SW:TOR

To guild or not to guild

I’ve come back to SWTOR 3 months ago (insert 3 monther MMO joke here) and my sub is due to renew tomorrow. A week or two ago I pondered whether to keep it, because I was still really pumped for WoW, a feeling which had come up during the BfA pre-launch hype and Blaugust. But now after reading a lot of first month review posts (sorry if I forgot someone) I’m not so sure I’m still hyped. The reviews aren’t at fault, most people seem to be mostly happy with the expansion. I’m still kinda curious, but the hype has died down for now.
This brings me to my original thought though, I’m playing mostly solo right now and I’m wondering if I’d be happier in a guild again. It’s not that I was actively avoiding them, I’m now GM by of two dead SWTOR guilds, just by showing up in 2018…
Can I even say I have a mixed history with guilds? I’ve always been in a clan while I was playing FPS games 15 to 20 years ago, no problems there. In my first MMO, Ragnarok Online, I wasn’t lucky at first, but then found some cool people on IRC and joined their casual guild (as in non “non-organized group content”). I wasn’t in a WoW guild until I hit 60 in vanilla, since then I was in a few guilds. I think it was only ever in 2 clusters of guilds in 8 years, if you count reforming with half of the people.
So either I’ll buy BfA and play WoW in early October, then I will either play Alliance in the guild where I’m the “returns every 2 years” guy, or go back to my Horde mains and probably have to look for a guild. A quick search on the realm forums wasn’t helpful, no recruitment posts except for hardcore raiding, which I don’t plan to do and there’s no use applying before max level anyway. Maybe my friends list will be helpful once I login. Or maybe my guild isn’t as dead as it looks on the armory, but I guess it’s only 3-4 people and 2 of those hardly talk in chat.
Anyway, if I stick to SWTOR either by not buying BfA or by playing both (haha, fat chance)… the Tulak Hord (German server) realm forums also look dead, the Darth Malgus (English server) one has like three times the current posts, maybe even more. Also somehow my fellow Germans (and the minority of people speaking German) seem to piss me off much more than the people on EU servers, I don’t know why. I saw some recruitment posts, but never seen anyone of those guilds ingame. Apparently it’s a lot more common in SWTOR to have a sister guild on the other faction than in WoW. So at least that could help, as I’m pretty much 60/40 Empire/Republic right now.
So the only thing I know is that I guess I’d like to be part of a guild again after a few years of being the lonely ranger. I just don’t know yet in which game and in which faction – and how I’ll find one. Great.

SWTOR Companions

I recently saw an interesting topic on r/swtor about ranking your companions, especially the starting companions.
So here’s a list of the eight starting companions:
Khem Val, Vette, Mako, Kira Carsen (T7), Aric Jorgan, Qyzen Fess, Corso Riggs, Kaliyo Djannis.
Which one do I dislike most?
That’s kind of easy (and reddit also seemed to agree mostly), it’s Corso. Whiny, annoying, kind of a redneck. I even had to take him as a romance for lack of options :/
But this brings me a more interesting list. Which companions (overall) do I like or dislike?
Favorite companions (starting with most liked)

  • Trooper: Aric Jorgan, Tanno Vik (somehow fun), Elara Dorne, M1-4X (funny lines)
  • Smuggler: Risha (awesome), Akaavi Spar (kinda awesome), Bowdaar (kinda ok)
  • Jedi Knight: Kira (not sure why), Lord Scourge (ok)
  • Jedi Consular: Nadia (fun), Qyzen (earnest, but ok), Holiday (and Tharan)
  • Bounty Hunter: Mako (awesome), Gault Rennow (good interaction)
  • Sith Warrior: Vette, Dark Side Jaesa Willsaam (weird but good)
  • Sith Inquisitor: Khem Val, Andronikos Revel, Talos Drellik (quirky)
  • Imperial Agent: Kaliyo (chaotic), SCORPIO (evil)

 
Worst companions (starting with least liked)

