Archive for the ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Category

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Happy 4th Blogiversary To Me

January 8, 2014

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Holy crap, as of yesterday this blog is four years old! Time really flies, doesn’t it? It feels more like three, though that might be because I completely forgot my blogiversary last year. Would have forgotten this year too, truth be told, if Rowan (who will be celebrating his own blogiversary very soon as well) hadn’t reminded me. I am just bad with birthdays.

Anyway, since my blog’s anniversary is in January, technically this post could also serve as a look back at 2013. Once again, this blog didn’t see as much activity in the last year as I would have liked. In my defense though, it was a busy year in terms of real life, and quite honestly, it was a pretty tame one for MMOs. Tame…but definitely not lame.

I only participated in the launches of mainly two games — Defiance and Neverwinter — and both released during the first part of the year (though in the latter’s case, an um, open-beta-that-really-wasn’t-a-beta).

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Instead, I spent the last year revisiting a lot of old favorites. World of Warcraft, of course, is as ever the dependable standby. I would play a couple months, take another couple months off, then do it all over again. I know I can always count on it being there whenever I feel like a romp through Azeroth.

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Star Trek Online saw some play too because of their new expansion. I rolled a Romulan, got to have some fun with the duty officer mini-game, and got roped into doing dailies for their summer event. This was the year I truly came to develop an appreciation for a free-to-play STO.

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A few months ago, I also surprised myself by resubbing to Star Wars: The Old Republic. This was thanks to the revitalization of our guild, which included a faction change to refocus our efforts on the Empire side. SWTOR saw an expansion too, and I’m still hopping in now and then getting in my Galactic Starfighter battles. They’re a lot more fun once you get a hang of the controls and start upgrading your ship.

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And finally, there’s The Secret World. TSW Mondays are still going strong, and in terms of social events, it’s probably Mercy Gaming’s greatest success. I don’t think anyone would have believed it a year and a half ago, but it’s true that our weekly group has steadily grown since Secret Mondays first started. To the usual gang, thanks for making this such a great year in TSW.

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Other highlights of the year that aren’t really related to gaming (and in fact, they actually took away from my gaming time, but I wouldn’t change that for the world!) include some of my new hobbies:

1) Pathfinder! I have reason to look forward to Sunday nights now that my friends and I hold weekly games over Fantasy Grounds 2 and Teamspeak.

2) Miniature painting! I’ve always wanted to get into this, and this year I finally took the plunge!

3) Podcasting! Recording Battle Bards with my co-hosts Syp and Syl has been such fun this year.

4) Book blogging! I’ve always read voraciously, and this year I went one step further and started a book blog with a couple of my friends. It has been amazing.

And of course, nothing beats spending time with my family. My little girl is almost two now, and every day she fills my life with surprises and delight. My husband and I don’t get to play video games as much anymore, spending a couple hours a night in our MMOs only after we’ve put the baby to bed. When she’s awake, we don’t want to miss a moment with her!

Finally, to my readers, I want to thank you for another fantastic year. 2014 looks to be another great one with a couple big MMOs on the horizon. I haven’t mentioned these games a lot on my blog the past year, mostly because I’ve resolved to keep my excitement in check going forward, but I’d like to go on record to say that I am very much looking forward to BOTH Wildstar and The Elder Scrolls Online.

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I have no doubt I’ll be gracing this blog with my thoughts on both sometime in the future. And perhaps more! Thanks again, and I’m definitely looking forward to another year of blogging. Ciao!

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SWTOR: I Can’t Shake Him!

December 6, 2013
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Going down?

Galactic Starfighter went live on Star Wars: The Old Republic this week, and it has been…quite interesting. I was invited into the beta but didn’t really get the chance to check it out, so for all intents and purposes this was really my first exposure.

I got to play a little bit of the content Tuesday, but it wasn’t until last night that I finally started to get a handle on the controls. Let’s face it; I just don’t have the piloting instincts of a Skywalker. I spent most of the first night flying around like a drunk chicken with a broken wing, though I have no one to blame but myself for skipping the tutorial (because instruction manuals are for chumps!) and as a result did most of my learning through trial and error.

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And the world goes sideways…

Needless to say, starfighter battles are a lot more fun when you know what you’re doing. That’s why I haven’t written off the expansion yet, because without a doubt, things improve as you gain more experience and a handle on flying these damn things. Last night for our guild’s SWTOR Thursday session we went into battles as a team, and I have to say the increased interaction and strategic planning that comes with playing in a group greatly improves the experience.

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Victory!

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Screenshots Of The Day: Oricon

October 4, 2013

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Lots of purdy screenshots to share today, but before I get to more, first I have some order of business to get out of the way. Due to schedule changes, a couple of regulars in our Star Wars: The Old Republic group have not been able to attend our TORsday nights, and as such Operations have been placed on hold for the time being. Anyway, I know this is a pretty long shot but, I’ve gotten permission from the slavemaster — I mean, our guild leader — to throw this out there: if you’re reading this and happen to have a level 50-55 Imperial character on Ebon Hawk and won’t mind running once a week with a great bunch of folks, let me know because we may have a spot for you.

The thing is, we’re very, VERY casual, and we play more for enjoyment than advancement, but I can promise lots of fun and good company and I will vouch for every single one of my guildies. Well, except maybe that Maric person.

