Most of the guild members have been playing since or before launch, so it’s been over thirty days since we logged on to the live game. There’s a lot of news about SWTOR, including patch 1.1, but I’m not going to focus on that. Instead, I’m going to try an include helpful bits about the game, and some guild news.
Our Facebook Page:
Thanks to Certifried and the first 25 people who went to the page and liked it, we have an official Facebook Page. You’ll find screenshots, comments, and more there on a regular basis. http://www.facebook.com/freegroundnation
Including alternative characters, the guild has hit 100 members. During high population times after 6pm, we’ve seen as many as 21 people logged in at once. A number that I hope will grow. It is important to note that everyone at the rank of Member or higher can invite people, so if you have friends or family members who play or find someone of like mind who is looking for a guild, or is without one, you’re welcome to invite them. We prefer 18 years old or order, and suggest you send them to http://www.freegroundnation.com to check us out if they are interested in joining, or have just joined.
Regent Galactic gets a new Guild Master:
Around the time he hit 50 on the Republic side, and noticed another gamer making great progress on the Sith side, the original Guild Master passed leadership to Gilbrecht. He plays under the name Khelistaa on the republic side, and is an officer in Freeground Nation. If you’d like an invite to Regent Galactic, you can contact him or simply ask in Freeground Nation guild chat if anyone has a character in Regent Galactic who can toss their with character an invite. Regent Galactic is the official sister / brother guild to Freeground Nation.
While Ventrilo isn’t what you’d call busy, it does have its regulars. I’m one of them, and I can say that being on Ventrilo regularly has led to group excursions, some great general discussion, and I’ve answered several questions about the Spinward Fringe series – which is something I don’t mind doing. The login info for our Ventrilo server are in the Guild Details in-game.
Apparently a number of players on the server have said they enjoy grouping with Freeground Nation members, that the guild name is an indication of good play and polite people. I’ve heard the guild complimented once personally during an Esseles run. Everyone should pat themselves on the back.
Molinu was first to reach level 50 in Freeground Nation, and Certifried hit 50 several days later. On the Sith side, Gilbrecht, the Guild Master of Regent Galactic elevated his Bounty Hunter to 50. He’ll be happy to invite anyone who has an character on the Sith side into Regent Galactic.
TRICKS & TECHNICAL DETAILS
Full Group Bonus:
After some experimentation by the regular Ventrilo users and other guild members, it has become absolutely clear that the Full Group Bonus is no myth. When players fill a group of four, they enjoy a significant increase in loot drops – green quality and up. This works regardless of how far apart the characters are (on different worlds), or how big the level gap is. The group could be spread between Tatooine, Ilum, and Tython, be levels 9, 21, and 50 then still get the bonus.
NVIDIA Video Card Performance:
Owners of Geforce series video cards have noticed graphical glitches and massive performance drops. There are now beta drivers that seem to have some awesome optimization for Star Wars The Old Republic. They seem stable, and I can verify the performance improvement personally. The drivers are located here: Click FIND under Beta/Legacy Driver Search then select the appropriate driver for your video card.
Guild Tools & Legacy System Update:
A guild bank and overall improved user interface for SWTOR is in development right now. There is a video with footage of the tools in the SWTOR YouTube channel. They talk about other upcoming content as well, it’s worth viewing.
After going to Ventrilo.com, downloading and installing the program, you may have to set your sound input and output devices. If you aren’t familiar with the chat client, then you will probably want to check out the setup page which will walk you through step by step. Our server information is located in game (press G, then click on the Details button in the upper right hand corner of that window), or it can be found on our Facebook page. In Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows server 2008 or later, you’re going to have to right click the Ventrilo shortcut and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR so you can speak as well as listen.
So far the guild has surpassed my expectations. I hope it grows, and is a positive staple in our SWTOR gaming experience. As far as I’m concerned, this guild represents an example of the right people landing in the right place at the right time. It’s been great levelling with everyone, and I bet 50 is going to be just as interesting.
Ozark / Wheeler (Light Side, Freeground Nation)
Riss / Zoku (Dark Side, Regent Galactic)