Friday Feature: Schisms of the Force Dev Q&A!

Schisms of the Force: Dev Q&A

Schisms of the Force was the highly anticipated update many moons in the making that debuted on May 4th, 2021, and brought the long-awaited Jedi profession to Empire in Flames. Since then, players – both new and returning – have had the opportunity to embark on the journey to becoming a Jedi and choose the path of light, dark, or somewhere in-between. As is the norm here on EiF however, the process to become a Jedi was new, different, and the profession itself differs from what someone might remember from Live. The secrets of the unlock and progression journey were also kept a complete secret to everyone but Lead Developer Halyn. After weeks of community trial and error, exploration, and crazy theory crafting, the first Master Jedi entered EiF on June 3rd but much of the intricacies of the profession, and what it took to being released, were as yet unknown. In this iteration of the Friday Feature, we got a more in-depth look behind the scenes with developers Halyn, Anishor, Abi, and Demiurge, and learned just what went into the making of Schisms of the Force, and what players can expect to see in the future. For those of you that have not completed the unlock process and want to maintain the mystery, be aware that there are significant spoilers ahead. If not, read on!

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The Great Egg Hunt Event on Empire in Flames

The annual Great Egg Hunt returns to Empire in Flames! During this seasonal event players will track down crates of eggs hidden across the galaxy and participate in a airspeeder race to collect eggs, which can be exchanged for unique prizes.

To start, talk with Kari right outside the starport in Pandath

Upon logging in at the start of the event, all players will receive a holocomm call advertising the event. After answering the call, head on over to Pandath on Tanaab and look for Kari – the Togruta near the farm stands just outside the starport. She’ll give a quick rundown of the event, as well as showcase the rewards list for what you can trade your eggs for. There are new prizes available this year that have not yet been seen on EiF, including a new V-4XD airspeeder to use in the race, so if you participated in years past or are new to the server, this isn’t one to miss!

This year, egg containers will be scattered across planets in the Outer Rim and you’ll find them in areas with starports or shuttleports. While not located in the Outer Rim, you will also find some containers on Tanaab. Be sure to look high, low, and everywhere in between for these crates could be anywhere and some may be easier, or much harder, to find than others. Don’t think that you’ll get off easy and be able to /target your way into finding them – it won’t work. You’ll have to spot them the old fashioned way.

An example from last year. Some may be easier to see…

…or much more difficult to spot (another example from last year)

Once you do find an egg container, make sure you radial the container and select “Collect Egg” to collect it. You can also use the radial to keep track of how many eggs you have so far and don’t worry – they don’t take up space in your inventory. There is a total of 93 eggs to be found in these types of crates across the Outer Rim, and each character can only collect one egg per located container. Some starports or outposts may have more containers than others, as well.

A guaranteed way to earn 15 eggs is to participate in the airspeeder race, which is located near Pandath’s parking garage. This year, all players that speak to the Race Coordinator droid will receive a deed for a new airspeeder – the V-4XD Ski Speeder. After you get your new ride, speak to the Race Coordinator again, start the race, and take off for a scenic tour of Taanab.

Nyoom

Once you complete the race under 900 seconds, you will be awarded your 15 eggs and you can keep your speeder to use freely. Like other vehicles, your airspeeder can be called from your datapad but only while in the vicinity of a parking garage. Each character on your account is eligible to receive the schematic, so don’t forget to check out the race and get your fancy new speeder.

Be sure to take a look at the rewards vendor to see what prizes are available, and how many eggs you need to acquire them. Several of the items listed this near are new to the server, and have not yet been seen on Empire in Flames. Note that you cannot transfer eggs between other characters on  your account or to other players, so spend wisely!

If the new list of rewards wasn’t enough, this year Halyn has introduced a new contest during the Egg Hunt. The first player to complete the full Egg Hunt and receive all 108 eggs will receive a permanent, parked starfighter as a city decoration.

Wouldn’t your home city look rad with a starfighter parked nearby? Of course it would.

Courtest of Abi, the winner will also be able to choose the type of starfighter that they would like to receive from the following:

Scurrg Bomber, Scyk, Naboo N1, Dunelizard, Kimogila, Kihraxz, Vaksai, Ixiyen, Rihkxyrk, Krayt, Mandalorian Fang Fighter, TIE Fighter, Tie Interceptor, TIE Bomber, TIE Aggressor, TIE Advanced v1, TIE Advanced x1, TIE Avenger, TIE Defender, TIE Oppressor, TIE Reaper, Z-95, BTL-AT Y-Wing, BTA-NR2 Y-wing, T-65 X-wing, T-70 X-wing, T-wing, V-wing, ARC-170, Belbullab-22, ETA-2 Actis, Delta-7b Aethersprite, Vulture Droid Fighter, HWK-290, G-1A Starfighter, Sheathipede Class Shuttle

If you manage to find all 93 Egg Containers and win the 15 Eggs from the race, be sure to message Halyn directly for verification and pick out your reward!

