SWTOR: Next stop Ziost for the Operative

2017-03-30_9-23-50 I wrapped up the Shadow of Revan story line with a quickness and now I’m poised to jump into the Ziost story arc.

I enjoyed my play through on this one since I actually decided to flirt this time. It did actually add some gaps to the story that I missed the last play through.

I skipped it on the Sorc the last play through so I’m looking forward to seeing it. I really look forward to seeing it on the Operative since I can clear out targets faster and I can stealth past anything I don’t want to bother with.

It’ll be interesting to see what Theron has to say to the Imperial Ghost the next time he sees her.

As for Geistig the ghost, she’s progressing along gear wise as well as through the story. I have a few slots left to augment and an offhand to construct. Then I can focus on the strongholds before their lack of completion drives me nuts.

At least in the meantime I’m grinding rep with a few places to get some decoration items I want. I’ve maxed out Voss reputation so I can start getting items from there once I can be bothered to build the furniture kits. I have to see what I need and start stocking up on supplies.

Next up is doing cz-198 dailies to unlock decoration items with their rep vendor. Though hopefully I’ll start to get items soloing the star fortresses as well. Doing them together with CrankyB left us dropless. Though I prefer doing them with him I also want to get the stronghold items.

Now to see what Ziost holds. Until next time, time to get some grind on.

Lords of Mayem Arvish the assassin and Geistig the operative.
Lords of Mayem Arvish the assassin and Geistig the operative.
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SWTOR Still Awesome

Flashpoints with Fams
Flashpoints with Fams

Star Wars the Old Republic still takes up what time I have that isn’t dedicated to work and family. Since I play it with the hubby (CrankyB) and Talta my mom I can do the two birds one stone gig.

As for progress I have 3 level 70’s and I’ve almost finished all of the class stories in the game. Yes that means I’m on my third main at the moment and I’ve wasted time not picking one class, sticking to it and grinding up the end game command levels as high as possible.

Then again since I’m playing the game for the story, I’m not to worried about any of that (insert trollface).

Speaking of stories, I’ve loved them. I only have the trooper class story left to complete and I’m looking forward to being flirty with Jorgen. Seeing all of the class stories in the game is one of my main goals. I’ve actually wanted to do that since I first logged in several years ago and I’m finally getting around to it. I may have abused the extra xp a bit to finish those up but it was worth it.

As for the class stories themselves the Smuggler, Bounty Hunter and Sith Sorcer have been my personal favorites. I love the voice acting, the dialog and the pace of the stories. To me they just seem like the average Joe turned hero stories that I always love. As for the more epic stories, the Imperial Agent and the Jedi Knight seem to tell more of the in game story, and are by far the longest. I loved the Jedi Knight story enough that I did it twice so that I could record it. I LOVE SCOURGE… the end.

Though out of all of them the Agent is probably the most complex since you can take several turns throughout the story and probably play it two or three times and see a completely different story. I went with the more rogue agent approach and I think I might have broke the game doing it, or at least really confused the Empire, but it was a grand time none the less.

Funny enough though the Agent ended up becoming what I’m now playing as a main. After playing quite a bit of the Smuggler to see the story I fell in love with the class and wanted to see if I could replicate the play style on the Empire side. CrankyB prefers the Imperial Side and that is where his guild is. So after finishing the smuggler story I went back to the Agent and I’m having a blast. Pretty much literally since I go through mobs like butter.

The class lets me throw off heals during flashpoints. I do a sick amount of DPS and I can complete heroics quickly and easily which is a nice way to level up and make some credits. At least it is for me because I enjoy playing the game solo.

Aside from kicking some serious ass my Operative also has a look I’m pretty happy with her look as well. Meet the current incarnation of Geistig. She’s currently between jobs since I’m about to dive into the Revan story and I want to complete the rest of the older content before taking her through the newer stories.

