Last week, our readers voted on various different things that would shape the course of my adventure in Star Wars Galaxies. At the close of the polls, the winning combination turned out to be a male Twi'lek on Starsider. In terms of profession, we had a tie between Jedi and bounty hunter at the close of the poll with 310 votes each, which made it a bit of a toss-up. (Note: there's a bug, thus the additional votes.) Dutifully, I rolled one of each and played them for a few levels, but in the end, decided on Jedi between the two as I'm much more used to melee-based characters when it comes to my previous MMO experience and tastes.
Mind you, I also realize that in the time period that Star Wars Galaxies is set in, there's really only supposed to be one Jedi running around (depending on whether or not Yoda and Obi-Wan have shuffled off their mortal coils as yet) and a handful of force-latent folks scattered out. But let's face it -- who hasn't watched the movies and wanted to be a lightsaber-wielding Jedi or Sith? I freely admit I was that dorky kid waving around a wrapping paper tube and making lightsaber noises. I still do it on occasion: only I have an iPhone lightsaber now.
Anyway, enough with my reminiscing on where I was when Episodes 4, 5, and 6 came out, let's get on with the advenure!
First off, my newly created Jedi, Ap'keth Xanwat, took a good long while tooling around in the tutorial. To say that this isn't the Star Wars Galaxies I remember is something in order of a very large understatement. There's also enough of a fangirl in me that being busted out by Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon was pretty awesome.
Once on the station, I certainly found I had no shortage of things to do. No sooner had I turned around, then there was some NPC asking my help, or some other NPC deciding to open fire on me. I even managed to get myself killed for a rather inopportune AFK. (Those Hutts might die relatively quickly, but trust me when I say that's a bad place to take a phone call.) Along the way, I also garnered a traveling companion in the form of a fellow Twi'lek named Mo'ag Booi, who partied with me all the way through the tutorial. I should note that Mo'ag is returning to the game as well after a long hiatus, so we had a great deal of fun doing everything completely wrong and then figuring it out.
While in the tutorial I also noticed that a collection quest was available -- something many who are reading will recognize as a regular feature in other SOE games. Being an explorer Bartle-type, I definitely thought it was a fun addition that I'll likely pursue as time allows. However in this case, after many hours of hunting those dratted dust d'urni (and refusing to look up a guide) I finally admitted defeat and Mo'ag and I headed to Mos Eisley. With that said, my fellow Massively MMO fiend, Larry, let me know there is another locale to hunt dust d'urni beyond the tutorial as well, which makes me quite happy.
So, dear readers, a pair of green adventurers stand in Mos Eisley, awaiting your next suggestions. What should our intrepid Jedi (and his Bounty Hunter companion) do? Should we look into the legacy questline? Are there any NPCs we should go hunting for fun? Would you suggest another area to start out in? Or perhaps you'd like to break out that long-forgotten level 9 alt and come run around? Leave your suggestions, ideas, and the like in the comments below, and next week I'll check back in with a shiny gallery and details of my travels, directed by your suggestions!