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SWTOR Adds Player Housing

August 22, 2014

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Star Wars the Old Republic finally has one of the features I missed most from Star Wars Galaxies, player housing, the ability to have a personal house in the game and decorate it, and make it available to other places to admire.

Previously all that was available was each person’s personal starship, but these can’t be decorated, nor are they open to other players in general.

Early access to “Galactic Strongholds” for subscribers launched Tuesday. After trying to learn the ropes for a couple of days, I think the system seems to be a much improved version of the one used for Lord of the Rings Online, but falls far short of what Star Wars Galaxies offered.



Space: Another step in the wrong direction

October 21, 2013


Star Wars the Old Republic continues to struggle. Now it is expanding into space, and once again the developers have gotten it wrong:

I play solo PvE, that is, I play by nyself, not in groups, and I don’t fight against other players. Sadly, all the developers seem to care about is grouping and PvP, fighting between players. The game has run out of gas, yet the most recent expansion/update is only about grouping, with nothing at all for solo players.

And now when they are trying to fix space, it is only PvP.

Star Wars Galaxies, a vastly better game at its worst than The Old Republic so far, started without any space element at all, very strange in a Star Wars game. But 11 months after the game started Sony Online Entertainment presented the expansion Jump to Lightspeed, which gave us numerous sandbox adventures in space. With a variety of ships and missions, the new pilot profession to pursue, and even asteroid mining, it was wonderful.

The Old Republic, to its credit, had space from day one. But it used, and still uses, an imbecile “on rails” mechanism, which isn’t worth playing. Now, well more than a year and a half after launch, space is being updated in a future expansion…but only for PvP. The only reason for this that I can see on the forums is that PvE would be too hard.

That’s just not good enough. EA and Disney would do better to buy the rights to Star Wars Galaxies and release it. Even the way it performed on its last day, more than 18 months ago, it was superior to the deadend alley that is Star Wars the Old Republic.

The Old Republic is Shrinking

June 20, 2012
Character Transfer is Now Available
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Star Wars the Old Republic is closing servers. They haven’t actually announced that yet, but we are in the midst of a  free character transfer service, where the residents of many servers are actively being encouraged to take advantage of a free trip to a much smaller group of servers.

This does not bode well for the future of the game, as the next step will be closing down the old servers. This reflects media reports that after the initial peak, players have been leaving the game in large numbers. This is not hard to understand, as there is virtually nothing to do after you reach level 50.

The same thing happened in Star Wars Galaxies, but only after several years. In Star Wars the Old Republic it took less than six months!

There’s speculation on the forums about what happens if you don’t comply. The best case scenario is that you find yourself on a deserted server (already I must say that on my starting server Rogue Moon the last few times I have logged in there have always been less than 10 other players on the planet, you can almost hear the crickets).

At some point the emptied servers will be closed and character transfer will become obligatory.

I went through with the procedure, but there were a couple of weaknesses in the process. For one thing, I had two characters on Rogue Moon, but the highly automated transfer system wouldn’t let me move both at the same time. This just wasted a lot of my time as I had to go through the same process twice.

More seriously, when I began the transfers, there was a message that in-game mail would not be transferred. This is really stupid. My level 50 character didn’t have any personal e-mails, but there were a whole series of messages from generals, Jedis, lady smugglers, and dukes thanking me for my help along the way. These were kind of fun mementos of my progress in the game, and I see no reason why they had to be removed.

So now I am on another server. Perhaps I can now get some help in my latest impossible mission.

But one has to wonder…maybe BioWare ought to devote some of its resources to content after level 50…and perhaps ought to consider the one thing Star Galaxies had that the Old Republic totally lacks, player housing in player cities, and decorations to put in them,

A final visit to Mos Vegas and Star Wars Galaxies

April 26, 2012

It’s taken me several months to get around to it, but here’s a final look at my home in Star Wars Galaxies, Mos Vegas, outside Anchorhead on Tatooine, on the Shadowfire server. Once one of the most vibrant towns on the server, after everyone left because of the New Game Enhancements, I ended up Mayor of what was left.

A couple of weeks before they pulled the plug on Star Wars Galaxies, I recorded my alts showing off my various houses. After the introduction of the NGE, I spent most of my time in SWG collecting and decorating new structures. (This was something you could do there that you can’t do in Star Wars the Old Republic.)

Excalibur Starship Galactic Megaquarters

Sadly the recordings of three special buildings seem to have gone missing: My primary home Villa Pendragon (but there is an earlier video at:, the Mustafar bunker used as the showroom and Galactic Megaquarters for Excalibur Starship, and my wonderful Wookiee tree house.

Nevertheless, what is left is still 29 minutes long, probably more than anyone wants to be see, except me reliving the good times in SWG.

The Excalibur Starship Showroom

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