So I don’t know if I ever made this clear anywhere here, but I did not stop playing SWTOR because I disliked the game. It just simply got to the point where it was repetitive for me and there were multiple other games that were keeping me entertained. I didn’t plan on quitting SWTOR, in fact I feel like an ass because I had promised my Snark Side guildies more than once that I would never leave the game and would be subscribed until the day they finally unplugged the last server. Then within a couple of months I had unsubscribed and disappeared. I have no lame excuse for it, it just happened. The guild went through a time where several core members left the game and others were entering a busy holiday season / work schedule so outside of raid nights there was rarely anyone to talk to while logged in. I was tired of staying home to raid on weekends. I wasn’t in love with alting as much as I am in WoW. Blah, blah, etc. etc.
The main point to take away from the above is I NEVER DISLIKED SWTOR. It’s a great game. Does it have bugs and issues? Yes. Does Bioware do a good job with the game? Not as good as they should. Can it be repetitive and grindy? Sure, depending on alting and raiding, etc. Is it fun as hell? Yes. Do lightsabers kick ass? Yes. Are the sound effects some of the best ever used in a game? Yes. Are the cut scenes amazing? Yes. Are you getting the picture here? Of course I had to come back. There’s a new planet to explore after all.
I technically resubbed back in late March and preordered the new content, but I lost all of April to a family emergency so I didn’t get any game time. Everything is now fine, no need to be concerned. I recently got my free time back, got the game all downloaded and updated and was able to login this week. I hadn’t expected my talents to be reset, but of course it makes perfect sense. The first night I logged in I just sat and stared at my skill tree and half cried / half panicked. I couldn’t remember how I used to have it setup. I know some talents have been removed and added, so it would never be the same anyway, but I had always thought I was pretty good at dps’ing with my weird balance build so I couldn’t fathom how I was going to play if I didn’t get it built back correctly. So I logged out and decided I needed to spend some time catching up on SWTOR blogs and forums. Which I did.
Over the weekend I spent a few hours in-game getting my skill tree lined out and wading back into questing by leveling on Makeb. I even got to run a FlashPoint with a couple of guildies which really helped bring my muscle memory right back. I mean, I totally hit some buttons wrong but for the most part it felt pretty natural. I even managed to make it through the flashpoint and then get out to Makeb and level to 51 without dying once. YES! While I am still playing other games and consider WoW my current main game (I’m going to Blizzcon, woot!) I am glad I have found my way back to SWTOR and The Snark Side. I may not be back for 15 hours a week or for raiding, but I will be playing and maybe even blogging again.
Honest about the fact that I haven’t paid as much attention to posting screenshots on this blog as I should have. But I hate to break promises, even if no one really cares. So I’m going to cram 28 screenshots in here before the end of the month. To do so, they’re just going to be fairly random with no explanations or cute stories and unfortunately, I don’t even have time to make them pretty because I’m totally going out of town in the morning. But hopefully you’ll enjoy them anyways.
There are a lot of gorgeous cut scenes in this game and I take a whole lot of screenshots of them. As I was looking through my folders working on pulling out images for IntPiPoMo, it amused me greatly to notice some of my shots looked very similar. My main toon, Jedi Master Kristalys Greyson, loves using the force.
IntPiPoMo is an alternative to NaNoWriMo for people who want to challenge themselves but do not have the time, inspiration, desire, whatever, to write a novel. People who participate have a goal of posting 50 screenshots during the month of November. It began last year and I had a lot of fun contributing on my WoW blog and seeing the screenshots posted by the other bloggers who participated. I am gladly doing it again this year over on Elfi’s World with the additional challenge of making myself post every day of the month. But I still play SWTOR and it’s a beautiful game, so it totally deserves to get some screenshot love. I won’t be attempting to post daily here (I’m getting a late start as it is) but I will make sure to get 50 screenshots in here for the month.
We’ll start with some screenshots from the newest Operation in the game, Terror From Beyond. My guild has been farming this in story mode for weeks now so we can gear up some of our alts and new recruits. Everything in SWTOR is pretty. Everything. So I don’t really have anything special to say about these screenshots. It’s not like “this is the prettiest raid” or “this boss is the coolest” because the entire game is full of awesome. Aesthetically speaking, of course. That being said, I do love bright colors so the 3rd boss fight, Operator IX, is one of my all time faves. I call him the “disco boss”. All of the colors, they please me. Even if you’re not familiar with TFB, you should have no problem figuring out which screenshot below is the disco boss.
I do apologize that some of these screenshots show my UI and my guildies. When you’re in a serious business raid you really don’t have the option of saying “everyone stand back and give me 2 minutes to take some screenshots” every 5 minutes. You work with what you get.