OotiniCast Episode 131

Along with the latest news, we discuss the Q&A from the Boston Community Cantina, and the developer blog outlining how Ranked PvP Season 2 is going to work.

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1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ferrous Terran! Thanks to BenB, Bara-dur, Jay Connell, Raymond W and Darth Malvictus for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The first Grand Acquisitions Pack was made available for roughly four days (from 4pm CDT on Thursday 10 April to 11am on Monday 14 April). The always entertaining Kranitoko (@Kranitoko) has created another pack opening video for them, though he’s only purchased three of them (not unreasonable given each pack is 900 Cartel Coins, and there’s no Hypercrate of them).
  • Alex Modny (Associate Designer) announced that in Game Update 2.7.1, “turn-in” terminals would be added next to the Mission terminals that were added to all warzones in Game Update 2.7.
  • While it has yet to be confirmed, it seems that Dulfy may be getting her own in-game item, a health regenerator provided by Cartel Associate 0U-1FY.
  • It seems that physical Security Keys (key fobs) were no longer being sold as of 7 January 2014.
  • If you’re a little over the new Quesh Huttball warzone, its frequency (currently 25%, based on Rob Hinkle starting it would be twice as likely to pop as any other warzone) will return to normal (8%, based on 1 in 6 chance of Huttball, with a 50/50 chance of getting Quesh) in Game Update 2.7.1.
  • On Friday night the Community Cantina was held in Boston. Heather (@Heather_PLS) of the Pretty Little Sith blog was in attendance, live-tweeting the Q&A and later writing up answers obtained via direct discussion with the BioWare developers. Dulfy has apost containing the images from the flash drive that was given to attendees.

4. Community

The second episode of the Galactic Gamers Coalition, featuring the hosts of TOROCast, SWTORReforged and our own OotiniCast, will be recorded Sunday 20 April at 7:30pm EDT. You can participate live via TwonkHammer’s Twitch channel.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @RainbowConnRPG, Sean, Graham (Awesome) Sellars, @TheTurg, DroidDreamer, Raymond, jadilly, @AkaanDarasuum, @Manciferous, @GregCarter78, Chong (@EmpireDivider), @JediKrackr, @block_kevin, Oxi-jin, Andreas, Russ (@Manciferous) and Ferrous Terran.

The Freddy Mercury Vine (short video) that symbolises for Chong why he loves SWTOR.

Shown below is the scoreboard from Raymond’s first PvP match with a Mercenary:

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6. Sarlacc Digest

Alex Modny (Associate Designer) has written a “What’s New in Season Two” blog post, summarising BioWare’s current thinking on how Ranked PvP Season 2 will work. He subsequently clarified that the three (instead of five) tier boundaries would be announced after Season 2 begins in Game Update 2.7.1.

If you have ideas for the what the rewards for those three tiers should be, you’re encouraged to contribute to this thread on the official forums.

He also confirmed that the “top 3″ per faction of each Advanced Class were determined for the solo and group populations across the entire game, not per server. We believe this may not be such a good idea. The graphs and tables shown below are referenced during that discussion.

Ranked Season 1 - population and ratings per server (solo)

Ranked population and ratings per server (solo)

