Seven Years of EiF, and the road ahead

Today officially marks the anniversary of An Empire in Flames server. Seven years ago today, EiF launched with hopes, dreams, and a lot of crazy ambition. It was designed with a core tenant in mind – “what is your ideal server?” That answer, to Lead Developer Halyn and a cohort of scrappy friends, was something that took all the great design elements from Live and made it better for PvE, PvP, and Roleplay players alike… with a side of weird.

It sounds somewhat generic, but it truly has been the guiding star for all EiF related content in the seven years since launch. The EiF Staff has grown and expanded since May 4, 2017, but that design goal has always been the same and the team always seeks to challenge themselves on just what is possible in the world of Star Wars Galaxies. While it would be a long read to list them all, some notable features that originated on EiF were feature improvements like additional player character races, combat balancing; brand new content in the form of unique PvP invasions, instances and world bosses, Jedi unlock system, and seasonal events; and weird adds like weapon holstering, holocomm, and skulking.

While the last year has been rather busy in real life for the staff, and as a result somewhat quiet for development, EiF is still committed to moving forward and providing our players with not only fun, but “the weird stuff”. In the near future, we will be finally unveiling the long awaited Mandalorian Enclave, which will open up new weapons, armor, and content for those interested in the path to become a Mandalorian. After that, we have plans to release a new instance – the “sequel” to the Plasma Mining Facility instance. Once those are out the door, focus will pivot primarily to Jump to Lightspeed. There are still a lot of technical issues to address before we will see JtL on EiF, but we’re committed to making it happen. We will also be replacing the server which EiF runs on – which should solve a lot of the lag and rubberbanding issues that have been plaguing gameplay. And in between all that, we’ll always find room for the weird stuff – smaller additions alongside other improvements. 

Thank you all for being part of this journey, and thank you for joining us for seven years of EiF. Here’s to many more!

EiF Patch Notes 07/23/2023

The one with updates to Empire Day and other miscellaneous tweaks.

Content

  • New items added to the Empire Day vendors.
  • Players starting as a merchant will now have Novice Surveyor.
  • Doctors can now apply color changes to many of the medicines during crafting.
  • Ewoks now have their own name generator instead of using the human generator. (Sandi)
  • All playable races should now properly reflect their race in the character sheet.
  • Players should again be once again select the last color on the color palette when using a recolor kit.
  • “True black” has been adjusted to be slightly less vanta-black.

EiF Patch Notes 07/01/2023

The one with Empire Day

Content

  • Empire Day is now live! New Republic players can travel to Chandrila and Imperial players can travel to Kuat to begin Empire Day/Remembrance Day activities.
  • Hang posters in a low-risk, low-reward PvE activity.
  • Engage in fierce PvE combat defending or attacking Ewok villages on Endor for moderate rewards.
  • Enter the PvP arena in an attempt to recover protocol droids from an Ewok lake village before the other faction can claim them for the highest payouts!
  • New items have been added to this year’s vendor; depending on time restraints, there may be a few more additions at the halfway mark of Empire Day.
  • This year’s Empire Day will start the morning of July 1st and end the morning of August 1st.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Togruta holograms occasionally causing client crashes.
  • Fixed the face appearance of Zeltron females in holocalls.
  • Fixed phantom glove appearances in holocomm calls.
  • Wookiees will once again get bandoleers on character creation.
  • Kubaz now get goggles and cloaks on character creation, depending on profession selection.
  • Gauntlet weapons now properly use the gauntlet’s refire rate to calculate cooldown instead of the commando or bounty hunter’s in-hand weapon.

Empire and Remembrance Day Event

Join the community on Empire in Flames for this year’s celebrations of Empire Day and Remembrance Day! While once a commemoration of the foundation of the Empire, Empire Day is now also a day for loyal Imperials to mourn the loss of their Emperor. For the former members of the Rebellion, what was originally a day to honor soldiers fallen in battle in Remembrance Day now also celebrates the New Republic’s founding. Whether you fight for the Empire or the New Republic, players can listen to speeches, tear down or put up propaganda posters, and race across Endor or they can group up and join the PvE and PvP battlegrounds. Completing objectives will award you Empire/Remembrance Day coins, which can be used to barter for rewards including new schematics, air-speeders, and decoration items that haven’t yet been seen on the server. Unlike other holiday events, Empire Day allows you to participate in as many events as you want, as many times as you want. This means you can grind out all the coins you might need in the course of a couple of days, or take your time and earn them over the course of the event.

This year, Empire/Remembrance Day starts on July 1st and will run the entire month of July. Head on over to Kuat City on Kuat (for Imperials) or Hanna City on Chandrila (for NR) to get started.

Once you land at your respectively-aligned city, talk to your Event Coordinator for a quick run-down about the holiday, and the types of events available to you. Each Coordinator also has a BB-unit that you can speak with to check your Empire Day or Remembrance Day Coin balance, as well as redeem your earned coins for the available rewards.

Speak with Ingri if you’re NR, or Wulf if you’re Imperial.

Amidst the decorations and troops gathered in celebration, a handful of other NPCs are scattered about that will have more information on quests or activities you can participate in.

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EiF Patch Notes 03/31/2023

Here are the patch notes released on 03/31/2023.

Content

  • A new world boss has been sighted around Theed. Approach with extreme caution
  • A new system is being rolled out that will allow players to display a hologram of a schematic. Only a handful of schematic currently have this option, but it will be continued to be rolled out to other schematics going forward
  • World Snapshot updates for Corellia and Naboo

Bugfixes

  • Fixed more performance issues with Rotary Cannons