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I Can’t Believe That Just Happened

I’m a procrastinator. I openly admit it. So of course I waited until the last minute (yesterday) to decide I wanted to buy a white color crystal before the patch hit and they disappeared. Unfortunately, I didn’t have nearly enough money. I needed to make roughly 800k between the time I got home from work yesterday morning (3rd shifter) and the time the servers were scheduled to go down (11pm my local time). As soon as I got home, I logged in and started trying to make money. Someone told me pvp was a quick and easy moneymaker, so even though I never pvp I queued up for several matches. While I did have way more fun than I expected, I did not make much money from them. Not compared to the time spent, anyways. I do have slicing maxed out, so I was sending out all 4 of my minions on slicing missions the entire time. But I needed more than that.

The next thing I tried was space missions. I had heard you can make pretty good money off of those. I have always basically avoided space missions because I just don’t seem to be very good at them, but decided I would grin and bear it if they made me some quick money. I only had grade 1 gear for my ship, so the first thing I did was upgrade everything to grade 5. That took approximately $100,000 credits. I was definitely going the wrong direction. But the day was still young and I was now prepared to head into space. I will say that combat was much easier with the new upgrades and I did manage to complete several missions with no issue. But the money wasn’t as big as I wanted it to be, so I moved on.

Of course I did my dailies on Ilum and Belsavis, those are pretty good money makers. I even managed to find some random stranger to do one of the daily heroics with me. So I made up a pretty good chunk there. Next I headed to Corelia and finished up some quests there I had never bothered to finish. Also, I should mention, this whole time I’m stopping for every slicing and bioanalysis node I pass and I’m playing the Global Trade Network by mailing everything to an alt every couple of hours and putting all the mission schematics I’m getting from my slicing up for sale. Those things sell good, I made quite a bit of money just from those.

From there I went to Voss and completed bonus quests while watching for chests and nodes. Rinse and repeat. Tried another pvp match. Tried another space mission. Started the whole process over. Blah, blah. Basically all you need to realize is two things: 1. this took all day 2. I had not had any sleep since I woke up and went to work on Tuesday evening … and I am supposed to be back at work at midnight on Wednesday.

You guessed it, I called in sick to work. I’m not proud of it. I’m actually rather disgusted with myself that I put the damn game ahead of my job for even a day just because I wanted a white color crystal. As the day went on, I obviously grew more and more tired. By 7pm I had been up over 24 hours and since my job requires sitting in front of a pc and the game requires sitting in front of a pc, it was an exhausting 24 hours of sitting on my ass staring at a pc screen. Ugh. The more tired I became, the slower I was making money. But I was close and I knew that unless something major went wrong, I WAS going to make it.

Finally, about 2 hours before the scheduled server shutdown, I had collected all the money I needed for the crystal as well as a small pocket of extra money so I would be able to pay for repairs over the next few days while I tried to rebuild my bank. I used my emergency fleet pass to get back to the fleet. I logged into my alts and sent all of their money over to my main. As I went to the crystal vendor, I realized with only like $10,000 more I would have enough money to get a white crystal and one of the purple ones. Woot! I still had several minutes before my companions all returned from their missions, so I decided to make a quick run back through Belsavis because I know where several lootable chests are.

You guys, here’s the bad part of the story. I really don’t even know exactly what happened next. I remember thinking about buying both crystals, being a tiny bit short and deciding to go to Belsavis. I should have been able to get there, round up 10k in like 20 minutes and get back to the crystal vendor with over an hour to spare. But that’s not what happened. What happened was I startled myself awake about 3 hours later and found myself hunched over my keyboard, staring at a server list on my screen because maintenance had started. I fell asleep. I hadn’t bought any crystals. Even though I had just been at the vendor and had enough money for the white one, I didn’t click the fucking button. I wanted to do one more thing first. And then my body betrayed me.

So, yeah, there ya go. I’m a loser who chose to play SWTOR over going to work because I had one very big goal I was trying to achieve, and then I didn’t achieve it. I really can’t even describe for you how I felt when I woke up at my desk and realized what happened. Or how I feel now, for that matter. I guess I would say I’m disgusted. Disgusted at myself for being so stupid. I’m so disgusted with myself I can’t even really be angry. It was just a stupid day full of stupid decisions. Being stupid doesn’t pay, kids. I just proved that. I’m trying to make myself concentrate on the silver lining here, and that is I now have plenty of money in-game for anything I may need. Sigh. Yeah, it totally wasn’t worth it.

Two Quick Things And A Bonus Screenshot

1. I have not forgotten I said I’d do a round-up post linking to anyone who chose to join me in writing a 3 month update post. I am giving everyone a few more days and then I’ll get that post up on Friday. So if you have already written a 3 month update post, will be writing one before Friday, or know someone who has written one then be sure and leave a comment on this post with the link so I can get it included.

2. As you know, I’m a proud member of the best guild ever, The Snark Side, and today I wrote a post for the guild blog which you can find here on the one and only (and always entertaining)

And as promised, here’s a bonus screenshot: this is me our first time in Karaggas Palace and as a new hardcore raider you can see I’m really trying hard to impress my guild by showing off my floor-tanking skills. Seriously, it’s a good thing I’ve already wormed my way into their hearts because I’m afraid I wouldn’t make the cut if I applied as a raider.

