Star Wars Galaxies: The Crafting Game

Since I’m trying craft everything, I finally made two sets of Mabari Armor.  I’m pretty sure it has all the protection qualities of Saran Wrap, but you can make it in varying colors and it is sort of a pretty piece of work.

I tried to match my spouse’s scale colors but didn’t realize he is shaded rather blue.  I’ll match him up better next time.  He is so cute.

The hat looks good on him, but not on my own character.  Everything looks good on a Trandoshan….

Hmm Black and Red might not be my colors, but it is a nice cosmetic replacement for my Gunman’s Duster.

I like the semi-skirt.  Nice detailing.  Unlike my husband’s character, the head piece makes me look like a goof who would steal lunchboxes.  So, hatless!

My Ubese chest piece given to me by TSC went by the wayside, finally, so I thought to make just that piece.  I couldn’t resist doing the whole set once I started.   I have some good resources at hand, but no real skill (Novice Armorsmith, rofl) and not a single piece of metal with higher than 744 OQ.  One point to experiment with.  Busted doggie, but you just have to start somewhere or you never get anywhere.

My Dustbunnie is a Master Artisan, and I had some nice copper, so I looked in my old notebooks for the name of my briskly selling Live game fishing poles.  Voila, now available, Starlight EZCast Assassin,  a superior fishing pole. I also have all the bait you’ll need.

As part of my long term goals to make and offer for sale everything my characters can make, I started doing some crates of Scout/Ranger Traps.  I “brand” everything “Starlight” because a brand is a good thing sometimes, and because it was what my last set of crafters used in Galaxies in their shops.  They live again in spirit and brand name.

I got to this one, The Starlight Stink Bomb and had an attack of the sillies and had to stop.  I also need more bone, even for small factory runs.

How I do love the crafting in this game.

This Week in the Galaxy

Life continues apace in Emuland (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase).  My Alt-itis has never been so happy as it is here, working on the many variations of crafting, fighting and exploring available in Galaxies.

When I first played, I felt a need to “get back to where I was” when I left the game.  It isn’t the same as being away from a game for awhile and you can just fire up your character. No. You must re-create them from scratch.  How easy it is to forget the time it takes to level, and the vast amount of materials for any crafting person is staggering.  Try working every craft profession in the game, and you drop to a snail’s pace.

I do always try to work every craft available in games I play.  Creating fun and useful things for others in games is rewarding, just as it is in the real world. I can think of no game where you can make items for others which can be real game changers for them.  The potential quality of what you can make is a dizzying combination of Skill, Crafting Tools, Foods that will boost experimentation chances, and the ever rolling quality of Resources in the game world.

Novice Doctor

I’d rather be getting Medical XP by healing a person in the field, but I have to admit I’m grateful for the “Action Burners” in the Med Centers who wiggle and jiggle endlessly so you can get xp healing their Action Bar.  I managed to get Novice Doctor one evening this way.

I needed a break from it though, so I’m working to get the resources for Advanced Medicine Components.  These are very specific, such as Lokian Wild Wheat or Talusian Water.   In order to make decent ones, you need particular statistics.  You’re at the mercy of resource spawns and the quality of the spawns though, so you just need to place harvesters on whatever is there so you can get started.  You need money to buy harvesters, power and more money to run them.

On a normal Galaxy, I would just buy some of the resources from other players.  On Basilisk, I find that resources are sold in large quantities and for loads of credits, say 100000 units for 300000, even with poor stats.  Anything used by a Doctor, Armorsmith or Weaponsmith seems to be priced particularly high, because players in those professions are all feelthy rich.  Not me!  Not anyone new or returning trying to get a start.

I’d like to move this character forward, because I’m finding even her crummy Stimpacks are useful to my other characters, and my husband’s characters.  It seems that since Publish 7, there have been fewer Doctors available for buffs, and though I’ll never be a Buffbot, I can surely step in and send people out better prepared for the dangers of the Galaxy.

Better meds, better doc.

Scripted Death Guild

I placed a Guild Hall near my Corellia Merchant Tent, and created a Guild Scripted Death.  It is pretty cute to see my dignified character Elsinor Dustbunnie with the word DEATH after her name.  Poor Dustbunnie.  I am not ready to recruit, since I haven’t the masteries I’d like to be able to offer people, but I just wanted to snare the name, and I couldn’t believe nobody had used Death as the five letter shortened Guild name for display.

I’m not planning to take over the Galaxy or anything, but I’d like to offer new and returning players a place to get started in the game.  Give them advice, training, some basics of their profession to get started.

As subtle background, I’ve been talking in GenChat, which is sometimes good, sometimes grotesque.  I’m reading the forums and trying to get a good sense of who is who, what cities and guilds are out there, who the good crafters are.

My longer term plan is to find a core of maybe five people who have the same goals and who can recruit and help players along.  Slow and steady wins the race.   I am The Tortoise.

Starlight Industries Open for Business

In Emuland, I’ve graduated from bazaar sales (I hope) to my own shop.  I talked with Ysharros and she has this fancy set of shops and I felt like a piker. 

Though I don’t really have anything good to sell yet or any quantity of resources, I set up a vendor for my crafted goods, and one for resource sales.

I put all of the furnishings I can make up for sale (not much) and in the house so you can see what things look like.

My husband has looted various things including a Palm Frond–not an easy item to find.   I veer between wanting to check his inventory for goodies as I always did in World of Warcraft and letting him live the ez life selling to the Junk Dealer but oh, it’s best not to think of what treasures he may be slipping the junkie, right?