  • Trooper: Yuun (too weird, but he’s actually mediocre, or ok. not bad)
  • Smuggler: Corso, Guss (reminds me of Jar Jar)
  • Jedi Knight: Rusk (too bland), T7 (too beepy), Doc (too smarmy)
  • Jedi Consular: Felix Iresso (too bland), Zenith (sentences too short, not that that bad tho)
  • Bounty Hunter: Skadge (annoying)
  • Sith Warrior: Broonmark (annoying), Malavai Quinn (too uptight, not really bad)
  • Sith Inquisitor: Xalek (not sure why)
  • Imperial Agent: Doctor Lokin (boring), Ensign Temple (unremarkable), Vector (long-winded)

Overall best companions? Consular, Smuggler, BH, Inquisitor (not in order)
Worst overall companions? Jedi Knight (only Kira rocks), Trooper (somehow none of them is awesome)

Ding 300

So I made it and kinda forgot the screenshot, bah. My Bounty Hunter is CL 300 and I could finally buy that sweet +25% Command XP buff for 2m credits. Then I continued by doing all the weeklies and then Oricon (yay, first time there I guess. Or maybe second time, but I couldn’t remember anything… I don’t like it, it reminds me of… Felwood? Eastern Plaguelands? Meh.) on my Sage, which resulted in Command 134. But no, I’m not desperately rushing him towards 300 as well – just trying to finish the Conquest a 2nd time this week. My sub will renew on the 15th and I thought about letting it lapse now, not being there for 2 weeks and planning to buy BfA when I’m back, but I’ve not decided yet. I’ll probably want to play on the weekend after the 15th…
So, how does it look now for the 4 mirror classes and the potential 4x +25% CXP boosts?

  • Bounty Hunter/Trooper – BH at 300, Commando is at 49
  • Consular/Inquisitor – Sage at 134, Assassin is at 4
  • Smuggler/Agent – Scoundrel at 74, Operative at 2
  • Warrior/Knight – Juggernaut at 63, Sentinel at 5

So in terms of “wasted” levels, there’s only my Commando – but she’s fun to play. Apparently I made some correct choices, even before I thought about this. More likely it was just pure luck – the Sage is launch day char, the BH was created a week after launch I guess and the Scoundrel might be as old, or at least from 2012.
Silly number games, anyway.

So close and yet so far

Today was a weird day. As most Tuesdays in the last weeks I dutyfully waited until the 1h Conquest timer was gone, then started my dailies. The usual routine: Ziost, Black Hole, CZ-198, Yavin 4, Section X. But this week’s Conquest was the Revan one which seemed oddly easy at first glance. Yavin 4, Voss dailies, Rampage on Yavin and Voss. So I did my stuff and suddenly was already at 11k of 15k. So I started a few daily planets and queues for Warzones. Then the unbelievable happened – I won twice in a row. That was enough to hand in 3 PvP dailies, including the 20 games weekly which I had saved so far. And then I had the Conquest done. No scraping by day by day like with the Gree event – no, 4h and it was done.
So I continued with my usual easy dailies, Corellia, Dromund Kaas, Tatooine. Yeah, and now I’m at Command Level 299 and it’s half past one in the morning and I need to go to bed. But tomorrow I’ll hopefully make it. Still shaking my head over that Conquest though.

In search of goals

Wow, I guess right now it’s the first time in a few months I sit at the login screen and don’t have a real goal I want to tackle.

That’s what wrote in out Blaugust Discord yesterday and I needed a day to let that sink in. Since I resubbed in June I kinda logged in nearly every day and worked towards my goals (all classes to Level 70, and Command Level 300 on my BH) – and now I’m kinda there (BH is only at 270, but I want to wait until the next weekly reset to power through the last 30 levels).
Doesn’t help I’m still a little sick since 2 weeks and a bit weak, so no fun tours in the sun or anything.
So what was on my list at the end of August?

