Star Wars Galaxies… it was a good game for its time and it’s time ain’t over yet!
Thanks to many dedicated fans over at SWGEmu, the original version of Star Wars Galaxies, affectionately called “pre-cu”, lives on through emulation. In 2004 Sony Online Entertainment and Lucas Arts changed the game with the Combat Upgrade, hence the original version being referred to as pre-cu. Later in 2011, the game was shut down entirely, making way for Star Wars the Old Republic.
In the past, I took part in some programming for the Tarkin SWGEmu server when it was around, the repo for which you can find on Github here. Other related files and older versions of server/client mods that I have created can be downloaded from my Mega storage.
From 2014 to 2016, I worked on a SWGEmu server / SWG client mod that I called Legend of Hondo. It was a personal project to create a pirate themed, single player, Star Wars experience using the SWGEmu server and the Star Wars Galaxies game client. I was creating it entirely for something to do, because I wanted to, for my own enjoyment. I shared it on GitHub as a modification reference for other folks who are hosting SWGEmu servers. I never really expect anyone else to download and play Legend of Hondo, but anything is possible! 🙂
I started working on the project in 2014 and I have restarted a couple of times since, for various reasons. I have renamed the previous version (2015-2016) Legend of Hondo Classic and have retired it. The current version is now the last version of Legend of Hondo there will ever be and with that in mind…
Due to the manner in which the SWGEmu project is managed, I have decided it’s a better use of my time to lock the version of SWGEmu and their Public Engine that Legend of Hondo is based on; It’s just not worth my time to constantly revisit content that I have already completed to make it compatible with newer versions of SWGEmu and/or Public Engine. Here are the final commits I have taken from their repos that everything I make from here on in will be compatible with:
Date: Thu Oct 6 04:01:28 2016
Date: Fri Sep 30 19:11:00 2016 -0400
If you encounter issues using Legend of Hondo mods on your own server, it’s up to you to uncover the root cause and solve the compatibility issues. May the Force be with you!
Project Status: Dead in 2017
Even after going through the long process of creating some helpful world building tools, working with the SWGEmu server code and the SWG client modding tools is just… not fun. It’s convoluted, tedious, and far too time consuming for what it is. Add in the reality that ultimately no one is ever going to play it anyway (including myself, because I’m just not interested in playing SWG in general), it just doesn’t make sense to keep working on the project. I can spend less time doing more and achieving more with better tools, so that’s what I am doing.
Legend of Hondo and SWGEmu Mod Posts
- Hondo – A Copy of my Development Server Virtual Machine (12/22/2016) - To make it a little bit easier for folks to play around with Legend of Hondo (particularly the admin tools that are handy for general SWGEmu “world building”), I’ve uploaded a copy of my VirtualBox VM to my MEGA storage. You can find it here, LoH_Public_Server_Dec_2016.7z. It’s exactly what I use for developing Legend of […]
- Hondo: A Pirate System in the Making (12/11/2016) - Taking a completed game and modding into something else entirely is usually referred to as a “total conversion mod”. A mod that turns a Battlefield into a Star Wars game is a total conversion. What I am doing with my Legend of Hondo mods for Star Wars Galaxies isn’t quite on the level of “total […]
- Hondo – Meet the Hondo Housing System! (9/10/2016) - The Hondo Housing System is the result of my testing (over the last few months and at various other times over the years) various methods that allow players to live in NPC cities. There are so many ways to achieve this goal, each with their own positives and negatives. After much consideration, I chose to […]
- Benchmarking My FX-8320 with Core3 and TrinityCore in VirtualBox (4/27/2017) - One of the biggest disappoints I have had when it comes to computers was buying an early version of the Intel Core2 Quad Q8200, because Intel disabled their hardware virtualization support (VT-d) on it, as part of their arbitrary and consumer-unfriendly pricing scheme. That was back in 2008 and at $185, it was the best […]
- Core3 vs. TrinityCore – Which is better to work with? (4/26/2017) - KISS, that fun phrase every computer science teacher loves to share with his students, is the at the heart of this whole post; TrinityCore (a World of Warcraft server emulator) is a simple, straight forward C++/MySQL project, while Core3 (a Star Wars Galaxies server emulator) is about as “Mad Scientist” as one can get with […]
- SWGEmu – Motivations for Modding and other Ramblings (11/29/2016) - I’m sick and tired, literally I am afraid to say, I… I have a “man-cold” and while my body may be exhausted for really no good reason at all, my not so very sleepy mind desires more than to stare into the darkness. So… I may as use this down time to post about why […]
- BazaarBot – A System to Automatically Sell Items on the Bazaar in SWGEmu (10/27/2016) - I’ve been taking a little break from working on Legend of Hondo and other projects to help Kinshi and the good folks from the Tarkin community set up Tarkin 2.0 for their small role playing community. That’s nice of me and all, but truth be told, a lot of the stuff I am working on […]
