Yesterday on a Server Across the Gulf

Like my shitty Star Wars reference?  Yes, that is what that was supposed to be.  I’ve been playing SWGEmu since the weekend (no PUBG ermagerd) while also binge watching all of the movies chronologically, yes, including the prequels (spicy memes).

There was recently an update for it which finally introduced the Jedi system.  Their goal is to emulate 14.1 which apparently had the Village system of unlocking Jedi.  If you remember anything about SWG I would imagine (besides the NGE/CU) it would be that it was incredibly difficult to attain a Force Sensitive character slot.

What you had to do back in the day was get a lot of badges (kind of like achievements on Steam), master certain professions (unbeknownst to you, unless you found and used 3 holocrons which would tell you iirc), then do some force sensitive quests and voila, you can grind the new class now.  The hardest part was the professions as I don’t believe people knew about the holocrons or maybe they were added after the fact.  Anyways, some people preferred the ridiculous grind involved.

The Village way of attaining a force sensitive character appears to be much easier.  First you get the badges (which there are guides for, you need 5 difficult badges, 7 themepark badges, etc etc) and as you attain them if you type /check you will check to see if you have a sense of the force.  Once you “feel an inner glow, the force is with you” then you will soon be visited by an NPC called Old Man.  He will give you a force crystal.  A day later you will be attacked by two sith.  After you beat them you will be given the location of the Jedi village on Dathomir where you can begin your grind for Jedi Initiate and the different trees of mastery you can go down.

Some people on the forums grumbled about it but the devs have clearly stated they’re attempting to emulate 14.1 for a while now.  They chose this as it had the most readily available information for them to emulate.  Once they have completed 1.0 of the emulator then people can do what they want (not that they’re prevented from doing that now, there are many other servers as it is).  Personally I am looking forward to the Jump to Lightspeed expansion.  I always loved how the game had both a ground game and a space game.  Not to mention you could board your friends ships and man a turret while they quested.  Adding in that you could have your own ship (saving money on travel) as well as your ship having parts, crafted by players, it was another thing for you to customize.  Another connection in the magnificent weave that was the SWG community.

Anyways, I’ve been working towards unlocking my own force sensitive slot for whatever reason.  I don’t really want to PvP (cus I’ve turn into a big ol pussy in my 30s) which will undoubtedly happen if I unlock Jedi and start grinding.  You see a force sensitive character who uses their powers increase a sort of “threat” like meter.  The more activity you do the higher your chances of increasing your meter.  The higher your meter the more likely you will show up on a Bounty Hunter’s mission terminal.  I could be completely wrong about how all that works but I’m pretty sure it is something like that.  Moral of the story is:  Bounty Hunters will be looking for you if you’re trying to level a Jedi.  This leads people to have alts capable of solving any problem a solo player may have, such as a buff bot, entertainers, anything they may need to avoid going to a big city.

Of course this can lead to problems but at the moment Basilisk isn’t meant to be the ideal implementation of the game as it was, they are still just there for testing purposes as well as giving players a place to play in the sand.  I believe the planned official SWGEmu server after release of the Emulator, Suncrusher, will limit the amount of characters you can have as well as the amount you can have logged in at once, which would certainly prevent what I mentioned above getting out of hand.

So yeah, just been grinding badges, now I’m grinding themepark badges (currently doing the imperial themepark), I believe once I have finished those I may need to acquire a decent number of “easy” badges which shouldn’t be a problem.  Once I’m glowing then I’ll be approached by the old fart yadda yadda yadda.  I’m considering grinding up my own Doctor capable of using buff packs made by others to buff my own character but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.  Doing that would also mean I’d probably need an Entertainer as well which I believe is expensive as fuck.  The grind is slow, though I could probably make 2 of my own players fight each other to create wounds/battle fatigue for the Ent to heal.  But the real problem is getting the dancing/music skill enhancement tapes to socket in my clothes which would enhance the Entertainer buffs to 125% (which is pretty standard and at least in my mind required).  Slippery slope indeed.

Just gonna keep going for now though.  Perhaps I’ll pop in some PUBG soon though I really want FPP stats, like what the fuck.  I’m not mad about it and it isn’t keeping me from playing, but it does bug me.  I don’t really get how you can have the different queues and stats for 3 of them but not the other 3?  I mean sure, I can imagine how they could have organized things for it to be that way, but like, can’t you just do some fucking find & replace shit and copy paste the stats shit into something tied to the FPP queues.  I guess it just isn’t a high priority which I totally get.  Probably better to figure out what the deal is with Nvidia cards and buildings sometimes not rendering at all, not to mention the textures not fully loading and the buildings looking like clay molds.  OH AND SHADOWPLAY HIGHLIGHTS NOT WORKING ON WINDOWS 7 YOU SUMBITCHES!