When I rolled on a PvP server for my recent return to Star Wars: The Old Republic, I didn’t give it too much thought. I did so because my multi-game guild — for some reason — was on this particular server, and sometimes PvP servers are pretty beneign.
In fact, most of my experiences to date have been pretty tame, to the point where I totally forgot that I’ve been constantly PvP flagged. However, last night reminded me in a quick fashion why I was a fool to venture onto such a server. You think I would have learned by now.
I’ve been questing on Tatooine, almost finished with both the world and personal story quest lines. I was in the middle of the dune sea doing a short quest, and right after I triggered a brief cutscene, a level 60 Sith came out of nowhere to hack my character into short bits. My immediate instincts were to fight back — flight is impossible, really — but when you’re 30 levels below, there’s no chance. He was there to gank and I was there to be ganked for his ego. You’re welcome, Mr. Tough Guy.
Fine, whatever. I rezzed (no field medic probes for me, as I’m F2P) and started to venture into a giant underground bunker for the final planet story quest. It’s one of those areas that is dense with mobs and takes a lot of methodical progress via fights to get through. Nothing too above my capabilities… that is, until the Empire showed up.
At first it was just one guy who was there for the same quests, and I gathered had as little interest in PvPing as I did. We even cleared mobs for each other and I tried hard not to accidentally catch him in my bomb blasts. But as I’m finishing up a room, a Bounty Hunter comes out at me and starts going postal on my face.
This was the one shining moment of the night, as I actually managed to fight him off and kill him (see above screenshot as proof). That’s a minor miracle, as my brain always locks up in PvP situations. I’m like “HIT ALL THE BUTTONS IN A PANIC” with no time to think through and react appropriately.
Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. For some reason, I was the only Republic player in this area, but there were just scads of Empire all over the place. I want to reiterate that I needed to get through this place to wrap up the final quest, so I didn’t have an option to leave or do something else. There wasn’t anything else to do.
Another level 60 Sith killed me. Sigh. I do the long, long run back, fight more mobs to get back into the bunker, only to turn the corner and have a pair of Empire players pop out at me and kill me again.
Now, I’m not here to grind any axe about PvP. I intellectually understand why people like it and don’t begrudge its existence. But man, I hate it, and this night was a prime example of why. None of this was fun; it was being a punching bag for other players who cost me time and progress. There was no help around and no epic team-ups. Just a particularly vicious game of tag in which I was always It due to the color of my name plate.
I logged out, frustrated, and strongly regretting going against my experience by rolling on this server to begin with. Listen, I like my guild, but even good people aren’t worth gaming aggravation. This is not the kind of journey I want to have going forward, but I also didn’t want to reroll my character now that I’m level 30 and have invested some actual money into her unlocks.
Fortunately, upon some investigation I discovered that my account did have one free character transfer on it. I didn’t have to think twice. I said goodbye to my guild and moved my character back to the RP-PvE server on which my old stable of characters reside. Yeah, it’s going to stink to have to scount around for a new guild, but to me it’s worth it to avoid being some PvP chump.