The Snark Side is no longer on Juyo. In a flurry of activity, we moved yesterday. I have mixed emotions about this. Ultimately, I don’t care what my server name is; but I definitely think things could have been handled differently on Bioware’s end. For one thing, I think they should have provided a list in advance of what servers would be made origin servers and what the corresponding destination servers were going to be for all moves before any transfers started. That way, players on those servers could have mulled it over and prepared. It was not fun hearing transfers would hit some servers but not actually knowing if you were going to be affected until THE DAY it started. Complete panic mode happened. Should we move? Should we move now or wait until after our raid nights this weekend? If we wait, will we miss the window of opportunity? There was more chaos game-wide than there needed to be. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have had a list in advance.
Also, I lost my legacy name. I know a lot of people in the community did; but it really kicked me in the stomach when I realized it happened to me. I spent a long time coming up with the legacy name I wanted and I chose one that gave me an identity. There are players who just use funny names, or band names, or whatever and they probably didn’t mind having to pick a new one. But mine was a last name. One that I wanted my characters to be known by. I tried alternate spellings and those were unavailable too. Which made me realize even if I did come up with an unusual spelling, obviously several people were going to have essentially the same legacy name as me. Ugh. Stress. Rage. Sob.
I’m not going to complain this should have never happened. I understand the reason for filling up servers a bit more. It was nice to be somewhere where there is 10 times the activity there was on our old server. It should help with sales on the Global Trade Network and it will definitely help with finding someone to do a quick heroic with. There are good things about the whole process. But there was also some confusion, extra work guilds had to go through, etc. And again I will state I believe that all could have been alleviated with advance notice. Our server transfer was acted on quickly because we didn’t know what staying behind would mean. Would we be allowed to stay there for 1 week? 1 month? 6 months? Would we have to pay to transfer later? No one knew. Some of our poor guildies came home from work to login and find the guild disbanded. Discussion threads on our forums were happening too fast to keep up.
But the good news is, we’re all together. We didn’t lose any guild bank items or money. So that is good. I’ll likely post more in-depth thoughts on some of the details and specific issues next week. For now, I’m just trying to relax from all the shock and surprise of yesterday.
There are generally 2 reasons why my blog posting will temporarily slow down. One is life is too busy, work is too hard, not enough time in the day, etc. The other common reason is the one I’m currently suffering from… I”m so absorbed into the game that I don’t log out and leave myself enough time to do everything else I need to do.
Thanks to our guild’s very own “Mad Crafter”, Njessi, Kristalys is wearing a lot of augmented orange gear, is in a good routine of doing dailies (though not daily :P), and doesn’t require as much constant attention. Which means I finally get to spend some time working with alts. It’s been a total blast getting back into the amazing storyline questing that SWTOR does so damn well. It’s sucking up a lot of my time. I’m still not a super-fast leveler because I still spend a lot of time gawking around. But it’s keeping me very entertained.
I am also getting comfortable with raiding and don’t spend all day Friday and Saturday freaking out about how I may derp things up. And speaking of raiding, we’ve got a guildie who’s new to raiding who recently hit 50 and is starting to run with us. We also have a new trial member who answered our recruiting call for a healer and HOLY COW SHE LEVELED TO 50 IN 2 WEEKS so she could get in some raiding with us before it’s time to decide on her permanent status with us. So raiding has been a bit more light-hearted recently as we’ve welcomed these noobs into the fold.
During the first Eternity Vault clear with the noobs, our new trial member healer, Graceless, won the big-daddy Caddy that dropped. After we got back to the fleet she and I totally went cruising in style together.
The next night, during a joint event with The Church of Alvis, we ran through Karagga’s Palace and all busted up laughing when we rounded a corner to see that Biscotti had ran ahead and lounged himself on a couch in the hallway. I don’t know exactly why it was so funny, but trust me, it was. You can see him in the bottom right corner just chillin.
Last, I started a new Sith Inquisitor on Juyo to take advantage of the Legacy system and I’ve had a lot of fun working with her. This is like the 4th time I’ve leveled a Sith Inquisitor up to the fleet and it’s still a blast every time. Jordynn here is level 14 and she’s a keeper. I can’t wait to see how much more fun the class gets as I keep going.
So in my last post I mentioned that I had finally completed Chapter 1 on my main character and had gotten to choose my Legacy name. I had known in advance that somewhere around level 34 (depending on how quickly you completed class quests) this was going to happen. Like I’ve already mentioned, I spent a little time choosing a surname I was happy with. But other than getting the name right and reaching one of the major milestones on the way to 50, I didn’t really think much about the Legacy system. I mean, the system itself is still sort of a mystery as far as what the exact benefits are and how everything is going to work. We know it’s going to be a family tree of sorts where all of your characters on a server will be related to each other in some way, but there’s really not a whole lot of information other than that out there right now. All we have at the moment is the surname and a Legacy XP bar which begins to rack up points.
What I didn’t anticipate, since I have never been someone who does any role playing or ever worried about my alts even knowing each other, is how my Legacy name would immediately impact how I felt about my alts. I had a very low level Trooper I had created before my main completed Chapter 1 and I plan on leveling her up after Kristalys hits 50. This weekend I decided to take a break from grinding through Balmorra and spend an hour or two on the Trooper. She was only level 8 when I logged in, so you can see I hadn’t spent much time with her. And during my previous time, I had actually been having her choose some of the dark side quest options, just for fun. But when I logged in this weekend, suddenly her name was Sergeant Kristyne Greyson. Suddenly she was very definitely linked to Kristalys. And I found I just couldn’t have her pick the darkside options any more. She’s representing the family name and Kristalys is a very lightsided Jedi. Now Kristyne simply must be a good, dutiful Trooper. Also, it’s really exciting to see the Legacy XP bar just racking up the points. I can’t wait to find out what benefits I will get from it.
Already I’m wondering how this is going to play out with other characters I create. There’s supposed to be a family tree type aspect to the system, where you choose if a character is your parent, sibling, etc. I’m guessing if I ever do decide I want to level a character up with hella darkside points, I’m gonna have to make her a distant cousin or a half-sister or something. It’s just one more thing that SWTOR does that has me completely immersed in my character and her story more so than any other game I’ve ever played.
Well done, Bioware. Well done.