So the livestream… I totally did not watch it.  If you were reading my grumping on Twitter, you’d see that I don’t have time for that shit, and my guess is that nobody else does either.  I was at work, then in the car, then picking up the Little Jedi, then ferrying Little Jedi to after school activities… and somewhere in there the stream ended and I was able to (finally) read a concise bullet point list of what the eff was going on.  That took me 20 minutes.

In general, people are excited and hyped, and there is very little QQ.  Because I have no patience for QQ unless it’s very well-written.

Here is my take on it.

Level Scaling.  My first thought on this is Little Jedi.  I no longer have to keep a toon in lock-step with her to help her with her leveling and class missions.  Which is good because I fell behind, and she and thehusband outleveled me.  OK I guess I can’t run around roflstomping things, but now that I think about it, I really never do that.

Streamlined Leveling.  I think that doing the planetary missions along with the class missions has value.  Again, this comes back to Little Jedi.  12x XP is fine when you already know what you’re doing, but when you’re learning to play, you need to do more missions and get your abilities slowly.  I’m very concerned that her little jaunt with 12x XP has given her a false sense of pacing and difficulty.  If we can just distract her with shinies for a few more weeks, then we can continue at a more reasonable pace.  I will not have the child who gets to 50 and still needs to L2P.  Also, everyone should meet Thana.  Because duh.

Collections Search.  OMFG FINALLY.  (Mooooom, I can’t find my pink crystal…)

Temporary Ability Bars.  Can any of you find a good spot for stowing your heroic moment abilities?  I can’t.  They’re either in my way all the time or impossible to find when I need them.

Gathering at any level.  How many times has this happened to you: You fall behind in your gathering and then the nodes on your current planet are red to you, so you’re not mining them, not getting skill ups, and consequently fall more behind in gathering.  I’m more likely to benefit from gathering nodes while leveling under this new system.

No more crafting mission RNG.  Nothing more annoying than needing some luxury cloth and discovering that there are zero cloth missions available.  And this will result in Little Jedi getting her prefab kits faster and not QQing that it takes SO long to craft them, GOSH MOM.

I can’t begin to cover all of it, so go read it for yourself.  Or, if you are into that sort of thing, I suppose you could watch the recording of the livestream.


Knights of the Minimal QQ — 2 Comments

  1. Temporary ability bars sound awful. I have this image of them appearing at precisely the moment and place I don’t want them to. Nails on a chalkboard.

    Gathering at any level though? Golden. I got to experience that when I went back to WoW. It took away a lot of frustration in leveling and crafting.

    PS I like your bullet list.

  2. You know, I really enjoy the level scaling part, which is something that WoW flirted with for Cataclysm but ultimately abandoned. GW2 does it right, however, so I’m curious as to how well it’ll work in SWTOR.

    Oh, and right now I’m wishing my mini-Reds were Little Jedi’s age; sure beats looking at college stuff.