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The official announcement
http://www.swtor.com/galactic-strongholds

The discussion on reddit- peeps seem excited
http://www.reddit.com/r/swtor/comments/ ... n_details/

Personally, I'm kinda 'meh' about most of it. The Legacy Storage thing is probably the most exciting news.. that and that crafting is being expanded, which should hopefully stimulate the economy a bit.

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Galactic Strongholds Announcement wrote:
WELCOME HOME!
As the war between the Empire and the Republic rages, the galaxy’s greatest heroes have expanded their influence by acquiring STRONGHOLDS, customizable bastions of personal luxury. In a bid for power, these heroes must also join together to launch their own GUILD FLAGSHIPS.
Customize and expand your Strongholds to show off the power of your Legacy in the new Free-to-Play Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Digital Expansion,

GALACTIC STRONGHOLDS.
  • GET BONUS CARTEL COINS!
  • SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER* – DON’T MISS OUT!
  • BE A SUBSCRIBER BY APRIL 2ND TO RECEIVE 500 BONUS CARTEL COINS.
  • BE A SUBSCRIBER BY MAY 4th TO RECEIVE 1,000 BONUS CARTEL COINS.
  • Be a Subscriber by May 11th to MOVE INTO NAR SHADDAA EARLY*!
  • Receive a luxurious NAR SHADDAA SKY PALACE with THREE ADDITIONAL ROOMS UNLOCKED – Valued at 1,500,000 Credits!
  • Subscribers get Early Access starting June 24th!

Also receive:
  • Stronghold Label: "Galactic Stronghold"
  • Character Title: "The Illustrious"

KEY FEATURES*
  • Customize Your Strongholds
  • Display trophies earned in battle, craft state-of-the-art furniture, and unlock all-new rewards across the game. Then customize your Strongholds with hundreds of unique decorations to express your personal style.
  • Live on Multiple Planets
  • Choose a prestigious apartment in the heart of your faction’s capital world, or live in style among the high-rollers of Nar Shaddaa or both – your Legacy can own multiple Strongholds!
  • Launch Your Guild Flagship
  • Rally your guild aboard your own Guild Flagship and join the renowned ranks of your faction’s starship fleet.
  • Invite Your Friends – Show off your latest collection to friends as you take a moment to relax before your next big adventure.
  • Gain Prestige – Increase your character’s “Prestige Score” each time you add a decoration to your Stronghold – earn top ranking on the public Stronghold
  • Directory and make a name for yourself among the galaxy’s elite.
  • Legacy Stronghold Storage – Unlock access to a new type of storage that is shared across your entire Legacy!
  • More details to come!

NOTE: Not all features will be available during the Early Access period. See the FAQs for more info.

CHECK OUT THESE SPECIAL OFFERS:
  • Subscriber Early Access
  • June 24 – July 28, 2014
  • EARLY ACCESS Starting June 24th
  • NAR SHADDAA SKY PALACE STRONGHOLD (Value: 250,000 Credits)
  • Stronghold Label: “Galactic Stronghold”
  • Character Title: “The Illustrious”
  • Preferred Early Access
  • July 29 – Launch in August 2014
  • EARLY ACCESS Starting July 29th
  • Stronghold Label: “Galactic Stronghold”
  • Character Title: “The Illustrious”
  • Also available to Subscribers during this period. Players gain Preferred Status by purchasing anything from the online store. Former Subscribers are automatically granted Preferred Status.

