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Here at Mos Eisley Radio we want to bring you not only the most recent news about The Old Republic, but also in-depth looks at classes, guilds, lore, and everything else fans care about in the galaxy far, far away. While the game is still in its infancy, we hope to bring you new shows at least every week. But as development ramps up and news starts to pour out, we plan to deliver a top-notch show every week to keep you updated on the latest and greatest in the Old Republic.
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Zach Brown
When it comes to being one of those fanboys that knew they instantly loved the Star Wars saga the first time they watched a movie, that would perfectly describe Zach. He was a junkie of all things Star Wars since he was a little. While he might not be the smartest person in the world when it comes to lore he certainly does know his fair share of trivia. Most of his knowledge probably comes from reading almost every Star Wars CCG card put out by Decipher back in the day. Zach has played many Star Wars games over the years ranging from table-top to joystick. His favorite Star Wars video game to date would be Star Wars: Rebellion. Rogue Leader ranks up their pretty high though. Zach loves all things new media as well and is currently working on his New Media degree at IUPUI, in Indianapolis.
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Evan Lewis
With his earliest childhood memory being when he went to see Return of the Jedi in the theater at one-and-a-half years old, there has not been a time in Evan’s life that Star Wars was not a part of. Although not that great at X-Wing & Tie Fighter for PC, Evan has conquered both Knights of the Old Republic games nearly a half-dozen times each. Great thanks goes to his wife for allowing him to fill up every bookshelf in the house with Star Wars books and stacking boxes of comics in the closet. Evan has a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Indiana University. And you know you’ve seen too much Star Wars when you compare the Prequel Trilogy to ancient Greek tragedy to explain why it should be appreciated more.
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Leo Andrie
His earliest memory of Star Wars is of having sword fights with his “lifesaver”. Of course, Leo eventually learned that they’re called “lightsabers” and that pieces of Matchbox car race track make terrible swords. Since that time Star Wars has always been a part of his life and even had the Imperial March played at his wedding. He’s played damned near every Star Wars video game and read almost all the non-Clone Wars Era books and comic books. Leo is now excited to be able to share his passion for all things Star Wars (well, except The Clone Wars) with the rest of the world.
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Alan Nauman
A lifelong Star War’s fan from Texas, Alan can’t remember a time in his life that he didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. He watched the films randomly on VHS tapes recorded off of HBO at his Aunt and Uncle’s house back in the 80s and knew immediately that AT-AT walkers were the most epic transports ever created! Alan’s lore knowledge is quite shallow, but what he lacks in lore he makes up for in his die-hard fervor for everything Star Wars. Most days he embraces his inner Obi-wan, but occasionally Han Solo’s sarcasm makes an appearance. Alan has dabbled in multiple MMOs including Everquest II, City of Heroes, and Rift, but spent 6 years playing World of Warcraft. He also serves our community as the Guild Leader of the official Mos Eisley Radio guild, MERC.
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MER Episode 99: Podcasters of Adumar

30th March

Slowly, but surely, we are nearing the 100th episode of MER! This episode catches up with all the news on SWTOR’s next expansion, lots of X-Wing minis news, some Age of Rebellion discussion, and we take time to remember one of our favorite authors who we lost last month.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR: Strongholds and Invasions
- X-Wing: Wave IV! Imperial Aces! Rebel Aces!
- Age of Rebellion: Beginner Game
- Aaron Allston

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MER Episode 98: Careful, Spoilers

26th January

Looks like we did come in at about three months, after all…
Leo and Evan are back yet again after surviving months of recording difficulties involving work, holidays, and the end of times in snow form. Not much game news, but the Disney era of Star Wars continues to evolve as they look at the end of the Dark Horse Comics run and the return to Marvel.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter Reviewed
- X-Wing: World Championship Weekend
- LucasFilm Story Division
- Star Wars Returns to Marvel Comics in 2015

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MER Episode 97: Back From Hibernation

22nd October

After months in carbonite, Evan and Leo thaw out just in time to bring you their thoughts on SWTOR’s upcoming PvP Space Combat, Wave 3 of the X-Wing minis, new decks for the LCG, and even touch on the Age of Rebellion RPG. You’ll find all that and more in this long-overdue return to your mp3 player!

You can still find like-minded folks to share adventures with at our forums (even if there’s usually only about four people there these days)!

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR: Finally! Space Combat PvP!
- X-Wing: Wave 3 Reviewed!
- SWLCG: Hoth Wraps Up, The Force Takes Over
- SWRPG: Rebellion, Empire, Unknown, The Rim, Hired Gun, etc.

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MER Episode 96: Livin’ On The Edge (Of The Empire)

16th July

Leo and Evan bounce right back after some technical difficulties to discuss more Star Wars gaming news than you can imagine! New SWTOR news, Living Card Game news, and a quick review of the newly released Edge of the Empire role-playing game!

Discuss all these topics and more over at our forums! Make some friends, shoot the breeze, tell everyone why your game is the best… The usual.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR: KOTOR turns 10!
- SWLCG: Leo’s take on the game as a whole…
- Edge of the Empire has released!
- a little of this, a little of that…

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MER Episode 95: A Boring Conversation Anyway

4th July

We’re not dead yet! We’re still alive and we have a surprising large amount of Star Wars to discuss with you, including new SWTOR and Living Card Game developments. Unfortunately, technical difficulties (which have been solved!) got in the way, but that just means another episode won’t be far behind.

If you want to get ahold of us or our community, come visit the forums and let everyone know how much you love Star Wars and how awesome your assassin droid in Edge of the Empire is going to be!

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Discussion Topics
- Random SW News: SW Theme Park & Ep VII Casting Call
- SWTOR Developments: PAID SERVER TRANSFER!!!
- Catching Up With The Living Card Game: A Dark Time
- a slight reactor leak…

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MER Episode 94: Keep Calm and Fly Casual

19th May

As promised, Leo and Evan make a quick return to bring you the big news coming out of the Star Wars Game Experience: X-Wing wave 3! Before they break down what’s known and speculate on what’s not on the new ships, they address specific concerns over EA, SWTOR, and the future of Star Wars videogames.

Seriously, though, come visit the forums! Don’t see a thread you wanna comment on? Make one! Or just say hi and I guarantee you’ll get a warm welcome.

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Discussion Topics
- Voicing Concerns: EA and Star Wars
- SWTOR fan feedback!
- X-Wing Wave 3!
- Little bit of book news…

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MER Episode 93: Lookin’ For Luke

11th May

Following their adventure at C2E2, Leo and Evan return to share all the Star Wars gaming news of the past several weeks, and there was a LOT! EA gets Star Wars, the Hutt Cartel settles in, the Force Packs keep coming… Oh, yeah, and there are new X-Wing minis, too!

You know, the only way the forums will be busy is if YOU show up! And bring your friends!

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Discussion Topics
- Electronic Arts gets sole rights to publish Star Wars
- SWTOR continues to expand with Cathar
- In-depth look at the Search For Skywalker Force Pack
- Next Episode Tease: X-Wing Wave 3!

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MER Episode 92: Return of the Jedi

19th April

And what can this be?! Is this… possible?! Why, yes, it IS a new episode of MER! The guys make some excuses for their long absence, then continue to prattle on about SWTOR news, take a look at the first LCG Force Pack, and share some X-Wing Miniatures stories, including one who is a regional qualifier for the world championship!

Our forums may seem empty at the moment, but that’s only because you’re not there to liven things up! Come swing by and start a conversation!

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR Patch 2.0 Rise of the Hutt Cartel!
- The Living Card Game’s First Force Pack!
- Edge of the Empire… Delayed?!
- Good-bye, LucasArts, Your Time Has Come…
- X-Wing Minis Regionals: Conquered! Next: The World!

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MER Episode 91: SUPER VII

31st January

Another huge event in the continually evolving story of Episode VII! This was recorded just as the rumors had broken, but before the official announcement of J.J. Abrams (Alias, Fringe, Super 8) taking the helm for the first of the new trilogy of Star Wars sequels. But Leo and Evan still make time for Edge of the Empire, SWTOR, and some book news!

Share your thoughts on Episode VII, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, and anything else we talked about over at the Mos Eisley Radio forums!

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR Patch 1.7 “Return of the Gree”
- SWTOR PTS Finally Gets Character Copy
- Edge of the Empire Release Date!
- Good and Bad Book News
- J.J. Abrams Takes Command of Episode VII! Our thoughts

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MER Episode 90: Back To School Special

9th January

After a nice long holiday break, class is back in session! Yes, with the slow news week, we decided it was time for Ossus Academy to return and actually make its debut as a segment here on MER. Leo schools us on the various named pilots you’ll find in the X-Wing miniatures game, but we also get a little LCG talk in, too.

If you’re looking for a safe place to hang out and new people to talk to who will not flame you simply for stating your opinion, be sure to swing by the MER forums! There’s plenty to talk about and lots of cool people to talk about it with!

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Discussion Topics
- A Quick Look At Star Wars: The Card Game
- Ossus Academy: Pilots of the X-Wing Minis Game
- Community Highlights

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MER Episode 89: Twelve Parsecs Or Less

26th December

Happy Life Day! Sure we may have missed Christmas by a day, but if I’m not too mistaken Wookiee Life Day is December 26th! Yeah, I just made that up… To repay your patience, we have a great new MER for you, full of SWTOR news, some LCG news, and a whole lot of the X-Wing Kessel Run tournament!

Come celebrate the holidays with friends you didn’t know you had over at the official MER forums! RPG talk, X-Wing squad composition, card games; they’re all being talked about right this very second!

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Discussion Topics
- New Legacy comics coming in 2013!
- Get Your Edge of the Empire Beginner Box Now!
- Edge of the Empire Free DLC!
- SWTOR’s Life Day Celebration
- Rise of the Hutt Cartel Announced!
- Kessel Run Tournament Recap

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SW Living Card Game Tutorial

21st December

Now that copies of Star Wars: The Card Game have hit store shelves, it’s time for you to get ready to play your first game and, after that, start putting together your own custom decks to vie for galactic supremacy! Of course there are a lot of bits and bobs with this one, as with any Fantasy Flight game, but not nearly as many as X-Wing.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the box is that it suggests you check out the How-To-Play videos they have for your viewing pleasure either at their own site (found here) or over on good ol’ YouTube. Either way, these high quality videos will help you understand the flow of play from round to round. Leo has stated that certain aspects are not as immediately familiar to veteran CCG players as … Read More »


MER Episode 88: So Long And Thanks For All The Coins

6th December

After finally awakening from their turkey-induced comas, Leo and Evan return with all the gaming news and commentary you didn’t even realize you’d been missing! Of course, the biggest news since last episode was the launch of The Old Republic’s free-to-play model and the community’s reaction to it. Also, Leo will enthrall the listeners with his tale of attending the first X-Wing Miniatures World Championship weekend at the Fantasy Flight Event Center last month!

Editor’s note: Within the week following this recording, Evan has decided to give SWTOR another go with the good people of the TORWars Guild over on the Shadowlands server. His final judgement has yet to be decided, in case you were wondering.

Come join in the conversation over at the official Mos Eisley Radio forums! Don’t play SWTOR anymore? That’s alright; there’s plenty more to talk about!

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X-Wing Miniatures Millennium Falcon Revealed

11th November

At last Saturday’s first World Championship for X-Wing the four finalists were given one of the best prizes ever, they became the first four people in the entire world to own their very own Millennium Falcon! I was a participant at the tournament (but sadly not a finalist) and I was able to convince one of the winners to let me snap a few shots of the upgrade and pilot cards that will be coming with the Falcon, which is due to be released in February.

Chewie and the Falcon’s generic pilot

Lando and Han

I missed the point values in each of these shots, but the Weapon Engineer costs 3 points and each of the Modifications costs 4 points. Modifications will be able to be used on any … Read More »


MER Episode 87: A Great Disturbance In The Force

8th November

Last week the MER crew assembled for an emergency session to discuss the dramatic events surrounding the acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. by the Disney Corporation. Evan will act as your moderator and referee as JD, Zach, and Leo go back and forth on the last thirty years, last week’s announcement, and the future of our beloved franchise.

Let your voice be heard over at the MER forums and tell us why you disagree with everything we have to say!

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Discussion Topics
- The State of Lucasfilm Leading Up To Now
- The Marvel Parallel
- Goodbye, Dark Horse; We’ll Miss You
- Episode VII and Other Tales
- Our Wish Lists

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MER Episode 86: Speeders, Lasers, Armor Sets

29th October

The MER crew is finally back for more action this week and they definitely came back with plenty to talk about! Leo and Evan welcome back Scott, aka, Tassadar, to give us his thoughts on the recently released Terror From Beyond Operation. They also catch you up on the changes made in the last three weeks of Edge of the Empire updates. There’s more news as well as some great community discussion to be found in this exciting episode!

Come over to the MER forums, say hi to our podcasters, and talk all about the current and upcoming Star Wars games, including SWTOR, X-Wing minis, Edge of the Empire, and more!

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Discussion Topics
- Edge of the Empire Updates 6, 7, & 8
- SWTOR Patch 1.5 Up, Down, and Up on PTS
- The Cartel Market Hits the PTS
- Tassadar Talks: … Read More »


MER Episode 85: Mass Affections

10th October

We certainly hope you’re in the mood for a long nearly all-SWTOR episode, ’cause that’s what this 2-hour monster turned out to be! Leo and Evan welcome back JD for more of JD’s Crafting Corner and he brings us the nuts n’ bolts on how companion affection aids your crafting. Even with all the crafting talk, they still find time for news, including updates on X-Wing and Edge of the Empire errata.

JD’s Crafting Links:

dulfy’s guides: by far the best resource
esseles affection farming guide
buyer’s guide to the GTN

Let JD, Leo, and Evan know what you REALLY think over at the MER forums!

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Discussion Topics
- The SWTOR Community Cantina Tour
- We Lose Another Dev
- Fantasy Flight Updates
- More Fun With JD’s Crafting Corner

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A High Res Look at X-Wing’s Wave 2 Ships

28th September

It has recently been discovered that there are large, higher resolution photos of all four ships in Wave 2 of X-Wing: Miniatures to be found on the Australian gaming website Milsims. Let’s take a closer look at these ships, shall we?

First up is the Millennium Falcon. My first thought when I look at this picture is “Holy Crap!” Just look at all the detail included in this figure. It’ll definitely be worth the $30 that the two medium size ships will cost. Looking at the base you’ll notice that the pilot for this ship is Han Solo (other available pilots will be Chewie, Lando, and Nien Nunb) who has a Pilot Skill of nine. That’s as good as Wedge! Han can also perform the Focus or Target Lock actions. As for the stats of the actual ship, it’s Primary Weapon … Read More »


MER Episode 84: Everyone in the Dice Pool

25th September

The delay on getting this episode out really couldn’t be helped, but it is ironic to note that some obligations got in the way because Obligation is one of the most unique features of the new Fantasy Flight RPG Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. Leo and Evan take you on a walk-through of the beta book to help you get ready for when you’re able to get your hands on either it or the Beginner Game coming later this year. They have plenty of SWTOR talk for you, as always, and they also get excited reviewing the expansions for the X-Wing Miniatures Game.

Feel free to come discuss SWTOR, Edge of the Empire, X-Wing or anything else you might have on your mind over at the MER forums!

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- The Doctors Retire
- Further SWTOR Server Consolidation
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X-Wing Miniatures Tutorial

17th September

With the release of Fantasy Flight Games’ X-Wing Miniatures Game, as they’ve done with many of their other titles, FFG has released a series of videos on how to get started playing the game. The videos can be viewed in multiple parts, each one focusing on a different aspect of the game, or all of them as one 12-minute video. The quality of the videos is, as with all things FFG, exceptionally high and they give you enough info to make you terribly excited! We’ve linked to the complete video on YouTube, but you can also find it, along with additional information at the official webpage for the game.

