Star Wars Galaxies was a sci-fi MMORPG from Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts initially released as Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided. The game world consisted of several different planets borrowed from the fictional Star Wars universe with a timeline set between the Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back movies. During character creation, players could choose from ten different species and nine different primary professions, all of which were mentioned in various Star Wars media.
Players of Star Wars Galaxies could use their characters' skills and special abilities to attack targets, complete quests/missions, craft useful items, and/or entertain other players. The game offered the opportunity for players to meet famous Star Wars NPCs, travel in their own landspeeders, speeder bikes and swoops, control economies, earn fame and fortune (or infamy and notoriety), obtain rare items, artifacts and trinkets, and build, own and decorate their own structures, including houses, cantinas and guild halls. These structures could even be organized into entire cities run by players. The game received several expansions since its initial release, including Jump to Lightspeed, Rage of the Wookies, and Trials of Obi-Wan, all of which added additional features to the main game. These expansions were followed by the introduction of a trading card game in an update called Champions of the Force, with its own subsequent expansions. Star Wars Galaxies was shut down in December of 2011.
A new Star Wars Galaxies EMU server will be opening its doors to player looking for the "NGE", or New Game Enhancements" version of the now-defunct title. Called Stella Bellum, the server is being worked on by a team of eight that seeks to bring SWG back to life as it was at the time the lights were turned off by SOE, now Daybreak Game Company.
The Star Wars Galaxies EMU team is looking for a few good folks to keep the project up and running. These are volunteer positions mainly based in the community and support branches of the team. The blog post details some of the requirements, or considerations, for applying for the job so head over and see if you qualify!
The last in a series of articles by Raph Koster shedding a retrospective light on Star Wars Galaxies has been published. Titled "Did Star Wars Galaxies Fail?", Koster answers the question with "Well yes, of course. And also, no."
Raph Koster has updated his blog with a look at the dynamic world of Star Wars Galaxies. The post gives a detailed look at the complexities of creating a world from a design perspective.
Raph Koster's site is being updated frequently as he is taking questions on design decisions made on Star Wars Galaxies. Today's question is "What were the thoughts on Jedi and why were such drastic changes made in patch 9 to the entire system?"