Ranked population and ratings per server (solo)
Server Population Highest rating Average rating Median rating
Vanjervalis Chain 506 1803 1189 1168
Battle Meditation 522 1604 1183 1163
Mantle of the Force 729 2267 1183 1166
Begeren Colony 779 1788 1175 1156
The Progenitor 1108 1854 1174 1158
Jar’Kai Sword 1284 2190 1173 1155
The Ebon Hawk 1309 2202 1178 1157
Jung Ma 1539 2479 1168 1152
T3-M4 1738 2445 1177 1153
Jedi Covenant 1837 2202 1170 1152
Darth Nihilus 1972 2509 1172 1156
The Shadowlands 2082 1860 1176 1154
The Red Eclipse 2152 2405 1168 1154
The Harbinger 3066 2014 1172 1154
The Bastion 4425 2366 1155 1151
Prophecy of the Five 6295 3005 1155 1150
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 6329 3103 1147 1147
Ranked population and tiers per server (group)
Server Population Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Vanjervalis Chain 506 2.6% 10.7% 20.6% 28.7% 37.5%
Battle Meditation 522 2.3% 12.3% 19.0% 26.2% 40.2%
Mantle of the Force 729 1.9% 9.3% 21.0% 27.7% 40.1%
Begeren Colony 779 2.1% 9.5% 18.6% 30.8% 39.0%
The Progenitor 1108 3.3% 8.8% 21.8% 25.2% 40.9%
Jar’Kai Sword 1284 2.5% 9.5% 17.4% 29.4% 41.3%
The Ebon Hawk 1309 3.0% 10.2% 17.3% 29.6% 39.9%
Jung Ma 1539 4.2% 8.4% 14.8% 26.0% 46.6%
T3-M4 1738 4.1% 9.6% 14.5% 27.2% 44.6%
Jedi Covenant 1837 4.4% 7.9% 13.7% 28.6% 45.4%
Darth Nihilus 1972 3.0% 9.3% 17.1% 27.7% 42.8%
The Shadowlands 2082 4.1% 9.6% 15.6% 27.8% 42.9%
The Red Eclipse 2152 4.2% 7.6% 14.5% 28.7% 44.9%
The Harbinger 3066 3.7% 8.2% 16.5% 28.3% 43.3%
The Bastion 4425 3.8% 8.0% 12.9% 26.6% 48.7%
Prophecy of the Five 6295 4.7% 7.6% 12.1% 25.8% 49.8%
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 6329 3.8% 7.6% 11.6% 24.9% 52.0%
Ranked Season 1 - population and ratings per server (group)

Ranked population and ratings per server (group)

Ranked population and ratings per server (group)
Server Population Highest rating Average rating Median rating
Vanjervalis Chain 516 1815 1179 1152
The Ebon Hawk 677 2014 1184 1157
Battle Meditation 680 2603 1168 1154
Jar’Kai Sword 814 2044 1173 1151
Mantle of the Force 835 2384 1171 1154
The Progenitor 911 1992 1181 1158
Jedi Covenant 918 2029 1181 1150
Begeren Colony 1023 1822 1181 1158
The Shadowlands 1053 1801 1178 1154
Jung Ma 1189 2032 1180 1157
T3-M4 1213 2661 1173 1151
Darth Nihilus 1236 2307 1159 1147
The Red Eclipse 1418 1893 1171 1152
The Harbinger 1500 2118 1175 1153
The Bastion 2111 2171 1170 1151
Prophecy of the Five 2171 2388 1169 1150
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 2491 2942 1156 1144
Ranked population and tiers per server (group)
Server Population Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Vanjervalis Chain 516 6.8% 15.1% 14.3% 17.2% 46.5%
The Ebon Hawk 677 3.0% 13.6% 16.5% 25.7% 41.2%
Battle Meditation 680 4.3% 10.6% 15.1% 22.9% 47.1%
Jar’Kai Sword 814 5.5% 11.8% 10.8% 23.7% 48.2%
Mantle of the Force 835 3.6% 10.3% 15.6% 27.4% 43.1%
The Progenitor 911 4.1% 12.4% 17.1% 25.1% 41.3%
Jedi Covenant 918 5.9% 12.0% 11.4% 22.8% 47.9%
Begeren Colony 1023 3.2% 13.3% 14.7% 27.3% 41.5%
The Shadowlands 1053 3.4% 14.9% 13.4% 26.1% 42.2%
Jung Ma 1189 4.6% 12.4% 12.5% 25.6% 44.8%
T3-M4 1213 5.3% 12.4% 12.0% 22.9% 47.5%
Darth Nihilus 1236 4.0% 9.5% 10.8% 24.4% 51.4%
The Red Eclipse 1418 5.1% 12.6% 12.6% 22.6% 47.1%
The Harbinger 1500 2.7% 8.5% 14.9% 30.2% 43.7%
The Bastion 2111 4.6% 9.3% 13.1% 25.0% 48.0%
Prophecy of the Five 2171 5.0% 8.2% 9.6% 27.4% 49.8%
Tomb of Freedon Nadd 2491 5.0% 6.9% 9.0% 25.7% 53.4%

7. Outro

Thanks to Chong (@EmpireDivider) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 130

Game Update 2.7: Invasion is here! We discuss our initial impressions of the new content, along with other news from around the galaxy.

