OotiniCast Episode 156

Now that Game Update 2.9 is on the PTS, we discuss our own experiences with Galactic Strongholds and take a spoiler-free look at the new Tactical Flashpoint on Manaan. In our discussion, Marshall Carr talks about the Community Cantina he attended that was held last week in San Diego.

1. Introduction

It’s rumoured that R3dn4 may have hacked into Gaddock Teeg’s Unnamed SWTOR Podcast! Listen here to see if it’s true.

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Nepthen (of the Old Republic Dads guild on The Shadowlands)! Thanks to Carnz and Dekion for entering.

If you’d rather not do the puzzle maze on the way to Gate Command Draxus in Dread Fortress the Dulfy way, Carnz suggests an easier route for the tricksy smugglers among us:

At the first 4 crystals have all 4 people click the same crystal on the left hand side. You don’t have to click 4 different crystals at this first set. When the gate opens the rest of the operation group take that left hand path only and clear the mobs as they go. Now if you are a 16 man operation then you have heaps of players to get to the Gate Commanders room (you only need 4 people to clear the 4 crystals in his room). In 8 man it might pay to Extricate the person channeling the middle crystal gate so you have at least 4 with you when you get to the inner chamber. When you get there click on the 4 different crystals and all gates will open then the 4 people that channeled in the first room can all go left as well to meet up for the boss fight.

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

3. Holofeed

4. Community

Kuze’s Jawa Joyride is on hiatus until after Game Update 2.9; he hopes to resume on Tuesday 19 August. Let the decoration hunt begin!

The Ootini Templars are looking for more players to join them to do older content for achievements and (always) fun on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:30pm AEST.

The Ootini Knights/Rage lottery is on again! Please see Dracko’s thread here for details.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Mikhael (@hadrian9), Nathaniel Starr, Tex McShootemUp, Jason Rennier, Madmar (@Swtorfamily), @GhostMirror, Ahsh (@Ahsh_13), Aaron (@arn2911), @NepthenORD, Chef Andro (@Andubious), @Jayconnell, @AkaanDarasuum, @DaveO_NewWaveO and Morriah (@RosieBear77).

Last week’s Tip of the Week winner Tex McShootemUp obtained this speeder from his winning Club Vertica Nightlife Pack:

Tex - mount from pack

6. Sarlacc Digest

Marshall Carr attended the Community Cantina held in San Diego on Friday 25 July in conjunction with Comic-Con. He describes his experiences there, including the Q&A. You can find the contents of the flash drive given to all attendees here.

San Diego - DK SH

Field Correspondent Osa was once again in attendance too, and wrote up this article for us.

7. Outro

Thanks to Marshall Carr (@DarthPops) 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 Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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Correspondent report: Community Cantina in San Diego 2014

(Editor’s note: Last year, Osa (now of The Bastion, who also plays Snakeboot in our own Ootini Knights guild) attended the Community Cantina held in San Diego, and wrote up his experiences for us. He was there again this year, attending the Community Cantina held on Friday 25 July, and has once again provided a detailed report of the event. Thank you Osa!)

What a difference a year makes for SWTOR. This time last year players were basking in the fairly recent launch of Game Update 2.0 and Rise of the Hutt Cartel. The final iteration of the initial level 55 operations were in full swing, with Nightmare Modes of Terror from Beyond and Scum & Villainy available. With only limited information available about 4-man Warzone Arenas, server transfers allowed for a golden age of ranked 8v8s as teams gathered on PvP servers. The super secret space project was being whispered about with all the hope of an open space paradise reminiscent of the Jump to Lightspeed expansion in Star Wars Galaxies.

This Community Cantina had a feel of “what next”… and unfortunately no major reveal for the second expansion was on the cards, or the flash drive. Eric Musco handled the mic with ease, fielding questions for Bruce Maclean, Courtney Woods and Tait Watson. Instead of the “fix the bolster” rallying cry of last year, this time it was “give us cross server queues”. I’m sure Eric must have been asked that in every conversation he had while mingling with fans. The short answer is that they know about the demand, and understand the necessity for providing a healthy population for both Ranked PvP and PvE. If cross-server queues are implemented, they would be for Operations, Flashpoints and Warzones.