Well, what are you waiting for? Get crackin’!

Boonta Eve Celebration on Empire in Flames

Hello? Yes, this is Dog.

It’s that time of year again – join us on Empire in Flames as we celebrate Boonta Eve! Jabba may be gone, but Bib Fortuna still seeks to preserve the Hutt Holiday to honor his former master’s legacy… and solidify his hold on Jabba’s empire. After receiving a call when you first log in, head on over to Mos Espa, Tatooine to participate in the festivities and complete daily quests to receive Boonta Coins that you can exchange for rewards.

Dates: Starts December 15, and runs for about four weeks. 

Talk to Bib Fortuna to learn more about Boonta Eve, and how you can help celebrate.

Speak to Bib to learn of the different jobs and events you can take part in. You can earn one Boonta coin a day by selecting any of the three activities to complete, so pick a different one each day or return re-run your favorite. Once you amass enough coins, you can exchange them for limited-time event-only rewards!

Events

Skyhopper Race

Boonta Eve celebrations would not be complete without the Boonta Classic Race! This year, racers will take to the skies and run the track in Skyhoppers. 

To start, head to the Parking Garage north of the cantina (/way -2950 2525) and speak to the Race Coordinator to start. 

Don’t have a Skyhopper? No problem! Once you talk to the Coordinator, let him know that you are in need of one and the droid will give you a schematic. Find a friendly Artisan to have it crafted for you and voila! You’re ready to race. 

Don’t worry, you’ll still somehow get sand everywhere.

Navigate over the dunes, through the sandy mountains, and avoid the territorial Tusken Raiders to reach each checkpoint towards the finish. Upon timely completion of the race (under 210.0 seconds), you will receive a Boonta Coin and if you are the fastest racer overall, you will receive a unique character badge!

The race can be completed as many times as you like (though will only award one Boonta Coin if eligible), and you can also challenge others to a Group Race for bragging rights. 

Help Slaves swear fealty to their masters… or help them to freedom

You can find Ephant Mon in the cantina alcove to the right of Bib Fortuna

With the Boonta Eve celebrations allowing slaves a bit more freedom to move around than usual, Ephant Mon is having trouble tracking some errant slaves down. After speaking with him and learning more, you will be given a waypoint to the slave’s quarters and tasked with bringing them back to speak with Bib so that they can pledge themselves to their new master. Head on out to the waypoint, convince the slave to return with you, and return to Bib for your coin reward. 

Don’t trek the whole way back to Mos Espa on foot, hop in a speeder!

However, whispers on the streets suggest that other parties may offer an alternative – setting the slaves free. Follow the rumors to the nearby hotel to find a familiar hero, who asks you to help her with smuggling the slaves off-planet. 

Head to the same waypoint that Ephant gives you but now you will have the option to convince the slave that they have their shot at freedom.

Instead of returning the slave to the cantina to speak with Bib, find the YT-2400 along the outskirts of town near the hotel you found Hera in and bring the slave to Warvog. He’ll give you a Boonta Coin, and help the now former slave to their new life.

Don’t good deeds feel nice?

Deal with the Party Crashers

Ortugg is eager for assistance – find him in the alcove to the left of Bib.

Lady Valarian seeks to make moves on Jabba’s former territory and is sending raiders to disrupt the Boonta celebrations. Luckily, Bib and Ortugg have their own plans. Speak with Ortugg in the cantina to receive a waypoint to a Valarian encampment and take care of them. 

At the waypoint Ortugg gives you, you’ll have to deal with the Valarians directly. Take out their enforcers, and then look for the marked placements to plant explosives around their camp. Be careful though – once you set a charge a wave of Valarian reinforcements will arrive. 

3….2….1….

After the third charge is set, get to safety! As you watch the camp go up in an explosion of fire, you will receive a Boonta coin as a reward. Don’t forget to loot the thugs either- they could have some mid-range Armor Attachments or Clothing Attachments

What to do with your hard-earned Boonta Coins

EV-9D9 is located towards the back of the cantina, in an alcove on the left.

Gather and spend them! You can earn one Boonta Coin a day, per character. Take a look at the rewards list by talking to EV-9D9 and exchange your earned coins for various items, or check your Boonta Balance to see what you might need to save up for. New additions have been added to the reward list from last year, so be sure to check them out. 

Enjoy, and Happy Boonta Eve!

 

 

 

— Mina

Collections Have Arrived!

The first batch of collections has arrived on an Empire in Flames! EiF regular, Traycn, has written a post to get you started!


Greetings Empire in Flames players,

Collections have returned to the game, alongside the first Empire Day holiday on EiF. While collections released with the event, players will be able to attain collections at any point in time moving forward. 

