What is the SWTOR Fan Community?
The SWTOR Fan Community is a partnership between some of the largest online SWTOR fan communities including the #SWTORfamily on twitter (via @swtorfamily), the SWTOR discord (via the moderators), the SWTOR subreddit, and on Facebook (via the SWTOR Players Club admins) and many SWTOR content creators. The idea is to bring the spirit of these online communities to the event and promote these goals,
- To connect players with other players
- To promote a non-toxic, friendly online environment
- To share knowledge and guides about the game to help other players
Website and more info: https://swtorfancommunity.com/
(Note: this group is a fan group and not related to Bioware or the official SWTOR Cantina Event.)
What will be at the booth of Star Wars Celebration 2019?
The SWTOR Fan Community has been officially accepted as an exhibitor at Star Wars Celebration 2019, and players will be able to find us in the fan table section of the show floor. There will always be at least one friendly SWTOR player available to answer questions from new or returning players, hang out with existing players, and of course hand out free stuff.
In addition, we hope to have these at the event as well:
- Giveaways of ingame items (over 100,000 Cartel Coins worth of items, 1 Billion Credits, and more!)
- Giveaways of game time codes and physical SWTOR items
- Special guests / Bioware Employees
- Photos – Cool Old Republic fan-made props like SWTOR datacrons and lightsabers you are welcome to hold for photos
- A booth beside the Cosplayers of the Old Republic group
If you want to attend the Chicago event but don’t have a ticket, https://www.showclix.com/event/SWCC19
Ok but I won’t be in Chicago for the event. Why should I care?
While we’re hoping to bring the spirit of our favorite communities to the event in Chicago, we’re also hoping to bring the event to those of you who are unable to attend in person.
- Giveaways: Yeah you guys get giveaways too. Keep watch on the four communities (twitter #swtorfamily, reddit, facebook via the SWTOR Players’ Club and the SWTOR discord) closer to April 2019.
- Livecam of the booth/event. We’re still working out the details, but you should be able to watch at least in part if you can’t attend in person! (Likely on Twitch)
- Live talks/podcasts – along with the livestream we are hoping to be able to allow podcasts to cast live. Representatives from these podcasts will be at the event! Passionately Casual Podcast, The Council Podcast, Ootinicast Podcast, SOTOR Podcast, SWTOR Escape Podcast, and Working Class Nerds Podcast
- Live photos on Twitter – we are hoping to set up some automation so photos we take are uploaded straight to twitter #swtorfamily so you can follow along for the event even if you are not catching the livestream!
How can I be a part of this even if I’m not going to the event?
I would like to help new/returning players connect with active, friendly guilds when they swing by the booth if they are looking for others to play with. If you have a “great guild”, we would love to add it to the guild listings closer to April 2019. If you would like to have your guild featured, message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in helping me test things or bouncing ideas, please join the SWTOR discord https://discord.gg/swtor and send me your discord name (the one with the numbers) at @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email email@example.com and I’ll invite you to the Celebration planning channel.
I have a metric sith-ton of digital stuff to giveaway – but I’ve had a ton of people ask if they can help and donate prizes. If you are a hoarder and have some prizes you want to donate to players on your server, you’re welcome to join in on the fun. You let me know how many prizes you have, I’ll give you a list of randomly selected winners to send them to. Message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be notified about being a prize-giver closer to April 2019.
I am hoping that new players from the event will eventually make their way to one of the online communities based on their preference. If you want to help, keep your eye on #SWTOR and/or #SWTORfamily and lend your advice and expertise there or in new player/question tweets – or be welcoming towards new players in whatever online community you’re a part of.
Do you have a cool SWTOR prop or cosplay piece you’d like to have displayed OR that you would like to donate to be given away during the event? Let me know! We’re still unsure how much space we will have (waiting for organizers), but we’d love to give away any cool stuff you’ve made. Happy to promote your art page / art store if you do donate. Separately, If you have any skill working with ACRYLIC, hit me up please! I’m hoping to DIY some LED acrylic datacrons and I’d love any advice/feedback. Message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email email@example.com
If you have any cool metal/glass (not plastic toys) lightsabers you’d like to share with the booth so guests can take photos with them, please let me know! Message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you good enough at drawing and art that you do commissions and would like to contribute your skill? Message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email email@example.com!
I am hoping to cover a majority of the costs via dollareedoos earned via Patreon/Youtube – this includes a large oversized backdrop banner (perks of being a graphic designer), website ( swtorfancommunity.com ), electricity/equipment rentals, and around $250-$300 printing costs for entry/prize codes, $100-$150 prop making. Unfortunately, all that adds up real fast and I think that’s about the limit of what I can responsibly spend on this big project. If you’re interested in donating some of your own dollars to make something cool happen, message me @swtorista on twitter via DM/private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org! Some potential extras include: giving away cool stuff like brand new lightsabers, custom made SWTOR fan pins or patches, drawstring backpacks, etc. Unfortunately “Swag” is comparatively expensive to make, so we’re also hoping Eric Musco can come through with some non-digital stuff to give away.