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Outside Realm / the last jedi [grumpy warning]
« on: 10/10/17, 11:43:46 PM »
so as everyone surely knows the trailer just came out and everyone's all aflutter. i have various and sundry thoughts on it, but a lot of those are wrapped up in Force Awakens and Disney and whatnot. then i saw this article:

sorry @Cordae i have a new spirit animal now.

my absolute FAVOURITE quote, which articulates a pet peeve i've long had with how moral storytelling is so often treated:
Rick Grimes may be a more three-dimensional character than Luke Skywalker. But let’s admit what nihilistic TV shows like “The Walking Dead” have made clear. We don’t love antiheroes and moral complexity because we’re grownups now. We love them because we are a miserable, godless people so syphilitic with bad consciences that we will no longer permit our heroes to be more righteous than we are. Sadly, “The Last Jedi’s” trailer provides ample evidence that Johnson will spare fans the purity we can no longer appreciate to feed us the cynical storytelling we so tragically desire.

grumpy / non-grumpy thoughts on the trailer? does it entice you? does it excite you? or does it torment the wretched shell of your being and make the blackened husk you inhabit writhe in existential agony? discuss

Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 10/10/17, 08:34:41 PM »
Annoyed as I am with the logistics of the merge, I am pleasantly surprised by the depth and breadth of the GSF update. It's almost too much... I'm going to have to tinker with it quite a bit to fully grok what could be a radically-altered GSF scene.

Introductions / Re: ((OOC)) Hello from the Harbinger!
« on: 10/10/17, 07:14:42 PM »

Worldbuilding and Community / Re: Jedi and Sith Leaders
« on: 10/09/17, 11:53:50 AM »
There's a couple of ways to explain that. First is that Bioware just conflated a proper title with a generic descriptor; indeed, you can see evidence of this from the game's initial release when the original PvP Valor system was more recognisable -- one of the PvP titles anyone could get was "battlemaster." This isn't anything new, either -- for example, there is a difference between a military captain and a ship's captain, and navies real and fictional usually have to go to great lengths to disambiguate these two different senses of the word captain (which gives us terms like skipper, master and commander, post captain and so on). My point being that there is clearly a difference between a Jedi Battlemaster and a "battlemaster," in the same way that Lieutenant Commander Joe can be captain of Boaty McBoatface, even though he's not a captain.

The other point here is that it's established by The Jedi Path that the New Sith Wars era's decentralised Jedi are littered with self-styled Jedi Battlemasters, in contrast with the more formal structure of the Jedi Order usually only having a single Battlemaster at any one time. I suppose one could make an argument that something similar is in play in the current setting of SWTOR, since Bioware has rarely given us much detail about the exact structure and organisation of the Jedi in this time period.

edit ~ though it should be noted that it is established that SWTOR's Jedi Order maintains a single Battlemaster. Kao Cen Darach and Jun Seros are clearly listed as such, and Satele Shan promotes the player to the post in such a way that it makes it clear that it's a one-person job.

Worldbuilding and Community / Re: Jedi and Sith Leaders
« on: 10/09/17, 11:21:44 AM »
Battlemaster is pretty straightforward. Kao Cen Darach -> Jun Seros - > Player.

Which means that the Battlemaster of the Jedi Order (such as it is) is also the ETERNAL ALLIANCE COMMANDER. So it might be worth discussing the idea that the post is vacant again... but then, Bioware hasn't been very clear about what's going on with the entire Jedi Order right now anyway.

Events and Occasions / Re: Operation: Heartbreaker
« on: 10/07/17, 06:41:10 PM »
Americans have Remembrance Day, it's just called Veterans' Day instead. Same general idea, just not specific to WW1. And we have a bonus one in May called Memorial Day! Double rainbow all the way across the sky~

Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 10/07/17, 03:56:59 PM »
I find this line of thought to be problematic. What I read from it is most non-rp types are toxic and that statement is a gross mischaracterization of entire sections of the SWTOR community. Not to mention it sounds like an intent to be dismissive of players from other backgrounds in gaming that may be interested or never had an opportunity to learn about rp in a real way.

I hope this is not the stance that is being taken by the leadership here,  would you mind clarifying please?

I was inelegantly venting my frustration with the decision making in the upcoming merge. I don't have a problem with non-RPers at all and I'm quite happy to share a server with them... but it's also true that MMOs have a longstanding tradition of more mature non-RPers gravitating toward RP servers while the toxic kids, broadly speaking, tend to avoid them. In other words, RPer or not, RP server populations tend to self-select to be somewhat less toxic overall.

Further diluting that self-selecting population, then, just feels like insult to injury when we're not getting merged with the only other remaining NA server with a similar community. Toxic kids are a fact of internet life, but they're mercifully less common on servers like BC and so I'm not really happy about this situation.

If there's folks who are curious about RP and have just never been exposed to it, that's cool and I always try to make time for new or would-be RPers; I'm not talking about those people. I'm talking about the proverbial 13 year old Call of Duty kiddie.

