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Hey gang,

After a couple of weeks toiling around, I finally completed a starfighter-themed stronghold located on Manaan.  With all my strongholds and decos that got consildated from the merger I thought it would be a fun project to design one of them as an optional hub for starship aficionados.

I chose Manaan mainly because of its neutral, remote, open atmosphere and its moderate size, which I felt worked best for what I had in mind.  I adopted the Alliance theme so I could justify displaying starship decos from both factions.

The stronghold has the following amenities scattered throughout:  GTN, Cargo, Legacy and Guild storage bays, Appearance Modification Station, Fabricator Droids, Jawa Scrap Peddlers, Felusia Stato Deco Merchant and a Contraband Cartel Slot Machine for those who still need to grind reputation with the Contraband Resale Corporation.

I thought it would be fun to keep this stronghold exclusive and reserved for members of Begeren Colony only.  If you are interested in receiving a key please feel free to contact me and I'll get a key out to you as soon as I am able. Just let me know your character's name, which faction they belong and a general idea of when you normally log on.     

GSF General / Re: Brace for Collision
« on: 11/12/17, 04:34:44 PM »
I made a special MS Paint to illustrate my reaction to having to fly against @Elaeis :

Heh!  Thanks for the both the praise and the funny.  That same picture comes to mind whenever I think about how many millions of hours I've poured into GSF.   :nuu:

Tried out GSF this morning. Was pretty fun, and I only does once and not because of self-destructing! That's a win for me! Is there a GSF chat channel too? I could get into this!

The GSF chat channel indeed exists and can often be a forum for the usual mudslinging, bragging and trash talking that occurs on most PVP channels but there are also friendly people in there who might offer a few pearls of wisdom.  The Galactic Starfighter forums on the SWTOR website are also filled with a ton of topics on ship builds, tactics, etc., but it gets very overwhelming pouring through thousands of posts on the subject.  A lot of that information is also now obsolete with the new changes made from the recent patch.  Of course, if you ever have any questions feel free to post them in the GSF thread and I'm sure we can help point you in the right direction.

GSF General / Re: Brace for Collision
« on: 11/07/17, 10:57:20 AM »
While I would love to join the fun I am sharing the same engagement with Niarra that evening, though I may be queued up for an hour or so in the late afternoon. 

I'm also working on a Begeren Starfighter's Lounge stronghold based on Manaan.  I chose that locale because it was a neutral location and just the right size to serve as a private hub.  I currently have it set up to represent both Republic and Imperial factions with a few Alliance decos to tie it all together.  I'll post an update when it is done.   

GSF General / Re: Brace for Collision
« on: 11/05/17, 10:42:44 AM »
Adding a BC flight night to the Event calendar sounds like a fun idea.  If there is enough interest perhaps it's something we could schedule once or twice a month.  It would be nice to group up with some familiar names and see how we fare against the Harbinger majority.  It would be especially satisfying to demonstrate our collective quality to a few jerks out there who have been known to insult, ridicule and dismiss the folks from Begeren as "non-competitive".

I decided to follow up on an idea that came about a few months ago and design a "Starfighter's Lounge" stronghold to serve as a prospective hub for BC's pilot community.  It may not be required but considering the pile of strongholds that will be grandfathered in from Bastion and Harbinger I figured why the hell not?  I have a few alts on standby with some appropriate names for this project but that will ultimately depend on which names survive the server merge.  If people were interested just let me know and I'll be sure to send out some keys once it is finished.   

GSF General / Re: Brace for Collision
« on: 11/03/17, 09:31:35 PM »
I'm not sure I deserve it but I appreciate and thank you for the accolade, @Iaera, especially considering your own merit as one of BC's premier pilots.  We belonged to BC's 1st generation of pilots, which gave us considerably more time to hone our skills back when the queue wasn't on the Endangered Species List.

