Dialogue Option 4

Last night, not for the first time, I wished there were another dialogue option, as the three given me were far from what I wanted to say.

Let me set the scene (vague enough to avoid spoilers): I go to rescue this dude, and he’s an insufferable asshole.  I say something like “I’m here to rescue you.” And he replies along the lines of “You’re a filthy alien blech barf oh ew, the horror, blah blah.”

At this point, I’m in no mood to rescue his sorry ass.  I’m kind of in the mood to do the opposite.  So when the option (finally) came up to kill him, I didn’t hesitate to pwn his FACE.

I head back to the quest giver who is seriously pissed off.  “You killed him! Why?”

At this point I get 3 options, none of which were along the lines of “He was a total asshole,” “He needed to learn manners,” or anything of that sort.  Clearly, the encounter is supposed to goad you into killing the jerkface (and it worked) but the option to give that as a response is not there.

A similar thing occurred in another storyline, and irked me even more.  There’s a mystery concerning a companion – the answer to which is so painfully obvious to even the most dense observer.  Yet, when asked about what is going on, your possible responses do not contain a Sherlock Holmes exposition of the situation.  Rather, they are along the lines of: “I don’t know,” “I don’t care,” and “Don’t let it get to you.”  That is so incredibly frustrating to have you, the player, in the know but be unable to get your toon to express your knowledge of the situation because your toon is, apparently, incurably stupid.

Obviously BW can’t make infinite dialogue options for every thought a gamer might have.  However, in some places, the obvious choice isn’t there, and that can be really annoying.

BSOCK Statistics

Inspired by Mistress of Mordor’s Flirt Statistics, I started my own spreadsheet on the BSOCK1 possibilities with companions only.  Keep it small, right?

Now, ignoring the unfairness of SGR not being added in for companions (but I get the logistical reason why), let’s look at the Romance and BSOCK opportunities for these companions.  Now, warning, if you are not through the story, I guess some of this could be spoilery.  So, if you just do not WANT to know whether you will hook up with that hot pirate, I’m putting the rest behind a cut.


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  1. For those of you just joining us, BSOCK means the Black Screen Of Carnal Knowledge

The Last Dye Recipe: GSI Reputation

As you are well aware, I made it my personal goal to get all the dye recipes in the game.  So I did dailies after dailies, week after week, in quite unpleasant areas, and did it!  Or so I thought.

Somehow, it escaped my notice that there is a dye recipe available at the GSI rep vendor (gray/red, the opposite of Makeb’s red/gray).  And you need legend rep for it.  Ugh.  I am, by the way, at rep ZERO because I had never bothered to do these quests when Makeb launched since I was too busy focusing on raiding.

But hey, I survived Voss (yuck) and legend with Section X (double yuck) for the sake of fashion, so how bad could this be?

So bad. So very bad. Mind-numbing, soul-crushing tedium that made me want to quit after the first mission and unplug my PC after the second.  I finished 4, and I suspect I will never do another.

Those stupid ground probes take FOREVER to find anything, and then it’s an inch-by-inch repositioning to get it right, finally.

So painful.

So painful.

The binoculars are just as lame – usually requiring more travel and standing at the very edge of ledges that a person has no business standing on.  It goes without saying that I died to the gravity boss (more than once).

Sing it Darth Meatloaf one more time: I will do anything for fashion, but I won’t do that.

Life Day Screenshot Contest

Traitine at Constant Warfare and I have conspired to give you a screenshot/fashion contest (with rewards) for the holidays.  Although, honestly, he’s doing most of the heavy lifting.  Just the way I like it!  Details:

In honor of the Life Day event in SWTOR,HawtPantsRepublic.com and ConstantWarfare.com are hosting a holiday giveaway!  We want to see the best holiday themed fashion (and surroundings) the galaxy has to offer.

