Dec 1, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: Will You Create A Back Story For Your Character?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

From the very beginning, BioWare has stated that one goal for TOR is to re-create the table-top roleplaying experience in digital form. For example, group conversations were added to mimic the exchanges that players have out of character when sitting around a roleplaying table. Every player has an opinion on what should be said to a non-player character, but only one person can actually speak to them. For those who have had the good fortune to play Dungeons & Dragons or even the (now defunct) Star Wars table-top RPG know how incredibly fun these exchanges can be.

I don’t know if there is truly anything better than becoming completely invested in your fictitious character’s personality and actions. Playing with friends who are just as invested as you are in their characters can lead to some truly great experiences. It’s just fun to lose yourself in another person and imagine that you are part of a great rebellion against an oppressive regime or that your sister has been captured by marauding bandits and you have to track them down to rescue her.

Ah…nostalgia. Anyway, one of the best ways to really get into your character is to create a back story or at least decide on some personality traits for your character. BioWare has kindly given us a good starting point for our back story in the form of the legendary opening crawl, but that may not be enough for some people.

Personally, I am determined to develop a really good back story so that I can get invested in my Sith Warrior. My question to all of you this morning is are you going to do the same? Let us know if you plan to work on a back story for your character before launch!

Will you create a back-story for your character?

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Jul 4, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: Will You Leave Game Music Enabled?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

You’re running through Nar Shaddaa and you enter a bar populated by every kind of galactic life imaginable.  The holographic dancers brighten the otherwise dim room with their blue light, giving the partygoers an ethereal appearance.  Yet as you glance around the room, you feel that something isn’t right. As your mind leaves the world of Star Wars, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony floods your ears as you realize iTunes shuffled to a song you didn’t want to hear.

When playing MMOs in the past, I kept the game music on when I started up my first character. Taking in the world in the way it was meant to be experienced makes the first few days of the game really enjoyable.  However, since songs are divided by zone, players typically end up listening to the same songs repeatedly in high-level areas.  Inevitably, I turn the game music off and switch on my favorite Internet radio station.

Do you see yourself leaving TOR’s music enabled as you play? Or do you think your favorite Led Zeppelin song just won’t fit the Star Wars universe?

Do you usually leave the in-game music on while playing MMORPGs?

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Jul 1, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: How Do You Think We’ll Meet HK-47 In Game?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

“Interjection: Silence meatbags!”

This quote marks the return of one of the most beloved droids in Star Wars lore: HK-47.  I loved HK-47 for its comedy, but it was a miserable companion.  I remember how annoyed I was when I had to take it with me all over Tatooine to translate for the Sand People in KotOR.  Despite its ineffectiveness as a teammate, this particular droid has the most epic life story this side of R2-D2.

The appearance of Revan’s personal assassin droid in the Mysteries of Knights of the Old Republic trailer shows that HK-47 will once again leave his mark on the Star Wars universe.  But what happened to HK-47 between KotOR and TOR?

As he left for the Unknown Regions, Revan left HK-47 behind.  The Jedi Exile discovered HK-47 and the droid once again aided in defeating Dark Jedi.  When the Jedi Exile left Republic Space to search for Revan, no one knows whether she took HK-47 with her or not.

How do you think we’ll meet HK-47 in game? Will HK-47 offer quests to find out what happened to its former masters? Is HK-47 going to be an enemy guarding Revan’s secrets? Something we’re not even thinking about?

How do you think we'll meet HK-47 in-game?

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Jun 30, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: What Color Would Your Lightsaber Be?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

I still remember the conversation from Knights of the Old Republic II when one of your companions asks if you remember what color your lightsaber was. My character described that his lightsaber had been silver, like the waters in the Room of a Thousand Fountains in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.  It’s been more than five years since I played through KotOR II, and the description still rings true with me today.  My lightsaber would definitely be silver.

Many Jedi and Sith identify certain aspects of their training or background in the color of their lightsaber. Sith lightsabers are often red due to the tradition of choosing such a color. Jedi lightsabers are typically different according to training, with blue signifying a Jedi Guardian, green a Jedi Consular, and yellow a Jedi Sentinel. Other Jedi break this trend. Mace Windu wielded a purple lightsaber despite his advanced lightsaber training as a Jedi Guardian.

What color would your lightsaber be? Does your choice have some meaning behind it? Would you follow tradition?

What color would you have your lightsaber be?

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Jun 29, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: Do You Ever Post On The Official Forums?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

Just like any MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic has a long development cycle.  The game was officially announced almost three years ago and the original community that formed around the announcement has grown.  Many fansites have cropped up, and more specialized podcasts have begun to emerge!

Many of the sites have forums where people can discuss TOR, but the most popular place to talk about TOR is – that’s right – the official forums.  Every announcement BioWare publishes receives hundreds of responses within hours of being posted.

However, many threads are hard to keep up with.  Personally, I feel that my comments get lost in a Chewbacca-sized flurry of posting.  I pride myself on my level-headedness and more than one of my speculations has turned out to be correct. But no one will ever know except for me… and maybe a few other random dudes whose posts also get quickly pushed out of view.

How about you? Do you post on the official forums? Do you think they serve as a good location to discuss TOR? If you don’t, why do you stay away?

Do you post on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic forums?

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