Boneheaded Move


Ever have one of those gaming sessions where ABSOLUTELY nothing was working out for you? You fat finger hot keys, the Star Wars The Old Republic-05-28-2015 6-26-14mouse optic gets a cat hair in it…you zig when you should have zagged. Ya last night was one of those nights. I was so proud to show off my latest upgrade augments to my Raid Leader so he could see yup I been taking his advice seriously and was indeed paying attention to end game stats and rotation. I had been looking forward to raiding because we hadn’t done it in a couple of weeks due to vacations etc. It’s summer time so totally understandable.

I made sure I was early, had my stims at the ready, cleared my cargo space, and was ahead of schedule on getting into the raid site. Yup folks I was damned proud to show my team ethic and hard work. And then it happened. first to die on 2 wipes by being either too far away from our main healer’s AoE heals. Ran right into a massive burst attack. Played to DoT Paint dance too far out to stay alive. For the love of god! It’s bad enough that the Ziost Raid Boss is just not a Sniper’s forte. But geez I could do no right! I felt like a fumbling child N00B all over again. My Raid Lead and fellow raiders were plenty supportive. They were cool with it and we did finally get that boss down.

The one of our members DC’d due to weather. We were told to wait till she got back to open loot. Sounds fair and no big deal. I was trying to blow cat hair out of the mouse and BAM! My old man arthritic fingers fat fingered the auto loot key that I was sworn not to touch. Needless to say I felt like a complete ASS. Out of my remorse, I passed on all the loot pieces. Again, the Leadership wasn’t too mad, and they knew there was a potential for  it to go down that way. I just for the life of me couldn’t get anything right.

So dear readers, you ever have a day when nothing went right for you? Or did I give you the biggest chuckle for the day? Either way, thanks for dropping by and here is to me hoping Wed and next Sunday aren’t quite so traumatic. Take care all, and if you ever do have one of those REALLY bad video game sessions, remember your not alone! Till next time, see ya on the Hyperlanes, fast and easy!

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Milestones, Adventures, and some words on PvP


Now why don’t he write? Ya I know I’ve been gone for a bit. Sorry about that. Real Life and game life sometimes compete with one another so what limited time I’ve had lately has been spent either working, with family or actual playing. This unfortunately has curtailed some of my writing activities. Life in the fast lane is pretty crazy at times. So currently, I’m about two years out from retiring from the military. Since it’s so close I’ve been feverishly working on my exit strategy so I have something to look forward to. My father and I got the crazy idea to build a business that encompasses horses, dogs, and some computer savvy stuff. To do it involves a lot of planning, obtaining funds etc. This of course takes up a lot of spare moments that normally I relax and write. Price to pay when I’m dreaming big on my final day to freedom lol. Enough of the real world.

Mharius as you recall is my Imperial Sniper. He has attended a fair amount of raids, upgraded his gear and tweaked it to suit his needs (that my friends is kind of a pain in the ass Star Wars The Old Republic-05-17-2015 21-46-42balancing between accuracy, crit, power etc). He maxed out his crafting and can make every end game epic implant available. Pretty solid income. Even the blue implants at end game are profitable. Not nearly as much as the purples but still enough to have reached over 1 million credits in profit. This even after throwing a good 200k over to my latest pvp alt (which I’ll get to in a bit).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jhexi, my dear, sweet, tough talking, smokin’ hot cyborg bounty hunter hit 60 and maxed out her armstech. Not nearly as profitable as I thought. Still very useful when you are looking for augments. Mostly the profit is from saving credits on buying someone else’  crafted augments. But really, Ebon Hawk seems to lack a profitable market on such items. The Barrel Mods aren’t very profitable either compared to materials required to create them.  But these skills are excellent to have when my other alts hit end game, far less expensive in the long run when I can make my own stuff. I haven’t entered her into guild raids yet as our guild took a break from raiding over the past 2 weeks. Hopefully by this weekend I’ll see some action on that end again. So she spends her time crafting and farming on days I’m not involved with other activities. All of her gear now corresponds with Ziost baselines so I’m not worried there. Some of my lesser alts are busy sending bother her and Mharius companion gifts in order to max out affection on all ends. That of course is a pretty long and involved task.

