"The galaxy is silly," a character recently said in an RP session. Somewhere around this was a tangled conversation about Besalisks, Xexto, and ion-blaster toting Ortolans. It's true. Star Wars is silly. It's full of crazy aliens, wise-quipping spacers, and mad inventions. Full of little bits of fluff that have no real impact on the story, but add something special to the world.

Max Rebo (pictured above) is an excellent example. His band is the one playing in Jabba's Palace, and the whole thing was a mistake.  Sy Snootles (excellent name), the singer, made Rebo frontman to deflect any flak the band might get. Rebo then turned around and made a lifetime contract with Jabba the Hutt... for free food. The rest of the band weren't pleased. Oh hoh hoh hoh.

So what's your favourite bit of fluff? Nothing central to story, just bits of extraneous detail. It can be from books, films, TV shows, comics, or just something a fellow roleplayer has come up with.

Mahlak Daseon, M-D For me it has to be the amount of selfishness in swtor
Lean Mean Spite Machine It has to be the colourful Shyrack poop lore. "Typically cave-bound, every sixty-three years the shyracks of K...


Everyone has that scene, or that character, or that world that always inspires them with new ideas and motivation. The one you go back to when you're feeling out of the groove, to remind you about what you find interesting. 

In a setting as diverse as Star Wars, there's plenty to choose from, so what's your inspiration? Are you interested in military roleplay and get you kicks from the Battle of Hoth? Love a bit of Sithy space opera and watch supercuts of Anakin's arc in the prequels? Is it something from one of the games, or the comics? Which character do you take inspiration from for your own?

What part of Star Wars inspires you to roleplay?

Mahlak Daseon, M-D Marcus Licinius Crassus Not a star wars char but an IRL inspiration for one of my underworld thieves 'Skiddy McGee...
Captain Shanks Han Solo and the Mos Eisley Cantina. Han Solo and flying in Millenium Falcon Han Solo and Lando Calrissian on Cloud City...
Alen There was an essay I read on TheForce.net. It was called "It's So Easy Being Evil: Star Wars and the Dark&...


"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
 - Han Solo

In a war-torn universe where conflict and battles are aplenty, your choice of weapon could be the deciding factor between life and death. Of course, your choice of weapon depends predominantly on your background and skill set. 

This is a question we've asked before, but a bit of juxtaposition from time to time is a good thing. What we'd like to know today is what your character from The Old Republic chooses as their aide, their savior, their weapon of choice. Are they happy with a good blaster at their side, or do they prefer a weapon of a more civilised age? As always, hit our comments section with your answers!
Mahlak Daseon, M-D My weapon of choice is various for my characters but for some its their wit, such as with Skiddy McGee my thief He...
Masom Lamor Lightsabers and dirty tricks.
Gguy A good blaster pistol, and a few types of grenades, though i also admire bowcasters.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
― Plato

Assumption: most of us are here because we're fans of Star Wars. The story and its characters sucks us in and here we find an escape from reality as we immerse ourselves into a rich and vivid virtual reality of the universe we've grown to love. 

But what good is that universe if it lacks one thing that gives it life, gives it meaning? Without its music, Star Wars wouldn't be the same. The music in the Star Wars films and games gives it life and soul. It engages our emotions.

In roleplay, it is no different. Though we may roleplay in silence most of the time (except for that not-so-awesome cantina music), imagine the difference it would make to hear the sounds of John Williams as you begin to incite your enemy, as you draw your weapon and start an all-out cantina brawl with countless Treeks flinging stones across the room. Though this might sound a little silly (but super fun), music enhances the feel of that scene tenfold. 

In today's Friday Focus, we'd like to know how imperative the music of Star Wars is to your gaming, your roleplaying and your storytelling, both solo and with friends. Does it change your mood? Does it affect the way you feel? I have no doubt it does, but pop your thoughts into the comments section below! 
Mahlak Daseon, M-D I like to Jam to this while looking through the site or playing swtor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sczx0Xztd4
The Snowies. Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure Plato did not say that... In other matters, more relevant to the article, music...
Kirbus Music is very important to me when it comes to Star wars, it carries so much weight and can help describe scenes and cha...


