OP elements shamelessly stolen from @belligerent
. It took us 3 years, but we hit page 102, and it was only time before someone decided to throw an Imperial super weapon at us for our rebellion. I'm copy/pasting, but will strive to update a little here and there all the same.
So here's how this works:
There are several modes but the basis is that there this is a 5v5 team based game. You unlock Star Wars themed characters from all 10 movies to fight on your team. Each dude or dudette has 2-4 abilities, with the more generic people having fewer abilities vs the big names. There are achievements, and daily quests and this is definitely free to play. The basic components are:
you use this to upgrade and train characters.
This is the freemium currency. You can spend real money on this, i think 10 bucks gives you 1200 crystals. You can spend crystals to refill your energy, purchase credits, Chromium cards, refresh shipments, and purchase character shards.
Various mode currencies:
Cantina battles, Galactic war, Arena, and the Fleet Arena game modes reward currency for wins, which can be spent on characters or equipment. Those are your day to day, bread and butter currencies, and then there's the Guild Event store, which is accrued in Territory Battles (PVE), Territory Wars (PVP), and some high end Raids.
is basically horde mode. It's PVP where the results of the previous battle persist from game to game. You can use your whole roster, and if one of your army dies, they are dead until you win or reset. You can reset once per day.
I don't know if they're random but sometimes it's just attackers allowed or just tanks. Or sometimes it's boba fett and he gets healed. Fuck Cad Bane though. (They're not actually random, they're on a set rotation noted on the Challenges. I guess you can Fuck Cad Bane if you want to, and he's into it, I'm not judging.
There are several important characteristics of your people. They basically are level, rarity, gear level and ability level. These things are calculated to give you an expected power level of characters.
Your account level is the max a character level can be. Training droids and credits are used to level up people. Right, fuck, there's training droids, but most players will be drowning in them. They might as well take them away, post level cap they're basically worthless.
Most characters start between 1 and 4 stars. The stars multiply the base stats of the character. To gain rarity, you must collect character shards. 1->2 stars is 15 shards. 2->3 is 25 3->4 30. 4->5 is 65. I have no idea what's after that because I'm a scrub.
5->6 is 85, and 6->7 is 100. It takes a total of 330 shards to upgrade a character fully, and those paying attention will notice that the grind from 5 to 7 is over half the total.
Your character has several statistics. I have no idea what they are, don't ask. But you equip gear earned from fights to increase these stats. there are 6 slots per character, when all are filled you can "upgrade" their gear to the next tier. They're colored green blue and purple, just like wow. And now there's yellow bits. The new cap is 12, and for most characters it's excessive.
Each character starts with an ability to attack and maybe do something else like buff or debuff a character. These abilities can also be leveled up. There are also passive characteristics that can be leveled as well.
Since the original thread's original post, there have been several quality of life enhancements, Sim tickets are basically given out like candy, they introduced Mods, they introduced being able to level up those mods, they added a shit ton of stuff, the Galactic War was a clusterfuck for a while, now it's just simmed by most long term players, they gave out a bunch of random stuff, and there is an endless train of Pay2Own characters with obnoxious grinds for those of us not willing to open our wallets during their customary release event (get 'em on round two 3-4 months later if you're Free2Play). I'm sure I'm forgetting a dozen things big and small, but with some editorial content added, this covers most of the basics.
Cheers, and good hunting, folks!