On the family front, my wife and I recently have been tag teaming back and forth between EQ Landmark and SWTOR. She prefers decorationg and building where I prefer up front action. Not to say I don’t like decorating..I do, it’s just a secondary focus. So, she joined me for a bit working a Sith Inquisitor. She got a kick out of dealing with Zash and enjoyed being aStar Wars The Old Republic-06-08-2015 21-26-35 rather evil, selfish little witch. For her, it allows her to make choices that are completely against social norms and she loves it. So, once every week or so, we go back to our toons and lay waste to digitized enemies in a bid for power and domination across the galaxy. Besides, it’s fun working together. I made a Sith Jugg tank for that. She did the Sorc spec. Kind of fun every once in awhile.

On the PvP side. I have to say the war zones on Ebon Hawke pop pretty nicely. I will also say that at least so far the Pub side during my play times has in general rocked the Imperial side to the ground. Now I know, everyone will have different opinions. But so far for me, my pvp toon has had a righteous time fighting. Not a night passes where at least 80% of the time, the team I’m on wins the day. Ya there are occasional losses (mostly in death matches) but I still have had a lot of fun doing war zones.  That being said I have a wish list that I’m sure will not be answered anytime soon. Still, I do wish it was available.

1: Mid Level brackets need to be split of or reconfigured.  The disparity between a level 30 to a lv 55 is pure insane. Especially when Lv 55 can get their hands on some serious min/max mods to dominate on the field of battle. Solution: Bracket LV’s 50-59 together.  LV 60 is the final Tier anyhow. But when I walk onto a battle field Im sorry even with boosted HP my abilities just can’t compare to those of a lv 55. Oh I’ll fight like a madman, but ultimately it ends badly. I tend to keep my toons leveling till they hit at least 40-45 after they punch through to lv 30. It mitigates undo anguish and frustration.

2: More battle fields. NO I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANTHER DEATH MATCH OR HUTT BALL! I mean make a couple of more interesting battle fields that have different victory mechanics. If even one more new War Zone with entirely new mechanics or objectives appeared, I think it would go some distance with the pvp crowd.

3: Low Lv pvp gear is really next to useless compared to standard modding. The brackets are WAY to far apart. LV 20 set and then nothing till LV 40? C’mon!!!! Maybe make a LV 30 set and a LV 50 set to go after. Even then, the gear should be stuff that’s worth owning. There sould be some pvp stats added into each gear piece for each bracket. Now this is very important. It gives meaning to the gear you are supposed to be earning. The ear Pieces and Implants are very nice to have, but the gearing needs to be a bit more robust.

4: PvP Fun Vendor. Ya it’s cool to get a chandelier or 2 and the occasional rotworm/frogdog thingy…but really the pvp rewards do suck. I like that you can get some guards from either faction but other than that…the vendor is pretty weak sauce. Get some other stuff like trophies…wall mounted weapons etc. Something that says your fortress seriously belongs to a PvPer.

Now, I understand that PvE is the long term investment money maker. I get it. But even simple things like what I’ve described can entice new blood into the game when it pertains to PvPers. Some people may say that PvPers are few and far between. Believe me, they aren’t. On a Monday night I probably hit about a war zone every 5-10 minutes. Now, that night I played from 6pm to 10 pm. That earned me almost 200 WZ commendations. All of this on a PvE server. Players may not be uber skilled as long time hard core PvPers bbut they have fun or they wouldn’t play.

Ok, that’s my update folks. I promise I will try to write more often, just remember if there are lulls it’s due to time management. Until next time, may your Hyper Drives Burn bright and may your credits over flow!

To Boost or Not to BOOST…that is the question…..


Since the release of patch 3.2 and the mighty x12 xp boosts for subscribers, I’ve noted a great deal of different opinions on Bioware’s decision to impliment a full summer of fast leveling. Some of my very favorite and very respected blogger’s (https://zerneblog.wordpress.com , https://waitingforrez.wordpress.com , https://partybusiness.wordpress.com , and Star Wars The Old Republic-04-23-2015 17-17-03http://swtorcommando.blogspot.com ) to name a few, have put across the pro’s and cons of this experience boost. I hesitated posting anything about the x12 as I wanted to be sure of my own thoughts on the matter at hand. To be clear, you must know your own motivation when dealing with such fast leveling in context of the game. There are times it is very handy and times when it is detrimental to the experience of the game pending upon why you play. So here is my take on the bonus and a few possible scenarios as to why or why not use the boost:

– I want one of each class on each faction. I want to experience each Class Storyline to completion, not for skill but simply to enjoy the storyline. In this case, I don’t like to be side tracked with a bunch of side quests that take away the pieces of the puzzle for the story itself. x12 XP is very handy for just experiencing the character POV (point of view) within the context of the entire SWTOR story arch. for this, the boost is pure awesome. Oh, keep in mind you get huge commendation bonuses for class storyline completions as well.