I highly encourage you to go out and, at least, get the core game. Once you and a friend (or two!) have played a few games, you’ll soon … Read More »


X-Wing: First Playthrough

16th September

 

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to take an early look at the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantasy Flight Games. I sat down with Evan and Zach to put the core set and several of the expansion ships through their paces. Now that X-Wing is out in the wild, we’d like to give you our impressions from the first few games we played. Also, sorry for the poor quality on these pictures. The lighting in Evan’s dining room was not ideal.

The first thing you will notice when opening the box is just how beautiful the models look. FFG has managed to cram a whole lot of detail into these tiny ships. They previously stated that they were trying to make their ships as accurate as possible, even going so far as to visit Lucasfilm and examine … Read More »



MER Episode 83: My Life For Alderaan

9th September

Leo and Evan return to bring you the latest and greatest Star Wars book, TV, and gaming news, including the Living Card Game and updated info on the Edge of the Empire RPG beta! Also, they’re happy to bring you a new segment featuring another guest contributor from the MER forums: Scott, aka, Tassedar! He’ll be bringing us tips on how to prepare and survive SWTOR’s end-game Operations!

Come share your thoughts with Scott, Leo, and Evan over at the MER forums. Find new people to play with, talk about the latest nerfs that you can’t stand, and dissect the upcoming patch with other fans!

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Discussion Topics
- News from SW Celebration VI
- New SW LCG Blog Post
- Edge of the Empire Errata Update No. 1
- Tales From the Outer Rim: Op Prep
- Community Discussion: Preemptive Thoughts on Terror … Read More »


MER Episode 82: Weekend Errata

30th August

First off, apologies to the listeners. This episode was recorded a week prior to publishing, but events prevented the editing from getting done. However, the conversation is great, the topics are timely, and we can almost guarantee you will enjoy this episode! If you’re excited for Fantasy Flight’s new tabletop Star Wars games, this ep is for you!

Evan and Leo were happy to be joined by a special guest, Zach Brown, MER founder and current host of the Board & Base podcast, which can be found over at www.boardandbase.com!

Share your thoughts and say hi to the rest of the community over at the official MER forums!

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Discussion Topics
- Post GenCon & Gamescom discussion
- X-Wing Miniatures Game
- Star Wars: The Card Game
- Edge of the Empire Role-Playing Game
- Community Discussion: Post-Con Good, Not-so-Good, and Weird Stuff

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MER Episode 81: Arts & Crafts

19th August

We are back with another great episode filled with enough news to fill a space freighter! Aside from the news, we’ve got a special new segment on the fine art of crafting in SWTOR, with lessons being given by long-time friend of the show JD. Leo, Evan, and JD then spend the rest of the time tackling your answers to the last MERQ: will Free-to-Play split the community.

Swing by the forums and tell us what you think about Free-to-Play or if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for JD’s Crafting Corner!

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Discussion Topics
- Celebration VI, X-Wing launches, and upcoming SWTOR content
- The latest changes from LucasArts & BioWare Austin
- JD’s Crafting Corner
- Community Discussion: Will Free-to-Play split the community?

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New 1313 Trailer

14th August

There’s a finally some new footage for Star Wars: 1313. Take a look at this newest trailer, courtesy of IGN.

For the most part, this is just a minute and a half of footage that we’ve already seen, only re-cut. There are little bits of new footage interspersed throughout the video, most notably the wide shot of the actual level 1313 of Coruscant. I cannot wait to explore this place!

Still, this trailer really bothers me for the same reason that most Hollywood trailers annoy me these days. Too many jump-cuts, the “robot fart” sound effect that seems to be a prerequisite to all trailers these days, and the fade to black before a big action sequence. It’s like there’s only one guy in the world making every action/sci-fi movie trailer, and now he’s invaded the gaming world too.


The Chevin Are Coming!

13th August

We just received an email from Bioware that seems to be teasing the upcoming world event: The Grand Acquisitions Race. Watch the video below to see for yourself.


MER Episode 80: A New Hope

4th August

Welcome back everyone to the first mostly new, relatively different episode of MER! At first, Leo and Evan weren’t sure what big news to talk about, but BioWare certainly delivered. The hosts tackle the big elephant in the room that landed last Tuesday, but they also have the latest news from the rest of the Star Wars gaming (and literature) universe!

Please do come visit with Leo, Evan, and the rest of the Mos Eisley Radio community over at our forums. Drop us a line, tell us what you think, and throw us your ideas for future shows!

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Discussion Topics
- Upcoming Book & Comic News
- SWTOR Gets Nominated
- FREE-TO-PLAY
- MER-Q’s

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MER Episode 79: All Good Things…

19th July

I wasn’t sure which season/series finale title would be most appropriate for this episode, but I think this one works.

As you may have heard or read by now, this episode marks the final Mos Eisley Radio episode to be hosted by the last remaining founder, Zach Brown. Also, the master of the MER guild and forums, Alan, is stepping away from his podcasting chair. They get a chance to not only say farewell, but also to sit down with us and share some great memories. In thanks for all they’ve done: /applause

Stick around, though, and you’ll get a short preview of the future of MER! Evan and Leo of the Ossus Academy podcast will be taking the helm and guiding the listeners through some uncharted territory. Don’t be scared, folks; we’re gonna take good care of your show.

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Ossus Academy Session 12

10th July

Leo and Evan hit you up with a whole lot of love in the first of their author spotlights, highlighting Michael A. Stackpole, author of half the X-Wing series, among many others. After the news, the guys will fill you in on some of his older works, his long-lasting contributions to Star Wars, and some books we didn’t get. Oh, and this is finally the episode in which the guys figure out a drinking game. Enjoy responsibly!

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Let us know… well, anything you feel like telling us whether it’s about this episode, any others, or some ideas for things you’d like … Read More »


Red 5, Standing By

9th July

Today Fantasy Flight Games posted a brand new preview of their upcoming Star Wars: X-Wing miniature space battle game. This sneak peek offers a very general look at what an average turn in a game might look like. Each turn consists of three phases: Planning, Activation, and Combat.

During the planning phase players will select from a number of maneuvers available to their fighters. Each maneuver has a speed (the distance your ship will travel), a bearing (what direction the ship will be facing when the maneuver is over), and a difficulty (more difficult maneuvers can cause stress to the ship preventing the pilot from taking an action during the Activation phase). Each ship has a dial which displays the maneuvers for each each ship and the varying speeds and difficulties; each ship has its own unique set of maneuvers. Each … Read More »


Ossus Academy Session 11

25th June

Of all the things Old Republic fans asked for during development but didn’t get, the ability to play as a droid was number one on the list. Having said that, it’s pretty obvious that Star Wars fans love the droids, even the annoying ones. Since there is an absolute slew of droids out there besides the R2′s and the 3PO’s, on today’s episode, Leo and Evan will help you navigate the sea of robot buddies and share some of their inner workings.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Even if these aren’t the droids you’re looking for, I’d suggest taking a look in our forums over at … Read More »


Under Construction

16th June

As you may have noticed, things have been a little quiet around here recently. We’ve had a lot going on, but, more than anything else, we’ve been looking to make some changes to Mos Eisley Radio. We are most certainly not leaving the podcasting space, nor are we abandoning the Old Republic community. Far from it!

Before we say anything else though, we have to give a multitude of thank you’s to all those who have continued to not only listen to our shows, but also contribute to our great community both on our forums and in SWTOR itself. Without you folks, there wouldn’t be much reason for us to talk for two hours every week.

I’m not going to go into too much detail just yet, but what I can tell you is that within the next … Read More »


Ossus Academy Session 10

4th June

Leo and Evan are back from taking a little break after the big two-part essential reading list and timeline, and they are happy to tell you about some of the starships you’ll fly as well as blow up in SWTOR! They have a lot to cover, but, as always, they have some interesting and amusing news bits, more suggested reading, and a lot of great questions from the class this time around.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Stop over at our own wretched hive, our forums, and although you won’t find much scum or villainy, you’ll definitely find some great people to chat and play … Read More »


MER on GPR

30th May

What happens when Zach and Evan are both invited to join Galactic Public Radio‘s Brian and Andy for Talk of the Galaxy? Pure awesome. The panel tackles all the big news, both good and bad, including server pop, mergers, transfers, and the best way for BioWare to handle the current and future SWTOR population. They also throw out their thoughts for what Game Update 1.3 could realistically do to keep players and bring back those who have fallen to the dark side.

Hop on over to their site to directly download this great episode or search for them on iTunes. Be sure to drop them a line and stay tuned to MER to hear Brian and Andy invade our radio space in the near future!


Sunny’s Diner Episode 27: Where am I?

18th May

Sometimes its fun to take a look back at what you were like a year ago and say, “Man. My hair was awesome.” Well, maybe that’s not quite as applicable here, but we sure had a lot of fun with the doggy bag about what we thought a year ago when prediciting where the game would be now. That’s a tough sentence to write.

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MER Episode 78: Casting Call

16th May

Zach and Evan take a break from news and pontification, and are joined by JD and Sunny to have some fun. A long time ago, Zach and Brooks had an episode in which our heroes re-casted the entire Star Wars saga. It was another one of those episodes that had listeners yelling at their iPods about how right or wrong they were, but it was all in good fun. On this episode, our panel casts the major, minor, and cameo roles for a what-if Old Republic movie! They also share their long-overdue thoughts on this year’s SWTOR-MER character tournament!

Share your thoughts on these and other topics including the news, guilds, and all the other MER-Network shows over at our forums, the home of the Mos Eisley Radio Community.

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Discussion Topics
- Companion Madness Aftermath
- SWTOR Hollywood Casting Call

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Ossus Academy Session 9

15th May

If you thought Session 8 was an ear-full, you have more on the way! In Session 9, Leo and Evan put the finishing touches on the essential Star Wars reading list, take a look at the three epic storylines that have been at the forefront of the books since 1999, and they also get to answer lots of questions from the class. Do the guys like to talk? Yeah, but remember, you asked for this!

Please do take the time after you’re done listening to come visit them over at the MER forums, the home for the Mos Eisley Radio Community!

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MER Episode 77: The Numbers Games

9th May

Now that we’re past that most “wonderful” part of the school year, the crew is back and ready to give their two credits on the hottest topics. Of course, the biggest news right now is the population drop. Does it matter? What does it mean for the future? Will some servers be sacrificed?! This episode gets really deep really quickly, but there’s always fun to be had when team MER gets back together!

Come join the show hosts along with the rest of the Mos Eisley Radio community over at the forums, let your voice be heard, and find new people to play with in one of our official guilds!

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Discussion Topics
- Stories: It’s Been A While!
- News: The Great Population Crisis of 2012
- Community: Discussion In Committee

Music on this show has been provided to us by General Fuzz.


Ossus Academy Session 8 Part 1

5th May

It’s time for another long lesson, folks. After many requests, Leo and Evan have collaborated to bring you their own personal complete reading list. This is their take on what Star Wars books you should spend your time and money reading, so if you hear books you might not expect and don’t hear some you thought should be on there, it’s just two guys’ opinions. We like to think they’re pretty, good, though.

The recording came out much longer than anticipated, so you can expect part two of the lesson to arrive in just one week’s time! As always, thanks for listening!

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Sunny’s Diner Episode 26: Birthday

4th May

You say it’s your birthday,
bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
It’s my birthday too yeah…….
etc.

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Star Wars Essential Reading List

3rd May

Because it was requested of us at Ossus Academy many times, we’ve put together a timeline of Star Wars novels and comics for all of you. Now, this isn’t an exhaustive list of every book or comic ever published. Instead, it’s our list of things that we feel are essential for fans to read. The following pieces of literature listed are either very important lore-wise, or we felt that they were really awesome and people should definitely read them.

Note: Dates are listed as either BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) or ABY (After).

36,453 – 25,793 BBY
Dawn of the Jedi

5,000 – 4,975 BBY
Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith

Tales of the Jedi: Fall of the Sith Empire

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Paragon

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior

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Introducing Wits End Radio: A League of Legends Podcast

27th April

Hey guys. Over the past few years I have got to know a lot of you in our MER community and I discovered there is a large number of us that enjoy League of Legends. I wanted to let everyone in on a little project I am starting dedicated to LoL, called Wits End Radio. This is a podcast that is similar to Mos Eisley Radio but discuss the latest news, startigies and more about our favorite MOBA game. If you guys are interested check it out.

Right now we are giving away Sivir with her Pax skin. For more information head over to our website www.witsendradio.com . You can follow us on twitter as well for more information. (which you will need to know for the contest ) We hope you enjoy it.


Sunny’s Diner Episode 25: Double Negative

19th April

Rad comes back from vacation and I go all darkside on him with serious questions. You’ll see.

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MER Episode 76: DEV 1.2

19th April

On this special episode, Zach sits down for a post-1.2 chat with BioWar Austin’s former Lead Writer and now Lead Game Designer, Daniel Erickson. Zach had the chance to dig a little deeper into the elements of Game Update 1.2 along with the design philosophy behind the Legacy system and what we can look forward to with new and upcoming end-game content. Daniel also gives us a very big reveal about a contentious topic (hint: it’s the GTN!).

Let the MER community know what you think of 1.2, what you like, what you’d like to see, and how your tree of alts is looking over at our forums!

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Discussion Topics
- A Talk with Daniel Erickson
- Game Update 1.2 Post-release
- The Legacy System in Detail

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Ossus Academy Session Seven

16th April

Leo and Evan return for another infotaining session of lore talk from Star Wars: The Old Republic. This lesson features not one, not two, but three species briefings. Among the topics: Asajj Ventriss gets a free species change. Also, google-search the literary phrase “Mary Sue.” You might find it useful.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Once you’re done listening, or at the same time, if you’re the multitasking sort, come over to the official Mos Eisley Radio forums and let us know how our driving is, er, how you liked the show and what you’d like to hear on future sessions!

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AlanShotFirst :: ep47 :: species and class shakeup

11th April

What a crazy week it has been! Are you as excited about Game Update 1.2 as I am?! This week I ask: What new species and class combo are you looking forward to the most? Join the conversation! Link below.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep47

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


MER Episode 75: Twice The Texas

10th April

After a little break, the team is back in action and the boys are graced by the presence of Corellian Run Radio’s own Carla! The panel spends plenty of time on the big topics coming out of PAX East, including the much-tweeted release date of Game Update 1.2. They also share some Stories from the Outer Rim, answer some MER-Q’s, and Alan gives a MERC guild update.

Stop by the MER forums and say hi to Alan, Evan, Zach, and the rest of the MER staff and MERC guild members! Drop us your two cents, find new people to play with, or just see what everyone else is saying about SWTOR.

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- Stories From the Outer Rim: Epic Moments & PvP
- News From the Galactic Republic: PAX East and the elusive 1.2
- Community Discussion: What do you want?!
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Ossus Academy Session Six

3rd April

Since everyone’s looking forward to having new species/class combinations with the Legacy game update, we thought a look at the hottest Imperial species would be in order. Of course, we mean the Chiss, the mysterious species from the Outer Rim, made famous by Grand Admiral Thrawn from author Timothy Zahn’s groundbreaking trilogy. Don’t worry; we go over all that information in painful detail.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Please feel free to wander around the library, but do share your thoughts with our friends at our forums to discuss this episode and more!

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AlanShotFirst :: ep46 :: walking the line

2nd April

I’m back after a short break! You ready to dive into one of the most controversial topics from the Guild Summit? Will the new legacy system pull people across the faction line and tear guilds apart? You tell me in the forums! Link below.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep46

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Companion Madness

29th March

Welcome to the third annual March Madness tournament for Star Wars: The Old Republic! If you’re new to MER, you should feel free to go back and listen to the last two years’ editions of this special event, wherein the hosts matched up classic Star Wars characters to each of SWTOR’s Classes and debated the age-old question: in a straight-up fight, who’s gonna win?

