Hyperspace Beacon: This is the toughest choice in Star Wars Galaxies Legends

Which class, species, and gender do I choose?

    
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I’m Larry, and I’m an altoholic. (Pauses for everyone to say “Hi, Larry.”) The toughest part of any game for me is which class to choose when starting out. Star Wars Galaxies after the NGE, which is what Legends is, made everyone make that choice right up front. Given that many of the classes play the same in the beginning, knowing which class you will ultimately like was impossible after only an hour or so of gameplay. As the game progressed, it offered class-change vendors to players, but that didn’t make the initial choice less difficult.

Thankfully, I have two things working in my favor this time around. First, I have played through all the classes before. Eight years ago, when the game shut down, I knew many of the classes like the back of my hand. But it has been eight years, so I am going to be rusty starting out on this adventure. Secondly, the choice isn’t up to me. The choice is up to you.

I’ve decided to roleplay these choices just a bit. Instead of giving you a bland choice between gender, species, and class, I’m going to give you seven characters to choose from. “But Larry, there are nine classes and 10 species. Why only seven?” you might ask. Well, I don’t want to play a Twi’lek because they are far too common and uninteresting to me anymore, Rodians are gross, and I’ll play a Bothan on my own time. Plus, I felt that the classes of Entertainer and Trader play so different from the other seven that they deserved their own spotlight. In other words, I will get to them later, too. On to the choices…

A Trandoshan Jedi

SWG Legends is set in the time between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, so I understand that Jedi really aren’t a thing because of the purge. But let me put a twist on this character that might make this work.

Our Trandoshan was just a kid when Darth Vader and Imperial troops invaded the home of Kento Marek. His parents were slavers looking to capture up some of the Wookiee refugees for profit after the defeat of the Marek family. Being a curious Dosh, our character discovered a lightsaber and other small artifacts that the Jedi Kento and his wife had taken with them to use to teach their son Galen. Since they wouldn’t need them anymore, our Dosh took them. Maybe he could use them to gain more jagannath points and please the Scorekeeper.

A Wookiee Bounty Hunter

Let’s not say that this Wookiee is a traitor to her own people, but she kind of is. Her entire life, she has seen Wookiees work together with the Old Republic and the Jedi. She has seen them give their lives over to people who do not deserve it because of a misplaced belief in a Life Dept. She is done with all of that. She works for herself and herself alone. Do you want a criminal captured? Sure. Is a farming neighbor bothering you? She’ll take care of it. Capture or kill, it’s all the same to her as long as she’s making the credits.

An Ithorian Smuggler

Mother Jungle would want us to do as much for ourselves as we could, right? After all, what is good for one Ithorian is good for the whole herd. As long as no one gets hurt in the process, then we can transport these packages for a Hutt. We don’t need to know what’s inside; in fact, it’s better that we don’t even ask. Now the Rebellion wants some packages delivered over Imperial lines. Fine. We can do that, too, but we still don’t want to know what we’re transporting.

A Human Officer

Women in the Imperial Army are treated just like any other conscripted soldier: trash. Being a soldier means that you serve the Galactic Empire without question. Imperial soldiers have a job to do. It might be dirty sometimes, but the greater good is at stake here. These senators and rebellious planets just don’t know all the good the Empire is doing. And after the Rebellion thoughtlessly snuffed out millions of Imperial lives when it destroyed the Death Star, it’s time that it paid for its crimes.

An Iridonian Commando

This Iridonian doesn’t care about your war or anyone else’s war. She answers the call of Mandalor. It might be strange for someone not human to find a place with the Mandalorians, especially after already receiving her jato, but a family isn’t the people you’re born to. A family takes you in and accepts you for who you are. And our Iridonian found a place among her aliit. Rumors say that Mand’alor Fenn Shysa started guerilla strikes against the Empire on Mandalore. That sounds like just the kind of work our Mando would enjoy.

A Sullustan Spy

Seriously, a Sullustan is the most unassuming creature in the galaxy except for maybe a Squib. Most of the time they are sidekicks or bartenders or co-pilots. No one thinks that he might be working for Empire, especially after his homeworld practically handed the Empire to the Rebellion. This new Rebel Alliance is unstable and just as corrupt as the Empire. The Empire are the only people who can make good on the promise of future business. In fact, Corporate Proclamation 137d was the best thing to happen to Sullust in years. Who cares if the chairman of Sorosuub was imprisoned? Sullust is better for it.

A Mon Calamari Medic

He loves Dac, but he can’t go back. He’s fought the war against the Quarren too long, and now to see Imperial warships patrolling his home is far too much for him. But that doesn’t mean that he will not fight. The Rebel Alliance made the call, and he answered. His skill with a blaster and bacta will certainly come in handy. Wherever the Alliance needs him, he will go. And maybe, just maybe, when Dac is freed, he will have it in his heart to return.

