NFTN #25: "The Good Spirits of the Galaxy" feat. Baltic [JC]
Just like the Jedi are the peace keepers of the galaxy in Star Wars, the Jedi Council [JC] is the kind soul of the Shroud Nebula in GOFA – always eager to help others and server the greater good. If you attack them or misuse their goodwill, however, they can quickly become a strong-willed and battle-versed enemy. In today’s player interview, Master Baltic [JC], the founder and leader of the Council, talks about the early days of his alliance, the epic war between the Jedi Council [JC] and the original Red Elite [R|E] and his love for the Star Wars franchise. Enjoy the read!
The official emblem of the Jedi Council of the Shroud Nebula. Having been founded during the early days of the closed beta, they're one of the oldest alliances in GOFA.
NFTN: Cheers, Baltic and thanks for joining in on our NFTN series. You’ve formed the Jedi Council [JC] during the closed beta and held various key roles in that alliance to this very day. That’s almost one-and-a-half years! Can you briefly trace the Council’s ongoing history and development for us? How did the alliance evolve and which events and happenings could be seen as cornerstones of your journey to stardom in the Shroud Nebula?
Baltic [JC]: I used to play Elite in my younger years and was an avid fan. I had the misfortune to have a blackberry for a few years and when my contract was up I was moving to iPhone 5. A friend had told me of GoF2HD and I loved it. It was like bringing me back to my childhood days of playing Elite (to which I got my rating up to deadly). As I was reliving my childhood a pop up advert was asking for beta testers and I thought, “Yea, I’ll give that a go.” And much to my surprise I was asked to take part. I jumped at it and was one of the first to join the nebula. It seemed huge and it was empty. Travel times were ridiculously long. I looked at some of the other players and could see that some were making alliances already like ATL and UFP. I thought I’d better get on with this but what would I go for…… It had to be Jedi because it suited how I wanted to play the game. I wanted to create an alliance that would follow the Jedi Code:
• Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
• Jedi use their powers to defend and protect, never to attack others.
• Jedi respect all life, in any form.
• Jedi serve others, rather than rule over them, for the good of the galaxy.
• Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.
I guess it suited how I would want to live my life. I wondered if there would be others who would apply. I didn’t have long to wait. Within 24hrs I had 2 applications, the first was from Major Tom and the second was from Diesel. Diesel would become a significant player in the nebula. I ran the alliance and ran things past Diesel. As he was in America and I was from Ireland we would get a brief catch up at the beginning and end of our days. We became firm friends and whilst he doesn’t play the game anymore we still remain in contact. We grew and grew fast. There was no limit in size and at one point in the closed beta only ATL and UFP were bigger. We went through many changes and developed an inner council and later a high council. We have fine-tuned our structures over time and I believe we have improved throughout. We may change in the future but this will be for the benefit of our community. The changes from closed to open beta took some adjusting, particularly the alliance size limit. We have a thriving community and one that is led by our High Council. In this council, no one member has a louder voice or greater say than another. I think this is another of our strengths.
Master Baltic uses one of the most likeable characters from the SW movies as his avatar. We "disguised" him a little to make sure we'd not violate any rights by posting this pic. ;)
NFTN: Though the Jedi Council [JC] is not one of the most belligerent, aggressive alliances on the server, you and your pals have still taken part in quite a few epic battles. Who’s been your fiercest rivals throughout the years and which have been your sweetest victories or harshest defeats?
Baltic [JC]: Without a doubt, all within the Jedi who were present would agree that our greatest and fiercest rivals were the original Red Elite. The war began when they were called United Red Elite but the ‘United’ was dropped. It was a brutal war and driven by a very angry young man. Yet I feel this war was the making of the Jedi. Those were dark days and some of our members were driven from the game. That is always a regrettable outcome. The war was fierce and there was a strong propaganda war driven against the Jedi. As usual there were many smaller alliances that jumped on the bandwagon. We learned a lot from this war and developed the already strong links with our allies. There was some internal turmoil within R|E and the instigator of the war was kicked. Eventually there was a mutual agreement to truce which developed into peace. Those we called enemies and thought would remain so forever are now friends. This I feel is one of the strengths of GoFA. Wars comes and go as do alliances. The greatest enemies can become allies and back to enemies again.
The members of the Council even released their own rock music compilation, which is available as a free download on their website.
NFTN: Via the Jedi Academy [JA] your alliance provides lots of helpful support to newbie players, both via online manuals and in-game guidance. What significance do words like “altruism“, “companionship“ and “cooperativeness“ have for the members of the Council?
Baltic [JC]: We do value our padawans although our academy has been called into question recently. We do want to teach our noob members to the game mechanics. All who would join the Jedi must go through out academy no matter what your level. This is to introduce the new member to our ways. We have relaunched our JCP alliance which is almost like a finishing school. We are now looking closely at the academies and the level of activity of its members. We expect our members to become fully involved in our community. Our community is our strength. We have our own Citadel room but there is no exchange of troops or resources for these. They are given freely. We are more than happy to help our members in any way we can that abides by our code. Altruism is a concept that runs deep within the Jedi movement. We want to serve others, to help where we can in whatever way we can. We will help those who ask for it and help them freely without condition. A recent change to our alliance description states that if we subsequently find that we have been misled, or only told a partial truth to gain our support, we may turn our carriers on you.
This is one of many kick-ass background images (for both Windows desktops and smartphone home screens) that the Council have created. Nice work, fellas!
NFTN: Given the name of your alliance, I take it you’re a huge Star Wars fan. So I wonder how much of the saga “found its way into” your alliance? Is it just the name or do the believes and values of the Jedi also influence the way the Council members play the game and interact with others on LINE?
Baltic [JC]: We all enjoy the star wars films and many of us remember going to the Cinema to see the films when they originally came out. Our younger members will have experienced this wonder from the prequel films and we all as a whole look forward to see what Disney are going to make of the next films. Despite the occasional comments that we see in LINE that question our ethics and morals, we do genuinely try to abide by our code. We are not perfect but we do try. And we have heard “Order 66” thrown about a time or two and "That's hardly very Jedi-like" is usually stated by someone who would disagree with our stance. We do expect a high standard from our members and if this is something that they don’t feel they can maintain then perhaps the way of the Jedi is not for them. We are also aware that there are some who place alts in our alliance and feed resources to their main characters. We are taking steps to change this. I would ratherhave a much smaller alliance of committed true members than a larger alliance containing farming alts that feed their non-Jedi main characters. If the Jedi values are something you believe in then we may be the alliance for you. During your time in our academy we will identify if you are the player for us. We expect each and every one of our members to fight and maintain a fighting fleet at all times. Ours however is not an alliance of constant warfare and this should be considered before applying to join.
Thanks Tobias for the oportunity to answer your questions and may the force be with you, always.
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