Leaderboard: Do you play Star Wars Galaxies’ emulator?

Welp, here we are: Star Wars Galaxies would be turning 14 years old today, had it been allowed to live.

SWG is much beloved around here, among our staff and many of our commenters, and the good news is that the existing emulators for the game have seemed pretty safe from the wrath of the copyright gods, which means you can put your mouse where your heart is and still play. But do you? And if not, why not?

That’s what today’s Leaderboard poll is meant to find out. (You can choose multiple answers on this one.)

Do you play Star Wars Galaxies' emulator?

  • Yes, I play the emu regularly (10%, 55 Votes)
  • I play occasionally (8%, 46 Votes)
  • I have played the emu before but not currently (23%, 129 Votes)
  • I may play the emu someday (Suncrusher, anyone?) (14%, 80 Votes)
  • I've never played the emu (15%, 84 Votes)
  • I will never play the emu (4%, 23 Votes)
  • I don't play any emulators (9%, 53 Votes)
  • I never played or didn't like Star Wars Galaxies to begin with (11%, 62 Votes)
  • No response / view poll (6%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 477

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Weilan
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Weilan

Quests were too boring and repetitive and I hated having to beg for buffs at the cantina, I wish it had more of the story-telling SWTOR has.

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GiantsBane

Tried going back, but nostalgia only goes so far when the games core mechanical functions (movement / combat) are super clunky by todays standards. Been spoiled by the newer streamlined ones and games like SWG / EQ1 just feel super tedious now.

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Alex Malone

I’ve been back to the proper SWGEmu servers a few times over the last 7 years, usually last 1-2 months before quitting.

I still love the combat, professions and general feel of the game. I usually get to the point on the emu where I nearly complete my main template and its time for the gear grind and then quit. Main reason for quitting is that the population always seemed to be US based, whereas I’m EU, so finding groups was difficult. This meant no leveling groups, so I didn’t earn much money building my template, and solo groups were hard to find (for grinding rancor missions for cash).

I did appreciate being able to have multiple characters and being able to log them both in. Once I reached a certain combat level, I would just take my combat toon to the squill caves on Tattooine and leave him with an AoE macro to grind XP whilst I then focused on my doc / image designer.

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Soulbreeze

I’ve played it quite a bit, but allowing multiple characters, and allowing them to be logged in simultaneously, really takes away something. It’s still fun to play sometimes, but I don’t stick around for long.

quark1020
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quark1020

Maybe I’ll play one day, I do come back to older MMO’s from time to time. I didn’t play the game for a very long time before the shutdown, so I wasn’t as heart broken when it shut down, but I always loved Star Wars games that let me make my own character.

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rawhunger .

Never was into star wars games… sorry.

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starbuck1771

You’re dang straight I play the EMU.

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Jack Pipsam

I tried the EMU a couple times out of curiosity after the closure (my rule is only to ever try an EMU once a game cannot be legally played), but it was the pre-CU one so I got in and was very confused at the time, then I left.
The only version of the game I ever knew live was the NGE, the mythical golden age is like Vanilla WoW, I never played it when it was prime, obviously I couldn’t. So it always felt like I was playing a game which while I enjoyed it, half the chat just kept whinging about how it used to be better.

I enjoyed SWG for what it was, even though it’s still the most bug filled MMO I have ever played (man that was one JANK game), but I don’t know if I could ever really go back to it.

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Pedge Jameson

Oh god, some of the pre NGE crowd never stop complaining. If you liked the NGE as I did, go to an NGE emu. But even if you liked pre-cu, your gonna hate pre-cu servers because people still cannot stop the butt hurt in chat. A lot of them don’t even do anything but sit in Tatooine and expect to be worshiped for being an elder Jedi when the game was live. Even if I cared, how am I supposed to know that?

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April-Rain

I keep going back and visiting my fave haunts and then quit as I am not keen on pre-cu.

I got really interested in Stella Bellum project and the server plays very well but it looks like the project is currently on rocky ground, which is sad to see as I was hoping to play a lot more once they launched properly after a failed soft launch.

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enamel

I have played SWGEmu years ago, but felt like it was missing the critical mass of players it needed to make it viable long term. Having played on a ton of UO emulators, I felt like I knew where it was headed. Fun to play with, but not enough there to live in.

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Fervor Bliss

Is there a legal one ?

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starbuck1771

They are all legal now. SOE & LA stopped fighting them.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

they never really fought them to begin with. but basically they have an informal agreement with (soe) and lucasarts to “require” original discs to play and not take any money in exchange for being informally allowed to keep the servers up/etc.

could change under disney but so far disney doesn’t seem to care either.