Official Launch
  • August 2014
  • Start of Free-to-Play Access
  • Character Title: “The Illustrious”
  • Available to all players with a SWTOR account during this period.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • Q1: WHAT IS THE LAUNCH DATE FOR THE DIGITAL EXPANSION, GALACTIC STRONGHOLDS?
The official launch date for Galactic Strongholds has not been announced yet but it is coming August 2014. Stay tuned to http://www.swtor.com[1] for an official launch date. Subscribers gain Early Access and an exclusive complimentary unlock of the Nar Shaddaa Stronghold starting June 24th through July 28th. For a limited time, Subscribers as of May 11th receive THREE ADDITIONAL ROOMS ALREADY UNLOCKED with their Nar Shaddaa Stronghold (no purchase necessary – a value of 1,500,000 credits)! Subscribers can also gain access to Strongholds on Coruscant and Dromund Kaas. Preferred Status Players gain Early Access beginning July 29th and will be able to gain access to Strongholds on Coruscant and Dromund Kaas. Preferred Status Players will not be able to gain access to the Nar Shaddaa Stronghold until the launch in August 2014. Free-to-Play Players will gain access to Galactic Strongholds at launch in August with the ability to gain access to Strongholds on Coruscant, Dromund Kaas and Nar Shaddaa.

  • Q2: WHAT FEATURES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE EARLY ACCESS PERIOD?
Subscribers will be able to procure Strongholds on their faction’s capital worlds as well as on Nar Shaddaa beginning with Subscriber Early Access beginning June 24, 2014. Guild Flagships and Legacy Stronghold Storage will be available to players as part of the official launch of Galactic Strongholds. Stay tuned for more information on these features!

  • Q3: IS GALACTIC STRONGHOLDS A PAID DIGITAL EXPANSION OR A FREE-TO-PLAY DIGITAL EXPANSION?
Galactic Strongholds is a Free-to-Play Digital Expansion.

  • Q4: CAN MY GUILD FIGHT OTHER GUILDS IN SPACE PVP WITH OUR GUILD FLAGSHIP?
No, this Digital Expansion does not include a PvP combat experience for Guild Flagships. More information about Guild Flagships will be revealed in the coming months.

  • Q5: HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO GAIN OWNERSHIP OF PERSONAL STRONGHOLDS IN THE GAME?
You will be able to purchase ownership of Personal Strongholds with credits you earn in-game or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel Market. For a limited time, Subscribers as of May 11, 2014, receive a complimentary unlock of the luxurious Nar Shaddaa Stronghold plus THREE ADDITIONAL ROOMS ALREADY UNLOCKED (no purchase necessary – a value of 1,500,000 credits)! Subscribers as of June 24th gain a complimentary unlock of the Nar Shaddaa Stronghold (minus the additional rooms) through July 28th.

  • Q6: HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO COLLECT FURNITURE AND DECORATIONS IN THE GAME?
You will earn a set of starter decorations when you purchase your first Stronghold. Many decorations will be available on existing vendors throughout the game as new rewards for Reputations, PvP, Crew Skills, and more. While some of these decorations will be available for credits and other currencies, many will require components created by crafters. Decorations can also be obtained as loot drops from Flashpoints and Operations. Finally, a variety of unique decorations can be purchased with Cartel Coins on the Cartel Market.