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1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Russ! Thanks to Raymond, GasGuy, Jay Connell, Mark, Fisk, Ben B and Bara-dur for entering.

ArticueGaming has a new channel that will be primarily PvP tips and video for SWTOR.

GasGuy recommends swtor-holo.net‘s guides for leveling your crafting skills.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

Ranked PvP Season 1 player participation (solo)

Ranked PvP Season 1 player participation (solo)

Ranked PvP Season 1 player participation (group)

Ranked PvP Season 1 player participation (group)

4. Community

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Gary (@wirapidsgamers), @TheMalgadar, ndbbm (Nobody’s Damn Business But Mine), Big of the Enmity Podcast, Matthew D (@mwdowns), Krackr (@JediKrackr), Laurie M (@Lawilc01), Brian Peters (@fnord3125), @MaterRex, Vigilanis (@SWTOR_Vigi), @_Casmas, @darksplat, Brian M (@lordnathanial), Jeff Dimbo (@Dimbo56, SWTOR Mayor), JB (@O_JohnnyBravo_O) and Goaster (@JeffyJaws).

Goaster recommends the video SWTOR – EMP field analysis for 2.6 for dedicated GSF pilots.

6. Outro

Thanks to Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 129

Chill interviews Heather (@Heather_PLS), a proud member of the guild Despair on The Harbinger, and the author of the Pretty Little Sith blog.

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You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 128

With Game Update 2.7 set to drop next Tuesday, we revisit what it includes and provide some advice on how to get ready. Returning guest Jacob also provides some insight into how the class changes in 2.7 will affect Ranked PvP Season 2. Asteroid1_854x480

1. Introduction

"May this mark be remembered for all time"

“May this mark be remembered for all time”

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Oxi-jin!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • BioWare announced a new ship role for Galactic Starfighter a lot earlier than expected; in fact, on April 1st. It’s the Asteroid. Eric Musco subsequently let us know about the “Fist bump, bro” achievement (for crashing your Asteroid ship into another asteroid), Tait revealed the “Roid Rage” achievement (for getting killed 10 times in a row while piloting the Asteroid, then quitting the match), and Courtney told us about the “Back that Ast Up” achievement (if you fly your Asteroid backwards for a certain amount of time). There’s also the “> 9000” title for killing 9,001 Scouts, and the title “‘The Rock’ Johnson” after 500 kills in your Asteroid.
  • If you have an idea for the next warzone, BioWare would like to hear from you! Contribute to this thread in the official forums, though pay careful attention to what the development team is after.
  • In response to a query sent to Musco, prompted by the assertion by Corellian Run Radio’s Jason (@JT_HoloNet) that Galactic Stronghold’s “Prestige Score” was something new, Musco confirmed that it was indeed a new system unrelated to achievement points.

4. Community

Our ops group that runs on Fridays at 4:30pm Pacific is hoping to expand to 16-man. If you’re interested in joining us on a regular basis, see this thread on our forums for details.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Shamar, @GregCarter78, @TheMalgadar, Laurie M (@Lawilc01), Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), Ali, Kuze (@kuze_roh), nbbbm, @DanCremer, Haede, Hru, Oxi-jin, Andrew, Terg (@TheTurg), @Kranitoko and @ben_b55. Kranitoko is back with another video where he opens the latest Hypercrate, this time containing Space Jockey’s Starfighter Packs. It includes another awesome introduction! The Despair guild’s contribution to April Fool’s Day was a murder of Sleeths:

Every Harbinger GSFers worst nightmare. A murder of Sleeths! Happy April Fools Day from Despair ) - Imgur

6. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss what’s coming in Game Update 2.7, and how to get ready for it.

7. Outro

Thanks to Jacob (@deltiasgamingtwitch.tv/deltiasgamingdeltiasgaming.com) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 127

This week we talk about the Q&A from the Community Cantina in Boulder, the PvP Q&A, and more. Then Chill interviews Kana’ba, #1 Guardian on the Ranked PvP leaderboard.

Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, David!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Tawnfaun code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The PTS is closing this coming Monday (31 March) at 10am CDT (4pm BST, 2am AEDT) ahead of the deployment of Game Update 2.7 on Tuesday 8 April.
  • Friend of the show Jason Connell (@Jayconnell) attended the Community Cantina held last Saturday (22 March) in Boulder, Colorado. He wrote up his experiences, which we posted here. Based on the question about new planets coming to SWTOR, I started a thread in the SWTOR sub-Reddit, which garnered some most interesting replies.
  • The second round of answers in the resumed Class Representative program have arrived, this time for Powertechs/Vanguards.
  • Jason Attard clarified what increasing power to a particular pool (weapons, shields or engines) in Galactic Starfighter actually does, how power pool regeneration works (there are two separate regeneration rates) and the effect of range on accuracy and damage.
  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) has published a series of answers to commonly-asked questions about PvP, with the intention of being transparent about their current plans and thinking. He reiterated that things may change in the medium- to long-term, but for now this is how things are.

4. Community

See this thread on our forums for more about the Community Cantina in Las Vegas happening in November, which will coincide with our first recording of OotiniCast where all the hosts will (hopefully!) be in the same room.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @TheMalgadar, @ForceChuckle, Oxi-jin, Graham (Awesome) Sellars, Dan Kalagian, @fnord3125, @DarthKenji, @O_JohnnyBravo_O, @joseph_foran, @JediKal, @FerrousTerran, @Adam_Schumpert, Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), Grim, @ThePummeler, Sarah (@Ethuiliel), Megan (@StoleTarts), Moff Chong (@EmpireDivider) and Carnz.

The post containing the set bonuses for all PvE and PvP armor sets can be found here.

Here are either the “Ootini Smugglers” or “Chongie’s Angels”:

Chong - Ootini Smugglers

6. Outro

Thanks to Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 126 (Interview)

Chill interviews Hawk (Twitter, Twitch), a player who lives in Germany but plays on the US east coast PvP server Prophecy of the Five.

Teo, Jacob and Red then discuss some of the points that came up during the interview.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

Community Cantina – Boulder, Colorado

(Editor’s note: Longtime friend of the show Jason Connell (@Jayconnell) attended the Community Cantina held in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday 22 March 2014. He’s provided this write-up of the Q&A and his other observations of the event. Thanks Jay!)

We got to the event about an hour and 15 minutes early and there were probably a hundred people in line already. It was hard to tell the total length of the line as it went around a couple of different corners.

I would guess two hundred or so people were there. The room they booked had about six large tables and five or six standing tables. We grabbed the last standing table when we got in. By the time the Q&A started, the room was standing room only with quite a few people sitting on the ground to the left and right of the stage.

Courtney Woods, Ben, Cory Butler (Producer) and Blain Christine were the devs present.

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At the risk of sounding elitist, I have to say that anyone who listens to OotiniCast regularly or pays attention to the dev posts on the official forums would have gained very little ‘new’ info from the Q&A. I kind of felt like I could have answered quite a few of the questions asked as they are common topics on OotiniCast, the SWTOR sub-reddit, and the SWTOR forums.

The following is my summary of the Q&A. I took far more notes and paid more attention to the less common questions.

Q: Someone asked what kind of items would be allowed into legacy storage.
A: That is still in development. It’s something they are still working out.

Q: Guild ship PvP
A: Not going to happen any time soon. Wall of Crazy™.

Q: GSF PvE
A: Currently on the Wall of Crazy™. However, Blain did mention how much weight is placed on feedback from Community Cantinas and that space PvE is something they get a LOT of questions about. The tone of his response left me thinking that GSF PvE is something that is fairly high on their list of possible future content.

Q: Open Space PvP
A: Totally Wall of Crazy™.

Q: More class story?
A: They would rather spend time on content that everyone can play rather than one person at a time.

Q: More GSF maps?
A: Yes. More are coming.

Q: Pazaak?
A: Wall of Crazy™.

Q: Mac (OS X) client coming?
A: Currently no plans are in the works for an OS X client. Blain and Cory both worked for some leading edge company that ported lots of games to the Mac. While they both had a “vested interest” in the topic, it is not something that BioWare is considering at this time. Blain mentioned that it’s more of a business problem than them having the ability to do it. Cory said Boot Camp works (allowing SWTOR to run when booted into Windows on a Mac).

Q: Open world PvP
A: They kinda hinted that something different was coming. Crowd was getting a little rowdy at this point so I only heard them say that they (BioWare) really liked the Gree world event, and considered it a success.