Put out all the survey devices. Will have my tailor put backpacks and crates of fiberplast panels and other components as I can make them.  Clothes as soon as I can make something decent.  Repair kits and powerups. Foods as I can make them.  Stop by for a snack.

Galactic Diary

I made some leaps forward for several characters this week.


I had her make one of every single thing she could make to work towards Novice Tailor. Everything in Black, that dreaded favorite of players and bane of the color mad Tailor.  I put everything on the Bazaar that I could at one time (I forgot you can only list 25 items at once on the Bazaar) for a cheesy 150 credits each.


Sales!  I love the fact that I can make these crummy things with no color and sell them, because Tailors who have risen in the profession are selling their items from home vendors, and they aren’t a competitor at the Bazaar.  New people want to get out of their newbie clothes as soon as possible, so it’s nice for them to find affordable and varied clothing, including some things just for Ithorians and Wookiees.


I made Novice Architect late last night.  I had to do some background work to get the materials I needed to grind Wind Harvesters to Novice level. 

I purchased a Heavy Mineral Extractor for 30k, and 10k worth of Fusion to power it. (lots of delivery missions there).  Even grinding the Artisan levels of Architect, Low Grade Ore has been a real problem.  I found a crummy Aggro-infested (NPCs who will come over and crush you as soon as you’re in their range) area in some trees at 66%, which is not a good percent spot but I had spent an hour surveying for 4 different kinds of ore and this was the first semi-decent spot I found.

With this, and what I had already mined with my homemade Better Than Your Knee personal harvesters, I ground to Novice Architect!  Yay!  Immediately I made my Medic a Small Tatooine House (see her adventures below) and the few pieces of furniture I could put my hands on.  I need wood for plants 🙂

My husband mentioned he can now take on Valerians and I was pleased to see he looted two very familiar paintings from them.   The Valley View Painting and the Party Poster shown here are such common drops, but I hadn’t seen had them or been able to have them on my virtual walls for such a long time, it warmed my heart to see them. I put them up immediately, placed my modest furniture, and ah, my house finally looks like a home. I have a place to sit!

The road from Novice to Master Architect is going to rely on my continuing to get materials in large quantities.  There are only a few things Architects make that need good items stats, but buildings and harvesters take HUGE amounts of resources.  I was down to my last bit of Steel grinding last night and just barely made it with like 50 units left to my name.


My live Medic really scraped to get xp until she entered a guild maybe 6 months into playing the game?  My new Medic is doing so much better anytime my spouse and I can play at the same time.  The guy is a Gold Mine of medical and Entertainer Healing xp.

I talked with Mobyus of the SWG-U guild and my Medic now has a guild, where I hope she can be helpful.  People seem really really nice.

A tip from Mr. Big that there was nice water on Talus had me send my Architect over to place three small harvesters on some of the water.  I have never seen anything like the field of harvesters placed on this stuff. Even more amazing, and just eye popping, there was an entire hill filled with people hand sampling!  JSM….My Medic was able to fill a box of XP healing some of these people.

This event, and my need to survey more area at once, led me to finally put in a macro for Surveying, from my ever handy notebooks.  It worked like a charm, and is available to all of my characters, something I didn’t recall.  That will be sooo handy once I write in the Crafting Macro which is a page long in my notebook…zzzzzz……

A Note for my Ithorian Spouse who is starting his Resource Business:  

These Resources will always sell.

Hide, particularly Wooly. Don’t worry about the stats at this time.

Radioactive Energy

Steel (any variety, any stats)

Low Grade Ore (any variety, any stats)

A Week in the Galaxy

I’ve had a week in my old favorite game playing combat and non-combat characters.  I spent many an hour arguing on forums in the past after the NGE saying that the original game was superior, and the counter argument by many was “You’re dreaming, it was awful, it was broken, you just don’t remember it correctly, blah blah.”

Dear Doubters, you were wrong.  You were always wrong.  After playing and beta testing many games in the intervening years, a single day back in the Galaxy, even, told me what I knew to be true.  This is the best game ever created.

It is a living, dangerous world.  Everything matters.  You can be anything, do anything.

Although there is much to like in the other games I play, not a single one of them is a living world where you have an alternate life.  You can have adventures in other games, but you’re just another pixel in the pot.


Scout/Ranger Wannabe

I have a Scout who is working oh so slowly it seems towards Master Ranger.  This character is the key for real success for the other characters because she will be able to go to any planet in the system and hunt the very best Creature Resources.  My Doctor wannabe and Chef wannabe really want to see her succeed.

Coronet is my favorite place, but everything in a ring around the city is hunted by others.  I had the idea to go to Tyrena, another starter city (when you create a character you can choose the planet and city they begin their adventures) to see if there were lower level creatures I could hunt. Yes, this is a good spot.  I also recalled Korvella being decent for beginner creatures and went there, but the area was pretty barren of spawns. 

Note this Corellian butterfly “cons” yellow to me, so I’m making progress.  For the longest while everything was red as in “Red You’re Dead”.  I have to admit there is something hinky about combat.  In some cases, I’m one-shotting (sp?) these.  In other cases, I do zero damage and have to run for it.  I don’t know if it is lag or what, but yow.


I wasn’t going to make a Medic at all because Healers in games have a weird existence, more so here than anywhere.