Your choice!

Which of these characters do you like best? It’s not just their story that I’m interested in playing out; I’m also interested in exploring them as a combat class again. It’s been a while since I’ve played the game, and I will have to get used to playing these classes again. Be it the species, story, or class, let me know which you’d like to see me play for the next few weeks. Just like the last poll, this poll will stay live until Friday night so that I have the weekend to dive into the game.

Which character should I play?

  • A Trandoshan Jedi (14%, 34 Votes)
  • A Wookiee Bounty Hunter (20%, 50 Votes)
  • An Ithorian Smuggler (12%, 30 Votes)
  • A Human Officer (8%, 19 Votes)
  • An Iridonian Commando (15%, 38 Votes)
  • A Sullustan Spy (11%, 27 Votes)
  • A Mon Calamari Medic (20%, 48 Votes)

Total Voters: 246

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Every other week, Larry Everett jumps into his T-16 back home, rides through the hypergates of Star Wars online games, and posts his adventures in the Hyperspace Beacon. Drop him a holocom on Twitter @Shaddoe or send him a transmission at larry@massivelyop.com. Now strap yourself in, kid — we gotta make the jump to hyperspace!
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Hikari Kenzaki

When in doubt, go spy.

My first SWTOR character was a Chiss Agent because I wanted to make a Trooper version of her, for much the same, if also totally opposite, reason as the Sullustan.

A Chiss is a perfect choice to infiltrate the Alliance because they’re the stupidest choice. They’re the Sharon Stone of spies.

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Vaeris

So, came back to this despite me not really being a fan of NGE. I see people on here exclaim “you can’t go home”. Well, you’re wrong. Going back to this has made me like MMORPGs again.

The only issue I have with the Legends server is their stance on multiple accounts from a single IP. Taking a picture of my and my wife’s right hand as proof we have two accounts (technically I had 4 back during live, 3 for me and one for her) just seems a bit off. That and seeing folks who have done it and still had accounts banned for multiple accounts/1 IP later is a bit worrisome. So far she has seen me playing but not expressed interest yet. If she does I can already feel the headache from waiting days/weeks to get approval and then “mistakes” happening with one or both accounts getting banned.

Not to mention my two best friends and their wives played too and if they come back will be in same situation.

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You can log in using the same account if you both don’t need 5 toons each. That’s a completely viable option, played with some boxing last night.

“has made me like MMORPGs again” I totally feel that!

so fyi stuff in case you don’t know you can have 5 toons per account, and run 3 at the same time from the same account, meaning i could box 3 toons if i want. Each toon too is pretty much like it’s own account as in umm for example housing slots, each one gets the same as the other.

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Vaeris

This is good information to have! I thank you kindly! /salute /tip 1,000

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Nice!

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oooo a tie atm, Medic and BH, come on peeps SPY!!!

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Bruno Brito

Maybe we’ll finally have a MOP guild.

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Yea that could be a cool, but i’m already deeply entrenched into a really decent guild, extremely helpful peeps, highly knowledgeable about the game, i feel very fortunate to have landed with them.

I know i’ll be playing this game for quite a long time to come becasue 90% of what they are talking about in chat i’ve zero clue, no idea what they are talking about.

Before i start swg i open the wiki, then launch the game, i spend a decent chunk of time looking up and researching stuff, i like to learn on my own, but they are very helpful when i need some clarification, or help with group content, we jump on discord and get her done.

Speaking of discord, it’s pretty much an essential part of all this too, even if you don’t want it for group chat, it’s an information centre as in events coming up and stuff, i love it. So wiki, discord, then the game lol.

I’d think a good tip i could share with everyone and never really thought about this until last night when some shit was going on (drama outside the guild) that this is a very small community.

If you get where i’m heading here is that yea, like a small town it’s not long before steady players start to recognize you, sure they don’t know you, but no matter which guild you’re in, you’re in the end part of a larger community of dedicated players whom love this game. So Advice, be mindful as in don’t be an asshat.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not. I don’t have a guild nor have i found one. I am in the Discord but to be fair, i’m just lost in the game.

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ok first didn’t mean you, was just general advice for anyone reading whom’s thinking of checking it out, just hate to find anyone blow it for themselves even if they are joking. It’s a great place to be gaming.

LOST? OMG i’m beyond lost, so yea me too, i feel like i’m under a mountain of stuff to figure out and learn, and that is a very good thing.

I didn’t play this near anything i thought i did back then, then again i was playing when there wasn’t even mounts so the world was intensely massive, it still is, but try running everywhere and that give you good feel. I literally spent 3 months on tat before going to naboo for the first time.

I really clicked with Warframe as it too required much wiki time, but this game whoa!, the closet wiki time probably was EQ2.

