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Further information on Strongholds and the Guild ships in TOR, straight from the top. 04.23.2014 Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds Hi everyone! For the past year, we've made it our goal to share updates and information on what’s happening...

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Further information on Strongholds and the Guild ships in TOR, straight from the top.

04.23.2014 Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds Hi everyone!

For the past year, we've made it our goal to share updates and information on what’s happening in the studio and our upcoming plans for the game. We got the message that you appreciate transparency and want to know what we are working on. With that in mind, we wanted to share a change in plans to our most recently announced digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds.

We have been listening to what you, our players, were hoping to see from the Galactic Strongholds expansion. When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough. For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year. So what does this mean? We are moving the start date for Subscriber Early Access from June 24th to August 19th in order to deliver to you the most features at the highest level of quality. The result will be a far more compelling experience, including additional features such as the ability to place your vehicles and pets in your Stronghold and for Guilds to conquer planets . To conquer a planet, Guilds must complete weekly Conquest events earning points to place at the top of the Guild Leaderboards. Conquering a planet gives the Guild special perks and rewards. This means that Subscribers will be the first to play the full slate of expansion features (everything!) at the start of Subscriber Early Access, a month before everyone else.

This additional time allows us to add:

Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds: Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds Combine that with the original feature list…

3 unique Player Strongholds, one on each Capital World plus the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace 2 faction-specific Guild Flagships (Valor-class Cruiser for the Republic and Harrower-class Dreadnaught for the Empire) Legacy Stronghold Storage Ability to gain Prestige tracked on Prestige Leaderboards Hundreds of Decorations to discover and collect …and the result is an expansion that’s worth waiting for!

The additional features and time shift means some adjustments in other parts of our plan:

May 4th remains the Subscriber deadline for Bonus Cartel Coins Grant to the sweet tune of 1000 Cartel Coins!

May 11th is no longer the deadline for Strongholds Early Access rewards but as a thank you to all of our Subscribers as of this date, we are giving you the following rewards:

Exclusive Subteroth minipet (delivered in Update 2.7.2) Two Character Titles “The Intrepid” (delivered in Update 2.7.2) and “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9) A sprawling Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with five additional rooms unlocked Stronghold Name "Galactic Stronghold" July 15th is our new deadline for Subscriber Rewards for Early Access, and you must be a Subscriber by this date to claim the Subscriber Early Access Rewards:

The luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with three additional rooms unlocked Stronghold Name "Galactic Stronghold" Character Title "The Illustrious" (delivered in Game Update 2.9) August 19th is Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Digital Expansion Subscriber Early Access!

Preferred Early Access and the Official Launch will follow in September and October. Be sure to visit www.swtor.com/galactic-strongholds for more specific dates and details.

Our goal is to keep you informed, so stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for an update on the summer roadmap, including Game Update 2.8. For all of us working on Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, we appreciate your support. We’re extremely excited about Galactic Strongholds and can’t wait to share it with you. Keep the feedback coming! See you in-game!

Bruce Maclean Senior Producer

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If you're lucky enough to have a Disney Store nearby, consider dropping in on May the 4th with your kids. The first 100 people that show up to the stores will get a limited edition Star Wars pin (great for kicking off a collection?) Kids over...

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May the 4th be with you

If you're lucky enough to have a Disney Store nearby, consider dropping in on May the 4th with your kids.

The first 100 people that show up to the stores will get a limited edition Star Wars pin (great for kicking off a collection?)

Kids over three will also be able to "learn the ways of the Force" through activities like lightsaber training, discovering the Jedi Mind Trick, helping Luke destroy the Death Star and participating in a Bravery Medal Ceremony.

There's also something in it for the older Star Wars fans. May the 4th marks the launch of Star Wars merchandise exclusive to Disney Stores.

Now if only I had a local Disney Store...

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Greetings all, With the approaching ACC release (SoonTM) and the like, the good people in the Voice's office wanted to make it a little more clear how we're evaluating Character Sheets. To that end, we've put together a set of ...

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Greetings all,

With the approaching ACC release (SoonTM) and the like, the good people in the Voice's office wanted to make it a little more clear how we're evaluating Character Sheets. To that end, we've put together a set of Character Sheet Approval Guidelines, and after a suggestion by Yacko, I'm looking to add a couple "Minimum" examples of acceptable physical descriptions in there. This isn't really changing past policy, just making it a little clearer how we've been doing things.

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For the time being, I'll be commandeering the Star Wars Product Review Sub-forum to help planning for next year's Star Wars Celebration. Currently there are two threads up, a roll call (tell us if you're going) and a poll (help us...

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For the time being, I'll be commandeering the Star Wars Product Review Sub-forum to help planning for next year's Star Wars Celebration.

Currently there are two threads up, a roll call (tell us if you're going) and a poll (help us steer this ship).

Please check out those two posts, and feel free to start new topics if you need/want to.

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Over the last few weeks there have been a few requests to look into Star Conflict (a Free to Play Space Sim available on Steam) as a potential platform for the Brotherhood. After talking with some folks I think we have a potential way to gauge...

