I got a few weeks behind the rest of the guild thanks to my busy schedule, but this weekend I finally got a chance to finish Terror From Beyond on story mode and collect my new title. They had downed the dude a few weeks ago without me, but I still felt pretty special when I got the chance to pwn him in his ugly face. I love being in a guild where we stay current on content. We rock!
Also, how kick ass is this screenshot?
You’ve heard me rave repeatedly on this blog about how I’m in the best guild ever. Well, now may be your chance to join the awesomeness. We are currently recruiting and looking for 3 or 4 cool-ass people to join our ranks. We are accepting applications for any class/role but we would benefit the most from tank, healer and ranged dps. Interested? Please check out all the official info, including links to our General Rules, our Raiding Guidelines and our application, by going to The Snark Side Blog. That post I linked you to is from August, but all the information is still valid. Please retweet this, please share with your friends. A guild this awesome is hard to come by. 😛
This is a picture of a Shuttle Pilot for the Republic Transport Service standing next to the shuttle that takes you from the Illum: Republic Orbital Station down to the planet of Illum itself. I want her clothes. SO BADLY. Red is my favorite color and on the Republic side of things there are so few red items. These clothes would totally match my Longspur Blaze. I would be smiling, styling and profiling.
I hate to actually admit it out loud, but this game is starting to piss me off. I’ve gotten used to the various bugs in Operations which cause wipes for no reason. I’ve gotten used to how fucking hard it is to use the GTN with it’s clunkiness. But some things are getting hard to ignore. Like the fact that everyone needs augments, augments require Advanced Neural Augmentors and I never seem to be able to get many of those.
On my main toon, I have 2 companions maxed out on affection and one of them is Tharan who has +10 slicing. I run both of these guys on Mysterious Funds and Whispers On The Net (2 of the abundant tech parts missions) non-stop with an occasional Extinguish The Sun thrown in and I would say I average 3 Advanced Neural Augmentors every 80 runs. THAT’S HORSESHIT! Yes, I know I can buy the level 340 slicing missions from the GTN to get a guaranteed 4 purple augmentors and the missions I’m running will only return them on a crit. But doesn’t the rate of crits, or actually the lack thereof, bother anyone else? It’s ridiculous. I shouldn’t have to buy them, I LEVELED UP SLICING! And here’s a weird coincidence… my level 15 bank alt finally has slicing up to grade 6 but she’s not yet at 400 and now that I’ve started sending out T7 with about 30% affection he has returned purple augmentors 3 out of 6 missions. I found a few other discussions by googling the subject which seem to indicate there is a better chance at crits if the skill isn’t maxed out and the character isn’t level 50. ISN’T THAT WEIRD? I’m not saying that’s actually what’s going on or that it’s by design, but my experience sure does make it seem true and other people are talking about it too. I’m not bitching about this because I want to sell these things and make a profit, I’m running these missions for the good of the guild. We’re a raiding team, everyone needs their shit augmented. We’re chipping in and working together to make that happen. No, I’m not the only slicer but yes, others are having a terrible return rate on these too. I am so angry. Grrrr.
The reason this is boiling over is because of the recent server move which was forced on us (again) with no real advanced notice. I work 3rd shift and I don’t log in every day, so imagine my surprise when I was at work Monday night / Tuesday morning reading our guild forums and seeing a post from our GM that she just found on on that Monday we would be moved to a new server the following day. Which was already here by the time I read it. I panicked. I’m the official banker, do I need to empty the bank like I did the last time we were forced to move? Will the guild need to be disbanded and re-formed? Not that any of that would have mattered because it was already too late. From what I gather, we had less than a 24 hour notice about the move. That’s so completely not cool. Yes, they did move the guild and guild bank for us so there was nothing that needed to be done, but big fucking deal. I was already on a server that averaged 2 instances of the Fleet and Black Hole and was very populated. And I ended up on that server because they moved us off of my original server and I lost my legacy name and several character names. Now we’re moved again. To an even bigger server. As if running Black Hole dailies didn’t already suck enough. I lost another character name. Woo-fucking-hoo. Yes, I did get to change my legacy name back to what it was originally, but honestly it just doesn’t mean anything to me anymore because now anyone can have it. It’s not special anymore. It’s not legacy anymore. It’s just a fucking name. I am one of the few who got in on the first day of early access. I am absolutely a founder of this game and I am not happy with the way things are going. Grrrr.
