Get your Guild in Order

Bioware have updated the TOR website with a post regarding phase 3 of guild deployment.

Last month they implemented Phase 2, where guilds could designate other guilds as allies or adversaries. Now TOR moves closer to launch, they have initiated the first part of Phase 3.

Phase 3: Deployment will see any guild that meets the pre-designated criteria be transferred into the game for launch. Before this process starts they are giving all guilds the opportunity to make sure your guild meets the following requirement for transfer:

Four members of your guild must have pre-ordered the game and redeemed their Pre-Order Code.

To help clear up any confusion as to whether or not your guild is ready for deployment, they have now added an indicator on each guild page. This indicator will show you the number of people in your guild who have pre-ordered the game, and will inform you whether or not your guild meets the criteria for deployment into the game.

Guild testing program announced: Oceanic access possible?

In what seems like good news even from an Oceanic viewpoint, Bioware have announced a guild testing program for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Already underway, further eligible guilds have the opportunity to take part. It’s another step in the progression toward launch, and it’d be an understatement the say the announcement has garnered some attention from the SWTOR community.

The geography question has raised its ugly head again, but I think it’s worth reading the initial announcement first before getting too concerned. Here’s David Bass’ announcement:

We are very pleased to announce the start of Guild Testing for STAR WARS: The Old Republic! This program will allow guilds to be considered as a whole for inclusion in the Game Testing Program, allowing us to gather important data regarding how guilds play The Old Republic, as well as how organized groups deal with various mechanics and systems in the game. The program is already underway, as we’ve invited the first wave of guilds into testing, however we’ll be adding more over the coming weeks alongside the general Game Testing invites.

How do I sign my guild up for Guild Testing?

All you need to do in order to have your guild considered for Guild Testing is to have an active guild with at least 10 members registered in our Guild Headquarters. We also recommend creating a recruitment thread on our forums, but please make sure you are following the Recruitment Guidelines we’ve set forward. Guilds that spam recruitment messages after multiple warnings, for example, will not be considered for Guild Testing.

How are guilds selected for Guild Testing?

In general, guild testing is done randomly from all eligible guilds (that is, those with at least 10 registered members in the Guild Headquarters). Throughout the program, we will be looking to let in both large and small guilds, so as long as your guild meets the minimum requirement, you have an equal chance of being invited to testing. In addition, we may, at our discretion, choose a few select guilds that are active and helpful in the community, since we could use that sort of helpfulness in-game and on the Testing Forums. Note that this will be done in rare circumstances, in order to reward our dedicated community members. Please do not contact any BioWare staff requesting access to Guild Testing, or else your guild may be removed from consideration.

How do I know if my guild has been selected for Guild Testing?

Guild leaders will be contacted directly with detailed instructions when their guild gets selected for testing. It’ll be their job to pass the appropriate information to the rest of their guild in order for everyone to be sent testing invites.

What is involved in Guild Testing?

Guild Testing works the same way as Game Testing does, however by being invited as a guild, you gain the advantage of being in the same testing group and being on the same server, allowing for more coordination amongst the guild for testing group content. You’ll still be a part of the general Game Testing population as well, and will have access to the general testing forums as everyone else does.

Are European guilds eligible for Guild Testing?

European Guild Testing will begin at the same time the European Testing Program begins in the near future.

If you have any other questions about the program, feel free to post in this thread or email us at Again, please do not contact us asking for Guild Testing consideration or your guild may not be considered for testing.

My take (and it’s not one confirmed by Bioware) is that if you have an Oceanic guild of ten members registered on the official guild headquarters on a US server then you have an equal chance of being selected. There’s certainly no mention of restrictions based on pre-orders and the like so if you’re keen, you could do worse than start with our own Oceanic Guild listing.

Over to you: anyone excited about taking part?