The first year, we didn’t know any of the advanced classes so we only had eight spots to fill. Year two we knew all the AC’s and had to plumb the depths of the Expanded Universe to fill out the brackets. This year, now that the game is actually out and we’ve been playing for several months, we are switching things up and drafting the brackets with each classes’ first two companions! Why the first … Read More »


Sunny’s Diner Episode 24: Casual Bass

27th March

Doesn’t “Casual Bass” sound like a fish in a tank top. Like some cartoon fish on a chaise lounge with sunglasses on, drinking a pina colada? Anyways, Bioware Senior Community Coordinator David Bass joined us for a tasty meal and some discussion on casual gaming. And to troll me, which you’ll find out. Rad, of course, thought this was hilarious. I’m replacing him with the line-cook droid next week.

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MER Episode 74: Countdown To Legacy

27th March

The other title of this ep was going to be “The AlanOssusDinerRadio-Cast” because we have a jam-packed episode of fun with Sunny Ravencourt, Guild Master Alan, Evan of Ossus, and fearless leader Zach. The gang hits everything from what they’ve been up to in game, more videos on the upcoming Legacy Patch 1.2, and spend plenty of time breaking down what each of them wants from future PvP content.

Let the MER staff and the rest of the community know what’s on YOUR mind over at the official forums. If you’re a visitor, feel free to introduce yourself and get to know the other members of our guild MERC!

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Discussion Topics
- Tales From the Outer Rim: Who’s 50, Who’s Not
- News From the Galactic Republic: New Legacy Video
- Community Discussion: The Future of PvP

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Ossus Academy Session Five

20th March

First off, we apologize for the sound quality. It was rather harrowing getting this episode accomplished at all, but it’s a double-sized episode and we thought it was worth putting out.

After we received a question from the class regarding the lore found in past Star Wars video games, we decided it needed its own episode as opposed to a short answer at the end of a show. This extra thick episode was made possible only by Leo dedicating time to intense research and making sure we hit all the important bases (like he minded all the “work.”)

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

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Sunny’s Diner: Prequel 24 – Bioware on Casual

19th March

We have a very special episode coming up sometime in the next couple weeks. Bioware’s own Senior Community Coordinator David Bass will be joining us to discuss casual gaming in SWTOR. So here’s your chance, because we’d like one of our delicious “courses” to come from you. Leave your suggestions for what question on casual gaming you want to serve up to Mr. Bass.

And congrats to our big VIP winner Nynaeve for somehow climbing to the TOP of the base on Illum. Boggling.


Sunny’s Diner Episode 23: I Kill Kill-Traders

11th March

Thats right. I’m taking a very uncasual stance on this. I will not have my bretheren lie down to be killed in Illum to give the Empire valor under the promise that they do the same. Are we taking crazy pills here people? You’re going to have to take my valor from my cold dead smuggler hands.

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MER Episode 73: Guild Summit Recap

11th March

Welcome to another episode of MER and we have quite the special one for you this week. Alan joins us fresh off his trip from Austin where he attended the most recent Bioware Guild Summit. We are also once again joined by friend of the show JD as we recap on all the latest information and speculate on where the game might be going next. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

Feel free to head over to our forums to talk about anything we might have discussed (or forgot to bring-up) on the show.

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Discussion Topics
- Guild Summit
- Where are all the SWTOR players going?

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AlanShotFirst :: ep45 :: the guild summit!

7th March

Come tag along as I show you some behind the scenes footage of the SWTOR Guild Summit!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep45

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Sunny’s Diner: Prequel 23

6th March

Congratulations to our latest VIP, Vintrix and his ultimate gear check pic. If there’s a burning question you’d love Sunny and Rad to discuss on our next episode, let us know!


MER Episode 72: PvP Madness

4th March

Do you like SWTOR? Do you like PVP? Do you like Sunny’s Diner and Darth Hater? If you said yes to any combination of the three you will enjoy this episode. Sunny of Sunny’s Diner and Justin of Darth Hater join us in this episode as we discuss what we love and loath of the PvP in Star Wars: The Old Republic. We talk about what we want out of world PvP and Illum. We also discuss the current state of warzones and where ranked PvP needs to go.

As always, join in on the discuss in the MER forums.

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Discussion Topics
- World PvP
- Warzone Pvp

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Ossus Academy Session Four

3rd March

Your humble professors Leo and Evan are back, and on-schedule, for once, to bring you an historical primer on the Jedi Order. Last class featured the Sith and now they look at the other side of the coin with the Light Side of the Force. Also, the suggested reading list continues to grow and more great listener questions get answered before the final bell rings.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Weigh-in on this show’s topics and many other subjects over at our forums, the official home of our SWTOR guild, MERC!

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AlanShotFirst :: ep44 :: backyard expectations

28th February

Just contemplating the meaning of life while I sit in the backyard one morning…oh and talking about the upcoming Guild Summit in Austin! Give the video a look and let me know what you expect.

Guild Summit Press Release: Press Release

MERCguild twitter feed: MERCguild

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep44

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Sunny’s Diner Episode 22: Sunny’s Proclamation

24th February

There comes a time in a person’s life where the person feels the need to make bold and sweeping statement, however ill-advised they may be. Today is such a day. And so begins; Sunny’s Proclamation.

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MER Episode 71: So Long And Thanks For All The Sith

23rd February

It’s a full house on this episode as Alan and Leo join Zach and Evan to wrangle all the past week’s SWTOR info. Another Q&A session from BioWare delivers confirmation on some highly requested additions, the crew shares game stories from the last week of play, then tackle more listener questions. Also, MER wants to give a shout-out of thanks and good luck to Drew Karpyshyn, long-standing writer for BioWare and the man largely responsible for Darth Revan, who is leaving the company to explore other opportunities.

For more Alan, find Alan Shot First here at moseisleyradio.com in the Watch section and for more Leo, click Listen to find the Ossus Academy at the website or at iTunes and Zune Marketplace.

Join in lively debate, tell us what you wanna hear, and share your own stories over at our official forums!

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TK-726 Journal Entry 21-12-20

21st February

The following journal entries are those of Stormtrooper TK-726, a struggling, low-level attorney stationed on the first Death Star. They largely depict his trials and tribulations as a last-resort Imperial attorney. Found floating in space by a band of smugglers, Mos Eisley Radio acquired the journals and has set to work on translating and documenting the content. Though his fate is still shrouded in mystery, at this point, one thing is strikingly unclear: Who knows why TK-726 even bothered to record his these things?

TK-726 IN
Journal Entry 11-82-21

A pretty angry trooper came stomping into my office earlier today. He was all irate about something, but I was finishing a brief so I told him to just have a seat. When he went to sit down, instead of turning around, he backed up while facing me and then shuffled laterally. It … Read More »


AlanShotFirst :: ep43 :: other games exist?

20th February

I am a one game man. I don’t two time my MMOs with other games, genres or hobbies. Perhaps you do because you believe variety is the spice of life! Jump into the convo and let us know what other games you are playing besides SWTOR.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep43

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Ossus Academy Session Three

17th February

Class is back in session and your humble professors are only too happy to spend some time with you today. In this lesson, Leo and Evan break-down one of the most requested topics: the Sith. In the movies, we always have two. Now, in The Old Republic, we have thousands! What gives? Fear not! We have the answers you’re looking for. The duo also answer a couple questions that came in and give a little preview of the next session.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Join your comrades-in-arms over at the MER forums and be sure to leave us … Read More »


Sunny’s Diner Prequel 22

16th February

Order Up! Let’s hear what you want served up at Sunny’s Diner for Episode 22. Also, congrats to our Very Important Patron winner, Crel! Doesn’t she look great on that speeder?


MER Episode 70: Gang’s Back Together

14th February

At long last, the MER crew has re-assembled and they certainly have a lot to talk about. They start with personal stories from the game, cover some recent tweeks, dissect the BioWare Q&A session from last weekend, and wrap up with a new segment. Also, the crew tackles some interesting listener questions. As always, thank you for all your questions, comments, and suggestions!

Learn how to find friends, terrorize companions, and comment on our snafus over at the forum!

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Discussion Topics
- Stories From The Outer Rim
- UI Changes
- Patch 1.2 Q&A Session
- Your Emails!
- New Segment! Beginner Tips: Gear

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AlanShotFirst :: ep42 :: 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3?

13th February

The opinions surrounding Star Wars and the movies that are the basis for George Lucas’ success are as abundant as the grains of sand on the beach. In this week’s episode we explore the cinematic journey of Mr. Lucas and how we love and hate him for it.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep42

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


MER Episode 69: Fresh Perspective

9th February

MER is back and we have a unique episode in store for you. Zach is joined once again by one of his best friends JD (last appeared in episode 15). JD recently started playing SWTOR and this is his first MMO experience. They sit down and talk about what its like to play the game from the perspective of someone who just started playing MMOs. They also take time in respond to a few #MERQs.

As always, head over to our forums to discuss the latest episode.

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Discussion Topics
- Discuss what SWTOR is like from the perspective of a new MMO player
- Random life stories related to Star Wars

Podcast Art Provided by Joel


Sunny’s Diner Episode 21: Soooooo Close.

9th February

With every bazinga (or in Rad’s case, Spazinga) we inch closer to 50. So the inevitable question is posed; does anyone remember my kid’s name?

Enjoy the meal and send us your VIP shots.

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AlanShotFirst :: ep41 :: the companion conundrum

6th February

A tough topic to discuss this week. Love them or hate them, companions are here to stay in SWTOR. What do you think of companions as a whole? Useful or useless?

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep41

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Sunny’s Diner Prequel 21

2nd February

Order Up! Let’s hear what you want served up at Sunny’s Diner for Episode 21. Also, congrats to our Very Important Patron winner, Brightwater! This is a pic of him and his wife (his REAL wife) after clearing through a flashpoint with their companions. A family that games together, dances together.


MER Episode 68: Voice of Vette

31st January

In this episode of MER, we are excited to introduce a special guest joining us from sunny California for a time of Q&A. The wonderful & talented Catherine Taber was kind enough to come on our show & explain what it was like to be a part of the recording process of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Catherine, who is the voice behind the Sith Warrior companion Vette, is most know for her role on the Clone Wars animated series as the actress who plays Padme.

In this episode she gives us an idea of her experiences with such a massive video game project & shares a little insight on how things work behind the scenes. She also takes time to tell us about founding Games for Soldiers, which we highly encourage MER listeners to check out. Don’t forget … Read More »


AlanShotFirst :: ep40 :: what’s missing?

30th January

SWTOR has been out for about a month and a half. Simple topic for the week: What’s missing? I want to hear from YOU! Join in on the conversation!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep40

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Sunny’s Diner Episode 20: Sorry Corso

26th January

I’m sorry, but I just don’t like Corso Riggs. And for some reason, he’s supposed to be my Sunny’s love interest? No thank you. I’d rather kiss a wookie. And I think I can arrange that.

Join our VIP contest and win a Razer mouse dongle. Email us a screenshot of your character to sunnysdinerpodcast@gmail.com

Enjoy the meal.

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MER Episode 67: State Of SWTOR

24th January

In this episode Zach is joined by Carla of Corellian Run Radio, Larry of Massively and Dover of Darth Hater. The four of us look at SWTOR in it’s current state and discuss what we like and dislike about it.

Want to give us your thoughts? Jump over to our forums and join in on the discussion.

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Discussion Topics
- Discuss the current state of SWTOR


Ossus Academy Session Two

20th January

This week brought a massive new update to The Old Republic and it was full to the brim with nasty, disgusting Rakghouls! In order to better ensure your survival during this viral outbreak, Leo and Evan return with another lesson in Star Wars lore, this time focusing on the history and various appearances of these Sith-created space zombies. The Ossus professors also tackle some listener questions and give you their first suggested reading list. There may be a pop quiz next episode, so don’t fall asleep during class.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Join in the conversation on this episode and many more topics over at … Read More »


Sunny’s Diner: Prequel 20

19th January

It’s time to place your orders, folks! Let us know what you want served up next week at the diner! Also, check out our very first VIP winner, Korevas!


MER Episode 66: Execute

17th January

Don’t worry, all you Jedi Knights and Consulars: the Troopers won’t attack you, but that does not make this episode any less exciting! SWTOR gets its first major content update with patch 1.1, “Rise of the Rakghouls.” Alan, Evan, and Zach tackle all the tweaks and changes the game will see once the patch hits and also look at some previews of future possible changes. The crew dives into MER-Q’s and then welcome back MMO Loser, now with SWTOR losers!

Put in your two creds at the forums and find some new squadmates while you’re at it!

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Discussion Topics
- Patch 1.1 “Rise of the Rakghouls”
- Future Changes Previewed
- Razer Peripherals Delayed
- Your MER-Q’s
- MMO Loser


AlanShotFirst :: ep39 :: heart to heart

16th January

Let’s have a heart to heart. No, seriously, what are you getting out of our relationship? I know…it’s not you, it’s me right?! LOL!!

Let’s ALL join in a discussion about what topics we would like to see discussed!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep39

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Episode 19: Order Up, Razer.

12th January

I could go on and on about what a fantastic episode this is, and how we really go to the heart of casual SWTOR gaming and blah blah blah, but lets be real. In this episode, we announce the winners of the Razer gear. So listen up.

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MER Episode 65: The Flashpoint

11th January

We may call them Flashpoints these days, but we’ll always remember our first instance. With that, MER welcomes back, after a too-long absence, Mr. Scott Johnson of Frog Pants Studios, host of The Instance: TOR Edition! Scott and the crew share some of their stories from playing SWTOR over the past several weeks, they tackle the news, and still make time for your MER-Q’s. Evan also shares details on the newest podcast from the MER studios, the Ossus Academy!

Join the rest of the MER community over at our forums and weigh-in on this week’s topics!

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Discussion Topics
- Stories From the Outer Rim Returns
- Big Changes to PvP
- SWTOR Sets Another Record
- Your MER-Q’s
- Details on The Ossus Academy


AlanShotFirst :: ep38 :: class regrets AND girls

10th January

This week we look at your class choice, or more specifically did you make the right choice? Also, a few friends of mine make an appearance on the show.

Thanks to Jordan (@Psyno86) for this week’s topic.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep38

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Ossus Academy Session One

9th January

The first class session of the Ossus Academy is here! Since this is the first episode, think of this as orientation day. You show up for class, get your syllabus, and get ready for next time. Evan and Leo actually have a very special treat for this first episode: an interview with John Jackson Miller, author of the upcoming new Star Wars comic book, Knights of the Old Republic – War, which releases January 11th at your local comic book store.

Music for this episode comes from selections of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Original Soundtrack. These are just some of the free tracks BioWare made available on Facebook. Big thank you to them and the whole musical team over there!

Please come over to the forums and let us know what you like, hate, and wanna hear more about!

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Digital Disappointment

5th January

The wait is over. The Old Republic is finally out and we can all enjoy playing the game that we’ve been waiting so long for. But for some of us, the wait has beem for more than just the game. For those of us who ordered the Collector’s Edition, we’ve been waiting for a long time to get our hands on our extra goodies that come as part of the package. When I was finally able to open up my box, I was extremely satisfied with all the physical items I got. The Gnost-Dural journal, in particular, was more impressive than I was expecting. The digital items, on the other hand, were quite disappointing.

First we’ll start with the item that everyone got for pre-ordering any edition of the game; the color stone. There have been many complaints about the color … Read More »


Sunny’s Diner Razer™ Giveaway

5th January

Razer™ Giveaway:
Just because you’re a casual player, doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate hard core gear. To help you casually experience Star Wars: The Old Republic, Razer™ and BioWare are giving four lucky people some brand new Razer™ PC peripherals.

