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In sports ... are the up-and-coming Huttball team Mynlizards already set for disaster? Representatives from the reigning Frog-Dogs and Rotworms are claiming damages after multiple Mynlizard players were apprehended by Cartel Security in a shootout in the upper Corellian sector over, quote, “a dispute regarding team colour similarities”. We attempted to approach the Mynlizard manager for his comments, but discovered he had been found dead, tragically killed in an unrelated traffic incident. Cartel Security has yet to comment.
Next up in business news, I hope you’ll join me after the break as we welcome Dr. Zara Anoleis of the Zakuulan Bureau of Social Harmony to the sofa to talk about financial uncertainty in the wake of recent events as many stock markets grow nervous about assets based on Zakuulan stability.
Schrodinger's cat joke or a cheap grab for attention? Depends on whether it's getting views.
So your character is sat in the bar, shouldered in by Darth Xuzkun (Master of the Lower End of the Alphabet) and Mandy Mando’ade (drinking pure ethanol like spring water), and the inevitable happens: a bar fight. Naturally both sides pull out their giga-lightning-hands and ultra-cannon, and your character is left in the middle about to be turned into so much rarified plasma.
What to do?
Well, bugger facing that particular music. The poor sod’s probably going to get the hell out of dodge, but if you type that they get out of the way, are you god-moding? Shouldn’t you, as a nice, polite writer, give the pair a chance to write the result of your character’s attempt? I mean, it’s an extreme (unfortunately not unrealistic) example, but the principle is there. Could it be safer to throw a ‘would’ in there, just to hedge your bets?
More polite? Maybe. Grammatically correct? Not so much. Though not everyone’s a stickler for grammar, so have some other ways of going about it which are both grammatically correct, and more fun.
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The headlines this afternoon; could your water filter be giving you the runs? New research by the Cartel Industrial Society suggests all might not be as it seems with common filtration products. In the aftermath of economic turmoil some weeks ago, our business correspondent investigates – where should you be putting your money? In entertainment, we’ll be speaking to returning star of Acid Town Mysteries Juan Gorino, as the show returns for its sixteenth season after a three year hiatus.
Do you love the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife? Our newest field correspondent, Tann “Amy” Amersu, certainly does and she’ll be joining me on the sofa after the break! On the ground at a smash hit masquerade ball last week, we bring you footage and commentary recorded live during the event which saw the shock return of the Cosmic Swinger’s Club, reborn with star of Zeltroslane 5’s Sami Roxx! Rounded off with a lottery and a costume contest, it was a night to remember. That’s coming up next, on Starwire News!
Where there is life, there is death. Unfortunately, our lives have to come to an end at some point. Whether it'll be from old age, or some other cause which we won't go into, the lights will eventually turn off. Sad to say, we see numerous people pass away for a number of different reasons. Whether its someone close to us, or a mere acquaintance, death always strikes a blow. In Star Wars
, it is no different. Many character have passed on into the Force, many of which have had a significant impact on the story, as well as other characters. Would Anakin Skywalker
have turned into Darth Vader
had his mother
not died? We will never know.
Our characters in The Old Republic
are creations of our imaginations, as is their history, personalities, and everything else that makes them what they are. Seeming as though it isn't possible to run around in BioWare's
virtual world as an infant, our characters have most likely been through thick and thin to get to where they are, from the day they were born, to the days following the events of the Sacking of Coruscant
. It is probably safe to say that our characters have seen many people die, some of those most likely friends. What we'd like to know in today's Force Reflection is whether your character has lost anybody, and what impacts their death had on your character. Haven't thought about it before? Well here's your chance to further develop your character. Post your answers in the comments section.
The path of the Jedi is a difficult and treacherous one. It is filled with obstacles based on the rules of philosophy and morals, as well as requiring immense discipline. The Jedi Code must be followed at all times, lightsaber combat techniques must be at a competent level, and a Jedi must be able to connect mind, body and soul through a number of different and intricate meditative techniques. Not only does a Jedi have to pass a number of trials to excel within the Jedi Order
, but they must do it selflessly. They must also resist the constant temptation of the dark side of the Force. A Jedi will make many decisions throughout their selfless career, and the utmost care must be taken to ensure a Jedi doesn't slip through the cracks to plunder to the fiery depths of the dark side.
A Jedi isn't without help. Neither are roleplayers who wish to take the reigns of a character based on such immense and deep lore. The Jedi Path
, written by Daniel Wallace
, is a book written from the perspective of some of the most formidable Jedi throughout history. The book is filled with comments by Luke Skywalker
, Count Dooku
, Qui-Gon Jinn
, Darth Sidious
, and more. The book is written to address a Jedi in training. It is a great resources for any Jedi roleplayer in training as well. If you're struggling with certain aspects of Jedi lore, or if you wish to further your knowledge on probably the most renowned aspect of Star Wars
in its entirety, be sure to check out The Jedi Path
hosting a Jedi-themed Force Reflection week, we thought it appropriate to educate our members on all things Jedi, bringing you the best bits from the book written by Daniel Wallace. In today's edition of The Jedi Path: Teachings of the Jedi Order
, we'll be discussing the Jedi Code, the history of the Order itself, as well as some of the duties and trials faced by a Jedi Initiate in training to become a Jedi Padawan. Be sure to stay tuned at SWTOR-RP for further knowledge of the Jedi, taken straight from The Jedi Path
. But for now, lets kick off Part I.
