The Banhammer Falls, and a Final Farewell to Star Wars Galaxies

Last week all of a sudden we were banned from the Star Wars Galaxies Emu for having multiple accounts.  We’ve been playing quietly and unobtrusively for five years, having entered the game in April of 2015.   Apparently we didn’t get the OK to have two accounts from the same household.

I wrote a ticket and asked what happened after all this time, why we would be banned, and what could we do to fix it.

I got a pleasant response saying we were in violation of the TOS and were given a list of what we’d need to verify we were real people with multiple copies of the game.

Fair enough,  but I am that person who has never been banned, warned, or disciplined in any game ever.  I could not stop thinking about this, and just banging my head against why anyone would even think of us, quietly living our galactic lives.   What is the source of this?

So last night I couldn’t sleep thinking about it, I asked my husband this morning if he’s be OK with us just walking away from the game.  He has always loved the game more than any other, and enjoys getting rid of angst and anxieties taking down Imps and other bad guys.   I personally have plenty of options for other things to play.   Mr Big played quite far into Secret World, farther than I ever got, but he’s asking for a free to play recommendation.   He does have a lifetime LOTRO account if he can find the details.  It’s not Galaxies, but it’s a great world to play in.  Oh well.

For myself, I have my little story of making it through the NGE without ever unsubscribing, somehow.  In June 2011 it was announced that Star Wars Galaxies would close in December of 2011 so as not to compete with or disturb the glory of the incoming game Star Wars the Old Republic.   In July 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and became embroiled for the rest of 2011 in chemo and concerns over my real life longevity.   I was not there when the Galaxies went down.

I’m still standing.   It seems the Emu is close to finishing their work and the galaxies will close once again.  It is probably a good thing I won’t see that closure of the Emu world either.

I’m going to dig out and photograph our pile of boxes from Galaxies to add here, for posterity.   (Added 8/19/20, only found two copies of Jump to Lightspeed but our collection is a bit inaccessible at this time, all doubled up on shelves as they are with couches in front of them.)  I have them, four accounts worth, even though there were only three of us, ever, we all had characters on each account because we were fiends to play when the game was live.  Share and share alike.

I’ll finish by saying I love that the Emu exists, thanks to countless hours of dedication and love for the game by the developers.   Ahem, except for no Corellian butterflies for a newbie to fight outside of Coronet, it has been a pretty perfect game experience.   It was incredible to step back into the world, hear the music, see all of the cities and worlds restored.

My The Force Be With You All

Atheren Lightrunner, Master Ranger, Master Rifles, retired

Star Wars Galaxies August 2020 Game Goals and a July 2020 Wrapup

Pokey, unlovely July is all done.  Yay!

August 2020 Goals

Doc get all the resources for Advanced Components so I can make decent stimpacks for starters.

Architect

Make beautiful things

Tailor

Also make beautiful things.

Begin Armorsmith Grind once hint, hint, spouse finds the schematic I need.

Dustbunnie

Make new sets of crafting tools

Smuggler’s gotta Smuggle

 

Goals for July were:

Reach Master Doctor

Architect

Restock all of her building vendors and furniture vendors.  Nope nope.    My husband did find her the first Technical Console Schematic I’ve ever had on the Emu, and the ever desirable Blue Couch Schematic.

Smuggler work on Slicing

My girl is about halfway up the Slicing 2 box.  That’s a lot of snakes.   I often just like to run a couple of sets of missions with her.  She can do snakes for up to 15k on a good terminal slice.  Doesn’t need buffs, just shoot and loot.  She’s that girl.  The picture below is not snake related, but it’s in Mos Espa where I rarely go and I just liked the picture.

Everyone got an email from Lord Sauron indicating some weird interdemensional event had taken place.  Smugglers don’t like emails like this.

My Tailor is setting up to become an Armorsmith as well as Tailor.  She’s got the tools and basic resources.   Plus Mr. Big will help me with the math and hunting down of good resources of all types.

