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Posted: Apr 19th 2011 7:02PM mysecretid said

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Thanks for this article. You and Isaiah are both correct: so much attention is being paid to the combat aspects of SWTOR, that we've heard precious little about what else the game may be.

One friendly tip though, Larry: You've got to stop making statements like "Friendly competition between players is kind of the point of a game, right?" Remember what happened the last time you projected your own priorities for SWTOR onto the playerbase as a whole? :-)

You spent, what, a week in a Bacta tank, healing from the flame damage?

The point of SWTOR is for players to have as much fun in the game as they can, with whatever forms of fun they can find or create.

Thanks to your article, we now know there may be additional fun beyond the impressive-looking combat. Thanks again!

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 7:12PM Space Cobra said

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Aggh!

I hated Pazaak! (and the ME equivalent), because it was so cheesy and not too tactical, but it was one of the few ways to earn creds in game, so I overplayed it! :p

I don't know if we will get a "slot machine/lite-blackjack" game that will give us in-game creds; maybe something else (like a different type of cred), because I can see people farming off these. :P

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 7:17PM LordBeefy said

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Pazaak being a variant of pontoon/21, you would have thought it wouldn't take a huge amount of polishing to complete which makes me wonder if it's there.

I mean, it wouldn't take much to merely confirm its existence as with raids and open world PvP even if it weren't yet complete.

Swoop Racing might be more involved, especially if you can construct your swoop with different parts and such.

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 8:28PM BlindseerJB said

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I would much prefer to see Sabacc than Pazaak.

Posted: Apr 19th 2011 11:19PM (Unverified) said

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To be fairly honest, I'm more interested at where you got Dancing and Singing in the Rain trooper that's in black and white rather than What the shit is going to happen in SWTOR

Would someone please enlighten me (and please don't link Danny Choo dancing in Tokyo).

Posted: Apr 20th 2011 2:56AM Space Cobra said

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@(Unverified)

Can't remember where I saw it before; I think it is just a still photo.

But, it's a good place to plug yet another George Lucas attempt at fiddling around with a movie best left alone!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8LZgH5-x_U
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 6:36AM Bramen said

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No RP is bad PR!

Posted: Apr 20th 2011 7:54AM Waxil said

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Lots of people say they want RP but then what invariably happens? The RP servers are just trolled (and if game mecahnic allows ganked) by people who don't understand RP or deem it solely for nerds/geeks.

Even of the group who said they wanted RP you end up once they are actually in the game an oddly large number of them seem to roll as xXx_1337JEDI66_xXx and start calling you a Jewish homosexual and teabagging your corpse at every opportunity.

Basically RP is never going to really work on the scale of mmos.

Posted: Apr 20th 2011 9:56AM searstream said

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@Waxil

I thought Jedi's teabagged everyone they killed.
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 1:14PM Zax19 said

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@Waxil I'm not that pessimistic but chat moderation and moderation in general is something necessary for a good RP server. Even in the environment of max. 64 players in Neverwinter Nights there was soooo much flaming and so much arguing about what was RP and what wasn't.

I had high hopes for STO but putting aside all those problems as heavy instancing, one player one ship, auto targeting etc., the biggest problem for me is CUSTOMISATION.
So in TOR I'd like to see some mechanisms to protect the IP, to keep it coherent. On RP servers every name should be moderated and people messing with RP servers should have "criminal record" based on breach of the EULA.

The actual miscellaneous items, minigames and social areas are just a matter of budget and will, but my opinion is that it'd be a waste of money unless you protect RP servers from trolls, and I mean with an iron fist. It's absolutely ok to play a 12th century knight who suddenly found himself just outside Mos Eisley wearing a lightsabre as long as the player's intention is to make others happy.

Another thing is PvP. PvP should be almost non-existent while CvC (character vs. character) should prevail (your motive should always be to make the game fun for the opponent).

So, to end this wall of text, even though MMOs seem too big for RP (a lot of RP stands on the community meeting the same people on a daily basis), it might work under strong supervision, signed rules and controlled customisation (protection from ridiculous names, body shapes...). Otherwise "RP tools" will be just a minigame, just a gimmick....
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Posted: Apr 20th 2011 5:56PM TORnut said

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Re: Racing

Fantastic idea! I had never thought of that! It would be a great way to kill some time!

Side-idea: Gambling?! :D

"I bet you 100 credits I can beat your time for the Kessel Run..."

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