Q: New planet!
A: Someone asked about a planet that was in Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR). I didn’t play KOTOR so I can’t say what the planet was. Based on the BioWare team’s facial reactions and the very sarcastic reaction of “Wow, yeah that’s a really great idea!” I think he threw a bull’s eye on something in development now. I would speculate that we will be getting that KOTOR planet eventually.

(Editor’s note: Excluding Taris, Korriban and Tatooine which are already in SWTOR, KOTOR included Dantooine, Telos, Manaan, Lehon and Kashyyyk. Dantooine is kind of boring, Telos has too much overlap with Taris, Manaan is a waterworld and Lehon, the Rakaata homeworld, wasn’t visited directly, and it seems we’re done with the Rakata. I’d suggest that Kashyyyk, the Wookiee homeworld, is the most likely candidate to add to SWTOR.)

Q: Achievements
A: I asked the question “Are there any plans to start rewarding achievements with something other than cartel coins and prestige?” He responded by repeating the question and adding “like a title”. He smiled, said one word “Yes” and handed the mic back to Courtney. So (at the very least) we are getting titles for achievement rewards.

Q: Level cap increase?
A: Another sarcastic “Wow, that’s a really great idea” type of answer. While they didn’t actually say “yes, it’s going up”, it was kinda hard to think that it would not be going up in 2014.

I did get to speak with Blain before the Q&A started while he was mingling around the room. I asked him Red’s other question about monetization of F2P (free-to-play) and allowing Preferred players in Ranked PvP. Short answer: No. Blain’s elaborated answer: Blain was very active in the F2P transfer, and it was a topic that came up often. At the end of the day they decided that the Ranked PvP players are the most dedicated PvPers out there and as such they tend to be subscribers anyways. Catering to F2P and Preferred players in Ranked PvP would have been focusing too small of a player base to warrant the required resources it would take to implement.

We had a great time! It was very cool meeting the guys who make the game we love. They are really passionate gamers. I feel better about SWTOR knowing the people behind it are so into what they do!

From the Flash Drive

(The text below is from the “First Look” Inside Scoop PDF included on the Flash Drive.)

Check out exclusive assets of new gameplay and Cartel Market items coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

  • Sick of resting your head on cold city streets? Need a break from the hustle and bustle from the crime-infested urban jungle? Get ready to kick back and own your personal little piece of the Smuggler’s Moon!
Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace

Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace

  • The galaxy continues to expand with new Droids™ and vehicles. Check out the latest concepts of the new Imperial and Republic Astromech Droids as well as land speeders being added to the game.
Republic Astromech concept

Republic Astromech concept

Imperial Astromech concept

Imperial Astromech concept

Tobus vehicle concept

Tobus vehicle concept

Tirsa Mini landspeeder concept

Tirsa Mini landspeeder concept

Stingray speeder vehicle concept

Stingray speeder vehicle concept

Mantis Sprinter vehicle concept

Mantis Sprinter vehicle concept

Imperial Speeder concept

Imperial Speeder concept

  • Also get a closer look at Theron Shan, the son of Jedi Grandmaster Satele Shan. Adventurous, charming and wry, Theron is a trusted field agent of the Republic’s Strategic Information Service who holds powerful knowledge about the Empire.
Theron Shan

Theron Shan

  • Ready for new Cartel Market items? From brightly feathered Orobird Mounts to delicately engraved Dual Lightsabers, the Cartel Market is your one stop shop for all the coolest new items in the galaxy!
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Orobird mount concept

 

Bantha mount concept

Bantha mount concept

Sniper rifle concept

Sniper rifle concept

Lightsaber concept

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Blaster rifle concept

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Blaster pistol concept

SWTOR_Assault_Cannon_Concept

Assault cannon concept

 

OotiniCast Episode 125

Player housing will be arriving sooner than we thought! In Game Update 2.8, early access will begin for Galactic Strongholds, SWTOR’s second free-to-play digital expansion. We discuss all the details we have so far, with plenty of speculation about what is yet to come.

