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Yeah, I was in EVE Online talking with a buddy there about the good ol' days in SWG when I decided to check up on the status of the emu... then I heard about another free vet trial.
Since I had a vanilla version of the game for the emu installed anyway, I went ahead and copied it, then updated it to NGE and logged in.
All my houses with their original nov 15 anti-NGE slogans were still up, ironically with only 4 days of maint left on them.. put them up for another 3 yrs worth of maint
My former master def/ master lightsaber jedi was now a cl80 jedi wannabe due to my having given my account to a buddy to play with after the NGE (he quit a month later and started EVE with me lol) So I tried to take him out and play.
Basically the NGE gameplay disgusts me. I tried following Obraik's post on how to adjust the game to be somewhat tolerable, even downloaded some pre-cu UI mods, but the character moves are spastic, and you run like a hopped up junky on PCP with his ass on fire.. I didn't mind pre-nge force run, but all the time? no thanks.
My jedi had about 4 different moves, all just levelled versions of the same previous move. Went out and killed banthas. The auto-target function they've added isn't like pre-cu, and still requires you to click your ass off.
There were 15 people on Tatooine, Ahazi, so I decided to putt around. Found some more on theed, about 28 ppl, though noone was talking, and the credit spammers were everywhere (where did these guys come from? lol)
JTLS Hasn't changed much since pre-nge, wish they had merged it with the ground game a little better, I might have kept playing just for that. Seems more ppl are in space than playing the ground game. Understandable.
My city's still there in it's entirety, though only 1 person on my friends list (of 290) was still around. A crafter, but was afk.
Logged in on a saturday to see if everything still sucked and to try and meet some new ppl....
Went to Mos Eisley, and what do you know? I finally got a trunicated /who list (more than 32 ppl).
Found out that they've put a chat limit on how much you could say openly on vet accounts, like 5 things for 5 minutes lol (had a window pop up and say "trial accounts can only use chat xxx time" and had a timer of 4: 38 appear before I could answer some noobs questions. Kinda felt sorry for these noobs, since effectively I was one again, and couldn't communicate with them. Simple gameplay answers I couldn't reply to due to the chat limit.
Seems to be a lot of roleplaying going on, wish I could have helped, but since I was only able to communicate through /tells I gave up. Found some other members from guilds I used to know putting around, talked abit, they were all vets come to try either the beastmaster thing or checkout thier houses...
All in all I might play the game occasionally if it was free for the JTLS part, but tbh if it weren't for my damn houses I'd have deleted my char long ago. Figured I'd update all the structures I have admin on for 45 different ppl on our city to suck up another useless lvl 5 city slot, and dumped 50 mil credits in the city hall to make sure it didn't go anywhere.
Seems pre-nge stuff like sunrider's crystal are going for quite abit... inflation seems to be out of control. 1.4 billion creds for a ns bicep?
People still play this game, though certainly not at the pre-NGE level. I've finally come to terms with what SOE did to the game, and the large split in the community that came of it. The official forums are just as full of Pre-cu wishers and fanboi haters and SOE haters as MMORPG.com is... except here stuff doesn't get locked/deleted as often.
So NGE lovers... keep your game. I wish you luck with it if you enjoy it. I won't play it not because of my SOE boycott, but because, for me anyways, this game sucks. I wish they'd just come out with a damn classic server so everyone gets their wish and we could all happily bitch about bugs/imbalance in unison again.
As for me? I'm not holding my breath for that. Bring on the EMU!