I cracked and made a nice Wookiee (who by chance looks exactly like my former Architect, so feels….).

The Coronet Med Center always seems to be full of Master and Novice Doctors, so a Wookiee Medic has little chance of getting someone to heal with their power ability as a noob to heal 22 damage.  Stand back!

I was on a different server than my Trandoshan spouse (this is how I know about those Scaly Secrets), and I used to look at his blackened HAM bars in wonder and wish he was on my server with all those delicious wounds.  He is MINE now, with his wild combat ways and darkened HAM bars.

We tried two lairs last night.  The first was a Gurrcat lair, which resulted in him dying and both of us being incapped numerous times.  Pack animals pack and attack in groups…No more dogs or cats…

                                         We ponder our constant death and incapacitations.

I had taken a Krahbu lair so we tried that with much better success.  We need to work on the technique of the Ranged person pulling the creatures over and the Brawler/Melee person then stepping in.

My toolbars, agh I really had them set up badly.  All my combat on one bar and heals on another. Bah I had to switch between mouselook and mouse mode to use them and death and incaps were a result (plus I can’t heal yet worth beans).

My spouse’s X31 vehicle blew up so we had to call it quits since there were HAM problems, cloning problems…

Back at the Coronet Med Center I kept trying to heal him as quickly as my Mind would hold out.  I felt like a dog with a bone, let’s be honest. I didn’t want anyone else to get that juicy xp.

I filled most of the three bottom boxes of Med Experience just in an hour or so working with my Ithorian mate.  Too good.


My crafting characters have spent the week doing Artisan missions between Coronet, Doaba Guerfel and Vreni Island for money.  This allowed me to buy a small home, backpacks for sorting resources and loot and two personal chemical harvesters and two wind harvesters.

Last night my Architect wannabe (3 boxes away) finally stood in front the public crafting station in Coronet and made pretty much everything she could make from the Artisan Engineering tree to advance her craft.

I had to purchase metal and fiberplast so I could make what I needed.  Luckily I found some for 1K for 1000 units of resource, which I could afford.

Extra crafting tools are always useful, and I have five characters who can use all of this stuff.  The survey devices are also so useful. 

I got two boxes last night, so I’m moving along. I was proud to train someone at the Starport this morning in Engineering 1.

Tailor/Maybe Chef

I was going to make this character Tailor Image Designer which is a fun combination.  Once I started thinking about how my characters could really use some foods, I think I will go Tailor Chef.  (I found zero Veghash for instance, anywhere in the galaxy. Rats.)

She has sort of been the “lead crafter”.  She bought the house, bought and placed those chem harvesters, tipped my spouse money for a new bike…She’s cool. 

I can’t tell you how pleasing it was for me to place and get running my first harvester since 2011.  Ah, nothing like it.  I got an 81% spot near our house!  Dept. of doh, I forgot to get power for the harvester so when I went to turn it on, nada.  My Architect purchased two Wind Power generators so this won’t happen again.

                                                   Selfie with beloved harvesters!

Start me up!
I never mastered Smuggler, but had a lot of fun slicing weapons for people and opening crates and creating spices during the short Combat Upgrade period.
She has my old smuggler’s name but I made her a Bothan this time which seems better suited to the character.
I placed her in Theed rather than Coronet because she’s all sneaky and what better hive of Imp activity than Theed?
After our experiences with lairs last night, I was going to be sure to Clone her, because she’s going to die, die die.  Yikes, 1000 credits to clone and that is what a new character has so…make some credits first then secure the clone.


Galaxies Tuesday: Dead Crafter.doc

In addition to the 32 professions wedged into 9, crafting was dealt a near death blow.    Rangers and Scouts were gone, as were their gathering skills.   If you had a stock of meats and hides you could still make things but you couldn’t get any new resources.  The NGE made it impossible for quite awhile to get meats and hides for crafting at all.  This was as intended.  When you could finally get these items again, it was made difficult for you because you couldn’t loot while in combat, and creatures who had died disappeared pretty quickly, and I believe you had six seconds to loot a dead creature and select what resource you wanted (you couldn’t have it all).  If you weren’t quick enough your efforts were for nothing.

Here is a statement from Chris Cao about where crafting fit in with the new “adventurous” world and Q and A’s with players about the changes and possible fixes for their now changed/deleted professions.

1.     This PM came from ChrisCao

Thanks for the link. I read the post and the comments that followed it. And I think the thread gave me a really good idea of the current opinions and gameplay preferences of this segment of the Trader community. As we’ve posted elsewhere, the recent enchancements brought about by the NGE are focused on bringing a greater sense of Star Wars adventure to SWG. In some cases, these changes necessitated the modification or removal of existing systems. This is especially true of the various items systems (which are integral to the Trader profession).

SWG post-NGE is a world where creatures drop items that players can and want to use. This is a fundamental change made to increase the enjoyment for the adventuring player and entice Star Wars adventure gameplay by offering tangible rewards for killing creatures. Yes, it means that many of the things crafters previously expected no longer apply to tradecraft in SWG (e.g. decay, exclusive markets, strict market interdependency), but it does open other options that better support and adventurous Star Wars experience.

We understand and realize that players enjoyed the previous trader-centric items system. It offered a lot of options for artisans and created a unique economic environment in SWG. At the same time, this system had its limitations when an adventurous Star Wars experience is considered. What we are now working towards is a system that continues to make Trader a viable and interesting profession while supporting rather than limiting a more action-centric core game.

