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Hyperspace Beacon: The 10 best places to find SWTOR content outside the game

Just this week, a long-running Star Wars: The Old Republic fan-made website mentioned that it was shutting down, one among many that have come and gone since the launch of SWTOR. I was just mentioning the other day to a friend how Darth Hater pretty much faded into nothing and how many of the old fan-shows and websites no longer exist. It seems to be a rare thing for creators to make content since the launch of the game, and it’s even rarer for them to have created it before the game launched.

And now SWTOR-RP is shutting down, one of the last sites to have been reporting on SWTOR for over seven years. I know this because I was one of the three founders, and now the three of us remaining have decided it’s time to move on and let the site go.

So where does a SWTOR fan get content now? Are there still fansites that report on the latest news coming from BioWare Austin? I can hear Massively OP readers now: “Larry, your content is great and all, but I need more than a thousand words in Hyperspace Beacon every week.” And I hear you; I need more than that, too. So that’s why I’ve compiled another list of 10 podcasts, YouTube channels, and websites where I get my SWTOR information.

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Hyperspace Beacon: Four fantastic SWTOR YouTubers you should follow

With Star Wars: The Old Republic approaching its fifth anniversary, the players creating fresh content have shifted. Even the column you’re reading right now has changed. Although I’m still here, the location of the column has changed several times. The bottom line is that as a game ages, things change, and many people who might be coming back to the game after a long absences will likely not know where to find the information that they need to properly get back into the game.

For guides and other instructional material, I usually recommend the written word because you can more easily fall back on it and images can be added for clarity. However, I also know that people learn differently. For some having a wall of text is more harmful than helpful. So today I would like to focus on YouTube. There are some great YouTube channels that produce playthroughs and other entertainment-focused amusements, but today, I’d like to focus on informative YouTube channels, such as ones that produce guides. Here are my top four favorite SWTOR YouTubers — and a look at what they do.

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Hyperspace Beacon: Truly immersing yourself in Star Wars: The Old Republic

I have long been a proponent of roleplaying in MMOs. I’ve often been the roleplayer’s spokesperson on different podcasts and new media broadcasts. I’ve always been steeped in a game’s lore, and I always attempt to learn as much as I can about a game’s in-game history and what lead to the events that happened up to that point. Most games have lore; I can’t think of an MMORPG that doesn’t. So why is it that lore is so often overlooked by much of the MMO community? I honestly don’t understand it.

A fellow Star Wars: The Old Republic personality and YouTuber SWTORista published a video on the basics of roleplay yesterday in her SWTOR Academy series of videos. As she does in all of the Academy videos, she outlines the basics of that aspect of the game. She explains how to makes a character, the differences between the types of venues, and how to go about roleplaying in the game itself. It’s a great video, but this critical question is beyond its scope: Why should you roleplay in the first place? I think I can answer it. Here’s why I think roleplay is important — for both the players and the developers.

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