San Diego - DK SH

With player housing hitting the PTS the day of the event, the crowd’s anticipation was palpable with no real negativity to the promise of decorating to your heart’s content, though the guild ship price tag of 50 million credits was shocking to some. With the guild conquest side of Game Update 2.9 still to be unveiled it’s hard to judge the excitement levels for that side of the patch.

I got to have quite a few questions with Eric before and after the Q&A. With the implementation of hooks and players having the ability to edit their Strongholds’ environments, I asked whether it ever be possible to have user-generated content. Eric’s reply was one of the few things he could give a definitive “never” to. So SWTOR will never have a tactical Flashpoint similar to KDY but with the variety of whatever the playerbase could design.

About the second story expansion this year, I asked if it was a paid expansion like Rise of the Hutt Cartel, and whether we would have a pre-order window for perks. Eric was not able to answer the question but did reiterate that the expansion would be extremely similar to Rise of the Hutt Cartel. So I would say that it is highly likely.

Legacy storage and the pros and cons for BoP (bind-on-pickup) items being able to be transferred was a question asked at the Q&A. Apparently it’s still being debated within BioWare.

As a master craftsman myself, I asked if we could legacy craft, as in send a companion of an alt who knows Slicing or Biochem on a mission and have the material or crafted item show up in legacy storage. Eric said there are no plans for that at the launch of Game Update 2.9, but that it was a great idea for a perk. Hopefully legacy crafting could be implemented with less effort than the fabled smart phone app that could run crafting missions out-of-game.

More love for the Collector’s Edition vendor on the Fleets was requested; it’s likely they will get a decoration or two added to the vendor, much like dyes were added back in Game Update 2.1.

Story teaser that includes spoilers for the conclusion of the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior class stories

San Diego - Bombshell decoration

On a personal note, I just wanted to say that OotiniCast is awesome, and it has been a blast being able to PvP with Redna on The Bastion a few time. I got burned out and took over a two month break at the start of the year, but OotiniCast and a server transfer to The Bastion have helped me reclaim the excitement of how good an MMO SWTOR really is.

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OotiniCast Episode 155

In the news, we talk about Game Update 2.8.2, the Manaan lore article along with confirmation that part 2 of Forged Alliances will take place there, and Friday’s Galactic Strongholds livestream. The discussion this week is Chill talking through his experience of spending a day visiting the BioWare Austin studio.

1. Introduction

You can see Teo being interviewed by Jacob (@deltiasgaming) on YouTube.

Having met the inestimable Simon (@RPGbeatsRL) in real life, Teo can only reiterate his recommendation that you follow him on Twitter, and subscribe to his awesome general gaming Flash Point podcast that he co-hosts with David (@theOceanicGamer).

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Tex McShootEmUp! Thanks to Swtorista and Mariarchi for entering.

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

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 2.8.2 was deployed during maintenance on Tuesday.
  • The Gree event is back for a week, concluding next Tuesday (29 July). In the week prior to Game Update 2.9 (12-19 August), Bounty Contract Week will be on. That leaves a two week gap in which the hints are getting heavier than ever that the Rakghoul Plague will once again resurface.
  • There is currently a bug that causes the character selection screen to display the last played character from a different perspective, with the camera further back providing a full-body view and plenty of the background. Given that a number of players have expressed their preference for this alternative view, the developers may consider making it a permanent change.
  • Electronic Arts announced their Q1 FY15 results in their quarterly earnings call.
  • A blog post was published detailing what happened to Manaan since the events of KOTOR, leading up to the present day in SWTOR. We recommend the latest episode of Flash Point to hear ODS-1 present additional information about Manaan.
  • Charles Boyd gives a summary of SWTOR’s story content in 2014, including confirmation that part 2 of the three-part Forged Alliances story arc will take place on Manaan, and will occur in Game Update 2.9. The conclusion of Forged Alliances will set the stage for the next “major story” expansion.
  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) clarified that the limit of four player Galactic Strongholds is entirely due to not knowing the effect of having more than four Strongholds per player once they are made available. Given there are only four being released with Game Update 2.9, the limit is thus effectively meaningless, though may be enforced if performance issues are found with five or more Strongholds once they are added.
  • In Friday’s live stream, Chill decorates the Kaas City Apartment on Dromund Kaas. He is joined by Jack Woods (Producer) and Eric Musco. The archived Twitch stream is available (part 1 and part 2).

