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Star Wars: The Old Republic Begins Free To Play November 15, 2012

November 8, 2012

If you are a current or former player of Star Wars: The Old Republic, you probably spent the last few months wondering when Bioware would finally take the plunge and offer the game free of charge. Well, my friends, your waiting days are over, and starting on November 15, 2012, Star Wars will finally offer a true free to play alternative.

Players will be able to choose between a monthly subscription for $14.99 or the free to play option. Subscribers will continue to have full access to every part of the game and free to play users will be able to level from 1 to 50 without restrictions. Apart from leveling, there are several important limitations on free to play accounts.

Free To Play Restrictions:

Daily Locks on Flash Points
No Armor Painting
Weekly Locks on Battlegrounds
Later access to Mounts
Lower Experience gains
Limited access to Galactic Market
No Character Title Display
No Legacy Name Display
Time restriction on General Chat usage

Free to play will offer players the opportunity to increase their access by paying a fee to the in-game store (The Cartel Market). If you love raiding, you can pay a small amount and get unlimited monthly access to all the flash points and instances. If you thrive on Player vs. Player, it will cost you a few dollars a month to gain unlimited access to the battlegrounds. This is a brilliant move on Bioware’s part; it allows players to pick and choose the parts of the game they truly enjoy, instead of continuing to pay for the stuff they will never use.

Subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic may be tempted to feel a bit put out after paying $60 or more for the game and $14.99 a month for almost a year. However, Bioware is doing their best to make sure players who continue to make a monthly payment will be rewarded. In addition to unlimited access and all perks that go with it, subscribers will be given Cartel Coins to spend in the Cartel Market. They will receive coins for time played prior to the introduction of free to play and more coins for each month going forward. Subscribers will also receive special in-game perks including two more quick slot bars and a new Cargo Hold tab.

What Does This Mean For Gamers?

Fans of Star Wars are hoping this will be just what the doctor ordered to save the troubled game. Everyone had such high hopes when we played the game for the very first time on December 20, 2011. Sadly, SW: TOR did not perform up to expectations. Players were disappointed by the lack of end game content and PVP was a total mess. Over a period of a three or four months, SW: TOR went from a peak of 1.7 million paying customers to 700,000 subscribers.

The online gaming industry has begun to favor free to play over paid access. Even World Of Warcraft has seen a drop in their subscriber base, and the highly anticipated title from Funcom,The Secret World, has struggled to attract players willing to shell out $14.99 a month.

Many top tier titles have already made the move to free to play, including Aion, Lord Of The Rings Online and Guild Wars 2. While games like Rift, Tera, and The Secret World may be able to survive with 300, 000 to 500,000 subscribers, Bioware spent 250 million dollars to create Star Wars: The Old Republic and the company expected to give WOW a run for their money. Bioware needs three to five million regular players to consider this game a major success.

Now we have a free to play option for SW: TOR and we can only hope the game makes a comeback. It would be wonderful to see old friends and guildmates return to the game. It would also be great to welcome a virtual flood of new faces, who are finally willing to play Star Wars: The Old Republic because they don’t have to pay $14.99 a month and $60 for the game.

I still do not know if my friends will return. My guild is almost non-existent and I haven’t seen a familiar face in months. Currently, I only log on once a week to check on my account, but I do plan to give Star Wars: The Old Republic one final chance.

No matter how great free to play sounds, Bioware needs to keep their promise and fix the game. They must add new content on a regular basis, improve world PVP, and vastly expand the all important endgame. If they can do that, then old players will return and new players will try the game. If Bioware ignores the gameplay issues and only focuses on free to play, then they will fail and Star Wars: The Old Republic will be finished. There may still be enough good will in the player community to give the game a second chance but there will never be a third chance.

from:  http://www.inquisitr.com/392298/star-wars-the-old-republic-begins-free-to-play-november-15-2012/

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November 15th, 2012

11 + 15 +2+0+1+2 = 31 = Star Wars:  The Old Republic’s going free online life lesson = Competition.  Competitive.  Striving to be #1.  Outdoing itself.  Stirring things up.  Free-for-all.

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy

June 1, 2012             11:07 a.m.

Kathleen Kennedy has been named co-chair of Lucasfilm, positioning her to take over the legendary San Francisco studio, home of the “Star Wars” movies, as its founder George Lucas prepares to retire.

Lucas plans to remain chief executive and will become co-chairman, working alongside veteran producer Kennedy as she assumes her new role as Lucas’ replacement.

“I’ve spent my life building Lucasfilm and as I shift my focus into other directions I wanted to make sure it was in the hands of someone equipped to carry my vision into the future,” Lucas said in a statement. “It was important that my successor not only be someone with great creative passion and proven leadership abilities, but also someone who loves movies.”Kennedy is a seven-time Academy Award nominee who is best known for her many partnerships with Lucas’ close friend and collaborator Steven Spielberg.

Along with producing partner Frank Marshall, she produced the “Indiana Jones,”  “Jurassic Park”and “Bourne” series, as well as Spieberg’s recent film  “War Horse” and upcoming biopic “Lincoln.”

“George and I have talked about the opportunities that lie ahead for the company and as George moves toward retirement I am honored that he trusts me with taking care of the beloved film franchises,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I feel fortunate to have George working by my side for the next year or two as I take on this role — it is nice to have Yoda by your side.”

from:  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-lucasfilm-20120601,0,358763.story

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Kathleen Kennedy was born on June 5th, 1953 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Kennedy_(film_producer)

June 5th, 1953

6 + 5 +1+9+5+3 = 29 = her life lesson = Skilled.  Talented.  Cooperation.  Teamwork.

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Daring: Adrianne Curry posted this picture of herself in the shower on her Twitter page
5:24 PM on 25th June 2010

As a professional model Adrianne Curry knows how to show off her body to its best advantage.

But mid-shower, make-up free and covered in foam, she can still strike a winning pose. Whether she ought to be sharing it with the world is another matter.

The winner of the first America’s Next Top Model showed off her near-naked figure in a photo posted on her Twitter page.

The 27-year-old is married to The Brady Bunch’s Christopher Knight – their gothic wedding featured in the U.S. reality TV show My Fair Brady.

Adrianne is a big user of Twitter and previous posted images include her ‘butt naked & stoned’ playing World Of Warcraft.

The self-confessed geek is outspoken in her love of comic books and paraphernalia.

In an interview with comic book fan site majorspoliers.com she explained: ‘When I was a very little girl. I spent my days watching Dark Crystal, Legend, The Last unicorn, Neverending Story, and Star Wars.

‘I am ashamed to admit it, but I was young, I also watched the Ewok Adventures. My Dad is HUGE into everything fantasy and sci-fi, and I guess he just rubbed off on me.

‘He was more into Star trek though. As for comics, I was a tomboy, and most of my friends were boys, so that came naturally.’

Adrianne Curry
I’d rather be reading a comic: One of a series of titillating photos posted on her Twitter page by self-confessed geek Adrianne
Adrianne Curry
Getting some sun: The America’s Next Top Model winner is married to The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight.
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Adrianne Curry was born on August 6th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrianne_Curry
August 6th
8 + 6 +2+0+0+9 = 25 = her personal year (from August 6th, 2009 to August 5th, 2010) = Thrill seeker.
25 year + 6 (June) = 31 = her personal month (from June 6th, 2010 to July 5th, 2010) = Stir.  Catalyst.  Reaction.  Risk.  Controversy.  Contention.  Provocateur.  Provoke.  Instigate.  Tease.  Taunt.  Stirring things up.  In your face.

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