Random SWTOR Screenshots

The Rakghoul plague ended a few days ago.  I managed to get hubby and I the title the very last day on a server where the alliance are outnumbered 3:1 on my count [there are 50 on the republic station when there are 150 on the empire one].  The key was hitting the bosses in the morning.  The empire is too well organized to hope to get much done in the evening if PVP is involved.  I won an epic shield for my tank off one of them and got hubby a lightsaber and 2 mods off the three bosses.  It was tricky as I had my three year old son running Venoym’s toon [A Jedi Shadow]… which produced some very interesting results.

Anyway, here’s an updated screenshot of Askevar.  She honestly hasn’t changed much in looks.  I’ve done no heroics, or raids beyond that world boss event.  We’re paid through July, including the free loyalty month, so nearer to then we’ll have to decide whether to renew or not.  I play a few times a week [usually a couple hours Tuesday morning and a couple hours on the weekend but it varies wildly] so not sure it’s worth continuing to subscribe after that… but we’ll see.

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SWTOR: Why I’m Not 50 Yet…

As anyone who reads the blog knows, I’ve been playing SW:TOR on the side.  And I’ve quite enjoyed it… especially the low level questing.  The story lines are engaging and game play is fun.

My main, a jedi knight guardian is sitting at 47 [49] right now and well… that’s going to be changing very slowly.  The reality is questing now has become: 1. Accept a bunch of quests  2. Kill four to ten times the mobs required in quests just to complete the basic objectives.  Completing the bonus quests is simplistic now.  When I need to kill 30 bad guys as a bonus and end up killing 200… yeah no brainer.  But that slow trek through questing gets old quite fast.  Thirty minutes toward quest objectives and I’m exhausted and/or agitated.  Not to mention if I happen to die or I get sent back to the very area I just went through.  Respawn rates are annoyingly random.  Most mobs respawn behind me three packs back.  But quest objectives that must be shared in the world?  Well you can sit around quite a bit waiting on those [or they can be near instant].  I could play a lowbie alt I suppose… but I really want to get one toon to max before I start doing that.  Part of it is also likely my own fault… I’m leveling a tank as a tank.

2. All alone.  Our guild kinda died…  Some people have real life interfering and some quit the game and others like the hubby and myself are also playing WoW and often have evening commitments when others might actually be online.   It also doesn’t help that we’ve gotten more involved in our WoW guild of late as well as the fact that several WoW holidays have taken place recently… and we always get sucked into stuff there.  It’s fine and I understand completely, but I can’t deny it’s played a part.  I play SWTOR most often in the mornings and have since it came out…  when no one is on, I log in less… therefore people are on less.  So yeah, also partly my own fault.  It doesn’t help that hubby is much less interested in it than I am, and even I am being distracted by other things.

ETA: I will note that changing planets has helped with the questing.  Corellia is much more straightforward and I’m finding the questlines engaging again.  However, that said, I only play once or twice a week nowadays.  That may become more often when 1.2 hits but for now, it’s an interesting side game 🙂  And I hope to hit 50 within the next week or so.

World of Warcraft is something I find infinitely more engaging at the moment, even given the issues I have with the game.


I’m also going to note this entry was written a few weeks ago but I wanted to go ahead and post it anyway as it expressed my thoughts at the time.

From Death Knight to Jedi Knight

Well… we’ve been in a few days now 🙂  We got in the second day of early access, in fact [yeah we pre-ordered pretty early on].  It’s intense, but it’s been fabulous!

A bunch of old faces are around – Inq, Kanrad, Mikhaill and Khaella – all of whom follow this blog and most have commented before.  Of course, hubby and I are playing.  We’ve also picked up some of Kanrad’s real life co-workers.  We’re in a guild called “The Nerf Herders”.  I know, it’s probably one of the more overused guild names… we’ve seen at least 2 other variations on our server already.  But we settled on it and we like it 🙂  We’re on Shadow Hand – one of the more popular PVE servers, apparently.  For the last couple of nights we’ve had to wait in 30 minute queue times to get in.  So we start up the game early and either play WoW, or do something else while it sits in queue.

We hit level 10 that first night, got to 12 the second evening and have been steadily working and we’re now sitting at level 18, with our own starships already 🙂  I’ve got a couple of alts in the level 10-11ish range [getting to level 10 is easy once you know the basics… past that is more time consuming.  The altoholic I am, I already have one of each class rolled on our server, though most are still in the level 1-3 range.

But here is my main on SWTOR – Askevar, the Jedi Knight.  She did take the guardian tree [the one capable of tanking].  The most frustrating part at the moment is learning to keep threat…  it’s like starting all over again.  The main problem is that at low levels you have very little in the way of a method of keeping threat.  I did finally get a “presence” and a taunt… so it’s getting better.  We’ve done a couple flashpoints with guildies and some heroic 2s and 4s… so it’s just going to take time there.

On a further note, we are still not planning to quit WoW.  We did buy the access pass and such and are still raiding on our mains.  We’ll just have to see how multi-gaming works for us.