– I have a mid level range character where I understand or have studied the necessary builds and skill rotations. however, I want to get it to level cap so I can pitch in further for my guild OPS/HM FP’s. Great idea to get these alts to cap so they can be useful for end game content! Again, minimal time investment, maximum returns.

Unknown Game-05-03-2015 22-02-27– I am experimenting with new characters and different class builds but if I don’t like it, it won’t hurt too bad to re roll and start over. This honestly doesn’t bother me in the least, I’ve taken characters all the way to LV 50, felt I didn’t enjoy the class and well…kicked them out the airlock for a re roll. Because the XP bonus is there, trying something new but with the same name or look won’t hurt me too bad, especially if I am not having fun and want to try a different specialty. As a subscriber since November of last year, I get a couple of sets of mod-able gear that while not pretty, still effective with minimal investment. Over time, if I decide to keep the character, I can create different outfit looks through the outfit designer tabs which aren’t nearly as huge of a credit sink as I thought they would be.

– Some of my dearest friends have moved to a different server for (XYZ) reasons. I can’t/won’t spend money for the transfer. But I don’t want to loose connection with all the cool people I’ve met. Easy money here, re roll and fast level. It honestly doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to burn through the first 10 levels. Those who are veterans of the game probably have several account bound items they can pull up quickly to assist them in their goals. By level 15 you can buy your first ride and BOOM! You are speeding through levels faster than Han Solo can make the Kessel Run!

– I love to RP, but some of the places my fellow RPer’s go I can’t get to because of my level. Look once you have experienced the Bioware storyline whether major or minor you’ll  want to start creating your own story if you are an avid Star Wars The Old Republic-05-04-2015 7-16-20RPer. If you already know what you want your character to be involved in, boosting up fast allows you to participate in the higher level events.

OOOORRRRR…..

– I’m new to the game. I don’t understand the how and why of each class. I want to enjoy the ENTIRE story to include all the side quests/planetary quests/Heroics on each planet and get all the possible achievements. In this case, turn off the XP boost once you get to fleet. Then get ready for the long road to High Adventure! Without the XP boost, you can feel you have the appropriate challenge on each planet and the ability to finish every available quest while still earning xp. This is actually important. Part, not all, but part of questing is getting a reward that has meaning.

– I love PvP, but I need to practice my class more and prefer to stay in the War Zones as much as possible to get my twitch down to both science and art. Turn off that xp boost for story classes so you level appropriately and get all the practice time you need killing your fellow players a zillion times over! I did this personally when I rolled my PVP Operative. I am by no means an expert at pvp and need every bit of practice possible with my character to make him the absolute best possible fighter in the warzones. No xp bonus means I can spend far more time in the war zones fighting without worrying about leveling too fast. Conversely I may turn the xp boost back on if say the long haul through Midbie range (lv 30-55) gets annoying. I hit 30, turn the boost back on till I get to say 45 and then turn it back off to get back into the pvp battlegrounds and work from there.

– I’m still an RPer but I want to develop my character’s attitudes/motivations based upon experiences held in game. Each interaction and choice has meaning, even the side quest givers. Hell I even walk from zone to zone instead of speed run or vehicle mount if it’s accessible. Ok, again a case where turning off the XP is a very viable option. This is a long term investment and a serious challenge. I don’t think I’ve run across someone who has actually pulled this off. Variations of this is perma death re rolls…very challenging stuff and very deadly in consequences. But some people like to take it to that level to really immerse themselves into their avatars. Choices they make get more real if a perma death is involved. Now this could be a case of turning on and off pending upon personal progression.

– I’m a crafter and want my crafting to be meaningful to my character. If I out level my skill ability, the crafting means little for me. Well, serious stuff here. If you are boosted in XP and burning through levels, you will without a doubt surpass your crafting skill in ability and make the crafted items irrelevant. In these case, having the boost turned off is preferable.