4. Community

The third episode of the Galactic Gamers Coalition podcast is now available.

Congratulations to JD (@GTeeg) for 52 episodes of the Unnamed SWTOR Podcast!

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Jared (@SkipJerk), Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), Morriah, Justin, Moff Chong (@EmpireDivider), Mikhael Lombard (@hadrian9), Capo Nerd (@CapoMarmaglia) and Zodiac Netherstorm (@ZNetherstorm).

Please consider adding your vote to the SWTOR sub-reddit poll on which chat channel should be associated with our player Galactic Strongholds.

Capo Nerd of the Italian SWTOR community referred us to this SWTOR machinima video. Check out his channel for more!

Moff Chong was at the same end-of-beta dance party mentioned by Hillary in episode 154.

Chong - beta dance party

Darklighter wishes he could own this awesome life-sized Darth Malgus statue located near his place of employment:

Darklighter - Malgus 1

6. Sarlacc Digest

Chill talks us through his visit to BioWare’s Austin Studio. You can hear his interview with all four members of the Community Team in episode 154.

The gallery below shows photos taken by Chill as he toured the studio. Please note that the images are quite large, and may take some time to load.

7. Outro

Thanks to Spencer (@Da_Dirty_Spoons) 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 Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 154

During his visit to BioWare Austin, Chill interviews the SWTOR Community Team, talking to Eric Musco (Community Manager), Hillary Nicole (Community Coordinator), Tait Watson (Community Production Coordinator) and Courtney Woods (Lead Community Coordinator).

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You can see Chill decorating the Kaas City Apartment on the archived Twitch livestream (part 1, part 2) that he did with Jack Woods and Eric Musco while he was there. Chill talks more about his visit in OotiniCast Episode 155.

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 Spreaker.

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OotiniCast Episode 153

Redna interviews Double-bubbles of The Bastion, currently the top-ranked Sage, with his Sorcerer Double-bubble in second place, on the PvP Ranked Season 2 leaderboard for Sage/Sorcerer.

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 Spreaker.

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OotiniCast Episode 152

This week we’re once again talking about Galactic Strongholds as more details emerge. Just over four weeks until it’s live on 19 August!

1. Introduction

Chill will be at BioWare Austin this Friday 18 July. You may even see his interior design skills on show during the livestream on SWTOR’s Twitch channel on Friday afternoon!

Here’s the droid repairing the broken slot machine in the casino:

Chill - broken droid in the casino

In his neverending hunt for a Rancor, Chill is utilising the casino with the game in a long, thin window, giving a fisheye lens effect.

Chill - casino panarama

Teo is most thankful that his time in the casino is done! Unless he wants another Rancor for an alt, of course…

Teo - Rancor

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mark M! Thanks to Mariachi, Morriah and Greg Carter for entering.

