Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

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Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by Sandarie » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:43 pm

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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 ...

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Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by Brindan Call » Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:10 pm

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.

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Post by SailorLune » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:30 pm

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!)

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Re: Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by Pleborian » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:54 am

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.

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Re: Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by Smallcorners » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:50 am

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.

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Post by Temperius » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:57 pm

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!

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Post by Ovolf » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:10 pm

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.
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Re: Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by starguts » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:25 pm

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.
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Re: Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by dalolorn » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:48 am

Can I do it next week when I have more time? :P
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Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

Post by Demi » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:33 am

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!

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