How To Avoid Waiting In Line To Play Star Wars: The Old Republic

How To Avoid Waiting In Line To Play Star Wars: The Old Republic
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Now that Star Wars: The Old Republic has officially launched, the long queue times that players experienced at certain times during the early start are now working around the clock to keep you from logging in. How can you get your Sith on without standing around in a queue? The options aren’t pretty, but they’re effective.

As of 10AM Eastern time this morning, far from what anyone would consider peak hours, the queue to get into the official Kotaku guild server of Giradda the Hutt was 25 minutes, which is why I’ve been logged on since then and don’t plan on logging out any time soon, which brings us to the first method for avoiding long queue times.

Don’t Stop Playing

This is the easiest method for avoiding the queue. Just plan out the time you have, set your phone to vibrate, scoot the fridge over to your computer desk and stay put. If you never leave, you never have to worry about returning or accidentally attracting a member of the opposite (or same) sex with your pungent aroma.

This is also the least healthy option, unfortunately. You’ll need to take breaks to eat, sleep, and scrape off the layer of MMO funk that grows while a person is busy being massively multiplayer. That brings us to option two.

Be a Complete Jerk

In a perfect world, players would log on, play as long as they were able to, and then log back off again, making room for someone else to play. That’s all well and good, but it can be a little frustrating to run out to Taco Bell for a quick fix of processed Mexican food product only to find yourself facing an hour-long queue. How do you avoid logging off due to inactivity?

Simple. Fool the game into thinking you’re being active. Try auto-running against a wall. If that doesn’t work, weight down one of your movement keys with a handy household object, or get one of those nifty egg timers with the pecking chicken. Create an elaborate LEGO MindStorms machine to get the job done.

These are effective measures, but it involves someone else missing out on the fun because you’ve decided your time is much more valuable than yours, you arse. And if folks see your character turning in circles for minutes at a time they’ll quickly suss what you’re doing and condemn you via public chat channels as a right bastard.

And then they’ll find a secluded spot to do it themselves.

Abandon All of Your Friends

Want to know why certain servers are full up and others are empty? Because the full servers were used to assign all of the guilds and players that were in early start — in other words, every guild that formed before the launch of the game. Your friends are playing in those full servers, having fun with each other, joking around, flirting. And you’re waiting in line to join them.

Meanwhile there are brand new people wandering about the light load new servers BioWare’s opened since launch, just waiting to make new friends in a galaxy far, far away. Maybe they’re better people than the ones you already know. Maybe there’s a single man or woman on there that’s a ridiculously attractive recluse, just waiting for someone with similar interests to stumble along. Maybe they have candy there.

Whatever lie you need to tell yourself, get thee to another server. There is instant gratification there as long as you’re fine with scrapping the plans to play with your guild you’ve been looking forward to for months.

Just Wait

You can always not play, right? This whole thing will have blown over in a month, after which you should have no trouble at all slipping into whichever server you so choose, free from queues and all of the people that tried it out only to find they hated it. The constant World of Warcraft comparisons and ironic World of Warcraft comparisons making fun of the people making said comparisons will have died down by then.

Besides, if you wait to play Star Wars: The Old Republic that’s one step closer to playing for me. I approve.


  • This is what happens when you play sith, so concerned with the quicker and easier path… Play jedi and then the queues are an opportunity to centre yourself for the challenges ahead

    Also you can just watch youtube or browse the net whilst you’re waiting, the queue does progress if you alt-tab out

  • I play on Swiftsure and I’ve been enduring 2-4 hour queues.

    There are 2 main reasons I won’t switch to an empty server. 1) The population and queues of Swiftsure will die down… so will the population on all other servers as people realise they don’t want to play anymore. Playing on a high population server guarantees high availability of players to run Flashpoints or Heroic missions with.
    2) I’ve already put 15 hours into my Jedi, I am not starting him again. I’ve already played the Jedi starting world twice because of the Beta.

    The way I get around queues is quite simple… well I don’t really get around them, I either wait and get housework done while I’m waiting, or if the queues are rediculously bad and I don’t have that long to play, I am playing a Bounty Hunter on a different low wait but still fairly high population server (Wound in the Force).

    Just remember folks, long wait times won’t always be there, but in the long run you’ll be glad you endured long wait times when you can get a group for a flashpoint in no time… nothing worse than spamming general LF1M because you can’t find a tank/healer because your server has no-one on it.

    • Oh yeah, another reason I won’t abandon Swiftsure… Everyone else who hates the queues is leaving the server, so it’s guaranteed to get better for me 🙂

    • I am onSwiftsure also and I do the same, come home from work – turn the game on and go off and make dinner, clean up etc get everything done prior to the game.

  • SWTOR looks like one of the only MMOs I’d be willing to actually pay for on a subscription basis but my biggest fear is whether or not servers will run smoothly in other countries given that an Oceanic server hasn’t been announced yet. Explains why I haven’t bothered to order it online. Or maybe I should just wait for it to release locally… Playing Knights of the Old Republic 2 right now just to get hyped up for this game.

    • When the game is released in Australia there will be oceanic servers, but they will still be hosted in the US… their downtime will just be scheduled for the off-peak Oceanic play times.

      Honestly, I have had response times from 180-300ms, this is incredibly playable and I have had zero issues with lag… but this all depends on the quality of your connection, I’ve got 18Mb/1Mb ADSL2+

      • I hope they set up enough of them. I remember the old days where the only Oceanic WoW server was Frostmourne and the queue times on it were horrific. As it is we were overloading several servers with Australian players, and the game hasn’t even been officially released here.

  • 4pm: Remote into home computer from work. Get game up and running and in queue.
    5pm: Leave work
    5:30pm: Get home from work.

    Play Trackmania 2 while waiting for the last section of the queue.

    Well, that’s what I did yesterday and it worked pretty well.

  • I just made an alt on a European server. Ping is worse, but still acceptable. Now I alternate between EU and US servers based on peak times.

  • Sorry I don’t play MMO’s but does this mean you actually have to wait around before you can play a game you PAY to play? That sounds incredibly crap. I was thinking about getting this cause I really enjoyed KOTOR, but reading stuff like this really concerns me.

    • That’s correct, if you choose a populated server. There are dozens of servers without wait times, but they suffer from a lack of population which could affect your ability to play the group based content.

      As a non-MMO player, you might see it as crap, but given the amount of people online on an MMO (More people than playing COD on Xbox Live) wait times are generally a measure of success… They still suck though.

      • I don’t play COD or BF or anything like that so I’m not sure how populated that is either.

        The whole situation just doesn’t make sense to me, why anyone would pay money to sit around and wait to play a game, I’d be demanding a refund.

        • You probably also don’t realise that MMO’s have monthly subscription fees as well.

          As I said though, you can get servers that will never have a queue, but in the long term those servers will really affect your end game. If you like levelling characters and have zero interest in playing with other people, you can get this game and not get a queue if you pick a quiet server.

          • Yeah that’s the part that doesn’t make any sense to me. I can kind of get if COD servers are full and you have to wait, because it’s not like it’s a multi-play only game, and you’re not exactly paying to access the multi-player part. But with MMO’s you are paying each and every month, why this money doesn’t go to the server capacity to actually hold the paying subscribers doesn’t make sense to me.

  • I have no idea why TeamViewer isn’t mentioned here (you can get the TeamViewer app on your phone) connect to your PC an hour before you head home from work and start your queue timer.

    Then when you get home, if you time it right, character select screen will be waiting for you!

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