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Posted: Feb 15th 2011 2:59PM Jesse A said

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Not gonna lie... I've never really thought about researching the history of Star Wars for playing SWTOR, let alone thought about how much to think about researching.

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:04PM DancingCow said

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I definitely plan to play SWTOR but hadn't watched any of those history clips until last week.

I know they're supposed to set the scene for the game or something like that but I didn't find them interesting - and I'd much rather have that kind of story / information revealed in-game as I play.

I can understand some wanting to know it all, but for anyone else remotely inclined to skip them (for whatever reason), you wouldn't be missing out on much.

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 3:57PM Space Cobra said

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I've seen both sides of this coin: People who know too much/all about the backstory tend to limit themselves or others (or at least stare down their noses at someone else who doesn't limit themselves). I've also seen people who know enough (or little or none) of the story go too "hog wild" and invent stuff up, like, "I am the great-great ancestor of Martin Van Buren, who was caught in a time vortex and was really a Red Sith lord named Darth Vader Burning the Second who fought Harry Hamlin-on-a-Pegasus for all eternity for the right of succession." (THERE'S you HISTORY! :P ).



Sometimes, you can pass those things off, other times, you can't. Most, IMO, can't. Using boundaries helps and that requires knowledge.

It all boils down to "are you mature enough"?

Of course, some leave the textbooks behind and really... Sheesh, too much "fake", albeit interesting history in these tomes. I know more about Comics history/lore than most people, but even I am ashamed not knowing more about "real" history in this world! ;) :P

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 4:19PM Xplorer said

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I can make the difference between what I know and what my character knows...I am not a fan of hardcore roleplaying in mmos, mostly because of the "all-mighty-know-it-all" roleplayer with the "psyco-killing-all-new-player" syndrom. There is too much of them in mmos. Anyway, I have always few lines ready to describe my character to another mid-roleplayer.

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 5:16PM Nemarus said

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Uhm, where are you getting the idea that the game takes place 60+ years after the Great Galactic War began?

Nowhere has BioWare given an explicit time for when the game takes place in relation to the Treaty of Coruscant. At best they've given a range of "10-12 years ATC", so 40 years after the war began. And even then, they have said that they intentionally are going to keep it vague in-game, as not all classes have their origins in the same time period.

That also means that roleplayers can generally choose their own time (though obviously 5-15 years ATC would be wise), and they should keep their own references vague so as not to conflict with others (unless they roleplay in an insulated community that agrees upon a common time).

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 5:24PM Nemarus said

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For my part, I wish BioWare wasn't hewing so closely to all the comic book Sith backstory. I still believe that George Lucas originally intended for "Sith" to just mean "opposite of Jedi". Not this red-skinned hybrid species nonsense. All that came from a bunch of overambiitous comic book authors who were trying to make their own mark on the galaxy.

Fortunately, I suspect that in-game, BioWare isn't going to involve that convoluted history much, except for a few passing references. Instead, it seems like they are going for an iconic "Evil Empire vs. Noble Republic" experience. I mean, look at the Sith Empire. Despite predating Palpatine's Empire by 3000+ years, it has very similar ship design and iconography (almost like BioWare is trying to say Palpatine based his Empire off of the TOR Sith Empire).

And the Republic in TOR is pretty much a combination of the prequels Republic and the New Republic.

Oddly enough, there's no true "Rebel Alliance" underdog faction.

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 5:45PM Wildcard273 said

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I read 99% of the lore that Bioware/LA releases for this game. As a fan of the SW Universe, I just find it interesting. I plan on using that information to help shape my character. Will he know everything about every planet/creature/faction/tech in the universe? No, but he will have a passing knowledge about the galaxy at large but mostly about his homeworld.

Even within that, just because my character might "know" something, doesn't mean he has to believe the recorded history. As we all know is written by the winners. So while he may know that Revan was a fallen Jedi, he may believe that he was driven to it or that there's some truth still unknown that would explain it.

I don't think I'm a hardcore RPer, although I do find it extremely enjoyable to take on someone elses wishes/problems for a little while. When working in groups or guilds, I do my best to become that character and only comment on what he knows (OOC convos are completely different, obviously). Thankfully, I've never encountered those know-it-all/ignore-it-all players in any other games. I've most encountered players who know more than me, less than me, the same as me. And through our RP conversations, we spread knowledge and information just as you would in real life.

It doesn't take much to have a great time RP'ing with other players, you just have to be willing to pretend that you don't know it all. =)

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 7:47PM bestshot9 said

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I knew Jackson was Lincoln's VP. But then, I am a history major, so I kind of NEED to know. Do I get brownie points, anyways? :)

Posted: Feb 15th 2011 7:48PM bestshot9 said

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@bestshot9

Ummm... scratch that, you win. I just remembered... big F- for me. :(

Here's you some brownie points for beating me at such an easy question :(.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2011 4:38PM (Unverified) said

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@bestshot9 Ha! I knew it. I was debating whether it was him or not, thanks for clearing that up. Btw, I am not a history major, nor any type of history buff.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2011 4:41PM bestshot9 said

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In all fairness my main focus is on 20th century history, so I was a bit out of my element there with 19th century American history...Still, should have known it right away. Jackson...Johnson... they're all stuffy old white guys anyways.
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Posted: Feb 18th 2011 12:11AM Quarlo said

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I was geeking hardcore for SWTOR, especially the two cinematics, but once I saw the space combat was on rails I was officially off this band wagon.

Rails? Really?

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