Sunny’s Diner has four items to give away to four lucky listeners:
Razer Anansi™ Keyboard
Razer Mouse Bungee™
Razer Goliathus™ Mousepad (Control Edition)
Razer Naga™ Mouse

There are four ways to win:

Leave us an iTunes review and then email us at sunnysdinerpodcast@gmail.com notifying us of your review.
Comment on the Razer Contest post on facebook.com/sunnysdiner
Leave a comment in the appropriate thread on the Sunny’s Diner branch of the Mos Eisley Radio forums
Tweet the following: @SunnysDiner is giving away sweet Razer gear @moseisleyradio

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MER Episode 64: See Your Recruiter

4th January

With SWTOR in full swing, we are joined by Bill from Ask A Jedi to discuss the latest post-launch updates. Is Bioware working on a Mac compatible version? What other platforms are they considering? How is the latest patch affecting your income? What changes might we see forthcoming in the current test server’s 1.0.2 patch? We discuss all this and more in the latest episode.

Have a thought? Feel free to weigh in on the discussion over on our forums.

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- SWTOR playable on Macs?
- Patch Update: 1.0.1 and Beyond
- Your MER-Q’s
- MERC Guild Update


TK-726 Journal Entry 11-40-21

4th January

The following journal entries are those of Stormtrooper TK-726, a struggling, low-level attorney stationed on the first Death Star. They largely depict his trials and tribulations as a last-resort Imperial attorney. Found floating in space by a band of smugglers, Mos Eisley Radio acquired the journals and has set to work on translating and documenting the content. Though his fate is still shrouded in mystery, at this point, one thing is strikingly unclear: Who knows why TK-726 even bothered to record his these things?

TK-726 IN
Journal Entry 11-40-21

Product liability cases are never what they seem at first glance. Remember that famous case where the elder female officer ordered the cup of caf and burned herself, then sued and won? Remember how unfair everyone thought that was? What if I told you that the officer who burned herself … Read More »


AlanShotFirst :: ep37 :: story story story

3rd January

If we heard it once, we heard it a thousand times…when asked what makes SWTOR unique, BioWare employees said, “Story, story, story!” So what do you think of the “story” so far? Watch this week’s episode and join us as we discuss it!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep37

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


TOR Lore 102: The Mandalorians

29th December

Who and what were the Mandalorians? Everyone knows about Boba Fett and Jango Fett, but what about the culture that spawned these two iconic warriors? Very little information is given in the films about who they were or their motivations. Once again, Leo and Evan join forces to discuss this topic and share their knowledge with the rest of you.

Mando Culture

Evan: If there was only one thing that I wish I could rip out of George Lucas or Ralph McQuarie’s notebooks from 1980, it’s the original concept notes and sketches of the Imperial Super-Commando that eventually became Boba Fett. I think these Super Commandos were meant to be the ones storming Echo Base instead of Snowtroopers, but I could be wrong. Regardless of where he came from, the unnamed bounty hunter from Empire Strikes Back with three whole … Read More »


MER Episode 63: Fully Armed and Operational

28th December

The first official week of The Old Republic is in the books and the MER crew has gathered to see how it’s going and look ahead to upcoming patches. Besides the recent patch 1.0.1, they also take a look at James Ohlen’s developer preview of the first big patch of 2012. Alan, Leo, Zach, and Evan lay down their thoughts, predictions, and only a few gripes regarding their experiences and what they’d like to see happen in the coming months. Also, they answer a whole lot of your questions and give us another update on the activities of MER’s official guild.

Quick note: iTunes did not show all of our recent 5-star reviews at the time of recording, but we do thank all that have left us 5-stars and we will give you the proper shout-out next week! Thanks again!

Weigh-in with … Read More »


TK-726 JOURNAL ENTRY 11-30-21

28th December

The following journal entries are those of Stormtrooper TK-726, a struggling, low-level attorney stationed on the first Death Star. They largely depict his trials and tribulations as a last-resort Imperial attorney. Found floating in space by a band of smugglers, Mos Eisley Radio acquired the journals and has set to work on translating and documenting the content. Though his fate is still shrouded in mystery, at this point, one thing is strikingly unclear: Who knows why TK-726 even bothered to record his these things?

TK-726 IN
JOURNAL ENTRY 11-30-21

The Death Star is not small. Sure, it looks a little like a moon from a distance, but when you live inside this place, it can get ridiculous.

I ran out of exhibit tags … Read More »


AlanShotFirst :: ep36 :: SWTOR surprises

27th December

Just like a surprise under the Christmas tree, what surprises have you unwrapped in SWTOR? Maybe you opened a gift that you hated, or perhaps you were pleasantly surprised by a present you never knew you wanted. Join the conversation and let us know!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep36

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Episode 18: Live from Tatooine

25th December

Live from The Dry Dock, Tosche Station, Tatooine, Sunny’s Diner brings you a Merry Christmas Episode. Happy Holidays from Sunny and Rad.

Check us out on twitter @sunnysdiner, facebook.com/sunnysdiner, google + and on moseisleyradio.com Leave your doggie bag responses anywhere.

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TK-726 JOURNAL ENTRY 11.92.11

21st December

The following journal entries are those of Stormtrooper TK-726, a struggling, low-level attorney stationed on the first Death Star. They largely depict his trials and tribulations as a last-resort Imperial attorney. Found floating in space by a band of smugglers, Mos Eisley Radio acquired the journals and has set to work on translating and documenting the content. Though his fate is still shrouded in mystery, at this point, one thing is strikingly unclear: Who knows why TK-726 even bothered to record his these things?

TK-726 IN.
JOURNAL ENTRY 11.92.11

To see a Moff stroll into my office was a shock. Even more shocking was what he carried with him.

I should enlighten you as to why it would be a shock to see a real live Moff walk into my office. Not three floors above me … Read More »


MER Episode 62: Twas The Night Before Launch

20th December

Happy SWTOR launch eve! With the servers down in preparation for the big day, MER was still at work, taking a look at the past week’s Early Game Access and mulling over what changes the community is likely to see after the hard launch. Zach, Alan, and Evan welcome back the long-absent Dover of Darth Hater to discuss the resolution of the supposedly late deliveries and take a look at the first active week of the official MER guild, MERC. Oh, and the winners of the Razer peripheral contest are announced. Pay attention, listen for your name, and contact the crew as soon as you hear it!

Discuss these topics and more over at this episode’s forum thread!

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- Week Zero: Early Game Access
- Collector’s Editions Delivered Early
- Mos Eisley Radio Community Guild is Live!
- Countdown to … Read More »


AlanShotFirst :: ep35 :: death of the midnight release?

20th December

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the midnight release? Digital downloads, early access, and grace periods…are they destroying the PC midnight fun?

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep35

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Episode 17: Launch

15th December

Launch. I mean, do I really have to say anything else? It’s LAUNCH! We’ve only waited for this for four years. Well, some of us have. But nearly any time over one month is a lot in this universe.

Launch, baby. Launch.

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MER Episode 61: Almost There…

13th December

Remember what Old Republic news and the community were like a year ago? The times have certainly changed! With Early Access about to launch, Zach, Alan, and Evan sit down to take a look back at all the developments from December 2010 till today. Before they get to that, however, the crew tackle the details of Early Access, launch day, and go over your responses to the Community Discussion topic: the Grace Period.

Join the conversation on these and many more topics over at the forums! You might even find brand new people to play with!

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Discussion Topics
- Early Access Launch!
- One Week Till Hard Launch
- Community Discussion: Grace Period
- SWTOR Year in Review


AlanShotFirst :: ep34 :: flock of SWTOR

12th December

Super excited about MANY things! The Mos Eisley Radio Network, Early Access and Seagulls!? Seagulls?! Just watch.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep34

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep33 :: the race race

12th December

This week we talk about the end of testing and what race your first character will be and why. Thanks to Sunny, from Sunny’s Diner for this week’s topic!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep33

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep32 :: the patch pregunta

12th December

With the assumption that most people have had access to testing over the last few weeks, we begin a discussion about what we would like in the way of patches in the future! So fire up your flux capacitor and join us as we speculate!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep32

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep31 :: SWAT crashes ASF!

12th December

Why in the world did the Houston SWAT team show up while I was filming?! Did they think the NDA was still in force? Oh, and we have a winner for my latest game giveaway!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep31

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep30 :: Revan and Summit Swag

12th December

In this week’s episode we talk about today’s release of the Revan novel and I show you some Fan Site Summit swag that could be yours!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep30

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep29 :: Fan Site Summit #2

12th December

In this SPECIAL episode I take you along with me as I attend the second Fan Site Summit at BioWare Austin. Come along for the ride!

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep29

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


AlanShotFirst :: ep28 :: BIG NEWS!

12th December

Since it’s past 9am CST on Monday, October 31 I get to announce my BIG NEWS! Also, I announce the winner of my latest giveaway.

Link to this conversation thread in the MER forums: ASF ep28

To see previous episodes, head over to: alanshotfirst.com

Music courtesy of El Ten Eleven
Song Title: My Only Swerving


Razer Give-Away Contest

12th December

Mos Eisley Radio Razer Give-Away

To help get ready for the imminent launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Razer and BioWare are giving four lucky people some brand new Razer PC peripherals. While these are not the ultra-cool SWTOR-branded products, Razer always delivers high-quality mice and keyboards to take your game to the next level. MER has four exciting gifts to send out to those listeners who follow us around the ‘net this week and here’s how to find them:

Razer Goliathus Extended Mousepad: Follow @moseisleyradio on Twitter and tweet out the official contest announcement from the website, including url and hash-tag “#merRazer.” The winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries.

What To Tweet
Hey, @moseisleyradio is giving out a bunch of razer gear to kick off #swtor. For info on how to win visit: www.moseisleyradio.com #merRazer

Razer Mouse … Read More »


Sunny’s Diner: Show 16

12th December

After playing the beta (gametesting. We don’t really know what it is). And then playing some more. And some more, we decided that now would be a perfect time for Rad to go back and humiliate himself by reliving some of our earlier questions with his new post-playing mindset. Who knew that I would experience the same humility. Enjoy!

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Welcome To The MER Media Network!

12th December

Welcome To Mos Eisley Radio: A SWTOR Media Network and Fan Community!

For over two years, Mos Eisley Radio has been bringing its own brand of high quality discussion to the Star Wars: The Old Republic community. An overwhelming sense of gratitude goes out to the community members that have made MER one of the top podcasts on iTunes, as well as having given fans of BioWare’s game a safe place to call home and meet so many new friends with whom to enjoy the adventure.

Out of this community, came many more independent web projects which are of a high caliber in their own right. One of these projects was Alan Shot First, formerly known as 90 Seconds With Alan, brought to you by the dedicated, and already hard-working, forum moderating Alan Nauman. Alan’s vid-casts have themselves become … Read More »


TK-726 JOURNAL ENTRY 11.82.11

10th December

The following journal entries are those of Stormtrooper TK-726, a struggling, low-level attorney stationed on the first Death Star. They largely depict his trials and tribulations as a last-resort Imperial attorney. Found floating in space by a band of smugglers, Mos Eisley Radio acquired the journals and has set to work on translating and documenting the content. Though his fate is still shrouded in mystery, at this point, one thing is strikingly unclear: Who knows why TK-726 even bothered to record his these things?

JOURNAL ENTRY 11.82.11

Up until yesterday, it had been a pretty boring week. The kind of week where you wonder if starting your own practice had been a good idea at all. It’s times like this when ridiculous stuff starts happening, as though the laws of averages just can’t bear to see you bored. Enter my latest … Read More »


MER Community Discussion 1: Showing Grace

10th December

Community Discussions are back! One of the things that makes MER so special is the awesome group of listeners that is apart of our community. We want you guys to be a part of our podcast. After listening to this weeks community discussion topic head over to our forums and join in on the conversation. We will discuss this topic in our next episode of MER and include your thoughts and opinions in it as much as possible.

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MER Episode 60: Revan Reborn

6th December

It’s a big one, folks! Sunny and Alan join Zach, Leo, and Evan to quickly go over the last week’s news and then tackle the recently released Old Republic novel Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, author of the Darth Bane Trilogy. Included is the final recap of the original Knights of the Old Republic video game, your MERQ’s, and reader responses to the novel. Also, the winner of the give-away of the digital version of Revan is announced!

Warning! The second half of this episode contains both book and game spoilers! The first half is a standard episode and is fully enjoyable by itself. If you haven’t read the book yet, you can come back later and it’ll be like getting two for the price of one!

Whether you’ve finished the book or not, join the community discussion at the … Read More »


MER Episode 59.5: Digital Revan Giveaway

4th December

Since we are about to have our discussion / review or the recent SWTOR Novel “Revan” we are having a little contest. We want to give away a digital copy of Revan through iTunes. Listen to this very short podcast to figure out how to enter. After that head on over to the forums to sign up. Contest submission deadline is 9pmEST December 5th.

One quick note, sorry for telling you about this contest on such short notice. We like to think that it will give our loyal dedicated listeners a slight edge.

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Still Waiting for X-Wing 2

30th November

When I think back throughout my long history of Star Wars gaming, no experience was more amazing than the first time I sat down and played X-Wing. This game was followed up by TIE Fighter, a game which I played even more than X-Wing, and to a lesser extent I also enjoyed X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. Then there was X-Wing: Alliance, but the less said about that game the better. The point is, ever since TIE Fighter, I’ve been waiting for another Star Wars flight sim game to come along and blow me away. The inclusion of space combat is always the number one thing on my wishlist every time a new Star Wars video game is announced. So I was obviously excited when space missions were announced for The Old Republic. It was the number one thing I wanted … Read More »


MER Episode 59: Waiting In Queue

29th November

In tonight’s episode, Zach, Leo, and Evan do not make you wait to hear their thoughts on waiting to play over the very full beta holiday weekend. Server stats, final guild deployment, and the fashion sense, or lack thereof, of the Jedi Consular are just a few of tonight’s topics. Also, the KOTOR roundtable returns as we approach the MER team’s upcoming Revan novel discussion.

Congratulations Derek Rohrer on winning a copy of Dungeon Defenders!

Jump over to the forums to hash over this episode. No queue required.

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Discussion Topics
- Thanksgiving Beta Weekend Evaluation
- Final Guild Deployment Readiness
- Jedi Consular Progression Video
- Your MERQ’s
- KOTOR Roundtable, Part Three


MER Episode 58: Full Disclosure

24th November

Zach and Evan return to form joined this week by not one, but two special guests! Sunny and Radicool from Sunny’s Diner join the fray for this landmark episode where the crew can finally break their silence on beta impressions. With the NDA having dropped, they mull over their initial reactions, gush, nitpick, and also go over some aspects of the Legacy system. Then they get carried away talking about every nerdy thing possible, yet still find time to answer a LOT of your MERQ’s.

Get nerdy with the rest of the team at this episode’s forum thread. Oh, yeah, it’s right here.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- The NDA Is No More! Well… Mostly
- Legacy System Hints
- MER and Sunny’s Talk Beta
- Your MERQ’s


MER Episode 56.5: Vintage Packaging

21st November

As promised, we are delivering a bonus episode, recorded on Tuesday November 8th! This episode, Evan takes the Captain’s Chair and is joined by MER’s resident collecting experts Leo and Eric to dish on lots of news, questions, and then dive head-first into the Collector’s Edition. Figuratively, of course. That big box might hurt. Then the team talks about every other SWTOR collectible they can think of.

Quick caveat: Because this episode had technical difficulties that prevented it from being at our usual standard of quality, this episode will not be available from iTunes or Zune Marketplace. Thanks for your understanding and we hope you enjoy!

You will find this bonus feature’s discussion thread over at our forums!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

Discussion Topics
- Two Weeks Worth of News
- Your MERQ’s (and an email!)
- … Read More »


Open Bounty E10: Flashpoints

19th November

Open Bounty E10: Flashpoints from Zach Brown on Vimeo.