We’re committed to continuing to modifying and improving the Trader profession, especially as it enhances the sense of Star Wars adventure offered by the NGE. At the same time, the new direction offered by the NGE necessitates fundamental changes that will make some prior systems no longer apply.


2.     Re: So TH… What (according to you) are the top 5 player concerns   3/9/06

Thanks to everyone for posting.

So about those “Top 5” Issues.

If you look through this thread and read people’s posts, you can see that there are a wide variety of issues. There are quite a lot of issues and a lot of lists are very different from each other.

The first thing to consider is that every single issue posted by every single person here is very important to them. They aren’t issues that should be dismissed or belittled.

The next thing you have to consider is the context of the top issues. Is it a top 5 issue overall? Is it for a specific profession? Is it for crafting? Entertaining? Combat? The top 5 issues from Publish 27.5? SWG is a huge game and there are many things to consider – – Thousands upon thousands of things to consider.

Also, another thing to consider is that discussing this topic is like going into a crowded theater and pulling the fire alarm. But for the sake of discussion, I will answer this in a way that will hopefully inspire positive discussions.

In no particular order here are three of the possible ways this could be answered:

• Add content/things to do
• Community interface requests (2nd toolbar, resizable radar, etc)
• Profession development/specialization/individuality
• Traders / Entertainers want to play a more important role in the game
• More GCW

• Improve performance of special abilities
• Increase PvE XP
• Profession development/specialization/individuality
• Make the overall game challenge harder
• Make skill bonuses matter more

Publish 28…
• Entertainers want more profession development
• Traders don’t want armor loot drops
• BH PvP system is considered highly exploitable; would prefer something with the terminals
• No PvP Item decay
• Improve performance of special abilities

The top issues for any given category have to be appropriate depending on why the question was asked and who you are going to communicate the issues to.

The community has been through a lot and personally, I’m very sorry that you feel so bad. When it comes to a matter of believing in me and how I represent you, I do take that very seriously. For some people, I certainly understand why you don’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t believe in my representation. If I knew of a way to change that, I would certainly pursue it.

For those of you who do or are unsure, I always have and always will continue honestly representing your requests, desires and opinions while working with everyone I can in all the ways available to me so that I can have the best impact on the game for the community.

Regardless of anything else, I will continue reading the boards, summarizing the issues, collecting your good ideas (as best I can. There are a lot) and sharing them with the team.

3.          Re: Traders aggro Elite and Boss NPC’s


Heswindu wrote:

Swede, what about other dungeon areas such as the Corvette, Geo Cave, Avatar Station, The Warren?

Same rules there, only boss mobs will aggro. Anywhere there’s a boss mob indoors, they will be aggro to traders.

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

Gold chevron only.

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

jultam wrote:

However why put elite bosses in the actual won’t stop anything you are just adding an annoyance. and getting into the crafting room wasn’t the original problem..

Getting in to the crafting room solo was the original problem (or a big part of it).

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

The loot boxes aren’t the main problem, they are just part of it. We’re now looking in to locking them based on Combat Level though, as you suggested.

The other change will be to make Traders only aggro of Boss mobs (not Elite) and place a few Boss mobs in the crafting room. That way you shouldn’t have a problem getting there with a group but you couldn’t go there solo, as you need someone to clean out the bosses inside the actual room.


Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

dee-oh-gee wrote:

This is all we wanted to hear. I know that it is hard to make it perfect for everyone, but communication is all we asked. Thake you Swede for making an apearance, but please respond quicker next time. Tell us that you are thinking about it, instead of letting us stew of it.

My apologies,

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer

03-08-2006 03:08 PM

Yeahawk wrote:

But reading through it all it seems the only problem is the loot bins in the DWB, and the solution seems pretty clear, just have them cause agro like everyone else.

The problem with that is, you can still loot the item and take a death, then just run back and rinse/repeat. Unless I’m missing something here?

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

It’s not that I’m unwilling to communicate but we’re still trying to think about what to do with this one. Nothing is set in stone and I’ve read every comment in this post.

Also, someone said that mobs always go for the player with the lowest health, which is not the way our AI is set up. The only difference is that a CL1 player would get aggro from much further away but that can be solved just like in any other MMO by having the low level player stay behind their escort.

I appreciate everyones input and concern and it’s being taken in to consideration. I’m just the implementer though and several people has to come to a decision on what will be the best way to fix this.

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer 3/8/06

4.    Re: Publish 28 Armor Changes


 DocSavag wrote:

I hope that is exactly how that turns out. I also hope that we eventually get stat components that drop that can be added to crafted armor in slots like AA’s did. That would go a ways to closing the gap between looted armor (cost) vs crafted armor (convienience and on demand)

TH’s point is that if you want to get the armor with the best stats and you want it in the same color and you want all the pieces at once you still have to go talk to a crafter. This is true but that stats buffs not being available to crafted armor means that its less than it could be if you get it crafted. If we can find a way to add those stats after the fact then it will make crafted armor much more desirable.

I disagree with those calling for schematics or cores to drop. No combat player wants to get a really great crafting schematic loot drop. Having to then take that to someone else before its useful feels like they have been cheated a little on their reward. If you create loot that they can use but can get upgraded later you will have a better chance of creating both a rewarding loot drop and incentive for commerce.

I agree. I would hope this is the way things go. Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager 3/7/06


ZionHalcyon wrote:

Overall, this is a pretty nice START, and I understand doing something quick and easy that yields benefits right now.

