Amidst the critiques and patch reviews, the reasons I stick with Star Wars: The Old Republic sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Despite being irritated by the way BioWare handled specific parts of this Star Wars MMORPG, I still find the setting and the storytelling to be superb. These interwoven tales of adventure and chaos provide an incredible platform for my favorite thing to do in an MMO: roleplay.
I’ve covered several topics about roleplay in this column. From breaking into the community to an RP wishlist to resolving RP-related conflicts, I’ve might have covered everything except for one of the most basic of roleplay elements: How do you host a roleplay event in SWTOR? Although Star Wars: The Old Republic varies in its presentation and tools, the types of events you can throw are pretty similar to the ones you can throw in any other MMOs. The tiny details vary, but the three basic type of events can be narrowed down to social, PvE, and PvP.
Those who have completed the Sith Inquisitor storyline know that the character is a dark sider, she becomes a member of the Dark Council taking the name Darth Nox. Of course, no self-respecting roleplayer actually takes that as canon for her character. At the time, our guild placed itself under the direct oversight of Nox because we knew that BioWare wouldn’t kill off that member of the Council as it had so many others. We thought it would be interesting if we celebrated Darth Nox’s rise to power by throwing her a party. (I say “her” because that’s the way I played the storyline, but canonically the character’s gender is ambiguous.)
Of course, I did ask a friend of mine at BioWare if he would play Darth Nox for the party, but as I expected, he had to turn it down. But that didn’t stop someone from our guild naming a character Nox (or in our case, NÃ´x) and portraying that member of the Dark Council just for this event. With Nox there, our other Sith Lords had a point of contact to interact with. On top of that, she also kickstarted a social scavenger hunt. She would request of each person she spoke to that he find other Darths of various Sith Houses and “win” a token from them by earning their favor. By the end of the event, conversations cropped up all over the place, and as an added incentive we gave away special prizes to those who gained all five of the tokens.
That is just an example, of course. I’ve seen many other types of successful social events that involve costume contents or character auctions or — my favorite — livestreaming DJs.