Jan 21, 2012

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From Azeroth To Tatooine: There’s No Place Like Home

It happens all the time. The next big thing is compared to the last big thing, and it’s no different in the world of MMORPGs. From Azeroth To Tatooine is a semi-regular opinion column here at Ask A Jedi that will look at one players experiences with Star Wars: The Old Republic and relate them to their past in World of Warcraft, or perhaps another MMO altogether.

As I suspect many of you are at this stage, I’m in the decision-making process of which character I want to make my “main.” Currently, I have one of each on the Republic side, but have played the Consular and Trooper the most. As I searched for reasons upon which to base my decision, it got me thinking¬†about how I feel about my characters and the Star Wars: The Old Republic universe compared to my feelings for past characters in other games. This exposed an interesting conundrum: unlike other games I’ve played, I don’t have a “home.”

In EverQuest, as a Half-Elf, I was “born” in Freeport. As a Wood Elf, it was the trees of Kelethin. Halas was my home as a Barbarian. In Dark Age of Camelot, my Hibernian Celt Champion started down in Connla and slowly moved up to Tir Na Nog. In World of Warcraft my human Paladin started in Elwynn Forest at the Northshire Abbey and moved down to Goldshire then on to Stormwind. In Lord of the Rings Online, my Hobbit started in the Shire area and spent many levels there. My Human started outside of Bree. I could go on, but you get the picture. In all of those examples, my character was “from” somewhere.

Stormwind City

Who can forget their first trip into Stormwind and reveling in the majesty? Giant, flaming dragon claw marks not withstanding.

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