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starbuck1771

When the EMU’s first started popping up SOE used to issue them C&D orders

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rafael12104

Well, I will wade in here. It is a good topic but not something I like to discuss much because for me that ship has sailed and sunk.

And maybe that is why I answered thus: I have not played the emu and will not play the emu.

For me, when SWG finally shuttered the servers, I was done with the entire saga. It soured me to the point that I neither wanted to play anymore or play again via an emu in the future.

But hey, that’s just me. “Keep on keeping on” as my gran would say.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i somewhat regret doing swtor early access instea dof swg sunset event. but i was rightfully sour that they let the “take it all with them” people win and wouldn’t give returning players free gear to be viable in teh event especially jedi.

they were dropping perfect crystals like crazy but nope have to force jedi players to grind out the worst gear grind in the entire game with a week left to do so that takes an estimated 3 weeks of 24/7 afk macro bot grinding to get.

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deekay_plus

i heard there’s a decent nge emu that’s in good shape. the actual “swgemu” one tho has always been rough and never really added some of the very necessary things from the versions it emulates that we had on retail back in the day – like starting credits.

just in general tho it’s really rough. the controls are janky as well at their best and the combat is reallly rather unpleasant.

whenever i stop into swgemu i’m reminded why it nearly ended my mmo career as my first 3d mmo. if anythingn i’m surprised i banged my head on it for so long so many years ago to begin with.

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Fisty

No clue. Basilisk, the actual swgemu server, is the only one that has consistently been online, doesn’t push patches that don’t work and has an admin crew who doesn’t abuse. All the other servers I tried failed in one of those regards.

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deekay_plus

the main swgemu server is a ghost town and missing key things tho anytime i’ve tried it.

as well pre nge controls are gross. XD

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Lots of little problems keep me from enjoying SWG today. I was younger then and had lots more free time. I was running three different accounts and I had a very exclusive place in the community. I was one of the first 15 to unlock the force sensitive paths on my server and the only one out of those 15 to pick Master Force Healer. It was the one time in an MMO that I felt famous and really unique. I could cure any ailment and all wounds (swg players know what that is) with a single cast. I was the ultimate triage medic.

In addition to that. I had a Master Entertainer and a crafting account. I had tons of rare resources and a place in my community. The NGE hit and overnight, everything was laid to waste. Nothing that any of us had worked for those past few years mattered. The playerbase was shattered and subscriptions dived. The NGE was never the more popular version. It fragmented the playerbase and the game never recovered.

With a private server, I have no assurances in place that this won’t happen again. They could get an order tomorrow to take it all down or they could simply lose interest and pull the plug.

It was a great game and SOE in all their stupidity ruined it.

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Fisty

Basilisk

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Tandor

I played the original SWG but didn’t rate it that highly. I’ve never played the emulator and never will, both because the game isn’t worth it and I don’t touch emulators.

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Doubleplusgood

I would play but I think you need an original copy of the game? which I dont have

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Melissa McDonald

Back when I tried it the servers were mostly a ghost town, so I didn’t stick around.
I would rather kiss a porcupine than play an NGE version of the game, though.

Entertainers were completely neutered to the point of being the most meaningless, powerless class I know of in any MMO after the NGE.

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deekay_plus

actually ents in nge (at least at the end) were just as useful as during cu and pre cu.they just could no longer afk exp and beg for tips until “level cap” and then image design over to their preferred combat class without dealing with the shitty combat grind.

as well in NGE ents had a combat tree so they weren’t left out in the cold when it came doing combat without image designing in the first place. quick and cheap respec and they’d be a worthwhile and viable addition to the average group.

(source:i resubbed my original account when i played retail at sunset and made him my ent buffbot. was pretty handy to have and alot of people appreciated the buffs i would give them).

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Melissa McDonald

I have no idea what you’re talking about. Entertainers were capped at Combat Level 1 after the NGE. Battle Fatigue was done away with, and Entertainers were no longer needed to heal it.

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Toy Clown

I main’ed a 90 entertainer and ran an entertainer’s guild. We were big not only on public events and shows, but also on doing group content with entertainers. We had lots of fun building combat ents and running them through the dungeons (forget what they were called then) and PvP.

As Deekay says, they were not only viable as combatants, but were sought out more post- NGE and CU due to their buffs. I used to make a killing buffing PvPers, and also enjoyed creating alias files for shows. This was on Starsider, which had a heavy population.