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1. Introduction

Teo is using the Sith Lords Restored Content Mod (version 1.8.2) in his playthrough of KOTOR2.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jaylan!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Tawnfaun code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 2.6.2 was deployed during a long (7.5 hours) maintenance on Tuesday. The extended duration was due to technical housekeeping rather than the volume of the content being added and/or changed.
  • The double XP weekend that ended on Saint Patrick’s Day was marred by issues granting only normal (not doubled) XP to groups going through Kuat Drive Yards, and no XP at all to some group compositions in Flashpoints. The latter issue was resolved in Game Update 2.6.2. Another double XP weekend will be scheduled soon, hopefully (but not necessarily) after the Kuat Drive Yards issue is also fixed.
  • Some in-game graphical glitches that can be encountered, such as missing or delayed textures when zoning into new areas or after a new patch, can be due to the streaming client (identified by “ST” written in the bottom left corner of the Launcher once you’ve logged in), which can be resolved by following these instructions.
  • Following the Community Cantina that will be held this Saturday (22 March) in Boulder, Colorado, the next Community Cantina will be in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday 11 April.

4. Community

Hru provided the following screenshots of his two Bounty Brokers Association mounts which he has finally acquired. Each required 50 Completed Bounty Contracts!

bba 50 contract mounts

Karen (@chibiseira) requested that we refer players looking for a guild on the Republic side of the Jedi Covenant server to GAF (Gaming Age Forum). You can find more information here.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @AlrauneSWtOR, @Heather_PLS, Dracko, @ForceChuckle, Jay (@Jayconnell), Spero, Dan, Zombiesalmon, Shammar (of the Old Republic Dads guild on The Shadowlands), Hawk, Jeff (@jeffyjaws), @Kee_Chak, Terg (@TheTurg), Socordia and Greg.

For Graham (Awesome) Sellars of the EU server Red Eclipse, @AlrauneSWtOR suggests the guild DayCrawlers, while Dracko recommends NorDev and Wookies are Chewy.

Zombiesalmon provides this spreadsheet as a possible tool for potential credit-seeking entrepreneurs.

Thanks to our friend Dan for his audio submission. He also provided the following screenshot showing an incredibly close GSF match of Domination, which his team won 1000 to 998:

Dan - Closest Match Ever

6. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss the next free-to-play digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds, which will arrive for Subscribers in Game Update 2.8 on 24 June. You can see its trailer on YouTube.

7. Outro

Thanks to Jacob (@deltiasgamingtwitch.tv/deltiasgamingdeltiasgaming.com) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 124

Lots of news this week, including more details about the new Quesh Huttball Pit warzone, the Q&A from the Community Cantina in Atlanta, and the Super Secret Housing Project teaser trailer. In our discussion, Bill is back to provide yet more credit-making advice.

Quesh Huttball Pit

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Socordia!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Tawnfaun code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 2.6.1a was deployed during maintenance on Tuesday.
  • Bounty Contract Week is back for another week, and will conclude on Tuesday 18 March at 2am PDT. It overlaps with the double XP weekend that will run from Friday 14 (11am PDT, 6pm GMT, Saturday 5am AEDT) through to Monday 17 March (midnight PDT, 7am GMT, 6pm AEDT).
  • If you are subscribed on Saint Patrick’s Day (Monday 17 March), you will receive the Lucky-77 Swoop for all your characters. It was showcased in a recently released trailer.
  • The Q&A from the Community Cantina in Atlanta was made available on YouTube.
  • The SWTOR Insider video for March 2014, featuring Cory Butler (Producer) and Andrew Horwitz (Associate Producer) discusses what’s coming up in Game Update 2.7. This included a mention of the Quesh Huttball Pit warzone, which now also has its own developer blog written by Alex Modny, who subsequently indicated that the concern about “snipers on the pipe” controlling the middle area is recognised and encouraged. Rob Hinkle also commented on how often the new warzone would pop once it was deployed.
  • BioWare have released a new teaser trailer for what they’re calling the SSHP, presumably the “Super Secret Housing Project”. Larry Everett (who authored the now defunct Hyperspace Beacon column on Massively, which he now runs on his own site) has done a detailed breakdown of the trailer.
  • The first set of answers in the resumed Class Representative initiative have been posted for Sith Marauders and Jedi Sentinels.
  • The web-based Leaderboards have not been updating for a week, but are now fixed.

