Little Jedi on the Star Wars Films

A certain Little Jedi started watching the Star Wars films when she was 4.  First, she watched  A New Hope and PARTS of ESB and ROTJ (they are “scary”).  Later, we showed her movies 1 and 2 (yuck) which were not particularly interesting to her.  We didn’t let her see Revenge of the Sith until she turned 6 because it’s seriously scary.

We also have a copy of the Star Wars lego games.  You can throw stormtroopers out into space in their underpants (still wearing helmets).  This caused much giggling in the household, especially when the airlocking of underclad stormtroopers was preceded by “MOM!  WATCH AND LEARN!”

Anyway, let me share some observations of hers with you.

LJ: Qui Gonn Jinn is a GIRL.

Me: No, he’s a boy.

LJ: He has a ponytail.

Me: He has a beard!

LJ: …He’s a girl.

LJ: Tee hee, Luke is wearing a SWIM DIAPER!

If you are curious, this is a swim diaper:

 

The Update To The Hall Of Shame In Which Readers Do All The Work

I’ve gotten SO many submissions lately that here’s a special reader-submitted Hall of Shame update – they’re sending them in faster than I can go through my own screenshots folder. For many of these, snarky comments were attached in the file name and I didn’t even have to do that!

OK, to be fair, I still need to do things to images that are sent in.  The curse of SWTOR, unlike some other games, is that the fleet is so freakishly dark (and most other planets too).  So almost every screenshot taken by me or someone else has to be brightened (for me, using a cheapo editing program) before being ready for public perusal.

Let’s get going with this epic update to the Hall of Shame.  I should have these images incorporated into the Hall of Shame page soonish.

This looks like an imperial schoolgirl uniform.  He's been a naughty boy.

This looks like an imperial schoolgirl uniform. He’s been a naughty boy.

Doubly awful.

Underboob x 2 = Quadboob

Triple threat - Flasher jacket, pink undies, silly hat

That's one super stealthy operative, you'll never see all that lime green coming

More lime green and purple hair

And there are 25 more.  Not even joking.

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I Am Recognized For My Awesome Fashion Sense

So I’m in a pug with my bounty hunter, Issen, rocking this cute outfit.

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Aaaand the following occurs….

Pug Guy: Issen, this is a random question, but did you upload your look to Tor-Fashion?

Me: I totally did!

Pug Guy: And I totally saw it!

Squeal!  I was recognized in-game by my awesome fashion sense, guys.  For details on how to look as awesome as me, check out my tor-fashion page, and click on each outfit to see what pieces/dyes I used.  Also upload your own outfits, so people can praise you in game.  And since you’re at tor-fashion anyway, you can upvote all my stuff and downvote any underboob you see, kthx.

Hall Of Shame: Weird Names Edition

Also lots of cross-category violations (stupid hat AND no pants, oh noes).

Let’s start with the reader submissions, shall we?

I am always a fan of punishing companions, but she's also punishing herself!

I am always a fan of punishing companions, but she’s also punishing herself!

Sigh. Another naked blueberry.  At least she has the decency to hide her face.

Sigh. Another naked blueberry. At least she has the decency to hide her face.

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Um. Good for you? I guess...

Um. Good for you? I guess…

Ew.

Ew.

Seriously. Gross.

Seriously. Gross.

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Quality Of Life Changes Just Keep Happening

The newest patch notes for 2.8 were posted.  Some good, some bad, and some we already knew were in the works from the “summer of swtor” announcement.  But here’s the big flippin deal:

Players who are defeated in an Operation now have the option to spawn inside of the instance when all other players in the group are out of combat.

Can I get a hell yeah?  Those two ridiculously long loading screens that I have to sit through directly after a wipe are mocking me – Haaa haaa, you failed, now you have to sit here and stare at a status bar… bwahahahha.  Making wipes less time-consuming will allow for more attempts, but possibly fewer stealthy pee breaks.  “Sorry guys, I was stuck at the loading screen.”

Other things of interest:

Serendipitous Assault and Focused Retribution Relics no longer activate from both dealing damage and healing within the same rate limit.

Come on, you knew they would fix that eventually.  Now the highest level of those relics is always the best, period.

Adjusted Dread Master Tyran’s [sic] Inferno ability to make it more friendly to melee characters.

Oh hey, now that I’m not raiding with my melee toon, you decide to make this encounter more melee-friendly?  Not that it matters, considering all the other unchanged melee-unfriendly encounters that still remain.  Boooooo.

Anything in the patch notes interesting to you?

Gambling In The Seedy Underbelly

Oh hey, Summer of SWTOR Update.

Let’s get out of the way the boring shit

Blah blah Galactic Starfighter

Don’t care.

