I seriously don’t know where to begin. SWTOR has had an amazing past few days. There’s all the great things about patch 1.2 that I could tell you about, like guild banks, UI customization, flying in spaceports … the list goes on and on. Or I could get my whine on and talk about how my spec changed and I can’t quite figure out how to adjust myself to be at my most efficient. Maybe I’ll write up my opinion on the patch later this week and expand on the great things and the tiny little list of not so great things. I’m quite sure there are changes I haven’t even discovered yet, so I’ll likely be reading the official forums quite a bit this week. Which I had already planned on doing (in addition to many other sites) because I have got to study up on the new Operation, Explosive Conflict. My amazing guild, The Snark Side, dipped our toes into EC on Saturday night and while we did make progress and started to get into a bit of a rhythm on Zorn & Toth, we probably should have been a little better prepared.
Of course there’s also a surprise world event currently going on with an infected Rakghoul invasion on Tatooine. How fun is that thing? I haven’t collected enough DNA to purchase anything cool from the special vendor yet, but I did do the special “Tracking the Origin” quest last night before work and when I turned in the quest, I got myself a little rakghoul pet. He’s called a Crimson Rakling and he’s so freaking ugly he’s adorable. I love this guy.
But my little rakghoul guy is not the only pet I have recently required. A great friend of mine was lucky enough to be able to attend PAX East last weekend and after she returned home and got rested up, she presented me with a code for an in-game Tauntaun pet. Yep, I owe her big time. After the patch went through, I received my taun fawn in the mail. He’s so cute the Twi’lek bartender kept staring at his ass. (side note: why do I make all of my pets male? I even do that in WoW.)
Oh man, so many other things. I definitely need to extend a couple of thank you’s. One big one goes out to Alexx for REALLY helping me get over my white color crystal depression and loaning me a lot of credits for me to spend foolishly. Another huge thank you goes out to NJessi for selflessly making me (and other guildies) countless variations of orange gear simply for us to try on and see if we like the way it looks. And I’m not talking about just making us useful gear, I’m talking about making me 4 or 5 different shirts/tunics and 4 or 5 different lower robes/pants JUST FOR FASHION. She rocks. She spends all of her time and money on synthweaving just so I can try on a BoE piece of gear and then say “no, I didn’t like the way that looked”. Have I mentioned I’m in the best guild ever?
Told you there were lots of things. I never fell out of love with Bioware like some people seem to have, but after the last several days I love them even more. They’ve given me plenty to talk about… if I can force myself to log out of the game long enough to write something up.
This Is Cool –
Any of you that have checked your email today have probably already learned that Bioware has decided to grant a special in-game title to players who got in on the beginning of Star Wars: The Old Republic. If you haven’t received the email yet, I’m sure it will arrive soon. I am excited about this title and will likely display it on my character when we finally get it. Partly because I’m one of those jerks who likes to rub people’s faces in stuff. “Ha ha, look at me! I’ve got something that will never be available again. You’re a loser because you don’t have it. Bow to me in all my greatness.”
Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated. I’m not actually THAT big of a jerk. But I am proud of the fact that I was in at the beginning of this thing. I never played vanilla WoW and have always been jealous of the people who did. So yeah, I wanna do a little bragging about the fact that I was here for launch. Pre-launch, actually. In fact, let me take this moment to brag in a jerkish way and remind you all that I got in on December 13th, the very first day of early access. No, that doesn’t make me special or better than you. It just makes me happy in my own little pointed head.
But back to the Founder title. While I think this is a cool move on Bioware’s part and I appreciate they are recognizing they had a pretty large player base to launch with, there is one thing I do feel like being a jerk about. Anyone who purchases the game and redeems their code by March 19, 2012 get’s the title. I think that’s a bit too long of a date range. If it were up to me, I’d limit it to anyone who was in-game by the end of December. But they didn’t ask my opinion, so March 19th it is.
But Then There’s This –
While news about the Founder title has made me happy, it’s not the best thing Bioware has said this week. What has really made me squee was reading the post by James Ohlen, Game Director, that he posted in the Community News section of SWTOR.com yesterday. The best parts were:
…We have another major update planned for March and future content arriving throughout 2012 and 2013. We plan to release new Operations, Flashpoints, Warzones, Space Missions, single player content, vehicles, and companion characters. We’ll always be improving our existing game with additions like guild banks, PVP ranked matches and interface customization. Our Legacy system expands in March, bringing more options and a new level of depth to the existing character classes.
…Expect a few surprises between these Game Updates, too. You never know when the Republic might strike Dromund Kaas, if a mysterious alien fleet could appear in the Core Worlds… or when the Rakghoul plague of Taris might infect the rest of the Galaxy. Changes are coming, and they’ll affect everyone.
…We fully intend to support Star Wars: The Old Republic—and our players—for many years to come.