He is also helping me set up for the grind.  The Tailor has a load of schematics, and he went through 208 of them one day and didn’t find the schematic for the Marabari Chestplate which is what I chose to grind.   He’ll find it, I know he will.

 

 

July 2020 Galaxies Game Goals

My Doctor has a single box to be Master! It’s crafting of course.  Only 33,000 points, though, I think which isn’t much.

Unlike many games, where you’re at the top and you have to start a gear grind, Galaxies crafting Masters really start pursuing the profession they’ve chosen.

I’ve gathered the Doctor level resources just to craft with, but in order to make good, useful medicines of all types, I’ll need to start hunting down the very best resources.  That may be an animal spawn that has great stats but drops very few units of the resource.

It may be that it will take quite awhile for a great mineral or flora resource spawn with the kind of stats I need.

My Doctor still has most of TK to do, so she’ll be out and about and can hopefully help other adventurers in the wilds.  Very exciting!

My Architect’s goal is to restock all her homes, city buildings, factories and furnishings.

The Tailor is still working on fully stocking her Wookiee Vendor Haute Wook.  Then I may move on to Ihtorian wear at last.

The other character I’m focusing on is my Smuggler.  I’m hoping for good progress up the Slicing section of the skill tree.

Happy Adventuring!

Atheren Lightrunner

Back In The Galaxy!

Return to your first love, they said.  It’s the way forward, they said.

Was there ever a game better suited to motivating players to subscribe and log in than Galaxies?  If you have any buildings, vendors, anything at all that takes maintenance and care, you will see it all go poof through inactivity.

Only my Architect did not lose any vendors over the past few periods of non play.  She certainly lost items, but the vendors themselves live.

My Merchant lost all but two vendors. Agh all those resources and Artisan Components.  Ouch ouch.

My Tailor lost all but three vendors, not bad really.

I’m kind of starting from scratch, rethinking what to sell and not.   Going to stay out of the resource biz, and concentrate on what can be crafted for awhile.

Dropped a Guild Hall on Tatooine near Mos Eisely that I’ll stock with essentials for my adventuring characters.   Vehicles, stims, Vasarian Brandy, VegHash.

In play are my Architect, Tailor, Merchant, Creature Handler and Smuggler.

When sales are low, it’s always an easy thing to switch to combat characters who can just go run missions for you, and toss money your way.   Such a well designed game, really.

I’m thoroughly enjoying everything about the game right now.  I appreciate every little thing.  I haven’t been playing anything at all for weeks and weeks so it’s nice to focus on something fun, relaxing, challenging in some ways.

Atheren’s Galaxies December 27, 2019

Happy New Year incoming!

This is the last regular Friday Atheren’s Galaxies post.  Any new posts will appear as they come to me.  In the New Year, I will likely add in all my Combat Upgrade and NGE documents to close things out, as it seems possible Basilisk may go under in favor of the permanent Suncrusher server.

Apparently there are people who plan to rush into the new Galaxy with plans of Galaxy Domination.  Meh, you won’t last.   You’d be here now if you were a real Pre-CU fan.

That’s the mood I’m in at the end of 2019.   I wasn’t able to see the live game’s end, but I’ll watch this Galaxy’s lights go out.  In the live game, I took my Ranger to the Science Outpost on Endor to end her story.  This time she’ll be hanging out in the Starlight Tavern on Naboo.

See you in the New Year.

 

Atheren’s Galaxies December 12, 2019

Welcome back, it’s re-stock and maintenance week in the Galaxy once again!  It comes up so fast, particularly on the vendors with several hundred items to re-stock.

Even so, I prefer the vendor system to any auction house system I’ve seen.  You can offer a much wider variety of items, at prices you set as you please.   The ability to customize the vendor itself, and decorate your shop make life in the Galaxy the best life.

