Honest about the fact that I haven’t paid as much attention to posting screenshots on this blog as I should have. But I hate to break promises, even if no one really cares. So I’m going to cram 28 screenshots in here before the end of the month. To do so, they’re just going to be fairly random with no explanations or cute stories and unfortunately, I don’t even have time to make them pretty because I’m totally going out of town in the morning. But hopefully you’ll enjoy them anyways.
There are a lot of gorgeous cut scenes in this game and I take a whole lot of screenshots of them. As I was looking through my folders working on pulling out images for IntPiPoMo, it amused me greatly to notice some of my shots looked very similar. My main toon, Jedi Master Kristalys Greyson, loves using the force.
IntPiPoMo is an alternative to NaNoWriMo for people who want to challenge themselves but do not have the time, inspiration, desire, whatever, to write a novel. People who participate have a goal of posting 50 screenshots during the month of November. It began last year and I had a lot of fun contributing on my WoW blog and seeing the screenshots posted by the other bloggers who participated. I am gladly doing it again this year over on Elfi’s World with the additional challenge of making myself post every day of the month. But I still play SWTOR and it’s a beautiful game, so it totally deserves to get some screenshot love. I won’t be attempting to post daily here (I’m getting a late start as it is) but I will make sure to get 50 screenshots in here for the month.
We’ll start with some screenshots from the newest Operation in the game, Terror From Beyond. My guild has been farming this in story mode for weeks now so we can gear up some of our alts and new recruits. Everything in SWTOR is pretty. Everything. So I don’t really have anything special to say about these screenshots. It’s not like “this is the prettiest raid” or “this boss is the coolest” because the entire game is full of awesome. Aesthetically speaking, of course. That being said, I do love bright colors so the 3rd boss fight, Operator IX, is one of my all time faves. I call him the “disco boss”. All of the colors, they please me. Even if you’re not familiar with TFB, you should have no problem figuring out which screenshot below is the disco boss.
I do apologize that some of these screenshots show my UI and my guildies. When you’re in a serious business raid you really don’t have the option of saying “everyone stand back and give me 2 minutes to take some screenshots” every 5 minutes. You work with what you get.
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?
On my way to a guild raid – I totally mean Operation – I passed by this dude on the Gav Daragon Mission Deck. It seems I’m not the only one who isn’t totally thrilled about the server transfers.
Day 5 on our new home server and my emotions are still mixed. I will say I had quite a rant prepared for today which was to be all about the Guild Bank. When we transferred on Thursday night, we had a plan in place for handling all of the items and money from the bank. So we put that plan into motion, did all the transfers that night, disbanded the guild on the old server and before logging out Thursday, we had an official support ticket open asking them to give us our bank back on the new server. Friday night we raided and the idiot who was responsible for storing all of the guild bank items didn’t bring enough stims to the raid for everyone. In fact, she even forgot one for herself. Okay, I’m that idiot. Anyway, Saturday night I was still playing the part of the guild bank but I did remember to bring ALL THE THINGS so there were stims for everyone. I realize Bioware was likely very backed up with so many transfers going on and so many tickets being opened, but it was annoying to not have a guild bank we could use. We did finally get our bank back last night at approximately 8pm CST, btw.
Over the past several months, I had totally forgotten what life is like on a busy server. There are a lot of advantages to it, especially when you want to find people to run heroics or dailies with. I’ve already gotten more of those done in the past few days than normal. Additionally, the Global Trade Network is more profitable because there are more people looking at the items I’m selling. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not completely hating it. But I am still not completely loving it. Forced changes to character names aside, it’s just annoying to be overwhelmed with people all the time. I’m having flashbacks of tundra mammoths parked on mailboxes in Dalalag and Stormlagwind. I feel like time has reversed itself and I’m suddenly back in the first month after launch. Tripping over people trying to tag quest mobs, having to repeat myself over and over again that just because I’m a sage does not mean I will heal you. People can make me so crazy.
Of course, all of this is overridden by the fact that I’m still with my little online family. We didn’t lose anyone due to the sudden decision. We’re all still together and we raided – I totally mean Op’d – this weekend. Being a part of a guild that meshes together as well as ours does, well it’s priceless. On the Juyo server, with it’s medium population, we were all wrapped up in our own little world and I’m sure it won’t take too many more days here on the new server to go right back to that.
All of this has made me realize something about my blog too. When you’re perfectly, completely content… you have less to write about. Actually, I could write about how awesome my guild is all the time, but I’m smart enough to know it would quickly grow old for the readers. So if nothing else the server transfers have served to give me something to blog about. I’m quite sure there will be many interactions with asshats here that I can use to entertain you guys. I hope you enjoy the forthcoming tales of the idiots we’re sharing a server with.