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Early Access: Day 1 – I Made It

Yep, I made it in on the first day. I got lucky and was in the last wave of invites for the 13th. I seriously cannot even tell you how excited I was/am about that. As someone who works the graveyard shift, I usually go to bed around 11:00am-ish and get up around 5:30pm-ish. Yesterday morning after work I was so keyed up with anticipation, I stayed up until around noon and then somewhere near that time Bioware announced the 3rd wave of invites had been sent out and only 1 wave remained. I finally decided I was probably not getting my invite in that final wave, so I went to bed. Fast forward 2 1/2 hours later when, on my way back from a trip to the potty, I decide to check my email and realize I had gotten my official invite. So yeah, I have slept 2 1/2 hours out of the past 28 (at time of writing). And it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. Obviously I couldn’t just go back to bed once I learned I could log in. I had to get my character created, get my name reserved, etc. Had to. I can catch up on sleep in my later years.

Of course, the problem with being dead tired is it’s hard to focus. And I had a strange combination of dead tired and hyperactivity going. So my body was all wired and jittery but my brain and my eyeballs were pretty slogged down. Point being, I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked to on the first day. I spent about 3 hours of actual concentrated game play on my chosen main character and got her about 65% through level 6. In a well-rested state of mind I likely would have been a bit further along. Although in my defense, everything is new and I was mousing over everything and everyone to see what they did. I was reading tool tips that were popping up. I was grabbing every single quest that I came across. I was just soaking it all in. I was happy just to be logged in and standing there. Also, I’m a screenshot addict and I was stopping to take a lot of those. That will be a constant with me, I will always stop to take screenshots.

The plan for today is to go home in a couple of hours and go straight to bed (duh) and then after a good day’s sleep, I will get up and hop right back in there. Day 2 should easily see me with a lightsaber, my 1st companion, crew skills and hopefully my ship. Unless something comes up that pulls me away from the game, that is.

In the meantime, since I don’t want to be responsible for posting spoilers, I thought I’d show you the characters I have created.

This is my main (as far as I know), Kristalys, a Zabrak Jedi Consular:

This is my Twi’lek Smuggler:

This is my Human Jedi Knight:

Here is what Kristalys was wearing at the beginning of level 1:

And here is what she was wearing when I logged out over halfway through level 6:

Finally, this is my first in-game mail which provided me with my special color crystal for pre-ordering my Collector’s Edition: (this is just here to keep it for me for sentimental reasons)