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A few weeks ago we were able to attend the second fansite summit in Austin Texas for SWTOR. During this time Zach and Alan had a moment at the end of the day to talk about what they got to play that weekend. This video contains a lot of gameplay footage from the level 50 flashpoint, Directive 7.

Open Bounty is a documentary style video podcast about the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware. Each episode contains various 8 bit artists as background music. If you have any 8 bit recommendations please email them to us at moseisleyradio [at] gmail [dot] com.

Music in this episode
Mr. Spastic
Disasterpeace

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MER Episode 57: Fansite Summit 2

18th November

Fearless leader Zach returns after a long, hard weekend at the BioWare Austin offices. Guild Master Alan also joins the fray to share with Evan all the happenings at the second SWTOR Fansite Summit. Although this event was not meant to be so much about new game material, they sure came back with a lot of it! New flashpoints, new PvP, new hands-on with classes, and more. Plus, they touched the Collector’s Edition box! That big one in the picture!

Share the love over at this episode’s forum thread, found right about… here.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Fansite Summit 2 Recap
- New Flashpoints and PvP
- Collector’s Edition Up Close
- Your MERQ’s


MER Episode 56: Visceral Combat

31st October

Mos Eisley Radio is very pleased and honored to have joining us today Mr. David Bass, Senior Community Coordinator at BioWare Austin. This is a much shorter podcast than usual, but Zach and Evan make the most of their time with David, always trying to get that little bit of special info to share with the community. As always, we thank him for joining us and team MER will be paying HIM a visit next week following the announcement of the next Fansite Summit!

Come on over to the forums and give us your “visceral reactions” to this episode here.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Special Guest: David Bass
- Con Life
- More Blizzcon reactions
- Team MER gets ready for the next Fansite Summit
- The gang tries to find the definition of “visceral”


MER Episode 55: Lost Suns

28th October

On tonight’s exciting episode, we have a full house for our latest roundtable in which we discuss the recently-concluded TOR comic book series, The Lost Suns. Zach, Leo, Alan, and Evan give their varying impressions on the entire story arc, along with what we might be seeing in future Old Republic comics. A slow news week it may have been, but our loyal listeners keep it lively with plenty of MERQ’s!

Join in the lively debate with everyone else over at this episode’s forums thread!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR.COM Video: A Look Inside The Collector’s Edition
- Deceived Author Releases New Star Wars Novel
- New Star Wars Comics From Dark Horse
- Alan Shot First & MERQ
- The Lost Suns Roundtable


TOR Lore 101: The Hutts

21st October

The Hutts have often played a major role in Star Wars lore, and seem to poised to do the same in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yet, for many of our listeners, Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi is their only exposure to this race.To remedy this, Mos Eisley Radio’s two local lore hounds, Evan and Leo, discuss the Hutts, their homeworld, and what to expect once we are all in the game.

“I know that laugh…”

Evan: If we’re gonna talk Hutts, we have to start with Jabba and where he came from creatively. Originally, the character was said to have been greatly inspired by the characters played by film actor Sydney Greenstreet, particularly in movies like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. Although this might have been the case with regards to the deleted, and later re-done, … Read More »


MER Episode 54: That Other Comic-Con

20th October

Comic-Con came and gone but was there any news? Kathy and Roxanne from Corellian Run Radio were at the event and join us this week to inform us on what we missed. We also manage to respond to some of your questions too.

Head on over to the forums to discuss tonight’s exciting episode!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Post Comic-Con Recap
- Operation Details
- Your MERQ’s


MER Episode 53: V For Veronica

7th October

Zach, Evan, and Alan are honored to bring you a very special interview with web celeb Veronica Belmont from Sword and Laser, Tekzilla, and PSN’s digital talk magazine Qore. As a founding member of one of the biggest MMO guilds in the world, she brings a unique perspective to the discussion of what the MER community can look forward to in December and beyond. The guys also dish on the latest updates from the official SWTOR news sources, including guilds, betas, and galaxies (oh, my!).

Head on over to the forums to discuss tonight’s exciting episode!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- MER Interview with Veronica Belmont
- New Guild Info
- Beta Weekend Update
- 3-D Galaxy Map at SWTOR.com
- Your MERQ’s


The Lost Suns Issue 4 Review

29th September

Lost Suns #4: The Penultimate Review

Well, we’ve almost made it to the end. Here is the penultimate issue of The Lost Suns (I’ve always wanted an excuse to use the word “penultimate”) and this issue is packed with two big reveals, one of which could have a large impact on the game we will be playing: what happened to Zho in Sith space, and most importantly for the game, what was the large installation that Darth Mekhis was constructing?

This issue is once again full of flashbacks; this time telling us what Zho was up during those years he had disappeared into Sith occupied territory. As usual, Zho is the only character with any real development as we see him turn from a man fighting against the Sith every way he knew how to someone who is so traumatized by … Read More »


MER Episode 52: Save The Date

28th September

On this week’s episode, Zach and Evan welcome back MER forum guru and guild master Alan of Alan Shot First and Larry from Gamebreaker TV’s The Republic and Massively.com. Coming off a week of updates that seemingly came out of nowhere, this episode has enough news to fill a space freighter! They talk guilds, companions, and… the release date! As always, the crew makes time to answer several questions from the great MER community.

Join the rest of the MER community at this episode’s forum thread.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR Release Date: 12/20/2011
- Guild Phase 2: Alignment
- Developer Dispatch: Companions
- MERQ’s


MER Episode 51: An Even More Boring Planet

17th September

After a week of battling “real life,” MER returns with a four-man battle royale of SWTOR beatdowns! In this episode, our heroes, Zach and Evan, are joined once again by Leo as they welcome the new PvP expert of MER, Trevor McCool from McCool News. They cover the Beta Weekend longer than it actually lasted, school some fools on PvP, answer your tweets, and dive back into the KOTOR Roundtable with a look at two SWTOR-absent planets Dantooine and Kashyyyk (three y’s).

Join in on the discussion for this episode at the forums.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- SWTOR September Beta Weekend(s)
- PVP 101
- MERQ’s
- KOTOR Roundtable: Dantooine & Kashyyyk


Open Bounty 009: Pax Prime

1st September

Open Bounty 009: Pax Prime from Zach Brown on Vimeo.

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MER takes a trip out to Seattle to see what all the talk is about when Pax Prime comes to town. Needless to say, we were impressed and had a great time. We also were able to interview James Ohlen from Bioware while out there.

Open Bounty Is a documentary style video podcast about the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware. Each episode contains various 8 bit artists as background music. If you have any 8 bit recommendations please email them to us at moseisleyradio [at] gmail [dot] com.

Music in this episode
SMILETRON

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MER Episode 50: Over The Dune

31st August

Another PAX has come and gone, but we are still here! MER dings at 50 with Josh “Mr. Crayon Eater” returning to the show to share, along with Zach, some thoughts, impressions, and contagion fears after the con. Evan asks them about TOR news, some Warzone and Operation questions, and then we hear about EVERYTHING else they got to play, including more League of Legends and some cool new contenders like Firefall.

Feel free to discuss this podcast on our forums as well.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Penny Arcade Expo
- Huttball Live
- Return to Alderaan Warzone
- Bioware Interviews
- Non-TOR Games and News


The Lost Suns Issue 3 Review

26th August

Lost Suns #3:    Space Truckin’

In this issue Theron, Zho, and Teff’ith set off across the galaxy in pursuit of whatever secrets Darth Mekhis may be hiding. Along the way Theron shows off his awesome kung-fu moves, gets totally bummed about his lack of Force powers, and enjoys the local wildlife while out camping. Zho gets to act like a crazy person and shouts a lot. And Teff’ith is, well, she talks like her mouth forgets to speak every third word that her brain is thinking of.

Anyone who has read my other reviews knows that I’ve been waiting for the past two issues for Teff’ith to become something more than a pointless add-on character. Well, you know what they say about being careful what you wish for. This time she’s … Read More »


Community Cantina

24th August

Pax Prime is nearly around the corner so we wanted to tell you all about a little event the crew over at Darth Hater is throwing called Community Cantina. Those of you who remember this event from Pax East will agree with me when I say this is going to be more fun than Jabba’s Sail Barge. Well I imagine hanging out on the sail barge would be fun as long as you aren’t killed. Anyways MER will be attending this and would like to invite any of our listeners going PAX Prime (or just in the area) to join us. We would love to meet you. If you are interested additional information needed is posted below.

Information
WHAT: SWTOR Community Cantina @ PAX PRIM
WHEN: 7pm PT on Friday, August 26
WHERE: The … Read More »


MER Episode 49: KHAAAAAN SEASON

23rd August

Its that time of the week to listen to your favorite podcast for SWTOR news and goofiness. Evan has returned and is back on the podcast this week. MER writer Leo Andrie also joins us as well. We recap all of the big news from Gamescom and the swtor website. We also discuss the KOTOR story arc and relate it to TOR for those (like Zach) who can’t remember all of the details or simply never played the game.

Feel free to discuss this podcast on our forums as well.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Gamescom
- Huttball
- Crew Skills
- KOTOR Storyline


MER Episode 48: A Lesson In Roleplaying

16th August

MER is back in action this week and once again we are joined by two special guests from over at Torsyndicate, Lord Hammer and Baraslan. We get a lesson in what it means to RP, speculate on upcoming conventions and talk about what we would like to see in the game (that hasn’t been revealed). As always you can head over to our forums to discuss this podcast in more detail.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Guild Beta Invites
- PAX Prime Speculation
- State of Tor


MER Episode 47: Crayon Eater

9th August

After taking a brief week off of podcast we are back this week to discuss the latest buzz with SWTOR. In this episode Steiny makes his return to the show as well as another good friend Josh. We discuss a lot of things revolving around Operations and Flashpoints. We also talk about how excited we are to be attending PAX Prime in the coming weeks.

So sit back and enjoy another episode of MER. As always you can head over to our forums to discuss the latest episode in more detail.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- Jedi Consular Video
- Operation Details
- MMO Loser


Lost Suns 2: Review

28th July

Let me start off by talking about this amazing cover. Benjamin Carré’s cover art for issue one was quite spectacular, but he really outdid himself with this issue. It is simply the most awesome rendition of Darth Marr, or any other Sith Lord for that matter, that I have ever seen. But beauty aside, it does do that one thing that annoys me more than anything on a comic cover: featuring a character that has basically no relation to the story. Darth Marr shows up in total of one panel (maybe two, assuming that’s his hand in the next panel) during a flashback and doesn’t even speak. But really, that’s my only major gripe about this issue.

Most of the problems from the first issue have been fixed. The writing seems to flow better from panel … Read More »


MER Episode 46: Pre-Order Madness

27th July

San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend brought out SWTOR in full force. In this episode we are joined by Bill (Lethality) from Ask A Jedi as we recap Pre-orders, box sets and much more news from this past weekend. In fact, there is so much news we devote an entire episode to News From The Galactic Republic. So sit back and enjoy as you listen to our comments and speculation from this past SDCC.

As always you can head over to our forums to discuss the latest episode in more detail.

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Discussion Topics
- SDCC Warp up
- Pre-Orders
- Advance Class Respecing Confirmed
- Join the Fight


MER Episode 45: SDCC Pregame

21st July

We are joined by the ladies of Corellian Run Radio this week as we talk about this upcoming San Diego Comic Con. In this episode we discuss the latest news revolving around SWTOR and answer your questions as well. We even squeeze in time to do another entertaining MMO Loser segment.

As always you can head over to our forums to discuss the latest episode in more detail.

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Discussion Topics
- SDCC Preview
- Your Questions
- MMO Loser


Keeping The RP In MMORPG

18th July

Imagine, if you will, you’re playing a medieval online role-playing game like Dungeons & Dragons Online or Warhammer with all of your friends. This game, though, has no sound. No, not even voice chat. The only sound you’re hearing is whatever ambient noise is in the room with you. Maybe you’re playing some music that helps set the tone for the game you’re playing, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy soundtrack. Furthermore, this game has no graphics. In fact, the only thing on the screen is the text conversation between you and your teammates. It’s like one big dialogue window, ‘cause… that’s what it is. In any case, you’d be doing the same quests, have the same abilities, and achieve the same goals as you would in … Read More »


MER Episode 44: Two Years And Running

12th July

We are joined by fan favorite from the forums Alan on the this episode of MER. In it we discuss a number of things ranging from the Bounty Hunter progression video to TOR being free to play, similar to the new systems used in MMO games like Warhammer and WoW. We also introduce a new segment with Alan which can be found on our forums as well.

Last but not least we pick a winner from the most recent short story contest. We will be posting the stories from the finalist in the coming days. Thank you to everyone who submitted a story for this contest. They were all very good which made it very difficult to choose. We really enjoyed reading them.

Feel free to discuss this episode in our forums.

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Pax Pass Giveaway

29th June

New Contest: Pax Pass Giveaway

We haven’t even announced the winner of our previous contest and we already have another one for you! We think you’ll agree, this is our biggest yet!

What’s this big prize? How about two passes for PAX Prime in Seattle August 26-28th, 2011? That big enough for you?

Based on our last contest you might expect that we want our constituents to engage in some sort of competition. A prize this big might even call for a duel to the death! It was mentioned, but we decided it might lead to a decline in listenership. Even though this is a huge prize, contesting to win it is very simple. All you need to do is go onto iTunes, write a review for our podcast, good or bad, … Read More »


To Swap Or Not To Swap

29th June

Should we be allowed to change our character’s Advanced Class or not? This has been a hot topic on the official forums and our own forums as well. As it stands now, the developers still seem to be on the fence about whether to allow this or not (possibly leaning more towards “yes”). In an attempt to settle the debate, let’s examine some of the pros and cons of Advanced Class swapping.

First, to really make an informed decision on this issue we all need to understand what exactly an Advanced Class is and what it is not. Because the Advanced Classes branch off from your base class, too many people seem to view this as analogous to the different talent trees for a class in other MMO games such as World of Warcraft. However, this is not the case; each … Read More »


MER Episode 43: The Butcher

27th June

This week we are joined by a SWTOR community fan favorite, Musco. As you may recall recently he departed from his gig over at Torocast, so in this episode we catch up with Musco to see how he is doing. In addition we talk about all the latest news from The Old Republic. We even take time to respond to a growing concern in our community about TOR and its comparisons to WoW as well.

In addition we announced a new contest in this episode as well. The prize you ask? Two passes to the upcoming Pax Prime. All of the details are on this episode as well. As always, head over to our forums for all of the latest discussion going on related to this episode.

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- Latest … Read More »


Open Bounty 008: Bounty Hunter

24th June

Open Bounty 008: Bounty Hunter from Zach Brown on Vimeo.

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Evan Lewis joins Zach this week for his first venture into Open Bounty. In this episode we take a look at Bounty Hunters and try to figure out what makes them so popularl. We also break down the play styles and class story of the Bounty Hunter as well.

Open Bounty Is a documentary style video podcast about the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware. Each episode contains various 8 bit artists as background music. If you have any 8 bit recommendations please email them to us at moseisleyradio [at] gmail [dot] com.

Music in this episode
Mr. Spastic
Disasterpeace
Animal Style

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Your Droids? Still Waiting Outside

22nd June

Your Droids? Still Waiting Outside

When it was mentioned by the TOR devs a couple years ago that droids would not be a playable race in Star Wars: The Old Republic, there was a fair amount of nerd rage rampaging across the interwebs. The team went on to explain how they want you, the player, to be able to connect emotionally with your character and a droid is about as inhuman as you can get. They said this also applied to those alien species which are simply not human enough to relate to, although, graphical limitations would be equally justifiable in that case. If one were to look back at BioWare’s previous RPG’s, you’ll notice that the character creation is not exactly what you’d call robust. Although I have not yet played … Read More »


MER Episode 42: Sith Lawyer

20th June

It is time for another episode of MER and this week we are joined by Dover from Darth Hater. We recap his adventures at E3 and take a few minutes to speculate (oh ok…. at least a half hour) on what is to come.