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Geistig the Independent

I am pretty excited about running her through all of the content. I love how everyone reacts to her. They almost fear her like a Sith but they don’t want it to show because she’s supposedly just a spy….

PS it is really fun seeing Theron Shan flustered when you flirt as the agent. If you haven’t tried it already, give it a go, it’s a blast.

As for ratings SWTOR is my preferred game bracket at the moment. That game bracket is the one for people who like playing solo and who don’t have a ton of MMO time or patience. The nice thing about SWTOR is that you can spend a few hours in the game and feel like you’ve accomplished something.

That’s not something you see in a lot of MMO’s at the moment and it’s quite far from the launch days where everything took forever and a day. Now that there’s more content, they’ve sped things up and if you sub up it’s even better. That part I do like.

At the moment it’s also pretty friendly if you just want to play for yourself. You can pretty much treat SWTOR like a multi player if you like and only play with folks here and there when you want to. Well aside from a few heroics that can get hairy during the busy times but if you find a buddy and group up just for those or do the less popular heroics, you can still roam alone if you like.

Playing the game for the story instead of the gear means that you can enjoy the game for the content and ignore the grind unless you REALLY feel like you need an eye bleeding challenge. Personally I prefer to forgo the MMO stigmata and just dink around with the fun stuff.

In SWTOR The stories are great and there is a lot of content when you look at all 8 classes, and the expansion chapters. Story mode for dungeons is also a boon. You can use this setting to see the story in dungeons with the help of a droid and your companion. Though it’d probably help to have at least one other player along to help out. At the moment this is one of the only couples friendly MMO’s I’ve seen in that you can just play with one or two other friends and still do quite a bit in the game.

With companions, people like myself and CrankyB can settle into doing flashpoints with just the two of us and not have to worry about whether or not anyone is online. We can also still chat with our peeps using Discord even if they want to join up with an Ops group on the Republic side. So in the end we’re still being social, but this way everyone gets to do what they actually WANT to do instead of being limited to doing just what the game has available.

SWTOR is finally to the point where it has enough content that it can offer that experience. Having different types of content is something that pretty much every fresh MMO has a problem with. Launching with just raids and PvP as an end game will keep raiders and PvP’rs if they like your content, but there’s a whole market for people that want to enjoy stories ans social content that pretty much drop games as soon as the story is over. That is rather apparent at the moment as the servers are quiet while folks wait for the new content to drop.

As far as I’m concerned I’m just getting started with SWTOR. I want to get my new main through the story, finish the trooper story and don’t get me started on the guild hall. I’ll have a lot of rep to grind to pick up some of the items I want to use for it as well as saving up cartel coins for the rest.

The Sky Palace
The Sky Palace

At the moment our guild hall isn’t all that fancy since it’s full of random crap but I’m enjoying adding bits here and there. It’s not like it’s a busy place so it’s not a biggie. It is convenient though since we have all of the necessities like market and guild bank all in one place. If nothing else it was well worth getting a guild hall just to have everything all tucked in together.

Talta has also requested Dejaric tables so she can “let the wookie win.” I’m kind of glad they made sure those were in the game.

If you haven’t logged in already, there’s still a few more days to work on tiers. I managed to get some of that in on the Operative despite changing over to her really late. As mentioned previously though, that’s fine with me since I’ve actually managed to find that sweet spot where I have a class/race combo that works for me.

With that being said I’ll be stealthing now to run around making people very uncomfortable with my operative. People just don’t seem to appreciate it when someone cloaked comes up behind them and starts healing the behoozits out of them. It’s true I have finally found the perfect class.

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SWTOR: Revanites and beachwear

2017-01-19_21-51-51 So we went to Rakata last night to work on a bit of the Shadow of Revan stories as we’re working our way up to the new stuff. CrankyB spent most of the night shaking his head at my need to wear beach wear in the Rakata tropics. Hey I had fun and no I’m not taking it seriously, I’m here to have fun aaaaaand… I’m going to have as much fun as possible.

