As roleplayers, we all like to be unique. We want our characters to be different form every other character out there. A good roleplayer knows, however, that taking inspiration from existing tropes and archetypes is not necessarily a bad thing when designing a character. Even the original Star Wars was heavily influenced by the Hero's Journey, and Luke Skywalker wasn't the first farm boy with dreams of a greater destiny. In fact, sometimes using archetypes can help connect the potential audience to the character. Don't be afraid to borrow bits and pieces of existing Star Wars characters for your character in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Today, we want to know which character from the Star Wars universe has the most influence on your character. Is your toon a smuggler who picked suave tips from Lando Calrissian? Maybe he is an angsty youth taking influence from Anakin Skywalker. Or you could be like me and take a bit of influence from Princess Leia -- a stubborn, driven woman with a bit of a chip on her shoulder. Which character most influences your character? How is he or she the same and how is he or she different from the source?
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Serithis I do have some slight influence from Darth Maul, a bit from Darth Sidious and Darth Bane, as well as Darth Jadus. But th...
Sendra I agree that a good archetype can help inspire more depth to a character and suggest themes, directions, even idiosyncra...
Slaith My smuggler resembles, go figure, Solo. However, I'm extremely infatuated with the Firefly characters, particu...

BioWare just announced the latest expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic today: Shadow of Revan. Although we don't have an exact release date, we know that it will hit live servers in December and can be pre-ordered now for $19.99 USD.

Of course, we get to see the continued story of Revan, and what exactly is driving him insane. But we also gain two new major venues: Yavin IV and Rishi.

Yavin IV first appeared in the first Star Wars movie, but as since appeared in multiple games like the Jedi Knight series, comic books like the Tale of the Jedi, and of course, novels like the Young Jedi Knight series. The planet hosts giant temples constructed by Naga Sadow by his Massassi slaves and were the ultimate resting place of the Dark Lord Exar Kun. In the video above, you can see that we will definitely face the Massassi head on, even though they were supposedly all killed by Exar Kun.

Rishi is another jungle planet, but this one doesn't have the temples. Next to nothing is known about Rishi during this time period other than it's the home of the winged-species the Rishii. If it follows in the footsteps of the established lore, Rishi will be the home of smugglers and other otherworld factions, but it's not a citified like Nar Shaddaa or Corellia. This planet is a home for smugglers because it's out of the way and not friendly to average folks.

What are your thoughts about these two planets? Are you surprised to see them? What would you like to see happen here for roleplay?
Stache Yavin IV is something I'm definitely looking forward to too! I think according to the current timeline, the last pe...
Captain Shanks ''Travel to the tropical world of Rishi, a dangerous pirate haven at the edge of the galaxy.'' Yes,...

Currently, we have no explanation as to why the Rakghoul plague hit Tatooine again, but we do know at this time that Galactic Solutions Industries CEO Addalar Hyland sent his THORN experts to Tatooine to contain the situation.

The Rakghoul plague started on Taris. However, we know of an outbreak on the Outer Rim planets of Tatooine and Tion two years ago. Then less than a year ago, the plague inexplicably resurged on the Core world of Alderaan.

At the time we received a message from Hyland that the disease was eradicated from Alderaan. In fact, we had assurances that plague was completely removed from all worlds except Taris. Yet somehow, the plague on Tatooine reemerged.

One would assume that this is the same strain that hit the planet a couple of years ago. However, we obtained reports that this strain appears to be more closely related to the Aldraanian strain.

Until we have more information, travelers are encouraged to avoid Tatooine at all costs. Even the starport cities of Mos Ila and Anchorhead have witnessed outbreaks. However, Hyland calls to those who assisted with the last outbreak to assist again.

We will update you as more information emerges.

INBN Reporter

If you've yet to see it, you should head over to the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website and read Producer Bruce Maclean's roadmap for this Spring. He mentions an adjustment to a nine-week cadence up from eight weeks. He tells us that March 14th trough the 17th players will earn double XP. He also talks about the upcoming nightmare modes for the Dread Fortress and Dread Palace operations, but these aren't the most impactful for roleplayers.

With Update 2.8 on April 8th, the BioWare developers will release "two new flashpoints on Tython and Korriban where the Empire and Republic confront each other directly, initiating a new storyline that will span updates across the entire year until its galaxy-shaking finale." What? OK, two flashpoints -- that's nice, but look at the part I emphasized. The Empire and Republic will start fighting directly again. In PvE, I don't think we have seen this since the planetary story of Corellia.

My question today is "Will this have an impact on your character?" One of mine is military leader under Darth Marr, so she will see some action. I'll certainly weave some of that into her story. Are any of your characters going to be affected by the direct conflict? Do you want them to be? Let me know in the comments.
Benni Oh, cool. Yeah I might make this addition affect my character somehow. My character isn't a big-time Sith, yet desp...
Torrvig Wherever there are opportunities to test his twisted research, Lord Morvanus will be there.
Sesay / Asyr No. I have not touched the new expansion either. Nalda is not a pilot and PvP is not my thing either. I like the pilot o...

In case you missed it, Star Wars: The Old Republic Galactic Starfighter officially launches today. No matter if you're free-to-play, preferred, or subscribed you can now take to the stars and dogfight your way to glory and fame.

But of course, not every character is a starfighter pilot. Even some characters who might be good freighter pilots won't sit behind the starfighter stick. It takes a special kind of character to want to pilot a ship where there is a high chance that every time you strap in your going to get blown up. Ask Porkins. However, there is the glory that comes with such a position and the adrenaline rush, and some characters live for that.

