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The Old Republic Ctrl+Alt+Del Guild

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 01:36 PM | by

As I mentioned a while ago, I'm planning to run a guild in The Old Republic for readers. I hadn't intended to get into that until the game launched, since we still don't know a whole lot about what guilds can do in TOR (max membership size, permissions, etc).

Still, I guess there's another school of thought on the subject, which is "Fuck it, we'll figure it out when we get there".

So in that spirit, I went ahead and started up the pre-registration for the CAD guild. Kinetic will be a Galactic Republic guild in TOR.

I intend to lead Kinetic much the same way I ran ZeGuild for nearly two years, with the same philosophy and many of the same policies that made that guild so successful. With so much of TOR's specifics up in the air (PVP, raid sizes, etc), I can't implement a lot of policy just yet, but in ZeGuild we did a little bit of everything, from being top five in progression on our server, to having weekly PVP nights, and everything inbetween. That will be our goal with Kinetic as well.

So if you're planning to play The Old Republic in a couple of months, and are looking for a group of people to enjoy the game with, you're welcome to launch with Kinetic! You can pre-join via the temporary website, or you can just wait and hit us up in game after it launches. Either way, I'll see you there!

(Note: The registration made me select a time zone for the guild, but I certainly don't care if we have guild members across all time zones. In my experience these official guilds are plenty large enough that there are always people on at all times of the day.)

(Update: Looks like the guild page is down... maybe we crashed it, I dunno. I have a ticket in, so please be patient. We have plenty of time to get things sorted before the game launches!)

(Update #2: Weird, it seems the front page if the guild portal is down, but you can still access all of the other pages, like the roster.)

(Update #3: Aaaand it looks like it's all working again!)

So here's the deal

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 10:32 PM | by

With Uncharted 3 coming out next week, and a handful of side projects I'm working on, I spent a lot of time this week doing some comics for the current storyline in advance. Six at once, to be exact (one was Wednesday's).

So I've got the next five comics sitting here all finished, and it seems a little silly not to allow you to read them if you wish. However, I just want you to be clear about the decision you're making. If you read the next five comics right now, all at once... it will flow better, and be more enjoyable than if you had to read them one at a time. However it also means that you're going to be waiting over a week for the conclusion to this story arc. The next five comics bring the current little "fight scene" to a decent closure, but there are still a few comics after that to wrap up the storyline and answer some questions.

It's entirely your call.

I did draw up a bunch of sillies for the next week and a half, that will update on the same days these comics are scheduled to update. So even if you read them all right now, you can still check back for some gaming-related sillies on the regular update days. You won't be left entirely without a comic to check up on.

So... click here for the next five comics, back-to-back.

Kinetic

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 11:36 PM | by

So according to a recent interview with Bioware, the guild member limit for The Old Republic is five hundred people. Kinetic membership is at four hundred and sixty as I write this, and I have little doubt we'll hit cap by tomorrow morning.

I'm not going to rush out and start up a second guild, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it's just easiest to have everyone under the same guild tag, and in the same chat channel. Also I don't want anyone to feel like they got stuck in the "second string" or B-List guild.

The guild registration may be filling up now, but it's important to remember that we're still two months out from launch. Yeah, we've got a lot of members signed up at the moment, but signing up is easy... you don't have to attach a pre-order to your account to sign up for a guild. A lot can happen in two months. Chances are that between now and then, some people will decide not to purchase TOR after all, or perhaps decide to play in a different guild or on a different server.

So if by the time you see this message, the guild looks full and you can't sign up, don't panic. It's likely some room will open up closer to or shortly after launch.

I am getting a lot of people asking if I'll start a CAD Sith Rival guild, and the answer to that is no. Guilds are about unity and cohesion, and directly pitting two guilds against eachother like that is just asking for drama that none of us want to deal with while we're playing a game.