- Dark Ops – Sith Empire
Hello 2014! Community Checkpoint is back after the holiday break. This week we take a look at the guild Dark Ops. We learn how this 400+ guild got its start in Star Wars Galaxies and despite differences in gameplay and years in between that game and Star Wars: The Old Republic they managed to stay together. We will find out where they make their home, server wise, in SWTOR and how the game has been treating this band of dedicated Star Wars gamers.
Time to find out more about Dark Ops after the Jump…
- Guild Q&A
Can you tell us who you are and how you got into gaming? How long have you been a part of the Dark Ops guild?
I am the Guildmaster of Dark Ops, I go by Blastfield. I got into gaming as a kid, playing pong. Yes I know that dates me, but I was there at the beginning of gaming. I started Dark Ops, and it’s been around since before TOR on SWG, as ATW (Advanced Tactical Warrior).
How long has Dark Ops been a guild? Who were some of the founding members?
I started this guild in SWG (Star Wars Galaxies) as ATW, as mentioned in the previous question. Including that, we have been around for 4 ½ years. I renamed the guild, after the forced server merge from Vornskr Server, to The Harbinger Server, to Dark Ops. It seemed to be a better fit with the TOR. The founding members were me (Kallas Starburner), Sapporo, Faith, Seven, Revoam, Blitzkid, Suzaku, and Skopes.
Is SWTOR the first game for Dark Ops, as a guild?
We started in SWG, after leaving another guild, and starting ATW, which eventually, became Dark Ops.
What server and faction are associated with Dark Ops?
We are on The Harbinger Server, and we are a Sith Faction guild, however, we do have a Republic guild for our Republic alternate characters, named Force Ops.
What type or game style does the guild consider itself? What areas does the guild focus and help its membership advance through?
We do just about everything in the game. We came from SWG, where you could do a great many different things, and we carry on that tradition in TOR. We do Ops, Fps, PvP, Crafting, and even space.
Have many of your guild members being able to try the Galactic Starfighter expansion? What has been the overall opinion on the new form of space combat?
I like it, but they have a ways to go, to make it stand out. In SWG, you had complete freedom in space to play pvp, or pve, and towards the end, they added so much, that space in TOR still feels constrained.
Since GSF is strictly PVP and aside from credits and XP, does Dark Ops feel the new expansion adds or subtracts from the overall SWTOR game? Are there some changes the guild would like to see to benefit the overall game or leave it as is?
We feel that it adds to it, but, it’s not robust enough to make it anything more than something to do, when you have nothing else to do. As far as changes to the game overall, we would like more traditional MMO features, added, such as Player Housing, Guild gathering spot such as a guildhall or ship. We would like to see more advantages or perks to being in a large guild like instant cd’s on quicktravels based a ratio of guildmembership/cd reduction. We need more incentives to represent as a guild, like a leaderboard, based on Faction points from PVP, and some sort of commendation system for PVE content. In SWG, we were the top Guild on Starsider Server, and we gained 2 guild insta travel points, for doing so. These gave us 2 locations to instantly travel to, like bind point, for the whole guild to use. Some variation of this, would make being a in a big powerful guild a major asset.
Dark Ops has participated in endgame Operations correct? What has been the guild biggest achievement thus far in Operations? What boss or Operation has been the most difficult?
Our biggest achievement was the first time that we beat the Eternity Vault, as a guild. I know new and more complex Ops have come out since then, but it was so amazing to do that, as a guild only run, with players, that were with us, in SWG.
Is Dark Ops currently recruiting new members into its ranks? What classes/advance classes or roles are the guild looking for, if any?
We are always recruiting, as members stop playing, for various reasons, and we need to stay viable as a guild. We are always looking for new people, who want a guild that feels like home, and not just about doing Ops, or PvP. We are always looking for more Tanks and Healers. That being said, we believe that you play, how you want to play. If you like being a DPS sorc, and don’t want to heal, we won’t ask you to go against your style of play.
What is the best way for a potential new recruit or someone looking for more information to contact the guild or its officers? What steps does someone need to make in order to apply to the guild?
We have the Website, and anyone interested can always email me, in-Game. I have many officers that are available. Some of those officers, are Rhaynger, Katleeah, Buckeyeslayer, L’ucia, Grimmaldi, Hollinger, Memic, and Skopes.
People can go check out our website. You can message me, or simply apply to the Website, then contact me in the game, by emailing or whispering my character, Blastfield. You can also contact me, on my alts: Blade-kill, Heartkrusher, Max-damage, and Sedusa.
That’s it for this week’s Community Checkpoint. I want to thank all the members of the Dark Ops guild and wish them all the very best in-game and in whatever else they do. I would like to also thank their guild master, Blastfield, for helping make this article possible. If you are on the Harbinger server and looking for a fun guild that is into all aspects of the game, I suggest contacting Dark Ops through their website or look for some of their officers in-game.
What kind of guild is yours? Is it a Hardcore or Casual, PVP or PVE or RP, maybe a group of friends that just love to game together, whatever your playstyle let us all hear about your guild! So if you are in a guild or a leader in a guild, why not contact me and see if we can tell the community about what you folks are doing. Just submit your guild’s website and some basic information in an email to me at, firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to highlighting more guilds here at Corellian Run Radio. Thanks and see you next week!