Adventures In Datacrons: Balloon Dance Party

Datacrons are always an adventure but as I’m sure most of you know, there are two in Tatooine that require a lot of time and a lot of timing. I’m talking, of course, about the 2 datacrons on the sandcrawler in the desert that you can only get to by taking a 30 minute (approximately) balloon ride and then jumping just right. I had been in Tatooine several days before I decided to try my luck at them. I spotted the balloon slowly making it’s way to the spot where you have to board it, so I followed it at a leisurely pace and managed to be at the sandcrawler when the people who were currently onboard the balloon tried to make the jump. There were 2 of them and sadly neither one made it.

Seeing how easy it was to fail after spending all that time just chilling out on a balloon ride made me a little nervous. But I went ahead and made my way over to the beginning spot and boarded when I had the chance. There were 3 others waiting with me, one of whom was one of the poor fools I had just watched fall. But he seemed to be in good spirits and during our 30 minute ride we held a 28 minute dance party and chatted each other up.

Finally we arrived at the sandcrawler and 3 out of the 4 of us made the jump successfully. I am sad to report the one guy who had missed the first time, also missed the second time. If I were him I would have ragequit for the night and thrown my monitor through a window, but I’m not sure what he did.

It was epic, it was fun, it was nerve-wracking, it was totally worth it. I know a lot of people have no desire to ride a balloon through the desert for 30 minutes, but I had a blast. I recommend you all go get these two. But be very careful when jumping.

Speaking Of Fashion

I am currently level 41 and have been questing on Hoth for several days now. I’m freezing. So I decided to warm myself up a bit by backtracking to Nar Shaddaa and finishing up a bonus quest I still had in my log. While there, I had to speak with npc Deera Ulyette. As I watched the cut scene during our interaction I realized I really loved the outfit she was wearing. Like an idiot I didn’t grab a screenshot from the cut scene where she was zoomed in and presented in high quality. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

I want these clothes for Kristalys.

Curiosity Kills More Than Cats

This story begins with me and my companion on a leisurely stroll through the desert.

I spotted an animal skull glowing blue in the sand. And I clicked it.

Suddenly we heard a commotion up ahead.

I think he’s coming this way. Maybe he wants to play?

Nope. He was definitely not playing.


The end.

Things I Have Learned So You Don’t Have To

With the official launch date happening tomorrow, there’s going to be another whole batch of total noobs in the game, just like there has been during the Early Access period. I thought I would try and be helpful by sharing some of the things I have learned during the past several days. I have had moments of total derpiness and I’ve had moments of wonder as something new was discovered. Hopefully, I can save you guys some heartache by listing stuff here.

Let’s start off with a huge derp moment and get it out of the way – your mini map can be zoomed out so that you can see your gathering nodes easier. The gathering nodes appear on your mini map as asterisk/star-type shapes. It’s also easier to navigate if you can see more of the area. Don’t be silly like me and spend several days being zoomed all the way in.

Speaking of gathering nodes, some of them are currently bugged and are not clickable. When you mouse over an item that is normally available for archaeology or slicing or whatever, the cursor should change and you should be able to right-click the item. If the cursor doesn’t change and the item isn’t clickable, it’s a bugged node. You didn’t do anything wrong, just move on to the next one.

If you are in a guild, there is a problem with the guild roster not showing you everyone who is online. To fix it, hit ctrl+u twice in a row.

You do have the ability to move the chat panel. Just left-click on the “General” tab at the top and drag it to where you want it to go. You can also right-click the chat panel and choose a different font size, among other things.

You can jump/fall/walk off the edge of everything in Coruscant (and I would assume other similar type terrains). There is not an invisible wall that keeps you safe. You will fall and you will die.

If you right-click on an enemy target, whatever ability you have in the first slot of your action bar will be automatically performed. If you left-click on a target, this does not happen.

Before logging out you should park yourself in a Cantina, as those are the official rest areas.

You should bind with every QuickTravel point you come across. These function similar to hearthstones and have a 30 minute cool down. The difference is you can choose to go to any of them you have already clicked on instead of just picking one as your home turf.

After you’ve visited the Republic or Imperial Fleet for the first time (around level 10), you will then have an Emergency Fleet Pass available to you as a way of getting back to the fleet. You can find your Emergency Fleet Pass listed in your abilities under the “General” tab. I have no idea what the cool down on the fleet pass is. I’ve heard some say it’s an 18 hour cool down, but I have not yet used mine to confirm.

If you find yourself unable to move you can try to get unstuck with the /stuck command. I have used it successfully, but it won’t always work. If it doesn’t work for you, you may need to use your QuickTravel.

You can repair at any vendor by clicking the “repair all” button at the bottom left of the vendor’s open screen.
Once you pick your advanced class, every time you visit your trainer there will be a separate tab at the bottom you have to click on to show the current advanced class skill available for learning.

If you’re looking for the Guild Recruitment guy, the first one I found is at the Republic (or Imperial) Fleet and he’s located in the area where your skills trainer is located.

In the guild screen, there is a button towards the top right that says “details” and if you click on it you will see an extra note area where you can put whatever info you want displayed about you. Each individual persons note bar has a drop down menu so you can switch between public note, officer note, etc.

While you’re at the fleet, near the Cantina area, there will be cargo hold boxes that will change the cursor into a key icon when you hover over it. These are what you use as your bank.

Okay, I think I’ve covered all of the stuff that I had questions about during my first few days of game play. As the game and the community grows, there will soon be information specific to where to find missions and how to complete missions, etc. Until that time, we’re just gonna have to rely on each other and share the wealth.