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October 14th, 2003


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01:25 am - Ackmena meets the Emperor
Tonight's Star Wars: Interior Decorators of the Old Republic fun involved a visit to the Emperor's Retreat on Naboo. This is one of SW:G's much-vaunted "theme park" areas, in which ordinary players like you or me get a chance to rub elbows with some of the more famous characters in the Star Wars saga. Of course, in order to do some elbow-rubbing, you first have to perform several tasks, like escort someone 2000m away to the theme park (what they're doing 2000m out in the middle of nowhere is never explained, but that's probably not the point) or simply kill something or someone. Other theme parks include Jabba's Palace and Watto's Junkyard on Tattooine, and Nym's Stronghold somewhere else that I am told is based on one of the other Star Wars games. I'm doing the one that's strictly for Imperials, since, well, I am one.

Each mission nets you either a useless piece of gear (Electrobinoculars that are busted? A Work Light that doesn't?) or a piece of clothing which you may or may not have already bought in the Bazaar. (But hey, these high-quality jackboots sure look good.)

But it's all worth it when you get to meet Darth Vader.


Here I am posing for a picture with Darth Vader. In case you're wondering, Ackmena is supposed to be a Bea Arthur character, based on her role as Ackmena, sassy cantina owner in The Star Wars Christmas Special. (I figure if George don't consider it canon, then it's fair game. I also realize that in the special, Ackmena isn't too fond of the Empire, but since I'm in an Imperial guild, I might as well do the faction up right. The only problem is that since my character's name starts with Ack, everybody automatically assumes, before meeting her, that she's Mon Calamari.) My low-grade computer and chuggy graphics card prevent me from rendering her in all her aged glory, but here you go. Darth really hates having his picture taken. He also hates being talked to unless you've done a zillion more missions. But I bet you'd be grumpy too if all you got to do in this MMORPG is sit around waiting for idiot players to show up, complete a few missions, and double-click on you.

(Though I do admit I had a bit of a fanboy moment here as I entered Darth's little sanctum sanctorum. He's sitting in that little pod-like thing he had in Empire, and you hear the breathing first before the pod opens up and shows him. So there I am, walking into this chamber I don't know nothin about, and there's that breath. And I went "Ooh!" And then Darth insulted me. Bastard.)


And here's ol short 'n wrinkly himself. He doesn't have much to say, either. But he's gracious enough to let me run around his halls opening and closing doors at will, so he's not so bad.

I'm still doing missions around the retreat, as there are at least five mission giver-outers, with five missions each, that you must work with before Darth Vader decides to high-five you. And that's what I'm really working for here -- hell, isn't that what we all should be working for?


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From:markm
Date:October 14th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Dude, what server do you play on? It'd be great to meet up with you in-game.
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 14th, 2003 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I'm on Lowca, but I'd start another character on another server for hanging out and trying out other professions. I could also bring Hank Gunderson back for ROPLEPLAY FUN!!!@1

Hank Gunderson was a character I created in beta. He looked Mon Calamari but he was really an insurance salesman from Kenosha, Wisconsin. So while hanging out at shuttleports and cantinas, he'd try to sell term life insurance to the "d00d"ers and "rebs sux imps sux deul me u pussys" kids, he'd ask folks about their relatives ("Oh, I know you! You're Bob Hurklen's kid, aren't you? How is that old so-and-so?") and he would always finish every conversation with a cheerful invitation to "stop on by and visit if you're ever in our neck of the woods! I know Shelly would just love to see you and Margie again." He made no attempt at all to do anything Star Wars-wise except travel on the shuttle and do delivery missions for money. My internal justification was that well hell, I was roleplaying here.

It was much fun to be so baffling.
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From:markm
Date:October 14th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Heh. That's great. I always roleplay on SWG, even though it totally confuses the uber-1337 power-levelers who just want to PvP and get sick/bored of the game after two weeks of play. My take on that is: if you want PvP go play Planetside.

Anyway, I've been building up a master weaponsmith on Kauri for some time, but that's not exactly a combat class and I love the combat too. So I just recently started up a new character ('Makrem') on Sunrunner because I want to be a sword-wielding dude and kill lotsa butterflies.

The first time I was ever incapped was due to a corellian butterfly. I will forever hate that species. Besides, Conan started off killing butterflies, didn't he? Didn't he??
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 15th, 2003 04:36 am (UTC)
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I can't do much city PvP since my computer is small and chuggy; I'm lucky to get over 2fps while running in Theed. However, I participate in base defense and it's a hell of a rush. On the whole, though, PvP isn't my bag, and I'm definitely not getting my character up to the level, combat skill and armor-wise, to really be a true PvPer.

Made some dude named Regnad Kcin on Sunrunner. Will try Kauri when I'm bored.
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From:abbetaka
Date:October 15th, 2003 01:20 am (UTC)

teehee..

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From:derspatchel
Date:October 15th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC)

Re: teehee..

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Aah, sweet memories.
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From:abbetaka
Date:October 15th, 2003 01:24 am (UTC)

and oh --

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I know I'm not ultra-familiar with the Star Wars world, but is the Emperor dude like, a zombie? The walking dead? He looks like his flesh might fall off.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 22nd, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)

Eek

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Again, I am glad that I never gave in to the siren song of MMPORPTW, or Virtual Crack, or whatever it is that the kids call it.

I'm going back to my Reader's Digest now.

Keith
susskins@visi.com
http://www.visi.com/~susskins

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