Ready, Jedi, Go: Pre-Launch SWTOR Guilds

By Alec Meer on March 10th, 2011 at 5:59 pm.

from left: Look Skiwalker, Luuuke Starrambler, Louk Spacehiker...

We’re still Mystery Months away from getting to play Bioware’s Star Wars MMO The Old Republic, but clearly they expect their players to be organised. No hanging around the newbie areas yelling “PLZ HELP WERE IS RANCOR TUSK NEED 1 MORE LOL” on your todd – you can get on with pre-registering your guild, or joining another, right away. Step to it, magic soldier.

The plan is you setup your Guild – complete with faction, name and server type – then have it hosted on the SWTOR directory so others can join. Alternatively, search for the kind of thing that appeals, such as PVE Empire or RP Republic or this and that and whatnot, and then go beg a group that fits those criteria to let you in.

In a second phase to follow, accepted guilds can pal up to form alliances, or alternatively mark certain groups as adversaries. This sounds especially appealing – who shall RPS declare war on? Oh, choices, choices, jaunty choices… This means you’re likely to end up on the same server as your friends and frenemies, which sounds an awful lot more fun than the usual deal when an MMO launches:

“Where are you? Let’s team up!”
“Yeah! I’m on Bumblebee Earlobes.”
“Oh, piss, I’m on Duck Anus. “
“You better reroll then.”
“No, you reroll.”
“No you.”
Etc.

None of that, then. Though they can’t 100% guarantee this yet – unsurprising, as I suspect some of the larger fan and gaming sites will end orchestrating impossibly vast buddy-ups.

Then it’s on to phase 3: deployment. For that to happen, you’ll need to meet these criteria:

1) At the beginning of Phase 3, the guild leader must log in to the website and verify that their guild remains active and wants to be imported
2) The guild has at least four members who have pre-ordered the game by the time we initiate the import.

So long as you’ve not chummed up with a bunch of goddamned flakes (so don’t invite Quintin to your guild), you should then be imported and ready to get your Sith on. Sounds good – does that mean the game is approaching the vaunted status of “coming soon?”

Much more nitty-gritty about guilds and the preformation thereof can be found in this extensive FAQ.

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28 Comments »

  1. Tei says:

    The only logical thing will be to call your guild Mandalorian, True Mandalorian or Lost Mandalorian Chapter. I can’t imagine a different name for a guild.

  2. pakoito says:

    The deceit is strong in this one.

  3. Bantros says:

    Rock, Paper, Blaster

  4. YogSo says:

    Alec, you’ve missed the obvious “Luke Starkiller”. Please return your Star Wars Fan Club Button Pin.

    Edit: Crap. Searching for a link to explain the Starkiller reference I’ve now learnt that they’ve called the protagonist of The Force Unleashed “Starkiller”… Oh, well, wasn’t meant in that sense.

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    tomeoftom says:

    “Oh, piss, I’m on Duck Anus.” Indeed.

  6. Hoaxfish says:

    If only Bioware could work out how to announce DLC for an MMO before launch.

  7. Astalano says:

    I suggest RPS make a guild in the Republic to compete with PC Gamer’s vile Sith Empire guild.

  8. Kaira- says:

    Knowing BioWare, I’d stay away from it for a month. Most bugs and problems should be hopefully be killed by then. Hopefully DA2 will receive the same treatment, what I’ve read on BioWare social isn’t really encouraging. Plot flags get randomly set (dynamic retcon), saving doesn’t work on single-core CPUs, consoles don’t have auto-attack (they forgot to put it into the disc, they say) and lots of other stuff.

    • Commisar says:

      holy crap, they FORGOT TO PUT IT IN THE DISK!!!!! AARRRGGHHH I got DA2 on PS3 I really hope that they patch this SOON

    • Hoaxfish says:

      Lol… that’s completely idiotic

  9. Outsider says:

    No hanging around the newbie areas yelling “PLZ HELP WERE IS RANCOR TUSK NEED 1 MORE LOL”

    That just made me laugh out loud.

    • heartlessgamer says:

      It makes me sad because its so true. SWToR is shaping up to be a disaster if they can’t do something new besides voice acting.

    • woodsey says:

      All the previews I’ve seen have said that’s exactly what it DOESN’T feel like.

  10. HeroJez says:

    I think an RPS guild is a fantastic idea!

    I wonder what it would be called, though… you can’t have some humdrum interweb name like Rock Paper Shotgun if you want to be rebel knights!!; and you can’t have ‘RPS’… most acronyms are too ambiguous.

    Ideas?

  11. Juiceman says:

    Rebel scum

  12. Alexander Norris says:

    Rock, Paper, MANKRIKS WIFE

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    Daiv says:

    RPS always seemed a bit Imperial to me.
    “Don’t act all surprised, marketing scum. You aren’t on any market research mission this time. Several screenshots were sent from this office by the publisher’s agent. I want to know what happened to the demo they sent you. Commander, tear this press release apart until you find that European launch date!”

  14. godkingemperor says:

    but can i play as lando?

  15. Zettawatt says:

    Rock, Paper, Sarlacc?

  16. Tei says:

    Using this list of names:
    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Wookieepedia:Good_articles
    RPS: Rebels Punch Stormtroppers