  • Q7: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE BY BONUS CARTEL COINS FOR BEING A SUBSCRIBER ON APRIL 2, 2014 OR MAY 4, 2014?
Subscribers as of April 2, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT / April 3, 2014 at 6:59AM GMT will receive 500 Bonus Cartel Coins by April 3, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT / April 4, 2014 at 6:59AM GMT. Subscribers as of May 4, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT / May 5, 2014 at 6:59AM GMT will receive 1,000 Bonus Cartel Coins by May 5, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT / May 6, 2014 at 6:59AM GMT. You can access your Bonus Cartel Coins from inside the Cartel Market by clicking the Cartel Coin icon located on the user interface in-game. You will notice that your total, shown on the lower left side of the Cartel Market screen, has been increased by the additional Bonus Cartel Coins!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Key Features: Not all features will be available during the Early Access period. Subscribers will be able to procure Strongholds on their faction’s capital worlds as well as on Nar Shaddaa beginning with Subscriber Early Access beginning June 24, 2014. Guild Flagships and Legacy Stronghold Storage will be available to players as part of the official launch of Galactic Strongholds. Stay tuned for more information on these features!
  • Bonus Cartel Coins Offer: Subscribers as of April 2, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / April 3, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT will receive 500 Bonus Cartel Coins by April 3, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / April 4, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT. Subscribers as of May 4, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 5, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT will receive 1,000 Bonus Cartel Coins by May 5, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 6, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT. You can access your Bonus Cartel Coins from inside the Cartel Market by clicking the Cartel Coin icon located on the user interface in-game. You will notice that your total, shown on the lower left side of the Cartel Market screen, has been increased by the additional Bonus Cartel Coins.
  • To qualify for the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace Stronghold with three additional rooms unlocked, your account must be in active subscription status on May 11, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / May 12, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT. The Nar Shaddaa Stronghold with three additional rooms will be unlocked in your Stronghold Management window at the start of Subscriber Early Access on June 24 2014. The Nar Shaddaa Stronghold will be available for unlock to all players at Official Launch in August 2014.
  • To qualify for the Subscriber Early Access in-game rewards, you must be or become a Subscriber between June 24, 2014, (at the start of Subscriber Early Access) and July 28, 2014, at 11:59PM PDT / July 29, 2014, at 6:59AM GMT (prior to the start of Preferred Status Early Access on July 29, 2014). The Nar Shaddaa Stronghold along with the “Galactic Stronghold” Stronghold Label will be unlocked in your Stronghold Management window and the “Illustrious” Character Title will be delivered via in-game mail at the start of Subscriber Early Access on June 24, 2014, or within two hours of becoming a Subscriber. To qualify for the Preferred Status Early Access in-game rewards, your account must be or become a Subscription or Preferred Status account between July 29, 2014, (at the start of Preferred Status Early Access) and prior to the official launch in August 2014. The “Galactic Stronghold” Stronghold Label will be unlocked in your Stronghold Management window and the “Illustrious” Character Title will be delivered via in-game mail at the start of Preferred Status Early Access on July 29, 2014, or within two hours of becoming a Preferred Status Player or a Subscriber. Players gain Preferred Status by purchasing anything from the online store. Former Subscribers are automatically granted Preferred Status.
  • To qualify for the Free-to-Play in-game rewards, you must have a SWTOR account. The “Illustrious” Character Title will be delivered via in-game mail beginning at the official launch in August 2014 or within two hours of creating a SWTOR account.


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So no new quest content? Still, pretty cool.

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You are getting two new tactical flashpoints in 2.7, which is on PTS right now.


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Ok, so what server are you on? It might be time for me to move.

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Raell wrote:
Ok, so what server are you on? It might be time for me to move.


The Harbinger.

I'll provide some details in a bit (kinda busy at work at the moment)


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If you are seriously considering a move, The Harbinger is, by all accounts, a good PvE server. It also has the advantage of being the server that many of the APAC folks moved to when their server was shut down, so it's fairly busy at night (US time) as well as during the day.

I rarely use the group finder for anything except the tactical flashpoints, which do not require specific class makeup, and I rarely wait more than 5 minutes for a queue to pop. PvP is not a thing for us, but it seems there is a decently sized PvP community on the server despite it's PvE status.

I mostly play Republic, although I do have four level 55 empire characters as well. I usually play a couple of nights a week, and sometimes on weekends. I have a set group of friends that log in on Wednesday evenings (Pacific time) to run four man hard mode flashpoints. We don't have enough active players to run 8 or 16 man Operations (four online is a good night for us) and I haven't bothered to try to GF/Pug any of them.

Before you make the leap, I would suggest making a new character there and seeing how the network connections are for you. I see a lot of people complaining about latency, but I rarely experience any. I'd make sure you have a good connection before you make the leap.

My guild is comprised of a couple of day time working co-workers, and a few RL friends. We are all on the west coast. There usually isn't much activity after 10pm-11pm on weekdays. A bit later perhaps on weekends. A couple of the guildmates also use the Mumble server for a weekly Pathfinder game on Saturday nights (they have a dedicated channel in Mumble for this).

