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Red Is My Favorite Color

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.

Does This Mean I’m Vain?

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? 😛

Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta

Check me out! I am big pimpin’ round the fleet, blasting some Lil Wayne, doing the gangsta lean in my brand new ride. Saturday night I got my first SOA kill and we saw the Tirsa Elite mount drop for the first time even though it was the guild’s second SOA kill. Somehow, I rolled a 94 and won it. SQUEEEE!!!

Let me repeat that. On my first kill, I won the mount. Of course, when I was googling it a few minutes ago to make sure I spelled the name right, I noticed quite a few pages where it was mentioned this has a fairly high drop rate so I suppose if it’s not super rare, I shouldn’t be so excited. BUT I AM ANYWAY.

In other news, my 3 Month Update – Blog Post Roundup has been updated with a couple of new links that have found their way to me since Friday.

Fashion Update: Let Them Wear Pants

Thanks to my wonderful guildie Njessi and her craftiness, I have temporarily shed the skirt/dress/lower robe and I’m actually wearing pants. Err.. well the item is still called a lower robe but that’s just a technicality. The only minor problem is that on my skinny ass type 1 body, the crotchal area of the pants look a tad bit weird (bunched up) so I changed my shirt out for this cape thing with a ribbon thing that covers the crotchal area. Yes, I do have a way with words. Thanks for noticing.

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to have someone be completely happy with their wardrobe, so the ribbon thing that covers my crotch has to create it’s own problem by turning all sideways when I’m in my fighting stance and looking like some weird, twisted third leg that doesn’t quite touch the ground. But, what can you do? Now that I’m getting some more raiding time in this weekend, I’ll likely be updating my gear soon anyway. Until then, I’m pretty happy with this outfit considering the alternatives. And besides, it’s special simply because it was made for me by a friend and she didn’t even make me pay for it. Yep, my guild is THAT awesome.

Now That The Game Is 3 Months Old…

This post is going to be me telling you how I feel about the game now that we’re a solid 3 months in and what changes I have made with my character, or play style, or whatever. But first, I would like to propose the title of this post become a community blog topic for anyone who’s interested. I would love to read about what the past 3 months have meant to you and what has changed or remained the same regarding your main toon, the amount of time you play, etc. So let’s make this a thing. Everyone do a 3 month update post. It’ll be awesome.

The past 3 months for me has been amazing. I am totally in love with this game. My guild is getting ready to go into it’s 4th week of raiding and even though I purposely avoided raiding in WoW, I am so glad I made the choice to participate here. Of course, let’s be honest, I’m surrounded by the most amazing people. I’m pretty damn sure I wouldn’t be having so much fun raiding if I weren’t in the guild I’m in. The main reason I never committed to it before is because giving up my weekend nights to sit at the computer always made me feel like I was missing a chance at a social life. But when you’re doing it with some of your bestest friends, it doesn’t feel like that at all. I find myself looking forward to the weekend raids. And I still go out and do stuff, I just make sure I am done by early evening so I can be home on time to spend the rest of the night with a great group of people.

I’m also very happy to report that my main is still Kristalys. In the months leading up to game release I had studied all the races and classes and narrowed down what I thought I’d enjoy the most and I am totally in love with the choice I made. Kristalys was the first character I rolled and she is still in the same role and spec as she has been from the beginning. Now I did redo her skill tree once because I didn’t necessarily make the right choices the first time through, but other than that there’s been no changes to her. I know quite a few people who changed their minds after rolling some alts and trying new things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I actually haven’t done much with alts yet, so I suppose it could still happen to me. But at this point, as much as Kristalys and I have been through and the fact that I have began my raiding career with her, I don’t see her being pushed aside anytime soon.

So has anything changed for me since launch? Yes, I have changed my crew skills. I started out with 3 gathering skills: slicing, treasure hunting and archaeology. Then a couple of weeks ago I got rid of archaeology and picked up bioanalysis in it’s place in an effort to help provide some biochem materials to the people who were trying to supply everyone with stims and medpacs for raids. But then this week, I realized it might just be easier if I could help make the stims and medpacs instead of having to ask what materials they needed all the time. So I dropped treasure hunting and picked up biochem. I know a lot of people who think slicing got nerfed so much it’s not really worth it but I’m just so used to the slicing nodes out in the world it would make me sad to walk by a roadside pc or footlocker and not be able to get some money out of it.

Alright, that’s it for me. Kind of boring because not much has changed for me. I’m on the same server, in the same guild, playing the same character. But what about you? I know some of you have some more exciting stories than mine. Let me hear about it. Write your own “Now That The Game Is 3 Months Old…” post and leave a comment here if you do. Next week I’ll round them all up in a link love post here on this site.