  • Get to Social IV on Juggernaut
    • A duo run of Black Talon yields ~100 and takes ~20mins, so I need 2 more
  • Get to Valor 30 on BH
    • DONE
  • Finally do the last missing Heroic Missions: Balmorra on both sides
    • Imperial side: DONE, Republic Side: 6 missing, so I’ll knock those out next week I guess.
  • Grab some missing Datacrons
    • Wasn’t in the mood for jumping puzzles
  • Finish the last “Kill 1000 mobs with this companion” achievements
    • Progressed a little here, but besides the Rampage missions for a Conquest… I’m not going out of my way to grind stuff, nope

Which brings me to the last point:

  • Start (and finish? :P) the HK-51 quest line

Yep, I finally started it – years after it was introduced. Here’s the guide and I only need component #6 and #7 now, so 2 FPs and then a fight that might be a little harder than usual.
I had stumbled over Shintar’s blog in the past but only started to follow actively since Blaugust. There was a post about pugging videos lately, which immediately sounded interesting to me because I had religiously followed the adventures of the Pugging Pally back in 2009/10.
I started to sample the mentioned season 2 first (operations) but then decided to start in the beginning and I really like it. Due to the magic of two monitors I’ve “seen” 12 episodes, but I treat it more as a mix of podcast and glancing over to the left, not glued to the screen, while I’m doing dailies or other not-so-engaging content. I’m usually not one of those people watching Netflix or TV during gaming, but sometimes it works. I also watched most of the Daredevil series that way, back when my beloved Marvel Heroes was still running, also during leveling, which was admittedly a bit brainless, doing story mode for the 30th or 40th time…

SWTOR – Titles

I actually wanted to post something completely different, but as it happens I had yet another toon in SWTOR where I didn’t like the current title, so I wanted to adjust it. That sent me down a rabbit hole of finding out what the various character and Legacy titles actually meant or where they were from and most importantly, if they were worth displaying.
As usual, Dulfy has a guide for that, but unfortunately it was last updated on June 30th, 2015 and so it was missing quite a few. So I spent a while clicking through achievements and wrote down some of them that were missing from that list.
Unlike usually, this post could be considered useful, I apologize to my readership.

Title Acquisition Where to find in achievements
The Galaxy’s Finest Complete Flashpoints, Uprisings, Starfighter, Warzones or Operations with the Activity Finder (40x) Legacy -> Feats of Strength
Republic Legend Level all 4 Republic classes to Level 60 Legacy -> Level -> General
Imperial Legend Level all 4 Imperial classes to Level 60 Legacy -> Level -> General
Republic Outlander Level all 4 Republic classes to Level 65 Legacy -> Level -> General
Imperial Outlander Level all 4 Imperial classes to Level 65 Legacy -> Level -> General
Persistent What’s inside? Why is it there? We may never know. Strongholds -> Strongholds
Horrible Person Manage to get Speedy eaten within your Rishi Hideout Stronghold. Strongholds -> Strongholds
Geared for Combat Defeated 1000 enemies each with 2V-R8 and C2-N2 as your active companion Companions -> General -> Miscellaneous
Combat Designation:L3-E7 Defeated 2500 enemies each with 2V-R8 and C2-N2 as your active companion Companions -> General -> Miscellaneous
Comfort Enthusiast Completed the “Continuing Comfort” weekly mission 10 times. Companions -> Shared -> C2-N2
Simulated Meatbag Terminated HK-55 for Educational Purposes Companions -> Shared -> HK-55
The Mysterious Stranger Survived five rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> General
Master of Mayhem Survived all ten rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> General
Eternal Champion Survived all ten rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand without the aid of a group. Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> Story
Eternal Legend Survived all ten rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand with each player class and without the aid of a group. Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> Story
Sprint Champion Survived all ten rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand without the aid of a group and under 15 minutes. Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> Story
Deathless Champion Survived all ten rounds of Mayhem at the Arena Grand without the aid of a group and without dying. Fallen Empire -> The Eternal Championship -> Story
Fully Armed and Operational Defeated an Exarch while under the effects of all 4 Alliance Specialists’ Combat Enhancements Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> Heroic
Follower of the Old Ways Found Devotional Text about all of the Old Gods of Zakuul within the Star Fortresses Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> General
Bunker Buster Destroyed all planetary Shield Bunkers protecting their orbiting Star Fortresses Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> General
Galactic Liberator Destroyed each of the Star Fortresses orbiting an occupiued world. Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> Heroic
Alliance Commander Achieved Influence Rank 20 with all four divisions of your alliance Fallen Empire -> Alliance Growth -> General
Physical Backup Unit Defeated all Star Fortress EPHEMERIS units Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> Story
The One And Only Defeated an Exarch while ungrouped and without any Alliance Combat Enhancements or Equipment Caches. Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> Heroic
Fallen Knight Defeated each of the Star Fortress Paladins aboard all of the Star Fortresses. Fallen Empire -> Star Fortresses -> Paladins
Galactic Peacekeaper* Complete Rishi story mission on Republic and Imperial characters ?
Zakuulan Craftsman Reach 550 on all crew skills Legacy -> Advancement -> Zakuulan Crew Skills

