This Week In The Galaxy 3/22/19

Sales

Still slow.  It’s all good, though, because one of the things making Galaxies The Greatest Game Ever (especially with ten characters) is, that there are so many other professions to work on, resources to harvest and hunt (thanks to the ever shifting list of available resources), you can never be bored.  Not me, anyway, not ever.

Smuggle Me This

Smuggling is weird, but cool.   I managed to get the first box of slicing pretty easily thanks to the nice pile of Locked Containers my spouse has gathered over time.

I had a live game Smuggler on some server I don’t recall, who was having a great time slicing people’s weapons just hanging around the Coronet Bazaar.  Anything was nice for people with started weapons from the bazaar, and the slicing was free from my character.  It seemed like a cool thing to be able to make people happy while getting xp.

Celestiana, my original Smuggler

I think I could do that here too, when my character is more advanced.  Maybe. It’s a rough crowd on the EMU.

There’s a mini-game for slicing containers where you choose a Red Thread or Blue Thread to snip first.  The result is random and if you choose unwisely, your container is useless.  Successfully opening a container gives a generous 250 xp each, so that first box is pretty fast.

It reminded me of a similar way of hacking for an old rpg, I can’t recall if it was System Shock 2 or Half Life (original).  Still, it has that spy/hacker vibe.

When I got to the Terminals slicing box, there were more options and things looked a whole lot more complicated.  This caused me to look for smuggler tips, and voila, the Molecular Clamp (which you can use early but not make till Slicing 4) tells you which wire to snip first.  Yay!  I bought 5 crates of 25 clamps and headed to Paradox, Tatooine, ready to get big money for missions!

When you slice the terminal, your first mission select screen gives you missions with much larger payouts.   After the first screen, it’s normal payouts, so I’m assuming you’d need to slice the terminal again.   I should say this character is one half box short of Master Pistoleer.  If Master, payouts would be higher?   This is all new.   I talked my spouse into working a character to Smuggler because I know he’d love those higher mission payouts.   Once he’s there’ we’ll get some numbers from Mr. Math.

Greed monster that I am, I tried a 21k Dragonet mission.  Har har.   Using a Geonosian Blaster with a 45m range (you have to be that close) I did the first round of the lair.  Connection problems didn’t help.

After the first tap for round two, oops, they all came at me because they can detect you at about 58 meters.   Incapped, deathblowed, ouch.

Speaking to my Pistoleer meister spouse, he recommended trying a Republic Blaster which would let me shoot from further back to pull, then switch to the Geonosian blaster once I  hopefully had mask scent up and got a manageable number of creatures.   I’ll also try something a little less deadly next time.

Creature Handler/Bioengineer

Creature Handler is another class I tried out in the live game in the Combat Upgrade period.   I might have even had my Tailor be the one to try it out.   What I really wanted to do was get to the Mount taming part, but never did.

Bioengineer, I tried in the NGE.  My spouse actually liked sampling, and took my character out at first in easy places, then next thing you know he was on Lok trying Kimogilas (which can’t be sampled, but he died a few times trying).  Always the danger-meister, that one.   The fun thing with Bioengineer was, you could create pets to sell, plus, adorably, you could set them in your house as décor.  They didn’t walk around, but they did move and could seem like they greeted you when you came home. So cute!  Plus, if you were selling them, they made a nice model so people could see what your stock looked like.

I have made good progress over the last week or so in Medic Med Crafting.  Once that fourth box of medic is done, it’s another 10000 to Novice Bioengineer.

Creature Handling –I could use a better guide than I’ve seen.  I’m not sure which boxes I should fill first, or quite how I should be getting xp other than having my pet fight with me.   I think I’m supposed to be having them do tricks and training them to do the same three commands over and over for more xp (I get 500 for each creature kill), but that’s a little boring.

The Bioengineer is actually a more practical profession to work on, because she can make enhancements my Tailor and Chef can use.

Musician

I’m working on the last box of music technique.   I have been setting her to play in the background whenever I have another character working  working on something.    I’m not that person to leave her afking 24 hours a day till she gets there.  Once that box is full, just three boxes, and she’ll be Master Musician, and  she can place a Cantina.   I haven’t a name for it yet, but I know right where I want it to go in the city.   I also plan to sell musical instruments there, and my eventual Chef vendor will be there as well.

Tailor

I am in full craft mode here. Tailor has always been one of my favorite professions.   I’ve got all the shirts represented in my Shirts vendor (Except Ithorian shirts), and I created a vendor for pants called One Leg At A Time, and am well along the list of pants you can make, again, except Ithorian clothing…that’s it’s own vendor and color chart for later.