- SWGEmu – A Verbose Server Setup Guide (for Debian Linux) (10/1/2016) - I’ve seen a lot of people ask for a generic guide on how to setup a server and I’ve personally been asked many questions about the process over the years, so I decided that I would roll a server VM from scratch and document the entire process. Here is that document! This is an intentionally […]
- SWGEmu – Mods Need Math and So Do You! (8/28/2016) - It’s hilarious how many times in my life I have been wrong, despite thinking at the time that I couldn’t be anything but right. “Android? Yeah, that will probably be like all the other Linux distros and won’t really catch on. Blackberry is where it’s at!”… “Algebra? Seriously, when am I ever going to actually […]
- SWGEmu – How-To Add a New Slash Command (8/12/2016) - How-To Add a New Slash Command Introducing new commands to SWGEmu, either for admin use or for players, can be a handy way to improve the end-user experience. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to do, though doing so does require a minor client side update. I’ll take you through the process step by step. For […]
- SWGEmu – A Server-Client Mod to Build Walls, Bridges, Posts, and other Static Objects (7/6/2016) - After spending a few hours puttering away at editing the layout of Mos Espa recently, by way of using Sytner’s IFF editor and my dev game client/server to edit the Tatooine world snapshot file, I’d had enough. It was time to make myself the ability to move and rotate walls, pillars, bridges, and all manner […]
- SWGEmu – A System for Buying/Selling Existing Structures (7/5/2016) - Ever had one of those times where you achieve what you set out to accomplish and you end up not being totally sold on the results? That happened to me today in regards to the following “To Do List” points I was working on: – Allow the player to purchase buildings that already exist in […]
- SWGEmu – How to Decorate with a Screenplay the Easy Way (With Server Mods!) (7/3/2016) - They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, allow me to share a Legend of Hondo feature with you that I made to make my life easier when populating and decorating the world. While I made these changes in my 2015 era SWGEmu code base, you can most likely get them to work fine […]
- SWGEmu – String Files: What they are, why I don’t use them, and why you probably should. (6/27/2016) - In brief, a string file is a simple table similar to a spreadsheet that has two columns and many rows of values. The first column is as a short name or “ID” and the second column is the content being referenced, taking on this general format: —–|—Column 1—|——Column 2——–| Row1 | Book Chapter | Words […]
- SWGEmu – The Issue of Using Public Structures as Player Housing (6/20/2016) - It’s actually very easy to use any of the existing, default “public structures” that are part of the NPC cities or otherwise found throughout Star Wars Galaxies, as player housing. As a server admin, you just have enter the building and type /setpermission admin playername and you’re done! Woot, go you! Unfortunately, this presents some […]
- SWGEmu – Hosting a Sever from Your Home (6/8/2016) - Someone recently asked me how this is done, so I dug through my files and found the following guide that I downloaded from somewhere at some point. Kudos to the original creator (whomever you are)! Note that I have not actually tried this myself, but it looks like it should work. You will need to […]
- SWGEmu – How to Make a New Racetrack (6/17/2015) - Update: I noticed that I forgot to change the “badge” granted for completing the track from Keren to something new. So, have a look at Lasko’s guide to creating new badges over on Mod the Galaxy if you want to do that. The good folks who created the racetrack system for SWGEmu did so in […]
- Making a Travel System for Tarkin (6/14/2015) - Tarkin 2.0: A Unique Star Wars Experience With any customized experience based upon an emulator project, there are always going to be things about the default game that just don’t jibe with the customizations. When it comes to Tarkin, a SWGEmu based Star Wars experience, the changes Kinshi (the project admin) made to allow player […]
- SWGEmu – Loot While Crafting Mod (5/28/2015) - I originally created this mod in August 2014. I am reposting the tutorial here. This server side mod is a mini game that aims to reward those who enjoy the crafting process with a chance to win some loot. I created this mod with my Legends of Hondo single player server in mind, where the […]
- Tarkin Mod – Removing the Starport Powerplant in Theed (5/28/2015) - In preparation for some changes that will be happening on Tarkin, I put together a small mod that frees up a huge amount of space for player housing in the city of Theed on Naboo. I also made a little >asset swap mod to improve the looks of the riverways a bit, because in this […]
- SWGEmu – Create a Character Who Sells an Item (5/26/2015) - PLEASE PARDON THE FORMATTING… I had to pull this from a PHPBB database backup file so it’s all messed up and I am too tired to fix it tonight. I created this server side mod (back in 2014) as a way to learn my way around the SWGEmu scripting code base. It’s basically a potentially […]
- SWGEmu – Changing the Travel Prices (5/26/2015) - As promised, I am bringing back my old posts on SWGEmu server and client mods. I originally posted this on the SWGEmu forum and it was one of the first mods I made (/teleport works great for me now lol…). On my testvm I wanted to reduce the travel costs and allow travel to all […]
For nerdly reference, the server ran nicely on the following “frankenputer” I made from stuff I had around the house, until I had to use its RAM for another laptop… 🙂
Operating System: Debian Wheezy 64Bit
Motherboard: Dell Inspiron 1501, with desktop heatsinks and no longer in the form of a laptop.