*= haven’t checked this myself
Achievement categories I checked completely at the time of writing, so these should be complete:

  • Galactic Command
  • Legacy
  • Strongholds
  • Dailies
  • Fallen Empire
  • Eternal Throne

Achievement categories I haven’t checked completely, or at all, for this mini guide:

  • Location
  • Operations
  • Companions
  • Flashpoint
  • Player Vs. Player
  • Events
  • Starfighter
  • Space
  • Uprisings

Eighth time’s the charm

This has been a while in the making, but last night I finished one of my “big” goals:

Level 70 Sith Inquisitor Achievement
Level 70 Sith Inquisitor

Not that impressive, but this one is, at least to me:
Galactic Commander Achievement
Galactic Commander – Reached Level 70 with a character from each class

I’m still not at Command Level 300 though, but I hit 269. So I’ll do another 2h xp-boosted session with weeklies soon – next Tuesday hopefully. I still need to finish this week’s Gree Conquest, so maybe it’s only 30 missing until then.
I also finally spent a good chunk of those Command Tokens. Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Scoundrel, Commando, and Jedi Knight are all at Item Rating 230 now and if they gain Command Levels at least until 90 I can grab Unassembled Parts without a guilty conscience of not gearing them enough. Of course I didn’t have enough tokens for all of those, but there were only 1-3 items missing on some, only Knight and Inquisitor got a full set. Now only the unloved Operative still sits at 203.

Once upon a time at launch, part 3

Concluding what I started to days ago (Part 1, Part 2) these are the last entries in my SWTOR diary-like blog back when it launched.

Jan 15 2012 10:54 am – Endgame

So I reached Level 50 yesterday, basically just before the end of my class quest (and it was quite hard, so glad I had that tiny extra of whatever I got) just shy of 7d /played (that’s with a little bit of afk time for lunch and one or two hour-long crafting sessions – but I’m missing 20 points in Archaeology and 50 points in Underworld Trading, I think 7d is a good figure for max level plus professions).
I’m wrapping up Corellia as I write this (at least I think there’s only a handful of quest before the Bonus Series) and so the leveling game is basically done.
I didn’t play any alt (apart from 20 mins on a Smuggler) and I was very happy with my Jedi Consular, then Sage in the cookie cutter PvE Healing spec. At times a group of mobs died a bit slow, but I really didn’t feel at a disadvantage by not using a DPS spec.
I’ve used Qyzen Fess, my tank companion, exclusively apart from the few missions where one of the others was mandatory. Maybe I could’ve pimped Nadia’s gear to a point where this would have been faster, but with Qyzen it just worked.
The only real weaknesses were:

  • multiple Sith mobs with Force abilities, they chewes through his health too quickly
  • multiple Strong mobs standing close to each other so CC couldn’t be used
  • every time a “hard” fight (class quest, mission) started from a dialogue, I died very quickly because I couldn’t CC. Qyzen’s AoE just woke them up eventually. After dying and disabling those 2 abilities, I usually finished the fight without any problems and very quickly

So, I really have to get to my ship now as several companions want to talk again and then I’ll probably dive into Level 50 Flashpoints and hopefully hard modes. Quest-wise there’s still the Corellia Bonus Series if it exists and Hoth. I think I left out Nar Shaddaa and Alderaan as well and finished all the others. Oh, and many Datacrons to fetch and maybe there’s even some Raiding for me…

That first part sounds interesting, problems doing a solo quest? As a healer with the support of a Tank companion? Just googled a bit and apparently several people had some problems, but the Jedi Knight boss was even harder they wrote. Here’s also one thing I retroactively hate – before they changed the companions so that all of them can take any role… with my Healer spec I had some reasons to use a Tank, so there was Qyzen and Iresso. I preferred Qyzen and there was no reason to mix and match – so when we got the achievements I had like 10 days played and 1 companion with 1000 kills, and then 4 with < 100 kills, yay. Also they were all on influence level 10, whereas now you can easily have one or more at 15-20 when you hit Level 70 – but my old main has less than 5 companions with influence rank 10, and none with a higher one. Great. All others have at least one at 20, just from leveling.

Jan 22 2012 9:42 pm – Raiding

Woot, my guild took me on a healing trip to Eternity Vault today and after a few wipes we managed to clear it. So now I have Legs and a Main Hand Weapon and 1 Alloy to craft a 3rd epic. Very nice.
The handling feels a little clunky compared to WoW and especially the last boss is still quite bug-ridden, but all in all it was much fun.

That last boss in EV is Soa and as I hear the encounter still has some bugs. Probably the falling platforms, but I guess there was more. I think I haven’t set foot into a raid (ok ok, Operation) since either that 22nd of January or a week later. I just remember that shortly after that post so many people in that guild stopped playing that the guild basically imploded. I did level my Bounty Hunter already back then, but iirc I was only Level 27 or even a bit less. I remember logging out on Tatooine and then not touching the game for a few years. I’m pretty sure I came back when Makeb came out, leveled to 55 and again went on hiatus until autumn of 2017 when I started with a fresh character (my Juggernaut) and leveled all the way to 70, but only completed the original content – then hiatus again until a few months ago and since then I’ve been very active.
So, that’s it. I don’t usually repurpose content, but in this case I think it was the correct choice to embed this and reflect on the past. I wish I had written a few more entries back then, but I even derailed the whole blog in the first place, as it was originally intended as the dev log for my up and coming fansite that never left closed alpha stage.

Once upon a time at launch, part 2

Continuing from yesterday, the next few posts of my SWTOR impressions at launch in late 2011.

Dec 30 2011 9:35 pm – Next stop: Level 30

I just started the bonus missions on Tatooine and I’m nearing Level 30. I’ve put some more time into Crew Skills and got to 200 Synthweaving already and can finally craft my own gear again.
Yay:

  • Queues have vanished it seems
  • It’s really fun
  • TOR feels like WoW in regard to character handling and characters aren’t sliding through the world or moving in wooden postures. I felt at home immediately unlike LotRO and RoM, which both feel a little clunky to me

Nay:

  • My hardware really seems a bit on the low end, I get single-digit fps or stutters a bit too frequently for my liking
  • Every time I select my realm (only one I have characters on), I get asked if I really, really want to play on a PvP server…
  • As the chat is on the upper side of the screen, I usually click on the chat every few hours and can’t target mobs until I notice
  • You can’t preview ranged weapons

So yes, when the stuff people are bickering about only minor details (see above), it seems the game is well-done.