But when are you guys going to work on the harder, yet more rewarding stuff?

I think many here would be more than willing to wait out a more in-depth, yet more rewarding system that ties crafters back in rather than having things haphazardly tossed in that are “easy”, so long as we knew how the progress went.

If you need a summary, THIS is what the community wants, generally speaking:

1) Get rid of armor and clothing loot drops. Instead, replace them with armor component loot drops that have those stats, that can then be taken to a crafter and built into the armor that you choose. Plus, this can finally allow some crafting diversity back into Traders.

2) Make all armor decay except Mando armor, and severely slow the rate of decay for RIS, so that armor that takes a long time to make also lasts a long time in battle.

3) Allow crafters a consumable tool that allows them to recolor any armor in the game. This would also allow easy future content as trader quests can be done to unlock colors not normally a part of an armor set (like purple RIS).

That is what the community wants.

You say so matter of fact that these armor drops will make people go to Traders to get full sets made. That’s a nice theory, but in practice, it doesn’t happen – either the person wears a mismatched piece of armor, or doesn’t even bother with it. THAT is the reality of the situation; the examples you gave as to how this helps the traders just don’t normally practically happen in-game.

You did all this work, so I say keep this system for now, but PLEASE, seriously take all of what I said into consideration. The above 3 points are what the MAJORITY have been asking for for a very long time now, since the CURB, before the NGE.

Even if it is hard, and takes a while to achieve, work towards putting customization back in the trader’s hands.

We’d all be greatful for it, and I would imagine you would see a HUGE improvement in Customer Satisfaction.

This is a great post

We’ll be working on the bigger, harder stuff, but the reality is the long winding road of time

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager 3/7/2006

Ausoshi wrote:

If they’re getting a “taste” where do they get the full menu? The drops have stats and mods on them crafters can’t copy. A “taste” would imply they could. They get the full menu by continuing to loot for them..which people on my server are doing. I’m constantly being asked if I have “this” type of looted armor or “that” type…because they’re going for the full suit. So I stand by that…crafters are being left out of the loop.

Well that’s not going to be a one-publish solution. The best thing to do would be to create a dialogue so that we can track all the things that work and don’t work.

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager 3/7/06

EvilOfTdawg wrote:

Rocket science deals with constants. Humans are emotional. Crafters cry, noone else cares. Comparing “Rocket Science” and “Entertainment” is asinine. Don’t do it again. That is all.

Please don’t do that. This change isn’t going to make their lives easier.

And FWIW, rocket science deals with constraints and the constraints we’re dealing with on this side have a lot to do with technology. Sure the end product is entertainment, but the back end is a lot of pretty solid computer science. If you recall, it was always said that SWG was the next evolutionary step in MMO’s and the technology needed to make that baby step is pretty complex stuff.

As for me? Anyone who’s been around for a few years knows that I will always look for the brighter side of things. I love this game and I always have. It’s a big virtual world set in the Star Wars universe and that’s good enough for me.

We’re making changes so that SWG is fun for all, but getting there isn’t going to be done over night. As we make our way there, we’ll make changes that are fun for all in the short term and keep working towards achieving the long term goal.

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager 3/7/06

LecheHombre wrote:
Why not include armorsmiths in the process by dropping armor coresinstead of ready-to-wear armor?


TailorEbau wrote:

TH… Please!!!!!

Read the bottom of my sig.. PLEASE give me something to craft!

Why can’t I, as a Tailor, make these protective Jedi clothing(s)??????


Because these changes are changes that could be completed in one publish and have a positive impact on a lot of people.

New crafting items are not easy to add. It’s just that simple. Adding one or two items that one small group of people can craft and then charge high prices as sell to another small number of players just isn’t a fair decision.

This way, more armor gets out to more people, all players can wear a wider variety of armor and really, with the random colors and drops, the munitions traders who get out their and work with their customers stand to make quite a bit of money running a good business.

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager 3/7/06

Ausoshi wrote:

Not nice…once again, it’s leaving out the crafter >=)

I disagree really.

Here’s why:

Pieces are randomly dropped. If you want a full suit that matches, you go to a crafter.

If you want armor that has great stats, you go to a crafter.

If you want faction armor, you go to a crafter.

If you want armor that you’re not finding, you go to a crafter.

If you want armor with customized color sets, you go to a crafter.

I also think that people getting “a taste” of all the different armor types is a good thing – – it’s like a sample plate at the super market.


Armor Changes

The armor system will be changing for Star Wars Galaxies so that all players can have more access to a wider variety of armor.

Here is a look at some of the details:

Armor certifications have been removed. Individual certifications for Battle, Recon and Assault armor will be replaced by a single “Use Armor” skill that is gained at the beginning of Phase 2 (level 22).

All armor hindrances removed. There is no longer a penalty for wearing armor.

Entertainers will gain the ability to wear armor at the beginning of Phase 2.

Wookiees and Ithorians will now be able to wear all three types of armor available to them.

Improved Armor Loot Drops

As part of the new armor system changes, players will be finding armor pieces as loot.

Here is a look at some of the details:

Armor will drop with randomized protections (fire, acid, etc).

Armor protections will be scaled based on the level of the creature killed.

Armor protections are further modified based on one or more special bonuses or penalties to opposing special protection types.

For example, a piece of armor that drops with a bonus to protection from kinetic attacks might have a penalty to protections for energy attacks.

