Friday Feature: Looking Back at Five Years of EiF

This week, Empire in Flames celebrated its fifth year with player-held festivities as well as the return of the annual Riddle Hunt. In today’s Friday Feature, we showcase some memories and learnings that members of the staff have shared from their years here at EiF.

 

What is one thing that you have learned since working on EiF?

Halyn: Players will always do the unexpected.

Mina: Scripting with LUA! It’s not something I had never dealt with previously. 

Abi: There’s a reason we don’t have hard release dates – the second you set one, real lie gets in the way and you end up delayed by six months (or more)

Anishor: My C++ is rusty.

Jeil: Save your work, and make back ups. >.>

Wefi: Halyn checks the files before putting them in. So no surprise Shrek. 

Kelta: Things never go to plan. Also, we tend to think alike when it comes to hiding places.

Demi:  Always have several fresh clones of your dev environment at the ready.

Traycn: How clever players can be in regards to gameplay, collection hunting, and problem-solving.

Phoenix: Players break things that shouldn’t be able to break. LUA is a terrible language. We are capable of doing more than we originally thought. Learned a bunch of ASM/Hex Editing.

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Celebrating Five Years of an Empire in Flames

May 4th, 2022 marks five full years of an Empire in Flames! It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, and it’s been an amazing journey so far. Since the ‘doors opened’ on May 4th 2017, EiF has seen a lot of updates, unique content, and new additions that truly make us different than any other SWGEmu server out there. There’s so much that we’ve done over the last five years that it’s almost impossible to list it all, but here’s a brief overview of the major updates that have been released on EiF:

  • New Planets and Snapshot edits
  • GCW Invasion System
  • Profession/Combat Overhaul
  • Creature Handler Revamp
  • Unique Instances
  • Collections
  • New Seasonal/Holiday Events
  • Schisms of the Force
  • World Bosses
  • The Great Fashion Disaster

Don’t worry, that’s not all. We have so much more planned that we can’t wait to share with you. On that topic…

We’re excited to announce that the Mandalorian Enclave content is officially Coming Soon. That’s right, actual soon and not soon(tm). There are still some final tweaks to be made before its ready, but we hope to have it live and available to players in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info!

In the meantime, we pulled some fun facts and data from the last 5 years. Enjoy!

Not Featured: 14 Characters deleted and rerolled by Demiurge

It’s been a wild ride! We want to thank you for being a part of the last five years and hope to see you for many more. We’re EiF. We do the weird stuff.

EiF Patch Notes 05/04/2022

Happy Anniversary! Today marks 5 years of Empire in Flames, and here are notes to go along with today’s 05/04/2022 patch.

Anniversary

  • This year’s Riddle Hunt is now live! Talk to the Hyperspace Navigators’ Guild member in Coronet Starport to get started. Travel across the galaxy to notable landmarks and earn prizes by finding the correct Guild Member for your riddles.
  • Special thanks to Traycn for writing this year’s riddles.
  • Special thanks to Mina for compiling this year’s painting list.

Crafting

  • Fixed lightsaber trails on several lightsabers.
  • The barrel subcomponent now offers a 5x bonus.
  • Sith Speeders can now be crafted with custom colors.

Content

  • LAAT/i airspeeder and factional jetpack schematics have been added to the war fame vendors. Factional jetpacks require players to be of the corresponding faction to equip.
  • New weapons added for the Mandalorian Enclave for future content.
  • Added Mandalorian jetpack to the Mandalorian Enclave for future content.
  • Fixed bugged Restuss and Hutt Outpost spawns appearing around 0, 0 on Rori.
  • Removed the Hutt assassin from the Hutt Outpost cloner. Players may now clone in peace once again.
  • Reverse-grip lightsabers now holster with emitter pointing downward, like other lightsabers.

Vehicles

  • There has been a vehicle backend overhaul. There are now three categories of vehicles: speeders, airspeeders, and jetpacks.
    • Speeders follow stock SWG rules – they can be called anywhere with a 15 second delay, but call instantly in city limits.
    • Airspeeders can only be called at city garages, are auto-mounted, and auto-store on dismount.
    • Jetpacks can be called anywhere instantly, but must be worn and take the backpack slot.
  • Jetpack recolor uses armor customization kits.
  • Jetpacks require both the worn inventory object and the datapad control device to function.
  • Fixed multiple bugs with auto-mount calls.

EiF Patch Notes 04/20/2022

Here are the notes for the patch released on April 20th, 2022.

Character Creation

  • New Hutt characters will now only have a single name.
  • After creation, Hutt surnames will be set to “the Hutt”.
  • New Chiss characters will now only have a single name. *Chiss names can be created with up to two apostrophes.
  • Added proper random name generation for Chiss.
  • New Feeorin characters will now only have a single name.
  • Feeorin name generation will yield one to two syllable names.
  • Mirialan characters will now show proper skin palette on character creation.
  • Zeltron characters will now show proper skin palette on character creation.

Crafting

  • Fixed scavenger lightsaber’s palette selection.

Misc

  • V-wing airspeeders will now properly float in the sky.
  • Fixed potential double-spawn of NPCs after a GCW invasion.
  • Fixed trainers with a single name showing their last name as “(an” or “(a” on the planetary map.
  • Kari Saarek is now female.
  • Chiss NPCs will now spawn with a Chiss name.
  • Fixed pet damage increasing on every call for ranged pets.
  • Naboo snapshot update.
  • Chiss now show as “Chiss” in the character sheet.

EiF Patch Notes 04/16/2022

Here are the notes for the patch released on April 16, 2022, debuting The Great Fashion Disaster!

Content

  • The Galactic Egg Hunt is on! Kari Saarek is coordinating this year’s Egg Hunt. Start by visiting Kari in Pandath on Taanab. This year’s egg hunt uses the new camtono for its egg containers.
  • The egg hunt this year has 98 eggs to be found, plus 15 additional eggs for completing the ski speeder race.
  • Adjusted prize vendor for the egg hunt.
  • The first player to collect all 113 eggs and report it to Halyn will receive an exclusive prize: choice of a Mustafarian bunker or an AEG-77 Vigo gunship house!
  • POIs have been added to Kuat.
  • The Hutt Outpost on Rori has once again been occupied by the Hutts after driving out the stray NR forces.

Crafting

  • The Great Fashion Disaster is upon us.
  • All wearables (and recolorable furniture) have been moved to a unified color palette. Outfits should be much easier to coordinate colors.
  • Master artisans can now craft dye kits for clothing, armor, and furniture. To recolor an item, use the radial while an object is in inventory (along with a dye kit!) and a “recolor” option will appear.
  • Armor can no longer be recolored without a dye kit.
  • Electric-style lamps now cast white light instead of yellow.
  • Additional lighting color options are now available as alternate appearances when an architect crafts electric-style lighting – green, orange, purple, blue, yellow, and red lights are available (in addition to standard white).
  • A small puck-style light has been added to architect to accomodate more lighting options.

Player Cities

  • Chandrila is now properly available for player cities, using Corellia-style buildings.

Misc

  • If a player answers a holocomm message on its last ring cycle, they will no longer receive a “You have missed a holocomm” message.
  • Fixed HQ overload shutdown not working on starports during GCW invasions.
  • Fixed combat walkers having their own AI. Again. Probably. Maybe. (Is this a meme yet?)
  • Vreni Island’s GCW spawns now properly depend on Corellia’s GCW status.