The Madness begins in 4.0 Early access! Thoughts on Bit Raider and other stuff


Ok, you really are going to hate me. I’m not going to talk about the new in game mechanics. I’m not going to rage on anything. Most of all, I’m not going to give you spoilers if you are still waiting for official release date. I know, there are some blogs out there that are. I got it. It’s ok. Now I’m going to tell you why I’m not talking about stuff.

I’m too fucking busy having fun in the game! Last night I started to log on. For some damned reason it said that the DL wasn’t complete at the Character screen. Ok Jedi students, this is honestly a mind trick when you know you did the DL before work. So fast as I could, I logged out, went into the game folder and deleted all the contents within the Bit Raider folder. (Pro Tip #1: If your game says DL is in progress or isn’t complete…ya do what I did, go into the game folder, then drill down into the bit raider folder; open it up and delete all contents inside. DO NOT delete the folder itself! Now back out and then restart your game.. It will reorganize your files. Then it will upload anything else missing and BAM! Your ready to rock and roll! Ok, Bit Raider has been a pain in the ass before and will in my opinion always be a pain in the ass. I think it was a very poorly executed software concept that does more to screw with people than help them. It is very system dependent, so when I hear some people say “Never affected me” ya it was because it talks to your system better. Anyways, if you have problems as described above, try that little pro tip it often solves the problem.

Pro Tip 2: Can’t get onto the server: Ok, often when there are updates through the SWTOR Client, it doesn’t talk very nice to get through your firewall. Go into your computer settings and confirm/deny if your firewall allows SWTOR to get through your system. You may have to recheck the box even though you have done it before. Sometimes, the version # of the patch update will negate your previous selection, so do your due diligence and check it again! Now once you have checked it, completely log out of your computer and log back in. I’ve had very successful results doing this. Just something to take into account.

Ok, that’s my tech advice for the day, only because a few people have asked me about these very specific problems.

Now, I won’t talk about new game mechanics because I really haven’t tested them enough to be a reliable source. I will say one thing, if you don’t want your companions to come walking into a cut scene in their underwear, MAKE SURE you re equip them BEFORE you start your KoTFE chapters. Because of the new system, for some reason, everything but the chest piece ends up in your inventory. So be sure you check your inventory and load all of your companions again. Re equip them with the clothes they put into your inventory otherwise they will be walking around with very little on (Aric Jorgan and Tanno Vik in nothing but skivvies was a little horrifying for me). Ok, that’s as far as I’m gonna talk on that.

The Story...NO SPOILERS TILL OFFICIAL RELEASE….But HOLY SHIT it is a bad ass story! You gotta come and play. Haven’t been round for awhile? Sub’s get free 60s. Get your Star Wars ever lovin ass in there and play Dammit! It is totally worth it, I promise! I don’t want to go too deep into the story, but it so far is pretty awesome! I started at 730 PM last night, looked up and it was 1230AM…and I had to be up in 4 hours for work lol. So I’m a little loopy today. Judge for your self, but I think i’s well worth getting into. Next week, I’ll write a full review of the content, mechanics and changes. This will mostly be on the effects it had on my game play and enjoyment. Till then. I really hope if you haven’t already get your ass in and play. If you can’t do it till official release I understand but just do it! If you are playing, take your time, don’t rush it! I heard someone on Twitter cleared to 65 in a couple of hours. Well, I suppose if you space bar through everything ya, it can be done. But don’t do that. I implore you to take the time, think about your decisions, they do have impacts. Enjoy the journey! Hell, I even RP walk in a lot of cases for different reasons. That is normally not like me, but this round I really wanted to explore stuff. I promise you it’s a wonderful journey so far with plenty of unexpected twists. Want to know more? Get your ass in here! Till next time, I’ll see ya on the High Ground!

Occupying Myself till The Final Count Down to 4.0!


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A young Trooper ready to Serve

Well, first off, what have I been doing lately? Mostly finishing off Logan’Varo my Vanguard Trooper. On the left we see him as a fresh recruit all bright eyed and filled to the brim with motivation and dedication. On the right, Logan has been through some shit. Battle hardened, with zero fucks to give. He operates on his own and cares very little for Republic Politics. A freelance contractor with a team to hire. Kind of funny, I never liked the Trooper per se, but I got attached to Logan over time. Now he is going to be first in the chute when the Expac is out. I did do some fan fic writing for his story but it is still in works. Sometime I’ll post it on a separate page. These pics are sort of spoilers lol.

