Tagged And Bagged

Congrats to me, I’ve been poked thrice1 about giving the internet 5 facts about me.  But at least they called me creative.  So there is that.

1. I have cat issues.  Guys, I have had the shittiest 6 months ever where I had to euthanize two of my three cats that had grown old and sick at around the same time.  We now have the remaining cat (6 years old) and a new kitten that is very bitey. They have not been introduced to each other yet.  This will be interesting.

kitten

2. I’m an attorney.  Half of you just said “well, duh.”  The other half said “wait, what?”

3. In real life, I pay almost no attention to fashion, other than to avoid being a fashion mistake.  Rules for my wardrobe are:

  • must be black or match with black
  • does not require ironing
  • does not require pantyhose
  • does not require a strapless bra or any other special underpants
  • no uncomfortable shoes
  • items that require regular leg shaving are rare

I keep a full “lawyer costume” in my office in case I fucked up my wardrobe in the morning and have to attend a meeting or whatever.

4. I have a Starbucks problem.  I have now involved my offspring in this problem.  But decaf for little jedi because I’m not a total idiot.

sbux

5. I get violently motion sick from things that often involve no motion, such as imax movies.  In the past I’ve tried to be stubborn and still do things like play first person shooters.  Now, I avoid things like that.  If I spend too much time in SWTOR running around in tight spaces (like decorating my stronghold) or swiveling the camera (looking for quest items), I start getting queasy.  Usually raiding isn’t a problem.

Now I’m supposed to tag people but pretty much everyone’s been tagged, so I’ll just quit now.  I’m one of those people who got chain letters as a kid and tossed em straight into the trash.  They’re just baby pyramid schemes.

Mom, Bioware Hit Me With The Nerf Bat!

NO NO NO!  I’m about to throw a tantrum.  Isn’t it a bit too late to nerf the crap out of something halfway through an expansion?  Like when they suddenly changed crafting. Boooo.

Here’s the official post:

Sorcerer

  • Dark Heal now has a base cost of 70 Force (up from 55 Force) and heals for slightly more (.49%).
  • Resurgence now has a base cost of 40 Force (up from 30 Force) and heals for a bit more (4.94% for the instant heal, and 3.70% for the heal over time.).
  • Static Barrier now has a base cost of 45 Force (up from 35 Force) and absorbs slightly more damage (1.43%).

Corruption

  • Dark Infusion now has a base cost of 45 Force (up from 37) and heals for a bit more (3.25%).
  • Innervate now has a base cost of 60 Force (up from 48) and heals for a bit more (4.04%).
  • Revivification now has a base cost of 75 Force (up from 60).
  • Roaming Mend now has a base cost of 65 Force (up from 50) and heals for slightly more (1.28%).
  • The healing done by Renewal has been increased (by 3.70%) to match the healing done by the heal over time portion of Resurgence.
  • Penetrating Darkness now increases your bonus healing by 3% (down from 5%)

Designer Note

Corruption Sorcerers are presently exceptional healers who outperform the other healing disciplines in the game and create unbalanced PvE and PvP scenarios. By increasing the Force costs of heals—and counterbalancing the cost increase with a slight healing boost—we are leveling the healing potential of the Corruption Sorcerer to better fit alongside other healing disciplines and combat encounters witnessed in game.

Some may wonder why we did not just increase the healing capabilities of the other healing disciplines in the game to match that of the Corruption Sorcerer. In this instance, we could not do that because all of the combat math for the game (both PvE and PvP) is balanced around the current healing capabilities of the other healing disciplines. So if we were to increase the healing capabilities of the other healing disciplines to match the healing capabilities of the Corruption Sorcerer, then healing would be more effective than intended, which would cause problems in both PvE and PvP.

We decided to increase Force costs and slightly improve the strength of individual healing abilities in this balancing initiative to prevent Corruption Sorcerers from feeling impotent following these changes. Burst healing should feel like what is on Live, yet the sustained healing experience will be notably decreased. This design lowers the average healing output of the Corruption Sorcerer to better match other healing disciplines while still allowing the Sorcerer’s individual heals to make an impact.

Basically we’re upping the force cost of everything by 20-30%, give or take, and upping the power of the spells by… .5-4%.  Much boo.  As a practical matter, this means:

  • More GCDs spent tapping for force
  • Fewer insta-heal-puddles (because we’ll be using the charges to force tap).
  • Fewer insta-roaming-mends (where all charges go off without the target taking damage) because resurgence needs to be used on innervate to get the stacks at all costs.

This makes me stabby.  I don’t care that I was already OP.  This change may force me to change my habits.  I’m way too lazy for that.

What will cheer me up?  I know, I’ll snicker at Quinn.

quinn feels pretty

This shit never gets old.

Ravalation’s Star Wars Fashion Giveaway

When I see an article in my feed reader that involves FREE FASHION, I sit up and take notice.1  So I was snorting coffee all over my keyboard when I saw Ravalation’s Star Wars Fashion Giveaway.

Guys, you need to enter this raffle.  It costs you literally nothing and you might get things.  Prizes include armor sets, cartel packs, and cute real life things.  Observe the promotional pictogram.

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Go immediately to enter said contest.  Or don’t.  Then I will win all the things.  HAHA!

  1. Also, thanks for the Hall of Shame shoutout.

Making Cash With Dyes

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate doing dailies for cash.  I’ll do them for rep to get a dye recipe.  I’ll do them for crystals so I can buy presents for my idiots, but not cash.