In addition, we answer your email questions and debate on whether or not players’ actions are acceptable in our beloved segment, MMO Loser.

As always, join in on the discussion in this episode on our forums. Also, we have announced our upcoming MER game night, which will be June 25, 2011 8pm EST.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz.

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Discussion Topics
- E3 Class Specifics with Dover
- Your Questions
- MMO Loser


Star Wars: The Lost Suns Review

17th June

Review – The Old Republic: The Lost Suns #1

Bioware and Dark Horse have already given us two short runs of comics that act as prequels to The Old Republic. However their newest venture, The Lost Suns, is the first comic that takes place within the same time frame as the game is going to. This is Bioware’s chance to really give us a taste of the universe that we’ll be part of very soon. Did they succeed? Well, mostly.

In this comic we are introduced to Theron Shan, the secret son of Satele Shan and spy for the Republic. Theron is sent to Sith space to track down Ngani Zho, the drunkest Jedi Master ever, who disappeared some time ago. For whatever reason, Theron decides to take Teff’ith, his Twi’lek prisoner from a previous mission, with him rather than leave her … Read More »


MER Episode 41: Operations

15th June

E3 has come and gone but we have plenty of recap, discussion and good times for you on this episode of MER. We have two guests on this episode for you. First off joining us from Massively and The Republic we have Larry Everett. We recap everything from E3 and speculate every chance we get.

Joining us in the second half of the show is my good friend Brett Steinbrink aka Steiny. We reminisce about the raiding days of old in WoW and look ahead at Operations in TOR. If you still play WoW and are looking for a great 10 man raiding group check them out.

As always join in on the discussion in this episode on our forums. Also we have announce our upcoming MER game night, which will be June 25th 8pm EST.

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MER’s First Official Game Night

15th June

This community has been growing by leaps and bounds long since before we even got to the year we might get the game we’re all talking about. That being said, why should we wait to play together? We’ve been in the forums, talking about what games we all enjoy, now it’s time we got together. We’re happy to announce the first in what we hope will be numerous Mos Eisley Radio Community game nights! You don’t have to already be an inducted member of the MERC guild to participate, just someone from the forums who wants to hang out, frag, and get fragged.

Our first event will be with… StarCraft II! This will take place on Saturday, June 25th. If you don’t own SC2, shame on you. Regardless, if you still want to have fun … Read More »


MER Deceived Contest

5th June

Alright, we promised on the last couple episodes that we would have some sort of contest by which one of our lucky community members could win a copy of SWTOR: Deceived, autographed by Daniel Erickson and most of the TOR writing team down at BioWare Austin. Well, I can tell you, it’s gonna take more than luck (insert Obi-Wan quote here). Here are all the gory details:

Each participating member of the community may submit a short story about their prospective first character in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Each person’s story could be anything related to their character in-game, but the easiest to write would be an origin story. The story must be no greater than five-hundred (500) words and will be judged by Zach, Evan, & Alan.

The big question, of course, is how do we pick … Read More »


MER Episode 40: Deceived

2nd June

Hey guys and gals, we have kind of a special episode for you today. We are joined by Alan of our forums to discuss the latest Star Wars novel Deceived. Deceived takes place during the TOR time period and focus on three key characters, one of which is Darth Malgus. There are a lot of spoilers in this episode so if you are planning on reading the book you might want to finish it before you listen.

Also we have a contest that we are starting in this episode as well. The winner will get a copy of deceived that has been signed by Daniel Erickson and the rest of the SWTOR writing team. Even if you already own Deceived you still will want to tune to hear the details on the contest. If you are afraid of listening to the … Read More »


Grab Your Towel, Don’t Panic

27th May

For most people, May the fourth was recognized as “Star Wars Day.” I was curious as to the date of, or even if there was, an international Star Wars day. According to reliable sources (yes, Wikipedia. Shut up.), it’s officially May 25th, per the city of Los Angeles. May 25th was the date of the release of the original Star Wars movie, long before it was ever subtitled “A New Hope.” If you look up May 25th on Wookieepedia, you’ll find a vast number of other Star Wars related milestones on this date. One other celebration of May 25th happens to be “Towel Day.” For those not in tune with British science fiction, the towel is the most important item you can ever have with you, according to the best-selling Hitchhiker’s Guide … Read More »


MER Episode 39: Pile of Dead Gungans

25th May

Lots of news and other updates to talk about on this episode. Big topic of this week? Lightning! We discuss the latest Sith Inquisitor video in detail and speculate on the class story. We also talk about what we would like to see Bioware reveal at the upcoming E3 this summer.

In addition we answer your questions in the community discussion segment. We wrap the show up with a new segment called MMO Loser, where we discuss actions certain MMO players make while playing MMOs and debate if they are acceptable or not. Discuss this episode in our forums.

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Discussion Topics
- Sith Inquisitor Update
- E3 2011
- Your Questions
- MMO Loser


Open Bounty 007: SWTOUR

21st May

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Last month we traveled to Austin, Texas to participate in #SWTOUR at Bioware’s studio. During this time we were able to catch up with Damion Schubert and have a chat with him. In this episode we hit on companion characters, crafting and much more.
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Podcasting In Basic 2: Pro Tools

6th May

Podcasting In Basic 2 from Zach Brown on Vimeo.

Welcome to our second installment of Podcasting In Basic. In this episode, Zach gives us a quick rundown on how to get started with ProTools and what kind of equipment you need to turn your podcasting dreams into reality. Hopefully, this quick tutorial will give enough instruction and inspiration to go check out ProTools for yourself.


MER Episode 38: The Summit Part 2

6th May

PvP details are here! In this episode we discuss, at length, what we experienced during our second day at BioWare Austin’s FanSite Summit last week. We were able to participate in several rounds of the Alderaan Warzone in SW:TOR and we’ll give you every gory and tantalizing detail. Also, we discuss the latest breaking information on the next Warzone in SW:TOR.

Before we even get to the PvP, we’ll share our personal experiences with the Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent classes in more detail. Believe it or not, we have even more to share on top of Alderaan, Nal Hutta, and killing our fellows across the room. So, get a snack, sit back, and enjoy as we bring you 90 minutes of SW:TOR… and kittens. Our first regular episode with the new duo is a big one! … Read More »


The Summit 2011: SWTOR Warzones and PvP

5th May

BioWare Austin FanSite Summit: Warzones and PvP Recap
By Evan Lewis

As I have stated many times over, I am NOT a PvP kinda guy. At least, I wasn’t. I tried playing PvP servers and running Battlegrounds on World of WarCraft, but I simply could not get into it. The organized PvP portions felt forced and wholly unnecessary for someone like me who plays the game primarily for the story and developing my character. The world PvP in WoW was downright annoying to me. Even walking around areas that should have been relatively safe was dangerous on those servers. What really killed it for me was when I was waiting for the ship to port at Menethil Harbor and a level ?? Tauren disguised as a human pirate leaped off an Alliance … Read More »


MER Episode 37: The Summit

30th April

Recently Bioware invited several fansites to participate in day dedicated to playing SWTOR. If you have been hearing about #SWTOUR…..well….this was that event. During this time we were able to get several of the fansites together to record an episode of MER. Also because we lacked the audio equipment needed to record this podcast the audio levels are a little weird at times. We apologize in advance. We still think you will love it. Join in on the discussion in our forums.

Joining us in this episode is the following guests.
Kathy and Carla from Corellian Run Radio
Dover and Sado from Darth Hater
Vall and Lord Hammer from TOR Syndicate
Tom and Tim of Tor-Talk
Musco of Torocast
Stephen of FUREUR

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- Bounty Hunter and Agent story and mechanics
-The Black Talon Flashpoint
- Companion Characters … Read More »


MER Episode 36: Bracket Buster

15th April

Everyone say hello to Evan Lewis and give him a warm welcome. Evan joins us this week as the new co-host for MER. If you haven’t heard the latest news by now, Brooks was recently hired by BioWare and is unable to continue being a part of the website. You can read all about that here.

Since this is Evan’s first episode, we decided to do something special. As you may recall from last year, we did a SWTOR Class Bracket because Zach loves March Madness. We decided to do the same thing again this year, only step up the bracket size to 16 from 8. The main reason for this is to include the new advanced classes which weren’t announced last year during this time.

We have had a great time breaking down our thoughts on who would match … Read More »


MER Episode 35: PAX Mortem

4th April

In this this week’s episode of Mos Eisley Radio we are joined by Stephen Reid (Senior Online Community Manager) and David Bass (Senior Community Coordinator) to discuss the ins and outs of planning a massive conference presence like PAX East. From booth design to queuing to why Bioware probably wouldn’t announce a release date at PAX, Stephen and David share some great insight into the community team.

Also, the time has come that I (Brooks) can announce this will be my last show with Mos Eisley Radio. Many of you know that I’ve been on the job search recently, and through a fantastic series of events, I’m joining Bioware as an audio editor on the creative services team. The best thing though? Mos Eisley Radio and Open Bounty aren’t going anywhere! Zach has some great plans in place to continue to … Read More »


Open Bounty 006: Stephen Reid

1st April

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In the last of our interviews from PAX East, Stephen Reid chats with us about his role as the Senior Online Community Manager, and what guilds and fansites can expect from Bioware over the next couple of months.

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Open Bounty 005: Hall Hood

30th March

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On this week’s episode of Open Bounty, we speak with Hall Hood about the experience of writing a class story for Star Wars The Old Republic.

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Open Bounty 004: Daniel Erickson

19th March

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At PAX East 2011 we caught up with Daniel Erickson from Bioware and discussed a few things related to the game. The majority of our conversation revolves around class story and how it will impact your gameplay experience.

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MER Episode 34: DarthToroAskACorellianSyndicast!

16th March

In this extremely special episode of Mos Eisley Radio, we manage to wrangle as many fansites as possible into our hotel room to discuss the goings on at this year’s PAX East in Boston. Joined by Darth Hater, TOROCast, AskAJedi, Corellian Run Radio, and TOR Syndicate, we share impressions of the weekend … everything from the booth layout, to Taral V, to antics at the fansite meet and greet! We of course want to offer a huge thanks for everyone making time in their already busy schedules to join us. As always, we want to hear your thoughts by joining the discussion of this episode on the FORUMS!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz and Cornbeast.

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- Pete and Dover from Darth Hater
- Samm and Musco from TOROCast
- Bill (Lethality) from AskAJedi
- Kathy and Roxanne … Read More »


MER Episode 33: Healing Rockets

9th March

As we post this update, we are quite literally headed out the door, bound for Boston. We’re incredibly looking forward to getting our first hands-on with SWTOR, and much more so, meeting the developers and fans! On this week’s show, the ladies of Corellian Run Radio join us to discuss the Bounty Hunter class update, as well as everything the community would ever need to know about PAX East. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts by joining the discussion of this episode on the FORUMS!

We want to offer a big thanks to StarWarsFan421, Niczo Obisk from TIG, Seth Glenn, Republic Killer, Nathaniel Wolfolk, Paydirt76, balpho1, Kevin Martin, Masaimune, and Lance Baumgard for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net

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Open Bounty 003: Space Combat

2nd March

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Space Combat has been one of the most divisive features so far announced for Star Wars The Old Republic. While many fans desire to see space included in the game, some have reservations about the “tunnel-shooter” style that will be present at launch. On this week’s Open Bounty we take a look at what space combat means for Star Wars, as well as the importance of player ships beyond battle.

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MER Episode 32: Trolls Be Trollin

23rd February

PAX East is just around the corner! This week we take a look at the state of the community, and attempt to find the source of all the negative posts on the comments and forums. We also discuss Bioware’s plans for PAX East, and how the lack of a main stage show changes our expectations for the conference. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts by joining the discussion of this episode on the FORUMS!

We want to offer a big thanks to Darth Skirata and Ted Childers for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net

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News From the Galactic Republic
2/18 – Fan Friday and Studio Insider
- Fan Site Spotlight
- New fan art, concept art
- Discussion topic: Growing amount … Read More »


Open Bounty 002: Warzones

11th February

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PvP is a staple of the MMO genre. When you’re not taking on epic bosses in a dungeon, you’re probably going toe to toe with other players in a battleground. In this episode of Open Bounty, we take a look at what PvP means for Star Wars, and what challenges Bioware has to face in order to make flashpoints an exciting experience that keeps players coming back.

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MER Episode 31: Instanced

11th February

Flashpoints! Release rumors! The past two weeks have SWTOR have been packed to the brim with news of game mechanics and speculation about the release of The Old Republic. We sit down and discuss the video for Taral V, as well as both of the blogs featuring world designer Jesse Sky. We also dive into the release rumor fiasco that crept up shortly after episode 30, and try and figure out if any of it matters at all. The show finishes up with comment from listener Matt Gregory about support roles. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts by joining the discussion of this episode on the FORUMS!

We want to offer a big thanks to Alan, Toxix89, Blackferne, Galindran, Kyle Kramek, The Fish76, NBFDLunitik, and TBills for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

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MER Episode 30: Hutt on Hutt

24th January

The past couple of weeks have been extremely exciting for Mos Eisley Radio. We’ve launched two new series, Podcasting in Basic and Open Bounty, and have received some fantastic response from the community thus far. That said, the podcast is still our bread and butter, and this week we sit down to discuss the news and hot topics from the past two weeks. Bioware has confirmed SWTOR’s presence at this year’s PAX East in Boston, and we dig into the possibility of a release date announcement, as well as other expectations for the conference. Also, story keeps rolling in with the addition of the 17th planet, Quesh. This triggers a discussion on planet size, and whether or not it actually matters to most players. Finally, we round everything out with the current status of playable species, and some comments from … Read More »


Open Bounty Episode 1: Trooper Talk

21st January

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Hey everyone! Last week we launched the first part of a new series on how we create the show, called “Podcasting in Basic”. The response so far has been great, and I’m looking forward to developing that series over the coming weeks and months.

Today, we’re even MORE jazzed to show you the pilot episode of the video project we have been developing over the past couple of months. The series is called “Open Bounty” and will feature the two of us, and possibly other guests, discussing various topics related to The Old Republic. This is more than your average video podcast, however, and we’re looking to YOU to help us shape the direction of the show. We’ve been carefully listening to the community’s call for more video content, and we expect Open Bounty to set a standard … Read More »


Podcasting In Basic: Creating an SWTOR Podcast

14th January

Easily the most common question we have received since posting the first episode of Mos Eisley Radio is “How do you make the podcast?” From deciding which gear is best to planning each individual show, a lot of effort has gone into crafting the final product that goes out every couple of weeks. We’ve been podcasting in some form or another since 2007, and in that time the equipment and methods have changed drastically. I can still remember rushing out to buy my first real microphone and interface, then struggling through the process of recording everyone and making the show sound like something worth listening to.

That’s the thing…we’ve had those experiences, and we felt like now was the time to share our knowledge of podcasting with fansites and guilds who are looking to start their own. Today we’re very … Read More »


MER Episode 29: Forum Assault

10th January

Happy TOR Year! Outside of some catastrophic delay to 2012, in mere months it’s very likely that we’ll each be rolling our very first toons in The Old Republic. We start the year off right by diving into some questions from listeners about servers, advanced classes, the official forums, and even the lore-heavy world of lightsaber crystals.

The advantages of PVP versus PVE servers were laid out right alongside the decision we would have to make at level 10 if the advanced class choices remain permanent. Based on replies from questions sent out via Twitter, we also take a hard look at the state of the official forums and why most of our listeners tend to avoid them. While we didn’t have it in time for the official show, be sure to check the notes below for an official word … Read More »


MER Episode 28: Speaking Massively

20th December

Publishing a podcast two weeks in a row? Unprecedented! But given the holiday spirit (and the finale of Brooks’ collegiate career), it seemed fitting to put out a brand new episode. This week we’re joined by the SWTOR Editor over at Massively, Larry Everett. He’s been following The Old Republic just as long as we have (most of you should be familiar with his “Hyperspace Beacon” column), and for some reason it took us this long to have him as a guest.