I’ve a components vendor I called Costumer’s Workshop.  It will have all of the things a Tailor needs to craft.   I’ve a character on Rori getting Rori Vegetable Fungus, of all things, needed for a specific clothing piece.

Usefully, as I make some of the lower level clothing which gives General Crafting XP, I’m filling the box towards Novice Armorsmith.

I know Bone Armor is sneered at, but I’m going to work on that first, to help me learn the craft (another I tried in the CU period).  Then we’ll move up.

I found some old pictures from the Live Game of my Atheren Ranger, and updated current Atheren’s look.

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This Week In The Galaxy

Ore Hunters Anonymous

I’ve decided to do some specializing in a stock of ore of all types.  Easier said than done, some days!   Even though we’re out on the first listed day of a spawn, we’re finding that traveling all over several planets we get nothing but RESOURCE NOT FOUND or, almost worse, a 44% spot in the mountains!!! is the best anywhere.   Unless I need only a small amount of a specific resource, I don’t try to place harvesters on anything under 60%.   Naturally you really want a nice 80% and more spot, on flat land, not in or near a city, with no lairs you’d need to clear first.   Hmmf.

Crafting

I’m catching up on my crafting with several characters.

We now stock all three vehicle types, Swoops, Speederbikes, and X34s.   I’m working on Vehicle Customization Kits.

My Master Artisan will also someday be my Weaponsmith.   I’d like to specialize in Melee Weapons, and also offer a broad selection of beginner weaponry.  I think they’re always needed but aren’t big money items so once people get good resources they often just sell the high end things.  We shall see.   I’m going the Munitions route from the Slackers Guide To Making Master Weaponsmith by building 1,779 weapons.   Pretty scintillating, eh?

My Architect now has a nice basic set of all city buildings for sale.  For the first time I’m making Gardens, starting with all of the Naboo types.

There’s now a Small Garden “Gungan Guardians” in front of City Hall.  I like the way it looks.  The small gardens add 10,000 cr per week to City Maintenance.

My Architect’s second profession is intended to be Droid Engineer.   In order to stock City Shuttleports, I needed Advanced Droid Frame Units.

That Ticket Taker at your friendly neighborhood Shuttle requires them.  Unable to find them for sale for quite awhile now, I’ve been slowly working towards Advanced Droid Blueprints.  This week I got there, yay!   I made a few extras and they’re for sale in case anyone else can’t find them and doesn’t want to create a DE to get them.

My Tailor finally has all the backpacks in stock, and will be back making clothing again this week.  I’m also making Tailor Components to sell in keeping with the city goal of offering all the basic items and resources you need for crafting.

Smuggler

My Smuggler to be has about 50,000 of the 75,000 or so needed to train Unarmed 4.  It’s been all Rebel missions so far, which has gotten her Lance Corporal in the Rebellion.   The Rebellion grind will go much faster once I can switch her combat back over to Pistols.  For now, it’s boot boot, kick kick.

Update! Three and a half Bol missions on Dantooine got Unarmed 4.  I couldn’t bear to drop Master Marksman yet so I dropped a line in Scout to pick up Novice Smuggler.  And…it isn’t all Pistols. there’s Slicing of containers, a weird random mini game.  More on that next week.

A Fool and His Sinome

My Entertainer is going Master Musician/Master Dancer, so my dear spouse’s Total Fool character is happily working on Pistols/Fencer and has dropped Entertainer (He was going to be Master Dancer).   In memory of his most entertaining ways, here he is with his Rodian Counterpart.

 

Rodian in Green

I had my Rodian Entertainer’s body coloring changed for the Christmas party she went to.  So instead of a nice purple, she’s green.

I have to get her changed back.   All I can think of when I look at her now is this.

 

This Week In The Galaxy

Virtually no play time in all of January.  Hoping February allows a bit more.

Small progress, my Smuggler-to-be made Unarmed 3 tonight.  One more box and it’s Novice Smuggler and all Pistols xp all the time.  Had to drop two boxes of trapping in Scout (I didn’t need anyway) to get Brawler Unarmed 3.  Eeek next I’ll have to drop some of my Marksman (she’s Master Marksman).  Oh well.

I’m working Rebel Missions with her.  She now has a glorious 172 Rebel Faction.  Next thing you know she’ll be working for the Man In Moenia.  Or Creature, as it can be on any given day.

Restocked from the stockroom on all vendors, but no new materials added at all.   Soon (Tm).

I had my Musician playing in the background.  I couldn’t figure out why she kept stopping.  It turns out she’s burning her action up at the higher levels.   Yay.  Sort of.

Coming Soon, or Eventually!

