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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Beta Interlude

Originally I had intended to write a post about why I want to serve the Sith Empire/Republic, but I didn’t plan on the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta going through today. Instead, I’m going to embed a video where I’m sharing a bit about my Commando. Last night (well, at three in the morning), I managed to hit level 18 and get my ship: a beautiful BT-7 Thunderclap. The video is of me showing off the interior of such a fantastic vessel. Further, space combat is awesome (if you’ve picked up a few upgrades first… they’re not cheap, but they make all the difference).

Today, my intention is to see just how far along I can get. I can guarantee you that I’ll be making a Commando when this game goes live. I’ve had tons of fun with my beloved badass, Talyta. Enjoy the video!


Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “The BT-7 Thunderclap is the Republic’s largest and most elite rapid assault ship—streamlined for fast deployment in combat situations. Upgrades requested by Republic Special Forces ensure reliable performance and durability: state-of-the-art armor plating and heavy laser cannons provide exceptional combat capability, modular shield systems protect the Thunderclap from enemy fire, and the ship’s design deflects blaster fire away from crucial components in the event of shield failure. Despite its efficient military design, the Thunderclap is outfitted with all manner of interior improvements. The main deck contains a high-tech command center and briefing room, a secure armory, and a fully-outfitted medical bay. Personal bunk space is above average, and recreational facilities are available for increased quality of life for the squad during extended missions.” – The SWTOR website

P.P.S. As of this posting I’ve done all the space combat missions twice (after upgrading my ship) and I’m now a good way into level 19. I’m getting ready to do some more of my story mission where I need to rescue a Senator. I’m so captivated by the story and I’m going to be sad to see my Commando go. Well done, Bioware, well done indeed.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be a Jedi Consular


The Jedi Consular. Wizards, healers, sages, summoners and sorcerers fall into this category. These are the spellcasters of the Jedi Order. The lightsaber? For basic defense. The Force? Well, you saw the video.

Being a Jedi, they stand for truth and justice. Yet, where the Knight is the combatant, the Consular is much more social, much more attuned to the Force for the purpose of versatility. The Knight uses the Force to leap into combat and gain resiliency and to do more damage. The Consular uses the Force to spray their enemies with rocks, to lift large objects and fling them, to heal their allies, to increase the accuracy of their friends, and many more things. Some Consulars can even disappear as though they were mere shadows. Their roles in the order are also that of Ambassador, Artisan, Diplomat, Healer, Lore Keeper, Researcher, and Seer. They are truly the social workhorse of the Jedi Order and if I were to wield the Force and ever hope to gain some mastery over it, this is the route I would take.

All Consulars walk a noble path and I would be honored and proud to be counted among their numbers. They don’t just fight for the light, some Consulars are the brightest beacons of truth, justice, and the Force.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “A Consular is a specialized kind of Jedi. They focus more on cerebral Force skills. They’re our healers, our researchers, our seers.” – Zayne Carrick

P.P.S. This is the last piece my eight part series about the individual classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic but this isn’t the last I have to say about the game and my desires in the same context. There’s also two more articles I’m going to write in the same vein about why I want to fight for either side in this war. First I’ll talk about the Sith Empire (this will be the hardest one to write) and then I’ll finish with the Republic (so easy I’m practically salivating at the chance to write this one). Expect these in the next two weeks.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be a Sith Inquisitor


Power. Intrigue. Dark knowledge. The Sith Inquisitor embodies these things and they’re oh so fantastic. Also, lightning. Lightning from my fingertips. Are you getting this? LIGHTNING FROM MY FINGERTIPS! THAT IS SO COOL!

Yeah, honestly, the force lightning is the real reason I like the class. Well, also, I like the concept that you’re a slave that moves up to being a Sith. I’m not revealing anything with that, they shared that info in this second video.


Initially I said the Trooper would win, but in the end, I honestly think they’re evenly balanced against each other. In fact, I think every class is evenly balanced against each other.

Now that I think of it, I would really like to see how the Inquisitor’s story works out.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “There is a faction of meatbags called the Sith. They want what any rational meatbag would want—the power to assassinate anyone they choose at any time.” – HK-47

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be an Imperial Agent


The Imperial Agent. This class is the complete stealth package combined with sniping abilities and a fair amount of backstabbing. Oh, and orbital strikes.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure what to say here about the Imperial Agent. It’s a covert operative and we all know how cool it is to play one. You get to be Sam Fisher in Star Wars. That is so inherently awesome that I think I just freaked out a little. Well, actually, the Imperial Agent allows you to be Sam Fisher, super stealth operative, or a sniper (which we all know how awesome and game changing that can be when you have a sniper on the field).

Yup, this class speaks to me on the merits of “holy crap, you can DO that?” and “I WANNA BE A SNIPER!”. Yes, I became 8 years old again after watching this progression video.


Yeah, see what I mean? Complete awesome package, wrapped in awesome, and it even has a little awesome bow tied around it. Or if you’d like, it’s an awesome coated awesome with awesome filling. That’s the Imperial Agent and that’s why I want to play it. It’s a very gut reaction.