Of course, this week was also saw the lifting of the embargo on information regarding the Jedi Knight, Consular, and the Jedi homeworld of Tython, dubbed Jedi Immersion day, that a few members of the press were shown back in November. Keeping with our recent trend, we used some of the bigger topics as basis for discussion about … Read More »


MER Episode 27: Brooks’ Complete Lack of Understanding

7th December

We asked for details about game mechanics, and Bioware answered with almost an entire month dedicated to The Old Republic’s crafting system, which will henceforth be referred to as “Crew Skills”. While on the surface the solution may seem simple, this is actually a very deep system that took us, well, mostly Brooks, a fair amount of time to wrap our heads around. Once we had things figured out, though, we ventured into some great discussions about what it means to be a crafter and the impacts that this system will have on how players interact not only with the crafting system, but with their companions as well. Also, since the both of us have just recently starting playing World of Warcraft again, we talk a bit about this week’s launch of Cataclysm and what Bioware stands to learn from … Read More »


MER Episode 26: Date Night

8th November

We’re back! The past month has given us some much-needed time to get caught up on our lives outside of the podcast, as well as make some decisions about the future direction of Mos Eisley Radio. Helping implement the first round of changes are very special guests, Kathy and Carla of Corellian Run Radio. The four of us had an absolute blast discussing the past month’s updates, including the most recent announcements regarding Warzones and Bioware’s decision to revisit the Jedi Wizard name. We also take a look into what all the fuss was about EA Louse, and the effects the situation has had on the community at large. Listen in and join us on the forums to discuss your thoughts!

We want to offer a big thanks to poopgrinder for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

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MER Episode 26 Community Discussion: Debacles

27th October

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I know it’s taken us a little bit longer than we had originally intended to get this out to everyone, but given the subject matter, we wanted to make sure we were approaching the topic with as much knowledge as possible. Of course, I’m talking about the EA Louse debacle that popped up a couple of weeks ago. Well, that’s sort of what I’m talking about.

Anyone who has been following the community goings-on as of late will know that most of what was said in the rant in regards to TOR is pure conjecture with absolutely no basis in fact. What sparked my attention, and also the attention of TOROcast’s Fodigg in his most recent “Don’t Be Surprised If…” column, is the inability for fans to defend our MMO of choice against the naysayers that came … Read More »


MER Episode 25: Scrappers and Sawbones

4th October

It’s been a great month of post-conference updates from Bioware, and we were incredibly excited to sit down and get to the heart of the Smuggler overhaul and trailer, the Light Side developer dispatch, a deeper look into the Advanced Class system, and the addition of Corellia as the fifteenth playable planet. We also had another great response from the community on the discussion topic of racial abilities. Thanks to everyone who sent us your thoughts, especially since the stance most everyone took was very unexpected. If you haven’t yet seen it, Zach posted an update about what to expect for the next month of MER, and we also touch on it at the end of the episode. We’re very excited to take some time and implement some of the new ideas we’ve had rolling around for some time now.

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MER Episode 25 Community Discussion: Species Racials

21st September

DISCUSS THIS ON THE FORUMS

Before we actually get to the question for episode 25, I want to let you all know that we’re hard at work on the new show, as well as bringing some new segments to MER to keep things lively after the con season. And keep in mind there’s a suggestion thread stickied on the forums, and we would love to hear ideas from everyone on how we can continue to improve the show to be exactly what the community is looking for.

Now, the past couple of weeks have given us some fantastic updates: Corellia has been announced as the 15th playable planet, looks at the Jedi classes with the “Designing the Light Side” developer video, and especially the EPIC Smuggler video posted by Machinima.com. We recommend every check these out, as well as the detailed break-downs … Read More »


MER Episode 24: Suggestion: Do a barrel roll!

6th September

After taking an extra week to get used to new schedules and make sure we can talk about PAX as soon as possible, we’re back with a brand new episode of Mos Eisley Radio! This week we get caught up on all the details about space combat, the reveal of the previously unknown advanced classes, and all of the juicy bits so far revealed from last weekend in Seattle. We also get to discuss the community discussion topic about how space will fit into story, and we greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. There is still a lot of information from PAX Prime to be revealed, so you can be sure it will be a major topic in episode 25!

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MER Episode 24 Community Discussion: Space Stories

24th August

It’s that time again for a community discussion topic! The week before each episode we put up a short audio clip detailing the new topic. We then want you to send us your thoughts either through the forums, email, or in the form of an mp3. When it comes time to record the episode, we will pull some of your comments and use them as a basis for discussion on the show. So, now for this week’s question…

There has been a lot of recent news regarding Bioware’s direction for space combat in The Old Republic. With the PC Gamer article and the short trailer shown off at GamesCom, we’ve been given a small insight into the very guided, yet highly cinematic experiences the team has planned. There are many details yet to come, but the biggest one we’re looking forward … Read More »


MER Episode 23: Form V

17th August

This week we get back to the classic style of MER, breaking down the latest news and getting to the heart of community conversations. We get caught up on all the details for Space Combat and the new Jedi Knight advanced classes, and take a good look at the four new playable species. The community really brought their A-game for this week’s discussion topic, and they helped us dissect the concerns surrounding class restrictions. Also the mail bag has gotten significantly lighter, and we’ll continue to answer our backlog of emails in the next couple of shows.

We want to offer a big thanks to Rel82aStarkiller, Mesirav Darkcrest, Kathy from Corellian Run Radio, camensmasher, Robhellboy, Lordhammer from Guild Umbra, Timsobuff, Xavier, and Sebastian0 for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

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MER Episode 23 Community Discussion: Class Restrictions

10th August

It’s that time again for a community discussion topic! We’re both incredibly excited to get back to the gritty details of the most recent news, some rumors, and most importantly, what you guys and gals are thinking about The Old Republic. For anyone new to MER (or in case you have forgotten), here’s how the community discussion topic works: The week before each episode we will put up a short audio clip detailing the new topic. We then want you to send us your thoughts either through the forums, email, or in the form of an mp3. When it comes time to record the episode, we will pull some of your comments and use them as a basis for discussion on the show. So, now for this week’s question…

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MER Episode 22: Extra Lives

2nd August

Continuing with our summer of amazing guests, this week Scott Johnson of The Instance and the FrogPants network of shows joins us to discuss all things SWTOR! We take another step back to discuss what makes a great gaming podcast, whether or not Bioware has the formula in place to make a fantastic game (hint: they do!), parenting and MMOs, and in general completely geek out on our most anticipated game of the next year. We also hit the recent news, including the announcement of ship combat at Comic-Con 2010 and the newest playable planet (which is actually a moon), Nar Shaddaa.

Also, stick around after the show is over to hear us geek out even more on what we’ve been playing (mostly Starcraft II) and some of the games we’re looking forward to in the coming months.

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MER Episode 21: Totally Rad

18th July

After taking an extended break to recover from the post-E3 blues, we’re joined this week by Totally Rad Show and Weekend Confirmed host Jeff Cannata! Jeff helps us to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Mos Eisley Radio by taking a step back to look at Bioware’s place in the MMO genre and what steps they need to take for The Old Republic to appeal to gamers of all backgrounds.

We also cover the most recent news, including the very popular music and sound updates which take a look at the original music being composed specifically for SWTOR. All that and more inside!

We want to offer a big thanks to Stoufers, Gnome Comsky, Greghummel, Tekjedi, Yulis, Yoday, Force Almighty, Redtear, RedEightyNine, DacobaTar, Eduardo B., CRR_Carla, Machin Shin, Cade Rahl, Tangero 2325, Communist Robot, and RTS_Austin for taking the time to leave … Read More »


MER Episode 21 Community Discussion: Did Bioware deliver at E3?

5th July

You’re probably asking yourself, “It’s been two weeks, where is the new show??”. Well, with con season in full swing, the news cycle from Bioware starts to slow down and instead of putting out a show where we only discuss a few topics, we feel it’s better to let the news pile up a bit and then really tackle it with some great, in-depth discussion.

Speaking of discussion, we want to bring back the polls we did for a while in the form of community discussions. So here’s how it’s going to work: The week before each episode we will put up a short audio clip detailing the new topic. This could range anywhere from a piece of news released from Bioware or some ridiculous rumor we heard floating around the web. We then want you to send us your thoughts … Read More »


MER Episode 20: SWTOR at E3 2010

21st June

E3 2010 has come and gone, and with it we have received a number of updates and details covering everything from player ships to crafting. The two of us break down everything inside, along with a collection of interview clips to make sure we’re getting the best information right from the source. Give it a listen and pass it on to your friends!

We want to offer a big thanks to Good Revan and RobHellBoy for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net

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News from the Galactic Republic
Bioware reveals new CGI Cinematic Trailer “Hope”
-Hope trailer at SWTOR.com
-Interview at Ask A Jedi with Bryan Arndt

Player Ships Announced
-Player Ships at SWTOR.com
-Interview with Daniel Erickson at Darth Hater
-Interview with Daniel Erickson at GameTrailers.com

Warzones Announced … Read More »


Hope Cinematic Trailer

14th June

The new trailer has been added over at SWTOR.com.

The video was created by BLUR, the same production company that worked on the “Deceived” trailer.


EA’s E3 2010 Press Conference: Hope, Player Ships, and Warzones

14th June

EA just wrapped up their press conference at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. The presentation included a number of games including relaunches of the Need For Speed and Medal of Honor franchises. Of course, we watched with bated breath for Bioware’s presentation. What did we get? The team showed off the new “Hope” trailer that was teased last week. The video is set on Alderaan and pits a Havok squad of troopers against an unmasked Darth Malgus. It was far and away one of the most exciting pieces of video game cinema seen since, well, the Deceived trailer! We’ll be sure to post a link to the video as soon as it goes live on the web. The second reveal of the presentation was a bit more gameplay oriented…

Player ships! LucasArts’ Mary Bihr and Greg Zestra from Bioware showed … Read More »


Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010

14th June

E3 is upon us! Starting today the developers will begin their deluge of new reveals about the direction Star Wars The Old Republic will be taking over the coming months. Between press conferences, interviews, and hands-on, there is going to be plenty of information for us to sift through. Like we mentioned in episode 19, we plan on doing a wrap-up episode at the end of this week, so you will definitely want to be on the lookout for that!

In the meantime, there are two great places to keep up with all of the newly released info about SWTOR. The first of these is the official site, where the community team will be updating the page regularly with links to various reviews and interviews from the games press. The second is over at Darth Hater, where they have a large … Read More »


MER Episode 19: Known Associates

7th June

With the development team knee-deep in E3 prep, the news cycle for the past few weeks has slowed down just a bit, but not completely! In the episode we discuss the new info on Companions, the updates to the Sith Warrior, and what famed Galaxies developer Matt Boudreaux might bring to the SWTOR team. With E3 coming up next week, be sure to keep an eye out for our wrap-up episode at the end of the week. We’re extremely excited to see what Bioware has in store for us!

We want to offer a big thanks to Laryk and Bronzephisy for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net

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News from the Galactic Republic
(5/28) Companions Updated
-Dedicated page in the Game Systems section
-Original … Read More »


MER Episode 18: Master Gnost-Dural Does

25th May

Advanced Class System before E3? We weren’t expecting that at all. The two of us venture into the details of the system, and speculate on what it could mean for the other classes. We also cover the newly added planet of Hoth, as well as the Inhabitants section of the Holonet. Like we mention in episode 17, there was a huge backlog of listener questions so we take the time to get caught up, touching on everything from land mounts to whatever happened to Revan and Bastila. And don’t forget to check out the new segment covering general Star Wars news. All that and more inside!!

We want to offer a big thanks to Farscape29, Twintwisters, and Darth_Entropius for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his … Read More »


MER Episode 17: Microtransawesome?

8th May

It has been much too long since we’ve been able to record a new show…and the ridiculous amount of news we cover in episode 17 reflects that! Going all the way back to Voss, we touch on all of the updates through the new Developer Video #4 on Combat. In an effort to give new features like the “Inhabitants” section and the new webcomic the attention they deserve, we’ll be discussing those on episode 18. But there’s more here than just official updates! Based on the recent news around Blizzard’s Celestial Steed mount, we dive headfirst into a great discussion on micro-transactions and how Bioware will likely include them in The Old Republic.

We want to offer a big thanks to jg1001 and flippa299 for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes.

Also don’t forget to check out the great … Read More »


MER Episode 17 Pre-Poll: Real-money transactions for in-game items

27th April

We know it’s been quite a while since we’ve brought you a new episode, but we’re incredibly excited to put together episode 17 for you! The pre-poll for this week stems from the recent news about Blizzard’s new for-purchase Celestial Steed mount that netted the company about $2 million in the first four hours it was available. We want to know if this type of thing is something you feel is fitting the MMO space, and if Bioware were to include something similar, what are the limits on things that should be available for purchase.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Look for the new episode to come out early next week.


MER Episode 16: The One Where We Visit PAX East!

2nd April

Holy crap PAX East was a blast! Between playing new games, sitting in on some great panels, and listening to the best in nerd music, we had our weekend cut out for us. The conference was a resounding success, and we’ve chosen to highlight some of the best games and panels we saw. But don’t fret! There’s also a solid amount of The Old Republic news to get caught up on, including discovery of the game testing portal, the addition of the Biographies tab, and a word from Damion Schubert on group XP versus solo XP. All that and more! Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments.

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net
Transition music for this show was provided by Metroid Metal. You … Read More »


Friday Update for April 2nd, 2010

2nd April

With the transition away from news about the story pillar of The Old Republic starting to ramp up, this week’s update brings us a Developer Blog from Principal Lead Systems Designer Damion Schubert. The blog outlines Bioware’s approach to creating the overall feel of an MMO, either from the “world” philosophy or the “game” philosophy. Both approaches differ greatly, wherein the world approach focuses on an open sandbox and players’ imaginations, and the game approach tightly holds players hands through a fine-tuned experience.

Schubert went on to explain that the Austin development team approaches MMO development with a third philosophy: community. The community-oriented approach allows them to bridge the gap between world and game, providing opportunities for players to both interact and explore the world around them, and also to be engaged in stories surrounding their characters and the galaxy as … Read More »


Friday Update for March 26th, 2010

26th March

We’re here at PAX East! With a huge set of sessions and a sprawling expo floor to check out, we certainly have an exciting weekend ahead of us. Even if The Old Republic doesn’t have an official presence at the conference, expect to see a slew up updates about the things we see and hear.

In the mean time, this week Sean brings us a slightly different take on the Friday Update. No new planets or webcomics, but instead a deeper look into some of the characters we’ve seen thus far. Interested in Grand Moff Kilran’s rise to power or about the descendant of Bastila Shan? The new Biographies section of the Holonet looks like its shaping up to be the definitive source for info about some of the galaxy’s biggest names. Broken down into three sections (by faction), the list … Read More »


MER Episode 15: Gee Dee Cee You At PAX East!

18th March

After taking a month off, we knew you guys would want a packed show…and we’ve delivered! Beyond catching up on all the recent news like Belsavis and the Consular developer blog, Darth Hater’s Emlaeh joined us to talk about her hands-on experience with the Trooper last week at LucasArts. We also get to the listener questions that have been sitting in the inbox for a while, and our pal JD joins us for an Old Republic class March Madness! Hope you all enjoy the long format, and we look forward to bringing you our experience at PAX East next week.

Also, we want to extend a huge thanks to Jaysen71581 for taking the time to leave us a review on iTunes!