Many SWTOR players will remember the move from Galaxies and all the hope and homesickness it brought. It can be a difficult thing to leave behind assets collected over many years and to turn away from hours of investment in one game to move to another.

SWTOR remains in full swing with expansion packs arriving consistently and the looming shadow of maintenance mode (the MMO graveyard of No More Content) seeming far less of a threat than before the surge of new expansions, and the release of The Force Awakens.

On the other hand, now Star Wars is owned by Disney, there has been a significant upturn in new games, films and TV shows being released, and with the films being the flagship of this convergence giant, there’s definite pressure to move focus closer to the the Battle of Yavin and away from the Old Republic.

It’s possible that in the coming years, we may see a new Star Wars MMO, focused on the world of the new films.

It’s all conjecture at this point, but how would you feel about a new MMO to explore? Would you relish a breath of fresh air, or would you not want to leave SWTOR’s world behind?

Mahlak Daseon, M-D I reckon we will, a less selfish one perhaps one day
MagnumGeek I love SWTOR but I still play galaxies from time to time and its still fun brings back memories. As for a new MMO who kn...
Dreadheart After the lorebreaking SWTOR was filled in, Zakuul-Alliance scennario and especially voiding the gears PvP and PvE which...

It's probably same to presume that in the Star Wars universe, Force sensitives are the eternal FOTM. In other non-gamer words, they're the most powerful beings in the galaxy. In all the eras of the Star Wars saga, we're exposed to heroes and villains of all types, but the ones that stand out the most and do the most good or damage are the ones with the Force as their ally, be it dark or light. There are very few instances where non-Force sensitives have celebrated victoriously over their fallen Force sensitive opponents. 

In The Old Republic, we're told that our characters in their chosen classes are the best of the best. This statement is true for both Force and non-Force sensitives. Troopers, smugglers, agents and bounty hunters are supposedly just as powerful as their saber-wielding counterparts. But is that really the case? Can a character without the aid of the Force triumph over someone who does?

In today's Force Reflection, tell us whether or not your character could kick the booty of a Force wielder. Of course, we'd like to know why and how. So get to it, and flood the comments box with your ideas!
Mahlak Daseon, M-D My force sensitive sith Rheyel could, provided he feeds of his deep selfish nature
Bearmaw I personally only have one character who would be able to go toe-to-toe with a force-user, but this is because he's...
LD.OOC Depends what of my character we are speaking of, both my fully trained police officer and my detective can restrain a un...

Who are the most powerful and fearsome beings in the Star Wars universe? It's a topic that's open to saber-swinging and blaster-firing debate as the fantasy universe we know and love is full of heroes and villains that are, in our eyes, practically god-like. 

Sith
use the mystical-yet-corrupted dark side of the Force, making them a power to be reckoned with. Jedi also use the Force, but it's not as dark and gloomy. With the Force as their ally, these magical beings are capable of causing absolute havoc to the universe, just as we've seen in the many eras of Star Wars lore. 

But is the Force the be-all and end-all? Are there beings out there capable of greatness without the use of the Force? I bet you Boba Fett has something to say about that! Which of course leads to today's topic. 

Bounty hunters are also capable of greatness, or chaos, depending on how you look at it. However, is being a bounty hunter just about taking and completing a contract? Is there a hunter's code, just like the Sith and Jedi code? Are there rules, regulations, an organisation to regulate the hunters? That's today's topic. Tell us what it means to you to be a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe. 
Mahlak Daseon, M-D Being very selfish and fucking over communities for credits and/or ego boosts
Cae Roth @Takrael really hit the nail on the head there. Like our real-world cowboys, knights, vikings, etc. Bounty Hunters have ...
Takrael I think it's something that's been romanticised because of all the famous bounty hunters in Star Wars. People ...


In case you've forgotten or your vision has become clouded by the dark side of the Force, I'm going to remind you that there are eighteen planets--plus the other smaller worlds--available for exploration in The Old Republic. It is by far the largest and most detailed virtual representation of the galaxy far far away that we adore more than our wives, husbands, children and pets. 

