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I am a long time MMORPG’er. Something about the vastness of the worlds, the omnipresent risk of having to either work with or kill other players to accomplish goals, the hours needed to maximize your character… it all just melds into one delicious digital smoothie for me. I’m not addicted to them, at least not yet, but I can see how they consume people. Especially people who might feel disenfranchised or left out, like many self-described nerds usually do.

Anyways, with that in mind, let’s talk Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m going to come right out with it; I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. I grew up with the movies, I still watch them at least once a month if not more often, I quote them daily, and I’m currently working on reading my way through the novels of the extended universe. So I’m automatically a bit biased toward this license.

After toying with a few different classes of both Republic and Sith factions, I decided I was going to go the truly nerdy route of creating a character taken from the expanded universe. I chose Darth Zannah, one time apprentice to Darth Bane as written by Drew Karpyshyn. So, rolled a Sith Inquisitor, female, blonde hair, normal build, but “Zannah” was already taken for a name, so I chose to go with a cover name the character used in “Darth Bane: Rule of Two”… “Rainah”. And with that, I was off.

Firstly, SWTOR can be extremely grindy, even for those who are MMORPG veterans. It takes time to level… a lot of time. Granted, I’m not a power-leveler per se, but I’m no slouch. Even so, I’m only up to level 15 as of last night.

At level 10 I chose Sith Assassin as opposed to sorcerer for my advanced class. Now, you Star Wars nerds might say “Wait a minute, Zannah is called a sorceress in the books, even by Bane! You chose wrong!”  To which I reply, touche… I chose assassin for the double-bladed lightsaber, which is central to Zannah’s training, while still keeping in mind that I’ll allocate the majority of my points in the Madness tree, thus staying fairly true to the character’s ficitonal abiliites. Stealth, driving opponents mad with visions from the Dark Side, relying on her Force powers and double-bladed saber to keep her alive long enough to find an opponents weakness… all of these are tactics Zannah uses, and by extension tactics I have adopted for my character.

And it works amazingly well thus far. I had my first death in the game last night in my first PvP match, which is pretty remarkable I think. It was a game of Huttball, and as usual an Imperial victory. It was the first time I’ve taken this character into PvP and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Took down a few enemy carriers, guarded our carriers like a BOSS, even completed a few passes and made some good runs myself. I was extremely impressed with how the character played in relation to how I had envisioned her while reading the books. It felt like I was actually becoming Zannah… in a completely nerdy and digital way, so don’t read any further into that than you have to, weirdos!

I’ll update this category on a regular basis with my adventures in SWTOR. Might be fun.


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