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[SWG] News! • Re: Friday Feature 4/27/2018: Anniversary Memories

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Sitting in an open field near the waterfall at Theed, enjoying the scenery as I worked on the smuggler slicing tree while chatting and plotting with a couple of friends.

Taking a break from hunting on Dath in the dead of night, in a camp that looked way cosier than any computer game camp had any right looking. My two pals--a different pair--trying to convince me to jump ship to the Empire.

Hunting krayts on tat with my PA, taking moments between pulls to RP in the advanced field base which I found astonishing and thought was the greatest thing ever.

My first RP meeting with same, on Dantooine, where I was promoted to first lieutenant on a much younger version of the same character I play here on EiF.

A heart stopping bit of RP where I was following an Imperial character through Coronet and was spotted. She chased me and had me cornered in a guild hall but was graciously "called away" in true fantasy plot style, giving my youthful inexperienced ass an out. God, what an amazing roleplayer she was.

Coming back from running some faction missions with no idea about the TEF system and until then having been extremely lucky in avoiding any overt imps. Out of nowhere my brand new speederbike was blown, an imp and his ATST pet rounding the corner. Bikes were still new then and that one, to me at the time, cost a fortune. I was PISSED, and sent the poor guy a series of furious tells giving him a piece of my mind. He seemed taken aback and was actually roleplaying a patrol. He must have felt bad and tipped me a generous sum in compensation. Immediately I felt like scum and apologized, learning several lessons in just that one brief interaction.

The great rebel conference, with all the major rebel pvp outfits in attendance. Until now I'd remained on the periphery of actual player engagement but had been paying attention to the various fights, sieges and main players of the GCW. Somehow, I ended up being our humble PAs representative and was given a place of respect. I was in awe. In that room were all the big names, the big guilds, the great and the mighty. Players id seen lay out imp scum three, four at a time. Heroes, every one. I felt tiny. I was prepared to be ignored and forgotten in a corner but... no. Their inclusivity was humbling. They wanted the RP guilds involved in whatever capacity. That day I learned another lesson and, while always a rebel, my loyalty was truly sealed forever.

Having left my RP outfit for many months to fully concentrate on the GCW, I nevertheless attended as many RP nights at old Wildfire Plains, Dantooine as I could. One day there was a tourney; in it, a newer pikewoman member who the other members often compared to me, to my surprise. She won handily but apparently everyone wanted to see how she'd do against me. I hadn't participated initially, but was roped into it. After the fight, she privately admitted to me that she'd looked up to me from afar and that getting to duel me was amazing for her. I was pretty shocked. It was a signal moment though and one to be repeated in time. I'd become an equal in the eyes of my idols.

It's a tiny thing, a fleeting thing to reach whatever lofty heights exist in a computer game, but these human sandbox interactions are real and you're reminded that these are real people playing. I don't know if that's not just a little bit sacred, and what truly sets SWG apart.

Statistics: Posted by avks — Tue May 01, 2018 5:43 am


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