Music for this show was provided by General Fuzz. Check out more of his work at generalfuzz.net

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Mice of the Old Republic: If Disney Purchased EA

8th March

The bulk of our Stories From The Outer Rim talk from Episode 14 was about the possibility of EA being purchased by a larger group in 2010, with Star Wars The Old Republic acting as a top selling point. While we touched on a lot of details around this topic, we felt it best to put together a definitive post from the fan’s perspective.

Are We Crazy?
The cornerstone of the discussion behind EA’s purchase stemmed from the Christmas wrap-up and prediction episode of the 4 Guys 1 Up Podcast. John Davison’s first prediction was that one of the major four game publishers would be purchased by a larger media conglomerate sometime within the next year. His best guess? EA, primarily due to a number of its properties that dovetail with a large media company, especially a group like Disney. What we … Read More »


MER Episode 15 Pre-Poll: Revisiting Planets…With A Twist!

2nd March

The poll this week revisits the idea from episode 9 with a slightly different twist. With the recent annoucement of Taris and the newest developer video outlining the team’s approach to this destroyed planet, we want to know which, if any, of the planets from KOTOR you would love to see in the game.

Here’s the catch, we’re going to provide links to the Wookipedia entry for each planet to refresh your minds, and in the comments we want to hear your ideas for how Bioware can take a familiar landscape and craft a new and interesting story in it. Get creative! Have some crazy idea about a Wookie uprising on Kashyyyk? Want to rebuild pieces of the Star Forge floating around Rakata Prime? Sketch it out, and we’ll discuss your storylines on episode 15.

Brush up on each planet’s history…
-Dantooine
-Kashyyyk … Read More »


MER Episode 14: Crackpots of The Old Republic

17th February

With Con season right around the corner, the news from Bioware has just barely been trickling out. But that’s okay! With a month break from the show, we’ve had plenty of news pile up to talk about including a new Holonet entry, a Dev Blog on the Sith Inquisitor, and the newly announced playable planet, Taris! It’s not all news either, as we launch into an epic speculation rabbit hole about the nature of the Spring 2011 release announcement. You won’t want to miss it!

Also, we want to extend a huge thanks to JThompson6577, DEDMON5811 (who left a seriously hilarious review and has been active in the forums as well), and Peterisjustok for taking the time to leave us reviews on iTunes!

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News from the Galactic Republic
Holorecord Entry: Onslaught of the Sith Empire

Developer Blog: Composing the Sith Inquisitor
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PAX East Weekend Badges Now Sold Out

4th February

The PAX crew called it! Less than two weeks after alerting the community that the conference would sell out, the team has announced that they will no longer be selling the three-day weekend badge. Those who are interested in attending single days (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), can still buy passes individually at $30 a piece. More information about the conference and badge registration can be found on the PAX East official site.

As mentioned in the pre-poll this week, we’re going! For those of you who have your passes, it would be great to meet up with you at the conference. Hopefully we’ll be able to figure out a specific time and place to get together. Be sure to check back on all the details.


MER Episode 14 Pre-Poll: Are You Going to PAX East?

27th January

Flights booked. Reservations made….we’re going to PAX East! And we’re incredibly excited to be able to take in all the event will offer. So we want to know, are you going too? Vote in the poll below and let us know in the comments!

If you want to order your pass, or are just curious about what the conference is going to offer, be sure to head on over to the official PAX East Site. Tickets ARE going to sell out, so be sure to get them as soon as possible if you plan on attending.


MER Episode 13: Dispensing Justice

18th January

Hear that sound? That’s the gentle sigh of relief from a community that finally knows when to expect The Old Republic to be released. A release date, we might add, that is going to mean more features, more content, and ample time to deal with bugs PRIOR to launch. Along with the new release target, we get caught up on the rest of SWTOR news with the Imperial Agent developer blog, the new Sith planet, Dromund Kaas, and more. We also respond to one of our best polls yet (thanks to you listeners!) and yield a few questions on everything from group roles to cross-faction conversation.

Thanks again to everyone who sent us a question, participated in the poll, or has left us reviews on iTunes and other places around the web…we truly appreciate it!!

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MER Episode 13 Pre-Poll: Are You Hardcore?

12th January

Are you hardcore? We know that each of you comes from a different gaming background, with a number of different experiences. Are you the casual player who logs a few hours a week, or a dedicated raider putting in five hours a night? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments!

Episode 13 will come out early next week. We’ll be discsussing the newly announced “target release” of SWTOR, the Imperial Agent developer blog, Dromund Kaas, and more!


MER Episode 12: Jet Pack Rancors!

30th December

This week we’re joined by Darth Hater‘s Sleeper, as well as Deacon, who guested previously in episode 6. The four of us get caught up on all the recent TOR news, including the two new planets added to the Holonet and the new Developer Dispatch video on creating the Dark Side. We also dive into a great discussion about what news from 2009 had us most excited about the game, and what we’re looking forward to most in the next year. Give it a listen for all the details!

Again, huge thanks to both Deacon and Sleeper for joining us this week. The two of us had a blast recording this one.

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News from the Galactic Republic
Two new planets added to the Holonet
Alderaan – http://swtor.com/info/holonet/planets/alderaan
Tatooine – http://swtor.com/info/holonet/planets/tatooine

Developer Dispatch – Designing the Dark Side
Video – http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/developer-dispatch-5
Dissection at Darth Hater – … Read More »


MER Episode 12 Pre-Poll: What races do you want to see in TOR?

18th December

Now that we know all of the playable classes for The Old Republic, what kinds of playable species do you want to see? We chose five of the more common ones for you to choose from. If we missed your favorite species, leave us a note in the comment about which one you want to play!

We also want to remind everyone that episode 12 will come out just after Christmas. Zach and I are working on putting together a great year-end wrap up, hopefully joined by a couple of the Darth Hater guys, and maybe some other members of the community.

*P.S. …forgive me for whispering in the audio, I was hanging out in the lobby of a hotel and couldn’t speak very loud.


MER Episode 11: Now Begins the (Sith) Inquisition!

6th December

To say the last couple of weeks has media blitz of new TOR news would be the understatement of the century. We break down both of the new classes, get some new info about companions and class trees, and look at how Bioware is going to approach the MMO “Trinity”. There’s also a brand new release rumor, and some great listener questions.

Check it out and join us in the forums for discussion!

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News from the Galactic Republic
Final two classes revealed to be Force users
-Jedi Consular at the Holonet and Darth Hater
-Sith Inquisitor at Darth Hater
-Bioware’s choice to address “healing” as CC and damage-mitigation instead of outright “heals”

Smuggler Class Trees

Insight into Companion Characters

General Information Confirmed

Stories from the Outer Rim
Release Rumor Round 2: Could a compiling of the Threat of Peace and a new short story accompany a release of … Read More »


MER Episode 11 Pre-Poll: What’s Your Faction?

2nd December

With the final two classes acknowledged by Bioware, we’re curious to know…which allegiance will you vow to defend once the game launches? Vote in the poll and leave us any comments you’d like! We’ll be discussing the results in episode 11, which should be out early next week.


MER Episode 10: Orbital Bombardment!

19th November

Wow, the Imperial Agent!! We knew the community was buzzing about the next class for the Sith Empire, but we certainly weren’t expecting an announcement this soon. The two of us cover the ins and outs of the new class, as well as Bioware’s approach to preventing gold farmers and botters from ruining our game experience before the game is even out! We also received some great listener questions about classes and how the Austin team is going to pull off all this story business!

Again, huge shoutout to the officers over at http://iugaming.com! They put on a fantastic LAN last weekend.

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News from the Galactic Republic
Imperial Agent announced as the third Sith Empire class
-Picked up first by Now Gamer, then Darth Hater, then the official forum post by Sean Dahlberg
-Added to the Holonet
-Inspiration for story / combat
-Darth Hater … Read More »


MER Episode 09: Betting on Red 5

5th November

Bioware finally added the Jedi to the Holonet! Zach and I break down what to expect from combat and story for one of SWTOR’s most anticipated classes. We also touch on the announcement leak, Bioware’s design direction, and answer a great pile of listener questions. Give it a listen and send us your feedback!

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News from the Galactic Republic
-Jedi Knight added to the Holonet
Quotes in the episode from GameSpot article

Stories from the Outer Rim
-Jedi Knight leaked early (Thanks to Axe Faktor for the heads up)
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=56275
http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=83590

Design thoughts – Sparked by the tapered lightsaber discussion on our forums

Poll of the week discussion
What unconfirmed planet do you want to see the most in TOR?
-Tatooine 29%
-Other 21%
-Dantooine 14%
-Mon Calimari 14%
-Telos 10%
-Kashyyyk 10%
-Bothawui 2%
-Other planets from the comments: Obroa-Skai, Ilum, Corellia, Dagobah

Listener Questions
Hey guys awesome show!! Just wanted to know how (if you … Read More »


MER Episode 09 Pre-Poll: What unconfirmed planet do you want in SWTOR?

25th October

So with the recent announcement of Balmorra this now gives us at least six confirmed planets in TOR. The other planets include Tython, Korriban, Coruscant, Hutta, and Ord Mantell. I have to figure we will see a few more planets announced in the coming months in addition to these. So this raises the questions, what one planet do you want to see in the game more than any other unmentioned so far? Tell us why you want that planet in the game too.


MER Episode 08: The Black Sun Syndicate

19th October

Bioware dropped the making of Coruscant and the new planet, Balmorra, on us, and Zach points out a mention of the Black Sun Syndicate! Christian Sorrell joins us from FourStoryGamer.com to discuss the news and the possibility of creature handlers in SWTOR, as well as some listener questions about Bioware points, mounts, and more. We top off the episode with a special segment about the Star Wars franchise. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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News from the Galactic Republic
-The Making of Coruscant
-Balmorra revealed as the newest playable planet location in SWTOR

Stories from the Outer Rim
-Is Creature Handler going to be revealed as a playable class?

Listener Questions
I Think the points system that you guys was talking about in episode 7 could be something like World Of Warcraft’s DKP system. Where you gain points for raiding … Read More »


MER Episode 07: The NOT Beta

5th October

Game Testing…Holy crap! I don’t think any of us were expecting this. And of course, we couldn’t wait another week to talk about it! We also touch on the new Sith Developer Blog, and answer a listener question about character and story customization.

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News from the Galactic Republic
-SWTOR Game Testing: What it is and isn’t, and what it means for you as a fan

-Game Testing announcement brings the site down for hours

-Sith Developer Blog

Stories from the Outer Rim
-Is Bioware using “points” for in-game currency?

Listener Questions
Hey Zach and Brooks first I just wanted to say great job with the podcast you guys are doing a great job. My question is that the developers are putting a lot of emphasis on story and that every class will have a unique story. I was wondering on how the player stories … Read More »


MER Episode 06: Threat of the Old Republic

28th September

What a slow month for news! Don’t worry though, we’ve got a doozy of an episode for you (over an hour and a half!). DeaconX of Heroes of the Old Republic was finally able to join us where we discuss his project and the Threat of Peace webcomic. We also touch on some community rumblings about PVP, microtransactions, and the closing of some Galaxies servers. All that and more!

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News from the Galactic Republic
-SOE shutting down a number of Star Wars Galaxies servers

Stories from the Outer Rim
-Will Bioware be using microtransactions for SWTOR?
-Slash Dance!

KOTOR Giveaway Winners!

Listener Questions
@NpXDinO – Have you guys heard anything about flying a ship, owning a ship, or at least commanding a ship?

@Machine1k – What do you guys think about the amount of CC that might be in game? for PvP and PvE.

JD – We … Read More »


MER Episode 05b: KOTOR Giveaway!

20th September

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With the slow stream of news in the past couple of weeks, we thought it best to push back episode 6 by a week. What better way to make up for the delay than by giving away two free copies of Knights of the Old Republic via Steam! Make sure to go sign up for a steam account here if you don’t already have one, and then listen to the show for details on how to enter. We’ll be announcing the winners on next week’s episode!


MER Episode 05: PAX 2009

7th September

PAX 2009 served up a huge pile of new SWTOR news. Everything from Coruscant, to Trooper gameplay, to player housing, and more. Give it a listen and join the discussion!

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News From the Galactic Republic
PAX – Penny Arcade Expo
-Coruscant confirmed as a playable planet (Video @ YouTube)
-Trooper class demo
-Death system
-Use of phasing system for personal stories

Stories From the Outer Rim
-Player housing
-Morality System
-Sith Infiltrator Class

Listener Questions
@sirdesmond – Do you think SWTOR will have character customization to the level of Champions Online or Star Trek Online?

@TonySama22 – The finishing moves in some vids, will those come about from talent trees or trainers, etc?

@NpXDinO – The landscape was beautiful in the demos!! How high are the land expectations after that sexyness!?!?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments and the forums!


MER Episode 04: Basterds of the Old Republic

25th August

The past two weeks have served up a heaping helping of news and rumors. We break down everything from the developer walkthrough to some interesting community creations. Details are in the notes below…give it a listen and let us know what you think!

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News From the Galactic Republic
GamesCom Developer Walkthrough
- Bounty Hunter
- Smuggler
- Korriban / Sith Warrior
- Flashpoint: “Highly customized story and gameplay experience”
- Detailed breakdown at Darth Hater

SWTOR Localized to French and German
- French and German versions of the website AND game
- Includes forums, Holonet, timeline videos, etc
- Very important to building a global community

Stories From the Outer Rim
SWTOR Release Rumor
- How we’re going to treat these rumors
- French site reports reliable source says October of 2010
- Poll Results

Community Highlight
Heroes of the Old Republic
- Old-style radio drama created by community member DeaconX
- Prelude tells the story of … Read More »


MER Episode 03: Speculathon 2009

7th August

With little news coming from the SWTOR site and Comic-Con, we break down some of the finer points of group play and the concept of companion characters in an MMO setting. We also get our first chance to field some listener questions from Twitter and the site. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!

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News From the Galactic Republic / Stories from the Outer Rim
Pre Comic-Con IGN Interview with Dallas Dickinson and Jake Neri
-Healing
-Raids and Group Class Members
-Companion Characters

Twitter Questions
-sirdesmond and bmartin717 were curious about group structure and whether or not tanks would be required.
-NpXDinO and Silv3r_Rav3n wanted to know about the graphics in SWTOR

P.S. Unfortunately we missed covering the new developer blog. This will definitely be discussed in the next episode!


MER Episode 02: Attack!!!

22nd July

Zach and Brooks break down the past two weeks of SWTOR news, from the voiceover work outlined in Developer Blog #10 to the UI design shown in Video Documentary #3. All that and more in this week’s episode of Mos Eisley Radio!

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News From the Galactic Republic
Return of the Mandalorians
-Overview of the video
-Mandalorians as a “faction” and how factions would work in SWTOR

Development Blog #10 / Video Documentary #3
-Visual appearance of the SWTOR engine
-Voicing of both NPCs and your player’s character
-All aspects of the scale and level of production going in to the voice over work.
-Brooks’ post about audio from an engineer’s perspective
-SWTOR’s UI and the need for a mod community

Stories from the Outer Rim
PC Gamer UK Interview with Rich Vogel
-PVP, Raids, Economy

Discussion of the Week
Trooper and Bounty Hunter Classes
-What roles Trooper and Bounty Hunter will play within … Read More »


MER Episode 01: Gooooood Morning Tatooine!

10th July

The time has finally come to throw preparation and caution to the wind and release the very first episode of Mos Eisley Radio! We couldn’t be more excited about bringing you the latest in The Old Republic news, as well as in-depth looks at all aspects of the vast Star Wars universe we all know and love.

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In our premiere episode, we take a general look at the setting we will be playing in, and give an overview of what we know as far as classes and gameplay. While there aren’t a whole lot of details at this point, there’s plenty of room for deep discussion and speculation.

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter! There you’ll find some of the latest news about The Old Republic and what’s going on with the show.

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