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:
- Best of show – 320 CC Cartel Pack available on the Cartel Market, and a dye pack.
- 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).
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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-killery 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.
I’ve mentioned before that it seems like the cartel market releases two kinds of outfits: covered up neck to wrist to toes or beyond skimpy (underboob is not cool). Well, this time, I think they’ve nailed the ideal balance. Observe, the Sensuous Dress.
This thing is exactly what I was talking about when I referred to wanting outfits that showed some (but not way too much) skin. It’s elegant and sexy, but has more than two inches of fabric across the chest. It falls in line with the Naboo outfits worn by Queen Amidala.
A+ for this one, Bioware.
(I patiently waited for the price to come down on the GTN before snagging a set. But it is MINE NOW! Bwaha… hahahah.)
After doing the Section X dailies more times than I care to count, the Voss dailies a few times, and the rest of the dailies in the regular course of making money, I have all the dye kit recipes. I have champion with Voss, Oricon, and Czerka and Legend with Section X and Makeb (I needed legend with Makeb for other assorted recipes).
I never want to see Section X again, ever ever. Here is why I hate Section X:
- For the weekly, you must complete a 4-person quest where you need exactly 4 warm bodies to complete it. This is a hassle. There should be some wiggle room – 3 warm bodies should be sufficient, and that allows a companion to take up the slack of a missing role.
- There is digging through creature poo. Well, what else do you think “waste” is? Digging through feces is one of those things I hated in WoW. It’s not funny, dammit.
- X is not a roman numeral in this context. It’s “Section Ex” and not “Section Ten.” That’s stupid. Operator IX is “Operator Nine.” It is confusing and I do not care for it!
Time for Bounty Hunter week. The rep grind is never done.
So a few days ago I was bitching and moaning about being unable to enable in-game cc purchasing (to get my discount). I’m happy to report that today’s patch cleared up the problem for me! Some people are still having issues (according to the threads in the CS forums) and I hope they’re able to access their discount at some point.
As a side note, while I’m glad it’s fixed, customer service should ALWAYS have a contingency plan for if things don’t go right for 100% of the people. With EVERY system, someone always falls through the cracks, no matter how bug-free the thing is. Shit happens, and CS needs to be able to deal with it. I don’t blame the CS personnel because they’re only doing their jobs. I blame management for not giving them the tools to actually assist people with these problems when they inevitably come up.