Yeah, the bonus missions. I’m not so sure those were a great idea. Finish a planet (most of them span a level range of 4-5 levels) and then go back once you’re actually done. Why weren’t those incorporated directly? Did they retrofit them? I don’t know, doesn’t really matter – quests are quests 🙂 Also more whining about hardware and first world problems…

Jan 8 2012 11:38 am – The long stretch

I’m Level 42 now (at 5d 12h /played) and hit Belsavis yesterday. Only missing one companion now. I’ve tried most of the new ones for a while, but still sticking to my original one – we’re quite the team.
Nay:

  • Loading screen times are really annoying
  • Some quest yesterday sent me on this journey: Hoth – Hoth Orbital Station – Ship – some space station – Ship – Tython Orbital Station – Tython – Tython Orbital Station – Ship – Hoth Orbital Station – Hoth – Hoth Orbital Station – Ship… that’s just not fun! (And I left out all the airlocks in between) – plus loading screens every time
  • I want to be 50!
  • Expertise starts to show on 50s in PvP and I get crushed a little quick. I understand that 10-50 in one Warzone might have problems, but for the first two weeks I had no problem.

Yay:

  • The planets are really different, the quests are moderately different,
  • Still having a good time leveling
  • I’m playing a pure healer spec with a tank companion and have no problems in world PvP
  • World PvP is actually fun. Only been camped once. My own take is more like crushing the enemy on sight and moving on. If he catches me and gets revenge, fine. I’ve not yet camped anyone or even killed them twice in a row.

Apparently I was leveling in a healing spec. Maybe changing them wasn’t so easy at launch? I guess so, as I was playing solo and not grouping much, why would I do that otherwise? This useless running around still annoys me. MMOs where you can hand in remotely or at least collect a few quests, then hand them in together are better.

Jan 13 2012 12:00 am – Stalling

Sadly I didn’t have as much time to play this week as I had planned, so it might be close to get to 50 over the weekend.
I’m about to start the Voss Bonus Series at 47.5 and I’m really looking forward to Corellia.
I especially found my latest companion quests nice. Those brought me from 46 halfway to 47, just talking to the guys on the ship and learning about some stories.

I still like talking to my companions, and surely they thought about the XP rewards for that, but in retrospect.. why would you give tons of XP just for being on your ship from time to time (you need to be there every few levels to get to a new planet anyway) and listening to some dialog with a few non-meaningful choices? I guess I was immersed a bit more back then and liked the reward of taking the time to talk to all of my companions and indeed listen to them instead of space-baring through the dialogs. What I found *really* interesting when I played a Jedi Shadow a month or so ago.. it’s the same base class (Jedi Consular) as the Sage I leveled in late 2011 and I still could remember the gist of most companion stories and a lot of details. That was over six and a half years ago! So I guess they did something right.
So much for part 2 of 3 in this series, I still seemed to be quite excited and not plagued by horrible bugs, just a few annoyances.

Once upon a time at launch

I was reading and commenting on a post by Shintar about Operations in SWTOR and was looking up some things in my achievements and on my old SWTOR blog that I started at launch. To cut excitement short it ran for 34 days and had 10 posts. I won’t link to it, but I will start a series and quote and comment on those old posts, from a “now, nearly 7 years later” perspective. It also serves as a proper testament of time, because who knows when that tumblr blog will vanish.

Dec 19 2011 – 11:42 pm – Hello, world!

What is NAMEOFSITE you ask? We don’t know yet, but if Bioware ever releases an API (like Blizzard’s WoW Armory) we’ll surely create cool things with it.

Yeah well, never happened. Too bad. My enthusiasm for creating a proper fan site died there.
 

Dec 20 2011 6:29 am – First release impressions

The game is scheduled to be opened at 06:00 in my time zone so the alarm at 05:50 ended my sleep.
Tried to login, got to confirm some EULA again and an Origin account seemed to be created for me now.
Can’t login. “You have no active subscription” in the Launcher, but can login to Origin.com.
The account page says “You’ve subscribed. Thank you.” on the main page and “Your subscription information cannot be accessed at this time. Please try again later.” on the detail page.
Seems I’m not the only one with this problem.
Ah well, MMO launches without problems are overrated. Let’s get to work and try to head home sooner than usual 🙂
Update 06:30 CET: Problem acknowledged
Update 07:00 CET: Problem fixed, it seems – too bad I’m at work now 🙁

Never play on patch release day! Always true. Pretty amazed some of these forum links still work.
 

