Star Wars Galaxies: The Making Of Update 8 – Extreme Make-Over Hits Player Cities

Hello everyone, this is James ‘Millbarge’ Michener; here to share with you some of what went on behind the scenes as we built the key features that went into Update 8.


Hello everyone, this is James ‘Millbarge’ Michener;
here to share with you some of what went on behind the scenes as we
built the key features that went into Update 8.

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To start off, in each of our Updates, we always strive to fulfill as
many player requests as possible.  I felt that since this was
going to be the first Player City update since Player Cities launched
in our game, a review of the most popular player requests would
definitely be the best place to begin.

The first thing I did was to reach out to Cigaran, the City Senator,
who represents the community with respect to “City”
focused feedback.  I immediately contacted him to get his
views on what the priorities were in the player’s
perspective.  I had a list of “to-dos” as
always, but needed to get a feel for the community’s
perspective, and where they would like to see the update go. 
I’m amazed at the amount of insight the City Senator was able
to provide, which was good considering the size of the list he handed
me at the same time!

I started by going through the core of the system, seeing how it was
set up and fixing issues I found along the way to make the system both
more fun and user-friendly.  Actually, a large part of Update
8 was fixing numerous issues ranging from making sign names show
correctly to transferring the City to a new Mayor without the need for
GM intervention.

With the system feeling ‘fresh’ as a result of the
polish pass, I began improving the tools that Mayors use on a daily
basis to run their Cities.  As a result of the update, Mayors
now have access to numerous details about each citizen and structure in
their City.  They also have new ways to communicate with their
citizens and visitors through daily messages that they can customize.

Not all of the benefits in Update 8 were for the Mayors.  The
citizens and visitors of Player Cities can take advantage of City
Specializations.  City Specializations are bonuses a Player
City can choose to invest in that will give the player a boost when
using various game systems while inside the City Limits. 
Pre-existing Specializations were revamped to provide updated bonuses
and new Specializations were added.  With bonuses ranging from
Storytellers to Beast Masters, there’s bound to be something
for you to take advantage of.

Decorating Player Cities also received a
boost in Update 8. 
Cities received a 50% increase in the number of Decorations, Civic
Structures and Gardens that can be placed.  New Statues,
Gardens and Fountains were also added to increase a Mayor’s
decorating options.  

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Another popular addition gives Storyteller Items an eight hour increase
in longevity just for being placed inside of a Player City. 
If you think you’ll need more time, speak with the Mayor
about the Encore Performance Specialization that increases the time by
an additional 12 hours.

There’s a lot more to Update 8 than just what is described
here, including a full Player Association revamp.  Be sure to
check out the full list of official changes on the style="font-style: italic;">Star Wars Galaxies
Forums. Or better yet, log into the game and check them out for

I want to give a BIG “thank you” to the Player City
community!  They quickly took me in and made me feel at
home.  Last, but not least, many thanks to Cigaran, the Player
City Senator.  Without that long list of things to do, and the
promises of free dinners at Fan Faire, Update 8 wouldn’t have
been the same!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to start my new

Game Update 9 will introduce new customized housing tools which build
on the already robust housing options in href=""
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There will be two brand new floor plans and a new housing customization
tool which lets you to choose custom colors for your abode. Six
existing house designs have also been updated with the addition of
windows that allow you to see the action from within the protection of
your structure.  In addition to the housing customization
additions, Domestics Traders and Structures Traders have been given a
stimulus update and several spaceships have received tune-ups that
would make any pilot proud! 

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