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

3. Holofeed

  • Eric Musco (Community Manager) and Jack Woods (Producer) demonstrated more features of Galactic Strongholds while running around and decorating the Coruscant Apartments during Thursday’s Twitch livestream.
  • It seems that the reason that you would deactivate one of your Galactic Strongholds is that you can only have four active! That won’t be a problem at launch (since only four are available), but more Strongholds will be added later.
  • While you can travel to your Galactic Stronghold from anywhere, the options for exiting your Stronghold are:
    • Exit onto the planet on which the Galactic Stronghold is located (e.g., Coruscant from the Coruscant Apartments)
    • Return to the location from which you travelled to your Galactic Stronghold in the first place (in the same way you’re returned to your previous location using the Group Finder)
    • Exit onto the Fleet (subscribers only, based on gn_cool‘s reasoning in this Reddit post)
    • Travel to your personal starship (subscriber only)
  • Some details have been revealed (and subsequently added to) about how Legacy Storage will work: you will get an initial bay of Legacy Storage with 80 slots by completing the mission to unlock your first Galactic Stronghold; this will also provide a single Legacy Storage access point decoration. Additional access point decorations will be craftable and may appear on the Cartel Market. Additional bays will be purchasable with credits or Cartel Coins. BoP items cannot be placed into Legacy Storage. When crafting, materials are obtained in the following order: inventory, cargo bay, legacy storage.
  • While having a hood toggle is something that is clearly recognised as being desired by players, it has yet to make it onto the development schedule.
  • Hillary Nicole (Community Coordinator) is asking all guilds to provide her with their contact information; see this forum post for details.
  • The next Community Cantina is happening next Friday (25 July) in San Diego. Please send us your questions (via ootinicast@gmail.com) so we can forward them onto our official OotiniCast representative, Marshall Carr (or tweet him directly via @DarthPops.
  • The team that creates things to sell on the Cartel Market is after ideas from players for what they’d like to see as decorations for Galactic Strongholds. Contribute your ideas in this thread on the official forums.

4. Community

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @swtor_miner, @darklighter159, Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), @vayne_verso, Justin L, Jason Wright (@colour_light), @Caligari_MMO, Road (@ThatRoadGuy), Pallais (@wowPiper), David (@Ri_kiri), @HamSammich509, @JeggerTAP, @JayConnell, (@idesofawesome), Mariarchi and Morriah (@RosieBear77).

Mariarchi has started this thread on our forums discussing playing SWTOR with a console controller. He found this article to be a great resource for anyone interested in doing the same.

Where is Darklighter this week?

Darklighter - where is he

Jason Wright provides a visual guide to how probability works with respect to reverse engineering:

Jason W - RE chance

Our old friend Ham Sammich uncovered an interesting theory for the origin of Ewoks:

HamSammich - Ewok

Matt may have found visual evidence that may reveal the mysterious race that Yoda belongs to:

Matt - Yoda1
Matt - Yoda2

It seems that SWTOR’s customer service has a sense of humour!

Cool SWTOR customer service

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 and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 151

We talk about the aftermath of double XP week, a bit of news, and the Sniper/Gunslinger Q&A. In our discussion, the topic is voice comms, where we examine the merits of Mumble, Teamspeak and Ventrilo, and whether in-game voice could be a good idea.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mariachismug! Thanks to Maa’ra of the White Legacy (of the Empire guild “Exiled Then Banished” on The Shadowlands), Ferrous Terran, Flesh (Recruit Officer for the Grievance guild on the Republic side of Jedi Covenant), Caligari and Fyonha for entering.

Both Flesh and Caligari suggested ClovisGrid, a simple program that overlays gridlines on one’s screen, to help in aligning things when using the in-game Interface Editor.

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

3. Holofeed

  • As reported by Dulfy, the Celebration Mishap (rest & regen) item and the First Grand Pet Pack were added to the Cartel Market.
  • A sharp-eyed Redditor spotted the MANA-D5 Submersible speeder in last week’s Galactic Strongholds livestream.
  • Bounty Contract Week is on again, finishing next Tuesday 15 July (7am CDT, 1pm BST, 10pm AEST).
  • The latest installment of answers from the class representative initiative, this time for Snipers and Gunslingers, has been made available.
  • Marshall Carr (@DarthPops) will be at the Community Cantina being held on Friday 25 July in San Diego. If you have questions you’d like Marshall to ask, please email them to us via ootinicast@gmail.com, or tweet Marshall directly.

4. Community

The Flash Point podcast from The Oceanic Gamer has a new format! We highly recommend checking out their antics and distinctly Australian humour.