New this week to the Rumrunners Smuggler vendor are Flow Analyzers made by LouisB, my husband’s scaly Smuggler.  He’s further up the slicing tree by far than my Smuggler.  We’re currently out of stock of Locked Containers.  We’re not able to make Molecular Clamps yet, otherwise the vendor is pretty well stocked.  If you’re working on Smuggling, we’ve a Trainer out front, conveniently.

Cryptogram answer from last week:

MK AH SKTDMKDMKU WLLRQD DR RIWK X KWZ VXKDMKX, ARNWTDJH VXJJWN VYWL EXQVRT IQWTWKDT, M KRZ LXVW X UQXEW ROTDXVJW.

IN MY UNSTINTING EFFORT TO OPEN A NEW CANTINA, MODESTLY CALLED CHEF VARCOS PRESENTS, I NOW FACE A GRAVE OBSTACLE.

Apologies to my spouse, I created a rebus this week instead of a Cryptogram.   Also, my usual Rebus maker is out of order…so awkwardly long.

Additionally oddly, it is from a quest I wrote myself during the time when you could write your own in game.   I modeled it after the mission terminal quests.  My criticism of recent in game mission term quests is a bit funny given my own.  I have two more though, and those will appear as Cryptograms in the next couple of weeks.  Why not?  It’s all one puzzle, though it appears in four parts, sorry! Not responsible for the pictograms.

Atheren’s Galaxies December 6, 2019

The Wookiee wear vendor “Haute Wook” now has a full selection of Wookiee wear in a variety of colors.    (oops grrr… forgot Smocks)  Can an Ithorian vendor be far behind?  Yes!

Next up are belts as a category.  They’re kind of awful, not taking colors very well (everything looks smudgey black or dirty white).   Worse, when you wear them, they don’t form fit to your character’s figure.  It looks like you’re wearing a miniature hula hoop.   Luckily there aren’t many styles.  I’m trying to offer everything, at the last, so belts it is.

 

A new Cryptogram for you: (really for my crypto loving spouse)  from a mission called New Light of Local Dining Scene

MK AH SKTDMKDMKU WLLRQD DR RIWK X KWZ VXKDMKX, ARNWTDJH VXJJWN VYWL EXQVRT IQWTWKDT, M KRZ LXVW X UQXEW ROTDXVJW.

Answer next Friday.

Atheren’s Galaxies November 29, 2019

Here are the Tailor made items in Galaxies for Wookiees.  These are shown in the default colors.

Crested Battle Padding

Decorative Waist Wrap

Heavy Shoulder Pad

Patterned Wookiee Gloves

Sigiled Waist Wrap

Simple Waist Wrap

Tree-Dweller’s Hood

Weighted Waist Wrap

Weighted Wookiee Hood

Weighted Wookiee Pullover

Wookiee Arm Wraps

Wookiee Battle Padding

Wookiee Hide Jerkin

Wookiee Padded Gloves

Wookiee Sages Hood

Wookiee Shoulder Pad

Wookiee Strapped Gloves

Wookiee Traveller’s Helm

Wookiee Smock

Not a Tailor Made item but a Christmastime quest reward for Wookiees only is the Wookiee Life Day Robe

 

 

 

The answer to last week’s Cryptogram:

Quest: Stop the Terrifying Hunters

MG’XG ZKOFQFKX MFUP KDFOKQ HCDDFDI, KDB MG’WG GWGD GDHVCDUGXGB EGKTUT UPKU TGGO UV LVTTGTT KQOVTU UXCG TGDUFGDHG, ECU UPGTG OVDTUGXT KXG TVOGUPFDI VCU VZ K DFIPUOKXG.

WE’RE FAMILIAR WITH ANIMAL CUNNING, AND WE’VE EVEN ENCOUNTERED BEASTS THAT SEEM TO POSSESS ALMOST TRUE SENTIENCE, BUT THESE MONSTERS ARE SOMETHING OUT OF A NIGHTMARE.