Each planet has its own design, its own feel and its own story. They each offer players an opportunity greater than just exploration. They offer the possibility for players to create their own scenes, their own stories, their own roleplay. 

Want to be a tree-hugging Jedi hippy? Hang out on Tython. Want to be an eskimo? You have Hoth. Want to be a spice-addicted gambler? Nar Shaddaa will make you feel right at home. 

Today's Friday Focus asks: which planet is best for roleplay? Let us know your answer and reason in the comments below. 

Mahlak Daseon, M-D I reckon Nar Shaddaa would be the best planet for RP is a planet where greed and selfishness are rampant
Tyrnessa Has'raiik Alderaan is a great place. It has a few places and spaces that are suited for certain types of RP. I've been a part...
Lord Elivar Ross Zakuul is a very lovely location offering diversity in a urban landscape, from dimly cantians to areas overrun by corrup...


We all have enemies. Life would be kind of boring if it wasn't for a little unhealthy competition, right? Our enemies take the form of people who are awfully jealous of us but could never admit it. Because they're incapable of ever achieving your level of success or happiness, they try to lower you to their bottomless pit of self-loathing and disgust. Call is basic psychology. On the other hand, perhaps your enemy is someone who beats you at every turn, being one step ahead of you every time. Your enemies could be those close to you, without you even realising. In most cases, however, your enemies are pretty apparent, as they make your life a living hell. 

You'd have to be pretty clueless and ignorant not to spot the countless characters in Star Wars that have arch enemies. In Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan's best friend turned against him and the two went from being soul mates to each other's nemesis in a heart beat. Rolling back the clock a few thousand years, Revan defeated his former partner-in-crime-turned-adversary in Knights of the Old Republic. As we move on a few hundred years to the era of The Old Republic, Satele Shan and Darth Malgus could be said to share a mutual distaste for one another. 

Today's Friday Focus is a character building exercise, something which we like to do often. It is no doubt that our characters would have enemies, whether it be someone from their past or a current adversary who causes your character much grief. Let us know in the comments section who your character's greatest enemy is, whether it be an individual, an organisation or an entire faction. We don't like to be haters here at SWTOR-RP, but lets be real: this is Star Wars, and as roleplayers, we thrive for conflict. 
Mahlak Daseon, M-D Selfishness
Golgaron Golgaron's only real, persistent enemy is himself. One of my other characters has conventional enmities, but I h...
Enddelt Endri Character wise is the Zakull Empire and any enemy of Mandalorians. Personaly also character wise, Force users.. Issue is...


Peace, justice and a sense of order are imperative in the hopes of living in a crime free society. Our streets are packed full of criminals, gangs and petty low-lives who don't know right from wrong. To counteract these groups of people, there are forces and services that act in the name of the law to ensure that our communities are safe. It is not an easy role as crime never sleeps. The police and defence forces around the globe are the two main groups that put their lives on the line, serving and protecting its people. Without these groups and a judicial system, we'd be living in anarchy.

There are countless films and other forms of media based on the world's police and defence forces. There are far too many to name. Star Wars, however, brings new meaning to defenders of peace and justice. Call them real life monks with special powers, if you will. Of course, we're talking about the Jedi from the Jedi Order. Their role in Star Wars is to the maintain peace and justice around the galaxy. Not an easy gig as there are thousands upon thousands of systems that require aid on a daily basis. They serve the Republic, just as we've seen in the prequels, the post-Galactic Empire era, but most importantly, in the era of The Old Republic.

In today's Friday Focus, tell us how important the Jedi Order is to you. How important is the Jedi Order to your character for The Old Republic? What influence has it had on your character choice? How important is the Jedi Order to the Star Wars story and roleplay? Pop your thoughts into the comments section, and may be the force be with you all!

Mahlak Daseon, M-D Not very important as they are not selfish enough
Alen It's pretty important! I've been trying to do the concept justice for a long time, now. Without the Jedi, you ...
Magenta Sparrow Innovations Lexi's no fan of the Jedi Order, or the Sith. She thinks both are extremist groups, and that all the war and death ...
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