Sign Up! Login: Password: New User? Forgot? Support
Holowood Galactic Studios

Forums : Behind the Scenes > Fishing Events for Dummies
Guppy (SuperAdmin) 10/1/2007 5:12 AM EST : Fishing Events for Dummies
GP User: Guppy Queen
Set Designer
Guppy Queen
Posts: 41034
Galactic Celebrity

disclaimer: This is a guide that we (LonaValamari & SciFiGeek) compiled from our personal experiences and the experiences of others. It is not meant as the be-all and end-all to fishing event planning. Everyone is different and may have a different way of approaching fishing event planning.

Hosting a fishing event
takes a lot of effort and work, but the reward is worth it. Whether you're running a fishing event to bring players together, roleplay, or meet people, planning a fishing eventwill allow you to organize effectively and will help youin getting the turnout you want and most importantly, enjoythe event. 1. Come up with an idea (Research). 2. Determine date(s) & time(s) for the event. 3. Get help. 4. Determine what is necessary to implement the idea (Storyteller props, Live Interactive support). 5. Advertise event. 6. Host event. 7. Follow-up from the event. 
  • Learn about fishing to get an idea of what it is. Here is a guide to Fish and Fishing in SWG.
  • Watch Orits guide to fishing. Because of some changes with Chapter 5 & 6, some things have changed:
    • You can't use the radial menu on lairs anymore to "search lair", but can use the command found in your commands tab (like forage) or use /searchlair on the lair.
    • Bait can also be found with /forage, which is the quickest method
  • Learn about fishing tools needed for the event. A fishing pole along with bait gives you the ability to fish in water anywhere in the game.
    • Fishing poles are craftable by Traders (Domestic Goods, Engineering, Munitions, Structures) and usable by anyone.
    • Bait is acquired when you /forage. Some fishes have an option in radial menu called "filet fish", where you can retrieve worms, baits and meat.
  • Select a fishing theme.
    • Seasonal fishing event (spring, summer, autumn
    • Planet specific theme. i.e. There's Fishing on Tatooine
  • Scout for fishing areas.
  • Testthe fishing area. Equip your fishing pole and cast your line. When thefishing action window pops up, you'll see if the spot is good or not.Things to test for:
    • Density of fish in the area will be rated 1 through 5 stars, with 5 being the best.
    • Amount of vegetation in the area will be rated 0 through 5 stars, with 5 being the highest. The higher amount of vegetation means that you will lose bait more often because you have a chance of getting your line snagged on the vegetation.
    • The optimal fishing spot would be rated 5 for "Fish Density" and 0 "Vegetation".
    • Look for a shallow fishing area where you can wade in. If you plan on using a stage to fish off of then this won't matter.
  • Select fishing tournament(s):
    • Most fish caught in X amount of time (i.e 15 minutes)
    • Highest total length of fish caught in X amount of time
    • Longest fish caught in X amount of time
    • First to catch X amount of fish (You can set a total number of fish to be caught)
    • Multi-planetfishing relay race. The idea of this event is the element of surprise.The contestants will not know what to expect, which makes the fishingrace exciting to participate and watch.
      • Preparations.Find prime fishing spots on several different planets (i.e. 5 spotsincluding the finish spot, which is also the starting line). Set uptents at each fishing spot on the 4 planets.
      • How to host the event.
        • Atthe start of the fishing event send each contestant an email thatcontains the waypoint (planet) to the first spot. List how much fishthey need to catch before moving on to the next spot. After thecontestants catch the total number of fish, they must turn their catchin to the race attendant posted at the tent who will then verify thecatch.
        • Next, send the contestants a new email with the waypoint(planet) and requirements for the next fishing spot. You can change therequirements, if desired (i.e. contestants have to catch a total of 1.5 meters of fish. Thus, they can catch 2 fish totaling at least that amount).