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The Hardened Veteran from a war gone bad

Speaking of 4.0. We are so close to the final hours before early access. Already inthe past 48 hours I’ve seen Ebon Hawk explode with old timers coming back and new comers everywhere. Tython had 2 instances running, both packed with at least 100 people plus. Coruscant was just as packed. A lot of recruiting going on from guilds I hadn’t heard from since a year ago. Yup, the Expac rush is on! I’m not going to comment on the 4.0 features as that’s been beaten to death. I will say that as with any major release, players need to be patient for the first couple of weeks. With the implementation of this almost reboot of the game there are going to be numerous game glitches and bugs for the first few days. It would not surprise me if we see at least a couple of hot fix down times the first week or two to hem up issues that happen. Be patient young Jedi’s! This happens with every game.

My largest concerns are how fast the story content will last. Now, I’m one that will take his time with each choice at least the first 3 or 4 times. But, 5 levels and nine chapters…I wonder how the progression through them will go? Supposedly after a set amount of time after release they will install monthly chapters as well. I wonder if that means they will continue to raise the level cap? Also, will new MMO raid style content appear with those succeeding chapters? A lot remains to be seen for the future. Still, believe me when I tell you I am very stoked to see what they have in store and what new areas we get to explore.

I am definitely looking forward to the new swoop bike I’ll have as well as the Nico Blasters! Perks of being a paid subscriber. To me it’s worth it, especially for early access. The really cool thing is that as a subscriber, I don’t have to pay for the expansion. I really like this part. See, in the old days when I played WoW and AoC, and EQ2 every major DLC EXPAC I had to shell out extra money even though I subscribed. I didn’t complain too much, but with EQ2 and AoC it didn’t really pay to be a subscriber full time and pay for the expacs. At least Bio Ware gave those who remained loyal subscribers extra perks for paying the monthly fee.

Now, I’m not knocking FTP folks. I understand, there are many who live on a tight budget and can afford only so much. It’s all good by me. I just feel that if a player does in fact subscribe, they should get extra bonuses that FTP/Pref Players don’t get. Anyways, Bio ware did good on this. Also, their Cantina crate promotions have been awesome, geez I got like 4 speeders now!

Hey folks, I know there are gonna be a ton of reviews coming out soon as to player experiences. I invite you all to drop by here for an unbiased opinion and coffee/Monsters/Tea/Vodka/Whiskey etc HAHAHAHA!

Chomping at the Bit for 4.0


frazettaexecutioner1Leveling toons used to be a fun pass time. I find I’m killing them off more quickly than I get around to leveling. So, instead of bringing out my digital Executioner’s Axe of Deletion (+1000 in all stats, immediate one shot kill, perma death causing, if anyone is interested), I’ve been grinding out my last 5 levels on Damios strictly in the PvP arena. It’s been fun spending a couple of hours a night after a day of being utterly pissed off at work, killing everyone I am able to. Sometimes of course I loose, and usually it’s a very lopsided loss. But over all I have a lot of fun going from one warzone to the next, stocking up on commendations like a mad man. It’s a couple of hours before bedtime during the week I can have fun while keeping the time investment low. Since the Guild has been fairly quiet PvE wise, I figure this is a way to spend time. The Pub side for the most part has had some pretty solid PvPers of late during peak hours so a lot of fun can be had. Shout out to Wingless Doves, even their lowbie teams are reasonably tactically proficient on the Battle Field. Got to work with them on 4 different games when they were running teams and had fun with them.

nerdsOccasionally I watch certain regulars on Fleet in General chat banter away and troll to their little twisted heart’s content. Then I might take a walk down to Fleet Cantina and watch the costumed RPer’s chat away (why always a Goddamn Cantina?!? Seriously! It would be cool if they did it in the palace on Coruscant, or maybe at Sith HQ on Dromund Kaas…where the fuck is their imagination?!?!?!?)  Now some of what I witness is pretty interesting. When it is, I drop my /Emote Chair 4 and chill out waiting for the next fight to begin. At other times I simply walk..not run to see what I can find. I don’t have time to really interject or participate as I’m more involved in the process of killing but still, it passes the time away. But I digress. Ok, so that’s really what I’ve been doing over the past week so to speak in SWTOR, now on to my thoughts about the Live Stream that Musco put out a couple of days ago.

I got to check out the Livestream on Wed and well, for the most part I was pretty happy. But I do have some well personal attitudes about how they are running the development here. First and foremost, I really hate it when they allow for premade 60’s. This kills the point of learning your class whether in PvE or PvP. I’ve never agreed with the concept and frankly never will. I know, from the business standpoint, Bio Ware is trying to drum up more business for the Expansion itself, I just don’t like how they are doing it. It’s not enough that they give you a recommended set for class/skills. That’s like handing a loaded gun to a kid and tell them to point and shoot….not to bright. I am by no means a master of any of my classes, but I do my very best to research them and to practice them as much as possible. Having pre made lv 60 toons available just doesn’t make sense to me. For the record, it isn’t about the hours and hours I had to spend leveling toons, you know my ability to hire and fire and not think about it twice. I think it will make things difficult or Raid teams/FP teams and PvP when people pop in at 60 with a new class they no absolutely nothing about. I think it’s also lazy to give a set of recommended crew skills that are maxed out already. Cmon…that’s just cheap thrills with no work.