If you play in the weekday evenings, other than Wed, I'd be available to run weeklies and heroics with you (I have lots of characters on both factions to choose from), so it would make the commendation gearing a little easier. If we find other guildmates online, we might be able to run some hard modes. Friday evenings would probably be the best opportunity for that.

I have a mumble server you could join to chat, or you can send me a PM if you have more specific questions.


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um.. wow!

This sounds like it's going to be fun!

I'm either going to have to recruit some peeps to <Magenta Squadron>, or bail and join a larger guild :p

http://www.swtor.com/info/news/article/20140423

Bruce Mclean on swtor.com wrote:
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 http://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
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Patch 2.9 and Galactic Strongholds are here!

http://www.swtor.com/patchnotes/8192014 ... rly-access

Servers are back up now, I hear. Can't play until I get home, though.

I have to say, I have mixed feelings about this update. It looks and sounds amazing, and on one hand, I'm really looking forward to it. On the other hand, I barely have enough time in this game to do all of the OTHER stuff I need/want to do. With all of the new things added with this update, I'm afraid I'll never get to finish them, or even finish leveling my other characters. Haha. Silly thing to be worried about, but, there it is. Dailies, PVP, GSF, Ops, HM FP's, crafting, and now strongholds and conquests...does anyone else feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of things to do at 55? Maybe it's just me.

But seriously, Guild Flagships and Planetary conquest sound amazing. And the new changes to Makeb will make me actually want to take my fresh 50 character there. Hehe. Looking forward to these changes, and seeing what's in store for 2.10 update.

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I haven't played in a couple of months. Summer riding activities have taken priority.

I'm definitely interested in checking this out though. Hopefully as the dark, cool weather sets in, I'll have some time to sit down and patch the game and see what kind of goodies they gave me.


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Well, we’ve started our 2nd week of Planetary conquests. Last week, our guild Saberwing, got 4th place on Alderaan (Ebon Hawk server). I have to admit, it was a blast! We had a lot of fun running Heroics, PVP Warzones, and going after the Imperial Commander. And the most fun, by far, was the Open World PVP that broke out anytime one side went after the other side’s Commander. I can’t tell you how many Imps I Force Pushed off the bridge leading into House Trader’s Circle, heh. This week, I’m looking forward to some GSF battles for a nice change of pace.

But it seems my fears were not totally off base. I feel more obligated to login to my main characters, and participate in Conquests, or at least do something to contribute to my guild’s conquest point total. It’s making it really hard to login to my alts and level them up, unless of course, they can also contribute in some way. But not all of my alts are in the same guild, or even the same faction.

My guild is totally cool about this, and they even say, that Conquest participation is completely voluntary. But listening to Teamspeak / Guild chat, and having them say how close we are to catching up to the guild ahead of us – or worse, that another guild is catching up to us – really kicks my competitive spirit into overdrive, and makes it hard to work on anything else, or any other characters.

I have to say, that I really like how many different ways there are to contribute. Crafting, PVP, Heroics, Commanders, killing 250 NPC’s, Starfighter. It seems like there is a little something for every type of player out there. Unfortunately, there are multiple reports of guilds abusing the system, and the repeatable elements. There are a couple of heated discussions going on in our server forum, about the top guilds exhibiting questionable behavior, and it’s turning something that started out as really fun, into something very ugly. Imps logging into their republic alts to taunt the Commander away from guilds that were already engaged in a fight with him, in order to ‘reset’ him. Or queueing up for ranked PVP against other members of the same guild and either purposefully dying quickly or using /stuck to end the matches quicker, and abuse the repeatable 2X bonus. Things like that. I hope Bioware finds a way to minimize these types of actions without hurting the competitive intent of these conquests, because this is the most fun I've had in the game in a very long time.

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The main advantage of a stronghold seem to be the free at-will travel to fleet/ship/planet with your stronghold on it. Other than that, they're really pointless.

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They are, like most items in SWTOR, mostly vanity items...


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