CPU: 1.8GHz AMD Turion64 x2
RAM: 2.5GB DDR2 (2GB and 512MB)
Hard Drive: Toshiba 5400RPM 80GB laptop drive
Memory usage at server idle: 1.2GB
Highest memory usage I have ever seen: 1.3GB!
Temperature at idle with stock heatpipe/fan: 54C
Temperature when compiling server software with stock heatpipe/fan: 75C!
Temperature at ide with custom heastink/fan: 28C
Temperature when compiling server software with custom heastink/fan: 28C!
Of course, it also runs really well in a VirtualBox virtual machine with 3GB of RAM and 3 CPU Cores, in my Windows 7 host. The hardware for this desktop is an AMD FX-8320 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a Sandisk SSD (for faster load times!). I am able to run two server VMs (Development and Live-game), the game client, and Firefox without any speed issues, etc. So I would imagine that the game would probably play fine on any quad core AMD APU or an Intel i3, with two CPU cores and 2GB RAM allocated to the server VM, provided you have at least 4GB of RAM and are running Windows Vista/7/8/10 as the host. Incidentally, SWG runs perfectly fine in Windows XP if you happen to still like using XP.
Over the years, I have fielded many questions about how to make or mod a SWGEmu server and I think it’s time to add a helpful “frequently asked questions” section to this page. Some of the questions are ones people have asked, while others are just answers that I want to give.
Q: Are you or have you been a developer on SWGEmu or at SOE, etc.?
No. While I did submit a couple patches to SWGEmu, honestly it is extremely hard as a long time SWG fan and dreamer to work within the confines of the “if it wasn’t in patch 14.1, it’s not going into SWGEmu” mandate. It takes a special kind of motivation to be a SWGEmu dev and I just don’t have it.
Q: Should I use you Legend of Hondo server directly?
No, you should not. At least not until SWGEmu finishes their project and I update mine to based on their final code release. As of June 2016, Legend of Hondo’s is based on a snapshot of SWGEmu’s code from June 2015. Since that time the SWGEmu team has added more features and applied many fixes that are worth having. With this in mind, think of my LoH as a learning tool, something you can look at (and create patches from) to apply to your own project that is based off of the current SWGEmu code. Another thing to consider is that LoH is still subject to the forced crash after 2 hours of run time, where as the latest code from SWGEmu has finally removed that limitation.
Q: Do I need to know how to program to run a SWGEmu server?
Yes. You will need to learn how to handle Linux (installation, updating, shell scripting), VirtualBox or VMWare, C++, Lua, MYSQL, git, gcc, Eclipse or another IDE, meld, and have some general knowledge about networking, player support, QA testing procedures, and so on. If you plan on making mods, you will also need to know how to use, at the very least, Sytner’s IFF Editor for packing and unpacking TRE files. Fortunately for you, the Internet is chock full of good tutorials on all that stuff! 🙂
Q: How do I make a SWGEmu server?
Register on the SWGEmu forum and visit this thread. Alternately, you can base your private server off of the “Mod the Galaxy” version, which is available here. These guides will help you get a server up and running.
Q: How do I share my server with my friends?
Well, you could purchase a server co-location and put a server right on the Internet, but that’s generally expensive and probably over-kill for the handful of concurrent users you’re likely to see. As such, I will point you to this guide on how to share your home internet connection for use with a SWGEmu server.
The main project that is programming a server that emulates the 2004 “pre-cu” version of the game. SWGEmu hosts a test server (Nova) as well as a play server (Basilisk), but all their servers will be reset/wiped when the project reaches feature completion.
Mod The Galaxy
Mod the Galaxy has been around for more than a decade, helping people create and share client side mods for SWG. They now are also trying very hard to be a compendium of information on how to use and modify SWGEmu based servers, in the hope that such knowledge will not otherwise be lost over time. If you happen to know a lot about modding SWG and have some time, please share your knowledge either on the MotG forum or on their Wiki. Thanks!
The main project that is programming a server that emulates the final, 2011 version of the game. This one is a larger work in progress that is not yet available for general play.
A fantastic site that describes and has tools for the 2011 version of the Beast Master system.
The original site for resource tracking and crafting information. Their database covers all versions of the game.