The class was everything I found fun wrapped up into one, and I’ve yet to come across a class in another MMO as varied and social as Entertainer was in post- NGE / CU SWG.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

they have a combat tree. but they aren’t interchangeable with combat classes (same goes for artisans) for the purpose of class changes. which are pretty much unlimited in NGE.

ents were still very much in demand tho for buffs. i was buffing a half dozen people a night while i played. which considering i was in mos eisley cantina where no one went any more (cuz people hung out in front fo the star port instead) was pretty decent.

same goes for medics tho medics were a combat class in NGE. but people still afk buffed with them.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i didn’t do the combat on mine i just parked him in the cantina and stopped by for buffs and if i saw someone inside i’d start buffing them. :P

but i was aware of that combat spec due to putting in the context of the image design from ent to fotm comabt spec thing i really disliked back in pre cu.

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mysecretid

I don’t play the SWG emu, although I played the game itself at various stages in its life-cycle.

As I seem to say every time this comes up, I am of the opinion that Star Wars Galaxies was an excellent sandbox game, but never a very good Star Wars game.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

one of my oldest bits of mmo snark is how unstarwarsy much of swg seemed.

this image always comes to mind:
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Peter Couse

why? It was my understanding they wanted it to be more of a ‘you are a normal person’ game not the ‘you are the emperor obi wan and mace all rolled into one aren’t you amazing character’. I am assuming it is the shirt and shorts? People don’t wear those in sci-fi?

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deekay_plus

that was kind of the original intent, tho they veered away from it later. that wasn’t what made it unstarwarsy tho.

it was teh tank tops, mullets, kung fu fighting and a whole lot of other things that made it feels odd for a star wars game.

(and yes i know kung fu fighting aka tera kasi is part of the legacy eu).

and for the most part alot of it was passable…. until your 2-3 hour recruitmreent drive mission session was completely ruined by that one unstarwarsy class player.

for most of us i think in the game we played it as star warsy as we could manage. but a fair bit of people meta gamed it to the play it the more gamey way which really did rek things for teh rest of us.

lession learned. not for game devs it seems but for the rest of us.

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starbuck1771

In honor of Carrie. Yes it is current and notice no mind bar so it is post-NGE on the SWG: Legends server

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Veldan

This is a weird poll, 4 options are true for me… multi vote enabled so I chose all 4

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Sean

Swg legends is great. We have over 2200 users and nearly 1200 online simultaneously plus it’s the only successful nge server I know of. Just recently a memory leak was solved so server restarts are very less frequent.

Server content is Game update 16 or 17 I believe and development is slowly implementing the rest of soes content.

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Greaterdivinity

Never played, but one of these days I do want to get around to trying the emulator just so I don’t totally miss out on this piece of the MMO industry.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i guarantee you won’t last long at all but definitely do it. i think you’ll find it really interesting in unexpected ways XD

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Minimalistway

Never played SWG, but not against emulators, so maybe one day i’ll play it.

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Sashaa

I have played the emu before but not currently because most of the players I used to play with back in the days have stopped playing mmorpgs altogether.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I tried it. Ran pretty smooth and community was very helpful. But I missed SWG at its golden times and its very hard to get into now after playing modern MMOs.

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johnwillo

That was exactly my experience. It was just too hard to go back to that era. I can play vanilla WoW and enjoy it but, since I didn’t play SWG back in the day, it just feels clunky and awkward to play. I wish that somebody could create a modern version, but the IP is too unique and expensive for a fan revival like City of Heroes is experiencing.

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starbuck1771

Try Star Wars Galaxies : Legends it is post-NGE so it is more modernized. https://swglegends.com/

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Katriana

I’ve thought about it, but a) it wouldn’t be the same really without a large population, and b) I’m not sure I still have my old discs; I think they may have been culled in the last big move πŸ˜• Perhaps one day I’ll look for them or figure out an alternative way to access it. It’s rather low on the gaming priority list for me right now though.

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starbuck1771

900 players currently logged onto star wars galaxies legends

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deekay_plus

there’s a decade old torrent for the iso’s that’s kept up. just if you try the “swgemu” one don’t tell them you got it that way. :P

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BalsBigBrother

I can’t play SWG even as an emu due to lacking the discs required. So my choice is either to pay a silly amount to get old discs or use a dodgy torrent, neither of which is an attractive option for me just to satisfy my curiosity to see what a really old game is like.

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Fisty

People who consider torrents dodgy. Even when you owned the game.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

^this is exactly why i’ve stayed away. i’ve been tempted so many times but stuff like that just doesnt make it worth the risk.

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Sean

Ive thought about setting up a dropbox link just for players like you.

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MesaSage

I haven’t tried it on Wine/Linux, but I know it worked at one point. I guess I’m no longer motivated enough to try.

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