My point in all of this is whether you choose or not choose to use the xp boost is entirely up to you in personal motivation. Take a moment to examine why you play and quickly you will be able to determine whether the x12 boost is really for you or not. Now I know some hard core end gamers complain that people are leveling so fast that they have no clue how to use Star Wars The Old Republic-05-03-2015 17-24-36their class and it makes doing PUG HMFPs a pain in the ass. True, but then I keep a list of friends who I know will do the job right and a list of people who are useless. To be sure, the standards of my guild are fairly high. I mean they will teach you what you need to know but if you can’t learn you probably won’t be welcome back to any of the OPs events. Not that they are mean, but if you aren’t progressing neither are they. See, that’s how you avoid the speed levelers who aren’t willing to learn thier class, your guild. Get into a good one and you won’t have to worry. But that’s a topic for another day.Till next time, see ya on the high ground!!

Milestones and Thoughts


Star Wars The Old Republic-05-14-2015 22-29-13First and foremost, my Sniper Mharius hit 60 last Friday. I was pretty happy that I finally got one character to level cap. I also got to attend a Guild OP against the Ziost world Boss and Raid Boss. In itself, the fights were very fun to do. But it left me craving more and more and more like a lethal injection of heroin. For the Raid boss, we wiped the first time, but nailed him the second round. I really enjoyed the team work and our Raid lead did an excellent job at explaining what we had to do when. Once we shook the rust off, everything worked like clockwork. So, it was a huge milestone for me to knock out and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The Revan Quest line: Very fun to do. I enjoyed the interactions and the storyline. I especially enjoyed the little side quest where I get to link up with Keeper again to help out Shara. That was the coolest side quest to date. They need more of them.  Interesting side note, and I’m not sure if it was BioWare doing it on purpose or were just taking lazy shortcuts. Star Wars The Old Republic-05-16-2015 8-41-07Previously, up through Makeb, the only flirt options were through opposite genders. Yet from Revan forward, same gender flirt option exist. Now, if it was purposely done, then why not for the previous content? Did the SWTOR galaxy all of a sudden evolve to accept same gender attractions? I dunno. personally, I’m all for options for different immersion play, so it didn’t bother me in the least. It was simply a curiosity point.

Yavin Dailies: I HATE dailies. It’s repetitive and very not fun after a while.

The Ziost Quest Line: It really started well. I got to see old comrades link up again against an even more insidious evil than before. The quest mechanics for movement and getting to different points were entertaining as were the fights. Then…it died…TOO QUICKLY! It’s like they rushed through a quick story and left you feeling rode hard and put up wet. It took me less than 2 days to complete this series and I’m one for exploring and poking about and doing every quest. Then the world turns to dust and your left doing dailies that really don’t have purpose or meaning except to collect currency and turn it in. Why do I say this? The world is dead. I have no reason to go there anymore in the immersive side of the house. See, I could go back to Rishi and continue operations there. But they did this for Yavin too. Dailies should have a purpose and DEFINITELY need to be more than a damned computer relay message. That does annoy me. If I am going to have to do rep grinds, make them entertaining. Give me a reason to be there to re-grind the same damned things. Even though I don’t like the Yavin dailies, at least I know I’m there to keep Imperial/Republic cooperation going on to thwart the Emperor’s dark designs. Ziost…the Emperor won. And I get it. Sometimes the darkest days bring about the most awesome stories. But I just have no stomach to dig through the ashes of a dead planet. Hope at least it is a segue into a futher storyline for the next expansion.

Yavin Stronghold…WHERE IS IT?!?!?!?! I really wanted to see this and explore and buy.

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Ok, those are quick ramblings. Since Mharius is at 60 and in general OPs mode with our guild, I am working my army of alts. Jhexi, my Mercenary Bounty Hunter is my current leveling piece. She is a fun, wicked looking Cyborg that I plan on incorporating into a future fan fic storyline along with Mharius. Food for thought, these short expansions may bring a quick buck here or there, but they need a lot more meat and potatoes to keep long-standing players interested. I think BioWare got me addicted to their excellent storytelling, and Ziost just felt rushed, not nearly as interesting as the other pre 55 stories. It is my hope that this situation improves for their next expansion. I’d rather wait a few extra months and get quality immersion out of it than short content releases that are hap hazard and just a quick tyvm for your time. Yup, I love the game, I really enjoy raiding with my fellow guild mates. I enjoy decorating my stronghold. I love the quests I can choose from. There is so much in this game I am still exploring. Ziost though, probably not my favorite run.