Power of the Sith | TORked 3

Power of the Sith | TORked 3

We have been seduced by the darkside and cover the power of the Sith, plus we chat about the big mix up around the 1.2 patch, and the latest game news from PAX east!

All that and much more, on this week’s TORked!

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Possible 1.2 release date / Window

  • Early Friday, April 6th it was announced on the SWTOR site that Update 1.2 Legacy was going to the live servers on Tuesday, April 10th. Screen shot @ TorWars.com
  • The front page announcement was removed within a few hours
  • BioWare’s Joveth Gonzalez posted on the forums that this was just a typo.
    • ”Just to confirm, we are not going to be deploying Game Update 1.2 on Tuesday. This was a minor text error that has since been corrected. I’ll be closing this thread and redirecting you all to this main discussion that is currently underway. Rest assured, that you will know ahead of time when Game Update 1.2 is going to be released. Thanks” Original Post
  • TorWars Article
  • In Reality “PAX East: Day 1 MMORPG.com Panel With James Ohlen Audio”Audio Clip
    +Well, Star Wars: The Old Republic is already out so I won’t plug the gameplay because I am sure everyone already knows what that is. For 2012 we really want players to, going back to the subscription model, feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. So the scope of our game updates in 2012 is going to be unimaginable. You’re going to see so many changes and additions to the Star Wars Universe, it’s going to be impressive. We have our Update 1.2 coming in the next week and then after that it’s going to continue to roll out month after month. It’s exciting.

PAX Information

  • PAX East Meet and Greet
    • Date: Saturday, April 7th
    • Time: 8:00PM –11:00PM
    • Location: Room 105 in the Boston Exhibition & Convention Center (e.g. the BioWare Base)
    • DavidBass Forum Post
  • Titles from TestServer Play
    • All titles will still be available to be gained from playing on PTS in the future.
    • ‘First Line of Defense’ : attaining Level 10 with any new character on PTS
    • ‘The Cutting Edge’ : finishing Chapter 1 with any new character on PTS
  • Commendations
    • Centurion, Champion, and Battlemaster are getting deprecated in Game Update 1.2
    • Cap on Warzone Commendations is increasing
  • Unassembled PvP Tokens will be deprecated and have no value in Game Update 1.2
  • VIP areas on the fleets will be getting new items in the future, but they can’t give you an exact estimate on when just yet
  • They will eventually allow the Guildmaster to set who can see the guild ledger via permissions – this will not make 1.2, but is definitely coming in a future update
  • Augment schematics are not learned via the crafting trainers. They are acquired as Sliced Tech Part mission critical rewards through Slicing.
  • Sniper rifles will no longer drop for Republic players, so what about Risha and Zenith?
    • Sniper rifles can still be crafted, purchased from vendors, and modded
    • In Game Update 1.2, weapons that drop more frequently on one side can always be mailed across from the other side with legacy characters

Live the Ship Droid Experience!

  • New Feature for Game Update 1.2 !
  • Announced on April 1, 2012
  • A player’s starship is like home, companions are like family and the Ship Droid is the hero
  • Live the Ship Droid Experience!
  • Ship Droid the Mini-Game
  • Finally ready with the necessary polish to release with this 1.2 update
  • With the mini-game you can now participate in several exciting duties including calibrating ship food, clean the cockpit windows
  • Mini-Game’s
  • Storyline
  • Your hero has a story, you can even enhance that through companion stories
  • Now you will be able to have a meaningful impact on your story, which can change the climate aboard the starship
  • Storyline
  • Etiquette(Social) Points
  • Playing your Ship-Droid you can earn Etiquette Points in conversations, even unlock romance options
  • Etiquitte(Social) Points
  • Add-on Mini-Game’s
  • Among the items unlockable for the in-game droid vendor, are add-on mini-games
  • Add-on Mini-Game’s
  • Main Hero as a companion
  • When you hit maximum etiquette points you can unlock the ability for your main hero to be your Droid-ship companion
  • You class character can become the companion
  • Article
  • Live the Ship Droid Experience!
  • Updates!
  • Stephen Reid tweeted that it had to be cut
  • Confirmation came through that the Ship Droid mini-dage was only a April Fool’s joke