Blah blah delayed strongholds

Old news, guys.

PvP and Galactic Starfighter blah blah rewards

Did I mention “don’t care”?

Nightmare Mode blah blah

Oh yes, content that I haven’t cleared in hard mode now has a nightmare mode.  Be still my beating heart.

Now on to the good stuff.

Groupfinder Operations Overhaul. Story Mode Operations will be more accessible to endgame players (levels 50 – 55). The Operations section in the GroupFinder window will list available Operations on a pre-determined schedule, rotating in different Operations every few days. Players who meet the level requirement of the Operation will be Bolstered, removing the requirement for endgame gear. Rewards have also been improved, making this a great opportunity for players to earn Ultimate Commendations and experience new content. These operations will also be for 16-man mode to ensure faster queue times (both 8 and 16 man need 2 tanks and that is typically the gating factor). 16-man is also more forgiving to mistakes and should increase the chances of a successful group.

OK, pugging raids is annoying and I usually don’t have the patience for it.  But ultimate comms are ultimate comms, and I really do need them.  If a 16-man can be put together without spamming the fleet and otherwise cat herding, I’m in.  As T-Rex says, the worst that can happen is adventures.

Next up is the biggest announcement, in my opinion: Nar Shaddaa has a functioning casino.

Nar Shaddaa Casino. For the first time, players are invited to the casinos on Nar Shaddaa to try their luck on the slot machines. Credits can be used to purchase tokens, which in turn can be used on slot machines. Lucky winners will receive certificates that can be traded in for unique rewards that will only be distributed during the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event. This event will run from June 10th to August 19th.

On the subject of gambling in games, I’m torn because some people might have a problem taking things in moderation.  I’m speaking primarily about those dumbass cartel gambling boxes (about which I’ve complained before).  People spend ridiculous amounts of money on those things, and I just don’t get it (especially since it’s real money) – probably because I don’t have the personality trait that makes gambling fun.  I have to believe that some of the people spending real cash on cartel boxes cannot afford it, should not be doing it, and would be better off in real life if bioware didn’t offer it.  These new slot machines at least do not run on real money, but with a mechanism to turn real money into credits via cartel purchases, people could get themselves in hot water regardless.  Having said that, it’s not bioware’s business to babysit us and make sure we don’t do something stupid.  I shouldn’t buy oreos because my husband devours them like the sarlacc – but I won’t be writing an angry letter to my grocery store to stop stocking them.

In real life I don’t see the allure of gambling at all and tend to avoid it – it bores me.  But I fully support the idea of having a thriving nightlife in Nar Shaddaa where people can socialize and create an “atmosphere.”  Not so far as to say I’d roleplay because that’s another thing I find super-boring.  But just having people in one spot doing something other than shopping the GTN?  Good times.

Now, slot machines are the worst of the boring.  I mean, seriously, you push a button and RNG tells you what to get.  Yawn.  However, if the Nar Shaddaa casino event starts now AND we’re getting Nar Shaddaa housing directly thereafter, I am crossing my fingers for more goodies coming to the Nar Shaddaa nightlife, such as slightly more complicated minigames.  A girl can dream.

Confession: I Intentionally Skipped Double XP Weekend

Yeah, I skipped double XP weekend this time.  On previous double XP weekends, I’ve felt driven and compelled to bust my butt leveling something-or-other.  This time, not so much.

I have a lot of characters at max level at this point.  Let me count… 4 pub side, 5 imp side.  And I only have one class story to finish up, trooper, but I’ve already SEEN the story from leveling with thehusband.

What would I do with another toon at max level?  The only thing I don’t have is a toon that I’m comfortable tanking on – and hey, I don’t actually want to tank.

I ended up skipping playing at all for the whole damn weekend.  I’d try to queue for a 55 flashpoint, and the queue would not move because, duh, everyone was on their low level alts.  The break was kind of nice.  I caught up on some TV.

Last night in gchat:

Me: I totally skipped this double xp weekend.

Guildie1: But weren’t you just saying on your blog that we need more.

Me: Well yes, but just because I don’t personally want one right now doesn’t mean we shouldn’t HAVE one.

Guildie2: WHAT?

Me: Oh sorry, I meant, it is all about me, and Bioware should consult my schedule before doing anything.

Guildie1: That’s better.  Someone at BW is gettin fired over this!

Like with bounty hunter week, it’s nice to have the event come up often enough that you can voluntarily skip an instance of it, or you don’t feel like you REALLY missed out if you’re busy that week or weekend.  I realize that a lot of people feel like if an event comes around too often, it’s not special enough.  But with a wonky schedule and other responsibilities, I want to do things on my own schedule instead of when Bioware thinks I should be at my PC.

Hrm, I guess it really IS all about me.

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