Dec 21 2011 12:41 pm – Day 1 wrapup

My male Mirialan Jedi Sage hit level 10, I’ve played around 8h (minus some breaks) and so far I really like it.
Yay:

  • The CGI scenes are really cool
  • The dialog system is really cool
  • Combat is quite ok after an hour
  • The storyline was awesome
  • Questing with map and hints and codex is fun
  • Everything was stable on launch day

Nay:

  • My system runs WoW just fine with high details, TOR is stuttering on medium
  • Windowed fullscreen doesn’t seem optimal yet
  • Mouse sensitivity feels hard to adjust
  • A login queue of 300 (means 20-30min) at 4 in the afternoon

No idea yet:

  • My crew skills are Synthweaving, Archaelogy and Underworld Trading, not used them
  • Haven’t tried a Flashpoint or a PvP
  • I’m on a German server, I always tried to avoid those before

I’m still (again?) on a German server, IIRC first we were merged together with another one, and then last year all onto one again. I’m not interacting with many people, so I have no opinion right now. As I’m playing in English, maybe the EU server would’ve been the better choice. Many positive points here. I still like the dialog system, I still like the class stories. Not sure I meant with hints – I surely didn’t really look into the codex ever since. I ended up upgrading my gaming machine mid-2012, so I was probably running on a few years’ old hardware at this point in time, so not SWTOR’s fault really.
 

Dec 27 2011 7:16 pm – One week later

No entry for nearly one week, this means either not much progress or not much to say.
Actually, there was bit of ingame time, I’m at Level 20 with most of Taris done, only need to wrap up a few quests and Datacrons.
The game is still tremendously fun, but still missing the “need to level, level, level” urge. Didn’t help that were was quite some offline time over the holidays. Most people are high in their 40s, I’m just lagging behind, but with the sort of limited play time there’s not much use searching for a level partner anyway.
Updated impressions:
Yay:

  • Warzones are fun. I’m dying quickly but I can heal a lot if I’m not focusfired. Absolutely love playing with people of all levels.
  • Questing is still nice and doesn’t feel slow.
  • Healing Flashpoints is fun, but the Sage really feels like a Disc Priest.

Nay:

  • The UI fails at some minor details, especially when buying Mods and comparing to your equipped ones is quite hard.
  • Some people are incapable of not breaking sheeps. Even if the sheep is actually an elite hanging helplessly in the air thanks to Force Lift.
  • Even more people are incapable of focus-firing a single mob.

See you soon on Nar Shaddaa

I can’t remember when I last did a warzone on my Sage, but it isn’t fun on my BH at 70. Back then no one had gear though. And we were all noobs. I should really heal a flashpoint again at some time though.
 

Dec 28 2011 8:11 pm – Halfway?

So I hit 25 earlier, my /played was 1d 19h at 23, should be around 2d now, I logged out before checking, meh.
I saved up enough to get my Speeder (and one bag upgrade for 5k earlier) and now have around 10k left.
My Archaeology is doing quite good at nearly 150, Synthweaving and Underworld Trading have to be pushed beyond 70 now.

That lack of speed! No perks to boost class mission XP, no usable XP boosts. 48 hours for 25 Levels – but on a PvP server, in a completely new game. I think I enjoyed it properly. Seems it was even a little quicker to level than WoW at launch 😛 The amount of credits is also kinda ridiculous, I think you make a few thousand on your starter planet nowadays, but I might be wrong here.
 
I think I sound pretty amazed overall, and I really loved that game at launch, so not surprised. So that was part one of the journey, stay tuned for part 2.