- Guardians of Peace & Justice/The Dark Times
It has been busy this past week…Game Update 2.3 went live, introduction of the Tauntaun animal mounts, the Chicago Community Cantina, Chicago Comic-Con, and on top of that, I got to meet another great guild. This week we find out all about the multi-faction guild named after the iconic line from Obi wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV. Having guild names tied to a movie line in Star Wars would be unique itself, but this multi-faction guild has another impressive feat to their resume. They managed to organize all of this in a mere ten weeks! We had a peaceful cross-faction chat with Tank from the Republic faction of the guild along with No-La from the Empire faction and learned more about the Guardians of Peace & Justice/The Dark Times.
Get ready to meet Tank & No-La after the Jump…
- Guild Q&A
Can you tell us a little about yourself, how you got into gaming and how you came to be a part of this guild?
Tank: I’ve been a Star Wars fan my entire life, and I was a pretty big fan of the Bioware series Knights of the Old Republic. I’d never played an MMO before, but when I heard that Bioware was creating an MMO set in the aftermath of the events in KoTOR, I knew it would be something that I’d be involved in for a very long time! I was on the Jung Ma server for the first 17 months of the game’s existence, and one night I got out of work late and none of my then-guildmates were online, so I decided to tinker around with a character that I’d rolled back at launch over on The Harbinger server: a Vanguard tank named “Tank.” I loved playing “Tank” so much, I left all of my Level 55’s on Jung Ma behind and never looked back!
No-la: Like Tank, I’ve been a Star Wars fan my whole life; I can remember when Han shot first! I played MMOs for six years but when I heard they were doing a new Star Wars MMO I couldn’t wait for it to be released. I actually created an Imperial guild during early sign-up and haven’t played anything since. During the server merger process last year, many of our guild members found themselves scattered across various servers and the guild eventually disbanded as a result, so I decided to give the Republic side a try. One evening while on my Jedi Sage, I saw an intriguing recruitment message and requested an invite. I wanted to be a part of a family of like-minded players again, and I found it when I met Tank.
How did the guild get started? Were you surprised how fast the guild grew? Have there been “growing pains?”
Tank: I’ve always loved the mystery and feeling of nostalgia in the Obi-Wan Kenobi quote to Luke Skywalker in Episode IV: A New Hope, “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the Guardians of Peace and Justice in The Old Republic; before the Dark Times.” And since SWTOR is set in the very Old Republic mentioned by Obi-Wan, I decided to create a non-elitist endgame PvE guild called <Guardians of Peace and Justice> that was comprised of devout Star Wars fans who had a common goal of ensuring that all guild members get the most out of their SWTOR experience. That was only ten weeks ago, and what a ride it’s been so far!
No-la: I joined <Guardians of Peace and Justice> about a week after its creation, and there were only about 20 or 25 members. I logged in the next day and there were 40. Two days later we had 65 members, all active. I couldn’t believe how quickly players were gravitating to GPJ! We started building our website the following weekend and opened our Mumble channel two weeks later. We actually ran our first full-guild Level 50 Operation less than six weeks after the guild was started.
Even though the guild has only been around for about ten weeks, what has been the guild’s focus in SWTOR? How has the guild managed to be so successful in endgame progression in a fairly new guild?
Tank: Honestly, Jason, although our primary focus is PvE and engame content, we have a large group of members who are actively leading PvP and RP “branches” of the guild. Our Ranked Warzones team is nearly complete, and we have a very interesting RP program rolling out next month. I don’t want to give too much away right now, but the program is being helmed by a member who has been running RP programs in Star Wars games for the better part of the last decade, and some of the ideas he is working on are just mind-blowing. Again, our guiding principle is always to enhance each member’s game experience, so we are exploiting every single facet of what the game has to offer for our members. As far as our success in progression, I give full credit to the passion and drive of our members. They are sharply focused on systematically clearing endgame content and we have given website admin privileges to our most active raiders so that they can create their own events on our calendar. But at the same time, we are very adamant that we take “baby steps” as to not get ahead of ourselves in clearing content.
Another aspect of your guild is the fact you are a cross-faction. How has this been working out? Does one faction tend to be larger? Was the guild formed with the idea of being cross-faction from the start?