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Over the last few weeks there have been a few requests to look into Star Conflict (a Free to Play Space Sim available on Steam) as a potential platform for the Brotherhood. After talking with some folks I think we have a potential way to gauge this activity, and this Wednesday will mark the start of a competition to determine if there is enough interest within the Club to bring Star Conflict on as a full Platform.

First, how would you ever find another person to play this game with? Well there's a few options in place. There's a Forum Post for people to list their Star Conflict Info in that I just created in the Gamer ID Information Subform of the Gaming Forums. Additionally the Contact Methods Tab for each of your Clans/Houses will show you if other members have added a Steam ID to their account. Lastly, you can always just post in the comments of this News Post. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) in a few days this News Post will probably be onto the 2nd page, so please consider the previous options as well as adding comments here so others can find you.

So now you know how to track each other down, I'm sure you're wondering how to participate once you're in game? I could send you to the competition page I suppose... but this News Post will have all the details and a few pretty pictures as well. So that makes it better right?

During the Competition Clusters of Fire will be earned by playing Star Conflict PVP Matches. The member with the most Clusters of Fire earned from this activity will win the competition.

A match will be considered eligible to earn CFs if there are two (2) or more DJB Club Members in the match together. At least one kill OR one assist must be earned by each of the members for the match to qualify. Up to 12 matches per day may be played with the same group of members, changing this group resets the counter.

Example: Muz, Raken, and Pravus play 10 games together. Then Muz needs to go do GM work so he logs off. Raken and Pravus can play 12 games together. If Muz comes back and joins them later he can play two more games with them (to total at 12).

Submit requests for Clusters of Fire through the normal process. Choose PVE and Star Conflict PVP Match under the Matchmaking option. A screenshot of the PVP Match Statistics Screen is required, check out the example at the end of this News Post.

Each match will earn 1 CF for the purposes of this Competition. This may be re-evaluated if Star Conflict becomes a supported platform.

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A new clip from Star Wars: Rebels premiered at Wondercon this weekend:

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A new clip from Star Wars: Rebels premiered at Wondercon this weekend:

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This May 1st may very well be more fun for us Star Wars junkys than May the 4th. Why you might ask? Well the Big Bang Theory and Lucasfilm have teamed up for an explosive episode. They have gone all out and spared nothing. From what I have read...

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This May 1st may very well be more fun for us Star Wars junkys than May the 4th. Why you might ask? Well the Big Bang Theory and Lucasfilm have teamed up for an explosive episode. They have gone all out and spared nothing. From what I have read myself it sounds like it will be a show to watch and maybe even record to have to watch over and over again.

I am a fan of the show and to see them do a full on Star Wars show is going to be great and just in time for us to get a jump start on May the 4th. Every member of the cast is very excited about the show but every one is very shut shut about what will happen.

For more on this story check out the Hollywood Reporter were you can find the whole story.

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Bryan Young, of Big Shiny Robot, posted a video today announcing that Disney Publishing WorldWide will be releasing four new kids books. The first book, which I am genuinely excited about, will cover episodes IV, V and VI and will feature...

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Bryan Young, of Big Shiny Robot, posted a video today announcing that Disney Publishing WorldWide will be releasing four new kids books.

The first book, which I am genuinely excited about, will cover episodes IV, V and VI and will feature illustrations from the late Ralph McQuarrie, who did the original Star Wars concept art. I'm planning on getting this book just for me as I love McQuarri's work.

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The other three books will each tackle one of the original trilogy episodes and feature illustrations from the prequel trilogy's concept artist, Iain McCaig.

The aim of these books looks to be to get kids, who have only grown up on the latest three films, excited about the original trilogy in the lead up to Episode VII.

Expect the first book to be out April 2015.

This raises an interesting question, will the more adult books start coming from Disney Publishing WorldWide when the current license with Del Rey Books expires?

Disney Publishing WorldWide Announces Four New Star Wars books

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is now exactly one year away. I know of a handful of Dark Jedi Brotherhood members that are planning on attending, but what about you? If you're still on the fence, you can check out ticket info and hotel info on...

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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim is now exactly one year away. I know of a handful of Dark Jedi Brotherhood members that are planning on attending, but what about you?

If you're still on the fence, you can check out ticket info and hotel info on the Celebration site, and you can even buy your ticket(s) now

Also, if you plan on getting your Cosplay on, starwars.com just posted a guide about costuming as Hera from the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels series.

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I have just rolled out the changes to the Prestige system as detailed in Raken's report. As mentioned, these changes cause your position history to be taken into account while calculating your prestige. If you are unsure whether all your...

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I have just rolled out the changes to the Prestige system as detailed in Raken's report.

As mentioned, these changes cause your position history to be taken into account while calculating your prestige. If you are unsure whether all your previous positions have been recorded properly, please have a look at the Credit History Report, which can be found on your administration panel. The credit history report uses the same data as the prestige calculation code.

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