I did decide to renew my domain name. Even though it’s rarely used these days, I did enjoy blogging here back when I was more active and the name still cracks me up, so I had to save it. Now if I ever do find anything I want to say about SWTOR, I still have a platform I can use. Honestly, it may happen sooner than later because I’ve been getting real cranky lately about how often my rich and abundant slicing missions DON’T yield the Advanced Neural Augmentor, even though I’m running them constantly with 2 companions who are maxed out on affection. Grrr…. now I’m pissed off all over again just thinking about it.
Anywho, long live allforthewookiee.com
One week from today, my domain name will expire. Unless I renew it, of course. But will I renew it? I HAVE NO IDEA.
I am still playing, but I am obviously not blogging. Yet even though I know I’m not blogging and I’m not sure that’s going to change anytime soon, it makes me sad to think of losing this domain name. What to do? What to do?
The cost of the renewal is no big deal, money is not the issue. The issue is obviously my lack of posting. The Snark Side is still actively raiding and having a lot of fun doing so, but that doesn’t generate a lot of blog content. Outside of raiding, I’ve not been too active. I’ve got a few alts started but seem to have lost interest in them. I absolutely have no interest in running Black Hole dailies over and over and I don’t need the commendations for anything anyway. I’ve got a decent amount of money stored up. I hate to say I’m bored with the game, because the nights I raid are so fun, but I’m smart enough to know it’s because I love my guildies and I would have fun raiding with them regardless of the game. So maybe I SHOULD say I’m bored.
I hate this. I want to be a happy little blogger. I used to really enjoy blogging when I first started this one and I always enjoyed my WoW blog… even when it was just silly little fluff pieces or screenshots. Now I’m not blogging anywhere. It makes me sad.
Guess I need to do some more thinking on this. I still have a week to come up with something.
Yes, I do now have an adorable Orokeet following along behind me. I should have had it weeks and weeks ago, but I was too lazy to drive through the deserts of Tatooine to hatch the unusual egg my Disgraceful guildie gave me until I finally did it this weekend. But while the bird is freaking awesome, it’s not the coolest achievement visible in this screenshot. My new title should clue you in to the fact that I’ve made significant progress in the Explosive Conflict operation. I am now one of not too many on my server displaying the “Minesweeper” title for defeating the puzzle boss.
But wait, there’s more. We didn’t just make significant progress because we didn’t stop with getting the Minesweeper title. We immediately marched right into Warlord Kephess’ territory and… we died. But we got back up and marched right back in there and… we died. Okay, so we died like 4 or 5 times. BUT THEN WE KICKED HIS ASS AND WE HAVE CONQUERED EXPLOSIVE CONFLICT!
Oh how I love thee
Pretty purple lightsaber
You make death look good
Riding my speeder
I feel so bad-ass and cool
I am such a dork
Every chance I get
I club dance with my guildies
They never tip me
My Jedi wears pants
Instead of a sissy robe
Her butt looks so good
It feels like cheating
To make these silly little poems
A published blog post
Real life = Crazy. Nuff said.
Moving on… I have switched from using Tharan to do dailies with to using Nadia. The main reason is because I am keeping Tharan out running slicing missions constantly trying to gather pretty purple sliced tech parts. I figure he’s likely happier running around the galaxy with his beloved Holiday instead of following me around all day anyway. So Nadia got promoted; but before I could allow myself to be seen in public with her once again, I had to give her a makeover. I was not a fan of original Nadia at all – she looked like an emo teenager to me. Unfortunately, one of the things I hated about her most was the blue tattoos smeared across her face and it turns out you cannot have a Nadia without blue face tattoos. Bummer. Not that I have an issue with face tattoos, I just like them to be a little more subtle. I finally decided to go with the customization that managed to cover her face a bit and give her hair the same color as mine. Because my hair is awesome.