The SWTOR Escape Pod Cast from last week (episode 45) featured an interview with Machia, their ops leader, who explained what it means to be a Casual Progression raider.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Kranitoko, @SWTORApps, Billy-sai, @FerrousTerran, @swtor_miner, Greg Carter, @Ri_kiri, Chong (@EmpireDivider), Morriah, @mustindeth, Road (@ThatRoadGuy), Darth Cathgirl, @GhostMirror and @Chef_Andro.

Red summarises an email discussion between Pez, Nepthen (of the Old Republic Dads) and theorycrafter Oofalong.

Below is Kranitoko’s latest Hypercrate opening video, in which he opens 24 Club Vertica Nightlife Packs. The intro is particularly awesome this time!

Here is Chong’s Wonder Woman lookalike with what appears to be Superman:

Chong - Superman

@Ri_kiri referred us to this video titled “SWTOR Short – Log is too Stronk”.

Seems that @SWTORApps is busy working on something awesome! Keep your eye on swtorapps.com for this and other cool SWTOR-related stuff.

SWTORApps - Sabacc

6. Sarlacc Digest

We address GasGuy’s topic suggestion regarding voice comms, going into some depth about the major solutions (Mumble, Teamspeak and Ventrilo).

Gerald had emailed us about the possibility of in-game voice, provided directly by the game, and asked us to consider whether it would be suitable for SWTOR.

Our Ootini Knights and Rage guilds share a Mumble server provided by MumbleBoxes. Here is our referral link; you can also get a 20% discount if you use our promo code “JAWA”.

7. 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 and Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 150

Game Update 2.8.1 was deployed this week with a number of quality of life bug fixes. We also discuss the huge amount of detail released about Galactic Strongholds!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winners, Kujodaddy and Quickbunnie! Thanks to Thundergod, Jay Connell, Bara-dur, Maara and Carnz 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

  • Game Update 2.8.1 was deployed during a long maintenance on Tuesday. It included a slight change to the new Shadow Map settings in the Graphics preferences; you can read more about the theory behind cascaded shadow maps here (PDF).
  • The new Club Vertica Nightlife Pack can now be purchased.
  • Double XP week has begun! It concludes next Tuesday 8 July at 2am CDT (8am BST, 5pm AEST).
  • Bounty Contract Week will return next week, running from Tuesday 8 July.

4. Community

GasGuy provided the following description about how to collect the CZ-198 codex entry:

To collect the codex you need to use your Macrobinoculars to scan the connecting bridge between two “twin tower” buildings on the south side of the main landing platform. You need to stand in just the right location. For the Republic try coordinates -547,40, and for the Empire try 36,36. I had to scan multiple times before my macrobinoculars would activate and register the scan.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Moff Chong (@EmpireDivider), Aaree (@AramonNoir), Gerald, @Ben_b55, Reindeer86, Bill (@BillLentz), Arron (@arn2911), @Darklighter159, @Ahsh_13, Thomas Midena (@Thoroughmas), @VanguardKarego, @Jayconnell and Salla (@conscioushours).

You can find Thomas Midena’s video about why he’s still playing SWTOR here.

Reindeer86′s thread on our forums about how to cost items when placing on the GTN, including Bill’s response, is here.

Where is Darklighter this week?

Darklighter - Where is he

6. Sarlacc Digest

We discuss the latest details revealed about the upcoming Galactic Strongholds, including the developer blog by Jesse Sky (Lead Designer), and the first in the series of Twitch streams, this one covering the layout editor and decorations. It was hosted by Eric Musco (Community Manager), Toby McCall (Associate Designer) and Jack Wood (Producer).

A video walking us through the Tatooine Homestead was shown at the end of the stream, and subsequently released on YouTube.

7. Outro

Thanks to Marshall Carr (@DarthPops) 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 Spreaker. We record the show live every Wednesday at 4:30pm Pacific, goto ootinicast.com/live to find out how to join in!

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OotiniCast Episode 149

Chill interviews Courtney Woods, BioWare’s Lead Community Coordinator for SWTOR.