Armor may drop with randomized character attribute bonuses. These attribute bonuses are scaled to the appropriate level (based on the level of the creature or NPC).

These armor loot drops will drop instead of the previous type of loot drops.

Loot drops will drop starting at level 22 and go up to level 90.

The armor loot drops will have randomized colors.

Increased granularity and variety is an improvement over existing static armor which increases only at 10 level increments.

This does not include Factional armor.

New Jedi Clothing and Armor loot drops

New Jedi Clothing loot drops will be available for Jedi. This will offer protection for Jedi that will work similar to armor for other professions.

This will offer Jedi a means to protect themselves as an alternative to their Jedi robes.

These clothing and armor loot drops will be restricted to Jedi only.

These clothing and armor loot drops will have randomized colors.

These clothing and armor loot drops includes all features of above Improved Armor Drops.

Improved Character Attribute Clothing Drops

New clothing items with a wider variety of character attribute bonuses will drop as loot with random stats appropriate to the level (based on the level of the creature or NPC).

These clothing loot drops will have randomized colors.

These clothing loot drops will drop instead of the types of clothing with character attribute bonuses that dropped previously. 3/7/06

I just made a change that will make Elite and Boss NPC’s aggro players of the Trader class. Not sure yet when it will hit live servers but at the latest, the next publish.

Niklas “Swede” Johansson
Star Wars Galaxies Game Designer

Re: Introduction: David Jones, Live Associate Producer for SWG

GunJacker wrote:

lol nope dont think you broke any rules with the call on 2nd Mr. Jones (ha reminds me of that song). Anyhow… prepare yourself for lots of heated questions from the entertainer and crafting community.

Driving the live publishes, can you give us some specifics as to when we can expect to see:

1. Creature Handler return

2. Crafter revamp or removal of crafters all together

3. Smugglers smuggling

Message Edited by GunJacker on 03-03-200607:42 AM

We do not have CH on our current schedule.

We have scheduled for Trader enhancements in publish 32:

Item Differentiation System

• Customize your profession abilities based on specific item attributes (Example: Power-up your force lightning by using a Force-focus amulet)

• Mix and match these items to specialize your character and make it different from other members of your profession

Trader Profession Enhancements

• All new ground reverse engineering system. This will have direct tie-ins to the item differentiation system described above. ( NOTE : We will be posting the design for the community well in advance.)

Smugglers are on the schedule for publish 31:

Smuggler Profession Enhancements

• All new Smuggler-specific abilities

• Deceive – Ability to appear non-PvP while being PvP enabled (see below)

• Rig – Retrofit and overpower your starship while in flight

• Stash – Ability to open your bank from anywhere in the galaxy

• All existing abilities will be examined and polished as well.

David Jones
Associate Producer
Star Wars Galaxies

Re: Harvesting Hide/Bone/Meat

Just to give you a head’s up, this was being discussed today. If anything else comes up, I’ll post the latest info (or ask someone else to pop in and post an update).

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager

03-01-2006 08:20 AM

Re: -===- ATTN: Thunderheart: Creature Resources. (STILL WAITING FOR RED NAME RESPONSE) -===-

Homper wrote:

Good news for anyone following this thread: TH states that he has at least read this thread now, and will post as he gets more info.

I’ve been following the issue. FWIW though, for the sake of discussion, this is part of the virtual economy that people have been talking about.

Economies always have an ebb and flow of resources – – it is what drives supply and demand.

For me personally, I’ve managed to collected a fair amount of creature resources, though I agree that it is something that needs to be watched.

Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl
Community Relations Manager

02-28-2006 01:06

Re: aweful quiet this week


Player Association of the Month Q&A
Stormtrooper Detachment Epsilon from the Bria server

Answered by Kurt “Thunderheart” Stangl, Community Manager SOE

1. There are many, many iconic clothing and armor items that are missing from SWG. Will we be seeing Stormtrooper scout armor, commando armor, shoulder pauldrons, desert backpacks, black Imperial uniforms, AT-ST driver uniforms, Rebel flight helmets, Rebel gunner helmets, or others? Many of these are already in-game on NPCs, and I will refrain from commenting on the Imperial command cap 🙂

This is a great question. I know the idea of having more iconic clothing in the SWG universe is at the forefront of all player’s minds. The challenge here is that creating one “wearable” in the game for players is a more intense process than it seems. Sure, you may see these outfits on NPC’s, but NPC’s as you see them are all crafted as you see them – – that means everything automatically fits. A player, on the other hand, can be one of 8 possible species, has custom body measurements and so on. That means that player wearables in the game need several versions of each item to accommodate all the different possibilities a player may choose for their avatar. Big, small, short and tall and most importantly, alien heads, the wearable has to adapt to the form the player creates with their avatar. This effects the priority list of what we create and when. There is also the consideration that anything iconic has to approved by Lucasarts and all of those variables effect the final outcome. We want these things in the game and players can expect these things being added to the game after the Jump to Lightspeed.


