Monday, November 07, 2011

SWTOR Fansite Republic Trooper Q&A

Site name:
Twitter: @RepublicTrooper
Name: David Souza
Site owners: David Souza & Andrew Muchmore
Started: July 2011
Type: Fan site, Blog, Podcase,

SWTOR Face: In your words, how would you describe your site? Do you have a particular focus or interest?

RepublicTrooper: We do indeed have a focus, and that is the Trooper class in The Old Republic. However, we also consider general TOR news and information to be of high importance to the site, and do our best to keep our readers up to speed on the goings on regarding SWTOR.

SWTOR Face: How many people work on your blog/site (including writers, editors, webmaster, etc)?

RepublicTrooper: We currently have six people working on the site, two of them being very recent additions to the team!

SWTOR Face: When did you start blogging (about any topic)?

RepublicTrooper: Well, blogging, I’m not sure…I began writing articles about gaming in early 2000 and have been writing for some sites and magazines on and off over the past decade.

SWTOR Face: When did you start blogging about SWTOR?

RepublicTrooper: I picked up the domain a couple of years ago with the intent of creating a quality site for TOR. Time flew by and it wasn’t until a few months ago that I connected with an old friend who had the web design know-how to partner with to get the site rolling, and that happened in July of this year.

SWTOR Face: What, if any, MMOs have you played?

RepublicTrooper: The list is extensive…M59, Ultima Online, Everquest, Everquest 2, Earth and Beyond, Anarcy Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Age of Conan, Star Wars Galaxies, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Asheron’s Call, City of Heroes, Vanguard, Lord of the Rings Online, DC Universe Online, Gods and Heroes, EVE Online, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online…to name a few.

SWTOR Face: Are you attracted to SWTOR because of the gaming experience, Star Wars, or both?

RepublicTrooper: Both, I tend to find value in different aspects of any experience. For instance, some games have great combat but horrible graphics, while others have great crafting but terrible class abilities. It seems that BioWare is trying to bring the best of the genre to the table and then add their own contribution to the evolution of MMOs.

SWTOR Face: What is your most memorable experience in gaming?
RepublicTrooper: Hmm, this is a tough one. If we’re talking about MMOs I think it was probably the first time I saw the Dwarven Ghost in the bowels of Unrest in EQ. Dwarves are my favorite fantasy race, and after playing my dwarven cleric for weeks our group finally made it into the depths and found out what was lurking deep below one of the greatest dungeons of all time. In regards to gaming as a whole, the day my friend convinced me to play a game called Starsiege: Tribes…which changed my gaming world forever.

SWTOR Face: What was your first Star Wars experience?

RepublicTrooper: Going to see A New Hope in a drive-in in 1979…I still remember the awe it inspired in me as a young boy…I think it made an impression, since I’m here over 3 decades later eagerly awaiting the next great installment of the Star Wars story.

SWTOR Face: Republic or Empire?

RepublicTrooper: Republic, though I’m not an Empire hater. The Trooper grabbed me from the start, mostly because it’s one of the heroes that is the most unsung throughout canon. Also, Karen Traviss played a hand in showing great depth in a class that was more of a one-dimensional backdrop in the films.

SWTOR Face: What excites you most about SWTOR?

RepublicTrooper: Truthfully, it has to be the fact that I think it’s the first title that has both the IP and talent behind it to bring people back together in an MMO in years. Friends and family I grew up with are scattered all over the place, and TOR has the kind of drawing power to bring a lot of people together to enjoy new adventures with old friends.

Additional Information:

RepublicTrooper has a variety of original content including:

A weekly fan fiction novel, Lost Tales of the Old Republic. A new portion is added every Monday. You can find them all here:

A bi-weekly podcast, Combat Chatter. We do a new episode every two weeks. You can find them all here: or on iTunes here:

A brand new forum system that just went live last week. You can find our forums here:

We also feature a variety of columns that cover the gambit of all things Star Wars: The Old Republic and, more importantly, the Trooper class!

1 comment:

  1. Love you site and adding Republic too. One of the characters I'll be playing at launch!

    Hammerfist Clan, TOR Republic Officer