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.

Axkva Min! An EiF Spin!

Once again, an Empire in Flames takes content from Star Wars Galaxies and puts its own unique spin on it. Below is the write up of Axkva Min, a heroic instance EiF Style by one of our players, Jeil Tain.


Axkva Min has recently been patched in with full loot tables and now it’s time to begin your journey into the instance and defeat the Nightsister threat.

You will need to complete a one-time quest to enter the dungeon. Speak to your respective factional quest giver to obtain the unlock.

Neutral Players will need to speak with Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra in Mos Eisley.

She can be found inside a guildhall at /way 3480 -4684
Her specific waypoint is /way 3475 -4665


Imperial Players will need to speak with a Cloaked Figure on the Imperial Star Destroyer on Kuat.

Access to the ISD can be found at /way 4493 5449
His specific waypoint is /way 3814 4922

New Republic players will need to speak with Luke Skywalker in the Senate Building on Hanna City, Chandrila.

Senate Building can be found at /way 500 -2935
His specific waypoint is /way 520 -2915


The quest giver instructs you to travel to Dathomir. With a group in hand [5], make your way down the Nightsister Stronghold POI Cave. At the bottom you find the Prison door. Make your way inside when all parties are ready, as you will only have 40 minutes once inside. Additionally if the entire party wipes, the instance is over. At the time of writing this guide store your pets prior to entering the instance. Only 1 person needs to access the door.

The Chamber Door can be found at /way -3915 80

Key Tips

  • Bring Disease & Bleed Resist Foods/Buffs and Cures if possible.

Nandina & Gorvo

The first challenge is a pair of bosses. They can be killed in either order, but combat with one engages the other.

  • Split Gorvo from Nadina, roughly 30-35m. This will require two “Tanks.” They have large AoE attacks and stacking them together will lead to a total party kill.
  • Gorvo uses an AoE Knockdown effect as well as Area Disease.
  • Nandina uses a series of force and fencer attacks, most notable is Area Bleeds.
  • Whichever your party chooses to kill first, make sure all damage dealers focus on the same target. Long engagements can reduce survivability in the later stages of the instance due to encroaching battle fatigue. 

Lelli Hi

The second challenge within the Prison, Lelli Hi, will require the party to be mobile and attentive to their surroundings.

  • At intervals throughout the fight, Lelli will spawn “Mushrooms” underneath all players in the party.
    • These Mushrooms have a short fuse and will explode causing massive damage.
    • We recommend keeping your character in movement throughout the entire fight, so as to avoid animation lock when performing abilities which would prevent you from running away from the Mushroom.
    • Lelli Hi is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities and liked to Intimidate her foes.

Kimaru

The third challenge, Kimaru, can pose a challenge much like Lelli, if you fail to move out of dangerous effects.

  • Throughout the engagement, Kimaru will unleash portals of fire and small storms of electricity. 
    • You need to avoid standing in these effects for any more than a split moment, as prolonged exposure leads to death. While timing tends to be slightly more forgiving than the Mushrooms in the previous fight, the Electrical storms are difficult to see, so you need to keep your eyes open.
  • Kimaru is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities, but also has the ability to Bleed her targets.

Suin Chalo

The final challenge prior to fighting Axkva herself; Suin calls upon her trusted warriors to strike hard and true.

  • Suin will randomly call forth one of four possible warriors to assist her during the battle. 
    • These Nightsisters need to be dealt with very quickly, as their damage output is beyond the sustainability of a Doctor’s ability to heal.
    • Hur’dem is vulnerable to Acid.
    • Doum is vulnerable to Heat.
    • Oxvul is vulnerable to Electricity.
    • Ekomal is vulnerable to Cold.
  • Suin is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities and will use an area Intimidate attack on occasion. 

Axkva Min

The namesake of this heroic instance, Axkva Min, is the reason the Prison exists and is the final encounter. She briefly speaks of a dark master and offers you a position at her side…

  • Axkva primary mechanic is to imprison group members and drain them of their life.
    • At random, party members will be encased in a red Crystal which needs to be destroyed. If left alone, the Crystal will continue to damage its target until they are dead.
    • Occasionally some players will feel a ploom of damage as green force effects spew forth. There is nothing to be done to avoid this, we only recommend players stay topped off on health as much as possible. 
    • Axkva has been witnessed to use Swordsman suite abilities and will constantly Intimidate or Stun her target.

I hope this little guide helps you and your friends succeed. I would also like to note that this guide was written with the expectation that overall you understand this is endgame content and should have defensive foods, buffs, and various proper equipment. 

-Jeil

 

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

Friday Feature 3/30/2018: A look behind the scenes.

Staff just sitting around, shooting the sh… breeze early Monday morning before I left for my weekly client trip…

Halyn: Kelta and I won’t be around from Thursday through Monday. It’s the Easter weekend and we want to take the kids to the farm.

Sandi: *in a panic* So can you help me plan something for Sunday?

Abi: *instantly pipes up* Do an ‘easter egg’ hunt

Sandi: What would the Easter Eggs be?

Abi: Storyteller containers outside of cities.

Sandi: Those only last 8 hours…

Abi and Sandi go back and forth attempting to work out how to implement it. What can the community get, how many, how do we prevent people from exploiting? How do we make it fair for everyone?

Anishor pipes up with rewards suggestions, his first comment on the event:  Lightsabers…

Abi works up a proposed list of rewards, over which Sandi drools.

Halyn in the meantime continues to do his own thing, like putting in announcements when a new character is created and extending storyteller items to last for 48 hours.

Abi: Wait, why are we doing an Easter egg hunt? We’re going to have April Fools stuff, iirc.

Halyn: I don’t know what we’re going to have atm.

Sandi heads to the airport. She reviews the conversations in the various Discords, notes the incredibly boring topics the staff has been talking about, which includes the backpacks she doesn’t care about in the least. As her eyes glaze over and she skims the text about the new housing, a few other things, she throws in that she wants a stuffed tauntaun, for which she is teased repeatedly.

Sandi and Abi talk more about how to implement an Easter Egg Event, which she’s now calling the E3. Halyn keeps working on content, tossing up occasional screenshots.

Tuesday morning: Sandi goes off to a client and returns to…

Halyn:    soooo
               I decided to run with your egg hunt thing
               but I’m putting together a screenplay
               screenshots shortly
               the big thing will be getting waypoints to put egg containers at

Sandi holds her breath, looking through the text on breaks and finds a screenshot of an NPC announcing the Great Galactic Egg Hunt!

She notices it’s a bit like the Junk Dealers; you’ll be able to trade the found eggs for stuff. She literally squees loudly, hoping the people in the room next to hers at the hotel don’t call the Front Desk to complain.


The Arcon Multinode Agricorp is sponsoring their first Easter Egg Hunt!

Sunday, April 1st (after the patch in the morning Central time

The event will last 72 hours from when it launches.

The representative for the Arcon Multinode Agricorp can be found in Pandath on Taanab, who will provide instructions on how to find the Easter Eggs.


There are 102 Easter egg containers available, 6 in each of the targeted cities.

Taanab – Pandath
Corellia – Coronet, Doaba Guerful, Kor Vella, Tyrena
Talus – Dearic, Nashal
Naboo – Moenia, Kaadara, Keren, Theed
Rori – Narmle, Restuss
Tatooine – Bestine, Mos Eisely, Mos Entha, Mos Espa

You can hunt eggs on each of your characters.

What would a Friday Feature be without a teaser of a few items which will be available?

NOTE: this is the first time these items are being made available. They will all be available in the future with upcoming content.