I've been reading Jedi posts all day long and i've come to a conclusion. Its time based, but random time based for everyone. Devs said everyone can become a jedi but in a few monthes there will only be a hand full on each server that will have unlocked a FS slot. SO how would one do this. Being the programmer with no social life that i am i started to think. Based on the dev statments "evenyone can unlock FS", "Casual Players it will take longer", "Only a few FS slots open in a few monthes" how would i code it? HAHA...the funny part is i started writing this post thinking ok this is a possible way, but as i'm thinking through the code i'm seeing possible errors and logic errors that would make that way invalid...i'm such a dork. Trust me this ideas is riddled with bugs and errors but oh well haha:
-Random Time contraint on unlocking FS slot that varies from 6 months to 2 yrs. On logging into the server for the first time it uses that varible to set period of time, game time not real time, a character would have to be played in order to unlock the FS slot.
RIght, here is why i think this would be true. Our character data is not saved on our computers its on the servers. Only the game data is stored on your harddrive. Yeah there will be a file in your SWG with your characters name, but that is just a server reference file that tells the server which character you are playing and on which server. Hence the reason why when servers are down your characters are in boxers and are the basic templet which is most of the time bald. and pale! hehe So after you registered you code key your character on the server get a time limit. This would be completely random and it can be programed into the server code to allow a limited amount of people to get access to the FS slot with in six months ie when time limit of 6 months = the quota, you begin setting the time limit to the next time frame. Now i said it would be completly random this could mean who is randomly choosen for a FS slot after 6 monthes, or it could mean that...wait a sec..ok lets me clarify this whole thing:
1) Only a few players will get FS slot after a few monthes.
2) Set several game time hours to open the FS slot as varibles.
3) Set it in the server code that the smallest amount of hours has a 1 to 100 odds or something like that. Each time limit lessen the odds as it goes up in hours per varible.
4) Randomly set characters one of these hours.
Since the Devs do not want FS slots to appear on the servers anytime soon they say ok 3 monthes is when the first FS opens up so 30 day in a month on adverage, 24 hours in a day so set the lowest time limit to 2160hrs of game time.
Here is the kicker with this system a hard core player and a casual player could both be set as the smallest amount of game time needed to play in order to get a FS slot. Hard core players who put in a lot of game time will get open up the FS slot quicker then a casual player, which the devs have stated. Greatest part about this is it will see completely random haha cause everyones ammount of game time hardcore or casual varies. SO when the devs say everyone will get to the FS slot their own way they are not lying. One day I might be crafting spice and a msg might pop up "The force is strong with this one" or something and BAM i got a FS slot or someone else is crafting, running away from rancors, or getting off a transport.
Now people think its quests that will unlock FS slot, but i highly doubt it. The devs said they want Jedi rare. If it was a quest everyone would do it and bam we would have a few thousand jedi on every server. It is my guess that NON -FS slot characters are able to do these quests and get these holocrons but they are worthless to them since that are not FS. That holocron quest i do think is part of the key though once you get the the FS there are no trainers. Your trainer is that holocron and when you get the right amount of exp in jedi you will be able to refer to that holocron for training. NPCs will not be Jedi trainers else it would be a great place for would be Jedi hunter to post themselves and pick off FS characters, and with as hard as becoming a jedi is it would only make sence.
Like i said before this is my theory. You can agree or not but remember above all else...its just a game.