Obviously, I don’t know a lot about Star Wars Galaxies and enjoy going into this relatively blind, but one thing that tripped me up is that I have no idea if planets are level-agnostic or if you’re supposed to get a choice or something at the start? All I know is that when I talked to Han Solo, he brought me straight to Tatooine without any other option. I guess that’s okay; it’s an iconic Star Wars planet (though not my personal fave).
And at least the spot right outside of the spaceport was positively bustling with player activity, especially compared to the quiet newbie station. There were even two Jedi fighting some oversized Stormtrooper, with the Rebels declaring their comradery after the battle concluded in their favor. Another Stormtrooper was recruiting for a guild and everyone looked far more fashionable than my fish-lady in a turban.
I figured that the best thing I could do to get my footing was to continue to follow questlines and take encounters as they came. As the above picture demonstrates, I’m still trying to figure out the con system in this game. One would think I could take on these little bug-things, but nope, they wiped me out in two hits. The Tuskan raiders? I was swarmed by three and lived, so go figure that power ratio.
I was very appreciative that this first quest chain resulted in the gift of a landspeeder. Nostalgia! Hey, it’s nice to get a mount right away in this high-tech universe, and even more nice when the next quest gives you the ability to change your vehicle’s colors:
I wanted it to match the purple-and-lime green of my Mon Calimari. Hey, at least it makes me happy, even if it blinds everyone else.
I wanted to take a break from questing for a minute and just, y’know, hang out with the community. See what this famed SWG scene was all about. But the map overlay in this game is… well, you can see it above. It’s perfect for giving one headaches but not ideal for actual navigation.
Even so, eventually I found the Mos Eisley cantina, sadly lacking in lightsabered-off arms and Wookiees in dark corners. But there was a rocking party going on, and I spent some time checking out the sights and pontificating on how you don’t ever see this many players in MMO taverns elsewhere. Guess that’s what you get when you actually design a game’s systems around socializing.
I… may have danced. A bit. Just trying to fit in, you know?
So is this a guitar or a hookah? I was too intimidated to ask this Wookiee for clarification. At least it was a fun show and a good respite for the evening.