Hairy - are you sure? If so, that would be pretty awesome, seeing as I'm European as well and most the people I know on the internets are not.
I have some people I'm planning on playing with, but ... well, you gotta have more than one character, right?
I'm planning on making a Smuggler for my first character, because ... I like vests. Scoundrel 4 lyfe.
I'm still a bit puzzled, though. Could someone who has actually played it explain the race/faction/class system, maybe? I want to play a ... oh, dammit, what are they called again ... a Miraluka. Because Visas Marr is probably the hottest character from Star Wars, ever. With the possible exception of Starkiller's pilot chick. But that's neither here nor there. The point is, I'm not sure what my options are playing as that race.
Alright well there are two factions, the Republic and the Sith empire who have an uneasy peace right now after a bloody war (which will also escalate into a bloodier war). I dont want to go into individual class stories because, well spoilers is all but Ill go over the mechanical choicesRepublic
The Republic have four classes. The Jedi Knight, the Jedi consular, the republic trooper, and the smuggler. At level 10 each of these classes branches off into two more specialized classes. For example a Trooper has the option of becoming a Vangaurd or commando the differences being the former is more tank based with damage capabilities while the latter is more support based with healing powers and damage capabilities. Each class has 3 specializations allowing further specialization in your style of play. I wont be going into advanced classes to much purely because I dont know to much about them. Everything I know is from the info Ive managed to piece together from videos made over the last beta weekend
I will list the available races for each class below
Jedi Knight: Human, Miralukan, Twilek, Zabrak, Mirialan
Jedi Consular: Human, Mirialan, Twi'lek, Zabrak, and Miraluka
Republic Trooper: Human, Zabrak, Cyborg, and Mirialan
Smuggler: Human, Twi'lek, Cyborg, Zabrak, and Mirialan
So what do these classes do? Quite a bit. The Jedi Knight is a front line fighter who tends to focus in damage and tanking. The Jedi consular takes the opposite approach as a "spellcaster". They heal and use the force to hurt enemies like ripping giant objects out of the ground and hurling them at their enemies. The trooper is basicly a stormtrooper with a big gun who lays down all sorts of firepower to kill enemies and support their allies. Theyre a lot cooler then I make them sound. They work off an ammo cell mechanic where special attacks cost ammo cells and cells will recharge over time (or when you rest). Finally the smuggler can do a lot of things, they can heal and do damage and a lot of their powers revolve around a cover system. One (or both?) of the advanced classes has stealth capabilities and crowd control like sleep darts. I dont know much about them beyond thatSith empire
The four classes for the sith empire are the Sith warrior, Sith inquisitor, Bounty hunter, and Imperial agent. They basicly work as mirrors from the republic classes with thematic differences. In this setting the empire has returned from beyond the Rim to conquer the galaxy and they built a military where everyone was drafted into service. Anyone that was even remotely force sensitive was thrust into the role of a sith warrior/inquisitor, while non force sensitives became soldiers in the military.
The races for the sith classes follow. I should note when I say sith as a race I mean the red skinned race native to Korriban
Sith warrior: Human, Sith, Cyborg, and Zabrak
Sith Inquisitor: Human, Sith, Twi'lek, Zabrak, and Rattataki
Bounty hunter: Human, Cyborg, Zabrak, Rattataki, and Chiss
Imperial agent: Human, Cyborg, Chis, Rattataki, and Zabrak
As I said the same advanced class system is in place and I lack the experience and knowledge to discuss them outside of their intended roles
If you want to take a look at character creation this video is a good source but also keep in mind that everything I know is from beta and is not neccessarily representative of the finished product► The Old Republic - Character Creation [Spoiler-free]