Quick look at UI Customization

  • A Quick Look at UI Customization
  • Lead Interface Artist Michael Voigt(Vote) Hosts the overview
  • The UI Updates were based on a large amount of Community Feedback
  • The pre 1.2 Appearance is still available, but the user can be very creative
  • Retro pre-made Layout specifically designed for players coming from other MMO’s
  • Full layout Editor allows the user to adjust EVERYTHING
  • Video’s
  • YouTube Video A Quick Look at UI Customization
  • Check Out the Video on the UI to get full details on the new UI

Increase in Old Republic friend trial invites

  • Third Weekend Trial
  • April 05 – April 09, 2012
  • At the release of this episode a third Weekend pass will have come and gone
  • Each Weekend Passes lets people who are interested or curious in the game a chance to try the game
  • Number of Invites available
  • Now you have 25 friend 7-day invites
  • An invited individual has 14 days to begin the trial
  • Used or unused the previous three invites do count towards the 25 invites
  • What can you do with a trial
  • The four Origin Worlds are explorable and the opening adventures for each class on all server types
  • Can use local chat, group chat, guild chat, whisper and responses to whispers.
  • Able to receive in-game mail during the trial.
  • Any characters your friends create will not be deleted should they purchase the game, although abandoned trial account characters could be deleted
  • Restrictions
  • Level cap : 15
  • Crew Skill cap : 40
  • Limited to the the classes Origin world, Capital World, Fleet, Warzone, 1st Flashpoint
  • Will not be able to use general chat, trade chat, or PvP chat.
  • Send or reply to mail from other trial characters
  • Use the Galactic Trade Network or trade with other players.
  • Can’t gail Legacy XP
  • For more information
  • Star Wars : TOR, friends trial website
  • Friends Trial FAQ

EA dismisses concerns of pro-family, anti-gay groups

  • EA is standing up for same sex relationships in games despite outrage from some
  • EA has supposedly been inundated in recent weeks with letters and emails protesting LGBT content in its video games, most notably Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • EA confirmed that they have received some letters/email, and unsurprisingly, EA has no plans to censor any of its games.
  • Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications “Every one of EA’s games includes ESRB content descriptors so it’s hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment,”
  • The letters have been directed to EA’s executive team, creative heads, its board of directors and just about anyone at a high level. Many of them threaten to boycott EA’s titles if the publisher refuses to remove same-sex relationship content
  • The letters also infer that EA was pressured by LGBT groups to include homosexual content in its games, and that this content is somehow forced upon children, exposing them to LGBT themes. This article’s Author says, “those of you reading this already know how ludicrous this is, The games are not for children, nor do they force LGBT content on a player – it’s merely an option for gamers who wish to replicate their real-life sexual orientation.”
  • Some of the letters also complain that EA is deliberately deleting posts against LGBT issues on its official forum, which is true when the comments happen to violate discussion rules on hate speech.
  • Various LGBT Groups such as Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, & Human Rights Campaign, Applaud EA and Bioware for their inclusive approach to their products
  • Michael Cole-Schwartz, HRC quoted “EA’s progressive stance is a sign of the times and other publishers should take notice.”
  • Articles
  • EA dismisses concerns of pro-family, anti-gay groups @ GamesSpot.com(http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-dismisses-concerns-of-pro-family-anti-gay-groups–6370109)
  • EA stands up for same sex relationships in games despite outrage from some GameIndustry.biz
  • Reported on by all major media (Forbes, MSNBC, Associated Press)

