My favorite emu is SWGEmu
The "Emu" is actually short for "emulator," but I like bad jokes...anyway, I'd lost touch completely with anything and everything Star Wars Galaxies until a friend of mine alerted me to the existence of a few "pre-cu" ("pre-combat upgrade," where the "combat upgrade" was one of the first changes that SOE made to the game that lead to its ultimate destruction) servers, the most-talked-about being SWGEmu. So, naturally, I had to check it out, and, if you're a fan of Star Wars video games, I'd be remiss if I didn't suggest that you do the same, if for no other reason, just to say you have.
First thing's first
I'm not sure about how other emulator servers work, but for SWGEmu, you have to have a copy of the game to get yourself started. This feat was easily accomplished for me since I rarely get rid of anything and, thus, had a copy handy in my video game stash. According to the SWGEmu installation website, though, acquiring a usable copy of the game isn't that hard, as long as you're willing to part with a little cash. So, once you have your game installed and go through the steps detailed on the aforementioned website to get up and running...what now? Well, I recommend the following start up tutorial and it's counterpart as a way to get a handle on how things work:
Here's where the fun begins!
I'll admit that I didn't get back into the game like I used to be, but I have had quite a few fun moments...some of which are tied directly to nostalgia, but some are legitimately fun experiences playing the game that I think anyone that gives it a try can duplicate. Personally, my most fond memories from the original game and most memorable moments of the emulator all revolve around the creature handler profession, and finding and taming a pair of Graul Maulers. Aren't they cute?
/pause 1; (I add pauses after every action because I feel like macros work more smoothly this way)
/ui action cycleTargetOutward; (this targets the closest potential target)
/attack; (this attacks said target...duh)
/tellpet kill; (this assumes you have a pet and have trained it to attack with the word "kill")
/overchargeshot1; (this calls a special attack, for good measure; you could change it to whatever special attack you want)
/harvest hide; (I try to harvest each type of resource because not every creature has all three; hide is my top priority, so I put it first)
/loot all; (if you're killing NPCs instead of creatures, this will loot from them)
/pause 30; (break time to heal up)
/ui action toolbarSlot0; (this calls the macro to start again as long as it's in the first toolbar position; you can also use "/macro xxxxx" where "xxxxx" is the name of the macro you'd like to call)
So there you have it, an entry that, in hindsight, amounts to a mini plug for SWGEmu (it's free, though, so there's no kickback involved...don't worry, I didn't sell out). But it's definitely something that's worth trying out if you're a Star Wars fan, or just a fan of the MMO genre and want to see how a great, old game used to be. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best I can, but I imagine the SWGEmu forums or a quick google search would probably prove more productive...but the offer stands, regardless...now, get ye online and get old school, and, while you're doing it, may the Force be with you...