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Kyle 12-25-2008 11:26 AM

The Christmas Announcement
The SWGEmu Team would like to announce two major things
as our Christmas present to the awesome community here.

Playable Test Center
Official Server Plans

Playable Test Center

In order to thoroughly test out all aspects of the game, we feel that we are finally at a point in development where we can announce our intentions for a “playable” test center.

What is going to happen to the current TC (Nova)?

The current Test Center (TC:Nova) will run much like it does now. Blue Frogs will still be present to give items and train professions that are in need of immediate testing. New features will be added straight from the SVN to TC:Nova. This saves you the time of having to grind your profession and allows you to test new content immediately. Testers who want to test out new features and play around in a less serious atmosphere will still want to play on TC:Nova. On occasion, TC:Nova may experience database wipes in order to ensure testing and stability.

What is going to be on the new TC (Sun Crusher)?

The new "playable" Test Center (TC:SC) will be a separate and new server. TC:SC will only be updated with new features once we are fairly certain they are 100% stable and tested on TC:Nova. TC:SC will have no blue frogs or @GM commands for players. You are meant to grind your profession, much as you will in the final release of the game. This helps ensure that there will be fewer bugs on TC:SC, and that all levels of game play are tested equally. Since testers will no doubt spend a lot of time leveling their characters on TC:SC, we will make every effort to ensure that we do not wipe the database, unless it is absolutely needed. Testers who want a feel of what the final game will be like, and are looking for something to simply “play” will want to play on TC:SC.

When can we expect these changes to go live?

As long as we continue to receive enough community support and donations to support two servers, while still saving enough for future goals, you should see the server go live sometime in Q1 2009. In order to ensure the best game play possible, we still have a few features that we would like to finish up before starting the playable server. These features, such as crafting and player housing, are in their finishing stages and should be ready and stable in the coming months.

Official Server Plans

We have been bombarded with this question as long as the project has existed. "Is SWGEmu going to host an official server?" We have always deflected this question with non-committal responses. Today we make the official announcement that SWGEmu WILL be hosting a server called "Sun Crusher". Sun Crusher will start out as the "Playable Test Center" and when the official release is ready, then it will be wiped and become the SWGEmu LIVE Server.

After long discussions and debates, we want to make sure that the community can count on SWGEmu to be a pillar in the SWG Emulation scene. Does this mean that SWGEmu wants to force out or hurt the communities? Absolutely not! In fact, we will be setting up numerical standards for servers to become "Official" sponsored servers. Standards would include things such as user base, server hardware, server bandwidth and connection, so we can ensure the entire user base a central place to come and see reliable servers with their specialties. Each server will have their own play style and new features, and keeping information about them in a central location will benefit everyone's population.

Knowing what inquiries will abound from this post, an ambiguous statement will be the answer for the inevitable onslaught of the question "Will SWGEmu implement X new feature, or balance X something". The answer to this is maybe. Our #1 commitment is releasing a fully functional, identical SWG (with bug fixes) emulator. This "vanilla" release (SVN) will be maintained by SWGEmu for the foreseeable future. That said, the majority, if not all, of the SWGEmu developers are excited to taking Sun Crusher and fulfilling the potential that SOE never got around to doing.

More details will come forth in the coming weeks/months about this, but this is our Christmas present to everyone who has been asking and hoping for this. Please continue to enjoy the existing test center, and we look forward to getting the Sun Crusher community going in the very near future. We love you and thank you for your support.

Happy Holidays,
Team SWGEmu
Thanks to bobius and Kyle for the two sections

MKalscheur 12-25-2008 11:34 AM

Will SWGEmu implement X new feature, or balance X something?

Kayliaah 12-25-2008 11:36 AM

Oh Lord, I don't know what to say :|

I just got a readingasm.


RegularJohn 12-25-2008 11:39 AM

Words cant describe how awesome this is. For the last year this is what I have been hoping for.

Well...Great job Devs :D

Rook 12-25-2008 11:46 AM

Man my other presents pale in comparison to this. This makes me a very happy indeed.

Thanks and Happy Christmas.

Otet Tiswi 12-25-2008 11:47 AM

All of the work you guys have done is incredibly. I just hope I can help you all out with the PCP project and help get that up in preparation for these new servers.

TheA-froChild 12-25-2008 11:49 AM

Best Christmas EVER!

Bobbycheese 12-25-2008 11:53 AM

A Festivus miracle!

bobius 12-25-2008 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by Kyle (Post 278735)
We love you* and thank you for your support.

* I just want to be friends

Valkyra 12-25-2008 12:10 PM


Wait, scratch that... *Reads all of it*....