So when I need cash to purchase the latest fashion (I’m lookin at you, Jedi Strategist outfit), I go forth to the GTN and craft and sell dye kits.  This has kept me reasonably supplied with cash.

No, you can't craft this dye kit, but seriously, do I really need an excuse to continue to embarrass Quinn?

No, you can’t craft this dye kit, but seriously, do I really need an excuse to continue to embarrass Quinn?

Here’s why crafting and selling dye kits is a good idea:

(1) They are consumable.  There will always be customers because you can’t reuse your kits.

(2) They are a pain in the ass to make and people would just rather pay, even if the price is way out of whack compared to the cost of mats.

Now, boys and girls, here’s why I say making (and selling) dye kits is a huge pain in the ass:

(1) Unlike most things you want to craft, you will need low level materials of just about every tier.  Even with the stacking changes, this adds up to an entire cargo bay devoted to it.

(2) The materials themselves are also a fussy nuisance – both in the gathering and the sheer variety.  Typically you will need 3 different color crystals from the same tier for any given dye kit.  However, at any given time, there is only one color crystal mission for each tier.  And that color crystal mission may bring back the color that you don’t need.  I find that having multiple toons with archaeology is the only way to keep up with my color crystal needs.

(3) You need reputation to get recipes for the “good” ones.  If any old artificer can make them, the prices are way low.  If the recipe requires rep to get, the kit fetches a better price.  I even repeatedly went to Voss, to get a recipe.1  Now, if you’ve been playing the game since the beginning, you should have enough rep with all the relevant factions to buy the recipes you want – or only be a few quests short.  But if you started playing just recently and skipped certain quest hubs, you might have to go back and start the painful process from newcomer.

An example of a default from-the-trainer dye. You do not want to be making this one. Bleh.

An example of a default from-the-trainer dye. You do not want to be making this one. Bleh.

White and Light Gray, direct-from-trainer, is pretty. However, it is generally selling for super-cheap because everyone can make it, and it's a higher tier of mats that everyone has.

White and Light Gray, direct-from-trainer, is pretty. However, it is generally selling for super-cheap because everyone can make it.

(4) You have to keep a variety of kits on hand and can’t just cheat and make and unload the same kit over and over.  Some idiot will inevitably flood the market with a given kit, and selling the kit in competition with that moron is useless. On the other hand, you may have kits that don’t happen to be on the GTN right then, and you can quickly unload them (for exorbitant prices).  If some idiot has flooded the market with something, I wait a few days and try again after all his auctions have been snapped up or expired.  I generally keep on hand 3-5 of each kit to put on the market when conditions are good.

Have I talked you out of making dye kits yet? Yes? Ok fine, go run the star fortress again, see if I care.

  1. Previous dye shenanigans are here, here, and finally here.

Slacker Finally Updates Hall Of Shame

Thankfully readers have provided me with examples of horrible fashions that I can share with you.  You can find previous atrocities in the fashion hall of shame.

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Porkins + Bobafatt. When's the wedding?

Porkinsdahutt + Bobba’fat. When’s the wedding?

He's the best man at the aforementioned wedding.

He’s the best man at the aforementioned wedding.

And his cousin...

And his cousin…

This guy is invited too.

This guy is invited too.

But wait, there’s more horrible fashion! Continue Reading »

9999 Bottles Of Beer In My Legacy Cargo Hold

Take one down, pass it around

Still a fuckload of beer in my legacy cargo hold

This is so sad.  What did I do Tuesday when 4.1 hit?  I stacked all my crafting mats in my legacy cargo hold and reveled in the glorious space.  No, I didn’t play Chapter 10.  Sorry, Kaliyo, but a walk-in legacy cargo hold is more interesting than you.

Then I made dye kits.  As a surprise to me, the medium gray/medium gray looks like absolute crap on everything that I’ve tried to use it on.  And the white/light gray looks so badass (it’s pub-side perfect).

tranqmystic

sensdress

white gray dye

Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Crafting Changes Come With Pretty Things

I was pretty damn annoyed at grinding out 50 more levels of crafting, but I have been mollified by the surprise changes for artifice.

First, New Color Crystals:

  • Advanced Black-Cyan Color Crystal (Eviscerating/Hawkeye/Indestructible, Artifice 400)
  • Advanced Black-White Color Crystal (Eviscerating/Hawkeye/Indestructible, Artifice 450)
  • Advanced Amethyst Color Crystal (Eviscerating/Hawkeye/Indestructible, Artifice 500)
  • Advanced Fire Red Color Crystal (Eviscerating/Hawkeye/Indestructible, Artifice 500)

I’d use these colors!  Now it would be VERY nice if we could change our weapons with the outfit designer, so that I could match my crystals to my outfit… but for now, this is still good.

Now New Dyes:

  • Dark Pink and Dark Blue Dye Module (Artifice 520) [eh… maybe]
  • Deep Yellow and Dark Brown Dye Module (Artifice 520) [I dub thee “baby poop“]
  • Medium Gray and Medium Gray Dye Module (Artifice 520) [where have you been all my life?]
  • White and Light Gray Dye Module (Artifice 520) [useful!]

I’d use two of these, and that’s a win in my book.  While I’m not wild about dark pink/dark blue, I don’t think we have any other dark pink options that are craftable, and for a single-color outfit where you want dark pink it’s far cheaper than buying a dark pink/whatever on the GTN.  I wonder how the XoXaan outfit would look…

You can probably guess which crafter of mine is getting some luv as soon as 4.1 hits.  Actually it might be my biochemist because of raiding stims, but after that, it’s all about the dyes.

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