Cantina / Re: The Nuts and Bolts of "Us"
« on: 10/04/17, 02:46:57 PM »
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please forward all gold selling mails to this new address

Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 10/03/17, 02:15:33 AM »
Well. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but not merging us with the other RP server (Ebon Hawk) reeks of gross mismanagement. I'm glad they're paying attention to GSF again, don't get me wrong, but that's pretty insignificant next to a bizarre dilution of the NA RP servers. Why keep them split if everything else is being merged?

I really don't want to play with a huge infusion of non-RP types (translation: a diplomatic way of saying "toxic"), and merging the BC and EH RP communities is something I think both communities would benefit from at this point. Are they just not aware of the RP distinction anymore since removing the official labels? Do they not consider this an issue? I really, really, really hope this is an oversight that can be corrected before the merge happens, because if the merge happens as listed I think it will have a deleterious effect on what remains of BC RP. Keeping the RP communities split like this, at this point, is an incredibly bad idea.

Beyond that, I'll keep the rest of my thoughts to myself because I don't want to be dramatic.

Roleplay Workshop / Re: Pub-side spy roleplay?
« on: 09/25/17, 05:00:00 PM »

I wish I had time to contribute to this! Instead all I can offer is advice: Events! I recommend an inaugural event; plan something with some meat, such as bad guys to fight or a strongly-themed spy-related social/espionage scenario (gala with critical information being delivered, a VIP target being assassinated, etc etc), and require folks to attend with spy-type characters! Of course, you can get fancier than that if you want to, but those are just some quick suggestions for jump-starting a new sub-community of RP! Events with red meat to really chew on!

Outside Realm / Re: So, this is the beginning of a Goodbye.
« on: 08/30/17, 10:51:40 AM »
I'm not religious, but perhaps unsurprisingly I can appreciate a little asceticism! I hope everything goes well for you, and I hope we'll all still be here to welcome you back in two years!

Cantina / Re: KOTET Spoiler Thread
« on: 08/27/17, 10:08:22 PM »
To provide some additional context for the various oddities of pre-movie-era Legends canon:

A lot of it is born of two slightly incongruous statements made in the movies: In A New Hope (1977), Obi-Wan Kenobi says that the Jedi Knights were the guardians of the "Old Republic" for "over a thousand generations." Taken literally, a thousand generations, computationally, would come out to approximately 20,000 years, hence this is the original approximation of the age of the Republic and its Jedi defenders based upon the implications of Obi-Wan's statement.

In one of the prequels (Attack of the Clones, I think, so 2002), Chancellor Palpatine says that he will not allow "this Republic which has stood for a thousand years" to fall. This gave us a little inconsistency... one source suggests that the Republic is over 20,000 years old. Another suggests it is only 1,000 years old. And, of course, by 2002 plenty of Old Republic-era material had been speculated on and printed in various forms using the original 20,000 years idea. But the new quote changed things about how Old Republic material might be written, so some creative storytelling was needed to reconcile the awkward inconsistency.

This gave us the concept of the New Sith Wars and the Battle of Ruusan, taking place almost exactly 1,000 years before the movies. The Sith would be ostensibly destroyed and reformed into their Prequel-era Rule-Of-Two Master-and-an-Apprentice format, the Jedi likewise reform into their Prequel-era selves, and the Republic itself is newly constituted into a 'modern' form, distinct from its previous "Old" Republic form of the previous ~20,000 years. This bears some real-world similarity to France, which over the past few hundred years has re-constituted itself as a new iteration of a Republic every so often (it is currently in its Fifth Republic).

So the 'dark age' thing refers to a transitional period between the Old Republic of "now," in the time this game is set (ca.3600 BBY), and the ca.1,000 BBY New Sith Wars that would transform everything into the modern Republic of the movies. As Noth pointed out, it's dominated by feudal Jedi Lords and opposing Sith duking it out in the inimitable Star Wars fashion of all-consuming galactic conflict.

Cantina / Re: KOTET Spoiler Thread
« on: 08/26/17, 09:28:04 PM »
I'd love to have a pre-New Sith Wars "dark age" kind of setting. As much as I've enjoyed trying to support a structured Jedi Order style of RP around a structured Republic in a sort of pseudo-Prequel status quo, A) it gets harder and harder to justify that sort of thing with the way the game story has been moving, and B) I've always wanted a more mythic and more legendary, almost fairy-tale like world that exists in Star Wars' ancient past, familiar and yet archaic and shrouded in legend... like Odysseus and Troy.

Cantina / Re: KOTET Spoiler Thread
« on: 08/25/17, 06:03:00 PM »
Yeah that SH looks dope af... do want! I could just do without the story.

In my ideal Old Republic alternate timeline, the Second Great Galactic War continued to rage after the Cold War. I'm not much of a writer, so I can't think up any good twists and turns in that, but it's a nice juicy backdrop with plenty of untapped potential. Oh well...

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