The "Unwritten Rules" have always been a friction point between people with opposing play styles.  I value player autonomy but I also knew that Begeren's shrinking GSF population wasn't doing itself any favors by continuously slaughtering newcomers to the game. My concern for keeping the queue healthy and alive is what motivated me to fly with a measure of discretion and restraint whenever facing a team of doomed 2-shippers.  However, whenever I felt it necessary to invoke the Unwritten Rules I always made sure to do it in the form of a suggestion or request and not a flagrant demand.  I always thought it silly for anybody to think they have authority to command anybody else during any kind of open PVP match.  Most of us will simply take what somebody says under consideration and either agree or disagree.  Anyhow, now that we're being merged with Harbinger (and possibly the dozen or so holdouts that comprise whatever is left of Bastion) the safety mittens can finally come off.       

Personally, I think the new changes are awesome.  The new patch has completely altered the landscape across all servers and it is evident that the Devs based a lot of these changes on player feedback.  On Harbinger and TRE, where a saturation of bombers and gunships were the norm, their dominance has been diminished by the rise of the strike fighter.  What I've seen happening is that strike fighters and their wide range of load-outs have made them significantly more effective against T2 scouts, gunships and bombers which has consequently brought more dog fighting back to the game.  Overall there is more movement and variety happening  which I find a welcome and refreshing change.  I think most of these changes have been positively received on the forums, but I haven't bothered to check in the last two or three weeks.  The newly updated Proton Torpedo has been a hot topic which is funny for me considering that lumbering missile system happened to be a mainstay on Elaeis's Pike.  As an ardent Pike/Quell pilot all these years I find my once heavily ridiculed missile boat to be suddenly back in vogue.   

@Nicohlas, I do hope you'll find the server merge a positive experience.  With the amount of CXP given for GSF and the time it takes to master a ship cut in half it won't take long for people to build up their ships and take them for a spin.  There are definitely going to be some frustrating matches against notorious GSF guilds like Shadowlands Reconnaissance Wing (SRW), but I think there will also be plenty of times throughout the week where there are going to be some nicely balanced matches between folks of all skill levels.


GSF General / Brace for Collision
« on: 11/01/17, 06:19:45 PM »
Esteemed pilots of Begeren Colony,

As we wind down the final days of our humble server and enter a new era of SWTOR, I felt it prudent to address the coming merger in regards to GSF as well as express my gratitude for being part of the unique community of pilots that once prospered here.   
Back in Begeren Colony's heyday many players in our GSF community abided by a code of conduct meant to help foster an environment that encouraged fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing. In other words: sportsmanship.  As GSF matured it became evident to most of us that the growing disparity between veteran and novice players was becoming detrimental to the long term health of our game.  In an effort to sustain morale and encourage new players we discouraged overly aggressive players from 3-capping or harassing the enemy's spawn whenever it became obvious the opposing team was too inexperienced and too overwhelmed to defend themselves.

For a long time these unofficial rules became a mainstay for GSF on our server.  While there were pockets of players on other servers like Ebon Hawk that sometimes observed them I think it gained the most traction here on Begeren.  It distinguished our server from larger, notoriously cutthroat servers like Harbinger and The Red Eclipse.  As GSF stagnated from over 3 ½ years of Dev neglect its popularity here gradually declined leaving what remained of its beleaguered community with little choice but to move to more populated servers, thus marking the end of the age of chivalry on Begeren. 

With the “United Forces” server merge just days away and Patch 5.5's long overdue overhaul to GSF finally in effect I admit I have mixed feelings of both excitement and wariness for what looms for us on the horizon.  I think most of us know the notoriety of Harbinger, but for those who have never flown there before prepare yourself for a culture shock.  While I am certainly looking forward to a substantially healthier queue with frequent pops day and night I also know that the newly formed Satele Shan server will be home to some of the absolute best and absolute worst the GSF community has to offer.  The matches there are going to be far more intense, challenging and far less forgiving than what anyone from Begeren may be used to:  highly skilled veterans, premades coordinating through voice, notoriously ruthless guilds, elitist trolls, more 12 vs. 12 matches in one day than folks from Begeren have seen in the past 2 years combined.  If I were to hazard a guess I would say that roughly 60% of the new server will be comprised of players from Harbinger with 30% from Begeren and around 10% from Bastion.  Unfortunately for us Begeren Colonists we are going to be the minority going in to our new home and I can't help but wonder how the community from Harbinger will receive us. 