The answer to why the developers have trouble adding clothing items to the game was actually given in a straightforward way at one time, by Thunderheart, bless his explanatory little heart:

1. There are many, many iconic clothing and armor items that are missing from SWG. Will we be seeing Stormtrooper scout armor, commando armor, shoulder pauldrons, desert backpacks, black Imperial uniforms, AT-ST driver uniforms, Rebel flight helmets, Rebel gunner helmets, or others? Many of these are already in-game on NPCs, and I will refrain from commenting on the Imperial command cap

This is a great question. I know the idea of having more iconic clothing in the SWG universe is at the forefront of all player’s minds. The challenge here is that creating one “wearable” in the game for players is a more intense process than it seems. Sure, you may see these outfits on NPC’s, but NPC’s as you see them are all crafted as you see them – – that means everything automatically fits. A player, on the other hand, can be one of 8 possible species, has custom body measurements and so on. That means that player wearables in the game need several versions of each item to accommodate all the different possibilities a player may choose for their avatar. Big, small, short and tall and most importantly, alien heads, the wearable has to adapt to the form the player creates with their avatar. This effects the priority list of what we create and when. There is also the consideration that anything iconic has to approved by Lucasarts and all of those variables effect the final outcome. We want these things in the game and players can expect these things being added to the game after the Jump to Lightspeed.


Okay, so the player models themselves are the problem in this case. Giving us so many options at player creation is a plus and minus. This also explains for me why some other games don’t allow any body size customization, or they use one model somehow under the skin…Also, I kept going back to the many new outfits for Ithorians created with JTL and wondered why if they could do that they couldn’t keep adding more-there’s the answer, one species only to work with dimensions wise.  So, add in slowly then, devs, or be creative and find a way to make the clothing etc appear to fit the character models.

This *does not* answer however why we can’t have the plants and furniture and paintings we see everywhere.  Those never change size or shape.

Supermom said:

Plus it would allow the 1% who activaly play a tradernot just have one for vendors to really sell a lot more things and increase compotion of the traders.

Really in your own words the development team said like 2% or less were non combat players thery want decay as a whole no doubt but dont let them bring yet another downer to a game thats has suffered so maney.

Where are you getting your information on these stats? I just spent some time looking for the old Astromech stats on professions to no avail. I did find the info below. I would like to see new profession astromech stats to see where we are now:

Least played to most played:
Force Sensitive – Crafting
Droid Engineer
Bio Engineer
Image Designer
Force Wielder
Force Defender
Force Enhancer
Force Healer
Light Saber Mastery
Creature Handler
Combat Medic
Force Sensitive – Senses
Teras Kasi
Force Sensitive – Reflexes
Bounty Hunter
Force Sensitive – Combat

Rebel Pilot
Neutral Pilot

Added notes: these are from August of 2005, in hindsight, a preparation for showing why they could compress the professions to nine with the NGE. They failed to post notes comparing these profession stats to Pre-Combat Upgrade status. Chef, Armorsmith, Weaponsmith, Doc, Teras Kasi and others all took huge shots in the Combat upgrade. Many players left. The period from April 2005 to August 2005 was not a long enough period of time to have recovered from the CU. So these actually just show, in a way, the impact of the combat upgrade, not interest in the professions without Nerferdom.

Message Edited by Athela on 08-24-2006 04:40 AM


This may already be out there, but:


Faction Crafting XP and Expertise

A new additionto crafting would be the ability to craft factionally useful structures, munitions, clothing, droids, vehicles, ships and get specific Faction XP points for crafting these items.  This faction xp would not be useful for combat, but would aid in crafting abilities.

The expertise would be a choice for each of the four (or more if they allow mix and match) crafter specializations.  The more Faction Crafting XP you gained, the more effective your items will be, also ideally resource quality will figure in.

Just a thought.

Time to interrupt the ROT Wars with some actual crafting talk, but, hey….

My thoughts of the day:

Definitely keep harvesters. Make them more efficient to run and maintain. Make them environmentally friendly. This is a repeat source of income for structures crafters since they blow up if not maintained. I would like them visible above ground so I can see if somebody has found a good spot of something. There are more lairs (the new big hill sized ones), randomly spawned bases, etc in the world hogging up real estate for no good reason. Get rid of those instead of harvesters.

Revisit the idea of making banners for all planets craftable. Also Guild Hall Banners. Old idea but still a good one.

Since people can have 300 quests in their quest journals (unless they changed this number), revisit only being able to take two regular terminal missions. If I’m hunting for hides, it is frustrating enough to deal with the randomness of resource drops. Let me take say, at least 5 at a time. Also, the higher level players looking to make some money can take missions as an income source if they have done every quest.

Orletobi wrote: im sure money sink into your pocket lol……

So..Orthethobi, how does your character make money? Quests? Selling loot to the junkie? Running regular or faction missions? What do you currently need money for?

What do you buy, if anything? Are you not given everything you need through quests or loot (which nobody has suggested altering)?

What changes for you if crafters get new schematics so they can offer fresh things for sale after three years? There is nothing you aren’t given or can’t loot. You don’t need to pay a crafter ever. How are you affected by positive changes to the crafting economy, seriously?

Liamo wrote:

Then where was the discussion for crafters when “no-decay” was introduced-that affected all classes.

What about levels, that affected non-combat more than anyone yet we were ignored. Combat players are really worried they’ll be ignored, this one time, on something that hurts them and benefits crafters.

Valid point.  I’m pretty bored with all the discussion of “rot” in this thread.  Shouting down anyone who talks about anything specifically crafting related in this thread with a barrage of “no decay” stuff, arrggh.  Also, for the rollback fans, you *do* recall decay was in the game originally.  How on earth did you all cope?  You planned stuff out, strategized, gave yourself the best advantages you could with food, drink, armor, weapons, buffs, stims.  You won or you lost.  No complaints of being bored except by a few, not by a whole “level” –90s—No complaints fights were too short.  No demands that your profession be the Uber Leet.   *sigh*

So, anywho…how about profession specific clothing, with ability to add in clothing attachments or their equivalents that add to profession specific skills?


