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The Snark Side Is Recruiting

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. 😛


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

A Few Haiku, For You

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

Friday Fluff

Searching through the Global Address List at work this week while looking for a colleague’s phone number, I discovered a co-worker named…

**Edited to say, the black bar behind Solo Han is to block out the website product he’s associated with. I promise you, Solo is his first name and Han is his last name.

Happy Memorial Day

There are many things I love about this image, such as the R2D2 BBQ grill and the wookiee apron saying “kiss the wook”. But the absolute best thing about it is what’s actually on the grill. Can you tell what that is? It’s the head of Jar Jar Binks. Lol. Brilliant. Also, I should mention this image was stolen from the interwebz, namely HERE.

Ohai there. Long time no see. I apologize for that. It’s been all my fault and I could attempt to explain it to you but it would likely bore us all to death. Suffice it to say I am still interested in blogging here. I have not quit, don’t give up on me. But for today I just wanted to pop in here and wish you all a fun and safe holiday weekend. Yes, I know the majority of said holiday weekend has passed. I’m a procrastinator. As if you couldn’t tell already.

New To Blogging? Want To Start A Blog? Read this…

Whether you are someone who is thinking of starting a blog, once dreamed of starting a blog, or have recently started a blog, May is a good month for you. Why? Because right now there is a fantastic event going on for the entire month of May called the Newbie Blogger Initiative, also known as NBI. The post I just linked to was written by Syp over on BioBreak and while that is the introductory post from May 1st and includes all the basic information you need to know, be sure to look through the newer posts for even more information about the NBI and for some new blog love and linkage.

There’s even an official NBI Forum that’s already filling up with Question and Answer threads and various other helpful topics. I encourage all of you to register there and begin participating whether you are doing so from the Newbie perspective or as an experienced veteran who is willing to help others. But let me point out that while registering is free, as soon as you fill out your information and hit submit you get 3 or 4 spam/advertising messages trying to get your cellphone number and various other info. So be paying attention and just click the red “PASS” link you will see at the top right of these messages. I have registered this morning, but since I’m neither a noob nor an expert I will likely just lurk and soak in some knowledge. There is always something to learn somewhere.

Now let’s make a deal. Since I have brought this to your attention and since I love to see blogging communities grow, if you start a blog (or have recently started) related to either Star Wars: The Old Republic or World of Warcraft then leave me a note in the comments here or email me at the address you see in that there column on the right side and share your new blog link with me. I’ll add it to my blogroll here if it’s SWTOR related and my WoW blog if it’s WoW related and I will try my best to drum up some traffic for you.

Okay, that’s about it. I don’t know much about the Newbie Blogger Initiative since I just stumbled across it last night, but I recognized it’s a good thing and I knew I needed to share. Which reminds me, I should give a shout-out to Matticus of World of Matticus because I heard about NBI while reading his blog. And speaking of reading Matt’s blog, all bloggers, whether new or otherwise, need to check out his post: Does Your Blog’s About Page Answer These 7 Questions?. He has totally convinced me to do something about my “About” page. But even though he has inspired me, he can’t make me unlazy so I’m sure it will take me a few days.

In closing, I’d just like to say … GET OUT THERE AND START (CONTINUE) BLOGGING!

Link Love – Spreading The SWTOR

** UPDATE **

I have had some great comments on this post and have been able to gather a couple of more links to share.

First, let me point out that I made an effort not to procrastinate and I have already updated the sidebar on the right side of my page here to include the complete list of blogs in this post as well as some podcast and fansite (resources) links. Please be sure and check them out.

Second, here are a few more blogs that have been added since I posted this yesterday:
A Lovely Starwar
The Sith Code


Any of you guys ever heard of a little game called World of Warcraft? Yeah, I thought so. I am a WoW player. I haven’t logged in much since SWTOR launched, but it’s not because I’m ready to be done with it. I have an attachment to WoW that I just can’t shake and a lot of that is a direct result of the amazing community presence I found as a small-time WoW blogger. There are just so many amazing people on my WoW feed reader and WoW twitter feed. I still follow them daily even though I’m all wrapped up in Star Wars. A good community can be an invaluable resource to a game. It offers help, experience, opinion, encouragement, theorycrafting, creativity, detailed user guides or even just simple humor.

Today I want to do my part to help the SWTOR community grow and thrive so that it can be a valuable and vibrant part of the game experience. Below is a list of all of the SWTOR blogs I am currently aware of and have added to my feed reader. I have only included the smaller, personal type blogs here and have not included the larger Fan Sites that push out multiple posts a day by multiple authors. Those are still important, but you likely already know about them.

The links below appear in alphabetical order. I encourage everyone to check them all out for yourselves, pass them along to others and even take the time to leave a comment or two. I must admit I have not been taking the time to comment on most of the posts I read, but I will make the promise here today to begin leaving more comments.