4. Community

Heather has plenty to say on her Pretty Little Sith blog, including Happiness in Video Games vs. Real Life and My Guild as a Communist Society.

Tim (GasGuy) has updated his Codex Tracking List, a spreadsheet which can be downloaded from the right-hand sidebar on our site, or directly from here.

The OSWguild from The Harbinger, which you can find on YouTube here (follow them on Twitter via @OSWguild) have their latest player guide available, this one on leading a raid.

Long-time friend of the show, Dan O’Brien (@DsanOB) celebrates over 400 followers of his most useful @SWTORTracker feed on Twitter, which publishes links to SWTOR dev posts.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @grimrok, @JediKrackr, @Heather_PLS, Shammar (of the Old Republic Dads guild on The Shadowlands), Lachlann Lindsay, @TheMalgadar, @Taldune, @dulfycleric, @Adam_Schumpert, Chong (@EmpireDivider), Jacob (@deltiasgaming), Nathaniel Starr, Graham “Awesome” Sellars, Soulibon and @Enyonix.

Dulfy has published the following image and video showing the Rancor mount, a Tier 1 reward for Ranked PvP Season 1. It’s being modelled by our friend Ben (@giant_gina).

Dulfy - Rancor mount

Artist extraordinaire Adam Schumpert eerily foreshadowed the player housing teaser trailer:

Adam - player housing

Chong provided the following visual demonstration of how many targets are affected by the Kolto Residue left on the ground by a Commando’s Kolto Bomb:

Chong - kolto bomb residue targets

6. Sarlacc Digest

Bill is back with more credit-making advice. This time he covers how to get the most out of dailies, and then answers some listener questions.

7. Outro

Thanks to Bill (@BillLentz) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher.

OotiniCast Episode 123

Game Update 2.7: Invasion is now on the PTS; we go over its patch notes, along with the information delivered at the Community Cantina in Atlanta. Then in our second Galactic Starfighter roundtable, we discuss the Scout, with two exceptional pilots from The Bastion.

SWTOR_Tython_Flashpoint_Screen_03

1. Introduction

Redna provides the following gallery to prove that his Trooper did indeed reach level 55 via playing Galactic Starfighter, without having chosen an Advanced Class.

Red - gsf trooper 1

Red - gsf trooper 2

Red - gsf trooper 3

Red - gsf trooper 4

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Ryan Keogh!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a Tawnfaun code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • At the Community Cantina held in Atlanta, the thumb drive (via Dulfy) provided to attendees included a “first look” inside scoop of what was coming in Game Update 2.7: Invasion.
  • Game Update 2.7 is now on the PTS. In addition to the class changes and other content already revealed, it seems that Nightmare Mode operations will now have their “Nightmare Power” buff removed by BioWare after some amount of time; clearing the operation while the buff is in effect will grant a unique title.
  • It was confirmed that separating Hard Mode and Nightmare Mode into separate weekly lockouts will apply to all existing operations.
  • Four new starfighters are being added: a new Scout and Strike Fighter for each faction. Two can be seen in this trailer (also on YouTube).
  • The various exploits that are being used in PvP to take advantage of bugs in Bolster should (theoretically) be fixed in Game Update 2.7.
  • Matt Dondelinger (Associate Designer) assures the community that BioWare is listening to suggestions for new Cartel Market items based on existing in-game assets.

4. Community

Oofalong of the Chosen guild on Prophecy of the Five server has written the second in his Understanding SWTOR Basics series, being published on Dulfy’s site; this article is about understanding tooltips.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @TheViszlaLegacy, @TheMalgadar, @Casmas_, @ThePummeler, Dracko, @ben_b55, @Theshadowlegion, @nicknightmoves, Nathaniel Starr and @Jayconnell.

The Shadow Legion guild on Empire-side of The Shadowlands are looking for new members for their story mode 16-man weekly operations group.

6. Sarlacc Digest

Jubbs and Pincer from The Bastion join us to discuss the Scout, providing a wealth of information and tips.

7. Outro

Thanks to Jubbs (@OrdooSkirata), Pincer and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

You can email questions and comments about the show to ootinicast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter via @OotiniCast. Check out our website, ootinicast.com, which has links to our presence on Google+ and Facebook. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and listen to us on Stitcher and Radio4Gamers.