Knights of the Minimal QQ

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.

Sith Always Kiss And Tell

OK… so… remember how I said that I was totally romancing Lana on my next trip through Shadow of Revan after that disaster with Theron?  Welp I am and I did.

Because Fraps magically turned itself off at crucial moments, you will have to make do with my proxy Lana “screenie.”


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Credits Or Lack Thereof

Awesome clothing or well-decorated house?  I’m having to make some difficult choices on how to spend my limited credits.  Specifically awesome clothing for me or housing items and unlocks for Little Jedi.

Somehow Little Jedi swindled us out of at least 400k with her unlocks.  I’m not even putting a value on the buttloads of kits I made her, but it’s a lot.  Yet, in order to preserve family harmony, over the next month we are going to somehow scrape up 1 million credits for the stupid balcony unlock, or I’ll just buy a bunch of cartel coins, swearing the whole time.  And I know what will happen if I buy the cartel coins.  She’ll unlock the balcony… and then buy some other frivolous stuff, possibly even by accident, and then have no cartel coins… again.  And I’m out $20.

Speaking of cartel coins…

Me: [logging in with authenticator]

LJ: Ugh, you have to type in that number EVERY TIME you log in, it’s a pain in the butt.

Me: I know.  But now that you have more stuff, we need to get you an authenticator too so nobody hacks your account and gets all your stuff.

LJ:  Noooo it’s such a pain!

Me: You get an extra 100 cartel coins a month.


I must confess, though, I would have the 1 million credits already, had I not spent almost every liquid credit on an outfit.1  I’ve been stalking the GTN for a while on this outfit that normally sells for 10-15 mil.  Saturday morning I saw one for 2 mil.  I know I can get that much money together, and possibly before the damn thing sells!  With a short-term loan from Exile2, we snapped up the box.  I then logged in every toon I had, pooled my cash, and paid her back.3

So look at my badass self.4


Between the frivolous expenditures (above) and the painful amounts I’m spending ripping mods and augmenting stuff in my quest for raiding,5 it is no surprise that I never have any money.

  1. I do have a decent amount of capital in crafting supplies, but they would take a while to turn into credits
  2. Of Tor-Fashion fame.
  3. She said I didn’t have to, but my plan was to pay her back and if I didn’t do it right then, my money would be forfeit to the little beastie at some point and I’d never have enough.
  4.  Not the best screenshot because my fraps is misbehaving and making things blurry.  No idea why, but needs to be addressed before I post my new awesomeness to my Tor-Fashion Page.
  5. The TL;DR version is that I didn’t fail at raiding this weekend.  More later if anyone cares.

Romancing the Shan

The first time through Shadow of Revan, I was srs bzns and ignored all the flirt options.

No time for love, Dr. Jones.

No time for love, Dr. Jones.

The second time, I’m a little bored.  So I decide to flirt with Theron.  (The plan is for the next toon I level to flirt with Lana.)  Anyhoo, here’s what happened.

Required Spoiler Warning! Even though, seriously, this is old news.

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The Return of the Revenge of the Hall of Shame

And we’re back.  I’ve seen these fine specimens on the fleet…


One might say “historically stinky.”

The dye is bad. The name is bad. The hair is bad. So much bad.

The name is bad. The hair is bad. So much bad.

Pepto Togruta.

Pepto Togruta.

I guess it's a theme...

I guess it’s a theme…

It buuuurns

It buuuurns

Why must people drag their companions into their fail?

Why must people drag their companions into their fail?

If you want to send in bad fashion, here’s how.  Also, if you already sent in fashion, I will be posting your bad fashion!  I just want to group all the reader submissions together.

Quinn’s Role In Shadow Of Revan

“Kill Quinn.  Stuff him in the toilet.”

— Little Jedi

From the mouths of babes, right?

I’m starting shadow of Revan and, to be honest, I had pretty much forgotten how I punished Quinn with bad fashion…

Required Spoiler Tag Here.  If you haven’t started Revan with your warrior and want it to be a surprise…

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Little Jedi Deals With Little Idiots

As you may recall, Little Jedi was quite upset when some nasty little boy told her that girls can’t play video games.  A year has passed and times have changed.

LJ: [Nasty Boy Child] says that girls can’t play video games.

Me: What did you tell him?

LJ: I told him: “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

Me: And then he said?

LJ: Nothing.

Way to shut that idiot down!  Parenting win.

Little Jedi Goes to Kuat Drive Yards

Continuing the trend of “The family that plays SWTOR together pwns the everlovin’ crap out of everything together”, we went to Kuat Drive Yards.

You might say that we’re teaching our kiddo from the ground up.  Right now, we’re not giving a crap whether she knows  which abilities pack the biggest wallop.  She might as well faceroll her abilities.  We’re focusing on those basic gaming skills, habits that she will carry with her between characters and games:

  • Following the leader (seriously, getting lost is one of my things)
  • Movement, positioning, and mouse turning (so… proud)
  • Keybinding (I haven’t even mentioned to her that it’s possible to click those icons…)
  • Getting out of the bad (new lesson in KDY!)


That last one, getting out of the bad… well many adults fail at that.  So I was delighted last night when she took our advice to heart in KDY.  Every time there was a red circle, she would run off and holler “RED CRAP ON THE GROUND! RED CRAP ON THE GROUND!”1

When we finished, she was surprised that it was already past her bedtime.  We had spent almost an hour in KDY.  She said “It goes so fast! It only felt like 15 minutes!” Welcome to the MMO time-warp, kiddo.

  1. OK, that’s a parenting fail there, I probably should not be telling her to avoid “crap”, swearing FTL.