No-la: Cross-faction has been an extremely smooth venture for us. From the start, Tank’s vision was to always be “one guild with two factions.” So we used the skeleton of my defunct Imperial guild as the framework for the new Imperial sister guild. Tank and I were passionate about using the continuation of the Obi-Wan quote to name the Imperial guild, so we ultimately rebranded ourselves as <The Dark Times>. With the addition of the Imperial sister guild, we now have over 450 unique, qualifying subscriber accounts, which does not include alts or our many Free-To-Play members, and we are incredibly proud of and humbled by that number. And while <The Dark Times> was initially smaller due to us launching it several weeks after GPJ, the two factions have plateaued nicely at around the same number of members.
Last week Update 2.3 went live, what has the guild’s membership thought of the new Titans of Industry update? What does the guild think about the new Czerka area and Flashpoints?
Tank: Personally, I think it’s awesome. I love the new Flashpoints, and the Daily Mission area on CZ-198 is super-fun. Rasmus Blys is a real son-of-a-bantha, so it’s fun to go toe-to-toe with him and his clandestine creations. We are all loving the new tauntaun mount, and we are running nest missions daily to get all of our guildmates their mounts. Treek is fun to toy around with, and will definitely be an asset while running Dailies!
The Dark Times & Guardians of Peace & Justice taking on CZ-198
The guild is cross-faction, are members required or encouraged to have a presence in both factions? Has the ability to participate in both factions and keep friendships been a plus for membership?
No-la: Cross-faction participation is strictly up to the player. We don’t really push our members to play cross-faction because we realize that some players just prefer one faction or the other. But, both factions are represented by the guild to satisfy the desires of the guild members. Plus it’s nice to be able to run missions on BOTH sides with our core raiding groups, and with the friends we’ve made in both the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire! We share a website and a Mumble server, and it’s been really well-received by our membership.
Are the guilds that represent each faction recruiting? If so which is there a specific faction or classes that the guild is looking to recruit?
Tank: Yes, Jason, both factions are actively recruiting. On GPJ, we’re presently seeking to recruit more Shadows and Gunslingers, definitely. I rarely play the DPS role, but I think my next Republic character will be a Gunslinger. How about on the Sith side, No-la?
No-la: Over here on <The Dark Times> we are currently focused on recruiting Operatives and Powertechs. Tank has already promised me his next Level 55 would be his Powertech tank!
Tank: Ummm, that’s actually true… (both laugh)
Your guild mentions the SWTOR Guild Rewards as a recruiting point. Has this helped with recruiting? What are some other rewards you would like to see added to this program?
No-la: SWTOR Guild Rewards has definitely helped with recruiting, especially with the 10% XP Bonus and the 10% Reputation Bonus. As far as other guild rewards…..Tank?
Tank: Three words: GUILD CAPITAL SHIPS. ‘Nuff said!
How is the best way for potential recruits to contact the guild? Are there certain people they should contact if they are looking to play a certain faction over the over?
No-la: Truthfully, Jason, the best way for players to contact us is through the guild website, where we have an Application Form on the “Recruitment” tab on our home page. Otherwise players are welcome to send a whisper to any of our members they might run across out there in the galaxy. At the rate we’re growing, we seem to be everywhere right now!
Tank: Very true! It’s hard to even walk on Carrick Station or Vaiken Spacedock without tripping over one of our members! Before we close out, Jason, I just wanted to give a big warm THANK YOU to you and everyone at Corellian Run Radio for taking the time out to chat with us about <Guardians of Peace and Justice> and <The Dark Times>. It means a lot to us, and we look forward to running into you again sometime in the future in a galaxy far, far away!
That’s it for this week’s Community Checkpoint. Thanks to all the members that make up the GPJ & The Dark Times guild. I want to thank the two GMs, Tank from the Republic side and No-La from the Empire side for all their help. It is great to see this guild take on the extra challenge of hosting a cross-faction guild and again making it happen in only ten weeks! If you are on the Harbinger server with a Republic character or an Imperial character, and looking to be a part of a very community based environment, why not contact either factions of this great guild and get ready for fun along with endgame progression.
If you would like to possibly have your guild, like the Guardians of Peace & Justice/The Dark Times, highlighted on Community Checkpoint…all you need to do is submit your guild/group’s website and some basic information in an email to me at, firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to highlight members in the SWTOR community, from guilds to the many people working to plan events, contest, etc. We look forward to hearing from you! Thanks and see you next week!