Friday, November 21, 2003, 1:31:49 AM (ScreenShot1015)
In SWG, a PRC can be in big trouble if the Mayor goes on vacation. Lucky for GAT City, Cerven trusted us enough to give his password to Elu before he left. A few hours after Cerven logged off, Elu logged him back on, and met up with Fuschia, our Image Designer. Cerven went from a clean cut white boy to an overweight 5 foot tall black man with a mohawk… wearing a diaper. The best part about this type of behavior is that although he was a generally serious guy, Cerven was eventually worn down by GAT pranks and hijinx until he inevitably became an admin on our forums. With GAT, it’s generally a “if you cant beat um, join um” situation…
Friday, November 21, 2003, 1:54:02 AM (ScreenShot1020)
Speaking of GAT Hijinx, I was able to convince Ruins Domino from Eclipse to roll a toon on Tarq. He rolled “Briann Wilson,” named after his very favorite Beach Boy. He roll played Briann as a confused middle aged musician who was always high on spice. Briann would almost always be running around GAT City naked, but there was some kind of graphical glitch with skin color body suits, so he would appear to not have any private parts… This becomes extra funny if you know anything about the Beach Boys, because the real Brian Wilson seems “kinda out there” when he’s being interviewed these days. Ruins representation of Wilson was classic, typically laying on the floor naked and going afk all around GAT City and Theed.
Sunday, November 23, 2003, 12:37:32 PM (ScreenShot1029)
Eclipse had its share of galactic characters as well. I remember the first time I saw the traveling Yeti… it was another one of those “WTF” moments for sure. These guys would usually go from Starport to Starport, playing their tune from behind the front desk. At first they’d draw big crowds, but eventually things settled down and people would kind of just run by and /tip them. I guess they were kind of like Eclipses public transportation hobo’s, a “will play for food” type of band or something. Gotta give the community credit, they took what was possible, and created the improbable with it.
Sunday, November 23, 2003, 7:34:39 PM (ScreenShot1035)
It took about five months and 1035 screenshots after launch to achieve my favorite all time screenshot. I took another 2000+ after this one, but this is by far my favorite. I was hanging out with Flo on Dathomir, and it was so dark, that from a lower angle, we became nothing other then black silhouettes in the Dathomirian night. When I think of my screenshots, this is the one I think of first.
Sunday, November 23, 2003, 7:34:46 PM (ScreenShot1036)
The same exact shot, with my flashlight turned on. We were standing on a mountain top together, and I just started firing away with the print screen button… there’s about 10 in the series, but these two are the coolest imo.
Sunday, November 23, 2003, 9:09:51 PM (ScreenSho1041)
Later on that night, I headed back to Tarq, and hit a Combat Medic in the mouth with my Power Hammer. <HATED> was very territorial when it came to Theed, and we made very sure that overt Rebels would not use the Starport. We may have been able to control the flow of Rebels through Theed, but what we couldn’t control was the amount of PVPers who were switching over to Combat Medic. I caught this one hurling mind diseases from behind the med center and hitting Imperials all the way over near the recruiter. I figured it had to be some kind of mistake, but it wasn’t… some part of the code allowed CM’s to outrange even riflemen, and throw mind disease from like 90m or something crazy like that. CM’s weren’t a big deal when you caught up to them, but until you got them on the ground, they would be able to do massive area disease and not have to be in the middle of the fight to do it. At first I was pissed… but then I started to think that if I dropped armorsmith and picked up CM… combined with Swordsman it would be a nice complement in PVP.
But that would mean GAT would be without free armor, and I wasn’t prepared to go back on my promise… so some brainstorming was in order…
Wednesday, November 26, 2003, 1:09:20 AM (ScreenSho1052)
1am on my 26th birthday, and spent it hanging around with Flo… who was now grinding Teras Kasi. Hanging out on Dathomir with Flo was just like “old times,” even if those old times were only a couple of months prior to that day. A lot had changed, first with me splitting servers, and then the game itself had a giant overhaul with PRC’s hitting. Flo and I were separated more then we had ever been, but soon cross server /tells would be uncovered, and make everything a lot easier. It turned out that you could speak directly to anyone who was online, or even add friends to your friendslist from other servers. The syntax was pretty easy,” /t servername.charname” would do it. The problem was it was case sensitive, so that always screwed me up… but eventually, I’d have all my Eclipse buddys on my Tarq friendslist, so I was able to keep up to date via /tells, which was just as good as me being on the server for information purposes.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003, 11:08:35 PM (ScreenSho1072)
Star Wars might be Sci-Fi, but a lot of what makes up SWG falls into the category of “fantasy” I think. I always thought this screenshot was kind of cool… a knight in a red suit of armor, sword in one hand, saddle in the other… riding on a giant swimming duck with no feathers or wings. SWG had a lot of everything. The devs had canon to work with, obviously they could not tread on certain things… but the creative team was also given a lot of vague concepts to run with as well. Pictures or ideas plucked from the Expanded Universe would go on to be central concepts in the SWG Universe. The opposite would also be true, as Voronica Whitney-Robinson and Haden Blackman would take SWG and create some EU with it, penning Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wa…s_of_Dantooine)… The book is currently going for USD$0.31 on Amazon, and is the recipient of mixed reviews.