Sith Warrior

  • Storyline Overview
  • Sith Acolyte – arrive on Korriban to undergo training.
  • Work your way up to being an apprentice.
  • Operate as a weapon for your Darth in service to his political machinations in the Sith Empire.
  • Fitting into the MMO Trinity
  • Fitting into the MMO Trinity
    • Tank (Juggernaut properly spec’d)
    • DPS Either Advanced Class spec’d appropriately
  • Advanced Class Variants
  • Juggernaut
    • Tank / Damage
  • Marauder
    • Damage Over Time or Burst Damage
  • Hybrid
    • Juggernaut : spec’d with points in both the tanking tree and the damage tree(s) (mixing lightsaber forms) Soresu, Shien, Shii-Cho
    • Marauder spec’d with points in the DoT tree and Burst DPS tree (mixing lightsaber forms) Juyo, Ataru, Shii-Cho
  • Complimentary Companions
  • Vette – Ranged DPS (romance option male)
    • Cunning – acquired at the end of the Korriban story arc
  • Malavai Quinn – Medic (romance option female)
    • Cunning – acquired upon finishing Balmorra
  • Lieutenant Pierce – Ranged Tank (romance option female)
    • Aim – acquired upon finishing Taris
  • Broonmark – Melee Tank (Don’t even try tappin that)
    • Strength which makes it easy to give him your hand-me-downs
    • acquired upon finishing Hoth
  • Jaesa Wilsaam– Melee DPS (romance option male)
    • Willpower – acquired at the end of act 1
  • Equipment / Stats Overview
  • Strength
    • Primary Attribute for improving damage to all melee attacks and powers
  • Endurance
    • Improving Health and should be the focus of Tank spec’d Juggernauts
  • Iconic Moves
  • Force Choke
  • Saber Throw
  • Juggernaut
    • Force Push
    • Soresu (Defensive Form) used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the fight with General Grievous
  • Marauder
    • Dual Wieldling lightsabers
    • Juyo and Ataru Lightsaber forms, Juyo used by Darth Maul and Ataru used by Obi-Wan Kenobi during their battle on Naboo

Sith Inquisitor

  • Storyline Overview
  • Former Slave – arrive on Korriban to undergo Sith training.
  • Work your way up as the underdog to being an apprentice to a sith lord.
  • You play Indiana Jones for your Master as she searches for ancient sith artifacts to gain power.
  • Fitting into the MMO Trinity
    • Tank (Assassin properly spec’d)
    • Healer (Sorcerer)
    • DPS Either Advanced Class spec’d appropriately
  • Advanced Class Variants
  • Assassin
    • Tank / Damage
  • Sorcerer
    • Healer / Damage Over Time Tree / Burst Damage
  • Hybrid
  • Sorcerer [Healer / Damage Over Time / Burst]
    • With points in healing and damage trees
  • Assassin [Healer / Damage Over Time / Burst]
    • With points in tank and damage trees
    • With points in range and melee damage trees
  • Complimentary Companions
  • Andronikos Revel – Ranged DPS (romance option Female)
    • Cunning – acquired at the end of the Korriban story arc
  • Talos Drelik – Medic
    • Cunning – acquired upon finishing Balmorra
  • Xalek – Ranged Tank (Inquisitors Apprentice)
    • Aim – acquired upon finishing Taris
  • Khem Val – Melee Tank
    • Strength which makes it easy to give him your hand-me-downs
  • Ashara Zavros– Melee DPS (romance option male)
    • Willpower – acquired at the end of act 1
  • Equipment / Stats Overview
  • Light Armor
  • Willpower
  • Endurance
    • Improving Health and should be the focus of Tank spec’d Assassin’s
  • Appropriately spec’d lightsaber/double-bladed saber
    +Focus in offhand/Shield for Tank spec’d Assassin
  • Iconic Moves
  • Force Lightning
  • Seeth (Darth Maul style pacing)
  • Sorcerer
    • Force Storm
    • Death Field
  • Assassin
    • Stealth
    • Maul/Any Double-bladed Saber Action

Next Episode Teaser

  • “A Heart Of Credits” – Smugglers and Bounty Hunters and Credits…OH MY!
  • The 1.2 patch might be released to the live servers…fingers crossed!

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