These work similar to The Great Egg Hunt server developer, Halyn, loves to share with players around the Easter holiday. However, they differ slightly because you will be able to check your progress on a particular collection by checking your Quest Journal. Each collection will feature different items to locate. Your Quest Journal will display the name of the collection and it lists how many collection pieces you still have left to find. These quest points do not provide any hints to where you may need to visit to finish the collection, so keep your eyes open. 

Because these collections are available at any time on EiF, you can expect many of them to be exceedingly challenging to locate, as they are scattered all over the galaxy. Don’t think you’ll get off easy by looking up the old locations from Live, either. As is EiF tradition, our team put a distinct twist on these and we have brand new locations for all of them.

To start a collection and add it to your Quest Journal, you first need to find one of the objects belonging to the collection. For example, take a look at this suspicious Durni hanging out in the corner of a meeting room. It appears as a regular object, and to start the collection, you need to open up the radial map and click the ‘Collect’ button. Any piece of a collection adds it to your Quest Journal, which you can visit from the main menu to investigate how many objects you need to find.

After discovering all of the objects in a collection, you will receive a special reward related to that collection. At the time of this writing, the collection pieces are decoration items or unique player titles. There are no weapon or armor schematics available. Still, the decorative pieces are highly sought after items players have been inquiring about for several years and now they’re in the EiF wild.

The collections released during the Empire Day patch are merely the first batch – you can expect more click collections releasing soon, along with additional collection types such as the Slayer collections. 

See many of you on Discord and good luck. You’re certainly going to need it.

Friday Feature: Last Six Months! Whew!

I took a little hiatus and returned recently to so many updates and additions to an Empire in Flames. I started to compile the list and realized I likely wasn’t the only one who would like to know what EiF has been up to! It was a lot of fun turning the devs loose on the list I started. I was able to see which areas were important to each staff member. EiF is blessed to have gathered a diverse group of people who give so much to the community. Contributing to this article was Halyn, Anishor, Jeil, Kelta, Phoenix, and Abi.

Enjoy! If you haven’t visited EiF in awhile, this is the time! The Easter event is coming and Anniversary Week is around the corner!

Content

  • Planets
    • Coruscant
    • Moncal
      • Screenplay added
    • Kuat
      • Screenplay added
    • Chandrila
    • Hoth
  • Instances
    • Sith Shrine
    • Nym’s Auction coming soon!
  • Loot
    • Tatooine, Dantooine, and Dathomir have receive major loot overhauls
    • 650+ new paintings added
    • Corvette SBD Loot Tables Fixed
  • Faction Recruiters
    • More items
  • GCW
    • Warfame
    • New planetary control system
    • Planetary Control Bonuses
  • Painting Vendor
    • AOJ’s Original Artwork
  • Annual Events
    • Anniversary Riddles
    • Boonta Eve
    • Galactic Egg Hunt
      • Sponsored by A.M.A.
  • EiF Events
    • Jato RP Campaigns
    • The Exchange – Black Market (Get sponsor 😛 )

Crafting

  • Architect
    • New wall appearance added
    • Some furniture has color choices added
    • New craftable houses
  • Armorsmith
    • New craftable armor types
  • Artisan
    • Flooring appearances – 100+
  • Bio-Engineer
    • Backpacks can now be crafted with BE tissues.
  • Droid Engineer
    • C1 Droids
    • Wearable Dark Trooper Exoskeleton
    • BB Droids coming soon!
  • Tailor
    • Backpacks can now be crafted with BE tissues.
    • Armored dusters
  • Weaponsmith
    • Updated Proton Carbine with original fire & sound effects.

Quality of Life

  • Newsnet Terminals in Starports
    • Patch notes
    • GCW updates
      • Galactic Politics Results (Imperial Council/NR Senators)
      • Planetary Control
    • Current events
      • Player Sponsored
        • Weekly Game Night
        • New Zeltros Lottery
        • Galactic Racing Circuit
      • EiF Sponsored
    • Around the Galaxy
  • Player City banks also have a Bazaar terminal
  • /Rattle can be used to make your pets/droids “Talk”
  • NPC droids now come in variety of colors.
  • New armor encumbrance calculations – minisuits now equivalent to full suits
  • Player buildings can now have additional lots added to increase storage – assign as many of your 10 lots as you’d like to a building you own
  • Locked briefcases can now be sliced
  • HIgh-speed airspeeders – T-16 Skyhoppers, T-47 Airspeeders, Twin Pod Cloud Cars

Combat Professions and Skills

Smuggler

  • Last Ditch has been updated – use it as a last ditch.
  • Added Shoot First – used to initiate combat
  • Added Lucky Strike – roll the dice and be rewarded with a high damage special

Doctor

  • Revive Player now revives player with more than 1 health.

Melee Damage SEAs turned on, gives up to 5% extra damage

Sandarie, Community Manager