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.
LJ: I WANT ONE.
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
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.
OK, that’s a parenting fail there, I probably should not be telling her to avoid “crap”, swearing FTL. ↩
No, T7, I’m not mad at you but you can’t just run off like that.
Story of my life. Then:
LJ: T7 gets along with everyone. Except YOU. Because you left that lady behind. [This was on Esseles.]
Me: He’s still mad about that?
LJ: T7 never forgets anything.
A droid with a grudge, fabulous. A little later, she’s riding a taxi:
LJ: Where does T7 ride? I don’t see him.
Thehusband: He’s in the trunk.
LJ: What about Kira.
TH: Also the trunk.
Me: “T7 = awesome / Kira = trunk hog.”
LJ: You two, get along.
Sadly, I will not be hearing Little Jedi’s running commentary on her fabulous questing adventures with T7 since she got her stronghold. I don’t expect her to emerge from it for at least a week, especially since she now has all my stronghold furniture kits and is buying all the things.
At least her room unlocks are constrained by her cartel coin subscriber allowance. I’m definitely not buying her more cartel coins since she’s already spending them like candy. I also don’t want her to know that it’s actually possible to buy more outside the subscriber allotment, or I’ll never hear the end of PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE.
Will provide pictures of said stronghold in the near future.
So I got back from a long visit to the grandparents a few days ago. Just me and the kiddo. While thehusband got uninterrupted alone-time at home. You can guess which one of us got the better bargain on that one.
And thehusband, while I was gone, married Mako! He claims that she just kind of entered it into the database.
Oh, I see how it is.
Little Jedi was very excited by this turn of events. She insisted that thehusband take some time out of leveling to decorate the Dromund Kaas stronghold bedroom for Mako.
Now that we’re back in game, little jedi wants to play with us. She is 7 years old and full of Opinions. We got her a free account and have promised her a subscription once she gets her ship (you know, so we know she’s serious about it). She’s playing a jedi sentinel, and mom and dad are playing support as a tank and healer, respectively.
We got to the fleet and decided to do Esseles before heading down to Coruscant. It was too much fun.
Grand Moff Kilran has been christened “Buttface” in the Hawtpants household. All fear Buttface!
Little Jedi loves T7. She loves how he zaps things, and she lives in fear of getting the -1 of Shame when she makes a dialogue choice he doesn’t like. We’ve explained that she can just bribe her way up with presents, but she still can’t handle his disapproval.
With the 3 of us playing, the sole companion slot went to T7, of course. After every elevator ride (which still despawns companions, sigh), she dutifully resummoned him and we were on our way. At one point, mom, dad, and T7 died in a most embarrassing manner, but Little Jedi managed to finish off the last little sliver of health and saved the day. We explained how she could rez us. She rezed me, summoned T7, and announced cheerfully that we were ready to go. Um… dad’s still dead. LAWL.
I am also apparently the meanest family member. Not necessarily dark side, but making all the snide comments. I think Little Jedi is afraid that I will somehow offend T7.
Until we meet again, Buttface… until we meet again.