Then I dressed her in a shirt that matches mine.
Is that weird? 😛
Before patch 1.3 went live, my minions didn’t really receive much love. Tharan was allowed to follow me around and heal me through dailies, but aside from occasional slicing missions and making a few stims to put in the gbank for raiders, the rest of these guys rarely saw any action. Well, actually Lt. Iresso saw some major action for a while there (of the BSOCK variety, if you know what I mean – wink, wink) and I managed to hit 10,000 with him, but the rest of my companions remained way below that number. Tharan came in second simply because as my only healer he spent plenty of time observing cut scenes during dailies and even though he gave me the -1 of shame most of the time, after all of our time together he was around the 7,000 mark. Qyzen was around 4,500, Nadia was around 4,000, Zenith was only at 2,000 and CN2 was at 0. Yep, I pretty much did that all wrong.
Obviously Lt. Iresso got to max affection because I was very interested in the romance storyline and wanted to see it through to it’s conclusion. But the rest of them were just basically ignored because… well, because I’m an idiot I guess. I knew in the back of my mind higher affection somehow affected crew skills, but since I wasn’t a serious crafter I didn’t really spend much time worrying about it. I suppose I’m technically a lazy gamer. I love to be logged in and playing and I follow a lot of SWTOR blogs, but I don’t REALLY pay attention to learning the things I should probably learn about the game. I skim blog posts, read headlines about patch notes, etc. Aside from not loving a weekend raiding schedule, this laziness for learning is a big part of why I don’t have a history of raiding in other games. I have never felt like spending an hour or two a week studying for a game I’m playing for the purpose of fun and relaxation. For the record, since I am now committed to raiding, I always make sure to read any boss fight strategies the raid leader directs us to in preparation for our next adventure. Luckily, that doesn’t happen a lot or I’m afraid I would get lazy with it too. I wish I knew what caused this behavior, because it’s not the way I am with other things in life.
Anyway, back to why my companions all look so intensely hard at work in the screenshot above, I have finally FINALLY realized the error of my ways. Since the patch dropped (sadly if I had paid more attention to blog posts and patch notes I would have started working on this weeks ago) I have been trying my damnedest to help the guild out with getting everyone all augmented up. I started making and RE’ing level 49 green implants with my biochem for the purpose of stocking the bank with Augmentation Slot Component MK-6 for the serious crafters in our guild to use in making Augmentation kits. That’s been pretty easy since the bioanalysis mats needed can be farmed on Ilum and gotten with rank 5 biochem missions. But I’ve also been sending out 2 companions on level 6 tech part slicing missions non stop in an effort to get the purple Advanced Neural Augmentor items needed to make augments. After having such a crappy return rate on actually getting the purple items I googled it enough to learn they are only returned when the mission crits. And is there any way to increase the chances a mission will crit? Why yes there is, Kristalys, you idiot. If you have your companion’s affection level maxed out it totally increases your chances of mission crits.
So guess who spent an outrageous amount of credits yesterday buying companion gifts and running back and forth to my ship to have companion conversations. Ugh. I hate spending money in big chunks like that. How nice would it have been to have slowly built up their affection over the past 6 months like smart players had already done. You live and you learn, I suppose. I certainly will pay more attention to this with my alts. Of course, I just couldn’t make myself spend all my money in 1 day so I don’t have them all maxed out yet. I did get Tharan up to 10k and Nadia and Zenith are both over 8k each now. Qyzen has been ignored for now since he’s my main bioanalysis monkey and the level 5 mats I need don’t require crit. But I’ll start working on him and CN2 as soon as I top off Nadia and Zenith and build some money back up.
So yeah, lesson learned; a happy minion is a more effective minion. And I’m an idiot.