Next, what’s with the wasted time in changing Commendations to Data Crystals? Seriously, it does nothing for the game at all and wastes resources the dev’s need for more important tasks. Ok, side track rant there but I don’t care, it just seemed silly to me that they did that.

Character Sheet Enhancement – I like it. It’s about time we see things work a little more smoothly here. I have no problems with combining the Primary Stat into one universal stat. Works for me. Moving Surge into Crit seems legit to me as well. Sometimes those secondary stats were annoying to figure out for my old cobwebbed filled brain.

Gathering – Now this I thought was pretty cool of them to do. You can attempt to gather any type of node regardless of your skill level vs the node’s rating. The higher your skill, the better chance you have at gaining more from it. I like this, it helps when you are a little behind on your skills as you adventure.

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-26-2015 14-02-03Quests – Now this is cool. On release, x12 xp will be gone. But fear not, you can still level at a fairly quick pace by doing just your story line quests and the main planetary quests. Wait, how the hell do I fiure out those planetary quests? Oh ya, they color coded them for you! Good work Bio ware. The other sideline quests (Exploratory I believe is what they call them) can still be done if you want.

Heroic Missions/Level Scaling – I love what they did here man. No matter what your level is, you can still go back and do daily Heroics as much as you want and have fun with them. Why? Because your character level will scale back down to the high point of that Heroic level. None to worry, you won’t loose any of your skills, just the level so there is still some challenge to go and knock those quests out and gain your stuffs from them. Now this also means you will be scaled that way on the planet as well. I think of it as kind of a reverse War zone thing. You know how in War Zones you are scaled up with Bolster? Well here, you are scaled down. You don’t loose any of your skills, just your levels. This might even have a good impact on open world pvp for those who still do it. Hell I might even be interested in doing open world pvp if this is the case. This also helps if you have a lowbie buddy out there that needs a hand but doesn’t want a walk and loot run. It keeps things fun and interesting and makes it worth going back to do that old content. I think they were pretty sharp on this point and I love what they did. Essentially, they picked up on what EQ2 did with Krono mage back wards to do the old content. Furthermore, you are STILL GETTING FULL XP FOR THE MISSION regardless of your level!

Random mount and pet buttons – Interesting thing here. Say you got like I dunno 12 or 13 Mounts. You don’t always want to be in the same vehicle/animal all the time and you like showing off a little. Admit it, we all do from time to time. Cool little feature here, Random Mount button. Put it on your hot bar and it will randomly pick on of your vehicles/animals and get ya mounted up. Same with pets. got the flutter bird , akk dog pup, and maybe 50 other pets? Instead of hunting through them, random button will pick them for you. It’s a small thing but kinda cool to me.

Vehicle/Cloak Clipping – I always hated this. I get on a speeder, and find my cloak/duster hanging down below the damned vehicle. It was an annoyance of mine and I’m glad they finally fixed it! No more hanging cloaks for you!

Star Wars The Old Republic-09-25-2015 19-47-54Companions – Ok so even with the level scaling of skills, your OLD companions can still be customized to your heart’s content. The new ones I don’t believe so as yet. To my knowledge they aren’t going to let you. It’s ok I guess, I don’t think Darth Marr could ever be right unmasked running around in hot pink skinny jeans if ya know what I mean. Though…Lana in the Reveler’s outfit…hmm. Ok ok I admit typical dude thought process, no I’m not sorry either lol! Now as I hear it, you can either pick up your old companions at some sort of terminal, or you can just link up with them in the new story chapters. Personally, I will probably wait to link up with them…well maybe, it depends. Hmm I guess on second though that will probably be a case by case basis.

No Cap for Data Crystals (commendations) – This is cool. Remember the weekly cap for your elite (glowing data crystals) and ultimate (radiant data crystals) comms? Gone! They just made a hard cap of 500 for each. When you hit it, trade em in and go at it again just like the basics were. Good stuff, it allows you to handle your gearing issues a lot easier.

Ok these were quick and dirty thoughts on the Live Stream. I’m pretty sure I missed a few things, but it will give you more of an idea of what to expect in this next expansion. As with all major patches, don’t be surprised if there are a lot of initial bugs. It’s what happens. Be patient, enjoy the show and hopefully you don’t burn through the content so fast you end up being bored within a week. My advice, enjoy the ride!