In closing, here’s some pics of how Kristalys has changed (obviously clothes only) over the months:

This Right Here Is Pure Win

I’m bragging. I’m rubbing this in your faces. I have a customized character icon created by @DiscoPriest from Space Cadets. Kristalys in cartoon form kicks ass. I was lucky enough to win this in an avatar give-away contest held by the Space Cadets website. And I’m very proud of it. Disco, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to create such awesomeness. It’s now my new twitter icon and will soon be used as my avatar in other places.

Pretty In Pink: SWTOR Edition

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it somewhere here before (too lazy to look it up though) but I have a history of being very greedy in games and trying to amass as much money as possible. I really don’t know how this developed. I mean, I love to amass money in real life too, but in video games I collect it and then don’t want to spend it, whereas in real life I spend it all the time on all the things. I would be so much better off if I could switch those two things around; but I digress.

Point is, I logged in the other day and smiled to myself to notice I had finally topped the 1 million credits mark. Then it hit me – I could actually afford to buy the highly sought after (and extremely highly priced) Magenta color crystal for my lightsaber and I could even justify it as a necessary purchase on my road to raid readiness due to the fact it would increase the crit on my weapon by +17. Yay for me!

I was already parked in front of the GTN kiosk selling some of my archaeology materials, so I quickly did a search and purchased one for $395k credits. It did hurt just a bit to let that much money go, but I still had over 700k left and WHO CARES I HAVE A PRETTY PINK LIGHTSABER! Yay for spending money!

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.

Adventures In Helmets

I am not someone who you will find worrying about fashion too much in my everyday life. In fact, I pretty much wear jeans, a sports oriented t-shirt (KC Chiefs, Nike, etc.) and some tennis shoes. Although I am currently rocking some pretty cool tennis shoe fashion because I recently got my hands on some vintage 1962 Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. They were my uncles when he played basketball in high school and I found them covered in cobwebs in my grandparents garage over the Christmas holiday. He passed away 13 years ago so there’s some obvious sentimental value there. Making the story even cooler is the fact that my uncle was paralyzed when a tornado struck his military base in Fort Rucker, Alabama the year before I was born. The man was in a wheelchair my whole life and I never got to see him walk. Now I’m walking around in shoes he played high school basketball in. Crazy.

But as cool as that story is, it has nothing to do with Star Wars: The Old Republic. So let’s move on. I may have no real sense of fashion for how I dress myself, but when it comes to my favorite characters in a video game I can get pretty worked up about how they look and what they wear. And while every game I’ve ever played has their fair share of ugly ass clothes, they have also always included some really cool looking stuff. Except for helmets. Helmets are always ugly and SWTOR is no different. Especially if you’re a Jedi Consular. Omg, it’s ridiculous.

During the lead up to the game launching, all of the Jedi Consular’s I saw online and in released trailers were wearing this weird thing on their head that looked like a kitchen curtain and a nun’s habit had spent a drunken weekend in the back alley’s of Nar Shaddaa. I hated it instantly and swore I’d never wear it on my Consular. Imagine my disappointment when a guildie sent me one in-game and I wore it for a few levels because I didn’t have another orange helmet at the time. For the record, this is called the Force Perception Headgear.

Obviously I had chosen the option to hide my helm so that it wouldn’t display. Actually, I had set that option way back in the lower levels when I got my first helmet and it looked like a cantaloupe had been carved out and turned upside down on my head. Since I didn’t want to spend large amounts of money just to buy one off the Global Trade Network that looked better, I was hoping I could get some helm drops from questing. Unfortunately, I did. These are both green quality items, so I immediately sold them.

I got the Mindak Norris Hat:

And then I got the Calla Designs Senator’s Cap, which looks even worse from the back:

Yes, I realize that thanks to the handy “do not display helmet” feature, none of this really matters. But it’s the principle of the thing. I guess we’re the Jedi version of a priest, but do we have to be decked out like one all the time? I’m not even specced for healing, so why do I have to look like that? Finally, it bugged me too much and I did start searching the Global Trade Network for some new headgear. I spotted the Omenbringer’s Headgear for about $8000 (I think) and it’s an orange moddable piece, so I snagged it right up and have been wearing it proudly ever since. Is it perfect and beautiful? No. But it’s decent and a hell of a lot better than my previous ones.

Tom Cruise Would Be So Proud

While questing along in Balmorra, I got a quest reward of some green pants that happened to have better stats than the orange modded lower robe I had been wearing at the time. Because I was too lazy to take the time to travel somewhere and buy new mods for the robe, I just stuck it in my bags and threw the pants on. I knew they didn’t look good, but I didn’t pay much attention. However, during a Flashpoint with guildies, one of the guys pointed at them and laughed and I realized they are pretty ridiculous looking. And the boots I’m currently wearing do nothing to compliment them. In fact, if you catch me at the right angle, it sort of looks like I’m just wearing underwear and tube socks. So of course I had to break out in dance. And just in case you don’t know what I’m referencing here, the video is below the screenshot.