I like the route they're going with thralls acting as guards for keeps, but I don't think they should respawn. I think you should have to get a new thrall when it dies.
Jedi Knight: Academy had a mod called lugormod that had a really cool combat system. Between 4 different styles of lightsaber combat and force pull, push, grip, speed, jump, lightning, mind trick, protect, absorb, heal, and drain it was a really diverse combat system. The only downside was lightsaber contact dealing damage, so people would spin as their swing went around to keep the lightsaber inside the target... it actual