As i’m playing and picking this up and that up from other players, it’s just mountains of things ahead, i’m like well, not sure when or if i’ll ever surface again lol, and i’m so happy about that. Finally a decent f’ing mmorpg.

“nor have i found one” hmmm, it’s not a matter of finding it but more about letting it happen naturally, (for me anyway, same with EQ2, and well other mmo’s and life in gen i suppose) i was deep down in some factory and this guy “asks” then invites me to group cause we are waiting for a spawn, chit/chat then we fought our way out, and was like “later”, few minutes later he sends tell, you want to check out our guild, i’m like sure, and yea. So far so good.

Hey so don’t feel bad about being lost i’m thinking joining in when there was several things all happening at once like, Ewok festival, droid invasion, 3 year anniversary, literally made it all worse as in the overload department.

I mean your talking to a guy that at the love festival was trying to hook up with other players for the companionship quest, i’m like right clicking on them trying to invite them, sending weird i love you tell’s lol, like no clue whats going on, so clued out, like that’s almost embarrassing to think about now lmao, ouch level.

OHHHH here is the npc in my data pad ffs ok then i go talk to npc’s and find a companion. whoa!

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Bruno Brito

My problem isn’t being lost, it’s not having a guild.

For some reason the interface of the Legends forum broke on me, so it looks like hell right now to navigate. And the Discord is pretty quiet.

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Discord should be quiet, it’s really info centre for events, any reboots or problems, you know wtf is going on at all times.

I kinda just like to let it happen naturally, i wasn’t even thinking of getting into a guild for another month or so but it happened.

In your case if you really want to get into a guild; open your datapad there is a remote terminal in there, right click it and bring up the list of guilds, this is another thing they covered at the New and Returning Player event.

I like more close nit family type guilds, very selective of who they let in, and is exactly the guild i ended up in. Problem with small ones is it’s hard to find ones that fit or you click with. so far; atm still; i couldn’t have asked for a better guild.

Sort by population and some are very large, if you like that go 180 or better, if you like smaller go 55 or better. Just send tell or email the person tell them what you are interested in and i’d be surprised if you ened up in a crappy guild, very surprised.

I mean the whole server is like one big guild really, sure there is an asshat or two around but what you going to do outside of tolerate the town fool.

The lost part, i found making a combat profession and just run the Legacy Quest line is great way to ease back into the game, i’m crafting now and i don’t bother my guild every 5 seconds with questions.

I research well over 90% of the stuff on my own, and only bother them with questions when i need clarification, and they are always more than happy to help.

A larger guild is going to get you more amenities too, shuttleport, mission terminals, junk dealer, shopping, resources, a big guild is probably what i would have… well what i was intending to go for.

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starbuck1771

Yes Discord is nice to have and there is an official SWGL channel where the Devs hang out.

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I couldn’t be more pleased tbh, was just another checkbox for me of being in the right game with smart, level headed, down to earth people. They’ll be seeing regular monthly donations from me, not just because of that but fuk me i’m dumping all my gaming time there, like all of it. I absolutely loathe when games rely on Facebook and or Twitter for communicating and that’s as far as i’m taking that comment, lol. Discord is for gamers, facebook/twitter is for rich corporations that are greedy low life corrupt and soulless they don’t give a shit about people very insecure leaking your data, selling your personal info and data, tracking you, spying on you , listening to you, reading your messages and emails… oh right sry i said i wouldn’t take that any further. lmao

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Vincer Kaden

I voted commando because it’s one profession I’ve not done myself. It would be good to see it from Level 1 onward.

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starbuck1771

Larry Don’t forget to go to the rewards vendor when you get into the game to get your starter stuff such as the MustIfar bunker and barc. Login while Bree is on and she can help you find it.

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Bruno Brito

Human Officer, but man, people do love Wookies.

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Maggie May

Wookie or Calamari … Wookie all the way!

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The hardest, most difficult thing to do in SWG is to log off, it’s a hard thing to do, and that’s no joke.

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François Verret

I was torn between the bounty hunter and the commando. In the end, I went wook.

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quark1020

Heh, same here, though I went with the commando in the end.

Should be fun either way.

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François Verret

We bring balance (to the Force)!

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starbuck1771

I went 3rd choice Smuggler. Had flashbacks of my TKM days due to Smugglers shared brawler line pre-NGE.

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I picked wookie BH WHY? i dunno???? wished i’d picked spy i read some of that gameplay and sounds intriguing, sure smuggling stuff around the galaxies to other planets and cities dealing wit the underworld ofc sounds awesome; very cool, same with BH; hunting peeps (if you want) and npc’s all over the galaxies using seeker droids on planets and stuff, sounds like amazing fun game play there!!!

But spy ‘d love to know more before i respec to that or roll one flat out, going to be awhile before i ever get to that point though (i highly doubt i’ll afk grind, just not my thing, i like to live in the moment kinda programming i guess), oh well something to look forward too one day.