Well, fellow citizens of both the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, today is departure day and this is the final post.
All organic life is now leaving TORWars Orbital Command, (though it is being left in the care of some very competent droids), we are boarding our personal YT-1300 Corellian Freighter (with special modifications, of course – we love to tinker), and we are heading off to the Outer Rim and Unknown Regions. We are leaving with some very mixed feelings, since Orbital Command has been our home for more than three years. Nevertheless, the time has come, and all good things must come to an end.
If you listened to our last podcast, you’ll already know the reasons why. All of us – Jeff, our founder, Deirdre, and the entire writing staff – are sad to leave TORWars, but we thought it best to leave on a high note. We have no regrets; it’s been a good run, and we’ve made lots of friends along the way.
And, speaking of friends, a number of them wished to say a few words. So here goes:
When I came on board at TORWars, it was the start of a whole new chapter in my writing career (heh). I learned so very much and got to try so many things in regards to writing, editing, managing…oh gosh the list goes on.
TORWars cemented for me a principle of internet writing, which I hadn’t quite been able to nail down until it was presented to me in the very first style-sheet that was sent over. The first and foremost rule at TORWars was to make POSITIVITY the guiding style.
I firmly believe sticking to that principle has been the brightest and most worthwhile aspect of TORWars, and one I carry with me to everything I post online. It’s the one I routinely pull forth as an example for others to follow.
Finally, it was through TORWars that I got to meet, and talk to so many, many marvelous guilds and communities, which was both an honor and privilege.
While it is sad to see the end of the site, I wouldn’t for a minute begrudge DD this chance, and I hope you will all join me in wishing her ALL SUCCESS in her new venture.
– Kristen Archer (WeeMadAggie)
When I was first looking at SWTOR, the first site that was shown to me by my friends was TORWars. I remember thinking that this was THE site from which to get my information! Weirdly enough though, the first time I was directly exposed to Deirdre was on Corellian Run Radio, which was my favorite SWTOR podcast. I had such huge shoes to fill when she sadly had to pass the mantle of her cohost-itude to me. I was so excited when I was asked to come and write for you on your Smuggler Weekly column, and I was truly blessed to get to know DD and Jeff over the time I have been in the SWTOR community. You guys are seriously some of the coolest people I have ever “met,” and I am pumped for the next phase of your journey in the gaming community! I will see you on Nexus, my friends!”You and Jeff are such cool people, really and truly. I am so blessed to know you guys. Your message to me on CRR was so touching, I really did tear up. Are you having one last podcast episode, so I can send you a message to return the favor?I am weirdly happy that you are moving with us to Wildstar, so we get to continue to hang out, though I know you can’t show us favoritism…even though we certainly are your favorite. We’ll just be happy in that knowledge.Your friend always,
Once upon a time, I was approached by an acquaintance who wrote for TORWars. He’d read an article I’d posted on my then-gaming blog about SWTOR and suggested I write for TORWars as well. He referred me to Deirdre, who bowled me over with an enthusiastic invitation to have me on her staff. I mentioned the invitation on my social media networks, and everyone I knew came out of the woodwork to congratulate me, offer blind encouragement, and cheerfully announce that this was something I was gonna be great at.
Meanwhile, I was heartily unsure that I could do it at all. Deadlines, week after week after week, scared me, and I didn’t really think I had anything in me to say about SWTOR beyond an article here, or an article there. I was used to writing on my own schedule, and writing for TORWars was all professional, proper-like writing here. I explained my deep reservations to my friends, who all handwaved that fear faster than Obi-Wan telling us those weren’t the droids we were looking for. I’m not ashamed to say I was close to an anxiety attack while I was trying to do my day job. In desperation, I threw a Hail Mary and got an answer from a friend who, while he too expressed confidence that I could accomplish everything that Deirdre believed I could, also boiled the issue down to one core question: would writing for TORWars make me happy?
Yes, yes it did.
Almost a year and a half later, I’ve had the good fortune to not only provoke some thought-filled and lively commentary amongst the SWTOR fan community, but also to meet several members of BioWare’s staff at two Cantina Tour events, represent the TORWars brand at those events and at conventions, and most importantly: make some lifelong friends along the way. I am, of course sad that TORWars will be going away as a living website, but it has been my honor and privilege to have been able to contribute to it. Without the wisdom of a dear friend, coupled with the tenacity of one Deirdre Hollis, aka Darth Sunshine, I would not have learned that I am capable of far more than I ever thought I was, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
So, this chapter in our lives is over. For myself, there will still be SWTOR articles to write, because just last month I became MMORPG.com’s SWTOR columnist. Look for me there for now, but who knows what the future holds, hmm?