Regardless, I remain cautiously optimistic about the server merge and look forward to the fun and challenge that lay ahead.  At the very least it will be interesting to be reunited with some familiar names who used to fly on Begeren.  The bygone era of fair play and sportsmanship that once existed on Begeren may be over but I will always respect those players who valued its importance. 

Hope to see you all in the skies.                   

Introductions / Re: ((OOC)) Hello from the Harbinger!
« on: 10/10/17, 10:56:45 PM »
Very nice to meet you. I'm happy to hear that you're a fan of table top RPGs.  Some of us have enjoyed that for years.  Star Wars Saga Edition is my all time favorite system to play.  Some of us on Begeren are a little anxious about what lay in store for the big merger.  Getting swallowed up by predominantly Harbinger players have made a few of us wonder how this might affect any attempt at open world RP.  I'm really happy to know there are others on Harb who actually RP as well!

Outside Realm / Re: I'm alive!
« on: 09/19/17, 02:20:54 PM »
It is wonderful to hear from you again, Starschwar.  I didn't know you were in the line of fire of those superstorms but I hope you and your loved ones managed to endure with no lasting damage.  Welcome back.   

I had a lot of fun and it was great being being able to get better acquainted with everyone this second time around.  You are all wonderful people and a big part of what makes the Begeren community special.  I hope to see all of you again for the next run.  :)

GSF General / Devs are Seeking Feedback for GSF
« on: 07/09/17, 07:34:21 AM »
Fellow Colonists, 

In case you haven't heard the Dev Team posted 3 new threads on the forums this week asking the community for input on how to improve Galactic Starfighter.

If you are a Subscriber I urge all of you to join the discussion.  Even if you're not a fan of GSF this is an extremely rare opportunity for us to offer feedback and creative input to help improve this aspect of SWTOR.

Media Gallery / Re: SPACELING: Art of Li Didkovsky
« on: 07/02/17, 12:00:54 PM »
This is great for so many reasons.  It's fun and very interesting to see the world of SWTOR come to life through various mediums outside of the game, especially through artwork. I've only seen a few pieces here and there of various quality but I'm always intrigued knowing that a story exists behind every image.

I haven't had the opportunity to RP very extensively with the community, but I'm hoping one of my characters will cross paths with the Heerman family sometime.  The presentation of this commission speaks volumes for the thought that went into it.

Events and Occasions / Re: Port of Call
« on: 06/25/17, 07:39:22 AM »
Your layout for the station was awesome! I especially loved your auction block and arena design.

Events and Occasions / Re: Port of Call
« on: 06/24/17, 11:07:11 AM »
I will definitely be there. Very much looking forward to it.

Cantina / Re: New PC = Like Playing a New Game
« on: 06/16/17, 05:51:26 PM »
I definitely know the feeling!  When I finally upgraded to a desktop that could process graphics much better than my old PC it completely blew me away.  Up until that point I never realized the floor tiles on Fleet where so shiny and glossy, or how that glorious Bloom effect would leave me blinded (in a good kind of way) while playing GSF.  It really lets you appreciate the game on a whole new level.  I wish you all the best as you rediscover the beauty of places like Alderaan and Voss, among many others.

That being said, I was curious about your interest in Operations. You may wish to check out the following thread:

   I believe we'll be making our first attempt in the beginning of August, which is still a ways away.  It's possible that our beginner's Ops group may already be filled. If that's the case I encourage you to sign on as an alternate in case somebody can't make it.


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