Anyway, on to the pictures! So apparently a new update went live in SWTOR earlier this week and I didn’t even know about it; shows how much I pay attention! Game Update 2.4 reveals the next chapter of The Dread War, bringing a new storyline, a new world in a form of a remote moon named Oricon, and a bunch of new quest areas on said moon.

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Lava bad!

Naturally, with nothing else pressing on our agenda, those of us in the Imperial Mercenary Corps who showed up decided to group up and check it out together. We had one member just shy of level 55 and couldn’t get the quests (ugh, such a bummer), but he was able to tag along and, with the help of an XP booster, get the experience required to get him closer to level cap.

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What is up with tentacles in all my games lately?

It also goes without saying, doing all the missions in a group made killing everything on Oricon a LOT less of a pain…

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…like this bad boy.

I was pretty impressed with the new area. There’s a pretty hefty story component, but going through all the content won’t take very long and it’s pretty easy; once it’s all done, you’ll unlock dailies (which are just essentially the same quests you just did) as well as a new Operation.

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This is rather Medieval looking.

That’s pretty much the extent of the update, but the rewards are pretty incredible. Completing the entire story will get you a full set of Artifact quality armor, which is nice because I have a whole new healing set to build plus a couple last pieces I still had to upgrade. All in all, it was a good night!

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Very creepy and awesome looking statue. Have the SWTOR developers been playing The Secret World?

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Screenshot Of The Day: So That’s What That Smell Was

September 6, 2013
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Greetings from Karagga’s Palace

The Imperial Mercy Corps continuing their rampage through old level 50 hard mode raids in Star Wars: The Old Republic, racking up achievements and gaining more experience fighting as a group.

Hopefully aspiring towards more and more challenging content for our SWTOR Thursdays as time goes on!

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SWTOR: Greetings From The Eternity Vault

August 23, 2013

It appears Mercy Gaming’s Star Wars: The Old Republic Thursday nights are really taking off! Yours truly was especially on pins and needles last night, seeing as on the agenda was our first operation as a guild since the resurrection of the Imperial Mercenary Corps. Our target: Hard Mode Eternity Vault.

Believe it or not, I’d never seen the inside of a single SWTOR raid before. Approximately two months after the game first came out, my life got a whole lot busier when my daughter was born, and as a result I never did get the chance to go on the ops runs my guild was just starting at the time.

So honestly, I didn’t much care that most of our group was over-geared and over-leveled; I was happy enough just to be able to experience the content. Not to mention last night wasn’t just my first ever SWTOR ops run, it’s also likely my first raid in years where I got to go in a guild group with friends. I had a blast, and no wonder! I’m trying to remember the last time, and it was probably Ulduar in World of Warcraft back in the time of Wrath of the Lich King (I certainly don’t count the LFR these days)! As you can see, it’s been quite a while.

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SWTOR: The “Real” Big Ding!

August 19, 2013
The big moment immortalized.

The big moment immortalized.

This weekend saw me hit level 55 on my Bounty Hunter in Star Wars: The Old Republic! YAY!

And I know thus far I have not talked much about the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion, but now that I’ve played through most of it, I have to say it’s pretty well done. The story was good, the questing zones are laid out in a nice, convenient way that actually doesn’t make me want to throw acid in own my face. The planet Makeb is also gorgeous. Honestly, I’m quite impressed with the whole package, considering the state of things when I first took a break from the game.

While I suppose gearing up should be my next step (already started on weeklies), I’m also thinking about taking my Republic character to 55 as well, for the legacy experience and, more importantly, the full expansion content. I’m told the two faction quest lines play off each other and together they form the full Makeb story. I might as well soak it all in.

And, ugh! Of course, I’m also contemplating the idea of starting an alt. I suppose is inevitable given that’s usually my regular pattern after hitting level cap, but the notion is rather appealing considering how we’ve currently revived our Empire guild, and I’ve been itching to play an Imperial Agent since, like, forever! Sexiest class in the game, easy!

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SWTOR: Who Are You Calling Meatbag?

August 14, 2013
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Uh oh, he’s got you in his sights.

TA-DA! Behold my new HK-51 companion, prepped and ready to do his master’s bidding.

Okay, HK, your first mission is to make yourself at home on my ship and meet your new crew. Please take “extra care” of Torian for me, will you? I’ve never quite lived down the indignity of male Bounty Hunters getting the option to romance a cool chick like Mako, while the female BHs get stuck with — as my guildies put it — the goofy Justin Bieber lookalike.

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Target

Last week, you may have heard the Imperial Mercenary Corps gathered for a group event to start the HK quest chain in Star Wars: The Old Republic, kicking off the great scavenger hunt for killer robot parts. But since the husband and I have a prior engagement this coming Thursday evening and won’t be able to make the scheduled weekly TORsday night, we decided to get a jump on the last two HK pieces found in the flashpoints last night, calling in the help of a couple friends.

To be honest, if it weren’t for the guild event, I probably wouldn’t have ever gotten the HK droid. As awesome as he is, doing the scanning process for his parts on the different planets all by my lonesome would most likely have done my schedule in, so I’m definitely grateful and more than a little psyched that I finally got this cool companion.

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