Please Note: some of the blogs below are more of a general gaming blog and are not dedicated to only discussing SWTOR.

A New Dope
Button Mashers Of The Empire
Crew Skills
Darth Jedi
Dulfy’s Healing Corner
Faces Of The Ranger
Force Mocha
Gemtrix Networks
Going Commando
Han Shot First
Hawtpants Of The Old Republic
Inquisitor’s Roadhouse
Jasper’s SWTOR Blog … this one is just pure cuteness right here. It’s written by a 6 year old.
Mana Obscura
Mech Healing
MMO Gamer Chick
MMO Melting Pot … has been a great resource for WoW and is now one for SWTOR
MMO Overflow
Moon Over Endor
Peal’s Heals
Psynister’s Notebook
Scary Worlds
Screaming Monkeys
Skeleton Jack
Space Cadets
Summertime on Hoth
Tales From TOR
Taugrim’s MMO Blog
ToR Healbot
The Church Of Alvis
The Consular’s Code
The Land Of Odd
The Meat Shield
The Niquisition
The Snark Side … my guild’s blog
The Stoppable Force
Tobold’s MMORPG Blog

If you are writing or reading a SWTOR blog that I have not yet discovered, please leave me a comment and I will add it to the list and the feed reader. I will also be adding a permanent blogroll list here on this site, but I am a procrastinator and I’d rather be logged in most of the time, so it may take a week or so.

As a side note, you can find me on Twitter at @_kristalys. I need to find more people to follow there also.

Making A Game Of My Morality: The Lightside/Darkside Gamble

During beta, I played a Sith Inquisitor so that I wouldn’t spoil the Jedi Consular story for myself. I had a total blast running around being a snarky asshole in every cut scene conversation. But then I got to a quest where I thought I was being a bad guy by letting the offer of money win me over and instead was awarded 150 lightside points. WTF? So I asked about it in general chat and a few people responded back to me. People were laughing at me that I was surprised by receiving lightside points. That’s when I first learned that you can actually choose to see what the alignment gain would be from each of your possible answers. There’s actually two different settings pertaining to this very thing that can be found under your Preferences / User Interface menu.

By default, it is set to the second option in the list – Show Conversation Alignment Gain On Mouseover. Obviously, this means that if you hover your cursor over each of the possible answers, it will indicate whether the answer gives lightside or darkside points. Choosing the third option on the list, Show Conversation Alignment Gain, will result in a little icon indicating lightside or darkside appearing next to each answer without having to hover over them. If you are interested in knowing how your answer will affect you, this third option is probably going to be the most useful as it will save you some time. Even though mine was obviously on the default second option, I had been choosing my answers by actually hitting the corresponding number key on my keyboard and had simply never hovered over an answer to even notice it would tell me.

When I created Kristalys and first began leveling her up, I made the decision to turn off all conversation hints about lightside / darkside choices and just take a gamble that I could make the right choices on my own. She’s now over 3/4 of the way through level 28 and every cut scene answer she’s ever made has been straight gut instinct from me to try and keep her as lightsided as possible. Part of the reason I decided to level her this way is just the pure adrenaline of it all. It’s kind of fun learning whether the decision you just made was a good decision or not. An added bonus is it really helps me connect to my character and forces me to focus on the story and pay attention to the conversations. I was taken completely by surprise back in beta when I accidentally gained my little bad ass Sith Inquisitor a whole heaping pile of lightside points and I have likewise been surprised to score a few darkside points with Kristalys. Of course, after hearing some of my guildies discuss alignment choices in their cut scenes I am fairly certain there are some instances where every answer is a darkside answer and if you’re lucky you’ll pick the one with the smallest amount of darkside points. As it stands currently, I am doing a pretty darn good job of picking the best options. Here’s what my current alignment looks like.

So what are you guys doing with your character’s morality? Are you using the conversation preferences so that you can always see which choice you should make? Or are you taking a gamble and having fun with the experience like I am? I am also curious to know if you are playing a Republic character but going for darkside points, or an Empire character who’s a good guy. I do understand how the fact that there is lightside / darkside requirements on specific gear could influence how you play your main character. But I would really recommend after you level up, you roll a little alt and turn off those alignment preferences just to see how fun it can be to go through it blindly. I’m having a blast.

Temporarily Out Of Office

I actually meant to post this last Friday, but I got behind on my Christmas preparations and got completely distracted. I just wanted to let you know that there’s a slight lull here which can be directly blamed on the holiday season and the fact that my family all lives out of town. I haven’t been able to play the game for a couple of days, and I certainly haven’t had any time to write anything. But most of the busy stuff is behind me now and I’m hoping to return to a normal routine this week. Real posting will resume here soon.

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.