I apologize for the brevity of this post, but really, the Imperial Agent videos genuinely speak for themselves.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “Imperial intelligence operatives are clearly just as deadly as their Sith superiors.” – Jedi Master Gnost-Dural

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be a Trooper


The word “Trooper” is evocative of many different kinds of characters. There’s the Republic Troopers from Knights of the Old Republic, wearing their red, black and orange uniforms, but also the Imperial Stormtrooper in gleaming white. The Trooper is the basic fighting unit of every war and there’s something attractive in that simplicity. In this case, playing a Republic Trooper means versatility and capability, skill and power, explosives and large firearms.

I have a friend who says he’s going to play a Trooper and make dark side decisions (caveat: he’s very practical, so it’s a safe assumption that he’ll make a few light side decisions in there as well) but he cited a quote that was appropriate to his position: “…you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall”. If you’re at a loss, it’s Jack Nicholson’s character from A Few Good Men who says that line (very near the end of the film). The context is that if there’s something distasteful that the public at large doesn’t need or particularly desire knowledge of, you need men like him, men willing to do whatever it takes to protect the nation they’re sworn to protect, on the front lines, on the wall, no matter the cost. I can certainly appreciate that and in some ways I subscribe to that perspective.

If you note in the above video, the Trooper narrator states that, “We did not start this war, and for us, there is no glory in it.” She then goes on to state that they fight out of duty for the principles and the people of the Republic. That. Right there. Selfless service with a desire for peace. In a similar way to my desire to be a Jedi Knight, right there is where I want to be a Trooper.

Here’s a great progression video.


I want to be a Trooper because, well, I suppose it’s because it’s like the normal version of the Jedi. Honor, duty, and loyalty to the Republic. Simple, straightforward, and awesome.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. Here’s that quote from A Few Good Men in its entirety: “Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” – Col. Nathan R. Jessep

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be a Bounty Hunter


Rockets. Flamethrowers. Jet packs. Cool looking armor. The Bounty Hunter is the James Bond of the Star Wars universe with all of his gadgets and tricks. He brings a kind of wild west justice to the battlefield and that’s mighty attractive to me. It’s pure, unadulterated fun. Oh, speaking of armor…


Bounty Hunters have a major role in the Star Wars universe. The first time they’re actually mentioned (within the Earth chronology of Star Wars) is The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo mentions that “the Bounty Hunter on Ord Mantell changed my mind”. Then, a bit later in the same movie we get ourselves a rogues gallery of Bounty Hunters: Bossk, IG-88, 4-LOM, Zuckuss, Dengar, and Boba Fett. From then on, Bounty Hunters have been included in a fair number of Star Wars games, ranging in functions through Empire At War (a unit you can field to get rid of other special units), Star Wars Galaxies (one of the most popular professions in the game), oh, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (you are Jango Fett for this entire game). In fact, even with his very limited appearances in the original three Star Wars movies, the bounty hunter Boba Fett has been noted as one of the most popular characters in Star Wars… and this is BEFORE books and such came out talking about him.

There’s something alluring about being a self-made man and the Bounty Hunter is the epitome of this. You answer to no one, you travel from bounty to bounty, building a fierce reputation as a guy who gets stuff done. I think we can all agree that this is highly attractive.

Here’s the Bounty Hunter’s progression. I’m definitely a fan.


I want to be a Bounty Hunter because they’re completely made of awesome.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “Both infamous and anonymous at the same time, Bounty Hunters are far more than mercenaries for hire – they’re heirs to a professional legacy – an ancient brotherhood with a glorious history.” – Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Why I want to be a Smuggler


The Smuggler class in The Old Republic is iconic of a storied profession… at least, in Star Wars it is. Smugglers are legends of skill and bravery (often times rather stupid bravery, but bravery nonetheless). They are the blockade runners, the rebels, and the people who know how to get stuff done no matter the odds. Famous smugglers include Booster Terrik, Dash Rendar, Jorj Car’das, Talon Karrde, Lando Calrissian, Mara Jade, Atton Rand, and of course the dynamic duo of Han Solo and Chewbacca. They fly ships with names like the Pulsar Skate, the Outrider, the Wild Karrde, the Lady Luck, the Jade’s Fire, the Ebon Hawk, and of course the memorable Millennium Falcon.

More than how iconic the Smuggler is, it’s a profession that (in the case of The Old Republic) speaks of the wild west, of lawless frontiers. It’s the everyman drawn to an extraordinary profession who requires a sharp eye and sharper wit. They’re the explorers; men and women looking for ways around the people who would stop them in their journey from A to B. They’re the normal citizens forced into incredible situations that call for great skill and courage.

I want to be a Smuggler because it reminds me of all these things. I want to be a Smuggler because I believe it will be a grand adventure. I want to be a Smuggler because it means even the more normal of Republic citizens can contribute to the war effort. Mostly though, I want to be a Smuggler because I was a Smuggler in Star Wars Galaxies and I have a job to do. I’m Vyris Tykin and I’m here to get the job done. Whatever it takes and wherever it takes me. Also, no matter the Smuggler, they ALWAYS have the fastest ship in the sector.


I want to be a Smuggler because it evokes this smirk on my face whenever I’ve played one in the past.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “Smugglers can handle just about anything-they fly through asteroid fields, play tag with nebulas and space storms, and they can land on anything. Nothing fazes a good smuggler. I’ve seen them land ships while fighting uneven gravity fields on asteroids barely bigger than their vessels. Gravity shifts, atmospheric turbulence, sandstorms, blizzards, typhoons…you name it, they know how to handle it.” – Lando Calrissian