Prizes For Two Categories

There will be two prizes for the best holiday themed screenshot category:

  1. Best of show – 320 CC Cartel Pack available on the Cartel Market, and a dye pack.
  2. Runner up – 160 CC Cartel Pack  available on the Cartel Market, and a dye pack.

There will also be a Worst of Show category.  These must still be holiday themed (IE holiday colors, etc).  You must request to be eligible for this category.  The prizes are as follows:

How to Enter

To enter, put a link to your screenshot in the comments [on the contest post], or email your screenshot.  Also add your server name, character name, and what Cartel Pack you’d like if you win.  We’ll try to accommodate your choice, if possible.  Bonus points for not having your UI in the way (unless of course it contributes to the shot somehow).  Submissions close at midnight PST on December 25th.  Judging will take place on the 26th, and a winner will be announced on the 27th.  Allow up to two additional days for prize delivery.

Blah, Blah, Rules Stuff

This contest is available to US servers only – Sorry to everyone else.  We just don’t have the means to deliver prizes to other server regions.  You can still participate if you like.  Screenshots must not be altered, and the winner(s) give permission for their screenshots to be posted on HawtPantsRepublic.com and ConstantWarfare.com, with credit given to the owner of course.

Good luck, and happy holidays!

So head on over there and give us your best (or worst, oh please oh please, I totally want to see worst).

Healing Again

I got my healing operative to level 55 a little while ago, and I’ve been practicing healing by running a few instances.  And when I say instances, I mean “pugs” because the stars rarely align where guildies are available at the weird hours that I can snatch for non-raiding playtime.

Remember, folks, I’d been playing a healer pretty much exclusively before SWTOR, and it’s like riding a bike, right?  But I forgot just how damn annoying that bike is.  I am a really grouchy healer!

The tank goes first, period. Any DPS who charges in front of the tank should be vote kicked immediately.  DPS are a dime a dozen, and I am not amused by having to expend any effort on saving them from their own fail.  Wait in another 30 minute queue if you can’t play nicely with others.  Morons.

Avoid the avoidable damage.  DUH.  Just because I can heal through it doesn’t mean I want to.  I don’t.  Learn to interrupt.  See that shit on the floor? Don’t stand in it.  Oh, the boss is targeted on you?  Hit your aggro dump.

If you don’t know what the hell you’re doing, ask.  You know, I understand that people are jerks, and it’s really hard to get up the nerve to say “hey, I don’t know this instance very well.”  But, at the same time, if you just fake your way through it, and that makes my life harder, I become ill-tempered.  If you don’t know kill order, and you pull aggro and get your ass killed, I’m leaving you dead.

Having played a healer in the past, I’m pretty conscientious about avoiding these pitfalls when I’m playing as DPS, but I’m resolved to try even harder, because this shit is annoying.

Holiday Raiding

I mean ops. Totally ops.

Holidays are upon us, and we’re in that weird Zone between Thanksgiving and Xmas when people are shopping, cooking, and generally have obligations (myself included).  As such, raiding has been spotty, and we often find ourselves trying to cobble together a group that isn’t ideal.

But, you say, how is this your problem, Njessi?  The answer is that I’m a fucking idiot masochist and accepted an officer position in my guild, despite my best intentions to live as a carefree peon.  Now, suddenly, I’m worrying about shit like rostering and class balance even though I’m not the one who leads or rosters the raids.  I’m clearly insane.

Meanwhile, I’m gearing up my operative healer to heal things in the face.  I’m flailing around for something useful to do with an alt, since I’m still frustrated with marauder being not particularly useful in raiding, outside the blatant face-smashing context.  No other class has clicked quite the way marauder has for me, but I’m still doggedly trying to find a good fit for a respectably useful alt.

And that’s what is happening right now. Not terribly eventful.

Hindsight Is 20/20: Revisiting Class Stories

As part of double XP weekend, I’ve been leveling a powertech.  Because I played my mercenary as mostly light side, I’m playing my powertech as pretty damn evil, to see a different side of the story.  I’m also playing evil because, knowing what’s to come, I’m a little jaded.