How freaking amazing does that sound?
I just read an article where I learned that while I may get into early access even earlier than expected (yes, i registered my pre-order code pretty early), once the official launch date of December 20th get’s here I’m likely screwed and won’t be able to access the game for an undetermined amount of time. Why is that, you ask? Well it’s because I’m a nerd and I chose to buy the Collector’s Edition of the game through Amazon. And now we’re being told that on the 20th we’ll be asked for our official product code and won’t be able to play until it’s entered. According to my Amazon account, my estimated delivery date is in the 2nd week of January.
Now in fairness, let me say that way back when I ordered the CE, I was aware that it wouldn’t be shipped to me before the launch date. It was something I took into account and decided I was fine with. But since then there’s been all this talk about early access and how it could be granted based off of your pre-order code. This meant I could play before receiving the box in the mail and the excitement has been building ever since. So now I can play days earlier than launch based off of that pre-order code, but I can’t play after launch. Way to play with my emotions BioWare. You got me good with this one.
Supposedly BioWare is going to talk to retailers about speeding up delivery or maybe even delivering early, and if that happens I will stop crying and get to playing. But if that doesn’t happen, I really think the early access is going to make me more sad than glad.
Okay, obviously I suck. Let’s just get that out there. I launched this site back in late September with a post claiming I would update often with Star Wars content as I patiently waited to get my hands on SWTOR. Yep, that never happened. I promise that’s not necessarily a sign of the way things are always going to be around here though. It’s just hard to generate total excitement about something you haven’t seen and can’t be talked about due to the NDA. But all of that is about to change.
For one thing, the NDA was lifted last week so now there is all sorts of information about the beta out there. The other big excitement is that there’s a HUGE beta this coming weekend and I am supposed to be in it. Getting in there and just seeing it with my own eyes will do so much more for me than reading info and trying to imagine it. I originally had plans to be out of town for the holiday weekend, but I have since decided to come back home on Friday night and spend the weekend playing the game. Don’t get too sad for my family, they only live 1 1/2 hours away. I was simply going to stay there because I’m lazy and my mommy would feed me and do my laundry. But SWTOR trumped that. Yay!
Since the beta is so big and so many players are gonna get a chance to form their own opinion and since the actual launch date (and hopefully early access) is just around the corner, I thought it’d be kind of fun to capture some of the current opinions and expectations about the game here. It might be fun to revisit after a couple of months and see whether people were right or wrong with their predictions. So below I am just going to post a few key quotes from some news and reviews from the past week or so as well as a link to the original article. I hope you enjoy.
… World of Warcraft could lose between 900,000 and 1.6 million players upon Star Wars: The Old Republic’s December 20th launch.
It definitely learned a few lessons from WoW, and players from that game should feel right at home in the new system. However, since players are leaving WoW in mass-exodus fashion, it might have to step up its game.
– found in the post Star Wars: The Old Republic Ready to Take on World of Warcraft on IBTimes.com
…after a two-week hiatus, I find myself a little less in love with the game than I was before, and that feeling has prompted me to compile this list of concerns.
– found in the post Gamespy’s Concerns About Star Wars: The Old Republic on Gamespy.com
There’s enough new stuff to interest a hardened MMO player for at least a few months and for the Star Wars enthusiast and new MMO player, there’s real long-term enjoyment to be had here.
So there you go. That’s some of the recent stuff floating around the interwebz based on limited beta testing. I can’t wait to see how it changes once the game has been rolling at full speed for a while. My plan, when the game actually launches, is to keep a simple journal of my experiences to sorta keep track of leveling and events, etc. If I don’t get lazy with that (which is highly possible) I will start posting excerpts from that here in late December along with just my general ramblings about whatever SWTOR thing I want to talk about. And trust me when I say there will be screenshots. I’m kind of a screenshot nerd. So be prepared to look at lots of crap that I think is pretty. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
You know you’re a total nerd when you receive a google talk message on your phone in the early morning hours of a Saturday that says “RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED 12/20/11” and even though you’ve just been woken up out of a deep sleep, you know immediately what that message indicates. You sit up, squee with excitement and then reply “man, that’s a long time from now”.
It’s official, the game a lot of us have been waiting for and getting so excited about now has a release date in late December. I’m glad the wondering is over. I’m excited that it’s official. And I’m a bit disappointed because I was hoping it would release earlier than it will. But what can ya do? According to the press release anyone who has pre-ordered the game and entered their pre-order code on http://www.swtor.com/ will be eligible for early game access. While it’s easy enough to figure out how that will work for anyone who pre-ordered a digital copy of the game, I’m curious to know how early game access will work for people like me who have ordered a physical copy from Amazon or other similar websites.
You can find the official announcement here: http://www.swtor.com/news/news-article/20110924