New Star Wars Galaxies rogue server Sunrunner 2 blends pre-NGE and post-NGE content

    
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So here’s the thing about Star Wars Galaxies: The people who tell you NGE stunk are right. When it launched in 2005, it was abysmal, and SOE deserves every bit of anger hurled its way for upending a functioning sandbox, wrecking systems without care, and deleting whole classes from the game overnight and without much warning.

But – you knew there was a but, right? – by 2011 when the game sunsetted, it was good you guys. It took a few years, but SOE eventually righted the ship and buffed it out with content – so much content that I personally feel a bit let down playing pre-NGE emulators. Just a week ago on our podcast, I even said that I sure do wish I could just take the content from NGE and marry it to the freeform skill system of vanilla. That would be perfect.

All of this is preamble to say that some mad lads have actually done it, and they’re the crew behind Sunrunner 2, a SWG rogue server I’ve had my eye on for a while. It officially launched this week, and it’s a bit of a hodgepodge of content you’ll find in other public emus, like extra planets, races, buildings, vehicles, decor, and wearables, but also a few that are more rare, like player city roads. Of course, the key point of interest for me is that it runs with a version of the original skill tree, meaning you won’t be locked into NGE’s irritating class system.

“It’s certainly not as finished as I’d like, but it represents 2 years of work by nearly two dozen people… and a full-time passion project for me,” the lead dev wrote on Reddit. “It’s our belief that in it’s current state, we have a version of Galaxies that will inspire, challenge, and reward players for quite some time… and we are still developing. We currently have five more planets in the pipeline, in varying stages of completion, and plans to continue to fill our base planets with more and more content. It’s a huge galaxy that’s going to keep growing, in both depth and breadth.”

If that’s your cup of blue milk, you can check out more info on the emu’s official site. But of course, it’s just one of many, many emulators and rogue servers floating around the internet, seemingly without legal interference from Daybreak or Disney. This past spring, MOP’s Hyperspace Beacon explored several emus, while I tried out SWG Legends last summer for Working As Intended and somehow forgot to leave.

Source: Official site via Reddit

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Nephele

In concept this is really appealing to me but I guess it will come down to what content they have or don’t have. I will have to take a look but if I do this one it would mean closing up my shop in SWG Legends. I only really have time for one of the two.

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Rhime

Do we need the original game disks to play?

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Bruno Brito

Sure, i guess. Thing is, no one will ask you for it. It’s more of a trust thing.

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Rhime

Looking on the site, it says the base game is required to play…

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Bruno Brito

Which is disponible on the Reddit as a torrent in the sidebar.

The idea is simple: By putting those disclaimers, the pservers cannot be held accountable when people are caught playing without the disks, so the pserver itself doesn’t get the heat. It doesn’t mean YOU have to play with the disks or buy them. I, for instance, don’t.

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Ashenti Ash

I think it important to note, that the vast majority of the content added by the Sunrunner 2 team has been created new by the team there or other members of the ‘modthegalaxy’ group. The server is based on the SWGemu code, with some NGE content (mainly houses etc..) added in. The new worlds, new races, new dungeons are, in the majority, built from scratch. This shows the true beauty of the emulator scene, not just to play on a ‘freezeframe’ of a game as it was at a certain point, but to continue developing and growing that world.

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Bruno Brito

Played around for 5min, so didn’t had the time to test anything. I’m not fond of some pre-CU systems (hambar) , but it is what it is.

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JJ

But the important question truly is, does it have functioning JTL content?

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Simon Vickers

None of the servers based on SWGEmu code has fully functional JTL yet

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Sashaa

This is one swg server I wanna try.

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Peregrine Falcon

I think it says something about the MMOs currently in the market that so many people are so excited about rogue servers for two dead MMOs that launched 15+ years ago.

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Jaymes Buckman

I’m totally happy with modern Warcraft, and I have been for ages, but I want to see where the City of Heroes stuff goes. It brought me into the genre, and its world still sings to me.

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Bruno Brito

It is, i’ll prolly take a look. If it doesn’t feel like a funserver, like Stardust felt, i’m sure i’ll enjoy it.

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Nate Woodard

Wow. This brings me back! Ah, the good ole days.