About This Blog
This blog is about Star Wars: The Old Republic
Fashion and Crafting
I’m a tailor at heart from my SWG days, and I’m very interested in fashion. I keep a gallery of the worst. fashion. ever.
My main is a marauder, and I sometimes write about that.
Srs Bzns Casual Raiding
For me, casual is the amount of time that I have available to play, not the amount of effort I’m putting in. Casual does not mean half-assed. It just means prioritizing game-time… and for me, that priority is raiding.
Other Crap That Catches My Attention
Alts, stories, ui… you get the idea.
Oh haha, that’s a good one. I try to post something once a week, even when I have nothing to say. The average is probably 2 posts a week, sometimes 3-4 if there’s a lot going on.
In Star Wars Galaxies, I played a Tailor. And, well, there was a pattern for “hot pants.” They were quite silly looking on men. Quite a few people hated them. So, of course, they became very popular among entertainers.
Then they became “Hawtpants” in popular lingo, spelled just like that. I have no idea why.
As the infamous Balgosa Windspire made video after video showcasing the garment, “Hawtpants!” became a rallying cry of several contingents: tailors, entertainers, and some correspondents. And silly people.
“Team Hawtpants” was then created, as a rallying cry for those who loved wearing hot pants.2
In response, the Ranger community created its own Team: RATGWNIWNU (Rangers Against That Garment Whose Name I Will Not Utter). Yes, we were really silly.3
It gets better! When another set of hawtpants was introduced to the game, it was spelled exactly like that:
SQUEE! Folks, I could not make this shit up if I tried.
So, in honor of the HELL of a lot of fun we had while playing SWG, in honor of the non-fighting crafters and entertainers who proved that you can have a full game experience without shooting a single nuna, this blog is named for you. 4
After playing a healer in 3 different MMO’s, I branched out and I’m now playing a Sith Marauder as my main…
…after switching from my rep-side Jedi Sentinel main.
What can I say? Republic side is very goody-goody.
How does one pronounce “Njessi”?
I’m going to say the “N” is silent, even though I have no authority to back that up. In SWG, everyone ended up calling me “Jessi”, and that was ok. In my mind I pronounce it “Nuh-Jessie.” I acknowledge that it sounds dumb that way. My husband pronounces it “En-Jessi” kinda like you’d pronounce “Nvidia.” I am not entirely clear on the proper pronunciation of “Nvidia” either.
The most plausible theory is that, since the name is based on a sea monster of quasi-nordic origins, it would be pronounces “Nyessi” (like “nyet”) with the “j” being a “y” like in “Fjord.” But that is a recent theory, and rather embarrassing that I hadn’t thought of it in all the years I used the name.
You swear a lot.
Too fucking bad.
A few years later, we were ready to spawn. As you know from health class, when a mommy gamer and a daddy gamer love each other very much… they go by GameStop and purchase a baby gamer. And, like Amazon pre-orders, the delivery date is just a rough estimate. The Little Jedi is 6 but isn’t quite ready to raid yet. She is quite the pro at Lego Star Wars.
We both have full-time jobs so our playtime is limited. We’re definitely “casual” players.
MMO Gaming History
I am getting old, so clearly I played a bunch of other MMO’s before this one.
Dark Age of Camelot
DAOC was my first MMO. I admit that I had no flippin clue what I was doing at that point.
Star Wars Galaxies
I started playing Star Wars Galaxies at the game’s launch as a Tailor and Image Designer. Yeah, laugh it up. Tailoring is how I developed my love for hawtpants.
For a while, I was also the Tailor Correspondent who solicited feedback from the players (on tailoring) and took it to the devs.7 It was fun to be involved in the process, but a lot of not-so-glamorous work, mostly lists and reports (of feature requests, bugs, etc). I also did some work on SWGTailor, an unofficial resource for tailors.8
But when the NGE came along, many in the community (myself included) just could not stomach the sweeping changes to, and essentially the destruction of, the sandbox they had “inhabited” for over two years.
World of Warcraft
In WoW, I did my first srs bzns gaming. I became a raider (healer)! I researched, became proficient, and maybe even a little leet. I even had a blog, Murloc Parliament, where I pretended to know what the hell I was talking about.9
Unfortunately, my fashion sense suffered for it, as I had to dress based on stats, not aesthetics.
After debating with myself really hard, I did decide to quit WoW and play SWTOR exclusively rather than trying to keep one foot in each game. Part of that decision has to do with the fact that I have limited playtime, and I’d be spreading myself too thin in two games and would end up half-assing it.
Questions? Comments? Contact me.
- The yellow Twi’lek in Fett’s Vette. ↩
- Are you a member of TEAM HAWTPANTS? Let me know! ↩
- While doing a search, I found that the fires still burn in the corners of the interweb. ↩
- Suck it, RATGWNIWNU. ↩
- Since I met him at Fanfest he earned the nickname “Teh Fanboi” in some circles ↩
- And I’m not the only one. She has practically a cult following. ↩
- My forum name in those days was NJ62 which I thought was gender-neutral. It took about 30 seconds for people to figure out from my posting style that I was female. Except J3ster, who was quite suprised at fanfest! But I digress… ↩
- Holy crap, while looking for hawtpants pictures, I saw that SWGTailor is still hosted on the web, though not updated. Talk about a blast from the past! Mah old articles are there under the name “n’Jessi”! ↩
- And now I’m going to pretend I know what I’m talking about here on this blog. ↩