Leveling 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.
Occasionally 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.
Quests – 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!
Companions – 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!