Where does your character sit -- behind the stick of a starfighter or not? And why is that decision import that to the character?
Maldracai Xe'rath is probably a better pilot than he is a lightsaber wielder. He was only picked up by a Sith Lord at the age...
D'aax "Flying's for droids."
User x Morts no pilot, but he remembers the simulations he used to do and the flyin ant nothing like he is used to. The distanc...

I didn't believe that this was real either when Depressed Darth tweeted it yesterday, but the image above is a real high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania. If you don't believe me, look it up for yourself. The address is Parkland High School, 2700 N Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA. Obviously, the architect was a Star Wars fan because that helicopter shot does not happen by accident. But the real question is how did he get that past the funding committee?

The most impressive and hilarious part are the Google Maps reviews. Sometimes, I just love the internet. An anonymous Google users said, "I recommend Mr. Kessel's class if you're looking to get through quickly." Yet another said, "Great school, but a little pricey. You have to pay two thousand when you enroll and fifteen then you get to graduation." But my favorite is "You went to school in that thing? You're braver than I thought."

OK, I can pretty much guess that everyone here would want to go to school at Parkland, so let me change up the question a little. If you were to give a one-line review of the school, what would it be? Have fun in the comments.
Ganden a If I win the lottery, I'm building this in Australia.
Kuultyc Rathun io-twenty Is their mascot a falcon?

Star Wars: The Old Republic offers amazing stories for each of the classes, and additional content like Rise of the Hutt Cartel gives us a continuing story. But what about one-time, or better yet, reoccurring events? Do these add to our character's roleplay stories? Can we incorporate them into our personal canon?

Of course, we would be frowned on if we took our class story and applied it directly to our character. There is, of course, only one Darth Nox on the Dark Council, and if everyone claimed to be her, then only silliness would ensue. But Bounty Contract Week allows for anyone to take on the role of a bounty hunter; it's not limited by canon. There's nothing that says only the Emperor's Wrath can take bounty contracts. Now the Life-Day was just silly, but the Rakghoul event was fun and interesting. It's possibly worthy of becoming a part of your character's story.

I incorporated the first Rakgoul event into one of my character's story, albeit peripherally. What about this Rakghoul event? Do you say that your character helped clean out the Killik tunnels? Or maybe she knew someone on Alderaan who was infected. Or do you completely ignore this kinds of events altogether? Let me know in the comments why or why not or even a short story explaining how the event was inserted into your personal canon.
User x They are great fun, but I glad those annoying soccer hooligans on Alderaan when you log on have gone!
Henerkin To a certain extent it does. I never pretend my character actually had a real influence on the course of events dictated...
Rhenn As a guild based around Alderaan we certainly did make good use of the Rakghoul event. With the help of alot of friends ...

Ever since E3 last year, players have been wondering when we would be able to play the cat-like humanoids called the Cathar in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Well, BioWare has answered that question in this fansite exclusive. The Cathar will come in Update 2.1: Customization.

All factions and all classes have a chance to be Cathar. And we have also been told that will be able to make your existing characters Cathar, if you do no wish level a brand-new toon.

Check out the teaser video after the cut!

Mishkalantia Elise Kalrook With a name like customization . . . I REALLY hope that means we are also getting the ability to re- image design our ch...
Veynara Arc'caven I can't wait for it!
Nebu'la Time to roll Mumra! Sith

Former Lead Writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic Daniel Erickson announced yesterday on twitter feed that he cut ties with BioWare. He posted, "As part of leaving BioWare I'm officially starting a twitter account for job hunt and design thoughts." Weeks ago, it was assumed that he was leaving BioWare when he posted on his LinkedIn page that he was "looking for new opportunities." Now, it has been confirmed.

Erickson joins many BioWare employees, specifically SWTOR developers, who recently left the studio, including Executive Producer Rich Vogel, and of course, BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeshchuk. Many fans of BioWare games now question the future quality and direction of its titles because so many of its top people are leaving, and quite frankly, EA (which is now completely in charge of the studio) does not have the best reputation currently.

Erickson mentioned multiple times that he was an avid roleplayer and loved the opportunities that SWTOR offered for RP. We at SWTOR-RP wish him luck in all his future pursuits.
shava tl;dr if you aren't a game industry geek. With the doctors leaving and a few choice departures, I am nursing a hyp...
Jeos Dinas I'd met him on quite a few occasions. He was always really nice. Hope he finds new work. He's qualified and pa...
Joshmaul I've debated returning when it goes F2P (I had a subbed account, but EA inexplicably bounced my account even though...

In a resent press release, Czerka corporation emphatically stated that all hunts for the HK-51 assassin droids must cease immediately. The Czerka spokesperson stated, "If found, the HK-51 droids and the Theoretika mobile research lab must be destroyed for the safety of all galactic citizens."

With newly ignited war with the Republic and the escalating conflict on the prison world of Belsavis, the rumors these Czerka experimental HK-51 assassin droids began to surface again. In the midst of the Great War, the Czerka's Theoretika starship crashed on snowy surface of Belsavis. Czerka believed it to be destroyed, and the Republic, which ran the prison plant at the time, made no mention of the remains. However, former prisoners of the Belsavis facility are now telling would-be treasure hunters that the Theoretika did survive and might have some assassin droid parts aboard.

The Empire currently is investigating leads. If you have any information that might lead to the recovery of the Theoretika starship or the HK-51 assassin droids, report the Imperial Reclamation Service immediately.

INBN Reporter
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