First off, am I the only one who keeps wanting to call it the Light vs. Dark event? Somehow that just sounds so much more natural to me than the other way round. Damn you, Bioware.
Even though I hadn't exactly been blown away by the event announcement, I found myself strangely excited by the idea of actually getting started on Tuesday. I almost decided to roll up a new alt before even launching the new KotFE chapter... but in the end my curiosity about the Gemini Deception won out.
I had put a lot of thought into what kind of character to make my "main" for the event beforehand to make sure that I'd be able to get through the character creation process quickly come Tuesday evening. I'd even spent some time fiddling with the character creator beforehand, screenshotting some looks that I liked, as it always takes me ages to come up with the perfect face. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that kind of thing?
The question of class was of course the most important one, but was actually relatively easy to solve. My "main" would be the character that I'll take all the way to the last tier - if I feel like doing so at all - so she will have to get geared up, run hardmode flashpoints and so on. I wouldn't want to do this as anything but my preferred role: healer. Also, it goes without saying that this character would be a Pub, since that's where my guild and my allegiance lie. This narrowed it down to trooper, consular or smuggler. In the end my choice fell on the latter, since it's been over three years since I last played through the smuggler story in full and I remember it being one of my favourites. Smuggler is also one of the three classes that I haven't taken into KotFE yet, and I haven't taken either of my existing Scoundrels to 65. Time to smuggle away!
It's clearly been too long since I last rolled up a character from scratch since I'd already forgotten again just how much housekeeping is required the moment you log in. Gotta sort the UI, put all the abilities in the right place, and of course there's the 47 messages waiting in my mailbox... sigh. And to think I complained about those back when there were only 14 of them! However, based on the amount of characters crowding around the first mailbox on Ord Mantell, I clearly wasn't the only one who got bogged down by micromanagement before the fun could start properly.
For all the moaning on the forums, the event seemed to be very well received in game. My guild has been active, the lowbie planets are bustling and the queues are a-popping. Some guildies are already racing through the levels, but personally I'm still "only" level 22 after two nights. I'm not in that much of a hurry. This has the potential to be fun. I just hope that those of us in the guild who are participating don't end up too spread out too quickly, so we can actually tackle the more difficult objectives together when the time comes.