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  1. #1 *Friday Feature: Comparing Points of Interest* 
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    Greeting, Legends!

    It’s no secret to anyone - Star Wars lore is vast, expansive, and full of many interesting little facts, themes it explores, and ideas it tries to convey, as well as some of the most creative designs, that act as an inspiration for many aspiring creators to this day. And many, if not all of us, got acquainted with the universe for the first time through the movies.

    Someone first heard of prequels, some heard of original trilogy. Back then, and, for some of us to this day, it was like magic. “What an expansive world!” And, as the action exploded around us, we were left wondering… What would it be like to be there? To visit this or that location? Experience what it’s like? Well, Star Wars Galaxies is giving you that opportunity, and rewards you for it! So, in this Friday Feature, we will touch up on Exploration, and Points of Interest!

    Please keep in mind, though, that this game is full... And I do mean full of various things you can check out. To cover them all is to make this article longer than it should be. So we will merely touch up on the most notable ones.

    From the Screen and Into the Game

    It starts with the familiar blue text appearing on the black screen. “A long time ago in the galaxy far, far away…” The sentence lingers long enough for the viewers to soak it in, and prepare themselves for what’s to come. And, as soon as it fades out… a Pause. Then, we see the familiar, and oh so beloved title zooms out, followed by the yellow scroll text, and accompanied with the familiar chimes booming in the background.

    After a daring escape from the Tansarii station, player’s adventure starts out on Tatooine, iconic desert planet, in the city of Mos Eisley, with the iconic cantina. While cantina itself is not a Point of Interest per se, you can still check it out. Maybe, just like Obi-Wan and Luke, you will meet new unlikely friends.

    Perhaps the most familiar place to start the exploration of Points of Interest in particular would be Lars Homestead. It appeared in two movies, A New Hope and Attack of The Clones. Fun fact, it still stands in Tunisia, and is open for a visit. For those, who cannot afford a plane ticket however, it’s conveniently implemented in the game.

    This isn’t the only house you can visit in the game, and there are many many more. While at it, do take a turn and visit old Ben Kenobi’s hut. It’s actually on the way, and also on top of the small hill. Just keep in mind that it’s currently surrounded by Tusken Raiders.

    Tatooine is full of different locations you can visit. Pit of Carkoon, old Mos Espa arena track. You can even visit some of the locations not mentioned in the movies! You will also visit Jabba’s palace, as a part of your legacy quest will be to do the theme park. There you will see the Hutt himself, surrounded by his workers, and even witness Oola dance for her Master.

    Tatooine is not the only place with iconic locations. Naboo, for example, is rich with Prequel-related places, including The Senate building and Theed Waterfall. Most notable would be the famous Varykino, or, as it’s more known, Lake Retreat. The point you are after would be Amidala’s beach.

    I highly advise you run around the city itself, as well. It’s gorgeous.

    There is something to explore on every planet in the game. Corellia, Dathomir, you name it. Dantooine, in particular, would be of interest to those who play the Jedi class. Expect to see on Kashyyk, Endor, and Yavin IV.

    In fact, latter location has been included in one other game - Star Wars the Old Republic. There, you would be fighting Revanites, as well as come across the ghosts of ancient Sith, such as Exar Kun, Marka Ragnos et cetera. In Star Wars Galaxies, you can explore the planet pretty much in full, and you might even find some of the temples. We can clearly see where the SWTOR team took the inspiration from!

    Fantastic Locations and Where to Find Them

    “That’s all fine and dandy,” you say, “but how to go about finding them?” Good question, and the answer is very simple. If you want to set out on an adventure, but don’t want to circle around the planet aimlessly, there are two ways you can go about it.

    First method - Datapad. Simply press V to open Datapad, and, in the POI tab, find Points of Interest. Simply click on it, and you will see the markers that you can activate or deactivate at will.

    Second method is to mark the locations yourself. The waypoints are all neatly compiled in this article right here for you to copy and paste them at your leisure. Bear in mind, that some points will often require you to still run around a bit to find the exact place. For example, Fort Tusken will require you to descend into a cave.

    Majority of these POIs will reward you with an exploration badge. However, there is a separate collection for Tatooine exploration, that rewards you with a beautiful painting to remind you of the trip.

    I hope this Friday Feature was informative to you!

    May the force be with you,

    SWG:Legends Staff
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  2. #2 Re: *Friday Feature: Comparing Points of Interest* 
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    Thanks for this FF. I wanna get out and visit these spots again.
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