. Hitting billions was easy after that. Needed an extinct item from 4 years ago? I had it for sale.

    I remember the fun I had after joining one of Zels and Mascs RP events on bloodfin. I was happy when they invited me to join after that event and had so much fun running instances, leading instances, and eventually running part of the guild.

    And finally I remember my first day on EIF, after forgetting about SWG it was 5/4 and I googled something about swgemu’s to see if I was interested. I had never done another emu i loaded up basislk one day but did quit that same day. When I saw EIF had just launched I said why not give it a try with everyone else doing the same. I am happy I did.

  10. I played on Live only two or three times, and briefly each time. I don’t remember when exactly, but it was fairly early. 2004…2005, maybe?

    I had found out about it from an issue of the Star Wars Insider magazine (which I still have). Didn’t know what it was, didn’t know what an MMO was, but it sounded pretty amazing. Insider ran some more feature articles about it over the next few issues, and I read them religiously. I wanted to play it so badly. Even got the demo disc with one of the issues. Problem was, we didn’t have the Internet at the time, and I couldn’t talk my folks into paying for that and the $15 a month subscription. So I just read those articles over and over, wondering what else you could do in the game.

    I remember obsessing about it to one of my friends whom I had recently converted into a Star Wars fan. He talked his mom into letting him get it and we conspired to get together one weekend to play it. He lent me the instruction manual — which was thick as a book — and I spent a week reading through it, not understanding a lick of it, but getting excited all the same.

    When the day came, we could only play for a few hours (being back in the good old days when you couldn’t use the internet and the phone at the same time). We started on the Ahazi server and the character creation blew my little mind. I made a human (because I was boring back then, too) named Roho Cilana and sent him off to Anchorhead because, “Hey! That’s a place I know but have never seen! And now I can go there! That’s soooo amazing!”

    Having no idea what we were doing or where we were going, we ran poor Roho out into the desert. The running animation is forever burned into my brain. Eventually we stumbled upon a player house with the owner at home. He invited our character in, showed us around, talked to us for a bit, and gave us a landspeeder. First person I ever communicated with over the Internet. I wrote his name down so I’d remember it in case I ever got a copy of Galaxies myself: Ihoo Oabi.

    But I never did. Eventually I graduated high school, started doing life stuff and just kind of forgot about Galaxies. Later I’d find out about the Emu scene, but that’s another story altogether….

  11. My fondest memory has to to with my early rp experiences and my namesake character named “Temperius” He was the son of a businessman, on a regular business trip selling droids, when he was abducted, used a test specimen, sent off to kessel as a slave (all backstory) The fun part was in playing him, first as a bounty hunter, then in exile, finding the force, then reuniting with his rp family to be part of the FATE. As an rp-er, I was amazed at the investment those around me had with their character’s backstories and the amazing journal entries, which motivated me to do the same. I found that my character really came alive, and the stories motivated me to be more detailed and meticulous about my own rp. Eventually, Temperius Morits, former slave, bh. jedi, father of one of the most impressive rags to riches rp characters of all time (A’rai) found himself in a situation that some rp-er’s find themselves in: that moment of epic perama death. It was a guild event full of action and emotion, that had our hero saving the ones he loved in an epic self sacrifice, that led to his end. At the moment of his death, there was this eery silence…….no emote, no chat, no nothing. Tears welled in my eyes briefly as I knew my most favorite character, was no more…….

  12. I was in beta, but missed launch by a couple months, played through until NGE. What kept me playing after that was JTL. Sadly, still not enough, lasted a couple weeks but just couldn’t do it, I had to walk away.

    Time has taken some memories, but most remain. Best memories include leveling up my first character, becoming Sunrunner’s premier swoop maker, guild hunts for organics for our chefs, docs and BE/clothier, and becoming Master Pilot in all 3 main factions on one character.

    Above all else, I still remember the very first time the music hit, the screen started to scroll like the movie. I still get that same thrill, the lift of the spirit, the joy of adventure, the sense of being part of something special every time I log in. Most of all it was the people who made it worthwhile, and still do.

  13. Sitting in an open field near the waterfall at Theed, enjoying the scenery as I worked on the smuggler slicing tree while chatting and plotting with a couple of friends.

    Taking a break from hunting on Dath in the dead of night, in a camp that looked way cosier than any computer game camp had any right looking. My two pals–a different pair–trying to convince me to jump ship to the Empire.

    Hunting krayts on tat with my PA, taking moments between pulls to RP in the advanced field base which I found astonishing and thought was the greatest thing ever.

    My first RP meeting with same, on Dantooine, where I was promoted to first lieutenant on a much younger version of the same character I play here on EiF.

    A heart stopping bit of RP where I was following an Imperial character through Coronet and was spotted. She chased me and had me cornered in a guild hall but was graciously “called away” in true fantasy plot style, giving my youthful inexperienced ass an out. God, what an amazing roleplayer she was.

    Coming back from running some faction missions with no idea about the TEF system and until then having been extremely lucky in avoiding any overt imps. Out of nowhere my brand new speederbike was blown, an imp and his ATST pet rounding the corner. Bikes were still new then and that one, to me at the time, cost a fortune. I was PISSED, and sent the poor guy a series of furious tells giving him a piece of my mind. He seemed taken aback and was actually roleplaying a patrol. He must have felt bad and tipped me a generous sum in compensation. Immediately I felt like scum and apologized, learning several lessons in just that one brief interaction.

    The great rebel conference, with all the major rebel pvp outfits in attendance. Until now I’d remained on the periphery of actual player engagement but had been paying attention to the various fights, sieges and main players of the GCW. Somehow, I ended up being our humble PAs representative and was given a place of respect. I was in awe. In that room were all the big names, the big guilds, the great and the mighty. Players id seen lay out imp scum three, four at a time. Heroes, every one. I felt tiny. I was prepared to be ignored and forgotten in a corner but… no. Their inclusivity was humbling. They wanted the RP guilds involved in whatever capacity. That day I learned another lesson and, while always a rebel, my loyalty was truly sealed forever.

    Having left my RP outfit for many months to fully concentrate on the GCW, I nevertheless attended as many RP nights at old Wildfire Plains, Dantooine as I could. One day there was a tourney; in it, a newer pikewoman member who the other members often compared to me, to my surprise. She won handily but apparently everyone wanted to see how she’d do against me. I hadn’t participated initially, but was roped into it. After the fight, she privately admitted to me that she’d looked up to me from afar and that getting to duel me was amazing for her. I was pretty shocked. It was a signal moment though and one to be repeated in time. I’d become an equal in the eyes of my idols.

    It’s a tiny thing, a fleeting thing to reach whatever lofty heights exist in a computer game, but these human sandbox interactions are real and you’re reminded that these are real people playing. I don’t know if that’s not just a little bit sacred, and what truly sets SWG apart.


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