Nice job everyone who is involved with the keep of the server! :D

apowerr 12-25-2008 12:16 PM

Official SWGEmu server, hells yeah!

Great work dev team and everyone involved, I can't wait =D

Chayn 12-25-2008 12:18 PM

YAAAYYY!!!!!!!!! :) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.....

MikeCool 12-25-2008 12:18 PM

This sounds like a good plan for Christmas on SWGemu.

Thanks Kyle. <3 xoxo

bol-lava 12-25-2008 12:18 PM

rock on and great work guys

Emerzon 12-25-2008 12:22 PM

Hell yea! Now that is a good christmas present!

Kayliaah 12-25-2008 12:25 PM

I read it again to be sure :D


mijom 12-25-2008 12:38 PM


someone pinch me, i must be dreaming!!
best christmas present ever!

Anakis 12-25-2008 12:45 PM

Awesome news!

Merry Christmas everyone!

XBitX 12-25-2008 12:47 PM

That is an amazing announcment! And I love the names of the servers. Nova and Sun Crusher. Definitely interesting names.

I feel as if this was a great gift that I could receive. And it works well because I just got a new motherboard, cpu, and graphics card combo (AMD and nVidia) and I'm looking forward to getting online with my new setup to rock it to it's fullest potential!

Thank you again! And I want to wish you all, the developer and moderator teams, a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas!

Wiet Rhino 12-25-2008 01:21 PM

Best Christmas present ever!!

Copacetic 12-25-2008 01:54 PM

Oh wow. Nice. I knew it was a good idea to check this on Christmas.

Tolbat 12-25-2008 01:57 PM

Awesome News!!!

Amazing, simply amazing!

loubizarro 12-25-2008 02:14 PM

thanks! u people are better than santa!!!! im so happy right now... can't wait for Sun Crusher!!!!!

Shotter 12-25-2008 02:48 PM

Mmm, Very delightful news, Thank you very much.

Arklari 12-25-2008 03:10 PM


RadioFlyr 12-25-2008 03:15 PM

Thank you very much for the present it indeed is the best present I got this year. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone and once more I would like to thank all of you hard working people who put all this work into Emu and all the testers and forums trolls that have have made this community a joy to be apart of.

Valmin 12-25-2008 03:38 PM

This is absolutely wonderful news!!! This emulation project has been a dream come true, and im happy to be a part of it.

One thing I do have a question is, after it is released will it be vanilla or will there be changes? I hope there will be changes and updates, but regardless this is one helluva Christmas present!

You guys rock!

shocefaw 12-25-2008 03:52 PM

Sounds like great news! :D

HeadyGlass 12-25-2008 03:58 PM


Relentless 12-25-2008 04:30 PM

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vanster 12-25-2008 04:50 PM

Feeling the love here...feeling the love...ty :)

SCICAN 12-25-2008 04:56 PM

Awesome news! Glad i checked at xmas also!

Ekaika 12-25-2008 05:19 PM

Oh yes, ohhhh yes. Hope everyone is having an awesome day :)

Sunahamaru 12-25-2008 05:26 PM

We needa get a guild recruitment forum up now that swgemu is making a server. I know il be posting an add for a guild soon and closer to release there will be a lot.

Sti1garWormrider 12-25-2008 06:00 PM

Merry XMAS

nostyleguy 12-25-2008 06:11 PM

This totally beats the pants off my lego AT-AT i got for christmas.

metalhomicide 12-25-2008 06:34 PM

By the name of all things holy... If this is the only Christmas present I get, it'll be the best Christmas ever! :D <3

fatboyslimerr 12-25-2008 07:29 PM

This is great news, good stuff.
I think there will be more people logging onto suncrusher in its first hours of being live than people logging onto SWG in the entire last year lol. Shotgun taking a screenshot of a crazily busy tatooine full of brand new characters and just posting it somewhere on SOE SWG forums saying....remember this LOL

Tsunami 12-25-2008 07:33 PM

Coming out of lurking to say, HOLY CRAP. A test server that plays like live? Wow, I feel like we're closer to release than ever before. I can't wait for this server to go up. I'll be spending hours of my day there for now on. I'll gladly quit WoW now and spend time doing nothing but grinding and testing.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the awesome present guys. ;)

SlimShady17 12-25-2008 07:49 PM


Originally Posted by Tsunami (Post 278872)
Coming out of lurking to say, HOLY CRAP. A test server that plays like live? Wow, I feel like we're closer to release than ever before. I can't wait for this server to go up. I'll be spending hours of my day there for now on. I'll gladly quit WoW now and spend time doing nothing but grinding and testing.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the awesome present guys. ;)

I totally agree 100% I will be doing the same exact thing, quitting WoW and all.

I love the idea of a developer run live server, thanks guys. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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