Pleasure crafts for the non-pilot types. It has been a long time since JTL and the Sorosub Luxury Yacht. Sharp looking models, no boats in space, please.

Alot of people might like to go into space without those nasty Black Sun and Tie Fighters blowing them out of the air.

Space Stations, various sizes, including, yes! Shops in Space! All the latest parts and equipment for the weary pilot or space traveler. Clothing shops with the latest space wear designs for the pilot or traveller about the galaxy. Mining equipment and supplies. Bars and cantinas on the larger ones for recharging the spirit and sharing stories.

Outside the box ideas:

Tailors, Armorsmiths, Weaponsmiths:

Species specific clothing, armor, weaponry. Lots to work with there.

Planet specific clothing, armor, weaponry: Let the planet you’re on be reflected in the clothing you wear there, the armor that is most effective against the natives, weaponry that takes care of the local baddies best.


Workshops. Specific designs for each crafting profession that include crafting stations (added in at the crafting stage), built in storage (wall units that could be individually name changed like backpacks to reflect contents), wall paintings/hangings that reflect the profession as inspiration/decoration. These would look very different from the outside so you could tell what type of crafter’s workshop it was at a glance. Oh, and thanks to CrimeDoggie for the cool idea of having an indoor factory capability as part of the workshop. Some unique looking item that would do all the same functions of current factories, but it would be handily in the workshop. They would need to be small so you could have multiples for multiple factory runs.

Shops: These could be built into/onto the workshop when the architect makes the workshop, or they can be made to be freestanding. Built into the unique designs would be display racks, shelves, seating, mirrors, plenty of display space for all the wares of the crafter. These would also be unique looking from the outside so you could tell immediately if it was the sort of shop you needed.

Message Edited by Athela on 08-21-2006 08:49 AM

Message Edited by Athela on 08-21-2006 08:55 AM

Now that over 3000 posts in the general discussion forums have wielded a good deal of feedback and information, maybe new threads can be started in the individual crafting forums that are specific to each crafting type.

Since there is still time before the crafting changes, very specific topics can be addressed, from the tools used to the schematics possible and finally how the expertise trees would be set up.

Before we move forward, could the developers answer a few questions about how we got to where we are now? If some of these are answered someplace, please refresh my memory. Although much stayed the same for crafters with the NGE, some odd things did change, and I’d like to understand the thinking:

Why call us Traders?

Why were the crafting professions mixed together the way they were? How did you decide what went together?

Why didn’t all profs get Master Artisan at master?

Why split Weaponsmith?

What caused the harvester bug?

Why was there no reactive gas for awhile?

Why remove Bioengineer (at all…) but keep the schematic slots for their product?

Why remove Ranger/Scout and not give their abilities to Spy in the lower part of their skill set as was proposed in the Ranger Revamp discussions immediately before the NGE?

Why make creature resources random loot?

When the overall NGE was developed, there must have been some over-arching vision for crafting and where it would go, or none of these changes would have been made at all. What was that overall vision? Are you all still on track with that plan?


Message Edited by Athela on 08-21-2006 04:37 AM

Liamo wrote:

I can’t see how this can be ready in a few months – unless this is just a “feel good” thread.

I missed the “feel good” part. Both Helios posts and this one have more of the flavor of “we taketh away with the right hand, and muahahaha! we taketh away with the left too!”

To sum it all up, the base idea of both, was, it will be more synergistic if TRADERS deal exclusively with REing loot. Nothing else really matters, does it?

The chrysalide, also known as the “chrysalis beast”, was a type of rancor altered by Sith Alchemy, possessing two four-fingered claws and two three-toed feet. Their teeth could chew through X-1 Viper armor.

Emperor Palpatinekept some as pets at the Imperial Citadel at Byss, where they would attack on his command.

Just a reminder we’re not dealing with a butterfly here

Since the crafting professions will be reorganzied into expertise trees similar to the new Jedi and Bounty Hunter trees, perhaps we should be giving some thought to how current professions would fit into an expertise tree structure.

It would be nice to see some ideas on how that could work, and especially how it could bring more choice back about how we mix desired profession skills.

For myself, I would like to start off the trees with a setup very similar to the former artisan tree that taught you some of each kind of crafting skill and what was required. I would also like to see a return of xp points for surveying. There was way in the past talk of being able to put all those accumulated (past the first artisan boxes) surveying points into some farming skill. Would that still be desirable?


The big difference is that extra storage space is additional database space.

Items in SWG aren’t like any other MMO. Every item in SWG has more data attached to it. An example would be any other game; when you find or craft an item, the item is a 2-D inventory icon and all of the items are the same (meaning there is 1 icon and the data for the item is common among all items).

In SWG, every item is not only unique, but you can place virtually any item in a house and have a 3D “thing”. It has graphics data, crafter data, game play data, etc. This is only one of many aspects about why SWG items and item storage are more complicated to handle on the tech side of things.

Items in SWG are snowflakes…lots and lots of snowflakes.

We are reasonable, and the dev team can provide us with a reasonable answer, then we’ll stop asking.

Sometimes you just need to remind me. I’ve been around for 5 years now and I forget who remembers what when it comes to specific game development details.