images of fishes. Click
here to enlarge.
  • Plan a few days in advance. If you want a high turnout, plan a week in advance.
    • If you want live interactive support you will need to give the Events Manager 2 weeks notice in advance.
  • The World Clock - Current local times around the world
  • Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii and the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST (Daylight Savings Time) but instead stay on standard time all year long.
  • Delegate tasks to guild members, friends or community members to take pictures or record attendance. Assign clear duties and responsibilities such as:
    • Find Traders to craft the fishing poles.
    • Find volunteers to help scout for fishing areas.
    • Find volunteers to distribute prizes to the winners after each fishing competition.
    • Find a volunteer to help officiate the event. Check the catches of fishing contestants to determine the winner.
    • Find a volunteer take pictures of the event and the winners.
    • Find tailors to craft bathing suits if you plan to give them out at the event. There are Domestic Goods Trader Listing by Galaxy in the Trader (Domestic Goods) forum.
    • If you are going to host a multi-planet fishing relay race, you will need to delegate tasks to race attendants posted at each leg of the race.
  • You can also contact an event helper for help with your event.
  • Sell fishing pools, bait, clothes (bathing suits) and gifts through vendors.
  • Makesure you have an adequate supply of bait to get everyone started. Onceeveryone starts catching fish, they won't need more bait since they canfillet their catch to get more bait.
  • To request Event Support (Pex), follow this Step-by-step guide. **Live Interactive was cut in May 2008 (Time to say farewell)**
    • If you plan to request an NPC played by Pex, do research on the character. Pex will need to follow certain character guildlines. A helpful resource is Wookieepedia.
    • If you plan to request an NPC played by Pex, look at the character list. You can also request non-canon characters.

Star Wars characters can be played by Events Manager, Pex.

examples of storyteller decorations
  • Publicize the event as much as possible. Read the the guide to promoting your event.
  • Post an event announcement on your Galaxy forum "Upcoming Player Events" post. This will be posted on the Current Player Events.
  • Advertise your event in fan sites or Roleplaying Server Communities.
  • Create visual ads and post them in the events forum, and your server's forum.
  • Advertise the rules in advance. This will help to eliminate any misunderstandings or false-expectations.
  • Advertise in-game. Ask another event host to sponsor your event. Spreadthe word. Send Emails (Guild Mail, Event Mailing lists, City Mails)
example of an ad

example of an in-game email
  • Remember to delegate tasks.
    • Assign people to distribute prizes to the winners.
    • Assign someone take pictures of the event, participants, and winners.
    • Assign someone to record the names of attendees.
    • Assign someone to record chat logs (/log). This is entirely optionalbut we find it really helpful to read after an event. It gives us achance to see tells that we've missed, or have documentation to settleany disputes that might arise later.
  • Create a schedule or organizational chart. You can post on the forums prior to the event.
    • Be specific about what fishing competitions will take place where and when.
example of an event schedule

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 1:00 pm - Largest Catch Contest
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 1:30 pm - Smallest Catch Contest
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 2:00 pm - Most Fish Caught Contest
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 2:30 pm - Fastest Fisherman
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 3:00 pm - The Cross-Galaxy Fishing Race
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. 3:30 pm - Prize Ceremony

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
  • Send a thank you letter to all of those who attended the event.
  • Write an event report and post in the galaxy forum, events, fan sites or roleplaying server communities.
  • Tell people how the event went. Post images of screenshots, and give them the URL.
  • Contact people who run fan sites and pod cast to feature your post event news. You can find these people in the community news forum.
  • Ask for suggestions, feedback, and comments.

Copyright2007, LonaValamari. All rights reserved. All text, content, graphicdesign, logotypes & art work are registered trademarks, copyrightsand property of their respective owners. LonaValamari does not make anyprofit off this design. This is not endorsed by Wiley Publishing, Inc., LucasArts or SonyOnline Entertainment and is intended for entertainment purposes only.

Additional credits: Original image of Fish visual reference by chunky1313 was modified by lonavalamari. Orits guide to fishing was created by OritKelteel. TeRRet and Rhythm created their Midnight at the Oasis roleplay event. Storyteller prop decorations by SciFiGeek.

No shouts have been added yet.

Key New posts No new posts New posts that is hot ( active ) No new posts that is hot ( active ) New posts ( sticky ) No new posts ( sticky ) New posts ( locked ) No new posts ( locked )
Galaxy Status

So-and-so has logged on!