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C is for Cantina Crawl – #AtoZChallenge

April 3, 2013

So, yes. Star Wars Galaxies. Love it or hate it (I loved it), there was one part of of this game which really set it apart from others. And that was the Entertainer Classes. You could be a Dancer, Musician, Image Designer, or all the above. The best parts are when we had “Cantina Nights” on various servers and worlds. The epitome of the Entertainer experience, though, was the Cantina Crawl. It is really hard to explain what a Cantina Crawl is about, so I’ve included my favorite Cantina Crawl video, from Javier. He’s the master at these, I swear.

These started on the Bria Server, and the invite was out to all people who wanted to drop by from their on server and from other servers. There would always be a color theme and tone, plus there would be a schedule of Cantina visits spread through the event.

Gorath's First Cantina Crawl, planned out with the help of the German SWG players.

Gorath’s First Cantina Crawl, planned out with the help of the German SWG players.

My home server was Gorath, and I also found a home on Kettemoor. I spent my time between both servers, but mostly on my home server. I was part of an in-game band, called The Kreetles. We were busy almost every night of the week, performing music and dance for roleplaying events and other gatherings.

Rinna in a beautiful light

Rinna in a beautiful light

The more artful of Entertainers planned out elaborate routines, wrote “songs” to go with all the Star Wars music songs they gave us. Like for my Blue Rodian, Honeewoo, I “wrote” lyrics to go with Eiffel’s “I’m Blue”. Sure, that song wasn’t in the game, but you suspended disbelief. Whatever “song” went with the tune/lyrics/dance moves was good.

Bria Crawl - Attack of the Hawtpants

Bria Crawl – Attack of the Hawtpants. Yes, I’m the Blue Rodian.

The Cantina Crawls were a great bonding experience in-game and allowed non-roleplayers to hang out and just pretend to be “bar patrons”. Many didn’t know how to roleplay, but would be the “bartender” or “bouncer”. Didn’t have to say much, but felt part of the whole roleplay/entertainer experience. Heck, we’d even have patrols of Stormtroopers show up to “disturb the peace” and grief everyone who was an alien species.

Nurian, watching over the Gorath Crawl, on the planet Lok.

Nurian, watching over the Gorath Crawl, on the planet Lok.

The success of the Cantina Crawl also led to more silly persuits. If virtual dance/song bar hopping wasn’t silly enough, there were the “Wookiee Crawl” and “Rodian Invasion”. I missed out on the first Wookiee Crawl, where it was literally, Wookiees crawling on the ground, all over the place. I did, however, create the Rodian Invasion! I cannot remember the server we invaded, off the top of my head. But we sure had a blast. No rules in clothing or theme, other than we were smelly Rodians, invading various planets. We danced, we told jokes. Played music and talked in Huttese when we could. Thanks to The Complete Wermo’s Guide to Huttese, we did so brilliantly. All the while, yelling “RODIAN POWER” everywhere we traveled. Many folks on the server couldn’t just instantly change over to a Rodian, but many of them followed us around for the fun.

RODIAN POWER!

RODIAN POWER!

I will treasure my Entertainer friends out here in the Real World(TM) now, with SWG shut down. We still laugh and giggle about the good times we had in the SWG Cantinas. We remember the new friendships and community bonding as we danced and sang across each other’s servers. And I still sometimes “talk” in Huttese. I sure do miss my Entertainer pals, and those who supported our very very sandbox gameplay style.

Zyre & Iago, the wonderful pair who managed The Kreetles. Love you jerks. <3

Zyre & Iago, the wonderful pair who managed The Kreetles. Love you jerks. ❤

  1. April 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Some of my favorite times in SWG were spent watching the Kreetles or tending bar for the thirsty crowds that came to see them.

    • April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I sure miss those days with you.

  2. awriterweavesatale
    April 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    my boys are such gamers, that as a mom mostly I rebelled — until I discovered that simple tiling game, Bejeweled. I’m hooked. Does that make me a gamer?

    • April 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

      It does! Lots of women play social/small games like this. Bejeweled is a great game. You should also check out Big Fish Games. A whole group of women met in game and started playing together and sharing their lives. http://bigfishbabes.com/

      Before they all started playing these games, they would have never considered themselves gamers. But they are! Anyone who says you aren’t a gamer, can kiss your big toe. 🙂

  3. April 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Haha! That looks like fun!

  4. April 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thumbs up for the love for a “terminated” game! I’m a City of Heroes refugee myself. Anyway – game on!

  5. April 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not a gamer. Both my daughters are and LOVE it!
    Connie
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  6. transformednonconformist
    April 8, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I love video games, but have never really played the in depth role playing games.

    Dropping in from A to Z Challenge. It’s my first year participating.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

  7. April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I’m not really a gamer anymore (stopped after my Super NES went out of style :P) but this sounds interesting.

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