For the blog, I’m going to be adding a real sidebar.  There are still some active and archived sites with Star Wars Galaxies guides and information.  If you know of any active sites I don’t have, let me know.

Pages    I’m hoping to add “pages” at the top.   One will be “Lest We Forget” with all of the posts and articles I’ve copied over time on the NGE.   I’ll link to anything that’s still out there somewhere.

Very long term, I’ll add a page for each of my crafters, and the items they can make, with pictures, and items which can be used for decor in homes and shops, whether they were intended as such or not.   Also on this list once I get an Image Designer to max will be a picture of as many of the Image Design options as possible, so, if you came to my ID, for instance, you could say, this style, this coloring.

MassivelyOp Visits the Emu Test Server

https://massivelyop.com/2018/12/15/the-stream-team-commemorating-star-wars-galaxies-deathday-in-an-emu/

Massively Op’s MJ visited the Test Server for the Galaxies Emu in mid-December.   She seemed to be hoping to find people and decorated houses to look at, giving a bit of a tour of the old game on the Anniversary of the Death of Galaxies.
I wish I could  catch these streams live, so I could mention there are rarely less than ten people shown logged on to the Test Server, ever.
The only real advantage of the server for demonstration purposes are the Blue Frogs which boost you to max level in any configuration you’d like.
I wanted to log in to MassivelyOP and invite her to have a home base in our city, she can have a home, clothes, a swoop, and whatever she might need to use in her stream.  I could no longer log in via Reddit, or even using Google, so…if you’re out there, somewhere, MJ, just send a note to the Mayor, Atheren, and we’ll get you a nice home with an ocean view.
As a side note, she mentioned going to the Legacy server next, where Bree resides, which would be great.  Then she can compare/contrast the game versions and emu populations.   Too good.

The Galaxy This Week

It’s a slow week between the holidays.  We’re taking a break from Resource Hunting. Let’s hope there’s nothing really good out there!

I’ve begun the process of putting my vendors back in non-holiday out fits.  It’s kind of putzy!   The only way to get the hats off of their heads is to put on a hooded cloak with the hood up.   This takes the place of the hat that was there.  It also removes the jackets, which would otherwise just cover any shirt you put on.   Then they all need a full new outfit.  I did my Tailor’s vendors, now I have the ten in the Crafting Hall.

I worked on Unarmed Brawler tonight with my Smuggler wannabe.   First, a chuba to loosen up the old arms.   When you gaze at the Chuba, the Chuba gazes at you.

I decided to start working towards Rebel Faction.  In case I died right off, I changed from my armor to a casual outfit.

My luck was good, the Pirates and their ilk went right down.

Even against multiple foes.

Progress in Brawler tonight: made Unarmed II

Also, a noble career with the Rebellion has begun:

I’m partially moved to do some Rebel Mission work to catch up with my thoroughly rebellious spouse.   I’ll let the Mayor use her Rebellion faction points for armor and furniture, while the Rodian in Pink will be your go-to-girl for Rebel faction points.

Dusty Notes

Speaking of..he’s reached the upper echelons of the Rebellion on his second character.

 

Star Wars Galaxies Christmas Party and The Galaxy This Week

My ever social spouse who hangs out in Mos Eisely for buffs got an invited to a party!   I invited my character along, because, why not.

I made his Dancer character a bunch of outfits to mix and match while he danced.   He got screenshots of two versions of the classic Santa outfit.  He’s so adorable!

I found an Image Designer to change my character from deep purple to green (we couldn’t quite see a pink coloring like my Rodian in Pink Pistoleer, so I went green to match the Christmas outfits).

We were there early, and practiced our routines.   I’ve never been to a party in Star Wars Galaxies, not on live or till now.   I didn’t know what to expect.

There was a festively decorated cantina, Chance Cubes being given out for a Drawing later (?), a Lottery Droid, and boxes out front with Santa hats.   Inside musicians were playing (I got some nice xp), and Dancers were dancing.    I loved the “Christmas Tree”, and found the big piano amazingly clever.

At some point, I brought my Tailor over to make complete costumes for anyone who needed some more festive wear.    Then I had to do the awkward traveling two characters through the Galaxy home.    I must mention my spouse saw my Tailor making clothes for people at the party and he didn’t know it was my character.   Then this morning, it turned out he couldn’t name a single character of mine, even the one whose two blogs he reads.  Zzzzzzzz.    I know all his characters.   I guess that’s why I’m the Mayor.

 

Dusty Shots

My beloved’s lizard Dusty is off doing the Rebel Themepark this week.   It’s his second character to go through, and I haven’t managed one.