SWG Legends is letting players demolish over 13K houses in latest pack-up event

    
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People put a lot of effort into their MMORPG houses, but that only enhances the amusement when it’s time for the community to blow them up, right? I’m mostly kidding, but not entirely: As of today’s update, Star Wars Galaxies rogue server SWG Legends has initiated one of its intermittent housing demolition/house pack-up events.

Here’s how it works: Players can claim their demo scrolls and run to every corner of the galaxy to demolish any building or structure that has been flagged by the game as abandoned – that’s usually tied to login status and maintenance. The first player to demolish the building collects currency to spend on neat deco items. And the house owner? Oh, don’t worry, the house isn’t really destroyed; it just pops into the owner’s datapad and can be replaced in a new location when and if the owner ever returns. It essentially frees up land for new players, always a good thing in an open-world sandbox. And even if you don’t want to blow up houses, you might want to scout around to see if any desirable land has opened up – sometimes cities are knocked down a tier, too.

“The time has come, Legends! Get out there and clean house. At the moment this event has gone live, there are at least 13,544 homes eligible for packup! There is no set date for the event to end. Due to the nature of this event, the length it lasts is determined more by how fast all of you can locate eligible houses. We will make the determination later on for when to turn the event off when there appears to be no houses left to destroy.”

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elenie

I love how this system preserves the houses that are demolished while making the cleanup a fun activity for active players!
FFXIV please take note – other than the horrendous camping process, it also completely loses your furnishing layout if you lose your plot or even just move (even if it’s to the exact same house layout). I would love to see a way to save your layout – but then of course it’d be less pressure to stay subbed for your plot, which the game seems to be leaning on heavily.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

They should have done this in SWG proper. What a cool thing.

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Darkedone02

Imagine people doing this shit on FFXIV…. or any other game with housing?

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Sleepy

Did they ever do this in the live game? I seem to remember mile upon mile of urban sprawl on Tatooine.

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They hadn’t when I tried it a couple of months before the announced the shutdown. I had access to the game somehow, I think maybe because for a little while my Lifetime Sub for DCUO counted as a lifetime SOE Games pass? Not sure, doesn’t matter. Anyway, when I looked around Tatooine on whichever server I picked, the entire zone was one massive abandoned city. Random stormtroopers and lost Jawas were scattered through the buildings, with what I think were a couple of very confused dewbacks who were stuck on the roof of an empty house.

In fact I’m almost sure I remember something in the login / launcher messages that they’d turned off housing decay… for some reason. Maybe because of a hurricane or something? And then just decided not to turn it back on. Just in case players wanted to come back, I guess. Then the shutdown got announced, and there really wasn’t any reason to after that.

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EmberStar

I suppose this is a better alternative than just an automated destruction script. And it creates the possibility (however unlikely) that if an “abandoned” property is somehow useful or unusually pretty, everyone could just agree to *not* knock it down. (It won’t happen, since there’s always *that person* who’ll do it just to spite everyone else. But the possibility is there.)

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Fisty

Finally. Time to do my civic duty.

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Fisty

10 houses down and most of the eye sores near me are gone. I’m glad there is no end date, as I have a whole section of Tatooine to clear out.

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Bruno Brito

BLOW SHIT UP

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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