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!

Future Wish List from BioWare

I’m sure everyone has a wish list for Bioware when it comes to SWTOR. Some are for game tweaks, others new items and places to go. I have to say that over all, the company and dev’s have done a pretty good job at giving player’s things that have been asked for. Player housing turned out to be a pretty solid introduction, modable gear was perhaps one of their best items, soon the clothing wardrobes will be released as well in the next big Xpac.

For me though , most of my wants are cosmetic in nature or immersion valued. My top three I’ll discuss today are things I hope for but aren’t going to break the game if they never come around. They are just things that I think would be really cool. As the game stands, patch day bugs aside, I really think it’s polished and gives enough for players to do in different aspects that major overhauls are pretty unnecessary. So without further adue…here are my wish I could see’s:

1: Character creation: Aging! Look we already got youth in here, and to a degree with complexion additions SOME rugged looks. But, when I see that the NPC quest givers can be aged, I have to ask myself why not us? I know the teen kids don’t want to run around looking like old folks, but it would be cool to have the wizened Jedi Master or the hardened Veteran Officer/NCO that looks like age and care have worn on them. Still Heroic, but it makes things a little more immersive. It really wouldn’t be much harder than the hair style skins they come up with (of which about 30% ..all being new ones are pretty hokey in my opinion). See for me, I’d like to take a toon, start him/her young and then let age take over. SWTOR take place over a period of at least 10 years. Believe me, 10 years can age a person ALOT during high operational tempos. So, keep the young look/middle age look, add in a 40ish look..some wrinkles but not too many and then the wizened elder look with plenty of care worn wrinkles.

2: Housing: I like what they did with player houses and the associated unlocks. The decorating hook method is simple enough once you figure out the layouts of the hooks. I understand that Bioware had to keep the decorations fairly static in nature (although I miss EQ2’s ability to literally transform an entire house into something completely different through the use of different items), so the system is simple and workable. I really thought Nar Shadaa and Tatooine were marvelous pieces. I want to see Yavin, or Makeb. Cool scenery with a different architectural focus. Granted, my Smuggler Damios primarily lives out of his starship, but it would be nice to see some new innovative scenery and new decorations/furniture to match the area and culture.

3: Starship decorations: I know, this seems a bit strange, but really it’s not. you can already add a couple of things such as a GTN and mail, why not allow for additional decorations here? I would like to see my cargo bay filled with different crates and rare treasures that I’m trying to either trade as a merchant or smuggle into places for the highest black market value. Trophies would be cool too! Finished that bad ass OP that took you numerous tries to complete? Get a trophy reward symbolic of it’s accomplish to drop on your desk or a shelf. Maybe instead of having static furniture, allow the owner of the ship to customize the furnishings etc within it. Now you can personalize that ship you spend so much time in bouncing around the galaxy. Now when you have a small group of 4 it’s worth it to travel from one location to another as a group. It would be some awesome RP opportunities fo those who enjoy RP instead of the same old stale Fleet cantina or “XYZ” cantina on any given world. Just an idea of course.

So these are my top 3 wish list pieces. The state of the game is solid and has improved significantly since it’s opening days a few years ago. The Dev’s do their best to work what bugs they can and the universe is just plain fun to play in. I would love to hear from other readers as to their perspective on what they would most want to see and why. Top three lists for 2015..GO! Till next time, may your hyperdrives never burn out and may your credits be over flowing.