My Ewok agrees. At least I think she does.. it’s hard to tell.

What silly outfit have you worn when roaming game content? If you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend giving it a shot.

Until next time, get out there and play!

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SWTOR: New Droid and More Time

Screenshot_2017-01-19_10_46_19_391210 Yesterday CrankyB and I completed the requirements to unlock the HK-51 companion quest and now I too have this guy. I can’t say he can replace my homicidal ewok but it’s not a bad droid to have around.

We’re slowly working through the stories up to the new content and we might actually get to it one of these days. For now though we’re having fun and doing things at our own pace.

With me having a huge lack of energy a lot of the time, getting things done in games gets a bit harder, but we manage.

Until next time, get out there and play!

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SWTOR: Guild Stronghold Photobomb

Screenshot_2017-01-17_20_03_20_325038 It doesn’t matter what game I play, lately it seems like my pets and companions insist on some how getting into the shot. My Ewok buddy here is no exception.

In BDO it was Pengu my penguin. That guy is awesome.

So the Lords of Mayhem have a Nar Shaddaa sky palace that we’re decking out like a casino. We don’t have much of it unlocked yet because there’s not many of us online much and those who are, well we’re slackers.

We do however have some kick ass furniture thanks to the Grizzy and we have our major utilities which is awesome.

It’s a great start and it’s SO convenient to not have to run all over fleet to get to the marketplace, mailbox and banks.

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SWTOR: Knee deep in Lightsabers and Loving it

Screenshot_2017-01-13_20_20_52_419400 So what do you do when you’re burnt out on grind games? I guess you retire in Star Wars the Old Republic.

I started playing SWTOR again after a very long absence. I’ve tried playing it off and on since it went free to play, even subbed up once. Up until about a month ago though, it didn’t really catch my fancy.

Now it’s starting to really grab my attention. It has more content, less grind and getting to the story and getting on to the next one isn’t as much of a hassle as it used to be. Probably more so for subscribers though which is something to keep in mind.

Fortunately Bioware realized that if they let players enjoy the kick ass stories they’ve created instead of forcing them to jump through hoops and kill ooodles (and yes I do mean oodles) of rats to get there, the players might, I dunno, enjoy the game? Those players might even…. pay for it! Total shocker I know.

I welcome the change and I finally got to finish the Sith Assassin/Sorcerer story and enjoy it as opposed to seeing snippets of it and forgetting what I did a few days ago because I can’t sit at the compy and power level my way through the content just to see the next snippet of story.

Since CrankyB and I have begun the grand adventure known as parenthood, it’s been tough finding a game we can enjoy together that we can still drop on a moment’s notice to go and take care of the Kraken (yes she has her own code name already).

SWTOR, what with fast travel, ships and now even letting you zoom into heroics, makes the game a LOT easier. Especially when you have to stop, drop and run for the pacifier that was tossed out of the cradle and into another time zone.

On a side note SWTOR actually has me looking forward to the end game. This is a big deal for an MMO slacker like me because as many know I rarely if ever bother getting to the end game. Usually because I’m not in raiding guilds and I find group finder to be a hub of scum and villainy.

In the current incarnation of SWTOR they seem to be putting more emphasis on story over raids and adding incursions. I want to see how this and getting command xp works out. It’s pretty much the opposite of what happened to Guild Wars 2 and is the big reason why I left the game when they added raids and dropped the xp gain for skill points past level cap.

As a person who actually enjoys having bars to fill, I have a hard time dinging at the level cap because well, what bar do I have to fill after that?

SWTOR is also a game that I can play with Moms and friends easily and not feel hampered by levels, combat complexity, and pay walls.

I enjoy having a game that I can play with Moms, it’s something that we started years ago with WoW and I try to keep that tradition alive when we find a game that works for both of us. She loved and excelled at WoW, even more so than I did to be honest. I’m hoping that SWTOR could be something she could enjoy too.