Courtney Woods profile

Courtney toon

You can contact Courtney via PM on the offical forums to CourtneyWoods, or on Twitter using @CourtneyWoods.

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 Spreaker.

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OotiniCast Episode 148

In the news we cover what’s coming in Game Update 2.8.1, the Operative/Scoundrel Q&A, and the rumoured SWTOR summer pass. We then present our Bomber roundtable, the third in our Galactic Starfighter series.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week and Trivia Question

Congratulations to this week’s winner, The Pummeler! Thanks to Fatalspark, Koopa’lach, Nepthen, Tobzors, Marvinheim, AmonRe and Greg for entering.

This week Chill has come up with a trivia question! It has to do with the famous quote that Harrison Ford said while trying to perform the dialog in Star Wars: “George, you can type this sh*t, but you sure as hell can’t say it”. Of course, in spite of the relative difficulty of the George Lucas dialog, they did mostly stick to the script. But give me three instances throughout the six movies of times when non-scripted dialog did make it into the final movie.

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

3. Holofeed

  • Game Update 2.8.1 will be deployed next Tuesday (1 July). It will include the fix for the very old problem of Scoundrels and Operatives being sometimes locked in place if affected by a ballistic effect while using Scamper or Exfiltrate respectively.
  • Along with Game Update 2.8.1 will be the end of double Fleet Requisition and credits from Galactic Starfighter, that has been running since Game Update 2.8. In its place, all players will receive double Ranked Warzone Commendations, Warzone Commendations and credits for both Ranked and regular Warzone matches (the rewards from the dailies and weeklies will not be affected). This will continue until Game Update 2.8.2 (which will most likely drop on 22 July, or possibly 29 July).
  • The item rarities shown on the tooltips for the currently-available Star Cluster Nightlife Pack are incorrect, though the actual rarity and the associated unlock prices in the Collections UI are correct. The Star Cluster Nightlife Pack is being embargoed with Game Update 2.8.1; it will be replaced by the Club Vertica Nightlife Pack, which will be available until Game Update 2.9 is deployed on 19 August.
  • The first double XP week will also begin on Tuesday 1 July at 1am CDT (7am BST, 4pm AEST) and conclude the following Tuesday (8 July) at 2am CDT (8am BST, 5pm AEST).
  • If you are not currently subscribed, you are eligible for the SWTOR Summer Pass, which will allow you to purchase 4 months of subscription for $US39.99 (and receive a total of 200 Cartel Coins, without the 500-600 Cartel Coin stipend that regular subscribers receive).
  • Hillary Nicole, also known as Pokket (@Pokketsays, YouTube), has joined the Community Team as their new Community Coordinator.
  • The latest three questions from the class representative programme have been answered for Scoundrels and Operatives.

4. Community

Our guildmate Aaree has started what has become an extremely interesting thread on our forums about how players choose the names of their characters. Feel free to contribute your own!

The Aurebesh Trainer has been updated to include words from all the movies in the original Star Wars trilogy.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from Gerald, Oofalong, Terg, @BenB_55, Daekar, Dekion, @GregCarter78, Chong (@EmpireDivider), @Dekarch, @Darklighter159, @Ahsh_13, @darksplat, @FerrousTerran, @NickHall2010 and @TheMalgadar.

Chong and some of his fellow Ootini Templars playing a nice game of Djarik:

Chong - Games before boss fight

Where is Darklighter?

Darklighter - Where is he (1)
Darklighter - Where is he (2)

Greg’s captured this amazing image of the two forges on Tython:

Greg - Forges on Tython

6. Sarlacc Digest

This is our third Galactic Starfighter roundtable, covering Bombers.

We highly recommend Anastasie’s extremely comprehensive guide for all things GSF. Traitine’s site also has a good range of GSF resources.

7. Outro

Thanks to Anastasie (his email is anastasietb@gmail.com, and he plays as Anastasie or Phytia on The Bastion, Dementia on The Ebon Hawk), Dan (@Megadan66), Dunedai (@DunedaiForel) 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.

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