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Double XP Plotting And Planning

Double XP weekend is almost upon us, and everyone needs a plan.

Which character(s) are you going to focus on?  What are your goals?

For me, I want to get my 48 operative to 50 and finish Corellia.  I also have a new (evil) powertech around level 15 that I’ll take as far as I can.  I may scrap the idea of the operative since I can easily finish Corellia and get to 50 pretty easily without double xp.  My operative, as I have noticed with higher level toons, always has a full bar of rest xp while my powertech uses up all rest xp within minutes of logging in.

XP boosts are multiplicative! So don’t be shy about using them.  It’s tempting to think “I’ll save these for when I don’t have an xp boost” but according to “math”, they give you more bang for your buck when used in conjunction with a double xp weekend.  I’ve noticed that as a subscriber, I get enough xp boosts to be boosted the majority of the time – I’ve never bought an XP boost on the cartel market.  Doing the occasional bonus series is good: most of them give the precious 3-hour boost token at the end.

Little Jedi’s grammy is in town, so I’m pretty psyched about uninterrupted gaming time while Little Jedi and Master Jedi hang out.

What are your plans for double xp (long) weekend?

Austin Community Cantina

I went to the Austin Community Cantina last night.  I didn’t take pictures.  I didn’t take notes.  I didn’t ask questions prying for new information.  The  “real” blogs will bring you all the details anyway.  Why should I work hard when I have a babysitter, there’s free beer, and I’m not driving?

So, instead of working hard at a “job” that I don’t get paid for, I drank and blathered on and had a fucking great time.  In my semi-drunken stupor, I did pull up the Hall of Shame on my phone and showed several of the devs what horrific things people are doing with those fucking bikinis. I did my due diligence trying to rid the world of bad fashion.  You’re welcome.

What I learned:

1. Everyone thinks Quinn is a raging asshole.

2. Nobody reads my blog, despite the fact that I’ve been writing since launch and there are so few SWTOR blogs out there, period.  Congrats to the 5 of you still reading.

3. I can’t hold my liquor anymore. Yay getting olde.

With that, I’m off to nurse my first hangover in quite some time.

Feeling A Bit Useless As Marauder DPS

Last night was one of those nights where few things were going right.  The biggest problem was that we had 3 melee DPS (2 marauders and a juggernaut) and things were not working.  Usually, the group makeup includes a couple of sorcs or mercs who cover the nagging details and leave me free to simply bash the boss in the face, which is something for which Marauder is well-suited.  Hell, I felt like a freaking hero the other night being able to interrupt and lock down one of those pesky adds all by myself so he couldn’t cast mass-killery1 on the group.  Last night, not so much.

Besides interrupting, and single-target-face-bashing, I couldn’t do jack shit – a helplessness that was amplified by the fact that two others were similarly situated.  It was downright disheartening.

I can’t cleanse.  We stalled out on one encounter because we lacked a non-healer cleanser.

My aoe is terrible.  We stalled out on another encounter in part because we had only one dps with strong AOE.  (We pondered having one of us respec to Rage, but decided not to.  Having one of us respec would have severely gimped our single-target DPS, which creates more problems than it solves.)

Melee is generally at a disadvantage in some encounters.  We had issues taking down adds fast enough because of knockbacks that don’t bother the ranged dps all that much.

I don’t even have a taunt or boss repositioning ability for add control, unlike those cheater DPS juggernauts.

What I do have is superior interrupting (har har) and a super dps buff.  In 2.5, however, the buff becomes raidwide and can only be used once every 5 minutes.  This means that one marauder will be sufficient, unless you need an ungodly number of interrupts.

I know that marauder is in a really good place compared to some other classes in terms of dps levels and mobility.  But they sure don’t stack in a raid as well as some other (ranged) DPS classes.


  1. That’s a technical term
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