She’s been playing Destiny on Xbox with my brothers so swapping back to PC takes some getting used to. Safe to say that the tab target combat and scaling help a bunch. She can fight things a lot more easily when transitioning from console combat and I can go back and hang out with her even on my main and still get some gain out of it. That by the way, is toats awesome.

So with all that in mind, for now SWTOR gets the Fry meme:

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We’ll see how long SWTOR keeps my attention. For now though I can tell folks that if you’re on limited time SWTOR isn’t a bad MMO to run around in if you only have a few hours a night to spare. They really seem to have focused on the parts of the game that rock and dropped off some of the stuff that made it feel awkward or got in the way of the fun.

You may have to sub to see the full benefit, but if you don’t want to you can always get along pretty well for free. It helps if you get into a guild with bennies and group up. If you want unlocks you can also earn a few cartel coins through game play to pay for unlocks as you go. That’s not such a bad way to do things to get and keep players in the game. Good show SWTOR, good show.

Until next time, I’ll be zapping people in SWTOR and hoping that everyone else is having just as much fun.

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Choices

2016-12-21_482159307 I logged back into Black Desert Online yesterday to try the Witch Awakening and I love it. Now I have to decide if I want to add BDO back to the list of games I want to play.

I just finished the Season in Diablo III with CrankyB and that was a blast. We’re playing Neocron 2 again which is fun, but it’s not super immersive. I always end up wanting to do something else after a couple of weeks in game there.

I’m also picking up Star Wars the Old Republic again because I really, really want to finish at least one character and see the stories. I particularly enjoy the Sith Sorceress. I do love being bad. I may end up playing the Jedi equivalent too if I make one.

While BDO I want to give BDO all of my attention, I just have too much to do to spend more than an hour or two at a time in game. For BDO that’s not really enough to get far fast. Though getting far fast isn’t what BDO is about once you get to end game, and honestly that isn’t all bad. Considering how big a difference levels can make in the game.

At the moment I’m playing SWTOR alone and that doesn’t bug me much. Neocron I really only play with the guys because I don’t want to play it solo. As for BDO, I’ll probably be playing that a bit by myself then goofing off in it here or there with what guild members still log in. Other than that it’s on the back burner for me.

Well till next time, I’ll be making choices.

 

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Star Wars the Old Republic – Jedi Consular Class

Now here’s one I’ve been waiting to see more information on. Finally more info and a video!

From the initial description this was the class I was looking at getting into. Now that I’ve seen the video I’m pretty sure this is where I’m going to go. I really like the fact that this class can fight for it’s self and swap out to aid allies. How fun it will be in game is always a wait and see, but hey I like what I see so far.

There’s also a little more detail on the Jedi Consular class found in a new news article.

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New Blogs on the List

So while I’ve been semi AFK helping the Mom unit move I’ve been meaning to add some links to a couple of new blogs in town.

The folks of Multiplaying have started up a Star Wars the Old Republic blogcast called Old Republicast. They’re a fun crew so it’s totally worth checking out.

Oh yeah Scarybooster has started up a new bloggy blog Scary Worlds. If you have an interest in Star Wars the Old Republic, you’ll want to hit that up too. Scary also intends to use Scary Worlds to blog about “PrimeBFD, Guild Wars 2, eccentric storytime, and any MMOs that catch my eyes” so it should be a fun read.

And now that I’ve pre-ordered Star Wars the Old Republic I’ll be playing as well and waiting for the release to boot.

Let’s just hope I can get some more blogging in before PAX this year.

Star Wars the Old Republic – To Pre Order or Not to Pre Order

I’m seriously debating this. I still intend to play Fallen Earth and my future is a little undecided. I know that I’ll want to try out Star Wars the Old Republic once it’s released but just not sure if I want to invest in the Pre Release at this time.

So, I’m taking a poll from the web, leave a comment convincing me one way or the other… Do I go for a pre-order or wait it out?