As I knowingly said last week in my last-ever Loading Screen, the Force will be with you, always.
Jean Prior (Druidsfire)
What a fun ride! I’m humbled to have been a small part of the journey that was TORWars. This spirit of Jeff and Deirdre live on in the amazing SWTOR Guild Community on the Shadowlands server, and will continue to be the best guild experience I’ve ever been included in. Thank you for your tireless dedication to SWTOR and ultimately to its fans. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Hollis crew. Thank you for your friendship, support, and love.
“This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, and will soon see the end of the rebellion.” ….and TORWars. #sadface
Much love! – Alan
“Parting is such sweet sorrow”
We all know that quote, and for the most part, understand its meaning. However, it is not until those certain moments in your life that you get the context of the quote.
I came to know Jeff and Deirdre through the TORWars website and podcast. They were one of the first places to get any grain of information about the game we have come to know as Star Wars: The Old Republic. There were other sites, but it was, and is, the style in which they brought you the news surrounding the game. It was always informative, honest, constructive, and of course that one of a kind humor. Through TORWars, I found Corellian Run Radio and began my own journey into helping with a fansite/podcast. Through CRR I got to work directly with DD, who helped fill the vacancy when Kathy and Roxanne left. She brought her dedication, hard work ethic, and humor to CRR.
So yes, parting is such sweet sorrow, but let us not forget the sweet part…
TORWars has been a huge part of the SWTOR community. I’m sure many of you feel better for knowing Jeff and Deirdre, if only via their voice and writing on the website. It is very sweet that one of us from the fansite community has worked her way up to be a part of a studio’s community team – congrats DD…Carbine will be the better for their selection.
A toast to Jeff and Deirdre (with of course the best Corellian ale). All the best in your future endeavors, and May the Force be with you!
Corellian Run Radio
I am as sad as the next SWTOR fan to see TORWars leave the community. That said, all I need to say to Jeff, Deirdre, and this incredible gaming community is thank you. Thanks to TORWars for being one of my first windows into a game that meets both my obsession with Star Wars, and my passion for MMO gaming. I have met so many now long-time friends through BioWare’s community events, and dedicated fansites like TORWars.
Most of all, I want to thank Jeff and Deirdre for giving an aspiring writer a chance, and for their friendship. This may be the end of TORWars the fansite, but I know that this is not the end of my friendship with two of the most compassionate, hilarious, and hard-working individuals I’ve ever met.
Goodbye TORWars, and thanks for all of the awesome!
Marshall Carr (DarthPops)
**HUG** While we are going to miss you in the SWTOR community, I am so thrilled (and a bit jealous) that you get to work at Carbine on the amazing Wildstar game with the world famous “Mr. Bass”!
Love you guys!!!
Corellian Run Radio
Well, I only had the honor of writing one full article for the site, but I had a great time while it lasted! I’ve been with the game since launch, and have been enjoying TORWars for almost as long, so being part of the family has been a blast. As some guildies pointed out it’s possible my article caused the site to close, but I’d like to think of it more as helping DD get a fantastic new job! :D Best of luck to DD, Jeff and all the other writers (past and present), and THANK YOU to all of the fans of the best damn SWTOR podcast ever!
Best of luck and have a great time on Monday!!!!!!! =)
Cheers and thanks for everything,
Speaking for the staff as a whole, we’d like to close by noting that we still love SWTOR, we still play the game, and we still support the BioWare developers and community team. We’re simply changing our role – from reporters to players, from community spokespersons to ordinary galactic citizens, from writers and podcasters to PvPers and Flashpoint runners.
So, look for us in-game – we are still running with the TORWars Guild, which remains the most alive, positive, and vibrant guild we’ve ever had the pleasure to know, in any MMO, anywhere. We’ll be running wild on the Shadowlands server, where we play both Empire and Republic — hoping to hang out with you, our fellow fans of SWTOR, a lot more in the near future!
May The Force Be With You Always
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