In games, where even with the best character creator, people can end up looking the same, so how do you stay original in both concept and character development? With various guilds out there and even other websites, what do you think if someone blatantly copies what you do?
They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what happens when people seem to really just be copying a particular person in their efforts? When can you tell that it is copying and simply not coincidence? Granted, some concepts and themes are often a common thing, where SWTOR might just seem a plethora of evil Sith, daring smugglers, and other 'archetypes'. This can apply to guild concepts as well, and even with regards to a site like this one.
Overlap does and will occur, and you can't help but sometimes have a similar idea as another person. Copying someone almost directly though is generally different than just having the same inspiration. So, with what is in your wallet, how do you do stay unique? Where does the line get drawn when someone copies another person's character right down to the exact hairstyle, clothing, and history? Is it something to not worry about?
With the announcement of the latest playable planet Ilum
, let's take a look at its most famous commodity and something that is vital yet often overlooked when it comes to role-playing as a Jedi or Sith: the lightsaber crystal. This is often the most overlooked part of Force User RP, as it has such a huge scope to alter not only the way your character is perceived by others via the colour chosen for your blade, but the way they'll fight using the crystal's blade altering natural properties. It also has a chance to bring something to the story behind your character, yet so many neglect them as nothing more than a stone that changes the colour to the blade. But before we get into how it can alter your RP let's first take a look at the lore behind them.
The use of crystals in the construction of a lightsaber can be traced back to the early days of the Jedi Order, seeing usage in the Hundred Years Darkness where both Jedi and Dark Jedi clashed using an early form of lightsaber that required a power pack to function. Just like future lightsabers the crystal would sit at the heart of the blade and used to focus the blade of energy that was emitted. Over time as lightsaber technology advanced and other components were replaced to create a more portable model, one thing remained constant was the use of a crystal. Most of the lightsabers created by the early Jedi would house crystals located in the Adegan system, three different varieties would be discovered each having their own special properties. The most common of these three was the Mephite Crystal which would become the standard by which all other crystals would be judged.
Killing characters, I’ve found, is a very touchy subject in MMO-based RP. It’s not hard to get to the root of why. No-one needs to write anything that they’re not happy about writing. So if they’re not happy about their character dying, it probably won’t happen. There are lots of workarounds suited to that problem here, from bending character’s to show mercy, using Star Wars’ super-healing tech, to even saying ‘it was a decoy clone’. Saw that used once. Wouldn’t recommend it. You know the sort of thing I mean. Not wanting to touch that barrier between what could happen.
Dead bodies littering the ground. Debris scattered. Smoke rises.
And what will happen.
A moment in time, utterly frozen, as the puppeteers behind the writers either snap at each other or describe what I like to call the Super-Twizzle.
John Starweaver sees the blaster bolt coming and darts to the side, dodging it!
No-one wants to hit that barrier. It’s an uncomfortable feeling which draws us out of the story and into the reality that you’re borrowing space in someone else’s sandbox and they might not want to share their toys.
So how is it done outside of the MMO scene?
The bond between soul mates can be everlasting -- through sickness and through health, through life and death. The understanding, love and loyalty which forms through such bonds is said to be eternal. Only the harshest and most extreme circumstances, though rare, could ever destroy the attachment. In the world of Star Wars, we have seen bonds form and break. Some have rekindled and others were considered truly lost. The bond between the Jedi Exile and Kreia in the Knights of the Old Republic II, created through the force, came to a dark and epic end. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were separated due to Anakin's misguided thoughts and his undeniable love for Padmé. On the contrary, we have the bond between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. It was not resentment or betrayal that separated the two; it was the swift blow of death that ended the living bond between Padawan and Master. Qui-Gon Jinn's life was prematurely taken from him by Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Though Qui-Gon's life faltered, memories of what the two men shared lived on through the Force and in Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is those kind of memories that make the experiences shared between a Padawan and Master unforgettable. In The Old Republic, players will have the opportunity play either role. Padawan or Master? The choice is yours. This article will highlight the ways and experiences of a Jedi Padawan and Master, from the point of promotion from a Jedi Initiate, to the tests of the Jedi Trials.
An Announcement by the Bureau of Social Harmony
Good day to all viewers, I am Dr. Zara Anoleis, bringing you an announcement.
Two weeks ago, deplorable acts of violence on the part of unscrupulous outsiders disrupted the operations of the Zakuulan treasury. As a result, alterations to the state budget have been made to ensure the long-term security of essential services. The Bureau of Social Harmony is among those shouldering the burden of these austerity measures; as such, future episodes of insider reports, galactic commentary and similar features will be outsourced to the Outreach branches. In line with this, we are pleased to welcome veteran Outreach anchor Lily Serel to the official Bureau team, acting as our new prime pair of boots on the ground.